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Modernize Cordless with Motorized

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By Gina G.

As the window treatment industry evolves, cordless mechanisms have become integral and not just viewed as additional features to blinds and shades.  Cordless blinds and shades have become the main request for most people shopping for window treatments.  This is due to the various benefits opting for cordless brings.  First, cordless options, with no visible strings dangling, provides a clean look; there are no visual obstructions to your window treatment.  Second, going cordless provides the operator with ease of use as the mechanisms are typically very simple and smooth.  Additionally, for most parents and caregivers, it is a “no-brainer” when it comes to child safety and durability.  As a durable mechanism, cordless uses internalized stringing and therefore doesn’t have exposed cords that fray and may break sooner.

The prevalence of cordless is now for all window treatments whether you’re considering blinds or shades.  With lighter weight mini blinds, cordless also includes wandless option where both functions (tilting and lifting) are performed together.  On heavier blinds, the tilting mechanism is still present (usually a wand) but the lift which was traditionally corded, is now cordless.

With this huge swing toward cordless mechanisms brings the emergence of an even more modern mechanism, motorization.  Motorization maintains all of the aforementioned benefits of cordless but now automates those functions.  It allows users to control the window treatments with a remote from anywhere in the room or from a wall unit (similar to a light switch).  Powering motorized blinds and shades also offers choices.  Most commonly, motorized is offered with a rechargeable battery system.  It is easy to think of this as similar to how you charge your cell phone.  And, with most newer homes having outlets near the windows, rechargeable battery powered treatments suffice.  However, if recharging every year or so is not appealing, hard-wiring shades to the home’s electricity is another (perhaps more costly and time consuming) option.  Regardless of how motorization is added, the trend certainly progresses the cordless movement toward technology-driven culture of the modern day.

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Stop and Enjoy the View

Stop and Enjoy The View

As Spring turns to Summer, you can look forward to warmer weather and longer days to enjoy. One of our favorite things to do is to appreciate the beautiful outdoors while still inside your home.  For those of us who love the natural light or want that ability to see outdoors, we have the perfect solution in our Solar, Cascade, Serenity, and our newly added Allure Shades.

Our Solar Shades are a great option for shades than can help to block those harmful UV rays from the sun. These shades are made of a special material that is woven in a particular way so that light may still pass through but it blocks the UV rays which are harmful to your skin, furniture and carpets. These shades are even known for cutting out the glare on a television as well – all without ever compromising the view! These shades are perfect for Kitchens, SunRooms or even sliding glass doors!

Speaking of sliding glass doors, Allure Shades are a beautiful new concept of window treatment that are perfect for them! Unlike the Solar Shades, Allure shades allow you to keep your privacy when you need it or enjoy your view when you want it; much like a Vertical Blind. They are offered in neutral colors so they will match or blend with almost any decor style. The best part is if you have windows nearby too, you can use their counterparts: the Cascade and Serenity shades!

Cascade and Serenity are similar in the sense that they are shades but also function like a blind. Although in different ways, both shades open and close completely and or tilt/alter how much light is let in for both privacy and room darkening features. These window treatments give any room a relaxed and contemporary look.

So when shopping for new window coverings this season, look no further than the ones at  Blinds To Go that will help you make the most out of your indoor life AND outdoor life!

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New Look

New Look

Winter is officially here. Keeping the cold out of your house is literally a topic of conversation in your house once a week. The yearly debate of whether to cover the windows with the insulating plastic, buy some lined curtains, or invest in new windows coverings is now back on the table. The good thing is, new cellular shades have given a new look to a style that has been around for awhile.

Let me back up a step and explain cellular shades in case you aren’t familiar with them. These shades are constructed out of two layers of polyester fabric, that are pleated, and fused together on the pleats – creating the look of a honeycomb if you were to look at the shade from a side perspective. The concept behind the construction is that they are creating an air pocket, that will keep the heat you are paying for in, and the cool you don’t want – out. The added bonus is that they will have the reverse effect in the summer months when you want to keep your air conditioning inside. They can operate traditionally, with a cord to raise them up and down, a continuous cord loop, or you can order them cordless. More recently, the option has been added to order them motorized, so you can operate them from your bed with a simple remote control.  Another useful feature is that you can have them open from either the top or the bottom if you have pesky neighbors you don’t want seeing in your windows! This meaning you can have the shade closed completely and just let a little light in from the top of the shade by lowering the secondary headrail as much as you would like to allow natural light to come in while still maintaining your privacy.

The traditional style of cellular shades pair well with the modern look of them. They give you a clean look and are a stand alone treatment. Now, as I mentioned above, they have recently come out in a variety of different colors with patterns that can give your windows a pop! They are available in a few different textures that give them some dimension, a couple different patterns that soften up the look of the fabric (that some say is very plain on its own), and the newest style lends itself to a natural look with the texture reminiscent of a woven wood shade. And of course, they are all available in the neutral tones, but do come in more bright and bold colors in case you want to make a little more of a statement.

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Florals

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By: Jennifer

With Spring and Summer fast approaching – thank goodness! – it is the perfect time to discuss how to tie in the beauty of floral motifs to any style of decor.

Firstly, traditional style decor, which usually includes a lot of detailed and decorative wood work and grand antique style furniture.  This look often uses over-sized heavy drapery as a window treatment.  A great alternative to this would be the Ballet Classic Panel Roman Shade.  This will give the windows a timeless and elegant look while keeping the windows feeling light.

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