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Selecting New Window Coverings

Summer has come to an end and I am enjoying my morning coffee next to my big window. I can see my neighbor in his yard. This past summer I wasn’t able to see him, but as the trees kept losing their leaves, I have a perfect view of his house. He waves at me and I wave back at him with a slight discomfort. I wasn’t aware that he had such a good view of the inside my house! As I look at the falling leaves on this frosty autumn morning, I realize that it is time for me to cover my windows as well as redecorate my room in beautiful, warm fall colors. I would really like to have some new shutters to accentuate the classical style of my home and it would most likely make my neighbor jealous!

However, shutters must be pretty hard to find, complicated to install and pretty pricey. Well, not at all! With the wonderful help of the advisor at Blinds To Go and the qualified skills that their installer possesses, they took care of everything! Fall is finally here, my windows are decorated to my liking, I close the shutters halfway through so I cannot see my neighbor anymore. I get myself cozy on the couch with a warm cup of coffee and I enjoy my new shutters.

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Plantation Shutters VS Blinds: Which Should You Choose?

Choosing a window treatment for your home involves weighing out many different factor. Two main factors include practical ones and also design preferences. Should you go with plantation shutters or blinds for your windows? While both window treatment options provide you with privacy and control over how much natural light you’re getting, there are notable differences between the two that you should take into consideration. Keep the following in mind when you’re deciding between plantation shutters or blinds for your home.

Plantation shutters can enhance the appearance of any room in your home while also providing you with improved energy efficiency and plenty of natural light. You’ll find that there are several styles and louver sizes to choose from, as well as different materials. How do you know which shutters to select for your home? Keep the following factors in mind, so you can narrow down your options and find the ideal shutters to suit your windows.

Your windows allow you to look at the world around you. They let the sunshine in so you can bask in the natural light the sun provides. For all the good they do, they also have a few drawbacks when it comes to your heating and cooling costs. Even though most windows today offer some degree of thermal protection, they can’t protect you from everything. Plantation shutters can take over where your windows leave off.

Plantation shutters are an investment in both the decor of your home as well as its security. Unlike curtains, plantation shutters serve several other purposes and can be easily adjusted to control both light and visibility. By choosing this type of shutter, you are actually adding an additional level of security to your home, all the while increasing your home’s curb appeal and resale value.

Buying a home means a lot of choices when it comes to decor and functionality. You want your home to look stylish, but you also want comfort and versatility. Your first few months in your new home will help you decide how to proceed when it comes to upgrading your windows and shutters.

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Planning Lighting Designs

A room’s lighting can set a mood, create depth and space, highlight the strengths of a room, improve the functionality of a space, and even regulate our sleeping & waking cycles. Here are some tips to guide your room’s lighting plan:

WHAT KIND OF MOOD DO YOU WANT TO CREATE?

Different rooms should set different moods. For example, we like kitchens to feel bright, cheery, and functional. A bedroom, on the other hand, should be comfortable and relaxing. Bright lighting and task lighting can help a kitchen fulfill its purpose. A bedroom should allow for low lighting and block outside light when you need it to.

WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS AND NEEDS OF THE ROOM?

Are there items in the room that that need more or less lighting? This might include expensive, light-sensitive items like paintings, brocade, or plants, which might need to be in or out of direct lighting. Additionally, if a TV or computer is in the room factor in dim lighting and seek to reduce glare.

WHAT’S THE NATURAL CYCLE OF THE SUNLIGHT IN THE ROOM?

Watch your room as it progresses through the day. What’s the natural light like in the morning? In the afternoon when the sun is hottest? In the evening? North and south facing windows will provide more steadily regulated lighting during the day. East and west windows will provide sharp slants of light, broad swathes of sunshine, and total shadow, depending on the time of day. Consider what kind of lighting you want to invite into your home, and what kind you’ll want to regulate.

WHAT ARE YOUR RESOURCES?

This will include your windows, a skylight, and the lamps and lighting fixtures already there. Your adjustments might include installations of new lighting, dimmers, additional windows, and especially, adjustments to the existing windows. Although windows might be difficult to move, it’s easy to make old windows seem new with some strategic window shades and blinds.

Several interior design professionals say the biggest-impact; lowest-cost upgrade you can make is to install dimmers. Consider shutters and blinds your natural-light dimmers. They allow you to control the levels of light and the direction in which it’s cast. Additionally, beautiful shades will suddenly upgrade your room, and add design, polish, and visual interest to boring windows.

CONSIDER IMPORTANT DESIGN PRINCIPLES WHEN PLANNING YOUR LIGHTING:

Create variety: Lighting fatigue occurs when there’s no variety in a room’s lighting. This can make the whole room feel hard, unforgiving, and flat. There’s no place for your eyes to rest. Counter this by incorporating variety into your lighting scheme: light and shadow, highlights and lowlights. There should be light at different levels and from different directions.
Accentuate the positive: Highlight your favorite aspects of a room, or downplay the things that you want to hide. Cast a spotlight over a favorite piece of furniture, a decoration or a picture. Bathe alcoves and corners in soft light to give a cozy feel.
Incorporate function: Spotlight functional areas: a game table, a walkway, or a project space.

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Home Decor: Repurposing

Home Décor: Repurposing

A lot of the projects and DIY ideas that you come across online can seem overwhelming to the average – not so artistic – person. But, the trending style is restoring the old and making it new – so we’ve compiled a list of a few simple concepts that can make a big statement in your home décor.

  • Repurposing windows. For starters, old windows are easy to find at yard sales if you don’t have any extras lying around in your basement – and they can be repurposed in a ton of ways! Once you have acquired a window, refinish the frame in a paint/stain to match your décor – and then your options are endless. You can use it as a frame for pictures or artwork, add a monogram to welcome guests into your home, add a small shelf to the top and hooks on the sides to create a coat rack, or even hang small plants from the top to create an indoor garden. Once you have the window and have refinished it, it’s usually easy to determine the best use based on the size and shape!
  • Repurposing shutters. Also, extremely easy to acquire, and refinish, shutters are a great option for accenting your décor. Again, decide based on the shape and size, but shutters can be made into shelves (think plants or other trinkets), dressed up with lettering to add an accent to your foyer or kitchen, turned into pantry shelves, or even made into a bench.
  • Repurposing doors. Repurposing old doors opens a wide variety of options. Finished with a fresh coat of paint, and rotated 90 degrees you quickly have new, trendy headboard. Adding a mirror to the front of an old door dresses up an inexpensive mirror to appear high end. Again, adding hooks across and a shelf on the top or bottom can add a feature to your mudroom as well as some great storage space.
  • Repurposing wine bottles. Something that most of us have in supply, wine bottles are a more traditional, and extremely easy project. They can be repainted to match any décor, and used for something as simple as a vase, a decorative olive oil canister, a functional soap dispenser, or even a fun light fixture.

Like any DIY project, know your time frame, construction abilities, and artistic talent. But with enough planning, research, and sweat, any project is within your reach!

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Shutters

We’ve all seen shutters when we’re out at a nice restaurant, or at a friend’s house, but when you stop to think about how to use them in your own décor it’s not always the easiest thing to figure out. Some say they appear “beachy”, some say they look more rustic, some say they are more traditional; but believe it or not, they are great in ALL of these different places!

For starters, Shutters are a permanent window treatment that is made from wood. It tilts open and closed (like a blind), but is built into your window (or is installed to appear that way), and does not raise up and down. You still have complete functionality of your windows, because you can open and close the shutter like a door, to open and close the window, or if you just want to look outside. The advantage, because they do not raise up and down is that they don’t have strings obstructing the view, and when you tilt them, you have full view out between the slats. They are made in white to blend in with the window trim that most people have in their homes, and to give them an airy feel.

In terms of where to use them the answer is; anywhere! They look great in an open room overlooking the ocean, because they are bright and airy. They look great in a traditional room because they are simple, and appear as if they were built with the home. They look great with rustic décor, because they have simple clean lines and don’t distract from your other décor. They are great in bedrooms because even when the windows are open they don’t blow around and make noise when you are sleeping. They are great in a living room because there are not strings hanging down to get in the way. They are great in kids rooms because they don’t create a child safety hazard. They are great if you have a beautiful backyard because they allow for a great view. They are great if you live in a city because you can tilt them to control what you see and what your neighbors can see in. They are great in a room that gets a lot of use because they are extremely easy to wipe off and clean!

Moral of the story – they are multipurpose – they can work anywhere and give your room a facelift with a clean up to date look!!

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Faux Shutter

These days when it comes to window treatments, shutters are a popular product that is on everyone’s mind. These louvered, twin hinged panels can be mounted on the outside or inside of a window. They cannot be raised and lowered like a traditional blind, but they can be tilted to let in light and allow visibility. Shutters are very pretty to look at, but they can be expensive on a consumer. Like any product, they have many pros and cons. Many people look at real wood or faux wood blinds as an alternative. Both products can come in 2 inch slats, and give the feel of shutters. Unlike shutters, these two products can be raised and lowered. Besides this bonus benefit, they are lighter on your pocket!
Real wood blinds are a great option for people wanting to match to their hardwood floors or cabinets and tables. They are a wood product, so they will insulate naturally to a degree. They look great by themselves with a valance or dressed up with curtains or sheers. Even if you have a very large window, you can operate these light-weight blinds with ease. The problem with these blinds will arise if you are trying to put them in a room that is damp. Ideally you want to keep real wood blinds out of kitchens and bathrooms, unless you have great air filteration. That is where faux wood blinds step in. They are great for any type of room. Because they are made of vinyl and polyester, that work well in bathrooms and kitchens. They are easy to clean and maintain. They will closely resemble wood colors, but the dye lots will be off. They are heavier than real wood blinds, so if doing a double window, to alleviate the weight, to separate blinds would be ideal.
Shutters will look great in your house and create a different feel, but they can be expensive. Also, if you would like to change the decor in your room, your not going to want to replace the shutters. If your looking for somethng a little more cost efficient and with additional features, consider the real and faux wood blinds. They can not only be tilted like shutters, but they can be raised and lowered to allow additional light to pass through. Real and faux wood blinds come in various slat sizes, but the most popular is 2 inch. These 2 inch blinds will give you the shutter feel, but with the mini blind price!
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Can the real wood blind please stand up?

By: Ashley

 

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“Do you sell shutters?” This question has been popping up repeatedly lately, no matter what window treatment facility your at. This is due to the growing demand of consumers wanting a product similar to traditional wood blinds, but with a slightly different opening style and look. Traditional shutters are mounted from the outside of your house and used to combat extreme weather conditions; i.e. tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. These same depicted shutters can be found still on homes located in the midwest and south. Nowadays shutters have evolved and moved inside homes. Modern shutters, found in various colors, are normally found mounted inside homes. They are unable to be lifted up and down like traditional blinds, but you can tilt the slats with a rod that is normally in the middle of the shutter blind. Shutters are very nice in style and can accentuate your decor, but they can become a hassle to install and a damper on a rainy day fund.

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Endless Options For Your Sunroom!

 

By: RhiannonSateen White Roller

There are so many ways to decorate your sunroom! Just by changing or adding blinds or shades you can transform drab and dreary to fun and exciting!
For instance, if you like the look of shutters and want a cottage feel but find they are a little out of your budget, you can opt for 2″ faux wood blinds instead. Faux wood is durable, easy to clean and can withstand heat & humidity, a great alternative! 
Or, say you want to go tropical to accent that new hot tub you just got, just by adding woven woods you could go from everyday sunroom to a tropical oasis. 


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