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Sun Room

Sun Room

Summer rolls around and everyone realizes they’ve been missing out on the most important room in the
house – the sun room! Often times, a sun room is either a three season (not heated) or poorly insulated room (due to the number of windows in the room).  But, once the summer comes around, it seems like the best room in the house to spend some time.  Usually, the summer is also the time of year you realize the sun room needs to updating.

First step, like with redoing any room, is usually a fresh coat of paint.  It’s amazing how a new coat of paint can instantly transform a room, and the good thing about a sun room is that there usually isn’t too much wall to paint because there are so many windows. Keep it light in the color you chose to paint, because
remember, this is supposed to be a relaxing room where you get to enjoy the view of the outdoors and relax.

The second most important element is the furniture.  Although common, the best way to go is with a simple wicker furniture.  There is a wide range of prices you can get these pieces in now, available at local big box stores, or high end furniture stores – but either way they create a relaxing environment, and a instantly bring a casual feel into the room.  Also a benefit to wicker – you can dress it up or down, and change the colors
and feel of the room with the fabric you chose to use as the cushion/pillow colors.  You can keep it simple with couches and chairs – or if you have the space you can bring in a table so can enjoy eating in the room as well.

Although, because there are so many windows – and so much sun, covering them often ends up being an
issue.  Being that it is not a main room you don’t want to spend to much money, but being there there are a lot of windows, you have to buy a large quantity.  A common treatment in these areas is shades.  From
bamboo – which brings the natural feel into the room, to sunshades – which allow you to keep the view but eliminate the glare and UV, both treatments work well on large windows without being to heavy or too busy.

And remember, it’s a room to relax and enjoy, so don’t overdo it!

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In the Heat of Night

In the Heat of the Night
 By Ashley H.
…more like in the heat of the day! As summer approaches, and the winter season is in our rearview mirror, many are faced with new temperature challenges. Yay! We got rid of the cold and frigid temperatures, but bring on the stale and dry heat. Summertime to many people is just as bad as winter. You have to deal with rising temperatures and humidity that takes your breath and energy away. Spring cleaning comes into effect big time because many people believe that if they throw out their old clutter, their house will cool down. This is some truth to this statement; but the key factor in determining how much heat and sunlight flows through your house is window treatments. What do you have on your windows to block the sun?
Cellular and sunweave shades are becoming more popular as the spring/summer seasons continue to heat up. This is mainly in part to their amazing sun blockage feature. Both shades cut down on sunlight and have the ability to cool down any room by blocking hard UV rays. These eco-friendly shades are going to run higher than your average blinds, but you will see a tremendous difference in your cooling bill. If your house isn’t overheated, your air condition unit won’t overwork its self. Cellular or honeycomb shades come in light filtering and blackout options. These shades will give full privacy and will need to be lifted in order to gaze outside. Not matter what color you select for the front, the back will come in white. This will help the shade absorb the sunlight and prevent heat from filtering in. Sunweaves are commonly referred to as solar shades. They are made with an intricate weave material that will be sheer. The are going to be the best blocker for sunlight. They are not fully private, so you may not want to put them in bedrooms or bathrooms, where privacy is key.
These two types of shades are going to be an investment. But with spring time in full bloom, heat should be your main focus, along with cutting down on your bills. If your going to raid through your house and spring clean, why not spring clean your wallet and reduce some money allocated to bills?!
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Letting the Light Shine, not Blind

By Gina G.

Letting the Light Shine, Not Blind

Allowing natural light to enter a room, rather than simply relying on artificial lighting, can be a delightful addition to any room.  Often times, accomplishing this can seem difficult to do with window treatments because most times people require privacy and can confuse getting privacy with darkening the room.  Light-filtering options, like most fabric shades (whether roller, roman or pleated) can give you both privacy and natural lighting.  However, if you have a space that has a more relaxed, earthy, and natural vibe, bamboo shades or even sunweaves might be worth considering.

Bamboo shades, with their natural wooden chutes and grasses, can be a great addition to any room.  They certainly can dress up or down any window in the home depending on what the space requires.  And, what’s more, most of them are light filtering and sometimes even sheer.   They bring a natural décor and allow natural light to enter the room.   A lot of bamboo or woven wood shades are offered with liner choices so that if you do have a space, like a bedroom, where letting the light come in may not be preferred, you can block it. However, in most cases, they are used to allow light without the unwanted glare.

Sunweaves, or solar shades, are also great options for spaces with a natural décor.  They come in such a wide range of colors, designs, and textures that are sure to fit any room.  These shades are special because they are sheer treatments that allow natural light to shine through while blocking harsh sun rays.  Both sunweaves and bamboo shades are great natural looking additions to the home that can allow natural lighting to enter a space while either providing privacy or protecting against harsh sun rays.

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Think Spring!

By Sami E.

Winters can be dull, cold, and grey. As the weather starts to warm, nothing can bring the spring vibe into your home like some bright, natural colours. New window treatments can be a great way to ditch those winter blues and get ready for warmer weather. A little green in your room can brighten up your space and give you a vibrant decor. As the trees begin to bloom fully, so too can your living space. Try one of our many woven wood shades to spruce up your place for the spring. Our Palau style roman shade in a Carraway colour can do just that, this natural woven wood shade has heavy green tones with some browns and greys mixed in, this can bring spring time vibrancy and a natural feel to any room. If you prefer the functionality of a tilting blind, our 2″ real wood blinds are light weight, practical and available in a wide variety of colours. An espresso colour in our Laredo or Estates styles can bring a warm, rich feel to your living area while maintaing a natural look. For best results match up the colour of your natural hardwood flooring or furniture with one of our wood blinds, this will make your windowd pop and can help put the final touches on a perfectly decorated room.

For those who favour simplicity, our full line of sunweave roller shades are a great addition to any room. Our Barcelona style in a Toffee or Java colour can provide a nice accent to your decor. The advantage with these styles is that each has a few different colours in it, this means that no matter your colour scheme this fabric will pick up on many different colours in your room. These shades are not just beautiful, they are also practical. As the weather warms they will help insulate your room, blocking anywhere from 90-97% UV, protecting your furniture and flooring from fading while ensuring that your air conditioner won’t be working overtime. This type of insulation will surely help lower your energy output (as will our woven wood and Real wood blinds) and ultimately aid in the preservation of the environment.

 

 

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Enjoying the Fall View

By Gloria H.

That time of year has come when the view from outside your window is quickly changing.  The leaves that were once green are now a warm orange or deep red.   You want to have a chance to enjoy whats happening outside before they fall off the trees and are covered in snow.  The only problem is that  the falling leaves are leaving you a bit exposed.  So your thinking to yourself wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy the view while still having a level of privacy at the same time.  Now this is were Blinds to Go can help.  We have the perfect product that would work great for you, it a sunweave roller shade.

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Ocean View

As a quiet place for introspection, a porch can carry people away to another time and place. Coastal blues and greens from cozy pillows to a graphic rug create a lively color scheme for this porch.  Although the water view is in front of you as you relax on the porch, don’t neglect the wall behind you. Perk it up with a fresh coat of paint the same hue as the rest of the house or shade that contrast with it and matches with sun weaves shades. Sun weaves will be perfect option that allows you to still enjoy your view all while protecting you and your family from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Two oversize hanging swings offer a scenic spot for an afternoon nap. Give your beach porch a jolt of color and spice with tropical décor. Keep wooden surfaces a rustic, beach- weathered gray and add brightly painted buckets of flowers for visual pop. String party lights or Chinese paper lanterns above for contrasting colors and patterns. Objects in your landscaping can affect the overall theme more than almost anything else. Garden bed borders filled with small or crushed seashells and a path made of rounded, small stones hint at the coastal concept. Using large features could include a small, old, wooden boat used as a planting bed, a water feature, or a white or weathered picket fence. Plants are the most important in a beach theme porch. Adding any kind of palm like plant increases the illusion.

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Take a Chance With Sunweaves

By: Nariah K.

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Summer is here and what better way to cover up your windows with some shades that protect you and your home from those damaging heat waves. I know many of you may experience those hot summer days when the sun is beating in your window and no matter what you do, you can’t get it to stop. Let’s not forget, the sun is beautiful and it makes people happy but it can also come with a lot of damaging aspects that can make homeowners not so happy. In the spring, going into summer time, I receive a lot of customer complaints and concerns. The number one complaint would be that the sun is damaging their floors and furniture. A lot of customers enjoy the brightness of the sun but cant stand the damage it is capable of causing.

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Where is the Shade? 



By: Ashley H.

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The summer months are very popular for many people. It’s the time when you can kick off the snow boots, shred those chunky sweaters off your back, and slip into a simple dress or some shorts and step out with flip-flops. At this time of year, we trade the dull and cold air with warmer temperatures and smoother living. But even with this being said, sometimes it can get too hot and that is when the uncomfortable feeling and hatred towards summer comes in. In homes, many people still have their curtains and drapes up because they block a good amount of light, but now is the time to shed those old hot looking window treatments for a sleek and cooler option.

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Hot, Hot, Hot

By: Tiffany H.

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Summer is almost here! It’s time to break out the bathing suits and beach wear, showing off that new figure you’ve been working on all winter, and get to work on trying to achieve the perfect tan. Now lets switch gears and turn our focus on getting your windows on tight summer condition with a change of the season comes a change of the shades.

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