The Blinds Review.

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A Room By Room Guide For Blinds and Shades

Every room in your home serves a distinct purpose with a specific design palette.  Choosing window treatments to complement each room but still allow cohesiveness for the home is a challenge for many home owners.  This room by room guide serves to show the different needs of each room in your own and how you can use your window treatments to help meet them.

Finding the Right Blinds For Your Kitchen

Tip: Choose an alternating fabric that complements your countertops and cabinets.

Tip: Choose an alternating fabric that complements your countertops and cabinets.

You most likely spend more awake time in your kitchen than anywhere else in your home.  Designed to be a work space, your kitchen depends on light to help you prepare your meals.  You will want to use window coverings that provide you with light while still giving the privacy you need. 

The other challenge facing a kitchen is the grease build up that can form on blinds.  Try easy to clean vinyl or wood blinds in this space with the top down-bottom up option.  The blinds will stay dirt free and you can easily adjust the blinds to suit your lighting needs, without compromising your privacy.

The Master Suite

We call it a master suite because this is the room that should serve as your personal retreat in your home.  Roman shades are a perfect choice in a master suite to create a warm, romantic feel.  Choose colors that subdue the room and soft fabrics like satin or silk. This is your retreat, you should be splurging here.  For the full retreat effect and a perfect slumber setting, line you roman shades with a room darkening fabric.  This will allow you to sleep in on Saturdays the way a princess deserves.

Living Rooms and Dens

These are the most challenging rooms as the options are vast and your decorating style unique.  Think about the over-all effect you are trying to project.  Is your living room formal, complete with antique furniture?  Pleated shades can be colored to fit any décor, and will serve their privacy and lighting functions well while not distracting from the elegance of your room.

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If you want your living spaces to be more cozy and family friendly, use natural bamboo shades.  The coloring will fit any décor and create a warmth to the room that encourages family time.

Nurseries

Like the master suite, you want to be able to create false night in a nursery to encourage babies to sleep.  Durable cellular shades can be fitted this way and can be found in a variety of child friendly themes.  Consider cordless options for the nursery for when the sleeping baby turns into the curious toddler and is fascinated with hanging strings.

If outfitting your homes windows has you feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and tackle them room by room.  Once you consider the needs of each space you will be able to narrow down your choices and make the right decisions. 

Cordless Roman Shades. The Safe & Stylish Choice

Nothing dresses up a room with more class then Roman shades.  This versatile window treatment offers options that will fit any style and décor.  Plus, since they are easily installed without fussy cords, you have no reason to be concerned about the little ones or your pets.

Going Cordless

It took Roman shades a little while to catch up, but now they are being offered cordless.  Not only is this safer for the kids and pets in your house, it also improves on the appearance of your window.  With no strings or cords to distract from the shade it stands out as the center of attention.

How They Work

All it took was a simple spring to get rid of the unsightly cords.  To raise or lower Roman without a cord just grasp the tab on the bottom rail and move your hand up or down.  By adding this feature, the common problem of tilting with cords is eliminated.  Midway or fully opened, the bottom of your Roman shades is straight.

Different Designs

Roman shades are available with different fold styles making them an easy fit into any room. 

·         The Classic Fold: This is the simplest of Roman shade styles and also the must subtle, especially when raised.  Try using these on windows with beautiful architectural detail like bay windows or picture windows to create a clean look while letting the window stand out.

·         The Flat Style Fold:  The flat style fold has texture but not overwhelmingly.  This is a great option for rooms that need a subtle infusion of color or pattern, without it overtaking the space.  They come in a vast array of colors, making it easy to find the one that complements your home.

·         The European Style Fold:  The European style has the same subtle texture of the flat style but with a curved bottom.  Use this to add class to the style of a room such as in a master suite or parlor.  The look they generate is romantic and reminiscent of Paris in the Spring.

·         The Hobbled Style Fold:  Acts like a Roman shade, looks like drapery.  The hobbled style fold uses a lot material to create a flowing curtain look every time you open them.

Once you have decided on the style, you can begin to peruse through the many fabrics and colors that Roman shades come in.

Other Options

The incredible cordless option is not the only thing Roman Shades have going for them.  You can use them as a room darkener by adding a black out panel.  This is perfect for the master suites and nursery to promote sleep even during the day.

Top down- bottom up is another feature you can take advantage of with Roman shades. These allow you to position the shade anywhere in the window, letting in the sunlight but protecting your privacy.

Don’t let all of the options scare you away from Roman shades. Once you start thinking about how to incorporate them into the space, you will easily come up with the right look for your home.

Combining Style With Privacy For Your Bathroom Windows

If there is one room in your house that you want unconditional privacy it’s your bathroom.  Small windows can offer great views into the space, leaving you open to invasions of privacy. Protect it with style by trying these window treatment ideas.

Liven Up the Space

Unless this is your guest bathroom, you can really go wild with your decorating choices while still maintaining privacy. Let your bathroom be the room where you completely show off your personal style.  Alternate bright colored tiles on the floor and then pick a brightly colored Roman shade to match it.  This is the room that usually starts your day, decorate it so that it starts off fun.

Natural Fibers

Bamboo shades work well in bathrooms thanks to the natural fibers.  Built for use outdoors, the material is more resilient to water damage and mold that could plague other window treatments.  Plus they are versatile enough to fit in with any décor.  Use a valence or side drapery to soften the look if you want a more feminine bathroom.  Use colors that are a stark difference from the wall coloring to make a bold statement and create an interesting focal point.

Add Some Frills

If a bird’s eye view into the bathroom is keeping your blinds closed all of the time, dress them up by sewing on some trim or other unique element.  Use a simple Roman shade of a neutral tone and then some on a bottom trim that matches the other design elements in the room.  You could even coordinate it with your shower curtain by buying two and then using the fabric of one as the trim for your Roman shade. 

Ribbon can also be used down the front of these shades to add some punch to a shade that is never allowed to open.  In a light colored bathroom, dark shades with subtle hints of the room color running down add a striking contrast that will make your bathroom stand out.  Think pink with black shades for modern romance, or yellow and dark green for an earthy feel.

Other Functions

Privacy might not be your only bathroom window issue.  In some homes, these windows may be in the direct path of cold winter winds.  This does not create the warm environment you want to be showering in in the morning.  Cellular shades are the perfect solution to blocking out that wind, providing privacy and giving the window a stylish flair. 

They work by trapping the cold in inside of the individual cells.  This extra insulation for your windows will make a huge difference on a January morning.

You have a lot to consider when choosing window treatments for a bathroom. The good news is this is not a space meant to impress, but rather one that makes you feel comfortable.  Run with that idea and create a bathroom that you will never want to leave.

 

 

Weaving Magic with Woven Wood Shades

 

If you like a casual and outdoorsy look for your home, woven wooden shades are an excellent window treatment for you. These shades provide a very moderate amount of light-diffusion even as they offer privacy. They are made from horizontally-slatted wood, rattan or bamboo and are perfectly –woven with fine strips of twine.

What probably makes them even more alluring is the fact that they are available in a variety of colors and finishes, ranging from Brazilian cherry to blond. You can buy these in different sizes and they can be customized to fit different sized windows.

 

Different Styles

Whether you live in a cottage-style home or a city penthouse, woven wood shades are a great way of sprucing-up the interiors. Take a look at how they blend perfectly well in every room of the house, regardless of the style of the décor.

 

Shabby Chic Living Room - You can complement any shabby chic interior with no-fuss and easy woven wood shades. When you draw them all the way up, they look very much like a simple valance

 

Traditional Kitchen- If you have any shaker-style area in your home, it makes a perfect setting for woven wood shades. The light filters very beautifully through them and you can easily lower them almost all the way to window sill, without making the room look too dark

 

Master Bedroom- The simplicity of woven wood shades adds a very soft and mellow look to a room even as they retain their rustic stance. They are perfect for the privacy that a bedroom requires

 

Master Bathroom- These shades are very versatile and they also afford privacy to a bathroom. Some styles can be lowered either from the bottom or the top

 

Beach House- Those who live along a beachfront, generally want to bring the outdoor scene, indoors. The natural color of these shades can be made to match the color of the sand which can make an informal seating area look very alluring

 

Styling Tips

If you are looking for a more dominating and heavy appearance, it is best to install the woven wood shades on the outside of the window framing, rather than on the inside. Fitting them on the inside adds a very sleek look to the window treatment, while setting them outside the frame gives them a very bold look.

Woven shades look as good on doors as they do on windows and that can allow the doors to function seamlessly. Adding hold-down brackets to the lower level of the door will prevent a lowered shade from swinging whenever you open that door. You can soften the look of woven wood shades by adding a band of fabric right around its exposed edges.

The fabric color you use can complement any other fabric that is used in the room. These shades are easy to maintain and are durable too. As you can see, woven wood windows are truly versatile and a great way of sprucing-up the look of any room in your home.

 

These Roman Shades from SpinCusion are a great demonstartion of alternating styles.

These Roman Shades from SpinCusion are a great demonstartion of alternating styles.