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Bedroom Window Treatment Ideas

Monday, May 19th, 2014

There are always too many choices when it comes to decor and decorating. So we thought we would point out the basic choices when it comes to window treatments that are available for a bedroom. And off course we start with what Ace of Shades has to offer:

Window Blinds
A basic and functional way to dress windows in a bedroom are blinds. This includes classic wood blinds, their look-alike Faux Wood blinds, which are budget friendlier, as well as conventional mini blinds. Blinds are very practical in regards to light control and offer beauty with their symmetrical lines.
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Window Shades
Shades are a soft window treatment as they are often made out of Polyester which comes in all imaginable colors, prints and designs. This category includes cellular shades, roller shades, pleated shades as well as roman shades. Whether you would like to keep it neutral or choose a bold color, when selecting shades it is important to go with a light-filtering or darkening material. That ensures privacy control which is essential for a bedroom.
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Cornices
A cornice is similar to a valance but higher in structure. This is a great decorative way when paired with a shade that when rolled up is hidden underneath the cornice.
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Drapery Panels
Draperies can add character, color and privacy to your bedroom. For a bedroom a lined fabric is optimal for better light control and added energy savings. The voluptuous material adds dimension and character.
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Plantation Shutters
Plantation Shutters offer light control and privacy while adding architectural and structural lines to a space. Shutters are heavy in construction and emulate a piece of furniture in your bedroom.
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Mixed Product Styles
Here you will find a Cornice, mixed with long curtains and a matching operable roman shade underneath.
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Design Considerations For Window Coverings

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

In the world of window coverings a variety of designs and benefits are offered to enhance interior living space. Most people are attracted to a certain look and choose based on looks. However finding the right blind or shade begins with the basic understanding of window covering characteristics and their benefits. Here are some things to consider:

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Living Space
Each area or room in a home has a primary activity. While a bedroom is an area for rest where darkening and privacy is a concern a living room area might have more of a focus on daily activity where lots of light and preserving a gorgeous view is desired. A home office would require soft light to work on your PC while a home theater room requires complete light control. In certain climates windows facing north might require additional insulation while in other parts of the country UV protection could be an issue to protect from too much damaging sun exposure.

Light Control & Privacy
Again you want to look at what degree of privacy or light control is required in an area to fulfill your needs. Bedrooms might need a lot more darkening for a person that needs a room to be completely dark in order to sleep, while another prefers to rise at the crack of dawn and welcomes the first rays of sunlight to filter into the room. Privacy will clearly always be required in a bedroom, which eliminates sheer products all together. When purchasing for a family room, some people might welcome a sheer window treatment to offer a beautiful view into a backyard, while others will have to maintain privacy and compromise with a treatment that allows a view. You want to be very clear what you need out of your window covering in these regards.

Child & Pet Safety
When considering beautiful new treatments this is often overlooked, but should be your first priority. Considering shades for a home with young children and pets should always have products with cordless features. Many products are available with hidden cords or cordless lifting systems and should be at least installed in children’s bedrooms, play areas or possibly all around the house.

Energy Efficiency
Today, homes are built with better insulation, and all the home trends are going towards energy efficient products. This is no different in the window covering industry. In homes where extreme heat or cold is an issue, window shades with additional insulating properties should be considered. While a single layered roller shade might be pretty to look at, a double honeycomb shade or wood blind would be a much better choice to keep the interior insulated.

Operating Systems
While a cordless shade will be nice to eliminate dangling cords, it might not be practical in a window that is hard to reach. Here a motorized shade could be the way to go. Or when considering a window treatment for a huge wall of windows, a stronger clutch operated shade would be recommended versus a standard lifting system that will wear out cords soon. Also, do you want flexibility to open and close slats or will you be happy to have a shade that is either lowered or raised? All these practical and functional issues should be thought about before making a decision on the right window covering.

We always welcome you to call us, we are more than happy to walk you through the different product that will work for your needs.

Design Ideas – White Kitchen

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

So much happens in our kitchen, the good, the bad and all the fun and entertaining. The kitchen has become a center in our homes where people gather and mingle. The design trend is going towards white and neutral kitchens. White always looks clean, inviting, pretty and added bonus is that it never looks dated. Here are some tips to master the look of the white kitchen.

On the example below we have a white stone for your countertops and island has a current and neutral effect. It is both beautiful and calming. The variations in the stone give it a unique character. Those grey or tan lines in the stone help you find the perfect paint for your kitchen walls as well. No need to worry about wear and tear on a light countertop either, once the stone is sealed it will stand the test of time. While keeping it white on the counter tops, to ground the look you might consider a natural base for the island like a weathered wood table. This gives the mostly white kitchen and warm visual center point. For the pantry, open shelving breaks up the white lines and shows off pretty china or serving pieces. A creamy white sink will nicely tie in to the rest of the kitchen, keeping it light and neutral. In the image below we see a kitchen with grey tile as an accent, again complementing the darker vanes in the countertop and creating an interesting back splash.

Regardless of specific details, a white kitchen is never going to get old and will always have the feel of bright and clean. When finished off with white solar shades for a great view out it could make the most inviting spot in your home.

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5 Steps to Brighten Up a Room

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Rooms that have few light fixtures or not enough natural light can feel small and dark. Home improvements and tweaking some things in your room can considerably brighten up a room. Here are some steps that will help.

  1. Choose the right window coverings. When there is only window and that is the source of natural light and it is covered up with a darkening shade in a dark color, you just robbed yourself of the only bright natural light source you had. Even when privacy is an issue, consider light-filtering shades in a light or cream color. An excellent choice could be Comfortex Shangri-La Shades, in the same category as Silhouette shades. Even when they are closed, the room is illuminated with a natural glow of light.
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  2. Brighten up your walls. Even though dark colors can be warm and stylish, when your space is small and light is needed, go for bright and pale colors. Even if painting your walls in a warmer (not dark) color, consider a bright white ceiling, which will reflect in the room and help to brighten the room.
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  3. Replace flooring. A grey tile or dark carpet can literally suck out any light you have. You might consider replacing the entire flooring if it is within our budget or just place some strategic light carpets or rugs to create lighter areas within the room.
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  4. Add lighting. This seems to be the obvious solution. Whether a complete new overhead lighting is in the budget or an additional bright floor lamp, additional lighting can always help. Consider layering lighting to be able to adjust according to situation and mood.
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  5. Choose the right decorations. Tiles of small mirrors hung in clusters can help to give the illusion of another window. Floor length mirrors in nooks or hallways can help as well. Glass décor like a glass mirrored table or wall hangings can help to increase the feeling of openness while attracting more light.
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Solutions for Small Spaces

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

ShelvesSmall spaces can drive us crazy, they can feel cramped, feel small, and we don’t really know what to do with them. We are talking small bathrooms, utility rooms, closets or other small areas that are tight on space.

Here are some ideas and design tips on how maximize small areas:

  • Use Light Colors – Dark colors will make a room appear more compact, light colors and hues will help to open up a room.
  • Utilize Shelves – An excellent way to utilize small walls is shelves. Invest in attractive canisters to store away bathroom essentials.
  • Get the right Window Treatments – Find blinds or shades that work on small windows; stay away from vertical blinds, instead work with light-filtering cellular shades, light-filtering roman shades or blinds that have a small stack, so when the shade is raised, the eye is able to move beyond the wall and see outdoor space.
  • Add a mirror – An easy and great design trick to make a small space appear bigger is a full-body mirror. It helps to visually expand a space.
  • Choose small space furnishings – Decor and furnishings should be small, since items that are too big can quickly feel overwhelming. Neat pieces, compact frames, clean lines help in these areas.
  • Keep it clutter free - In small spaces any additional visual distraction of clutter and items will feel overwhelming. By keeping decorations and other items to a minimum you help keep the space organized to the eye.

Decorate Your Windows with the Outside in Mind

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Comfortex-Shangri-LaWe are always concerned what our window covering will look like when installed, what atmosphere they will create and how they will add to our interior décor. But what shouldn’t be overlooked is how your window treatment looks like from the street and outside of the house.

Have soft Silhouette window blinds in the guest bedroom facing the street, but the dining area has roman shades? Wood blinds in your breakfast area and solar shades in the living room? Driving through neighborhoods and seeing the mixing and matching inside homes from the streetside looks unbalanced and cluttered. Question is, are we decorating for us or for the people driving by our house? Off course it is more important to enjoy the inside of our homes, but the outside shouldn’t be completely overlooked. Most people will not stay in their homes for decades and the time of having to sell your home will come. Keeping certain areas of the home uniform could make a difference for a potential buyer when your house will hit the market. Some people will even invest that additional money to add curb appeal, so the large window area in the front of your house will leave just as much of an impression as everything else.

Even if you aren’t mixing and matching as described above, we hear customers all the time wanting to change products on a door or sidelight window because they feel a 2” wood blind might be too heavy for these little windows. Not at all!! Continuing the flow of the same window treatment is much more pleasing to the eye than switching to a 1” wood blind or breaking away to an entirely different product all together. Many of today’s custom made products come in very narrow sizes, so even sidelights can be covered with the same product you used in your formal living or dining room to keep things uniform and flowing.

Working with Pastels

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

pastelsWe have posted a lot of new information regards to working with colors. Dramatic, strong, soft, pale and today we want to focus on pastel colors.

What effect do pastels have in a room? These soft colors are generally soothing, since they have a near neutral appearance. The washed out or milky look is often preferred in nurseries, but can be used in many areas. Soft pastel colors can be found again in the window shade product lines, mainly in the cellular shades and roller shades.

There used to be a time when pastels were only used in kids rooms. Baby blue and baby pink were the only colors with thought of regarding interior decor. But today pastels have come back in a big way. With soft colors one can create a country cottage look, great for sitting areas or bedrooms. In order to break up the softness of pastels, one could use them for linens and pillows and bring out a masculine touch by using wood blinds or utilizing darker colors in contrast. We have seen quite a trend in kitchen decor where pastels work wonderfully. Also, let’s not forget beside the obvious colors of pink, blue, green ect. Grey and tan colors are neutral colors that are sophisticated and will work with just about any decor.

We suggest, start with one room and get inspired by browsing online images. Let your creativity run wild!

Shades with Floral Design

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here in Texas and many parts of the country everything is in bloom now. Trees, bushes and many garden flowers are popping up giving us beauty and many colors to gaze at. Want to have something in bloom all year around? How about window shades with flowers?

Many manufacturers are offering floral prints. They have come back in a big way! Good Housekeeping shades, Comfortex and Bali offer beautiful flower prints in just about any fabric product line including cellular shades, roller shades and roman shades. We just love how each shade becomes a decor item. See for yourself and decide if this could be something for your home:

The following Good Housekeeping Cellular shade isn’t overpowering but creates just that little something over a standard uni-colored shade.Floral-GH

Here is a floral print on a Comfortex Roller Shade that stands out quite a bit more. It’s clearly the focal point of the room.Floral-CTX

And here is a Bali Roller Shade with some soft floral swirls. This is very dreamy and a great added touch for a bedroom.Floral-BA

One more example of working with floral print, a Good Housekeeping roman shade with a contrasting floral design in black. The shade is the focus of this sitting area.Floral-GH2

Floral is back, it can be quite neutral or stand out and make a statement. It is playful in atmosphere and works in any room.

Add Color to Your Life

Friday, April 4th, 2014

While neutral whites and off whites are classy and calming, they can also get a bit boring. When everything is tone in tone we can easily feel we need something to energize a room. So why not add a splash of color?

A splash of color can come from several sources. Add throw pillows to accent your cream couch. Windows are always a go to. Many color choices are available in the cellular shades product line, but also roller shades or sheer horizontal shades come in colors to energize your surroundings. Sometimes it’s enough to have a huge painting along with a couple of decors to bring out color. Or is it an access wall that will kick it up a notch?

Whichever route you want to go, it is important not to overdo it here. A little color can bring a room to life, but painting the entire room in a strong vibrant color could change the effect from energizing to too busy and aggressive. Working with color is a lot of fun, and can change the appearance of an entire room.

Great colors for spring are greens and yellows. Also very energizing can be peppy blues, as long as they are not too dark. Red is often considered a happy color, again, just a splash or else it will turn to aggressive. Reds can very well be paired with orange in combination. Let the imagination and your taste be your guide!

Here are a few examples displaying window coverings and color:

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Blue and green together screams “happy”. Be sure to always tie things together by having a second item in the same color, like a vase or some other deco piece.

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Here a soft cellular shade in teal. Not too preppy, but certainly enhances the kitchen. Calming and enticing it simply works.

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Here a warm brown brings the room to life. Again, the second item where the color is duplicated is in the comforter. It brings it all together.

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This might be a bit much for most of us, but you never know ;-)

A Different Kind Of Room Divider

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Good Housekeeping

Need your own little corner to place a desk and have your crafting area? Or maybe a little cozy corner is needed to place a chair and hide out and read? Or you could use that additional space to do bills and have your laptop? Instead of reinventing your living space with serious construction and funds, why not use a floating divider?

Good Housekeeping Panel Track shades are perfect to be installed any place you’d like to have a room divider. Simply measure the exact width you would want to separate two areas in a room and determine the height from floor to ceiling. And voila… there is your size needed for a new room divider. With a great array of materials, fabrics and colors to choose from it becomes easy to hide away and do paperwork, read or use it for whatever you have in mind. Panels nicely stack to give great functionality. Draw the panels into an open position or close them again to have your private nook. A traversing wand helps to slide the panels into the open and closed position as desired. It is that simple. Possibly want to have a screened view to keep an eye on your kids? No problem, a solar screen material or semi-private fabric gives the feeling of division without losing sight of what is going on on the other side. In case one prefers a full blown barrier, simply chose a darkening material with lining and full privacy is guaranteed. To finish off the durable headrail track a matching valance can be added to finish the look.

Custom window coverings don’t always have to be for windows only!

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