Archive for the ‘Roller Shades’ Category
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.
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.
And here is a Bali Roller Shade with some soft floral swirls. This is very dreamy and a great added touch for a bedroom.
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 is back, it can be quite neutral or stand out and make a statement. It is playful in atmosphere and works in any room.
Monday, March 24th, 2014
Spring is here, just in time for Bali to come out with new and fresh fabrics. Bali’s roller shades have been revamped with a versatile collection of stylish new materials and colors.
Roller shades are practical and easy to operate. A continues beaded chain helps you to lower and raise the shade to desired height, helping to control light and providing privacy depending on the thickness of the fabric. The beaded chain can be replaced by a cordless lift to eliminate all cords. This is a great way to go when having young children or pets in your household. Child safety first! Still in the collection available are “Classics” like their vinyl coated blackout shades the popular “Manhattan” light filtering or room-darkening material as well as the pearlized “Gemstone” fabric. However some of these popular materials’ outdated colors have been replaced by newer fresher tones. Entirely new fabrics include the “Harbor” and “Cascade” collection. Also now available are friendly new swirls and prints giving more options when accenting your windows. Our website is user-friendly and lets you preview all these fabrics and colors by simply hovering with the mouse over the magnifying glass in front of each link.
All roller shades can be paired with a cassette valance or square corner valance for a finished look. Call us to get pricing on decorative scalloped hems and trims. These new fabrics and stylish colors will make it easy to give your room a fresh new look this season.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Are you about to purchase shades for your windows? You will have to make the decision whether to dress them plain or to dress them up when it comes to our Roller Shades.
Roller shade products are widely known. However, when ordering roller shades today there are numerous new options available. The old-fashioned rollup shade that exposed a roller tube up on top is still available today. This is a standard or as I would call it plain roller shade. Nothing wrong with it and it works in many applications. The material falls usually off the back behind the tube and exposes the roll in front. This could actually also be reversed, where the fabric rolls off the front, kind of like a waterfall.
Want to be dressier? Order a cassette, almost like a valance. A cassette is like housing for the tube, concealing the roll and giving it a sleeker cleaner look. Cassettes usually have a matching fabric insert to match the rest of the shade and give it uniformity. Unlike old-fashioned roller shades today standard shade has a continuous beaded chain to lower and raise the shade. This allows for precise positioning. Would like to go cordless? With a sleek modern grip or an optional tassel the shade can be cordless to ensure child safety. Today’s roller shades come in an array of fabrics and colors, with more selections than ever before. Even the largest of windows can be covered with Roller Shades when choosing a quality brand. So why not think of a roller shade when decorating a room and going instead of plain Jane too dressed up? Check out our pictures below and always feel encouraged to call with questions you might have.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
What are the design trends we are seeing and hearing about this fall? One of our favorite designers has the following new design trend:
This season it’s time to forget the match all look. The trend is moving away from the sterile all matching feel to a warmer more relaxed look. The contemporary style offers clean lines, creating simplicity and simple appearance. No clutter, little color, often white on white. The traditional look on the other hand is created by utilizing rich colors, accessories where antique furniture often is the foundation. By mixing contemporary and traditional decor you create a fresh and youthful look. We love it!
Here is what this could look like: Take a traditional couch as the center piece and pair it with contemporary chairs. Or you might want to revamp a sofa with a cream colored fabric and accent it with pillows in floral print. You get the picture… how interesting these pairings could be.
However when mixing such contrasting styles it is important to include calming elements, says Sally the interior designer. We would recommend sheer window shadings for this. Our horizontal sheer window shadings like the Comfortex Shangri-La would work well in a contemporary as well as traditional environment. Clean lines are calming, making sure that the room does not turn into a busy chaotic scene. The sheer front and back can help here to soften the look.
We are thinking another great product to compliment this mixed styles and doesn’t overpower is a roller or solar shade. When choosing a roller shade, it is important to go with a solid material; we would want to skip all patterns or prints to take out anything that creates “busy”. Roller and solar shades don’t have additional pleats or lines making them a great element that soothes and tones down ;-
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
It’s finally here. We had been waiting for a while to see a cordless lift option on the popular Envision Roller Shades. While the continuous beaded cord is great, for a clean, streamlined look the cordless is the way to go.
The new cordless lift is one of the smoothest roller systems in the industry. This featured slow rise system controls the shade as it lifts to the top, leaving the shade safely in position. The shade with this lift is available up to 92” in width (depending on fabric) and is therefore also great for large windows. At the moment this feature is available with the standard headrail / roller tube only. But it won’t be long, and it will be available with the cassette headrail as well.
Most important thing about the cordless shades is that they are safe for children’s areas or households with pets. This month is October, safety awareness month for the window covering industry! We are reminded of how many accidents have happened that lead to injury or even death. Cords can be the worst health hazard in your home, it is so important to eliminate cords where one can.
To start this introduction of cordless roller shades with a bang, we have decided to practically give it away for $9.75 per upgrade. So hurry, this price won’t last long
Friday, September 24th, 2010
Bali has come out with their revamped Roller Shades and Solar Shades line. Fresh fabrics, bigger selection and a new lifting system have arrived.
First about the fabrics: In the Solar Shades line we find new materials that cover the 7% and 5% openness category. Also new: We find texture. Besides the traditional screened Vinyl on Polyester material, we now find texture, warmer colors and grass or woven inspired looks. New materials include Steppe, Shoji, Arbor and more. In the Roller Shades line we also have new fabrics in the offering. New prints and fabrics with sheen, grass-inspired feel, or sheer fabrics have been rolled out. These new fabrics are Tuscan, Gemstone and Fiddlestix. Colors are fresh and modern and work with almost any decor.
Bali is also introducing the new Dual Shade function. The Dual Shades allow you to have two shades in one. Two fabrics can be combined. You now can pair a sheer solar shade material for a screened view out with a darkening material for light control and added privacy. Two shades are sitting inside a decorative large curved cassette, the left chain operates the sheer material, whereas the right shade lowers and raises the room-darkening shade or vice versa.
Also new is the SmatPull retractable cord. To eliminate cord loops which can be a hazard to small children and house pets, a retractable cord has been added to improve safety. This cord always remains at a constant length when retraced.
Bali Roller Shades usually come with the exposed tube. The shade is operated by a plastic or stainless steel beaded chain. Upgrades can be made by ordering the cordless lift, SmartPull or motorized lift for added convenience. Another option is to conceal by adding a curved fabric covered cassette headrail or a square corner valance.
Please feel free to browse the newly added products. We’d be glad to send color samples for you to review. Every shade comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty and is priced just right
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Our Bali Roller Shades are gorgeous, offer smooth operation and versatile functionality. But there is always room to improve
Bali has just re-done their Roller Shade line, which means more fabrics & colors inspired by the latest fashion-forward styles and colors. The fabrics choices cover different opacity levels great for different rooms in the house. New fabrics types for all Bali Roller Shades include sheer, light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout materials. Some of these material include Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Confidence Textiles, which certifies that fabrics are free of harmful chemicals and meet all VOC content limits.
Also new is the Dual Shades, which combine two Roller or Solar shade fabrics in one shade, giving added versatility to privacy and light control.
Bali is also introducing the new Smart Pull lifting system for their Roller shades. The new lift system raises or lowers the shade with a gentle pull of the cord, the cord always remaining the same length. No long dangling cords or pooling unattractive cords on the floor! The traditional and continuous cord is great for large and traditional windows, where the cordless lift or motorized lift is preferred by houses that are looking for child and pet friendly operating systems.
A very popular option to give a roller shade a finishing touch is Bali’s square corner valance or the cassette headrail which feature a matching fabric strip to cover up the roller tube. The valance is attached to the front of the shade, connected by the same mounting bracket that holds the shade. The cassette is a housing that holds the actual tube, with a slight curvation to its design, working well in more contemporary or casual décors. Another added personal touch is the hem and trim option. The gimp trim can be a coordinating or contrasting color, making the design options and possibilities fun!
As all Bali products, the Solar and Roller Shades are covered by a no-hassle warranty, to give our customers assurance of quality craftsmanship!
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Many homes are equipped with drapes to cover the windows and while these work to a certain degree, they are not nearly as functional or attractive as new roman shades or roller shades. They offer the warmth of a fabric with the modern convenience of a shade.
Curtains usually give you only two choices, either open or shut. And most of the time, neither of these is what you want. The perfect answer lies somewhere in between open and shut and roman shades or roller shades allow you to find this perfect happy medium so that you can get the perfect balance of light and privacy in any room at any time of the day.
Roman shades have a very elegant, traditional look. When closed, they hang over the window in large pleats. Then you can use the cord to draw them up and they pleats fold up into each other until you are left with an attractive bunching of material at the top of the window. Even open the fabric provides weight and color to the window. When shut the heavy, solid look of the roman shade adds warm and intimacy, as well as privacy, to the room. More functionality can be added with the top down feature, which will allow you to lower the shade from the top down. This way you can have privacy at the bottom while enjoying the openness of you window on top.
Roller shades are great for a versatile, contemporary look. They are easy to use and since they roll up very compactly they make an excellent choice for large windows. They also come in a variety of fabrics that allow you choices in color as well as transparency. So depending on how you use the room, you can find just the right shade for your decor.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
Roller Shades are back!
An old favorite has been revamped, and is now offered with options like never before. The fabric choices available today are plentiful, ranging from simple to classy, meeting the most exquisite taste.
Important to point out is the fit of a Roller Shade. Roller Shades are different than any other blind or shade. The deductions taken off the fabric and tube on inside or outside mounts are much bigger than on any other window covering. A Roller Shade mounted on the inside of a window casing, has two little brackets that “grip” around the sides of the shade. The tube has a pin on each side, which rest inside these brackets. The construction of the shades therefore has a tube that has to be quite a bit narrower than the opening of the casing. Same thing with the fabric, it has a deduction taken off the ordered width that is bigger than any other product, in order to properly spool on the tube.
The deduction taken off the fabric ranges from a little over 1” (providing a clearance of +1/2” on each side of your shade) to almost 1 ¾” (clearance is 7/8” on each side). It is not possible to simply order the shade wider than the opening of your window fram, since a fit is not possible, once the pins and brackets are installed. Therefore, for everyone who is looking for a room-darkening product, working with an inside mount application, be aware of the light gap!! The product might not be the right choice, if this gap will bother you. Also, having a gap on very small window applications might not be what your personal preference is. In such a case, please look into other products where small deductions are taken. Cellular shades have minimal deductions taken, Comfortex even makes a system which eliminates this light gap altogether by using a track that is mounted on each side. Another solution is to simply switch to an outside mount application, where the shade can overlap each side by the desired amount.
For anybody interested in the beautiful Roller Shades, we have provided on each product page a “mounting requirements” section, which does display the finished dimensions of every product avoiding any surprises. And as always… give us a ring when uncertain about any technicalities or any issues for that matter. We love to help!
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Roller shades are a highly popular window covering that is mostly used in screen rooms and bathrooms because they are durable, easily maintained and simple to clean. Roller shades are window coverings made from vinyl, laminate or fabric and are available in a variety of thicknesses. Roller shades are made up of a single sheet of fabric and are raised by a spring like mechanism that retracts and closes by manually pulling on the bottom corner of the shade. The vinyl and laminate roller shades are fairly easy to clean and can be cleaned using simple house cleaners.
When attempting to clean fabric roller shades you will find that they are not as forgiving when it comes to cleaners as the laminate and vinyl roller shades are. Fabric roller shades require regular maintenance to assure that they do not get damaged from dust and dirt. Fabric roller shades should be regularly vacuumed using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner and dusted. It is possible to clean fabric window roller shades by lightly spot cleaning with a clean cloth and hot water. Vinyl and laminate roller shades are simple to clean because the material is not absorbent but instead repellant. This makes the roller shade a great window covering choice when you need durability and style. The best cleaning solution for vinyl and laminate is a regular all purpose cleaner such as 409 and Mr. Clean. Simple wipe the dirt off with a damp cloth and some all purpose cleaner and they will look like new in no time.