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How to Decorate the “Modern Style”

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

livingWant to create the modern look, but aren’t quite sure on how to achieve that look? Here is what the modern style is all about along with some examples and tips on how to create it.

The modern look is all about neutrality and minimalism. Simple color schemes, clean lines, no clutter is what it’s all about. Often geometrical shapes are part of that look, everything is very specific and exact.
Here are some ways to make it happen:

Color
Most often the color scheme in a modern style home is neutral. White, beige, grey or black are great base colors to start with. Strong pops of color are welcome, but not necessary. Colors shouldn’t busy, but as the style suggests simplistic. The accents can be bold as a fiery red, bright orange or grass green.

Appearance
Keep the overall look sleek with clean lines. As mentioned before, geometrical shapes like circles, squares, rectangles and more can be used. Overall these lines should be large pieces and furniture items to avoid a busy look. Sleek sheer horizontal shades, silhouette like blinds, are perfect to complement the simple lines.

Light
Lighting and incoming light are welcome in the modern design. Large oversized windows, many light fixtures are often used as long as they follow the sleek and simple lines look

Artwork
Artwork is a must in a modern living room. Large round mirror, pieces that display a touch of color and are a conversation piece. In the otherwise minimalistic design, artwork creates often a focus point.

Flooring
Tile, granite or even concrete are all well suited for our look. A glossy and polished look compliments what we are trying to achieve. It then can easily be paired with a textured rug to contrast the flooring.

Other Items
We often see glass coffee tables, black and white zebra prints. Pillows overall have well defined shapes, so square or round are great, just not rectangular with rounded corners. Accents can be in chrome, glossy black or lacquered wood to compliment the look.

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Simple Steps To Brighten A Room

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Tired of the same old look and atmosphere in your home? In case you just want to spruce up your home or a particular room instead of doing a complete revamp, here are some steps that will help you brighten it up with just a few tweaks. Here we go:

Get a new Outfit for your Windows
Replace old curtains or dingy shades with new window coverings. Something more modern like cellular shades or soft and sophisticated Sheer Horizontal Shades (similar to Hunter Douglas’ Silhouette Blinds) can completely transform a room. Out with old fashioned venetian blinds and in with new window shades!
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Flowers for a fresh Breath of Air

Whether it is a large bouquet of flowers, flowers from your garden or a even a green plant, your room will instantly brighten up and have a focal point with color. Don’t overlook a colorful vase!
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Lay a new Rug

A simple area rug can completely change the atmosphere in a room. Add shade, texture, color or whatever works in your setting to bring life into your home.
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Accessorize

Here you want to be very selective. Too many accessories can appear cluttered, not enough of them and they seem and feel lost. However, adding just the right amount of accessories like a beautiful vase, well chosen candles holders, baskets, framed pictures or artwork can add that certain something.
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Add Color

What a difference a few throw pillows or a colorful window treatment can make. Add a colorful vase or some bright color in form of a painting on your wall. Especially in rooms that have mostly neutral colors this is a wonderful way to add life.
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Update your Hardware

Have the doorknobs in gold from 10 years ago? Areas can be transformed by adding new hardware. Switch from gold to a brushed nickel or a dark bronze / almost black. This includes hinges, door stoppers handles as well as lamps; it will bring a clean fresh look while looking more modern at the same time.
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Hope these ideas will get you started on adding that little something to your home.

Wall Decor – Stylish Silhouettes

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Here it’s Wednesday, so let’s just keep going with wall art ideas. This might be another do-it-yourself inspiration you enjoy; the one we are showing below will be a great example for your kitchen, but can be applied for many other rooms as long as you change the silhouette scheme.

This artwork is very neutral and other decor pieces should not interfere with it. Whether you have cellular shades, silhouette shades or any other window treatment in your kitchen windows, the Silhouette art will complement it perfectly. Here is what you need:

Four crisp frames to contrast the color of your kitchen wall, copies of pages of old cookbooks and cutouts of kitchen appliances or cooking utensils. Now simply take the copies, preferably you made the copies with somewhat aged looking paper. It could be an ivory paper or linen finished paper. Now take the cutouts and cut out the center of the paper, one at a time. In the example below a cutout for cooking utensils, pot, tea pot and one for a blender was used. This keeps everything and tied together, perfect for your kitchen. Now put everything together in your frames and arrange it in a balanced symmetrical composition.

Voila, hope you love it as much as we do.

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Naturelle Sheer Shades – FREE Upgrade!!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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What a sale!! Let’s just say it’s 4th of July ;-) Don’t miss this fantastic promotion we are offering right now on our Naturelle Sheer shades. Naturelle Sheers are similar to the Silhouette Window Shadings. This popular shade is functional while beautiful. Two layers of sheer materials create a soft, dreamy atmosphere while the light-filtering or room darkening fabric vanes provide privacy and light control.

Now we have added a new lift option to the Naturelle sheer shades. The motorized lift wand allows for a shade free of dangling cords. Any household with young children and pets should consider a cordless shade for added child and pet safety. The motorized wand has a pendant at the bottom with an up and down button to open and close your sheer shade. Simply hold one of the buttons to adjust the shadings position. By releasing the button it stops. A battery wand inside the headrail powers the shade.

The wand is available in white or black to coordinate with light fabrics or dark materials. By having a motorized control attached at the bottom of the wand, one never has to search of a misplaced remote control either.

For the month of July we will offer this upgrade at no additional charge to introduce this new feature. Be sure to take advantage of this free cordless upgrade. There is no limit as to how many shades can be ordered with the Motorized Wand upgrade. Happy 4th of July!!

Beat The June Price Increase!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

price-increaseIt’s that time of year again where prices are going up on some products in the window covering industry. Comfortex Window Fashions usually has their increase June 1st, so now is the time to beat them.

Which products are affected?
One is a customer favorite. The Silhouette shades like product by Comfortex will have an increase of about 3%. All Shangri-La Sheer Shades in 2” and 3” vane size are included in this increase.

Pricing will also go up for Comfortex cellular shades. Also here all categories like the double honeycomb shades, ¾” and 3/8” single honeycomb shades are included.

These increases come from the manufacturers to offset rising manufacturing costs.
At Ace of Shades we always keep increases to a minimum and ensure that our pricing is competitive. That’s why we are giving a heads up; to make sure your money stays in your pocket.

How To Best Clean Sheer Shades

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Do you have Silhouette type shades in your home? Then you are familiar with this problem. Flies and little insects like to get caught in-between the vanes and no the problem is how to get them out. Sheer shades like the Comfortex Shangri-La collection are beautiful yet delicate shades. Two layers of sheers have floating center vanes suspended in-between and it is difficult to get into these spaces to get debris or insects out.

Here is what you don’t want to do! You don’t want to use a vacuum cleaner. A vacuum cleaner has too much power and will possibly suck the fine sheer up, crinkle the vanes and possibly even tear your sheer. For standard cleaning a feather duster will do fine and get the dust off the front layer. However for anything that gets caught in-between the vanes, a blow dryer is a great tool. Your regular hair dryer on a COOL!! setting will help in this situation. It is very important not to use the hot setting as the Polyester sheer can easily get damaged. On a cool setting you can carefully blow small debris and insects out by holding the dryer sideways into the vane space. It will also help to blow out settled dust that might have built up in the sheer material.

For any major cleaning sheer shades can be taken to professional cleaners that offer Ultra Sonic cleaning services. For the day to day cleaning, the methods described will work fine. Hope this little trick will help you keep your sheer shades beautiful and clean!

Comfortex Shangri-La – NEW Motorization Option Coming Soon

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

We are always excited to show off new options for our products, especially when it is a best seller of ours. This new feature will become available on June 1st and would like to show it off and give a quick preview. Comfortex is coming out with a new cordless PowerTouch. Shangri-La Shades are very similar to the widely Silhouette blinds. The new budget savvy motorized lift is ideal for pet with young children or pets.

The new cordless PowerTouch is similar to a wand and available in white or black, depending on hardware option selected. With the push of a button the vanes can be tilted in the open or closed position, as well as lowered and raised. The cordless PowerTouch operates using a push control. It provides complete convenience adjusting vanes between the open and closed position. By pressing and holding the button on the pendant which is located at the end of the wand, the shade starts to move up or down and tilts vanes as desired. Simply release the button to end motion of the shade. The PowerTouch is available in all fabric collections including 2” and 3” vanes size, all light-filtering and room- darkening fabrics. This lifting system is powered by a battery wand which sits inside the headrail, but can be switched to a DC Plug in transformer as well.

This new motorized option is a great way to avoid dangling cords that can be a health hazard for young children or pets. The wand offers a clean look and appearance. It is also covered by Comfortex’ 5 year warranty and has a fantastic price point.

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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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Shangri-La Sheer Shades & Hardware Options

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Choices, Choices, Choices! A good quality product comes with options and so does the Comfortex Shangri-La, a product very much like the Silhouette shades offered by Hunter Douglas. Elegant layers of sheer with functional fabric vanes in-between create an elegant window treatment with simple lines. The fabric can be rolled up and completely hide in a cassette like headrail. Here are the headrail options that can be chosen when deciding on sheer shades.

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  • UltraSleek Headrail UltraSleek hardware offers a soft curved headrail with a minimal top light gap. The UltraSleek rail system conceals the clutch mechanism and comes with a fabric insert matching the fabric vane. The UltraSleek headrail is offered in white or Oil Rubbed bronze to create a finished look to your Shangri-La Shades.
  • UltraSleek Plus Headrail This headrail has all the same benefits of the UltraSleek headrail with the benefit of accommodating larger shadings. Shades wider or longer than 84” have to be ordered with the slightly bigger UltraSleek Plus Headrail. Again white or Oil Rubbed Bronze can be ordered to complete the look.
  • Color coordinated Aluminum Headrail The Aluminum headrail color corresponds with the fabric color of the shade. This headrail is available for the 2” vane shadings only.
  • Motorization Motorized shades are the ultimate in convenience. A shade or a group of shades can be operated with the push of a button. This feature is a must for hard to reach windows. Eliminating the continuous cord adds a clutter free look. A timer can be ordered for automated operation of the shades.
  • Metal Roller Headrail This system features a clutch operated continuous cord loop for easy lifting. Well suited for large shades, easy positioning of fabric vanes is possible. This headrail can be ordered as an under top treatment solution or for a modern look.
  • Door Styles This system is ideal for sidelights, narrow windows or French doors. Door Styles are always in the lowered position and can’t be raised., tilting of the vanes into an open or closed position is possible. The hardware is color coordinated to the shades fabric.
  • Cord Loops The standard cord loop is made of Polyester and is white in color. When ordering the Oil Rubbed Bronze colored hardware the Polyester cord is brown. Beaded chain instead of the Polyester cord can be specified at the time of order and is available in white, black, bronze (metal), or steel.

Our Bestseller

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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We often receive phone calls with questions concerning what our bestsellers are. What are current trends? And what is a great value for my money? Over the past three years, there is one product that has outsold any other product by leaps and bounds!

Comfortex Shangri-La’s, better known under the term Silhouette Shades, is hands down the winner when it comes to most sold product at Ace of Shades Window Coverings. Why have Silhouette-like shades become such a hot trend? That is easy to answer. First of all they are very functional and practical. And isn’t that the essence of a new window covering? With excellent light control, privacy control and stunning beauty they embody the whole package. The soft and feminine look is created by two sheers, one in front and one in back, with in-between layers of suspended fabric vanes, which can be opened and closed for varying degrees of privacy and light-control. Shangri-La Sheer Shades can be lowered with all vanes closed, partially or fully raised or lowered with the vanes in the open position for a soft view outside. The product is in its appearance symmetrical and has sleek even lines which add calming presence to any room. Whether one prefers a light filtering material, well-suited for living areas, or darkening fabrics four bedrooms is a matter of preference. Our quality shade is equipped with a strong continues polyester cord that fully operates the shade. It lowers and raises, opens and closes vanes or tilts to a specific angle. A stylish cassette headrail with matching fabric insert conceals the entire shade when fully raised. Also color selection is plentiful, offering many soft white and off-whites as well as warmer browns and tans all the way to black.

We agree and understand why popularity of this product is so enormous. It is a product that we can highly recommend for its beauty, all around performance and value.

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