Call Toll Free (866) 553-6088
Shop by Product
Articles & Blogs

Archive for the ‘Wood Blinds’ Category

Window Covering Ideas – Neutral Colors

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Window blinds or window shades in neutral colors create a peaceful, light and sophisticated environment. When going neutral, there isn’t any worry if colors are going to clash or if you will get tired of a certain color scheme. Neutral colors don’t show up on the color wheel and include white, off white, gray, black and sometimes brown. Some also refer to them as earth tones, even though that is night quite correct. In window coverings, when we talk about neutral colors, we usually think of whites, off whites and maybe gray. Here are some window treatment ideas that are neutral, but will still bring a breath of fresh air and life into your home.

  1. Sheer Horizontal Shades, better known under the term of Silhouette Shades are a blend of a blind and a shade. Fabric vanes offer the functionality of a blind while the sheer fabric gives the feel of a shade. Available in many soft whites and off whites they are a popular window treatment when aiming for a sophisticated and soft look.
  2. Cellular Shades come in many different colors and off course also in neutrals. They are an excellent choice for bedrooms and living areas where insulation is helpful. The honeycomb cell design traps air inside its pocket and create an insulating barrier protecting from the hot or cold outdoors.
  3. Wood Blinds are and Eco-friendly product made primarily from North American hardwood. They add an earthy element along with clean symmetrical lines providing functionality and beauty in one. The array of whites and neutrals is surely going to allow you to find the right shade for your home.
  4. The same classic look can be achieved with faux wood blinds and composite blinds. They look almost identical to wood blinds but are lower priced and an ideal solution where humidity, direct sunlight or weather exposure is a consideration.
  5. Roller Shades are an old classic in our modern world. Today they are available with cassettes and valances for a more modern look. The fabrics range from linen look to silky sheen and pretty much any material is available in neutral colors. Depending on fabric, the shade can be room-darkening or light-filtering to meet your needs in bedrooms and living areas.
  6. Woven Wood Shades have come back in a big way. The organic materials offer texture and dimension, creating a focal point in any room. Shades are usually constructed from reeds, bamboos or woods and are therefore Eco-friendly.

Considerations When Combining Wood Colors

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

wood-blindsOne of the most enjoyable aspects of decorating is picking out individual furniture pieces and decor items. And then the challenge begins, will the individual pieces you love tie together and seem like a composed arrangement? When trying to coordinate wood tones this can be especially challenging. From dark mahogany or golden oak colors to light birch tones the array seems endless. So here are some things to consider in order to achieve a cohesive and harmonious look:

Main Pieces of Furniture
Large furniture items like tables, armchairs or wood blinds should all be in the same wood tone. Smaller decorating pieces like picture frames and lambs could be in accenting lighter or darker stain.

Different Rooms
In adjoining rooms you might not want to have the same color wood in every area. For example your family room could feature cherry furniture while the adjoining dining room has lighter natural wood tone furniture pieces. In this case the smaller decor items should tie the rooms together by featuring the other rooms wood stain color.

Balancing Wood Tones
In case your larger furniture items for a specific room are not in the same wood color, place them strategically and balance them with your décor. When you place all the light items on one side and the dark items on the other it will throw off the balance off that room.

Keep It Simple
In general you don’t want to mix too many different wooden colors on top of a very busy color scheme. The look will be messy and busy. So in case you have lots of colors you are working with in a room, keep the wood tones in furniture and blinds the same. On the other hand in case you have lot of wooden tones you are working with, keep your colors down to a minimum.

Contrast Woods When Necessary
In certain areas you want to contrast wood items so they don’t appear washed out. This is the case with wooden floors. On a beautiful dark wood floor, you don’t want to see a dark table, here a contrasting lighter wooden piece would be ideal.

Choose the Elegance and Style of Wood Blinds

Friday, March 19th, 2010

 When you buy nice things for your home, it makes you feel good to buy quality that is backed with a good warranty and made to last. But what is the use of something that lasts if you get tired of looking at it? That is why quality wood blinds are a great choice for almost any home. A quality set of wood blinds will last for years and you will never get tired of looking at their timeless style.


Wood blinds are not just for traditional design either. Hunter Douglas makes a complete line of blinds that will work with every kind of decor from Victorian to modern. They have five different styles of wood blinds and a huge array of colors to choose from so you can find the perfect match for your home. The genuine woods collection is made of real oak or cherry, putting something in your windows that is like a fine piece of furniture.


If you need new window coverings for your home, it is well worth the time to check out the options and advantages of wood blinds. A great place to start is online to get an overview of brands, types options etc. Local window covering dealers have all the actual sample books available along with hand samples for you to get a true feel of a product and how it will work in your home. We have the option to send out sample cuttings on most product lines, but the limit is usually six. Still it can be a great advantage to hold up an actual sample to your wall and trim color and find the exact color you are looking for. It is well worth your time to consider the situation carefully because a quality set of blinds will last a long time and you want to choose the right ones so that they will make you happy every time you use them. 

Hunter Douglas Chalet Woods Wood Blinds revamped!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The new Chalet Woods Wood Blinds collection is more beautiful than ever. Hunter Doulas Chalet Wood Blinds are offered and designed for consumers who want Hunter Douglas quality at an affordable price point. The expanded versatile color selection is amazing, ranging from painted to stained, antique specialty finishes to distressed finishes with special markings. The line has been enhanced with added functionality on the 2 ½” slat, now available in a cordless lift option, for your convenience.  


Chalet Woods are offered in two slat sizes, the 2” standard and more common size or the 2 ½” slat size for a bold look and increased view through. An extensive color palette of painted, stained and specialty finishes including distressed, antique and enhance grain are available in the 2” or 2 ½” slat sizes. The LiteRise cordless system is an enhanced safety operating system that eliminates pull cords which has been available in the 2” slat only in the past. It is now also available in the 2 ½” slat size as well. With this system blinds are raised and lowered by moving the bottom rail with the touch of a finger. Select the optional wand tilt control to eliminate tilt cord for a truly cordless wood blind.


Design options are the standard traditional routed blinds or the optional de-Light Feature which eliminates any routeholes for a clean stream-lined look. Any light gaps or privacy wholes are now eliminated. Another option is decorative tapes which run vertically across the blind and give a finishing accent to match or contrast your décor. Each Chalet Woods Wood blind is finished off with a decorative Wood Valance. The choices are a 3” standard valance, which is available on all standard colors or the 3 ¼” Chancellor Valance which can be added at no additional charge and comes standard on the some of the specialty finishes.


The new Hunter Douglas Wood blinds collection has been GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified and GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certified. Every product comes with a Hunter Douglas Lifetime Guarantee.


NEW!!! Comfortex Newports Woods Blinds

Friday, March 27th, 2009

What a variety in colors! Comfortex has come out with new Basswood blinds, combining the warmth of premium basswood with proven performance of their operating system. Newports 2” blinds come in 36 colors – yes, the paint and stain offering is extensive! Many whites and off whites to match any trim or paint color; and a wide selection of warm stained finishes ranging from natural to oak and maple to mahogany.


Newport Woods are offered in 3 different slat sizes. The most popular 2” slat provides a classic look for any window. The smaller 1 3/8” slat is a great option for French doors or smaller size windows and the larger 2 3/8” slat size provides better visibility to the outside and is perfect for large windows.


These Wood blinds are offered at a great price point. Also a great value is the routeless feature, which is offered free of charge at this time. Newports blinds are available with the traditional routing system or the hole-less version to give added privacy and a sleek clean look free of routeholes. Also free of charge are the optional rounded slats, giving a softer appearance to each blind versus the standard rectangular corners.


Other optional upgrades include decorative cotton tapes, the cordless lift system for added child safety or our motorized tilt. And as to be expected, every product comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty for peace of mind J Please look for it on our website, we have just added it – and a SALE is right around the corner!


Window Coverings for your Front Door Side Lights

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

For those of you who have small windows on either side of your front door know that providing privacy and cover for these windows can be tricky and hard to find.  Many people do not realize the possibilities available for side windows and resort to sheers or leaving them bare, which will rob you of the often needed privacy in these areas. Another added benefit when covering the thin tall windows on the sides of your front door is the added insulation. Any window treatment will be better than none. When covering your front windows you should consider that all of the window coverings in the front of your house could esthetically match. You don’t want the front of your house to expose three or four different window treatments, which will take away from the outside appearance.


Today, you can easily find custom window blinds or shades for your sidelights. Depending on brand, you can find cellular shades that are made with a width as small as 6” and they provide privacy while still illuminating a soft glow in the room from behind the shade. Hunter Douglas goes even down to 4”, however, this shade wouldn’t be operable. On narrow windows like this you are limited to the standard cord lift option; therefore a cordless lift or retractable cord will not be available. Also wood blinds or faux wood window blinds (for example Hunter Douglas’) can be made as small as 6”. This narrow blind would be made with a center tilt only up to 11”, at which width a tilt AND lift is possible. Same thing with the aluminum mini blinds. Many of the Roller and Roman Shades are starting at 12” or 16” in minimum width and are therefore usually not ideal for most entry-door windows.


Please keep in mind that different manufacturers have different minimum widths and heights, therefore, contact us anytime for specific product information on any window treatment you might be interested in.

Hunter Douglas Country Wood Blinds…. and why they stand out

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Anybody looking for top notch wood blinds should consider the Hunter Douglas Country Wood Blinds collections. This product clearly stands out in regards to detail and performance. Country Woods are made of premium hardwoods and crafted to the highest industry standards. With more options in colors, decorative tapes and hardware, the offering is the most extensive available.  

So, what does this really mean the product is made of higher quality and enduring performance? Here you go… this is why Country Woods are not ordinary wood blinds: 

The product is manufactured using a unique multi-step process to achieve unmatched results:  

  • Sort – Under strict criteria only the finest woods are selected and sorted to achieve a color-consistent wood blind
  • Preparation – Wood is prepared and sanded to perfection for an enhanced, finished appearance
  • Color – Woods are painted and stained using a proprietary coating process, featuring multiple finished coats for a premium look. Color will not fade or change over time
  • Sealant – Wood is sealed to increase the durability of the wood finish
  • Protective coat – wood is encased in a clear top coat, which provides a protective shield against environmental factors and every wear.

Every blind is made with a Topshield Finish, the ultimate protection for each wood blind: 

  • Fade resistant – resists Ultraviolet sun rays
  • Moisture resistant – the interiors wood is protected, the finish will not chip or crack
  • Scratch resistant – wood finish is hard and durable
  • Chemical resistant – resist common household cleaning solvents

And what about the price? Yes, you get what you pay for, Hunter Douglas Woods are priced higher, but will outlast other products. And let’s not forget – they are greatly discounted here on the net J

Bali Wood & Faux Wood Blinds – Quality & Value

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

First about Bali: This brand has always been known for their mini blinds; today Bali holds a leadership position among all product offerings within the window fashions industry, capturing the essence of today’s decor trends and providing style, and functional attributes at an affordable price.


Wood blinds are a favorite choice for their natural beauty and energy efficiency. Warm wood tones or clean painted whites and off whites complement any decor or style, traditional, rustic, contemporary, just to name a few. The composite and faux wood blinds are today as close to a wood blind look, that it can be hard to tell them apart. They are popular in demand for their moisture resistance and economical price point, while providing a wood blind look.


Bali revamped their wood and faux wood line in 2008 and is offering a great range in the horizontal blinds product line:


  • Northern Height’s Wood Blinds – image below left
  • Design Basics Wood Blinds (economy line)
  • Wood Images Composite Blinds – image below right
  • WoodPlus Faux Wood Blinds (economy line)


The Northern Heights wood blinds include the top of the line real Ash wooden blind, 2” and 2 3/8” wood blind with a wide array of painted and warm wood tones. The Wood Images composites are now available in the 2” as well as 2 1/2” shutter-like slat size. The WoodPlus faux woods are also now offered in the wider 2 1/2” size with a broader offering of colors. Most of these horizontal blinds are available with a NoHoles feature, eliminating traditional route holes for a clean and finished look.


Just follow the links above and check out our competitive pricing.

December rush to save money…

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

With the end of the year in sight we unfortunately need to share with you the news that some price increases on Hunter Douglas and Graber blinds and shades products are coming in the New Year. They have explained their increase in commodity prices, increase in transportation cost and unfavorable exchange rates as the primary reasons. Ace of Shades Window Coverings unfortunately has to pass those increases along; so please be aware that prices will go up on January 1, 2009.


The good news is you still have a couple of weeks to get your window project completed. If your order is placed before the end of the year you can still save some money. This will make new window blinds and window shades the perfect Christmas gift.


We would especially like to point out the great deals we still have in December 2008 on Hunter Douglas Wood blinds, their Faux Woods as well as our Graber line.





Copyright © 2013 Ace of Shades Window Coverings. All rights reserved.