Posts Tagged ‘cellular shades’
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Small 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.
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
We 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!
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:
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.
Here a soft cellular shade in teal. Not too preppy, but certainly enhances the kitchen. Calming and enticing it simply works.
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.
This might be a bit much for most of us, but you never know
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Are you also one of many people that suffer from sleep deprivation? First you can’t fall asleep and then you wake up too often in the night? It has hit most of us at some point, too little sleep and suffering to get through the following day. Here are some tips could be helpful.
- Most of us have a TV in our bedroom, and if it isn’t the TV it’s the Laptop or tablet that keeps our minds going. To get our minds to rest, it can be helpful to watch TV in the living room and reserve our bedrooms for rest.
- Light can have everything to do with good rest. To ensure that bedrooms are truly dark, window coverings with blackout properties will help to really darken your room. For this blackout cellular shades are the best. Absolutely no light can enter the room and an added bonus is insulation to keep your room cool, which brings me to the next point.
- Temperature should be cool. During night time we tend to rest better when temperatures are a couple degrees cooler than during the day.
- When waking up at night and going for a bathroom break, don’t turn on bright lights. A small little night light is sufficient and will help to keep from switching into a state of being completely awake.
- Make certain that your bed is comfortable to you. Nobody is able to sleep well when the body has to adjust continuously to find a comfortable prostitution. A good, firm mattress or memory foam mattress could make all the difference.
- Noise can also be a sleep robber. Also here, cellular shades can be helpful to keep road noise out, as the insulating properties also help with noise reduction.
Wishing you many nights of rest and good sleep J.
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Now that it’s spring the afternoon sun feels nice. But I know down here in Texas the temperatures are about to skyrocket and that means the afternoon sun can become brutal. What are good solutions to keep the heat and sun out to get some relief?
First you want to think what your main goal is. Do you need to keep the heat out? Or is it more pressing to keep the light and glare out? In case privacy is not an issue, solar shades could be a wonderful solution. Solar shades will cut the heat, reduce UV rays and help to protect furniture and decor from sun damage. With solar shade you the view can be preserved when the shade is lowered. That’s why solar shades are perfect for an area where privacy is not needed. And yet the glare will be cut down and the heat will be kept at bay.
What would be a good product if privacy is an issue? Cellular shades are fantastic for insulation and privacy control as well. Designed like a honeycomb cell the heat is trapped inside the comb, keeping rooms cooler. Cellular shades are available in light filtering of room darkening fabrics. The darkening material is often lined on the inside with an aluminum lining, which makes for a top-of-the-line insulator. Light filtering materials allows lots of light in which is welcome in living areas. Even though light filters through the shade, privacy is insured while insulating the room. Blackout materials are typically used in bedrooms or media room they darken considerably when lowered.
One product that isn’t often considered when looking for insulation is wood blinds. Painted white or off white wood blinds actually insulate very well, while a wood blind with a stained finish wouldn’t be such a good choice for a window with afternoon sun. I would recommend a wood blind with routeless upgrade to eliminate light gaps.
Any of these products will greatly help with afternoon sun, which will make a big difference to increase comfort in your home and help with energy efficiency.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Now that we’re in the summer months, movie studios are bombarding us with a new blockbuster each weekend. The temptation is great too as the 2013 summer movie season includes Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Star Trek into Darkness, The Hangover 3, Fast and Furious 6, Man of Steel as well as indies like Before Midnight and Frances Ha. However, with these movies do come some expenses – well, a lot of expenses actually. Between the cost of the movie tickets for you and your family and the exorbitant prices for the Mike and Ikes and popcorn that your children will demand they have to complete their viewing experience, your summer movie season may be a costly one.
And that’s not all. The prices of the movie and snacks are one thing, but add to that the annoyances that come with finding parking and dealing with people who decide that the movie theater is the perfect place to start a long conversation about how well the school’s bake sale went, and you’ll want to go home after the opening credits. Because of these factors, more and more people are choosing their home base as the place to watch movies. With the advent of Netflix, Redbox, and On-Demand, new movies have never been more accessible, and you can have the movie theater experience at home. But there are some things to know as you create your own home viewing room to make the most of your viewing experience:
- Use shades to control light: Outfitting your windows with sheer shades help to darken the room, so you can replicate a movie theater. There’s nothing worse than trying to watch a key point in the movie and adjusting your shade’s position to try and find that perfect spot where there is no glare on your screen. Sheer shades can darken the room, so your beautiful screen isn’t hindered by escaping light.
- Set up furniture in the best viewing position: Do you remember the old wives’ tale about sitting close to the television and damaging your eyes? While there is no evidence that this is actually the case, sitting too close to the television limits your viewing experience because the picture will look grainy. At the same time, if you sit too far from the television, you’ll need to squint to catch what’s going on. Play around with your furniture and chairs to ensure you, your family and your guests get the best possible view.
- Buy the best equipment possible: While that great deal on the television might seem too good to be true, it might cost you more in the end. A good television and sound system is an investment in years of entertainment. Estimate what you can afford and purchase quality equipment that is close to the number you estimate. Consumer Reports and CNET and other review publications are great resources to help you find the best equipment in your price range.
Monday, April 29th, 2013
In late April, Debbie Woodbury wrote a piece in the Huffington Post on creating a sacred space in your home. As a cancer survivor, she credits part of her healing on reflection. One of the things she mentions is having a corner of a room or a place by her window dedicated to being a sacred space – a place where an individual can just sit, relax and reflect. We are partial to the window idea, so let’s take a look at some ways you can make your window area a scared space.
- Get Cellular Shades to Control Light: The reason why Debbie Woodbury thinks a window space might be a good idea for a sacred space is because windows offer a look into the outside world. If it’s winter, watching a gentle snow on a cool winter night might be soothing after a long day; at the same time, waking up with a cup of coffee on a spring morning as you hear the birds chirp could be the perfect way to start your day. However, if you’re looking for less light to fit your mood, our Comfortex shades can help you control the amount of light that enters your room too, so your space will be just as you like it.
- Put Personal Things in your Sacred Space: Your sacred space should be a place of peace. Bring special things in your space that will make you happy, like a picture of your family or a personal heirloom that conjures up a good memory.
- Make It a Point to Come to This Area Every Day: Everyone leads busy lives, but you should devote some time for yourself at some point in the day. Make an effort to come to your sacred space, even if it’s only for a few minutes to sit and reflect. Afterwards, you should feel more relaxed and ready to take on the chaos of the day.
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Summer is approaching quickly and while it might not quite feel like spring yet, it’s still important to prepare for the upcoming months of warm weather. Right now, you are probably welcoming the sun into your home but it won’t be long before you’re looking for ways to keep the sun from beating into your home while keeping your décor fashionable. Cell Shades use a honeycomb construction with no visible cords or seams.
Cellular shades offer superior insulating properties to keep winter cold and summer heat outside while keeping your home looking great due to the variety of color palettes available. These shades can help save on your electric bill by reducing the temperature and amount of time you feel the need to keep air conditioning on in order for your home to remain comfortable.
Rather than pump up the air conditioning and window fans, it’s cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to simply block out the sun with cellular window shades. Unlike the majority of cellular shades, all privacy levels and light filters are available in our cellular window shades line so you don’t have to completely blacken out a room for the blinds to be effective against the sun.
Unsure about ordering online? Ace of Shades’ blinds and shades are custom products, manufactured to the highest quality and industry standards and we ship all our window shades in just a few days, free of shipping and handling charges (unless oversized) right to your door. Opt for our cellular window shades just in time to beat the summer heat. Call (866) 553-6088 with your questions about our cellular shades and cellular blinds.