Posts Tagged ‘good housekeeping shades’
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
We are back to colors
When you are in the process of deciding how to design or decorate a room, one of the first questions you want to ask yourself is how you want the room to feel? Great descriptive words could be cozy, dramatic, inviting, warm, sophisticated. Once you have made a decision on what your statement is supposed to be, you can start the process. Working with black and white can create a sophisticated, bold, edgy or modern look. Then it is time to find inspiration in magazines, look at fabrics or blogs like ours. Here are some ideas when decorating with black and white color:
Black and White Accent
An easy way to bring some black and white into a room is to work with accents. In the image below are Good Housekeeping cellular shades that create a splash with the black floral design on the white background. Here the shades become center of attention.
The almost black wooden floor gives a contemporary feel to the kitchen. The otherwise feminine white feel of the kitchen is in stark contrast to the more masculine black floors.
This kitchen with the checkerboard tile lends classic personality. The otherwise modern white kitchen allows for a splash of colors to bring the look to live. Here the splash is in form of flowers, but it could be a window shade or top treatment, a plant, tea pot or even small furniture piece. This kitchen pops!
In this kitchen black and white wallpaper with a floral design is used to add to the traditional flair. Soft off whites on the floor and rest of the wall softens the room. A splash of color in the middle of the island helps to avoid a dull look.
When working with black and white you generally stick to few colors. And when working with few colors you can mix patterns! Look at this room with striped curtains, lines on the comforter and traditional wallpaper. A little bright color on a pillow and a small accent wall make it all work.
In this bedroom the black on the bedspread and walls is delicate and inspired by fine lines. The fine lines create a soft, feminine look.
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.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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!
Friday, April 26th, 2013
You’re about to indulge in a subject that’s not talked about every day – the history of window covers … a surprisingly wondrous subject worth exploring.
After reading this, you’re going to appreciate the window furnishings in your home every time you part them, roll them up, or tie them in a not.
You’ll think of Cleopatra, laying in her bed, surrounded by leopards and pharaohs … renaissance characters like Elizabeth I, Shakespeare and Machiavelli, writing at their desk and studying court documents in a room decorated with long, elaborate window curtains … and unfortunate events like The Great Depression and the housewives who used rags instead of fanciful drapes to blind the outside light.
Ancient Egypt: Origins
Ancient Egypt was arguably the first civilization to conceive interior decorating, as we know it today. From the beds they slept in to the cushions they sat on while playing board games like Senet, they appreciated comfort and custom design. It was also fairly easy for affluent Egyptians to acquire the look they wanted due to Egypt’s production of certain textiles.
The spinning of linen and flax is native to Egypt and was in large supply back in the day. After taking an interest in fashioning the home, wealthy Egyptians began accessorizing. Things like bed drapes, sheets, and window curtains became essential pieces in all homes.
The Renaissance: Same Style, Different Design
Fast forward thousands of years and affluent people living during The Renaissance were decorating their homes with curtains similar to the Egyptians. Some of them were still made out of linen and flax, but textiles that were easier to obtain like cotton were dominant. People who were especially rich were able to cover their windows with drapes made from silk.
Although the hanging style didn’t differ from the style used in Ancient Egypt, the design did. Like the dresses women wore, curtains attained a puffy characteristic. Much like the women flaunted their wealth with their dresses, the curtains flaunted their light-blinding sill with their balls of fabric clumped together at the top.
The Great Depression: Simplifying
The Great Depression obviously wasn’t the first occurrence that forced people to simplify their homes, but it still serves as a relevant depiction.
In the 1900′s and earlier, interior furnishings became cheaper and more available to people in all financial situations. Curtains weren’t considered a luxury item anymore – they were considered a natural element in all homes. But, when The Great Depression struck, window curtains ceased to be considered a natural element. Things like food, clothing and bedding were prioritized.
Those who were lucky could spare a sheet to block out the early morning sun. Others, however, weren’t so fortunate. They needed every piece of clothing and bedding to stay warm during the winter. Because of this, a new window drape – a worn rag – came to be.
The Modern Day: Options Galore!
Today, there are countless window cover options. Whether you’re own a budget or swimming in money, you’re sure to find the curtain right for you.
But wait … curtains?
Yes, of course they still exist, but window blinds are the new popular form. They’re easy to install, easy to control, and easy to clean. Some of them even provide insulation benefits like cellular window shades. During the winter, they work with your heater to keep warm air in and, during the summer, they work with your air conditioning unit to keep warm air out. In addition to looking good, they’re also very practical.
Today, we have so many stylish and affordable options to choose from. The first characteristic can be attributed to civilizations like Ancient Egypt while the second can be attributed to the modern industrial world.
Whether you’re a fan of Good Housekeeping shades, Bali blinds, or custom drapes, remember this: there’s a history in everything worth appreciating, even window covers.
Monday, November 5th, 2012
Almost 6 months ago we added the Good Housekeeping blinds and shades to our online offering. We wanted to take a look as to how this product line has stacked up to the other brands.
First of, we absolutely love how well rounded the product line is. Ranging from a solid selection in cellular shades as well as fabric roman shades your choice are solids, textures and patterns. Roller shades also offer a great variety of materials, all coordinating with other categories in their stunning prints, colors and patterns. Completely new to us are the vertical panel track shades, which are such a well suited product for large windows or even as a room divider. We love having a product like this now! The horizontal shades and blinds complete the offering, where our vote goes to the Sheer Horizontal Shades, that always translates into sophistication and beauty.
While Good Housekeeping experts put their emphasis on style and quality when they put together this line, they didn’t overlook the importance of safety for households with children and pets, including many products with cordless options. We think that is of utmost importance, considering the accidents that happen every year due to dangling cords which create a serious safety hazard. So, two thumbs up for offering a product with safety in mind.
Unlike other brands the Good Housekeeping brand is sold through authorized internet retailers only. How is that an advantage? It allows to offer products at best possible pricing. No marketing costs and overhead go into the big box stores or other local retailers that have to be serviced, and that means savings to you! Samples are always available through our sample ordering system, making it convenient and easy to view colors and fabrics first, before ordering the product of your choice.
But what stands out, is of course how every shade is backed by a solid warranty. The Good Housekeeping products are backed by the familiar Good Housekeeping Seal. In case a product bearing this seal is found to be defective, the manufacturer will repair it, replace it, or refund the cost to you, the customer.
So, even though this product line is also somewhat new to us, we can say a couple of things for sure: The line is beautiful and can be purchased worry-free, we believe it is simply a smart solution for any home owner.