The Blinds Review.

The definitive guide to all things blinds & shades.

The Blinds Review cuts through the hassle of all the confusing data amongst the sea of window blinds websites. It's your one stop shop for expert reviews, relevant seasonal style guides and image galleries to help you make a decision...quick!

Filtering by Category: home decor

Take Safety Into Consideration When Choosing Window Treatments for Kids’ Rooms

Although the options are pretty much limitless in terms of color and style when it comes to choosing window treatments for your kids’ rooms, you have to be aware of some basic safety issues that can arise surrounding window treatments.

First, you need to make sure that there are no hanging cords on blinds or shades in a child’s room. Hanging cords can be a serious strangulation hazard, and many children die each year after becoming entangled in the cords. Instead of corded blinds and shades, opt for the cordless versions, or even the motorized versions, these are going to be much safer to use in a child’s room.

loweslevelorblinds.jpg

Second, you need to make sure that the blinds and window treatments cannot be pulled down onto a child. Not only could the child be injured when the rods or valances fall onto them, they could potentially suffocate if they should become trapped in the billowy fabric of draperies. Instead of using long, flowing draperies in your child’s room, opt for more simple valances that are custom decorated, or blinds that are going to be contained within the frame of the window and less likely to be pulled down onto the child.

Third, it is important that window treatments are not too close to the sleeping area, such as the bed or crib of a child. Children are naturally curious and likely to grab onto anything that they are able to reach, so keeping all window treatments out of reach, especially from their bed because they are generally unsupervised while sleeping and early from awakening, is important.

Finally, make sure that there are not any accessories that could pose a choking or poison hazard. Small beads used as accessories or accents may be inadvertently swallowed, or could cause choking in a young child.

For a child’s bedroom, it is usually best to keep the window treatments simple and safe. There are still plenty of options to choose from to make the child’s space special and unique, but safety should always come first when choosing the window treatment and other decorations. Some of the safest options would include cordless mini blinds, cordless Roman shades, or even motorized wooden blinds. These will bring the least amount of danger into a space that needs to be ultra safe. Keep any small objects or accessories well out of reach, and the child will be much safer. Window treatments can still be used to enhance the décor wonderfully, while still meeting the basic, yet very important, safety standards that any parent would want to adhere to.

Bring a Touch of Warmth With Wood Blinds

Ask any good home decorator or interior designer and they'll tell you the best inspiration comes directly from Mother Nature.  There's simply no beating the beauty we can find in the natural world and, as a result, some of the most stunning homes are decorated with a feel for nature.  This principle is demonstrated perfectly with hardwood floors which have been used for generations not only for their durability but also their versatility.  Their rich colors and innate warmth can be used to make a room feel both relaxed and inviting or professional and studious depending on the tones of the wood and the surrounding environment.  Options with wooden blinds can achieve this same effect either in conjunction with or without a wooden flooring plan.

selectblinds7.jpg

Wooden blinds are now available in a number of different options.  Traditional hardwood blinds are often painted or stained to match the color scheme of a room but can also be used in their more natural state.  This allows the natural beauty of their grain and pattern to decorate a room and bathe it in a warm glow.  As the blinds are set to allow filtered light through; that light bounces off the rich warm tones of the blinds before coming into the room making the light glow with those same warm tones and colors.  If the rest of the room is decorated in light and neutral tones, this will result in a light warmth, ideal for cozy living rooms, bright kitchens and inviting entertainment areas.  Blinds with a richer tone can be used in a darker or more warmly colored room to add to that warmth, keep light to a minimum and is ideal for the study, home office or even the board room.  These darker, richer colors result in a Mahogany feel, most commonly associated with old fashioned home libraries and a classic or traditional feel. 

Options in wooden blinds include natural wood as well as faux wood.  Faux wood is created to looks exactly like natural wood but at a lower overall cost and also built to stand up a bit better than natural wood.  Although wood is naturally quite hardy it is, of course, susceptible to the elements.  With blinds the main concern is with fading.  As the blinds are bombarded with sunlight every day, fading is an unfortunate but natural side effect for natural wood blinds.  Faux wood blinds can repel these effects much better and are an ideal alternative for rooms which get a lot of sunlight.

Wooden blinds and window treatment options can give any room a natural warmth and glow that can only be found in nature.  Even faux wooden options are able to replicate the look and feel of natural wood but are able to stand up better to fading and sun bleaching.  The end result for decorators is a beautiful look that brings a feel of Eco-friendly green decorating at a price which leaves a bit of green in their wallet as well. 

About the author:

Adelle Steele writes website content with a customer focus for various industries.  Her articles inform consumers about their best options for just about anything under the sun, including options to redecorate a room.  She focuses on customer friendly options, such as window treatments, that will not only improve the look of a room but are also able to be done on a budget and which can essentially pay for themselves over time. 

 

Special Window Treatments For Arched Windows

Arched windows add a touch of elegance to your windows as well as provide extra light to the room.  Showcase their beauty with fitted shades or blinds.

There are many homeowners who struggle with ideas for covering their arched windows.  These architectural features are usually found over doorways or other windows, providing additional glow to the room from natural light.  One of the best solutions to filtering some of the extra light they give while not covering their aesthetic appeal is to install custom made blinds or shades.

On their own, arched windows make a lovely decorative focal point that a homeowner should hesitate to cover with curtains or drapes.  They can still obtain privacy and light control by installing blinds or shades on the interior of the window.  This can be done easily with hardwood blinds, faux wood blinds and most types of cellular shades.  How you want the room to feel, and the amount of privacy and light filtration you need, will be the deciding factors for the blind or shade you choose for the arched window.

Sunset arches are one of the most popular choices when it comes to covering an arched window.  They provide consistent light obstruction along with complete privacy while still allowing the window to remain a decorative feature in the room.  The only drawback to these window coverings is that they cannot be adjusted to allow more or less light in.  This is a viable option for a room that is already flooded with natural light.

Cellular shades will work perfectly in an area where you want an element of privacy while allowing sunshine to filter in.  You can find them in a variety of colors letting you further enhance the eye catching appeal of the arched window by incorporating it into the décor of the room.  You may not be able to open and close it as you would on a rectangular window, but you can choose a soft color for more light or even blackout shades if you want to block sun rays completely.

If you like the idea of being able to open and close the window covering for the arch at will, than wooden blinds are your best option.   Once they are custom fitted to the shape of your window, these act just as regular blinds do, letting you make adjustments to suit your needs.  Wood gives a room a warm, sophisticated ambiance that will pair perfectly with the architecture of the arched window.  If the window is in a hard to reach area, talk to your blind dealer about adding motorization to give you remote control over opening and closing the slats.

Measuring for shades and blinds on an arch window is not the same as with your other windows.  In addition to the dimensions, it is a good idea to also give them an accurate template of the true shape and size of the window.  A trusted blinds dealer will be able to help you with this.

It makes good decorating sense to take advantage of any special architectural detail in the home and use it as a highlight in the space, not cover it up.  Custom blinds and shades are the perfect window covering to help you make that vision a reality with the beautifully structured arched windows. 

Easy Breezy Summertime Windows

When summertime finally arrives, most people look forward to opening the windows to let the sunshine and fresh air into their homes. Even if you are lucky enough to have summer-like weather all year round, a change of window treatments can bring a living space back to life and give the place a different feel. There are many choices today when it comes to dressing a window, but there are specific ways to welcome the warm rays of the sun along with gentle breezes while blocking out the heat of the day or compromising privacy.

Start With a Clean Canvas

Start with sparkling-clean windows. Here are some helpful window cleaning tips:

Clean windows on a cloudy day to avoid having them dry too quickly, leaving streaks. It’s easier to see spots and smudges, too.

Use a clean soft cloth for drying the windows or even black-and-white print newspaper. Both pick up dust and dirt without leaving cloudy streaks.

Use a high-quality window cleaner or make your own by combining one half teaspoon of liquid dish detergent and three tablespoons of vinegar with two cups of water.

Wipe in small circles to absorb all the liquid and to remove all dirt, pollen and grime.

Lighten Up

Use summertime fabrics, such as delicate lace or crisp linens. Sheer curtains can give you a bit of privacy while allowing the air to flow through your windows. Woven shades made of wood or bamboo can give the room an airy, beachcomber look and adds privacy and blocks out light.

Get Footloose and Fancy Free

Embellishments can take a plain curtain and give it some personality and pizzazz. Sew mother of pearl button or seashells to your curtains. You can put them in a pattern, or for a bohemian vibe, attach them randomly. It may take you some time, but the beautiful results are worth it.

Think Outside the Hardware Box

Use cup hooks, knobs or upholstery tacks to hand tie or tab top curtain panels along either side of your windows. They add a unique touch to the overall look of a room. Look for interesting ways to tie your curtains back, such as using jute or long strands of straw for a country summer feel. Cut and clean small tree branches to either embellish or to use in place of a curtain rod.

Mismatch for Whimsy

Although the steadfast rule has always been to hang curtains that match, consider changing it up a bit to create a whimsical, eclectic look for the summer months. Hang wooden blinds on one window – you may want to pick the sunniest, hottest window in the room, and then place curtain panels on the windows on the opposite walls. You could also put sheer or white curtains in between a pair of patterned panel drapes – a cool, classic summer look.

Block Out Peering Eyes and Hot Rays

If your windows are on the street or sidewalk level, you can hang sheer or lacey curtains half way up a window or install window blinds that move from the top down. This modern look can also block out the harsh rays of the sun, so the room will feel cooler and your furniture fabrics won’t fade out.

Choose a Summer Palette

Use summertime colors that compliment your existing walls and floors. A beach palette, such as sand, ocean blue, coral, yellow and sea foam green all give you that summer feel. Yellow curtain panels on a window can brighten up a room and give it a lighter feel.