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5 Tips for Decorating Small Rooms

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All rooms have decorating challenges, but among the most challenging are small spaces. Select the wrong furniture, paint color or accent pieces, and a tiny room can feel even smaller. However, this isn’t a new problem. In fact, previous generations lived in much smaller spaces than today, with homes growing an average of 1,000 square feet since 1983. The result? People have come up with some innovative solutions for making your small rooms look larger.  

Use light window coverings and color tricks to transform your small space into one that feels more airy, open and inviting. Here are five simple tips to inspire your efforts:

1. Seek window coverings that complement small spaces. Large shades, such as Roman or cellular shades, can make a room look beautiful. But when decorating a small space, select options that are low profile to enlarge the room (e.g., roller shades, wood blinds and aluminum blinds). These options are subtle and won’t overwhelm the room.

2. Hang shades outside the window. Rooms look even smaller when the windows are tiny. Solve this challenge by mounting shades outside the window, creating an illusion of larger windows and more square footage in the space. Adding additional height and width where the window coverings hang also lets in more natural light.

3. Opt for lighter hues. Dark colors create a bold statement in a room, but if you’re working with a small room, always opt for lighter colors. For best results, select white or off-white window shade fabrics, which open up the space and amplify natural light.

4. Hang an oversized mirror in the room. Hanging an oversized mirror in the small space will help capture natural light, which brightens the room and makes it appear larger.

5. Create more space by removing clutter. Clutter makes a room of any size look smaller. Yet if you have a small space, you may struggle with storage space. Solve this challenge by selecting furniture that has built-in storage. For example, stash magazines, remote controls and other items inside an ottoman with built-in storage.

Do you need assistance finding the right blinds for your home? If so, we can help. For more information, simply call 203-580-3362 today.

Planning and Measuring for New Blinds - Greenwich Blinds and Window Coverings

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Light is critical to how your home looks and feels. Too little light, and a room feels depressing. Too much light, and you lack privacy. New blinds can achieve the right balance, but before getting started, you must measure for your desired results. Plus, you need to answer the important question: Do I want inside- or outside-mounted blinds?

Both styles have benefits; for example, you may have really beautiful woodwork trim. If so, you don't want to cover it up, so opt for inside-mounted blinds. In contrast, your windows might have strange cranks that open that window (not very attractive). In this case, you can select outside-mounted blinds that cover them up.

Regardless of your choice, here's a quick guide to getting started with measuring for both styles:

Inside-Mounted Blinds 

Start by measuring the width, which is the distance from one inside edge of the casing to the other. Measure in the following places:

  1. Top
  2. Middle
  3. Bottom

You might find that the measurements aren't uniform, and if so, that's alright. Simply use the narrowest measurement to ensure that once you install the blinds, they operate easily and there isn't any obstruction.

Next, measure the height of the window, which is the distance from the windowsill to the bottom edge of the upper casing. Do this in three places, just like before. But this time, record the longest of the measurements for use.

Finally, measure the depth of the window. Look for the flat surface of the window (it's where you'd set a cup of coffee without spilling it!). Measure the depth of this surface. Some blinds have a minimum depth requirement, so it's helpful to have this measurement to ensure that your first choice will work in the window.

Outside-Mounted Blinds  

Outside-mounted blinds are more forgiving when it comes to measurements. Start by measuring the width, which is the left-to-right space that the window treatment will cover. Then measure the length. When measuring the length, keep in mind where you want to position the headrail (the housing for the parts that control that up-and-down motion of the blinds). From there, measure to the bottom of the windowsill.

No depth measurement is necessary, so once you have the width and length, you're all set.

Do you need assistance finding the right blinds for your home? If so, we can help. For more information, simply call 203-580-3362 today.

How Window Coverings Can Help You Stay Cool This Summer

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Summer has arrived, and as the season kicks off, many are remembering the high energy bill that accompanies it. If you are fortunate enough to have air-conditioning, using it can be expensive. So in an effort to drive down costs, people wonder, "What are some low-cost solutions that will keep my house cool and reduce energy consumption?"

Surprisingly, 30 percent of the heat that enters your home is coming from the windows. Making a few changes, however, will help keep the heat out and make your home more pleasant this summer.

Leverage the power of blinds

Blinds are by far the simplest and most effective way to reduce your energy costs. It's not enough, however, just to install blinds. You must use them consistently to keep the heat out. With blinds, you can adjust the slats to control the light. During the summer months, always keep your blinds closed. This single action can reduce heat gain by 45 percent.

Use curtains and drapes

Similar to blinds, any existing curtains that you have throughout the home can be used to keep heat out. Keep them closed all day, especially on the side of the house where the sun hits directly. If you're shopping for new drapes, opt for medium colors with white plastic backings. This will reduce heat by up to 33 percent.

Also, hang your drapes very close to the windows. This will prevent additional light from seeping in through small openings.

Use awnings to maximize results

In addition to your blinds and drapes, install awnings outside your windows to further maximize results. In fact, these awnings can reduce solar heat by 65 percent on windows that face south and 77 percent on windows facing west. Awnings, combined with your window coverings, will ensure that you are keeping your house cool and minimizing your energy bill during the hot months.

Do you need assistance finding the right blinds for your home? If so, we can help. For more information, simply call 203-580-3362 today.

4 Reasons Why Shopping at Home Reigns Supreme

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Shopping for New Blinds?

The internet is transforming how   people shop, as they spend minutes instead of hours selecting and purchasing blinds. And while this type of shopping is easy, for some people, getting over the mental hurdle of making large purchases online is a challenge. They'll buy a book on Amazon, but buying blinds feel different.

Making this type of purchase online, however, offers significant time and cost savings. Here are five reasons shopping online for blinds reigns supreme.

Lower Prices

Regardless of your budget, it's always good to come in under the expected cost. In fact, the majority of people who shop online do so to save money, with 42 percent reporting better prices as the primary motivator. And they're right: Buying blinds online does save money.

Online stores have a different strategy than traditional brick-and-mortar locations do. Many offer the same high-quality blinds, but they do so at a lower cost, increasing the volume that they sell.

Convenience and Variety

Even at large blinds brick-and-mortar retailers, there is a limit to the options available. Or even worse, the selection that you want may be out of stock, which wastes valuable time and energy as you begin the selection process over again. Shopping online for blinds offers a wide variety of options, and you can see what is in stock.

If you like something that is currently unavailable, you can quickly move on without investing too much time and energy.

A Faster Experience

People today report having less time than ever. In fact, American workers are said to work the equivalent of nearly one month more annually than they did in 1970. As a result, they need to recapture lost leisure hours.

Shopping online for blinds offers one method for accomplishing this. You can get the task done when it best fits your schedule, without being tied to the traditional operating hours of physical retailers.

Making Returns Is Getting Easier

When purchasing online, you might be thinking, "What if I don't like it? What happens next?" Overall, satisfaction with online shopping is very high, at 83 percent. Part of this might stem from retailers' willingness to make the return and exchange process easier. Before selecting an online blinds provider, make sure you understand their return policy.

Do you need assistance finding the right blinds for your home? If so, we can help. For more information, simply call 203-580-3362 today.

Design Trends for 2016

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Your Next Design Project: Get Inspired With These 2016 Trends 

Even if you've spent countless hours fine-tuning your home's décor, there is likely something else that needs to be done. Maybe it's a room that's outdated, or one that has huge potential but you just need to figure out what   you're trying to achieve. Before diving into that next project, you need direction and inspiration.

As a starting point, check out these five 2016 trends. Because when you intentionally select furniture, window coverings and accent pieces, you can transform your room from average to amazing.

1. A Burst of Spring

Spring is an incredible time. The colors are bright, yet soft, and can totally transform the way you feel. Achieve a new look in your home by embracing the pale pink of spring. Capture the shades associated with blooms and botanical accents, and temper them with shades of gray, which are the perfect complement to lighter chalky colors.

Metals, woods, glass and ceramics can all be used as accents to provide additional textural interest.

2. More Fun, With Geometrics

Looking for a more artsy feel? If so, select bold color patterns and geometric shapes to liven up your room. Break up the mixture of bright colors by tempering them with solid black and white items.

For example, you could select fun, bright, geometric accents and opt for solid-colored - white or black - window coverings and furniture.

3. A Global Feel, at Home

Do you love to travel? Maybe you like visiting different countries and experiencing different cultures, or perhaps you haven't done so but you'd like to. Regardless, you can achieve a global feeling in any room.

Start by selecting global patterns and fabrics (think animal prints and cool embroidery choices). Select items that have a handcrafted, rugged, organic feel. Accent loud prints with soft pastels and deep grays.

4. Strong and Vintage

How do you want to feel when you enter the room? Maybe you want the room to feel strong, yet classic. If so, select dark window coverings and metal accents. Seek furnishings with classic shapes and accent pieces made from leather, copper or wire. Add natural elements for additional texture and design.

5. Upscale Glamour

Achieve a "center stage" feeling by balancing texture and shine. Furniture pieces that have vintage shapes and feels are good choices. Select fabrics that are rich, such as velvet; high-quality linens; and leathers to achieve a contrast of matte and gloss. Finish the room by selecting jewel-like accents to create a glamorous feeling in the space.

Do you need assistance designing your next room? If so, we can help. For more information, simply call 203-580-3362 today.

 

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7 Must-Know Tips for Buying Blinds

Most people don't notice blinds when walking into a room, yet blinds have the power to transform a space. They can flood it with light, or block rays, creating a calm, restful environment. But when shopping for blinds, there are many different options, which can feel overwhelming to the buyer.

Starting with a goal for the room, however, simplifies your options. Here are seven tips to consider before making your next purchase.

Define your lighting needs. How much light should enter the room? For example, you might want a bedroom to get very dark for easier sleeping, yet for a living room, you may want maximum brightness. Decide if you want the space to feel bright and airy, or cozy and dim for sleeping.

Set your budget. Start by prioritizing all windows that need blinds. For example, living room blinds may be highly important because you spend a lot of time in the space. However, you may opt for less expensive blinds for low-traffic spaces, such as an office or guest room.

Select your decorating style. Define what you would like to achieve in the room. For example, should the room feel casual, or more formal? Making this one decision upfront will assist with narrowing your options.

Use optical illusions to accomplish your goals. For example, wider horizontal slats will assist with making windows appear larger. This is nice in smaller rooms or apartments. In contrast, vertical blinds are excellent for windows that are wide, and not tall, such as picture windows.

Plan for cleaning upfront. The blinds you purchase may be installed in your home for years to come. For this reason, it's important to think about cleaning concerns upfront. How much time and effort are you willing to spend on the window treatments? For example, blinds are easily cleaned at home; however, other types of window treatments with certain textures and fabrics may require professional cleaning, and moreover, additional expense.

Factor in family needs. For example, if you have young children in the home, you may opt for cordless blinds or shades to minimize safety hazards.

Define your energy goals. If you live in an area that experiences intense heat or cold, you may opt for insulating blinds. They help block the sun's rays in the summer, and hold in heat during the winter months.

Do you need assistance designing your next room? If so, we can help. For more information, call 203-580-3362 today.



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