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Designer Secrets to Mixing Patterns Successfully with Window Coverings

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Designer Secrets to Mixing Patterns Successfully with Window Coverings

Ever wonder how to mix patterns to create that perfectly polished look, without it looking 'too busy'? Keep these 3 golden rules in mind, you will be an expert at combining patterns:

  1. Stay within the same colour scheme
  2. Mix using different sizes & styles of patterns
  3. Throw in a solid colour to give the eye a rest

Window coverings and pillows are the ideal way to incorporate pattern into your room to create that 'wow' factor and allow your personality to shine through.

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In this photo, you can see the 3 Secrets of Mixing Patterns Successfully in action: 

  1.  Colour Scheme: Choose colours that blend beautifully and when set on the same neutral background, make the mix even more eye-pleasing. Don't feel compelled to match colours perfectly, but try to find patterns that have at least one colour that is similar. The floral fabric on the pillow was the inspiration to create the colour scheme for this space.
  2. Different size & style of patterns: The pattern on the pillow is a different scale compared to the medium sized geometric pattern in the drapery panels. We can see that the floral pattern paired with the geometric design works in this space as the colour is repeated in the same placid blue.
  3. A solid colour to give the eye a rest: This is done with the red accent pillow that is strategically placed between the floral pillow and geometric drape to give the eye a rest. The white chair and white sheers also help to create some relief and highlight the colours and patterns at the same time.

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  1. Colour Scheme: inspiration came from the drapery fabric for this room. Grey is used in the fabric horizontal blinds behind to create depth and a layered look. We also see the grey in the carpet, artwork and accent pillows. For the yellow, there is a yellow vase on the shelf, accent pillows and the yellow roses on the coffee table.
  2. Different size & style of patterns: We have a large pattern on the carpet and a medium pattern on the drapery panels, which complement each other
  3. A solid colour to give the eye a rest: The solid colour blinds, carpet and the alternating solid accent pillows nicely give a break for the eye.

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In this photo:

  1. Colour Scheme: inspiration came from the drapery fabric for this room. Grey is used in the fabric horizontal blinds behind to create depth and a layered look. We also see the grey in the carpet, artwork and accent pillows. For the yellow, there is a yellow vase on the shelf, accent pillows and the yellow roses on the coffee table.
  2. Different size & style of patterns: We have a large pattern on the carpet and a medium pattern on the drapery panels, which complement each other
  3. A solid colour to give the eye a rest: The solid colour blinds, carpet and the alternating solid accent pillows nicely give a break for the eye.

Now that you know the 3 secrets to mixing patterns like a pro, you can have some fun with combining fabric designs in your own home.


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Karen Pemberton, Window Fashion Design Specialist provides solutions for both large and small-scale residential and commercial custom window coverings projects. Owner of Budget Blinds S.E. Toronto, Budget Blinds specializes in providing vast array of custom drapery, blinds and shutters to suit every budget with over 100 locations Canada-wide and offers an exclusive "No Questions Asked Warranty."

Website: www.BudgetBlindsDesignersChoice.com
Phone: 1-888-888-7957


7 Tips to Make Your Home Bloom on a Budget

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Seven Tips to Make Your Home Bloom on a Budget

Décor Ideas to Create a High End Look on Any Budget

As winter is edged out by spring, many homeowners are eager to refresh their homes while being mindful of their budgets. The good news is homeowners don't need to break the bank to spruce up the place.

"There are many budget-conscious things homeowners can do to polish the look of their homes", said Karen Tsao-Pemberton, who owns and operates the local Budget Blinds franchise serving the Beach area.

Karen offers these suggestions to brighten your rooms for spring:

  1. While paint colour can change the mood of a room, window coverings can change the way light reacts with that colour.
  1. Adding a simple drapery panel to an existing window treatment softens harsh angles, adds a bit of drama and makes a room more inviting. 

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  1. Professional decorators repeat an accent colour three times in a room - once in the lower third of the room, once in the middle third, and once in the upper third of the room. We suggest repeating that accent colour with a drapery panel, coordinating throw pillows and a throw rug. 

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  1. To save some money when buying a drapery panel, ask your style consultant about stopping the fabric at the floor than allowing it to puddle. 
  1. Swap your drapery panels and accessories seasonally. 
  1. You may wish to choose faux wood over real wood. The benefit is faux wood resists warping better than real wood and is an excellent choice for humid rooms like kitchens and baths and is more economical than real wood blinds, shutters or silhouette style blinds. Plus it is a major upgrade from those aluminum mini-blinds that can easily get bent or verticals that have missing slats. 
  1. Create a "wow" factor with our new Decorative Window Film. Get a beautiful stained-glass look for your windows, or a serene patterned frosted glass etched with vines or damask for the trend setters.

   

Karen Pemberton, Window Fashion Design Specialist provides solutions for both large and small-scale residential and commercial custom window coverings projects. Owner of Budget Blinds S.E. Toronto, Budget Blinds specializes in providing vast array of custom drapery, blinds and shutters to suit every budget with over 100 locations Canada-wide and offers an exclusive “No Questions Asked Warranty.”

www.budgetblinds.com/southeasttoronto

416.243.0007

What’s Hot for 2014 in Window Covering Designs

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What’s Hot for 2014 in Window Covering Designs 

 Many of us leave our window coverings as the last part of the design process. When things become too overwhelming, we tend to procrastinate. Window coverings can pose as a design challenge that we don’t want to deal with or seem like a major investment so we keep putting it off, at the expense of having to stare bare view – or worse, having that feeling of living in a fishbowl where people can see in. For 2014, it’s time to tackle this task and here are the top 5 trends to turn your window area in your new favourite and fabulous focal point.

1. Texture  

 We have become very particular about what touches our skin.  Our home interiors need to feel good as well as look good. We want to be as pleased as much in the touch and texture as the color. Natural elements such as woven woods made of grasses and reeds are a great way to bring in texture. Soft comfortable fabrics with texture bring dimension and smooth sleek surfaces will be the main focus for 2014's home decor.  

 

2. Sleek lines with Organic Light 

Simple, sleek lines are dominating window fashions in everything from flowing drapes to chic sheer Roman shades. Creating sleek silhouettes against a window instantly lends a clean, modern look to any window and room.  Organic light is a huge bonus so if you have huge windows be sure to let as much light in as attainable. This can be accomplished by either making use of light, transparent, airy coverings.

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 3. Patterns

 Strong geometric patterns have been seen on fabric and furniture for the last 3 years. In 2014, we will see those dominating lines softened and classic, floral patterns replacing the angles. Try updating your current look by introducing floral pillows to your existing decor. Pairing a geometric drapery panel with a bold floral pillow will work well in the right colour scheme and update your look. Go for it and have fun!

Some of the stronger floral patterns can be overwhelming for some. Ease into the bolder floral prints by combining them with a white or neutral background. Consider a solid white sofa with floral pillows if you are easily “the faint of heart” regarding floral.

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 4. Colors

Blue is taking reign and made top index of 2014's most prevalent colors. As with past years, shades of blue-green (teal, turquoise) are growing in popularity, but expect to see more monochromatic schemes of mid-tone blues.

Yellow is also trending strong for 2014 in design. This color can be quite tricky. Too strong and it can be blinding, too light and the punch can be lost. Try pairing it with grey, taupe and sand to get the perfect accent color in the space.

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 Find a custom blind & drapery company that can also make you custom pillows to bring in the hot colours of the year that also include violet, green and orange. Neutralizing these bright colours, homeowners can use softer shades of natural, organic colours to pair and create a fabulous focal point that is inviting and pleasing to the eye.

5. Motorization & Technology


The ultimate in luxury is having all your blinds, shades and drapery raise at the touch a button. One New Year’s resolution I’m committing to fro 2014, is waking up earlier in the morning to work out. The snooze button is far too tempting to hit, but if you have your blinds programmed to open at 6am, it is harder to ignore! Make 2014 your year and splurge on this luxury feature. It may even help you improve in other areas of your life!

Karen Pemberton, Window Fashion Design Specialist provides solutions for both large and small-scale residential and commercial custom window coverings projects. Owner of Budget Blinds S.E. Toronto, Budget Blinds specializes in providing vast array of custom drapery, blinds and shutters to suit every budget with over 100 locations Canada-wide and offers an exclusive “No Questions Asked Warranty.”

Website: www.BudgetBlindsDesignersChoice.com
Phone: 1-888-888-7957

How to Decorate Window Coverings with Pantone’s Spring 2014 Trend Colours

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How to Decorate Window Coverings with Pantone’s Spring 2014 Trend Colours

In the fashion world, designers are getting ready to take their Spring collections down the catwalk. In conjunction, the color authorities at Pantone released the hot hues you'll see on runways, in stores, and on the street as the weather warms. Our job: Take those colors and show you how to use them in your homes with window coverings and accent pillows. After all, much like an outfit, every room needs a pop of color!

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 DAZZLING BLUE

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 This roller shade has a cute button with colour blocking in the right hand corner which adds whimsy. Partnering the dazzling blue with reds is a great way to punch up the boldness.

  

PLACID BLUE

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These area's furnishings are awash in a sea of blues, but slight variations in tone and subtle floral prints or geometric patterns take the place of sharply contrasting hues.

 

HEMLOCK

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Using the hemlock colour as an accent in the drapery, pillows, bedding and lampshades paired with neutrals creates a very soothing and fresh palette for this bedroom.

   

CELOSIA ORANGE

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 This bold colour can be used in splashes for drapery and you can pair it with a contrasting colour for balance. 

 

PALOMA

 

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Greys still reign as a popular neutral, but it doesn’t have to be boring! We used the Paloma grey in this striped roller shade with shades of light greys and black which almost creates an accent wall. Another great way is to use grey to colour block in drapery.

 

FREESIA

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Another bold fresh colour can be used for drapery and accent pillows. Here the yellow is paired with the Paloma grey so that it doesn’t feel too overpowering.

 

 

Karen Pemberton, Window Fashion Design Specialist provides solutions for both large and small-scale residential and commercial custom window coverings projects. Owner of Budget Blinds S.E. Toronto, Budget Blinds specializes in providing vast array of custom drapery, blinds and shutters to suit every budget with over 100 locations Canada-wide and offers an exclusive “No Questions Asked Warranty.”

Website: www.BudgetBlindsDesignersChoice.com

 

Phone: 1-888-888-7957

 

 

Top 5 Problems with Condo Blinds and How to Fix it

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Top 5 Problems with Condo Blinds and How to Fix it

Condos today come with beautiful floor to ceiling windows that are wall-to-wall, but when it comes to actually living in the space these very same windows that you loved for the view or light can quickly become a real challenge.

Once condo owners move-in, you usually find that you are facing one or more of the following problems:

 

1)           “It’s too bright in the bedrooms.”

You are being woken up way too early in the morning – or worse yet, there is a lit-up billboard, street lamp, or flood light from the pool streaming into your bedroom at night making it problematic for falling asleep

 Fix It Solution

 - Blackout shades or drapery will help darken the room for you. But be careful! Not all blinds are equal when it comes to room darkening. Roller shades are the most popular condo blind, but they leave gaps on the sides that allow light to stream in. If you are super-sensitive to light or work shifts and don’t even want to know it’s daylight out there, you can do a few things to covering up the annoying gap of light

- Add side panels of drapery that have a blackout liner at the back

- Ask the window covering specialist for side channels that mount on the mullion. These are about 2” wide and will allow the blind to slide it and cover the gap of light along the sides.  You will need a cassette or fascia to stop the light from coming in at the top

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2) “It’s too hot. My air-conditioning can’t keep up in the summer even when on full-blast. I never even need to turn on the heat in the winter because it gets so warm in here.”

  Your condo unit likely faces south or west. You probably loved the sunset views but are now usually sweating inside your suite from the heat of the day by sunset-time.

 Fix It Solution

 

  - Putting an energy efficient blind up will definitely help you keep your cool .

- There are great two-in-one blind options so that you can still get light filtering during the day using the front blind, but when the intense sun comes around in the afternoon, you will want the blackout blind at the back lowered. You will notice the difference immediately!

 

 

3)        “I feel like I live in a fishbowl and am on display, but I don’t want to lose the light in the living space"

- There are many blinds that offer privacy AND light filtering options, similar to a frosted window – but, the best thing is that you can raise the blinds and still enjoy the view when you want!

- For condo-owners who are high in the sky - if think you don’t need blinds – trust me, we can see you at night when stuck in rush-hour traffic or from a distance! We can see your furniture, your art, what you’re making for dinner and what you are watching on TV

 

  

4 )“I have a bulkhead in the way which makes it hard to find the right size of window coverings. Measuring this seems tricky”

 

- Find a window coverings specialist who can measure this for you, as you won’t want to get it wrong & have to pay twice for your custom window coverings.

 

 

 

 

- There are lots of solutions from roller shades to drapery that can work around the bulkhead problem

 

 

 

 

5) " I hate having to raise and lower 8+ blinds every day – especially since some of them are hard to reach”

 

-  Motorize your blinds so that you can raise or lower them at a touch of a button. It doesn’t get more convenient than that!

 

 

 

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Five Ideas for Warming up Your Space this Season with Window Coverings

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Five Ideas for Warming up Your Space this Season with Window Coverings

As the countdown to the holiday season has officially started, many of us are looking to finish off the look our homes to get ready for entertaining and welcome guests. To pull together a polished look in your home, you will need to start planning now as window coverings can take between 2 weeks to over 4 weeks to be custom made and ready for installation. Here are five ideas to warm up your space with window coverings.

 

Tip #1: Layer window Treatments for a luxurious look and to create warmth

 

Our favourite look is seeing Roman Shades layered with drapery on top to give the room depth and interest. The drapery heightens your room by bringing your eye upwards and is a great way to anchor any space. You can have decorative panels that are stationary on the sides purely for looks and to bring in colour or texture into the room.

 

The Roman Shade in a window frame provides the functionality of privacy and light control in a tone-on-tone coordinating grey. Having layered window coverings also will help you with energy efficiency, so if you have drafty windows, this is certainly going to make your space warmer as well.


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Tip #2: Don't be afraid of using pattern

The great thing about using window coverings with pattern is that it is retractable, so you can have a dramatic look when it's down, or minimize the pattern when you have the window covering up.

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Tip #3: Don't be afraid of dark colours

 

Darker colours will help to create an inviting feel and draw people into a space. It also makes a larger space feel cozy. If you have neutral coloured furniture, having dark window coverings as a backdrop will really allow your sofa to stand out in the room. 

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Tip #4: Choose Energy Efficient Shades

 

Did you know that cellular honeycomb shades have the highest insulation factor for window coverings?  The pockets in your cellular honeycomb blinds trap the cold and diffuse it before it even enters your house. This will keep the chill out where it belongs. The cellular honeycomb shades come in light filtering or blackout. And the best part is that you can do a top-down bottom up application to get privacy but still enjoy natural light and see the sky and trees without feeling like you are in a fishbowl to people passing by. 

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Tip #5: Add texture and bring nature indoors

 

Using woven wood blinds that are made of grasses, bamboo and reeds adds texture and warmth to your space. To give the woven wood blinds a modern feel, you can pair it with a sleeker drapery style.

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Karen Pemberton, Window Fashion Design Specialist provides solutions for both large and small-scale residential and commercial custom window coverings projects. Owner of Budget Blinds S.E. Toronto, Budget Blinds provides a vast array of custom drapery, blinds and shutters to suit every budget with over 100 locations Canada-wide and offers an exclusive "No Questions Asked Warranty."


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Decorating small spaces

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 Decorating a small space can be a challenge, especially when it comes to window treatments. However, there are plenty of ideas to choose from, including drapes and sheers, window shadings, top-down bottom-up blinds and other modern window treatments that will suit your home. Read on to learn about the top five window treatments for small spaces.

 The Top 5 Window Treatments:

1. Drapes and sheers are coming back in style full-force. They create softness in the room and can also help you increase energy efficiency by keeping warmth inside during the winters or keeping the heat and UV out during the summer - and still complement your existing decor. Adding a 12” – 16” banding at the top of drapery can draw your eyes up in a small space, elongating the height of the room (see picture).

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  Drapes made of sheer fabric can make even a tiny bedroom seem airy and spacious.  With a blackout roller shade in behind the sheers, you can still enjoy room darkening from the morning sun or bright street lamps.

Monochromatic colour schemes can also make the space feel larger as it keeps the space clean and streamlined; sheers help create that look while adding softness and texture.

Boutique hotels use this layering technique of window coverings often for style and function.

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You can even add draped fabric along just the sides of windows versus having full panels that will make a space feel enclosed. Spruce them up with vintage necklaces as curtain tiebacks for chic and trendy look.

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2.       Window shadings such as Silhouette-style blinds and Illusions shadings offer a gauze-like fabric within the blind that keeps any room open and airy. They are the ultimate in window covering sophistication and transform natural light into a warm luminous glow. They offer 3-looks-in-1!

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 A soft look with the vanes open looking through the gauze material 

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 Closed for light filtering or for privacy 

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 Completely disappears when rolled into the 3” cassette to enjoy the view!

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 lightbulb At Budget Blinds, we are one of the only companies that also offer a room darkening roller shade that comes in the same cassette! This is great for an office that you want to also use as a guest room for sleeping. The best feature is that you don’t require any additional depth in the window opening – all you need is 1.5” of mounting depth and you can enjoy both the window shading and the room darkening roller shade all-in-one! 

 

3.       Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades are great for small spaces since you can still enjoy the natural light and seeing the sky or trees while maintaining privacy from pedestrians.

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Shades don't have to be boring, either; you can find these window treatments made of fabric, bamboo and other great patterns or textures.

 

4. Light filtering roller or solar shades are a fantastic way to keep it light and airy but still get privacy. They roll up into 3” into the ceiling so they don’t obstruct any of the view or natural light coming in when you don’t want to see your window coverings. 

Solar shades allow you to see the outside, even when the blinds are down making the space feel much bigger. This is a great option for condos that don’t have privacy issues and are high above the city or lake-facing.

 

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  lightbulbBudget Blinds is the only company to offer an exclusive “No Questions Asked Warranty” where even if you (or your pets or kids) damage, abuse, misuse or stain your blinds, we will replace them for you one time – no questions asked! This is on our Signature Series blinds.

Roller shades in a laser-cut pattern brings the outdoors in along with a natural diffused light:

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5. Window film offers security and privacy. It also increases energy efficiency in your small space by blocking some of the heat and glare caused by sunlight.

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  While you may not want to use window film for kitchen window treatments, this light filtering material will work well in an office, on arches, shower doors, any glass door or on transom windows in condos or lofts.

 
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 Karen Pemberton, Window Fashionista

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