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Your Guide to All Different Types of Shutters

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Your Guide to All Different Types of Shutters

Shutters have a crisp design that looks great in any home. Keep reading for the ultimate guide to all different types of shutters for indoors and outdoors.

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Homeowners spent a record $361 billion on home improvements, maintenance, and repairs in 2016. Home improvements are particularly popular since they can add value and style to your home.

One way to create visual impact both internally and externally is to add new shutters. Shutters don't just change the look of your home, they can also be functional.

We're here to tell you all about the many types of shutters you can choose from.

Location

The first thing you'll need to decide is whether the shutters are to be put on the outside of your house or used on the interior.

Interior shutters can help change the look of a room. They can also add privacy by blocking windows to prevent others from seeing in.

More often, homeowners install shutters on the exterior of their homes. Some types of shutters are functional and can add privacy or protect windows during windstorms and other adverse weather.

Those living in hurricane-prone areas often use shutters as an economical means of protecting windows during storms.

Shutter Design Styles

Several different panel styles are available. The panel style not only determines the look of the shutter, but also the functional value of the shutter.

Louvered

The most popular types of shutters use louvered panels. This design uses overlapping slats to offer a country-like look to the home.

Louvered shutters are available for both internal and external use.

Raised Panel

This style uses raised box-like designs to create rectangular features that stand out from the rest of the frame.

As with louvered shutters, these are great for both external and internal uses.

Shaker

Like raised panel designs, shaker style shutters have a flat body with the rectangular shapes. However, the shapes are recessed instead of being elevated like the raised panel design.

Both for internal and external use, these shutters offer a stylish addition to your home.

Plantation

These types of shutters add southern charm to your home. The use of louvers or angled slats allows light to shine through the shutter. Many come with adjustable slats allowing you to control the amount of light passing through the shutter.

Plantation shutters are typically used inside of homes, although they are sometimes added to the outside of the home.

Board and Batten

As the name suggests, this style of shutter uses a series of boards linked together using crosspieces extending extend over the boards. This offers a rustic look to your home.

Board and batten shutters are typically found on the exterior of houses.

Scandinavian

Visually like board and batten design, these types of shutters add a series of cutouts and carefully cut designs. Traditionally this style of shutter is thicker than other shutters to help protect against weather.

Like the other styles of shutters, Scandinavian shutters are available for both internal and external use.

Combination Shutters

This style uses more than one shutter styles. One popular combination uses a solid shutter on the bottom and a louvered style on the top of the shutter.

These styles are often used in the interior of the house and can help control the amount of light coming into a room.

Amount of Window Coverage

When selecting a shutter, one thing to consider is how much of the window you want to cover. While most people think of shutters as covering an entire window, this is not always the case.

Cafe-Style

As the name suggests, these types of shutters draw their inspiration from cafes. Rather than cover the entire window, cafe-style shutters usually come in plantation style designs and cover only the bottom part of the window.

Cafe-styles are available for both internal and external uses.

Tier-on-Tier

A great option, this offers 2 different sets of shutters vertically stacked on top of each other. This allows you to block part of the window completely while the other part is left open.

If you'd like to block the lower half of your window but leave the upper half-open, this is a great option for you.

Full Height

As the name suggests, these shutters cover the window from top to bottom and are most often the type found on the exterior of houses.

Accordion Shutters

You may think of shutters as being a single panel, but some shutters can fold like a closet door. This allows shutters to cover wider windows.

Also, accordion shutters are useful in controlling the amount of light since you can be partially open or close the shutters depending on your need.

Shutter Materials

Once you've selected where you want to put the shutters and what style you want, you'll need to pick what shutter material to use.

You have many choices of materials.

Wood

This is the traditional material for making shutters. With many paint and stain colors to choose from, it is easy to change the look of the shutter.

However, wood shutters will need painting or staining regularly to protect them from the elements.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is more durable than regular wood and better able to resist the effects of weathering.

Like regular wood, it can be painted a variety of colors to suit your tastes.

Laminate

Made of different sheets of wood glued together, laminate materials are especially good at protecting against rain. Like wood, they need regular painting or staining to protect them from the elements.

Metal

Using metal creates a sturdy shutter, although it can dent or chip. Metal types of shutters can be painted any color.

PVC

Vinyl shutters can stand up to the effects of sun and UV rays. This material is often used for exterior shutters that do not open or close.

Foam Synthetic

This material can create a wood-like body with a synthetic metal surface and foam interior. The foam provides insulation and is good for use in areas with extreme temperatures.

What Types of Shutters Are Best for You?

With all these choices of shutters, you're wondering what's best for your home. Not to worry, we're here to help.

Whatever your need or design taste, we've got you covered. We offer a free in-home consultation to help you select your shutters.

See why our customers rave about our service then give us a call.

You'll be glad you did.

10 Window Treatment Ideas and Trends for 2018

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10 Window Treatment Ideas and Trends for 2018

The right blinds, shades, and drapes can pull together any room. Read on for 10 window treatment ideas and trends you have to try in 2018.

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With curtain prices ranging from free DIY solutions to $1,500 per window, there are window treatment solutions to fit every kind of budget.

The right kind of window treatment ideas can turn your house into a home and bring a lot of style to any room. Following trends can make the difference between a stale looking room and someplace where friends and family want to congregate.

One of the strangest trends in recent years is the number of young professionals moving to urban spaces and skipping window treatments altogether. Not only do their homes lack privacy but they can also appear unwelcoming and stale.

Rather than leave your windows looking naked and your home perpetually just-moved-into, take advantage of the latest in window treatment ideas and trends. Here are 10 of the hottest concepts in window dressings.

1. Au Natural

Plastic blinds, polyester curtains, and other synthetic materials aren't as popular as they were a decade ago. Because more people are choosing to go green in every aspect of their home life, eco-friendly window treatment ideas have never been cheaper to execute.

Bamboo, woven shades, and grass materials are now appearing in trendy magazines and trendy homes all over the world. They add a grounded earthiness to your home and can often have just as much elegance as fabrics and other standard curtains.

2. Go With a Pattern

Solid colors were in for a while, as more people took on the mid-century modern or minimalist look. As things have loosened up and more people are embracing warmer homes, patterns have replaced solids.

In a room with a minimal or modern design, pattern window treatments can be a surprising focal point. If you coordinate them with the furniture in your room, you could make your space more fun with one simple addition.

3. Let The Light In

You can have beautiful and high-quality treatments that still function to let light into your room. Sheer fabrics allow for you to keep your artificial lights off while still adding privacy and style.

If you want to make the most of your natural light, think about bring pinks, blues, and greens to enhance the feeling of your room. Traditional whites and off-whites are nice but could leave you feeling a bit stale in some of your favorite rooms in the house.

4. Accessorize

If you want to get a more customized look, you don't have to use items as you find them on the rack. You can get a store-bought curtain and add custom trim, beads, buttons, or even shells depending on your personal style.

For people with the talent on a sewing machine, you could create something totally unique. You could even turn a store bought item into something a little more stylish with some simple pleats.

5. Layers Are Lovely

Layers find their way into fashion and home decor in relative cycles. Some people are using black-out shades beneath sheers. This creates a sense of depth in your room while also adding some functionality.

In places like bedrooms and bathrooms, where you have a need for constant privacy but love a little light, this could be the way to go.

6. Repurpose Something

For years, people have taken on the classic DIY trick of turning flat sheets and tablecloths into cool looking blinds.

This is one of those window treatment ideas that works if you're on a budget and you want to look stylish. Go the extra mile and stitch on some extra fabric or ribbon ties. A colorful fabric shower curtain could give your room a little new life.

7. Try Window Film

One of the simplest and low maintenance options for the last few decades of window decor has been vinyl film. They can help you hit that sweet spot of giving your privacy while letting the light in.

They come in clear, clouded, or multicolored varieties and can come printed with all sorts of different patterns.

Most of these films are relatively inexperienced. The only issues you'll find is that you need a very steady hand to apply them and they're one of the more permanent window treatment ideas.

8. DIY Patterns

If you have some solid colored curtains that you already love, why not add something special to them. You could add some trim, beading, pom-poms, some embroidery if you're feeling really ambitious.

If you've got the tools to screen print, you could print a pattern all over your curtains to reflect the direction you want to take your room in. If you're decorating your kids' room, let them go wild with some adhesive puff paints and decorate their own curtains as a family project.

9. Honeycomb Blinds

Honeycomb, or cellular blinds, have recently fallen into fashion. They are extremely stylish but they also trap air to insulate your windows during the winter.

They can be made very high-end but they're often quite affordable. The simplicity of design and installation makes them a very accessible high-quality of design.

10. Textures Are Big

Along with the organic materials mentioned at the top, there are a lot of ways to add some texture to your window dressing. Whether they're thick and embroidered or a sheer and lacy kind of style, one of the hottest trends in window treatment ideas are curtains you want to touch.

The same goes for blinds. Interesting materials attract the eyes and hands in equal measure.

The Hottest Window Treatment Ideas Warm Up Your Home

The point of having great window treatments in your home is to express the essential qualities of your design intentions. If you're interested in creating a warm and expressive domicile, there are lots of great options. If a high-end design is number one, there's a well-designed solution for just about every budget.

If you're interested in other ways you can dress up your windows, contact us for more tips.

What Window Treatments Are Best for Sliding Glass Doors?

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Window Treatments Are Best for Sliding Glass Doors

Some windows are easier than others to determine which window treatment best fits your home, style, and window. You’ve got your Bothell bedroom figured out, the kitchen looking spiffy, and the home office has the perfect level of lighting. What about the sliding glass door? You love having one in your home - it creates an open, light feel with the extra natural light and efficient outlet into the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. But when it comes to window treatments, what is best? Is there a way to have the style you love, with the coverage, privacy, and practicality you need? In one simple word: yes! Below, Bothell Budget Blinds lays out the best options for you and your sliding glass doors.

Vertical Blinds

Typically the most used window treatments for the sliding glass door, vertical blinds are popular due to their no hassle and practical appeal. We’re sure you’ve seen them in action in many homes, apartments, and office buildings. They have multiple operation options including chain control, wand tilt, right draw, left draw, and split draw for personalized control of your view. They can also be cordless or motorized, kid and pet friendly.

When you think of vertical blinds, you probably picture the generic white or off white version. But did you know there are many more options? Bring on the class and elegance while still using vertical blinds. You can choose Vinyl vertical blinds, available in a beautiful array of vinyl patterns and hundreds of colors. They are highly durable and can withstand strong heat, direct sunlight, and high humidity. Or, you could opt for fabric vertical blinds that also have a wide variety of colors and weaves (to add texture to the room), yet still continue looking crisp and wrinkle-free because they have invisible, sewn-in weights.    

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Vertical Blind Alternatives

Not necessarily into the classic vertical blind look? No worries, Bothell Budget Blinds has several options that will bring a unique flare to your space perfect for living in Washington, while still providing the practical functionality of your sliding glass door.

Vertical cellular shades - come in the same soft cell sizes, fabrics, color options and opacities as their horizontal counterparts, and offer the same energy efficiency benefits.

Sheer vertical blinds - delicately filter incoming light to create an inviting ambience to any room, and instantly transform your windows into the perfect view.

Sliding panel track blinds - offer a modern and structured appeal to your home, and are available in a wide assortment of on-trend fabrics to choose from. They also come in oversized panels with varying widths to provide consistent overlapping. Plus, they look pretty cool if we do say so ourselves.

Roller shades on panel tracks - come in over 50 screen styles with varying amounts of opacities for your ideal light setting, and offer UV protection.

Woven wood blinds on panel tracks - are an eco-friendly option, available in a variety of natural woven grasses with unique patterns and rich tones.

You never have to give up your personal style and vibe for practicality and functionality. You truly can have it all. Whether you have a more natural tone in your Kirkland or Bothell, Washington home, or you love all the patterns and colors - there is something perfect for your sliding glass door that will enhance your look, not stick out like a sore thumb. Enjoy your space, and if you need a second pair of eyes, we are only a phone call away.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your Mountlake Terrace house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

What Window Treatment Is Best For The Bathroom?

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Window Treatment Is Best For The Bathroom

No matter where you live in the Pacific Northwest, no matter if you reside in a house, condo, apartment, townhouse, tiny house, castle...we all have this in common: there is a bathroom, and it most likely has a window. Now, what you do with this window is usually a little different than any other room of your Bothell home. The bathroom tends to have specific needs, privacy included. But just because this room serves a particular function, doesn’t mean you have to ignore your style or theme. With so many options at Bothell Budget Blinds, you’ll have a hard time choosing what you like best for your little sanctuary. Because no two bathrooms are the same, we’ve come up with some of our best options to share with you - to match your window size, shape, and style in a room you see every single day.

Window Treatment Is Best For The Bathroom FAUX WOOD

Faux Wood

Easily one of the top bathroom window treatments, faux wood blinds are ideal for this space because they are so versatile; elegant while made to resist moisture without cracking, warping, or collecting mildew. Super easy to clean, they are hassle free yet classic all at the same time. Because the slats point either up or down when closed, it’s virtually impossible to be peeped in on from the outside - unless you choose to keep them open in a very easy visual accessible area.

Woven Wood

Woven wood shades offer a natural and contemporary look to the bathroom. The texture of these unique shades not only add visual interest, but also play a huge role in diffusing the natural light, creating a soft atmosphere. They are the best of both worlds by letting the natural light in, while still giving you a sense of privacy.

Window Treatment Is Best For The Bathroom COMPOSITE SHUTTERS

Composite Shutters

Composite shutters are able to stand up to high humidity areas and effectively resist fading and cracking due to their synthetic materials. Because of their durability, composite shutters work well in steamy bathrooms, and are excellent window coverings for higher levels of sun exposure by offering an easy way to control light and privacy. These window treatments are also low maintenance, easily cleaned, and are available in five frame styles to work with a wide variety of unique window shapes and sizes that you sometimes find yourself facing in different restrooms.

Vinyl Horizontal Blinds

Vinyl horizontal blinds are one of the most functional and affordable window coverings available. They are highly resistant to heat and moisture, making them a perfect choice for sun-facing or humid bathrooms. These simple blinds are the essence of functional design, as they are stain resistant and easy to clean. Available in a variety of colors and textures, they can be easily mixed and matched with your existing Kirkland, Washington home decor. They also come with additional privacy options, such as cloth tapes that can cover gaps to increase light control and provide you with additional privacy.

Window Treatment Is Best For The Bathroom ROMAN SHADES

Roman Shades

Perfect with almost any design or aesthetic, roman shades are a beautiful yet practical option for the bathroom. With endless color and pattern options, it will be easy to match your shades to the room. These shades allow you to control natural light, add softness to the hard surfaces of the bathroom, and help absorb sound. And guess what, there are actually fabrics you can choose to help withstand high moisture, as in a bathroom.

Whatever your goals are for your bathroom, there are multiple options for you. This is one area you can’t escape going, so create an atmosphere that feels good to you. Need help? We happen to know a few experts who would love to lend a hand.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your Mountlake Terrace house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

Custom Window Treatment Highlight: Bamboo Shades

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Custom Window Treatment Highlight _ Bamboo Shades

Ahh, Bamboo Shades. Even saying the name brings an instant vision of relaxation. There’s just something special about these shades that create a whole different atmosphere. That’s why Budget BlindsBothell is giving extra attention to this unique choice, because no matter where you live, even high in the Pacific Northwest, bamboo shades are always a great option.

What’s So Great About Bamboo Shades?  

Aesthetically Pleasing:

Bamboo shades have a look like no other shades out there. Because bamboo is naturally grown in warmer climates, it’s natural for the style to bring that same type of feel, even if you are living in Washington during the winter. They have an amazing way at creating texture in a room, adding a level of depth, an important element to create an overall appeal.

Bamboo shades complement everything from hardwood floors, to thick carpets or fiber rugs - styling both masculine or feminine. They seem to add a feeling of peace and tranquility, regardless of the surrounding aesthetics. Their color, texture, and presence naturally balance out the room, and in a way create a “home away from home” feel. Coming in a wide range of natural wood tones, with the lightest and the darkest options available, there is a color that goes with almost anything.

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Easily Cleaned:

Possibly the easiest shades to clean, these eco friendly shades are made from 100% organic materials including bamboo, reeds, jutes and grasses, and offer an earthy look that can be integrated into a customized window treatment. Literally, a quick dusting, and they’re good to go. You may not even noticeably see the dust to begin with, especially if you open and close them every day.

Light Filtering:

Living anywhere in the Pacific Northwest - Kirkland, Bothell or Lake Forest Park...lighting is very important. Whether we are in summer or winter, we always have a different need depending on the direction of the sun against the window. Bamboo shades are a perfect option, gently filtering outside light to give your home a warm, natural glow. If you need a little more protection, adding a blackout liner will help the bamboo shades completely block out sunlight and help with energy efficiency.

Whether you’re creating a coastal feel,an asian inspired room, or a private getaway in your sunroom, you won’t go wrong with these earthy shades. Available in top-down/bottom-up options and can be motorized for added safety and convenience, there’s a perfect bamboo fit for every style.

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If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

The Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat

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Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat

Window seats are a unique part of the home. They can act as your own private getaway cove, created to allow you to enjoy the natural light while using their built in support and/or storage space. Some Kirkland homes have window seats in the bedroom, living room, or home office.

Regardless where the window seat resides, there’s typically one common goal: maximum comfort. Your choice of window treatments will play a big role in the overall outcome of your aesthetic and comfort goals. Below are some of our suggestions for the best window treatments for your window seats, depending on your personal preference.

Option #1 - Shades

Window shades are one of the best options for window seats. Shades are the least fuss option, never interfering with the window bench or anything else in the close quarters space. They provide a clean, cut appearance, while still giving a soft, classic look. You can shade each window separately for more control on sunlight, or use one large shade to cover the entire window space for simpler function. Roman shades, roller shades, or sheer shades are all perfect for the window seat scenario.

Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat Drapes

Option #2 - Drapes

Some window seats are placed beneath bay windows, providing a larger space to be covered overall. Drapes are actually a perfect option for bay windows. Seemingly, you would think they would provide too much fabric. But really, they offer a wonderfully cozy look and feel to the space, while effectively meeting your window shade lighting and insulation needs. The drapes can soley cover the window, or can extend to cover the entire window seat - completely your preference. The bench can be used with the drapes drawn to the side, or closed for lighting and temperature control. Make your space even more relaxing by motorizing your drapes, controlling your preference without moving from your nest.

Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat SHUTTERS

Option #3 - Shutters

Shutters, or Wood Shutters, provide a more architectural look to the window seat and overall appearance and the room. These window treatments would be fixed into the window space to filter light by opening or closing the slats, without ever needing to fully move the shutters from the window. These also bring a clean, clear look, but do not have as much flexibility as shades.

Best Window Treatments For Your Cozy Window Seat PILLOWS BLANKETS

Extras

Plump up your window seat with comfy pillows and maybe a favorite blanket. You can use larger pillows around the back to offer support, while the more fluffy pillows can rest against them to create your own little paradise. Mix and match colors and patterns to brighten up or completely change the entire atmosphere of the room.

Grab your favorite book and a cozy beverage, and curl up on your personally made window seat to enjoy the rest of the Pacific Northwest winter. Watch the changing Washington weather from the comfort of your Kirkland, Bothell or Lynnwood home.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.

The Best Way to Clean Your Blinds and Shades

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Unless you’re a cleaning superhero, you’re probably like most of the population who completely forgets about their blinds or shades until they notice a thick layer of dust beginning to rise. You then haphazardly wipe off what you can with whatever you can find quickly, and walk away forgetting about the rest until the same scenario happens weeks later. Listen, we get it. No shame. However, you can save yourself the panic by taking less than 30 minutes a month to clean your blinds and shades with these efficient directions.

How to Clean Blinds  

Wood and Faux Wood Blinds: Just like wood furniture, you want to dust these blinds with either a soft, clean cloth or a chemically treated cloth specifically made for wood. The easiest route is to lower the blinds to full length and tilt the slats to an almost closed position - leaving a tiny bit of space so you can reach the entire slat. This way you can reach more than one blind at once, then flip the slats the other way and repeat. Super easy.

Aluminum and Vinyl Blinds: The blind placement during the cleaning process is similar to the wood blinds, extending the blinds full length, tilting the slats, and keeping a tiny bit of space open between each slat. For quick access, pull the blind slightly away from the window with a taut grip. For these blinds, the two best cleaning products are a soft dusting-brush (ideally attached to your vacuum cleaner), or a damp (not soaking) microfiber cloth to wipe the slats with water. Allow the blinds to air dry, and voila! You’re done.

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How to Clean Shades 

Cellular Shades, Roman Shades, and Sheer Shades: How do we count the ways shades rise to the top of our favorite list? Not only do these insulating window treatments save money on utility bills for Washington’s changing seasons, but they are also ridiculously easy to clean. Next time you are vacuuming, take one extra step and use the dusting tool on your vacuum on your shades. One quick swipe on low suction, and you’re good to go. Have a stain? Simply use mild dish detergent with lukewarm water to dab the fabric.

Roller Shades: Requiring just a bit more effort, you can clean classic vinyl roller shades a few ways depending on the level of need. For a fast cleaning treatment, use a well-wrung cloth or sponge submerged in mild dish soap to gently wipe the shades one section at a time working from the bottom to top. Keep the shades fully extended until dry. Maybe your roller shades have never been cleaned and you have a little more time to tackle the dust. If so, you can remove the shades and give them a bath! Using warm water, fill the tub and add a few squirts of that same mild dish detergent. With a soft brush, clean the shades on both sides. Rinse, air-dry, and display your “new” roller shades.

Sometimes, just knowing how to do something takes away the overwhelm of what may initially seem to be a tedious task. Now that you see how efficiently you can keep your blinds and shades sparkling, you can fully enjoy your window treatments as you watch the changing seasons of the Pacific Northwest - whether it be your home in Bothell, Kirkland or Lynnwood, Washington.

If this Budget Blinds of Bothell article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. Our staff at Budget Blinds Bothell will visit your house for free! We can measure your windows and show you samples and displays at no charge.



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