Chic Shades Guide

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Our homes are all different from one another, which means there has to be a large variety of window treatment design. What happens when those options become overwhelming or confusing? Some of us might settle and buy whichever window covering to save ourselves the headache. Don’t settle for anything but chic shades!

We are going to help you select chic shades for these four common styles: Traditional, Modern, Contemporary, and Eclectic. For you lofty people out there-we included an industrial style bonus, too! Continue reading

Short Shades for Small Windows

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You get this great idea to put a window above some built-ins next to the fireplace, go to a  superstore, and find that they only carry shades in standard window sizes. What do you do now? Make them yourself? That’s where we come in. The difference between superstores and BlindsOnTime is custom window treatment design.

Take that great idea and maximize it’s potential with our chic roman shades, or simple roller shades–whatever you wish! There are plenty of fabrics and designs to choose from. We even offer free swatches! Here are some design ideas to get your creative juices flowing: Continue reading

Holiday Decor Gifts

Need some decor gift ideas for the ‘decorista’ in your family? We have got you covered. Here are seven decor gifts we picked that are sure to please!

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1. Shop Ten 25 Corsage Accessory – ($ 230) – This gorgeous corsage accessory is perfect for any space in your home. You can use it as a paper weight in your office, a finishing piece on top of books, or by itself.

2. Urban Outfitters Stamped Scallop Rug - ($ 44 – $199) – Graphic patterns are trendy, and this rug from Urban Outfitters will give your room style and color without much effort.

3. Bellacor Book Ends In Durand Bronze Finish – ($ 124) – These bookends are sleek, yet ornamental at the same time. Hold them against a light colored book for contrast.  That way they become a slight statement piece on your bookshelf!

4. World Market Silver Hexagonal Mercury Glass Hurricane Holders - ($ 7.99 – $12.99) – Add some sparkle with these glass hurricane holders. Put some candles inside at watch them glow at night and give your space a warm feel.

5. BlindsOnTime Woven Wood Shades Premium – ($80.96) – We chose our premium woven wood shades, but you can also take a look at our other woven wood collections! With our wide selection of window coverings and styles, there’s a gift for everyone on your list!

6. Pulp Home Lancelot Mirror – ($ 168) – We love this curvy and magnificent mirror from Pulp Home! It’s a great piece to hang above a console table as a focal point framed with two table lamps.

7. Urban Outfitters Little Birch Jewelry Stand – ($ 32) - Why buy a boring jewelry stand when you can have this beautiful sculptural one instead? We promise they’ll love it.

Blinds vs Shades

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Blinds and shades both spruce up the windows, so they have to be the same, right?  Wrong. Blinds vs shades don’t necessarily mean the same thing.  It is important to know what each word means to effectively communicate what you want in your space. Let’s go over some of their characteristics between blinds vs shades:

MATERIAL:  Blinds are made of hard materials such as wood, faux wood, metal, or vinyl. Shades are made up of soft materials like fabrics and woven woods.  These two both hang from the top of the windowsill.

LOOK: The easiest way to distinguish between blinds and shades are if the material has slats, or if it is one solid material.  Blinds have vanes, or slats, that allow you to adjust the amount of privacy and light you prefer throughout the day. They still allow you to look outside, even if they are fully lowered. Shades are made of one solid fabric that can also be moved to tweak your privacy and light preference, but only up or down.

LIGHT CONTROL: The flexibility in light control award goes to blinds. You can control if you want no light, full light, partial light, what direction you want the light to go, etcetera.  Let’s not completely forget about shades, though.  Sheer shades let the light to softly diffuse into the room, and thick shades darken the space.

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LIFESPAN: Blinds are extremely durable, especially if they are made of wood.  They are easy to clean, and do not fade with sunlight as quickly as shades do.  If you are looking to buy window coverings that will last you for years, blinds are the way to go.  Shades are harder to clean because the fibers in the fabric will collect dust and dirt over the years.  Sunlight can also weaken and fade your fabrics, especially if the color of your fabric is dark.  For a longer lifespan, buy shades that include lining.  The lining will act as a barrier and protect the fabric from sunlight.

DESIGN: Because shades come in a vast variety of fabrics, they offer a wider range of styles, patterns, and colors.  They can turn your room into an O-K room to a fantastically stylish room, and are fun to pick out! Blinds do not disappoint either.  These are the better option if you want to control your privacy, light, and furnishings without distracting from your design.

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Remember these characteristics between blinds vs shades when you are discussing window treatments with your designer, husband, friends, or searching for them on our site.  Shop our selection of Cellular Shades and get a free upgrade to cordless before the offer ends October 30th!

 

Eat, Pray and Love Woven Wood Shades

Let’s take a trip to Southeast Asia.  You will find some of the most incredible shores in Thailand.  Beautiful, clear turquoise waters and bright white sands are ready to sweep you into tranquil paradise.  Southeast Asia is all about Zen and their land certainly reflects that.

Next on our destination list is India.  India is a very spiritual country full of philosophies and meditation.  Some people travel to India just to become a more spiritual person and find peace.

Now let’s take these two remarkable serene places on Earth and incorporate them into your living room!  You will have a place to relax after a long day of work, or simply on your day off.

The middle photo below is a shore in Thailand and what inspired me to choose these colors. Here are a few of my selections to bring these two locations together:

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1.         Sherwin Williams – The water is a relaxed sea foam green, so I chose the color Aloe for the wall.  It represents the water without being too cliché about it.  It is a color sure to bring some airiness and light into your space.

2.         Blinds on Time – I chose Blinds on Time’s Woven Wood Shades Designer series in Bamboo Dusk for the windows.  They are high quality, affordable, and customizable! With Southeast Asia’s bamboo and India’s traditional straw roofs in the south, I had to bring some wood and color into the space.  It also reflects the wood on the long-tail boats in the photo.

3.         Pottery Barn – Pottery Barn’s Buchanan Sofa in Cream will bring the light colored sand into the room.   Just as you sit on the sand you will sit in this sofa and see the room, ready to soothe you.

4.         Eyes of India – Pillows are what usually bring a room together, and these Indian-style pillows bring India—and the shore—into the space.  These pillows have many colors, but do not clash with the color scheme.  The seashells make them beachy and the sea foam green colors reflect the water, or in this case, the walls.

5.         Bed Bath & Beyond – These Clear Glass Moroccan Lanterns are not Indian, but they do a magnificent job in marrying the embroidery in the pillows and the protruding rocks in the background.

So if you’re looking for a way to bring some calm into your living area and have some time to unwind or meditate without breaking your budget, this is absolutely the way to go.