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.

How To Choose Blinds For Your Home

How to choose blinds for your home is a great question to have! Choosing to purchase discount blinds is a cost-efficient move for any homeowner, but it helps to get to know the different materials available so you can make the most out of your investment. The three common materials used for blinds are wood, faux wood, and vinyl. Each has its own set of distinct traits that makes it ideal for different uses. Read our tips on how to choose blinds and materials for your home!

Wood: Although more challenging to clean than other materials, blinds made of wood offer a classy, polished look to any home design. Wood blinds are best used in rooms that aren’t too humid, such as a bedroom or study. The material has a tendency to warp when kept in moist conditions. Wood is also a natural insulator. Installing wood blinds helps promote energy efficiency in the home. They serve as a barrier between the room and the window, which can help you save energy and lower cooling and heating costs.

Faux Wood: Also known as composite wood, faux wood is a mixture of wood components and synthetic plastic materials. Blinds made with this material provide you with the wood-grain texture of natural wood at a more affordable price. It’s even possible to find discount blinds in this material that offer protection from ultraviolet rays as well. Although faux wood blinds lack the large color selection that wood blinds have, you can easily install them in areas or rooms with high levels of humidity. Faux wood blinds aren’t prone to warping or cracking; because of their tolerance to humid climates, they can be installed in most rooms, no matter if it’s hot or cold outside.

Vinyl: Because vinyl is easy to clean and is available in various colors and grains, it has been a popular choice for those looking for discount blinds. Vinyl window blinds are some of the best options for areas where there’s a lot of moisture and frequent direct contact with water, such as bathrooms and kitchens. No single blind is perfect for every room in the house. By looking into the benefits each material provides, it becomes easier to not only narrow down your choices, but also to select discount blinds that will serve your home well in the long run.

Traditional wood blinds with a beautiful set of draperies and a color coordinated cornice board can give your room a unique look

Wood blinds combined with draperies and a cornice boardGet this unique look for your bedroom! Wood blinds with matching fabric tape, a set of draperies and a color coordinated cornice board can give you a great new look. Take a look at our wood blinds that are on sale- click here!

Blinds on Time.com Provide Window Coverings for Energy Efficiency

Window coverings are the signature of a room’s character. They set the tone of style and décor for the entire home. But making the decision on which window coverings to choose can be very overwhelming. The best place to begin is with one’s intention – one’s main criteria. Is it luxury? Is it practicality? Or is it a little bit of each. In the age of “going green” one’s main criteria may be energy conservation. When considering window coverings for energy efficiency, the question of horizontal versus vertical window blinds is inevitably raised. Which is more energy efficient? Most experts agree that vertical window blinds are more energy efficient for several reasons:

For those who live in warmer climates, vertical window blinds are superior to horizontal shades when choosing window coverings for energy efficiency. They block the sunlight from seeping unbearable heat into the house. This ability to keep the sun away is a big reason that many people choose vertical blinds over horizontal blinds. Because of their basic construction, horizontal blinds let the sun to shine downward right through the panes – allowing the light to easily enter the room.

In cooler climates, vertical window blinds are more energy efficient than horizontal blinds because of their overlapped panes – which creates a pocket between the blinds and the outdoor weather. The overlapped panes keep the heat inside the house and the cold outside of the house in the winter months and in the summer; it works similarly to keep the cool air inside of the house and the heat outside.

Again, it’s good to examine the intention for new window coverings. If one’s goal is beauty and style, then vertical blinds may not be of interest. However, if window coverings for energy efficiency are the goal, then vertical window blinds are a great choice.

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