Faux vs Wood Blinds

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Deciding between faux vs wood blinds can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming. There are many different kinds of styles and materials, but the two most commonly used are faux wood and real wood blinds.

What are “faux” blinds, anyway?  Faux is a French word meaning imitation. They can resemble the look of real wood blinds in your home, but offer different benefits. Real wood blinds became popular in America since the Colonial times when fabric from Europe was expensive and heavily taxed.  Now it seems it is the other way around!

The choice to include faux wood or real wood blinds in your home depends on where you live and what characteristics you are looking for.  Here are some pros and cons of each to help you:

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Pros:

  • Look real – Most people cannot tell the difference unless you point it out.
  • Affordable – They are made from composites (like pressed wood boards), vinyl, or other kinds of materials, making them inexpensive to produce.
  • Easy to maintain – No need to worry about buying special cleaners or varnish! Just wipe clean with average cleaning solvents, or with simple soap and water.
  • UV Protection – Faux wood blinds offer 75 – 90% UV protection, keeping your furniture, window treatments, and art safe.
  • Do not warp or crack – Humidity and temperature will not tamper with the stability or look of the blinds, especially if they are vinyl.
  • Lightweight – Because they are less dense than real wood, faux wood blinds do great with spanning across large windows.

Cons:

  • Generic – The imprinted wood grains on faux wood blinds are all the same.  Nature is unique, and a factory is not.
  • Limited color – The special finish does not allow you to paint your blinds.  If your blinds are out of style and want to change them, you have to buy new ones.
  • Can break – If you have children or pets that mess with vinyl faux wood blinds, sometimes (because they are so thin) they can break or bend. 

 Faux Wood vs Real Wood- difference in real wood blinds

Pros:

  • Elegant – Wood gives the space a warm ambiance and elegant look.  Easy way to spruce up a room without a big effort.
  • Change of look – Tired of seeing the same boring white wood blinds?  Paint or stain them!  The beauty of these blinds is you can paint or stain them whichever color you wish to be included in any design.
  • Unique – Nature’s unique work of art will create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind grains into each slat.

Cons:

  • Expensive – Not only are they expensive to buy (depending on the wood), but they are also expensive to maintain! You cannot clean real wood blinds with just soap and water, you have to buy a special solvent or else they will warp.
  • Warping and cracking – Warm temperatures expand wood, while cold temperatures contract wood, sometimes causing the wood to crack or warp.  This is especially evident with less expensive types of wood.
  • Heavy – Large windows with real wood blinds can be heavy and sometimes are difficult to raise and lower.  The stress can sometimes break the inner chords.

These two contenders are great options for your home.  Keep these benefits and drawbacks in mind before you buy. If you have children or pets that can damage to your blinds, or you do not have time to maintain your blinds, then the more affordable and maintenance-free faux wood blinds would be best.  If your home needs a more stylish, and warm look, then real wood is the one for you.

Remember to get your blinds just in time for Thanksgiving with Blinds On Time’s fall sale! It ends Sunday at midnight.

 

Easy Halloween Decorating Ideas

Celebrating Halloween only lasts a month.  So having some easy Halloween decorating ideas and tactics will ensure that there is little hassle, yet full effect, for your home. It’s always exciting and fun to decorate, but it isn’t so much fun to put everything away. These easy halloween decorating ideas will make your home spooky and full of Halloween spirit!

After Halloween comes Thanksgiving, and thankfully these two holidays share something in common: orange. This common color allows for Halloween to smoothly transition into Thanksgiving without the stress of heavy packing and unpacking. These easy decorating ideas for Halloween will certainly help you for years to come!

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One way to bring Halloween to both inside and outside your home is by your windows.  They are what connect your home to the outside, and they should definitely be taken advantage of. To create the photo above, try using our Roller Shades in a white color.  Next, buy a thin black fabric of your choice and draw the silhouette you want.  Cut the silhouette and sew it to the shades.  An easier option would be to draw the silhouettes onto the shades and paint them black. TA-DA!

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Apothecary jars are also a flexible way to decorate your home this Halloween.  Simply replace what you currently fill the jars with, and fill it with any candy you’d like.  In this case, I chose candy corn to bring in the orange and a classic Halloween feature, purple M&Ms, and some black plastic spiders to make people cringe.  You do not have to strictly use apothecary jars, you can use any clear jars you have in your home to complete this look.

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(Image via MarthaStewart.com)

Pumpkins with dark purple flowers are also a great way to add the ghostly feel to your home.  For this look, hollow a pumpkin and carve it to the shape of a basket.  Then use your choice of dark, dead looking flowers to fill it in.  This is a great example of decorating with versatility.  Once Thanksgiving arrives, lose the creepy flowers and fill the pumpkin with acorns or fall flowers.

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Lastly, the trendy glittered pumpkins!  These are so much fun to make.  You can also turn this into a family craft project to bond as a family.  Create purple and black glittered pumpkins in anyway you’d like.  You can make stripes, polka dots, or solid glittered ones to name a few.  Make sure to have more orange and white pumpkins. That way when Halloween is over, all you have to do is take away the purple and black ones and you’re ready for Thanksgiving.  These can be used outside sitting on bales of hay, throughout your home, or both.

These easy Halloween decorating ideas are all magnificent ways to prepare for this eerie holiday and prep for the next!  After these basic things are in place, you can focus on the small things like replacing your regular candles with black ones, adding cotton cobwebs, and making other small crafts if you dare!

Unique Curtain Ideas For More Drama and Less Hassle

As I’m roaming through Pinterest, I quickly noticed curtains and drapes were being used for more than just window treatments.  Take a look these wonderful, unique curtain ideas and get inspired!

unique-curtain-ideasThe first unique curtain idea is for the bedroom! The drapes in this room give the illusion of height with their vertical lines extending from floor to roof. Changing the color of the drapes behind the bed also acts as a focal point to draw your eyes to that area.

unique-curtain-ideasUsing drapes in an entry way is another unique idea for curtains. Walking through that door and seeing that view would take my breath away. This entry screams chic! These drapes seem light and airy because of their white color and the way they fall to the floor from heaven—well, in this case, the ceiling. It creates an intimate, unique entryway with curtains to the bedroom, and in a sense, guides your eyes to look forward.

unique curtain ideasGot a cramped space? No problem, we have a curtain idea for you! In this case, they used drapery to hide the bunk beds from the living area when guests are present. This allows for an inexpensive and functional way to use a limited amount of area. Because the drapes and surroundings are white, it creates the idea of a bigger room.

Try creating your own unique twist with curtains in your home.  Use these ideas and explore the possibilities with our Window Treatments.

Benefits of Cellular Shades

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Typically when you buy honeycomb or cellular shades for your windows, you don’t think about the benefits of the shades and what it can do for you and your home. Surprisingly, there are many benefits of cellular shades, despite their thin fabric. Here are a few things cellular shades can do for you:

Insulation: The space between the fabrics is so it can insulate your home from harsh climates. If you are looking for more than just standard insulation, double-celled shades will do the trick. Not only will it help your home feel cooler during a scorcher, but it will also help your home stay warm when the winter season rolls in.

Reduce Energy Costs: Oh yeah. Their insulating properties help your home keep a stable temperature making your air conditioning units or heaters work less, which means more money in your pocket!

Filter and Block UV Rays: UV rays are damaging to the photos, art, and furniture in your home.  Just like you protect your skin with sunblock, you need to protect your rooms with honeycomb shades.  They offer a variety of filtering intensity so you need a lot of sunlight, or you need to block sunlight, these will do the trick.

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Privacy: The versatile movement of these shades allows for different degrees of privacy.  During the day, you can have the shades fully opened.  Mid-day you can place them half way up so people cannot see inside your home, but light can still shine through, and at night, you can keep your shades fully closed for ultimate privacy.

Safety: If you have kids or pets, you can have the option to buy cordless honeycomb shades.  This prevents your child or your pet from getting tangled in the cord when your shades are fully opened. If you buy some of Blinds On Time’s Honeycomb Shades right now, you will get a free upgrade to cordless. Yay for bonus benefits!

Aesthetics: Color choices are a must for interiors, and these shades do not disappoint. They offer a wide variety of colors from dark colors to pastel, and patterns.  The choices are abundant. Cordless shades allow for a sleeker look as well.

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Now that you’ve learned more about honeycomb shades, check out Blinds On Time’s selection of Cellular Shades and insulate, save, protect, and decorate your home!

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.