How to Decorate your Kids Room

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Ask your child what they like. Most parents automatically assume that their little girl will want a bright pink room with all things glittery, and that their little boy will want a bold blue room with cars and sports gear.  Sometimes, that is not the case.  By including your kid in the design process, you make them feel important and excited for their new room.

Use a neutral color palette with color accents. Your children will change as the years pass, and so will their room. Take what your child wants and tone it down a notch. If your boy really loves the color orange, choose a rusty orange instead of one that is bold and bright, and incorporate it into a neutral color palette such as beige or a light brown.  The same concept applies if you have a little girl.  If she likes lavender, choose a soft lavender as the accent color, and grey or white as the main neutral color palette.  Below are some examples to help you:

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(Colors from Benjamin Moore)

Invest in timeless furniture. Your child’s room will be with them for their entire childhood, adolescence, and maybe for their young adulthood if they decide to stay home for college, or come back after they graduate. With that in mind, purchase furniture that will fit your children as adults.  Try to stay away from trendy furniture. They might go out of style in a few years, and the room will look dated. Rather than spending money on a twin sized bed, and later on a full or queen, invest your money now and skip the twin bed.

Maximize storage to maximize space.  Kids have tons of toys, and they always seem to be lying around everywhere. With storage, your kids can take out their toys, play, and put them back where they were leaving their room with more space to run around when you play monster with them.  A good idea would be to buy a cubed storage shelf and fill the cubbies with baskets to put their toys or colors in.  Then when they get older, it can be used as a bookshelf.  Another idea would be to get a cushioned bench, place it below a window and put the baskets below. You can also buy a bed frame with drawers below the mattress like in this photo from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child:

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Let the accessories show their age. Room accessories are affordable and easier to change throughout the years.  For example, if your son really likes cowboys, buy a few framed western wall art pieces, western-style bedding, and some wood blinds from our website. When your son grows up, all that needs to be changed is the bedding, and the western wall art and stars can be taken down or replaced to whatever he wants! The same applies for girls. Focus on the bedding, wall art, and window treatments.

These simple tips will help you save money, stress less, and keep their rooms organized. Take a look at our Pinterest for some more inspirational ideas.  Happy decorating!

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!

 

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.