How To Pick Blinds

With so many options to choose from, knowing how to pick blinds and picking a window covering can sometimes be overwhelming. Do I want cellular shades, wood blinds, or draperies? Which would benefit the house more? Well, we are here to help you.

We have created a questionnaire on how to pick blinds that makes the daunting task surprisingly easy! You answer 8 simple questions on what you want regarding design and function, and we will narrow your search. Read more to find out what the characteristics are detail.

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How To Pick Window Treatments

These 3 tips on how to pick window treatments will help you find the best choice if you’re on a budget, looking for shades for privacy, or wanting some style.

Budget – If you have children or pets, the everyday wear-and-tear becomes inevitable. The best option would be to buy inexpensive window treatments. That way when something drastic happens, you won’t break the bank getting them replaced. Just because you’re saving some cash does not mean you have to sacrifice style! Blinds On Time has a variety of budget-friendly options to choose from. Pleated shades and cellular shades are amongst the favorites. They come in a variety of color selections, making them perfect for fitting into any room. Not only are they affordable, but also very functional. If you need privacy, light control, or cordless window treatments, these shades will definitely fulfill those needs.

Privacy – Blinds and shutters are a perfect choice for achieving ultimate privacy in a space. They allow light to shine through during the day, but can also close completely without allowing anyone to see through your windows at night. If you do not want solid blinds for safety reasons, then cellular shades are another great option.  They can move in many different forms when you order top-down/bottom-up shades, allowing you to have various control of light and sight.  The only downside is you would not be able to see through any slats, only sections of the window.

 

Style – Elegant and refined, drapes will certainly transform your space from ordinary to dashing! Hang the curtains from the highest point of your wall all the way to the floor.  Also, to make your windows seem larger, make the drapes fall on the side, exposing the whole window. They come in many different styles and textiles and colors.  Add some roman shades or wood blinds for some extra style and UV protection. Valances are also another awesome addition to your drapes adding traditional style and sophistication.  If you want a more modern look, use bold patterns and sleek lines. Maybe you just want to dress-up some blinds you already have?  Adding valances will add just a pop of style! Here is a before and after shot to show you how draperies can change a room:

(Image via BalancingHome.com)

How to Clean Window Blinds

Cleaning your window blinds is important if you want to avoid dust build-up.  The UV rays of the sun can cause the dust on your blinds or shades to harden, making them really exhausting to clean.  Say goodbye to dust with these helpful techniques:

Wood Blinds: One thing to always remember with wood blinds is to NOT use water! It can cause your wood blinds to warp or discolor, and that is never fun. Take a clean dust cloth and wipe the dust off the slats for maintenance. If you want a really good clean, vacuum the blinds with soft bristle brush attachment on each side of the slats regularly to suck away dirt.

Pleated Shades: A dry sponge will be your best friend with these.  You can find one at a hardware store’s drywall section. It lifts away dust and dirt without using any chemicals that can stain your shades. Simply rub the dry sponge on the shades! It’s that easy. If the shades are too dirty, then a trip to the dry cleaners will do the trick.

( Image via AdoreArtistry.com)

Aluminum Blinds: Take a lint-free towel and spray some all-purpose cleaner on it.  Make sure the curved side of the blinds are facing towards you and gently wipe downwards so you do not bend them. Reverse and do the same. For maintenance, simply dust the blinds with a lint-free towel.  If you do not have a lint-free towel, a sock will do a great job, too.

 

Cellular Shades: Most cellular shades do not require much cleaning, but a vacuum once in a while prevents dust build-up. If you need a better clean, use the dry sponge like the pleated shades.

These few extra steps will save you time and hassle in the long run.  Try including these techniques into your cleaning routine and let us know how much they have helped you.

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:

BlindsOnTime - Color Pallete

(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:

BlindsOnTime - Kids Room - Photo 2

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!

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.