January 2014 - The Great Room

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Avoid Fading: Pick Window Treatments That Stand the Test of Time

sun damage on window shades

Sunlight can be hard on fabrics and other materials, causing color fading and ultimate deterioration of the fabric. This is bad news for some window treatments, which are often hung specifically to block bright sunlight from entering rooms and damaging the furnishings inside. While window shades and curtains protect furniture, rugs, and other items from fading, they take the brunt of the damage from the sun. It’s no surprise that window treatments are most in danger of fading and sun damage, especially when hanging from bright, sunny windows. In order to keep your window treatments looking fresh for years, choose window treatments that can stand the test of time. Color Matters Light colors reflect sunlight, while dark colors absorb it. This makes light-colored fabrics naturally more resistant to sun damage, because most of the sun’s rays bounce off the fabric. This is especially true for the ultraviolet wavelengths in sunlight, which cause the most damage to fabrics. Light colors also…

Great Blinds to Fit Every Budget

great blinds on a budget

Ambitious house makeovers don’t always come with unlimited budgets. Most of us need to keep a close eye on the numbers. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make great changes or establish a brand new décor to refresh your home. New window shades or blinds are one of the biggest and most influential investments you can make in changing the look of your home. Windows take up huge wall space in many rooms, larger than any other single piece of art or anything else that hangs on the walls. This means a dated window treatment can drag down an entire room’s decor, simply because there’s so much of it. Windows also draw attention with sunlight and outdoor views, so window treatments are always going to be first in the line of sight. A great window treatment can become the focal point of your décor, with a beautiful color, fabric, texture, or pattern to serve as a starting point for…

Home Decor Trends for 2014

design trends 2014

If you set a New Year’s goal to spruce up your home in 2014, or you just feel like it’s time for a change, the beginning of the year is a good time to look at new trends for home decor and to start planning the changes you want to make in your home this year. Here’s a rundown of some of the up-and-coming design trends for 2014. Fresh New Color White or pale walls are moving out for the New Year to make way for the dark and dramatic. Black, navy blue, or other dark shades for walls act as a new backdrop to the current trend of metallic accessories, adding drama and panache to many rooms. White with black graphic designs or accents is also anticipated to be a trend in 2014. Blue has been a popular recent choice for home decor, and many shades have been continuing the trend, including shades of turquoise. Another color trend is…

Don’t Let Window Glare Keep You From Seeing the Big Game

tv glare from window

The Super Bowl is coming up fast and many football fans are already planning parties for their friends and family to get together and watch the big game. Lots of people are proud of their big-screen TVs and high-quality sound systems to watch big televised events, but having poor viewing conditions in your room can spoil the experience, no matter how great the quality of your screen. Sun glare is a typical problem for TV watching. Bright sun at the wrong angle can completely obscure your view of a TV screen, and too much brightness in a room can simply make it uncomfortable to watch. Seating that is arranged facing bright windows can also cause discomfort when sunlight shines directly in the eyes. The simplest way to prevent these problems is to install the right window treatments. Blinds, shades, or curtains can keep out the sun when you want to watch the Super Bowl or any other big event, while letting…