Fall is about changing colors, crisp cool weather and heading back indoors. Autumn colors – brown, rust and gold tones – are especially warm and inviting. Play up the change of seasons in your home and set the mood for upcoming holiday activities with family and friends at home.
Start at your front door with a welcoming wreath of wheat, leaves or berries. Wreaths are easy to make using materials from your yard or from the hobby store. Switch out some of your home accent pieces or add a few new accessories to give any room in your home the look of the season. Fill a vase with tree branches and maple leaf twigs for a dramatic fall display. Add instant color to your room with new pillows or pillow covers in chocolate browns, golden yellows, burnt oranges and deep reds.
Now that the weather is turning cool, warm up your home with energy efficient window coverings. By controlling the way the sun’s energy enters your home, you can take advantage of “free” heating in the winter.
Window coverings with a cellular construction, like honeycomb blinds, trap air between two sheets of fabric and cause an insulating blanket between the window and the room.
Wood blinds bring a warm, natural look to a room while providing excellent energy efficiency and light control. If your room is small, light neutral colors help make a room appear larger and brighter, while darker, warm colors can help make a room cozy and inviting.
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There are so many different types of window coverings out there today; trying to decide what direction to go can be difficult. There are a host of types, styles, materials and different brands to choose from. If you are just in the beginning stages of looking for new window blinds, feel free to visit our website www.blindsaver.com to get an idea of what is available.
Have you ever thought about going with a “green” approach in your window coverings? One of the most popular selections today is blinds made with eco-friendly bamboo because they look great and are made from sustainable materials. Sustainable materials include products made from renewable resources like bamboo and wood harvested through “sustainable yield forest management”.
There are three types of blinds made with bamboo.
- Horizontal wood blinds made with bamboo wood slats are inexpensive, stylish and available in several stain colors. They present a highly efficient way to direct light in a room while providing warmth with wood tones. One of the nice things about wood blinds is the amount of light they actually allow in a room while still giving you privacy. The bamboo provides a modern approach to wood blinds.
- Woven wood shades made from bamboo are one of the most popular shades with designers today because they look fantastic in both casual and semi-formal settings. Woven wood shades fold up like a roman shade and are light filtering. Add a liner if you need privacy or to block out the light. Woven wood bamboo shades are available in a myriad of woven styles and color combinations.
- Panel track blinds are available in the same material as bamboo woven wood shades, so you can coordinate your entire room when covering a patio door. Panel track blinds, also referred to as sliding panels; offer a new and innovative way to cover extra large windows and sliding glass doors. Hanging panels span your window or stack neatly over each other when opened.
Bamboo wood blinds, bamboo woven wood shades and bamboo panel track blinds are one of the most popular eco-friendly window covering solutions on the market today.
Window coverings are a very affordable design staple that can have dramatic effects for interior decorators and budding Do-It-Yourself-ers. All visual appeal is based on light, and your windows and window coverings are what control the access of light in your room. They can therefore be very powerful in interior design, but some shoppers feel overwhelmed with the wide range of wood blinds, roller shades, sheer vertical blinds and other window coverings that are available.
Wood blinds are a classic and universally appealing window covering. Made from hardwoods, wood blinds are light and their louvers can be adjusted to let any amount of light in. These are the kind of blinds commonly seen in offices, studies and living rooms. Most people opt for a stained or natural finish in their wood blinds to show off the quality of natural wood. However these blinds can be matched to almost any interior because of their wide range of painted colors and stains.
Along with traditional hardwood blinds, you can also order faux wood blinds, which are less expensive and more weather resistant. Bamboo roman shades are another wood blind variant that use earth-friendly bamboo to give a soft filtered light when rolled down. Bamboo is a much more renewable resource than hardwoods, and can give a more natural, relaxed look to a room.
For those who want more light control out of their blinds, roller shades are a great choice. When rolled down, they present a solid face that effectively blocks sunlight. When you really need to block all light for work, sleep, or privacy reasons, honeycomb cellular shades are a great choice. Cellular shades are made of pleated fabric that forms pockets of air to insulate your windows. This double sided technology also makes the shades great at stopping light. In their original use, cellular shades drastically decrease heat transfer across the window. This leads to a more comfortable interior and reduced energy bills.
Less utilitarian, but more stylish are sheer blinds and shutters. Sheer blinds create a soft, romantic atmosphere in a room because all light is filtered through a silky cloth barrier. Shutters, on the other hand, are the oldest window covering. Some people still use storm shutters to protect from dangerous weather, but recently the plantation shutter has come into vogue. These classy shutters bring an air of old-time elegance to a home.