The Great Room http://blog.blindsaver.com Your Daily Guide to Window Coverings, Decorating Trends & DIY Projects Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:17:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Safely Decorate Your Children’s Rooms http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/07/safely-decorate-childrens-rooms/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/07/safely-decorate-childrens-rooms/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:17:59 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1722 Decorating a room for a child can be a lot of fun. You can make bold design decisions that might not be suitable for an adult, while having fun picking out all the decorations. There are also important safety considerations to take into account when designing a child’s room. Decorating Safely for a Baby’s Room Babies have simple needs. They spend a lot of time sleeping, being fed and changed, so parents should pay special attention to the crib and changing table. A baby’s bed should be a comfortable, safe environment that is free from choking hazards. There should be no risk of the baby falling out of the cradle or crib, so choose a stable model and make sure it won’t easily move or tip over. Do not locate the crib or changing table near a window. You need a flat surface for changing the baby. Make sure there is no risk of the baby wriggling off this surface...

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The Right Lighting Choice: Accent, Primary, and Natural http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/07/right-lighting-choice-accent-primary-natural/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/07/right-lighting-choice-accent-primary-natural/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:31 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1713 The form of lighting you use to illuminate your home will go a long way in defining your overall decor. Light allows you to create an atmosphere that can highlight the furnishings of each space, brighten the color and texture schemes of your walls, and set the mood that best fits each room. Choosing accent lighting to go along with primary lighting choices requires that you consider the bigger picture regarding your style and the ambiance you hope to create. Natural lighting, on the other hand, does more than simply provide a creative way to design the overall look and feel of your décor—it’s also a way that you can conserve energy by utilizing sunlight, not electricity. Determining which lighting type to use and how these types work independently or together involves understanding the differences among the choices, as well as the factors of your interior design goals. Primary Lighting Primary lighting choices involve the ways in which you light...

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BlindSaver.com Recognized as Google Trusted Store http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/07/blindsaver-com-recognized-google-trusted-store/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/07/blindsaver-com-recognized-google-trusted-store/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:00:04 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1743 Denver, Colo. — July 8, 2014 – BlindSaver.com, a leading online retailer of blinds and shades, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to ecommerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the BlindSaver website, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. BlindSaver has a pronounced rating for excellent service and a consistent rating for on-time shipping. “We take pride in leading the industry in customer service with innovative features like the Perfect Fit for You program which we launched earlier this year,” said Tim Baker, president of BlindSaver.com. “Participating in the Google Trusted Store program was the next logical step to formalize what we were already doing to take care of our customers.” As an added...

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How Much Money Are You Throwing Out The Window? http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/06/dont-throw-money-out-windows/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/06/dont-throw-money-out-windows/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:13:09 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1709 Up to 25% of your heating bill is thrown straight out the window through heat loss. High quality window blinds and shades can increase energy efficiency by as much as 80% through insulation. How much cash are you throwing out every hour? Transcript: Windows can account for 10%-25% of your heating bill through heat loss. Windows represent 15%-20% of a typical home’s wall surface area. Energy Leaks Around Your Home Get a home energy audit and save yourself money. 12% through unblocked chimneys and drafts around doors and windows 42% through the ceiling 10% through the floor 24% through the walls 12% through the windows Window Treatments Reduce Heat Loss & Gain Blinds, shades, and drapes trap air to increase thermal insulation. Roller Shades: Reduce heat loss up to 25% Shutters: Increases insulation up to 20% Roman Shades: Increases insulation up to 25% Cellular Shades: Increases insulation up to 60% Solar Screens: Up to 80% of the sun’s heat blocked...

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How to Pick the Perfect Houseplants http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/06/pick-perfect-houseplants/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/06/pick-perfect-houseplants/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:00:44 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1690 Houseplants add their own touch to a home and can look stylish as well as freshen up a tired corner. Choosing the right plant for the room you have in mind is an art, as some thrive in lighter areas rather than dark corners. Before you even start looking for plants, you must decide where it will be positioned. Is it in a sunny place or in a shaded area? You also need to think about the space involved as houseplants do grow, as well as how much care is involved. All these issues are relevant to the type of plant that is best suited to the space in your home. Light or Dark One of the most important things to consider when buying a houseplant is the light and the position of the plant. If you plan on buying a houseplant for a sunny windowsill, then a plant like a cyclamen or a geranium will do well. Bamboo palm...

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Don’t Let Sunlight Damage Your Art http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/06/protect-artwork-uv-damage/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/06/protect-artwork-uv-damage/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:00:32 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1679 Do you have any drawings you made as a child, or a really old newspaper? Chances are the drawing or newspaper is discolored, brittle or cracked; this can be caused by UV damage. If you don’t protect your paintings or photographs, they can end up much like the drawing or newspaper. Once artwork becomes damaged, its value is reduced and it can be very expensive to restore. In most cases of UV damage, the harm is irreversible. Luckily, protecting artwork from UV damage is not very difficult. What Is UV? UV stands for ultraviolet light, which is a spectrum of light that is present in sunlight and fluorescent light. This light has more energy than other forms, so it works more quickly at deteriorating artwork. It does this by breaking down the fibers in the photo or painting’s paper and canvas. Paper, however, is much more susceptible and needs more protection than paintings on canvas. This form of light will...

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Plant a Garden on Your Window Sill http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/05/plant-garden-window-sill/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/05/plant-garden-window-sill/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 12:23:10 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1684 Herbs are easy to grow and are superb for flavoring foods and freshening up your kitchen. You don’t need a large garden, as many of these versatile plants can be grown on a shelf or balcony near a kitchen window or on the sill itself, space permitting. Here are a few ideas on getting the best out of growing herbs. Choose Your Plants Herbs are very easy to grow from seed. Choose varieties that are used often in cooking, such as parsley, basil and chives. You might also like coriander if you cook a lot of Asian dishes. Take a look at the varieties of seed on sale at the garden center and choose around three or four to start. You can also pool resources with a friend, grow different seeds, and share the crops. If you know you’ll use lots of basil or chives, grow a larger amount when you begin planting seeds. Fill a small pot with compost...

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How to Create Your Own Home Theater http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/05/create-home-theater/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/05/create-home-theater/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 16:02:39 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1694 Wouldn’t it be nice to indulge in the joys of a movie theater without having to drive anywhere, buy tickets, be on someone else’s schedule, search for a decent seat, try to peer over the tall guy in front of you, and listen to strangers talking behind you. You want to watch movies any time you want and watch whatever movie you want, whether it’s a new release or a classic film. You want to be close to your own bathroom and have a pause button for your own intermissions. You want your kids to be the envy of the neighborhood after they invite their friends over. That’s why you want to know how to create your own home theater. You’ve got enough space in your family room, a spare bedroom or basement, so it’s time to finally make this dream come true. The Silver Screen Turning your den into a home theater involves a few details to reach perfection,...

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Bay Windows: Everything You Want to Know http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/05/all-about-bay-windows/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/05/all-about-bay-windows/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 16:23:21 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1675 A bay window is a combination of three or more windows that dramatically extend from your home. The combination of windows is typically three with angled sides that extend a room outward maximizing your view. The result is a unique type of window that adds architectural interest to both the home’s exterior and interior which may increase resale value. Advantages and Disadvantages of Bay Windows One benefit of bay windows is they add a little extra space to your interior since they often stick out by a few feet. In addition, due to the angles of the glass, bay windows allow lots of natural light to come in. And since you can open the glass on both sides of the window, you get double the breeze. When you consider these benefits, along with the elegant look that such windows can bring to your home, it’s no wonder that they can increase the value of your property. Of course, like any...

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Durable Blinds for Heavy Wear and Tear Areas http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/04/durable-blinds-heavy-wear-tear/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/04/durable-blinds-heavy-wear-tear/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:21:15 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1642 If you have kids, a few precocious canines or felines that act as your kids, you are probably all too familiar with the phrase, “this is why we can’t have nice things.”  Of course, having a house full of white fabrics and antiques is not an ideal situation when you have your kids in the house. Just because you can’t have priceless artifacts, doesn’t mean you can’t dress your home with style and safety for the little ones. Today, we are going to shed some light on durable and safe blinds that will defend against your kids, canines and felines. Faux Wood Blinds Are you the type of person who really enjoys a rustic look to your house, but wouldn’t dream of installing wood blinds because they might warp? Then you are the type of person type who could use faux wood blinds to achieve a rustic look to your house. Wood blinds will provide your home with the look...

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Your Blinds Should be a PerfectFit™ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/03/perfect-fit-for-you-program/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/03/perfect-fit-for-you-program/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:38:54 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1637 Ordering products online can be risky. Sure you’re saving money, but you don’t get to physically see it and touch it so you don’t always know what you’re getting. Now you can take the  worry out of ordering custom blinds online with our PerfectFit™ For You replacement  guarantee. PerfectFit™ For You lets you exchange a blind that doesn’t work for you, whatever the reason. You can get the exact fit and style you want, without sacrificing the savings and convenience of online shopping. Other online window treatment companies don’t think the way we do and with big box stores, if your measurements are slightly off, you’re out of luck – and stuck with blinds that are too small or too big to fill your windows. Accidentally order an inside-mount blind when an outside mount would have worked better? You might be out of luck exchanging that blind. When the shades arrived, were they not quite the same color as you’d imagined? The other...

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Single-Cell vs. Double-Cell Cellular Shades http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/03/single-cell-vs-double-cell-cellular-shades/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/03/single-cell-vs-double-cell-cellular-shades/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:13:13 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1661 When updating or decorating a home, there are many decisions to make. You have to choose what type of material in which all the countertops are made, the color of the rug in the bathroom, and what types of treatments you will add to the windows. With all of these different components, researching each area will help keep you organized—and not overwhelmed—during the process. So, let’s focus on one thing today: window shades. You know you are leaning toward a cellular or honeycomb blind, but are confused whether a single or double cell shade will benefit your home. We will shed light on the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision. What Is a Cellular Shade? Simply put, cellular shades or blinds are constructed with cell pockets that resembled a honeycomb when viewed from the side. The cellular shape promotes insulation and thus energy efficiency, but they are not a one-size-fits-all option. Aside from just...

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Celebrate 10 Years with BlindSaver! http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/03/celebrate-10-years/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/03/celebrate-10-years/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:37:40 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1635 We can’t believe it, but it’s been 10 years since we sold our very first custom window blind online. Time flies! Back in 2004, we were just getting started in the online home décor business. Since then, we have shipped more than 1 million products to customers all over the United States and Canada. Thanks to our fantastic customers, we’re happy to say more than 60% of our business comes from repeat buyers and referrals. That’s something we’re especially proud of. Since we started 10 years ago, one of our most important goals was to make sure getting the custom blinds you want is as easy and worry-free as possible. Our talented and knowledgeable customer service team is always there to help you with tough questions – even years after your purchase. Plus, we provide easy-to-use tools and tutorials on our site that can help you choose your new window treatments, from how-to-measure videos to free product samples. Customer service...

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Blinds vs. Shades: Choosing the Right Window Treatment http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/03/blinds-vs-shades-choosing-right-window-treatment/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/03/blinds-vs-shades-choosing-right-window-treatment/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:27:47 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1629 When renovating a room, windows should be one of the preliminary things you decorate, after all, they draw a substantial amount of attention in a room. But as there are so many options within even the two most standard categories, window blinds and shades, choosing the perfect window treatment can seem overwhelming. To make it simple, first think about what you want to accomplish with your window treatments. Do you want to have control over privacy in the room? Do you want to let in a lot of sunlight without obstructing the view? Are you concerned about energy efficiency? There are many types of window blinds and shades that address each individual issue. Before deciding, understand the difference between blinds and shades, as well as their many subtypes, to find which one works best for your room. What Makes a Blind a Blind? Blinds have horizontal or vertical slats that louver to control the amount of sunlight and air allowed...

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Strange Window Shapes and How to Cover Them http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/02/strange-window-shapes-cover/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/02/strange-window-shapes-cover/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:26:36 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1572 Windows are not always just rectangular boxes set in the wall. Using interesting window shapes is a great way to add interest to your home decor while taking advantage of natural light. If you’ve decided to install an unusually shaped window, or if you already have one, the challenge becomes how to cover it. Most shades and blinds are created in rectangular shapes, and it’s unlikely you will find one in a round, oval, or diamond shape. Here are some ideas to cover unusually shaped windows in stylish ways. Accent Windows The most unusual shapes are usually found in smaller windows. Round, oval, diamond, arch-topped, and other window shapes can add visual interest to both your indoor decor and to the exterior of your house. But if you need to control light levels or want to maintain privacy, these unusual shapes may still need to be covered. While non-rectangular blinds and shades are not standard, it is possible to have...

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