The Great Room http://blog.blindsaver.com Your Daily Guide to Window Coverings, Decorating Trends & DIY Projects Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:00:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Get Cooking With the Right Window Treatments for Your Kitchen http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/09/get-cooking-right-window-treatments-kitchen/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/09/get-cooking-right-window-treatments-kitchen/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:00:43 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1778 If you enjoy cooking or entertaining, it’s likely that you spend quite a bit of time in your kitchen. However, the kitchen is one area of the home that can often be overlooked when it comes to extra decor. What many people don’t realize is how much of a difference window treatments can make in a room. By taking the time to pick out the proper window treatments to fit the colors and styles of your kitchen, you can totally transform the room, even on a budget. Adequate Lighting & Privacy A kitchen needs plenty of light, but it also requires some privacy. It’s important to find a window treatment that strikes the right balance between the two. Options like a valance provide plenty of light, but not much privacy, while wood blinds allow in enough light but can be closed when privacy is desired. Top -down, bottom-up shades are increasing in popularity, due to their ability to let in...

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Watts Up With Light Bulbs? Part 3: Sockets http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/09/watts-light-bulbs-part-3-sockets/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/09/watts-light-bulbs-part-3-sockets/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:10 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1775 How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb? Only one, if you can find the right replacement light bulb in the first place! As we’ve discussed in this series on new light bulb technologies, many different bulb options have been produced to replace the familiar incandescent bulbs. Some of the changes in bulbs mean changes in the base shape, which is where the bulb connects to a socket. In order to replace a bulb, you still need to find one that fits the socket in your light fixture. Here is a rundown of the most common socket types, as well as adapter choices if you need to fit a new bulb in an old socket. Screw Base Bulbs and Sockets The most familiar type of light bulbs for many consumers is the screw base bulb. Many standard lamps and wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted light fixtures have screw base sockets. This type of bulb base is given a...

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Watts Up With Light Bulbs? Part 2: Illumination http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/09/watts-light-bulbs-part-2-illumination/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/09/watts-light-bulbs-part-2-illumination/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:00:37 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1772 Light bulbs aren’t what they used to be. Fortunately, that’s because they’ve improved in many ways. In the first part of our series on light bulbs, we described the main types of consumer light bulbs available today (CFL, LED, incandescent, and halogen). All of these bulbs have been made more energy efficient than older incandescent bulbs, and there are actually more options available in these new light bulbs—if you know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, knowing what you’re looking for is more complicated than it used to be. To buy an incandescent bulb, you only needed to know what wattage to buy. Some companies produced bulbs with slightly different light characteristics, but any incandescent bulb with the right wattage would work. Part of the updated energy standards regarding light bulbs requires bulb packaging to provide more information regarding the light produced and the energy consumed. There’s more to read and digest than a simple wattage number, but when you understand...

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Watts Up With Light Bulbs? Part 1: Technology http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/09/watts-light-bulbs-part-1-technology/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/09/watts-light-bulbs-part-1-technology/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:00:21 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1769 Innovations in technology and household items have made people yearn for the “good ol’ days,” when things were much simpler. Light bulbs, for example, have become an example of a once-easy decision—picking just the right number of watts—into one that involves numerous considerations. New energy standards have phased out traditional incandescent bulbs. The lighting aisle of stores has become more diverse, with new styles of bulbs showing a wealth of information far beyond the wattage. The good news is that new bulbs provide more choices for consumers in both the type and amount of light produced, while simultaneously reducing energy costs. In this series we’ll take a look at the new types of bulbs, what makes them different from old bulbs, and what you need to know in order to make smart lighting choices. We’ll start with the basic bulb technologies. There are four main types of bulbs produced for home lighting today: CFL, LED, halogen, and incandescent. CFL Bulbs...

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Everything You Need to Know About Solar Heat Gain http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/08/everything-need-know-solar-heat-gain/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/08/everything-need-know-solar-heat-gain/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:00:17 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1766 The sun is our original and ultimate source of energy. Understanding how to control and use sunlight gives us new and better ways to make use of solar energy. Every homeowner should take sunlight into consideration to reduce their energy costs. If there is sun shining on your house, it has some effect on indoor temperatures, either positively or negatively. Windows are one of the biggest areas of concern when it comes to the influence of sunlight on your home’s heating and cooling. A Little Solar Science Solar heat gain, sometimes called passive solar gain, is the term used to describe how a home is heated by solar radiation. Sunlight contains different wavelengths of radiation. Objects in sunlight absorb short wavelengths of solar radiation, which is what causes them to warm up. When sunlight shines on a window, the amount of solar heat gain inside the room depends on how much radiation gets through. There are multiple factors involved here,...

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Ceiling Fans: When and How to Change Rotation Direction http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/08/ceiling-fans-change-rotation-direction/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/08/ceiling-fans-change-rotation-direction/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:08:04 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1726 Ceiling fans serve as functional features of your home that can add aesthetic appeal while saving money in energy costs. The types of ceiling fans available give you an array of options to fit your home’s decor as well as your satisfying your specific needs for cooling the house. One way to maximize the energy-saving benefits of ceiling fans is to alternate the rotation direction of the fans during different times of the year. By alternating the rotation direction, you can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and reduce your energy costs in the process. Pay attention to these factors in determining how and when to alternate your ceiling fan’s rotation direction. Choosing the Correct Rotation Setting The direction of your ceiling fan’s blade rotation will cause the air to either be forced downward toward the floor or upward toward the ceiling. Knowing this difference helps you determine which direction is best given the season. The forward rotation direction,...

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Is Wallpaper Making a Comeback? http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/08/wallpaper-making-comeback/ http://blog.blindsaver.com/2014/08/wallpaper-making-comeback/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 19:18:24 +0000 http://blog.blindsaver.com/?p=1724 Interior design choices in recent years moved away from wallpaper as a popular decorative choice. The shift in contemporary style was so dramatic that wallpaper itself had been seen as a signal of dated home decor and a feature ripe for addressing first when redecorating. More recently, however, wallpaper has seen a resurgence in popularity. The once declining choice is available in a wide array of new colors, patterns, and textured options. Wallpaper was not always a product of mere design choice, but rather a means for covering walls that were less than stylish in their aesthetics. Rather than incur the sometimes expensive cost of resurfacing or painting interior walls, wallpaper was a viable and relatively inexpensive way to add interest and style to a home’s interior design. Early iterations of wallpaper use meant having to deal with cumbersome installation and an even more time-consuming and often frustrating procedure for removal. Current types of wallpaper not only offer a wider...

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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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