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Strange Window Shapes and How to Cover Them

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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…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Make Every Room Special for the Holidays

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When I was growing up, decorating for the holidays meant hanging a few outdoor lights and trimming the Christmas tree. With my love of decorating, the holidays have turned into much more than trimming a tree. It all begins the day after Thanksgiving so there is plenty of time to get everything done; and this year I decided to scale back a little as we’ll have less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I made sure each room in the house had a holiday touch. The Great Room Our Christmas tree is prelit to save time and artificial to save our backs. I decorated the tree with just ornaments – received, collected and handmade over the years and each bringing its own special memory – so many that it took most of the day. The tree is the center of attention in our great room and the fireplace mantel became the perfect accessory. I decorated the mantel with thick faux…

“Live Lovely” with Kristan Cunningham’s Custom Window Shades and Blinds

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Fans of HGTV’s Design on a Dime will remember former host Kristan Cunningham. She has come a long way over the years, evolving from giving others advice on how to make their homes beautiful to starting her own design company, Hammer and Spear, with her husband, Scott Jarrell. Her products range from furniture to decor, and she recently launched a line of window treatments through Blindsaver.com. Kristan is passionate about windows because she feels that they are a perfect place to begin design efforts. She says, “The best place to start is with windows because it is the most visual thing in a space.” Her window treatments are all reasonably priced because she thinks “it shouldn’t be exclusive to those who are able to spend the most to be able to live a beautiful life; it is my mission is to show everyone how to live a beautiful life.” And Kristan wants you to “live a little bit more lovely by living…

(Window) Shades of Gray: How to Decorate with this Cool Hue

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You’ve seen it everywhere: The color gray is making its name in home design. Magazines are raving about it, stores are featuring it, and your friends’ houses are starting to showcase it. Gray is taking over the design scene, and you want in. The thought of going gray, however, might make you a little nervous. Don’t worry. Gray in design has none of the connotations that gray hair does. A gray accent in your home will rejuvenate your entire design scheme and create an atmosphere of youth, affluence, and refined taste. There Isn’t Just One Gray If you aren’t too familiar with the world of gray, then you might be astonished by how many variations there are for each shade. There are dark, light, warm, cool, metallic, matte, industrial, colonial, and many more shades of gray beyond that. Each shade and hue has specific colors that bring out its individual essence. Warm grays bring out the best of earthy tones,…