Did you know that color is associated with so many things from energy and feelings to memories and associations?  The psychology of color is a real thing and is a very important element to consider when designing a room, from the ceiling down to the floors.

Interior paint, wallcovering, and upholstery are an easy way to bring color into your room, but they are difficult to change.

Contemporary drapes and custom pillows are not only an excellent way of adding color, but you can easily change them when you are ready to freshen your space or even just for the season.  No mess required, just swap out another set of drapes on your same rod, design custom pillows to match, and your room evokes a completely different emotional experience for your family and friends.

Let’s review some popular colors and how they influence mood in a room: Yellow Curtains:

Yellow is a bold color; It’s also considered bright and associated with bright, energy, and of course, the sun.  Some would say it’s an aggressive color, depending on the tone of it, so unless you’re intending to make a bold statement it would be best to stay in the light pastel colors where yellow induces a sense of happiness and “sunny” joy. Red Curtains:

Red is the color of passion and romance; it’s the color of energy.  It is said that the blind can feel red of all the colors because of the pulses that it gives.  Use red in rooms where you want to create energy or an intimate feeling.  Red is sometimes considered for a master bedroom, but because it’s a stimulant color, it’s best for a room you’re not needing to go to sleep in, such as a living room, dining room, or even kitchen. Orange Curtains:

Orange is considered a friendly color; a mix of red (passion) and yellow, (bright and sunny) it’s typically associated with fun and creativity. Orange is an inspiring color, typically promoting movement.  Like red, it’s a stimulant color, and best suited for rooms in which you want to create some energy. Green Curtains:

Green is associated with many things; money, nature, envy…depending on the shade, it can be very relaxing or it can be electrifying. It can remind you of tall pine trees, grass, or even emerald green waters. Green is flexible and can work for any room of the house whether it is to relax or to be entertained. Blue Curtains:

Blue seems to be a common favorite.  This color is typically calming.  It’s associated with the sea, the sky, tranquility restfulness, and peacefulness.  Darker blue fabrics are a great choice for curtains and will add depth to your contemporary interior design. Blue is also said to be the color of honesty and devotion.

All colors have an impact on our emotions and how we experience a space.  Think about how you want you and your guests to feel in a room before deciding which colors to incorporate.

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In our previous blog, we discussed the options available in Horizontal blinds. Today, we are going to delve into Vertical blinds. Vertical blinds are slats/veins that are laid in a vertical configuration. They come in a 4” standard slat size that opens or closes in a sideways motion.

Let’s break down the various options available to review some of the pros and cons of each.

Fabric and Vinyl Vertical Blinds

Traditional vertical blinds have used for decades. Fabric vertical blinds primarily used in commercial applications nowadays because they tend to look dated in residential interiors. These are used for very large windows or sliding glass doors.

They are budget-friendly.  Tend to be the least expensive option. These blinds are versatile for light control they can be fully opened for maximum light exposure or kept in the closed position. Adjusting only the slats to allow the desired amount of light into space. Sheer Vertical Blinds

Sheer Vertical Blinds takes a vinyl panel and “camouflages” it with a sheer fabric material draped over it. It adds a very soft and sophisticated look to your blinds. These allow for light control and form. More cost-effective than having custom sheers made and offer great durability and privacy.

Sheer vertical blinds operate in the same fashion as traditional verticals, pulling completely open for maximum light or tilting the slats for light control. Panel Track Vertical Blinds

Vertical Blinds have morphed into Panel Track Vertical Blinds. Panel track blinds are very wide fabric vertical blinds that do not tilt. Used in contemporary interior design for an updated aesthetical look. In other words, overlapping wide fabric panels that are connected and slide back and forth much like a drape.

Pros/Cons

Panel track vertical blinds only limitation is losing some light control, as you lose the “tilt” option to adjust the slats. Panel track blinds are easy to remove the panels from the track. (The velcro is used to secure the panels). To allow for maximum customization as they can easily be changed for seasons or holidays.

This option is not as budget-friendly as traditional fabric verticals, the investment is usually less than sheer vertical blinds while offering a very custom look.

Window Blind Options

Window blind options are continuously changing and improving. There several factors to consider when trying to decide what kind of blinds will work best in your space.

Factors To Consider

What kind of function will they be serving? Are they in a high traffic area where durability is a factor?  How custom do you want them to be?

Conclusion

The options are endless. With a little effort, you are sure to find the perfect blinds for your space.

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In the world of window treatments, blinds can be a great solution to a window dilemma.  So, you have decided you would like to use blinds for your window treatments, very quickly you realize choosing the right type of blind for your window may not be quite as simple as you thought.  Blinds still have two basic types, Horizontal (sometimes referred to as Venetian) and Vertical.  In this blog, we will break down the various types of Horizontal Blinds available today and review some pros and cons of each.

Horizontal blinds are typically 1” or 2” slats laid in, you guessed it – a horizontal configuration.  Horizontal Blinds open and close in an up and down motion and have an option to adjust the slats, allowing them to tilt for light control throughout the day as well as privacy. REAL WOOD BLINDS

Real wood blinds are a very popular option.  They look beautiful and are always classic, working with most interior styles.  A great advantage to using real wood blinds is that they weigh less than faux wood options and for a larger window, the lighter weight can make a big difference.  They tend to be the most expensive blind and should not be used in high humidity areas as they are also prone to warp when exposed to moisture. FAUX-WOOD BLINDS

Faux wood blinds are a great option for many.  They are made from a wood and plastic composite that makes for a very durable product, which is one of its greatest advantages.  Faux-wood blinds are also a budget-friendly option; they cost less than the real wood varieties and aesthetically have come a long way, looking great in any space.  They are also a wise choice if you want a wood look blind in a high moisture area, as they will not warp.ALUMINUM/METAL BLINDS

Aluminum or Metal blinds can offer a more contemporary interior design element than other blinds.  They can be equally budget-friendly as Faux-Wood blinds, although not quite as durable.  They are also an excellent choice for use in a higher moisture area, such as bathrooms and kitchens. VINYL BLINDS

Vinyl blinds have come a long way.  They are a good choice for someone on a tight budget, as they are typically the least expensive option.  You can get a great looking blind that can handle high moisture areas.  They are not as durable as their counterparts and can end up creasing if bumped too hard.

Blinds have evolved over the years.  The quality options available are perhaps greater than they have ever been.  Take your time and explore all the choices.  You will undoubtedly find the perfect blind for your window!

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If your life is feeling a bit stagnate and you are looking to rekindle that creative spark, then travel may be just the ticket.  The Dalai Lama famously said, “Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before.”  We gain so much from travel, a chance to interject new energy into our lives, broaden our horizons, and introduce a fresh perspective.  If you are looking for a magical place to visit, with extraordinary architecture and a great history to boot, why not try Edinburgh.  Scotland’s capital city is divided into two distinct sections, the Medieval Old Town, dating back to the 15th century, and the Neo-classical New Town whose development started in the 18th century. On a recent trip to this charming city, my fellow traveling companions and I were mesmerized by street after street of incredible Gothic Architecture in the Old Town, oozing with history, one can easily see how this city helped inspire J.K. Rowling while she wrote Harry Potter.  The famously curved Victoria Street, the mysterious Closes (alleyways), and gargoyles protruding everywhere; one could imagine a wizard hiding around every corner.  With Edinburgh Castle perched high on the hill and Holyrood Palace resting comfortably below, High Street, The Royal Mile in Old Town, is an absolute joy to explore.  St. Giles Cathedral, the Grassmarket, there is so much to see!  Spring for a knowledgeable walking tour guide, as this is a city to be seen and experienced on foot.  The Architecture is a treat for the eyes, and one is not quite sure what beautiful site to focus on first. The New Town of Edinburgh is visually very different from the Old Town.  It was meticulously planned by famous architects of the time, including John and Robert Adam (1728-92), Sir William Chambers (1723-96), and William Playfair (1790-1857).  There is so much to see here; the famed Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens, Scot Monument, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Calton Hill to name just a few.  Calton Hill, according to theculturetrip.com, offered a view back down Princes Street that was “Robert Louis Stevenson’s favorite of Edinburgh, and the collected monuments occupying this hillside are some of Edinburgh’s most architecturally significant works.”The Royal Yacht Britannia is another must-see while in Edinburgh.  Docked in Leith, walk where royalty has been, see where the Queen spent her time while onboard, a place she once described as, “one place where I can truly relax.”  Find out where Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales spent their honeymoon and Princes William and Harry spent their summer holidays.  When you are done with your tour, make sure to visit the Royal Deck Tea Room, perched perfectly atop the yacht with a view out over the water and the Firth of Forth bridge, it is a delightful spot to enjoy afternoon tea. A trip to Edinburgh is a trip through time.  The city oozes history and the electricity of that history pulses through its streets.  The famous Scottish hospitality is evident everywhere and Edinburgh’s unmistakable architecture inspires new possibilities and vision for your future.  Rest, relax, and vacate your lives for a while.  Let the cities energy seep into your soul, allowing for renewal, helping you to see the world and your role in it a little differently than before.

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When choosing new custom drapes, the seemingly endless options can feel overwhelming.  There are so many design considerations including style, color, and material.  Today we are going to discuss some basic drape styles.

There are a few questions to contemplate when trying to determine the best drape style. Questions like, what is the overall look of your space and what role do you want the drapes to play, is your room formal or informal, are the windows and therefore the drapes going to be a primary focal point in the room, will the drapes need to serve a functional role or are they strictly aesthetic?  Answering these questions will help direct your style choice.

Hardware

First, we will consider hardware and perhaps the biggest question when determining style; how are the drapes going to function?  Will they need to be opened a few times a day to block light or for privacy? Are your drapes serving a more decorative purpose? Determining function will affect the type of hardware you will want to use.

The two standard types of hardware are non-mechanical and mechanical.  A Pole Rod (no mechanics) vs. a Pinch Pleat or Ripple Fold on a functioning rod (mechanics).  If you need to open and close your drapes several times, a day a functioning rod with mechanics will probably work best.  Not surprisingly, in terms of cost, drapes with mechanics typically have a higher cost than the non-mechanical options.

Heading Styles

Pole Rod

A Pole Rod has no mechanics and is used for a simple rod pocket, a hidden loop style, rings or grommets, or if purely decorative can even include a drape over style.  This look is more about aesthetics than function.  This is a style to choose when you want the specific look of the drape but does not need the drapes to function for privacy or light blocking.  The Rod Pocket is a very traditional choice and is not as convenient to open and close as other options. The fabric is gathered at the top of the drape creating a pocket that the curtain rod will slide through.

Grommet Drapes hang from large rings at the top of the drape (known as grommets) that the curtain rod will slide through.  It creates very even pleats and can be very decorative but again, may not be as functional as other choices.

If you need the function of mechanics, you will want a pinch pleat or ripple fold.Pinch Pleat

Often called a French Pleat, Pinch Pleat is a very popular style used in spaces that are looking for a more traditional design.  Several different heading styles fall under the Pinch Pleat category and some of the more common ones include, tailored pleat, box pleat, inverted pleat, and goblet pleat. These drapes will have pleats created by gathering folds of the material together every few inches and attaching them together about four inches from the top.  Drapery pins are used to attach the drape to the hardware and often use an attached baton to pull open and close.Ripple Fold

The ripple fold has a more updated look and works well in contemporary interior design.  The drapes hang on an easy to use track and typically open and close with a cord control, making these a great choice if you need the functionality of opening and closing several times a day.  The ripple fold style does not use drapery pins and is a big advantage in the care and cleaning of custom draperies as they are much easier to take down and hang up than Pinch Pleat style drapes.  This style drape usually uses less fabric and therefore may be less expensive than other options.

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