Monthly Archives: January 2013

  1. WCMA updates window treatment standards to stress safety

    If you're thinking about installing new discount window treatments in your home, you might want to familiarize yourself with the new standards set for shades and blinds. Doing so can give you peace of mind as you look for the perfect cellular shades or wood blinds for your living space.

    The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) recently announced that it has adjusted its window treatment standards to improve safety for consumers. Some of the specifics of the changes include further durability testing, new controlling cords that require fewer tension devices and additional warning labels.

    "The window covering industry is committed to the ongoing innovation and improvement of our products to make them as safe as possible,"

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  2. Three tips for creating a classic interior

    Do you want your living spaces to have a clean, fresh look but you aren't into the idea of incorporating modern furnishings into your home? Just because you want an updated appearance with minimalism in mind doesn't mean you have to opt for contemporary decor. Classic styles can also provide the same sense of cleanliness and clutter-free living. Here are some tips on how to achieve a classic interior with the proper discount window treatments, furnishings and accent decorations.

    1. Look for patterns
    As you shop for everything from custom window shades to sofas, states that it's crucial to keep patterns in mind. Hounds-tooth to paisley can fit marvelously into a classic setting, adding intrigue to an overall interior.

    2. Use international influences
    As you look for furnishings and

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  3. Three tips for designing your teenage daughter's bedroom

    If you have a teenage girl who's desperate to have a room away from her siblings, she might jump for joy once you let her move into a spare living space in your home. However, conflict may arise if you both can't agree on an interior design that meets both of your decorating goals. While there's a wide variety of discount window treatments, bedding and furniture to choose from, there's no guarantee that you and your daughter will be able to easily agree on these necessities. Here are some helpful tips for creating a bedroom that you can both love.

    1. Learn to compromise
    Not seeing eye-to-eye with your daughter on wood blinds, linens and wall art for her room? Think of compromising on these key components to keep it fair. This might mean letting your daughter choose the comforter she wants

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  4. Taking advantage of underlying design trends

    There's nothing more challenging than replacing your discount window treatments, wallpaper and furniture if you haven't done so in years. However, it can be just as daunting to try and live with an interior that's sorely outdated. What do you do if you aren't into some of the hottest trends in interior design?

    One way to start brainstorming is by thinking outside of the box and exploring other resources. While you might not be into the idea of using emerald throughout your spaces - Pantone's color of the year - this doesn't mean that you can't capitalize on other trends flying under the radar. Here are some low-key styles worth noting if some rooms in your home are in desperate need of a new design.

    1. Tribal
    Tribal wear has taken the runways by storm, and it's doing just the

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  5. Tips for puppy proofing your house

    If you recently adopted a puppy, you now have another responsibility. While dogs can provide unwavering companionship, they also require a certain amount of attention. Similar to children, puppies need to be kept away from household items that can pose a threat to their health. For example, some discount window treatments can become entangled in dogs and be hazardous to long-term wellness. That being said, it's not difficult to dog-proof a home and create a safe environment for the new pet. Here are some tips to ensure you never have to worry about your furry family member getting into trouble.

    Invest in cordless shades
    If you're concerned about your blinds posing a threat to your pet, you may want to invest in cordless shades. These window treatments don't have cords than

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  6. Four ways to make the most of an awkwardly shaped room

    If you have an awkward space in your home with an arched ceiling or a strange corner where nothing will fit, you know how difficult it can be to make this room feel more welcoming. An area with unusual angles can be challenging to decorate, but there are a couple of ways you can improve the space with the right discount window treatments, wall paint and accent decor. Here are some tips for transforming this eyesore into a room you'll want to show off to your friends.

    1. Let light reign supreme.
    Even the strangest, most difficult spaces can instantly feel better with more natural light in them. Consider bringing in cellular shades or easy-to-manage blinds to allow additional sunlight to flow into the space. This can make the room feel lighter, brighter and more welcoming to everyone who sees it.

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  7. Three design trends to incorporate into your space in the new year

    If you've been waiting to change your discount window treatments, wallpaper and furnishings until the new year, there's no better time to begin your project than now - but what if you don't know where to start? If there's an ample amount of work to be done around the house, it can be intimidating to try and tackle the entire project without brainstorming beforehand.

    That being said, you can get off on the right foot by taking some of the hottest interior design trends of 2013 into consideration. By familiarizing yourself with up and coming styles, it'll be easier for you to select everything from wood blinds to chairs for your home. Here are some of the top trends worth noting as the new year begins.

    1. A mix of materials
    Oregon Live reports that more people are experimenting with different textures and

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  8. The top window treatments for privacy

    If your discount window treatments aren't giving you the privacy and peace that you want in your home, there's no better time to upgrade than now. However, it can be challenging to choose new curtains, drapes and blinds if you haven't done so in years. There are an abundance of different styles on the market today - which ones should you use? Here are a few of the most effective window treatments when it comes to creating privacy and a relaxing atmosphere in your living spaces.

    Wood blinds
    Wood blinds are perfect for homeowners who want an easy way to access privacy as well as warm up their rooms. The wood material creates a cozy, elegant feeling while blocking out natural light with its thickness. Furthermore, wood blinds can be simply opened or closed on a dime for the utmost privacy.

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  9. Transforming an extra space into a music room

    If you have an extra room in your home now that your kids have moved out and you love music, why not transform this into a space where you can play? With the right window coverings, wall decor and furniture, you can make any room of your home into an area where you can jam and relish beautiful sounds. Whether you've remodeled a room before or this will be your first time, taking the following tips into account can make it easier to decorate.

    Choose your window treatments carefully
    The window treatments you bring into your music room can play a large role in the look and feel of the environment. For example, wood blinds can create a sense of warmth and drama in the space, which you may desire if you're using it to create music.

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  10. Using curtains for multiple purposes throughout your home

    You might be used to looking at cellular shades and blinds throughout your home, but have you thought of the many ways that curtains can potentially spruce up your living spaces? In addition to using these discount window treatments, you can add curtains to create a sense of elegance in your home.

    Furthermore, curtains aren't just for windows these days. Interior designers have found new ways to use them throughout the home to complement existing decor. Whether you're familiar with this concept or you want to learn more about how to utilize curtains throughout your house, here are some tips to get you started.

    Look for a durable fabric
    Regardless of how you want to use your curtains, Elle Decor reports that it's important to pay attention to the material that the window treatment is made of to

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