Maintain Your Shutters for Maximum Longevity

Shutters are a spectacular addition to any home. It gives it a finished look and can polish off any home. What’s important is to shutter maintenancemaintain your shutters so they can last for years to come. Custom shutters can be quite expensive, but routine maintenance will ensure they stay looking new for as long as possible.

It’s important to know what kind of shades you have and what’s best for maintenance. Below are the types of shades we sell here at Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery.

  • Vinyl Shutter Maintenance

Hollow, vinyl shutters are easiest to maintain. They are lightweight and are, for the most part, immune to environmental factors. They resist moisture well and can be hosed off during maintenance. Depending on how they’re attached to your home, you may be able to do this yourself. If you are unable to remove them, use a wet cloth with mild detergent to wipe them down.

  • Composite Shutter Maintenance

This type of shutter is different than the vinyl shutters in that it needs to be dried off. We wouldn’t recommend using a hose on these, but you can still take a wet cloth to wipe them down. Just be sure that they are completely dry after. Composite shutters can be damaged by sitting water.

  • Wooden Shutter Maintenance

Moisture is a no-no when it comes to wooden shutters. Though they may be sealed with paint or a varnish, they can be sensitive to water. Wooden shutters can become warped and damaged if water sits on them too long. It’s recommended to use a duster or a vacuum to keep wooden shutters clean. Only if necessary should you use a damp cloth and like composite shutters, be absolutely sure they are dry when you’re done.

With any of these types of shutters, be careful what chemicals you use. Abstain from using any chemicals if possible, but if you must use a detergent, make sure it’s mild and use sparingly. Also, use Windex on your windows with care as it can create spots on shutters.

If you have further questions about shutter maintenance or would like to have an in-home consultation with one of our designers to discuss shutters, call Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery in Phoenix. We can create custom shutters of any kind to fit any window in any home.

The Best Fabric for Drapery

drapery fabricFrom providing shade to adding pizzazz to your home, drapery does it all. We have clients who come to us because they want to lower the energy costs using home drapery in Phoenix. We also have clients who want to spruce up their home by adding some color and texture to a room. Whatever the reason may be, we’re here to help!

One of the most important decisions when it comes to choosing drapes is which fabric will work best for you. Here’s some things to take into consideration when choosing your drapery fabric:

  • Does the weight match the style of my home? Heavier fabrics can weigh down a room, making it appear small or cluttered.
  • Will I be able to maintain the fabric? Velvet and corduroy can attract pet hair and dust and will require more upkeep than others.
  • How much do you want the drapes to help with temperature? Silk drapes will not drastically lower the temperature in a room. Look for something heavier that will block out the sun easily.
  • What is my budget? Some fabrics are drastically more expensive than others.

The great thing about Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery in Phoenix is that we have designated designers that can come to your home for an in-home consultation. We can bring fabric samples and truly take the time to make sure you’re 100% confident in your decision.

Our designers can also help pick a style of draping to match the style and feel of your home. To set up an in-home consultation, give us a call at 602-938-2885. We’ll walk you through the process of choosing your drapes step by step and ensure they are installed properly so you can enjoy them for years to come.

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Use Tableaux to Spice Up Your Home

While you may not be familiar with tableaux, you’ve probably seen it. Tableauxs are an ornate custom motifs that can turn any room in your home into an elegant space. They look and feel like wrought iron, but cost a fraction of the price. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to give your home a high-class feel.

Related: Dress Up Your Arched Windows

 

Here are the top places our customers use tableaux to decorate their homes.

On or around doors

Your front door is the first thing people come into contact with when they visit your home. That’s why it’s important that it gives a good first impression. Tableauxs can be used over a front door window or placed above your door to add flair.tableaux

On and above windows

Tableauxs are a great way to add style to your windows without eliminating your view. Window tableauxs are extremely popularin older style homes such due to their complex and ornate designs.

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If you have a gated entrance to your home, a tableaux gate can provide a classic, luxurious feel. We can customize your tableaux to any specifications and we can work together to design the perfect gate for you.

Here at Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery, we have an endless amount of ways to dress up your doors and windows. Tableauxs allow us to do that without having to replace the door or the window. They can be used as wall decorations as well, spicing up any room in your home.

Related: Mix and Match Color With Window Treatments

We will even provide an in-home consultation so you can be sure that you’re getting exactly what you want. Our talented designers will work with you to select a custom style and design. To set up your consultation, give us a call at 602-938-2885.

Practical Arched Window Treatments That’ll Work for You

Contrary to popular belief, arched windows are actually very treatable! While there are many ways to go about dressing your arched windows, we want to take you through the most practical and useful options we provide.

If your home is filled with arched windows that let in too much light when you don’t want it and not enough light when you do, keep reading because below are the three most practical window treatment options that’ll keep you in control of the light in your home.

Shutters: Custom shutters are the perfect window treatment for arched windows because they can be customized to fit into any window shape or size, while still giving you complete control over how much light comes in, and at what angles that light shines in. Talk about control!

Solar Film: Solar Film is a product that won’t give you the complete control that shutters do, however it will block out an extreme amount of sunlight, keeping your home darker and cooler in the hot summer months. Solar Film is just that, a film that goes directly onto the window and reduces ultraviolet rays up to 99%. This works to keep your home cool and protects your indoor furnishings from fading. Don’t worry—solar film doesn’t block your view! You will still be able to see out your window, no problem.

Shades: Shades are one of the most universal and versatile treatments we offer. They come in a wide array of materials, ranging from woven woods to strong fabrics, and a long list of types, ranging from cell shades to roman shades. Choosing the perfect shades for your home can be difficult which is why we happily offer free design consultations, either in your home or in our showroom. No matter which material or type of shade you choose, it will be customizable to fit into your arched windows, allowing you to control the light that comes in, and stays out.

Those are our top three most practical window treatments for arched windows. If control is important to you, shutters or shades will both be great choices. If control is not as important, solar film is a viable option. All three will easily fit into any arched window, so that should never be a worry of yours. Enjoy the process and leave the measurements and details to us. Visit our contact page to schedule your consultation today!

4 Ways to Dress Up Your Arched Windows

How To Dress Your Arched Windows

Arched windows have forever been viewed as beautiful architectural details that are impossible to treat with window treatments. We agree that arched windows are in fact beautiful architectural touches that add a sense of customization and uniqueness to a home; however we must disagree that they are impossible to treat! Over the years, we have helped countless homeowners treat their arched windows in ways that they never knew were possible! Throughout this article, we are going to list out our four favorite ways to dress up your arched windows.

1. Drapery

Drapery is another way to dress up your arched windows. By adding drapes to a window topped with an arch, you can simply have the top of the drapes moved up so that they are above the arch. This accomplishes two things that most homeowners with arched windows are often hoping to accomplish. It brings the eye up, making your ceilings and windows feel taller and making your entire room feel more open. Doing so also allows you to keep the arch visible while the drapes are opened.

2. Shades

Window shades are our third favorite product for dressing arched windows. Shades are one of the most modern window treatment options available. They are sleek and simple, yet extremely practical. Shades can add privacy and shade to your home, making them an excellent choice for windows that face east or west to block out the sun and the heat, or for those windows that face the front of the home on a busy street to add some much needed privacy. At Arizona Blinds, shades can be completely customized, allowing you to pick and choose the exact shades you want for your home. They can also be customized to fit perfectly into your arched windows!

3. Shutters

Shutters are completely customizable, meaning that we can actually cut shutters to fit perfectly into your arched window, no matter the size or shape! We particularly love shutters on arched windows for two reasons. For one, they allow the arch to still be seen, keeping your home’s detail intact and in plain view. Secondly, shutters are extremely practical. Even arched windows need to be closed off and opened to let in or block out the sunlight from time to time. Shutters allow you to have full control over all of the light that comes into your home.

4. Blinds

Blinds are the fourth way to dress up your arched windows. Blinds can be completely customized in order to fit nearly any window shape and size. With the use of a simple cord, blinds are easy to open up and down, or angle a certain direction to let in more or less light. This is extremely important and helpful for those windows that reach unreachable heights and we all know arched windows tend to be much higher than non-arched windows.

Drapes, shades, shutters and blinds. Those are our top 4 picks for dressing arched windows. All three options have perks of their own. If you find yourself going back and forth between the different options, give us a call and schedule a free design consultation. One of our interior designers will happily walk you through the process and work with you to choose the best option for your family and your home.

A New Year Calls for New Window Treatments

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Happy New Year from everyone here at Arizona Blinds! We may be biased but we think that a New Year calls for new window treatments. We believe that there is no better way to update your home’s look and feel than with brand new window treatments. Don’t you agree?

Whether you want to give your current drapes a face lift, or swap out your store bought curtains for something custom and higher quality, the start of the New Year is the perfect time to do so.

What Are My Options?

If you come to Arizona Blinds, the possibilities are endless! We offer shutters, drapes, blinds, shades, patio products, solar screens, solar film, tableaux, and motorized and automated products! However, if you are looking for a fresh start this New Year as most of us are, we suggest choosing a window treatment that will have a big impact on your home.

High Impact Window Treatments

While any product can have an impact, the most common high impact products and window treatment types include custom shutters or custom drapes. The majority of the impact comes from the before and after. If you currently have drapes, shutters will be a dramatic change, while if your windows currently have blinds; custom drapes will have a high impact.

If you are simply looking for a new change, then any of the above window treatments will definitely do the trick! However, if you’re looking for something a bit more impactful that will really change the look and feel of your home, then choosing custom shutters or custom drapes is highly recommended! Whichever route you take, be sure to choose something you are drawn to, because window treatments tend to make a big difference in the home, much to the surprise of most homeowners going through the process. Have a safe and happy 2014!

Marie Aycock

We were VERY pleased with the service provided by Debbie of Arizona Blinds.  We ordered new Hunter Douglas blinds for the windows on the golf course, and lovely drapery panels for accent.  Give her a call…I think you will find her very easy to work with.  She has done several homes here in Pebble Creek.

Marie Aycock

3 Reasons Customized Window Treatments are the Better Choice

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When it comes to choosing new window treatments for your home, you are given two specific options to choose from. You can either go with something pre-packaged or something custom. So how are you supposed to choose between the two? At Arizona Blinds, we are big believers in high-quality products and even better customer service. Listed below are our top three reasons to go custom when it comes to your windows, keeping quality and customer service in mind at all times.

Why Choose Custom Window Treatments

1. Reason number one may seem obvious to some, but to others, it may have never crossed their minds! Quality. Custom window treatments, whether custom shutters, drapes or blinds, will undoubtedly be better quality and longer lasting than any pre-packaged window treatment you can buy. We always suggest making the investment now so that your home’s windows are beautifully (and properly) dressed for years to come.

2. Our second reason for choosing custom window treatments involves choice and range. When choosing custom, you are immediately given endless possibilities that will help make your vision a reality. For those that don’t have a vision or direction yet, looking through our large selection of options will help you to narrow down the choices and find something that speaks to you and your home’s style. Just think; there are only so many pre-packaged window treatments available and let’s be honest, the choices are not that extensive. Customers that want custom window treatments can come to our Scottsdale showroom to see everything we have to offer! With plenty of fabric swatches to flip through, examples to look at, and interior designers to speak with, you are sure to find exactly what you want, whether you know what that is yet or not.

3. Our third and final reason for choosing custom window treatments over pre-packaged is the customer service you will receive when choosing custom. Picking out the perfect custom window treatments for your home is a process. It can get a quick process, or a longer process, depending on what you, the homeowner chooses to make it. At Arizona Blinds, we offer design consultations in which one of our experienced interior designers will come out to your home and help walk you through the process, finalizing all details and deciding on the perfect addition to your home. You surely won’t receive that type of service by purchasing pre-packaged window treatments.

There you have it. Our three reasons customized window treatments are the better choice! If you are interested in a high-quality, long lasting, unique and tailored product, paired with exceptional customer service and interior designer expertise, then custom window treatments from Arizona Blinds are your only option!

Add Quality and Class with Customized Shutters

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For Arizona homes, customized shutters are all the rage. They allow you to add high-quality window treatments and a classic style to your home, without having to pick and choose every little detail. This winter, add quality and class to your home by choosing our custom shutters as the newest addition to your home!

Unlike other window treatments, Shutters require very few choices to be made, making them the ideal window treatment for the person who finds it tough to pick out the final details. They are custom made to fit your windows perfectly, so sorting through fabric swatches is out of the picture. The hardest decision you’ll be faced with is what finish you want your shutters to have.

When you flip through design magazines and watch design shows on TV, some of the classiest homes have custom shutters throughout. Shutters make an excellent window treatment choice for those high-end homes for a number of reasons. Their simplicity is unprecedented, paired with beautiful hardwood materials, followed by the practicality that even the nicest homes require.

Worried about shutters working in your arched windows? No need. Our custom shutters can be cut to fit perfectly into the toughest shaped windows, making your windows look better than ever! Nothing says custom quite like an arched window, perfectly treated with shutters, specifically cut to fit the arch exactly.

If you are looking for a way to class up your home and bring in the highest quality product possible, then custom shutters are the solution. Whether you choose a crisp white finish, dark stain or something else entirely, the streamline look and high-quality feel of our custom shutters will definitely do the trick!

To see some examples of our custom shutters in real homes, take a look at our Shutters page to glance through our gallery.

Custom Shutters that Fit Perfectly into Your Home

The Many Faces of Custom Shutters

Here at Arizona Blinds, we are extremely proud of our newfound partnership with O’Hair Shutters. Our partnership with O’Hair Shutters is the only one of its kind in Arizona, so if you are looking for the very best, you have come to the right place. Custom shutters are a truly unique product, as they can be custom fit, cut, stained and painted to fit any window size and shape your home may have. Have an arched window? No problem! Custom shutters can be cut and fit to blend in perfectly with the toughest shaped windows out there.

A Little About O’Hair Shutters

O’Hair Shutters has been designing and building the highest quality shutters in the United States for over 70 years. Through this partnership, we are able to bring you the top of the line craftsmanship of O’Hair Shutters, paired with Arizona Blinds’ customization, reliable installation and excellent customer service.

Don’t Overlook Your Windows

While often times looked over and put on the back burner, windows are one of the most important elements to a home. They control who can see inside your home, and how much or how little can shine in. They can block the sun and the heat, which in turn lowers energy bills, or they can be opened wide to let in the fresh air and frame out the beautiful views. All of this is controlled by your window treatments, which is why pushing your windows to the bottom of the to-do list is never a good idea.

If light control, simplicity and quality are at the top of your list for window treatments, then our custom O’Hair Shutters are the answer you have been waiting for. With the best materials and craftsmanship available, O’Hair Shutters are top of the line. Combine that with our Arizona Blinds customization, and installation services and you’ll be enjoying your new shutters for many years to come!

If you can’t picture your home without high-quality, custom shutters, give us a call to set up your free design consultation!