I Have a Modern House, What Type of Window Treatments Should I Use?

There are a variety of window treatment options that can compliment the clean lines and chic simplicity of your modern home. Whether you need an easy-to-maintain product, are hoping to make a statement with your window treatment choice, or just want a practical option that provides privacy and security, there are many treatments that will accommodate your needs and will fit the look of your modern space perfectly.Modern House

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When searching for the perfect window treatments for your modern house, you do not have to choose between practicality and creativity. Shades are a terrific choice that provide both! At Arizona Blinds, we have several types of shades including cell shades, roller shades, roman shades and woven wood shades, and many of them are available with different opening and closing options. The sleek and compact structure of most shade products makes them an attractive option to those looking to continue the clean lines of modern interiors.

Drapery is a classic window treatment option and the possibilities are almost endless with modern styling. Our expert designers know that adding a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room or creating interest with texture or pattern can really take the contemporary appeal of a room to the next level. You might consider lighter fabrics to accentuate the fresh feel of a light, modern room, or you could check out heavier fabrics to provide some drama and contrast to the simple and straight surroundings. It is also helpful to consider functionality and features available with drapery, such as finding drapes that add privacy or help cool down your home, etc.

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Whether it is the way your house was built or the latest style you’re into, finding the perfect window treatments is an essential step in completing that modern look. Shades are versatile, practical, and there are plenty of types to choose from to fit your chic and simple motif. Drapery is always a wonderful way to go and you are sure to find the colors, fabrics and textures to complete the look you want for your home. Either way, we hope you give us a call and let us help you find the right fit to finish off the modern styling in your home.

To Tassel or Not To Tassel

In the world of draperies, there have been plenty of tieback trends. There have been bows, hooks, tabs, knobs, ties, and holdbacks of all kinds. The web is full of DIY tieback ideas gone wrong and the latest in local and international drapery fashions. What about that centuries old and yet, ever present piece of fringe that we have seen tying drapes back on windows around the world? The Tassel. Yes, here we are, quickly approaching 2015 and the question crosses our drapery-loving minds… To tassel or not to tassel?Tassel

Your Arizona Blinds design team is happy to answer with a united and resounding, “Yes!” when it comes to The Tassel. Here are 4 reasons why we love tassel drapery tiebacks, frankly, all things related to this fanciful trim.

1 – It’s Timeless – The Tassel has been around for centuries, dating back as far as Biblical times. The process of making tassels was developed and adapted in several countries over time and has even been considered an art in some cultures.

2 – It’s Universal – It might mean different things to different people, but The Tassel has been seen and can be recognized across the globe. It is a finishing touch, a sign of accomplishment for a graduate, an art and a statement of fashion and décor.

3 – It’s Stylish – Think about it, you will not see one without some indication of style, of flair or of fashion. Fashion gurus are spotting The Tassel on shoes, on handbags, on clothing, on accessories, and on all kinds of home décor and are already calling it a trend for 2015. Our favorite implementation of the frill is, of course, as a drapery tieback.

4 – It is More Than a Tieback – Our design team would love to explore dozens of drapery fabrics, patterns and textures with you. We know that drapes can add so much more than a beautiful look to your home – they can add a beautiful feeling, too! Believe it or not, Tassels can do the same for those gorgeous drapes. A tassel tieback can add that touch of character that makes all the difference.

We love tassel tiebacks and are excited to see these fabulous trends find a way onto drapes in homes across the valley! If you would like to talk window treatments, drapes or tassel tiebacks, please give us a call at 602-938-2885.

 

Will Shutters Go With Traditional Southwestern Style Homes?

As you may know, Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery has become one of the leading shutter suppliers in the Phoenix area. Our plantation shutters, built and manufactured by Millwork by O’Hair or Lubbock, Texas, are second to none in quality and craftsmanship. They are built to provide an elegant look to your home and last a lifetime.Southwestern Shutters

We are often asked what homes are best suited for shutters. Some have questions about whether shutters are appropriate for the build or design of their home or if there are better solutions. People who have built or live in more traditional southwestern style homes, such as adobe, wonder if shutters belong in their distinctly designed house.

As with any window covering, it always comes down to preference and personal taste. But we can confidently tell you that, yes, shutters in southwestern style homes are not only acceptable, but can add a very sophisticated look to your home.

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One thing to keep in mind when it comes to shutters is that there are so many different options to consider when choosing the right fit. Styles and looks have evolved quite a bit over the years, offering hundreds of different options. At Arizona Blinds, we’ve seen a wide array of shutter designs tailored to fit the look and feel of many different types of homes. Being daring with colors and designs can help you as you search for just the right style for your home.

With southwestern style homes, including adobes, both internal and external shutters can play a major role in the overall look of your home. For example, you might add darker, rustic external shutters on the exterior to add depth and color to and adobe home. More traditional, basic shutters on the interior can help to lighten the look from the inside and give you more control over the use of daylight.

We understand that choosing the right kind of shutters for your southwestern style home can take time. Be sure to consult one of the experts here at Arizona Blinds. Having designed and installed hundreds of shutters throughout the Phoenix area, we’ll be able to share some of the ideas we’ve seen that work the best. We’ll also be able to show you some ideas of designs and colors that will compliment your home and give it just the right look.

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Who knows? We may have something to offer that you’ve never even thought of before. If we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, we can at least give you some ideas of where to look and what to look for.

Give us a call today at 602-938-2885. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Add Pizazz with Tableaux

Tableaux Custom Motifs are unique and beautiful additions to any home or business. Since tableaux is a faux iron, created from wood designed to look like iron, it gives both inside and out of a home’s design an added look and feel of sophistication . As this unique concept continues to grow in popularity, people are becoming more and more creative with how and where to use it.

Windows – Using tableaux in windows not only adds a touch of class, it can also be a functional way of reducing the amount of sunlight that enters in. People are using tableaux in windows of all shapes and sizes to add an attractive appeal.

Walls – Tableaux can be used as an artful decoration hanging in a frame on a wall, or serving as a wall itself. Large or small, these tableaux wall hangings can make a dramatic difference in any part of the house.

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Doors – Adding tableaux to a glass door changes its entire look. Tableaux can be customized and designed to fit any type of door both indoor and out. It gives the door the look of heavy wrought iron at a fraction of the price.

Cabinets – In the kitchen, or in the living room, tableaux covered cabinet doors give a look of elegance and charm. They can be used with glass or screen to hide electronics.

Exterior – Spice up the look of the exterior of your home with tableaux designed fence tops and shutters. Because it is simple to choose and design tableaux just the way you want it, you can add these fancy accents practically anywhere outside your home. Create a stylish fence gate or a charming entry way arch.

Ceilings – Tableaux light fixtures and chandeliers can add a very elegant look throughout your home. Recessed lighting and cutaways with tableaux design adds detail and depth.

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Staircases – Take your circular staircase to a whole new level by adding tableaux.They can be carved and detailed on both sides, including tableaux is the perfect way to add sophistication to any staircase.

There are dozens of other ways that you might incorporate tableaux into the look and design of your home. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Arizona Blinds, Shutters and Drapery for a free in home design consultation. We’ll have one of our talented designers visit you at your home to discuss all possibilities.

Will I be Blocking Natural Heat From Outside with Window Tinting During the Winter?

When it comes to window tinting, the most compelling selling point is that it helps keep the heat out in summer. This is especially appealing in Arizona, when the summer heat reaches well past the 100-degree mark for months at a time. But what about winter? Even though winters are generally mild here in Phoenix, people are concerned that the same heat they’re blocking with window tint during the summer is also being lost in the winter. Will you be blocking natural heat from outside with window tinting during the winter?

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Window Tinting If you’ve asked yourself this question before, you’re actually asking the wrong question. The question should be, how much of the heat that is being generated inside your home during winter months is being released through your un-tinted windows? Just as the tint insulates from hot air during the summer, it will also hold heat in during the winter. If you run your heater at colder times of the year, unless your windows are tinted, there’s a good chance you’re losing a good portion of that heat.

The important idea to remember when it comes to home window tinting is that it’s all about cutting down on your utility bills. Window solar film is adding an additional layer of insulation to not only protect you and your possessions, but also helps your home run more efficiently. You end up saving money in the end because the heat you generate in your home is doing a better job of staying in the home.

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Holding heat in your home in winter is just one of the many advantages of having solar film installed in your home and office windows. At Arizona Blinds, we use top-rated Panorama window film, which has shown to reduce the ultraviolet rays entering your home by up to 99%. When we apply the film, it’s actually fitted inside the existing glass. This makes it virtually undetectable and maintenance free. You’ll still be able to enjoy the view of your window with the benefit of shade from the heat. In the event of a broken window, the tint will hold the shards of broken glass together, keeping things safe and clean.

Our customers love what solar film has done for their homes. They’ve seen the advantage in their monthly utility bills in both summer and winter. Their air conditioning and heating systems don’t have to work as hard to keep the house at a comfortable temperature.

If you’ve ever considered window tinting for either your home or place of business, we hope you’ll give us a call so we can discuss your options.

How to Get Unwanted Smells Out of Drapes

No matter how wonderful you are at decorating your home or office, bad smelling drapes can immediately detract from the atmosphere you’ve created. And while there are plenty of masking sprays on the market that claim to get rid of musty smells, they are typically just a temporary fix.

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So what can you do to eliminate these undesirable odors from items that can’t go through the laundry? We’ve put together are few ideas below that can make a huge difference.

  • Vodka in a spray bottle – You don’t have to spend money on the expensive stuff…even the cheap vodka will do the trick in removing smells from materials. Just spray diluted vodka on your drapes and then wait for it to dry. The vodka will effectively trap and eliminate odors in upholstery, rugs, carpets as well as drapes.
  • Baking soda in a brown bag – It’s no surprise that baking soda has the ability to absorb and trap foul smells. Many of us are using it for that very purpose in our refrigerators now.

First, place your drapes into a large brown paper bag. Then add baking soda and close the bag up by folding the top. Give the bag a shake or 2 to make sure the baking soda spreads thoroughly over the item. Next, wait for several hours (maybe overnight). Take your item out of the bag and shake off any remaining soda. You should notice a difference. You may need to repeat this process once or twice to see the best results.

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This method can also be used with fresh coffee grounds.

  • The fresh air approach – When you can’t simply throw your drapes in the laundry machine, you might try taking them outside and let the fresh air go to work on the pesky smells. We suggest you avoid hanging them in direct sunlight as this may cause fading. It’s amazing what a few hours out in the open can do for the freshness of any fabric. Depending on how strong the odor is, you might have to repeat this process a few times.
  • White vinegar and water – Mix the vinegar and water together in a spray bottle and then test the effect on your drapes by spraying the mixture on a small, hidden area. Wait for an hour or 2 to see if the spray causes any damage. If not, then you can go ahead and spray the entire piece with the vinegar and water. Once sprayed, you’ll want to let the drapes air dry for several hours. You’ll be surprised at what a great job vinegar can do in eliminating odors.

Some of the toughest smells to get rid of are caused by smoke damage, either cigarette smoke or smoke from a fire. You’ll have to be patient in these cases as it may take several attempts and many hours to make a dent on the bad smell. If you have any questions or need advice, be sure to give Arizona Blinds a call.

Can I Apply Solar Film Myself?

When you’re looking to keep the temperature nice and cool inside your home while protecting both your windows and indoor furnishings, solar film is definitely the solution. It’s easy to look at a window covered in this specially designed reflective film and think that you could handle the installation yourself. We know that there are many “do-it-yourselfers” out there who prefer to try a project like this on their own before turning to a professional.

Solar Film Windows

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But before you attempt to install solar film yourself, consider the following:

  1. It’s not as easy as it looks.

Believe it or not, there is some skill and technique involved in the installation of solar film on windows. You could spend hours trying to install the film properly only to find that it’s not turning out the way you had planned. On the other hand, the professionals at Arizona Blinds have hundreds of hours under their belts, both installing and maintaining solar film. Experience has taught us the little tricks and tips that end up making a huge difference. It also helps us be more time-efficient when installing or replacing film.

  1. Quality.

We’re not suggesting that you aren’t capable of quality work, but there are so many details to consider when installing solar film. Having experience working with the film allows Arizona Blinds to pay close attention to detail, giving you the highest quality installation. You won’t have to worry if the installation was done correctly or if it will be effective. Attempting to install solar film on your own can cause you to overlook these details and result in sub-standard job. The last thing you want is to end up with problems down the road because your film wasn’t installed properly.

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We’d also add that it could be difficult to find the same high quality film used at Arizona Blinds when you’re trying to do the project yourself. The top-rated Panorama window film we use is not always simple to attain and use.

  1. Using the right product for the right window.

It may seem like such a small detail, but in fact, there are certain solar films that tend to work better with certain types of glass. Attempting to install window film on your own could lead to applying film that isn’t the best fit for the type of window glass you have in your home or office. When Arizona Blinds first takes on a new job, we carefully inspect the glass to make sure we use the most effective and safest solar film. This ensures a better overall experience for our customers and the least amount of damage to windows.

Keep in mind that many of the warranties offered by manufacturers of solar film are only valid when the film is handled and installed by an authorized dealer such as Arizona Blinds.

You’ll love the comfort that solar film provides in your home or office. It can make such a huge difference, especially when it’s professionally and properly installed by the experts at Arizona Blinds. To learn more, give us a call at 602-938-2885.

Open Up a Room With the Right Drapery

Purchasing drapery, adding shutters or using motorized shades can help reduce your energy bill. For many people, that can be open up a room with draperyone of the biggest expenses of owning a home. We’ve seen some of our customer’s electricity bills lower drastically because they gave us a call and explored their window treatment options.  Today’s homes have very good windows, compared to years ago, but they are still the weak spot in our home’s energy loss.

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The amount that you can lower your electric bill by depends on many factors such as:

  • The size of the home
  • The direction the home faces
  • What type of window treatments are used
  • How well your home is insulated

It’s hard to give an average dollar amount that our customers spend. If their house is east and west facing, some of them will experience a larger drop in energy use because their air conditioner usually works harder during sun rise and sunset hours. If you have a large home, you might not notice such a drastic decrease because even if you block out more sun, your cooling unit still has to cool a bigger space.

There’s a few other things you can do besides adding window treatments in Phoenix.

  • If you add UV reducing window treatments, be aware of your light usage due to the darkened state of your home.
  • Shut any vents in rooms that aren’t being used.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate the air
  • Consider installing solar window film or screens.

While all of these things can help reduce your energy bill, the biggest cause of raised rates is the hot Arizona sun. If you’d like to learn more about our window treatment options, give us a call at 602-938-2885 or stop by one of our showrooms.

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Here at Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery, we have a wide variety of window treatment options to fit any kind of window, to accent any style of home. We’ll do an in-home consultation so you can find the right drapes, blinds or shutters to keep your home cool.

Are Motorized Blinds Safe for Children?

motorized blinds safe for childrenThere can be some hesitation for parents when it comes to purchasing motorized blinds. Mechanical objects can be intimidating and make you think that children might not be safe around them. This is not the case and here’s why.

There’s one thing that sets motorized blinds apart from traditional blinds. It’s the fact that cords and strings are out of reach of children. This eliminates the risk of getting tangled or even strangulation. This has been a huge issue in the past and continues to be a safety hazard. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission named window coverings as one of the top 5 hidden hazards inside homes.

When you remove window coverings with strings and cords, you remove a huge safety hazard. Peace of mind is just an added bonus of having motorized blinds. That’s why motorized blinds work wonderfully in a home with children and pets.

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The only problem you’ll have with your motorized blinds and your children is keeping them from playing with them as a toy. What child doesn’t like something that works with the push of a button? Make sure to keep your remote out of your children’s reach if you don’t want your blinds to become an arcade game. You can even control them from your phone or iPad!  Ask us how!

Motorized blinds are also a wonderful investment because they can lower your energy costs by blocking out the sun and they also make getting ready for things like movie night a snap. With one push of a button, you’ve got complete darkness in your living room or bedroom.

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To have one of our experienced designers come out to your home for a consultation, call Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery at 602-938-2885. We can help you decide if motorized blinds are the right choice for your home and also help you choose the right style and color to match your home’s design.

There can be some hesitation for parents when it comes to purchasing motorized blinds. Mechanical objects can be intimidating and make you think that children might not be safe around them. This is not the case and here’s why. 

There’s one thing that sets motorized blinds apart from traditional blinds. It’s the fact that cords and strings are out of reach of children. This eliminates the risk of getting tangled or even strangulation. This has been a huge issue in the past and continues to be a safety hazard. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission named window coverings as one of the top 5 hidden hazards inside homes.

When you remove window coverings with strings and cords, you remove a huge safety hazard. Peace of mind is just an added bonus of having motorized blinds. That’s why motorized blinds work wonderfully in a home with children and pets.

 

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The only problem you’ll have with your motorized blinds and your children is keeping them from playing with them as a toy. What child doesn’t like something that works with the push of a button? Make sure to keep your remote out of your children’s reach if you don’t want your blinds to become an arcade game.  You can even control them from your phone or iPad!  Ask us how!

 

Motorized blinds are also a wonderful investment because they can lower your energy costs by blocking out the sun and they also make getting ready for things like movie night a snap. With one push of a button, you’ve got complete darkness in your living room or bedroom.

 

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To have one of our experienced designers come out to your home for a consultation, call Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery at 602-938-2885. We can help you decide if motorized blinds are the right choice for your home and also help you choose the right style and color to match your home’s design.

 

Window Treatments Can Lower Your Energy Bill

Hanging drapery, adding shutters or using motorized shades can help reduce your energy bill. For many people, that can be one lower energy billsof the biggest expenses of owning a home. We’ve seen some of our customer’s electricity bills lower drastically because they gave us a call and explored their window treatment options.  Today’s homes have very good windows, compared to years ago, but they are still the weak spot in our home’s energy loss.

Related: Why You Should Have Customized Window Treatments

The amount that you can lower your electric bill by depends on many factors such as:

  • The size of the home
  • The direction the home faces
  • What type of window treatments are used
  • How well your home is insulated

It’s hard to give an average dollar amount that our customers spend. If their house is east and west facing, some of them will experience a larger drop in energy use because their air conditioner usually works harder during sun rise and sunset hours. If you have a large home, you might not notice such a drastic decrease because even if you block out more sun, your cooling unit still has to cool a bigger space.

There’s a few other things you can do besides adding window treatments in Phoenix.

  • If you add UV reducing window treatments, be aware of your light usage due to the darkened state of your home.
  • Shut any vents in rooms that aren’t being used.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate the air
  • Consider installing solar window film or screens.

While all of these things can help reduce your energy bill, the biggest cause of raised rates is the hot Arizona sun. If you’d like to learn more about our window treatment options, give us a call at 602-938-2885 or stop by one of our showrooms.

Related: 4 Ways to Dress Your Arched Windows

Here at Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery, we have a wide variety of window treatment options to fit any kind of window, to accent any style of home. We’ll do an in-home consultation so you can find the right drapes, blinds or shutters to keep your home cool.