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Holiday Decorating & Gift Ideas

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Readying your home for holidays? Hosting friends and family this year? If so, our designers have an important holiday decorating tip for you….  the rule is, there are no rules! Don’t feel like you have decorate with traditional red and green for Christmas, or that you have to do what you’ve always done for Thanksgiving. Consider the style of your home and feel free to buck tradition and try something new. Decorating your home for the holidays is should be fun, and here at the Colorado Blinds and Design showroom, we have some festive holiday decor sure to add the perfect touch!

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Gobble ‘til you wobble with cute pumpkin poultry, floral/greenery arrangements and other fun Thanksgiving-ware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out our cheerful Christmas cardinals and other Christmas decor!

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We also have some great gift ideas for friends in family. Swing by to check out new arrivals like…these purr-fect kitty bags!

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A variety of jewelry, for any gal on your Christmas list

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create Curb Appeal with an Exterior Color Consultation

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When this particular writer was a kid, everyone hated the family in the house across street from us. They were perfectly nice and respectable people, but it didn’t matter. As soon as they moved in, they painted their house peachy-pink with turquoise trim, and it was hideous. Our neighborhood quickly became known as the “block with ugly pink house”.

Colorado Blinds and Design does not want you to be that family, which is why in addition to interior color consultations, we also provide exterior paint color consults. Not only can a professional eye help avoid the wrath of angry neighbors, it can also help you create some definite curb appeal. Our designers are experienced, so you can rest assured that they know what colors will work for you, your home, and neighborhood.

Curious about the hottest exterior colors and trends? Stop by and talk to a Colorado Blinds & Design Designer today!

Blue is the New Black!

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The color black is ubiquitous in home décor. It pairs well with just about any other color. It feels classy. It can add a splash of elegance to any living space. But now, trendy decorators are making the shift to blues. Deep blues such as indigo have become a favorite for those looking to add a rich, dark accent without the harshness of black. With its preference over black growing steadily, blue is indeed becoming the new black. When thinking of using blues in your home, here are some things to consider:

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• DO mix blues with soft neutrals. The blue will help make these colors pop.
• DON’T be afraid to mix blue and black. What was once thought to be taboo, blue and black are being used together more frequently today.
• DO mix rich shades of blue with sharp contrast colors.
• DON’T paint a wall a deep blue unless it is an accent wall. Four walls of blue will darken a room significantly.
• DO map out your splashes of blue in a space. Hang a blue piece of art, then set out a rug with blue accents, and add a blue pillow.
• DON’T miss opportunities to introduce blues in interesting ways, such as water-inspired art or photography.

 

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Blue artwork adds a touch of glam to an otherwise bland hallway.

Expand Your Living Space with Phantom® Retractable Screens

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After a long winter, Northern Colorado spring and summer weather is a very welcome treat. The morning and evenings are especially nice and it’s great to get some fresh air in while keeping the bugs out! To help you make the most out the great weather to come, we want to tell you all about retractable screens for your windows, doors, and large openings. Retractable screens are a great option for Northern Colorado homes because they provide you with fresh air ventilation, they can — in a sense — expand your living space, they protect against UV rays and insects, and when they’re not in use, they disappear from site! Here at

Phantom® Retractable Screens

Phantom® Retractable Screens

Colorado Blinds and Design, we carry Phantom® Retractable Screens to provide you with high-quality screen options for:

Doors

  • Fits all types including in-swing, out-swing, double french doors, and slider doors.
  • Come in signature colors or can be custom matched.
  • Fits most standard over-sized doors.
  • Can be regulated to control the speed of retraction.Are professionally installed and come with a limited lifetime warranty.
  • Are professionally installed and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Windows

  • Fits most window types including casement, awning, single & double-hung, sliding and tilt & turn windows.
  • Come in signature colors or can be custom matched. Mesh options are available for insect protection and privacy — even black out!
  • Has a mesh retention system to prevent mesh from being blown out during breezy conditions.
  • Can be installed on the interior or exterior of the frame. Recessed installation options are also available.
  • Are professionally installed.

Porches & Patios

  • Fits opening as large as 25’ wide and 16’ tall and can be recessed or surface mounted.
  • Come in signature colors or can be custom matched. Mesh options are available for insect protection, shade, and privacy.
  • Provides you with control! Automated controls including sun and wind sensors and home automation integration.
  • Are professionally installed and come with a limited lifetime warranty. Swing by the showroom today to learn more about our Phantom® Screens products and the customization available!

In-Home Design Consultation: What To Expect

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In-Home Design Consultation: What To Expect

If you’re planning to redecorate or renovate your home, you may want to consider calling in a professional. Although the “Do It Yourself” route may be tempting, the truth is, bringing in a professional will help ensure you get what you want while staying within your budget.

 

You know it may be time to bring in a designer if you find yourself thinking:

  • I have an idea of what I want, but would LOVE a second opinion to see if it’s actually feasible and what I could reasonably expect to spend.
  • I want a change, but don’t know where to begin!
  • I know exactly what I want, but am worried about how to stay within budget, how to negotiate with vendors, and how I’d manage the project myself.
  • I would love to have a space that has been specially-designed for my family and me!

 

Some of the benefits of scheduling an in-home design consultation with a professional at Colorado Blinds and Design is that it provides the opportunity for you to get accurate, realistic information regarding the cost and timeline of your project. What’s more, our designer will be able to help prioritize your needs based on your vision and requirements for the space.

 

What to expect:

An initial In-Home Design Consultation with a professional designer from Colorado Blinds & Design is a one-hour meeting at your house to determine the scope of the services needed and to discuss your expectations; this may include the functions of the room(s), and/or changes to make the room(s) more enjoyable and efficient. Depending on the scope of the project, your initial consult may also include a color consultation, a conversation about furniture placement, accessorizing, or even decluttering.

 

To schedule your initial consult to get started on the home of your dreams, contact Colorado Blinds & Designs today!

 

 

2016 Remodeling Trend: Gray Is the New Beige

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Gray is the hot new neutral of 2016. In fact, because of gray’s ability to mix with beige tones to become the latest go-to-color, designers are calling the trend: Greige.

Gray neutrals are so popular right now because their versatility allows you to mix and match warm and cool colored walls, rugs, furniture, and accent pieces without feeling stuck in one style. Some may think of gray as impersonal and/or limited, but there are actually a wide range of hazy, smoky, cool and even warm grays to choose from.

The key to choosing the right gray is determining the right undertone for your room. Consult with an experienced designer at Colorado Blinds and Design and we’d be happy to help you choose the perfect shade for your space!

Colorado Blinds & Design Bathroom Remodel Workbook

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The average person will spend 1 ½ years of their lifetime in the bathroom. Skeptical? See for yourself.

 

Trivia aside, your home’s bathroom(s) is obviously one of the most important rooms in your house and renovating it is a great way to: 1.) add value to home, 2.) correct odd or unsafe features (goodbye seafoam green tiles from the 70’s), 3.) add more space, 4.) Enjoy a more energy efficient home, and 5.) make your home look and feel more luxurious and modern. If remodeling your bathroom is on your To Do List this spring, here is Colorado Blinds & Design’s step-by-step Bathroom Redesign Workbook to help you navigate the process!

 

Colorado Blinds & Design Bathroom Remodel Workbook

Step 1: Ask Yourself What You’re Trying to Achieve

Ask yourself what you’re remodeling objective is. Forget about your budget constraints, how much space you have, etc. and just think about what is intended for this bathroom:

  • Who is this bathroom for?
  • How often will it get used and what will its function be?
  • How much time do you spend in the bathroom in the morning, afternoon, evening?
  • How many people are going to use it?
  • What are your priorities- storage, relaxation, resale only?
  • What would your dream bathroom include?

 

If you’re happy with the layout and just want to update the look, then you’ll be focusing on material selection and maybe new cabinetry or plumbing features.

 

If you’re updating your bathroom in preparation for the resale your home, you need to consider what is important to potential buyers. Do a little research; talk to your friends and neighbors, or come in to Colorado Blinds and Design to talk to one of our designers for insight into what Northern Colorado homeowners are looking for.

 

If you’re remodeling to improve your bathroom’s functionality and/or storage, you may likely need to gut the space and rearrange the elements within it. You may even need to reroute the plumbing, meaning you’re looking at a whole new bathroom and the time and budget to match.

 

Step 2: Do Your Research & Set Your Budget

Although you probably already have a good idea of how much you have to spend, you want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of how much a bathroom model will cost. According to an article on Houzz.com, a basic update runs from $3,000 (DIY) – $12,000, on average, where a mid-to-upper range remodel typically falls between $10,000 and $35,000.

 

It is prudent to factor in a cushion of 10-20% for unforeseen costs. If you want to keep costs down, see if you can accomplish your updates without moving existing plumbing or wiring.

 

If you’re still feeling unsure about how much your project will cost, please talk to one of our professionals for some realistic figures.

 

Step 3: Find a Professional

If you have a clear idea of what you want, where you’ll get what you want, and how it will all work together, then you can probably handle the design phase of your project yourself. However, a professional at Colorado Blinds & Design may be able to think of things that you haven’t considered. Sometimes a professional eye can take your space to a place you didn’t even know it could go; to arrange it in a creative way to maximize functionality and efficiency.

 

Check out samples of work here to see what we mean!

 

If you’re not confident in your demolition, construction and installation abilities, you may want to consider hiring a general contractor. There is definite margin for error when you attempt to lay tile and flooring, install vanities and toilets, etc. yourself. These errors can result in lost time and money. When in doubt, hire a pro to help!

 

For major structural changes, you may need to consult with an architect and you almost always want to hire plumbing and electrical work out. Here at Colorado Blinds at Designs, we are always happy to refer you to a professional  to fit your needs.

 

Step 4: Fine-Tune Your Plan

The devil is in the details and now is the time to start thinking about them. Consider exactly how your elements will lay out — how everything will fit in the space you have. How will you create more space if you need it? Where will the outlets go? How will you access the main power source? Where should you put the toilet, what about the toilet paper, etc.?
You also want to solidify the style of your bathroom. Will it have an industrial or contemporary feel? You can look online or in magazines for inspiration, or you can talk to one of our designers to figure out what would work best for your home and your personal aesthetic.

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Step 5: Approve Plan

If you have sketches and preliminary floor plans, now is the time finalize the major elements and their spacing. Once you have all your measurements, you’ll how many square feet of countertop to order, etc.You’ll also have the information you and your designer need to start shopping around for prices on materials.

 

Step 6: Choose Your Materials, Finishes and Colors

Now for the real fun! Start researching materials so you’ll have enough knowledge to talk to your designer or supplier about what you want. For example, you like the look of grout, but it’s more important to you that your bathroom be easy to clean, so you now you can research easier to maintain options.

 

In general, you will be choosing:

  • Bathtub
  • Countertops
  • Color
  • Faucets
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Mirrors
  • Showers
  • Sinks
  • Storage
  • Tile
  • Toilet
  • Vanities

 

Step 7: Review Design Development and Construction Documents

During this phase, you should be reviewing all your floor plans, layouts, and elevations. Keep on top of your project, because if something is not specified in your construction drawings, your installer may make a decision on the spot for you, and it may not be what you wanted.

 

This stage also includes the permit process. If you’ve hired a professional, they will help handle this for you. However, if you’re doing much of the work yourself, make sure you know what permits you need and where and how to submit drawings.

 

Step 8: Get Estimates From Contractors

Be sure to get 3 separate estimates from licensed contractors for your project. Colorado Blinds & Design is always happy to help you find and interview potential candidates. Although tempting, don’t base your final decision primarily on price; sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

 

Step 9: Plan for Installation and Prepare for Demo

Depending on the size and scope of your remodel, it could take 6 weeks to 8 months to complete, so be prepared!

 

Be sure all your materials are selected and ordered before construction starts to prevent any delays.

 

Are you and your family ready for the disruption? Where will you shower? Where will your store needed materials? Figure out when the workers will be there and if someone will always be around to answer questions when they arise.

 

Step 10: Create a Post-Project List

Get organized. Be sure to keep all your receipts, contracts, warranties, and product information associated with project. It’s better to be safe than sorry, just in case something is wrong, scratched, missing, broken, etc.

 

Create a document or write an email detailing any issues and make sure to get it to the party responsible for correcting the mistake. Include a date the work should be completed and work with your contractor to ensure the issue is resolved. Also, take a deep breath; mistakes happen, especially in large, complex projects.

 

Step 11: Decorate (and Celebrate)

Congrats! Your bathroom remodel is now complete and it’s time to add all your finishing touches: towels, soap holder, and more!

 

Call Colorado Blinds & Design and schedule your bathroom remodel consultation today!

 

Window Treatment Ideas for Your Home

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You’ve heard that the eyes are the windows to your soul, right? Well, your windows are the eyes into  the soul to your home! Window treatments can set the tone for your home and add a little soul, not to mention value! With that in mind, here are a few window treatment ideas for you:

1. Drapery
Functionally, drapery provides light control and privacy. Aesthetically, drapery adds elegance, and are available in many different fabrics, colors, and patterns. Panels hang vertically from hardware at the top of your window and can easily be layered with any existing window treatments if desired.

2. Roman Shades
Roman shade provide the functionality of a shade while maintaining the soft appearance of drapery. Consisting of a single piece of fabric with horizontal folds down the length, these shades lie flat against your window when down and fold up beautifully when raised. Check out our Roman Shades here in the showroom, available in endless colors and fabrics.

3. Shutters

A classic window treatment, shutters add architectural design directly to your windows. What’s more, they add real value to your home. Colorado Blinds and Designs carries a variety of shutters available in polysatin, engineered wood, and real wood. Check out some of our options here.

4. Wood Blinds

If you’re looking for a classic style that’s sure to outlast trends, wood blinds are a great option. Real wood blinds are composed of various grains and stains, are durable, and sure to last. Colorado Blinds and Design has great faux wood products available as well. Faux wood blinds have the same look as wood, but are a more affordable option when working within a budget.

5. Honeycomb Shades

If energy-efficient window treatments are important to you, honeycomb shades may be for you. The insulating design reduces up to 50% energy loss and can be easily fabricated to fit archways and other specialty shapes.

6. Wood Woven Shades

Wood Woven shades are made from a variety of materials including bamboo, grasses, reeds, and more. These textured shades are great for more casual spaces and here at Colorado Blinds and Design, we have a variety of opacities to choose from depending on the look and privacy you desire.

7. Panel Track Blinds

If you’re drawn to vertical blinds, Panel track blinds are a great modern alternative, as they are sleek and very versatile.  Panel track blinds slide back a forth to conveniently provide ultimate light and privacy control. These blinds can be used on small or large windows.

8. Roller Shades

Roller shades do just that; they roll up!  Roller shades appear minimal and discreet when raised and can be a great UV blocker to minimize damage and fading to your interior. Various opacities are available.
9. Pleated Shades
Pleated shades are a great and affordable option if privacy and UV blockage are priorities. Here at Colorado Blinds and Design, we have over 160 material and color options and five opacities to choose from.

These are just a few of the window treatment options Colorado Blinds and Design as to offer. To learn more about them, or the countless other options we have available, visit the showroom today!

 

 

 

The 2016 Color of The Year Is…..

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The 2016 Color of The Year was recently announced by Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams’ Director of Color Marketing, and it is… drum roll, please….. ALABASTER!

Alabaster is a fine grained sedimentary rock that comes from gypsum, and is an understated, slightly warm white color. As Jackie points out in her blog post, it is sometimes debated whether white is really a color at all, but ultimately, white is extremely versatile and works well with any designer’s taste, as simple or as eclectic as it may be. Since alabaster is not a stark white, it tends to trigger soothing, meditative feelings, so it’s suggested to pair it with a neutral color palette of soft greys, dusty blushes, or other soft earthy tones.

If you can’t quite visualize how alabaster can enhance your living space, swing by Colorado Blinds & Designs for a color consultation, where we’d be more than happy to help you generate a few ideas!

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Why October – December Are The Best Months to Sell (and Redecorate) Your Home!

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Why October – December Are The Best Months to Sell (and Redecorate) Your Home!

It’s no secret that right now, everyone and their brother wants to own a home in beautiful Northern Colorado. In fact, homeowners enjoyed the highest home appreciation in the country over a 12 month period (ending on June 30), and both Fort Collins and Greeley are among the nation’s top housing markets and financial fitness*.

 

With all the excitement surrounding the current Colorado housing boom, it’s likely you have considered taking advantage of the fact your house has appreciated in value, even after doing nearly nothing to it! If you have been remodeling and updating your home, you have probably imagined how much you could get back on your investment. With that said, it may be time to quit dreaming and start acting. If there was ever a time to list your house it’s 4th quarter; if there was ever a time to redecorate your home, it’s NOW!

 

Although we typically tend to think of spring and summer as the ideal time to sell, the statistics say otherwise. According to Wallethub.com, Autumn (October through December) in Northern Colorado sees the highest ratio of homes sold to homes listed. The reason is fairly simple: fewer properties tend to hit the market at the end of the year and many potential buyers who started their search in the summer months, are still searching for their new home*.

 

If you do decide to time the listing of your home with the best-selling season, let Colorado Blinds and Design help. That’s right, we can actually assist you sell your home!  In addition to our FREE in-home window covering estimates and professional installation, Colorado Blinds and Designs also offers design and home staging services! Staging your home can help with the sale of your house for several reasons:

 

  • Get The Highest Price For Your Home – An aesthetically pleasing home looks and feels comfortable, and not only can potential home-buyers envision themselves living there, they really WANT to live there
  • Helps Your Home Sell Faster – The Association of Property Scene Designers states that staged homes sell 43% faster than homes that are not.
  • Learn For Your Next Home – Bringing in one of our professional stagers can help you with ideas and tips to take with you to your new home!
  • You Never Get a Second Chance To Get a First Impression!

 

To learn more about our Decorating and Home Staging Services, call us at 970-663-0505 and let’s get your old home sold and your new home started!

 

*Source: Group Real Estate Inc.Insider, Vol. 39, No. 9

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