Window Treatment Ideas for Your Bedroom

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The environment of our bedroom has a major impact on the quality and quantity of our sleep. Here at Colorado Blinds & Design, we know that your bedroom should be the most luxurious personal space in your home — soothing and conducive to relaxation and ultimately, sleep. If you haven’t put much thought into window treatments for your bedroom, now is the time consider updating for the sake of more (and better) Zzzzs!

The designers at Colorado Blinds & Design like to recommend blackout curtains and window treatments to block the sun and street lights to protect your sleep. Light exposure at the wrong times alters the body’s internal “sleep clock”, so as you can imagine, all the exposure we receive to artificial light (think your computer and smartphone screens), has damaging effects on our sleep. We want to make sure your window treatments lend themselves to creating a peaceful and DARK environment.

After a designer discusses with you your bedroom and sleep needs, she will then propose a variety of window treatment options, such as:

Roller Shades
Blackout roller shades are an economical way to help prevent the light from disrupting your sleep. They can be minimalistic by design, rolling neatly at the top of your window. These shades give you complete control over your window treatments to let the daylight in while you’re awake and block it out when you’re ready for sleep.

Roman Shades
Roman shades are a popular choice for bedrooms because they provide a soft, elegant look and are also available in blackout fabrics.

Cellular Shades
Cellular shades have great insulating properties. Not only can they block out the light, they can help keep your room cool as well. Cellular shades are available in many different colors and light-filtering options, making it easy to find the right fit for your room.

Combine curtains with shades or blinds
When you use drapery in conjunction with your blinds or shades, you add another layer of coverage, privacy, and light control. Drapery also helps add some dimension and style to ensure your bedroom feels like the comforting oasis you desire it to be.

If you’re ready to commit to a better night’s sleep and a more cozy bedroom, give us a call or stop by the Colorado Blinds & Design showroom today!

Window Treatment Ideas for Your Bedroom

Window Treatment Ideas for Your Bedroom

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.

Secrets to Selling Your Home in Northern Colorado

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Secrets to Selling Your Home in Northern Colorado

You’ve probably already noticed, but in case you haven’t, housing marketingmis HOT right now. In fact, new home sales hit their highest level since April 2008. Home prices also hit a record high, which if you live in Northern Colorado, you’re definitely aware of. With the housing market doing so well, more first-time home buyers are entering the market making it easier for people to sell. If you’re one of those people looking to sell, Colorado Blinds and Designs has a few tips to help you sell even faster!

Lighten Up

After location, buyers say “good light” is something they want in a home. Maximize the light in your house by replacing bulky, out-dated drapery, change the lamp shades, and increase the wattage of your bulbs. Do whatever you need to do to make your space feel more open and cheery.
Half-Empty Closets

Buyers are always looking for storage! Consider taking half of your stuff out of your closets and neatly organize what’s left.
Hide The Pets
Although many people are self-described animal people, they don’t necessarily like the idea of them living in a house they may potentially purchase. Dog bowls, bedding, and kitty litter boxes give buyers the impression your house is not clean, so consider sending Fido to a friend’s house or a pet hotel for the day.

Don’t Over-Upgrade
Quick fixes before selling pay off, but huge make-overs aren’t necessary, especially in today’s market. Focus on the small improvements that will pay off and get you top dollar — fresh paint, new curtains, cabinet hardware, etc.

Depersonalize
The more personal stuff you keep in your home, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves there. Before you show your house, store a third of your belongs, especially personal effects — family photos, collections, keepsakes, etc. You may also want to consider hiring one of our interior designers to help stage your home to maximize its full potential. A designer can see your home a new light and help you arrange your furniture and belongings to best showcase the floor plan and the use of space.

 

Swing by our showroom and talk to one of our designers and get more tips on how to ensure your home sells quickly at the price you want. You can also pick up the pieces you need for improvements during our Summer Sale! Through June, get 50% OFF all wall art, accessories, and furniture!

 

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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