Sustainable Design

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What is it?

Sustainability encompasses a wide variety of practices and is essentially the same concept as “being green.” It includes recycling, and using recycled products as well as using renewable resources for products. Today the sustainability mindset exists in many industries and has become a major trend in the Interior Design world.

Sustainable Homes

Recently many homes have been incorporating sustainability into their designs. This can be achieved in many different ways.

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The one way that most people immediately think of to make their home “green” is by installing solar panels. This can greatly decrease energy costs in the home, especially here in sunny Colorado.

Solar panels have become more aesthetically pleasing, but they do have a certain “look” that not all people enjoy. In Colorado, where the majority of roofs are pitched, it would be unavoidable to have the panels seen. This makes it essential to include them in the design planning of the home instead of adding them as an afterthought.

The only other possible negative of solar panels is the initial cost of installation. While this cost will be made up in following years, it can be a deterrent in the decision to install.

 

Green Materials

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This bathroom makes use of a technique that is not only sustainable, but it is also beautiful and cost effective.

The counter top is made of cement with pieces of glass mixed in. The product is then polished to create a beautiful and unique finish. Many times products such as this incorporate recycled glass from bottles or even broken windshields. This product is considered to be one of the most sustainable on the market.

The floor in this image uses a similar technique by using cement mixed with pebbles which can be much more cost effective than using other specialty flooring.

The wood used on the cabinets under the sink is another sustainable material that not many people consider. These cabinets are made of bamboo. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource because bamboo plants reach maturity in 2-4 years as opposed to some hardwoods that can take decades. Bamboo can be stained a variety of colors and can be used on floors as well as cabinets.

 

Sustainable Products

Hunter Douglas window coverings are a great way to add an element of sustainability to any home. Specifically Hunter Douglas focuses on insulation, solar heat control, and daylighting so that electricity does not have to be used during the day when the shades are down.

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The most energy conservative product that Hunter Douglas has to offer are the Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades. The cell within a cell construction forms three air pockets which makes it the best window covering for saving on heating and cooling costs.

 

 

 

Hunter Douglas offers many other products that are top performers for insulation, solar heat control, or daylighting. These include the Silhouette ®, Luminette ®, and Vignette ® which offer a different look than a typical honeycomb shade. While they do not have the extreme benefits of the Duette ® Architella ®, they are still an option in making a home more sustainable.

These Hunter Douglas window coverings and many more can be found in our showroom and we would be glad to help you make your home more sustainable.

By: Sandra Fontani

10 Tips for Painting

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Check out these tried and true painting tips and tricks to make your life easier!

1. It’s human nature to paint our walls. Cave paintings in Europe and Southwest Asia date back 32,000 years. Fast-forward a few thousand years, and you have the gorgeously frescoed walls of Pompeii. Now, a few thousand years later, we’re obsessed with color on our walls.

2. All paints are not created equal. Don’t buy the cheapest paint you can find. A higher price point means the paint is more likely to leave your brush smoothly and evenly, requiring fewer coats. And higher-quality paint will stand up to stains, scuff marks and scouring for years to come.

3. Most paints come in a spectrum of finishes from matte to glossy, and while glossy is more robust, it’s also far less forgiving. It reflects light instead of absorbing it, highlighting the imperfections in both your paint job and your wall. But consider using a glossy finish on trim for a practical touch of glam, says Kristi Dinner of company kd in Denver. Eggshell—forgiving and durable—is a happy medium for most surfaces.

4. When it comes to color, “Be fearless,” says Dinner. Find a color that you love and paint it in an unexpected place; try a bold color on the ceiling of an enclosed space or on the back wall of a bookcase for a 3-D effect that is oh-so-21st-century chic.

5. Ask for help. Paint aisles with trillions of two-inch color squares can be overwhelming, so here’s a trade secret: hire a color consultant, a pro who knows what color goes where and why and how.

6. A paint job is only as good as the prep job, so take the time to scrutinize your walls; make sure cracks are filled, holes are puttied and texture is consistent. If you’re covering a dark color with a lighter one, tint the primer with the finishing color. It will reduce the number of coats you need.

7. No matter who paints your walls, every home should have a few basic supplies for the inevitable touch-up. Buy an all-purpose synthetic sash-angled brush; Purdy makes some of the industry’s best. For bigger jobs, invest in a lamb’s wool roller—it won’t spatter your paint, as the cheaper ones tend to do.

8. Everybody’s talking about Benjamin Moore’s earth-friendly paint Aura. Think high-performance paint in brilliant colors with low volatile organic compounds—those nasty gases emitted by the chemicals in some household products.

9. When it comes to storing your paint, use an airtight container and put it in a cool, dry place, where it will last for years, says Carl Minchew, head of Benjamin Moore’s product development. Label the paint with specifics such as where you used it and when. (You can thank us later.) When it’s all used up? Recycle your empty paint cans, so long as they’re dry.

10. Paint coats our lives. Everywhere you look, you’ll find something cloaked in some form of paint. The idea that such a thin film can protect, interest or even wow us—well, that makes paint the chicest coat of all.

Source: http://www.coloradohomesmag.com/article/10-things-you-should-know-about-paint

Introducing the new CORDLESS Silhouette®

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Hunter Douglas® has officially introduced the Cordless Silhouette! For a limited time only, the cordless feature is available for free! Call or stop in today to check it out and schedule your free in home estimate.

 

Congrats, Judy!

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Judy Magara, owner of Colorado Blinds & Design, was asked to speak at her EarlyBirds Leads group in Loveland. The group is organized by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and is designed for  businesses build and develop by sharing leads and referrals. Each week, a chamber investor presents an informal speech about their business and their experiences. See below for detailed information about the Early Birds Leads Group.

Mission: Focus on building investor businesses through leads and referrals in a positive, cooperative, working environment.

Objectives:

  • Share marketing and sales ideas
  • Build strong bonds between members resulting in solid referrals
  • Ongoing support for your business
  • Professional advice from fellow participants
  • Share new information on your products and services

Who May Participate:

  • Open for 1-time attendance by all new Chamber investors.
  • Permanent enrollment is pending a review of your business or organization with regards to category conflict with existing group members (one business per category)

Agenda: Welcome and introduction of 1st Timers/Visitors followed by around the room introduction of your business. There will be a 15 minute presentation followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A period. The speakers for the presentation will be selected in advance from the group. The morning will finish with Chamber News, Community Event announcements from members, kudos or define what would be a good lead for your business and closing words by Chamber facilitator.

 

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The latest interior design trends are reflecting our design philosophy here at Colorado Blinds & Design, and we couldn’t be more excited!

According to the Home Fashion Forecast Trend Ticker, interior design trends are leaning towards classic and timeless prints and pieces. At Colorado Blinds & Design, we highly advise spending money on quality, timeless pieces because they will virtually never go out of style. Trendy pieces and accessories do have their place. However, we advise that our clients do not spend a hefty amount of money on them, as they will eventually go out of style. Here are some examples of timeless interior design elements:

  • Use of traditional fabrics, such as Ikats, Indigenous patterns, Stripes, Damasks, Plaids, Florals and Herringbones. Designers are adapting and modifying these prints by adding bright colors.
  • Classic shapes and silhouettes are always in style. A plethora of furniture pieces fall into this category, including high-back chairs, armories, chests, and dressers.
  • Animal Prints! Don’t cringe just yet. When done correctly, animal prints add a sophisticated edge to an interior. The key is to use animal prints in small amounts, and incorporate an authentic pattern with classic materials. Think zebra rugs, cheetah pillows and giraffe print high-back chairs.
  • Metal light fixtures. NO trashy brassy fixtures! Think brushed nickel, antique bronze and hammered copper.

Classic touches will add sophistication and class to any space. Virtually every furniture or home accent store has pieces that have a classic flair. You just have to know what you are looking for! If you are still stumped, we would be glad to help. Give us a call or visit our showroom.

 

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