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HELP US HELP DISADVANTAGED KIDS!

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Realities For Children is a great local organization that aims to provide for the unmet needs of children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk by uniting local businesses, youth agencies and the community in collaborative and mutually beneficial service. Every year, they provide new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to hundreds of children in the area, and Colorado Blinds & Design is proud to be a drop-off location! There’s a couple weeks left in this year’s supply drive, so please help us surpass last year’s donation. Drop off your donations at our showroom Monday through Saturday from 10AM – 6PM.

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Introducing PowerView Motorization

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julyblogpic1The heat of the summer months can leave many homeowners searching for ways to cut down on energy costs. Leaving the air conditioner running all day while you’re at work leaves you scared to open your power bill at the end of the month. Running fans throughout the house won’t cool you enough. Running around the house adjusting your curtains to fight the moving sun can be a hassle. Thankfully Hunter Douglas has the perfect solution!


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PowerView from Hunter Douglas is a remarkable system that automatically moves your shades throughout the day according to your schedule! You can activate a pre-programmed setting with the touch of a button on the PowerView Pebble Scene Controller. Or better yet, simply program your personalized settings on your smart phone or tablet and let PowerView do the rest.  Let these intelligent shades simplify your life now at Colorado Blinds & Design. But don’t just take our word for it – PowerView Motorization is the recipient of the 2016 Red Dot Design Award, the most prestigious designation in the world of design.

Now through September 12, 2016, Colorado Blinds & Design is offering $150 in Rebate Savings on select purchases of Hunter Douglas window fashions with PowerView Motorization.  Look for our ad in the latest Valpak Selections magazine or click here for more information!

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!

 

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

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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!

BRIGHT Accents

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2016 Remodeling Trend: BRIGHT Accents

In March, we blogged about the hottest new color trend of the year: Greige (view article here). That’s because 2016 is the year of neutral colors and natural materials — think creams, light grays, natural wood, stone or concrete — as they’re classy and timeless. These passive neutral shades so popular this year act as the perfect backdrop for another hot trend: bright, vivid accents!

Hot accent colors this year range from bold blues like Blue Cloudwarm reds like Stateroom Red, or shades of lavender, lilac, and purple.

Remember, you don’t have to paint an accent wall to achieve those pops of color and contrast, you can also make a statement with accessories, draperies, and more, which you can, of course, find at our showroom in Loveland!

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Come visit our design professionals today to get more ideas on how to use bright colors to accent your home without going overboard. We’ve got tons of great idea for you, and right now, our Spring Sale is in session! Take 30% OFF any in-stock item that’s green — gifts, accessories, rugs, furniture, jewelry and more. You’ll also save 50% OFF bedding sets and ready-made drapery panels. See you soon!

 

 

SPRING SALE!

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Don’t let the recent snow fool you; spring is in full swing in Colorado. For many, the change of seasons comes with the annual “spring cleaning”, however, spring is also a great time to freshen up your household with new décor.  Colorado Binds & Design is here to help with our Spring Art Sale! Now until the end of April, all of our in-stock wall art is now 25% OFF. With new designs arriving soon, be sure to stop by soon, they won’t last long!

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With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day quickly approaching, why not pick up a gift for the special parent in your life. Show them your appreciation with some great gift ideas: rugs, furniture, candles, jewelry, and accessories! Enhance your living room with a galvanized table and mirror, or spice up your dining room with a 3-piece bistro set for just $249.  And don’t miss huge savings with 50% off bedding and ready-made drapery panels, or 15% off our entire selection of quality seasonal flora.

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Check out some of our other great springtime offers:
1. FREE LiteRise Cordless Operating System and Top-Down/Bottom-Up with Duette Honeycomb Shades
2. FREE UltraGlide Operating System with Designer Roller & Screen Shades
3. FREE TruView rear tilt with New Style Hybrid Shutters
4. $100 Rebate when you purchase 2 Silhouette, 2 Pirouette, or 1 Luminette Vertical Window Shading
Let us show you all the beautiful possibilities for your home. From blinds, shades & shutters to custom valances and drapery treatments, nobody does it better. Call today for your free in-home consultation at 970-663-0505.

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!

 

 

 

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