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Design Blog - Page 6 of 9 - Welcome to Colorado Blinds & Design, the leading source for window coverings in Loveland, Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder! :: Welcome to Colorado Blinds & Design, the leading source for window coverings in Loveland, Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder! :: We serve the entire Front Range of Colorado, as well as the Western Slope and Southern Wyoming.

Duette Architella® Honeycomb Shades

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Check out this hilarious Viral Video from Hunter Douglas, featuring the Duette Architella!

Many of our clients want energy efficient window coverings. Who can blame them? Between the scorching Colorado summers and frigid winters, our heating and cooling bills can be astronomical.

In response to the growing need for a way to stop energy loss through windows, Hunter Douglas designed the Duette Architella shade, which has the highest R-value for window coverings on the market.

An R-value measures the thermal resistance of a product or material. A window without any window covering has an R-value of 1.25, whereas an insulated wall has a value of about 20. If a Duette Architella shade is added to a window, the R-value increases from 1.25 to 6.25, making a huge difference.

You might be wondering how a window covering can insulate a window and prevent energy loss? The three “dead” air spaces in the Duette Architella are the key in the energy saving technology. Believe it or not, air is a great insulator. Heat is “attracted” to cold, and the dead air spaces prevent much the energy from escaping through the windows. In the summer, the heat is kept out, and it the winter, the heat is kept inside.

Duette Architella shades can also block out 95% of harmful UV rays.

 

 

Design Studio™ Valances

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Our staff at Colorado Blinds & Design is THRILLED to share the newest trade secret with you. Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ valances are available on any Hunter Douglas© window covering product, NOT just Design Studio™ Roman Shades.

This little known “add-on sale” opportunity on available in over 250 gorgeous fabrics that include complimentary trims and tapes. Design Studio™ valances coordinate beautifully with virtually every Hunter Douglas© window treatment, and can even be ordered as a “stand alone” valance over a bare window.

Take a look at the gallery below to see the creative applications for Design Studio™ valances.

 

 

33rd Annual Kitchen Kaper Home Tour this Friday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Colorado Blinds & Design is pleased to announce that three of our homes are included in the 33rd annual Kitchen Kaper Home Tour!

The Kitchen Kaper Home Tour is a self-guided home tour that showcases five  beautiful homes in the Loveland and Fort Collins areas.

This Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can enjoy the tour. Tickets are available for $30 at the day of the event. For more information, call 970-225-2897.

This highly anticipated event will showcase a universally designed home that exhibits handicap accessible features. Proceeds benefit Foothills Gateway, which works with people with cognitive disabilities. Join us for this great event to support a great cause!

 


2012 Color Trends

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Are you thinking of revamping your space, but unsure of what to do or where to even start? We can help!

There are 6 distinct color trends that have emerged for 2012. These color palettes are fresh, yet timeless, and are the basic building blocks for any design upgrade that you want to make.

Check out the color palettes below, complete with an example of an interior that beautifully represents the palette!

Calm Cools

A cool color palette invokes a sense of calm. Serenity and balance are achieved with the incorporation of any greens, blues or purples. This color palette is great for a bedroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Neutrals

A palette accented with warm neutrals invokes energy and excitement into a space. This color palette is ideal for living and dining rooms, or anywhere that social gatherings are prominent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neutrals

Neutral palettes are calming and classic. To ensure that the space does not become stagnant and boring, it is essential to incorporate a variety of textures and finishes.

 

 

 

 

Hunter Douglas® Silhouette® LiteRise™ Demonstrated!

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At Colorado Blinds & Design, we are crazy about the new Silhouette®  with LiteRise™ from Hunter Douglas®.

We  just got our sample in our showroom and it is gorgeous. It is so easy to operate, and looks so sleek and elegant!

Stop by our showroom and give it a test drive, or watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ksi9QoDydw

 

Feng Shui

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Feng Shui is defined as the Chinese art or practice of positioning objects, especially graves, buildings, and furniture, based on a belief in patterns of yin and yang and the flow of chi that have positive and negative effects.

Now, whether you believe in this ancient art or not, there is no denying that certain furniture arrangements add or subtract from a space. Following some simple guidelines can add positive energy and movement to any room. Check out our tips below, courtesy of HGTV.com (http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/create-a-feng-shui-home/page-3.html).

  • Dining RoomDos:
    • Use rounded and oval tables.
    • Use white plates, as they allow the natural beauty of the food to be the focal point of the meal.
    • Incorporate soft, comfortable chairs that are of equal size.
    • Give each person and chair a pleasant view.
    • Add serene artwork or imagery of food.

    Don’ts:

    • Have sharp, pointed edges on tables and chairs.
    • Use glass or metal tabletops, which are hard and unfriendly.
    • Hang intense or negative artwork.
    • Have low-hanging ceiling fans, which create an unsafe atmosphere.
    • Create cramped spaces, where people can’t comfortably sit or move around the table easily.
  • Living RoomDos:
    • Use beautiful, yet comfortable and safe furniture.
    • Arrange the furniture so the room is inviting and easily accessible.
    • Put the TV and other electrical equipment into a cabinet to be hidden from view when not in use.
    • Hang objects at the same height and create strong visual horizontal lines, especially when ceilings are extremely high.
    • Marry objects and face furniture together so they’re in relationship to one another.

    Don’ts:

    • Use uncomfortable furniture and seating.
    • Have too many decorative objects, unless they are organized together as a group.
    • Place too many pillows on the couch.
    • Use the TV as the focal point of the room or seating arrangement.
    • Have beams in the ceiling or sit directly beneath them for long periods of time.
  • Home OfficeDos:
    • Place your desk in the power spot, the area directly opposite the door.
    • Add sensual objects and artwork to inspire resourcefulness and productivity.
    • Bring in rounded shapes and move sharp-edged furniture out of the traffic flow.
    • Add healthy plants, which are beneficial to counter-balance the effects of electrical equipment.
    • Create a filing and storage system that is clearly labeled and easy to use.

    Don’ts:

    • Sit in the line of energy coming in through the door.
    • Hang uninspiring or mismatched artwork.
    • Paint the room in drab colors.
    • Use broken or uncomfortable office chairs.
    • Pile up paperwork or create clutter and disorganization.
    • Sit with your back toward the office door. If you must, hang a mirror to see behind you.
  • BedroomDos:
    • Sleep in the power spot, which is located directly opposite the door.
    • Add a solid headboard, ideally in a warm, friendly material such as wood or leather.
    • Replace bedding at least once a year to add a fresh, positive energy to the space.
    • Add romantic imagery or objects grouped in sets of two or pairs.
    • Use warm colors, flesh tones or red and pink to spice up the room and your romance.

    Don’ts:

    • Sleep with your body in line with the path of energy entering through the bedroom door.
    • Have TVs, computers or exercise equipment, unless they’re hidden away or in a storage cabinet.
    • Have an excess of mirrors, which can sometimes activate too much energy.
    • Use footboards, which prevent you from easily moving around the bed.
    • Place one side of the bed against a wall. There should be equal space on either side for two people to comfortably enter and exit.
  • BathroomDos:
    • Create a beautiful, uplifting and organized space.
    • Add new linens, bath soaps, plants, soft lighting and other beautiful accessories.
    • Add a mirror to the door to help the bathroom visually disappear.
    • Put a divider between the bathroom and bedroom in master suites.
    • Add earth and fire elements.

    Don’ts:

    • Leave the toilet seat up or drains uncovered when not in use.
    • Create clutter on the sink, countertop and tub edge or in the shower stall.
    • Hold on to old or unused bottles of shampoos, products, creams and potions.
    • Have the toilet in plain view. Try covering or screening it when possible.
    • Create a small, cramped area. Try adding mirrors to help expand the feeling of the spac

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.

 

New Hunter Douglas® Product Innovations Sneak Peak!

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Our staff at Colorado Blinds & Design attended the Hunter Douglas® premiers seminar yesterday in Denver and we are SO excited to share the new product information and innovations with you! These changes and innovations will be available April 3rd. Can’t wait until then? Take a look at the sneak peak we provided below!

Everwood® Faux Wood Blinds

Everwood® Faux Wood Blinds are one of our most popular products, and we are so excited about all the new features in this line. Hunter Douglas® introduced 3 new textures: Linen, Leather and Grass Weave. Also, the deLite (routless) feature is now available free of charge for all Everwood® products. How cool is that?

Palm Beach® Custom Shutter Collection

This collection features a polysatin shutter, comprised of man-made materials. New innovations include the new DuraLux™  Finish, which makes polysatin shutters look like a painted wood shutter. Gone is the “sheen” associated with vinyl products. New trims and hardware upgrades are also available.

Silhouette®

Ask and you shall receive! By popular demand, silhouette is now available in a cordless version. That’s right, a CORDLESS silhouette, available in 2, 3 and 4 inch vane sizes. Come check out our sample today!

Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb shades

New colors and textures are available in the Duette Architella® collection! Other new features include new and slimmer headrails and discounted Duolite pricing.

This is only a sneak peak of what’s new from Hunter Douglas®!

Stop by today to see all of these great innovations from Hunter Douglas®. Beginning April 3rd, act quickly to take advantage of our generous rebates and upgrades. Schedule your free in-home estimate today!

 

 

 

Hunter Douglas® Provenance® Vertical Woven Wood on Sale!

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At Colorado Blinds and Design, we have a Hunter Douglas® Provenance® Vertical Woven Wood on sale! This shade is already manufactured and is made of a discontinued fabric. It is fully lined and includes a valance. The dimensions are 60″ wide by 91″ high.  This shade is ideal for a sliding glass door. The sale price is $900 but we are offering it for only $150. Take a look at the pictures below, or stop by our showroom between 10 and 6, Monday through Friday.

“Like” Us on Facebook and Win a Gift Certificate to Our Showroom!

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Are you on Facebook? Do you like to win free gift certificates? Do you have 10 seconds to spare? Good!

Take 10 seconds out of your day and “Like” Us on Facebook. You will automatically be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to our showroom full of home decor and gift items. Once we reach 200 fans, we will choose and announce a winner!

 

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