Lifetime Guarantee with Hunter Douglas® Products

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Did you know that Hunter Douglas® products are covered under a lifetime guarantee? That’s right! As long as you still reside the home where you purchased the window coverings, Hunter Douglas will honor their lifetime guarantee. If your Hunter Douglas® window fashions aren’t superior performers, we’ll fix them at no cost to you. At Colorado Blinds & Design, we specialize in Hunter Douglas repairs, whether you purchased the window covering from us or not!

Many of our clients are curious about what exactly is covered under the lifetime guarantee. The exact terms are detailed below.

 Covered by the Lifetime Limited Warranty

  • Defects in materials, workmanship or failure to operate for as long as the original retail purchaser owns the product
  • All internal mechanisms
  • Components and brackets
  • Fabric delamination
  • Operational cords for a full 7 years from the date of purchase
  • Repairs and/or replacements will be made with like or similar parts or products
  • Hunter Douglas motorization components are covered for 5 years from the date of purchase
Not Covered by the Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Any conditions cause by normal wear and tear
  • Abuse, accidents, misuse or alteration to the product
  • Exposure to the elements (sun damage, wind, water/moisture) and discoloration or fading over time
  • Failure to follow our instructions with respect to measurement, proper installation, cleaning or maintenance
  • Shipping charges, cost of removal and reinstallation

 

Shutters

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Colorado Blinds & Design carries a variety of shutter types and brands, and our sales team will help you choose the best product and application for your windows. We carry vinyl shutters, engineered wood and real wood. Pricing depends on the type of shutter you select. The best way to view our shutters is to visit our showroom where we have a variety of shutters on display, and one of our knowledgeable staff members can explain the advantages of these products.

Shutters are functional in addition to being beautiful. One of the many advantages of shutters is that they don’t rattle in an open window, whereas a  shade has the potential to do so depending on the application. Here at Colorado Blinds & Design, we consider purchasing shutters like buying furniture for your home. Shutters are the only window treatment that add value to the home. Some of our new home buyers are even including shutters as part of their option package.

Below are some brief descriptions of the shutters we carry.

Heritance® shutters are made of wood and joined with a dovetail design. Over 100 paint and stain finishes are available, as well as a plethora of louver and frame options.

Like Everwood® faux wood blinds, NewStyle Hybrid Shutters® are comprised of a wood composite. They have the look of a quality shutter, while maintaining the durability of a man-made product.

Palm Beach® polysatin shutters are comprised of an extremely durable man-made product. They are guaranteed to never warp, fade, chip or peel, even in the harshest conditions.

Eclipse® Vinyl Shutters are a great product with an even better lead time. The shutters are manufactured and shipped in only ten days and boast a variety of features, including a 25 year warranty, energy efficiency and UV protection. They are also fire retardant and anti-microbial.

The Science Behind Energy Efficient Window Coverings

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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.

Hunter Douglas Duette Architella

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.

 

 

Inexpensive Decorating Ideas!

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At Colorado Blinds & Design, we know that the holiday season can put stress on finances. If you are a little short on cash, but want to spruce up your home, take a look at these inexpensive decorating ideas. A small change can freshen up your space.

  • Add wallpaper, mirrors or paint to the back of bookcases. This is a simple and inexpensive way to add visual interest to your bookcases. Also, adding mirrors will make your space appear bigger.
  • Attach casters to the bottom of…anything! Casters add height and mobility to any piece. Once added to a kitchen island, a mobile server is instantly created. Also, casters make cleaning super easy. Simply roll out of the way to clean under hard to reach places!
  • Replace faucets, fixtures and hardware to give a custom-built look. So many of the homes built today include the most basic (brass, yuck!) fixtures. You can find these items at reasonable prices at overstock.com and amazon.com. Also, check locally for building surplus stores.
  •  Replace your standard bathroom mirrors with framed mirrors found at the store. Check antique and home decor stores for unique mirrors at great prices. Again, this gives your home a custom look!
  • Dont’t ignore your ceilings! Ceilings can be painted or even wallpapered.
  • Periodically check Craigslist for furniture and decor items you need. You can get smokin’ deals on some great pieces. With a little love and elbow grease, you can get a custom piece that YOU designed.

 

Decorating tips courtesy of Country Living Magazine, http://www.countryliving.com/homes/how-to-get-the-look/budget-decorating-makeover-0109?src=nl&mag=clg&list=nl_ccr_dot_mko_083111_budget-decorating-makeover&kw=ist

2012 Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

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Tangerine Tango, courtesy of Pantone

Pantone Color Institute®, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industry, has announced Tangerine Tango as the 2012 color of the year. The color, described as a “honeysuckle hue,” is vibrant and full of energy.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Don’t be afraid to incorporate this vibrant hue into your home decor! Small touches of bright hues can add energy and visual interest without overwhelming a space. Accessories, pillows and accent walls are great areas where bright colors can be used appropriately.

Love this color but are unsure how to use it? Give us a call and we can help! Interior design consultations are 1/2 off for the first hour for the entire month of January if you book an appointment with Allyson or Karla. Appointments are filling up fast, so call today!

French Design is IN for 2012!

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The design community is buzzing with the new trend for 2012: French Design Redefined.

This trend is described as a modern twist on traditional French Country style. Think country French fabrics and textures (ruffles, distressed woodwork) with modern lines. If you are in need of some updating in your home, consider adding French design elements to add a sophisticated and modern flair. French Design Redefined is characterized by:

  • Bright Hues in conjunction with subdued colors
  • Using red, yellows and blues together (forming a “triad” color scheme)
  • Bold Prints, such as damasks, toiles, and matelassé plaids
  • Using natural or painted distressed wood pieces
  • Swapping out dated light fixtures for chandeliers
  • Incorporating monogrammed pieces and Fleur-de-lis

Stop by our showroom or call 970-663-0505 to set up a design appointment with Allyson or Karla. Get 1/2 off the first hour of a design consultation for the entire month of January! A $75 value for only $37.50.

 

 

What Makes Us Different from the “Other Guys”

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Colorado Blinds & Design has over 30 years of experience in the design industry for a reason. We know that you have a choice in who you use for your window covering needs, and we strive to be that choice. We go above and beyond for our clients to ensure that they are 100% satisfied with the services we provide.

Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau is a testament to our business practices. Our commitment to beat any price quote on identical products is a testament to our everyday low prices. And our policy to provide free in-home estimates is a testament to our excellent customer service.

We believe in building long-lasting, personal relationships with our clients. We absolutely love building personal relationships through assisting them with their window covering needs. Our clients are our biggest cheerleaders; we consistently receive referrals from them for our wide range of services.

Here is what our customers are saying about us:

It’s always a pleasure doing business with Judy. Everything’s very professional, and window coverings and products are ready when she says they’ll be ready. Tom Magara is a great installer, neat, experienced, knowledgeable and personable. They give customer service at a personalized level, which you just don’t get as much anymore. And they’re competitively priced; they work within your budget.”

Laura and Dana Foote, Loveland
Owners, Big O Tires

Judy’s very energetic and disciplined; she doesn’t waste her motion, her energy. Her sense of color and how shapes and forms go together is very, very good. She’ very sensitive to one’s budget. And she simply gets the job done with minimal impact on your day.

Fred Fuller, Greeley
Meadowview of Greeley Premier Senior Living

 

Motorization and Window Coverings

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At Colorado Blinds & Design, our staff has over 50 years combined experience in the industry. One of our installers, Chris Bobbs, has 15 years experience alone. He recently obtained his Hunter Douglas® Motorized Installer certification and is our resident expert on motorized shades. A little product knowledge goes a long way, so read below or stop in our showroom for all your motorization questions!

Motorization can be applied to a variety of shades in a variety of manners. They are:

PowerTilt™ with Platinum™ Technology: This motorized lifting system combines both line-of-sight (using infrared technology) and “out-of-sight” control (using radio frequency technology) to control the window coverings.

The PowerTilt™ battery-powered system only tilts slats open or closed.  One remote can control a group of window coverings to tilt together, even in multiple rooms.

Visit this link for more information on this lifting system: http://www.hunterdouglas.com/product-option.jsp?id=162

PowerGlide® 2.0 with Platinum™ Technology: This motorized lifting system combines both line-of-sight (using infrared technology) and “out-of-sight” control (using radio frequency technology) to control the window coverings.

PowerGlide® 2.0 motorized lifting system allows you to open and close sheer products  and rotate the fabric vanes. One remote can control a group of window coverings to tilt together, even in multiple rooms.

Visit this link for more information on this lifting system: http://www.hunterdouglas.com/product-option.jsp?id=163

PowerRise® with Platinum™ Technology: This motorized lifting system combines both line-of-sight (using infrared technology) and “out-of-sight” control (using radio frequency technology) to control the window coverings. One remote can control a group of window coverings to tilt together, even in multiple rooms.

Visit this link for more information on this lifting system: http://www.hunterdouglas.com/product-option.jsp?id=185

PowerRise® 2.0 with Platinum™ Technology: This motorized lifting system combines both line-of-sight (using infrared technology) and “out-of-sight” control (using radio frequency technology) to control the window coverings. One remote can control a group of window coverings to tilt together, even in multiple rooms.

PowerRise® 2.0 with Platinum™ Technology is available with the Top-Down/Bottom-Up and Duolite™ design options. The PowerRise® 2.0 with Platinum™ Technology battery-powered system is our easiest-to-install motorization option because no additional wiring is required.

Visit this link for more information on this lifting system: http://www.hunterdouglas.com/product-option.jsp?id=164

Hard Wiring: Hunter Douglas® Window coverings can be controlled through hard wiring the shade’s controls into the home’s existing wiring. The shades are operated wit the Platinum™ wall-switch with optional Platinum remote or through any home automation system.

In conjunction with a Platinum wall-switch, shades can also be controlled from a Platinum remote control. This is the same remote that is used with Hunter Douglas PowerRise®, PowerGlide®, and PowerTilt™ products. Using the Platinum remote, window coverings can be controlled individually or in groups.

Visit this link for more information on this lifting system: http://www.hunterdouglas.com/product-option.jsp?id=165

Tilt-Only: Available with the PermAlign® and PermaTrak® Headrails to provide motorized vane rotation for vertical window coverings. Controls for this motorization include an infrared remote control unit or a table or wall mountable switch unit.

  • Vane rotation can be stopped at any point
  • Simple installation requires no special wiring
  • Low-voltage provides added safety.

Full Tilt and Traverse: Full tilt and traverse motorization for vertical blinds is available with switch control, remote control or a combination of both. The full tilt and traverse system is available with the Specialty Systems headrail.

Visit this link for more information on this lifting system: http://www.hunterdouglas.com/product-option.jsp?id=167

Arched or Specialty-Shaped Windows? There’s a Window Covering for That!

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Arched and specialty shaped windows are a gorgeous architectural feature that add character to any home. Unfortunately, these windows often go uncovered because of their non-traditional shapes. Homeowners and home builders seemingly do not know the vast array of products that are available to consumers to block out that harsh Colorado sun.

There are many products available from Hunter Douglas® to cover the specialty shapes, both operable and non-operable. Most of their products can be applied in a specialty shape application.

Shapes that can be covered include:

  • Arches
  • Angles
  • Trapezoids
  • Circles and Ovals
  • Hexagons and Octagons
  • Bays and Corners

Original Artwork by Arist Kara Young

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At Colorado Blinds & Design, we specialize in more than just window coverings. We have a vast array of home accent pieces, including art and mirrors. Kara Young, an artist who creates unique pieces, has numerous works featured in our showroom.

Young primarily works with fiber mixed-media and is inspired by visits to ancient ruins, rock canyons, and ancient cities rich in history. The unique appearance of her pieces are reflected in her unusual process. Young makes a special paper from scratch. She then uses the original paper to make the artwork. Copper leaf, fired copper and acrylic paint are added to the surface to give the art the desired affect.

My work is about witnessing how the passing of time affects the appearance of surfaces in the world around us. I see nature in all Her beauty, and I express this artistically in contemporary ways.” -Kara Young

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