Skylight Shades

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At Colorado Blinds & Design, we receive a fair amount of inquiries about covering skylights. Sure, skylights can open your space up to beautiful views IF your home is correctly orientated to the sun. If your home has east or west facing skylights, then you know how uncomfortable you can be in a space that is filled with intense sun and heat.

Hunter Douglas’s Simplicity™ skylight system, available on Duette® and Applause® honeycomb shades, is a manual lifting system ideal for skylights.

Basically, a rectangular honeycomb shade is installed into a frame that holds the shade into place. The system allows the user to operate the shade like a regular cordless shade. The honeycomb design blocks 99% of harmful rays while reducing heat loss and gain through the window.

Call or stop by with any questions you have regarding skylight shades!

Interior Design Trend-Geometric Patterns

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This summer’s hottest new fashion trend is (drum roll please)…..geometric prints! It seems that you cannot escape this fun, fearless fashion trend, but then again, why would you want to?!

These power patterns were all the rage on the runway this Spring. Now that Summer is upon us, the interior design industry is playing catch-up and incorporating the concept into everything-pillows, draperies and even furniture!

Take a look at some of our favorite applications (and tips!) for this bold and fresh trend.

 

 

Go big or go home! Reupholster an entire chair in a geometric print and make the piece the emphasis of your space. The great thing about geometric patterns is that they are relatively timeless, so you won’t have to reupholster in a few years time. Geometric prints are reminiscent of Greek and Islamic cultures; these designs will never go “out.” Afraid you might make too much of a statement with a bold print? Choose one with a muted or neutral color.

 

 

 

Small accessories, like pillows or even lampshades, can incorporate this trend in a subtle, yet classy way. Don’t be afraid to use brighter colored prints in these applications.

 

 

 

 

Benches are a fun and cute way to incorporate this trend. They are waaay easier to reupholster than a chair and can easily be done at home with a staple gun and a few yards of fabric.

 

Congrats, Tom!!

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Colorado Blinds & Design is pleased to announce that Tom Magara, owner and installation manager, has completed the Master Installer course with Hunter Douglas®!

Specialty Shapes

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Applause Specialty Shapes

Check out this specialty shaped Hunter Douglas® Applause shade that we just did for one of our favorite clients! They had a bare east facing window in their bathroom, and the intense sun made it feel like a greenhouse! We installed this operable specialty shape for them and instantly cut out 99% of UV rays and 40% of the heat. They couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.

If you are in need of a specialty shade, give us a call to come take a look at it and discuss options with you. As always, it is FREE for us to come out, so give us a call and schedule your appointment today!

Things to Consider When Buying Window Coverings

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At Colorado Blinds & Design, we understand that the process of choosing window coverings can be overwhelming and frustrating at times. Our trained window covering specialists and interior designers can assist you in the process by helping you prioritize your needs and wants. In the mean time, check out the factors to consider when choosing what window coverings are right for you.

  • Room Type
  • Personal Style/Aesthetic
  • Shade Material and Color
  • Specialty Shapes (if any)
  • Privacy and Light Control
  • Window’s orientation to the sun
  • Views and desired view-through
  • Operating Systems
  • Price
Call or stop in today to talk to one of our expert staff members about these considerations. As always, our in-home estimates are free, so schedule yours today!

Hunter Douglas® Duette PowerRise™

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Check out another hilarious video from Hunter Douglas®. This one features Duette with PowerRise™ feature. Stop by to see our sample in the showroom today! In the mean time, enjoy this clip…

 

Certified Window Covering Experts!

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Colorado Blinds & Design is pleased to announce that four of our staff members have completed the Hunter Douglas™ Professional Dealer Program! The Hunter Douglas™ Professional Dealer Program was created to give dealers, designers and installers the opportunity to become exceptional CERTIFIED leaders in the window covering industry.

The knowledge that our employees gained from this comprehensive program ultimately helps us to assist clients in their decision making process. Budget, consumer personalities, and product characteristics are only some of the factors in helping clients find the product that is perfect for their needs. The program is comprised of numerous online classes with comprehensive tests at the end.

Jeanine and Carol’s certifications have proven a useful asset to them while assisting clients in the showroom. Gary and Allyson utilize their training on their in-home estimates.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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