Follow Colorado Blinds & Design on Houzz To Inspire Your Next Design Project

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If you are currently remodeling or planning an interior design project in the future, you need to get on Houzz! Houzz is a website and online community created to inspire your next interior design, decorating, landscaping, and home improvement project. The platform and app features photos to browse and save, articles, product recommendations, and user forum. You can also find local design professionals, like us!

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When you create your Houzz account, be sure to follow Colorado Blinds and Design so you can see pictures of our most recent projects that may help inspire yours! You can also see incoming reviews from our happy customers.

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.

 

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

Spotlight on Scott Busby and Busby Painting

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Last week, Colorado Blinds & Design hosted a wall covering technique class with Scott Busby, owner of Busby Painting. We had a blast showcasing all the new and innovative products that are available, as well as viewing all of Scott’s amazing work. In case you missed the class, we have uploaded the images from our slide show presentation. Take a look below.

Scott Busby and Judy Magara have worked together for a number of years serving Colorado’s interior design needs. Scott Busby is truly an artist and has some amazing techniques in his arsenal, as well as excellent craftsmanship and affordable prices! Take a look at the photo gallery showcasing his work.

 

 

For more information on Vahallan paper or color consultations, give us a call at 970-663-0505.

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

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