Design Element of the Month: Reclaimed Wood

This month we are going to be giving you tips and ideas on how to use reclaimed wood throughout your home. Reclaimed wood, when taken care of and used properly, can be a beautiful addition to any space and we at MADE love the texture and style it brings to a home. If you love reclaimed wood as well, keep reading to learn more about where and how to use it in home design! This idea might take the most work but is absolutely worth it in the end: a wall made of reclaimed wood! Choose a wall that you want to be the focal point in a room, like the first wall you see when you enter the house or a wall in the kitchen, and once you find enough pieces of reclaimed wood, you can glue them to the wall and immediately change the style of the room! Get creative and choose pieces of wood from different sources and even in different colors for an artistic and stylish statement! If you want a rustic theme in your home or just in one room, the perfect way to do so is with a reclaimed wood ceiling. Just make sure to find solid pieces that aren’t worn out and will stand the test of time and you’ll have a ceiling that will impress everyone who sees it! A smaller DIY job that will still let you add a rustic touch to your bedroom is to create your own headboard using reclaimed wood! You can strip the old paint to show off the wood’s natural colors or to add your own paint color, but either way, don’t be afraid to use your imagination and be as creative as you can, with different colors, different kinds of wood, and different textures! Say you find a giant piece of wood and fall in love with it immediately, for it’s color, texture, and want to be able to incorporate it in your home. Well, you could make it into your new dining room table! Make sure to saw off one side so that it’s completely flat and sand it down a bit for a smoother finish, add some legs and you’ve got a table that brings the outdoors into your dining room! If you want to make a statement with a quick and easy DIY job, whether it’s in the kitchen, bedroom, or living room, try using pieces of reclaimed wood as shelves! Just make sure to get the proper tools for hanging them and keeping them sturdy on the wall and use a variety of different pieces you find! You will have shelves that are sturdy but also look stylish! We hope this list inspired you to get creative with adding reclaimed wood to your home! For more ideas and tips on home design, check out our blog! And as always, for all of your window treatment needs, visit our website to see a wide variety of colors, styles, textures, and designs!

Read more…

Design Tips for Pet Owners

When it comes to decorating, some people have to keep in mind other people besides themselves for function and practicality, especially those with children or any pet owners. We’ve put together a brief list of tips to help you make your home as stylish as possible while still accommodating your beloved pets. If you are thinking about redoing the floors, keep in mind that paws and claws can be quite hard on floors, whether it’s scratching the expensive wood floor or getting carpets dirty. Great options for durable floors that also look stylish include stone, ceramic, painted concrete, or laminate. Floors made of ceramic and tile are also great options for homes with pets because the floors will help them to keep cool during summer months and are easy to clean. If you are going to add a rug to a room, don’t spend a ton of money on it. You can buy one that looks great but don’t invest thousands of dollars in a rug that your pets will spend a lot of time on and that might need to be replaced in a few years. Bonus tip: choose carpets or area rugs that are similar in color to your pet’s fur so that in case you forget to vacuum one day, it will be harder to see how much fur has collected on it. When choosing new furniture, avoid fabrics that collect hair and will need constant cleaning, like silk, velvet, chenille, chintz, or even tweed. Again, don’t invest too much money on furniture if you know your pets will be spending time on them with you and try to find durable material. Bonus tip: You can buy furniture that uses washable slipcovers, making cleaning up stains or hair quick and easy or giving you the option to replace the cover instead of the entire chair/sofa. Create an animal room that is near a door in your home, whether it’s the mud room for the front door or the laundry room near the back door. Especially for dog owners, if you want to keep your stylish rugs and furniture as clean as possible for as long as you can, you need a way to clean your animal as soon as they step back into the house. By preparing a space to do this, you can easily wipe down your animal with towels or wipe off their feet before they go near anything they might stain. Just make sure to make this animal room easy to clean as well. If your animal likes to rub up against walls or maybe drools a lot, then you’re going to want to use a semi-gloss paint finish on your walls, at least in the rooms where your pets spend the most time, since it is the easiest to wipe down and is quite durable. Lastly, just like avoiding furniture with skirts, avoid long drapes the touch the floor, as this will only collect pet fur and debris and look unsightly most of the time. In rooms that you and your animals spend lots of time in, choose window treatments that only cover the length of the window and that are easy to clean, like Roman shades, shutters, or wood blinds. Cordless shades are also something you should consider to avoid choking, or pulling. If you need help finding the perfect window treatments that are durable and low maintenace, check out our website or call today! And for more tips and ideas on home design, check out your blog!

Read more…

Turning Your Bedroom into a Romantic Getaway

Everyone wants their bedroom to be an oasis, a paradise of relaxation after a long day of work. But sometimes the wrong design and style choices prevent your bedroom from being soothing, romantic, or relaxing, despite your best efforts. But MADE Blinds is here to help, with some ideas on how to turn your master bedroom into the perfect romantic getaway, whether it’s for yourself or for you and your spouse. First things first: if your bed isn’t comfortable, then your bedroom will never be relaxing, no matter what else you do. So invest in a good mattress that gives you a good night's sleep and invest in some great linens, both of which are always worth the money. For a romantic feel, imagine a bed at a beautiful vacation resort. Whatever you picture is what you should try to recreate, whether you prefer beautiful, soft white linens or plush colorful ones, and add plenty of soft pillows and blankets. That way you don’t have to spend money to go on vacation, you’ve created the perfect getaway spot in your bedroom. Next, you need to find the perfect color for your walls. For modern, stylish bedrooms, neutral colors are usually recommended. But if you want to create a romantic environment, deep, rich colors are going to be your best bet. A deep red is the color that probably comes to mind, which is always a great choice, but you could also try oranges, dark blues, or chocolate brown with wood furniture for a romantic and relaxing theme. We all know that lighting is everything so take the time to do it right. Of course, perfectly placed candles are important but you’ll need actual lighting that helps turn your bedroom into the romantic getaway you’ve always wanted. You don’t want bright, glaring lights to ruin the ambiance, so use low watt bulbs, use dimmers if possible, and find lights with darker lampshades that help to mute the light a bit and achieve the perfect soft lighting you want. Now for the floors. If your master bedroom already has carpet, then you’re in luck and don’t need to do anything since carpet helps the room to feel cozier and actually makes it warmer. If you have wood floors, or maybe even stone, we would recommend adding some rugs, that will add warmth and color to the space. Depending on the theme you choose, choose a window treatment that complements it. If your romantic getaway bedroom is one with white, airy lines and lots of lights, then maybe add long drapes for your windows to complete the look. If you decided on deep colors and a darker ambiance, then we would recommend blinds that help to shut out natural light when you need them too and are a rich wood or faux or just a similar or complementing color to the one on your walls. For some final touches, to make your new romantic bedroom truly feel like a getaway, add some things that you wouldn’t normally think to add, like some soft robes for your and your spouse, some great artwork that compliments the color you’ve chosen for your walls, flowers, a dock or stereo to play music, and any other accent pieces you find that are unique to your personality and your home. For any of your window treatment needs, think of MADE Blinds to help you select the perfect drapes, shades, shutters, or blinds! And for more great ideas to help you with home design or to answer any questions you may have about window treatments, check out our blog!

Read more…

How to Make a Space Seem Bigger

Did you know that you can a make a room appear bigger with just a few simple tricks? We have made a quick list for you to use, which includes everything from changing the color on the walls, using particular furniture pieces, or selecting specific window treatments.   1. This trick is well-known and for good reason. By adding mirrors to a small room, the reflection will make the room appear much bigger than it actually is and even help to brighten a room if there is a source of natural light.   2. Use neutral and soft colors on the walls and furniture so that nothing contrasts to harshly. A contrast between colors creates lines which help the eye to define the area of a room. Better yet, use different shades of the same color in the furniture and walls and it was create a seamless flow in the room.   3. The same idea goes for your window treatments. Sheer drapes or drapes in a color that is similar to the walls will instantly make the room appear bigger.   4. Create an illusion of a bigger room by using stripes on the floor with a carpet or rug, which will make the room seem longer and wider.   5. With small spaces, you need to be efficient with your space so look into furniture that can serve multiple purposes, like using an ottoman also as a coffee table or as storage.   6. If you are determined to use a coffee table, consider buy a glass one. Having a see through table will trick the eye into thinking there is more space in the room.   7. Choose furniture that shows the legs, like armchairs and couches. Because the furniture bottom isn’t touching the floor, it makes the room feel airy and open since light and air are able to flow under the furniture as well as over it.   8. If the room calls for a bookcase, add a floor to ceiling piece which will draw the eye up to the ceiling and create the illusion of more height in the space.   9. Get rid of clutter in a small space. Throw away items that haven’t been used in a long time and are just taking up space, organize the items you need to keep, and display only items that add to the space or are needed for daily life. And a trick for choosing knickknacks for a small bedroom or living room: color coordinate them with furniture or the color of the walls so that they flow with the rest of the room and blend.   10. For lighting a smaller room, use multiple light fixtures spread out in different places, instead of relying on one overhead light fixture. Multiple sources of light will draw the eye to more spots in the room and make it seem much larger that it actually is. We hope that you find these tips helpful in your home. And remember that MADE offers a fantastic selection of window treatments for you to choose from, including beautiful, light drapes that will help you to accomplish tip #3! Check out our selection of window drapes here!

Read more…

Balancing White with Colors and Patterns

White has always been the go to color for designers and homeowners alike, to use as the feature color or just the background because it just works with everything! But because white goes with everything else, it can feel overwhelming to choose how to use it in your home so we have put together a list of 5 ideas for how to mix and match white with other colors and patterns. Keep reading to learn more!   1. Though white is a cooler color, you can easily make a room with white walls feel warm. How? Wood floors immediately bring warmth and an outdoor feel to a room so don’t cover up the floor to let it contrast nicely against the white walls. Also, choose colors that bring out the rich color of the wood and add even more warmth, like oranges, reds, yellows, and bronze and gold pieces.   2. If the room you are working on has white walls and you like it the way, then add add color and patterns at the same time by choosing furniture, artwork, and accent pieces that are different colors and also feature a pattern. It’s best to choose your favorite pattern and use that in multiple places so that the room doesn’t become to busy with a variety of patterns featured.   3. Don’t be afraid to use different shades of white in a room for a classic and clean feel. White is elegant and using different shades all in one space will help to create a space that is upscale and appealing to the eyes. Mix and match with different tones of white and patterns and then add pops of color all over the room in small accent pieces, like a lamp, art piece, pillows, or a soft blanket.   4. What if you want color on the walls but want to incorporate white elsewhere? That’s easy! Pick the color you love for the walls and then decide if you want to feature white pieces in the room or have everything be white and a single other color. You could use a beautiful white couch as the focal point of the room or create a beautiful balance of color and shades of white by using only white and the same color on the wall together throughout the room. For the latter option, think of colors that beautifully combine with white, like blue, black, and grey.   5. This isn’t a tip as related to design as the other four and is more for function, but it is important to keep in mind! White looks so beautiful in any space but think about your lifestyle before committing to white walls and furniture. What do we mean? If you have kids or pets, white furniture isn’t going to stay white for very long. Or if you love to cook, white walls in the kitchen will probably need to be cleaned often. So when choosing white for your home, pick the rooms where it is mostly likely to stay clean, like the bedroom, bathroom, or guestrooms. We hope that you found these tips helpful as you start your next home project! And for all questions you may have for how to choose the perfect window treatments, don’t hesitate to call MADE Blinds!

Read more…

Design Element of the Month: Wallpaper

When it comes to redesigning a particular room or even your entire home, the color on your walls is usually one of the first things to change. But before you start looking at paint swatches, we are here to remind you that wallpaper is another great option for changing the look of a room and has many more options than paint because they include different designs that you would have to paint yourself or even different textures! If this has inspired you to check out your wallpaper options, keep reading to see our tips and tricks for selecting the perfect wallpaper for any room in the house!   1. When choosing design, unless you know you will always love it, we recommend choosing a wallpaper that is a lot more subtle and won’t clash with any future changes you make in the room, like the color or texture of new furniture.   2. You can use wallpaper designs to change the appearance of any room. If you want to make a smaller room appear wider, use horizontal stripes, and if you want to make a room appear taller, use vertical stripes.   3. Also keep in mind that a darker wallpaper design will make a room feel smaller and cozier and a lighter color will make it feel spacious and open.   4. You don’t have to cover all 4 walls of a room! Instead, choose one wall, for example the wall behind your bed or a free wall in the kitchen, to showcase your new wallpaper and that alone will change the look and feel of the space by bringing in new color and style.   5. You can choose wallpaper with images or designs that look like art and can take the place of hanging up actual art pieces! Pick images that you love and that speak to you but be careful to choose designs that are timeless and won’t feel old and outdated within a couple of years.   6. Whether or not you should choose a wallpaper with a pattern tends to depend on the furniture. For example, if your living room furniture has stripes, floral print, or dots, you could create an instant clash by adding a pattern on the walls. In that case, a simple color wallpaper would help you create the perfect blend of solid and pattern in the space.   7. Keep in mind that there are different kinds of wallpaper materials and some are better than others for particular rooms in your house. A great wallpaper choice for the kitchen or bathroom, for example, would be solid vinyl because it is waterproof and durable.   8. Some wallpapers are more expensive than others so know your budget before you start shopping. Flocked wallpaper is pricy because it has an added texture but can look fantastic in a room. If you want to use expensive wallpaper but don’t want to empty your wallet, consider using it on one wall, wherever you want the focus to be when you enter the room.   9. You have more options with wallpaper than you realize! Did you know that you can find wallpapers with a variety of textures? Your options include grass, woven cloth, fabric, burlap and more! And wallpapers are being made that mimic the look of heavier textures without actually using the material, like wood, leather, and marble!   10. Make sure you measure correctly when needing to determine how much wallpaper to buy and be careful to subtract the space taken up by windows and doors from the total square footage. It is also usually recommended to by more than you need, especially if you intend to put up the wallpaper yourself, since mistakes are likely to happen and it is always nice to have space material. Wallpaper might very well be the design feature you were looking for to revamp your home! And as always, for all of your window treatment needs, keep MADE Blinds in mind the next time you need help! Call today!

Read more…

Design Element of the Month: Cerulean Blue

There are staples in all aspects of home design. Color, is no different. When you think of the classics, white, grey, beige and a whole lot of neutrals probably come to mind. But on the other side of the spectrum, there is a whole range of colors and shades that can be used to your advantage. Blue, specifically cerulean, is one of those colors. Used correctly, it can make any interior come to life! Walls While this may not be your first instinct, adding color to your walls can totally transform a room. While you do not necessarily have to paint the entire room blue, painting one wall or incorporating a wallpaper with hints of this color can add depth and style to the room. Furniture If you do not want to commit to putting this color on your walls, it is easy to add it in with your furniture. Adding a cerulean loveseat or dining room chairs would be a lovely modern touch with extra brownie points for being daring. While a matching set would be beautiful, adding contrasting pieces here and there is often easier to pull off and can make it seem much less intense when balanced out with neutrals. Tasteful Touches Love your neutral furniture, but still want to find a way to incorporate color? You can absolutely think on a much smaller scale here. Cerulean blue throw pillows, art pieces, rugs or blankets will have the same effect. Splashes of this color, no matter how small, will still be beautiful and elegant. Cerulean blue is a lovely shade that can evoke feelings of calm and airiness. From MADE Blinds, we hope you have found our tips helpful in incorporating this color into your decor. We also hope that you will consider us next time you are in the market for window treatments. Cheers!

Read more…

Small Touches that Make a Room Feel Cozy

It isn’t the size of the room that determines how cozy it feels but what you do with it. With the right touches of furniture, colors, textures, and more, a huge room can feel cozier than even a tiny sitting room so we have put together a list of tips to help you achieve this.   1. Usually, the first thing you see when you enter a room, whether it’s the bedroom or the living room, is the furniture. So choose furniture that instantly shouts comfort, like plush pieces and soft textures, and anyone who enters the room will instantly want to sit down and relax.   2. Layer the furniture with blankets and pillows. If it is a warmer season, then you can use less blankets and more pillows and vice versa for when it starts to get cold. But soft blankets and pillows laying on the furniture add more texture to a room and instantly make the room feel more inviting.  3. Use darker and warmer shades of paint on the walls. Lighter colors and white are great for making a room seem bigger and high energy. But if you want a room to feel cozier, than it needs to be the kind of room that makes you feel relaxed and calms your energy, so use darker colors on the wall and add pops of lighter colors in the furniture or with blankets and pillows to create a nice contrast.   4. Don’t forget the floors! This is an easy and obvious step, since it’s obvious that carpets and rugs are cozier than hard wood floors. Add some plush and soft rugs to any room for an instantly cozier feel.   5. Put up artwork on any bare walls to complete a room and make it cozier. The color in the art will add warmth that a bare wall couldn’t before and close in the space to really bring the room together and make it feel separate than other rooms in the house.   6. A cozy room doesn’t have harsh lines and rough textures so you might be preventing a room from feeling as comfortable as possible with your coffee table or side furniture pieces. Replace your wood or metal coffee table with a plush ottoman and the room will instantly feel a lot more inviting to sit back and relax in.   7. Lastly, come up with a way to cover up the windows. A cozy room is one that feels private, where you can unwind and settle for the night and keep out the light and whatever else is going on outside. If you already have window treatments, don’t be afraid to layer and add long, soft curtain that can add colors and warmth and ensures that you can make the room darker and feel more private. We hope this list of tips and ideas helps you to make your home as cozy as possible and for any of your window treatment needs, don’t hesitate to check out our wide selection of affordable and stylish products from MADE.

Read more…

A Guide to Art and What It Says About Your House

Buying the right art for your walls can be a difficult and complicated process, when you aren’t sure about what will work in your home or how much to spend. But you don’t have to be an artist or a curator in order to find the perfect art pieces for your home, not when you keep a few simple tips in mind. Keep reading to learn more! Measure: Before you even start shopping for art, you need to know the measurements of the walls where you intend to place them. By knowing the dimensions of the space available, you’ll avoid buying pieces that are too small or too large for the area and won’t fit correctly. If you love it, buy it: Whether it’s art by a well-known artist or a random painting you saw in a store, it doesn’t matter as long as you love it. Use your instinct and your personality to be the judge of the art you buy, it doesn’t matter if anyone else likes it. If you love it, don’t hesitate to buy it and enjoy seeing it in your home every day. Mix and match: Just like all the furniture in your house probably doesn’t match but complements each other, your art shouldn’t all be the same color, style, or size. Instead of one big painting on a wall, hang up a lot of different sized pieces. If one wall has artwork with lots of color, maybe try a black and white piece on the other wall. And if one room has lots of vintage style paintings, trying modern and contemporary pieces in the next room! The great thing about art is that variety never looks bad and actually looks for more interesting than just one kind of artwork on every wall. Learn about the artist: When someone walks into your home and falls in love with a piece of art you are showcasing, it’s always best to be able to say who the artist is and maybe a little bit about it, such as its inspiration, when it was made, or what is the artwork trying to say. This gives credit to the artist and also makes you seem like a genuine art lover who knows everything about the pieces in your home. Don’t forget photography: When we say artwork, we don’t just mean paintings on the wall. Artwork could be a beautiful handmade bowl or vase that you have on the coffee table or fantastic photography framed on the walls. Art is a broad definition so don’t be afraid to buy and introduce all areas of art into your home. And it’s simple enough to choose the best ones...if you love a piece and it speaks to you, then it’s the right one! Expensive doesn’t always matter: Many art lovers make choosing art for their home an investment. They go to shows and buy expensive pieces that they love. But art doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful and worth buying. Don’t be afraid to hang up some cheap pieces that you saw at a store and just had to have or your friends photography. And best of all, if you have your own photos or your own paintings that are sitting around, throw it up on the wall along with the other artwork. Showcasing your own art is a great way to add your unique personality to your home. Buying art for your home shouldn’t feel complicated or stressful. Art is a subjective thing and the most important rule to use when shopping for your home might be a cliché, but it’s true: follow your heart! You should feel passionate about the art in your home so have fun with the process and get creative!

Read more…

Playing with Different Materials for Depth and Texture

When it comes to decorating your home, you have a lot of decisions to make and so many choices. But have ever walked into a room of your house and felt like you needed to add something to really make it look complete? Well, if you have feel like you have already tried everything from new color on the walls, new furniture, or new floors, what you might be missing in certain rooms is depth from the lack of texture. When we say texture, we mean surfaces throughout the home that immediately make you think of the sense of touch and provide a different feel than a flat surface. Think of a shaggy carpet on the floor, smooth leather furniture, or rough textured tiles in the bathroom. All of these materials provide texture and thus add depth to a room that might otherwise feel flat, if every surface was the same or just smooth to the touch. The trick to adding texture throughout your home is to balance the different materials in each room and add some a pop of texture that will catch the eye and make you feel as if you are coming in contact with it when you enter the room. So here a few ways you can easily add touches of texture to any room: The quickest way to add some depth to a living room is with pillows. The pillows can feature different patterns and even different materials, like velvet, satin, denim, or cotton, depending on the kind of texture you’d like. For textured furniture, think leather couches, velvet or satin chairs, or a rough wooden coffee table or bookshelf. If you don’t want to add new wallpaper or a new coat of paint, you can instantly add texture to the room by making one wall a feature wall for your texture of choice. You could easily add tile, wood, or stones to one wall to create a focal point and add visual depth to the space or even hang up a beautiful satin tapestry that draws attention. If you don’t have carpet and want to include the floor in your texturing balance, you can choose a plush or shag rug that will contrast nicely with wood floors. It’s the little things that help to add depth in any space. Pick out some decor pieces and knick knacks that are different materials and place them around the house. Some examples include wooden crates for showcasing books or for holding extra blankets in the corner, flowers and plants, blankets, glass pieces, or beautiful ceramics showcased on coffee tables and bookshelves. In other rooms like the kitchen or bathroom, using the feature wall trick is great for adding visual depth. Using textured tiles along one part of either space will contrast beautifully against the usual smooth surfaces like granite, marble, metal, and porcelain. You can always add texture to a room using your window treatments. If your living is full of cozy, soft materials, then add texture by using a rougher material to cover the windows like real or faux wood or if the space is filled with more texture, than create a balance with softer drapes or curtains. Remember that you are trying to create balanced contrast all throughout the room. Contrast is what adds depth to a room by keeping the eye busy when someone enters the room and calling on the human senses, like touch, sound, and even smell. For example, a great leather couch in the center of your living room will call on all these senses. You know what leather looks like, you know what it will feel like to touch, you know how it will sound when you sit down, and leather has a very distinct smell. We hope that this quick tutorial on depth and texture was helpful and that you feel inspired to try it yourself! Don’t be afraid to try new things in your home, the end results are usually amazing! And for all your window treatment needs, think of the experts at MADE Blinds.

Read more…

Incorporating Color and Life for Spring

The best way to get over the winter blues is to think about what is just around the corner; spring! Yes, spring is on its way, with warmer temperatures, blooming plants and flowers, and the return of the sunshine. And what better way to move on from a long and cold winter than to incorporate spring right into your home? So use these tips and ideas to bring some life and color into your house. The first tip is one that everyone knows but we will mention it anyways. Spring cleaning! There is a reason why most people seem to partake in the act of spring cleaning and that’s because winter tends to be a dirty, messy season and because nothing makes the home feel more refreshing than a good clean. So start to put away the winter clothes, scrub away all the mud that has been tracked in from the rain and snow, open up the windows and doors to let fresh air in, put away the heavy blankets and dark colors, and ready your house for a fresh look! Once you’ve cleaned away the leftovers of winter, it’s time to bring in some spring style. Start with the colors. Spring is the season of new colors and sunshine, so add touches of pastels and light colors all over the house with new curtains, new pillows, a new rug, or maybe some artwork. Remember that spring is when flowers and trees are blooming so take inspiration from colors showing up outside, like greens, blues, reds, pinks, and purples. And because spring is all about life and new things growing, bring some of the nature in and embrace the outdoors. Add some new plants into the corners of your home, add branches to the top of your mantelpiece, decorate with fresh fruits in the kitchen, and use bouquets of flowers to bring in some natural energy into your home and brighten the place up. How can you make your home look brand new without spending a dime? Move the furniture around! Even if you only move a few pieces, rearranging your furniture is a great way to change things up, make your home look like it was redone, and even save parts of your floor from wear and tear by changing the path of daily traffic. Get creative and swap furniture from different rooms, change the placement of artwork and plants, and you might even find you have new space for a brand new couch, chair, or that coffee table you fell in love with at the store. An easy way to give your home a new style instantly is to restyle your bookshelves and table top decorations. Go out and get some spring and summer inspired decor pieces to add to your bookshelves, to add on top of the fireplace, and to place on your coffee table as a centerpiece. Need some ideas? Think pastels, floral prints, and the natural elements. Add a small plant or succulents to the bookshelves, add pieces of art in the shape of flowers to the mantelpiece, and make your coffee table centerpiece a beautiful bouquet or basket of lemons, oranges, or apples. Don’t be afraid to get creative! We hope that this quick list of spring decors ideas inspired you to restyle your home for the changing seasons. And for any of your window treatment needs, let MADE Blinds help you give your windows a new, colorful look!

Read more…

Design Element of the Month: Houseplants and Succulents

When it comes to choosing design elements to your home, there are so many different routes you can take to add style in every room, whether it’s with lighting, fantastic art, a great throw rug, or even just some unique furniture pieces. But we are here to suggest a design element that is simple, affordable, and instantly brings life to any space. Carefully selected and placed houseplants and succulents will add pops of color, energy, and a new texture and are a trendy way to revamp your home! The first tip to choosing plants for your home is an important one. You should choose low-maintenance plants, unless you are a master gardener and can take on the responsibility, and pick plants based on where they will be placed around the house. Easy-care plants don’t require constant watering or particular temperatures and if you leave the house for a trip, they won’t die or need someone to come water them while you’re away. Examples of easy-care plants include aloe, snake plant, the jade succulent, pothos, rubber plant, philodendron, and any other succulent or cacti. Also keep in mind that some plants are poisonous to animals so if you have pets, you’ll need to do research about which plants are safe for your specific pet, like dogs or cats. As for their placement, research to see how much light certain plants need and then select the plants according to the amount of light exposure certain areas of the house receive, including corners, countertops, beneath windows, etc. Besides the color of the actual plants that will add a pop to any room, the container you place it in is also a great way to add more style. If your home features a rustic theme, then use a wood crate or wooden planter to showcase the new plants. If your home is minimalistic and features neutral colors, you can use metal planters to hold plants for a modern feel. Or for a bohemian, vintage style, reuse old containers for coffee grounds, tea bags, or faded tins. Here’s a designer tip for expertly placing your new plants around the house: the floor isn’t the only surface that should feature your plants. Terrariums are in style at the moment and are meant to be hung from high places. Hang them in front of windows or from hooks on the ceiling to add color and energy to all levels of your interior. And for other plants, get creative with where you place them! Add some plants to the tops of bookshelves and have the leaves hang down, place a plant on your coffee table or on top of your dresser, there isn’t a bad place to showcase a beautiful plant! Plants are an excellent way to bring the outdoors into your home, keep the air clean all year long, and add natural color to really bring a home together. With a bit of research and preparation, any room of your house will feel stylish and cozy with the right flowers, shrubs, or succulents. We hope this blog inspired you to add this new design element to your home and keep an eye out for the next MADE design element of the month!

Read more…

How to Pull Off Bohemian Decor

There are many different kind of styles that we take on because of our personalities, whether it’s hairstyle, our clothing, our cars, and how we decorate our homes. The best part of having your own space is making it match your unique style and making it a reflection of you. This could show itself in your home with contemporary, antique, or artistic designs. We have covered contemporary and vintage decor before, but what about bohemian? If you consider yourself to be one and want your home to express the true bohemian lifestyle, then keep reading for decor ideas and tips! When you think of bohemian, vibrant colors most likely come to mind. There isn’t a single color or even color palette for this kind of decor, which means you can get creative with this process. Think of bright, saturated colors against lighter background colors. You can begin with neutral earthy colors and add bits of bolder colors on top in the furniture, in a rug, in pillows, in artwork, even in window drapes. Don’t be afraid to layer colors as the bohemian aesthetic tends to be energetic, creative, and mismatched. If you need some ideas of what to bring into the room for decor, think tapestries, rugs, and pillows. A bohemian decor is comfortable and energetic at the same time, so make the room cozy with lots of pillows in different colors and patterns. And for a focal point, a beautiful large tapestry against the wall will instantly set the mood for your new decor and uniquely colored and patterned rug on the floor will continue the style from top to bottom. And for small touches to fully complete the decor, remember to add touches of silver and gold metallics in the form of lamps, art pieces, candle holders, bowls, and even jewelry hung up for all to see. Another key feature of the bohemian design is lots and lots of pattern. Now, you may be thinking that this will look cluttered and chaotic. But the bohemian style is chaos that is intentional. Bring in any kind of pattern you like and show them off all over the room or house, in your curtains, pillows, rugs and blankets, even in your bed spread. The mixture of patterns will make the space feel more alive which is what this decor style is all about. The furniture you bring into a bohemian space should be mismatched and unique, vintage yet energetic and bold. While other decor styles might require brand new furniture and a stricter set of rules, you can get creative and imaginative with this style. Shop at thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, and antique shops, take in your parents old furniture and again, don’t be afraid to mix and match. The furniture in your new space should like it was collected throughout the years, while you traveled in different countries, so different styles, materials, and ages are encouraged. Lastly, bohemians are thought of as travelers, adventurers, and wanderers. So use inspiration from other cultures in your decor. Bring in exotic plants, fabrics from other countries, furniture reflective of other cultures, and color pallets famous in lifestyles all around the world. It doesn’t have to be much, but just small touches of these other cultures, like a single color, a single light fixture, or a pillow will make your space feel worldly and eclectic. We hope that this list of decor ideas for a bohemian style was helpful and inspired you to create your new space! As usual, redecorating and revamping your home or even just your bedroom should be fun, so use your imagination and let your personality shine through in your decor. And if you need any help with choosing your new window treatments, let the experts at MADE Blinds help you to match the drapes, curtains, and shades to your new decor!

Read more…

White and Grey: the Color Palette of 2017

Subtle and modern, white and grey is a classic color combo that can do wonders for any home. Whether you are looking to simplify, revamp or just start over, here are some of the reasons why white and grey should be a color palette that you consider. Always Modern Take a peek into any home catalogue and it will be ripe with images of this cool color combo. These neutral, muted colors are the essence of modern and can be carried out throughout the house for a seamless, put-together decor. So go ahead and try it in one room; paint that walls white or a soft grey, pick window treatments that match, add a few pieces of white or grey furniture and you’ll see just how sleek it can look. You’ll definitely want the rest of the rooms to follow suite! Change the Mood We all know that color has the power to inflict certain emotions in us. Shades of grey are no different! White is clean, bright and simple. Grey is cool, balanced and sleek. Combined, they make for a calming and cool environment. Various shades of these colors can change around the mood as well. The lighter the colors the brighter it feels, the darker the colors the more dramatic it feels. So play around with it! See what shades suit you best. One Color Fits All Seeing as they are neutral colors, white and grey are one of the few color palettes that work for everyone, guaranteed. And whether you want to take full advantage of it and go all out, or you just want to incorporate hints of it, it will always look good! The next best thing about these colors is that the sky’s the limit with the rest of your decor; you can be strict and sleek, following this pallette to the t, perhaps incorporating hints of metallics or various textures, or you can bring in other colors that inspire you. Grey and white really go with everything so have some fun, look at pictures, try things out and you are sure to find a version of it that speaks to you! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Subtlety vs. Minimalism

While similar, there are several key differences between minimalism and just being subtle. One embodies the idea that less is more, the other is simply choosing to be sparing with your furniture for the sake of a toned down or laid back design. When it comes to minimalism, the less you own the better. It is about decluttering, downsizing and simplifying by owning fewer things. You can do this by only buying the things that you need, buying things that have dual-purposes and getting rid of stuff that is just taking space. Minimalism is more of a mental state than a design concept, but can be used as an easy guide to saving money and cleaning up your living space. Being subtle with your decor can create a clean, airy and modern space. It is about having a few, nice items that speak volumes, statement pieces here and there that add texture or dimension, muted tones and colors that come together in a soft, cohesive way. You can do this by keeping it simple; don’t overdo it with bright colors or extra, unnecessary accessories. Pick a theme or color palette that speaks to you (we would recommend greys, whites, or other neutrals), and go with it. But it is also about knowing when to stop; remember to take a step back and ask yourself if you really need more “noise” in the room. If clean, open and airy is what you are going for, both of these concepts will do wonders for you. From MADE Blinds, we wish you luck on all of your home-design endeavors, and look forward to hearing from you for all of your window treatment needs. Cheers!

Read more…

How to Make Vintage Look Sophisticated

Vintage is the new go to style for many modern homeowners, as many want to move away from modern designs to vintage ones that bring a feeling of warmth and nostalgia into your home but in a sophisticated way. So we are here to help you with some ideas on how to make your new home look old in the most stylish ways possible. There are many materials that speak vintage but one that is important for the style is wood. Wood instantly brings age and warmth into your home so we recommend bringing in some or exposing the wood that might already be there. Add woods to the walls, leave wooden beams exposed, bring in old wooden furniture and you’ll soon love the new “old” look your home has. And speaking of old materials, remember that vintage items are famous for their history and the story they tell. So don’t be afraid to hunt around some antique shops and look for furniture or salvaged materials that show some wear and tear and tell a story. You can easily spruce them up so that they still have some sophistication and aren’t falling apart but instantly show that they aren’t new and bought from a designer store. Besides furniture, this includes materials like reclaimed bricks. Besides wood, brick is another great material that moves away from modern styles to bring warmth into your home. Whether you use brick for the fireplace, the walkway to your front door, or even for a wall of your patio, the antique bricks will give you the historic, vintage feel you want. All levels of the home can reflect your vintage theme, including the ground. You can easily make the floors look aged if you don’t want to install new floors, with stains or whitewashing and make them look rustic yet stylish. And rustic can be found in your doorways as well. Either stain your existing doors or go out and look for gorgeous looking antique doors, that can instantly show sophistication and age from the front door to the back. Lastly, we have some tips for colors and appliances. Vintage is all about nostalgia so you can invest in an antique appliance that will be the centerpiece of your kitchen, like a beautiful old stove or fridge. You can easily buy restored antique pieces that work perfectly but have some history. And this includes lighting. Antique lighting fixtures throughout the house or even just in the kitchen will tie the theme together. And as for color, while modern designs go for white and black clashing or for bold pops of colors, vintage requires timeless and muted tones from neutral and earthy colors. The furniture and the colors can blend together and not clash to create warmth and you can achieve sophistication by choosing colors that are still stylish in modern homes, like shades of white, beige, and greys. We hope that our tips help you on your project to make the new look old. Vintage is a much sought after style and can easily be achieved without breaking the bank. Your home can reflect history and age while still being timeless and sophisticated. It’s all about finding a balance and picking the styles, colors, and pieces that make you happy.

Read more…

5 Ideas for an Elegant Foyer

The foyer is the first thing guests see when they enter your home so it’s often worth taking the time to create a style for it. This style can match the rest of the house or it can be a separate design, with completely different colors and patterns. The foyer is often small but can instantly reveal personality so don’t be afraid to be bold and unique with your ideas. But just in case you are having trouble coming up with some ideas, we put together a quick list of 5 ways people make their foyer elegant, bold, and unforgettable.   1. Mix and match - If you want your foyer to make a statement, then let it draw the eye in many different ways by mixing and matching colors, patterns, and textures. For example, you can layer colors by having a neutral color on the wall and adding pops of different colors that compliment it in the form of artwork, rugs, or furniture pieces. You don’t have to pick one color, you can have as many as you’d like! Layering adds depth to the space and will be a treat for the eyes of all your guests.   2. Pick a bold color - For those of you who want to go with a single bold color, then choose one that maybe isn’t on any other wall in your house, making it truly unique to the foyer. A bright, loud color like red could bring energy and warmth to the space and make your guests feel at home as soon as they walk in the door. And a bold color doesn’t mean you can’t go with colors that are considered shades. A classic and bold look could be made with an all white foyer, with black lines and accents, for a clean but dashing style.   3. Use wallpaper - Instead of painting the walls, you can use wallpaper to instantly add design to your foyer. Whether it’s a larger space with several walls or just one wall right beside the front door, you can use a vivid wallpaper choice to liven up the room. Don’t be afraid to give it some personality, with geometric patterns, bright colors, or a textured design.   4. Use a display table - When people think of the foyer, they often picture the display table that so many tend to feature and for good reason. A display table can be functional, with drawers and baskets for keeping shoes and your keys or they can be used simply to showcase your homes personality as soon as you walk through the door. Use the table to display flowers, artwork, and accent pieces that are unique to you and your family, like handmade bowls, personal artwork, or a piece that is part of an inside joke. And the table itself can make a statement, so you can either give it a funky and interesting color or create a theme with modern or antique tables.   5. Show off your art - Use the wall space in the foyer to showcase your favorite pieces. Whether it’s one large canvas that you just love or you cover the wall the lots of little frames, the artwork tells a story to the people who walk in your home and is a great way to add lots of colors. Use the foyer to express your style and personality and don’t be afraid to have fun with it. You’ll enjoy the space for yourself and all of your guests will have lots of questions and compliments for you when you take the time to design it.

Read more…

Window Treatments for Tall Ceilings

You might be thinking that the extra tall windows in your home will never get the right window treatments, but we are here to assure you that this isn’t true. Window treatments are made for windows of all shapes and sizes and can be customized to cover even the tallest windows for the tallest of ceilings. Sometimes people don’t feel the need to cover windows that are either high up or cover the entire wall. But if you want control over the natural lighting and want to provide yourself more privacy, then it shouldn’t be overlooked. For extra tall, even two story windows, you should accentuate the height with your window treatment instead of cutting it short. It is recommended to style your windows with extra long drapes, which will bring attention to the height of the ceiling and add instant style to the room. There are some other design elements to keep in mind. To make the eye move up, you could add a window treatment, like a drape, that has a design element along the very top, a pattern or image that stands out from the rest of fabric, and by bringing the focus up, accentuates the tall ceiling. If you have a breathtaking view and you want to make the view seamlessly flow through the window into your home, then it is recommended to hide the window rod and have the window treatment start at the ceiling, which blends the lines from the ceiling to the floor. If you want to maximize how much sun is let in through the windows and don’t feel like covering up the entire thing, then you can choose a window treatment that only covers the top or the bottom, for privacy or for a bit of light control only when needed. A woven shade along the bottom of a tall window will give you the privacy you need at one story height and let the light in at the top. And on last tip. Tall ceilings are great for making a room feel open and spacious but you might want a particular room to feel more cozy and warm. If this is the case, then match the window treatments to the furniture in the room and you will instantly create a nice symmetry as well as add the coziness you want for a room to relax in. We hope that these tips help you with your tall ceilings and extra tall windows. The right window treatment can greatly enhance the beauty of a tall windows and the view that can be seen outside it. So for any questions about your window covering options and styles, call the experts at MADE Blinds today!![Tall Ceiling.jpeg](//mb-images.azurewebsites.net/cms-content/Blogs/madeblinds/assets/Tall Ceiling.jpeg)

Read more…

Rustic Decor to Make Your Home Feel Like a Cabin

Whether it’s for decorating the home or the new vacation house, many people love the look and feel of rustic decor. And if that is indeed what you’re into, then we are here to help with a quick list of tips for how to style and decorate your space to make it feel like a cabin, even if it isn’t.   1. Our first suggestion is to not be afraid to mix and match materials. When you think of rustic cabins, you probably don’t think of perfectly matching color schemes and materials and instead, a variety of materials bought over several years, giving the style a sense of time and age. Wood is always a great option for a rustic theme but to take it to the next level, look into copper and other metals, stones, and any antique materials that you can place throughout your home. You can find companies that specialize in antique materials so that you don’t have to go looking for them yourself.   2. And speaking of antiques, any designer will tell you that for a rustic theme, older is better. For example, instead a brand new stainless steel fridge, you can add an old school one that has been redone or have the pipes in your home exposed to take your home back in time. You can of course keep certain things modern and don’t have to bring your home back to the stone age but for all these decorative, keep it old and classic.   3. The fireplace is always the center of a warm cabin and is where your family and you will gather so give it some attention. If your fireplace doesn’t fit the rustic theme, you can easily redo it yourself with faux or real stones and add a place to keep your firewood. And if your home doesn’t have a fireplace, you can install a freestanding electric fireplace for an easy way to bring warmth to your home.   4. Now for the colors. Earthy colors are the best way to go for a rustic theme, like brick red, dark greens and browns, black and beige, dark blues and natural yellows. These colors will bring the beauty of nature into your home and make it cozy. You can easily paint the walls any of these colors for a drastic change to any space and then add the cabin feel to it by mixing and matching textures and patterns, like quilts, flannel, and such. Wood or antique furniture will add more warmth to the look and make anyone feel like they are relaxing in a cozy cabin.   5. Lastly, don’t forget the floors and windows. We all think of cabins as having beautiful wood floors. But if this isn’t completely out of your budget, look into faux wood planks that can easily be installed over your existing floors and are known for being both durable and stylish. And if you don’t think you can afford real wooden window treatments, then faux wood blinds are the perfect solution for you. They look like the real thing but for a great price and a long life. We hope these tips help you to give your home the cozy, rustic feel of a log cabin that we all love and remember. And don’t forget, if you need any help with choosing the look for your window treatments, MADE Blinds will send you 10 samples for FREE so that you can take your time making up your mind, in the comfort of your home.

Read more…

The Secret to Color Psychology and How Room Color Affects Your Mood

If you and your family think that it's time to add some new color to the walls of your home, it might feel overwhelming at times to try and figure out which colors would be best for which rooms. We are here to fill you in on something called color psychology, which could greatly help you choose the paint color for every room in the house! The colors you choose for your home say a lot to other people when they enter your home, by reflecting your personality, and can also create a certain mood for you and your family. The colors you choose to put on the walls may seem insignificant but it can actually affect you every day and influence the way you and other people feel in your home. It's all about how you want each room to feel, since colors are usually categorized as being active, passive, and neutral. A light color on the walls makes a room seem bigger and brighter and a darker color adds warmth and intimacy. Let's start with examples of what mood you can set with different colors. Red is an exciting color, usually associated with intensity and passion. So by adding red to the walls of a room, you will raise the energy level in the room instantly and leave a lasting impression. Designers will tell you that red is a good color for rooms that hold a lot of people for conversation and events because it is stimulating. Blue does the opposite and is known for being calming and serene so it is recommended for rooms that you want to relax and rest in, like the bedroom. You can also make the blue feel warmer or colder with the tones you choose in the furniture and window and floor coverings. Greens or purples are also a great choice for the bedroom, both known for being calming and providing a warmth to the room you sleep in. For bathroom paint, you could go with white and neutrals colors that create a theme of cleanliness or a warm color that gives it personality and a sense of warmth. And as for the kitchen, bright, loud colors can make a statement and make the most popular room in the house the most energetic as well. However, it is also known that certain colors in the kitchen can actually affect how much you eat and even how good the food tastes! Red in the kitchen is popular because it is so stimulating and makes one hungrier and more talkative but if you want to set a different tone, then do your research for the effects of color in the kitchen. Lastly, while loud colors like yellow and orange evoke happiness and energy, you can also set a warm tone using neutral colors. If intense colors aren't your style, you can use neutral colors on the walls like white, greys, and browns and then add touches of color elsewhere in the room to add life and energy without making the room feel too intense. Taking the time to research how different colors uniquely create and affect the mood of rooms in the house is never a waste. Don't rush into selecting colors and don't be afraid to try out a swatch or two on the walls before you commit to painting every inch of the room. And keeping all of these tips in mind, redecorating should be fun, not an overwhelming, scary process. So have fun with it and enjoy giving your home a colorful new look! From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Should You Match or Contrast Your Wall Color with Your Drapes?

So the walls have been painted and you have bought the perfect furniture. But to really complete the room, you need the perfect drapes. Now comes the tough design question, do you match the drape colors the walls or do you pick a different color to try and beautifully contrast the walls? We are here to help you answer this question so that you can finish the look of your home confidently. Here are the reasons for choosing either option. If you want the room to feel bigger and are going for a simpler, minimal theme, then matching the color of the drapes to the walls is the way to go. But if you want to make the room more dramatic and make the window and the view behind it a focal point, then a strong contrast of color is the right choice. When you match your wall color to your new drapes, it instantly unifies the space and makes it appear to be larger, which is usually needed in rooms that are smaller or filled with more furniture and such. It also helps to take the focus off the windows and can let the attention center on any beautiful art or a particularly nice piece of furniture. You also don't have to make the colors match exactly in order to create the sense of unity. You can pick a color that is a shade or two darker or lighter for the same effect or even pick a matching color but with a textured drape. Like we mentioned above, if you have a fantastic view that needs to be showed off or a larger room that is in need of a focal point, then adding a contrasting color drape to your windows is a great solution. And when we say contrasting, we don't mean adding a color that doesn't match the wall color at all. The best way to choose a color that isn't similar to your walls, but is still complementary, is to use a color wheel. And if the contrast seems a bit too much, then you can choose a drape that isn't a solid color and instead go with a pattern or even a drape with a single stripe to break up the color. Another safe way to go with a different color than the walls is to pick a neutral, especially if your wall color is already a strong color. The neutral drapes will help tone down the entire room and give it a classic look. We hope these tips help you to create the perfect theme in any room of your house. Adding color to a room doesn't have to be daunting, it should be fun and reflect your personality. And don't forget that MADE will send you 10 free samples so that you can test the style and colors of your future window treatment before you have to order it!

Read more…

Shopping for Window Treatments on a Budget

It is an absolute myth that you can't find stylish and custom blinds that are affordable. It just might be daunting to begin the research in order the find them. But we are to help you, with a quick list of the different window treatments you can buy that can be the perfect fit for your house and promise not to break the bank. Before you look at the prices, you need to think about what function you need from your window treatment. Do you need light control, do you need durable, do you need privacy, do you need child safe blinds, and so on? By determining what you need out of your window covering, you immediately reduce the number of options you have to research and make the whole process easier. Roller Shades The first kind of window treatment that we would recommend for its affordability is the roller shade. The roller shade can be customized in so many different ways that give you exactly what you need for your home, in a variety of colors, fabrics, and comes with room darkening options. They can come without cords which perfectly suits the home that has children to worry about. An excellent way to add style to your windows at a price that is definitely worth it, you can't go wrong with the immensely popular roller shade. Faux Wood Next on our list is the faux wood window treatment. You may be thinking that wood blinds, even if they are fake, must be pricey because of the look and feel of it. But that's where you're wrong. Faux wood blinds happen to be very affordable and are popular for the immediate statement they make in your home, adding style and a natural touch to any room. They will resist warping and are an excellent choice for any rooms that get a lot of sun or might contain a lot of moisture. Aluminum Blinds And our last recommendation for window treatments on a budget is the mini blind, also known as aluminum blinds. Very popular and affordable, these blinds come in an assortment of colors which make them easy to customize for any room. A great way to filter light, whether you want to let in some sunshine or make the room dark and because they can be made cordless, they are safe for homes with children and pets. You can't go wrong with a blind that is durable, affordable, and stylish. To make sure that you can confidently order the perfect window treatment without any regrets, MADE Blinds will send you 10 free samples of any of our drapes, shades, shutters, and blinds. Take some time with these samples to determine the right style, material, and color for your home and then order them online without any worries that they might not be what you're looking for. Call MADE today!

Read more…

How to Decorate a Fireplace Surrounded By Windows

Every window in the house deserves the best treatment possible but it can be hard to pick the style and materials for each one depending on the room, the size of the window, and where in the wall it sits. An example of this could be if you have two windows that sit on either side of the fireplace. The fireplace already tends to be the focal point of the room so it can be tricky to find the right color and style to complement the fireplace but also make a statement as well as coming up with ways to decorate the mantel of the fireplace. After you have the window treatment chosen out, it's time to start decorating the fireplace itself. The easiest way to add some personality to your mantel is by choosing your favorite artwork to place as the centerpiece. Designers would remind you not to choose artwork that is wider than the opening of the fireplace and if you don't have one big piece, then you can have a few smaller, complementary pieces that sit side-by-side. Once you've chosen your centerpiece, you can start adding the smaller knick knacks that fireplaces are so famous for featuring. Keep symmetry in mind when you are adding these small items and vary the heights of the objects. A few examples of great mantel pieces include candles, books, art pieces, glass or crystal pieces, and beautiful vases. The pieces you select instantly convey personality so don't be afraid to be bold with your selection, adding pops of color, materials, and unique things in your home. If you don't have a carpeted floor in the room where the fireplace sits, then you might be wanting to add a nice rug. If so, you can instantly bring the whole theme of the room together by complementing the fireplace with your rug choice. The natural materials that the fireplace is made of tend to be more neutral, like browns, dark reds and browns, and greys, so you can brighten up the room with a pop of color in the rug. Just make sure that the colors complement the window coverings as well and strike a balance of looking colorful and bright but not too busy and overwhelming. and color into this important space. For all of your window treatment needs, keep MADE in mind and call us today if you have any questions!

Read more…

Window Treatments for the New Year

Just as we say goodbye to another year and look forward to a new chapter, it is time to rid our lives of the old and embrace some "new"! Curious where to start? Yes, the diet fad will take off quicker than those requisite Thanksgiving turkey pounds on your scale. However, let's go ahead and skip the diet and go straight to making ourselves feel better about a New Year by spending some quality time with the home you love. Let's vow to make a leap in 2017 to finally update that bedroom, or bathroom, or kitchen you have been putting off all year. Let's vow to make our house, a home we can be proud to call our own. Wondering where to start? Fresh new fabrics are a quick and easy option to refresh your space. As dust and dustmites pile on the charm, it's time to kick those buggers out of your space and take charge with a clean, crisp palette. Update your drapesfrom drab to fab, or create a new color palette in your bathroom with the help of new Roman Shades. At Made Blinds, we have an array of beautiful fabric options to custom make your dream home. Choose a pretty print that is modern and accommodating with your current space. If you really want to up the ante with your design eye, look for options to layer window treatments for extra depth and sophistication. You can add in fresh white Plantation Shuttersframed with a fabric valance of your choosing. By layering in window treatments, you can mix function with style to determine the perfect selections for your home and style. We wish you a very happy New Year and hope we can be your partner with updating your home this year as part of your family.

Read more…

Festive Decor for the Holidays

The air is crisp, carolers are singing at your door, familiar movies adorn the television and your home smells of cinnamon and evergreen. It's the holidays, and embracing the season throughout your home will help create lasting memories for you and your family to enjoy together. Leveraging new trends to adorn your windows is a great way to further the festivities. We especially love the idea of adding greenery to your windows for a spirited spruce. These "JOY" letters add dimension and pair nicely with the neutral drapes in the room. Another option to take greenery a step further is to add wreaths hung on ribbons from the top of your windows. The ribbon will add a pop of color and depending on the color you choose, can make either a dramatic or subtle impact on your festive decor. Another option to add festive decor to your home for the holidays is to strip window treatments altogether and replace with a festive pop of greenery like the photo below. We like the statement piece this makes for a potentially left-out kitchen when it comes priority of the holiday decor. We love the garland to the right from Frontgate that also removes window treatments altogether to create a fun, festive window that is all about the scents and looks of the season. The garland is all the drape and swag you need this season to put the finishing touch on home decor as you sit back, relax and enjoy being in your home for the holidays. From Made Blinds, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Image Source: BHG

Read more…

How to Fix Tears on Cellular Shades

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are always a great choice for window treatments. They are stylish, energy efficient, and they allow for a variety of light filtering capabilities. And because they are so affordable, they are one of our most popular products. But if they tear, stain, or if you have a broken cord, it doesn't always mean that you have to buy a replacement. So if you need to repair your cellular shades, continue reading for the solutions. For tears, which can happen around the edges, there is a way to glue it back together or even use invisible tape for an easy fix. You can buy clear drying fabric glue and using a small brush, use a minimal amount and place the glue gently across the rip. It would be best to make sure both sides of the shade are glued where the rip is present. When you are done, make sure that it is completely dry before you raise the shade, testing it with your finger to make sure there is no stick or dampness at all. If you raise it too soon, the shade could stick to itself and cause more damage. Invisible tape can be place along the rip, on both sides, and provides a more temporary fix to the tear. Besides tears, these blinds can also be accidentally stained. If you accidentally splatter something on your shade or they just seem to look dirty, you can clean them off easily. Run warm water in the sink or in the bath, add some laundry detergent, and soak the blind in the water. If you have a stain to remove, gently scrub it was a brush. Remove all excess water before moving it to dry, and hang it up somewhere to drip and dry for at least a full day. And lastly, another common problem with window treatments is a broken cord and this too can be fixed easily. All you have to do it replace the cord and after you remove the broken one, string a new one through the shade, which can be done quickly using a restring needle. Once the new cord is in place, hang the shade back up and you are all done. We hope these solutions help you with any problems you might have with your cellular shades. And if the problem cannot be fixed this easily, then call the experts at MADE Blinds for all your window treatment questions and needs!

Read more…

How to Style White

White has always been able to seem both classic and modern, contemporary yet traditional. If you are wanting a more minimalist style in your home and are attracted to styling with white, we have a few tips to help you. There is a balance needed when decorating with white, making sure your home doesn't looking bland or boring with no other color and knowing how to add contrasting colors and patterns that will complement and blend with white instead of distracting from the white look you are going for. Our first tip is to take a second and consider your lifestyle before converting everything in your home to a shade of white. If you have children, messy animals, or you tend to live a messy life yourself, you might want to think twice before painting the walls white and getting that white sofa you've been wanting. White is hard to clean and if you are likely to constantly spill food, track mud, or get dirty hands on the white sofa, white rug, or even the white walls, it might take up too much of your time to constantly be cleaning and washing everything. Once you've decided to take on this style in your home, you can move on to buying paint and new furniture. To make sure your home isn't just one shade of white with the furniture blending into the walls, we would recommend adding pops of color all over the place. Add colorful wall art, pillow, blankets, rugs, curtains, or even just small but bold miscellaneous objects around the room, like bookends, flowers, and candles. When it comes to choosing furniture that will complement white nicely, we would highly recommend wood pieces. White can sometimes be considered a bit cold but by adding wood furniture, you instantly add warmth and a natural element to your home. And if you don't want wood furniture, then add some personality to the room with colorful chairs and tables, which will pop against the white. Remember that not all white shades are the same and sometimes they clash. We recommend putting things together or testing out different white colors before purchasing. Make sure they blend and don't assume all white looks the same. White functions as a great backdrop that allows you to mix and match with patterns and textures. Add stripes, dots, and bold images in your pillows, rugs, and blankets and create a busy yet interesting scene for the eyes. And combine different textures, like woven fabrics, knitted blankets, wood pieces, and more! Layering your textures will add depth to the room and give it that finishing touch. And if you have any special artwork lying around, the white on the walls is the perfect setting to let the art pop, making sure to attract attention from anyone who walks into the room. We hope this list of tips will help you to style and decorate your home with the ever popular shades of whites. Your home and its decoration should express your personality so don't be afraid to be bold with your color and furniture choices and make your home as unique as you are! For anymore design or window treatment questions, check out more of our blogs at MADE!

Read more…

5 Ways to Get Creative with Drapes

Window treatments don't have to be boring. They can be colorful, unique, bold, and can reflect whatever personality you want your home to have! So in order to help you get as creative as possible with your window treatments, we thought we would start with a quick list, of how drapes can be both functional and creative, from ways to add flair to your existing drapes to different places you never knew you could put drapes in the first place.  1. One way to add more color and style to your home is by adding more! More colors in a room doesn't always have to mean clashing or distracting. Choose two or three complementing colors and line them up on a single rod for a unique and bold drape style!  2. Or you could purposefully clash your drapes for a statement. You can choose two different drape colors or style, one with pattern and one without, and install double rods so that you can choose how to arrange one in front of the other.  3.Get creative with what you use for a curtain rod! Your drapes don't have to hang from boring average rods. You can use ropes, copper pipes, or even tree branches! That's right, you can bring nature into your home in this unique way, just find the right size branch, smooth it out, and you can paint it any color you want!  4. Another way to add style to your drapes is by getting creative with how you tie them back. The tieback doesn't have to match the drape! Use rope for a nautical theme, use ribbon or your favorite fabric. You can even use jewelry to keep your drapes aside, like a beautiful bracelet.  5. And lastly, drapes don't exclusively belong in the living room to provide privacy and keep out the sun. Drapes are an easy going window treatment and can essentially go anywhere, even places without windows! Put up drapes in the entryway of your home for added flair and color, hang them at the end of your bed for privacy or style, or even put them up in between rooms to give the illusion of walls and separation. We hope you feel inspired by these creative tips and if you do, please let us help you with all of your drape needs! From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Creating a Cozy Guest Room

Decorating a guest room can be a lot of fun. It's a chance to deviate a bit from the overall look of your home a make a space unique and fun. It's also a chance to show off your impeccable hosting skills! While a decent guest space can range anywhere from the living room couch to a swanky, hotel-like suite, it's always the little touches that make your guest feel welcomed and comfortable. Always remember, people are coming to visit YOU and they want to experience life they way you live it, so keep your decorations true to your family and your town. Versatile Bedding The most important part of your guest room is unquestionably the bed. Generally, the most stressful aspect of travel is trying to get a good night's sleep in a bed that is not your own. Using multiple twin beds, (trundles if possible), if the space allows, will give you the most versatile nighttime layout. Extra plush mattresses dressed in quality linens will keep your guests sleeping sweetly and a little less homesick. Always be sure to offer a variety of bedding and plenty of pillows so that your guest can add or subtract as desired. Accommodations After the bed, you'll want to ensure your guests have a space they feel at home in. Room to unpack and the option for some privacy can really give you guest a chance to unplug and relax. Available dresser space and hangers in the closet are a nice place to start, and if there's enough room, it's really nice to incorporate a small seating area. Blackout drapery or window shades will allow your guest to catch an afternoon nap if needed, which is especially invaluable to a guest suffering from jet lag.Easily accessible lighting makes navigating unfamiliar surroundings much less bumpy. Just remember to keep the space low maintenance so your guest don't have to worry about coasters and the like. Thoughtful Touches Nothing says bienvenido like a universal charger warmly plugged in next to a nightstand upon which lies a card with a guest WiFi password! Predicting your guests needs and saving them the awkwardness of having to ask, goes a long way in making your visitor's stay pleasant and serene. Little things like bathroom accessories, interesting books, and maybe even a small stash of snacks are an easy way to provide a homey feel. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

The History of Roman Shades

What is the history of the Roman Shade? Roman shades have been a long-standing tradition for hundreds of years and continue to evolve, as does popular style and decor. These shades are functional and beautiful, as we search to dive deeper into understanding their history and initial influence... According to Answers.com, in the heyday of the Roman Colosseum, the crowds would sit through a day-long program of events in the open air. The sun would get very hot up in the stands, so long awnings were constructed that opened into the arena and offered some sun protection. The awnings were held out on poles that extended into the stands to keep the spectators cool. When they were not in use, the shades folded back on themselves, much like the modern shading style-the roman shade. What a feat of innovation and success that even in AD 70-80 they were able to effectively reduce solar heat issues while creating a truly beautiful engineered shading solution. With functionality including the ability to block out sunlight and heat, Roman Shades are as relevant today as they were many years ago. Whether you are looking to update your room with a classy and sophisticated shade option, or you are looking for durability and functionality to block out sunlight and heat, the Roman shade is just what the Italian ordered! View our custom Roman Shade options to learn more about all the options available to you at Made Blinds. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Styling Your Windows for the Fall Season

There is just something comforting about harmonizing your man-made surroundings with the flux of nature. Seasonal changes help to break up the monotony of everyday life with mother nature's constant redecorating, why not follow her motherly lead in your own space. Changing up your windows is a great place to begin your transformation. They are easy to interchange and can really affect the feel of the room. Autumn can be one of the most dramatic seasons visually, so it's an easy one to begin with. With the changes in everything from the vegetation to the sky, there is inspiration everywhere. Do it With Drapery Curtains are one of the more easily interchangeable window treatments, and can vary in feel greatly. The wide variety of textiles available give you options not only with color, but also in print and texture. Warm, neutral tones and heavier fabrics will give your home the cozy feeling that everyone longs for once the nights start getting crisper. For Windows with a Great View If you live in a location that really likes to show off during the autumn season, you may want to simply find a window treatment that opens wide and allows the vibrant changing leaves and crisp fall atmosphere to shine and take center stage. Wide slatted shutters and wood blinds and even sheer shades all are very beautiful and functional window coverings that also allow for the most openness for the best view. Focus on Common Areas If you see seasonal re-decorating as a recurring adventure, it may make life easier to stick to just the common areas. New window treatments for an entire home can get a bit pricey, but if you focus on the living areas and possibly the kitchen, you could change the entire feel of your home by simply swapping out just a couple of coverings. Simple Touches Updating your windows can be as simple as adding some fall themed tie-backs or warm flannel valances. This is an excellent method when your window treatments are already neutral. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

How to Stop Your Window Treatments from Fading

As the sole barrier between your home and the sunlight streaming in from outside, your window treatments take a lot of UV abuse. And while we all know the health dangers contributed to the overexposure to ultraviolet waves, we can sometimes forget how damaging they can be to both furniture and window coverings. Here are some tips to keep your window treatments looking their best without fading. Choose the Right Colors If you're choosing a window treatment for an exceptionally bright window, or live in an area where the sun tends to fade everything in sight, you usually better off going with a lighter colored covering. Lighter colors will reflect the sunlight as opposed to absorbing it like darker colors will, making them much less prone to fading and damage. This is especially true with fabric. The technical term for fading is photodegradation, or light-breakdown. Dyed textiles (such as dark colored drapery) contain light absorbing bodies called chromophores. These chromophores create various bonds which absorb specific wavelengths, creating the colors we are able to see. UV rays can break down these bonds which is the cause of what we call fading. Thus, the less initial color, the less fading you will have to deal with down the road. Protective Linings It is not always possible to cover your windows solely in light colors, especially with so many pretty textiles available for window coverings these days. Here's where protective UV linings can really save the day. Available on most quality shades and even with some drapery, these linings server multiple purposes. Not only will they keep your window treatments looking like new, they also give you a uniform look from the outside and blackout liners can help with those unruly energy bills, keeping your home cooler. Layered Look A very stylish way to guard not only your window treatments but also your home furnishings from UV damage, is to simply layer your covering over a solar shade. These shades are an innovative and modern covering that blocks a large amount of the UV rays while still allowing you to see outside, and when layered behind a more susceptible window treatment they can give you the protection you need while allowing you the freedom to design your space aesthetically. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

The History of Window Treatments

While today we have many artificial ways to create a habitable atmosphere, in the past people were much more reliant on simpler methods. Windows were a necessity, essential for daytime light and ventilation. In colder climates, primitive curtains, generally made of animal hides or oiled cloths worked to keep homes warm. Mosaics of the Early Christian period, 2nd-6th century, show curtains suspended from rods spanning arches. In warmer climates, such as in Egypt and China, reeds and bamboo were used as rudimentary window blinds. Blinds The history of all window treatments is, for the most part, speculative, as it is not exactly extensively documented. But besides the basic utilitarian, early forms, modern horizontal --or venetian blinds, seem to have originated in Persia, not Venice as their name implies. Venetians were commonly known for their wide spread trading and are thought to have brought back the blinds to southern Europe. To this day, the French call them Les Persiennes. In 1769, Edward Bevan first patented venetian blinds in London, England, shortly after they were introduced in the United States and became wildly popular, even making appearances in famous artworks such as J. L. Jerome's painting "The Visit of Paul Jones to the Constitutional Convention". St. Peters Church in Philadelphia was even fitted with horizontal blinds as early as 1760. Curtains Early window treatments were purely pragmatic and functional, generally in the form of rudimentary wooden shutters or very crude cloths with only insulation or ventilation considered. It wasn't until the early 2nd century that drapery and curtains started making a showing as aesthetic decor pieces. Medieval illuminated manuscripts show illustrations of looped curtains with valances and other ornamental adornments. Other Significant Window Coverings For the most part, window coverings have remained basically unchanged, save for some minor technical advancements, for centuries. Most types of shades, including fabric romans, natural woven woods and and simple rollers have adorned the windows of homes for many hundreds of years. Roman shades were said to have hung in the the colosseum and there are even stories of Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting roller shades as his first job, before he became the master painter we are all familiar with today. A necessity for us all, window treatments of all shapes and sizes, have been with us for as long as there have been windows to cover. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

All About Wood Stains

The use of wood in home decor is timeless. Warm and adaptable, wood, in all it's natural glory, is the one material that can conform to any personal style, any application and work well in just about any environment. Classic and smart, real wood is a traditional choice for window treatments for good reason. The variety of finishing techniques available is a major contributor in woods wide spread use. Wood window treatments can be either painted or stained, but when the look of wood is what you're shooting for, a stained covering is the way to go. Here are a few pointers on choosing the right stain. Protection Wood stains are much more than just aesthetic. As a natural material, wood is susceptible to all sorts of headaches. Stains help to prevent most of these problems, containing sealants that protect the wood from cracking chipping and splintering and water repellents to prevent warping. Many stains also contain UV protectants that ensure the tone remains true and that the wood maintains its integrity, even when exposed to harsh sunlight. Tone Choices There are a huge variety of colors to choose from for wood stains. From nearly clear to opaque, paint like shades and from tones that emphasise the natural wood to bright, vivid colors. Darker stains, such as mahogany, are well suited to a tudor style home or a more modern interior. Espressos and blacks are stunning on wood window treatments and really make a statement but are not very good at camouflaging dust and thus require a bit more upkeep. Lighter oaks or warm cherry colors work well with a more rustic cottage home or casual decor. Keeping things simple, it is generally advised to match the stain of your window treatments will either their trim, cabinetry or ceiling beams nearby. Matching to lighter wood floors can make a space feel a bit washed out but dark wood floors with dark wood window treatments can make a dramatic statement. Just like not all colors you see on your computer screen will look the same when they're in your hand, colors will change with differing lighting as well. When choosing a stain for the interior of your home, it is essential to get a sample of the actual stained wood and look at in the room where it will reside. Hues can vary drastically simply based on whether they are under incandescent light or fluorescent, so order samples! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Common Problems with Vertical Blinds (and What You Can Do)

Seriously, do window treatments really get much simpler than vertical blinds? For the most part, they get the job done, simply and easily, without much fuss. Once in awhile, they do have some issues, but like their ease of use, they are generally a breeze to repair. Blind Slat Out of Line This, most common problem with vertical blinds, is also the easiest to remedy. One stuck blind can hang up the entire lot. Usually manually turning the vane itself at one of the top corners will get you back to alignment, but use caution as slats can crack or break at the connection point. Sometimes you'll need to actually get up to the plastic stem itself to get things back in line. Be careful to not bend the plastic. It may make it easier to remove the slat first. Broken Slat This is a very common issue. A small crack near the hole where the slat connects to the headrail will usually make it necessary to replace the entire slat. Luckily this is an easy fix. Most home improvement stores carry replacement slats and they can be cut to fit just about any size. There are also kits that contain adhesive slat "band aids" that work kind of like loose-leaf paper hole reinforcers. They stick to the broken top area and create a new hole. This is a good option for custom blinds in designer colors or patterns Stripped Master Gear When you try to turn the wand to open the slats and nothing happens, you could have a stripped master wand gear. This is a repair that you can make yourself with some basic tools and there are tons of video demos out there that will help walk you through the process. Difficult to Open When it just seems abnormally difficult to draw open and close your verticals, you may just need some lubrication. It is always recommended to use a silicon lubricant. Silicon will actually dry as opposed to other lubricants (like WD-40) that stay wet and attract dust and dirt. Lightly spray all moving parts and up and down the entire head rail the open and close a few time and turn the wand to ensure all over application. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Balancing Traditional and Modern

While most of us want to be on-trend and on point with the latest and greatest in home design, going full-blown modern can be a bit daunting. So much so, that home designers typically choose to do a blend of both modern and traditional window treatments to stay in a comfortable, trendy-yet-safe, zone. Below are a few ways in which you can master the art of adding trends into a traditional home. Mix and Match Window Treatment Options When you are going for a look that is warm and inviting with a bit of trend and traditional, pairing various types of treatments is a great way to add dimension and personality into your space. For instance, you can pair a traditional drape with an updated dose of patterned Roman shade to add spunk to your windows. Keep it Simple One sure way to balance traditional and modern looks is by keeping the looks as simple as can be. For instance, if you are trying to achieve a minimalistic kitchen style, curtains might not work in your design scheme. Bamboo or grass shades add a natural, textural element to the kitchen and still allow some light in. Modern designs tend to lighten things up. If your kitchen is particularly small, then light, cool colors can make it look larger and brighter while dark, warm colors can make an oversized kitchen feel more balanced and inviting. Modern curtains should have straight lines. How are you balancing traditional and modern looks in your home? Tweet us @MadeBlinds or find us on Instagram and share your story! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Who Doesn't Love Samples?

Neutrals are back in, but during their time away, they have morphed into a much more intriguing group of colors. Step aside beige. The word 'neutral' comes with an entirely different connotation these days. They no longer imply boring or unimaginative, neutrals feel authentic, down to earth and non-kitsch. This is further encouraged by the trend towards milky, matte shades. Even the accent neutrals seem to have evolved. (Remember when everything was espresso?) Today, we see shades ranging from slates and charcoals to warm, rich walnuts, and cinnamons. Deep Charcoals and Slates Gray can be bold without being obnoxious. With more depth than the classic black and white but just a versatile, charcoals and slates are neutrals that feel modern but can still work with a more earthy style. These trendy grays can be paired with crisp whites or jewel tones for a contemporary look or with creams and warm woods to create a natural feel. Soft Gray Tones Muted, milky, flat grays are beautiful anywhere and can have many different underlying tones, from blues and lavenders to pinks. Stately and timeless, these colors have seen a resurgence partly due to the popularity of the chalky finish. They pair well with just about every color, but for an out of the box look, try pairing with aubergine or dark teal. White Never underestimate the complexity and beauty of white. Light, open, airy and the definition of ethereal. This supremely adaptable color is most beautiful when it's allowed out of the background. Celebrate white by layering multiple shades and accentuating with soft natural tones. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Cornices 101

Let's dive into all-things "cornices" and how they pertain to window treatments and your options when looking to revamp your home decor. First of All, What is a Cornice? A cornice (from the Italian cornice meaning "ledge") is generally any horizontal decorative molding that crowns a building or furniture element- the cornice over a door or window, for instance, or the cornice around the top edge of a pedestal or along the top of an interior wall (wikipedia). A Cornice is a hardtop treatment, often created by upholstering a shaped board. The fabric on a cornice is pulled taut, and does not hang loose at the bottom of the treatment. Cornices can be made in any shape and size; and many are created with two or more fabrics and can have a contrasting trim. Some cornices are not upholstered; instead, they are made completely of wood. Wood cornices generally feature various applied trims, crown molding and other decorative details. What is the Difference Between a Cornice and a Valance? Cornices can many times be confused and/or interchanged with valances. A valance is a relatively short window treatment (as compared to a curtain or drapery panel), hung at the top of the window. It is either installed with a curtain or a drapery rod, or stapled to a wood board and installed to the wall with brackets. Valances are soft, drapey window treatment options that, like cornices, are only ornamental for a few feet or inches atop a window. What are my Options of Cornices at MADE Blinds? At Made Blinds, we offer an array of premium upholstered cornice board options that are completely customizable based on your decorative needs. View our various options here. Our Premium Cornice Board will add visual interest and a clean polished look to your windows, while concealing any hardware or control mechanisms of your blinds or shades. Upholstery fiber-fill and decorative fabric are supported by an all wood frame, and a matching dust cap cover is also included. Add cord or fringe on the bottom edge for a more custom look. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

October is National Window Covering Safety Month

This October, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are on a mission to raise awareness to the potential hazards of corded window coverings in homes with children, childcare centers, or anywhere small children may be present. With 184 fatal incidents between 1996 and 2012, the CPSP and WCSC hope that urging parents and caregivers to inspect their windows for exposed and dangling cords will aid in saving infants and children from injuries caused by strangulation and possibly death. As one of the top hidden hazards in American homes, raising awareness on this easily remedied issue is pivotal. The WCSC has devised a simple list to ensure your home is as safe as possible for your children. When possible, choose only cordless window treatments in homes with children. Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children. Move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows. Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop cords should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall. Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement. In addition to these steps, it is highly advisable to replace older window treatments that either have no safety measures implemented or that may have worn out parts. With hundreds of safe options on the market today, it is generally the easiest route and the one that will offer the most peace of mind. Just about every type of window covering can now be found with cordless or motorized options, both of which will fully eliminate any danger. The Window Covering Safety Council, founded in 1994, is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings dedicated to educating consumers about window cord safety. To order free retro-fit kits and for more information about cord safety, please see the Window Covering Safety Council's site or call toll-free 1-800-5064636. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Find more information on window cord safety here. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Modern Touches to Add Style

It's a great time to be alive! Today's trends are absolutely unbounded with a focus on personal creativity and very un-sheeplike! With a tendency towards naturally oriented design, out of the box applications and eclectic enough to include all visions, modern trend has really become the antithesis of trendy! Here are some examples of all the awesome modern touches that are adding style in some of the most unexpected ways! Black Accents On everything from window blinds to servingware, even black stainless in the kitchen, striking black accents really capture the attention without appearing too campy. Black is drama, and drama is great, in small touches, so be careful how you use it! Granny Chic Florals Comfortably fun and nostalgically cool, large granny floral prints are vintage exaggerated. If you can't imagine florals looking anything but tawdry, but still find yourself drawn to the the idea, there's no need to go crazy and start hunting down thrift store sofas. Try starting small with some pretty rosebud wallpaper or a piece of vintage china. Anything Earthy One of the biggest trends, and one that hopefully won't be going away anytime soon, is really anything green and earth friendly. Really anything that just has that natural look. From sustainable, raw materials like bamboo and hemp to handmade or local goods. Woven wood window shades are a beautiful way to warm up a room and look great while being eco conscious. DIY macrame is fun and is doubly green when used to hang your favorite plants! Mix Materials Gold, silver, copper and brass, warm woods, cool marble and stone, globally inspired textures and raw silks, all together or mixed and matched. The cohesive element really doesn't have to be anything more than just natural materials intermingled. Steer clear of artificial, but otherwise the sky's the limit and the more you mix the more intentional it will look. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments for the Home Office

Unlike the rest of your home, your home office has a job to do. Finding the right window coverings will make a noticeable difference in your comfort level which we all know makes being productive much easier. Control of light and glare, the ability to create a quiet, private environment and of course a style that suits your tastes all are important variables when choosing your office's window treatments. Here are a couple of our top picks for home office window treatments. Solar Shades Solar shades are an ideal window treatment for a home office for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they drastically decrease glare making for a comfortable and functional atmosphere. They are also a simple, sleek modern shade that provide a professional yet trendy look. Keep in mind that while they do provide a good amount of daytime privacy, they do not provide nighttime privacy. Roman Shades For a beautiful way to increase your office's privacy and light control, while maintaining a sophisticated and stylish look, roman shades are well suited for a put together home office. A warm inviting while still maintaining a bit of structure and with all the options needed to personalize the feel of your space, roman shades are a great choice for a home office. Layered Looks Drapery is the classic choice for a home office, but the look can easily be refreshed with the addition of a pretty shade or blind. The inclusion of that extra element not only gives the look depth and interest but also gives you extra light and privacy control. Real or Faux Wood Blinds From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Trending: Industrial Style

The gritty and architecturally inspired look of the industrial style has hauled itself up out of the underground and has wormed it's way right into our collective hearts-- with no sign of waning. Unrefined and raw, the industrial trend finds the form in the function, beauty hidden in the everyday, unpolished realities of the world. With salvaged materials, exposed mechanics and the stripped back nuts and bolts of a space, the industrial style not only feels urban and modern but also carries a resonant authenticity. So how do you carry that feel through to your windows? Fortunately today, there are so many choices available, plenty of which would be perfectly suited to complementing an industrial style. Here are a couple of our favorites! Black Shutters or Wood Blinds The color palette of an industrial style does tend to lean a bit heavy to the grays, and what better way to accent those tones than with a deep black stained wood shutter. Simple, utilitarian and even a bit mechanical, shutters fit perfectly into a modern space and when done in black they really make a statement. If you're seriously committed to the look, try scuffing them up a bit for a worn look. Aluminum Blinds Is there anything that says industrial more than metal? Mini blinds, on the surface, may not inherently evoke a feeling of urban loft life, but when left in their raw state, in tones of nickel, steel and silver they suddenly take on a very streamlined, industrialized feel. Roller and Solar Shades Crisp, straight-forward and to the point, roller and solar shades do their job without any fuss. Complementing the industrial style's clean lines and modern look, especially when done in dark colors, these shades have undergone a revival in popularity. Linen Drapery When you love the industrial look but would like to soften things up a bit, a linen drape can work. The key is to find a quality fabric that has good, raw texture. Natural colors, preferably with plain metal hardware exposed can perfectly provide you the balance you're looking for without losing the utilitarian feel. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

How to Pull Off Floral Prints

Floral prints in home design are making a serious comeback! If you want to get in on this trend, but are a little concerned about over doing it, under doing it or just where to start in general, don't feel alone. Most of us are. Floral prints come with a fine line separating their potential between stylish and gaudy-- that is very easy to cross. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind as you start on your verdant venture. All In There are two types of people, those who dip their toe into the hot trend of the day, and those who go all in. For those of us in the latter group, experimenting with floral patterns can be a lot of fun! Now, mind you, choosing to go down this path can get a bit wild, but that's kind of the point, right? A cool way to really go nuts with floral, in a way that's obviously over the top, is to mix and match more than one pattern. There are a couple of tricks to this. First of all, you want to go with an odd number of patterns, and three is really a good place to start. Next you want to pick your main, or focal, pattern. This will be the pattern that draws the most attention and will be the one you want to build on. Next you will want to choose a contrasting pattern that is about half the size of the first. The only real rule here is to find something that works well in your eyes. It can be another floral or something more geometric. The third pattern should be smaller still, and work to bring the first two together, using color or style or whatever makes it feel right to your. The whole plan with this approach to florals is to have serious fun! Well Balanced Ok, so maybe you're not quite ready to go full on flower power. Don't worry, there are plenty of ways to incorporate your florals while still remaining respectable. The key is balance. Although we speak of "floral" as a singular type of pattern, it really is diversified in style. Floral can be feminine, busy, bold or soft and neutral, so finding balance really just depends on what type of floral you choose to use. You can balance a more feminine feeling floral easily with clean leather seating or minimal mid-century furniture in warm woods. A more busy floral pattern is best employed in small amounts, such as in a single wall of wallpaper, or in a shade paired with a solid drape. Another important facet of florals to remember is their propensity to evoke the sunny, warm feelings of springtime. While this is absolutely wonderful IN the spring, it can feel a bit out of place come halloween! Soft colors and neutrals are much easier to bring into your home without causing too much of a fuss and will be much easier to seasonally adapt. Also consider botanical prints or simple foliage for a more year-round look. Go Granny Chic! Shabby chic is so yesterday! But don't worry, granny chic is just as fun, think Laura Ashley, roses, peonies and china patterns! Teapots and antique luggage are great accent pieces and it's really hard to avoid floral patterns when styling around this theme. Pretty little rosebud linens are a good baby step or try a bold floral print sofa (sans the plastic) for those with a bit more granny experience. Bold and Beautiful Not all floral prints have to feel frilly and matriarchal. Large prints in bold colors can be very impactful while still remaining modern and subtle enough to go with just about any decor. The quintessential black and white is a perfect example of a color scheme that will allow a floral print to do just this. A geometric feel but with that touch of nature to bring an ideal amount of balance. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments for Allergy Sufferers

When it comes to window treatments for people who suffer from allergies, the key is to choose something that either naturally resists dirt or is easily cleaned. Windows tend to attract dust, dust mites, and mold spores, making the wrong types of coverings a haven for irritants that can greatly increase problems from both allergies and asthma. Here are a couple of our top choices to hopefully keep you breathing easier. Blinds and Shutters Basically any wood or wood like slatted window treatment including aluminum and vinyl blinds are ideal for allergy sufferers-- as they can easily be wiped down completely and don't tend to harbor dust mites like fabric will. For more sever cases, it is recommended to regularly and thoroughly wipe blinds down with a solution of hot water and bleach. A tip to cut down on dust and make cleanup as easy as possible is to choose the largest slat size available. Washable Drapes Just because you may have a hayfever hindrance, does not necessarily mean you need to eliminate drapery form your home decor plans. The key is to choose curtains that are lightweight and machine washable. Synthetic fabrics tend to be more allergy friendly and you definitely want to avoid anything dry clean only. Stick with textiles that are sturdy enough to withstand regular washing in high temperatures and that can handle being routinely touched up with a light vacuuming. Roller Shades Probably the best bet for those prone to pollen problems! Roller Shades are simple, leaving little room for pesky allergens to hide out. They are also very easy to clean with a simple wipe down of warm water. When left open, they roll up on themselves making it difficult for dust to settle saving you from the anxiety of that all too familiar sneeze inducing cloud that can come from many other window treatments when agitated. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!/p>

Read more…

A Guide to Roman Shades

When you require something a bit more sharp than a drape but softer and warmer than a blind, a roman shade can be the perfect fit. Modern yet sophisticated, roman shades are flexible in style while still affording many convenient benefits. A good assortment of options and styles, along with the endless variety of fabrics, makes roman shades one of the most diversified and customisable window treatments on the market. A good understanding of types of romans available will make choosing the perfect ones for your space much easier. Here is a quick rundown on the basics of roman shades. What is a Roman Shade? Before covering all the different options for romans, we should first probably learn a bit about what actually qualifies as one. As one of the oldest types of window covering, roman shades have stood the test of time because of their simple operation, no nonsense functionality and sleek style. Regardless of style, the … of all roman shades is basically the same -- a cord system raises and lowers fabric panels in even folds with the help of rings and sometimes rods sewn into the back of the fabric. Although some of the simpler romans can look similar to a roller shade when fully extended, the stack of fabric folds created as they close give them their distinctive Roman look. Styles Flat Roman Shades The most minimal looking roman shade, the flat style when closed will lie flat against your windows making this shade optimal for layering. Also an excellent option when considering a textile with an intricate pattern. (Be advised that this style can be very plain and some say it can have a “bed sheet” appearance when done in white.) Hobbled Roman Shades Sometimes referred to looped romans, hobbled roman shades have soft folds of fabrics that remain even when the shade is closed. This look definitely steps up the style by bringing added fullness and dimension. Relaxed Roman Shades With much less structure, these shades offer a cool and casual look when done properly, but can also look sloppy so tread carefully. Also referred to as London Shades, these relaxed romans get their name for the minimal framework which creates a draped look. Linings The greatest facet of roman shades, aside from their classic good looks, is their supreme customizability. You can choose any fabric your little heart desires then add to it to make it perfectly fit your lifestyle. Liners make the shade work in any space without changing its aesthetic. From thermal sateen, which is an excellent insulator, to room darkening or blackout, you can leave your shade sheer or create any level of privacy and light control, all with your perfect fabric. Mount Generally this is determined by the location of your windows architecture and your desire for light control. If you have a beautifully framed window or obstructions that would interfere with your shade, an inside mount should be considered. If your windows are to shallow or if your windows are unframed and you are concerned with light control an outside mount is ideal. Mounting outside also gives you the ability to places your shades as high or wide as you want. Controls Roman shades are generally available with all lift style. Cordless or motorized are not only sleek and convenient, but also ideal for homes with pets or children. Fabrics When it comes to roman shades, the fabric selection is usually the factor that seals the deal. From simple solids to intricate patterns and textures, the variety of fabrics available for roman shades make them easily blend with just about any style of home. Choose lighter fabrics if you plan to leave your shades unlined and want to allow in a bit of light. Also, lighter fabrics will stack more tightly and drape nicer. Heavier fabrics are ideal for cooler climates or more formal spaces. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Guide to Geometric Print Drapes

Simply speaking, when referring to "geometric" prints one would imply simple lines, shapes and curves. Fully abstract, and basic patterns that add a bold yet clean feel to textiles and work well in modern design. Recent trends toward more rustic, tribal styles fit into this category due to their relative simplicity and choice of abstract pattern over identifiable figures. Geometric drapery can make obtaining a sophisticated feel very achievable, easily coordinating various styles. Clean Stripes Stipes are a great choice for just about any home decor. They can be formal or casual, playful or serious, all depending on their color and textile type. Bright colored stripes look great in a game room or in children's room and they're simplicity makes them easily conformable as your child's tastes grow. Neutral stripes will fit anywhere from a formal dining room all the way to a simple, laid back family room. For a extra bold and modern look, try a black and white stripe in nearly any room! Simple Shapes Simple geometric shapes can range anywhere between polka dots to checkers. Most drapes in these styles are best suited for a more casual atmosphere. Triangular and diamond shapes are very trendy at the moment and, when done in natural tones, can look chic and current in just about any space. Repeating Patterns Geometric patterns can range from simple to complex and their applications are just as varied. In natural colors, prints that mimic tribal motifs can be both cool and worldly and compliment a boho style perfectly. As with most things, the colors you choose set the mood for the entire room, and this pertains especially in simple prints, as the by nature the uncomplicated shapes offer little distraction. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Styling Natural Woven Wood Shades

There are truly window treatments for every kind of person, even people who don't particularly like window treatments! If you're the type that feels a bit suffocated by drapery, uninspired by blinds or shutters suddenly bring out your commitment phobia, you should really take a minute to check out woven wood shades. These shades give you privacy without closing you off from the world, warm up your space without loosing the comforting homey feel and most of all are a beautiful way to show off your love of nature with organic reeds, grasses and woods. They can also be lined to give you great light control without the look of a traditional blackout shade. Soft and Light Perhaps the biggest draw people have towards bamboo shades is their effortless ability filter in just the right amount of light, without having to sacrifice privacy. This filtered glow is incredibly harmonious with beach inspired decor, minimalist looks and scandinavian styles. There are many ways to amplify the feel this effect creates, but the main focus should be on keeping all things light. Light colored woods such as bamboos and teaks are perfect for this style, as are white washed shades and neutral taupes and beiges. Try a hobbled shade for relaxed look,or try accentuating with airy sheer drapes in crisp white or neutral shades. Rustic and Natural Somewhat deeper tones tend to emphasize the shades organic origins a bit more, drawing your attention to them and away from the wall. Rich chestnuts and tobacco like colors feel very natural and earthy and perfectly complement a rustic decor. Woven wood shades are a great way to cover all of your windows without feeling overly matchy, they have a nice way of maintaining their simpleness. Unlike the paler tones that can feel light and wispy, the darker shades have a bit more substance and can easily balance a nice wooden cornice They can have a tendency to feel overly masculine, but they can easily be softened with a nice neutral colored linen drape. Style Without Being Overly Stylish Wood shades have a way of looking put together without making your home feel too fussy. Cool and casual with that glorious openness that will make your whole room glow. The simplest way to add these shades into your home’s decor is to just leave them be. Their rich, natural texture, full of subtle variations in tone and opacity, is more than enough to give your space some gentle depth and all kinds of character. For questions about these or any of our products, please give us a call anytime! From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Shutters vs. Shutter Style Blinds

Who doesn't love the look of beautiful plantation shutters? They are a true classic and do an excellent job of creating a warm, inviting feel in your home. They boast superior functioning, easily moving between bright and open to cool, shady privacy with all combinations in between. Rich, naturals woods are inherently excellent insulators, which reduce energy costs and keep you comfortable throughout the seasons. Never out of style, it's no wonder they have been the go-to choice for window coverings for generations. If you're completely sold on all the many benefits of shutters, but are concerned about costs, don't lose hope! There are a couple excellent alternatives on the market that can save you big bucks but still give you many (if not all) of the benefits that made you fall in love with shutters in the first place! Bali Northern Heights 2 ½ inch Shutter Style Wood Blinds A quality crafted, gorgeous alternative to shutters, these horizontal blinds share nearly all the same conveniences at around 60-70% of the price. The wide, North American hardwood slats not only have the same luxuriously rich feel but are also shaped identical to a shutter slat. The beveled edges give the blind a polished look and reduce any unwanted light seepage. Horizontal blinds are just as easy to control as a shutter, and actually have a few perks that shutters don't. Installation is a breeze, and if you decide to change things up in the future, they come down just as easily. For you light lovers, blinds can be fully opened without having to concern yourself with obstructions and they are much easier to deal with in complicated applications, such as a french door. Like shutters, they come in beautiful, wood grain enhancing paints and stains but they can also be further customized with pretty cord tapes and lift styles. Bali Double Beveled Composite Blinds At less than half of the price of wood shutters, Bali’s beveled composite blinds are a serious deal. Gorgeous beveled louvres mimic the look of shutter slats in both style and texture and are nearly indistinguishable from real wood. But the real upside to these blinds is their amazing durability. They will stay beautiful in high traffic areas, withstand humidity and are scratch and stain proof. Both of these shutter-like blinds are great alternatives for saving some cash, and they also work well alongside Bali shutters. Shutters in the main living areas with wood blinds in less visible rooms is an excellent way to cut cost and still get the look you love. For questions about these or any of our products, please give us a call anytime! From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Design Ideas for Artsy Decor

How do you go about defining “artsy?” Well, we should probably start with a bunch of creativity, tons of individuality and plenty of inspiration. Being a creative personality type, by definition, cannot be easily labeled. It's just something that comes out of you and it is what it is. So for this blog, we want to steer clear of any formulas or design rules that would impede your artsy-ness, and instead just throw out some ideas to maybe inspire you to create a look that you love. Personalize An artsy decor can go much further beyond simply appreciating other’s works. It also allows for free expression of your own designs, artfully tweaking things to make them your own. The quickest way to creatively custom-feeling style is to find ways to add your special touch to everything from furniture to paint. You can't have art without creation, so create! Walls To an artist, one of the most beautiful things in the world can sometimes just be a blank canvass. Clean, empty spaces have a way of drawing out our deepest creativity and stirring up new ideas. The walls of your home have so much potential, use those blank canvases to express who you are. Display works you love, paint murals, or find a seriously cool wallpaper that no one else would dream of hanging (thank you internet for the amazingly unique selection at our fingertips!). Collections If you love something enough to own more than one of it, it should never be hidden away in a drawer or cabinet. Collections bring a personal and eclectic feel to a space, and in a way that is uniquely you. It's fun to come up with creative ways to display your collections, and you'll always have something to talk about when the conversation lags. Interesting Window Treatments Your windows are a great place you show off your creativity, they work as a naturally lit area that compulsorily draws the eye. Finding pretty textiles or great colors is much easier these days, with window treatments readily available in loads of styles and types. A little extra time spent can buy you a truly unique window covering that makes a huge impression. Try some cool roller shades or even go extra bold and choose a simple blind or shade and paint it in your own style. What makes things truly artistic is when you find a way to create something that expresses something you feel. No one can tell you what is or isn't art, and home decor is an artform in the most personal sense. There is no better feeling than walking in the door to your home and seeing beauty all around you. So keep it artsy! From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Things to Consider When Investing in Window Treatments

Making the decision to invest in new window treatments usually starts out simple, but once you realize that there is way more out there these days than just off the shelf curtains, it gets a bit more complicated. Because we understand how stressful it can get, we've put together a quick little guide to get you started. We strongly advise jotting down a quick list of your needs and priorities. Here’s a convenient little list of things to consider before you get to shopping. Privacy Control Unless you are lucky enough to live in the middle of a beautiful forest somewhere, privacy control is most people's primary required function of their window treatments. While most coverings inherently provide at least minimal privacy, some only do so when completely closed or during certain times of day. Light Control Light control is one of those elements that can either be all-important or insignificant, depending on your preference. While some require a window covering that will be able to completely darken a room, others crave all the natural light they can get. Thankfully, there are window treatments for all styles, and quite a few that can go both ways. Affordability Whether you're just replacing an old blind or you are looking to invest in a whole home's worth of window treatments, the cost of your coverings has got to factor into your final decision. While it's easy to get lured into those cheap curtains at your local department store, custom window treatments, although initially a bit more expensive, usually have a lot to offer.Most additional cost are quickly recouped by the quality of the products and the vastly greater variety of options. Insulation Depending on where you live, insulation may be the most important factor when it comes to choosing your window treatments. Whether you need protection from the sun, or you have to survive through brutal winters, you window treatments can go a long way in reducing energy costs. UV/Glare Reduction You may be thinking “didn't we already cover light control?” Well, yes but not all light control is created equal. If you are considering window treatments for a media room where glare can be an issue, or live in an area where the strong sunlight can fade your furnishings, you may require a bit more than just a bit of shade when your blinds are closed. Room The room your new window treatments are destined for should really be a primary factor in your decision making. Although there are plenty of coverings that can work well in any application, some are really much more ideal for specific situations. Personal Style In all honesty, this could probably be first on the list. For most of us, if a window covering doesn't fit our home decor, it's not even worth discussing. Fortunately, with all the advances in the industry, most choices are made in a great variety of colors, textures and fabrics, making it much easier to find something you love that also functions the way you need it to. Here are some options: Aluminum Blinds Excellent day and night privacy control. Full range of light control, but will not reduce glare or UV rays when open. Average reduction of heat gain, loss and negligible sound reduction. Very affordable. Cellulars Excellent day and night privacy control in darker opacities when closed. Regular up vs. down light control, varies depending on opacity. Superior insulation, significantly reduces heat gain, heat loss and sound. Very affordable to fairly affordable. Drapery Excellent day and night privacy control in darker opacities when closed. Regular open vs. closed light control, varies depending on opacity. Greatly reduces heat gain, heat loss and sound. Very affordable to investment. Faux Wood Excellent day and night privacy control. Full range of light control, but will not reduce glare or UV rays when open. Average reduction of heat gain, loss and sound reduction. Very affordable to fairly affordable. Panel Track Excellent day and night privacy control. Regular open vs. closed light control, varies depending on opacity and material. Varies depending on material. Fairly affordable to investment. Pleated Shades Excellent day and night privacy control. Sheer to moderate light control, varies depending on opacity. Average reduction of heat gain, loss and sound reduction. Very affordable to fairly affordable. Wood Blinds Excellent day and night privacy control. Full range of light control, but will not reduce glare or UV rays when open. Average reduction of heat gain, loss and sound reduction. Fairly affordable to investment. Roller Shades Excellent day and night privacy control. Regular up vs. down light control, varies depending on opacity. Blocks some heat gain and loss, negligible sound reduction. Very affordable. Roman Shades Excellent day and night privacy control. Regular up vs. down light control, varies depending on opacity. Greatly reduces heat gain, heat loss and sound. Fairly affordable to investment. Sheer Shades Excellent day and night privacy control. Sheer to moderate light control, WILL control glare and UV when open. Average reduction of heat gain, loss and sound reduction. Investment. Shutters Excellent day and night privacy control. Full range of light control, but will not reduce glare or UV rays when open Greatly reduces heat gain, heat loss and sound. Investment. Solar Shades Excellent daytime privacy, little to no nighttime privacy. Requires additional layer. Controls UV and glare while allowing in some light. Greatly reduces heat gain, negligible heat loss and sound reduction. Very affordable to fairly affordable. Verticals Excellent day and night privacy control Full range of light control, but will not reduce glare or UV rays when open Average reduction of heat gain, loss and sound reduction Very affordable to investment. Woven Wood Average day and night privacy, varies depending on opacity Regular up vs. down light control, varies depending on opacity and liner. Average reduction of heat gain, loss and sound reduction. Very affordable to fairly affordable. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Top 10 Summer Decoration Ideas

It’s summertime, the sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and the beaches are packed. And along with these changes, the colors and materials found all around tend to shift as well. Brighter colors become more popular and so do lighter, breezier materials. We aren’t just talking about clothing, but the design and decoration of your home as well! If you’re thinking about making your home more summer friendly and letting in some more sunshine, we have a quick list of 10 decorating tips to help! Enjoy! 1. Add some color to your home, with new pillows, colorful paintings, or bedding with splashes of color! And not just new bright colors, adding some new and exciting designs will help too, like stripes, dots, or floral designs. 2. Create an outdoor setting by moving your indoor furniture outside or by getting some fun new outdoor tables and chairs! Perfect for enjoying your meals out in the warm sunshine or for spending your free time with your family! 3. Summer is when nature is in full bloom so don’t forget to bring the nature into your home! Add some new plants to your home, a cheap and quick way to brighten and freshen up your home interior! Add flowers to tables, put blooming green plants in the corners, or even small succulents on the coffee table. 4. Replace heavier window treatments for lighter, thinner ones that let the sunshine in. Examples of some summer window treatments include thin curtains, with any variety of color and designer, solar shades, or sheer shades! 5. Even something as simple as a new coat of paint can create the summer look in your house, with a bright new color on the walls or even a new color on your patio furniture! For example, try painting your darker furniture white and instantly feel the room brighten. 6. Outdoor lighting will be appreciated by your family and your guests as you spend much more time outdoors in the warmer weather. Adding a string of lanterns, light bulbs, or even adding a row of tiki torches lets you sit outdoors as long as you want on a summer night. 7. Whether it’s just for your family dinner or the big summer party you are throwing, setting a colorful table instantly sets the summer mood. Add splashes of color with new tablecloths and runners or buy some new colorful plates and bowls for everyday use. Mix colors and patterns and don’t be afraid to be bold! 8. Here’s a completely free way to shift the seasons in your home. Now that you don’t need to be huddled together on the couch in front of a fire, try rearranging your furniture to face away from the fireplace and facing towards the sunshine, either towards your windows or the doors that leads you outside! 9. Your floors can reflect the seasons too! Remove your heavy rugs and let your floors go bare. Hardwood or tile will feel cooler underneath your feet and are easier to clean than any rug from all the dirt and mess from the extra outdoor activities! 10. A simple and easy trick to make it truly feel like summer is by swapping out the scents of your home! Summer has its own smells, like fresh flowers, fruits, and ocean breezes. So don’t forget to put away your winter and Christmas smells and replace them with summer candles and scents! We hope that this list helped and gave you some great ideas on how to help your home emulate the changing seasons. Summer is fun, colorful, and easy-going and your house can reflect that. We at Made Blinds hope your summer is filled with sunshine and with some simple decorating changes, your home will be too!

Read more…

Marrying Different Styles

Whether you are desperately trying to combine the styles of you and your significant other, or just love the eclectic look, the idea of marrying more than one style with another can sometimes seem much more easy than it actually ends up being. Lose the Labels The first step is to remove labels from your mental monolog--cease with the thoughts of “that's too masculine or feminine”, forget about shabby chic and mid century modern, get over era and designers--focus on this new style that you get to create. Whether it's an expression of the melding of two lives or just your desire to surround yourself with the things you love regardless of “the rules”, releasing yourself from common restrictions will open up your eyes to new ideas and new inspiration. Find Your Center Next, you're going to want to look for some common ground, be it a color, texture or theme and then work with that. This, believe it or not, is surprisingly easier with two very distinct styles as the common ground will bring about a beautiful balance. When harmony is elusive, perhaps try beginning with a slightly more abstract cornerstone. Thinking out of the box is the key. There is something important that has you interested in this task in the first place, right? What qualities do you love about your family or the people you hope to represent with your decor? Do you want your home base to accentuate your lively and fun personalities, or maybe you love just coming together to relax. Decor inspiration can come from many places, sometimes visual, sometimes emotional. Look to where things converge and start building from there. Look Deeper If you keep getting tripped up, take a moment or two with a pencil and a notebook. When two people have vastly differing styles, it is sometimes incredibly helpful to sit down together and think about what actually draws each of you to your particular style. For example, when you really think about it, is the thing that really makes you love that sleek modern look the simplicity of the color schemes, or maybe it's just the clean, uncluttered lines. Could either of these qualities applied to a more traditional style make it more appealing? If you love the uniqueness and authenticity of antiques, would you appreciate an industrial look if the individual pieces felt one of a kind? Go With The Flow When you're bringing together more than one home and you just can't pick between pieces sometimes you have to take a tiny step back from aesthetics and focus on practicalities. It's important to remember logistics. Sometimes, when combining two looks, your final decision may have to come down to what flows best with your lifestyle. It's ok to allow yourself to bend a bit for the sake of function and comfort. Sometimes that old sofa is just too comfy to give up! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Black Accents That Add Elegance

To say black is a strong color, doesn't quite do it justice. The sight of it instinctively evokes innumerable emotions, and frequently with a profound intensity. Black can be somber, black can be stimulating, it can be deep and sever or passionate and racy. This natural command over perception, with it's inherent contrasting effect, is what draws designers to this darkest of hues, and when wielded properly, black can become one of their greatest tools. If you don't want to start feeling like Emily the Strange, striking the right balance when using black is essential. Whether it be by paring down your selections to eye catching accents or applying it to unexpected pieces, finding a tame way to represent your ebony tones can seriously up your home decor game. Windows Windows are a great space to add some black to your decor. Because windows are your home's source of natural sunlight, inky tones will juxtapose nicely, giving you that balance we talked about earlier. Black blinds and shutters are very trendy lately and, because they open while staying in place, they provide a nice accent without completely darkening the room. If you are less concerned with losing the sunlight, black shades and drapes can be very modern and dramatic Doors Black doors are a cool way to add black to your interior design scheme because they don't tend to stand out too much, but still manage to make a statement. Just remember the hardware will be put on full display with a contrasting dark background, so find something pretty! Knick Knacks Probably the easiest way to bring some atramentous adornment to your abode, small ebony baubles and charcoal curiosities can really put the exclamation point on a beautiful space. Keep it simple with candlesticks or picture frames or get a little weird and find something unexpected to blacken up. Just remember, in most instances, the black will quickly catch the onlookers eye--so put it on something you want to be seen! Accent Walls In well lit rooms, a black accent wall can be a real stunner. Just remember that black tends to absorb light and look flatter than it actually is, so it is one color that can look great in both matte and high gloss. If you love the idea of this look, but are somewhat unsure as to your level of commitment, consider the walls behind shelving or a display area. It will not only look incredibly sophisticated and ultra modern, it also creates a brilliant contrast to whatever you choose to show off on those shelves. Furniture Black furniture can be as simple as a store bought piece to something you custom DIY. Don't be afraid to get creative. A coat of matte charcoal can make even the most formally traditional furnishings look hip and modern. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Design Mistakes to Avoid

For some, choosing new window treatments is an exciting chance to be creative, while others dread the commitment and decision making. Whichever camp you fall into, a few basic guidelines to get you on the right track can never hurt. We’ve done tons of articles on what to look for when deciding on your coverings, so here is a quick list of a few key design mistakes to avoid. Wrong Size, Shape or Fit One of the most common pet peeves of interior designers is poorly sized drapery or blinds. Beyond just the topic of window treatments, this particular problem makes it's way on to the top of many designers list of overall home design mistakes. But, don't stress! Believe it or not, you really don't need a long detailed how-to for each individual type of window treatment to avoid this faux pax. All you need is to keep one very important concept in mind--it is your window coverings NOT your actual windows that determine how tall, short, wide or narrow your windows are perceived. The simple act of taking a step back and envisioning where you would really like your windows to be placed is an excellent start. For instance, would taller window make your space feel more open? If you have one large window, would breaking it up add more interest to your room? Determine what would best balance your space, then hang your window treatments there. Neglect This is really an easy one. How long has it been since you upgraded those old window treatments? Have they gone through a couple toddlers? Are your yellowish mini blinds really supposed to be white? Our window coverings have a tendency to get pushed way down on the big list of important things to deal with today, but remember--they really do make a significant impact on the entire look of your home. And although they're not necessarily the cheapest home improvement project, they are far from the most expensive and can completely liven up your whole look. Bad Layering When done right, layering can be one of the most beautiful window covering styles. But...when it's done wrong, it can go bad quickly! It is important to remember that even though it may seem you get to double your creative canvas on a layered window treatment design, you still have to keep the look balanced as a single entity. A foolproof way to accomplish this is to keep at least one of your coverings very simple. For example, if you love the texture and warmth of a woven wood shade, pair it with a crisp, simple sheer drape to accent the textures and not overwhelm the eye. If you love patterns, stick with one. If you crave the coziness of heavy textiles, pair them with a tight, clean counterpart. Layering can add gorgeous depth and unsurpassed convenience, just be sure you don't over do it. ...But I swear it was cute last year! Want to know the quickest way to have outdated decor? Choose your furnishings and accessories based on the hottest trend of the day. Now, if you've got the cash to redo your space on a regular basis, please disregard this section. But for the rest of us, it is always good advice to choose your window treatments based on what YOU love. A good understanding of trends and styles doesn't hurt, and were not telling you to completely walk around with blinders on, but be weary of trends that seem extreme in one way or another or just really don't click with your personality. When it comes to window coverings, there are luckily plenty of options that would fall into the category of “classic” or “timeless” while still remaining fun and aesthetically pleasing. All in all, hands down the biggest design mistake you can make when it comes to dressing your windows or any other interior project, is to not remain true to you. If you really love the two crazy prints you want to layer, or just have to have that one weird thing. Own it! Let your personality shine through your home's design and you can never really fail. There are tons of options out there and if you need a bit more assistance, we are always happy to help! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Matching the New with the Old

Thinking about new window treatments but a whole house revamp is not quite in the budget? Or maybe you've got one blind that’s gotten pretty banged up but the rest are just fine-- the idea of finding a new window treatment that matches your pre existing ones can be a bit daunting. This is a fairly common design dilemma. The solution really depends on a couple of factors, mainly the type of window treatment and what you already know about it's brand and style. By Brand The most obvious route to take here is to find the make and model of your current coverings. This tends to be easier on blinds and some shades. If you know the brand name but can't remember the style, don't hesitate to give the manufacturer a call and let them help point you in the right direction. As Close As Possible It is not uncommon to purchase your home with window treatments included. This can make finding the brand very difficult, if not impossible. If you're lucky enough to have simple window covering, such as white or wood toned horizontal blinds or basic colored shades or drapes, any reputable retailer will happily send you free samples of similar products. For horizontal blinds and shutters, a quick measurement of the slat size will be an easy aspect to get matched and the samples will point you toward the right material. And obviously, the more basic the color the easier it will be to match. Mix and Match When all else has failed, take a step back and consider mixing and matching. This is especially prudent when you are doing a single room or multiple windows in one area. It can actually be a really nice design element. For shades or drapes try a hue in a similar tone, perhaps a bit lighter or darker than your current color. You can also try a complementing color or try and pull a different shade from your home. This is not quite as simple with wood window treatments, but can be pulled off in different rooms. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Creating Color Flow

There are many facets to choosing the right window treatments for your home, some more important than others. Color is one of those variables that can swing to either extreme. Some put it way up high on their list, while to others it is practically irrelevant. For those of us who appreciate what just the right hue can do for our home, the next step is figuring out how to get our favorites to play nice together. For even the most aesthetically inclined, creating a nice color flow can be a bit frustrating. Here are a few tips to get you off on a good start. 1. The first and most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure and go with a palette that you love. Never pick something because it's trendy or a magazine told you to. The colors in your home will set a mood, and you should always feel comfortable in your own space. 2. Whether you are a blank slate or already have a few shades in mind, a good place to start when picking colors for anything in your home is with a visual walk through. Note which rooms can be seen when in other rooms. For your window treatments, can you see windows in multiple rooms from one location? If so, it is important to keep this in mind when choosing your colors for these rooms. It does not necessarily mean they have to match perfectly, but they should compliment each other. 3. We get it, not everyone wants rules to follow when decorating their homes, but sometimes a simple guideline or two can help to get you on a good track. An easy one to keep in mind when picking your home's palette, is try picking two neutral colors and two accent colors that all go together. This gives you the flexibility to change rooms up, making them vibrant and energetic or calm and relaxing all while maintaining a flow throughout your home. Don't feel confined at all by these four colors though. Feel free to use tints and shades of the tones you choose and different combinations in different rooms. 4. When you're just plain stuck and have no idea which direction to go in, a great tip for finding “matching” colors for really any home design project is to simply run to your local home improvement store and grab a few paint sample cards that you like. They are perfect for getting some much needed inspiration when you are stuck, finding colors that work with the colors you already love and they give you a good tangible, portable tool to run around with and see what look good where. But perhaps best of all -- they’re free! You can fill your pockets with as many different colors as your little heart desires whether you end up buying paint or not. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

A Guide to Textures: The Dimensional Tool

A true testament to refined style is an eye for detail. The ability to make a statement with simplicity, perfect a look with the just right finishing touches, or even bring warmth and interest to a space using subtle textures. It's in these details that a house becomes a home and a style becomes a projection of you. Texture can, in essence, be defined as the feel of something- or in the design world, the way something appears to feel. Often overlooked, this detail can be very powerful, affecting the mood of your space while adding depth and dimension. With the myriad of options available for modern window treatments, they can be an excellent place to incorporate some elements of texture into your home's decor. All the Different Textures of Fabric Whether you have decided on drapery or shades, you have undoubtedly considered the color and style of your window treatments. But with any covering that is made of a textile, you also have the added benefit of beautiful textures. Simply choosing a linen or woven fabric, regardless of hue can give your space a casual, homey feeling, whereas the subtle sheen of a raw silk or intricately woven patterns in a jacquard will bring about a more refined and formal feel. Heavy, full fabrics such as wool or velvet will automatically warm up a room and create a closed intimate feeling, while a crisp, clean cotton will give your space a cool and open feel. Needless to say, the texture of your window treatments can be just as important as the color! Up the Ante with Woven Woods When you really want to take your texture game to the next level, the incredibly on-trend look of woven wood will do the trick. The stunningly broad variety of materials and weaves available in these shades gives you the ability to find a texture that perfectly suits your space. With variegated tones that add depth, opacities that allow the sunlight to highlight natural flaws and irregularities, and the inherent warmth of natural woods, the amount of detail in the simple materials makes these shades a perfect example of power of texture. Soften Your Space with Sheers Texture doesn't necessarily imply rough or highly differentiated surfaces. Softness is a beautiful texture to add to your space and the softness of sheer drapes or shades will bring a light and calming feeling to your windows that will carry through to the entire room. Sheer fabrics will also open up a space and the additional light will work to accentuate the textures of other surfaces in the room. Although it is difficult to beat the convenience and affordability of buying your window treatments online, texture may not always come across. That's why samples are such a wonderful thing! While, (if you are not too picky), you can get very close to the right color from pictures, texture is really something you need to see and feel first hand. Take full advantage of free samples, because texture is meant to be touched! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Designing Hack: Window Treatments That Frame the Bed

Many people live with the assumption that it is a design no-no to place a bed directly under your window. As with most rules when it comes to your home and your style, it's best taken with a grain of salt. There are plenty of rooms that have a layout that practically requires the placement of your bed on the same wall as a window. But fear not! Here are some great tips to not only make your bed work in this position, but to make it look great! Frame Your Bed With Drapes If your window is smaller than the head of your bed, a excellent solution is to hang a curtain rod high and wide above your window. This little trick will allow you to place your bed directly beneath the window and the drapes will hang freely framing the space. Drapes in this circumstance should be considered non function and hung purely for decorative purposes. A simple shade hung with an inside mount will give you the light and privacy control you need. This configuration will work to tie the look of the bed and window together and give the placement of your bed an intentional feel. Shutters as a Stand-in Headboard Another option, that works best sans headboard, is simply to add some shutters to your window that match the bed frame. When closed they will mimic a headboard and when opened they will frame your bed nicely. Just be sure they will be able to have the clearence they need if you plan to open them, or just have them made to open on the top separately. Top Down/ Bottom Up Window Coverings A very popular feature on window treatments these days is the top down/bottom up option. This is a great idea for windows above beds as they can be opened from the top down giving you the natural sunlight you desire and working as the focal point behind your bed that a headboard would normally be. If It Feels Right, It Looks Right In rooms with limited space, which is generally the case in this situation, consider scrapping the night stands and using the window sill instead. This will further work to give your design a cohesive feel connecting the window and bed. The best tip to make this set up look good, is to make it look intentional. If the space feels forced and uncomfortable, you are not going to like it in the long run. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Scandinavian Style: Clean and Minimalistic

What's not to love about the trend towards cleaner and more minimalistic styles. A room that feels fresh and uncluttered has a tendency to lighten up the space and bring about a much more relaxed atmosphere-- all without feeling overly casual. It's like a win win win! Your windows are a great place to start if you want to incorporate bit of Scandinavia into your home decor. There are so many options on the market these days and many of these meld perfectly into the minimal look. The keywords to focus on when going for a scandinavian look are simple, clean and natural. The incorporation of natural light is really the essence of this style, so look for window treatments in softer tones and sheerer opacities. This look is not as stark and cold as the more industrial looks have a tendency to be, here the clean lines of minimalism is balanced with the warmth of natural textiles and simple patterns. Roman Shades Roman shades can perfectly accentuate a scandinavian style when done in a subtle cream linen or other natural textile for either flat or hobbled shades. But, if you want to go with a bit of color or a simple pattern, a flat roman will feel more clean and minimal. Romans really carry a timeless, authentic air right along with their flawless functionality. Simple, soft and beautiful, they will give your windows the understated style you are looking for. Roller Shades Taking the crown in simplicity, roller shades are a great choice to complement a minimal decor. Look for neutral tones and soft fabrics to gently balance the crisp, clean lines and modern function. Roller shades look great with a cordless lift as this accentuates the uncluttered look of the shade. Although most tend to steer toward whites and neutrals when they think scandinavian, roller shades have such a simple look that a soft color can also look really great. Woven Wood Shades Woven wood shades, or matchstick blinds might not be the most obvious choice for scandinavian decor, but the natural wood will look great in this design scheme especially when the room's palette is largely white. Wood is beloved in scandinavian design and woven wood shades are a perfect way to bring this warmth into your space in a simple, light filtering shade. Tab or Ring Top Drapery Natural light is one of the pillars of scandinavian style, and apart from leaving your windows bare, sheer drapery is probably the best way to take full advantage of that light. Simple ring top drapes won't look overly fussy and have the added benefit of showing off your pretty hardware. To maintain their clean lines be sure avoid ruffling or pleating and their soft, airy look will blend in nicely with a minimal space. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains, and of course beautiful drapery hardware. Cheers!

Read more…

Drapery Styles

From a designer point of view, the style of a drape speaks volumes. Fine points of interest play a huge role in the comprehensive look of a room, hinting at the decorator's attention to detail and cultivation of taste. Although it may not be blaringly obvious, the headings of your drapery can help to incorporate a great deal of this depth and detail to the overall style of a space, tying together your focus - whether it be towards a traditional look, or a more modern feel. Understanding the different heading styles commonly found in drapery can take you a long way in perfecting your personal style. Here is our guide to some of the more popular varieties. Pierced or Grommeted Panels These panels hang cleanly with a modern tailored look and their grommets add just the right touch of interest. They are readily available due to their popularity and leave you the option to customize your look even further with various grommet finishes. Beautifully displaying your chosen drapery hardware, the simple pierced heading accentuates any contemporary decor. Pinch Pleats A very traditional approach to drapery, the pinch pleat has long been a staple in window dressings. Simply three soft folds pinned together to create a single pleat, adding fullness and volume to the textile. The pinch pleat is refined and classic and is well suited to a formal setting, such as a dining area or sitting room. Sag or Ring Top Ring topped drapes are beautifully simple and modern. They showcase your drapery hardware in a casually understated manner and keep your space feeling unpretentious and cool. This style is very on trend at the moment but still maintains a feel of authenticity. With rings sewn or clipped onto individual, unpleated panels, these drapes hang freely allowing the heading to gently "sag". A perfect style for a light or sheer fabric, creating a soft, breezy look. Rod Pocket The rod pocket panel is by far the most common style of drapery. The pocket fully camouflages the hardware and the heading height can be customized to create a more obvious ruffle look or a simple clean top. The versatility of this style makes it incredibly adaptable to most any decor, but it does have a distinctly traditional feel. Ripple Fold or Back Tab For a clean look that shows off your drapery without the distraction of hardware, the back tab panel is a modern variation on the rod pocket. This ruffle free look is accomplished with a plastic band sewn in behind the drape that holds the folds and hides the rod. The drapes hang cleanly and effortlessly, appearing to float softly in place. This style is really appropriate for just about any space as it can easily take on either a formal or casual look depending on it's surroundings. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments That Trick The Eye

There are a lot of things people wish they could change about their homes. Some simple changes some extensive, but one quick tip can really make a huge improvement without putting too much of a dent in your wallet. Your home's windows are a very impactive architectural feature, and they can also be very adaptable. Using your windows to your advantage can open up new possibilities for the look of your home, making the room feel taller or wider, and opening up the feel of the space. Drapery has had a long history of being used in this fashion. I think most of us are probably well aware of the benefits that come with hanging your curtains high and wide to increase appearance of size. But there are other window treatments that will give you just as nice of an illusion. Here are a couple of our favorites. Plantation Shutters Now, you don't really want to be just affixing giant shutters to your wall regardless of the window size. The light shining through will give away your plot pretty quickly. But one good method for making a shorter window appear longer is to order your shutters with with a dividing rail that you would place along the bottom of the short window. Then simply tilt the bottom louvres shut, creating the illusion that you only have half the window open. This method works really well on basement windows, balancing out the space and creating a more homey feel. Panel Tracks For adding width to a fairly large window, panel track blinds are not only modern and stylish, but they also have lots of options for stacking. Choosing a split stack at a length where the panels sit to the outside of your window will both add width and frame the window nicely. Panel tracks can also be hung from the ceiling to make a window appear higher. They very functional, come in all types of materials and in just about any color imaginable. Roman Shades For added height, a roman shade can be mounted at practically any space above the window. Strategic stacking of the shade when opened will hide the actual window frame. Just be sure to choose an outside mount when ordering. One thing to remember when hanging your window treatments high is to try to keep all coverings at the same height. Top Treatments Perhaps the simplest method to bring the eye up in your home is to add a stylish top treatment above your window. A pretty valance or stately cornice is quick and easy and has a dramatic effect. You could even use a pretty silk scarf or swag, really anything that attracts the eye and brings it upward. They are also a great way to add interest when layered over other window coverings. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments For Your Retail Space

Equally as important to an excellent product is a comfortable and safe space to present that product to your clients. Easily overlooked, your shop's or restaurant's window treatments can go a long way in improving many aspects of your retail atmosphere. From protecting your precious inventory from fading or being damaged by constant exposure to UV rays, to drastically decreasing your energy consumption, the proper window coverings can actually give your bottom line a big boost. These benefits, along with the obvious added style that come with fresh shades, are much more than just a luxury and should be treated as a necessary business investment. Here are our top choices for the retail environment, ideally suited to commercial use. Solar Shades Solar Shades are at the top of our list for so many reasons, first and foremost - they look great. Easily adaptable to just about any style, with a look that's clean, modern and unobtrusive. These shades are great for when you require UV protection but still want to take advantage of as much natural light as possible. They will diffuse your view outside enough to muffle any distraction but will also keep your space feeling open and light. Solar shades can greatly reduce energy costs, keeping your space cooler and much more comfortable for both your employees and customers. Solars are available in just about every color of the rainbow and can be made cordless for a clean look. They are durable and easy to use and will last for a good long time even in high traffic areas. Woven Wood Shades Very trendy these days, woven wood shades are great for more than just the home. They bring the softness and depth that comes from the natural materials used to create them along with gentle, light filtering properties. Although they may not be quite as energy efficient as solar shades, they can be lined to block more light. They are as easy to operate as a simple roller shade and do an excellent job of hiding dust. Aluminum Mini Blinds While some may scoff at the idea of hanging mini blinds in their retail space, it's important to note the incredible improvements that have been made to these simple, unassuming blinds over the years. Today they are available in many different slat widths and in a huge variety of colors and textures, including the very trend forward raw metallics and wood tones. You can find them cordless and motorized which is great for spaces with high windows and it gives the blind an entirely different look. These blinds initially became so popular because of their incredible durability, versatility and functionality, qualities that still remain today and make them a great choice for a retail setting. Roller Shades From plain and neutral to cute and retro, roller shades can wear many different hats! Their ability to conform to all kinds of styles and still remain highly functional and durable is what makes them optimal for a retail setting. These shades can be found in many different opacities allowing you to customize how much natural sunlight is right for your space and are also very easy to clean and maintain. These shades can also be made motorized or cordless which is practically essential in high traffic areas. As experts in all aspects of window treatments, we at MADE Blinds are always here to help with finding the right covering for your retail space. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Accenting a Classic Dining Room with Window Treatments

Dressing windows in your formal dining room doesn't mean you have to necessarily stick with the traditional. Modern window treatments can have both class and style without looking overly stuffy. Because a proper dining room is rarely used in a casual setting, it is nice to have a window covering that conveys a sense of decorum but without veering too far from your personal style. There are many options available these days that can easily serve both of these purposes, here are a few of our favorites. Roman Shades While every bit a classic choice, roman blinds are also very customizable. As one of the oldest forms of window coverings, roman blinds have stood the test of time, and with that comes an inherent sense of tradition. However, when that respectability is paired with a modern textile or fabulous hue, these shades will give any space a fresh feel without falling over the edge of kitschy. They also provide exceptional privacy and noise insulation which will help to make your dinner party the intimate affair that it was intended. Sheer Shades Sheer shades are really a cool new concept. Simply horizontal fabric vanes suspended between two sheer panels, they bring with them all the traditional functionality of a wood blind but with a softness and novelty that stands out. These shades easily conform to a formal setting and are perfect for when you want to keep your dining area light and airy. In colors to complement just about any decor these shades will gently diffuse the light and create a beautiful atmosphere for your next Sunday brunch or holiday breakfast. Wood Blinds A true staple in window coverings, wood blinds can easily fit in any setting. Modern wood blinds come in a huge variety of stains and paints, with one sure to complement your dining furniture. Choose a smaller louvre size for increased privacy and light control or go with a wider width for a more luxe look that when opened will provide for a superior view. Today wood blinds can be made with decorative tape that covers the cord and adds a nice bit of detail, elevating their look. Drapery Always the classic look, drapery in your dining room is practically foolproof. There are many various styles available, so there's no need to feel restricted. Flat panels with pretty hardware can really show off your individual style or you can go the traditional route with a pocket panel. A good tip to remember is to keep any pattern simple as generally drapery panels in a formal setting are hung high and reach the floor. A simpler pattern or softer color will work to not overwhelm the eye, especially in a fairly closed setting such as a dining room. Drapery is naturally very insulative which will create a nice warm intimate feel. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Architectural Features

Any interior designer will tell you the heart of a beautiful home is truly in the details. Small, distinguishing facets that fill your home with depth and character. Crown mouldings and baseboards, original brick walls and wood flooring, ceiling coffers, exposed beams, transoms and wainscoting all create interest and make a house feel like a home. And while we all covet these pretty little elements, some can be a real pain when it comes to installing window treatments. What should be a simple and exciting creative outlet, quickly can turn into a dilemma. A great piece of advice to consider when presented with pretty much any design predicament - where there's a will, there's a way! ... And, it's probably been solved before! In hopes to save you from some pain and agony, we've put together a few of the more common issues and great ways to get around them. Window Walls, Extra Tall or Wide Windows First of all, if all else fails, just remember you have a wall of windows in your home. Things can't be too bad! That being said, the first thing you should consider is whether or not you need the treatment to be functional, semi functional or just stationary. If privacy is not a huge issue and you want to take full advantage of your windows, some simple stationary drapes can really class the place up. Or, for a bit more privacy, that still doesn't interfere too much with your view, try hanging multiple sheer panels from a single curtain rod. This will keep your open airy feel but give you the added control you need. Anything more that just minimal covering will probably require another mounting method. A great tip most designers keep tucked away in their secret tool bags is to utilize a ceiling mounted track! With one of these handy little devils, you can pretty much cover anything. Panel track blinds are a very convenient new innovation in window coverings. They can be made in just about any type of fabric and in tons of styles and you don't need a wall to mount them on. They stack nicely, keeping things neat, and can be motorized which is a godsend with very high windows. Arched Windows Sometimes the best solutions is the simplest. While it is possible to have custom fitted shutters or cellular shades made for your arched window, in all honestly they don't always look great. I think it's fair to assume that if your window is arched, the arch part is usually up pretty high, where no one could really see through it anyway, right? Thus, the best solution to covering this type of window is just to ignore the arch. Or to put it in a better way, leave it to be pretty. Cover the bottom, square part of the window separately, with either a nice shade or a curtain on a tension rod. Both with not only give you the privacy and light control you need, but also enhance and accentuate the style of the window, without hiding the arch. This solution also works well for window that are topped with decorative stained glass or the like. Slanted or Asymmetrical Windows Oftentimes flanking a fireplace or large door, slanted, half-arch, or asymmetrical windows can really make a space interesting. Covering them is a whole different story. Here you pretty much have three options: custom fitted shutters or shades, the have covered solution explained above, or the recently trendy, stationary medallion ;drapery hook. Using these medallions as an anchor to hang a panel from has a couple of benefits. Namely, it is by far the cheapest option, but it also accentuates and draws attention to the architecture of the window and enhances it. It is fairly functional as well, being that the drapes can be left to cover the window or be pulled back. Bay Windows The key to dressing a bay window is to not over think it. Sure, you could have a custom rod made and hang a continuous block of curtains across the entire thing, but that could also really take away from the purpose of the window itself. Bay windows open your home up. They let in a serious amount of beautiful, natural light. A great place to put a small table or window seat and just enjoy the view. A really nice way to cover these windows, giving you some control over light and privacy, but without compromising the structural aesthetics, is a simple, inside mounted shade. Roller shades or roman shades will fit snugly into each individual window, which alleviates any need for customization, and they roll up tightly, opening up your view when you want it. These are just a few of the most common issues arising from unique architecture. If you have a more specific concern, please give us a call anytime. From MADE blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments for the Mans Man

Although it's kind of tough to generalize a style for every man, window treatments do have a way of being one of the more difficult home decor items to choose when "manly" is the focus. So let's just start by keeping it simple. Your windows can be included in your home's design scheme without being over the top. Modern, minimalistic and industrial trends are great all around styles that also tend to translate incredibly tastefully to windows. Trendy muted tones and shades of grey are well suited to these styles and can be considered conventionally masculine. Here are a couple of our favorite window treatments that work well with this concept. Linen Drapery The simple, raw feel of a natural linen drape will give your home a carefree, casual look while still feeling put together. Clean, organic texture adds subtle depth and warmness the the neutral tones will create a backdrop to your space that is easy to decorate around. Choose drapery hardware that is unelaborate and in natural metal tones to keep this look from becoming too "shabby chic". Roller Shades The essence of minimalism, roller shades are a smart and modern window treatment that also comes with a little bit of a vintage charm. Nice, clean lines with an abundance of options, these no-frills shades fit perfectly with most modern styles. Veer toward more subdued hues or natural textures for a mid-century "Mad Men" look. As a cool bonus, some roller shades are available motorized, because what's more manly than having a remote control for your windows! Aluminum Mini Blinds Mini blinds are cool again! Metallic toned mini blinds can really pull an industrial modern look together. This is a great way to add real style to your windows without being too stuffy. Cool and classic, but with a contemporary twist, mini blinds can blend effortlessly into any decor. Today's minis come with all the bells and whistles, but are still incredibly functional, smoothly controlling both light and privacy. Wood Shutters or Blinds Easily complementing any home decor, wood shutters or blinds are a timeless, classic and a pretty much no-fail way to make your windows look sharp. Step outside the box a bit with a dramatic black or dark wood tone to make a statement and to keep things looking modern. Most blinds and shutters can be purchased in both real and faux wood making them budget friendly while still looking dapper. So no more excuses gents, including your windows in your home's design is essential, but not difficult. We make it easy at MADE blinds with an expertly curated selection of blinds and shades. Cheers!

Read more…

Trending: Metallic Drapery Hardware

Isn't it nice when the trend of the times also happens to be something you know will remain timeless! That seems to be the case more and more these days. Simpler styles, cleaner lines, natural materials, honest back to the basics looks. Of course, this isn't to say that our generation doesn't like add an element of surprise with their own creative touch to these classics. This idea holds true with your window treatments just as much as it does with your clothes or the rest of your home. Drapery hardware is often overlooked. Looked at as a side note to your curtains. But it can really make a difference in the look of your home. And one trend that feels very much "classic" is the metallic drapery hardware. These little embellishments go a long way in pulling your style together and in allowing it to stand out. A warm touch of gold or a cool silver, both natural and industrial, metals have been a staple in decor for as long as people have been been decorating, and for good reason. And with brass seeing a resurgence in popularity, there are some new, beautiful offerings.The current trend toward classic elements, such as metal hardware, combined with modern minimalism or soft, natural styles, can add just the right amount of eclectic charm. A simple, pretty brass rod looks lovely with clean panels, especially when layered over classic roman shades, woven wood shades or wood blinds. And it is important to note that it's wrong to assume a thinner rod looks cheap. The size should be determined by the application. Sometimes large, or ornate rods distract or diminish from the existing details. The goal should be to use your drapery hardware to bring the details of a room together. For instance, in a smaller room, your curtain rods can work to bring the eye up and create the appearance of larger windows and opening up your space. Small end caps, or finials, can do a great deal to personalize your hardware, as can an interesting tie back. Again, it is important to ensure these details do not overwhelm your windows or make things look too busy. Finding the right hardware is an individual process, but they really can be the icing on the cake when done properly. Take in the look of the entire room as opposed to just choosing individual pieces and everything will come together beautifully. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains, and of course beautiful drapery hardware. Cheers!

Read more…

Sheer Blinds and Shades: The Ultimate Accentuating Tool

Sheer window treatments are definitely trending these days. Part of the reason they are so popular is the transformation they have undertaken in the past few decades. While sheer curtains are, and probably always will be, a beautiful, basic window treatment, we just have so many more options to choose from these days. Sheer, or light filtering window treatments can be found in dozens of different soft hues and in many different styles. Check out a couple of these ideas for going sheer. Sheer Honeycombs Honeycombs or Cellulars Shades, as they are sometimes referred to, are really great for so many applications, but it's their vast selection of soft color choices that makes the sheers really stand out. Still every bit as awesome for your energy bills, but when done in sheer they also give your room a soft warm glow. Sheer Roller Blinds Speaking of color, just imagine the sun shining through a soft, sheer blue or green shade. A really great way to make a statement with a little pop of color glowing in your windows! Roller shades are fun because of their seemingly boundless assortment of colors and patterns. Using one of those colors in a sheer or light filtering shade is a pretty little 'out of the box' way to really liven up your room. Sheer Blinds When you want to hold on to the light, airy feel of a sheer window covering, but still crave something a bit different, a sheer horizontal blind is a gorgeous new treatment. Basically your standard horizontal blind wrapped softly in two sheer panels. These blinds are really the definition of form and function with all of the light and privacy control features of a horizontal blind but softened and enhanced by the sheer panels. Sheer blinds come in both horizontal and vertical styles, which are a great alternative for large windows and patio doors. Woven Woods While not exactly "sheer", woven wood shades still can be very open and do tend provide that warm, natural sunlit glow you look for with sheers. This classic yet casual window covering works well with so many different design applications and can add real depth and character to your room. Sheer window treatments are the best choice for making your room feel light and open, but that doesn't mean you have to be stuck with only one old option.Have fun exploring new and different ways to cover your windows and check out our own expertly curated selection here at MADE Blinds. Cheers!

Read more…

Drapery Fabrics 101

When you're considering investing in drapery, a good place to start is the fabric. Creating a drastically different feel, from casual to formal, simple or fine, your choice in fabric is the first step in bringing your style to life. Here are a couple of the most common types. Cotton Readily available and generally affordable, cotton is one of the most common fabrics used in window coverings. Cotton can be lined for greater light control, and it doesn't tend to fade or shrink easily. Available in just about any color of the rainbow and adaptable to just about any style, cotton will last a long time and is a pretty good insulator. Linen Linen is one of the world's oldest textiles. Created by weaving the fibres of the flax plant, it is a stronger fabric that cotton and has greater luster. Soft and natural, linen has a beautiful drape and is fairly stain resistant but it does tend to wrinkle easily. It can have a somewhat casual look, but also has an elegant, warm, and organic feel. Linen tends to be very breathable and hypoallergenic, but does not dye well, thus the natural beiges and creams linen is generally found in. Silk Produced by the silkworm in the construction of its cocoon silk is a natural fiber often considered to be fine and delicate. As such, it can sometimes be looked over for window coverings applications due to worry over fading and sun damage. But when lined silk can be absolutely stunning as a drape. Silk weaves vary from heavy raw silk to soft and delicate light-handed silk, with the heavier weaves being more ideal for upholstery and drapery. It can be a beautiful investment when properly taken care of and protected from the sun. Satin Satin can really be any type of woven fabric with a lustrous top side and a matte underside. Today's satins can be made from highly durable fabric and are great for conferring a look of elegance at a much more affordable price. Jacquards Jacquard is a fairly general term for any fabric with the pattern woven in rather than being printed. It can be produced with either natural or woven fibers which are normally woven into an intricate floral or variegated pattern. Jacquards are a classic choice for window coverings and tend to impart a formal, put together look. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Vintage Vibes

Vintage styles have been all the rage for a while now, and whether you consider yourself shabby chic, retro, mid-century or just old school, there are window coverings that will compliment your style. Although your personal style may be more geared towards that of the good old days, it doesn't mean you need to go without modern conveniences. Today's window treatments come in a huge variety of styles and most you can find with alternative lift options, multitudes of opacity levels and colors and textures that will meld well with any decor. Here are a couple of our favorite picks that give off that trendy vintage vibe. Woven Woods Woven Wood Shades are great for tons of vintage decorating styles. They can span the decades, equally working with the more rustic looks, a pretty cottage feel or the very on-trend boho style. They can be easily combined with drapes, lacey sheers or even a colorful tapestry to add depth and greater light control. Their warm neutral tones will flatter just about any color scheme and give your home a natural, organic feel. Mini Blinds Mini blinds, especially metal toned ones, are a very sleek, cool option for the modern retro look. Minis started out hot for a reason; they are extremely functional, with great light and privacy control. They are budget and user friendly and are easily adaptable to multiple window and style applications. Todays mini blinds also have the added benefit of the latest innovations in window coverings, available with cordless and motorized options and in basically any color or texture you can imagine. Roller Shades Whether you're nostalgic for the look of your grandma's classic kitchen or you are drawn to the swinging 60's mod look, roller shades will get it done. The definition of retro, these shades are generally inexpensive and simple but come in a huge variety of fun colors and patterns. Roller shades are incredibly adaptable, they are the perfect choice for a really authentic vintage look. Roman Shades For you avid antiquers, or just anyone who loves to decorate their home with a tradition vintage style, Roman Shades will fit right in. These shades look vintage because they are vintage! They have been in use for thousands of years and even made an appearance in the Colosseum of Rome! Both time honored and classy, highly functional and beautiful, Roman Shades are pretty much the essence of vintage! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

French Style Window Treatments

Bonjour! It's time to embrace that beautiful French design and select the ideally suited window treatments to make you feel like you are relaxed on the grass in front of the Eiffel Tower with cheese, a baguette and a bottle of wine with your partner as you take in the beauty of France and dream about your French-inspired home decor at home. The French are very good at making all-things beautiful: food, pastries, art, and of course, home design. The history of the French culture lends itself to being one of the most replicated home design themes, comprised of bright colors, bold patterns, and a timelessness that is unparalleled. SELECT THE RIGHT FABRIC When you are going for a classic French look, aim for fabrics that include toile or lace that will complement a French country feel and make your home feel airy and bright. For a more luxurious French feel, opt for bold statement prints such as shown below to bring a bit of Versailles into your home. BE DRAMATIC The French style is anything but boring, and is a fun excuse to embrace the luxury of France into your home. Don't be afraid of large drapes that scale the floor and make bold statements in your room. Add layers of both drapes and valances or shades to mix and match your favorite dramatic patterns. You can also mix drapery and roman shade exhibits for beautiful transitional styling. The mix of window treatment styles is most appropriate when using the same fabric on different types of openings. For example, you can use drapery around French doors because of their functionality, while a roman shade in the same fabric will provide light filtering/blocking for a higher window and draw the room together. BE ORNATE Don't be afraid to be a little more ornate with your window treatments when going for a more traditional French style. Tie-back draperies with tassel fastens or bold decorative pieces that hold back the drapes will make for the perfect touch. You can also add cornices or valances throughout your home for an even more dramatic effect. Now, all that is missing is your French wine and a baguette with some cheese. Happy French decorating! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments for Recessed Windows

Looking for ways to spruce up your home's recessed windows? We have various window treatment options just for you. One way to add window treatments to your recessed windows is by layering them with more than one treatment to add dimension and depth to the space. This below valance and shade combination is a great way to blend various window treatments to get the ideal look and feel for your room. Another option is to hang drapes on the surrounding wall, creating the illusion of a grander, larger window. Draw attention to the window with a long valance constructed of fabric in the room's accent color. Tie the drapes back with tassel tiebacks for a classic or traditional room. Another option is to hold them back with wood holdbacks that mimic the drapery rod finials, or with novelty finials that enforce the theme of the room, such as miniature hockey sticks in sports-themed boy's room. You can also install a roman blind inside the recess, covering as much of the window and window wall as possible. Choose a landscape-scene fabric, creating a faux view. Framing the window on the outside walls with a valance and side panels will further accent this treatment, helps create a substantial point of interest in the room. Valances are another way to help create depth to the recessed windows and wall. By adding the dimension of the valance or cornice, you are opening up the space with an added layer that gives the illusion of a larger window. Shift the valance or cornice to suit your idea height over these windows to ensure you are getting the perfect look desired. With recessed windows, you can also benefit from the addition of added ledge space to display books, picture frames, or to add more storage to your space. Want to learn more about home decorating tips? View our Made Blinds blog here: http://www.madeblinds.com/cms/blog

Read more…

Window Treatments That Add Country Flair

Country charm is easy to achieve with the perfect array of window treatments for your home. From plantation shutters to easy DIY draperies, find inspiration for updating your decor with our country-inspired window treatment ideas below. Sit back, relax, and imagine yourself out in the countryside where the sun is shining, and your inner interior decorator is in his/her happy place. PLANTATION SHUTTERS Add a bit of country flair and value to your home with timeless plantation shutters. Traditional and durable, our shutter collection is a great choice when trying to update your home with a country look and feel. These shutters are perfect as stand-alone window treatments or paired with beautiful country drapes, valances or cornices. CUSTOM FABRICS Complete your country-style window treatment look with layering or stand-alone custom draperies. Choose from a great selection of fabrics and customize for a designer look. Clean, crisp and traditional fabrics are ideal when continuing with a country look and feel, especially in yellow and blue hues. Pops of pattern also adds character to the home, especially when comprised of classical checks, stripes or gingham prints. The look of the south is consistent with such designs and will help enhance that perfect country feel you're aiming for in your space. WOOD ACCENTS Wood accents are another fantastic way to bring in country charm into your home by adding texture and a more rustic component. Whether you decide to go with wood hardware on your window treatments, or even look to expand your shutters into a more rustic wood route, this pop of dimension and character is the perfect rustic charm to complete your country-inspired home. At MADE Blinds, we want you to be proud of your work, and we want you to be proud that you have saved money in the process. We are MADE Blinds, and we're excited to get to know you better.

Read more…

Frosted Windows vs. Window Treatments

Can you wave at your neighbor through your windows when you are brushing your teeth? It may be time to consider some window options to limit just how much face time you have with your neighbors. Together, we will explore ways in which you can create privacy in your home with either frosted windows, or an array of window treatment ideas that create privacy while still allowing natural light to flow in. Pros of Frosted Windows If you decide to go the frosted window route, you are looking at a low-cost privacy treatment that offers good-looking, permanent solutions that you can apply yourself. Frosted options are available in aerosol cans at hardware stores and home improvement centers, and run about $5-$10 for a translucent or opaque frosting that blocks views but allows light in. It may make sense to install a tint such as a frosted window tint if you are unable to take the time to maintain common home upholstery such as curtains. Curtains and furniture upholstery often need to be cleaned and ironed to maintain the original texture. On the contrary, when you have tints on the glass, all you have to do is wipe the glass down once every few days to keep it clean. Pros of Window Treatments Window treatments provide homeowners the chance to be able to style their home with textures, styles, and personality with varieties of fabric and materials to customize personal style. With the use of roller shades, drapes or shutters, you are able to provide your family the privacy you want, when you need it. Then, when you want to open-air sensation to let air filter into your home, you can adjust the treatments to allow the natural light to come into your home. With window treatments, you also have the ability to swap out styles in the sense that if you get bored of a fabric, or want to try shutters versus custom drapes, you can do so to keep your house full of personality. Cons of Frosted Windows Spray-on frosts are removed by scraping the window with a blade, which can damage the integrity of the window. They can also interfere with cell phone reception in some instances, as the covered glass interferes with signal strength. Another con of using frosted windows is the fact that you cannot easily remove to see fully out the window (with a push of a button, for instance), as you can if you had a more traditional window treatment. Cons of Window Treatments While window treatments are stylish and customizable, they are an investment and require work in maintenance and care. Using window treatments over frosted windows also requires a manual upkeep, where you must open and close the drapes and shutters instead of frosted windows, which are working 24/7. Which do you like best? The ease of frosted windows, or the customization and personalization of window treatments?

Read more…

One Style vs. Changing It Up

Are you the type of person who likes consistency across your home? Do you have a color palette that you never stray from? If we were to ask your friends just what that palette contains, would they be 100% correct in their answers? If so, then good for you! You like dependability in your home design process. To our other customers, we beg the question, "Do you prefer to have the same style of window treatments throughout the house, of do you prefer to change the style depending on the room?" We explore various options for both trains of thought below. While a consistent color palette can create a chic, traditional look and feel when done via window treatments throughout the house (hello, plantation shutters!), you can add depth and dimension to your home when you mix and match various options. If you are the type of person who likes dependability and consistency in design, then working with a simple, monochromatic canvas will suit you perfectly. White shutters add value to your home and are traditional and durable, a great choice for the simple and stable designer. Neutral bamboo or woven wood shades are also a wonderfully viable option if you are looking to keep all window treatments consistent and to let your other design elements steal the show of each room. However, if you want to change up your window treatments throughout the house, there are plenty of fun and vibrant window treatment options for embracing this preference across your home. A great starting point is to pick a handful of colors you want to use throughout your home as window treatments. This can include a few fabric options, wood options, and bamboo or honeycomb colors to create your ideal design palette. Next, you can mix and match your textures and selections across rooms. Perhaps the bedrooms all have drapes or valances, while your bathroom and downstairs windows adorn shutters for added privacy from neighbors. Another way to incorporate multiple window treatments is to use layers to add even more added dimension to your windows. Pair a beautiful custom drapery with a more monochromatic valence to add pops of color and dynamic throughout your home. You can also pair roman shades over blinds for added depth to each window and for a more dramatic effect. Hope these ideas help spur your home design creativity! Learn more at www.madeblinds.com

Read more…

Oversized Drapes

Oversized drapes are a fantastic way to make a bold statement with your window treatments. Bright fabrics in dramatic fashion sweep the floor and are an instant way to add flare and personality to any room. We especially love the feminine look of these drapes (pictured left), that make a dramatic statement in this little girl's bedroom. When paired with a mounted valance, the drapes are even more pronounced and luxurious. Overall, we are seeing that drapes are getting longer and wider to accommodate the trend to make windows appear larger in scale. Lush materials like velvet and silk add to this look and help enhance the drama wanted with such large draperies. For a luxurious and romantic ambiance, you can pamper the room in drapery panels, choosing pleats, tassels, crystals, beads or buttons for an added custom touch. You can also choose a traverse or gathered rod and cover the entire wall by hanging pleated window treatments from floor to ceiling. This creates a cocoon-like feel with patterned drapes. Use the treatment to make a small room feel larger or open up a room with tall, skinny windows. At Made Blinds, we offer custom draperies so you can hand pick what fabric, length and look/feel you want to achieve with all of your home decorating needs. After all, you are the interior designer in your home. Make every purchase and design count. We're here to help.

Read more…

A Smarter Home: Motorized Shades

We all have smart phones, a smart TV and smart technology in our cars . . . it's no wonder we are also demanding our window treatments to be smart as well. As the tech-savvy homeowner continues to evolve, so to does the desire for a well-designed and functional smart home. You've automated your lighting, security, and entertainment systems, but if you're still getting up and crossing the room to close your shades, you haven't truly discovered the ease and pleasure of home automation. CONVENIENCE Motorized shades are especially convenient for windows in hard-to-reach areas, such as skylights, high windows, and windows behind counter or bathtubs. With the push of a button, you are able to control your privacy and room lighting. LONGEVITY Adding motor control to window coverings can also help shades last longer. By eliminating the manual pulling and tugging or blinds, you are able to get rid of associated wear and tear. Using the included remote, you'll be able to open, close or partially close shades with the press of a button. Whether you're seeking relief from late-afternoon sun or want all exterior light eliminated for daytime darkness, motorized shades offer many selections and product offerings for maximum privacy and light elimination. At Made Blinds, we are proud to partner with Somfy Systems, who has over 40 years of innovation experience in the motorized shade and window treatment industry. Somfy holds over 450 active patents with constant development of new products and technologies that reshape the industry bringing new levels of convenience, comfort, security and energy savings to end users.

Read more…

Tie-backs: Old School or Classy-Chic

Curtain tie-backs have been a staple in the decor and window treatment industry for years. Whether seen in old palaces and museums with tassel tie-backs, or over grand windows in hotels or large homes, this soft furnishing decorative element has been around the block. In today's space, we need to ask ourselves: Are tie-backs old school, or classy chic? At Made Blinds, we believe that with a little imagination and a few simple DIY tricks, you can create one-of-a-kind tie-backs for your curtains from everyday objects to modernize and update your curtains with flare. Long gone are the days of the tassel tie-back or heavy drapes pulled aside with the boring structured tie-back. By updating this traditional window treatment option, you can personalize your space to fit you and your family's decorative style. Take, for instance, your husband's home office bathroom. With this creative use of an old tie, you can create a comfortable space with personality that suits him and his creative office outlet at home (Images throughout this post are via HGTV and not products produced or for sale at Made Blinds). Want to pretty up a space with some hardware that is unique and special to you and your family? You can utilize jewelry pieces as hardware to tie back curtains in your space while adding a punch of color and personality simultaneously. If you are going for a more industrial look, you can also use leather or an old belt to fasten back the curtains and add some depth to your window treatments. By personalizing the traditional curtain tie-back, you can modernize this old school trend and make it your own. Happy decorating! Photos courtesy of HGTV. Want to learn more about home decorating tips? View our Made Blinds blog here: http://www.madeblinds.com/cms/blog

Read more…

Make Your Window Treatments Look Designer

Making your window treatments look professionally designed is a lot easier than you would think. With all of the variety on the market these days, just about any personal style can be expressed masterfully. An expertly composed style is comprehensive, timeless, and should exude character. Most of the time, simply finding an inspirational place to start will get your inner designer rolling. We've broken down some failproof looks for your windows that always seem to have that designer air to them. Tailored A classic, tailored look just screams high style. The focus should be on clean lines and structure. A flat or hobbled Roman Shade in neutral tones or a crisp geometric print fits well in a home with this type of design scheme. Romans are available in dozens of charming textiles and are guaranteed to add a touch of class to any decor. Layered The layered look is very on trend at the moment. It opens up another dimension for your windows adding depth and variety. This look can be both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, allowing you much greater light and privacy control. From a simple soft sheer curtain layered over a matchstick blind, to the more traditional drapery panels framing a beautiful hardwood blind, it's really hard to make this look feel anything but designer. Bold It can take a lot of courage to go bold, but when you do, you can't help but to stand out. A unique expression of your personal style, whether with bright colors or whimsical prints is always carries a designer feel. Roller Shades are an excellent choice when you want to go big. They come in a huge variety of bold hues and interesting patterns and their simple construction helps to keep your windows from looking overly busy. Luxe Nothing says luxury like long, elegant silk or satin drapery. With an authentic organic textures and in stunning rich tones they will truly make a statement in your home's decor. An excellent designer tip is to order your panels extra long, allowing them to pool on the floor for a dramatically opulent look. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments For Your Library

Having an at home library, sitting room or study can be simply wonderful. A place to sit and relax, curl up with your favorite book and turn the world off. Comfort and functionality are the key aspects to focus on when decorating your library, and a big contributor to those are your windows. Your privacy and lighting are directly connected to your windows and what is more important when reading than excellent light. The aesthetics any of a room also play a big part in your comfort level. So let's have a look at a couple of window treatments that can help turn your library into the peaceful haven that it's meant to be. To Emphasize Natural Light: Sheer Shades Sheer Shades are a stunningly beautiful combination of horizontal blinds and sheer panels. When tilted opened, the large louvres allow for much more visible window space, letting in as much natural light as you need. The soft sheer panels are not only aesthetically beautiful but also filter that light, creating a gentle ambient glow. Calming yet bright, they create the perfect light for reading your favorite book. Woven Wood Shades Woven Wood window treatments are wonderful for creating a peaceful atmosphere. They create a warm, organic vibe and the high level of openness lets in a good amount of natural sunlight. They can be dressed up for an on-trend look or kept laid-back and casual, easily adaptable to your personal style. Sheer Panels The simple, sheer panel is the quickest and easiest way to dress a window when you want to hold on to as much light as possible. Soft, airy and flowing, they aren't all that bad to look at either. They look great on their own or layered with a pretty shade. To Emphasize Privacy: Roman Shades When you need a quiet and distraction free study, a classic Roman Shade can give you the ultimate privacy control. The variety of elegant fabrics will also keep your sanctuary feeling stylish and put together. Cellular Shades Cellular Shades are really a great choice for any window, your library included. Their exceptional insulative properties will not only keep your study cozy year round, but will also help to muffle incoming noise, keeping it nice, calm and quiet for you while you dive into your favorite novel. Wood Blinds Timeless and dignified, Faux or Real Wood horizontal blinds are a great choice for a library. They can be closed up completely for the ultimate privacy control or opened up when you feel the need for some sunshine. They are incredibly adaptable and will beautifully enhance any decor. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Top 2016 Design Trends for Window Treatments

We are already four months into 2016, and we excited to share with you what is currently trending in the window treatment industry. After months of observance, we are finding that the top trends for window treatments this year includes homeowners' desire for styles that are fashion-forward, high-tech, eco-conscious and include playing with layered designs. Read on as we cover what you need to know to be on trend this year. FASHION-FORWARD The crisp, clean look of window treatments in a minimalist nature is growing in popularity. Plantation shutters especially allow homeowners to have a relatively simple palette to allow for freedom to use bold prints, textures and colors in rooms without being distracted by window treatments. The newest trend is to consider window treatments as picture frames for each room, where the creative design can shine. HIGH-TECH It's no surprise that consumers are demanding smart window treatments just as they are phones, TVs, cars, etc in search of the ultimate well-decorated smart home. Automation and motorization is on the rise in the industry, and at MADE Blinds, we have sought to make purchasing high-quality window treatments easy and affordable for all. We put in the hard work of sourcing the best quality blinds, shades, shutters and drapes. So when it came time to pick a company to fulfill our motorized blinds and shades orders, the obvious partner choice was Somfy Systems. ECO-CONSCIOUS Environmentally conscious homeowners are increasingly seeking window treatment styles that increase energy efficiency, feature low chemical emissions, and are constructed from recycled and sustainably sourced materials, for a home that is stylish and environmentally low impact. As an industry leader in environmentally-sound window coverings, Bali, a nationally recognized brand of Springs Window Fashions, is truly "green by nature". It is with great pride that we offer Bali designs at Made Blinds. LAYERED DESIGNS Having fun with layered designs is another trend that we are seeing a lot of, as homeowners experiment with dressing windows in more than one layer to increase energy efficiency, privacy and light filtering, while at the same time adding more visual interest to windows and overall decor. Drapery pairs especially well with custom blinds and shades, and when colors and textures are complementary and do not compete with each other. What trends are you seeing in the window treatment industry? At MADE Blinds, we want you to be proud of your work, and we want you to be proud that you have saved money in the process. We are MADE Blinds, and we're excited to get to know you better.

Read more…

The Versatility of Plantation Shutters

Are you looking for a traditional, yet durable look for your home? Plantation shutters are a great way to give your home a classy, elegant look and some privacy simultaneously. All of the louvers are attached together by a single piece of wood, making it easy to open and close these shutters when needed. Plantation shutters are some of the most versatile window treatments, as they allow for privacy and precise control of both light and airflow and can be personalized to enhance the overall decorative aesthetics of your home. PRIVACY Due to the nature of these traditional and durable shutters, privacy is made easy at simply the touch of the louver. Whether you want to let light into your home office on a summer day, then close when you're on a conference call and the glare becomes too much for your computer screen, these blinds offer homeowners the ability to make each room their own when it comes to who can see or how much light can come into a room. Most homeowners appreciate plantation shutters and their versatility to add privacy whenever needed. LIGHT AND AIRFLOW CONTROL As the seasons change and your thermostat starts to see the effects of the outside weather, these plantation shutters offer you the ability to control just how much light and air flow you want in each room. These shutters make it easy to open windows and adjust streams of daylight as you see fit, season in and season out. ENHANCED DESIGN Another advantage of plantation shutters is that they can be made to fit almost any shape of window, including arched windows, windows shaped in a circle, or even diamond shaped windows to enhance your home design. In addition, if you want to soften the look of your shutters in some rooms, such as bedrooms, you can add drapes or a valance on top of your shutters. The plantation shutters will give you all the sun control and privacy you need, and leave you free to add whatever additional decorative treatments you like to truly make the room your own. How have you used plantation shutters in your home?

Read more…

Stylish Interior Archway Drapery

Archways in your home can create a sense of openness and space. Architecturally, they add interest and work to divide rooms without closing them off entirely. But sometimes you need the option to do just that. Adding some pretty drapery panels to your arched walkway will allow you to keep the openness by drawing them open, but still maintain the ability to close the rooms off when needed. There are a few ways to hang your drapes. A single panel pulled to one side is nice way to add a bit of asymmetrical aesthetic. This is a good option when you want to show off a beautiful textile or an intricately patterned panel. The more classic solution is a two panel set up, this look can work to further emphasize the arches design by framing the doorway. Finally, if you are just looking to add a designer touch to your home and don't particularly want a full drape, a beautiful valance can add tons of visual interest. The important thing is to have some fun with it. Drapery can be found in so many different colors, textures and patterns these days. It's easy to find something that fits perfectly with your specific sense of style, from luxurious silks to breezy sheers and everything in between. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Trending: Silk Panels

The newest hot trend in the home design scene is the silk panel; it is not difficult to see why. Silk has long been a staple of elegance and class. Nothing quite denotes style as well as soft, luxurious silk. With it's unique textures and warm depth it will give your home a feel of authentic, natural refinement. Silk comes in many beautifully dyed colors and textures and can be dense and opaque or somewhat light filtering. It's natural sheen will add a subtle sophistication to whatever it touches. Instinctively, we tend to think of silk as opulent and maybe even somewhat ostentatious, used in more polished decors. But this hardworking fabric can also have a very earthy, raw feel. Silk can be adapted in many design styles, and it's this quality that lends to its resurgence in popularity. A beautiful example of it's depth would be to layer a silk drape with a woven wood shade. The juxtaposition of the fabrics and styles will create casual yet on-trend feel to your space while adding an element of surprise. The length of your panels is also something to keep in mind, as different lengths with create dramatically different feels. For unquestionable elegance, there is nothing quite like floor to ceiling drapes. And for those of us without pets or children, allowing the silk to "puddle" 6-8 inches beyond the floor really shows off it's flowy nature and is strikingly impressive. There really are a myriad of ways to decorate with silk window panels, so never let your preconceptions keep you from what you really love. Use them to your benefit and find a style that's all your own! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

2016: New Neutral Color Trends

Neutrals are back in, but during their time away, they have morphed into a much more intriguing group of colors. Step aside beige. The word 'neutral' comes with an entirely different connotation these days. They no longer imply boring or unimaginative, neutrals feel authentic, down to earth and non-kitsch. This is further encouraged by the trend towards milky, matte shades. Even the accent neutrals seem to have evolved. (Remember when everything was espresso?) Today, we see shades ranging from slates and charcoals to warm, rich walnuts, and cinnamons. Deep Charcoals and Slates Gray can be bold without being obnoxious. With more depth than the classic black and white but just a versatile, charcoals and slates are neutrals that feel modern but can still work with a more earthy style. These trendy grays can be paired with crisp whites or jewel tones for a contemporary look or with creams and warm woods to create a natural feel. Soft Gray Tones Muted, milky, flat grays are beautiful anywhere and can have many different underlying tones, from blues and lavenders to pinks. Stately and timeless, these colors have seen a resurgence partly due to the popularity of the chalky finish. They pair well with just about every color, but for an out of the box look, try pairing with aubergine or dark teal. White Never underestimate the complexity and beauty of white. Light, open, airy and the definition of ethereal. This supremely adaptable color is most beautiful when it's allowed out of the background. Celebrate white by layering multiple shades and accentuating with soft natural tones. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Choosing the Right Color for Your Window Coverings

So you've decided to liven up those boring windows. Who doesn't love that burst of energy and excitement that comes with starting fresh and buying new, pretty things? Decorating your house usually starts out exhilarating, with a head full of inspiration. But if you're anything like most of us, that initial high pretty quickly crashes into that dreaded block. A sudden plummeting of self confidence. Am I still going to love this next year? Am I being too cautious, too quirky? Is this too matchy or is this pop of color just a bit too...poppy? We've all gone through it. You just know the trick to breaking through, and it's really fairly simple - trust your instinct! Start simple and don't settle until you find something that speaks to you. A perfect, babystep place to start is color. A Different Way to Look at Neutrals Neutral colors don't have to be boring! Whites, creams, browns, greys are considered neutral because they are easy to match with a large variety of things. But let's think why that is. These colors are common because they are so readily found in nature. They form our mind's eye's natural backdrop. Sure, you could use "neutral" colors to just blend in, but that's no fun and it sure doesn't do anything to accentuate their natural beauty. Try an intentional neutral look, where the simplicity of the color (even if it's just white) is the focal point. This is an excellent balance of modern and traditional. Unique and somewhat unexpected while not going too far out of your comfort zone. Be Bold! So yes, the phrase "pop of color" is just a bit burnt out and usually brings to mind random lime green throw pillows. But don't let that deter you from from the strikingly delightful aesthetic that an unexpected, tastefully chosen bold hue can bring to a room. If you love the idea but are intimidated by the application, remember our above advice: stay true to you! What are some of your favorite colors? What colors do you already have in your home that just make you smile? Do you have a rug or piece of art that has subtle tones that give you a nice feeling? Try pulling from there and then amp up the intensity. The trick here is to keep the color the focal point. There needs to be an obvious separation, without which things can have a tendency to look too "busy". Calm Down and Relax The outside world is crazy. Stress from work, traffic, bustling shopping malls, and just life in general needs to be somehow separated from our home base. A great way to keep your home feeling that tranquility is to keep your colors tranquil. Colors are powerful. They have the ability to alter our moods. In general, soft, muted tones tend to create an atmosphere of calm serenity. Cooler blues and greens will give you that open, breezy feel while subdued warmer tones like yellows and oranges will give your home a nice sunny glow. The softer shades are easily blended with most decor and will work in just about any room. You're So Dramatic! For a fail proof, easy-peasy way to make a statement, black and white window treatments are bold, yet surprisingly simple to fit in with any decor. Whether you go with a pretty print or the dramatic, solid black, charcoal or grey, this classic color scheme is always clean and modern. These are just a few ideas to get you started. There are tons of options out there and if you need a bit more assistance, we are always happy to help! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

The Benefits of Using Natural Materials In Your Window Treatments

Woven wood and bamboo shades have become all the rage lately. They can be casual or formal, vintage or modern, traditional or exotic, trendy or unique, really whatever you want them to be. Artfully woven with gorgeous textures, they conform to just about any decor you can imagine but always add a warm organic feel. Their design dexterity is just one of the many benefits of these tried and true window coverings. Durability Because they are natural materials, woven woods and grasses are inherently durable. Their organic looks lends to their ability to withstand everyday use and still maintain their aesthetic. Certain natural fibers, such as bamboo and hemp are renowned for their unexpected strength and dependability. Resistant to stretching and fading, these woods and grasses are perfectly suited for window treatments. Ease of Cleaning Unlike fabrics that can stain and hold on to dust, the natural materials in woven wood shades are a breeze to keep clean. No worrying about shrinking or fading, these shades can simply be wiped down with just about any home cleaner or even plain water. Where a dusty blind or a small spot on a drape can stick out like a sore thumb, natural fibers camouflage dirt like no other! Eco Friendly Most woven wood shades are made with sustainably grown, easily renewable woods and grasses that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Unlike hardwoods, reeds and grasses are harvested and regrown in short periods of time and make less of an impact on natural habitats. Forward thinking designers know these ecologically sound shades will give your home a warm and earthy feel while actually being beneficial for the earth! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Blinds for Big Windows

Are you fortunate enough to have large, spacious windows in your home where the natural light filters in and illuminates your entire house? When it comes to window treatments, big windows are a luxury, and we can help ensure you are outfitting those windows appropriately with the best blind selection possible. Below are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for blinds for big windows: LIGHTNESS MATTERS Embrace your natural light and find the perfect blinds that enhance the windows while also giving you the opportunity to scale back the light, should it be too bright. Panel shades are a great option here, as are custom drapery options, depending on the dimensions of your windows and how specialized you need to get. Select a shade that is light in color so the natural light can shine through, in a controlled environment. MOTORIZED CAN HELP Depending on just how big your big windows measure up, motorized blinds can be your best friend when deciding the best window treatment for you. With the push of a button, you can control the light and privacy in your room with complete and effortless control. Utilize the power of advanced technology and install motorized blinds to help control those beautiful big windows. PRIVACY CONCERNS One main issue with large windows is controlling your privacy. Whether you are concerned with neighbors, pedestrians on a nearby road, or simply like the peace of mind of being able to completely privatize the room with window options, privacy is a big concern. Select the right product that will help you in the long term. Consider lighting, product composition, ease of maintenance, motorization and personal style. At MADE Blinds, we are here to help you find your perfect window treatments for your big windows.From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Custom vs. Ready Made Blinds

Every person has an interior designer alter ego embedded within, and it's that designer's decision on whether or not to spring for custom blinds, or go with the ready made option when redecorating a space. Each designer is unique and has an eye for personal style and a vision for their home. We want to help you (and that inner interior decorator) make the right decision for you and your family. Factors to consider when choosing between ready made or custom blinds for your space include: PRICE Redecorating a space can be a large undertaking, especially when it comes to the overall cost of a home renovation or update. When considering cost, the most price-effective option will most likely be the ready made option. These options cater to the DIY-oriented design team and are fairly easy. What you see, is what you get with the ready made option. However, with the custom option, you know that you are putting your dollars towards a cause that will make that inner interior decorator smile. You are unique, and you are focused on providing the very best for your home, customizable to your style and vision. CONVENIENCE If you are in a time crunch and need to get those window treatments up ASAP, then the ready made option may be the best for you and your family. Also, you can rest easy knowing that the size and installation is completely predictable as packaged and marketed, with little to no surprises upon installation. However, you may discover that the ready made blinds do not perfectly fit your space and may be off by a few centimeters or even inches, depending on the nature of the space. If this is going to drive that inner interior decorator bonkers, then custom made may be the best choice for you. With custom window treatments, you get a perfect, tailor-made option fit to perfect your space. STYLE What does your inner decorator think about personal style? In some instances, ready made blinds perfectly suit the needs and preferences of your ideal window coverings. However, for the critical decorator, custom options allow for complete and utter control and the overall design and look and feel for the space. For the picky, stylized and perfectionist, the custom option may be just the ticket to get your home looking as good as it does in your dreams (or, Pinterest boards). From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Design: Windows Into Statement Pieces

A great space to make a statement, windows are like your home's built in picture frames. Why not put something interesting in them? Turn your windows into a personal expression of your own uniqueness. We've come up with a few inspirations to get your gears turning. Floor to Ceiling Drapery Nothing quite stands out like floor to ceiling drapes. They can be used to create the illusion of added height in a room or to frame a beautiful shade. Try layering a solid colored drape with one of the dozens of beautiful patterns available on a Roman or Roller Shade. 2 1/2 in Wood Blinds An easily overlooked option that can create a very dramatic look is an oversized louvre on a blind or shutter. This is especially true on a large, picture window. The wider slat size on the blind makes for a strikingly clear view when opened and when they are done in a beautiful warm wood stain, the contrast of the wood and clean glass really makes a statement. Colorful Cellulars For an eye catching, yet still modern look, a brightly colored light filtering Cellular Shade is sure to stun. Cellulars have a crisp, clean look to them which only adds to the drama when made in a vivid hue. The light filtering option will give an added glow to the shade and work to draw your eye to the window. Panel Track Systems People sometimes think their options are limited when they have larger windows to cover. That couldn't be farther from truth. Panel track blinds can be a very chic option. The large panels of fabric can be done in any of a wide variety of colors, patterns and opacities, including solar screen material and woven woods. Unique and unexpected, a perfect out of the box choice. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Why are Cellular Shades also called Honeycomb?

Are you curious why cellular shades are also called honeycomb shades? We did a little research and will share with you our findings below. Cellular shades are a window covering used to block or filter light and insulate windows to save energy. The size of the cells can vary, and these types of window treatments hold trapped air and create a barrier between the window surface and the room. In 1985, a company by the name of Hunter Douglas launched the Duette Honeycomb Shades line which featured the honeycomb construction used today, Today, many companies like Made Blinds offer similiarly constructed shades, known as honeycomb shades or honeycomb blinds. At Made Blinds, we offer a wide array of cellular (or, honeycomb) blinds for you to choose from to perfect your home and take control over the heat and cold in your home with the help of such window treatments.

Read more…

Window Treatments For Street Facing Windows

Street facing windows can sometimes cause a privacy dilemma when pertaining to window treatments and privacy. Sure, you can completely cover the windows, but that generally means losing all natural light and blocking the view outside. We've come up with a couple solutions to help you out. Cellular Shades A great choice for saving the light while maintaining privacy is the honeycomb shade. The light filtering shade gently diffuses light and at most will only allow a shadowy view from the outdoors. A room darkening or blackout shade will keep out much more light and give you full privacy. These shades are also available in top down/ bottom up which would give you the best of both worlds, letting in the natural sunlight from the the top while blocking the street view. Plantation Shutters If your street facing windows aren't necessary for lighting, shutters look great from the street and are incredibly versatile and easy to operate. Warm wood stains and paints will easily match just about any interior and will definitely boost curb appeal. If you're on a budget, faux wood can be nearly indistinguishable from the real stuff and both will blend beautifully with faux or real wood blinds. Solar Shades and Drapery When your desire is to take advantage of as much sunlight as possible, whether it be to save energy or you just really enjoy the natural glow, solar shades are nearly perfect. They let in the light but block the heat and UV rays. For a street facing window, they will do a good job at giving you daytime privacy when you want the sunlight, but you will want to layer them with some drapery for the nighttime hours. Roman Shades Roman Shades are both beautiful and convenient. They come in a dazzling variety of patterns, colors and textiles and can be lined to create a unified look from the street. A great choice if you have windows from different rooms facing the front of your home that have different styles. Also available with the top down/bottom up option and in varying opacities, they will give you the level of light control you need. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Layering Window Treatments

There are many reasons to layer your window treatments. Controlling light, personal aesthetics, insulation and continuity of style are but a few. Layering drapery, a valance or a beautiful wood cornice with your shades or blinds can really add depth to your home's style and help block light seepage. If you have small windows or want to add height to a room, nothing can do the job like long, drapes. Drapery can also greatly improve your home's energy efficiency. Here are a couple of our favorite combinations and a breakdown on their benefits. Room Darkening Drapes over Solar Shades Solar shades are amazing at certain things. They allow you to maintain your outdoor view and take advantage of the positive aspects of the natural sunlight while protecting your home from solar heat and harmful UV rays.They are simple and clean and beautifully modern. But while they provide excellent heat and UV control, they lack nighttime privacy and light full light control. The addition of room darkening drapery will not only soften the look of your windows, but will also allow you to regulate the sunlight and privacy. Sheer Drapes over Woven Wood Shades For a beautiful soft and natural look, the juxtaposition of natural woven wood and flowy sheer fabric is striking and on trend. Woven wood shades come in dozens of styles these days and can be left unlined to softly filter light or lined for added privacy control. They are also available in top down/bottom up for a more modern look. Together, the sheers and shades are create a very pretty, organic look. Wood Cornices The addition of a wood cornice over any window treatment is a perfect finishing touch if a stately, elegant look is what you're going for. They come in dozens of stains and designs and can be added to most blinds and shades. Solid Drapes over Patterned Roman or Roller Shades The vast variety of color and pattern options Roman and Roller Shades are available in is huge part of their draw. If the whimsical prints or bright colors attract your eye but you're afraid they may overwhelm your space, layering with a solid, more neutral drape can be soften the look and still let your have fun. Try picking a print you love and layer with a solid color pulled from it or a sheer neutral drape. Room Darkening and Sheer Drapes Some days you want sunshine, some days you want shade. Keep the best of both worlds and look good while you're doing it with Room Darkening or Blackout Drapes over Sheers. The Sheers will allow you to cut glare while still allowing in the light and view and the Blackout Drapes can be drawn over top when light control and privacy are desired. Valances over Wood Blinds To soften the look of wood blinds without covering them, a valance will do just the trick. There are so many textile and style options available, you are bound to find the perfect finishing touch. They are also a perfect choice when you have certain windows that can't have side drapes and you want to keep a similar style throughout your home. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatment Styles

Your window treatments should reflect your style as much as the rest of your home. So what can be done with them when your style isn't all that "traditional"? Plenty! These days you don't have to hire a spendy interior designer to find something fresh and modern for your window coverings. There are tons of options out there. Whether yours style is industrial, mid-century, boho, or you just need something uniquely you, we've compiled a quick list of some of the more on trend products out there. Aluminum Minis Mini blinds might not be the first thing you picture when you think "modern window treatments", but in the right colors and with the right decor they really can be just that. Clean and minimalist, especially when in cool, industrial metal tones, they all of a sudden they become something intentionally urban. Lose the cords with a cordless lift and consider the routless options for an even less cluttered look. A far cry from the old dusty vinyl blinds were all so tired of seeing. Roman Shades Roman shades do an amazing job of blending old with new. A fairly traditional style paired with a beautiful, modern print textile come together and make a unique statement of a window covering. Choose a flat shade for a more minimal look or looped fabric for a full and more luxurious look.The design combinations of roman shades are endless, from crisp clean silks to bright florals all with modern lift options and with the convenience of customizable light control. Woven Wood Shades Cool, comfortable, casual and natural, woven wood shades meld perfectly into a bohemian or rustic style. With their vintage, effortless feel, they are full of all the character nature so graciously provides. Modern woven wood shades are quality made with all the bells and whistles, available with cordless and even motorized lift options. In need of some more light control? They can be lined to block out most, or left unlined for soft diffused lighting. Roller Shades For a contemporary take on a retro style, roller shades are sharp and modern. With a vast array of color and pattern possibilities, these simple little, unassuming shades can really become a focal point of your home. Uncomplicated and easy to use, they are also incredibly affordable and multi-functional. Available in all lift options and opacities, they are also offer very simple diy installation. Whatever your style, from eclectic to victorian, don't leave your windows out in the cold. There is a multitude of options out there that will fit every possible decor. Have fun and find something that sings to you! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments for Your Skylights

Should you cover your skylights? For the most part the answer to that question has to do with your preference. If you are the type who rarely even notices that you have a skylight, it's probably not high on your list of priorities. But there are some very valid issues that could be simply addressed with a covering: insulation and light control. In general, the purpose of a skylight is to let in the sunlight. Although this natural ambiance can be pleasing at times, there are times of the day or season when you need a bit more control. A perfect example would be a family room skylight. During regular daily activities, a skylight can really brighten the room up with cheerful, natural light and allowing you to use less energy. But come movie or game time, the last thing you want is a glare on your flat screen! Those of us in cooler or hotter climates can also greatly benefit from insulating properties of certain window coverings. Keeping the obvious intentions of the skylight in mind, the best bet for a covering is one that softly filters the light as opposed to completely darkening the room and at the same time adds a level of insulation. Cellular shades are fit these two specifications perfectly. They come in a huge variety of colors, from soft, unassuming neutrals to vibrant, statement hues. They are easy to install and control and will hold up great at odd angles. If insulation is less of an issue but you still would like some light control, pleated shades can work just as well, and are generally much cheaper. Available with just as many options as cellulars and easily made to fit skylights. Both of these options can be ordered specifically as a skylight covering and will include the essentials for installation. If you plan to open and close your shades often, be sure to add the optional telescoping pole. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Creative Window Treatments

Do you find yourself spending hours upon hours searching Pinterest and your favorite design blogs in search for the perfect, most creative window treatments for your home? We've outlined three options below to help dress up your abode with fun and unique window treatments. Get inspired, then help us help you turn your boards into a reality at Made Blinds.ROMAN SHADES Roman shades are a great way to pack some punch and personality into your walls. These shade options allow you to add color, texture and pattern to what is typically a plain pallette in home design. Our roman shades offer a luxe and designer look with beautiful fabrics and great funcationality. Choose this custom look yet save with our great pricing.PANEL TRACK BLINDS Panel track blinds are an elevated and stylish look for large windows, patio doors and sliding doors. Are you looking for a room divider option? Panel tracks also function in that capacity and come in various color options. We're loving this stylish Bali Panel Track made of woven wood (shown below in Spree-Bownstone).  LAYERED LOOK If you're really looking to up your decor game when it comes to creative window treatments, a sophisticated layered look may be just the thing you've been searching for. To get this look, mix and match window treamtent options such as roman shades with custom drapes below. This look with elevate the texture and colors of any room. Get creative and have fun mixing and matching!

Read more…

The Inexpensive Way to Divide a Room

At MADE Blinds, we strongly believe your home should work with you, not against you. Maybe you're just looking to shake things up and create a new flow, or more likely, you have a legitimate need for added privacy and space. Unfortunately, a remodel is not always in the budget or perhaps, you're renting and your landlord simply lacks faith in your new found architectural ambitions. Whatever the dilemma, when you're in need of a cheap, low impact room divider, Panel Track Shades can truly be a godsend. Installable in a couple of hours with loads of style options, flexible, practical and even maybe trendy, it's like all our prayers have been answered! We thought we'd break down a few of the "ins and outs" of panel tracks for you. In the slight chance that you're not already completely sold on these handy, hard working, little beauties, we're going to quickly walk you through measuring, fabric selection and installation to illustrate just how uncomplicated, convenient and stylish they can be. Measuring Depending on which brand and style you decide on, there may be slight variations to this guide, please be sure to give us a quick call before placing your order to ensure everything goes perfect, but for the most part, this will at least get you off to the right start. When it comes to measuring for sliding panels, it's really a combination of an outside and inside mount. Your horizontal measurement is very forgiving. Always add a couple inches with this measurement, just to be careful. You may have a little extra overlap on your panels, but everything will still fit fine. You'll want to take 3 or so measurements, using a proper steel measuring tape, one each across the top, middle and floor of the space you wish to traverse. The reasoning behind this is to ensure proper fit if your space is slightly unsquare. Of these, take the largest and write that down, rounding up to the nearest 1/8th inch. As for the vertical measurement, this one needs to be a bit more precise. If you measure too short, there will be unwanted open space at the foot of your blind, too long and it will cause problems with the blinds movement. To start, you'll want to make the same 3 or so measurements. Left, right and center. Here you'll want to find the smallest length, rounding down to the nearest 1/8th inch. If you're concerned and feel you need to make a few more, please don't be shy! We recommend subtracting at least an additional 1/2" from this final, shortest measurement. This 1/2" will the the space between the blind and your floor. These two measurements are really all you will need to get started. Most blinds will be made to fit exactly, with the headrail included, the length and width you provide. Two numbers... piece of cake! Now for the fun part! Fabrics So we've found the perfect idea for a seemingly complicated problem then figured out just how simple the process can actually be, I think now, we deserve to sit back and pick out pretty things! One of the coolest things about choosing a panel track system is the huge variety of fabrics, colors, patterns, and textures they are available in. So much more interesting that a boring old wall! Whatever your needs or tastes are, we have something you'll love. The main concerns are privacy, light control, and conforming to your personal decor. We carry 4 basic categories of panels, based on the material they are made of: roller, solar, woven woods and fabric. All of these products coordinate perfectly with our other window treatments. The roller and fabric panels will give you the best selection when it comes to colors, patterns and privacy levels. Woven woods will warm your home, give you moderate privacy and allow for some diffused light with their huge variety of natural woods, reeds and grasses. And our solar screen fabric works amazing for softly breaking up space without fully closing the areas off. With all of the materials, you can choose how you want your blinds to stack. They can be made to open to either the right or left side or from the center. There really are hundreds of options. Installation When you receive your blinds, we will include detailed installation instructions. But in general, at the most you will need a step stool, a handheld drill, a phillips and a flat head screwdriver, and a tape measure. The set will include ceiling mount brackets (make sure and specify this when ordering) that will be used to hold the headrail in place. The brackets will be mounted to your ceiling and once the headrail is installed the panels can be hung. No need to call in a construction crew, it's really that simple! At MADE Blinds, we are dedicated to helping you find the perfect window treatment options for your home. We hope this information was helpful and gave you an idea of two on how to divide your room. Let us know if you have any questions! Cheers!

Read more…

Choosing Window Treatments for the Nursery

When shopping window treatments for your nursery, the number one consideration must be safety. Secondly, window coverings with a room darkening or blackout option can come in handy for daytime napping and early bedtimes. Luckily there are multiple options that cover these basics and many of which come in large varieties of beautiful soft colors to match your new little one''s bedroom decor. Cellular Shades Cellulars are a great choice for your little one's room. Not only are they made from soft, plush, fabric, they also come with the all important standard cordless, top down/bottom up cordless and motorized lift options, all of which completely eliminate any hazardous cords. The vast palette of colors is nearly guaranteed to have something to perfectly fit in with your nursery decor, and most are available in all levels of light control. All of this with the added insulation Cellular Shades provide, make them our number one choice for children's bedrooms. Roman Shades What says sleepy slumber more than soft, billowy folds of luxurious textiles? Roman shades offer all the child safe options right along with their classic style. In soft pastels or whimsical prints, and lined with your choice of light controlling fabric, you can really make the nursery your own. Be sure to look for completely cord free or motorized lift styles. Solar Shades An excellent option when using drapes in your nursery, Solar Shades will protect your little one's bedroom from UV rays and the heat of the summer while still allowing them to look out at the birds and the clouds. Available in a range of colors and openness levels, and with cordless options they are a wonderful addition to any nursery. Faux Wood or Composite Shutters For a look that will stand the test of time, Faux Wood Shutters are affordable and child friendly. Easy to operate, giving you full control of your child's privacy and lighting, they are also flame resistant,eco friendly and cord free. Shutters tend to be adaptable to most design styles and can grow with your home as your children do. The friendly experts at MADE Blinds are dedicated to helping you choose the perfect window treatments for you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Cheers!  

Read more…

How to Cover Your Windows Around Radiators

Radiators and heating vents aren't placed under your windows just to annoy you, we promise. There actually are very valid reasons for this, albeit sometimes irksome, design scheme. Warming your windows cuts down on condensation which can lead to all kinds of moisture issues. Also, keeping your heating source beneath your window creates a kind of warm air curtain, helping to insulate your home and reducing drastic interior temperature variances. So, now that we've cleared up the validity behind their placement, we can focus on the issue of decorating, or more specifically, covering your windows around them. Drapery Drapery can be tricky around radiators. In a more casual setting, short curtains are perfectly acceptable, but if you really love the look of long, floor to ceiling curtains, you can try a set of stationary panels to flank your window, or simply a matching valance. These treatments, when layered with a neutral shade, will work to tie your room together and avoid cutting your drapes short. Roman Shades For window treatments with an elegant look but that still sit within your window sills, Roman Blinds may just do the trick. Made in a huge variety of luxurious fabrics and fully customizable, you are guaranteed to find something that perfectly fits your decor. Check out the hobbled option for a fuller, more high end look, or try the flat shade for a clean, classic window. Roller Shades A sleek, modern, stand-alone option, or a excellent choice to layer behind drapes, Roller Shades really are a very versatile window covering. Available in a huge variety of colors and patterns and in opacity levels from light filtering to blackout. Cellulars If you have a radiator in your home, you most likely could use the added insulation Cellular Shades provide. There is no better option when it comes to keeping your home toasty and warm, whether you just need moderate protection from the cold, or you live in Alaska, these shades are head and shoulders above the rest. They are also available with all lift options, including motorization and top down/bottom up, and from light filtering to blackout. Faux Wood or Composite Blinds Inherently fire resistant and easily layered behind drapes, Faux Wood Blinds are a classic choice for any window. They offer complete light and privacy control and are incredibly economical. Available in a wide array of stains and colors and can be cut to fit most any sized window. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Choosing Window Treatments for Your Bay Windows

Covering your bay windows is, in essence, no different than covering any ordinary home window. Generally, the intention of the ornamental, architectural addition is to allow for more light flow and greater perception of space. Keeping this premise in mind, we will look at a few window treatments that will accentuate these features while still giving you the privacy and glare control that most people need. Keep in mind these aren't the only window treatment available for Bay windows, as most products on the market these days can be made to fit perfectly. We are just going to focus on the coverings that are more likely to create a more light, airy, open feel. Woven Wood & Bamboo Shades For a beautiful, earthy, on trend style, have a look at Woven Wood or Bamboo Shades. Made from natural woods, reeds, or grasses, these shades come in so many varieties and looks, you're bound to find something that sings to you. They can be left unlined for a nearly sheer opacity and are also available with the super convenient top down/bottom up lift option. These shades are a beautiful choice to soften the natural sunlight through natural fibers and warm up your favorite space. Fabric Blinds Like real, or faux wood, horizontal blinds, Fabric Blinds are easy to adjust, offer exceptional privacy control and are beautiful to look at. Unlike wood blinds, they have the added benefit of being soft and light and they don't block the natural sunlight, but gently filter it. The slats are made of stain resistant fabric that can be easily removed and cleaned. The fabric comes in a wide variety of colors, styles and texture and the little extras, such as customizable fabric tape and valances will give your bay windows a distinct, warm look. Sheer Shades Similar to fabric blinds, Sheer Shades have fabric louvres but they are suspended between two sheer panels. This will give you soft, light filtering effects when the blinds are open but also allows for privacy and light control when needed. Stunningly light and airy, Sheer Shades will give your bay windows the sunny, breezy look they were intended to have. They are also available in a wider selection of slat widths, making them ideal for larger windows and allowing for more open space for an enhanced view. Solar Shades When you really enjoy taking in the view and enjoying some of the natural light streaming through your bay windows, a perfect choice is Solar Shades. They are a simple roller shade that is made of a special, UV resistant, sheer fabric that will both soften glare and cut down on solar heating, while still allowing you to see outside. Available in a variety of openness levels from 1-14%, you can choose just how much view you want to keep. These are ideal for a backyard bay window or one in which nighttime privacy is less essential. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments for French Doors

Believe it or not, there are quite a few options when it comes to covering your french doors. Things to take into consideration are the placement of your doors (whether they open to the outdoors or are interior doors), your need for light control and privacy and the regularity of their use. In more extreme environments, exterior doors may need to be insulated from cold temperatures or heat from the sun. If your doors are used often, hold down brackets come in handy for withstanding both the elements and regular opening and closing. Regardless of your need, window treatments are available in a multitude of options to fit your lifestyle and home design. Blinds (Wood, Faux Wood or Minis) When it comes to french doors, blinds, whether they be real wood, faux or mini, are very well suited. The ability to secure the bottoms of your blinds with a hold down bracket, while still having the option to open or close the slats, is ideal. This allows you to adjust your levels of light and privacy whenever you like without the annoying swinging and clanking of a heavy blind when you open or close the doors. Blinds also come in a vast array of colors and wood stains that will match most any door. Cellular Shades If your french doors open to the outdoors, cellular shades can be a great choice. Their insulating properties could have significant impact on your energy bills, especially when covering larger windows like those on your doors. Look for light filtering cellulars if you want to hang on to the natural lighting or choose room darkening or blackout to get some shade and greater privacy. They also come with the option of hold down brackets, which can be very convenient, and can be combined with the top down/bottom up feature for greater light control. Roller & Solar Shades Roller shades feature a simple, clean, highly customizable look on french doors. With the variety of fabric options, they can be tailored to fit any design style from minimalist modern to whimsically patterned. If light control is your concern, Solar shades offer UV and solar heat protection and standard Rollers come in all levels of opacity from simple light filtering to full blackout. Roman & Woven Shades For a sophisticated, high end look, Roman Shades and Woven shades really stand out. Beautiful on any window, particularly french doors, these shades can be made to perfectly fit your decor. Roman shades come with the option of a blackout liner which can be added to heighten your doors insulation. There are a huge variety of fabric and natural fiber choices with designer upgrades and trims. The top down/bottom up feature, also available, allows you to adjust the shades without having to lift them entirely. French doors are a classic feature. Done correctly, window treatments can add to that effect and can be customized to fit your style. From the friendly experts at MADE Blinds, we are happy to help you find the perfect fit for you. Cheers!

Read more…

Choosing Window Treatments for Your Sidelights

Sidelights on your front door not only add a level of elegance to your entryway, but they also let natural light into your home and expand your view. Coverings for these windows can be tricky; they are an odd size but it would be a shame to negate the added benefits of the sidelights. Luckily there are a few options available that can be fitted to be just perfect. Faux Wood Probably the simplest, most cost effective, and classic choice. Faux wood blinds are easily cut to the perfect size and modified specifically for sidelights. At this size they will not come with a lift option but you will still be able to open and close the louvres for full privacy and glare control. Faux wood is always great for its color and stain variety and all-climate durability. Cellular Shades Cellular shades a great choice for sidelights, especially in cooler climates. They will significantly reduce that drafty feel coming from your entryway. An option that could be really interesting with sidelight cellulars is the top down/bottom up feature. This could save your natural light while still allowing for privacy control. Cellular shades also come in a rainbow of colors and with varying levels of insulation and light filtering. Shutters Depending on the size and space around your sidelights, plantation shutters can be a lovely choice. The louvres are easily opened and closed to see outside and the shutter panels can be swung open to clean the windows when needed. Careful consideration must be taken to ensure perfect fit, but when done properly they can accentuate your sidelights as opposed to just covering them up. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Energy Efficient Window Treatments

More Green! Energy efficiency has kind of become a big deal. When it comes to your home, it can sometimes seem daunting, but if we take it one step at a time, we can really make a big difference for the green in the environment, and the green in our wallets! A great first step when considering your home's efficiency is choosing the right window treatments. Without coverings, windows can account for anywhere between 10-35% of your heating and cooling costs. Choosing the right window treatments can be a great first step to greener, and more fiscally conscious living. One size does not necessarily fit all! Do you live in Phoenix? San Diego? Maybe Portland? Your location will be the major variable when deciding which window treatment is right for you. Are you looking to keep the sun out and drop those AC bills or are you trying to keep in all that beautiful warmth from the fire that was just built? Wherever you live and whatever the weather, there are window treatments for all climates, and some that even cover both ends of the spectrum. We've made a quick guide to help you along in the process, rating window treatments for both summer and winter efficiency as well as UV protection, with 1 being little to no added comfort, to 5, with the greatest benefit. Cellular Shades Light Filtering Single Cell Summer Comfort: 3 Winter Comfort: 4 UV Protection: 3 Cellular Shades are the most insulating window treatment available, hands down. They are made of long, individual cells that work like a quit for your windows, creating pockets of insulating air. In milder climates where you don't need anything drastic, a nice light filtering cellular shade, will keep your home just right. They will cut down on drafts and heat loss while still allowing you to take advantage of natural light. Cellular Shades Light Filtering Double Cell Summer Comfort: 4 Winter Comfort: 5 UV Protection: 4 For colder climates, a double cell will greatly decrease your heat loss. Can increase your R Value (thermal insulating value) by up to 4 points. Be cautious in humid climates as the cellulars are so insulating you could have problems with moisture or ice build up in the space between the window and the shade. This is just the blind doing exactly what is supposed to do. A quick remedy is to crack the shades during the warmest time of day to allow for some ventilation. Cellular Shades Blackout Double Cell Summer Comfort: 5 Winter Comfort: 4 UV Protection: 5 If heat is of greater concern, the blackout option for cellular shades will keep the sun out and and AC in. Check out the Daytime/Nighttime Shades for greater light control. They are essentially two window coverings in one, with a light filtering shade behind a blackout shade. Perfect for areas with hot summers and cold winters! Roman Shades Summer Comfort: 4 Winter Comfort: 4 UV Protection: 4 Shutters most notable strength, pertaining to energy efficiency, is the fact that they are actually built onto the wall. This creates that sought after envelope of air that is essential to insulation. They are great for warm climates because the individual louvres are easy to open and close allowing you to have full control over the levels of light in your home and they do a surprisingly decent job at keeping your home warm in the winter months. Roller Shades Blackout Summer Comfort: 4 Winter Comfort: 3 UV Protection: 4 In hot climates, a blackout roller shade, is a simple, efficient option. They are easy to operate, maintaining flexibility, and come in a huge variety of colors, patterns and sizes. The key to optimal heat control is to mount shades as close to the window glass as possible. Solar Shades 1% - 14% Summer Comfort: 4-5 Winter Comfort: 3 UV Protection: 5 Solar shades are designed to block harmful UV rays and solar heat gain while still being semi-sheer, preserving your exterior view. Available in varying levels of openness, from 1%, blocking the most UV rays, to 14%, being the more sheer. Ideal when privacy is less of a concern. A combination of solar shades and floor to ceiling drapery, will give you daytime light control with night time privacy and moderate insulation for the cooler months. Woven Wood Blinds Summer Comfort: 3 Winter Comfort: 2 UV Protection: 3 Bamboo blinds combined with sheer fabric. These blinds are great for light control flexibility and will keep your home shady and cool when closed and cut glare when opened. Perfect for mild climates where light control and privacy are your main concerns. Improving your home's efficiency doesn't have to be a tedious chore! Who knew something as simple as new window coverings could be such a significant improvement to your comfort and energy bills? We hope this guide made your life a bit simpler. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatments for Hot Climates

In hotter climates, the right window treatments can make a huge difference. For example, one of the easiest ways to cut energy costs is properly insulated windows. As with most decisions when it comes to your home there are priorities to consider; when exploring window treatments to block heat, it's important to keep in mind your need for privacy, preservation of view and flexibility with seasonal conditions. So, with that in mind, here are our recommendations: Solar Shades One of the biggest complaints, when improving window insulation, is having to close off all of your windows. The purpose of a window is to open your home up, right? Solar shades give you the best of both worlds. Designed specifically to protect your home from the sun, they are a simple roller shade made with special, semi-sheer, UV blocking fabric. They reduce heat transfer while still allowing you see outside and take advantage of natural light during the day, further saving energy consumption. Solar shades are rated with an openness percentage from 1-14%, with the lower number blocking the most heat and UV rays, and the higher number blocking the least, but allowing for more a view. The one drawback to solar shades is their lack of nighttime privacy. A quick remedy to this issue, and also an added level of heat control, would be the addition of some drapes. Roller Shades When you live in a hot climate, the ability to keep your home open is often times not high on your list of priorities. Respite from the summer sun may be the only thing on your mind. When this is the case, a good blackout roller blind, in all of its simplistic glory, can be just the answer! No need to restrict your decorative desires, they come in a rainbow of colors and designs to which a blackout lining can be added. The lining will greatly reduce heat transfer and give you the shade you long for. The key to coolness is to get the blind close to the window and create the tightest fit possible. Cellular Shades Cellular shades are born insulators. Comprised of long, individual cells that create insulating air pockets, they won't allow heat or even cold air in. More technically, on average, the R-value (thermal insulating value) of any given home window ranges from around .9 to 3. With the addition of Cellular shades, you can raise that number from 1.5 to 4 points! The higher levels coming from the dual cell blackout shades. For even more versatility, you can opt for the day/night option which is, in essence, two shades in one. One sheerer, light filtering shade behind a blackout shade, giving you all the flexibility and temperature control you could ever need! Living in a hot climate doesn't have to be a window treatment nightmare; with help from our friendly experts at MADE Blinds, we are sure we can find the shades that best suit you. We hope to hear from you soon! Cheers!

Read more…

Window Treatment Ideas for Your Home Theater

There is not much worse than finally getting some time to relax, sitting down to watch that movie you've been dying to see, then having half of your screen obstructed by glare from the windows. Whether you're just in your living room with your feet kicked up on the coffee table, or you're in your meticulously designed home theater, window treatments in an entertainment room are serious business. No one wants to watch half a movie! Luckily, there are many options, from complete blackout coverings, to glare reducing light filtering shades for any budget. Here are a few of our favorite picks. Roller Shades Clean, effortless, versatile, roller shades are simply a flat panel of fabric that rolls up at the top of your window when opened. They come in a huge variety of colors and sizes and are incredibly budget friendly. Most significantly, they are available with the all important 'blackout' option. They are simple to operate and, if safety is a concern of yours, they are available with cordless or even motorized lift options. Cellular Shades Cellular shades have so many benefits, it's hard to find a room they wouldn't be perfect in. But when it comes to your home theater, they can be incredibly adaptable. Whether you absolutely need complete darkness or are looking for something to just reduce glare, you can find exactly what you need with cellulars. With a sleek, modern look, they come in tons of colors and with options like 'top down/bottom up', for those times you need to get rid of that pesky, stray sunbeam. They also have the added benefit of insulation which is really nice for a chilly winter movie night! Solar Shades Solar shades are ideal for daytime screen viewing. Although they do not completely darken a room, they do markedly reduce glare and also block a large amount of UV rays and heat. Designed to protect your interiors from the sun while still allowing for visibility, these shades are good for an entertainment area, but if greater privacy is desired, some added drapery may be required. Roman Shades If a classy home theater is more your style, Roman shades could be just the ticket! Available in a variety of luxurious fabrics, and styles from flat to hobbled, Romans can really give you that "Old Hollywood" look. Their liners are available in all levels of light control, including 'room darkening' and 'blackout', and with the options of cordless, top down/bottom up, and motorized lifts. Whether for day or night, cold or warm, blackout or just glare-reducing, Made Blinds has everything you need for all of your home theatre needs. Cheers!

Read more…

Choosing the Right Window Treatments For Your Sunroom

The purpose of a beautiful sunroom is to give you a space to enjoy some natural light and perhaps a beautiful view while protecting you from the elements. Unfortunately some elements aren't fully contained by window glass. Things to take into consideration when choosing window treatments for your sunroom are seasonal changes in temperature, intensity of direct sunlight, your need for privacy and the desire to maintain an outside view. Fortunately, there are many options for your windows that will allow your sunroom to live up to its name and keep you comfortable at the same time. Cellular Shades Cellular shades, also called honeycomb shades, have so many practical features. They are perfect for sunrooms that require added insulation in colder months. When raised, they become nice and compact so your windows truly feel open. They are also available with an amazingly convenient 'top-down bottom-up' feature that will give you the privacy you need while still allowing the sun to come through the top. Beautiful and sheer when closed, you never have to give up all of your sunlight. Solar Shades In the hottest of summer months, sunrooms can become unusable. Solar shades are a perfect option when your goal is to block the hot, harmful and furniture fading uv rays while still keeping some of your view. They are a basic roller shade made with a solar screen fabric that is reflective on one side. This reflects the harsh uv rays still but allows for some transparency. Highly customizable, they come in a variety of openness levels, allowing you the freedom to choose just how much sun you want to let in. Sheer Shades Sheer shades are great for softening sunlight and adding tranquility to your sunroom. Keep the warm glow and view but maintain your privacy control. An excellent choice for any sunroom. The fabric is also machine washable and interchangeable and the blinds are easy to install yourself. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Alternatives to Vertical Blinds

Hanging vinyl vertical blinds are not your only option when it comes to covering large or sliding glass windows. Whether light control and privacy are your main concerns or you're looking for something a bit more insulating, there are plenty of options. Panel Track Blinds Sliding Panel Track Blinds, large panels of hanging fabric, are mounted from your ceiling or wall and slide effortlessly in a track, not unlike a closet door. They can be made in a wide variety of colors and in solar fabrics or natural woven fabrics. An option ideal for patio doors and available in a variety of panel widths so they are perfectly suitable for extra large windows or can even be used as a room divider. Vertical Sheer Blinds The perfect combination of vinyl vertical blind vanes with sheer fabric. When opened, light filters through the sheer fabric. When closed, they offer all the privacy and light control of conventional vertical blinds. The fabric is machine washable and is interchangeable if you ever decide to update your look. Vertical Cellular Shades Cellular shades are great. They are beautiful, customizable and eco-friendly. And now you can use them to cover even the largest of your windows or sliding doors. They offer insulation from heat, cold, and noise. Light control ranging from soft light filtering to complete blackout and the option of single or double cell. With a vast variety of colors, they can be made to perfectly coordinate with the horizontal cellular shades. You really can't go wrong with Cellular Shades! From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Free Swatches Plus $100 Giveaway

We don't know about you, but purchasing large ticket items online can be just a tad bit daunting when you can't see, touch and feel the beautiful product you're purchasing. At Made Blinds, we understand what it means to ensure quality and a worry-free experience for the at-home customer. That is precisely why we encourage you to order away and get up to 10 FREE swatches. Once you place your order, not only are your samples just a few days away, but you will also be entered to win a $100 credit to be used at www.madeblinds.com! Included in your swatch kit will be a helpful measuring worksheet and tips on finding the right window coverings for you. Most swatches will arrive within 2-4 days, depending on where you live. Also important to know, watch orders placed by 11 AM PST will ship the same business day, and orders placed after 11 AM PST will ship the very next day business day.Most products sold on Made Blinds are available as a swatch, with some exceptions. Always check the product pages to see if swatches are available for that product. Now, time to check out the products you adore and order those 10 free swatch samples. Happy shopping, and happy swatching!

Read more…

Caring for and Cleaning Your Blinds

Of all the routine house chores on our to do lists, the cleaning of window treatments has a tendency to get nudged down to the bottom a little too often. They are easy to overlook and the task can seem downright daunting. Just incase you "don't even know where to start", here's a quick how-to on some of our most common products. Cellular Shades A quick dusting with a feather duster or lint free cloth can do wonders and keep your shades looking as good as new. The dusting tool on your vacuum, set on low, will work as well. To spot clean, blot, do not rub, with the suds from some cool water and a mild dishwashing soap. Do not saturate. Then blot dry with a clean cloth. Use caution when spot cleaning as it can leave the area looking cleaner than the rest of the shade. Fabric Vertical Blinds, Pleated or Roman Shades Dust using a feather duster, lint free cloth or the brush tool of a vacuum set on low. To spot clean, blot with cool water and a mild detergent. Use caution to avoid creases in pleated shades. You can also try an upholstery cleaning product to get any tougher to clean spots. Make sure and test any new cleaning product in an inconspicuous location. Faux Wood Blinds and Vinyl Verticals With the blinds closed, dust using a feather duster, a damp lint free cloth or the brush tool of a vacuum set on low. Repeat with blinds closed in the opposite direction. For deeper cleaning, remove individual slats of vertical blinds or take down faux wood and wipe down with warm water and a non abrasive cleaner. Leaving a thin film of detergent can help to reduce future buildup. Aluminum Mini Blinds Probably the most durable of window treatments. A regular dusting will do wonders but if that's just not cutting it, they can be taken down and soaked in your bathtub for a deep clean. Just be sure to avoid bending or damaging the slats and dry fully. Solar Shades Dust using a feather duster, a damp lint free cloth or the brush tool of a vacuum set on low. Wipe with warm water and a mild dish detergent. Wipe dry with a soft cloth. Wood Blinds and Shutters Close blinds flat and dust with a feather duster, a lint free cloth or the brush tool of a vacuum set on low. Wood blinds require a bit of extra care when cleaning. Avoid getting wood blinds wet. If needed, use a wood oil or spray polish on a soft cloth. Make sure to keep completely dry and avoid using abrasive cloths. For most window blinds, a rub down with a fabric softener sheet will help to reduce dust buildup. The key to keeping your blinds looking like new is regular maintenance. A simple monthly dusting can save you from a time consuming chore and keep your blinds as beautiful as the day you brought them home. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

Best Bathroom Blinds

When considering window treatments for your bathroom, there are a few important things to keep in mind. The first of which is, well...privacy. In older times, a bathroom was also called a privy, which was another way of saying private. Other important considerations for bathroom window blinds or shades is typically humidity; this is less valid if the bathroom in question does not have a shower or bath. The last important element when choosing bathroom blinds is light control, and in this case most would prefer some natural light to flow into their bathroom. With our criteria for selection set, here's our short list of best bathroom blinds: Faux Wood Blinds Also known as composite blinds, are made from a synthetic material that looks like wood but is moisture resistant and durable. Because they are a window blind, you can tilt the slats up or down for privacy while allowing in light or, you can close them entirely. You can choose faux wood blinds that look like realistic wood grain or a selection of painted neutral tones. Solar Shades Solar shades are incredibly versatile in both energy efficiency and style. They are made to keep out the undesirable heat and UV rays while still allowing you retain your view and natural light. They also work well to help insulate rooms in colder months. Customizable to fit your light filtering needs. Solar shades are also available in a wide range of fabrics and colors to suit your tastes, though they only offer daytime privacy. Aluminum Mini Blinds Classic and durable. Aluminum mini blinds are moisture resistant and easy to clean and operate. Like the faux wood, they allow for full control of light and privacy. One of the more budget friendly choices. Can be made in almost any size, and can even cover a skylight. They are also very suitable for shallow windows. Roller Shades Simple, clean and economical, roller shades are available in a wide range of opacity levels from sheer light filtering to room darkening to total blackout. They are easy to use and some have the option of top-down bottom-up lift which is perfect for the bathroom. Vertical Blinds Verticals aren't just for sliding glass doors. They can be the perfect fit in bathrooms. Vinyl verticals are humidity resistant, excellent for privacy and light control, incredibly economical and easy to clean. They also come in a variety of colors, textures, basic curved or S-shaped. From MADE Blinds, dedicated to making choosing and purchasing the perfect window treatments easy, affordable and even fun. Come check out our expertly curated selections of made-to-order blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. Cheers!

Read more…

5 Quick Tips for Holiday Decorating

Baby, it's cold outside. . . Which can only mean one thing: the holidays are here and it's time for festive decorating to ensue! Planning of friends and family get-togethers start to load up the calendar, holiday music is playing in shopping malls and on the radio, and it's time to turn your abode into a magical winter wonderland. Below are five tips on how to maximize your time with creative punches to transform your home for the holidays without spending days up to your eyes in storage boxes of holiday decor. Use the extra time you save to pump up the volume of those Christmas carols and bake some deserved cookies to enjoy with a nice cup of hot cocoa. Purge unnecessary decor. First things first. Remove all of the holiday boxes from the garage or attic, and take inventory of what you do NOT want to keep. It is easy to accumulate knick knacks over time, so taking a timeout to inventory what items you actually like, use and want to keep for posterity will help you simplify this year. Make two piles: keep and toss. As soon as the toss pile is complete, drive it over to the local Goodwill or charity drop-off and hurry home to tackle that keep pile. Make a list of needed items.Now that you're light as a feather with your decorative load, make a detailed list of what you need to purchase before you start the decorating process. New lights, ornament hangers, wrapping paper and ribbon, etc. are holiday staples and may need to be replaced from wear and tear over the years. Make that list, and check it twice. You won't want to make another run to the store once you're in full decorating mode. Keep it classy and simple.Simple is the name of the game in creating a beautiful holiday version of your already stunning home. Think of holiday decor as a way to enhance the natural beauty you work so hard to maintain year-round. Simple, classy touches like placing beautiful hanging wreaths on the window between your indoor drapery panels, (link) or on your home's exterior windows are both welcoming ways to enhance your everyday with a festive touch. {need photos} Also, placing a beautiful lantern with a light inside on the window sill is another easy way to spruce up your window space with some holiday flare. Pick a color palette and stick with it all season.Holiday decor can be a tad overwhelming when you see rows upon rows of wrapping paper, ribbons, ornaments, and Santa figurines. Pick a color palette that is close to what your home already embodies, and choose patterns and textures that complement your home. For instance, if you have a lot of patterns already in your house, stick with a solid dark red and burlap palette with hints of simple polka dot or striped pattern for additional texture where needed. This can be transformed into your wreath ribbon, tree ornaments, and gift wrapping selections. Engage your kids to assist.It's the most wonderful time of the year, and nothing beats the childhood excitement of little ones during the holidays. Embrace their excitement and energy level and put it to good use to purge, buy and decorate as a family. Play the holiday tunes extra loud and be sure there is plenty of hot cocoa handy. From the Made Blinds family to yours,  Happy Holidays!

Read more…

Motorized Blinds and Shades Somfy Blog

Somfy Window treatments are central to our everyday lives. There we said it. You just may not have thought about them this way. But if you stop to think about it, window treatments provide us all-important privacy and light control in our homes. Some even provide insulation. And, window treatments perform these vital roles all while adding beauty to your home. We're thinking your blinds and shades just moved up a notch or two in the respect category. Speaking of respect, there is a next-level of functionality - and coolness - that your window treatments can provide to you and your home. That next level is achieved by investing in motorized lift (for shades) or motorized slat control (for blinds). Here at MADE Blinds, we have sought to make purchasing high-quality window treatments easy and affordable for all. We put in the hard work of sourcing the best quality blinds, shades, shutters and drapes. So when it came time to pick a company to fulfill our motorized blinds and shades orders, the obvious partner choice was Somfy Systems. When it comes to motorized window treatments, Somfy is the trusted name with the best and quietest electric motors for lift and slat control, which are battery operated by the way that means no cords, easy installation and easy maintenance. Somfy innovation extends to a remote control that allows you to operate one shade or many at the same time, and a user friendly app for your smartphone. You can even connect the operation of your motorized window treatments via your home automation with Somfy. They also offer automatic sensors that will open or close your window treatments depending on the amount of sunlight and the temperature of the room; a great feature for energy efficiency. Why motorized? Some people purchase motorized window treatments because they have windows that are hard to reach. For others motorized window treatments are just one of many connected solutions in their home. Somfy's integrated motorized solutions and technology opens many possibilities for homeowners, including convenience, energy efficiency, enhanced security and a clean aesthetic because motorized window treatments have no cords. And, no cords is important for child and pet safety, an issue that is gaining more and more attention! Serious issues aside, let's not ignore the coolness factor of being able to press a button and watch your snazzy new window shades rise to the exact level you want! So if you are ready to take your home and your window treatments to the next-level of function, convenience, integration and flat out Wow-Factor, consider motorized blinds and shades from MADE Blinds and Somfy Systems. Cheers!

Read more…

Nice to meet you, we are MADE Blinds

Although MADE Blinds is new, our team is comprised of veterans when it comes to window coverings. We have 20 years of experience behind us as the brainchild of the #1 window coverings seller. With our size and experience, we are able to give you great prices on all the newest styles, best products, and the smartest advice to help you achieve your picture-perfect style. We believe ordering window coverings online should be simple, fun, affordable - and even, dare we say it, exciting with the anticipation of improving your home's style and function! We saw an opening in the online market and strive to create a great curated option that houses custom window treatments for you, our customers. With our passion for window treatments, we are your partner in home design and friend in the window coverings industry to help you tailor your perfect look. We look forward to sharing with you ways in which you can add texture and personality to a room, and provide helpful insights and guidance along the way as you embrace the adventure and create exactly what you want, the way you want it. At MADE Blinds, we want you to be proud of your work, and we want you to be proud that you have saved money in the process. We are MADE Blinds, and we're excited to get to know you better.

Read more…

Recent Posts

    Design Element of the Month: Reclaimed Wood Design Tips for Pet Owners Turning Your Bedroom into a Romantic Getaway How to Make a Space Seem Bigger Balancing White with Colors and Patterns Design Element of the Month: Wallpaper Design Element of the Month: Cerulean Blue Small Touches that Make a Room Feel Cozy A Guide to Art and What It Says About Your House Playing with Different Materials for Depth and Texture
close modal close modal