R+T Australia is an exhibition to showcase developments in energy efficiency. Among those are Blinds and Shutters. Energy Efficient Blind have been on the rise. We talked last fall about the competition in California for energy efficient homes. Most of those homes included some advanced way of filtering the heat and light through specialized blinds. Continue reading “Energy Efficient Mesa Blinds”
R+T Australia is an exhibition to showcase developments in energy efficiency. Among those are Blinds and Shutters. E...Read More
R+T Australia is an exhibition to showcase developments in energy efficiency. Among those are Blin...Read More
One of the news stories this week gives a suggestion of 5 ways to prevent birds from crashing into your windows. Sadly...Read More
One of the news stories this week gives a suggestion of 5 ways to prevent birds from crashing into y...Read More
One of the news stories this week gives a suggestion of 5 ways to prevent birds from crashing into your windows. Sadly only two of these options make any sense to us here at All About Blinds and Shutters. If you followed their advice you’d have dirty windows covered in fodder. We know you’d rather have clean windows that look radiant enough for a bird to try and crash through them. We also know you don’t want to hurt birds. So here’s our take on the news. Continue reading “Clean Windows | Birds Crashing into Windows”
Most often blind or shutter replacements are on the list of home improvements. The variety of choices can make it diffic...Read More
Most often blind or shutter replacements are on the list of home improvements. The variety of choice...Read More
Most often blind or shutter replacements are on the list of home improvements. The variety of choices can make it difficult to choose the more suitable option for you. Luckily those of us at Mesa’s All About Blinds and Shutters, and articles like this to help you find the best thing for you. Read to learn where to find the best Shutters in Mesa. Continue reading “Where To Get Blinds and Shutters in Mesa”
Sheer Blinds Sheer Blinds are an Elegant Combination of Curtain and Blinds You may have never seen Sheer Blinds befor...Read More
Sheer Blinds Sheer Blinds are an Elegant Combination of Curtain and Blinds You may have never see...Read More
Sheer Blinds are an Elegant Combination of Curtain and Blinds
You may have never seen Sheer Blinds before. They have the elegance of a sheer curtain with the privacy control of a blind. Imagine a sheer curtain attached gently to either side of your blinds. Naturally everyone will be imagining something different at this point because there are many varieties of blinds and curtains. So too are there many varieties of sheer blinds. They can come in various colors and transparencies. Some people use them as blackout blinds while others go for a much lighter look allowing as much sunlight to get through as possible. You can control the blind portion to allow extra light in anytime. Because of the sheer people standing out by the sidewalk won’t be able to see into the house well unless the lighting is just right inside the house. That means that it does give a feeling of being able to see out while others cannot see in. However, be careful with that illusion. Unless the blind portion is shut people may still be able to see in.
Common materials for the sheer portion are silk, satin, cotton lace, and loosely woven polyester. Because the lighting is easy to control these are great blinds for plants. Plants often need a specific amount of sunlight to thrive. With sheer blinds you can control and provide the right balance. That said, these are not the best material for insulation control unless you opt for rather thick sheer blinds. However, they are easy to match with your decorating. They come in a large variety of colors. Every manufacturer offers different colors. So you should be able to find one that matches your home.
These are easy to wash in simple soap and water. Then just rinse and dry. But depending on what they’re made of the sheer nature means a more fragile weave. In other words, don’t wash them too often or you may degrade the fabric (again depending on the chosen fabric).
The great thing about blinds and shutters is the ability to choose. You can customize everything about your windows. Call All About Blinds and Shutters to customize your perfect window today: 602) 418-1429
Roman Shades The 411 on Roman Shades Roman Shades actually started in Rome. Back then they were little more than b...Read More
Roman Shades The 411 on Roman Shades Roman Shades actually started in Rome. Back then they wer...Read More
The 411 on Roman Shades
Roman Shades actually started in Rome. Back then they were little more than bunched up cloth on the window. What’s interesting is that they had a different purpose than we usually think about with blinds and shades. The goal of roman shades wasn’t about insulation as much as it was about dust. The Romans were going through an industrial age of sorts. They were building. Specifically they were building with Stone. We’re talking about enormous buildings such as the Colosseum. That much stone construction created a lot of dust in the city. As a result, Romans began to create what we now call roman shades to keep out the dust. The folds of the thick cloth helped to catch the dust.
Today’s roman shades come in two styles, flat and cuffed “aka curved”. The basic structure is the same. You have cloth that is pulled from the bottom up causing the cloth to fold on itself as the shade is raised. What those folds look like determines if it’s flat or cuffed. If the shade looks like multiple parallel folds on top of one another it is referred to as flat. If the blind folds up a little more haphazardly its considered cuffed. The cuffed shade is wavy and the folds just flop all over. Instead of the rigid structure of the flat shade, the cuffed shade is more casual.
Roman shades can come in varying materials and colors of course. Very thin cloth is called a “veil blind” while very thick cloth works as a blackout blind. They also vary in terms of installation. There are do-it-yourself kits you can buy and put them together yourself, you could start from scratch, or you can have them professionally installed.
Finally, let’s learn how to clean these shades. They are great at getting the dust out of a room. that means you’ll need to get the dust off of them. You could use a feather duster, but that would just knock the dust back into the house. You’d do better to take the shades down and shake them off outside. Because these blinds are cloth the method of washing and stain removal is varied. The best advice we can give here is to know what material you’re dealing with and look up best cleaning methods of that particular material. For example, cotton could just go in the washer. Where as silk would need a hand wash cycle. So be conscious of what material you have. You may opt to have your blinds dry cleaned.
Roman Shades add a neoclassic look to any home. If your home has columns or uses a lot of regal colors you should really consider roman blinds for your home. If you’d like professional consultation call us today at 602.418.1429