Tips On How To Choose Blinds and Shutters

21st-century Americans expect variety and choice. When I was a child, coffee either came with cream and sugar or black. These days an entire book could be filled with all of the different coffee options that are available at your local Starbucks. You would also need a dictionary for explaining what all of the various choices actually mean.

The choices for window treatments have also proliferated in similar ways. It should be beneficial to have this type of selection instead of confusing. Therefore, I have defined and sorted out what some of the main options are in order to make the process of choosing blinds easier for you and less bewildering.

Let’s begin with some of the basics. In general, blinds refer to a kind of hard treatment that is made out of vanes or slats, which you adjust with a remote control, wand or manual pull cord.

Blinds are easy to adjust; their slats can stay closed tight for light control and privacy, or you can tilt them open to let in just the right amount of light that you desire. When you pull them up so that they are stacked at the top of your window, it leaves a view that is unobstructed.

The first decision you need to make it how wide you want your slats to be. In general, blinds come in three different standard sizes: 2 inches, 1 inch and 1/2 inch. The most popular is the 1/2-inch slat, since it provides homes with a very contemporary feeling. The 1-inch versions are a compromise between the widest and narrowest blinds; they are slightly less expensive than 1/2-inch slats because less labor is needed to manufacture them.

People who would like to have an old-world or fashioned look tend to select the 2-inch slats, since they resembled old-style Venetian blinds.

There are vertical blinds that are also designed to be used with sliding glass doors and wide window expanses. They stack to the side, instead of at the top of the windows. However, keep in mind that you can make a real commercial statement with aluminum vertical blinds. They work quite well in a modern environment, but not so great in a small cottage.

Verticals are currently available in a wonderful and broad array of different materials. These include sheer fabrics such as the Hunter Douglas Luminettes – that really provide a contemporary look for your home or office.

Plantation Shutters are a modern louvre style shutter that can be made from timber (usually Basswood) or polymer foam. The cost of plantation shutters Sydney varies depending on the size of the windows and the materials used.

After they choose the style of blinds they want to use, many clients will ask what color of blinds they need to match their room. I have an unequivocal and quick answer. If you are planning on never changing your room’s scheme,and if you are fine with your blinds being more prominent visually than your windows, then go ahead and choose a color.

However, if you would like to have a classic, long-term blind that won’t become dated or turn off a prospective buyer, you should select a neutral color that is close to the same color of your window trim. This approach is always a good one to take. Rarely should your blinds be the determining factor for what your room’s palette should be.

Wood blinds are another popular choice – including faux wood ones. Wood provides windows a more organic and softer feeling compared to aluminum blinds. If you decide to go with this choice, just keep in mind that faux wood offers a few advantages compared to real wood. First of all, it can be much less expensive. It also isn’t susceptible to moisture issues, which make them an excellent option for kitchens, bathrooms and clammy climates. You may as well go with faux if you are going to be suing painted wood blinds. No one will ever tell the difference.

Quick and Easy Kitchen Makeover Tips

You can easily transform your kitchen without spending a fortune or enduring a long, messy renovation period. Here are some tips to help you with this before you put it out of your mind.

A very easy way to add a whole new look is by accenting one wall with a bright, bold splash of color. This can instantly give the kitchen a warmth and beauty that makes it come alive. You can also decorate around this color with tablecloths, kitchenware and more to makeover the whole room.

Another great way to spruce up the kitchen is by adding some new tile to the backsplash. This can give the whole room a new look without a lot of money. There are many peel-and-stick products for the job available at many home improvement stores. This is a great way to add texture, metallic and finish to the room. Best of all, most any homeowner can do the work without the added expense of hiring a professional.

One other option that is easy and inexpensive is adding glass fronts to your kitchen cabinets. This gives your whole room a totally different look. You can choose frosted glass or clear glass to not only make it easy to see where all your dinnerware is but also show off heirlooms and other stylish pieces.

Before you think of tearing your kitchen cabinets out, stop and give this a thought. You can also just paint your cabinets to take the room to a whole new level. If painting leaves you feeling uncertain then start out slow. Replace your current kitchen hardware with something new. It is cheap to do and it gives your room a polished effect.

Is your refrigerator or stove showing signs of age? Maybe these appliances still work fine but they just look drab. You can overhaul them with a new set of face panels. Order them directly from the manufacturer to get a perfect fit. One additional hint, here. You can often remove your dishwasher panel and flip it over for a fresh look.

If you have a breakfast area or a small dinette set in your kitchen you can easily and quickly transform the room by adding new cushions to it. You might even have the set reupholstered and painted to make it look like you went out and bought it brand new.

There are simple ways, as you can see, to makeover your kitchen without a lot of money or mess. Apply these simple changes to your kitchen and enjoy a whole new room.

Achieve A Touch Of Style With Interior Moulding

In the past interior moulding installation was an overwhelming nightmare for any designer. The materials were difficult to manage, heavy and would still need to be cut, positioned primed and painted. This was a task that the average homeowner would never consider taking on.

Today, most of these challengers are gone as moulding materials have become more user friendly. In fact, moulding installation is often considered a good DIY project that does not take up too much time. However, before you start any installation you need to know how to prepare correctly.

Trim and mouldings are both functional and decorative adding a touch of style to a property. Interior moulding is not only aesthetically pleasing, but will also hide joints from the wall, ceiling, doors and windows. There are a number of materials that you can use for moulding and it is important to know which would be best for you.

Type Of Materials

Two of the most popular types of moulding material are hardwood and polyurethane foam. Hardwood is generally left with the natural finish or stained to a different colour. Hardwood can be expensive if you are looking at Fir or Pine, but there are paint grade woods which are usually cheaper.

Polyurethane foam is often used to imitate wood through painting or staining. Many people use this material because it is much cheaper than the wood alternative. Polyurethane foam is also much easier to handle if you are completing the moulding yourself.

Moulding Styles

Once the materials have been chosen it is time to determine the style. Many styles are available as a prefinished option which means that the moulding is ready to be installed without any further working. When choosing prefinished options the selection of styles might be limited at your local hardware store. If this is the case contacting manufacturers or stores further away for catalogues might be a good idea.

Once you have chosen the style you need to know where in your home the moulding will be placed. The placement of the trim determines what it is called. It is important that you know the name of the trim when you order.

Crown moulding or cornice is the moulding which runs where the wall meets the ceiling. This type of moulding can give a formal look to any room without appearing overbearing.

Chair rail moulding is usually made from wood and runs at the height of a normal chair back. This moulding is a great way to protect your wall from scuffs made by furniture. This type of moulding can also be used as a baseboard.

Wainscoting is panelling applied to the lower half of the wall. Wainscoting will generally be topped by chair rail moulding at a height of 36 to 54 inches. Wainscoting not only protects the wall from furniture scuffs, but also adds a decorative element to the room. It is easy to clean which makes it extremely useful in homes with pets and small children.

Baseboards in a house usually cover the lowest part of the wall and reach a height of 3 to 12 inches. Baseboards can hide the connection between wall and floor, and can protect the wall from scuffs from shoes. In the past baseboards were plain and simple, but more people are leaning toward intricate patterns to accentuate their room decor.

The trim found around windows and doors is known as casing with the inside known as jambs. There are many options when it comes to casing that you should consider. Casing can ensure that there is a seamless transition from window and door to wall.

It is not only the interior of your home where moulding can be used, but the exterior as well. Exterior trims can help enhance the curb appeal of your home and link to any decor ideas you have inside. Some of the exterior trim choices you should consider are columns, shutters, doorknockers and crown moulding.