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When to Consider Replacing Your Coverings

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Home improvement, in itself, is a project that doesn’t ever really seem to end. There are so many things that constantly need to be done, and even when it feels like you’re getting a grip on the list, there is that one project that lingers in the back of your head that you know you should be working on. At Arjay’s Window Furnishings, window treatments are our specialties and we know that while they may not seem like a huge project because they’re never going to entirely stop serving their purpose, they do need to be replaced at some point in time.

These are some of the signs that you might recognize when it’s time for you to finally switch out the window treatments in your home.

Rule of Thumb

On average, most people will replace their window treatments every 7 or 8 years. This is usually about the time that progression has been made in regards to the styling and techniques of window finishings, and at this point in time any upgrade that you make with your window coverings will be an upgrade in aesthetics and energy efficiency. If you’re not entirely sure whether or not your window coverings have made it to this point, then the following things are worth taking into consideration before you commit to updating them.

Warped or Bent

One of the clearest signs that it’s time to replace your blinds will be physical signs of bent or warped parts. This is primarily the case with mini blinds, but can also be a huge part of other window coverings that you install in your home. If you have any creases in your window coverings, whether they be mini blinds or any of the shades that you pull down, you should consider getting them replaced. This can make it difficult to take advantage of energy efficiency, but can also completely take away the purpose of having window coverings at all.

They Don’t Work

When you install window fashions in your home, you invest in them so that they can provide coverage and control with natural light, but also so that they can increase the efficiency of your home. If you have blinds or window coverings that aren’t doing that, then it is beyond time to switch them out. Something that all creators of window coverings work to complete, at the very least, is have a fashion that will be efficient and get the job done.

At times this could be as easy as switching them out for a new set of blinds, but it could also serve as an opportunity to see what other types of fashions are available. There may be a new style that better suits your needs or one that better suits your aesthetic preferences. Regardless, being able to see what other options are out there and how they can provide you with more coverage, more control or higher levels of efficiency is always worth looking into.

Outdated

We said it at the beginning, but 7 to 8 years is the standard amount of time that people will wait before having their window coverings changed. That may seem like a solid amount of time to wait in regards to making a purchase that big, but it is enough time for there to be some pretty big changes in the interior design world. When you look at your window coverings, do they seem outdated? Do they still hold the room together and allow for there to be a unique feel and style? If your window fashions aren’t contributing anything to your room, then it is at least worth looking into other styles and designs that you can choose from and see if they can provide you with anything more.

If you are thinking that it is time to look into some new window coverings, you can count on Arjay’s Window Fashions to have a wide selection for you to choose from. Are you interested in learning more about the options that are out there? Call our team and we can schedule a time for a consultation where we can show you options and give you a quote on adding these window fashions to your home.

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The Latest Trends in Outdoor Blinds

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Your outdoor space is your oasis. When you get home after a long day, you love being able to sit in the shade of your patio, enjoying the sight of your kids playing in the backyard as you enjoy a cold beverage. It’s where you entertain your guests on those warm summer evenings, and where you and your family enjoy backyard birthday BBQs. However, if you have had the same outdoor blinds for a while, your outdoor space may be feeling a bit stale these days. Whether your outdoor blinds are dated or damaged, this is the perfect opportunity to liven up your space with a new set. At Arjay’s, we offer outdoor blind installation to our customers in southern California. If you are looking for a new way to add beauty and practicality to your outdoor space, here are some outdoor trends that are quite popular at the moment.

A Natural Look

When you spend time outdoors, one of the benefits is your view of the lovely flowers and greenery in your backyard. If you love the color and beauty of these plants, you want to make sure your outdoor blinds allow you to see them. Why not take this a step further and include plants inside the blinds? Incorporating potted plants inside patios is a new trend that benefits from outdoor blinds. The enclosed space creates the feel of a greenhouse without the humidity, separating you from the elements while still allowing you the feel of sitting in a gorgeous garden. As an added bonus, your outdoor blinds give you the ability to protect your plants. Whether during a heat wave or a hurricane, when you invest in outdoor blinds to protect your plant-filled patio, you have greater control over your verdant paradise.

Open Up to the World

While outdoor blinds are a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors without the sun exposure, many people miss the ability to see out into the backyard and beyond when they draw down their opaque or colored blinds. This season, the latest trend is to solve this problem with transparent blinds. While these outdoor blinds block out bugs, inclement weather, and 90 percent of UV rays, you are able to see through them so you can enjoy nature unobstructed. Relax in your shady oasis, free of pests or blinding sunlight, without compromising on seeing everything you wish to see.

Lighten Up Your Space

When you place patio furniture outdoors, you have to be careful about your color selection. While white wicker is popular for outdoor furniture, this attractive option also requires far more maintenance than darker furniture. This why many people forgo the light colored patio furniture they desire for the easier to clean or more practical darker colors on the spectrum. However, with outdoor blinds to protect your patio furniture from the elements, you can choose whatever color you wish. This has started a trend of choosing lighter patio furniture as well as colorful area rugs, giving an outdoor space a homier feel. With outdoor blinds, you can furnish your outdoor space any way you wish without worrying about dirt, dust, and rain causing damage to your belongings.

Roll it on Up

This season, it is all about versatility when it comes to your outdoor space. This season, more and more people are catching onto the flexibility of outdoor roller shades for their patios, and it isn’t hard to understand why this trend caught on. Regardless of how you use your outdoor space, sometimes, you may wish for an enclosed space; other times, you may want to open it up, allowing a soft breeze to come through. When you are looking for greater versatility for your outdoor space, roller shades offer a refreshing and innovative option. This outdoor blind trend is perfect if you are looking for the simplest way to adapt your outdoor space to your specifications at a moment’s notice.

Are you ready to breathe new life into your outdoor space? At Arjay’s, we are happy to provide you with the outdoor blinds you need to transform your outdoor space from your vision to your reality. Contact us today to learn more about our installation services and what products we can offer you.

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Go Minimalist with White Window Treatments

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In the past, white window treatments may have been considered “dull” and “basic,” but they have recently seen a new resurgence in popularity. Contrary to what you may have thought about white blinds in the past, we encourage you to reconsider what they can do for your home. Though minimalism first became popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s, recently, it has made a comeback that can be reflected in the uptick in white blinds’ popularity. The minimalist style of home decorating makes your space look clean, open, and welcoming, reducing clutter in favor of simplicity, and is particularly advantageous in small spaces you want to make look larger. If you are interested in transforming your space into the minimalist style, white blinds are a great way to instantly change the appearance and ambiance of a room. Here are some different recommendations for white blinds for your minimalist home.

White Roman Shades

Originally created in ancient Rome, Roman shades provide a classic look to any room, but they often come different colors and patterns. White Roman shades are perfect for adding a clean, simple style to any room. One of the biggest advantages of choosing Roman shades is that they are very simple to clean; just use a damp cloth or vacuum attachment to gently remove any debris. This is ideal for white curtains which can sometimes look more obviously dirty when dust accumulates. Because they are so easy to clean, Roman shades are the perfect white window treatment for you.

White Honeycomb Shades

One concern you may have about using white window treatments is that they would let in more sunlight, increasing your energy consumption. Honeycomb shades are the best window treatment for energy efficiency, even if they are white. With the small air pockets inside this type of shade, insulation is easy, so you don’t have to worry about elevating energy bills with these white shades. One of the goals of the minimalist philosophy is to reduce unnecessary distractions from everyday life. With white honeycomb shades, you don’t need to direct your attention to energy efficiency; your blinds do it for you!

White Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters first became popular in the Southern US pre-civil war; however, they have been around since ancient times, with good reason. These beautiful shutters afford you plenty of privacy when you need them, yet still allow you to bring sunlight in using slats. White plantation shutters are a popular window treatment so if you are looking to install white window treatments that still hold a tradition look, plantation shutters are a great option.

White Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a great option for white window treatments. First of all, they are exceptionally easy to clean, and are much less likely to collect dust than their horizontal counterparts. Additionally, vertical blinds are great for larger windows and glass sliding doors, making them a good option for your patio entrance. Finally, vertical blinds are relatively inexpensive, so if you are looking for a cost-effective minimalist window treatment, these are ideal.

Are you interested in installing custom blinds in your home? Whether you want white blinds or another color, we can help you create the window treatments of your dreams. Contact Arjay’s to learn more about our custom blind installation services.

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How You Can Benefit from Window Film

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You are probably inclined to associate window tinting with cars, and indeed, it is more popular for people to tint their car windows than the windows of their home. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are many practical benefits to installing window film in your residence. With glass panelling and large windows more popular than ever, it is advantageous to tint the windows of your home for a variety of reasons. In this blog, we will go over the top ways you can benefit from window film.

Save on Energy Costs

We are all looking for ways to save money, and your energy bills are a great place to start. When you tint your windows, less of your heat or air conditioning leaks out, which means that you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It also means you aren’t wasting money trying to get comfortable because your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard. Save on energy costs with the cost-effective option of tinting your windows.

Guard Your Skin

Chances are, you don’t lather on sunscreen when you are just hanging out in your living room. However, just because you are inside, it doesn’t mean that you are protected from UV rays. Fortunately, when you tint your windows, you block 90 percent of UV rays from entering your home. Tint your windows and you can comfortably enjoy the natural sunlight without being concerned for your health.

Protect Your Furniture

When you invest in furniture, you want it to last for years to come. However, when the sunlight comes through your window, it can end up fading and causing damage to your upholstery. Instead of closing the curtains and shutting yourself in the dark, why don’t you tint your windows? The right window film can give you the best of both worlds, allowing you to let natural sunlight in without worrying about the sun exposure damaging your furniture.

Reduce Glare

When you are watching television or working on the computer, you may want to enjoy the natural sunlight filtering through your windows, but not be able to due to the glare it creates on the screen. When you have window film, it eliminates this bothersome glare, allowing you to sit in a sun-filled room without having the shield your screen from the glare.

Increase Privacy

When you tint your windows, you increase your privacy. You don’t have to draw the curtains every time someone passes, obscuring yourself in the dark; you can leave your windows open to let the sun in while still preventing anyone from peering inside. Enjoy a bright interior while not worrying about the neighbors seeing into your home.

Improve Style

Sometimes, the view out of our window is not-so-nice. Whether your window overlooks the dump or you just want to enhance the aesthetic of your home, window film comes in a variety of patterns and styles so that you can add beauty to your home without breaking the bank.

Arjay’s Window Fashions is proud to offer superior window film installation services in Ventura, CA. If you live in southern California and are interested in benefiting from window film, contact us. We offer custom window treatment solutions that are bound to impress. Call today!

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What Honeycomb Shades Have to Offer You

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If you are looking for a window treatment that is fashionable, energy efficient, customizable, and safe, honeycomb shades are an excellent option. Honeycomb shades are one of our most popular products here at Arjay’s, and we are happy to offer our customers the ability to customize these window treatments to their specifications. If you are interested in installing honeycomb shades in your windows, give us a call today. In the meantime, read this blog for more information on these unique and beneficial window treatments.

What are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are also known as cellular shades or light-filtering shades. Similar to an accordion, these shades are made of fabric and stack like on top of each other when drawn, but when you look at their sides, they look similar to a honeycomb. These unique shades are best known for their tiny built-in air pockets, which increase their energy efficiency and maximize their light-filtering properties. They come in a variety of types of fabric, sizes, and colors, making them fully customizable; it is even possible to get honeycomb shades that are completely hypoallergenic, blocking out allergens like dust and pollen from your home. There are many reasons to love honeycomb shades; read on for their benefits.

Benefits of Honeycomb Shades

Insulation

Honeycomb shades are great for insulating your home, keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer. This is why they are so energy efficient; instead of wasting energy by allowing it to seep through your windows, honeycomb shades ensure that your heat or air conditioning stay indoors. This allows you to both reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills, making honeycomb shades a win-win window treatment.

Light and Sound Control

Another benefit of honeycomb shades is greater control of both light and sound. You can choose from a variety of fabrics for various levels of light-filtering. Some honeycomb shades range from slightly light-filtering to completely light-blocking, depending on which material you choose. This means that honeycomb shades are a good option whether you want to fill your dining room with soft natural sunlight or if you want to create a bedroom of total darkness while you sleep.

Additionally, honeycomb shades are excellent at blocking out sound. The air pockets in honeycomb shades absorb any noise from outside, ensuring that you don’t have to worry about any noise pollution in your home. Whether you live on a busy street with a lot of traffic or your neighbors like to throw parties, you can still find tranquility in your home.

Privacy

If you are concerned about your privacy, whether due to large, open windows or nosy neighbors, honeycomb shades can do a lot to ease your mind. Honeycomb shades have long been used by photographers to have greater control over light, and this property can also aid you in ensuring privacy in your home. Your neighbors won’t even be able to see your silhouette through your new honeycomb shades, so you can rest assured that no one is able to peer into your windows and see anything.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Honeycomb shades come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and types of fabric, allowing you to decorate your home to your specifications without worrying about your blinds sticking out like a sore thumb. You can benefit from honeycomb shades’ convenience, light control, and energy efficiency benefits without compromising on the elegance of your home decor. You are also able to install honeycomb shades that are vertical traversing, top-down bottom-up, or top down. Additionally, honeycomb shades are easy to seamlessly hide, as they create a small stack that can be obscured by a decorative valance if necessary.

Affordable

Honeycomb shades are also an affordable window treatment. Not only do these window treatments save you money in your energy bills, they are relatively inexpensive to install. Depending on your customizations, you can save quite a bit of money opting for honeycomb shades instead of other alternatives.

At Arjay’s, we are dedicated to providing you with the window treatments you need for your Ventura home, including honeycomb shades, as well as many others. Regardless of your preferred type of shade or drapery, you can completely customize your choice to your specifications when you choose to work with Arjay’s Window Fashions. If you are interested in benefiting from our services, contact us today!