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Blinds vs. Shades: Finding the Right Choice for You

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If you are in the market for new window treatments, then you know that there are so many different options to choose from. At some point or another, most people find themselves torn between whether they should choose blinds or shades, and which one is going to provide them with everything that they need. At face value, it can be really difficult to understand which one is going to provide you with everything that you need, mesh well with your aesthetic, and be the best fit for your home in general. We really wanted to break down the differences between the two, that way you can have a good idea of which one is going to provide you with the needs that you’ve prioritized.

Light Control and Privacy

Both of these options will provide you with plenty of control with natural lighting as well as privacy, which is a relief if this is something that you are prioritizing. The difference is going to be in how they do it. Shades are made from one solid piece of fabric, which gives them some additional texture. While it does give you a little bit more freedom with the colors that you’re able to choose from, your two options of light control with shades are going to be open, or closed. When you do want to allow for more light to flow in, you can always choose a material that is thinner, or a lighter color, so that you can still have some light come through. As for blinds, the method that they are designed with has created slats, that you can open and close at different degrees. With this, you are able to decide just how much light you’d like to have to shine in your home, but not as much selection in regards to color.

The Clean Up

One of our last blog posts touched on a few of the cleaning techniques that you can look forward to with your window treatments. This is something else that you’re going to want to take into consideration before you commit to one style or the other. Shades are relatively easy to clean because you can simply throw them into the washer and let them go through a cycle. Once they’re done you might need to steam them so that there isn’t a crease, but other than that it’s pretty easy to clean them when they need it.

As for blinds, there’s a process that you’re going to have to follow so that you don’t leave any slats with clusters of dust and so that all of the dust that is on your blinds, doesn’t get kicked up and wind up on your carpet. Your blinds don’t need to be cleaned all too often, and if you stay on top of cleaning them when they do need it, then it really isn’t too tedious to clean them either.

Style

We would be lying if we said style wasn’t one of the biggest differences that you’d have to take into consideration. Depending on the size, layout, aesthetics and overall look of your room, there’s a chance that you may have a preference between the two. For example, shades are usually the preferred choice for windows when a room looks shorter. This particular window styling, when done correctly, can make a room look much taller. On the other end, mini blinds can provide you with more control over natural lighting and privacy, which is nice to have in rooms where there are tons of windows. If you have a style in a room that makes sense, or there is a general theme that you’re trying to follow, then you should definitely take it into consideration so that you are happy with how the room looks at the end of the day, because chances are that one will look better than the other and you’ll know it when you see it.

For every need that you have, there is a window treatment that can take care of it. The answer is all in knowing what coverage is going to be the best. If you’re still not sure whether shades or blinds are a better option for you, stop by Arjay’s Window Fashions and a member of our team can help you out further.

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Tips for Cleaning Your Blinds

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If you haven’t completed your spring cleaning yet, you aren’t the only one. There are still some of us out there that are putting it off until we absolutely have to get it done. While the list is probably plenty for you to handle, there’s a chance that you’ve caught glances of your window treatments and realized that they could really use a good cleaning. If you can’t remember the last time that they were cleaned, then it’s definitely time to prioritize them this spring. Below are a few of the tips that we’ve found helpful if you have no idea where to start.

Cleaning Slats

There are a few different window treatments that you might have with slats. These are often the ones that become a little daunting with the dust that they collect. The slats really give you the perfect glimpse of how much dust is on them as the sun shines through, and they also make it look incredibly terrifying when you consider what type of work you’ll have to do to remove all of that dust. Luckily there are a few things that you can do to make the process a little bit easier on yourself.

One Direction

This is an incredible tip that you can make the most of that will provide you with a little easier of a cleanup. Whether you use a duster, a paper towel or a rag, sweeping in one direction will make it so that all of your slats are cleaned off. The primary benefit of this is that you don’t see any dust clusters that are randomly left throughout the blinds or shutters.

This also allows for you to collect dust in one place. If you’re cleaning shutters, then you can use the end of the panel as a place to collect the dust that you’ve just wiped over. If you have blinds that you’re cleaning you can easily wipe them off and collect them onto whichever cleaning tool that you’re using. This leads us to our next point.

A Splash of Water

Dust can be a frustrating substance to clean up, mostly because it’s pretty difficult to get to stick to anything, which makes it float around and feel like all the cleaning you’re doing is pointless. After you watch this, you inevitably feel like it’s going to settle and wind up right back where it started. What can make this whole process easier is dampening the towel or duster that you use can get the dust on your window treatment to stick to the cloth, rather than kick back up. Once you’ve collected all of the dust, it’s really easy to shake it into the trash bag or throw it into the washer, and then you’re left with a clean rag and clean window treatments.

Be Gentle

Your blinds might provide you with quite a bit of protection from the sun, and an added efficiency to your home, but the truth is that they’re still fragile and require care. When you are rough as you clean your window treatments, you open up the chance of damaging them. This can lead to needing to replace them, which is much more expensive than simply cleaning them.

Pull Down Coverings

If you don’t have window coverings with slats, chances are that they are pull down coverings that are going to be a little more sensitive to cleaning techniques. With those, the best way to clean off dust is going to be dampening a duster and softly collecting the dust as you make your way down the blinds. The same way that you focus from one side to the other with your blinds, you’re going to want to start from the top and make your way down the blinds. This helps you evenly clean the dust off your blinds, but also makes it easy to collect all of the dust at the bottom of the blinds.

Arjays Window Furnishings provides you with the wide selection that you need to find the perfect fit for your home. Make sure to stay caught up with our blog post so that you can learn more tips and tricks for taking care of your window coverings.

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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.