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Cordless Blinds – What’s The Big Deal?

It seems like more than ever before, the designs that we create are done so with the intentions of removing some of the minor headaches that we receive through older designs. As a homeowner, it’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with the updated designs and functionalities of kitchen features, design elements, and yard maintenance, which are constantly being worked with. One of the features that people didn’t expect to see improvements and functionalities improved on were window treatments. These various window treatments have designs that are old as time but haven’t ever really had issues with functionality, and even when there were improvements to be made, we saw them. Well, there is one recent improvement of functionality that has been made, and we are crazy about it: cordless application.

The pull cord is something that we have had on window treatments for as long as we can remember, and while they haven’t always been a downfall of the treatment themselves, they are definitely something that we have seen a few difficulties and receive some of those headaches from. In fact, this small detail of the window treatment has made news because of the dangers that it is capable of posing to families.

With this recent change, there definitely has been an increase in the cost of the improved treatment, and for this reason, people seem to turn their backs to all of the possibilities that this new design has. Of course, there are always those changes that happen where you immediately start to wonder if it’s truly a necessity that you are investing in, or if it’s simply a luxury addition. We’ve given this some consideration, and we’ve found that there are a few reasons that this new addition is a must, for some families and people in particular, and not just a strange new feature.

Children

We mentioned earlier that the drawstrings of blinds have made the news, and for good reason. These “harmless” looking drawstrings proved to be extremely dangerous when in the hands of a child that was not supervised. Without understanding the functionality of the strings, children were wrapping themselves up in the cord, and some of them were had the misfortune of being strangled by them. While it seemed like a harmless game or just playing with something that was sitting out, these drawstrings took the lives of too many children. Having been the most common option in regards to window treatments, they continued to be the immediate choice of people that were shopping around or construction companies that were building new homes.

Rather than stick with an option that might be more affordable, having an option that leaves your children safe is something that makes sense to us. The chances of it happening to your child may be small, or even impossible in your mind, but the reality is that they exist. At least, they exist until you eliminate the drawstring that is creating the issue in the first place.

Pets

Children aren’t the only ones that have been put in danger because of the drawstring. Cats and dogs are the two most commonly found pets that seem to struggle with drawstrings and the overall safety of them. For cats, these are merely a toy that they can paw at and play with. Once they see that the string moves, and is connected at the top of the blinds, they find the opportunity to jump onto the blinds and ruin the slats. Other issues that happened in regards to pets were similar to those that happened with children. Dogs would wind up wrapping themselves up in the cord until they could no longer breathe.

The chances of you leaving your child unattended may be slim, but think about how many times a day you leave your dog unattended. Are they wandering around the home while you’re at work? Or even when you’re home, how often do you go and check when your dog isn’t right by your side or barking? This is a concern, one that was big enough to be noted when children were being strangled by the same drawstrings.

Damaged & Dropped

Aside from these two main issues, drawstrings provide an opportunity for the window treatment to be pulled down entirely. If you haven’t ever tried to pull down on a drawstring only to look like an idiot that can’t figure out a window treatment, then consider yourself lucky. Such a simple task seems to be pretty difficult for a majority of society, so we’re going to go ahead and say that it isn’t just us on this one.

When people try to pull too hard, the blinds can come with them. This is another thing that you might not feel is a huge deal, but when you’ve installed these window treatments into the interior of your window frame, it can be a pretty big deal. When this treatment is installed with screws and the actual equipment to hold the blinds, a good tug can bring all of that down, leaving more than just the blinds ruined. This could call for some new equipment to hold new blinds in place, as well as some patches on the interior of the window frame. Rather than let this ever be an issue, you could eliminate the drawstring as a whole.

Cordless blinds offer easy functionality, but they also look incredible and allow for the window treatments in your home to remain safe. Now, we aren’t saying that the standard blinds are an inhumane and horrible option, but there are some instances where these updated designs are going to be a better fit and a much safer option. For instance, the families with children; this is a time where safety can easily be prioritized and is a quick switch. This tiny change is one that has made a revolutionary difference for homes across the world, and while it may not seem like much, to those that had the misfortune of being a case where danger became the end result; it’s one that truly can make a difference. This is primarily the reason that we decided that this change was one that truly was for the better. Taking the cord off of the window treatment is not a luxury for some, it’s a necessity.

At Arjay’s Window Fashions, we tailor your window treatments to your needs. For any questions that you have regarding this new window treatment design, or any of the other options that might be a good fit for you and your home, call us. We would be more than happy to schedule a consultation where we can review your options and get you set up with the perfect treatments.

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Patterns: Why They Aren’t Scary

Patterns can be intimidating when you first start to look at the various options that you have. When you are looking at putting them into your home, the last thing that you want is a pattern that is going to clash with the rest of your interior and create an overwhelming look for your family while you’re in the space. Now, we aren’t saying that there aren’t busy patterns that can create a clash of aesthetics in your home because there definitely are, but there are a few ways to make them work. Here are a few tips that you can consider while you determine whether patterned drapes are something that will work in your home.

Solid Accents

If you’re nervous that a pattern might be a little bit overwhelming, then you can balance it by adding solid accents to your home that offset it. For example, if there’s a pattern that you love, but you don’t think you can make an entire room work based off of the pattern, break it down to solids. What we mean by that is create a color scheme off of the colors in the pattern, and incorporate these patterns into your space. If you paint the walls in one solid color and add accent pieces to the room that are in the colors of the pattern, your pattern won’t be as overwhelming. In fact, this is one of the best ways to incorporate a pattern into a space, especially a small space, without it being busy.

Personality

A house is only a house until you make it your own, and when you finally do add those unique touches, you have a home. When you sprinkle those touches of unique, and personal taste throughout your house, you are creating a space that represents you. If you really want to add a unique touch to your home, and one that has some personality to it, you should consider adding a pattern to your home. This is a great way to create a home that is all your own. Of course, you can do this with standard colors, and your classic window treatments, but there are some patterns that can add much more voice to a space than simple colors.

If there’s a pattern that you find that really does create a feel to the space that you’re in, then find a way to incorporate into your space. Window fashions are one of the best, and easiest, ways to get the pattern in there without having to go over the top with how much of a pattern you’re putting in the space.

Texture

Now, texture isn’t something that everyone considers adding to a space, but it is one that can make a room all its own. It can add a feel to a room, but also contribute to an overall aesthetic in the space. A lot of people will try and add texture through the paint on the wall, the material that the couches are made of, or even the grain of the wood. If you have a fairly sleek setup for your room, then adding texture through a pattern can be a fantastic way to add some texture to a space, without having to go and get entirely new furniture. It’s a quick and easy fix and one of the more affordable options that you have for adding texture

These aren’t all of the reasons that patterns can be fun to add to your home, but they are some of the more important ones.  We would love for you to take a chance on the various patterns that we carry; we know that you’ll find one that you love and will fit perfectly in your home.  And if you’re simply not sure about a pattern or how to make the most of it, well, we can help.

When you’re looking for window furnishings that you love, you can count on Arjay’s Window Fashions. We have a wide selection to choose from so that you can finally turn your house, into a home. Call our team today so that we can schedule a consultation and provide you with more information on the installation process that will follow. We can’t wait to be an active part of the finishing touches on your home.

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Unique Touches to Add to Your Drapes

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Drapes are an incredibly popular window treatment. We have seen them incorporated into any room, each adding a different look. In fact, it’s probably because they are always able to offer a different look that they are so popular amongst people. With shades you are able to pick and choose different designs, textures, and colors so that you can perfectly fit the design of your home. This is something that you can’t do with any other window treatment, so it’s not uncommon to see the two paired when looking for a specific look and purposeful use. Here are a few of the ways that you can add a unique twist on your shades so that they have the exact look you’re hoping for.

Rings

There are certain drapes that will require you to put rings through them in order for them to be placed on the curtain rod. These are a great, and often affordable, way to add a unique touch to your drapes. If you have a theme, you can often find rings that will easily play into the design and provide an authentic look, while still being pretty subtle. Most drapes that you purchase will come with pretty standard rings, but you can easily find a variety of rings that better suit your style when you go to home improvement stores or any store that is going to offer those design add-ons.

Curtain Rod

We mentioned the curtain rod in our last point, but this is a huge opportunity for changing this and adding a unique touch to your window treatments. A standard curtain rod will always work, but there are plenty of rods with design implements added to them so that you can add an additional touch of styling to them. Whether it be in the color that you choose or the decorative touches at the end of the curtain rod, you will see that there is something unique to the look once it’s finally up and hanging.

Tie Back

If you are someone that loves having maximum amounts of natural light in your home, then a tieback will likely wind up being a part of your window treatment plan. This is easily one of the pieces that you can get most creative with because there are so many different opportunities available for ways that you can implement them.

The way that most are set up will incorporate two different pieces, one of them being a hook that is drilled into the wall, and the other will be the tie that allows for you to tie the drapes back. While normal sets will add a hook, people have definitely gotten creative and incorporated different styles and objects to add a special touch. For example, some people have used door knobs, small pipes, spoons, and all sorts of other objects to create original looks. As for the tie, people have definitely gotten creative. You can find beading, clips, rope, cloth, and all sorts of other concepts. If you’re short on ideas, check out Pinterest. There are tons to enjoy there.

When you need to find the perfect drapes for your home, Arjay’s Window Fashions is the first place to go. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your custom window treatment consultation.

 

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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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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!