Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Inside Mount Window Treatments | The Shade Store for IDS

During the process of selecting custom window treatments, there are various questions you’ll need to think about. On top of choosing your treatment style, fabric or material, and pattern, you will need to decide where you want your shades to mount on your window frame – inside or outside?

Window treatments that mount on the outside of your window frame are a great option if you want your windows to look bigger, or if you’d like to bring a more dramatic vibe into your space. Inside mount shades provide a built-in and cleaner look. This decision can be difficult, but The Shade Store is here to help! Keep reading for their advice on when to choose an inside mount.


If your design taste is more minimal, an inside mount window treatment is a good choice for you. They have a clean and modern look and stay within the lines of your window frame.

Additionally, if you have beautiful, detailed woodwork in your home that you don’t want to cover, inside mount shades are the perfect choice. Whether your shades are raised or lowered, the frame of your window will always remain visible, allowing the architectural elements of your home to shine. 


Inside mount window treatments are also the perfect solution for smaller spaces. If your window meets the necessary depth requirement of ¾”, your window treatments can be securely installed, and will take up minimal space beyond the frame of your window. If you have a couple additional inches, depending on the exact style of treatment you choose, you can have your shades mounted flush to the wall.


Another great benefit to inside mount shades is the opportunity they present for layering! Layering your window treatments not only provides a high-end, extra “finished” look, but it also allows for flexibility in the amount of light you let in. Pair an inside mount Roller Shade with an outside mount Roman Shade, or an inside mount Solar Shade underneath Ripple Fold Drapery. Your windows are bound to look stunning, not matter what combination you choose!

The Design Consultants at The Shade Store are happy to help if you have questions about any of their window treatment options. Visit one of their 55+ nationwide showrooms or give them a call at (800) 754-1455 for more information!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Curtain Hanging Tips

Curtains have the power to transform a room – drawing the eye up towards the ceiling, making windows look larger, and adding a finished, polished look to the décor. However, poorly hung curtains can also accentuate the negatives in a space, dividing walls and making ceilings seem short. Here are some important curtain hanging tips to keep in mind that will help make your room look photo-shoot ready.
 Hang Curtains Above Window Frames
There are certain wall and window configurations where hanging curtain hardware above the window is not possible, but ultimately most interior designers agree that raising curtains higher than the window frame provides the best visual result. This draws the eye upward and prevents the window from appearing short and squat. Hanging the curtains high makes the window and the room look taller. Even in a small room, if you mount your drapery on or near the ceiling, you will create the illusion of space.
 Exactly how high should curtains be hung? It depends. Follow this checklist to find the optimal recommended height for your curtains.
 ·         Minimum: at least 3” to 6” higher than the top of the window if the space is available.
·         Ideal: halfway between the top of the window frame and the ceiling, plus one to two inches. The extra inch avoids creating sight lines that dissect the room at the halfway point, which can be distracting and make ceilings look low.
·         If the space has crown molding, mount the curtain rod just beneath the crown molding.
·         If the window is less than 6” from the ceiling and there is no crown molding, then ceiling mounted curtain hardware works best. Track systems work well in this situation, allowing curtains to glide open and closed.

Widen the Curtain Stack
The stack is the amount of space that the curtain panels occupy when pushed open, off of the window. To ensure that the stack doesn’t crowd the window glass and darken the room, we suggest adding at least 12” on each side to the width of your curtain rod. This adds up to a total of two feet wider than your window. Adding this length will allow the drapery to be pushed off of the glass, and will maintain the flow of natural light when the curtains are open. Depending on the thickness of your curtain material, more space may need to be added to either side to keep the stack off of the window.
 Starting with curtain rods that are too short is one of the most frequently made mistakes when hanging curtains. Extending the rod wider than the window immediately makes the drapery appear more tailored. A longer rod with drapes hung wide also helps the window appear larger.
 Consider The Curtain Length
Now that we have discussed how high to hang curtain hardware and how wide to hang your panels, the last element to consider is how your curtains meet the floor.
·         The term “float” means that the curtains hover slightly off the floor. Use this design if the curtains will be opened and closed frequently. The proper float is between ½” to 1” off of the floor, but keep in mind that some materials can lengthen with time, such as wool and linen.
·         “Break” is when the curtain fabric kisses the floor with roughly 1” to 2” of excess. This is a good option for disguising uneven floors.
·         “Puddle” means longer curtains, with 3” to 6” of extra fabric puddling on the floor. Puddled curtains create a very elegant look, and can also disguise uneven floors. However, additional fabric on the bottom of a curtain can collect dust, so breaks and puddles are best used on stationary curtain styles.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

When to Use Outside Mount Shades in Your Home

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When choosing shades or blinds for your windows, there are many design options to consider. In addition to choosing a style and material, you will need to choose where your shades will hang: with an inside mount or an outside mount. Inside mount shades are mounted within the window frame, and require a minimum depth for proper installation. This type of mount works well if you want to keep decorative trim uncovered, you have deep windows such as bay windows, or you prefer a low profile for your treatments that does not protrude out from the wall.

Outside mount shades can be mounted at varying widths and heights above and outside the window frame on the wall depending upon the look desired. Shades mounted in this manner sit farther away from the window glass, and could therefore work as a solution for windows with cranks or handles.

Keep reading to find out more benefits of outside mount shades and home décor situations where they can be used.

Make Windows Appear Taller and Wider

An outside mount shades gives you the ultimate flexibility to control how wide and how tall the window treatment is, regardless of how small or off-center your window may be. If you have short windows that sit far away from the ceiling, for example, you could use an outside mount shade hung high to give the appearance of a larger window. If natural light is a priority, the stack of your shades or blinds could sit completely on the wall when raised, leaving the whole window exposed to maximize sunlight.

These shades are also very useful for camouflaging uneven windows. Order the shades in the same size and mount them at equal distances from other walls or surfaces (like fireplaces, French doors, bed headboard, etc.), creating the illusion of symmetry in the space.

Create a Better Blackout

For bedrooms, media rooms, and even offices, light blockage can be an important function for window treatments. Outside mount shades provide better blockage from light seepage around the edge of the window, because inside mount shades by nature need to be slightly smaller than the windowpanes. For a complete result, it is best to layer drapery with a blackout lining over shades and add a cornice to the top of the window. But if your design calls for a shade-only look, consider an outside mount for complete window coverage.

Build a Layered Look

Many designers recommend layered window treatments to give a rich, luxurious look to a room. One combination of layered treatments involve inside mount Roller Shades, in either blackout or light filtering material, layered under Roman Shades. These layers offer options for light control for different times of day. In the home office shown above, the Roller Shade can be lowered for glare reduction while still providing natural light, or the outside mount Roman Shade can be lowered for more privacy or darkness.

The Shade Store’s fast lead times and carefully curated material collections make us your one-stop-shop for high quality window treatments. If you’re an interior designer, sign up for a Trade Account with The Shade Store today to enjoy exclusive discounts and services.

Post written by The Shade Store.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Here’s How You Can Get Money For Your Old Furniture

It’s that time of the year again: Spring cleaning! After you’ve tackled decluttering your home and wardrobe, you might see your rooms in a whole new light…and then become inspired to do a big makeover. Before you start, you’ll have to find a place for your old-but-still-fabulous furniture and accessories.

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Enter: Viyet, the design aficionado's destination to buy and sell timeless furniture and accessories when it comes time to move or redecorate. Launched in April 2013 with the twin goal of making high-end furniture and accessory consignment as easy as possible, Viyet offers access to designer brand names for a fraction of the retail price. Since then, Viyet has featured pieces from brands like B&B Italia, Cassina, Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt, Ligne Roset, Mies van der Rohe, Knoll, Baker, Circa Lighting, Eero Saarinen, Giorgio USA, Ralph Lauren, Roche Bobois, Donghia, and Jonathan Adler, among many others.

Interested in consigning? Viyet curates in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, Charlotte, Palm Beach, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston & Boston.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Know what Viyet generally accepts.

As the premier marketplace for designer furniture, lighting, and accessories, Viyet is focused on high-end pieces. In general, they look for designer brands with a minimum retail price of $1,000 for furniture, $500 for lighting, and $100 for accessories. Condition-wise, Viyet looks for pieces in excellent or good (with a little TLC) condition. They also take select vintage and antique pieces that are timeless in style and in excellent to good shape.

2. Set up an appointment.

The process is simple and takes mere minutes. First, navigate to sell.viyet.com. Here, you’ll access an online form where you’ll fill out your city, state, zip code, and how you found Viyet. From there, you’ll then create an account with your email and password. From here, you’ll make your free appointment with a curator, who will assess your pieces in your home, office, or storage facility.

3. Prep for your appointment.

Your curator will be assessing, photographing, and documenting every detail of your consigned pieces. If you have any receipts or documentation of where you bought the piece (and how much you paid), keep those for your appointment.

4. How much to expect.

Commission begins at 50% — so if your item sells for $2,000, your commission would be $1,000. However, if you consign 20+ pieces in one appointment, you’ll receive a one-time commission of 60% on your items.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

5 Tips to Take Better Interior Photos Using Your iPhone

Guest post written by Linda Holt. 

As a former professional photographer I know how challenging shooting interiors can be. Everyone wants good photos but not all designers own a good quality DSLR camera or even the skill to use it. What most designers do have though is an iPhone. I no longer use my DSLR at all. Instead, I have learned how to get the most out of my iPhone camera. Here are five tips so that you too can get the best interior shots possible using the iPhone camera.

1. Hold the phone level. 

This sounds very basic but I can't tell you how many times I watch people take out their iPhone, hold it up at eye level and then tilt it either down or up to take the shot. When the iPhone isn't level the resulting image can appear distorted. Do your best to hold the phone on the same level plane as what you are shooting. This may mean getting down on your knees to shoot a detail on the newly installed custom chair or holding your phone over your head to get a photo of the drapery rod finial.

2. Turn off the in-camera flash. 

The in-camera flash is not your friend and should never be used when photographing interiors. If the room is too dark to get a photo without using the flash then an iPhone tripod is required. A tripod will allow for a longer exposure while keeping the image in focus. Professional architectural photographers will bring additional lighting but use it only when necessary and never…ever… do they use on-camera flash.

3. Properly expose the photo. 

More often than not, interior photos come out too dark when you rely solely on the iPhone to determine the exposure. The problem is, the in-camera light sensor will always expose for the brightest part of the image which is usually a window. This causes the rest of the room to go dark.

When this happens you must manually set the expose. To do this, place your finger on any part of the image that is too dark. Hold your finger there for a second or two and a square yellow box will pop up with a small sun icon off to the right.

Now slide your finger up the phone screen to brighten the image. By using this iPhone feature you can make the image as light or dark as you want simply by sliding your finger up or down the screen.

The window will still be blown out but at least the room will be brighter.

4. Make sure your subject is in focus. 

Just as with exposure, the iPhone will focus on what IT determines is the subject. This might work out fine but it could also result in the painting against the back wall being sharp as a tack but the sofa with the thousand dollars worth of custom pillows in the foreground being blurry. Unless that was the intention all along, you want to control the focus yourself. Similar to exposure, the iPhone has a feature that allows you to decide what part of the image will be in focus.

To set the focus use the same step as above to set the exposure. Touch your finger on the area of the screen that you want in focus. Just like with exposure, a yellow box will appear with a sun icon. Now hold your finger there even longer and the box will begin to flash. After a few seconds the flashing will stop and the focus is now locked directly on your chosen subject.

5. Use an editing app to make your image even better.

All pros use some kind of editing program before the photo is declared finished. One advantage to using the iPhone is that there are so many easy to navigate apps for editing. My app of choice is Snapseed which is both free and user friendly. This app makes it a cinch to tweak exposure, increase contrast or saturation and even straighten out converging or diverging lines. So before you post that image take a minute to import it into Snapseed and take it from a good image to a superior image!

I want to stress that I firmly believe you should hire a professional architectural photographer for portfolio shots or for submission for publication. However, if budget doesn't allow for that or the room is not worthy of the expense of a professional then these five tips will give you the best results possible. You can read more iPhone photography tips on my blog  www.lindsholtinteriors.com/blog/ by typing in “iPhone photography” in the search box. Good luck and let me know if these tips improve your photos.

About Linda Holt:

Linda Holt is an interior designer and iPhone photographer living north of Boston. She spent 25 years working as a professional head shot photographer before going back to school for interior design in 2008. Today she uses her skilled photographic eye to create her signature style of fresh, colorful and edited rooms. She is passionate that her designs reflect her client's personality and life style while incorporating her love and expertise with color and art. She started her blog, Linda Holt Interiors, in 2011 as a way to merge her two loves of photography and design.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Look Behind Light Filtering Shades

November 22, 2016 By Tayler Vranicar

If you are searching for window treatments for the first time, or you feel a little fuzzy about all of the various window treatment terminology, you are not alone. From Rollers to Romans to liners to control types, it can be hard to keep it all straight. Let’s take a closer look at choosing the material of your shades, and examine the light filtering options available at The Shade Store.
What does light filtering mean? Light filtering describes materials that allow natural light to “filter in” to the room, maintaining the brightness that comes from having windows while adding a degree of glare reduction and privacy. The light filtering category includes sheers, some types of linen, and other translucent materials. These shades are well suited for kitchens, family rooms, and main living spaces where a great deal of natural light is desired.
This is in contrast to blackout shades, which block natural light either through a more opaque material or an added lining. Blackout shades are often used in bedrooms, media rooms, or other areas where absolute privacy is a priority.
Light filtering shades are very versatile and are available in multiple styles. You can choose which shade is right for you based on the primary needs of your space.
If glare reduction and UV ray protection is important, in an office setting or to prevent furniture and fabrics from fading, Solar Shades are an excellent choice. Solar Shades offer varying degrees of transparency from 1% up to 10%. The 1% material blocks 99% of UV rays and adds more privacy, while the 10% styles block 90% of UV rays, showing a slightly more open weave.
For ease of use and sleek modern style, try Roller Shades in our Light Filtering collection. Choose from 7 materials in more than 60 colors, ranging from muted neutrals to punchy brights like Aqua and Fire. Several styles of prints, including the new designs in The Novogratz collection, also have light filtering properties.
If Roman Shades are more your style, with the elegance and substance of drapery built into a shade, browse the Sheers collection that includes linens, several Sunbrella® Ventana Collection™ materials, and more.
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Nursery Window Treatments: Baby Styles for Baby Smiles

   Flat Roman Shades. Apartment Therapy/Residents Understood. Photo by Bonnie Sen

Nursery design is an essential part of a new parent’s home. The baby’s room must be calming and soothing to encourage sleep, be comfortable for parents while feeding and playing with their little one, all while being safe and fun for the child as he or she grows.

Here are a few of our favorite nursery designs featuring window treatments from The Shade Store.

Colors to Match Any Décor 
Whether your nursery plan is all neutrals or awash with bright colors, The Shade Store has hundreds of material options to fit your palette. In the photo above featured in Apartment Therapy, the parents opted for a clean, gender-neutral nursery that would grow with their child as their tastes evolved. Kiera Kushlan and Jessica Centella of Washington, D.C.-based interior design firm Residents Understood opted for a mostly white color scheme with decorative accents like an oriental rug. White walls and Flat Roman Shades in dark gray are a timeless combination that could easily work in any style of bedroom.

    Relaxed Roman Shades. Pamela Chelle. Instagram: @pamelachelle

In the photo above from Pamela Chelle Interior Design, the Relaxed Roman Shades pick up on the pink from the sweet floral wallpaper adorning the accent wall. The gathered fabric shades soften the straight lines of the wood blinds.

We also offer a multitude of patterned materials in hues of pink and blue, yellow and green, and every color in between. If you’re still deciding on your nursery décor, order a few (or a lot!) of our free swatches to coordinate your window treatments with the rest of the room.

Blackout Shades to Help With Sleep
Most new parents would agree that they need all the help they can get in the sleeping department. Blackout shades help block evening and morning sun and can even assist in dampening outside sounds, hopefully allowing baby to sleep a little longer. Blackout linings can be added to Roman Shades, and blackout material options are available for Roller Shades, Pleated Shades, and Cellular Shades. In the photo below, interior designer Regan Baker opted for lined Flat Roman Shades with a custom matching Valance.

If your nursery windows tend to be drafty, blackout shades and linings reduce drafts and assist in keeping out the cold during winter months.

    Flat Roman Shades. Regan Baker Design. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.

Safe Shades for Children
When choosing window treatments that will be around children, safety is the number one priority. Dangling cords can be dangerous for little fingers. We recommend cordless shades for nurseries and children’s bedrooms, and our cordless options have been certified Best For Kids by a third party lab recognized by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA).

If you are ready to shop for new window treatments for your bundle of joy, our expert Design Consultants would love to help. Stop in a showroom near you, call us at 800.754.1455, or send us an email at design@theshadestore.com.