Thursday, May 17, 2018

Chandelier Design Trends and Advice from Lamps Plus

Chandeliers always steal the show – and today's designs continue to demand attention and invite drama to any space.
This year's top three chandelier trends from Lamps Plus also include tips on how to find the perfect size for your space.
1.       Geometric Designs
Large, open geometric chandeliers are in this year, seen in a variety of geometric shapes and styles. With clean geometric lines, bronze, brass or black finishes, and iron construction frames, these impressive chandeliers harmonize perfectly with the wood work and more earthy materials and looks of the Arts and Crafts, Farmhouse and Rustic Cottage styles. It's also easy to find geometric chandeliers that fit a more minimalistic design scheme.

2.       Orb Chandeliers
While no two are alike, what unites this popular look is an orb that typically surrounds a multi-light chandelier. Globe or orb chandeliers come in all sizes and styles, some with spheres within spheres and others with orb-shaped frames that engulf more intricate chandeliers inside. 

3.       Clear Glass Pendants
Pendants with clear glass shades are also popular this year, many of which feature minimal frames and simple, elegant designs. Add a clear glass pendant in a modern, casual-chic space, or choose a sleek look that goes perfectly with your Industrial or Rustic style home.

Finding the Perfect Size Chandelier
Even the most stunning chandelier looks out of place if it's too large or too small for the space. So how do you find the right size? It all depends on the room.
In a new guide on how to buy a chandelier, Lamps Plus experts reveal everything from how high you should hang a chandelier to how to find the right size. Here are two formulas – one for determining the width and one for height -- straight from the official guide:
Width: Room Length + Room Width = Chandelier Width (in inches).
Height: Room Height x 2.5 or 3 = Chandelier Height (in inches).
For a wide variety of chandelier styles and types, including those for dining rooms, foyers and kitchens, Lamps Plus offers a selection online. Interior designers can set up a free account with Lamps Plus Professionals for trade pricing, one-on-one advice and fast shipping.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


The Shade Store is always monitoring the latest developments in the world of home decor. It’s no surprise that there has always been a direct connection between interior design and fashion. The two are constantly influencing each other, especially since there is a rising number of designers that now work in both realms.

Many new and exciting trends have been emerging on the fashion runways recently, and when it comes to layering new décor into our homes, we should definitely be taking notes! The Shade Store carries a wide selection of custom Shades, Blinds, and Drapery. From bold patterns to minimal solids, they have the perfect options for every kind of style.  

We’ve scouted the latest trends for both your wardrobe and your home — and the perfect window treatments from The Shade Store for each!  

1.      Shimmer and Sequins

From the biggest fashion brands in the industry (Givenchy, Balmain, etc.) to the young and fresh creators, we are seeing a wealth of glittery, shimmering, and sequined fabrics. And while metallic accents and home décor have been trending for a while, the stylish inclusion of sequins and glitter is a new movement for interior design.

If this glamourous look is something you want to accomplish, The Shade Store has the perfect selections for you. Their Guthree material in Beaded Pearl works great for Roller Shades, Roman Shades, Woven Wood Shades, and Vertical Blinds. This natural material has simple sequins sewn in throughout, giving off a refined, but fun, touch of glam. Their Sheer Brilliance Material Collection is available for Roman Shades and Drapery. The translucent fabric is woven with sparkling fibers, and looks great by itself, or layered with another Shade.

2.      Bold and Graphic Patterns

Moving away from the neutral solids of past years, we are seeing a huge comeback of large-scale patterns for both home and fashion. Whether you want to go graphic everywhere, or you just want to liven an understated room, there are many ways to style this trend in your home.

The Shade Store’s new collaboration with designer Jonathan Adler is chic and colorful, containing bold, yet versatile Roller Shade designs. The collection is available in 6 stylish patterns in both light filtering and blackout materials.

3.      Global Inspiration

Just because bright and bold patterns are currently in, does not mean that neutral prints are out! As our culture continues to embrace organic materials and natural beauty, we are seeing global-inspired prints and colors develop into a huge trend. 

The Nate Berkus for The Shade Store Collection was inspired by designer Nate Berkus’s worldwide travels. The collection is full of neutrals, soft colors, sophisticated patterns, and hand-drawn prints. These Roller Shades are breezy and effortlessly stylish – perfect for any home.

4.      Layer, Layer, Layer!

Layering textures and materials is another big trend right now in the fashion and home worlds. This is an easy one to bring to your windows, and it has great functional benefits as well! When it comes to layering window treatments, not only do you create an extra-custom feel, but you also are able to carefully control the amount of light let into a room, depending on your mood or the time of day!

Put a blackout Roller Shade under sheer Drapery panels, or a Woven Wood Shade over a Solar Shade. You can get creative with your pairings to find the perfect solution for your space from both a visual and a practical standpoint!

5.      Technology

With a booming e-commerce industry, instant shopping, and the new “Echo Look,” the world of fashion has become inundated by technology. This theme runs common throughout the home space as well. From smart TVs to complete home automation systems, technology is taking over!

The Shade Store offers a state-of-the-art collection of motorized Shades, Blinds, and Drapery. This exclusive new collection is whisper quiet, has eco-friendly battery operation, smartphone control, and the ability to set timers and favorite positions. These products are completely customizable, making them perfect for everyday life.

Ready to try out all of these trends for yourself? Visit one of The Shade Store’s 55+ nationwide showrooms or email them at to get started!  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017



Whether you spend a lot of time cooking large meals, or have children and pets, accidents and spills are bound to happen. It’s important to think practically when it comes to your design choices. When looking for window treatments that are easy to clean, metal, wood, or faux wood blinds are often recommended. But what if you’re looking for something a little softer, or want to add a pop of color to your room? While it’s crucial to consider the cleanability of window treatments, you shouldn’t need to sacrifice style! If worry-free, stylish décor is something you are interested in, The Shade Store is here to help! They carry a line of high-performance, stain-resistant fabrics, called the Sunbrella® Ventana Collection™

For decades, Sunbrella has been designing long-lasting products with robust performance characteristics with both indoor and outdoor applications in mind. Last year, The Shade Store established a partnership with Sunbrella® to bring this same sought-after quality to the world of custom window treatments. Each fabric that is a part of the Sunbrella® Ventana Collection™ has been carefully handwoven with stain-resistant fibers, making it perfect for everyday life!

Keeping your window treatments clean is easy thanks to the Sunbrella® Ventana Collection™, and it can be done without the use of pricey products! The best way to keep your window treatments looking good as new is to wipe up spills or clean off dirt as soon as possible. For liquid spills, blot with a clean and dry cloth. For oil-based spills, apply an absorbent, like corn starch, and then remove with a straight edge. After the spill has been cleaned, treat with a mild solution of dish soap and water. Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove any soap residue, and allow it to air-dry.

Aside from the high-performance nature, quality, and durability of the fabrics, the Sunbrella® Ventana Collection™ is also beautifully designed. The Shade Store offers six materials and 45 colors for you to choose from, available for Roman Shades, Drapery, and Cornices. No matter what your style is, they are bound to have something perfect for you!

The Shade Store has 55+ nationwide showrooms. Stop on by to see the Sunbrella® Ventana Collection in person You may also request a free catalog, or give their expert Design Consultants a call to learn more at (800) 754-1455.

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.

Sign up for a Trade Account with The Shade Store today for access to 550+ exclusive materials, professional discounts, state-of-the-art workrooms, nationwide measure and installation services, and more.

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 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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