Cordless Cellular Shades Offer Safety for a Child’s Room

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Shades can be a beautiful window treatment that also brings function into the equation. Shades allow you to open up a room with natural light, still allowing for privacy. Traditional shades are built with cords to raise, lower, and open and close slats.

Unfortunately, these cords can be a safety hazard if not closely monitored in the rooms of children. Cords can be a significant danger for children 3 years and younger with some estimates reporting that one child is harmed every two weeks from the cords used on traditional blinds. Gallery of Shades is pleased to offer a safe and functional option with cordless cellular shades.

More Reasons to Choose Cordless Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are a unique way to keep your privacy while allowing natural light into your rooms. Cellulars have slats but they are totally covered with fine fabrics that let light in. Gallery of Shades is happy to come to your home for a consultation to measure and design custom cellulars for your child’s room.

The added bonus of our cellulars is that they come with a cordless option that eliminates the safety concern that cords can cause. With the push of a button, you can raise or lower our shades with ease. The absence of the cord is what makes our cordless cellular shades stylish and safe.

If the look and safety features of cordless shades aren’t enough then consider the energy efficient nature of our shades. Cellulars provide amazing insulation on your windows keeping rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We know your children’s safety and comfort is at the top of your priority list.

With this in mind and all of the benefits of cellular shades including temperature control, safety, and stylish design make cordless cellular shades a great option as window treatments for your child’s room.

Contact Gallery of Shades to schedule a consultation today.

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Soft Window Coverings Have Many Advantages

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Choices are abundant when choosing lightweight window coverings.  Each room in your home is different; each window in your home is different and is, therefore, subject to different needs.  How much light do you want to let into a room?  Which rooms of your home do you want to put forth a softer feel and conceal some light, yet you still want light to be gently exuded throughout the room?  Light diffusing window coverings, such as Silhouette Soft Window Coverings, is a good choice.

Benefits of Soft Window Coverings

If you want the privacy feature that blinds typically offer but would still like the softness that is provided by curtains, light-diffusing window coverings are a good choice.  Silhouette shades are:

  • Safe for children and pets
  • Proven to be an energy saver by being energy efficient
  • Available in many styles, colors, and textures
  • Beneficial in bringing a casual elegance to any room
  • Proficient in balancing a variety of interior styles, from traditional to contemporary

Lightweight window coverings can bring a sense of peace and security to your home, while, at the time same, infusing an elegant, yet comfortable tone to your indoor environment.

Why Choose Lightweight Window Coverings

You need to protect your home, your environment, and you, from 100 percent light (sun) all the time.  You need to reduce the amount of heat that comes into your home, especially in areas like Scottsdale and Phoenix, where the sun’s rays can, at times, become almost unbearable.  Light diffusing window coverings allow some light in while keeping a good portion of light out.  By diffusing the light that enters a room, it can disperse that light softly throughout the room, spreading it lightly and gently into even remote corners, while protecting the immediate vicinity of its entrance to harsh rays.

Whatever window coverings you desire for your home, let us provide you with information so you can make the most informed choices possible.  We understand window coverings are extremely important to your home’s decor.  It is our passion.  Give us a call today and let’s talk about a consultation.

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For a Fresh Look Choose Vignette Modern Roman Shades

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Fresh and uncluttered, when you buy vignette modern roman shades, you get a modern window covering with a traditional look.  Two of the best aspects of this type of shade include the fact that there are no cords that show and that the folds are consistent for a nice, clean look.

CONTEMPORARY LOOK

Vignette Modern Roman Shades are types of roman shades that will provide a unique style to your home.  This shade is available in a wide range of fabrics and colors.  Likewise, you can choose between “soft fold pleats” or a “flat fold” pleat.  It grants you the look of fabric, but it is lightweight and easy to operate.  It is called the “no cord look” because its cords tuck in nicely between the fabric and the lining; therefore, no cords can be seen, which gives this choice of modern roman shades a much more appealing design.

SOFT FOLD VS. FLAT FOLD

Soft fold pleats stack nicely on top of each other, providing the look of a soft and flowing valance with the shade open.  The flat fold is likened to a more contemporary look, where the rolled-up folds pile neatly into a fabric-wrapped rectangle.  These cordless window shades are highly functional as well as pleasing to the eye.

PERFECT OPTION FOR BATHROOMS

Vignette Modern Roman Shades are a great choice for bathroom windows because they offer the privacy of a top-down shade.  They can also be more easily used for windows where you may not be able to reach the top comfortably.  You also have the option of choosing Vignettes that can be motorized and operated by remote control.

BUT NOT ONLY FOR BATHROOMS

This particular choice among types of roman shades provides such a wealth of options and customization that they can also be ideal for any room in your home.  For bedrooms and living rooms, they provide function with a built-in softness.  They can provide appeal to any décor in your home, thanks to a wide-ranging choice of materials and colors.

Call us today at 480-643-0014 to learn more about these cordless window shades.

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Choosing Stylish Teen Room Window Treatments

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What do teens want for their rooms?  Chances are good it won’t be what mom or dad select as their first choice.  If you want your teen to be happy and comfortable in their own space (and what parent doesn’t?), you will need to take their tastes into consideration when choosing teen room window treatments.

DIFFERENT AS DAY AND NIGHT

If you have more than one teenager in the house, their opinions and tastes are likely to vary widely.  That’s why it’s a good idea to talk to each one individually and try to get them to see as many options for teen room window coverings as possible.  Styles, designs, and colors – it’s great that so many choices are available for their decision-making process.

DÉCOR OF THE ROOM

This is an opportunity for your teen to interject his or her personality into the style of the room. Boys and girls are likely to be drawn to different themes, colors, and teen room window coverings.  Depending on whether your teen is tending toward the younger range of teenage years or more toward the older end of the spectrum, their sense of style can be geared towards the sport or hobby of choice at the moment, or the persona they are trying to adopt as a young adult.

THE TEEN YEARS

Being a teen can be fraught with a wide range of emotions and difficult times.  It can be comforting for them as you help guide them, just a bit, in their choices of teens room window treatments.  His or her room can be a place of solace and relaxation at the end of a demanding day.  Of course, you must help advise your teen to take into consideration a good many factors when thinking of the ultimate teen room window ideas, including security if the room has exposure to a public view.

You’ll want the teen room window treatments to be safe and provide security for your teen’s privacy as appropriate.  Teens are notorious for needing their privacy, but you must also be assured their privacy is protected from the outside world.

Contact Gallery of Shades today to setup an appointment to find the right window treatments for your teens’ room.

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New Custom Window Treatments Location in Scottsdale!

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Gallery of Shades has a new location to serve you! We look forward to assisting you with the design of your Scottsdale custom window treatments. Find us at 16413 N. 91st Street in Scottsdale.  Since 2008, we have been in the business of meeting our clients’ needs for draperies, window shades, blinds, shutters, and patio shades.  Our new location will help us serve you better.  Come in soon and check out our showroom.  Showroom hours Monday-Friday 10-5, with evening and weekend availability by appointment.

DRAPERY SHOWROOM

Draperies can help create the style you’re looking for to fit in any room, and we have a large selection of fabrics to whet your inner designer appetite.  Our drapery showroom can help your imagination soar.  When you behold what draperies can do for a room, you can start playing with different variations that appeal to your senses.  It’s important to note that draperies can fit over blinds or shades, thereby offering you the ability to blend a combination of window coverings to create the specific mood you’re looking for.

CUSTOM WINDOW COVERINGS

Customize your window coverings for a unique sense of style that speaks to your inner designer.  Gallery of Shades can help as we can offer a wide variety of custom drapes, shutters, shades or blinds to suit any room and any window size.  Choose patterns from prints to solids, and from textures and stripes, to Jacquards.  The possibilities for design are almost limitless and when you visit our window treatment showroom, it’s easier to envision.  Showroom hours are Monday-Friday 10-5, evenings and weekends are by appointment.

FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOW TREATMENTS

Become inspired as you walk into our showroom with all the limitless combinations of fabrics, materials, colors, and designs that are available to create just the room experience you have been dreaming of.  With each differing drapery designs, you can uncover a whole new look for each room in your home.  You want your home to be comfortable and to appeal to your sense of aesthetics so that when your glance falls upon the room, you will feel pleased and joyful with what you have created.

We are passionate about window coverings and our clients who need them.  Call us at 480-643-0014 for a consultation today.

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Grass Weave Shades Add Texture to Room Redesign

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The spring season brings out the need to do a little cleaning and how about a little redecorating too!  Many of us begin with a good deep cleaning of our home and run to the nearest home improvement store to pick out a fresh coat of paint for that room redesign or stain for the deck or the best new flowers for our yards.  New pillows, new bedding, new rug, it’s all very exciting! But don’t forget to throw in texture to the mix. Grass weave shades or woven wood window treatments are a great added textural touch.

Any strong decorating scheme will hold to several elements.  The first is a consistent color scheme involving a couple of main colors with a third for “pop” and interest.  The second is a mix of heights so that the eye is drawn around the room rather than settling in one place.  This could be well-placed artwork, a tall bookcase or other furniture, or even your window treatments.  The third is undoubtedly texture.

A different type of fabric throw can contrast with the texture of the seating in a room in order to provide interest and tactile experience.  Flooring can provide the same feeling.  Interestingly, so, again, can your window treatments.  Take, for example, the way grass weave shades or woven wood shades instantly adds a touch of exoticism to a room, particularly with cool walls or a tile floor.  A grass weave shade may evoke memories of a fabulous beach trip or a reed shade may complement a design aesthetic made up of foreign travel and one of a kind finds.  And don’t forget, a patio shade adds texture to the “rooms” you have outside!

But the decoration doesn’t stop there.  The way a textured shade can filter light creates a certain ambiance that other window treatments cannot match.  Sitting in your favorite room dreaming of a time when you can travel the world again (or for the first time) with the light filtered just so on a lazy afternoon is one of life’s great pleasures.  After all, isn’t your home supposed to be a rest for your soul?

If you want to add texture to your décor, don’t forget your window treatments! Contact Gallery of Shades today for different window treatment ideas.

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Choosing the Right Custom Valances for Your Home Decor

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If you are looking to finish your room treatments with just the right flourish, then you can’t go wrong with custom valances.  This decorated material that typically conceals the curtain rod but only comes down “just so far” is a popular way to pull a room together without spending too much money while still being high design.  But how can you choose the right custom valances?

First, determine if you need a valance  Typically, a valance can be used to complete a formal feel in a specific room, such as a formal living room or a master bedroom (though not all valances feel formal!).

In some situations, the homeowner may want to disguise the curtain rod, in a bathroom for example. Bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces where one might want to incorporate a “little touch” of decor.  Still, other window treatments just simply feel a little incomplete without a valance.  For example, half-shutters, a very popular lower window treatment looks a bit naked on top.  But a valance balances out the treatment, drawing the eye to the whole window, and completing the design.

Some of the most popular places to install a valance are in the kitchen.  The kitchen, for example, sometimes has lovely, but smaller windows that a homeowner doesn’t typically want to cover completely.  Still, the window needs a decorated look.  Enter the valance!  With a variety of lengths and designs, it can pull the kitchen together without getting in the way of necessary kitchen work or blocking needed light or a beautiful view.

So if you have determined you would love to experiment with valances, where to start?  Remember, valances go with a wide variety of window treatments – cellular shades, shutters, horizontal blinds as well as draperies.  So it really is up to you.  Boxed valances create that aforementioned formal look while arched valances draw the eye upward in a room with beautiful ceilings or crown molding.  One of the most attractive options is a rolled valance, which, as the name implies, can also double as a curtain in a particularly sunny room or an area where you have a great view but may want more privacy from time to time.

No matter the design, there is a valance – flounced, gathered, boxed or rolled – for every decorating need! Contact Gallery of Shades today for a free in-home design consultation. We will help you choose the right custom valances for your space.

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Curtains and Window Treatments for Your Baby’s Nursery

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No doubt the walls have been painted and the baby furniture is placed in perfect position around the room.  The baby shower is over or has been scheduled, and the gifts are strategically arranged to welcome your little one home.  While you have put lots of thought into color schemes and themes throughout the room, have you thought much about the nursery window treatments?  There are several important reasons to consider this, particularly with a baby on the way. Along with practical uses, custom curtains and window treatments will add just the right decorating touch.

First, consider how the room your baby will be sleeping in, takes in light throughout the day.  Does the sun come up and stream through that room in the morning when you would rather the baby be resting?  Does the sun instead set through those windows, creating a glare that will make napping difficult?  Assess the kind of light your baby’s room gets and that will start your path toward choosing the right window treatment.

Next, consider safety.  While your baby may not walk for many months, you should consider window treatments that protect her throughout her young years.  For example, shutters and blinds are beautiful, but some may come with a cord that may prove to be a choking hazard to children.  In some cases, these examples can be retrofitted with child-safe options.  Examine the various styles with an eye not just to design and color, but for security as well.

There are plenty of safe options such as cordless blinds, roller shades (not the kind you grew up with!), or even such beautiful looks like the Luminette or the Silhouette, which diffuses and softens light throughout the room – perfect for baby’s atmosphere!

Once the important considerations are made, you’re free to enjoy the decorating process!  At Gallery of Shades, we can help new parents (or grandparents) select appropriate, safe and beautiful window treatments for your new little one, even customizing your baby’s nursery window treatments!  Find out why our customers have a great experience before, during and after the sale.

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Skylight Shades Cut Down on Excessive Heat

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Skylights are wonderful inventions to let maximum light shine into your home.  However, with the brighter and more open feeling skylights can give a home, all that light can be detrimental when you’re talking about the oppressive heat many times associated with Scottsdale sunshine.  If you work at night (sleeping during the day), or you’re a light sleeper, or you just like to take a nap in the afternoon, the extra light can become an unwelcome companion.  Skylight shades can help ease those conditions.

Why have shades on skylights?  It might seem unnecessary, at first, to those who are first-time homeowners with a resource such as a skylight.  Soon, however, it will become apparent why shades for skylights will make it to the top of your priority list.

Benefits of Skylight Shades

As mentioned above, custom skylight shades can block out excessive heat from the Arizona summer sun and they can also reduce any glare reflected into your living room.  As well, they are:

  • Economical to purchase
  • Able to potentially reduce your energy costs
  • Easy to install
  • Easily removed
  • Made of material so as to allow the overhead view to remain

Another very prominent answer to the question, why have shades on skylights, is the fact that they can cut down on the wear and tear of furniture in the rooms below them.  The hot sun bearing down on interior furniture and carpets can be intensified through the use of a skylight, causing fading to occur.  Shades for skylights can eliminate this negative impact.

Custom skylight shades can also be made to fit nearly any type of skylight.  Skylights do come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but a match can be found or crafted to provide the solution you need for your home.

For times when you do want to enjoy the warmth of the sun, as well as the light, shades for skylights can be easily removed.  They are a convenient answer to helping skylights maintain all of their positive attributes, while offering solutions for some of the negatives that can occur.

Contact Gallery of Shades today for more information or an in-home consultation for custom shades.

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Shade Your Summer with New Patio Shades

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As spring has sprung and the sunny days are longer, being outside and enjoying the fresh air and sunlight are top priorities in most households.  Whether watching the pretty spring flowers or watching the weather for those unpredictable spring showers, launching into a new season is part of the zest of life.  So it might seem strange to skip ahead and begin thinking about summer, but now is the perfect time to consider installing new patio shades to fully enjoy the summer months that are rapidly approaching.

While sunny days in spring can be energizing, sunny very hot summer days can sometimes be draining and dehydrating.  The blazing Arizona sun can make enjoying your outdoor spaces more difficult, and who wants to wait until after the sun has set to go outside and enjoy your yard?  Further, those sunny facing rooms inside the house can be just as unbearable in the summer sun without having to step foot outside.  Fortunately, patio shades can solve both of those problems at once!

Some worry that new patio shades will create a stifling environment – after all, who wants to sit in a stuffy, shaded space?  But Gallery of Shades new patio shades are made of breathable fabric which lets the breeze through, but keeps the weather out.  Weather resistant shades do more than protect you from the sun’s blazes – they protect your outdoor furniture as well.

How many times have you purchased a stunning cushion collection only to find it is sun bleached and unsightly by the end of the season?  Besides, who wants to keep running outside to bring in the cushions?  A patio shade solves the problem of functionality and aesthetics, not to mention saving money.

Outdoor living shades really turn a patch of patio tile into an outdoor living “room” to be enjoyed day or night.  Adding texture and color to your property, an outdoor living shade will also cool down the sun-facing rooms in your home, making it more comfortable inside your home as well to watch television, read a good book or visit with family and friends.  See how Gallery of Shades can help you prepare stylishly for the many warm days to come!

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