Essential Backyard Updates for Summer 2016

Spring and summer are synonymous with outdoor fun. Whether you use your backyard for hosting friends and family or just relaxing, you know how great it can be to have an outdoor space where you can stretch out and enjoy nature. It’s important to remember that your backyard is an extension of your home—and that means it needs to be updated from time to time for your family to truly take advantage of everything it offers.

To whip your backyard into shape for summer 2016, check out some of Blindster’s top tips and essential updates below:

  • Build or buy a hammock.

Build or Buy a Hammock

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There’s nothing more iconic when it comes to lazy summer days than a hammock—and for good reason, as they’re ideal for quick naps and plowing through your summer reading list while enjoying the warm sunshine. If you don’t have a hammock in your outdoor area, now is the time to get one. Whether you go old-school and string it up between two trees or buy a freestanding unit, your hammock will be a hit with friends and family throughout the summer and well into the cool nights of fall.

 

  • Get a fire pit.

Outdoor Firepit

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Even summer nights can get chilly and having a fire pit gives your friends and family a place to congregate and spend time together when you’re enjoying your backyard. Plus, fire pits make outdoor areas comfortable year-round, creating the heat and light necessary to have a relaxing night even in the dead of winter. Fire pits come in a variety of sizes, but even modest-sized fire pits can comfortably provide enough heat for a dozen or more people. In addition to being convenient, they’re also much safer than building fires on the ground, as they can better contain the flames and prevent them from accidentally growing too large or spreading to nearby trees and plants.

 

  • Create a wildflower zone for low-maintenance landscaping.

Create a Wildflower Zone for Low-Maintenance Landscaping

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While there will always be demand for meticulous landscaping with clearly defined lines and edges, choosing to let nature take its course with zero-maintenance wildflower zones can be just a beautiful. A bag of mixed wildflower seeds and some loose, fertile soil is all it takes to create a pretty and extremely colorful floral arrangement that requires almost no upkeep. Unlike traditional landscaping, wildflower areas don’t need frequent trimming or hands-on maintenance, and the flowers themselves are hardy and resistant to weeds and many natural pests.

  • Create an outdoor game area with horseshoes and cornhole boards.

Create an Outdoor GAme Area with Horseshoes and Cornhold Boards

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Nothing livens up a backyard barbecue or family get-together quite like the spirit of competition. Traditional sports like softball and touch football are fun, but it can be difficult to include friends of different skill levels. Games like cornhole and horseshoes can be played by all ages and require a minimal amount of space and equipment. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even build your own cornhole boards and paint them with your favorite sports team’s logo and colors.

  • Beautify your tool shed or outdoor storage area.

Beautify Your Tool Shed or Outdoor Storage Area

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Tool sheds and outdoor storage units generally follow a “form over function” design philosophy, and it’s not uncommon for them to simply blend into the background at best or turn into eyesores at worst due to rust, peeling paint, mildew, and mold. But your tool shed or outdoor storage area can also represent a great opportunity to increase your backyard’s visual appeal. A thorough pressure washing, a fresh coat of paint, some flower boxes, basic landscaping, and a stone walkway leading to and from the shed or storage unit are easy and inexpensive ways to transform the appearance of these small buildings and even make them centerpieces for your backyard.

 

  • Install outdoor shades to make your deck or patio more comfortable.

Install Outdoor Shades to Make Your Deck or Patio More Comfortable

Summer weather is great for enjoying the outdoors, but the intense sunlight and UV rays can be harmful to your skin and your eyes. If you want to enjoy your backyard deck or patio without having to wear a big hat and sunglasses every time you step out of your house, you can’t go wrong with our outdoor shades. We offer our Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades with two different levels of openness—5 percent openness and 10 percent openness. The 5 percent shades block 95 percent of the sun’s UV rays, while the 10 percent shades block 90 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Both preserve your view of your outdoor area while significantly reducing the glare and intensity of sunlight that hits your eyes, your skin, and your furniture, protecting them from damage and heat.

 

  • String up lights, create lighted walkways, and light torches to create a beautiful nighttime display.

Outdoor String Lights

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Backyards are wonderful places to relax and enjoy time with family and friends during the day, but they can lose their appeal at night when lighting is lacking. Thankfully, there are great ways to increase outdoor visibility without relying on harsh security lights or flood lights. String lights are a festive way to both enhance your backyard’s beauty and visibility, and they can be creatively draped on and around fences, trees, light posts, and the outside walls of your home. For lighting in other areas of your backyard, consider using small torches or walkway lights to help guests find their way in the dark and create appealing illuminated pathways.

 

  • Build an outdoor kitchen and dining area.

Build an Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area

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Having an outdoor space for food preparation is ideal for spring, summer, and fall get-togethers. Outdoor kitchens can vary significantly when it comes to price, but for an inexpensive solution, all you’ll need is a large, high-quality grill and food preparation area to create a variety of delicious summer-inspired grilled dishes, including meats, vegetables, and fruits. Improvised countertops created with brick or other natural materials are both inexpensive and practical, while outdoor dining sets can be purchased at most home good stores and supermarkets.

Ideas for Using Your Home’s Extra Bedrooms

The number of bedrooms in a home can be one of its top selling points, but for many homeowners, there’s a question of what exactly they’re going to use those extra rooms for when they finally get settled. As the average home size gets bigger, the number of bedrooms has also increased, and it’s not uncommon for many new homes to have four or even five bedrooms. Putting that extra space to use can be a dilemma—especially if you don’t have an equal “people to bedroom ratio” in your home.

If you’re struggling to find the best use for your extra bedrooms, check out Blindster’s list of suggestions:

  • Guest rooms

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The top use for an extra bedroom or two is the most obvious—turn them into guest rooms. All you need is a bed, a nightstand, and a dresser, and you’ve got a perfectly functional guest bedroom for family and friends to use. Having multiple guest bedrooms makes it easy for you to entertain multiple people who are visiting from out of town and help them save money on lodging, meals, and other travel expenses. In addition, many newer homes feature adjoining bedrooms that share a bathroom, making them ideal for guests with children.

 

  • Pet rooms

Pet Room

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Having pets can be a great source of companionship, entertainment, and stress relief for your family, but they can also be difficult to live with at night—especially if they’re nocturnal animals—or if you have guests who have pet allergies. Having an extra bedroom or two can be a great way to give your animals the space they need to stay happy and healthy, while also preventing them from keeping you up all night or causing your guests to have an allergic reaction. To create an ideal cat room, all you need is a litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, bedding, and some favorite toys. Dog rooms are similarly low-maintenance, but you may need to be more careful with the items you place inside, as some dogs are prone to chewing or clawing when they get bored.

 

  • Home office

Home Office Space

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More and more jobs are allowing people to work from home, but trying to do so without having a dedicated work space can be difficult. A home office makes it much easier to get the peace and quiet necessary to concentrate for long periods of time, make and receive phone calls, and have a designated place where work is separate from home. Spare bedrooms are ideal places to use as home offices and require nothing more than a desk, a chair, and a computer to become dedicated home work spaces.

 

  • Storage room

Storage Room

Lack of storage is one of the biggest complaints for many homeowners in 2016. If that describes you and your family members, your spare bedroom may be best served as a storage area. Small guest bedrooms work great for this concept, as they’re large enough to function as improvised walk-in closets but small enough that you won’t feel bad for utilizing the square footage of the room itself as an actual living area or bedroom.

 

  • Exercise room/home gym

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If you’re tired of driving across town every day to the gym, or if you’re just more inclined to work out at home, converting a spare bedroom into a home gym may be perfect for you. A treadmill, a set of free weights complete with a weight bench, and a body weight exercise area are all you need to have a small but effective home gym that can help you stay fit without the hassle of driving to an actual gym or the expense of paying for your membership every month.

 

  • Movie and game room

Movie and Game Room

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Whether you’re a gamer or an avid film fan, chances are your living room isn’t ideal for enjoying your favorite hobby. Whether there’s a glare from the outside, the sound is too loud for your neighbors or family members, or you just don’t have enough room for all of your specialized equipment, having a dedicated space can help you maximize your enjoyment. A big-screen television or a projector, a surround sound system, and some blackout window treatments, like Blindster’s Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades, will make any bedroom the ideal place to enjoy games and movies at any time of the day.

  • Study and relaxation room

Relaxation Room

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As homes become more connected and high-tech, having a place where you can read, relax, and rest is truly invaluable. Turning a spare bedroom into a study and relaxation room can be done by outfitting it with comfortable seating, stocking a bookshelf a few of your favorite books, bringing in a stereo that you can use to play relaxing music, and putting together a bed for occasional naps. To make the room truly effective at helping you to de-stress and leave the worries of your day behind, enforce a strict “no electronic devices allowed” rule and leave your phone or tablet at the door. By creating a space where you’re always unplugged, you’ll quickly associate the room with feelings of relaxation and reflection.

 

  • Arts and crafts studio

Arts and Crafts Room

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Everyone needs a chance to explore their creative side from time to time. Whether you enjoy painting, woodworking, or building small DIY crafts, your spare bedroom can be easily converted into a small home art studio. Make sure to keep a chest or set of drawers stocked with plenty of supplies like paints, canvasses, and wood, and If possible, add a sink for easy cleanup of paints, glue, clay, and other art and DIY materials and adhesives. You can also use the space to get creative from a musical standpoint. Use it to create electronic tunes on a computer, spin your favorite vinyl albums, or practice playing your favorite instrument.

 

  • Recreation room

Recreation Room

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Love playing pool, throwing darts, or battling your friends and family in table tennis? Turning your spare bedroom into a rec room is a great way to have access to these activities anytime you want. When choosing a pool table, make sure that you have plenty of room on all sides of the table to extend your cue without bumping into walls or furniture. In addition, consider placing a backing behind your dart board to protect your walls from errant throws, as darts can quickly damage drywall by creating small holes.

  • Kids’ playroom

Kids Play Room

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If your children’s bedrooms aren’t big enough for them to fully stretch out and enjoy playing with their toys, consider converting a spare bedroom into a playroom. Having a dedicated playroom is a great way to give your children more space while also keeping their bedrooms neat and clean. Having a large toy chest where they can easily access their favorite games, dolls, and action figures makes setting up for playtime and cleaning up after they’re done a quick and simple process, and it also spares the rest of your home from being overrun by toys that can be extremely hazardous to your feet in a dark hallway at 2 a.m.

How to Bring the Outdoors Inside

One of the top perks of owning your own home is having access to an outdoor area. Lawns, decks, and patios are great places for entertaining guests, working on projects, or just unwinding and relaxing after a long day, but for many people, these areas are frequently off-limits or simply not enjoyable due to rain, cold temperatures, insects, extreme heat and humidity, allergies, and other weather-related or seasonal events.

It’s easy to feel cramped and even claustrophobic when you’re forced indoors for long periods of time, but bringing the outdoors inside can help open up your living space and make it feel more alive, no matter what time of year it is. So whether you’re a homeowner whose outdoor space is at the mercy of Mother Nature, or you live in an apartment and your balcony just isn’t cutting it, check out Blindster’s tips for the best ways to bring the outside inside:

  • Clean your windows and replace your window treatments for the ultimate in natural lighting.

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One of the top reasons why being outdoors is so relaxing and energizing is due to the effects of natural sunlight. Thankfully, you don’t need large, floor-to-ceiling windows to get the full benefits of natural sunlight in your home—you just need clean glass and the right window treatments. Dirty windows have a big impact on the quality of the light that enters your home, and taking the time to thoroughly clean them both inside and out can make the lighting more brilliant and intense. But in order to control the light, you’ll need the right blinds or shades. For maximum light control, you can’t go wrong with our Deluxe Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades with a top down bottom up option, which gives you the ultimate freedom over both natural lighting and privacy.

  • Choose natural and eco-friendly furniture, décor, and window treatments.

Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades

With granite, concrete, and steel dominating the look and feel of many modern homes and apartments, it’s easy to feel completely detached from nature in the industrial-like environments that these materials often create. That effect is even more pronounced when you don’t have easy or comfortable access to an outdoor space. To offset the ambiance created by these materials, hang nature-inspired artwork and choose furniture, accent pieces, and window treatments that use natural wood and contain natural textures and patterns. Our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are among our newest window coverings, and they’re manufactured using all-natural materials and woven on hand-fed looms. Choose from six distinct natural wood stains and colors, including Aruba Camel, Key West Cocoa, and Waikiki Tortoise.

  • Paint with colors found in nature.

Paint With Colors Found In Nature

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If you want to bring the outdoors inside, think of your favorite landscape paintings and look carefully at the colors the artist used. You’ll find plenty of shades of green, brown, blue, white, and tan. Using these earthy colors as a guide when purchasing new furniture and painting your living space is a great way to transform even the most “man-made” areas of your home into more natural environments. For an even greater effect, choose window coverings, bedding, and décor that incorporates these colors.

  • Use candles or open your windows to bring the smell of the outdoors into your home.

DIY Outdoorsy Candles

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Smell is one of the most powerful senses, as a particular scent can immediately evoke strong memories and feelings associated with a particular time or place. That’s why bringing the smell of the outdoors inside your home is so effective when it comes to replicating the ambiance of your lawn, deck, or patio area. Candles with the scent of fresh grass, the ocean, or an evergreen forest are a great way to bring the outdoors inside, but when weather permits, you should also try opening your windows and letting the breeze carry outdoor smells indoors. Make sure to install screens on your windows to prevent insects and allergens from entering your home, especially if you plan on keeping your windows open for long periods of time.

  • Play ambient nature sounds on Spotify or iTunes Radio.

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You’ve created an indoor space that looks, smells, and feels like the outdoors—now it’s time to make it sound like you’re outside as well. Spas and massage clinics often use natural soundtracks or the sounds of soft rain and distant thunderstorms to create a feeling of relaxation, and using those sounds inside your home can create the same mood while also making you feel like you’re outside.

 

  • Decorate using indoor-friendly plants.

Primitive and Proper Indoor Plants

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The biggest perk of enjoying time outdoors is enjoying the sights and smells of the natural life that surround you. And while you may not be able to convert your home into an actual greenhouse, you can enjoy many of the perks of your outdoor space by filling your home with plants. In addition to filling your home with life, color, and a natural fragrance, plants also help purify the air. Some of the best indoor-friendly plants to bring inside your home include ferns, peace lilies, succulents, yucca, and palms.

  • Add nature themed decor.

Nature Themed Decor

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One of the easiest ways to bring your love of the outdoors inside is by adding nature-themed art or furniture. You could even make your own DIY nature art by collecting branches and pine cones from your yard. Raw edged wood tables and slabs have become increasingly popular over the past few years as rustics looks create warmth in the home.

  • Purchase a small indoor fountain.

Indoor Water Fountain

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If you have a small pond or creek near your home, you know how relaxing the sound of running water can be when you’re enjoying your outdoor space. If you’re not a fan of replicating the noise artificially via a stereo, you can get the same effect by purchasing a small fountain. These decorative pieces are relatively inexpensive and use a pump to recycle the water, creating the relaxing sound of running water that you love.

Tips for Preparing a Rental Home for New Tenants

Owning a second home and renting it out is a great way to capitalize on your investment and bring in extra income every month. Many rental home owners end up purchasing multiple properties in order to further extend their monthly incomes. Whether you own just a single rental home or multiple properties, maximizing the return on your investment depends on several factors, like the value of the neighborhoods where the homes are located, the size of the homes, and the overall presentation and livability of the homes.

Doing the right prep work before renting a home can not only increase the amount you can charge every month in rent, but it can also significantly reduce the number of maintenance issues you or your property management group will need to address on a regular basis.

So if you’re renting a property for the first time and want to learn the tricks of the trade, or if you want a fresh start with your rental home before new tenants move in, check out Blindster’s tips for the best ways to stretch your property investment dollars:

  • Deep clean everything inside the home.

Deep Clean Everything Inside the Home

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be surprising to see how many rental property owners skip this step or clean only immediately visible areas of their homes. In addition to making sure the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless, it’s also important to hit spots like the baseboards, window coverings, and small nooks and crannies where cobwebs can form and dust can accumulate. Finally, wipe away scuff marks on walls, shampoo carpets to remove stains and discolorations, and clean hard to see and reach places like the top of the refrigerator, the areas behind your appliances, and the molding around doors and windows.

  • Test every appliance, light switch, and electrical outlet.

Test Every Light Switch

When new tenants move into a rental home, they expect everything to work right away. There’s nothing more concerning to a new tenant than finding out one of the burners on their stove doesn’t work, a light switch is broken, and some of their electrical outlets don’t put out any power. Make a checklist of all the appliances, light switches, and electrical outlets in your rental home and test them one by one, marking each one off the list as you make your way from room to room. If you find any that don’t work, replace the appliance or call an electrician to fix any issues with the home’s internal wiring before new tenants move in.

 

  • Make the home as safe as possible.


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Safety is a huge concern for rental property owners due to liability issues. To get your rental home up to code, make sure you have the recommended number of smoke detectors installed on every floor and that they’re all equipped with fresh batteries. If your home uses gas appliances or heat, install a carbon monoxide detector. It’s also important to make sure every staircase has a handrail and that no steps, whether they’re indoors or outdoors, are loose, chipped, or broken. Finally, repair or replace any areas where the carpet isn’t completely flat and level, as bunched up or uneven carpet can represent a major falling hazard.

  • Upgrade the biggest selling point—the kitchen.

Upgrade the Kitchen

A major overhaul of a dated and unattractive kitchen can make a rental home far more appealing to potential tenants, which means it will stay vacant for shorter periods of time and will fetch more money on the rental market. At the minimum, replace any appliances that are clearly out of date with new stainless steel models. Installing granite countertops and modern tile or vinyl flooring is also a great way to modernize a kitchen and increase the appeal of the entire home. For an even more dramatic effect in an older home, consider removing a wall or two to open up the kitchen and remove any major barriers separating the kitchen from the rest of the home to create a more open floor plan.

 

  • Fix any current and future problem areas while you have the chance.

Fix Current and Future Problem Areas

A leaky faucet may be a minor annoyance right now, but it could become a bigger problem down the road. The same is true for things like small roof leaks, sagging gutters, hairline driveway cracks, and moldy and mildewed basements. If you have a vacant or soon-to-be vacant rental home on your hands, take the time to repair or replace any minor problem areas before they get worse and lead to potential home disasters—which are not only expensive to address, but could also put your tenants’ health at risk and damage their property.

  • Boost the home’s curb appeal with landscaping and pressure washing.

Boost Your Curb Appeal

Most renters have realistic expectations for what their lawns will look like, and few expect golf course quality grass and landscaping. But there’s a big difference in curb appeal between a rental home with simple, tasteful, and neat landscaping and a home with bare spots, patchy grass growth, and no decorative plants. A small investment in your rental home’s landscaping and a pressure washed porch, driveway, or sidewalk can dramatically improve its curb appeal.

 

  • Decide how you will manage the rental home.

Decide How You Will Manage the Rental Home

Are you in a position to handle all communication with your tenants? Can you respond to maintenance requests? Are you prepared to handle a possible eviction situation? If not, you may need to hire a property management firm. These firms take a small percentage of the monthly rent in return for their services, which will reduce your monthly income but can significantly reduce the overall responsibilities of being a rental home owner.

  • Contact your mortgage and insurance companies about your plans.

Contact Your Insurance or Mortage Broker

If you’re still paying a mortgage on your future rental home, it’s important that you contact the mortgage provider and tell them about your plans to convert the home into a rental property. There may be certain requirements you have to meet in order to fulfill your new role. In addition, you’ll also need to change your homeowner’s insurance plan to a plan that covers landlords and rental property owners.

  • Check out the competition to get a fair rental price.

Find a Fair Rental Price

One of the most important parts of renting out your home is to set the right price. Establishing the right price can be difficult. Setting it too low can cause you to lose out on a significant amount of monthly income while setting it too high can make it difficult to find tenants. Check online classifieds and other websites to find rental homes in your area with similar square footage and amenities, and use those properties as a guide before you list your property on the rental market.

Top Color Trends and Schemes for Spring 2016

One of the quickest and easiest ways to completely reinvent your home’s look and style is to change its color scheme. Whether your budget and time allow you to change only one or two rooms, or you’re planning a full overhaul of your entire home, the results can have a dramatic impact on the appeal and aesthetics of your living space.

One of the top color trends for 2016 involves pairing a few bold colors together in order to create a striking visual arrangement. At Blindster, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of color choices for our blinds and shades, and that means it’s easy to find the perfect complementary colors for the paints and colorful décor you choose for any room in your home.

To get your home’s colors ready for spring 2016 and beyond, check out our guide for creating the ultimate color combinations.

Burgundy, Pink, Gold, Cream Scheme

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  • The color scheme: Burgundy, pink, gold, and cream.

The combination of burgundy and pink creates a strong visual that immediately attracts the eye’s attention, but the intensity of the two colors is calmed and neutralized by the presence of more neutral and natural colors like gold and cream. This color scheme can be easily created in bedrooms and living rooms using paint, pillows, blankets, and window treatments.

 

The window treatments: Premium Roman Shades Group B – Lexi Cream, Premium Roman Shades Group D – Charleston Gold, Premium Roman Shades Group A – Wilmington Caliente

 

Our Roman Shades offer a wide variety of colors, making them ideal for capitalizing on trending color schemes and modernizing the look of any room in your home. In addition to being available in dozens of unique and striking colors, our Roman Shades also bring an elegant and beautiful look to any room where they’re installed. The combination of bold colors and attractive design makes these window treatments among our most popular, especially for homeowners who are looking to spruce up their home décor and style.

Red, Turquoise, Bright Green Scheme

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  • The color scheme: Red, turquoise, and bright green.

Turquoise and bright green are common spring colors that can’t help but make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. Combining these colors with red accent pieces, such as window treatments, pillows, or artwork, can help create an interesting visual contrast. This color scheme is both bright and energetic, making it ideal for bedrooms, studies, kitchens, and other places where you may need a boost throughout the day.

 

The window treatments: Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades – Forest FAB146, Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades Group A – Carina Turquoise CA201, Micro Aluminum Blinds – Garnet Red

 

Creating this visual combination is easily achieved with our large selection of blinds and shades. For creating the beautiful spring-inspired color scheme of dark green and turquoise, look no further than our Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades and our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades Group A. To completely pull off the look, a bold red should be added somewhere in the room, and if you choose to add that color via your window treatments, our Garnet Red Micro Aluminum Blinds will get the job done without breaking the bank.

Royal Blue and Yellow Scheme

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  • The color scheme: Royal blue and yellow

This color scheme is perfect when it comes to creating both a spring-inspired look and a nautical look, also making it work for year-round use in homes near the coast, lakes, or rivers. An easy way to create this look is to mix and match blue and yellow window treatments and bedding with the opposing color wall paint or wallpaper. Choose black or gray accent pieces and small decorative flourishes to create a rich and elegant atmosphere throughout your room or your entire home.

The window treatments: Deluxe Blackout Vinyl Roller Shades – Navy, Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades – Buttercup, Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A – Twilight Savannah

 

Whether your blue and yellow color scheme is strictly spring-inspired or influenced by your home’s proximity to water, the window treatments listed above are a great way to bring the relevant colors into your home and accentuate the décor and accent pieces needed to pull off this look. For a nautical-themed room, you can’t go wrong with a few maritime pieces of décor like artwork, decorative seashells, or anchor motifs. To make the look more spring-influenced, eschew the nautical décor and instead place plants and colorful DIY projects throughout the room.

Neutrals and Bold Scheme

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  • The color scheme: Neutral colors with a bold accent wall or bold accent pieces

 

Although a room or home that’s mostly decorated with neutral colors may sound boring, the results can be dramatic and striking when that scheme is paired with a few strategically placed splashes of bold color, such as accent walls, brightly colored furniture, and dramatic window coverings. Finding neutral color décor is easy, as there’s no shortage of accent pieces and bedding available in colors like cream, white, tan, beige, and gold.

 

The window treatments: 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds – Off White, 2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds – Antique White, Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A – Mirabella Tan, Cordless Pleated Shades – Oxford Ivory, Premium Roman Shades Group A – Lucky Sateen Teal

 

The first four of the window treatments listed above represent beautiful neutral colors that can fit with virtually any color scheme and pair beautifully with bold accent pieces and walls, while the last choice represents a bold color option if you choose to save your splash of color for your window treatments. Whichever option you choose, know that this color scheme is highly versatile and subjective, and that means you’ll have tons of freedom to experiment with the best colors and patterns for your home and your décor. And because the most common colors for both blinds and shades are neutral colors like white, gray, tan, and cream, there is no shortage of options to choose from, whether you prefer Roman Shades, aluminum mini blinds, or anything in between.