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Dressing oddly shaped or large windows

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If constructing or buying a house, one of the biggest decor headaches can be dressing your windows, especially since they come in all shapes and sizes. Well nowadays, this should not be a problem. A variety of solutions exist for any window type or shape. From a range of blinds, to shutters or curtains, no window is too large or too complex to get a proper cover.

Venetian blinds

These control the amount of light entering a room. Through changing the angle of the lamellaes, you can control the direction of the sunlight to create a unique atmosphere. Other than being a decorative and heat control element, these blinds also protects the room from overheating. They are ideal for roof windows.

Roller blinds

  • The standard ARS roller blind offers protection from sunlight and can also be an element of decoration in the attic. The ARS roller blind reduces the amount of incoming light, adds style to the room, and the wide range of fabric designs (plain, patterned) allows you to match or contrast the blind’s material with the decor of a room. This blind is made up of material on a roller with the spring. It has an elegant aluminium fascia which hides the roller. Three pairs of fastenings installed on the sash allow the blind to be fixed in different positions.
  • ARP roller blind : It has similar characteristics as the ARS roller blind, the only difference being that the latter has three different fixing positions.
  • ARF roller blind: gives a room a total blackout such that the inside of a room appears as if it is night time even during the day. Unlike the other blinders, they have side runners which give the room a complete interior blackout. It prevents heat loss in the winter and protects against UV radiation during sunny days.

Pleated blinds

They provide a soft diffused light into the room. You can lock this blind in any position.

Roller shutters

These are the best for those seeking a window cover that will offer extra benefits. The roller shutter protects from overheating, gives the room complete shading and the best bit about it is that it also locks out noise from outside hence keeping the room serene.

Ovation cellular slider

This cover is ideal for wide windows, over doors, wide windows and room dividers. It comes in a variety of stacking options that work for any window and room. It is child-proof, hence safer because it has no cords or wands that are exposed.

Specialty shutters

With more sophisticated house designs, comes windows of various shapes. Shutters are no longer just built in rectangular or square shape. Manufacturers have responded to market needs with new shapes of shutters such as octagon, rake, circle, eyebrow and arch, to ensure that all types of windows can get a matching shutter. If your window is shaped like a half moon or an eyebrow, arched window shutters will give these windows a streamlined look.

Window arch shades

Arched windows are stylish and give a room an elegant appearance. However, dressing them with a curtain can be very difficult. Enter the window arches which are made either from wood or faux wood. You can also choose a stationary, moveable, or top down/bottom up option to customise window arch to your needs. Installation is easy: no drill, no screws, no brackets – just peel and stick.

Curtains

Lastly, however odd-shaped or large a window is, interior designers and curtain makers are very experienced in creating customised window dressings for the most awkward shapesand styles. There may be several options – and combinations of treatments – that will work, and your designer should be able to draw up a few examples for you to consider.

Control rods

These are not a window dressing accessory but will help you manage a cover, especially if its a dressing that has to be managed manually. These rods are used for opening windows that are out of reach and can also double up as hooks for opening and closing the shutters, blinds etc that are above normal level.

 

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Window Covering Can Help Cut Your Energy Costs

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SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – Sep 11, 2015) –  Are you concerned about your carbon footprint? Or maybe you are just concerned about how high your utility bills have been because of the recent heat wave in Southern California.

Recent studies demonstrate that up to 40% of our energy costs are spent on heating and cooling the home. Unfortunately a lot of this money is simply going out the window. Window coverings may help you lower your carbon foot print and your monthly utility bill.

For many homeowners, the goal of window coverings is for blocking light and finishing a room. Today you also have very attractive choices in window blinds and shutters that act as insulation for your home. Today’s window covering can actually trap air between the glass and the window covering keeping the air conditioned or heated air in the home.

Glass is a conductor of heat and cold and with today’s home designs and downtown condo’s windows are used extensively. Ever touch a glass of hot water or cold water the temperature goes right through the glass, the same is happening with your home.

There is an easy solution to this and the solution is very affordable in comparison to E-Glass. Not all window coverings are the same when it comes to energy efficiency. Aluminum blinds and Vertical blinds offer the least insulation since they have gaps that impair the coverage of the windows. Window shutters are much better but still have some gaps but are one of the better choices. Cellular shades we recommend as the cells are designed to trap air and when custom designed sit very flush in the window frame.

Combining cellular shades with window curtains will give you the best energy- efficiency. Curtains that are designed correctly with pelmets prevent air from escaping upwards into a room and a total block out lining prevents air from escaping.

Today’s homes are designed to be more energy efficient from appliances to solar panels but many times the window coverings are overlooked. San Diego Window Fashions is San Diego’s most trusted name for affordable window coverings and blinds. With over a decade of experience in the window covering industry we off all the top brands at affordable prices.

 

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Shuddering at California shutters

Q: My girlfriend and I recently bought a condo. It’s a two bedroom in an older building, with fairly large rooms and windows. We don’t consider it our forever address, but we will be here for at least five years. That said, we need advice on our window coverings. Neither of us are really drapery type girls, but we do require privacy from neighbouring buildings. My girlfriend has an attachment to California shutters, but I find them dated and heavy looking. I prefer roller blinds, but she thinks they’re too utilitarian. Any ideas?

A: I’m not expecting to score points with your girlfriend when I say I side with you when it comes to California (plantation) shutters. I think they have a place (a beach house or in a bathroom) but I’m personally not a fan of these shutters from a decorative perspective. I realize you and I are in the minority; plantation shutters are loved by many because they’re an easy way to cover every window of a house without the effort or expense of draperies.

I like the simplicity of roller blinds, but, at the same time, I understand your girlfriend’s concern regarding the utilitarian look. If they are intended to be the primary window covering (as I assume they are in your condo), then I think they look best with simple, uncluttered furnishings.

They can be the perfect fix for lofts or condos, but if your tastes lean toward traditional decor, they’re probably not going to be decorative enough on the windows.

For a more layered look, I’ve used roller blinds in addition to linen sheers and decorative side panels. I like them mounted on the inside frame of the window behind a four-inch (10.16 cm) wooden valance (valance height will vary depending on the size of the window and blind) that is painted the same colour as the window trim.

You wouldn’t even realize they’re there until they’re rolled down at night for privacy.

Depending on how close your windows are to the windows of the neighbouring building, you may need to have the blinds down during the day and in this case, I like the roller shades pictured here by Delia Shades (deliashades.com).

Ten years ago, industrial designer Delia Heilig felt the same way as your girlfriend about roller shades, so she set out to change that. After perfecting the screen-printing process, Delia started designing and producing roller shades patterned after traditional window coverings from around the world.

When you view her website, you see Moroccan arches, French wrought iron work and Indian jali patterns, to name but a few. Delia stocks three weights of roller shade mesh and can line them with blackout lining if total light blocking or privacy is required. Every shade is made to order with window measurements you provide. Pricing is about $25 a square foot (0.1 square metre).

You may not want to use these in every room, but I think they’re perfect for principal rooms in which you’re looking to make a statement. And for the other rooms, investigate options at such stores as Blinds to Go or Home Depot.

Check the rules of your condo board when it comes to window coverings, because with any luck, your building doesn’t allow plantation shutters and you and I won’t have to take the blame for poohpoohing them in the first place.

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PLANTATION SHUTTERS IN 3 WEEKS – MADE IN UK.

Deva blinds are very pleased to announce that we have a UK supplier for shutters.

Paul Pollard-Fraser, owner of Deva blinds said “I am really pleased that Luxaflex are able to manufacture shutters in their factory in Birmingham.  Before we had to wait 12 weeks for the slow boat from China.  Lot’s of my customers have just moved home and don’t want to wait 12 weeks for their shutters.”

“The faux white shutters come with a 10 year guarantee, are rock solid and will last for years and years, they are not easily knocked and bruised like wooden shutters.”

“Deva blinds make most of our blinds and when we are not in the position to make our blinds we like to source our blinds from UK manufacturers.”

“I think it a great step that we are able to offer plantation shutters that are made in UK and do not cost the earth.

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Deva blinds have a new fitter.

We are pleased to announce that Graham has joined us a new fitter to enhance the fitting of blinds, shutters and also curtains.

Graham used to work for a retail chain fitting blinds and curtains, so he brings a good set of skills.

Paul Pollard-Fraser, owner of Deva blinds said, “Graham is a very customer focused person, who will get the job done. He understands that getting the job done first time with the minimum amount of disruption is what the customers of Deva blinds want.”

“I am very pleased that Graham is onboard and he will help the growth of Deva blinds.”

Deva blinds continue to grow by offering customers quality blinds, shutters and curtains at a sensible price.  No 50% off sales that never end or 4 blinds for £99 that are only available in lime green.

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Deva blinds are a major supplier of blinds and shutters.

After a meeting with my main supplier this week, I was told that I am now one of their biggest accounts.

It is good to hear how Deva blinds are doing against our competitors .

“I will come and see my customers when they want me to see them and most times I am able to see them the next day.  I give them a fixed time and am more than often on time.  Simple things that customers want that make Deva blinds a great success.  Unfortunately most of my competitors do not offer this, I often hear  horror stories.” said Paul Pollard-Fraser, MD of Deva blinds Limited.

“My business model is simple, be honest, turn up when you say you will and return when you say you will. It’s not rocket science.”

Deva blinds is run by Paul Pollard-Fraser, he answers the phone, comes to see you and advises on blinds and shutters and will then return and fit your order.  That way he can ensure that you get the service that you expect.

Deva blinds is run on the internet and you can book online if you want to.  Many testimonials are posted and you can see real fits on Twitpic.

Deva blinds supply great blinds, shutter and curtains at a sensible price and do it properly, please contact me.

 

Paul Pollard-Fraser – Deva Blinds Ltd  devablinds.co.uk   07513 031602

 

Decora become a major partner and supplier to Deva blinds.

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Being an independant company Deva blinds is always meeting with different suppliers looking for the best solutions for their customers.

Paul Pollard-Fraser, owner of Deva blinds Ltd said “I am always looking for suppliers that offer the fabrics that my customers want at the right price.  It is a juggling act and I am constantly looking around at what my suppliers have to offer.”

Decora are a blind manufacturing company  that seem innovative in both design and product but at the right price.  This echoes Deva blinds core belief and marketing tag “Quality blinds, shutters and curtains at a sensible price.”

“I am looking forward to incorporating Decora’s ranges of roller, vertical, venetian and shutters within my portfolio.  They seem a modern, forward thinking company that echo my company ethos” said Pollard-Fraser.

Over time the websites will see more of Decora’s blinds, but in the meantime please have a look at what is on offer here.

www.decora.co.uk   

www.santafeshutters.co.uk

www.thefabricbox.co.uk

www.sunwood-blinds.co.uk