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Planning to decorate your child’s room often feels like more fun than work. And why not? This is the one room in your house you can go completely wild with lively patterns, bright color palettes, and themes ranging from NASCAR to rain forests.  But health and safety are actually the foremost factors when considering a makeover for your child’s room. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo adorable.

Furnishings

When shopping for furniture, you may feel it’s cost effective to plan in advance for when your child becomes older.  But for safety reasons the furniture you select for your child’s room should be properly sized for your child’s current size. For example, that delightful work table or desk you found should be at a height that doesn’t force your child to have to continually stretch to work with ease, or the chair so high it tips over because your child has to climb to sit on it.  Also steer clear of collapsible furniture and be mindful of furniture placement.  Keep tables, stools, chairs, etc. far away from windows and shelves. And allow plenty of vacant area as a safe spot for your child to play and enjoy his or her new awesome new space.

Non-Toxic MaterialsChild Safety Blog

Because some carpeting and fabric used in drapery and upholstery can release gasses or fibers into the air that can cause irritation, proper ventilation and filtration should be a consideration for your child’s room. Another option is selecting furniture, fabrics, accessories and even paint made from non-toxic materials.  Hand-painted tables, chairs and shelves can make your accent color really pop. Luckily, there are wide varieties of paint colors manufactured by companies committed to environmentally-friendly products that are zero VOC, zero emissions, and have practically no odor. 

WindowsChild Safety Blog

Natural light helps create lovely ambiance and a positive environment for your child.  Studies have shown that natural light along with bright colors improve learning. Window treatments are a superb choice to control the amount of light and privacy but they can also achieve greater child (and pet) safety if you opt for cordless manual and motorized operating systems, as well as retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls. These safe and easy to operate fashionable window treatments are available in a wide variety of designs, fabrics and materials so you don’t have to give up lively patterns or colors.  And with their lifetime guarantee they can enhance your children’s rooms until they head off to college.

Non-slip Flooring

Your child’s room isn’t the only room in your room that could use design protection.  In order to keep your entire family healthy and safe turn your attention to the flooring in your bathroom, kitchen, and living room too.  For instance, floor tiles are available in an array of beautiful styles and should also be resistant to fungus or mold. Textured styles for your kitchen and bath are an excellent choice to avoid slipping. Area rugs add color and accent a room to be sure, but should also have non-slip under coatings or be tacked down.  For the safety of your family and guests remove any drastic level changes in flooring throughout the house as they can all result in unforeseen injuries.

Valancing Act

Valancing Act

Emphasis on Custom Valances

If you’ve studied your room for weeks and it still comes up a “no-show” on the perfect   architectural feature to create optimal design emphasis, take joy.  It’s a small problem that can be solved with a relatively small design feature – Valances.

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Focus on Design

Untitled design (1)So, you’ve spent the better part of winter thumbing through home décor magazines, and now that it’s spring, you’ve decided to redecorate your living room.  But not just “redecorate” it, you want to give it that wow-factor, turn it into an immediate attention grabber. Your goal is to create an emphatic design statement, that shouts to the mountaintops, “Yes, I am beautiful, and yes, I will be remembered!” Okay, that’s do-able.

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Move Your Shades Throughout the Day—Automatically!

At The Blind Guy in Sacramento, we’re pleased to offer our customers every convenience we can. By adding home automation, our customers enjoy convenience with the bonus layer of security it provides. That’s why we’re proud to introduce Hunter Douglas’s PowerView™ Motorization system. This great operating system is an app that lets you program your shades to move throughout the day.

PowerView™ Window Treatment Motorization System

Hunter Douglas, the leader in custom window treatments, has taken window treatments and home automation to the next level. Click here to view the video on PowerView. [Read more…]

Duette® Architella® by Hunter Douglas

With the heat we can sometimes experience here in the Sacramento area, it’s important to ensure that our air-conditioning systems are as efficient as possible. Considering that 50% of air-conditioning is lost through the windows, having highly energy-efficient window treatments can significantly reduce air-conditioning costs. The innovative Architella line of honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas provides a high level of energy efficiency with its honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design, reducing energy loss up to 40% at the window. Long considered the gold standard of honeycomb shades, Architella shades offer superior craftsmanship, versatility, style, and energy efficiency. Here at The Blind Guy, our customers often make Architella shades a top choice for their window treatments. [Read more…]

October Is Child Safety Month for Custom Blinds & Shades

Did you know that window treatments can be a hazard to our children or pets? Turns out, window coverings that have dangling cords are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Hunter Douglas is a leader in child and pet safety, and they’ve made many improvements to the traditional corded window treatments over the years. At The Blind Guy, we are a Hunter Douglas dealer serving the Sacramento area. If you’re ready to buy new child- and pet-safe window treatments, let one of our experienced sales professionals show you the options. [Read more…]

Natural Style with Woven Woods Shades

You can bring the beauty of nature inside your home with Hunter Douglas woven woods shades.  These stylish shades are made from select natural woods, including reeds, bamboos and grasses. The Blind Guy, serving Sacramento, offers a complete selection of woven wood shades by Hunter Douglas, including the popular Provenance style. Perfect for any window or door, including uniquely shaped openings, Provenance woven wood shades create a style and energy that fits with any décor. Woven woods natural shades are a very popular window covering choice in the Sacramento area, both because of their environmentally sound characteristics and timeless beauty. [Read more…]

Deciding Between Blinds, Shades and Shutters

While all window treatments have the same general purpose — to cover your windows and provide light control and privacy — they different types of window treatments do it in different ways. Blinds, shades and shutters are the most popular forms for hard window treatments, and each serve their purpose in unique ways and with varied styles. At The Blind Guy serving the Brentwood area, we’ll help you find the perfect blind, shade, or shutter for your specific needs. [Read more…]

Featured Product: Luminette Modern Drapery

With Luminette® Modern Draperies, you can have the soft look of drapery with the light control functionality of vertical blinds. As your local Hunter Douglas dealer serving East Bay, we’re proud to offer the Luminette Collection. The unique style of Luminette Modern Draperies offers a wide range of light control with sheer fabric to let light in and soft fabric vanes that rotate to keep light out.

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Pirouette® Window Shadings – Drapery or Shade?

Pirouette window shadings are a unique window covering that has the softness of drapery with functional louvers of a blind. Watch the video below for more info, and schedule a consultation in the San Jose area to see how these window coverings would look in your home!

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