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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.

Finding Window Treatments for Your Kitchen

If you think about the heart of your house, odds are, you’ll think about your kitchen. At holidays and parties, people wind up flocking to the kitchen. You cook dinner and talk about the day’s events there. You organize your schedule at the calendar on the fridge. For a room of this importance, you want to set the tone and reflect your style. The window covering experts at The Blind Guy serving Sacramento can help you make a selection that works and looks perfectly in your kitchen. [Read more…]

Finding the Best Window Treatments for Your Sunroom

You love your sunroom—it’s where you go to relax with a cup of coffee in the morning, it’s where you read in the evenings, it’s where you entertain your friends, it’s where you come together as a family. As one of the most important rooms in your home, it’s important that you get just the right coverings for its windows. At The Blind Guy here in Sacramento, our trained consultants will help you find what you need. [Read more…]

Starting a Decorating Project

From Paint to Window Coverings

If you’re about to embark on decorating a new home or a room, you probably know that there are a lot of things to consider. From gathering ideas to thinking about the details of a room, it can be overwhelming. Knowing where to start and doing your homework before you start will provide you with a gratifying result. At The Blind Guy serving Sacramento, we’ll be happy to help you. Meanwhile, here are things to think about trying:

Set a Budget

Start by knowing how much you have to work with. Nothing is worse than having to stall a project because you’ve run out of money too quickly. [Read more…]

Window Treatments – Factoring for Light

Every room should have three levels of lighting: task level to work by, general illumination to fill the space (it often comes from the ceiling), and mood lighting (which usually comes from the floor up). As you look at your room, do you know how to best use the light and how to choose window treatments based on the light you have? Speak to a trained consultant at The Blind Guy serving Sacramento. We’ll be happy to help you factor for the light in your home.

Light From Bulbs

Now that most homes are equipped with LED (Light-Emitting Diode) bulbs, they are now saving money on electricity because LED bulbs are at least 75% more efficient than the traditional incandescent light bulb, which used to waste 90% of its energy as heat instead of light. However, these days, there are a lot of choices when it comes to LED bulbs, so it’s important to know how to choose and use them. [Read more…]

Which Honeycomb Shades Are Right for You?

If you’ve looked into honeycomb shades, you know that there are a lot of choices on the market. And, depending on your needs, budget, and style choices, the right one is out there for you. At The Blind Guy serving Sacramento, our trained consultants will be happy to introduce you to several options—including the popular Hunter Douglas Duette, Architella, and Applause styles. Read on to learn more about these options! [Read more…]

Window Treatments & Child Safety

During Child Safety Month (October), we posted about being aware of the potential hazards of corded window treatments. But this topic is important enough, it bears repeating—especially with some additional information and resources.

As you know by now, window treatments and infants can be a terrible mix. But today, there is no reason for us to lose another child through “Infant Cord Strangulation” from hanging, dangling window treatment cords. If you have not updated your functioning window treatments, perhaps it is time. [Read more…]

Innovation in Room-Darkening Shades

Perfect for your bedroom, media room, or anywhere where you want premium control over light, Silhouette® A Deux™ Window Shadings are two shades in one. The front is a Silhouette shading, and the back is a room-darkening roller shade; both are on a single headrail. For more information, read on, or talk to a professional consultant at The Blind Guy in Sacramento.

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Window Treatments to Control Light

The proper window treatments can welcome the early morning sun or soften the bright midday sunlight without sacrificing your privacy and while still protecting your valuable fabrics and carpet from harmful UV rays. As your local Hunter Douglas dealer serving Sacramento, we carry a wide variety of blinds, shades, and shutters especially designed for maximum light management. Let The Blind Guy’s trained consultants help determine the right product for your light and privacy needs. [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…]