Benefits of Installing Blackout Blinds in Your Bedroom

Benefits of Installing Blackout Blinds in Your Bedroom

blackout blindsSleep is a big deal. So big, in fact, that people will do just about anything to ensure they get the best night’s rest possible. One of those things is installing blackout curtains or blinds in the bedrooms of their home. Blackout blinds can provide uninterrupted sleep by blocking out light, especially during the mornings and midday. However, they have many more benefits, as well. Below are four benefits of installing ‘blackouts’ in your bedrooms.

Blackouts Provide Noise Reduction

Noise outside can be just as disturbing, if not more disturbing, than sunlight. However, a good blackout blind can completely block out or reduce the amount of noise entering your bedroom. So, you won’t be awakened by the sounds of cars driving by, lawns being mowed, kids playing outside and more. This means you can sleep in when you want.

They Can Help Lower Your Energy Bills

Energy efficiency is another bonus of blackout window treatments, as energy efficient products can save you a lot of money. Blackout window treatments have thicker material, which can help insulate your room by keeping the heat or air in while blocking out drafts. They can also help cool your room by significantly reducing the amount of sun and heat entering your room. So, your bedroom will be comfortable all year round, which is also a major contributor to a good night’s sleep.

Available in Many Styles and Colours

Blackouts are available in a variety of styles and colours, which means it won’t be difficult to find a blind colour that matches your décor and style. However, the most popular styles are roller, Venetian, Roman and vertical blinds. The blinds you choose will depend on your style and needs, but roller and Roman blinds are the most effective at reducing noise and the amount of light that enters your room. These styles and more can be found at Braid Flooring and Blinds.

Provide Optimal Privacy

These blinds not only block out the light, they also prevent anyone from seeing into your room or even seeing your light from the outside. Not only that, roller blinds and others like them allow you to see outside without allowing anyone to see inside. This makes them ideal for bedrooms, where lots of privacy is needed.

If you have questions about blackout blinds, please get in touch with us.

Interior Design Trends and Ideas to Revitalize Your Home this Spring

fresh spring design ideasInterior design can be fickle, but there are some trends that stick and some that fizzle out before they even become hot. One thing is for sure, giving your home a fresh look will never go out of style. And, there’s no better time to update it than the spring.

The spring is about brightness and freshness, so decorating your home with bright, new window treatments and flooring will keep you in line with the feel of the season. Not sure where to start? If  you need some ideas, this is where home design trends come in. Trends in window treatments and flooring might be just what you need to help your home look ‘spring forward’.

Jewel Tone Curtains

Jewel tone fabrics are a popular trend that have spilled over to various aspects of décor, including window treatments. Using bold colour in window treatments is a hot trend that is surprisingly spring-friendly. It’s spring-friendly because jewel tones are basically spring colours with a deep, rich makeover. They’re deep jewel hues of colours, such as emerald, turquoise, amethyst, sapphire and jade – all tones that can bring a pop of colour to any room. These days, jewel tones don’t mean gaudy and foreboding, they mean bright, beautiful and bold – a perfect way to describe the spring.

Natural Wood Bamboo Blinds

Sustainability is a trend that has inspired many other trends and design ideas. One such trend is bamboo window blinds. Bamboo and woven blinds are affordable, sustainable window treatment options that are making waves in the home décor industry. The blinds are made of natural bamboo, which is durable, aesthetically pleasing and functional. They’re perfect for filtering light and provide a warmth and uniqueness that many window treatments just can’t provide.

Neutral Grey Flooring

The colour grey is trending across the design board, because it’s neutral and hides dirt well. These are both pluses for flooring designs. Grey flooring of all types is taking the world by storm, and spring is the perfect time for you to get in on the action.

The mild temperatures of spring provide optimal working conditions for your contractor. All you have to do is pay a visit to your local flooring and window fashions experts, Braid. Then, let one of our design consultants explain how versatile the colour grey is, how well it goes with white baseboards, how many flooring options are available and how bright it will make your home this spring.

Wood-Like Flooring

Hardwood flooring will always be popular, but it will always be more expensive, as well. Therefore, wood-like flooring options are on the rise. With the use of laminate, tile or vinyl, you can get the look and feel of hardwood without the price or maintenance. Additionally, this flooring trend can be combined with the trend of using blonde-coloured flooring to create a cool, modern and light design that will simultaneously update your home and show that you’re ready for the spring.

Ready to add a little ‘spring’ style to your home? Give us a call to schedule a consultation in which you will learn all about the design ideas that will perfectly suit your style needs.

Spring Flooring Trends for 2017

spring flooring trendsFlooring is a major element of a home’s design. Good flooring can make a room look better, feel better and even function better. Every so often, notable flooring trends emerge and the past few years has brought about a lot of progression in flooring. The year 2017 is set to see its fair share of spring flooring trends. Here are some highlights:

The Rise of the Wide Plank

As the popularity of smaller homes continues to grow, so does the popularity of bigger or more exaggerated design elements. Exaggerated flooring, such as wide plank wood and laminate, can make a small space look larger and more spacious. However, wide plank flooring is also offered in tile and vinyl, as well. It’s a great way to update your home because it looks expensive, elegant and modern.

Big Moves for Format Tile

Using large format tile to make a room look larger is another major flooring trend. Not only do they make a room look larger, they also provide an attractive, clean, modern look and reduce the amount of grout lines that are visible. It’s, of course, the perfect fit for kitchens and bathrooms. You can have the traditional ceramic or vinyl tile installed or go with a nice modern, sleek porcelain option.

Flooring That Looks Like Wood, But Isn’t

Flooring that mimics the look and feel of wood is a hot commodity today. In fact, this is quite possibly the greatest flooring trend of 2017, and most likely because wood-like flooring has undergone some major advancements and changes. Wood-like flooring once sounded hollow and looked unattractive and unfinished, but now, it’s solid, durable and chic. Vinyl, tile and laminate have all been improved to look and feel more like wood, and are now worthy alternatives. Additionally, they’re easier to maintain and less expensive, which means you can have the look and feel of hardwood flooring without the maintenance or price.

Okay With Parquet

Parquet is an acquired taste, so it struggles to make it to the top of any list of desired flooring options. Plus, some see it as outdated and or even tacky. However, parquet really only has a bad rep because it’s often associated with a few particular outdated patterns, such as the Chevron.

Truthfully, parquet just means any geometric pattern. This means it doesn’t have to look a certain way. So, you could design your parquet flooring in any geometric pattern you like or stick with the most popular trend of herringbone parquet flooring. The best part is, it can now be designed in wood, tile, vinyl, laminate and more.

If you want to revitalize your home or office with new flooring, give us a call and let’s schedule a consultation where our design experts can help you find the spring flooring trends that are right for you.

A Guide to Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Home

Choosing flooringToday, there’s no shortage of flooring options to choose from. Just a quick search on an online catalogue can bring up literally thousands of styles, colours, materials and more. If you don’t know where or how to begin to choose the right flooring for your room(s), you can quickly become overwhelmed.

Thankfully, quality flooring providers, like Braid, offer professional consultations and there are some basic guidelines that can streamline the decision-making process. These guidelines include:

  • Considering the maintenance required for the flooring
  • Choosing flooring that’s in line with your budget
  • Accounting for additional costs
  • Considering the durability of the flooring
  • Considering the room where the flooring will be installed

Maintenance Requirements

The time and money you have to spend on the care of your flooring should be taken into consideration. For example, carpeting requires a lot of maintenance, such as the occasional professional cleaning and frequent vacuuming. Maintaining a carpet can be time-consuming and costly, so if you don’t have the time or money, you should probably consider other options.

Laminate, hardwood and ceramic tile can be low-maintenance and affordable options. Additionally, consider staying away from marble, as it can be expensive to install and maintain, hard to clean and easily damaged.

Watch the Budget

Before you purchase any flooring, you should calculate how much you have to spend on the flooring itself, its installation and future maintenance. Keeping your budget in mind will automatically narrow down your flooring options. So, if you can’t afford wood, perhaps laminate is a better choice, as its cheaper and just as stylish and functional as wood.

Additional Costs

When purchasing flooring, it’s common to only focus on the cost of the material while totally overlooking installation and other expenses. Depending on the type of flooring, installation can actually cost the same or more than the cost of your material. Many flooring types require professional installation, which means additional costs.

If you don’t have your flooring professionally installed, it could lead to improper installation, costly repairs and possible replacement. If you’re unsure, you should always take advantage of a free flooring consultation.

Consider the Durability

The importance of durability in flooring is oftentimes overlooked. Flooring is not durable just because it’s designed for the floor and heavy foot traffic. Materials such as certain woods, marbles and tiles can be prone to scratches, dents and other forms of damage. On the other hand, carpeting is prone to excessive staining and collecting dust and allergens. However, not all materials are created equal, so the specific type you choose will depend on the traffic in your room(s) and your personal needs.

Consider the Room Where it Will Be Installed

It’s common to use different flooring types in different rooms. For instance, using ceramic tile in the bathroom and kitchen and hardwood in the living room and dining room. The flooring chosen for each specific room will depend on the material’s wear and tear, traffic in the room, the probability of moisture exposure and maintenance needs. These factors and a bit of common sense should help you narrow down your choices.

There are many flooring options on the market, but the one you choose should reflect your personal taste and requirements. For some people, a home consultation for flooring can be very beneficial. If you’re ready to discover which flooring options will work best in your home, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tips for Choosing Window Coverings for a New Home

Choosing window fashionsThe right windows coverings, treatments or fashions can do so much for a room in a new home. They can improve its ambience, add a touch of drama, make a ceiling appear higher or punch its colour. However, with all of these benefits comes many window covering options to choose from.

There are blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, drapes and more. Plus, you’ll have to consider colour, style, insulation and privacy. To simplify your search, just a few tips and a professional home consultation for window fashions could help make your decision much easier.

Window Treatments Should Protect Your Privacy

Some window treatments simply offer more privacy than others, which means not every treatment is suitable for every room. For example, sheer drapes could provide the perfect amount of light filtration and style in your living room, but not provide enough privacy in your bedroom. Additionally, bathrooms will require window coverings that are moisture-resistant, lightweight and easy to clean. Inexpensive, moisture-resistant sheer curtains or shades can also be good choices for bathrooms with ‘privacy’ glass on the windows.

Coverings Should Compliment the Main Function of Your Room

The wrong window covering in the wrong room can cause problems. Dressing a bedroom window with a semi-opaque treatment could allow too much sunlight into the room. This sunlight could wake you up prematurely in the mornings or be distracting and uncomfortable when you’re trying to take an afternoon nap.

Bedrooms and rooms that require less sunlight should ideally be outfitted with blackout shades, shutters or blinds. Blackout shades will offer total darkness, when needed, while shutters and blinds will filter afternoon sunlight or block it out completely and offer the most insulation. This will ensure you’re comfortable while you sleep, prevent glare on computer and television screens and improve the efficiency of your windows.

Don’t Forget Your Décor

More than anything, the window fashions you choose should work well with your room’s overall décor and atmosphere. However, choosing the coverings with the right style and colour isn’t always easy, especially when you’re not a professional designer. Fortunately, a design consultant, like an expert from Braid Flooring and Window Fashions, can help you choose window coverings that provide the best style, colour and function. A consultant will come to your home, check out your space and discuss options that may be suitable.

If you’re looking for window fashions for your new home, give us a call to schedule an in-home consultation.

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