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.

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.

4 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Blinds

Choosing blindsCurtains, drapes, blinds, and other window treatments play a big role in the functional side of a room, and believe it or not, window treatments have the ability to make or break a room’s overall appearance. This is especially true if those window treatments are blinds.

In the past, blinds were often plain, unattractive, and only available in a few styles and drab colours. Today, however, much of this has changed. Blinds not only look good, but they’re often reasonably priced and quality blinds function exceptionally well. If you’re considering blinds, make sure you know how to choose the right ones for your home. Check out the tips from our Saskatoon blinds experts, below.

Do They Make a Statement?

Blinds can make a subtle or dynamic statement in a room. They can add drama with bright colours or create an atmosphere of modern sophistication with clean lines. The blinds you choose can either complement your room perfectly while making your windows an attractive focal point or they can stick out as an odd addition to the décor. You just have to know how you want them to complement your décor before making a final decision. Pleated, aluminum, or cellular/honeycomb shades or blinds are all known for being simple yet bold, and visually interesting.

Do They Enhance Insulation?

The right blinds can actually improve a home’s insulation and help decrease energy costs. Unbelievably, 25% of energy loss can be attributed to poorly insulated windows with poor window treatments. Aluminum or wood blinds are excellent at preventing hot or cold air from escaping or entering a room and add a certain warmth to the atmosphere. However, the cloth of cellular, solar, and Roman shades is the perfect material for additional insulation – and they’re stunning.

Do They Control the Light?

Too much sunlight through a window can quickly heat up a room, cause fading in carpeting and furniture, and even television glare. This can be damaging and frustrating, especially if your window treatments aren’t doing a good job of controlling the light. Blackout or light filtering blinds are good for controlling the light in a room.

Kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms are best served by light filtering blinds while blackouts would be best used in bedrooms. Solar blinds filter light while protecting you from harmful UV rays. They’re also easy to operate, as they roll up with rollers instead of ropes. Vertical and pleated blinds are also viable light filtering options. Beautiful blackout options are Roman and cellular shades or aluminum blinds.

Do They Function Well?

Traditional mini, pleated, cellular, Roman, solar, sheer, and aluminum blinds all roll up to allow a clear view of the outside world and allow more light into a room. However, vertical and wood blinds don’t roll up and only allow a limited amount of light into the room when opened. Additionally, most blinds operate on a rope system, which can be confusing and frustrating. On the other hand, other types, like solar/rollers and exterior blinds operate on rollers, which are much easier to use than the traditional rope pulling system.

The blinds you choose should be the perfect match for the style and functional needs of your home or business. Not sure which blinds are best? Stop into our location and speak to the Saskatoon blinds experts on the Braid Flooring and Window Fashions team. Speak to one of our design consultants to find the perfect solutions for your window treatment needs.

Blinds Made Simple- Hunter Douglas

It’s hard to imagine blinds could be this much fun yet remain completely functional to your home.

Hunter Douglas has once again pushed the limits of window coverings without sacrificing quality or functionality.

To experience this new product visit our showroom and experience the benefits of the only Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer in Saskatoon. You’ll find the most comprehensive displays so you can feel the fabric of each blind while trying the different operating systems. You’ll work with Hunter Douglas trained consultants who will work to ensure you find the right product and colour for your home.


Saskatoon Blinds- Fashion For Your Home Windows


Regardless of when you read this blog, it’s safe to assume you’re close to a home or office window in Saskatoon. Take a moment to look at the window and the blinds that currently exist in that space.

Do the blinds control the light? Do they add style and fashion to the room?

Chances are you’ve never truly considered window coverings as part of your home’s fashion. But they actually play a key role beyond the control of light and privacy in a room. The Hunter Douglas Alustra blind collection provides the best of functionality and style for your home.

Watch this short video for several before and after pictures showcasing the fashion these high quality blinds create.

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