Blinds vs. Curtains

For people who love designing the interiors of their home, one of the benefits of living in the modern day world is the infinite options that are out there for window treatment styles. However, this wide array of options can sometimes be intimidating when it comes to actually picking something out. Selecting window treatments can actually be quite easy and even pleasant experience when you know what you’re looking for, and what will work the best with your space. One of the things that you may experience choosing between are blinds and curtains. Both have great aesthetic looks and additional benefits, but certain spaces fit better with one or the other, and sometimes both. Here are some tips on helping you in your decision.

Blinds Vs. Curtains: Décor

Curtains are known for their elegant draped appearance that makes daylight look ethereal as it softly shines through. Curtains come in every kind of color, pattern, material, and size that you can think of. There are even places where you can design your own. Curtains are able to fit any room style, they can be light and flowy in the kitchen, or thick and heavy for ornate design themes that keep the room dark and cozy. Curtains are great at creating a focal point for the room.

Blinds, on the other hand, are usually used in more professional settings, although they can also create a great casual feel to any room. Blinds have changed so much in the past ten years, changing from simple generic style to having a huge range of options. Generally, blinds are known to be less expensive than curtains, which help if you are decorating on a budget. Although they are generally not as ornate as curtains, they can be easily enhanced with stunning valances and other window treatment accessories, or you can even design your own custom made ones. 

Blinds Vs. Curtains: Function

Two of the main functions that curtains and blinds have are the ability to control light and provide privacy. The type of curtain or blind that you get makes a big difference in the strength ability to do either. The lightest, sheer curtains are usually always used for decorative purposes. They let light and, and offer little privacy, but they are great for creating a soft, soothing and relaxed environment. Heavy curtains on the other hand block almost all of the light coming into the the window when they are totally closed, but can be easily adjusted by closing or opening them. Generally, it is best to have an arrangement of both, so that there is a set of sheer curtains that somewhat block the view whenever the thicker curtains are open.

Blinds are one of the most functional décor pieces out there. With a simple twist of a rod, you are able to control how much light enters the room at any given time. Because of the curved blind slats, the view inside the home can be obscured, while allowing light to shine through. The gives them an advantage over curtains, giving them the benefit of both light flow and privacy. 

Blinds Vs. Curtains: Combination

More and more, curtains and blinds are being combined to form the ultimate form of function and decoration. Blinds cover the window, while decorative curtains are placed over them. This way, there is no choice between functionality and beauty.

For people who have a hard time deciding between either, this provides the best of both worlds. This style provides many options, the blinds can be pulled all the way up so it only looks like there are curtains. There are many benefits for both sides of window décor treatment choices. However, there is no right or wrong choice. When you are deciding what type of window covering to use, choose what fits best with the mood and existing decoration of your home. Sometimes having an infinite amount of choices can be overwhelming though. Let Shutter Masters in home services help take the guesswork out of deciding the best solution for your window treatment needs. We will bring samples, fabric and color options so you can see what the treatments will look like in your home or place of business. At Shutter Masters we have a style for every budget and space. Give us a call today and let’s get started on your new window treatments!

The Best Way to Clean all the Blinds in Your House

Spring is finally in the air, and the excitement of new life is everywhere. Synonymous with the arrival of spring is cleaning…a time where the dust gathered in the winter is swept out, and fresh air is brought into the home. However, one chore nobody seems to enjoy is cleaning the blinds. It’s annoyingly time-consuming, and because there are so many different kinds of blinds, it can be hard to know if you’re even doing it right. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to get all of your blinds clean in one day, getting this notorious chore done quickly and effectively, so you can move on to the better things and enjoy the beautiful spring views framed by the loveliest of blinds.

Faux-Wood Blinds

Faux-wood blinds are one of the most popular types of window coverings in our modern day world. They also attract a ton of dust. If you find that your faux-wood blinds are dusty, simply using a vacuum with a dust brush attachment will make cleaning them a breeze. Just close the blinds all the way, vacuum the first side, then turn them the other way and vacuum the other side. Make sure that the suction is on its lightest setting so you don’t accidentally warp the slats.

Faux-wood blinds located in the kitchen usually collect some grease and dirt in addition to dust, which requires a bit more cleaning. This is where all natural white vinegar comes to the rescue. Simply fill a small bowl with a mixture made up of of one part vinegar and one part water, and then use a clean sock to dip in the bowl. Same as before, turn the blinds one way and wipe them, then turn them the other way and clean the other side. The vinegar will effectively remove the grease and grime, and your blinds will be left looking fresh, all without the use of any harmful chemicals.

Wood Blinds

Most wood blinds are treated with a special finish to repel dirt and stains. Just like wood furniture, wood blinds can be cleaned with a good quality furniture polish and a clean sock. Simply spray the furniture polish on the cloth and wipe each slat individually, being sure to avoid touching the cords. If heavier cleaning is required, you can use plain water, just be careful not to saturate the wood. Be sure to wipe any excess water immediately to prevent unsightly warping, discoloration, or warping.

Vinyl or Aluminum Mini Blinds

Vinyl or aluminum mini blinds can be treated like faux-wood blinds and be cleaned by dusting and washing with a cloth. However, if there is greasy grime in addition to the dust, this can become quite time consuming. If this is the case, take each set of blinds down one at a time and soak them in your bathtub with some dish soap. Using a soft sponge, go over both sides of the slats. After soaking, drain the dirty water and refill the tub with clean water to rinse them out. Make sure to rinse away all of the soap suds to avoid any spotting. After rinsing, gently lay the blinds on top of some dry towels to soak up some of the remaining water, then hang the blinds back up to allow them to dry completely, opening your windows may help them dry faster. Once your aluminum blinds are clean, you can treat them with a dusting spray to prevent any future dust and dirt from settling on them.

Fabric Shades (Cellular, Pleated, Roman)

To clean and dust fabric shades and coverings, use the dust brush attachment of your vacuum on a low setting as you vacuum and brush away any dirt. You can also do this with a hair dryer that is set to cool by using it to blow away trapped dirt, bugs, or spider webs. Any existing stains or grime on these types of blinds can be treated by using a sponge that is dampened with warm, soapy water. Use a gentle soap to prevent damaging the cloth. Just gently blot the area as necessary, but be careful not to oversaturate. Be sure to allow the shades to dry completely before raising them.
If you find that your shades are much dirtier than this would solve, you may need professional cleaning.

Vertical Blinds

Cleaning vertical blinds is very similar as cleaning the ones listed above, depending on whether they are fabric or vinyl. A lint roller may be helpful to easily roll over vertical blinds picking up dust and cobwebs along the way.

After you have cleaned out your blinds, you can keep them looking fresh and clean by making it a habit to vacuum and dust around your home regularly.

6 Ways to Organize your Closet

Spring is finally here, and the excitement of new beginnings is everywhere. Spring cleaning has always been a special part of this season, allowing us to reorganize the way we live in our daily lives, and smooth out anything that isn’t working. One place in the home that often gets overwhelmingly cluttered during the winter months is our closet. After piling in the coats, presents, and crazy amount of layers needed to stay warm, its clear that a closet intervention is needed by the time spring arrives before it gets out of control. Whether you just have a little bit of a mess, or if you can barely keep your closet door closed, here are six ways to help you get your closet in tip-top shape.

1. Look at what you currently have in there.

The only way to get a true, honest look at what you have in your closet is to empty its entire contents out. This may initially seem overwhelming, but simply trudge on and make separate piles of the big massive pile you start out with. Make a pile for must keeps, donating, and throwing away. I heard a brilliant piece of advice that said to look at each article of clothing, and ask yourself if you were at the mall right now, would you buy this? If not, then it’s not likely going to be used that much.

2. Invest in closet organizers.

After you have pared down your clothes to the absolute necessities, its time to figure out where to put it all. One of the best ways to get your closet organized is by investing in a closet organizer. Shutter Masters has a great service that takes the unique dimensions of your closet, and through an installed system maximizes the abilities of the space to fit your closet needs.

3. Put like items together.

After installing the closet organizer, begin to make specified areas that hold part of your outfits, Dedicate an area to undergarments, shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, etc. Then organize each individual area by colors, length, styles. This will seriously speed up your morning outfit finding routine.

4. Add light

Depending on where your closet is situated, it may lack light needed to quickly find objects. New homes sometimes have a small overhead light that helps a little, but older homes hardly ever have this feature. Stick-on or screw-in battery-operated LED lights placed on each shelf will help achieve high glamor and efficient appearance, without the high cost.

5. Invest in good quality matching hangers.

Although this is often overlooked in closet organization, hanger uniformity is actually quite helpful because it keeps all your clothes at the same level, while avoiding the wildly cluttered look that many closets sport when using different kinds of hangers. Bad quality hangers will also damage your clothes. Good quality hangers can be made of plastic, metal or wood, each allowing for a different price tag. Whichever you go with, make sure they’re durable enough to stand the weight and type of clothes you will be laying on them.

6. Use the top shelves. 

One of the spaces that often gets overlooked in closet organizing is the top shelf. This can be an effective place for more storage, or it can be a great place to display your collection of purses. However, you may find that even after you have organized your closet to the very last detail, the highest top shelf is still evasive to your daily routine (for those of us that are vertically challenged). To maximize your ability to move in the closet, you may consider using a stool, or even a rolling ladder. This will make all the difference when it comes to accessing those otherwise out-of-reach spaces.

Persona Shades can make your Kid’s room unique 

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We can all remember our childhood bedroom that served as the place where we played, imagined, dreamed, and even hid from the monsters in our closet. Now that we’re all grown up with kids of our own, we want to bring the same magic into their lives. However, when browsing the children’s decoration aisle, it’s quickly apparent that most companies have a cookie cutter style that is not very expressive of the creativity of a child’s imagination. It’s no surprise that when looking at children’s window shades, the existing options are not the most uniquely inspired. This is where we come in. Our PERSONA custom printed window shade program makes decorating your child’s room a breeze! Instead of going to ten different stores trying to find the shades to match your idea, simply create them! Or you can even make it into a fun design collaboration project with your kid. They will be thrilled at the fact that they were able to take part in such an important project, and will love it every time they see it. When they are older, they will have a unique heirloom from their childhood that later on in life they can bring back out and use for their own children!

Our interactively designed program allows you to pick everything from the exact color, pattern, texture or design and see a preview of your one of a kind, unique shades before ordering. You design it, we print it. The only limit now is your imagination. You can start with one of our patterns or use your own image or photo. A fun idea would be to turn some of your children’s doodles into the design.

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Using the program is a breeze. You simply choose from Roller, Roman, Panel Track, and Cellular shades, and after picking one out you can start designing and expressing your own unique style. You can either recolor one of our patterns using our full color palette, or you can submit your own photo, graphic or design. When you’ve spent all the time you want perfecting the design down to the smallest detail, simply print out your design and give us a visit. We will assist you in final steps, such as hardware selection, and can show you all the latest styles that will perfectly fit and frame your design. Be sure you click the “printer” icon after you’ve designed your shade. This will generate a PDF document showing you the design you’ve created along with the design number and color numbers you selected.

Need help designing your shades? No problem! At Shutter Masters, we know that choosing from all of these options can seem fairly daunting at times, and we are more than happy to help you go through the customization process in person. We can help you navigate the program and give you tips for making the vision you have truly come to life. We can even visit your home to get a better understanding of the style you are trying to achieve. We like to fully dedicate ourselves to each client, and will bring samples, fabric, and color options so you can see exactly what the treatments will look like in your home. Let Shutter Masters’ in home services help take the guesswork out of deciding the best solution for your child’s bedroom window treatment needs. Schedule your free consultation today!

Persona Shades can make any room unique

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Have you ever been browsing through the endless rows of window shades and frustratingly realized there was nothing that fit the vision you had for your room? This is all too common in a world that focuses on fitting many styles with one single neutral option. If you think about it though, trying to design something to fit each unique individual’s tastes would be an impossibly massive challenge. This is where we come in. Our PERSONA custom printed window shades make you the designer! Instead of wishing you could find the perfect window shade, you can create it!

Who better knows the style you want down to the smallest detail than you? Our interactively designed program allows you to pick everything from the exact color, pattern, texture or design and see a preview of your one of a kind, unique shades before ordering.  You design it, we print it. The only limit now is your imagination. You can start with one of our patterns or use your own image or photo.

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Using the program is a breeze. You simply choose from Roller, Roman, Panel Track, and Cellular shades, and after picking one out you can start designing and expressing your own unique style. Designing your own shade may seem a little overwhelming, but our program makes it simple. You can either recolor one of our patterns using our full color palette, or you can submit your own photo, graphic or design. When you’ve spent all the time you want perfecting the design down to the smallest detail, simply print out your design and give us a visit. We will assist you in final steps, such as hardware selection, and can show you all the latest styles that will perfectly fit and frame your design. Be sure you click the “printer” icon after you’ve designed your shade. This will generate a PDF document showing you the design you’ve created along with the design number and color numbers you selected.

Need help designing your shades? No problem! At Shutter Masters, we know that choosing from all of these options can seem fairly daunting at times, and we are more than happy to help you go through the customization process in person. We can help you navigate the program and give you tips for making the vision you have truly come to life. We can even visit your home or business to get a better understanding of the style you are trying to achieve. We like to fully dedicate ourselves to each client, and will bring samples, fabric, and color options so you can see exactly what the treatments will look like in your home or place of business. Let Shutter Masters’ in home services help take the guesswork out of deciding the best solution for your window treatment needs. Schedule your free consultation today!

Now that you know what options are available for creating window treatments that fit your vision exactly the way you want it, it’s time to ask yourself, what’s your Style PERSONA?

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Quick Tip For Washing Blinds

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Quick Tip For Washing Blinds


Step 1

First remove loose surface dirt and dust by either vacuuming the slats, or wiping them with a foam paint brush, sweeping with a paint brush or feather duster.

Step 2

PreWash Spray with cleaner on each slant. Put a cotton sock over one hand, apply some cleaner then wipe. Dry with another sock. Lay a soaked towel on the bottom of the bathtub and fill with warm water, add 1 TBL of liquid dish detergent or soft laundry detergent. The water level should be deep enough to cover the blinds completely. Let them soak for about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Hold them by the top frame, plunge them up and down in the water. Wipe each slat with a sponge and scrub gently with a soft nylon bristle brush. Empty the tub then rinse well (you can use the shower head if you have one). Wipe Dry with a soft towel.

How to Clean Honey Comb Blinds

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How to Clean Honey Comb Blinds


Step 1.

Fill a bathtub with warm water and add 2 TBS of a mild, dye-free laundry detergent or dish soap. If you’re blinds are white you can also add a little baking soda or bleach to help whiten them.

Step 2.

Once the tub is 1/2 full place the blinds in the water. Swish them around in the water, open and close them, and if you have one, scrub them very gently with a soft scrub brush. Get as much of the dirt out as possible, then drain the water. Repeat this process once or twice, depending on how dirty the blinds are.

Step 3.

After the dirt/dust has been washed off the blinds fill the tub up one more time, but this time do not add any soap. This will act as a “rinse cycle.” Swish the blinds around in the water some more to make sure all of the dirt and soap have been rinsed off.

Step 4.

Remove the blinds from the water and pat dry with a towel. You can dry them two ways: hang them up and let them dry naturally or you can blow them dry with a hair dryer on a low-heat setting.

10 Ways to Decorate for Fall

Fall is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to start planning your home’s décor than now! Get yourself into the seasonal spirit by bringing the outside elements in.  Not sure where to start? Here are some ways to bring the autumn spirit into your home.

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Add tiny pumpkins to a display to dress it up for fall. Plain pumpkins work well, but if you want to add a unique touch, take a sharpie and paint designs on the pumpkins in colors that match your decor. The result is a totally cool statement piece.

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Take your staircase to the next level by adding tied ornamental grasses. You can find the dried kind at crafts stores and if you want the fresh kind, those can be purchased at some floral shops. To make it, simply bundle bunches of the grasses together, secure with a rubber band, and tie to every other post on your staircase with raffia.

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To add some spirit to your windows, knot mini pumpkins and fresh fall leaves onto a length of twine.

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Bring the season to your living room with a spot of fall color. You can arrange tall branches and brightly colored leaves inside a vase. A great space to place it is on your mantel, or in front of a large window. This adds a minimal yet stylish effect to the room.

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A mix of elements and textures arranged together adds interest to any corner of your home. Use a varying palette of color and play with the sizes of your chosen objects. Start with a tray and containers, then fill them tray with assorted berries, nuts, and fruit. If you want some extra oomph in your arrangement, paint some of the elements with metallic spray. Generally gold tones work best for fall.

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Have you ever looked at a fallen leaf up close and noticed how incredible it looks? Bring this wonder into your home by displaying chosen leaves in glass beakers or miniature vases. These are great to add a point of interest to tables and windows.

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Branches are surprisingly complex and beautiful as a centerpiece. Show them off by placing them in a hurricane vase, and exchanging them as the leaves change outside. You’ll have the whole scope of fall as your décor. Looking for an inexpensive yet chic fall vase filler? Try dried beans. Fill the vase with two inches of white beans and red berries for contrast, or experiment with different color combination, such as red kidney beans with berries that are yellow.

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Tie a grouping of corn ears together and hang from a cabinet door or window. You can even use different colored corn to create interesting contrast.

Shutter Masters Seasonal Decoration Ideas

Make some great memories and take a walk in nature to gather acorns. When you get home you can use these to make napkin rings that will be perfect for a fall table setting. To do this, drill tiny holes through the sides of nine or ten acorns. Wire the acorns together, alternating the acorns top to bottom so they fit together tightly. Twist the ends of the wire together and trim off the excess. Pair with fall colored napkins such as red, yellow, or orange.