Is Your Bedroom Décor Sabotaging Your Sleep?

 

Is Your Bedroom Decor Sabotaging Your Sleep- Blackout Curtains for Improved Sleep- Innuwindow

An essential key to balance and happiness is the correct allotment of sleep, without it your days will quickly consist of confusion and tiredness. For many of us, this is often overlooked due to the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. An easy way to ensure a restful sleep is by improving the quality of the sleep environment itself. This can be as simple as making a few changes to your bedroom’s décor and creating a space that promotes sleep.

Here are a few tips to help you make sure your bedroom décor isn’t sabotaging your sleep.

 

Remove Clutter
Your bedroom should be a relaxing, comfortable environment free of worry and stress. It’s important that your bedroom is organized and clutter-free to keep your mind from worrying about any potential mess while you’re trying to fall asleep. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should remodel your bedroom in hopes of better sleep. Instead, take a simpler approach, like putting away your clothes in their designated space and keeping your closet door closed.

Minimizing the mess in your bedroom also applies to technological clutter. Keep your work items, like your laptop, school bIs Your Bedroom Decor Sabotaging Your Sleep?- Color Pallete for a Bedroom- Innuwindowooks, tablets, etc., in your office or another designated area. Bringing your work to bed is not conducive to a relaxed environment.

 

Calm Color Palette
When it comes to creating a serene space for sleeping, color is very important as it can alter our moods. Therefore, to create a tranquil, sleep-inducing space, choose a calming color palette for the paint and accessories in your bedroom that will play into your sleepy subconscious. Cooler, muted, soft neutrals and natural wood tones work best for creating a relaxing bedroom.
However, just like with any room of your home, it’s important to consider your personal style. You can still incorporate your favorite colors, perhaps yellow, in a small way, by using a pale yellow that will maintain your bedroom’s serenity.
Read more about choosing a color palette for a room here.

 

Temperature and Lighting
One of the most important factors in getting a good night’s sleep is light and temperature. If your bedroom is too bright or too hot, your sleep can easily be sabotaged. A simple and efficient way to manage a room’s lighting is by investing in warm-tone artificial lamps and blackout curtains or blackout shades. Blackout shades can stop up to 99% of sunlight from entering a room. When most people think of blackout curtains or blackout shades, they think of thick, heavy window treatments. However, blackout window treatments from Hunter Douglas come in a variety of opaque fabrics and styles that won’t compromise style for sleep.
Check out our blackout shades and curtains for more information.

 

To help control the temperature, make use of a fan. Not only do fans create airflow to keep the air fresh and cool, but they also produce a calming white noise, which makes a deep, peaceful sleep easier to achieve.

Every room in your home has a purpose whether it’s cooking, entertaining, working, or sleeping. You wouldn’t design your study to be comfortable for cooking, so logic follows that you shouldn’t design your bedroom with a stimulating décor. Use the tips we’ve outlined above to transform your bedroom into an environment best suited for restful, restorative sleep.

Cleaning and Caring for Your Window Treatments

Prolong the life of your window treatments by properly cleaning and caring for them. Both readymade and custom window treatments from Innuwindow are designed to require minimal care, however regular upkeep is still necessary. Proper cleaning and care depends on the fabrics and construction of your window treatment. Check out our tips!

Safe Ways to Clean Your Window Treatments

When cleaning the actual window, spray glass cleaner directly on the cloth rather than the window to prevent  cleaning chemicals from damaging your window treatment.

Alternative Wood Blinds and Shutters

Wipe down alternative wood window treatments with dryer sheets to reduce static cling and repel dust. We do not recommend using any chemical or ultrasonic cleaning solvents as they may damage the product. When cleaning alternative wood shutters, use a mild soap on a damp rag and allow them to air dry.

Fabric Shades

Fabric Shades need to be periodically “dressed,” which involves steaming the fabric to achieve a uniform appearance along the full length of the shade. We recommend using a hand-held steamer on the lowest setting. To remove any dust or allergens, you may also use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment. Do not place the brush attachment directly on the fabric to avoid damage.

Draperies

Daily care for drapery panels can be simple; gently shake them out as they are drawn closed at night. This can help prevent dust and dirt from getting into the fibers. Every month or so use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment. Pay special attention to the bottom half of the window treatments, as this is where most dust typically accumulates.

Sheers

For lighter cleaning, gently shake your sheer drapes out to release any dust or allergens. You can also use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment. Do not place the brush attachment directly on the fabric in order to avoid damage.  For a deeper clean, sheer window treatments should be professionally dry cleaned.

Wood Blinds

Lightly clean using a dry, soft feather duster or a clean cloth/ dusting mitt.  We do not recommend using any chemical or ultrasonic cleaning solvents as they may damage the product.

How often should I clean my window treatments?

Window treatments need to be regularly maintained to have them looking as great as they did when they were first installed. However, this key chore is often overlooked by many home-owners. Adding  your window treatments into your weekly cleaning routine will make it less of a chore. You should be periodically dusting them.

In addition to the weekly care you should occasionally give your window treatments a thorough  cleaning to eliminate and remove allergens. Window treatments act as a kind of filter between your home and the outdoors, so inevitability they can pick up dirt, pollens, pet dander and other allergens over time. This is especially true with fabric window treatments that are low to the floor like panels or drapes. Once your window treatments pick up allergens, they can impact the air quality of your home. As the air blows in through the windows, it’ll unsettle the allergens, which will cause them to circulate throughout your home. The perfect time to schedule a deep cleaning for your window treatment is during your spring cleaning routine.

 

Innuwindow- Caring and Cleaning Window Treatment INFOGRAPHIC- March 2017

 

If you still are unsure about the proper care/cleaning for your window treatments, contact us today for help!

Keeping Your Home Warm in the Winter

How to Naturally Keep Your Home Warm- Innuwindow

Old man winter is back! While it may be tempting to keep your home warm and toasty, your heating bill will surely skyrocket.   Dreaming about how cozy it would be to come home to a warm house after a long, cold day may tempt you to turn up the thermostat, but adjusting even just a few degrees can take a toll on your bank account. Save yourself the money and energy, instead heat your home naturally without having space heaters continuously running.

Easy, Natural Ways to Heat Your Home:

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  • The sun still shines in the winter, so when it does open your curtains! Sunlight provides plenty of natural warmth, especially on a cold day- think of it as free heat! Before you leave the house in the morning, open the curtains of any windows that receive direct sunlight for a good portion of the day.
  • On days without much sunlight, keep your curtains closed to prevent heat from escaping through the windows. Investing in insulated curtains will help trap heat in your home while potentially lowering your electric bill.
  • Check all the vents in your home to make sure they aren’t being blocked by furniture. If they are, rearrange your furniture, at least for the winter, to make sure every room is receiving its maximum heat potential.
  • If you have exposed hardwood or tile flooring in your home, consider putting down a plush area rug in the winter to keep heat from escaping. According to the National Energy Foundation, uninsulated hardwood flooring can account for up to 10% of a home’s lost heat. Carpets and rugs are far better at keeping rooms warmer.
  • The larger your home is, the more expensive it is to heat. If you have any empty guest rooms or storage space, be sure to keep the doors closed. Why waste money heating a room that you don’t use. You’ll also want to make sure you close any vents in those rooms. By closing off empty or less frequently used rooms, you’re lowering the heated squared footage, which will help the warm air spread easier throughout your home.
  • Utilize your oven. Baking and broiling meals will help keep your home warmer when the temperature drops. After you’ve finishing, turn your oven off but leave the over door open to let the warm air heat your kitchen and nearby rooms.
  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to clockwise. When ceiling fans rotate counterclockwise, it pushes the air downward and creates a draft. Reversing the rotation will pull the cool air upward and mix with the rising heat, making your room feel warmer.

Ultimately, it’s more about keeping the person warm rather that the entirety of the house. So, throw on an extra layer of clothing, sip on some hot tea, break out some warm blankets or whatever it takes to stay warm and comfortable. After all, comfort is key!

Interior Design that Matches Your Personality

Matching Your Interior Design Style to Your Personality- Innuwindow

The secret to interior design is capturing your inner personality and character within the décor of your home. Your home is where you spend a great deal of time and should be a place of comfort and relaxation. For this reason, your living space should adequately reflect your unique traits, interests and qualities. But how exactly do you know what style or design scheme embodies your persona?

As you search through decorating magazines for ideas or inspirations, you may find that you are attracted to a variety of designs that perhaps share similar themes. Whether you are a modernist, minimalist, eclectic, industrial, etc., your home is your own personal canvas.

Learn more about each style and the connection to personality types to ultimately gather ideas and solutions for your own living space.

Scandinavian

You are: Friendly, Stylish Yet Functional, Interested in Culture and Elegant.

Scandinavian design is simple and uncomplicated, but doesn’t skimp on style and comfort. The core themes of this design movement are simplicity, functionality and minimalism for all, not just the wealthy. Color schemes for Scandinavian design tend to be whitewashed and timber tones.

Minimalist

You are: Introverted, a Perfectionist, Organized, Methodical and Efficient.

Less is more. Minimalism design utilizes pared-down aesthetic design elements. The overall concept of minimalism is to strip everything down to its most simplistic qualities.

 

Modern country

You are: Lively, Trendy yet Classic, Chic and Sophisticated

Modern country design embraces rustics aesthetics in a trendy yet classic way. The core themes of this design style is an emphasis on chic, sophisticated yet relaxing flairs.

 

Classic

You are: Noble, Poised, Graceful, Elegant and Balanced

Classicism in interior design embraces traditional yet timeless and elegant décor. A style manifested from 17th century Europe, classic design embraces history and heritage. The color scheme for classical design interior typically utilizes calm, neutral tones like olive, beige cream and gold.

 

Modern

You are: Organized, Professional, No-Frills and Driven

Modern design can be described as sleek, spacious, simple, and focused on function and organization. It embraces clean architectural lines and cubist forms. Most often sticking to pure colors like black, white, and neutrals with vibrant primary colors as accents.

 

Shabby Chic

You are: Social, Artistic, Charismatic and Outdoorsy

Shabby chic design can be described as in elegant in a creative, fresh way. The core theme of this style is breathing new life into pieces of furniture while embracing color and finishes.

Innuwindow- Interior Design and Personality Infographic

 

Furniture: Reupholstery vs. Custom Slipcover

Reupholstery vs. Custom Slipcover- Furniture- Innuwindow Natick, Ma.

When you’re looking to revamp or repurpose a piece of furniture, you have two options: reupholstery or slipcovers. But what exactly is the difference? While both will give you a beautiful, fresh piece of furniture, how do you know which to choose?

What is Furniture Reupholstery?

Custom Furniture Reupholstery- Innuwindow Natick, Ma

Professional furniture reupholstery can breathe new life into aging furniture. However, it can
be the more costly option as it requires more detailed work. During the reupholstery process, all of the old fabric and padding
is removed from the furniture.  It is then re-padded with a new layer of cotton, typically, and then the new fabrics are applied to the frame. Any loose cushions require separate zippered covers. The result is a tailored, sharp, like-new piece of furniture.  Keep in mind that the piece of furniture usually needs to be brought to a shop to be reworked.

 

What are Slipcovers?

Think of a custom made slipcover like you would a suit tailored specifically for you. Slipcovers are carefully designed to cover the current fabric on a piece of furniture. They can be created to fit with a tailored, tight look which may resemble an upholstered piece of furniture, or they can be designed to fit loosely for a rustic, shabby-chic look. Slipcovers are typically cut during a first home visit and installed on a second, after all sewing work is done.

When to Reupholster vs. When to Get a Slipcover:

Typically, reupholstering a piece of furniture will cost more than having a custom slipcover made because all of the old fabric and padding must be removed from the piece of furniture, which requires more time on the project.

Reupholstering furniture is a great way to revive a solid piece of furniture that is structurally sound or of sentimental value. Although furniture reupholstery can be expensive, it can be worth the investment in order to save a quality piece of furniture. Often, when a piece of furniture wears, people think they must replace the whole collection. One benefit of reupholstering furniture is that you can keep the sets together by reupholstering the broken piece, rather than replacing the entire set.

Both reupholstery and slipcovering are great ways to adapt a cherished item to your new décoring scheme. For example, if you’ve inherited a high-quality chair that’s of sentimental value within your family, consider redoing it so it will fit in with your other pieces.

Slipcovers are unique because you can remove them for washing/dry cleaning. In addition, since the slipcover comes off, you can use the original fabric underneath to achieve two separate looks. Perhaps its original fabric is dark and heavy for the fall and winter months; a light-colored slipcover would be a great change for the spring and summer months.

Custom slipcovers tend to have a casual appearance; even the most carefully tailored slipcover won’t have the same crisp appearance of an upholstered piece of furniture. It’s important to keep in mind that slipcovers are not appropriate for all furniture. For example, leather pieces aren’t the best candidates for covers due to the slick surface.

Other Benefits of Repurposing Your Furniture
  1. – Both custom slipcovers and reupholstery allow you to change any piece of furniture to better align with your style and home’s décor. Both can be done using a wide variety of fabrics, patterns, and colors.
  2. – Both custom slipcovers and reupholstery are environmentally friendly options because you avoid having to replace the whole item. Repurposing your furniture is just like recycling, since you are reusing a quality item rather than sending it to a landfill.

At Innuwindow, we specialize in custom slipcovers and furniture reupholstery. Contact our professional designers to see how we can repurpose your furniture today!

How to Get Your Home Ready to Show

How to Get Your Home Show Ready- Innuwindow

When your home is on the market, first impressions are everything. One of the most important components for a successful home sale is how you present your home. While getting your home show-ready may be a daunting task, in the end, it will be worth the time and effort.  You don’t need to hire a professional cleaning crew or home stagers; there are simple things you can do to improve how your home shows. We reached out to real estate professional Susan Doig of Charlesgate Realty Group in Boston, Ma for her expert advice on how to make your home show ready.

DECLUTTER

  • Removing any clutter from your home. especially any unnecessary furniture, will visually enlarge it.  Sometimes items from one room can be used to stage another space. You want a potential buyer to be able to envision his or her own items in your home. With that being said, you don’t necessarily need to strip your home of every personal item, just lighten the load.
    • For example, clear your kitchen counter of any excessive appliances. Minimizing items will expand the open space.
    • Likewise, create the feeling of  a spacious entry area to your home by using decorative accents and minimal furniture. After all, your entryway is the first room potential home buyers experience, so make sure it provides a good first impression.

QUICK FIXES

  • Take the time to make all the minor repairs that you have been putting off. Small imperfections are often red flags to potential homebuyers as they can give the impression the home has not been well maintained.
  • For example, leaky faucets, squeaky doors and worn rugs are easy fixes that can impact a home buyer’s overall impression.

 

CLEAN

  • A deep clean will go a long way in making your home more presentable. Just like fixing any small imperfections, the overall cleanliness of your home is an indicator to the homebuyer of how the home had been maintained. Be sure to clean your home inside and out to give the best impression possible.
    • For example, use a pressure washer to clean your home’s exterior, sidewalks, and driveway. Keep your home dusted and vacuumed. If possible, try and air out your home for half an hour before showings.

BRIGHTEN UP

  • Brightening up your home creates a positive mood and a great first impression. This can easily be done by:
  • Cleaning your windows inside and out, as well as cleaning any window treatments:
  • Dust your shades, shutters or blinds
  • Use a wood cleaner on wood shutters
  • For fabric window treatments, use a vacuum brush attachment on the lowest suction setting.

 

      • If you are unsure how to clean your window treatments, consult your window treatment provider for care instructions. Certain fabric shades must be professionally dry-cleaned or you may damage your shades.
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs and consider replacing bulbs with higher wattage to show your how bright your home is.
  • Replace any broken or worn window treatments.
  • Open the window to let natural light illuminate your home. Consider installing window treatments like shutters or blinds that allow natural light to enter.
  • In addition to your window treatments, painting is another easy way to brighten your home. Consider painting dark or smaller rooms neutral colors, as they will appeal to the greatest number of people.

While it does require additional work to get your home show-ready,  you’ll be making it more presentable and attractive to potential homebuyers. Take an honest look at your home to see what improvements you can make. Enlist the help of a friend or your realtor for their advice.

Thank you to Susan Doig for her professional insight!

What Makes Hunter Douglas Window Treatments Unique?

Your window treatment should do more than simply add to the décor of the room. With Hunter Douglas window treatments, you can expect the most contemporary styles combined with highly functional designs. Hunter Douglas products are well known and trusted within the industry. When you invest in Hunter Douglas window treatments you’ll not only be decorating your windows, you’ll receive other benefits like energy savings, child safety, ease of use and more.What makes Hunter Douglas window treatments unique?- Innuwindow

With Hunter Douglas Window Treatments, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

Privacy and Light Control

Hunter Douglas shades give you more privacy and light control compared to any other window treatment.  Whether you’re looking to completely block out light and view or need to turn a glare into gentle sunlight, Hunter Douglas’ innovative designs and broad selection of fabrics and materials will achieve the functions you desire. With window treatment options ranging from sheer to room darkening to complete opaque, Hunter Douglas has products to diffuse or redirect harsh sunlight so it enters your home in the way you desire. Their innovative top down bottom up products offers privacy in addition to light control.

Energy Efficiency

Up to 50 percent of your home’s energy can be lost through your windows. During colder months, the warm air can escape through the windows. Likewise, during the summer, cool air escapes allowing warm air to enter. Investing in energy efficient window treatments like Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb Shades provides insulation that other window treatments don’t offer. Hunter Douglas has innovative products that offer solar heat control, which allows warmer temperatures to enter during colder month but not during the summer.

Innovative Design

One of the major differentiators between Hunter Douglas and other window treatment brands is their innovative design and technology that make Hunter Douglas easy to use and much more functional. The UltraGlide system has a retractable cord that not only looks nice, but also is safer for homes with pets and children. Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization is a wireless system that offers you unique control over your windows. This innovative technology, that is unique to Hunter Douglas, allows you to schedule the movement of your window treatment via your smartphone, tablet or remote control.

Source: Hunter Douglas- PowerView Motorization System Overview

Interested in learning more about Hunter Douglas Window Treatments? Contact our professional designers today!

 

Help Support the Pan Mass Challenge with Innuwindow

Innuwindow, and owners Jeff Kaplan and Ellen Cohen-Kaplan, are proud to support the Pan-Mass Challenge. For the last 11 years, we have been dedicated to raising money for this life-saving cause.  The ride takes place during the first weekend of August each year and offers a variety of bike routes and participation levels for all ages. The PMC provides important support to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through it’s fund-raising arm, The Jimmy Fund. Jeff and Ellen ride for Team Zakim and their ride supports the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana Farber.

Help Support Cancer Research- PMC
Source: http://www.pmc.org/about/dana-farber-cancer-institute

Since 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge has grown considerably and is now known as the most successful sporting fundraising event in the nation. The PMC draws around 6,000 cyclists hailing from 41 states and 8 countries. 100% of the funds raised by PMC riders go directly to Dana Farber and in 2015 the event wrote a check for over 45 million dollars to the Cancer Institute. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the Dana-Farber has been committed to providing adults and children with the best cancer treatment available while working to discover cures for tomorrow. Over the past 36 years the PMC has raised $500 million dollars for cancer research and treatment. In 2016, the PMC plans to raise 46 million dollars.

 

Help support Innuwindow owner Jeff and Ellen on their 160 mile bike ride from Wellesley to Provincetown on August 6th-7th.  Come make any size purchase at Innuwindow during the month of July. We’ll allow you to write a check to the PMC for up to 10% of your purchase. We’ll then reduce your bill by that same amount. Even if you don’t need anything you can still support our ride by clicking on the following link: http://profile.pmc.org/JK0179 Help Jeff and his wife Ellen reach their fundraising goal of $20,000, 100% of which will go to support the Jimmy Fund. Come out to Innuwindow and support this life-saving cause.

Jeff Kaplan and wife Ellen Cohen-Kaplan- Innuwinodw

How to Dress a Kitchen Window

Replacing old, or boring kitchen curtains for new eye-catching kitchen window treatments can brighten up the room instantly. Use your window treatment to draw attention to a window with a great view or tie the windows into the room’s decor. Textures and eye-catching patterns can achieve a modern look for your kitchen. Whatever window treatment you choose, it should enhance your kitchen’s décor, color and design.

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The material you choose for your kitchen window treatment makes a big difference in how easy is it to maintain it. Anything near the stove or a sink can absorb odors or soak up splatters. Be sure to keep this in mind when shopping for your kitchen window treatments. For example, most shutters and shades can easily be wiped down with soapy water. However, maintenance gets more tedious with heavy fabric draperies.

 Natural light is also important in the kitchen. Current design trends tend to lighten things up. If your kitchen is small, choosing a light kitchen window treatment with cool colors can make your kitchen appear larger and brighter.

 

 

Popular Kitchen Window Treatments Options

Roman Shades

Did you know that Roman Shades were originally invented in Rome as a way to keep the hot dry street dust from entering peoples homes? Women of the houses then started getting creative and dressing up their homes with Roman shades as a symbol of status. If you want to add a little color or pattern to your kitchen as well as privacy, roman shades are the perfect window treatment choice to embrace or enhance your kitchen’s décor.

Bamboo Blinds /Woven Shades

Bamboo and woven texture shades seem to be popping up everywhere. They have become a popular choice for window treatments because they are classy, visually appealing and add warmth to any space.

Valances

If you are searching for a kitchen window treatment that will not sacrifice natural lighting, valances are a great choice. Unlike other window treatment options, valances can bring color or style without eliminating the natural light that is important for kitchens.

Shutters

Shutters have become a popular window treatment because they can bring a classic and inviting look to any room. They work well with any kitchen décor from cottage style to traditional. Shutters are a great choice for your kitchen because they are easy to clean and do not absorb heat or moisture.

Most likely your kitchen is the hardest-working room in your home. Therefore, your kitchen window treatments need to be durable. When choosing a kitchen window treatment, it’s important to think about can withstand heat and moisture while still giving you’re the function and style you need. At Innuwindow, our designers will work with you to create the perfect window treatment that will exceed your wants and needs.

Current Trends in Window Treatments

Deciding on new window treatments often turns into a design challenge. Avoid the stress and hassle by learning about what you really want and need from a window treatment. If it’s time to shed some new light on your home or you are starting from scratch, we’ve put together a list of the current window treatment trends to give you a start in the right direction.

1. Organic Materials

Eco-friendly and organic materials are trendy right now, and it’s no different for window treatments. Bamboo is a popular fabric choice for shades because of its ability it to let in diffused light while still protecting your privacy. Bamboo shades are a great fit for any room’s décor.

2. Wider Drapes

A current trend is to make your windows look wider by installing your drapery rods and panels so they extend beyond your windows.   You can use multiple panels on each side to keep the treatment from looking too skimpy.

3. Plantation Shutters

Shutters aren’t just for the exterior of your home; indoor plantation shutters are one of the most popular trends in window treatments right now. Plantation shutters can lend a traditional look with very little effort while adding value to your home. They also are a great choice for light control and energy efficiency.

Planation Shutter- 2016 Window Trends4. Roman Shades

Roman shades have always been a favorite for a variety of decorating styles from classic to contemporary. Their flat surfaces and clean lines make them eye-catching while making a dramatic impact on the appearance of your windows.

5. Updated Sheers

Sheers still remain a popular choice for windows. They add a decorative touch to any room while filtering out just the right amount of light. Sheer curtains are great for the summertime and will instantly brighten up any room.

 

At Innuwindow, we offer a wide variety of custom and readymade window treatments, including classic looks and cutting-edge trends. If you are looking to make a change in your home’s décor and are in the market for new window treatments, contact our designers today!