What We Learned From the Parade of Homes

Did you see the Parade of Homes this year?

Every year, the Parade of Homes showcases beautiful high end homes built in Colorado Springs. Not only do we see the latest in architecture and floor plans, but the homes are also decorated in the most cutting edge styles.

Modern Farmhouse Has Come to Colorado Springs

In 2017, we saw Modern Farmhouse decor in many of the homes. What is Modern Farmhouse? It’s Heritage with a twist.

Color & Texture in Walls, Floors and Furniture

  • Taupe, gray and wood tones are used for floors and furniture.
  • Bedrooms and baths are painted with more color, like peacock blue and navy.
  • Shiplap (a rustic-looking, horizontal paneling) is popular.
  • Designers are using large-print wallpaper in baths and powder rooms.

Cabinets & Fixtures are Changing Color

  • Cabinets are white, espresso or a combination of the two.
  • Another trend seen in bathrooms is the floating vanity, a vanity that is secured to the wall and doesn’t touch the floor.
  • Gold fixtures are coming back, but the gold is different. Faucets, lighting fixtures and hardware are being made in a champagne, brushed gold.

Accessories Look Natural & Less Sophisticated

  • Upcycled accessories are being shown in the home.
  • Natural materials with an organic feel give a room some softness.

The Parade of Homes can be an inspiration for homeowners wanting to update their homes. Keep in mind that your home should reflect your taste and personality. You don’t have to throw out everything you love and replace it with the latest thing. We can keep what you love and still make your home look more current.

We can make sure your home is beautiful, current and a place you love to spend your time. The Parade of Homes is fun and inspiring, but your home is your sanctuary and we want to help you love it. Call us today for a consultation!

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Wooden Window Coverings

The look of a Colorado lodge is a popular look for Colorado Springs homes, but are shutters your only choice if you want wooden window coverings to go with the dark wood of a lodge? Shutters aren’t right for every room, but if you want the warmth of wood without the heaviness of shutters, you still have options.

Shutters

Shutters are the king of wooden window coverings. They are dramatic and classic, like handmade furniture. Shutters screen out light and are easily opened and closed. However, they also block a lot of the window and even though many shutters can be opened, they will either swing out into the room or take up significant space on either side of the window.

Wooden Blinds

Most people know that blinds can be made with different materials, but did you know that wood blinds can be made from different woods? Hunter Douglas has a product made with abachi wood, a textured wood with an unusual effect called, Parkland Textures. They make other kinds of blinds from basswood, a responsibly harvested hardwood, that can be stained to match your cabinets.

Blinds can be painted, but if you are looking for something to complement your Colorado lodge-look home, a dark stain may give you more of the effect you want.

Woven Wood Shades

What if you prefer a shade? You’re in luck! High-quality shades woven from wood, reeds and grasses are available from Hunter Douglas too. Woven shades have the textural interest of a drape, but they let some light through and have a quiet, artistic effect on a room. Hunter-Douglas’ Provenance product comes in four styles and unlike woven wood shades from a big box store, they are meant to last a lifetime.

Woods perform well in Colorado’s low-humidity and they reflect the beauty of our natural surroundings. Would you like to include wooden window coverings in your decor? Contact us today and we’ll consult on your options!

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No Peeping Toms: Privacy for Your Biggest Windows

Have you ever been in a home with a big floor-to-ceiling window? The Rocky Mountains make the most of such a window, but what happens at night?

Nothing adds drama to a room like a wide view of Pikes Peak or the sunlight streaming across the high plains near Colorado Springs. Since the mountains are visible from nearly anywhere, a sliding glass door or a window that stretches from wall to wall adds value to the home.

As beautiful as the view is, privacy can be a concern. You don’t want strangers looking into your windows whether by accident or intentionally. Even during the day, you may want to control the amount of light that is streaming into your living space.

Here are a few options for window coverings that allow you to control the amount of privacy and sunlight coming through your biggest windows.

Custom Drapes

We can design custom drapes with two layers; a sheer layer that lets the sun and view in while diffusing the light and an opaque layer that screens outside eyes at night. Even your sheer drapes will be full, with many folds that obscure the view from outside if you forget to pull the opaque drapes closed.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a popular option for sliding glass doors. Hunter Douglas makes custom vertical blinds in fabric, metal and vinyl with many finishes and patterns, so that you can choose exactly what you need for your home. Vertical blinds can also be an economical option.

Shutters

Shutters also come in many materials and in a variety of finishes. You probably knew that, but did you know you can get them with different operating styles? Hunter Douglas offers shutters that open like a bifold door or you can get shutters that open outward, like a casement window. Another style works on a track that allows the panels to slide past each other, like a sliding closet door.

Privacy Sheers

The ultimate technology in privacy window coverings is Hunter Douglas Luminette privacy sheers. These are made with vertical slats that are attached to the fabric of your choice. The slats spin 180º in either direction, allowing you to open or close them. The fabric hangs between them, screening and diffusing the sunlight when the sheers are open.

Do you need a beautiful way to make the most of your biggest windows while preserving your privacy? Call us today!

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Five Kinds of Blinds

We know it’s hard to believe, but not everybody wants custom draperies. Sometimes a room needs the clean look you get from blinds.

The history of blinds goes way back. Their official name is “Venetian Blinds”, though they are actually thought to have been invented in Persia. They have been popular in the west for a long time and you might see blinds in paintings going all the way back to the 18th century. Venetian blinds have 2″ slats that are stacked on top of each other and can be opened and closed to let light in.

“Mini-blinds” are very similar to Venetian blinds, but their slats are narrower. Venetian and mini blinds have been available in metal and wood for a long time, but we have more choices in the 21st century.

Alternative Wood Blinds

Real wood blinds are beautiful, but they may not be the best choice in a humid or hot room. Hunter Douglas offers several types of high-quality faux wood blinds that are made to withstand heat and humidity. They have the same gloss and texture of real wood, but won’t be ruined by the swelling associated with humidity.

Wire-brushed Wood Blinds

Sometimes a room needs a clean-lined window covering, but how can we use a blind in a room full of textures without making the window look flat? Wire-brushed wood blinds add depth to a room. They come in a wide range of stains and are made from sustainably sourced wood.

Nesting Slat Blinds

Does it seem like blinds block too much light? Hunter-Douglas has a solution for that problem! Nesting slat blinds are made to drop every other slat on top of the one below it, giving you twice the view-through area. These aluminum blinds let in twice the light.

Routless Blinds

What about those little spots of light that leak through the cord holes on most blinds. Are those annoying you? Hunter-Douglas makes a blind that covers those little holes and seals out the spots. You get a little more privacy and walls so smoothly dark that you could show a movie.

Woven Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds make it possible to get in and out of your patio door when they are open, but give you privacy when they are closed. Woven blinds can be made of fabric panels that let as much or as little light through as you would like. They have the versatility of drapes with the clean lines of a blind.

Not sure which blind is right for your home? Contact us and we’ll help you choose the perfect window covering!

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A Short History of Window Coverings


When you look at the motorized window blinds or custom drapes in your home, remember to see them for what they are … the pinnacle of window covering technology!

People have liked to have windows in their homes since humans moved out of caves. Windows let light in and keep our homes from becoming dark and damp, but they also let in dust, cold and, during periods of social strife, even bandits! The question of how to control what goes in and out of our windows is an age-old concern.

The Greek and Roman empires left us with some history of how that question was answered. The Greeks are credited with the invention of the window shutter. They made the shutters out of marble to keep out the hot Mediterranean sun. These must have been very heavy and the idea really drives home our designer  Theresa’s assertion that shutters should be seen as a piece of fine furniture.

The Romans had their own problems. Not only was it hot, but their cobblestone roads were dusty, making it very difficult to keep a house clean. The process of building their famous stone buildings, like the Coliseum, also produced a lot of dust and Roman homeowners needed a way to keep their windows covered. They came up with the idea of hanging pieces of wet cloth in the windows to catch the dust and cool the hot air. In time, inventors developed a way to pull these cloths up and down with a cord in a way that made the fabric fold up evenly. Today, this is known as the Roman Shade.

In the Middle Ages, Europeans had to solve different problems. The northern climate is not as hot, but homes and communities had to be protected against attacks. They developed the Security Shutter, a shutter held closed by an iron bar. They also built castles and palaces that needed suitable decoration, resulting in the widespread use of elaborate treatments, such as the Festoon and the Austria blind, both of which were updated versions of the Roman shade.

The use of window glass became popular in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, but those palaces still needed custom drapes. Many of the dramatic shapes and valances we use today are based on those installed in the 18th and 19th palaces of Europe.

Today, most people prefer simpler custom drapes, at least in Colorado Springs. 21st century homeowners are also concerned with energy conservation, which is why solar shades and cellular shades were developed. We have more versatile fabrics than our predecessors too.

We can only imagine how helpful motorized drapery rods would have been in a European castle. It’s too late for King Louis XIV, but we can still design something beautiful and functional for you. Call us today!

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