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Blackout Shades Versus Room Darkening Shades

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Blackout ShadesWhether you are seeking to improve the quality of your sleep or planning window coverings for a room with a special function such a media room, blackout or darkening shades may be the best choice for your windows.  While they both can help with decreasing the amount of sunlight that enters your space, there are differences between them.
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Tips for Improving Sleep Through Your Choice of Window Coverings

Posted: Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 | Filed under: blackout shades, Custom window treatments, Types of window treatments
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Black Out ShadesGood sleep is essential for your health.  If you experience night after night of sleep deprivation it can affect your weight, mood, and immune system.  According to medical experts, the ideal amount of sleep for most adults ranges from 7 to 9 hours, but some need up to 10 hours of sleep, while others fare fine on 6 hours.  Factors such as pregnancy and age can affect these numbers.  With so many people in the NYC area experiencing sleep issues, it is a good idea to consider how your bedroom window coverings can help to achieve the optimal sleep environment.

Window coverings can help you to achieve room darkening, sound control, and maintain a comfortable temperature in the bedroom.  Each of these can contribute to a more restful night of sleep. Read more »

What Are the Many Advantages of Blackout Shades?

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Blackout ShadesIf you have ever been woken up early on a relaxing weekend because light was filtering through your curtains, you know one of the main advantages of blackout shades.  These opaque window coverings offer extreme light control by not letting any light pass through them.  They can be fabricated in a variety of materials and can be customized to match your décor so that they are functional and stylish in your home. Read more »

What Are the Options in Light-Control Shades?

Posted: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 | Filed under: blackout shades, window shading, window treatments
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IMG_1878If you’ve ever been kept awake at night because of the light emanating from an outside streetlamp, visible through that space between a pull-down shade and your window frame, you’ll be interested to know that you can have custom window shades that allow in, or completely block, any light from outside. Read more »

How to Clean Window Shades

Posted: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 | Filed under: blackout shades, Green shading, Home Design
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P1010244As important it is to keep your couch cushions, your coffee table, and your windows clean, it is just as imperative that you keep your window blinds in good working order. Window shades are an extension of the windows, which are extensions of the space themselves and keeping them nice and spotless will help them accentuate the room and make them really stand out. How do you do that? First, be sure to ask the shading installer the best ways to keep them clean. The manufacturer is also an excellent avenue for cleaning advice. With that said, here are a number of tips you can use. Read more »