Blinds and Drapery Combination – Best of Both Worlds

Blinds, especially the soft fabric shades, are cost effective solutions to covering many windows in the house or condo.  With the wide range of types, light control capabilities and colour and finishes, one can find a blind solution for virtually all the windows in the home.

However, with blinds alone, the window treatment often times look incomplete, especially for the important windows in the home, like the Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Master Bedroom and even Study Room.

Adding drapery and valances can enhance the look of the windows, make the window proportions appear closer to the golden ratio, make ceilings appear taller, give a feeling of warmth, and tie in with the rest of the home decor and furnishings.

Let’s take a quick look at a living room application of drapery and valance:

Scenario 1: Nice high quality window shades in a popular grey tone.  It provides functional benefits of Top-Down Bottom-Up operation and is aesthetically pleasing.  However, there appears to be a lot of blank wall space, especially above the windows.

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Scenario 2: We now add side panel drapes.  The windows appear a bit taller and wider and more of the bare walls are covered.  Most homeowners typically go with side panel drapes for important windows to complete the look.

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Scenario 3: we add a valance to cover up the drapery hardware and the window shade headrails.  Now the windows appear fully framed and the 3 window section appears as a integrated whole.

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MODERN LOOK

Some homeowners prefer a more modern look and are worried that adding drapery and/or valance will make the room look too traditional.  The good news is that at Trendy Blinds, we offer modern approaches to drapery and valance making and application that gives a modern yet dressy look to any window.

MODERN WAVE DRAPERY

In this example of a modern home office, the homeowner uses a modern desk and chair. However, the room windows are too small in proportion to the size of the wall and room and the ceiling appears low due to the low position of the top of the windows.  We used end-to-end Modern Wave drapery with ceiling mounting decorative track hardware to fully emphasize the height and width.  Modern Wave does not use any visible top treatment like pleats or grommets thus giving a cleaner look.  Unlike ripplefold drapery, Modern Wave drapery stacks tight when drawn opening, maximizing outside views.

Modern Wave Custom Drapery on Wide Open Window

Modern Wave Blackout Drapery in Bedoom

Other examples of Modern Wave drapery applications:

Master Bedroom French Doors – full blackout Modern Wave drapery.

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Modern Wave Sheers for Condo – offer daytime privacy and outside views at the same time.

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Fixed Modern Wave Side Panels for Dining Room (actual window width ends before the panels).  Golden Ratio achieved.

Combi blinds with Modern wave

 

MODERN VALANCES

Using a Box Valance provides a clean modern approach to hide the double drapery tracks for the sheers and blackout drapery in this romantic master bedroom.

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Box valance does not need to be all straight edges or uses in bedrooms of living rooms only.  This valance was used for a small washroom window:

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Valances can be paired with very modern looking blinds too.  Below is a Box Pleat Valance paired with a panel track blind.

Fabric Box Pleated Valance with Panel Track Blind

Flat Valance for Arch windows can provide the blackout effect needed for bedrooms and can be paired with our Combi Blinds below.

Arch Windows with Blackout Valance

Double Pleat Box Valance with 2 fabrics in an Inside Mount Application

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At Trendy Blinds, we can provide design advice for your home.  Visit our showrooms today.  You can also call us at 905-604-1222 or email at info@trendyblinds.com

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7 Most Popular Categories of Blinds and Shades right now

Drapery or curtains have been a popular window covering solution for centuries in many parts of the world.  During the mid to late 20th century, blinds, specifically venetian blinds and vertical PVC blinds, became an increasing popular solution for window covering due to functional benefits as well as affordability.

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Venetian and vertical PVC blinds provided a practical solution to light control and privacy by allow quick and simply tilting of vanes through a wand or cord control.  They could be stacked out of the way while only blocking a small portion of the windows.

However, they do not provide much in terms of styling or the ability to coordinate with the rest of the home decor and furnishings.  Thus in higher end homes, draperies remain popular, while becoming more of a luxury item for the common household due to rising material and labour prices to make quality drapery.

When Hunter Douglas launch the Silhouette shade in the 1970s, it revolutionized the window blinds category.  Now there was an option for “soft shades” that provide the functional benefits of tilting vanes plus offering the softer fabric look in a wide range of finishes to coordinate with the rest of the home decor.  Also, the soft fabric vanes neatly collapse and roll completely into a fabric covered headrail, thus providing full unobstructed window access when needed.  In Canada, Hunter Douglas did not have patent protection for the Silhouette shade, thus many other manufacturers were able to offer very similar products at better prices.  Our Trendy Blinds brand silhouette-type shade is call Triple Shade.

As soft fabric shades/blinds became increasing popular more categories became available for the residential market.

7 most popular categories of soft shades:

1. Sheer Shades or Silhouette shades, which we call Triple Shades.

  • Can tilt vanes and completely roll up into headrail.  Available in room dimming or light filtering vanes with clear sheer.

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2.  Zebra Shades, Banded Shades, or Combi Shades.

  • Uses dual layers of horizontal fabric segments alternating between sheer and semi-opaque or opaque fabrics. Shade can be set to open where vanes between the two layers are aligned or closed to cover the sheer portion. Or they can be complete rolled up into the headrail.
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Room Darkening Combi Shades with arch window valance above

3. Roman Shades – can be split into drapery workroom roman shades or blinds system roman shades.

  • different options include light filtering or blackout, top-down bottom-up, cordless lift, stacked or roll-up, tucked or classic styles, etc.

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4. Roller shades

  • offered in a wide variety of materials, colours, patterns and light filtering, room darkening or blackout capabilities.  They typically provide full visual privacy.

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5. Solar Shades

  • Very similar to Roller Shades, but the fabric has perforations allowing for outside viewing while shades is rolled down.  Typically seen in offices, the newer styles use higher end fabrics, weave patterns and colours suitable in a residential setting.

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6. Honeycomb Shades

  • cellular structure with an air pocket that provides measurable insulation for better home temperature control near windows.  More compact headrail minimizes bulk when installed outside mount.

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7. Fabric Vertical sheer shades

  • Vertical sheer shades like our Klimt system or Hunter Douglas Luminette with a sheer fabric linking the fabric vanes.  Paired with a top treatment to elevate the look.

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In conclusion, we believe that soft shades combined with drapery on some key windows will become predominant window covering toolkits for residential homes and condos in Canada.

Contact Trendy Blinds today 905-604-1222 or info@trendyblinds.com

Holiday Schedule – Showroom Hours and Dates – Sept 3rd to 17th

From Tuesday September 3rd to Thursday September 17th we will be operating under holiday schedule:

 

Richmond Hill Showroom will be Closed Sept 3rd to Sept 17th

 

Vaughan Improve Showroom hours:

The following dates we will be opened and staffed:

Saturday September 7th             11am – 6pm

Friday September 13th               11am – 6pm

Saturday September 14th          11am – 6pm

Sunday September 15th             12 noon – 5pm

 

Wednesday Sept 18th – back to normal operating days and hours.

 

You can reach us by email at: info@trendyblinds.com

Pros and Cons of Combi Shades (aka Zebra Shade or Banded Shades)

The versatile combi shades (aka zebra shades or banded shades) have exploded in popularity. This post examines why they are so popular, what are the functional and design benefits, and the ideal window applications for this category of product.

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When Trendy Blinds first established in 2012, Combi shades (or zebra shades or banded shades) were virtually unknown in the Canadian market.  Initially invented in South Korea, Combi shades popularity spread throughout Asia and then Europe before arriving in North America.

At that time, we spent a lot of our sales process in demonstrating the Combi shades and explaining how it will look and work on our customers’ windows.

Nowadays we get more people coming in knowing that they want these shades and wanting to quickly talk about price.  However, we feel that even today many customers are still not well informed or mis-informed about these shades, resulting in window decor results that does not match their initial expectations.  With the exploding popularity of this category of window shades, there are now wide range of product choices in terms of quality, pricing, styling and functional and technical details in the market.  Knowing the details and understanding the difference between Trendy Blinds Combi shades and other similar products from other manufacturers, will help you as a homeowner make the right choices for your windows.

 

Key Benefits of Combi Shades (Zebra Shades or Banded Shades):

1) Relatively Flat surface like a roller shade but with 3 main settings — Open, Closed, and Up — versus 2 main settings for roller shades (Up and Down);

2) Lots of fabric finish options for both light filtering and room darkening fabrics.  Can easily coordinate with other room furnishings and finishes including drapery and upholstery.

3) Lightweight so easy to lift large shades.  Easier to lift means that the shades will be used more frequently thus maximizing the benefits of having this shade;

4) Full day-time privacy in Open setting due to sheer layer — you can see out while people outside cannot see in.  (In comparison: open shutter louvers or horizontal blinds slats does not provide privacy.  They must be closed for privacy).

5) Fabrics are anti-static so does not collect dust — no cleaning required!

 

Limitations to Combi Shades (Zebra Shades or Banded Shades):

1) More then half the view is blocked in Open setting.  For more outside views, one needs to roll up the shade;

2) Limited ability to self-clean if get stained (this is true for all soft window shades.)  Thus need to get professional cleaning service.

3) Room darkening fabrics are not fully blackout.

 

What’s the difference between Trendy Blinds Combi Shades vs. other Zebra Shades?

Trendy Blinds work in partnership with the South Korea manufacturer who invented the Combi Shades and owned the original patent.  We continue to source only the highest quality fabrics and components from South Korea.

 

Fabrics:

– Environmentally friendly – no VOC – safe for kid rooms.

– Banding sizes are very consistent (within + or – 1/16th of an inch).  We can specify SIDE-BY-SIDE – so multiple shades on wall-to-wall windows will have bands that line up.

– fabrics are highly uniform in colour and texture.  Lower quality fabrics from China and elsewhere have blotches and uneven threading patterns.

 

Components:

– Headrail, bottom bar, end caps, cords and safety handles are available in a wide range of colours to coordinate with shade fabric.

– All metal parts except for screws and brackets are made of aluminium – lightweight and will not rust.

– Square, Curved and even Round (for our deluxe line) headrail shapes are available.

– Option for no fabric for headrail valance for a more modern look.

– We use channel tubes, which are stronger so no bowing in the middle of the shades.  Bowing causes excess waviness of the shade.

 

Assembly:

Fabrics are mechanically attached to the tube through a slot channel in the tube.  The cheaper method is just adhesive tape to stick fabric to tube surface.  What this means for the product is:

a) Fabric shade will unlikely disconnect from the hardware and fall down.

b) Allows us to do “Close when down” setting.  “Closed when down” means that when the shade is rolled down to the bottom of the window, the Combi shade is in a closed position.  This is particularly important for Room Darkening applications.

c) We always provide more fabric for the height so that the tube will not be exposed and visible to users.

 

To learn more visit our showrooms or contact us today 905-604-1222.  www.trendyblinds.com

We Moved!

We Moved to Bigger Location to Serve you Better!

New Richmond Hill Showroom/ Office/ Workroom

55 West Beaver Creek Rd, Unit 34, Richmond Hill, L4B 1K4

Our Markham showroom has now relocated to our new, larger Richmond Hill showroom/ office/ workroom/ innovation lab.  Visits will be by appointment only.  Call 905-604-1222 ext. 1

We also have an online showroom for our popular shades and blinds, accessible 24 hours 7 days a week.  Shop online: www.trendyblinds.ca

Finally, our Main Showroom is at Improve Canada, 7250 Keele Street, Unit 200 & 201, Concord, Ontario L4K 1Z8
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 12 noon – 5pm.  Call 905-604-1222 ext. 2

 

 

Happy Holidays!

We will be closed from Sunday December 23rd, 2018 to Friday January 4th, 2019

We will re-open to normal hours on Saturday January 5th, 2019.

If you need to reach us, send email to info@trendyblinds.com or call 905-604-1222.  We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Don’t invite strangers to your home – visit the showroom first!

Get to know Trendy Blinds & Closet by visiting one of our 2 showrooms in the GTA!

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With over 1000 home invasions in the Greater Toronto Area annually, why take the risk to invite some unknown home improvement vendor to your home for a “FREE” consultation.  Unfortunately, some of these FREE home consultation vendors are not legitimate and are just scouting your home in advance for items to steal.  Or at best, they are in the business for the short-term, quick cash.  No sustainable business can give FREE home consultation to everyone that asks without first qualifying the prospects.

We at Trendy Blinds & Closets understand that any home improvement project involves some amount of financial preparation, and the selections you make and the vendor you choose will impact the project results that you will have to live with for a long time.  Therefore we invested in 2 showrooms for you to see, touch and operate the products, talk to experts, and get comfortable with us as a legitimate vendor to meet your needs before we come to your home.

As a incentive to visit our showroom, from now till the end of the year, when you come in to one of our showrooms, fill up the contact form, and mention this blog posting, you will get a $50 Gift Card.  So visit us today!  Locations and hours can be found on our website here: http://www.trendyblinds.com/contact.php.

905-604-1222, info@trendyblinds.com