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.

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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

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.

We Won Again! Best of Houzz 2018

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Trendy Blinds Inc. of Toronto

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

Toronto, Canada, January 18, 2018 Trendy Blinds Inc. of Toronto has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The innovative trendsetting window covering retailer was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

We are excited to win this prestigious award 2 years in a row. Special thanks to our customers who are smart, savvy shoppers, who understand the value of service when it comes to purchasing custom window coverings for their homes.

 

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

 

Follow Trendy Blinds Inc. on Houzz https://www.houzz.com/pro/trendyblinds/trendy-blinds-inc

 

About Trendy Blinds Inc.

Transform the look of your windows and organize your space with Trendy Blinds and Closets: Trendy Blinds offer blinds, draperies, curtains, shades and shutters in global trendsetting designs at factory direct prices, with exclusive products and styles. Trendy Closets offers reconfigurable modular closet systems customized to fit any space.

Two showrooms in the Greater Toronto Area to serve you:

 

Markham Langham Square Showroom:
30 South Unionville Ave, Unit 1021, Markham, L3R 5M3
IMPROVE Canada Showroom:
7250 Keele St, Suites 200 & 201, Vaughan, L4K 1Z8

Phone: 905-604-1222
email: info@trendyblinds.com

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Holiday Hours

Wishing you all Happy Holidays!!

CALL: 905-604-1222 ext 4

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(CALL: 905-604-1222 ext 4)

 

Markham Showroom

Langham Square, #1021 – 30 South Unionville Ave, Markham, L3R 5M3

 

Vaughan Showroom

IMPROVE Canada, #200 & 201, 7250 Keele Street, Vaughan, ON L4K 1Z8

 

 

Saturday Dec 23rd

 

OPEN 11am – 6pm

 

OPEN 11am – 6pm

Sunday Dec 24th CLOSED CLOSED
Monday Dec 25th CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday Dec 26th CLOSED CLOSED
Wednesday Dec 27th CLOSED OPEN 11am – 6pm
Thursday Dec 28th OPEN 11am – 6pm OPEN 11am – 6pm
Friday Dec 29th OPEN 11am – 6pm OPEN 11am – 6pm
Saturday Dec 30th OPEN 11am – 6pm OPEN 11am – 6pm
Sunday Dec 31st CLOSED CLOSED
Monday Jan 1st CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday Jan 2nd OPEN 11am – 6pm CLOSED
Wednesday Jan 3rd OPEN 11am – 6pm

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OPEN 11am – 6pm

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