Do you have dirty window blinds in your home?

What to do with those dirty blinds…

Blinds are one of the most versatile window treatments, offering a unique and functional look for homes and offices. However, dirty, dusty, and faded blinds will detract from the appeal of your property, diminishing its value and even contributing to health concerns associated with poor air quality.

RECOMMENDED PROFESSIONAL CLEANING METHODS BY HUNTER DOUGLAS

Hunter Douglas (Largest blinds manufacturer) acknowledges these cleaning methods as being safe and effective for Hunter Douglas products...(blinds, window shades, shutters, sheers & more!)

Ultrasonic cleaning. Professional ultrasonic blind cleaning is recommended for several products. This method involves immersing the dirty blinds in a cleaning tank filled with water & Eco-green cleaning solution....WE OFFER THIS METHOD! ✔

Injection/extraction cleaning. This type of cleaning injects a cleaning solution into the fabric and extracts the dirty solution in the same motion. It is a very effective way to deep clean your window blinds, window shades & drapery. The service is typically performed in the home so there is no need to remove your window treatments. WE OFFER THIS METHOD! ✔

Working with professional blind cleaners can help you renew the look of dirty blinds to instantly improve the appearance and air quality of your property. Lovitt Blinds & Drapery, offers complete blind services and we even offer window shade cleaning too, to Chicago and the Chicagoland areas. Contact us today for more details!

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Visit our website to learn more about blind cleaning @ www.LovittBlinds.com

Make your interiors blush by adding a touch of pink.

It's the perfect color choice for Valentines Day and beyond.

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Move your decorating plan into the pink by adding this versatile color. Traditionally, pink is a frilly and girly color, but it doesn’t have to be. Depending on the hues you select, it can be modern, sophisticated and luxurious.

Pink connotes romance, so it’s perfect to add this shade during Valentine’s Day month. It’s also an excellent choice year round because pink has been called the color of happiness. You can create most any mood depending on which shade of pink you select, including these delicious hues:

  • Watermelon

  • Pink grapefruit

  • Shrimp

  • Strawberry

  • Bubble gum

  • Cotton candy

  • Raspberry

The more vibrant shades of pink add energy and excitement to your décor, while softer shades create a feeling of calm and tranquility. Because pink hues add a soft glow to a room, they tend to make our skin tones look healthy and young, especially when a soft, light pink is used as a neutral.

Because pink and green are almost opposites on the color wheel, pink looks fabulous with many green hues including tasty mint, dusty sage, brilliant emerald, zesty lime, and even acid green. Pink also works well with white, grey, black, gold, silver, brown and red, based on the shade of pink you select.

Nervous about making a big investment in pink? In small amounts, think about adding pink for:

  • Slip covers

  • Throw pillows

  • Bed linens

  • Small rugs

  • A painted accent wall

  • Accessories like candles, artwork, flowers and lamps

Make your interior rosy by adding a touch of versatile pink!

Contact Lovitt Blinds & Drapery, for more details! Visit our website @ www.LovittBlinds.com

Or call us at 630-729-0236 to learn more.  

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@LovittBlinds #blinds #WindowTreatments

How to choose the right Blinds and Drapery

How to choose the right Blinds and Drapery

 

When you need to be able to control the amount of light that enters a room or adjust your level of privacy, blinds and drapes are both ideal solutions. However, just as with so many other things today, there are more choices than ever when it comes to your window coverings.

Keeping it simple by considering the basics is the best way to go about choosing any kind of blinds or drapery for your home.

Where You Are Installing Them

One factor that will have a direct effect on the type of blinds or drapery you choose is the type of room they are installed in. For example, you likely won’t need blackout blinds or drapery in your kitchen but would benefit from them in a bedroom.

The same is true if you have small children; you may wish to opt for cordless, motorized blinds in places like bedrooms and living areas where small children spend a lot of their time. A craft room may benefit most from lots of natural light, whereas a dining room’s diffused light with sheer drapery may be best.

Your Windows

Although you may not think much about them, your home’s windows have several aspects that can help you determine which type of blinds or drapery is best. For instance, if one set of windows is exposed to direct sunlight for most of the day, you may want a window covering that can protect your carpeting and furniture from fading, such as UV-treated Douglas blinds.

If your windows look out into your carefully landscaped back yard or another inspiring view, then you’ll want to ensure the window covering you choose allows you to see as much of that view as possible.

Choosing Blinds

There are five basic types of blinds. Each has its benefits and disadvantages, all which should be carefully considered before purchasing.

Fabric Blinds

Fabric blinds allow soft, filtered light through windows, as well as provide privacy. They are also ideal as an accessory in terms of room decor, as they are available in a wide range of patterns and colors. Fabric blinds can be difficult to install on your own and can be more expensive than other blind types.

Real and Faux Wood Blinds

Real wood has a rich and lustrous appearance and can add much warmth to a room when stained to showcase its natural colors. When painted, real wood blinds can suit nearly any style of room.

Real wood blinds are durable but can be prone to nicks and dents, and so shouldn’t be placed in rooms where they are vulnerable to potential impact damage. Because real wood blinds will expand and contract in response to moisture levels in the air, they are not suited to rooms that are perpetually cold or high in moisture.

Faux wood blinds offer the same benefits in terms of appearance and ability to match decor as their real wood counterparts do. However, they are not prone to moisture damage like real wood blinds tend to be. Hunter Douglas window blinds in faux wood can also cost less than real wood blinds and are lighter in weight as well.

Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds are still a popular choice for homeowners. Not only are they inexpensive, but aluminum blinds are wider than mini blinds. However, they do make noise when lowered and raised and, so, may be suited to noisy areas, such as on a garage entry door or den.

These blinds are less expensive than both real and faux wood blinds and can work in a wide variety of rooms with the right decorative accents.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds represent the least expensive of all blind types. Made of PVC, mini blinds are manufactured in virtually every color, and their light weight makes them easy to install. Despite these advantages, mini blinds can be difficult to clean, especially as they age. They are also more easily damaged than aluminum blinds.

Features

Today’s selection of modern blinds can come complete with many features. Some products can be treated or be manufactured with UV-blocking features. Others can work as heat exchanges, keeping warm air in or transferring it outside, depending on the season.

Choosing Drapery

You’ll need to consider where your drapery will be installed, as well as the kind of light your windows receive or what view they offer.

Fabric Type

If you want to install drapes in a formal dining or music room, for example, you can add a lot of class with velvet or silk instead of Hunter Douglas blinds shades. Of course, it may be a more economical option to choose equally elegant linen, rayon, or cotton blends, which can work with virtually any decor.

Which Color Works Best?

Finding the right color means making a decision about what your drapes will do. Do you want them to be a focal point of the room? If so, then choose drapery in a bold shade. If you’d rather they blend with your decor, choose drapes that are a few shades darker than the color of your walls.

There are no hard and fast rules with color, however; you can go as dramatic, subtle, or elegant as you like; anything goes!

Length of Time

How long you plan to keep your drapery is definitely something to consider because drapery can get expensive. If you’re the type of homeowner who likes to change things up on a regular basis, it may make sense to purchase lower-cost drapes so that you’re not spending a bundle every few months or years. On the other hand, expensive drapery can be moved around from room to room, allowing you to redecorate other areas without having to spend a large amount.

Deciding on a Pattern

It’s generally best to stick with drapery in a solid color if there is a prominent pattern in the room (such as a rug or furniture). Otherwise, it may clash. When doing this, try choosing a common color that can be found in several areas of the room you plan to hang your drapes in if you’re not choosing products from Hunter Douglas retailers.

If the rest of the room is in solid colors, drapery can add texture when it contains small neutral prints like paisley or dots. You can also make drapery the center of attention by opting for a bold color or pattern.

Width

Drapery should look ample, not stretched when closed. The combined width of your drapery should be 2 to 2.5 times the width of your window. This can be reduced to 1.5 times window width if the drapes are never closed, like when they’re being used only to accent the sides of a window.

Measuring for Blinds

You can get an accurate measurement by measuring the height and width of your windows at least twice. If installing blinds inside a window casing, you should also measure the depth of your window. If installing outside a window casing, you can ensure complete window coverage by adding at least two inches for overlap on each side of the window.

Measuring for Drapes

Because there are so many ways that drapes can be hung, you may get many different measurements. For example, if you want to make a window look taller, you’ll want to mount the curtain rod between 4 and 6 inches above your window frame. If you prefer to make a window appear taller, then you’ll need to be able to extend the rod between 3 and 6 inches beyond your window frame.

Valance or Rod Type

The valance or rod type you choose can also make a difference to how your Hunter Douglas door blinds or drapery look. There are many decorative valance and curtain rod options on the market. The best way to choose is to look at the style of your room and match the valance or rod to it.

Installation

Regardless whether you choose blinds or drapes, it can help to have professional installation assistance. Curtains may take as little as 10 minutes to install per window, whereas blinds can be more complicated, depending on their style and how they are operated.

At the end of the day, both curtains and blinds can be stylish and functional ways to add some elegance, warmth, and drama to your decor.

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Benefits of Professional Blind Cleaning By Us - Lovitt Blinds & Drapery

  • Save Time – Cleaning window blinds & cleaning window shades can be a major headache. It takes time to dust all those nooks and crannies. Give yourself a break by calling in the professionals.

  • Spare Your Health – Dust can be toxic to people with allergies, asthma, or respiratory problems. For those with breathing troubles, blind cleaning is essential, but also dangerous. Hire Lovitt Blinds & Drapery to FULLY clean your window blinds without sacrificing your health.

  • Save Money on Replacements – Maintaining your blinds is key to longevity. The less you take care of your expensive treatments, the sooner you’ll have to replace them. Keep them clean, and they’ll keep you happy.

  • Get the Job Done Right – Window blinds & window shades are surprisingly complex. Large surface areas and dozens of small, moving parts make cleaning difficult. The good news is that the experts know how to do the job thoroughly and efficiently.

  • Blind cleaning is affordable - Did you know that blind cleaning services are very affordable? Blinds can be cleaned professional for as low as $18. Call us today to learn more @ 630-729-0236. OR visit our website to learn more @ www.LovittBlinds.com

How Do Hunter Douglas Blinds Help Control Your Indoor Temperatures?

Your windows are not only a source of sunlight for inside your home but, also, generate heat as the sunlight passes through the glass. During the wintertime, this is great because the sun can naturally help heat your home. However, in the summertime, the last thing you want is the sun creating more heat inside the home, as this causes your air conditioner to work hard, run longer, and increase your energy bills.

To keep that unwanted heat out of the home in the summer, having custom designed Hunter Douglas blinds installed can help. There are specific designs, like cellular (honeycomb) blinds, that block out the light and prevent heat from entering the home. These are great for windows that get direct sunlight all day long.

Another alternative, if you want to ensure the room is lit as brightly as possible by the sun but without the added heat, is to consider custom designed sheers and shades. These window coverings allow a greater amount of diffused light in and feature UV protection and rotatable vanes to vary light control and privacy.

For the summertime, you want to make sure the exterior backing on your blinds is white or lightly colored to reflect back the most light and create the least amount of heat. To learn more about custom blinds and shades for your home to help keep it cooler all summer long, please feel free to call Lovitt Blinds & Drapery at (630) 729-0236 today!

How to Choose the Right Blinds and Drapery

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When you need to be able to control the amount of light that enters a room or adjust your level of privacy, blinds and drapes are both ideal solutions. However, just as with so many other things today, there are more choices than ever when it comes to your window coverings.

Keeping it simple by considering the basics is the best way to go about choosing any kind of blinds or drapery for your home.

Where You Are Installing Them

One factor that will have a direct effect on the type of blinds or drapery you choose is the type of room they are installed in. For example, you likely won’t need blackout blinds or drapery in your kitchen but would benefit from them in a bedroom.

The same is true if you have small children; you may wish to opt for cordless, motorized blinds in places like bedrooms and living areas where small children spend a lot of their time. A craft room may benefit most from lots of natural light, whereas a dining room’s diffused light with sheer drapery may be best.

Your Windows

Although you may not think much about them, your home’s windows have several aspects that can help you determine which type of blinds or drapery is best. For instance, if one set of windows is exposed to direct sunlight for most of the day, you may want a window covering that can protect your carpeting and furniture from fading, such as UV-treated Douglas blinds.

If your windows look out into your carefully landscaped back yard or another inspiring view, then you’ll want to ensure the window covering you choose allows you to see as much of that view as possible.

Choosing Blinds

There are five basic types of blinds. Each has its benefits and disadvantages, all which should be carefully considered before purchasing.

Fabric Blinds

Fabric blinds allow soft, filtered light through windows, as well as provide privacy. They are also ideal as an accessory in terms of room decor, as they are available in a wide range of patterns and colors. Fabric blinds can be difficult to install on your own and can be more expensive than other blind types.

Real and Faux Wood Blinds

Real wood has a rich and lustrous appearance and can add much warmth to a room when stained to showcase its natural colors. When painted, real wood blinds can suit nearly any style of room.

Real wood blinds are durable but can be prone to nicks and dents, and so shouldn’t be placed in rooms where they are vulnerable to potential impact damage. Because real wood blinds will expand and contract in response to moisture levels in the air, they are not suited to rooms that are perpetually cold or high in moisture.

Faux wood blinds offer the same benefits in terms of appearance and ability to match decor as their real wood counterparts do. However, they are not prone to moisture damage like real wood blinds tend to be. Hunter Douglas window blinds in faux wood can also cost less than real wood blinds and are lighter in weight as well.

Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds are still a popular choice for homeowners. Not only are they inexpensive, but aluminum blinds are wider than mini blinds. However, they do make noise when lowered and raised and, so, may be suited to noisy areas, such as on a garage entry door or den.

These blinds are less expensive than both real and faux wood blinds and can work in a wide variety of rooms with the right decorative accents.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds represent the least expensive of all blind types. Made of PVC, mini blinds are manufactured in virtually every color, and their light weight makes them easy to install. Despite these advantages, mini blinds can be difficult to clean, especially as they age. They are also more easily damaged than aluminum blinds.

Features

Today’s selection of modern blinds can come complete with many features. Some products can be treated or be manufactured with UV-blocking features. Others can work as heat exchanges, keeping warm air in or transferring it outside, depending on the season.

Choosing Drapery

You’ll need to consider where your drapery will be installed, as well as the kind of light your windows receive or what view they offer.

Fabric Type

If you want to install drapes in a formal dining or music room, for example, you can add a lot of class with velvet or silk instead of Hunter Douglas blinds shades. Of course, it may be a more economical option to choose equally elegant linen, rayon, or cotton blends, which can work with virtually any decor.

Which Color Works Best?

Finding the right color means making a decision about what your drapes will do. Do you want them to be a focal point of the room? If so, then choose drapery in a bold shade. If you’d rather they blend with your decor, choose drapes that are a few shades darker than the color of your walls.

There are no hard and fast rules with color, however; you can go as dramatic, subtle, or elegant as you like; anything goes!

Length of Time

How long you plan to keep your drapery is definitely something to consider because drapery can get expensive. If you’re the type of homeowner who likes to change things up on a regular basis, it may make sense to purchase lower-cost drapes so that you’re not spending a bundle every few months or years. On the other hand, expensive drapery can be moved around from room to room, allowing you to redecorate other areas without having to spend a large amount.

Deciding on a Pattern

It’s generally best to stick with drapery in a solid color if there is a prominent pattern in the room (such as a rug or furniture). Otherwise, it may clash. When doing this, try choosing a common color that can be found in several areas of the room you plan to hang your drapes in if you’re not choosing products from Hunter Douglas retailers.

If the rest of the room is in solid colors, drapery can add texture when it contains small neutral prints like paisley or dots. You can also make drapery the center of attention by opting for a bold color or pattern.

Width

Drapery should look ample, not stretched when closed. The combined width of your drapery should be 2 to 2.5 times the width of your window. This can be reduced to 1.5 times window width if the drapes are never closed, like when they’re being used only to accent the sides of a window.

Measuring for Blinds

You can get an accurate measurement by measuring the height and width of your windows at least twice. If installing blinds inside a window casing, you should also measure the depth of your window. If installing outside a window casing, you can ensure complete window coverage by adding at least two inches for overlap on each side of the window.

Measuring for Drapes

Because there are so many ways that drapes can be hung, you may get many different measurements. For example, if you want to make a window look taller, you’ll want to mount the curtain rod between 4 and 6 inches above your window frame. If you prefer to make a window appear taller, then you’ll need to be able to extend the rod between 3 and 6 inches beyond your window frame.

Valance or Rod Type

The valance or rod type you choose can also make a difference to how your Hunter Douglas door blinds or drapery look. There are many decorative valance and curtain rod options on the market. The best way to choose is to look at the style of your room and match the valance or rod to it.

Installation

Regardless whether you choose blinds or drapes, it can help to have professional installation assistance. Curtains may take as little as 10 minutes to install per window, whereas blinds can be more complicated, depending on their style and how they are operated.

At the end of the day, both curtains and blinds can be stylish and functional ways to add some elegance, warmth, and drama to your decor.

#LovittBlinds #Blinds #HunterDouglas @LovittBlinds @Blinds

Lovitt Blinds & Drapery 

630-729-0236

www.LovittBlinds.com