Should You Decorate in Neutral or Vibrant Colors?


by Charlene 4 Feb 2014

The right color scheme is important in creating a cohesive style throughout your home. But what’s right for one home may not be the right choice for your home. Which colors you choose—wall color, furniture, and accents—will create the overall statement of the room. What do you want your home to say? Before you get to specifics, first figure out the basics.

Decorate in Neutrals or Vibrant Colors?

If you start out answering the most generic question, it will lead you to more specifics. So, will you decorate your home in neutrals or vibrant colors? Here are the pros and cons of each choice.

Pros of Neutrals:

  • Can give a rustic, warm feeling to any room.
  • Neutrals make a great canvas to bring more attention to your unique décor pieces.
  • They're versatile and allow you to change your color scheme and style of furniture easily. And without having to buy all new things and paint the entire interior of your home.
  • Neutral colors can provide balance for eccentric and eclectic pieces or architectural features.
  • Can be calming and peaceful.
  • If paired correctly, it can be dramatic and sophisticated. Think of a black and white room.

Cons of Neutrals:

  • Can easily become boring and bland.
  • Can make your home feel washed out.
  • If too neutral, your home will feel like it’s devoid of personality or even lacking unique style.

Pros of Vibrant Colors:

  • Vibrant colors can add instant energy.
  • They easily become the focal point in the room, drawing the eye toward it immediately.
  • If kept on-trend, it can bring a modern vibe to the space.
  • It’s easy to add personality when integrating vibrant colors into your décor.
  • A little goes a long way in creating flair.

Cons of Vibrant Colors:

  • It can easily get out of hand and overwhelming. Too many vibrant colors close to each other can make your home look like a circus.
  • Trendy colors are replaced quickly, so you might be left updating your color scheme more often than you would prefer.
  • The wrong color can create imbalance in a room.

What Did I Choose?

I’ve always preferred bright, retina-burning color. It just makes me happy. So, when I bought my condo four years ago, I knew adding color was at the top of my to-do list. As much as I would’ve loved to have vibrant colors surrounding me, I knew I needed to mix in some neutrals to achieve the right balance.

I decided to go for it with the bathroom and completely douse it in obnoxious color. And that was the first room our realtor made us paint before listing our condo, of course. Not saying the color choices were the best options in general, but it's what I felt reflected who I was at the time.

Now that we’re selling our condo, it’s time to redefine my color preferences and style all over again. The house we’re hoping to buy is newly painted and completely neutral, including tans and browns in the floor tiles, kitchen, bathrooms, wall paint, and light fixtures. I understand that a neutral home is more appealing to homebuyers. However, because the home we want to buy is newly remodeled and painted, my husband wants to keep it neutral for at least a few years, taking advantage of the work already put into the house. Unfortunately, it’s not even the neutral colors that I prefer, like gray and black.

But I’ve decided to make the best of it and find ways to add color to create the perfect neutral-color combination. Until I can add some vibrant accent walls, I will add pops of color in new ways. New for me, at least. I've been eyeing these for my windows, maybe in the "striped wine" color option.

Now it's your turn. Which do you prefer, neutrals or vibrant colors?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Good Housekeeping Room Darkening Roller Shades


by Chris S 10 May 2013

Although I work for Select Blinds in the accounting department, I have become somewhat familiar with the options and features offered on the various blinds and shades we sell. With a recent home construction project in the works, I have been considering redecorating and upgrading multiple items. One of those items is our blinds.

With the many offerings from Select Blinds, it has been a difficult, yet fun, task to determine my favorite product. Initially, I was a huge fan of the trendy Roman shades, but as time has passed, I concluded that Roller Shades are a better product for many reasons. The biggest Roller Shade benefit is the cost difference as well as what you get for that cost. The price point for Roller Shades is exceptionally lower than Roman Shades with practically the same functionality.

 

At the end of the day, one Roller Shade in particular stands out: The Good Housekeeping Room Darkening Roller Shade. With neutral colors and various textures, this product not only offers something for everyone, but is also aesthetically pleasing. Although the looks of a blind/ shade are important to me, I am most interested in the function and options accompanying it. I am going to be frank and admit that my husband and I are lazy people who despise sunlight. We can’t be bothered to get up from the couch to close our shades to eliminate the sunlight glare.

Additionally, we are animal lovers who include 3 dogs and 1 cat as part of our family. The GH Room Darkening Roller Shades are perfect for us in that they offer motorization, an option not found with most shades. This helps us continue our lazy demeanor and also gives us peace of mind that our pets will not get tangled in cords. What’s more, when closed, these shades offer a 5 out of 5 privacy factor, meaning that no light gets in or out. For me, this shade truly is a shining example of a product that offers both form and function.

Author: Jennifer Goodman

 

My Favorite Window Coverings at Select Blinds


by Chris S 30 Apr 2013

When asked about my favorite window covering, it is a difficult choice for only one answer. Select Blinds carries many different styles all of which are great quality and competitive pricing, you really have to think about the options rather than IF it’s a good buy.

Out of all the window coverings I could recommend from my personal experience, Cellular-Honeycomb and Solar-Roller shades stand out among the rest. These shades have multi-functional options that can give a room multiple appearances and come in modern colors and attractive patterns. In addition to being trend setters with their designs, these durable materials are mostly made with environmental conscientious ingredients that are rated to last a life time.

Between the two, Cellular shades tend to give better light control and insulation for energy efficiency/noise reducing benefits while Solar Shades are made to be durable in all window applications with various light emitting factors and patterns. If I could choose only one, I believe the Cellular-Honeycomb shades would be the most practical and my favorite. Although both are a great for any application and can come with Cordless or Motorized controls, I would benefit mostly from the Cellular-Honey comb features including the Top-down/Bottom-up option and various insulation factors.

I would be happy with any Select Blind window treatment with the confidence of a great company standing behind their product.

Author: Ethan Hilles, Select Blinds Dealer Sales

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