Pimp My Desk – Home Office Edition

With so many of us stuck working from home right now, it’s a great time to think about your home office setup and how it can be improved, enhanced and just generally decked out with the awesomeness you (and it) deserve.

1. Sit/Stand Desks are All the Rage

Laptop on a pine desk in a bright office

Regardless of where your home office is – spare bedroom, living room or actual office – your comfort and health are top priorities. Desks with adjustable heights are an ideal way of improving your ergonomics and making sure you feel less strain at the end of a long workday.

2. Reward Yourself with a Decent Chair

Dark office with blue lighting and large clock on the monitor.

We’ve all been there – sitting at home in our worn-out garage sale desk chair. We’re not saying to go out and buy a fancy, ultra-plush chair that costs $1000.00, but a new one might be just the ticket to help you get through each day without lower back pain or numb legs.

If you can find it, my personal favorite is the Amia chair by Steelcase. It’s perfect for shorter people since it can go lower than average dest chairs and the seat can shift backward to allow for correct posture.

3. Multiple Monitors for Ultimate Multitasking

Dual monitors showing calendar and mountain background.

Working from home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing that extra monitor (or two) you had at the office! Monitors aren’t overly expensive and you can even use a TV instead if you find a good deal on a small one! If you’re lucky, your boss might even let you take a company monitor home to help your productivity stay on track.

4. Hologram Keyboard, Anyone?

Red and black light-up keyboard.

Ok, so the picture above might not be an actual laser keyboard, but it gets the point across! If you’re sick of the sound of those clacking keys, give one of these laser varieties a whirl! They’re sure to make you feel like you’re living in the year 3000 rather than a rather strange version of 2020.

5. Blast Those Speakers!

Small portable bluetooth speaker on a white desk.

You’re not in the office anymore, so turn the volume to max and blast your favorite tunes to help you get through the day. Portable bluetooth speakers are a great way to add a touch of fun to your home office and most can be plugged directly into your laptop if whatever you’re listening too happens to come from there.

6. Enjoy a Personal Concert

White wireless earbuds with an orange background.

If you’re worried about how your neighbors will react to music pouring out of your windows, maybe wireless earbuds are a safer alternative. If earbuds aren’t your style, stick to a pair of over the ear headphones – they’ve got a longer battery life, too.

7. A Place for Everything

Wireless headphones hanging from a headphone stand on a desk.

If you’re like me and prefer over the ear headphones to earbuds, you know how annoying it is to have them lying all over your workspace when you aren’t using them. Headphone stands help declutter your desk and some even come with a charging port to plug in your various devices!

8. Control Your Climate

Small portable desk fan next to a laptop.

Office too hot? Grab a fan! Too cold? How about a space heater? You’re the only one in your home office, so you get complete control over room temperature. No more fighting with employees for that extra one or two degrees in the right direction.

9. Touchscreens for Everyone!

Person using a touchscreen tablet in front of a laptop.

Okay, we can all agree that we’d be nowhere without our laptops, phones and other devices. But why is it that most laptops still don’t have touchscreens? Enter the AirBar. It turns ordinary laptops into touchscreen masterpieces with just a USB plug to connect them. Bye-bye tablets, hello laptops of wonder!

Do you have a great home office upgrade we didn’t mention? Let us know!

Make Your Home Craftastic This Month!

March is National Craft Month! So, all you fellow DIYers out there, we’re pretty sure you’re just as excited as we are to find a few more fun projects. Especially if those projects just happen to enhance your existing décor, like the ones we found!

Wine Bottle Lamps

Wine bottles can easily be turned into stylish lamps.

Got a few empty wine bottles left over from your last game night? Give them a good wash, remove any stray labels and turn them into cool lamps by filling them with battery-powered LED string lights! Talk about setting the mood ;).

Picture Frame Clock

Arranging 12 picture frames in a circle (or would that be a dodecagon?) might seem a bit difficult, but it really isn’t. Start with marking your center, then place the 3, 6, 9 and 12 frames. After that, it’s as simple as slipping a few more frames in between. Fill the frames with your favorite pics and add actual working clock hands to the center to finish your personalized giant clock!

Floating Bookshelf

Show off your love of books with an invisible book shelf!

This one’s a bit easier than the clock. Two metal L brackets are attached to the wall and inserted between the back cover of the book and the pages. For best results, we recommend gluing the back cover to the brackets so that it can’t move, just make sure it’s level before you add the glue. Then stack some of your favorite books on top and you’ve got a magical, floating bookshelf!

Cabinet Breakfast Tray

Ok, so a spare cabinet door isn’t something most people are going to have lying around, but you can get one pretty cheap at your local hardware store. While you’re there, make sure you grab a couple of handles – in your favorite finish, of course. Screw the handles onto the front of the door at each of the shorter ends and voila – homemade, custom breakfast tray!

Patterned Dresser

Wall papered and painted dressers are a great way to show off your style.

Adding wallpaper to the drawers of an old dresser can really breathe new life into an old piece of furniture and your whole design aesthetic. Use the same pattern for each drawer, or mix it up with different patterns and even various colors of paint to create an entirely unique piece to showcase in your home.

Woodsy Votive Candles

This one’s ridiculously cheap and easy. Just head to your local dollar store and pick up some of those plain, clear glass votive holders. If you don’t already have votives, a hot glue gun and ready access to random sticks, you’ll want to track those down too. Cut the sticks to various lengths that are half an inch to two inches longer than the votive holders are tall. Glue the sticks vertically around the outside of the votive holders and you’re done!

Window Frame Artwork

Old window frames are a great canvas for paintings!

Whether it’s a solid wood window or one with glass panes, there are many ways to turn an old window into a feature to be proud of. Paint the inside panels of an all-wood window like the picture above, or place pictures behind glass panels almost like a picture frame. Friends and neighbors won’t be able to stop talking about your DIY expertise!

Chalk Board Wall

Painting a whole wall with chalkboard paint is great for playrooms and kids’ bedrooms, but not so much for kitchens or entryways. Instead, try nailing a spare or refurbished frame to a wall and painting the wall inside with chalkboard paint. It’s a great way to organize grocery lists, chores and even cute greetings to visitors!

“Anything Goes” Flowers

Floral arrangement made of sample fabric and other blinds materials.

There’s no reason that floral arrangements can only be made of flowers, or even that they have to include flowers at all. What you see here is actually an arrangement made out of some of our free samples that customers can order when trying to decide which blinds or shades they should get.

Do you have a fun and easy DIY craft that looks great no matter your decor? We’d love to hear about it!

Ikigai Meets Interior Design

People always told me that the secret to being happy in life is to do something you both love and can get paid for. Turns out, the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”) means that – and more! When applied properly, your home and work life converge, allowing you to find stress-free happiness in all parts of your life – including interior design.

Ikigai is the latest trend in interior design.

So, What is Ikigai?

To get a better idea of how ikigai works when it comes to interior design, we first need to take a look at Ikigai in general.

Iki, meaning life, and gai, meaning value, combine to form your reason for being or reason for getting up in the morning. And you can achieve this state by finding the perfect intersection of the following:

  • What you really love
  • What the world needs
  • What you can get paid for
  • What you’re good at

A joining of just two or three of the above parameters and you’ll be left underwhelmed or unfulfilled, so it’s essential that you find the perfect balance of all four.

How Does Ikigai Apply to Interior Design?

The general principles of ikigai actually work quite well when it comes to interior design. And with a little adaptation, they work even better. Take a look for yourself!

This revamped ikigai diagram is specific to interior design.

As you can see, instead of contemplating what you’re good at, what you can get paid for and what the world needs, interior design ikigai encourages you to find your happy place among what your home needs, what you can afford and what works with your existing décor, not to mention what you really love.

Get the right combo of all four and you’ll be sure to enjoy a perfect balance of form, function, flexibility and flow.

How Will Ikigai Affect Interior Design?

With less of an emphasis on creating an escape from the rigors of day-to-day life, ikigai focuses more on melding work and home life into one. So, get ready for an influx of home office makeovers.

From the blue wall to the fun artwork and décor, this room perfectly exemplifies ikigai.

Ikigai is also a highly personalized way of living. It truly will differ for everyone because, let’s get real, circus décor would definitely not make someone who’s deathly afraid of clowns happy.

Anyway, since ikigai puts so much emphasis on the individual, we should also prepare for more out-of-the-box décor – anything to add a little of your own personality and heart to your space. Pops of color and fun pieces like the unique artwork shown above will become almost normal.

Another change we see on the horizon is for interior designers themselves. As interior designers internalize ikigai, their designs could reflect their own style in addition to that of their customers. It could also impact hiring as design firms search for prospects with tastes and styles to complement their own and improve overall teamwork.

What do you think of ikigai? Is it something you could see using in your day-to-day life? Let us know!

How to Incorporate Florals Into Your Décor

In celebration of National Floral Design Day (yes, it’s real and it’s this Friday), we’ve put together this quick list of fun ways to spread the floral love throughout your home.

1. Roman Shades

Floral roman shades add natural beauty to any window.
Designer Reserve Cordless Romans in Blue Frond

We’re a window covering company, so of course we’re going to suggest some fabulously floral roman shades! Not only are they efficient when it comes to blocking light and heat (especially if you go with outside mount), they’re also ultra-stylish and the multitude of fold styles means there’s one to match almost any type of décor. Check out some of our favorite florals in these Luxe Roman Shades and Designer Reserve Cordless Roman Shades.

2. Wallpaper

Spice up your bedroom with elegant floral wallpaper.

Floral wallpaper is especially in this year, but even if it wasn’t, wallpaper is a great way to add a little flowery fun to your home. Especially this peel and stick kind from Spoonflower. It doesn’t even have to go on the wall! Floralize your ceilings to add a new level of imagination to any room.

3. Soft Accents

Neutral floral accents like this rug are perfect for any décor.

From throw pillows and cuddly blankets to actual bedding and even rugs, there are a lot of ways to add a floral touch to your room with the fluffy stuff you use every day. And just because it’s a floral pattern doesn’t mean it has to be brightly colored. Neutrals are especially in this year, so why not celebrate floral with a softer color palette?

4. Wall Art

A floral painting adds a pop of color to your wall.

Paintings, canvas prints and even fun picture frames or mirrors (like this one) are all great ways of bringing a little floral flair to your home without feeling as if you’ve gone overboard. Whether it’s the focal point of the room or just a small accent, floral patterns are a gorgeous way to highlight the natural beauty of your space.

5. Actual Flowers

Adding real or fake flowers to your home showcases the beauty of nature.

Adding flowers to your home is an obvious way to incorporate florals into your décor. And, depending on your ability to keep plants alive, you can even go with fake flowers for all the beauty of nature without the required maintenance. Though, it might be a good idea to dust them every once in a while. All joking aside, flowers are a beautiful way to celebrate nature and even introduce pops of color, if so desired.

How do you add florals to your home? Do you have any tips or tricks we didn’t mention? Let us know!

Take your Bathroom from BLAH to SPA

There’s nothing more relaxing than a trip to the spa. But, busy schedules aside, spas can be expensive. That’s why we’ve tracked down some of the best tips and tricks to make your 2020 home spa dreams come true!

1. Declutter Your Space

Declutter your bathroom to give it the ultimate spa-like look and feel.

What’s one of the first things you notice about any spa? How CLEAN everything is. It’s all perfectly organized – towels rolled or stacked in neat little piles and river rocks strategically placed around the room while small fountains let out tinkling water noises that are sure to relax even the most cluttered and hyperactive mind.

Take a cue from your favorite spa (or even just a picture of one) and hide any unnecessary items in closed drawers or cabinets. Organize any daily essentials on cute little trays or in matching jars to give everything a clean, finished look.

2. Upgrade Your Shower Head

Current shower head covered in hard water stains with only half of the openings working? Yeah, you could clean it. Or you could upgrade to an amazing rain shower head. The softly falling water will soothe something in your soul that standard, harsh shower heads just can’t.

3. A Few Choice Plants

Hang plants in your shower to make it feel like a jungle.

Okay, so you don’t have to necessarily hang plants inside your shower, but we swear it does make shower time way more spa-like. The smell of the fresh plants and the vibrant greens mixed with a healthy amount of steam will help open your senses to the natural world. If you’re like me and can’t keep a plant alive, fake ones on the sink or even a few loose sprigs of eucalyptus behind the showerhead can make a big difference.

4. Fluffy Robes & Towels

Robes are perfect for both the beginning and end of your bath/shower routine. Wear them while you prep your increasingly-extravagant bath or cuddle up with a cup of tea after a nice, long soak. And while you’re at it, trade in your standard towels for bath sheets. The overlarge rectangles of fluff are so much more luxurious than their smaller brothers.

5. Add Blinds or Shades

Add the perfect blinds to your bathroom window.
1″ Essential Aluminum Blinds in Chalk White

Having a window in your bathroom allows for beautiful natural light, but it can also leave you exposed to your neighbors and random passersby. Adding a custom window covering to your home spa might be the final touch you’ve been looking for to let the natural light in without getting in trouble with the neighborhood watch. Whether it’s faux wood, aluminum or even some sort of woven wood or fabric shade, there’s a perfect fit for your bathroom window.

6. Get a Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speakers are a great option for playing your favorite spa music during your designated relaxation time. Wet hands can make them a bit more difficult to use, though. Especially if you want to change the song/station or simply forgot to turn it on before climbing into your bath. Spring for a speaker that works with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant so that you can manage your music selection hands-free!

7. Add a Bath Caddy

Set candles bath salts, wine and other bathtime essentials on your very own bath caddy.

A great way to spice up any bathtub is with a bath caddy. And while you’re at it, add some candles, plants, maybe even some homemade bath salts. From simple caddies like the one pictured above to more ornate DIY versions like this one, there’s a perfect style for any tub. Some even have special ridges to help hold books and wine glasses to prevent them from falling into the water.

8. Bring on the Bath Bombs

If bath salts aren’t your cup of tea, a bath bomb (which you can easily make yourself) could be an ideal way for you to up the spa factor of your bathroom routine without worrying about shards of undissolved salt stuck in unseemly places. Plus, who doesn’t love an exotic, potentially colorful bath? Some bath bombs even have little surprises inside, so indulge your inner six-year-old and have some fun!

9. Candles & Oil Diffusers

Oil diffusers are a great way to fill your home spa with relaxing scents.

Oil diffusers and candles help create an exotic and soothing atmosphere that will have you sighing “AHHH” in minutes. From tealights scattered on the side of your bath to full-size aromatherapy candles, there’s a perfect option for your new home spa. And if candles aren’t your thing, there’s always oil diffusers like the one pictured above or even those cute little machines that puff out scented vapor. Whether it’s essential oils or candles, we recommend eucalyptus and lavender scents, although aloe and cedarwood are also solid options as well.

10. Stock Up on Products You Love

Treat yourself to some fancier bath products.

Let’s face it, drugstore shampoo and conditioner aren’t going anywhere. But, for those occasions where you want to treat yourself, get some fancy toiletries. Better yet, get them in bulk and buy some cute, matching containers to refill from your main stock whenever you’re running low. The coordinated look of all of your spa products will fit perfectly with your new, well-organized spa theme.

What Blinds Should I Buy? SelectBlinds.com Did the Leg Work for You!

You’ve just moved into a new home. The movers are gone and all of your belongings are safely encased within your new abode. As you sort through box after box in your bare living room, you get the feeling you’re being watched when you realize your windows are bare, too. Or maybe, comfy in your long-lived-in surroundings,  you randomly glance up at your bruised and broken accordion shades and think, “You know,  I need something new on the windows, but what blinds should I buy?”

No worries; you got this! Here’s a quick overview of our most popular window blind categories and suggestions on which rooms these products work best in.

Cellular / Pleated Shades

Signature Light Filtering Cordless Cell Shades in Gray from SelectBlinds.com

Our Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades provide year-round insulation and privacy.

Cellular and pleated window coverings are the most popular and cost-effective way to cover windows while also reducing heating/cooling costs via their insulating honeycomb design. Pleated’s are made from a single layer of fabric filled with tiny, insulating cells, whereas cellulars are made from multiple layers with single or double cells. The accordion-style pleats in both styles block harmful UV rays and trap incoming air and even noise. Try them in a light filtering material to illuminate living rooms or dens, wherever you need some protection but also want adequate light penetration. A blackout, or room darkening, material is recommended for bedrooms and media rooms to keep out natural and artificial lighting. Steer clear of cellular/pleated shades in areas of high moisture, though. Humidity in the bathroom or kitchen can cause the adhesive on the cells to loosen, causing them to separate or sag (and nobody likes a droopy shade!).

Wood/ Faux Wood Blinds

Signature 2 Inch Faux Woods in Porcelain from SelectBlinds.com

Our 2″ Premium Faux Wood Blinds are the perfect window covering for the bathroom or kitchen.

Which brings us to our next window covering option! Wood and faux wood window treatments are like step-brothers; same basic concept, different materials. Our wood window treatments are made of soft, light basswood whose consistent grain offers an intellectual look with a traditional feel. Although wood can be prone to warping in moisture and intense heat, available in various stains and paints, they’re an inviting option for almost any room in your home.

Faux woods, on the other hand, are made from a polymer composite in a variety of colors with either a matte finish or textured, wood-grain-like vinyl finish. This PVC-like material provides a more pliable and resistant slat that is impervious to warping. Keep in mind, these are heavier than their real-wood counterparts, so they aren’t recommended for wider windows. If you’re looking for the perfect window coverings for over your kitchen sink or bathtub, sample a slat of our faux Venetians here!

Roller Shades

Designer Roller Collection II in Room Darkening Lillian Silver from SelectBlinds.com

Our Architect Blackout Roller  inherits its patterns from historic Italian design books.

Like a well-oiled machine, rollers are smooth, consistent and dependable. The perfect foundation for popular layered looks, add a cordless lift and you have an affordable, child-safe product that’s applicable in any space. In a rainbow of brilliant colors, they’re a great transitional product in kids and teens rooms. If you’re looking at a vinyl roller shade, be leery, though, when installing in areas near condensation and vapor. It’s possible to see water spots or experience slight material distortion where splashing water is frequent.

If you have a really high or hard to reach window, add motorization to your rollers to make raising and lowering your treatments as easy as pressing a button, tapping your phone, or asking Alexa!

Woven Wood Shades

Cynthia Harper's Kitchen with Designer Series Woven Woods in Jute Natural from SelectBlinds.com

Our Designer Series Woven Woods Shades (no liner) make Cynthia’s light and bright kitchen pop!

Take a look at the plethora of photos featuring natural woven wood and bamboo window coverings on our Instagram and you’ll see why they’re a designer favorite! With their ability to adapt to surroundings, no wonder designers call them “window chameleons.” Farmhouse, coastal, rustic, boho, you name it … these shape-shifters are real game changers. Bamboo blinds are typically a series of tiny wood slats bound together with a tough twine, or a medley of straws, grasses and woods entangled in an idyllic weave (hence the alias “woven wood blinds”). With three choices of transparency — no liner, privacy, or blackout liner — these eco-friendly products are bound to be the focal point in any bedroom, studio, or sitting room!

Roman Shades

Select Light Filtering Romans in White Canvas from SelectBlinds.com | Fox's Home Free

These White Lifestyle Romans were featured on Season 2 of Fox’s Home Free!

Do as the Romans do! Voluminous and voluptuous, roman shades are a true window dressing. With so many fabric and fold options, you’ll find no shortage of inspiration to conquer a clash with home design. Another great candidate for homes that need insulation, these Italian-inspired, centuries-old classic window treatments work great in bedrooms, dining rooms and living areas. The luxurious and elegant fabrics can be reinforced with a light filtering or blackout liner, too.

Sheer Shades

3 Inch Room Darkening Sheers in Cocoa Bean from SelectBlinds.com

Versatile 3″ Room Darkening Sheer Shades combine the fabric of shades with the slats of a blind.

For the look of sheer luxury and intrigue, try the unique style of this 2-in-1 window treatment. Constructed with wide fabric slats between two delicate sheets of sheer fabric, they create a stunning shadow effect on windows. Open and close them like a traditional horizontal blind; raise and lower like a regular shade. Their light and airy construction in sheer and contrasting colors make an impressive design statement, particularly on extra wide windows. And most of our sheers come standard with a motorized wand for easy, child-safe operation with the touch of a button.

Vertical Wood, Faux Wood & Cellular

Select Textured Verticals in Charleston White from SelectBlinds.com

These Select Textured Vertical Blinds are an example of a stellar sliding glass door window treatment.

A long-time favorite for covering tall and extra-wide windows and doors, today’s vertical window treatments make a towering design statement in a variety of easy-care materials to fit any style. Like horizontals, verticals are available in wood, faux wood, fabric, and textured PVC vanes in popular patterns and colors. One of our newest additions to the family is the Vertical Cellular. Since windows and doors account for a third of all heat/cooling loss in homes, use them to harness the undeniable insulating quality that honeycomb window treatments bring for a modern spin on patio door window coverings. Or try a new, avant-garde wide panel vertical treatment you can also use as a unique room divider.

Solar Shades (Interior and Exterior)

Exterior Signature Sheer Weave 1 Percent in Light Sandstone from SelectBlinds.com

The Exterior Classic Sheer Weave 1% solar shade blocks 99% of UV rays, keeping you cool in and out.

Solar shades create a barrier between you and the sun, without compromising your view. Varying degrees of “openness” (1%, 3%, 5%, 10% and 14%) allow for just the right amount of light control. The lower the percentage, the more they  block light.

Exterior solar shades are excellent for patios and decks, while interior solar shades help reduce glare and heat in kitchens and sun rooms. Like roller shades, cordless solar shades are easy to use and install. Free cordless operation is available with many of our solar products, or for high, hard-to-reach areas, consider a continuous cord loop or motorized lift.

Drapery/Curtains

Grommet Drapes in Linen Weave Rich Ivory from SelectBlinds.com

The wide selection of colors in our Grommet Drapes/Curtains to complement any furniture or decor.

Whether you want to store heat or prevent it, curtains are one of the best ways to keep your electric bills down. Use drapery to highlight a window all on it’s own, or combine forces with a horizontal blind for full room darkening, layered look! To see how to hang curtains pleat-by-pleat, watch this video from Better Homes & Gardens.

#GoCordless

Clean looking cordless gives window treatments a more modern, streamlined appearance, and make it easier to raise and lower them (no more tangled cords!). But more importantly, we always recommend going cordless to keep your little ones safe from strangulation hazards posed by dangling lift/tilt cords. And at SelectBlinds.com, you’ll find a cordless option for every product in every category listed above.

Start Shopping!

Now that you’re well equipped to handle your own window design, it’s time to start shopping! SelectBlinds.com has a solution for any window or door in your home, even skylights, french doors and arches! Check out our Buyer Guides and watch our YouTube channel for quick tips and and answers! Your SelectBlinds.com Customer Loyalty Team is always here to help, too:

Phone: 888-257-1840

Email: customercare@selectblinds.com

or Chat online at SelectBlinds.com

20 Interior Design Trends to Help You Kick Off 2020

1. Navy Blue is Your New Best Friend

Navy is the color of 2020.

Coral may have been the color of 2019, but 2020 is bringing everything back to basics with, you guessed it – navy. Brush up on your nautical knots, sailors. It’s gonna be a year to remember.

2. Home Automation

Nothing says 2020 quite like home automation. Watch your dogs while sitting at your desk, spy on neighbors through your doorbell and turn on/off lights with your phone or voice. Did we mention you can raise and lower your blinds too? It’s true!

3. Earth Tones & Muted Colors

Neutral colors may never go out of style, but they certainly do fluctuate in popularity. Good for us, 2020 is a year in which we can all enjoy the timeless simplicity and calming effects of muted earth tones.

4. Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Materials

Aside from simply switching to metal straws and LED lightbulbs, consumers in 2020 will likely be even more conscious of what they’re buying and what it’s made of – one reason rattan and wicker furniture is predicted to make a comeback this year.

5. Wallpaper

Put some color in your world with patterned wallpaper.

Wallpaper’s back, baby! Florals, geometric patterns, handpainted or mass-produced. Heck, you can even cover your ceiling to add a little personality to any room in your home! We especially love this easy, peel and stick floral wallpaper from Walls Need Love.

6. Bold Trims & Ceiling

Bored with your colored walls and white or stained-wood trim? Nothing says stylish and sophisticated like neutral walls with boldly-colored trim and ceilings.

7. Color-Pop Cabinets

Take your colorful trim and ceiling to the next level with color-pop cabinets. And don’t confine them just to the kitchen! Bathroom cabinets could almost always do with a makeover, so why not make it one you’ll never forget?

8. Mixed Metals

The days of matching your appliances with your kitchen hardware and vice versa are over – thankfully. So, break out the copper pots, brushed nickel handles and brass bar-cart, because it’s time to party like it’s 2020!

9. Curved Furniture

Yes, you heard us right. They’re back! Rounded chairs and curved couches (like this one from Crate&Barrel) are right on trend for 2020. The more smooth edges, the better…or is it an optical illusion and it’s really just one long smooth edge? Well, in either case, we hope you dig these shapely sofas as much as we do!

10. Velvet

Velvet is back and you are gonna love it.

Whether it’s on your wallpaper, the material of your new curvy couch or an adorable little jewelry box, velvet is here to stay. It may have had a comeback in 2019, but the real fun starts now. What will you velvetize this year?

11. Live Plants & Homegrown Herbs

Having plants in and around your home not only looks great, but can also improve your air quality. So head on down to your local nursery and pick up an olive tree (the hot-ticket plant this year) and maybe a few herbs to start a garden in your kitchen!

12. Unique Rugs

Unless you’ve got a puppy who can’t stop peeing on your carpet, we can almost guarantee you’ll have obtained some sort of unique rug by the end of 2020. And these ones from AllModern might be just what you’re looking for! Seriously, though – what better way to add a fun pop of color or pattern to an otherwise sad and empty section of the floor?

13. Pattern Mixing

Rules? What rules? Pshhh – there are no rules when it comes to pattern mixing. Whether you’ve got 40 patterns or two, you do you! The legging-centric pattern mixing of 2017/2018 ain’t got nothin’ on the beautifully layered patterns we’ll see in 2020.

14. Wire-Free Accent Lights

Ugly puck lights and space-eating floor lamps – BE GONE! 2020 is the year of gorgeous, easy to use (and install) wire-free lighting, like these amazing and versatile battery-operated sconces! Forget rewiring your house or filling your apartment with table lamps. Wire-free is worry-free!

15. Antiques & Vintage Accents

Mixing new with the old is a fun trend!

Antiques are meant to be treasured, so get to treasuring! Adding vintage accents or upcycling antiques is a great way to showcase family heirlooms and amazing yardsale finds alike.

16. Multifunctional Furniture

Old-fashioned, hotel pull-out couches might be out, but Murphey beds are so in, as are other types of modern multifunctional furniture. And if wall beds like these aren’t your thing, how about a couch that doubles as a bunk bed?

17. Bold Backsplashes

Boldly-patterned backsplashes are especially trendy this year. Sure, subway tiles are all well and good, but there’s just something special about adding a fun, patterned accent to your kitchen. And if it’s a half-slab backsplash, even better!

18. High-Contrast Décor

Always been fascinated by black and white interior design, but been a bit hesitant to take the leap? No more! Whether it’s black and white or some other high-contrast pairing, 2020 is the year to break away from the norm and enjoy opposing colors.

19. Handcrafted Goods

Mass-products furniture and décor may never be replaced, but handcrafted accents are definitely on the upswing for 2020. Break out the crocheted blankets and hand-carved wall ornaments and show off your treasures, whether you made them yourself or found them at a local arts festival.

20. Anything Goes!

Mix and match - just be true to you!

Honestly, people, there’s no better designer for your home than YOU. Be your own unicorn and dress up your house in whatever makes you happy. 2020 shows less focus on the trend and more on what makes you love your home, so deck those halls, and windows, however you want. But, please, no shrunken heads.

Need Some Rehab Therapy? Dive Into This Delightful Pool House

working pool boy ring button next to dressing room door in pool house

‘Oh, pool boy!’

You’re gonna drool over this incredible pool house (that just so happens to feature our ever-popular Designer Series Woven Wood Shades) designed by our friends Ashley and Jamin at The Handmade Home.  The softly colored, complementary combo of textiles, finishes and interior design elements (including that perfectly fabulous pool boy button that really rings!) make quite the splash.

We’re totally gaga over this special gift her client had built for his amazing mom. Dive into Ashley’s blog post here for the full story, more stunning pics (the sneak peek below courtesy of The Handmade Home), and all the deets on this sur-really serene and special space.

large windows around therapy pool covered with Designer Woven Wood shades by Select Blinds

Along with skylights, to keep things “light and airy,” Ashley chose our Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau for the large expanse of windows.

colorful corner seating area featuring Select Blinds Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in color Nassau

This cozy corner gathering spot is full of tranquil textures and splashed with fun color. The double-duty ottoman/coffee table also serves as extra hidden storage space.

Why Wood Still Wows in Interior Design

 

Since the Stone Age, wood has been the go-to construction material for builders and designers. Compared to steel and concrete, writes Clay Risen of Popular Science, it’s “cheaper, easier to assemble, and more fire resistant, thanks to the way wood chars [who knew??]. It’s also more sustainable. Wood is renewable like any crop, and it’s a carbon sink, sequestering the carbon dioxide it absorbed during growth even after it’s been turned into lumber.”

More simply put, because wood used to be a living organism, it contains a spiritual energy that affects us in a positive way and helps create a relaxing environment. (Don’t believe me? Search “forest bathing” to learn about the benefits of walking through a forest of trees.)

Wood’s Zen-like presence can be found everywhere in interior design. Its natural organic properties make it one of the most versatile elements evident in all good design, and a simple way to bring nature to every room of your home.

The root of great design

In addition to its soothing effects on your senses, wood is one of the only materials that can be finished to look like shiny marble, or in almost any way you can imagine. There are lots of techniques for texturizing, smoothing, painting and staining wood to give it the look you want. Or left in its natural state, wood can be crafted into truly gorgeous, one-of-a-kind designs that showcase its unique imperfections, knots and grains.

Photo via Stanley Furniture on Wayfair

Wood can be used virtually everywhere – inside and out – as a design element to complement any style. In addition to the durable, classic beauty of fine wood furniture, envision it on your floors, walls, ceilings, patios and in accessories throughout your home.

‘Woodn’t’ this look spectacular hanging in your home? You can see why Pinterest users have pinned this gorgeous wooden pendant light to so many lists.

Nail any décor from country to contemporary, traditional to transitional by mixing and matching wood finishes. Sustain your look for years with reclaimed and refinished wood used in doors, windows, flooring, ceiling beams, and as a decorative accent almost anywhere.

Can’t afford to re-floor with wood? Reach for it on your windows with natural woven wood coverings (like our new Veronica Valencia Island Woven Wood in luscious Lomaloma), or real-wood blinds like our 2” Select American Hardwoods (shown here in Old Mahogany).

 

Need some more inspiration? Here’s a link to 18 incredible DIY ideas (like this sweet little side table) to create your own unique wooden designs. Let us know how they turn out. Post your projects in the Comments section here on The Blinds Spot blog.

Coastal Creations

Think “coastal” and what springs to mind? The beach, right? And who doesn’t love the look and feel of the beach? Coastal is a style all its own and one you can easily own whether you live by the coast or not.

Coastal design is a sensory experience. Creating your own seaside oasis – even in a Manhattan walk-up – takes just a few touches to evoke the feel of an ocean breeze, the sound of crashing waves and that sand-between-your-toes sensation. Coastal elements can complement any style, from Cape Cod cottage, to shabby chic beach bungalow, to minimalist, modern glam interiors. Combine coastal colors, textures and natural accents to create a zen-like summer sanctuary or casual year-round family vacay vibe anywhere.

Color – Get inspired by the changing ocean tides in creating a coastal color palette that works with your style. Paint a backdrop of soothing sage or sea foam green, cloud-white, aqua blue, soft gray. Pull in one or two contrasting or coordinating shades and pops of color with furniture and favorite accent pieces.

Texture – Borrow texture from the rugged shoreline or soft, sandy beach. Mix natural textiles like coral and driftwood with smooth ceramics and glass. Blend nubby, fuzzy fabrics with teak, rattan, bamboo, woven jute and grasses, or classic white wicker.

A smooth white dresser contrasts cleanly with a shaggy, soft silk rug and varying hues of silvery blue and gray in this master bedroom. The textured wallpaper and two-toned drapes effortlessly draw you through the room to the oceanfront view outside. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

 

Coastal exteriors aren’t limited to Adirondack chairs and hammocks anymore. This modern beachfront patio features sleek teak, burled wood and woven rope textures atop a blue/gray-toned patterned rug. Remember to choose weather and fade resistant fabrics for outdoor spaces to keep your coastal theme looking like new longer. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

 

Clapboard walls and siding are a coastal classic. Love how Melissa Michaels topped it with wallpaper and tied in more texture with bamboo shades. And those litte anchor hangers are too cute! Photo credit Melissa Michaels, The Inspired Room

 

Accents – There’s more to coastal accents than pictures of fish and seashells. Look for unique nautical and marine-inspired items to complement a favorite piece of art. Pick up a piece of coral from the beach, roll up comfy throws and towels in brightly woven baskets. Treat your windows to the look with white or weathered shutters. Complete the sensory experience with fresh beach-scented candles.

 

A stunning industrial-style chandelier anchors the modern coastal look in this condo. Large scale art, accent pillows, patterned wood credenza and real coral bring the space’s neutral base into focus without distracting from the beachfront view outside. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook