Calling All Little Adventurers and Little Dreamers: Meet Select Blinds’ New Kids’ Curtain Collections

by SelectBlinds.com

Yes, there is still magic in the world! Introducing two new custom kids’ curtain collections from Select Blinds designed to inspire creativity and imagination wherever your little ones love to romp and play.

Little Adventurer and Little Dreamer Kids’ Curtain collections are well-constructed eyelet curtains, built to transform the best of daring adventure escapes and dreamy worlds into sturdy, colorful custom window treatments for your child’s bedroom or playroom. The perfect way to customize and enhance any child’s play space with a sense of lightheartedness.

For Little Adventurers

Little Adventurer Kids' Curtains by Select Blinds
Little Adventurer Kids’ Curtains: Perfect for your energetic little one’s all-day adventures

High adventure is on the horizon. Whether your little adventurer is more inclined to roam the woodlands, jungles, or high seas, we have the perfect curtains for his or her room, to include a wide variety of whimsical patterns and colors, where mischievous dinosaurs, bears, or jungle animals roam wild. Just right for those “play all day” moods.

Watch this video on Little Adventurer Kids’ Curtains to learn more

We’ve broken down the Little Adventurer collection into three subcategories: Wild Adventure, Ocean Adventure, and Outdoor Adventure.

Wild Adventure: Featuring dinosaurs and jungle animals roaming through creative color variations 

Wild Adventure
Pictured: Green Jungle Explorer and Green Dinosaur Adventurer. Click here for more colors

Ocean Adventure: Adventure looms just off the starboard bow, with sea-ready ships and friendly whales available in a variety of colors

Ocean Adventure
Pictured: Mint Sea Life Seeker and Blue Multi Sailor. Click here for more colors

Outdoor Adventure: Uncharted starry skies, deserts, and wild forests await your little adventurer

Outdoor Adventure
Pictured: Bright Wild Wanderer, Russet Woodland Traveler, and Midnight Galaxy Voyager. Click here for more colors

For Little Dreamers

Little Dreamer Kids' Curtains by Select Blinds
Dream big with this creative collection of curtains, perfect for your little dreamer

Are daydreaming and “wild imaginations” more your little one’s thing? Then it’s time to dream big. Bouncy rainbows, puffy cloud-filled skies, along with playful solids, stripes, jaunty shapes, and darling polka dots. Your little dreamer will become immersed in an otherworldly realm where the imagination makes all the rules. Perfect for his or her most playful, creative moods, and featuring evergreen designs they can grow into teenagers with.

Watch this video on Little Dreamer Kids’ Curtains to learn more

The Little Dreamer collection is subdivided into: Colorful Dreams, Whimsical Dreams, and Geometric Dreams.

Colorful Dreams: A vast selection of free-spirited solids to add the right splash of color

Colorful Dreams
Pictured: Avery Sage, Avery Lemon, and Avery Salmon. Click here for more colors

Whimsical Dreams: Playful rainbows and wispy cloud-filled skies in an assortment of color-themed options

Whimsical Dreams
Pictured: Blue Cloud Climber and Neon Rainbow Dreamer. Click here for more colors

Geometric Dreams: Let your little dreamer get lost in a selection of enchanting colorful shapes and patterns

Geometric Dreams
Pictured: Bright Multi Painted Stripes, Mustard Tilted Triangles, and Bright Multi Darling Dots. Click here for more colors

Little Adventurer and Little Dreamer Kids’ Curtains offer privacy liners in white or ivory color, along with blackout liners in ivory to help with managing privacy and incoming light. Matching tiebacks are also available.

Sturdy eyelet curtains with mitered corners and corner weights
Thoughtfully designed and sturdy eyelet curtains, with mitered corners and corner weights

The 100% polyester build will make this drapery last and will be easy to care for, even with all the scuffing, stains, and fingerprints over the years. Mitered corners and corner weights round out the solid build. 

Shoot for standout, kid-friendly customized décor to help create an exciting little adventurer’s or little dreamer’s environment that is also parent-approved.

All of our products are available with Kid-friendly lift options to choose from, to keep your little adventurers and little dreamers safe and worry-free.

Minimalist Home Décor Ideas – Custom Window Treatments

By SelectBlinds.com

The idea of minimalism encompasses a return to simplicity. Reducing the number of objects in your living space, to leave only the most necessary of items. Less clutter to make the most of your available space. 

Crisp lines, maybe some quieter color tones, and the silent allure that define minimalism have been shown to nurture a healthier sense of stillness and well-being.

Maybe Zen isn’t exactly your thing, but consider the relaxing benefits of keeping objects and clutter to a minimum in your home. Everything in its place, without anything you don’t need. Imagine minimalist window treatments to keep things simple, practical, and aesthetically beautiful. Here are three tips to help you bring that kind of minimalist feel into your home.

1. Minimalist Window Treatments Should Be Functional

Minimalist design emphasizes the importance of every included element in a space having a tangible, practical function.

Think about the simplistic elegance of roller shades. Cordless (especially motorized) roller shades crisply pull down to where you need them with just a gentle tug. No cords, no clutter. Top Down Bottom Up cellular/honeycomb shades work in a similar manner, but with some additional applications. You can get your TDBU cellulars to open from the top down also, offering you plenty of outdoor light, and privacy at the same time. They also provide a soundproofing effect for a quieter interior, and they are energy-efficient at the same time.

Shutters offer a nice minimalist look and feel as well. Throughout the day, you can tilt the louvers exactly where you need them to be for the right amount of lighting that you want. Whenever you need to, just shut the louvers completely for full privacy. Let the full light in with a wide open view when you swing open the panels entirely.

Shutters as minimalist window treatments.
Shutters offer quick control of incoming light as well as privacy when you need it.

Solar shades not only offer a crisp, minimalist look (like roller shades), but they also help protect your floors, furniture, and framed items from the harsh incoming UV rays. And they help preserve your view. 

Fabrics vary in openness factor (typically 1% to 14%) to increase UV protection and reduce glare or to allow a better outward view when they’re closed. For rooms where you want some natural light coming in, but you want to maintain privacy at the same time, they’re perfect.

And don’t forget bamboo/woven woods. What could be more Zen/minimalist looking than natural bamboo minimalist window treatments?

2. Minimalist Window Treatments Should Be Set in Close to Your Window

One thing minimalist designers make a point to do is to use as little space as possible. They might implement a desk or table, but without bulky lamps, large plants, or “clutter-ey” items to throw the clean, tight design off-kilter. In a similar manner, minimalist window treatments should be set in snugly to the window, without fussy cords, frills, or fabric spilling outward and onto the floor. 

Roller shades, cellular shades, shutters, bamboos, and solar shades all lend themselves well to this idea of physical closeness to their windows. Remember that “minimalism” implies being direct in your design, and that “less is more.”

Speaking of set close to your window: Similar to the textures offered by cellular shades, panel tracks can offer a warm, personal touch with various options in textured upholstery and fabrics, in a variety of colors, including neutrals.

Since a tight fit is important for your minimalist vibe, note that custom panels can very elegantly frame your windows, while offering ample cover. Just remember not to let saggy fabric or uneven floor gaps between panels throw off the precision of your minimalist look.

Panel tracks as minimalist window treatments
Panel tracks meet all the criteria you could want for minimalist window coverings, and they beautifully provide cover for
large/wide windows and glass doors.

3. Minimalist Window Treatments Don’t Have To Be Neutral

Minimalist designs have been traditionally known to utilize neutral whites, blacks, and grays. But this isn’t a requirement. Consider eye-catching splashes of color, including on your minimalist window treatments. Color can really add some nice accents especially if the furniture in your room features a neutral palette. Without color, your space can look and feel cold and impersonal. If you already have some color accents (e.g., rugs, furniture, pillows), neutral window treatments might be the way to go.

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations

Here are some minimalist window treatments our staff loves and offers as recommendations.

Classic Fabric Room Darkening Roller Shades

Lifestyle Light Filtering Cellulars

Architect Stained Shutter

Lifestyle Motorized Solar

Premier Woven Wood Shades

Modern Architect Panel Track

With the wide variety of fabrics, textures, styles, and colors available to you, finding the perfect custom minimalist window treatments should be a breeze.

Do You Really Need a Valance or Cornice Board?

By Select Blinds

Valance or no valance? That might be your question.

A valance and a cornice board are decorative encasings that can add a nice final accent or touch to your window coverings. Some valances and cornice boards are more casual-looking, and others are more formal, but either way, they are meant to match or complement your blinds or shades along with the décor of the room.

Valances come in minimalist looks, pleated/ruffled looks, and range anywhere else from classic wooden finished looks to sharp metallic looks. They swag, cascade, layer, and balloon, and there is any number of styles to choose from, to please any personal taste. Cornice boards tend to be thicker and weightier in appearance.

Valance close up
A valance and a cornice board are decorative encasings that can add a nice final accent or touch to your window coverings. They can add functionality and style to any window or room.

What is the Purpose of a Valance or Cornice Board?

Valances and cornice boards are usually made of fabric, wood, or metal, depending on the type of style of your window covering. They are meant to hiding the top hardware of your window coverings and give your windows a more tidy, interesting look.

Are Valances Out of Style?

There are many cheap-looking, droopy valances, to be sure, and no, these are not what we’re talking about. Valances and cornice boards are very commonly used, and very effectively, by professional interior designers, including in newer, modern homes. Adding a valance to adorn your window treatments is an incredibly easy way to stylishly customize and add personalized flair to your home.

Valances and cornice boards are always useful as a design element, whether you’re using them for roller shades, Zebra/dual shades, or to top off a classic looking Roman shade. They add functionality and stability to your window covering.

Valance in a living room.
Valances and cornice boards can add an added visual dimension, weight,
and even height to a room.

Other Advantages of Incorporating a Valance or Cornice Board into Your Design

There are many advantages from going with a valance or cornice board. Here are a few:

Cover up Hardware, Decorate Curtain Tops

One of a valance’s primary functions is to cover up hardware, curtain rods, and anything else at the top of a window you might want to adorn. A valance gives a continuous look and feel to any window covering.  They can even tie together different window coverings in the same room.

Soften up Your Window’s Appearance

Blinds, sliding panels, and other window treatments can give a hard-edged look to a room. Valances can broaden, adorn, enhance, and soften any window covering.

Versatility

Valances are fashionable enough to be used as stand-alone window treatments, and they also work well in tandem with window blinds, shades, or drapery for a creative layering effect.

New Looks and Seasonal Touches

For a room design update, refresh, or seasonal splash of color, you can always replace valances in a room for an entirely updated appearance, without having to spend a lot on brand new window treatments. 

Add Dimension to Your Windows

Valances give a natural broadening aspect to your window, offering the appearance of added weight and solidity. They also offer the illusion of increased height to a room.

Valance in a bedroom.
Valance always gives a more austere, weighty look to windows and rooms.

Select Blinds’ Staff Recommends:

Some products need to have a valance or cornice board (usually wood blinds or faux wood blinds), but for most, it’s merely an option. We work with customers and other users all the time that are trying to solve design puzzles of their own. What do we recommend as products we think work amazingly with a valance? See some suggestions below!

Remember, a valance or cornice board can be just the perfect design solution you’ve been working on! Enhance the functionality as well as style for your window coverings all at once!

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Your Next Renovation Project: A Spring Windows Update!

by SelectBlinds

After a seemingly long and sometimes dark winter, spring returns to the northern hemisphere on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The earth tilts on its axis, and the North Pole leans back toward the sun once again.

What’s not to love about spring? More hours of daylight and a sense of rejuvenation.

‘Tis the season for spring cleaning and organizing, and also for spring home renovation projects (“reno,” for short)! Time for reorganizing your bookshelves, repainting one or more of your rooms, sprucing up your closets, or refreshing your organization pieces (shelves, baskets, etc.).

Get your list ready!

Spring cleanup and renovation projects
Ready for Spring cleaning and renovation projects?

Spring Cleaning and Other Projects

One of the top suggested spring renovation projects involves your window treatments. Color options, textures, and an added dimension of “feeling.”

Energy-efficient honeycomb / cellular shades. Wood or faux wood plantation shutters. Natural bamboo / woven woods. Aluminum mini blinds.

Just the right window coverings can be the perfect finishing touch for any room. They help you manage incoming light and indoor privacy at home. They should also reflect and complement your personal sense of style and indoor décor.

Do Something Inspiring at Home This Spring!

One aspect of any home renovation project everyone takes into consideration is budget. You can find new, sharp-looking, and budget-friendly window treatments that are perfect for your living space. Functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Now that you’ve prioritized the rooms in your home for your “windows refresh” project, would you like some suggestions?

Bedroom / nursery spring windows update
Bedroom / Nursery Spring windows update

Bedroom / Nursery

Your bedroom is your one refuge that you crave more than anything else, especially after a long day. Maintain your privacy, while filtering in some soft light. How about blacking out the light entirely when you want to sleep in?

Get creative with how you illuminate and decorate this quiet, comfy space. It’s your bedroom, and should showcase your personal taste! For nurseries and homes with children and pets, consider the safety of cordless lift window treatments.

For your bedroom or nursery, we recommend:

Living room / Family room spring windows update
Living room / Family room Spring windows update

Living Room / Family Room

You love the way your new Select Blinds window treatments control the incoming light, while also providing privacy. Now consider window décor possibilities for your main living space. This is the first room of your home that guests typically experience, and you want it to complement the décor in the rest of your home.

For your living / family room, we recommend:

Kitchen / dining room spring windows update
Kitchen / Dining room Spring windows update

Kitchen / Dining Room

Your kitchen. The hub of your home, where all the best stories begin. You make so many memories here, along with delicious meals, laughter, and holidays. You need your kitchen window treatments to be versatile, good looking, and built to last.

For your kitchen / dining room, we recommend:

Bathroom spring windows update
Bathroom Spring windows update

Bathroom

Aromatic soaps. Warm water. Your self-care spot, where functionality and beauty meet. Your bathroom windows deserve all the style and personal touch you take pride in all over your home. Open up to what you can do with your private wellness sanctuary!

For your bathroom, we recommend:

Home office spring windows update
Home office Spring windows update

Home Office

Your home office. When you’re working from home, productivity and comfort are important. Take this opportunity to make your home work space an extension of your well-designed home!

We recommend:

Spring is worth getting excited about, along with your home renovation projects. Make the rooms in your home truly yours, and spruce them up with your own unique flair.

Budget-friendly. Long lasting. Easy to clean, maintain, and take care of. Start the spring cleaning and home renovation season off right by making Select Blinds your windows update go-to!

Watch our brief video on how window treatments help you control incoming light.

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Bamboo and Woven Wood Shades Bring More “Japandi” Into Your Life

by SelectBlinds

What to do with your outdoor patio design. You want to block the harsh rays of the sun, but you want your outdoor blinds to offer a warm, simple, and natural look to your patio or indoor space. You need some custom outdoor blinds, like bamboo/woven wood shades to get that perfect touch. You need some “Japandi!”

What is Japandi Design?

Welcome to an up-and-coming minimalist design aesthetic known as Japandi. Pinterest Business has deemed this design sensibility as one of the top home trends for 2021.

The concept of Japandi combines the simplicity and flair of Scandinavian/Nordic design with the connected-to-nature and minimalist sense of spacing and warmth from Japan. The result is peaceful, practical, and polished.

This alluring, hybrid, East-meets-West look and feel pulls together natural materials, like wood, bamboo, and warm colors, into a vibrant space where occupants feel more deeply enveloped in the environment. Why not experiment? Convert your indoor/outdoor space into your own engawa (a Japanese-style covered indoor/outdoor porch), or blend the earthy, natural Japandi design feel with your own unique sense of style to create an inviting, simple, and elegant space for yourself and guests.

Japandi design combines earthy, natural Japanese design with simple Nordic aesthetics.
The result is practical, functional, and pleasing to the senses.

Minimalist Style Can Offer More Clarity and Peace

Perhaps you’ve experimented with minimalist design in your home, and found them to be practical and functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. It can also bring you freedom and quiet from the modern hustle of day-to-day life. When you’re relaxing at home or on your outdoor patio, there’s nothing better than the calm of being surrounded by clutter-free, natural-looking materials and colors.

Let’s start with some sensible light blocking to keep the glare out.

Sarah Joy Blog Uses Select Blinds Window Treatments
Indoors or outdoors, Japandi minimalist design brings clarity and peace to a space.
Image courtesy of Sarah Joy.

What Makes Bamboo Shades a Good Choice?

Bamboo/woven wood shades are a great way to help you infuse a natural feel into your home or patio.

Bamboo shades are:

  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Fade-resistant

You can’t beat the earthy look and feel of bamboo shades!

Did you know? Cascading “Roman-style” shades made of bamboo/woven wood are increasingly referred to as simply, “Roman shades.”
But they’ll always function and feel like bamboos!

Top down, Bottom up style bamboo shades are also a popular option.

Protect Your Bamboos!

One thing about blinds and shades made with natural materials like bamboo or wood: they may look and feel marvelous, they may be durable, but they are NOT impervious to rain, moisture, or harsh, direct sunlight.

Bamboos/woven woods are best for (and last the longest) indoors, or at least in covered outdoor patio areas, where they won’t be exposed to the outdoor elements.

If you know your shades are going to get wet, you’ll want to opt for something like exterior solar shades, that are better constructed using PVC to withstand the heat, UV rays, rain, and other outdoor weather for years without rusting, molding, or fading.

Keep your bamboos dry and out of the sun’s harsh rays to help them last longer and looking new.

Some Insider Tips on Selecting Bamboo Shades

As you’ve probably guessed, the point of Japandi design is to help you feel more at home and in touch with your environment. The natural colors and textures of bamboo/woven wood shades help with this natural feel.

Start with samples! Never trust the color settings on your computer or device when ordering your custom bamboos online. Always start with product samples so you can see for yourself exactly how your favorite color choices are going to look in your space. Be sure to experiment with lighting to experience a wide range of effects.

Consider lining options. Make your woven woods all your own with lined options for more light control. Unlined bamboo shades will darken your space somewhat, but will let some light filter in. A solid blackout privacy lining helps block out the light entirely to help create a nice, dark, shady space. 

Go cordless! Cordless options are best with kids and pets. Though they sometimes add to the price tag, cordless options are always a safe bet when you have little ones and furry ones running around your home.

Bamboo shades can offer adequate privacy and light control,
while still letting some light into your space.

Our Suggestions

Let us recommend the following to help you “Japandize” your outdoor patio or indoor space:

Get in touch with nature, invite more peace and simplicity into your life, and make your home or relaxation space more “Pinterest-perfect” with some budget-friendly and natural-looking bamboo/woven wood shades to keep out the noise and harsh sunlight from your solace.

Media Room Ideas: The Best Window Coverings for Gaming Rooms and Movie Night

by SelectBlinds

Gamers and home theater buffs: Does your gaming or media room have windows? When you’re online, on a roll playing your favorite RPG, or relaxing with your favorite film, you want nothing to do with the sun’s harsh glare. You might be considering window blinds or shades for your room’s windows to block out exterior light and glare, as well as to help insulate and soundproof your room. More fabric-style window treatments, like blackout cellular shades or Roman shades, also assist with dampening background noise and improving your gaming / media audio quality, too!

Gamer playing a video game in a darkened gaming room.
Gaming and media rooms with windows should have good lighting control for the best entertainment experiences.

Window treatments can also provide plenty of privacy, day or night. They can also help insulate against the heat or cold, to help save on your energy bills.

If your gaming/media room windows face the north, there’s a good chance you’ll rarely, if ever, have to worry about direct sunlight coming in. If your room’s windows face any other direction, you’ll likely get some direct sunlight coming in at some point during the day. Window treatments are specifically designed to control incoming light, but keep in mind there are different degrees of light blockage.

What Is the Difference Between Blackout and Room Darkening Shades?

Blackout shades, or room darkening blinds? Blackout shades are made with an opaque fabric intended to block out ALL incoming light. “Room darkening” window treatments typically block out between 95 to 99 percent of the outdoor light. Window coverings that block less than 95 percent of incoming light are commonly known as “light filtering” blinds or shades.

Maybe you prefer a total blackout effect. Maybe you like the incoming light most of the time, but just want to block out the setting sun’s glare for movie night. Knowing what you need and prefer can help you in your selection.

Window with blackout curtains to keep out sunlight glare.
Window coverings can protect your interior from harmful UV rays and annoying glare.

Consider some of these options for blackout or room darkening effects for your entertainment room:

What Are the Best Blackout Shades?

We take pride in all our products and customer service, and stand by them all. Consider the fact that from a 2020 review of the “best blackout shades,” The New York Times review considers Classic Cordless Blackout Shades among its top three picks.

The review panel “unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds Classic Cordless [Blackout Shades are] the [ones] they’d most like in their homes,” citing the quality polyester shades’ look and feel being “noticeably better in quality than other shades [they] considered.” In addition to top-notch look and feel, the NYT review also cited the shades’ wide color and customizable size selection, and the longest warranty of any other shades they reviewed. 

Regardless of what kind of window treatments you go with, keep in mind that your entertainment space is yours and should meet your needs, while reflecting your personal sense of style.

Window Resolution 2021: Take Up to 40% off Everything During Select Blinds New Years Sale!

Surely, we’d all love to draw the blinds on 2020 and go out in style with a fresh new view in our sights! That’s why our New Years Sale is helping you take to 40% off some interior accessories to make the tail-end of quarantine (hopefully) a bit more brighter! Or dimmer, depending on the kind of shades you need!

Shop end-of-the-year deals on our best-selling cellular and honeycomb window coveringsbamboo and woven woodsromansrollerssolar shades for indoors and out, shuttersreal and faux wood blindsdesigner sheers, dazzling dual-roller zebra blinds, classic draperyall-aluminum minispanel tracks and verticals, even skylights and arches. Save, too, on remote control and motorized products that work with Google Home or Amazon Echo’s (Alexa) on higher up or wide windows. Purchase your new custom blinds during our New Years Sale and we’ll add a FREE extended warranty on every item, too!

Quick & Easy Projects to do During Quarantine

With little to no commute time and basically zero random weekend outings, there’s plenty of time for you to take on those little projects that have been adding up over the years. Here’s a list of some of our favorite quick projects you can do around the house now that you finally have the time.

1. Boost Your Bathroom’s Style

A stunning blue and white themed bathroom.

It’s easier than you think to upgrade your bathroom. forget ripping out tiles and putting in a new toilet. All you’ve really got to do is change up your style. Get a new shower curtain (or other accessories), a new rug or two and clear off unnecessary clutter from the top of your sink. As a finishing touch, get those new towels you’ve been wanting and toss the faded ones with holes. Just make sure everything matches and you’ll have a bathroom to die for in no time.

2. Join the Purge – Go Through Your Closet

Highly organized closet in shades of white and cream.

Pull everything (and we mean everything) out of your closet, dump it on the bed and get your purge on! I did it this past weekend (no, this pic is not my closet) and it feels great to be able to find anything I want in seconds rather than minutes. And you wouldn’t believe how much stuff we got rid of! Sure, cleaning out your closet might take a few hours, but WOW! There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you free yourself of clutter.

3. Deck Your Windows with Blinds of Beauty

Beautiful black and white kitchen with white blinds.

Adding new blinds or shades to your windows can completely change the atmosphere or a room. It can brighten or darken any space in an instant and even add a pop of fun color if you go that route. These simple 2″ American Hardwood Blinds in Super White are a great choice for brightening up any room, especially kitchens.

4. Personalize Your Glassware

Woman looking through two wine glasses.

Quarantine is the perfect time to break out the arts and crafts. And if you’re over the age of five, macaroni art just doesn’t cut it. Use clay to turn wine glasses into medieval goblets or use a Dremel to engrave names or funny phrases onto pint glasses. You can even use chalk paint to make your glasses personalized every time you use them!

5. Paint Your Cabinets a Fun Color

Blue kitchen cabinets add a pop of color to your space.

While monochrome is definitely in this year, so are pops of color. Blue is especially popular for 2020, so why not take your kitchen or bathroom a step further and add a little color to those old oak cabinets? You can even paint some cabinets one color and others a different color. It’s really whatever you want!

6. Upgrade Your Kitchen Hardware

Galley-style kitchen with new hardware.

Upgrading cabinet hardware might seem like a pain, but it’s super easy and is an easy way to enhance the look of your kitchen (or bathroom) without going for an all-out remodel. And if you’re already painting your cabinets, why not upgrade the hardware to match your new style?

7. Update Your Outlet & Switch Covers

White outlet with a black plug.

If your house is anything like mine, the previous owner decided that painting over stair rails, switches, outlet covers and other hardware was the clear solution to modernizing a place before selling. My response? Outlet covers aren’t that expensive! Just upgrade! They come in so many different materials and colors that there’s guaranteed to be a style to suit any room in your home.

8. Hang Some Patio Lights

Outdoor patio with string lights and comfortable seating.

Just because you can’t have friends over in person doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your outdoor space. And now that summer is on its way, you’ve got more cause than ever to get your patio ready for some nighttime hangout sessions, even if they are just video chats. String lights are a great way to set the mood or just take in the fresh air.

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!

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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!