The Best Exterior Window Coverings of 2020

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Are you looking for the perfect exterior window coverings for your home? With so many options on the market for outdoor shade, it should be easy to find one that covers all your needs such as your budget, privacy desires, blocking out the sun, blocking out the rain and more. There is so much information out there that it can be confusing and overwhelming for the average consumer to be confident in their choice. Whether you’re looking for a new set of covers or plan on replacing your old ones, we hope that this article will lead you to the right purchase.

 

Retractable Awnings awning and pool

Love the way your patio looks as is, but in need of some extra shade? Retractable awnings are a great investment that help protect outdoor furniture and surprisingly, indoor furniture as well. Over time, awnings can save you a lot of money due to the shade they provide to the interior of the house by blocking sunlight from penetrating windows. If you are already in love with the look of your patio, retractable awnings are perfect for you because they can roll up to be practically undetectable, leaving the look you love uninterrupted.

 

 

pergotenda cozy spotExterior Roller Solar Screens

If you’re looking to protect your patio, porch, or your windows from heat and wind for an affordable price, exterior roller solar screens are the way to go. These coverings can be placed on the exterior of a patio area to provide you with shade outdoors or they can be installed directly over your windows for shade in your home. With up to 95% UV protection, you can protect yourself when you’re outdoors enjoying the hottest of summer days or protect the interior of your home from sun exposure. The majority of exterior roller screens are spring or remotely operated, making them conveniently easy to set up and retract.

 

Corradi Outdoor Living Spacespergotenda

The Corradi Group designs and creates the most modern custom-made solutions for year-round enjoyment of the outdoors. Corradi provides the opportunity to transform outdoor land into elegant and welcoming hangout spots. From light and airy outdoor areas to more industrial style shaded spaces, Corradi is the best option for consumers who want to create an entirely new outdoor room in their backyard.

 

 

window treatmentsExternal Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are similar to exterior roller solar screens in regard to protecting against sunlight and preventing overheating. What is different is that these exterior shades are that they are better suited for people who desire to block all sunlight from entering their home or a specific area, rather than people who desire a retractable solution for shade. Venetian blinds are flexible in terms of glare protection since they can control the density of daylight. They are normally fitted to windows with 100% UV ray block out and are motorized for convenience.

 

Make an architectural statement and create the perfect outdoor environment with ABC Blind & Drapery. If you have any questions about outdoor shades and blinds, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

top home decor trends for 2020

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Your choice of home decor reflects your personal taste, from the style you pick to the colors you choose, a home is a representation of your personality. Our motto at ABC Blind & Drapery is to consider the possibilities, which means being prepared when our clients come across something they absolutely love. We’re continuously researching what’s new in the industry and what trends are expected to be big in the coming months. From our research, these are the top home decor trends for 2020 that we predict will only grow in popularity over the next year!

geometric design

Geometric designs have been trending for a couple of years now, and they’re here to stay for yet another. If you’re looking to brighten the place up, then you can’t go wrong with geometric lighting such as mixed metals paired with glass fixtures. If you’re looking to make a bolder statement, then we suggest going with a strong geometric patterned accent piece like a bold window treatment or rug to make a splash in your space.

incorporating work and leisure

In this day and age, technology is rapidly advancing and working from home is becoming all that more attainable. Many companies are allowing employees to work from home a couple of days out of the week, while others are moving to remote work completely. This change in the workplace has opened up space for the new home decor trend of incorporating work and leisure.

Creating a home office that blends with the rest of your space while also being organized and clean enough for you to focus during the workday has become imperative. If you have the space for it, we recommend putting your home office near an area with a lot of natural light, and adding contemporary accents like a modern cream window treatment or the geometric lighting we mentioned above.

tile backsplashes

Whether you go for a modern white tile backsplash or a bright and eccentric Mexican tile backsplash, it’s sure to be a talking point when guests come over! Tile backsplashes are becoming increasingly popular, and there are endless options on how to decorate with them. No matter your style, you can find a beautiful tile backsplash that will quickly become a focal point in your home.

mindful decorating

According to what people are searching on Pinterest, mindful decorating is becoming more and more popular. With people intentionally living in smaller spaces, minimalism with personality is becoming a must. People are having to be more mindful of what home decor they choose, while still ensuring that their space feels personal and homey. From natural light to incorporating plant life, there are many ways to update your home in a mindful way that will allow a calm and collected feeling in your space.

Whether you’re intentionally following the upcoming home decor trends for 2020 or just going with what fits your personal style, ABC Blind & Drapery has countless options of window treatments to fit your needs, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Geometric patterns or tile backsplashes (or both), we’re ready to take on 2020!

5 Smart Home Automation Ideas For Your Home

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While smart home automation technology has been around for a while, it’s more affordable than ever nowadays. Thanks to advancing technology, we can customize and control our home from the lighting to the window treatments to the security system. Whether this is the beginning of your process of upgrading to a smart home or you’re just trying to stay up-to-date with new options for automation, here’s a guide of our top 5 smart home automation ideas to make your home smarter.

Lighting

With smart light bulbs, you are able to control the lights in your home with a smartphone app or smart hub. Not only do these LED-based have lower energy consumption which helps lower your electricity bill, but they can also allow you to set your lights to turn on when you wake up and off when you want to go to bed, as well as alter the color of the bulb. Here’s a look at some of this year’s best smart light bulbs options.

Another key smart home automation system we recommend is the use of exterior lights. These are definitely a basic in home security and also add a level of convenience. You have the option to have these lights turn off with the sunrise and on with the sunset, or to have a motion sensor so that they only come on when someone is near them – you can decide exactly when they turn on and off. Here’s a look at some of the best outdoor motion sensor lights.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

With October being Fire Safety Month, we wanted to share the importance of having smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Over 400 people die a year in the US due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many people don’t realize how easy it is to prevent this. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will send notifications to your phone when it’s time for them to be replaced, and nowadays most of them are easy to install too. Here’s a look at some of the best smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on the market right now, don’t wait until it’s too late!

Window Treatments

Motorized window treatments offer your home an extra level of convenience, safety and lower energy consumption. Similar to automated lights, motorized window treatments can be scheduled to open when you wake up in the morning and close at the hottest parts of the day – protecting your furniture from the sun and helping regulate your air conditioner throughout the day so it doesn’t have to work as hard. Here’s a more in-depth look at the benefit of motorized window treatments.

Heating and Cooling

Smart thermostats are not only extremely convenient but are also a game-changer when it comes to energy efficiency. Smart thermostats automatically adjust the temperature to your ideal level of comfort, and you can easily adjust the temperature on your smartphone. These devices also track your energy usage and some devices even have an air quality monitor to alert you if the air quality is getting worse. Here’s a look at some of the top smart thermostats in 2019.

Security

Last but definitely not least, there are many ways to upgrade the security in your home with smart devices. From installing a video doorbell so you can always know who is at your door to upgrading to smart door locks so you don’t have to get out of bed to lock the doors at night, there are endless options for upping your security in your home so you can sleep well at night knowing everyone in your home is safe. Here’s a look at some of the best smart security products on the market right now.

We hope this blog has helped you realize all of the ways to upgrade your home to be a smart home, and that there are many options out there for every budget. If you’re looking to upgrade to motorized window treatments, we’d love it if you considered the possibilities with us at ABC Blind & Drapery.