Monthly Archives: October 2011

Trends in Window Treatments

silquartette_easyrise_bathroom-resized-600Trend #2 – Color

As homeowners become more color-confident,  we’re seeing a move toward bolder and warmer tones in blinds and shades. The overall palette is still soft, but mid-tone colors like purples, orange and red hues are popping up in the new collections. Here is a great example of how to use color on your windows.   We love how these golden sheer horizontal blinds play off the warm wood tones and add a warm ambiance to this bathroom (HD Silhouette Window Shadings in Parisian Summer from the Matisse Collection).

Notice what happens when you add a little color and texture to simple roller shades.   The Comfortex Serenade roller shades in eggplant (pictured below) add instant drama to this kitchen.  To try this in your own home, simply choose a hue that compliments your room’s overall color scheme. The design consultants at Pucher’s can help you pick the right color and then help you find the perfect window treatment!

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Trend #3 – Pattern

pattern1If you want your window treatments to make a statement, check out the new patterned blinds and shades.  Roller shades, roman shades and now cellular shades are available in patterns ranging from scrolls, florals, textured looks, designer-inspired silhouettes, polka dots as well as accent borders.  The Comfortex Persona collection allows you custom design your own window treatments!  You can choose from the patterns and colors in their design library or submit your own photo, graphic or design and they will print it on your blinds and shades.

puppy1The Comfortex Persona collection is ideal for kids and teens.  They can create blinds and shades for their room with their favorite designs & colors, pics, and team logos.  How cool is that?

Key Takeaway:

We’re seeing blinds and shades in bolder, more saturated colors as well as patterns like scrolls, florals, stripes, textured looks and paisleys.  The Comfortex Persona Collection even allows you (and your kids) to custom design your own window treatments!  The design consultants at Pucher’s would love to show you all the great design options. 

What’s New in Window Treatments

silhouette-chateauTrend #1 – Texture

This season we are seeing lots of interesting textures in all sorts of window treatments – from wood and vertical blinds to fabric shades, even aluminum blinds!  We think this really adds style points to window treatments.  Let’s face it – most people choose neutral colors for their blinds and shades because they want them to coordinate with other furnishings in their home.  It’s very practical, but also kind of boring, right?  Adding texture to neutrals is a great way to add visual interest and style to your windows.

This season, everything from wood blinds to vertical blinds, roman to roller shades are getting a makeover with textures like grasscloth, raw silk, distressed wood finishes & woven wood looks, and shimmery metallics.  Let’s take a look at this season’s standouts:

Hunter Douglas Silhouette Sheer Window Coverings in Chateau

These light-diffusing horizontal sheer blinds are shown in Chateau, a fabric that mimics raw silk.  The vanes are available in 2″, 3″ , and 4″ to complement any size window, even specialty shaped windows.   In addition to adding texture, color, and style to your interiors, they do a beautiful job filtering daylight and also block 99% of UV light, protecting your floors and furnishings.

chair1Graber Traditions 2″ Wood Blinds in Barnwood

Distressed finishes, like the Windswept Barnwood pictured here, add a weathered look and natural texture to traditional wood blinds.  We really like Graber’s Elite Woods & Unique Finishes Collection which features whitewashed and hand-glazed wood looks, as well as natural hardwoods and bamboo.  Graber also lets you custom match your wood blinds to any paint or stain color!

Hunter Douglas Natural Elements Metallic Blinds

blindsI know you’re thinking, “Aluminum blinds – really?”  The new Natural Elements collection made us take another look at metallic blinds.  This collection features riverstone looks,  sophisticated brushed matte finishes and shimmery, fashionable metallic finishes in Bronze, Nickel and Copper that will highlight any decor.  Made of a special spring-tempered alloy, these blinds have superior resiliency and are extremely durable.  They are also made from 95% recycled aluminum, making them an eco-friendly choice.  Natural Elements will add a lot of style to your home for the money – a great value!

Key Takeaway: 

This season, we’re seeing all sorts of textures in blinds & shades which add great style and fashion to your windows.  Stop in to Pucher’s to see the latest fabric, wood, even metallic looks in blinds and shades. 

Flooring That Can Survive Flooding

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Due to the wet weather we have had in NE Ohio in recent years, many homeowners (including us) have run into problems with flooding (usually basements).  It seems like this year has been particularly bad.  In fact, our Berea store flooded this summer for the first time due to the unusually heavy storms we had.  We can’t control the weather, but let’s look at some practical flooring options that can help homeowners who live in a flood-prone area.

Carpet

Carpeting is a popular choice for basements because it is so warm & insulating and makes your basement areas more liveable.  But carpeting can be a real challenge after a flood.  The good news is that it can be saved , IF you act quickly!  The problem is actually the carpet pad, which absorbs a lot of water.  Water underneath the carpet creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. Once mold develops, it’s over.  So, your best move is to call professional cleaners ASAP (but no later than 24 hours).  They have powerful equipment that can quickly extract water, remove the carpet pad and dry the carpet ASAP.

However, if your carpet did not make it and you still want carpeting in the basement, you might consider carpet tile.  It is easy to install and is very family-friendly.  In case of flooding (or spills, pet accidents, etc.), simply remove the affected tiles, have them cleaned and re-install them.   The great news is carpet tile is becoming more popular today and is available in a variety of styles & colors.  It’s not just for offices anymore!

Wood & Laminate Flooring

We wish we had better news for you here.  Because they are porous, wood & laminate floors are often permanently damaged in the event of flooding.  Engineered wood & laminate flooring CAN be used in basements because they are less dense and more moisture-resistant than solid wood.  However, we would not suggest installing these floors in your basement if you live in an area that is flood-prone.

Ceramic & Porcelain Tile

No problem here. Because they are made of stone, these tiles only absorb about 1-2% of standing water, making them one of the most waterproof floors available.  Plus, they are fantastic solutions in southern climates because they keep homes nice and cool.  If you live up north like we do, you might consider installing radiant heating underneath the tiles; or you can try…

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

This product is one of our favorites and is especially good in any area where moisture is a concern.  They are waterproof (if installed with waterproof adhesive) and can handle standing water for a limited time.  If any of the tiles are damaged, simply cut the damaged tiles out and replace them with spares.  Plus, LVT is extremely durable, easy to clean and warmer and softer underfoot than ceramic.  If that weren’t enough, LVT tiles are gorgeous and available in a variety of realistic wood and stone looks (check out Mannington Adura, pictured above).

Key Takeaway:

Coming home to a flooded basement is no fun (we know).  Homeowners can mitigate the damage, cost and stress by choosing flooring that is not only durable and low-maintenance, but water-resistant and easy to replace.