Monthly Archives: August 2013

How to Save Energy Costs With Shades and Window Treatments

decorating with whiteWe are constantly looking for new ways to cut costs and save money. And it’s understandable to avoid spending money on home updates, even if it will lead to a more valued and energy efficient home in the long run. If you’re really looking to save money, you need to change your way of thinking about windows. Windows offer very little resistance to the flow of heat, and can allow up to 50% of your home’s heating and cooling expenses to flow right through them. If you want to cut energy costs, make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and add aesthetic value to your home with a huge variety of energy efficient options, then you may be interested in the help we are here to provide.

An important thing to figure out is which windows need the most and the least attention. West-facing windows admit the hottest light and need the most coverage, whereas south-facing windows are the most important natural light source and do not need major coverage.

Simple Window Coverage

For some of the simplest and most effective window coverage, try installing window shades. In the summer, you should lower shades on all sunlit windows. During the winter, however, you should pay special attention to the south-facing windows. For the best results in energy savings, raise shades on those windows during the day, and lower them at night. Some options that provide maximum energy efficiency include honeycomb or cellular shades, shutters, roman shades, and horizontal sheer blinds. These shades act as both insulation and air barrier, and control air infiltration more effectively than other soft window treatments.

Window blinds are more effective at reducing summer heat gain than reducing winter heat loss. Highly reflective blinds are able to control and reduce heat gain in the summer months by up to 45%. Additionally, they can be adjusted to block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light-colored ceiling, which will diffuse the light without much heat or glare.

If you’re installing shades, blinds, or draperies, it is important to install them properly for the best results. This involves hanging or mounting them as close to windows and walls as possible in order to establish a sealed air space. You can also use Velcro or magnetic tape on the sides and bottoms of drapes, which can reduce heat loss up to 25%. However, it is best to have a professional perform a custom treatment on your home.

Pucher’s has a large selection of wood blinds, vertical blinds, mini blinds, shutters, Roman shades, pleated shades, cellular honeycomb shades, roller shades, and Silhouettes. We also have tons of styles, colors, and operating systems available to fit all of your various needs. Because of our buying power, we discount many of our fabric lines 10-15% every day! Our window treatments are all quality products at great values. With the cost you will also get:

  • Free expert design consultants (in-store)
  • Free measures
  • Lifetime installation warranty
  • Installer professionalism guarantee
  • “No surprises” price quotes
  • Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner 2011

These factors are extremely helpful aids in the already affordable window treatments we have to offer. The right window treatments can actually pay for themselves in as little as seven years in Northern Ohio. And with the help of our expert design consultants and professional installers, the “right” and most energy efficient window treatment is simple to acquire. Call one of stores in Cleveland, Berea or North Royalton today for a free in-home consultation, and we’ll bring the fabric samples to you.

Design Trends: Go Bold With White

design trends whiteWhite is one of the most general and mass appealing colors you can pick. But is it always a safe choice? Believe it or not, you have to know how to manage whites and off-whites just as much as you would if you were considering a bold or pastel color. The wrong shade of white paired with certain aspects of a room can completely pull that room in the wrong direction. You’ll notice that something feels off, but you probably won’t be able to pinpoint exactly what it is that is making you uneasy. The problem that you may not be picking up is in the pure and reflective aspects of the color white. This will lead to it absorbing the colors surrounding it. Suddenly the blank white wall you were looking to match with a blue sofa might appear to have blue tints. Don’t get discouraged from using whites or off-whites just yet, though. These blends can bring great benefits, if paired correctly and specifically according to your individual taste and style.

White is Flawless

One of the best things about white is that it will match just about everything and can blend flawlessly into most design schemes. It has been said that the perfect color balance in a room is created using three or more colors—one of which being white or off-white. These blends can make bolder colors pop, and enhance other elements of the room. But which colors go best with which whites? With so many whites, off-whites, and whites with undertones to choose from, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to color selection. Our in-house design consultants can help you with any questions you might have regarding your home color scheme. However, we have also provided some tips so that you can develop some knowledge about how white might affect the ambiance of your home.

For ceilings and walls, we recommend sticking with a pure white with no undertones, or white with a hint of gray. Additionally, whites with undertones of khaki or buttercream yellow are pleasant for spaces consisting of warmer tones. Both of the off-whites recommended are universally appealing. For additional white and off-white pairing affects we suggest the following advice:

  • Warm off-whites can create feelings of comfort
  • Cool off-whites will offer a contemporary look
  • Off-white with a hint of red can result in a feminine pink
  • Hints of blue and green in off-white colors will bring about a sense of relaxation
  • Off-whites with creamy undertones are a good choice for rooms with elements of warm browns and tans
  • Cleaner off-whites are best with suggestions of color with cooler grays and blacks

It is also important to remember that off-white will often take a back seat to other features in the room. Darker colors do have the potential to swallow whites up, but colorful furniture can stand out among the plain colors. You also want to consider how the whites and off-whites will look in different settings. Try sampling colors in the space that they will be painted so that you can see how it will look in both natural and artificial light. You will hopefully select a color that is satisfying 24/7, providing a welcoming feel during the day and a romantic ambiance at night.

Many of these affects may turn out great for some people, but be an eye sore for others, depending on each individual’s desired result. Everyone will have a different taste in color selection, and for the best results, you may want to seek the advice of our design consultants at Pucher’s. We can answer any questions you may have regarding the interior of your home, and we offer a large range of paints and wallpapers for your convenience. Call us at Pucher’s today for a free quote, or stop by our showroom in Berea, North Royalton or Westlake for a free consultation.