In this article, Richmond Decorating – with convenient locations in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, Virginia (VA) – is here to help answer the question, does your home need vertical or horizontal blinds? Contact us today for all of your window treatment needs.
A common and very important question you may ask when shopping for window treatments is whether you need vertical blinds or horizontal blinds for your home. There are several factors to consider when debating these two styles.
First, it is important to understand the difference between the two.
- Vertical blinds are made from long vertical slats spanning the height of the windows. These slats all connect to a track at the top. You can choose to open the blinds all the way or close them by sliding them back and forth along the track. You also have the option of just tilting them to adjust the amount of light and privacy in your home.
- Horizontal Blinds are constructed of horizontal slats, as the name says, which are connected to each other by vertical strings. These, like vertical blinds, can be opened and closed completely or you can tilt the slats for adjusted privacy and light control. These are available in many different materials, including metal, wood, and faux wood. Both vertical and horizontal blinds have the option of many different operating systems to suit your needs.
One of the most important factors to consider is the size of your windows. Horizontal blinds are much better suited for small windows that are taller and/or skinnier. Vertical blinds are great for large, wide windows such as picture windows, as well as sliding glass doors. Vertical blinds are much easier to move out of the way when trying to walk through a sliding glass door. If you had horizontal blinds on your door, you would have to open them completely to walk through. Vertical blinds only have to be opened partly. With smaller windows, horizontal blinds tend to be easier to operate, as well as being sturdier.
In addition to size, you also should consider which direction your windows face. If they are facing direct sunlight, vertical blinds may be best for those. Vertical blinds tend to have wider slats, giving them the ability to better block out the sun’s intense rays and keep your home comfortable. Of course, you still have the ability to tilt them and move them back and forth to adjust this light, but when you want to keep out as much light as possible, these are best. Horizontal blinds are better for windows not facing direct sunlight.
Additionally, and also important, is the amount of privacy you are looking for. Windows in a bedroom or bathroom should have horizontal blinds. Horizontal blinds provide much more privacy than vertical blinds. With vertical blinds, it is easy to accidentally bump into them and slightly open them, allowing outsiders to see in.
If you have more questions about what type of blinds you need for your home, give us a call today here at Richmond Decorating. We have convenient showrooms located in Richmond, Newport News, and Glen Allen, VA and proudly serve The West End, the South side of Richmond, and the Fan. We offer a variety of blinds and more from Hunter Douglas, as well as a large selection of flooring options. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you create your dream window treatments.
In this article, Richmond Decorating – with convenient locations in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, Virginia (VA) – is here to tell you why carpeting is great for homes. We proudly offer a wide selection of high-quality carpet brands, including Shaw, Masland, Stanton, Mohawk, and Karastan.
While many homes are moving to all hardwood across the entire home, carpeting is still an option that many homeowners love. Providing personal design options, affordability, and a sense of welcoming comfort throughout your home, carpeting could be just the flooring option for you. At Richmond Decorating, with locations in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, Virginia, we want to show you why carpet is a great option for your home.
The biggest benefit of choosing carpet over hardwood or tile flooring is the significant cost difference between the materials. Carpet, depending on the style and materials you choose, will most likely be almost half the cost of any other flooring material. While you may have to pay additional fees for carpeting cleaning every few months to maintain your carpet, the cost is still strikingly more affordable.
Aside from the cost of carpeting being such a big draw for homeowners, the design and style opportunities that carpeting provides will be much greater than hardwoods and tiles. Because carpeting comes in such a wide range of styles, textures, colors, and patterns, you can transform the flooring in every room of your house into something incredibly unique. Rather than focusing all of your design elements on the walls with paint colors and décor pieces, you can design a room with your carpeting in mind, playing with fun colors and interesting textures on the floor as well as everywhere else in the room.
Last, but certainly not least, carpeting is more comfortable than any other flooring choice. While not ideal for all rooms of the home, especially not in the kitchen, bathroom, or other damp or high-traffic areas, carpeting can provide a sense of warmth throughout the home in the rooms in which it is used. Because carpeting is so much more comfortable than other flooring materials, your home will feel more welcoming and provide a sense of warmth to anyone who enters. Family rooms, basements, and especially bedrooms are all areas where comfortable flooring will add to the function of the room and make the room feel more welcoming and useable.
If you are considering carpeting for your home but still feel unsure about your choice, the experts at Richmond Decorating are here to help. Proudly serving Henrico, Manakin-Sabot, Midlothian, Mosley, and Chesterfield, Virginia, and with product showrooms in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, our team of design experts can help you find the best flooring to meet all of your needs. At our showrooms you will find beautiful carpeting choices from top brands like Mohawk, Beaulieu, Shaw Floors, Smartstrand, and Wear-Dated, all of which have a reputation for being of the highest quality and featuring the latest in carpeting technology. No matter what kind of flooring you choose, the experts at Richmond Decorating are here to help make the process run smoothly and efficiently. For more information about any of our flooring products, contact Richmond Flooring today!
In this article, Richmond Decorating Center – with three convenient showrooms in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, Virginia (VA) – is here to tell you about the ways motorized window treatments can transform your home. We proudly carry the full line of Hunter Douglas window treatments.
There are tons of options out there for home automation, so naturally your window treatments should be included. With PowerView® Motorization from Hunter Douglas, you can adjust your window treatments without ever leaving the couch. At Richmond Decorating Center, we offer a wide selection of motorized window treatments, so you can find the style that works for your home. Stop by one of our showrooms today to see how our motorized blinds and shades can transform your life.
PowerView® Motorization is a revolutionary operating system that has won several industry awards since its creation, and it’s easy to see why. With PowerView®, you can easily get rid of harsh glares or let more light into your home to help keep it more comfortable. In addition, PowerView® can help make your home more energy-efficient. This operating system also makes your window treatments cordless, so they are safer for children and pets.
PowerView® can be operating in a variety of different ways, so you can choose the one that works for your. The Pebble® remote control is a stylish, ergonomically-designed device that can be either left loose or mounted on the wall like a switch. It comes in 10 beautiful colors and is easy to use, allowing you to adjust up to 6 window treatments at once.
Don’t want to add another remote to your life? No problem. PowerView® Motorization can also be operated using the app on your smartphone or tablet. Not only can you use the PowerView® app to adjust your window treatments at will, you can also schedule them to adjust automatically throughout the day, so you’ll never have to give them a second thought. You can have your window coverings operate based on time of day or outside temperature, and you can even sync them up to local sunset and sunrise times.
For even more convenience, you can even incorporate PowerView® Motorization with a whole-home automation system, like Amazon Echo or Google Home. With this option, you can control your window treatments with just your voice, meaning you won’t even have to lift a finger to get your blinds or shades where you want them.
Along with how easy it is to operate, PowerView® Motorization is also available on many of our most popular window treatment styles, so you won’t have to sacrifice style for convenience. We have options for blinds, shades, and even shutters. No matter what you’re looking for, our friendly professionals can help you find it.
If you’re interested in adding motorized window treatments to your home, contact the experts at Richmond Decorating Center. We have three showrooms in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, Virginia. From these locations, we proudly serve The West End, the Southside of Richmond, VA, and The Fan. In addition to our Hunter Douglas window treatments, we also offer a wide selection of beautiful flooring as well as cabinets and countertops, so you can create exactly the look you want in your home.
In this article, Richmond Decorating – with locations in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, Virginia (VA) – are here to provide you with information on choosing types of hardwood flooring, so you can choose the right style for your home.
If you are considering adding hardwood flooring to your home, you may be struggling with choosing the perfect type of hardwood. Every hardwood is different, and each type features different aspects that make it better suited to different environments. While this decision may seem overwhelming, choosing the right product is a necessity not only for the overall look of your flooring but for selecting a product that will maintain its appearance the best in your home. At Richmond Decorating, with locations in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, Virginia, we can help you discover which type of hardwood flooring you need.
Engineered vs. Solid
There are many different types of hardwood to choose from for your flooring, but the biggest decision comes down to selecting engineered or solid wood. Solid hardwood is pure wood and should be nailed down to a wooden subfloor. Solid hardwood shrinks and expands quite easily with temperature changes, making it a poor choice for use over concrete. Engineered hardwood is also made of 100% wood, but it is constructed with multiple layers in a cross-ply fashion. Engineered hardwood resists expansions and contraction, is usually glued, stapled, or floated over a preexisting flooring material. It is suitable for installation over concrete.
Species of Wood
All of the different species of wood can be purchased in engineered and solid hardwoods. The species of wood that you choose not only dictates the stain and grain appearance of your floors, it also determines how soft your flooring is. The hardest wood species in Brazilian Cherry and the softest is Pine. The harder the wood species, the more durable the material. So, if you have children, pets, and areas of high traffic in your home, choosing a wood species that best accommodates these wear and tear needs is very important.
Finishes and Color
Choosing the right finish and color for your hardwood is ultimately what transforms the look of your home. Because the stain is really what gives the wood its color, any wood species can be stained to match your needs. Take note of the lighting hue in your home when choosing a stain and hardwood color, because this hue will absolutely change the way your floor color looks. In addition, the color that you choose needs to match the décor of your home. Finishes are also an important thing to keep in mind. Some are engineered for more heavy-duty use, while others provide more luster and shine.
The easiest way to ensure that the hardwood flooring you choose is perfect is to consult a flooring expert. While some homeowners believe they can choose and install hardwood flooring without any assistance, this process can be taxing and time consuming, and lead to dissatisfaction if the color and wood choices end up not being ideal. Instead of playing a guessing game with your floors, contact the experts at Richmond Decorating for all your flooring needs. Proudly serving The West End, the South Side of Richmond, and The Fan, our team of flooring and design professionals can help you choose the perfect product that matches your style and personal use needs. For more information or a consultation, contact us today!