We recently took an extended shopping trip to the window dressing store, and spent most of the day trying to decide what we were going to buy to put into our new windows. We completed an addition to our home, and it opens up the kitchen and adds a whole new family room.

So there are a lot more windows that need to be covered and we want to get it right the first time so we don’t have to revisit this decision in the near future. In the end, I just insisted that we go with the best quality, the highest quality is always the best option and they are going to last longer than anything else.

For us and for our window sizes, that means Hunter Douglas blinds. There are many different versions of blinds, and many different brands and quality levels, but the Hunter Douglas ones are the best on the market, and they perfectly fit our requirements and needs for the new space.

It was apparent when we first walked in that not all of the blinds on sale or on offer were going to meet our needs. We wanted a specific style of blinds, one that would be really easy to use, very functional, and would also match the blinds in the rest of the house.

We didn’t need a perfect match, but we didn’t want something that was obviously different or that would clash in some way. We have Hunter Douglas blinds in other rooms in the house, and we love the easy way that they function, and we have never had a problem with them not working correctly for any reason.

We knew that this room would get a lot more use than our other rooms, especially since it is a part of the extended kitchen, and it really just flows from the kitchen into the new living room. There is a new deck outside the back doors, and so in going in and out of the house onto the deck, the doors will be opened and closed a lot, and the blinds are going to be raised and lowered quite a bit more than in other rooms where we already have the Hunter Douglas blinds.

So we needed to be sure we were getting really high quality so that it would last through all the increased wear and tear that is sure to happen in this space. After we looked through everything they had, and we tried out all the materials and all the samples, we decided to go with the updated version of the Hunter Douglas blinds that we already have in our home.

They are going to match, and they are more durable so they will handle all the additional use that we know is coming. And of course, they are going to match the rest of the room perfectly, and the rest of the house will almost match perfectly. The color is neutral, so it won’t be noticeable if they are off a bit.

The Design Tips Small Spaces for Home Decor


The economy has started to change the public’s perception in purchasing a large home as we are now seeing the trend of “Tiny Homes”. Not only are these homes affordable and allow for people to not be chained down with a steep mortgage, but some of these tiny homes provide the opportunity for people to move around and have the flexibility to explore new territory.

So, how do you design for these small spaces? I have composed a list of tips that can help you keep the clutter out of the space as well as maximize every square foot.

When considering what color to paint your walls, choose light colors as a softer tone can make a small room feel larger and brighter.

Try using the space in a corner by adding an accent chair, a mesh bean bag, a corner book shelf or even a plant stand. This will accent a room with your own personal touch while providing more space in the room.

Add a large mirror by placing it on the opposite side of a window to allow the natural light to bounce off the walls in the room which will give the illusion that the room is much bigger than its actual size.

Shimmery décor objects are always a nice accent touch, such as a lamp fixture as this will also bring more light into a small room.  This is the same concept as using a mirror making a small room feel larger.

Install floating shelves instead of using bulky bookcases or an armoire. Less space is taken up and the floating shelves offer storage space that will achieve an elegant effect.

Make your windows look larger to create the impression of them being taller or wider. Just install the curtain rods a few inches above a window as an alternative way instead of the customary standards we have become use to. You can use the same method for a windows width by installing the rods a few inches past the windowpane.

Try to match the color of your walls with the same color as your curtains as this will create unbroken lines to create a sense that the room is much larger.

Scaled down furniture is much more suitable for smaller spaces, such as a small table. You can now find much narrow furniture in width to achieve the same decor without taking up a lot of space.

When shopping for furniture, look for products that provide storage, such as lift top coffee table that provides storage as well as a shelf underneath for your personal belongings.  An ottoman with a removable top with empty space inside will offer storage as well. These products will help you keep a clutter free room in your small space along with a pleasing look.

Add a hanging plant to your small space as an alternative when there is no room on a floor. Plants bring in fresh and brighter appearance in any size of room.

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