How Blinds Have Moved With the Times (and Overtaken Curtains)


We often associate industrial advancements in fields such as IT, or anything else that relies on technology. However, even a market that appears to house “static” products like blinds is affected – and there have been many advancements that have caused considerable progression within this industry over the last few years.
While we don’t have any stats on hand, the fact that more and more homes are turning to blinds, as opposed to the traditional curtain solution, suggests that these advancements have been worthwhile.
To highlight just how blinds have progressed, we’ve put together some of the key developments that manufacturers have made over the years.

Advancement #1 – Top-Down Blinds
For years we only knew blinds that were pulled from the top – but over recent times manufacturers have devised more creative inventions. It’s now possible to find top-down solutions which can be operated from both the base and the top of the blind, meaning that you can allow light into the room from different angles.
Particularly if you reside in a property where a lack of privacy can be a problem, this advancement is ingenious. It can allow you to mask visibility in the lower portion of the window, whilst still allowing light to flow through the upper part. It’s yet another example of blinds being utterly flexible and we’d bet that this is only going to continue to improve – considering all of the other ways in which blinds have become so much more flexible than curtains.

Advancement #2 – Cordless Blinds
Amongst all of the advancements, one of the major talking points within the blinds industry has been safety. There have been a lot of fatalities surrounding children over the years, due to the strangulation risks that blind cords present.
In response to this, many manufacturers have released cordless blinds. As the name suggests, these are products which cords are not visible or within reach. It means that they are considerably safer and if you do live with children, this is arguably one of the most impressive advancements that the market has made.

Advancement #3 – The Motorized Option
We’ll save the biggest advancement until last and finally, blinds have started to use electricity. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise and when we look back on the history of the industry, it’s actually been happening for a few years.
This isn’t some sort of solution for the lazy homeowner either, although we’re sure that a lot of people will take advantage of this just so that they can invite and shut out that elusive natural light at the touch of a button. Most of the time these motorized options are used in those places where it’s just impossible to access. Once upon a time they may have been operated via a long rod, but now the motor is here to save the day. If you have any rooflights, or just windows that are out of reach, this development in the industry will be a godsend.

NYC Townhouse Renovation by Turett Collaborative Architects


Leroy Street,NYC Townhouse renovation by Turett Collaborative Architects.

Turett Collaborative Architects bold, original design created a spacious, airy, and inventive house out of a former garage. The owner’s investment (purchase price and gross cost of the excavation) approximately doubled after the work was completed.

How to Light a Room for Mood


Everyone has moved into a home that has had less than optimal lighting. Be it a beautiful Victorian home or your first college apartment, lighting can be a tricky issue, particularly if you want to be able to make your home suit your moods. Do you want to light a room for romance or relaxation? What if you want to be energized by your surroundings? You don′t have to cut windows out of your walls for ″natural″ lighting; all you have to do is have an understanding of how lamps and light sources can affect the brain.

The Energy Room
Whenever you look up lighting and energy, the things that you seem to get are how to save money. While this is important, it′s not the major issue for many people. You want to have a room, like a dining room, or a kitchen where you can feel energized. This is the room you go to when you first wake up and begin to face your day. Instead of being assaulted by harsh lighting, you want to feel a gradual push into the waking world. The best way to do this is with lights that slowly get brighter as they warm up.


The effect is easy to achieve with energy saving lights that are a soft, warm color like an amber or orange. Do your best to avoid the harsh halogen lighting that plagues many apartments. This means you may have to rely on a variety of table lamps and shades. Uniform lighting makes it difficult to focus on other people in the room and tasks at hand, according to Feng Shui for Real It′s important to diffuse your lighting or use a variety of lighting sources. This way you′re not going to feel like you′re bathed in exam room style lighting. Try adding shelves to your wakeup room and stacking small lamps on them at different heights. The act of turning them on and slowly waking yourself up will leave you feeling not only in power, but more refreshed.

The Resting Room
When you walk into a spa you will notice that the waiting area is darker than the light outside. This is because softer lighting of a cool color is more relaxing and calming to people than harsh warm lights. You want to use a green shade on your lamps, for example. Try to find bulbs that burn on a cool color spectrum. If you cannot find ones in your price range, try using a light coat of paint over a bulb. This will dim the color and give you the result you′re looking for. Note that you need to use heat-safe paint for this application. Calm soothing colors like green or purple are perfect for your bedroom, according to Home Guides.


Your nest does not have to be completely dim or dark. Again, take notes from the spa. Try using lighting that will not bounce off of your walls. If you can, paint the walls a soft, matte shade that will absorb light more than it bounces back. If your bedroom only has harsh overhead lighting. Placing a nightstand  table lamp purchased from a store like Lumens along with two standing lamps at opposing corners will give you a good mix of lighting. This way you can slowly turn the lights down as you choose to get moving with your day.

If you live in an area where the weather changes, you may notice that your mood dampens as winter approaches. This has very little to do with the chilly temperatures and a great deal to do with the shortened days according to Examined When your brain is getting less light, you are getting less vitamin D. You are also likely to be less happy. When you′re trying to perk up your mood during the winter, don′t focus so much on warm, unless it′s a warm colored lighting arrangement. Try to make sure that you have lighting that is going to ″wake up″ with you. This means that you′re going to look again for lights that get bright while you′re waking up.

Another good thing to try is Christmas lights. Holidays are a stressful time, but the twinkling lights actually can make you happier. If you feel extremely lethargic, try stringing a bright assortment of LED lights around a bed frame, doorway, or along the walls. After you′ve woken up, turn these lights on while you′re home. The colors and the general brightness will help perk you up. If you think that a little pick-me-up is all that you will need, then let the lighting do the work for you. Try different combinations of lamps in your home until you have a place that suits you exactly as it should.

A’Design Awards Call for Submissions 2014-2015



A’Design Award & Competition has announced its Call for Submissions for 2014-2015. This is a prestigious international juried competition which creates a platform for companies, designers, architects and innovators to showcase their works across varied categories while garnering press and publicity to help carry these inventive design concepts forward.

The grand jury panel is comprised of academics, press members, fellow designers and industry experts who cast their votes independently of each other to ensure fairness and equality across the board. Entrants have until February 28, 2015 to register and submit works for the next A’Design Award & Competition.

Design Award categories are varied and plentiful. Some of the most popular include:

Winners of the A’Design Award & Competition receive an extensive PR campaign, press releases and distribution to magazines and blogs, mention in the official newsletter, a winner’s certificate, inclusion in the annual yearbook publication, award trophy, gala-night invitation, feedback notes by jury, options to sell winning designs, inclusion in both designer and world rankings, invitation to prime events, translation into 20+ languages and more!

Deadline for the A’Design Award & Competition is February 25, 2015 so register today!

Winners will be posted and published on April 15, 2015 so stay tuned…

For extra article regarding this Design Award Competition press here.