" The difference between style and fashion is quality."

-Giorgio Armani

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Decorating with Gray

Decorating in many shades of gray adds layered elegance.

Gray is a versatile and sensuous color to include in your home decor.
Gray is a very flexible interior design color because it comes in so many variations; in fact, there are probably at least fifty shades of gray!

People most often use gray as a neutral, instead of beige, white or cream. You can go cool or warm, depending on the version of gray you select. There are so many shades, and very few of them are simply a mix of black and white. Usually gray includes tones of blue, pink, green, yellow or other colors.

Gray can come in varying intensities too, from the lightest dove gray to dark steel gray. And don’t just think of gray as a solid, smooth color when you use it in design. Part of the beauty of gray is in its texture; think wood grain in flooring and furniture, texture in tweed or silk fabrics, and matte or lacquer finish in paint.

Gray is subtle and goes well with a lot of colors, letting the other hues get all the attention. Think French blue, pink, gold, black, brown and white for accent colors. For the most part, gray is a peaceful color that adds serenity to an interior environment. However, gray can be edgy and avant garde, like when it’s used for concrete flooring or countertops.

Many elements in your home lend themselves to gray as a neutral. These include:

  • Wall paint
  • Tile and stone
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Window coverings
  • Rugs and carpeting

As an accent color, use gray for throw pillows, table linens, lamps, artwork, bed coverings and more.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Top 5 Quick Tips for Saving Energy at the Window

Keep your Utah home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer

Hunter Douglas | Energy-efficient Duette honeycomb shades

  • Ensure your windows and doors are properly weather-stripped.
  • Caulk around basement and storm windows.
  • When heating or cooling, keep windows locked.
  • Open your window coverings during sunny winter days to catch free solar heat then close them at night to keep that heat in.
  • Close your window coverings during summer days to keep the heat out.

Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows.

In winter months, your home heating escapes to the outdoors through your windows while in the summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. With window treatments that provide insulation, you can reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and create a more comfortable atmosphere

The warmth provided by the sun, its solar energy, may be desirable during the winter to help heat your home, but in the summer, it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable—driving up air conditioning costs. Many Hunter Douglas window fashions help to control solar heat by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.

Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than artificial light.
By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments reduce the need for other types of lighting, thereby reducing your energy use.

Contact us today and let us help you find the right solution to save energy at your windows. www.hometouchfashions.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Room Darkening and Blackout Explained

Getting Light Under Control

Need to darken your bedroom to help you sleep more soundly? Reduce glare on your television when watching a movie? Hunter Douglas offers a range of options for the right amount of room darkness. 

"Blackout" Explained
If you want to block out as much natural light as possible, look for Hunter Douglas products designated with our highest Privacy & Light Control rating of 5. These products offer not only fabrics and materials with maximum light-blocking qualities, but they are uniquely designed to minimize light gaps, seams and rout holes such as the de-Light™ feature on many of our horizontal blinds. Window shades and blinds cannot completely eliminate incoming light as there are almost always slight light gaps. 
Everwood Truegrain Alternative wood blinds, for more information, visit our page here.

Room-Darkening Materials and Fabrics
While every Hunter Douglas product allows you some measure of light control, some products offer more room-darkening benefits than others. A key consideration is fabric or material type and color. Sheer fabrics typically soften and filter sunlight, while semi-opaque and opaque versions almost completely block sunlight. We say “almost” because these fabrics and materials darken a room but do not entirely eliminate light. Fabrics and materials designated as “semi-opaque” (or a rating of 4 or higher) will offer you room-darkening benefits. 
Silhouette shades. For more information visit our page here.
Other Room Darkening Considerations
If you are looking for optional room darkening capabilities, consider a room-darkening liner available on many of our shades.  The liner can be sewn directly to the face fabric, or for ultimate flexibility, can operate independently.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Decorating Ideas for Salt Lake City, Utah

Decorating in Pairs

Two of almost any home furnishings adds soothing symmetry and balance.

Two of almost any home furnishings adds soothing symmetry and balance. - Salt Lake City UT

It’s easy. Just add one home furnishing element,
such as a throw pillow, picture or chair; then repeat.

Interior design elements that lend themselves to pairing include:
- Furniture, such as chairs, ottomans, end tables, even sofas
- Throw pillows and decorative towels
- Artwork hanging on walls or standing on tables
- Mirrors, lamps and light fixtures

Pairs add flexibility too. You can easily move them to change the function of a room for a party or other event. And if you buy new furniture, a pair of items is easier to re-arrange in the same room or settle harmoniously into another room. Even when you move, pairs of home elements are more flexible to fit into a new house and new decor.

The pairing concept can be applied to colors too. Selecting a color palette for your home with two complementary colors is an effective decorating strategy. For example:
- Brown and Ivory
- Indian Red and Sage Green
- Black and White
- Chocolate Brown and Powder Blue

Let’s sum it up. One plus one is more than two in home fashions. Decorating in pairs makes a beautiful design statement.

Monday, October 20, 2014

White Kitchens with Roman Shades, Salt Lake City, Utah

White Kitchens are all the rage. They are classic, beautiful and timeless. I love white kitchens with a pop of color, especially in a Roman Shade over a window. You can do all sorts of fabrics and patterns, make it fun and add a pop of whatever color you want. Here are some examples of a fun Roman Shade to add some fun and color to a white kitchen.

Photo credit: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/color-schemes/neutrals/white-kitchens-we-love/#page=2

Photo credit: http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2012/06/reader-reno/#.VEVIPSLF8uc
Photo credit: http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm;jsessionid=1FFAF2F0794D6F01D055D6D7101BE68B?photoId=108734&index=3

Photo credit: http://www.elizabethbauerdesign.com/

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall Newsletter. Customer Appreciation Event.

Lots of stuff going on in October at Home Touch Window Fashions. Exclusive Savings on window treatments including great rebates, upgraded lifting systems and 20% off custom draperies or soft treatments. Visit our showroom in Salt Lake City to see all the window treatments on display. Contact us for more information.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Control your window treatments with the latest technology

How cool is it to be able to control your window treatments by remote control, or even your iphone or ipad? Well with Hunter Douglas window fashions, you can do just that. It really is very easy, and does not add much more to the cost of the shade itself. All you need is a platinum bridge kit from Hunter Douglas and download the free app. Visit our showroom if you want to see it in action, or visit our website