Make the Smart Move with Motorized Window Treatments

If you’re thinking about updating your home with Heartland Woods® Wood Blinds or Parasol® Cellular Shades, it’s a great time to add on motorization operating systems with our Smart Move Savings Event!

Smart Move Motorization Savings Event with Lafayette Interior Fashions

For a limited time, you can save up to 50% on Auto-Tilt™ motorization upgrades for Heartland Woods® Wood Blinds and Auto-Lift® for Parasol® Cellular Shades when working through a Lafayette Advantage Retailer.

  • Auto-Lift Motorized Cellular Shades
  • Auto-Lift Motorized Cellular Shades

It is easy to seamlessly integrate smart home technologies into your life, even when it comes to your window treatments. Often thought to be reserved for hard to reach spots like shaded skylights, automatic lifting and tilting technologies can make setting all of the blinds and shades in your home easier. With a push of a button on a remote, voice activation, or a tap in an app on your phone or tablet device you can open and close your treatments to your liking. With Somfy motorized systems, you can even create schedules that will automatically set based on your preferences.

Somy myLink App Sets Motorization Schedules

This is super helpful if you go out of town and want to make sure your home appears occupied. Or you can set your shades around your sleep schedules; sleep in late, put the kids to bed when the sun is still shining, or set the blinds as a wake up call.

Here’s a sneak peek of how you can set scenes for your motorized window treatments with the Somfy myLink™ app:

Heartland Woods® Wood Blinds with Auto-Tilt™

Heartland Woods® Wood Blinds are a classic look that add charm and style to your home with superb function especially if you choose Lafayette Exclusive updated features like the Light-Ban® and EZE-Clean®. Light-Ban® eliminates light leaks through rout holes when the slats are closed and EZE-Clean® provides optimal ease of access, with easily removable slats for cleaning.

  • Heartland Woods Custom Wood Blinds with Auto-Tilt
  • Heartland Woods Custom Wood Blinds with Auto-Tilt

Parasol ® Cellular Shades with Auto-Lift®

If you’re considering Parasol® Cellular Shades and want to upgrade to an Auto-Lift® lifting system, you’ll find ease of access at the touch of a button. Battery-Powered controls combine infrared and radio frequency technology for ultimate functionality. Plus, if you’ve checked out our blog post on window treatments for kids in the summer, you’ll know Parasol® Cellular Shades are perfect for families as they are rated Best for Kids.

Auto-Lift® is a simple motorization upgrade to add to your home.

With this limited time savings event, there is no reason not to go the extra mile and upgrade to motorized treatments. Improve your home’s smart device compatibility, increase your resale value, lower your heating and cooling costs, or just to make your life easier with window treatment motorization technologies. Don’t be discouraged or intimidated by updating your home with motorization or smart home compatible operating systems, a Lafayette Dealer can explain all of the details and make your shopping experience, purchase and installation a breeze!

Find your local Lafayette Advantage participating dealer to get your savings now through September 13.

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Keep Bedtime on Track Even When the Sun’s Still Shining

Long Summer Days Don’t Have to Throw Off Your Little Ones’ Sleep Schedules

The sun might set at 9 pm come summertime, but it doesn’t mean your kid’s bedtime routine has to suffer. A study showcased in Sleep Magazine showed a consistent bedtime routine improved sleep in young children and decreased parent perceived behavioral problems. Now isn’t that a win for everyone! The study also showed the more often a consistent bedtime routine is used, the more effective it is. So, what can you do to help smooth this transition and keep your kids on track? Here are a few tips to maintain a bedtime routine even when long summer daylight hours interfere.

Maintain a Consistent Bedtime

Summer days make everybody want to stay out as long as the sun is up. But young kids tend to get up at the same time every day, no matter what time they go to bed, which can make for cranky afternoons. Simulate the sun setting around the same time every day by using room darkening or blackout window treatment options. That way even if it is light out your children can feel they are winding down with the day.

But just because you need the function of room darkening window treatments, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design and style. With options like our Parasol Cellular Duo-Lucent Shades you can choose your desired light filtering cellular look for day time and still easily transition to a room dimming cellular look as needed. This will come in handy during the day for nap times, and earlier in the summer evenings come bedtime.

Check out some Parasol Cellular Duo-Lucent Shades below:

Parasol Cellular Shades come in a variety of cell sizes, colors, and opacities. We have plenty of neutrals on hand too but here is a selection of kid friendly fun colors.


Another great option for kids’ rooms is Top Down/Bottom Up Shades

This window treatment solution is perfect if you want full unfiltered natural light during the day but room dimming shades at night. Choose a material that filters as much light as you need. Let light in from the top, bottom or both during the day by simply lifting the shades. You’ll still get the room darkening qualities you need at night when they are fully closed. Manh Truc Woven Wood Roman Shades offer this same style option if a natural texture is what you prefer. Check out some styles below:

Transitional shades (or popularly known as zebra shades) in our Allure Collection have fun patterns and room dimming abilities as well. Or for total blackout capabilities, a dual-sided Allure Couplitaire might be the right choice, with a separately operated blackout liner attached on the street side.

If your child’s room is their primary play area, it is important to expose them to natural light during the day to help maintain their circadian rhythm or sleep/wake cycle. Window treatments that meet all of those needs will come in handy.

Most importantly, all of the window treatments discussed are Certified Best for Kids with no hazardous cords. Many of these treatments are available with automation and motorization options. So don’t have to think twice about closing the shades when you’re busy wrangling the kids to brush their teeth. You can schedule your desired settings in advance, simply push a button or quickly tap in an app for a simple shade adjustment.

Our products motorized with Somfy® technology offer easy smart home integration with the myLink™ app so you can personalize your window treatment settings for your schedule.

Don’t forget the optimal amount of sleep your child needs each night depends on their age. Check out this handy picture from Mental Health America to see what they recommend.

Hours of Sleep For Different Ages

Keep it Cool

It’s hard to get to sleep when it’s scorching hot inside and out. Optimal room temperatures for sleep are between 60 to 67 degrees F according to University of Rochester Medical Center, while other sources say up to 72 degrees. Ultimately it’s up to your family’s comfort.

Keeping the shades drawn on hot summer days can prevent the interior of your home from heating up. For optimal room cooling, a cellular shade is a perfect option. The unique cells trap air in the distinct pockets, acting as an insulator. This helps to keep cool air in your home and hot air out when the shades are drawn, and vice versa in the winter (which is an energy efficient plus for your wallet).

Check out our Parasol Cellular Shades Digital Book below:

On especially hot days a light t-shirt for pajamas, a light blanket, or simply a flat sheet may be all the kiddos need. Heavy bedding, full pajamas, too many pillows or lots of stuffed animals could cause them to overheat and not get a comfortable sleep.

Create a Bedtime Ritual

While bringing up the dreaded N-A-P word or even mentioning bedtime might send your kids running, it doesn’t have to. Making it known that it’s time to wind down, then making the wind-down period an enjoyable experience, can empower your kids to feel a part of the process. Plus, this will subtly send a cue to their brain over time that it’s time for sleep, as indicated in a study by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“It’s important that parents create a consistent sleep schedule, relaxing bedtime routine and soothing sleep environment to help their child achieve healthy sleep,”

American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler.

Set aside time to read some bedtime stories, tuck their favorite toys in with them, or participate in other quiet time activities and wind down routines— even have them lower the shades! Unfortunately, ‘screen time’ quiet time isn’t ideal as the blue light can prevent their brain from winding down. Engaging them in these routines early on will help to build good habits on their own in the future too.

Get inspired by some more kid friendly Lafayette Looks below:

We hope these tips will help in your household and ease the process for quick adjustments when it’s time for back to school. With family at the center our business, we know how important it is to get the little things right to keep your family on the right schedule. Lafayette Interior Fashions has the right choice window treatment solutions for your home. Find a local dealer if you’re interested in updating your window treatments to match your lifestyle.

Did you like these tips? Have you used one of these window treatments in your looks? We’d love to hear from you! Comment below, share on your favorite social site, or e-mail us at lifblog@lafvb.com.

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Genesis Traditional Roman Shade with Stationary Arch

6 Interior Design Tips That Will Stand the Test of Time

We investigated, and found six timeless interior fashion ideas we think might just hold up as the trends change.

Take a look around designs in your home. Maybe the chevron look you had to have a few years ago has passed its prime. Or your millennial pink living room has become an eyesore. Perhaps your rose-gold bedroom with all-grey everything else has lost its charm? Can we avoid floundering interior design regrets before we make them? And stay up-to-date and on trend? Let’s scroll together and take in some tips on iconic classic looks and some rising new trends that might just stand the test of time (or at least the next decade), and pair with new looks in the future.

What’s trendier then keeping up with the trends

Tip #1: Choose eco-friendly, sustainable options.

Nowadays long-term sustainable looks are in and fast fashion is out. Looking for quality, unique products with a long shelf-life might not be everyone’s first thought when they decide to re-do a room. But it’s a winning concept to save money long term and build lasting styles. Think about this tip when considering design choices such as solid hardwood furniture versus composite wood materials, solid granite or marble countertops versus laminate, a few antiques versus a cheap knock off, or even energy efficient window treatments. Make the right choice and spend money on visually flexible interior pieces versus spending money on big-ticket trendy items. 

Genesis Open Roll Roller Shades
Wood floors, a natural stone island, and clean, functional Genesis Shades, will provide foundation and stability as the room is updated.

If you are willing to churn out some minor TLC for such pieces over the years, they will become quality investments and aid in building home décor updates in the future. Think about it.

It’s easier to craft a new look around a vintage coffee and end table set than it is to pivot around a futon, a shag rug or an accent wall decked out in palm tree leaves. It’s easier to update your kitchen look with new cabinet finishes surrounding a beautiful neutral marble top island. A long-term shaded window look can stay put while drapes or valances are swapped out to engage a new print. Focus on key focal points that will endure, and give stability and longevity to any room’s design. 


Tip #2: Choose classic patterns that are flexible.

QUATREFOIL

Whether you know it or not you know what Quatrefoil is. It’s that almost geometric, but not ridged print that provides an addition of a pattern with a clean look, that can be paired in endless ways. Its circles, its squares, maybe diamonds? Its repetitive and peaceful and doesn’t give an overly modern or antique look, despite its big history. Do you see it yet? Oh okay, we’ll help you out.

Lafayette Interior Fashions Interior Masterpieces quatrefoil pattern.
Quatrefoil forms the pattern of four overlapping circles of the same size, so there can be variations to the pattern.
Above: Kimo, Ming #7B8-508
Lafayette Interior Fashions Interior Masterpieces quatrefoil pattern.
Quatrefoil has historical meanings of good luck, harmony, and even various religious connotations having been heavily used in church architecture. To us, all this history just means lasting diversity for your designs!
Above: Prim, Summer #7J5-827

A bright poppy version can add modern flair or a muted tone can act as a neutral. It can be paired with wood tones or mixed metals, as an accent pattern or a statement piece with other patterns. It’s been around a long time, with good reason. You can use this print in a variety of aesthetics, for a traditional, farmhouse, industrial, modern look. The options are endless. Use it in draperies, roman roller shades, area rugs, on throw pillows, wallpaper, or furniture accents. Check out a few ways we found quatrefoil in some LIF Dealers’ posts on Instagram.

STRIPES

Much like Quatrefoil, an iconic stripe pattern is a sneak attack way to add a pattern that can be molded into whatever look you want. If you’re interested in a window treatment, new living room upholstery, or a headboard and aren’t sure what to do, a stripe is a safe move. Just shy away from garish color combos and keep it simple. The classic look of a subtle stripe print will last when paired with trends to come.

Genesis Panel Track Shades pair with a coral floral valance and striped dining room chairs.
Stripe-backed chairs pair well with a floral valance sharing a coral accent color, above Genesis Panel Track Shades.

Tip #3: INCORPORATE MIXED METALS

Mixed metal accents ground a room with taupe colorings and Tenera Sheer Shadings.
Different metal accents ground the room and carry the eye in a room decked out in Tenera Continuum Sheer Shadings.

While decking your whole house out in one metal finish, such as brass, might be overkill and the look might fade over the years, mixing metals in accent pieces can function in and out of designs. Think of an end table, a gilded mirror, a set of vases, or a bookshelf. Don’t feel limited to one finish. Mixing and matching metal shades isn’t just okay now, it is encouraged, and helpful as you incorporate new looks in the future.

Mixed Metal Accents ground a room with a neutral palette featuring Tenera Sheer Shadings.
Metal tables pair with a neutral palette and Tenera Continuum Sheer Shadings.

Tip #4: USE WARM, BRIGHT COLORS AS THE NEW NEUTRALS.

If you read our blog on the new color of the year, you’ll know it’s Living Coral. You might also know Ultra Violet was the color of the year in 2018. Though cool grays and muted, minimalistic color schemes gained popularity the past decade, the new look is color. 

Bright hues reflected in this room and its Parasol Cellular Shades create a useful, engaging space.

Warm palettes with bright hues will rejuvenate your home. This concept aims to incorporate your instinctive tastes and bring happiness and light to your home. Implement this concept and your rooms will inspire and speak to your vivacious life. Much like you would use neutrals, large swatches of bold navy, emerald green, bright coral or dreamy violet will anchor designs. Adding these additions through velvets, velours or other dense, luscious fabrics that enhance the hue, in window fashions, upholstery or rugs, are a couple of ideas if you’re into this new classic. 


Tip #5: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A FIREPLACE

“The hearth is the psychological center of the home.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

Even if the mid-century modern look Wright helped to spearhead isn’t your thing, a notion that a fireplace can anchor a room is a promising concept. A fireplace provides a perfect canvas to pivot design looks around, and it tends to draw people together.

Whether its brick, marbled, mantled or mantle-less, can actually burn a fire or is a decorative centerpiece, it’s a malleable mainstay for your design choices. Brick can become exposed or painted. Materials at the base can be switched out easily. Shelves and accents at the top can be added or discarded to direct the eye movement in a room. The room for variation provide endless options.

If you happen to be lucky enough to have a hearth in your home, don’t shy away from using it as a natural focal point as you update rooms to fit the newest trends you have to have.


Tip #6: ADD GREENERY AND INCORPORATE BIOPHILIC DESIGN

Engagement with biophilic design will enhance any room design in look and atmosphere. Incorporating live greenery and emphasizing natural environments creates connection with a space, and provides stress-relieving qualities.

Much like the bright color tip from above, the point of biophilic design is to enhance and mold your surroundings to best suit the use of a area.

Along with plant life, setting the scene with natural light can enhance a room’s biophilic design. With smart home window treatment choices readily available, you can pre-set shades or blinds to the moods you want to create for each time of day, so you don’t have to think twice about it in the future. A tip to stand the test of time, and save you some.


WRAPPING UP

So, you still really want to gut your kitchen for a total farmhouse look? Or go mid-century full mid-century modern in your bedroom? Or order the palm-leaf wallpaper for a bathroom? 

Well, go ahead. We are here to help you live out your interior design dreams. But hopefully, you’ve picked up on some design choice mainstays that will make your overhaul a little easier. Even “classic” looks come and go, but quality pieces that function in use, as well as aesthetic, will be the design choices you continue to love as time marches on.

As always, our Lafayette Interior Fashions Dealers are here to help you take the next step to get your dream window treatments.

What did you think of these tips? Let us know in the comments or email us at lifblog@lafvb.com with questions, comments, or ideas for the next blog topic.

Designing for the Mind

Use key interior design elements to enhance mental health and wellness year-round

A biophilic design works to use the space to represent a natural environment as a whole.

Mental health and wellness comes in all shapes and forms, from companion animals to daily exercise, spirituality to humor — the factors that lead to a healthy headspace are numerous. We locked down a few commonly believed interior design notions thought to improve mental wellness and guide you in the right direction to strengthen the potential mental health properties of your environment.

The notions and concept behind design psychology have been around for centuries, such as in Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art that uses the energy forces of the surrounding environment to create harmony for its inhabitants. But recent studies have shown that environmental factors such as light, texture, pattern, and colors all can affect mental capacity in a variety of ways.

It’s daunting to think that every interior environment we put ourselves in has the ability to affect and even put stress on the mind and body, but taking note of these key factors can help shape your environments into mental wellness-boosting areas.

Bio-what? Design?

In an article by The Dirt, Barbara Stewart, an architect and Feng Shui specialist, said that much like a zoologist would design the perfect natural environment for an animal, humans should emphasize environments that mimic the natural world we lived in prior to urbanization. Her ideas build off the concept of Biophilia; the notion that humans innately crave to be surrounded by other living, natural things. Biophilic Design aims to reconnect humans with elements of nature to improve health, motivate the mind and enhance productivity.

But what does this look like from an interior design perspective? 

Think of an outdoor Zen Garden brought inside.

Custom window treatments help to emphasize high ceilings and bring a window's view into the design scheme.
A softer biophilic design concept.

A natural wood or dark floor element subconsciously reminds us of a forest floor or a wooded area. Neutral colors at eye level and bright, light colors towards the ceilings are ideal for replicating natural exterior environments that negate stressors. Patterns and textures in a marble or stone accent provide flowing movement. Plants work in combination with the design as a whole to add to the Biophilic look.

The reasons behind why natural environments promote mental relaxation are numerous. To break it down, there are indications that the brain requires less focus when surrounded by nature versus an urban environment, which requires lots of attention, increasing fatigue, and leading to stress. 

Many hospitals and business spaces have even begun using Biophilic design to help obtain the responses they want from people. The results indicate improved well-being and healing, boosted morale, enhanced creativity, and reduced stress.

A Different Perspective

If you’re not gung ho about making whatever space you’re working on into a conceptual forest, you can still bring mood-boosting elements into your own style through colors and textures, light and open space.

Left to right: Manh Truc Woven Wood Shades, Sasarido, Ebony; Zorro, Pebble 8A3-610; Delsi, Stone 7Z5-820; Luminous, Glacier 3D3-362; Dublin, Ivy 7Z4-422

A study on how light influences health, said exposure to natural light has also shown mood improvement and increased energy. 

From a design standpoint, this could mean adding shades that function to allow lots of natural light into the home during the day and maximum light blocking at night to enhance sleep quality, another huge factor shown to benefit mental wellness. 

A natural interior environment won’t necessarily lower stress levels, but studies on the effect of visually chaotic interiors or absence of Biophilic design show marked increased stress levels, even increasing pain medication usage in hospital patients surrounded by such interiors.

With that in mind, check out some more design tips below that could improve mental wellness:

  • Fabrics that evoke natural environmental elements can create a sense of relaxation. Though don’t feel limited to patterns of leaves and waves. Geometric patterns and other more modern looks can have similar effects. The goal is to find materials that mimic shapes and sizes that appear in the natural world, and use them in your window treatments, throw pillows or upholstery for example.
Top left to right: Levant, Natural 8G9-540; Gratz, Pink Parfait 8G8-649; Toka, Grotto 8B5-390;
Bottom left to right: Tyrion, Smoke 8D2-802; Tone, Granite 8G7-375; Manh Truc Woven Wood Shades, Caracas, Ginger
  • Strategically placed metal accent accessories can convey strength and stability such as a mirror, end table, clock or a lamp.
Lafayette Interior Fashions Casual Roman Shades
Metallic accents and greenery anchor neutral colors, and center pleats add texture and emphasize height to Casual Roman Shades.
  • Create spatial flow and avoid dead space. This means try to avoid placing a couch directly against a wall or cornering off a seating area. Emphasize height and space in a room through window treatments, creative light fixtures, large mirrors, or paintings. This can make the most of a smaller space, decreasing stress by eliminating a sense of confinement and creating a sense of freedom.
  • Engage tactile materials that evoke natural environments such as woven shades, wooden furniture, stone fireplaces or clay tiling. Incorporate plants that bring height and movement to a room. Textured or dark, solid floor coverings, like a shag rug or wood floors can help ground the look.

There is no one right answer when designing your home, but a founding idea to take away is this:

The design of your spaces can influence your daily outlook, so design with that in mind to help boost your mood and happiness, whatever that may be. 

A Note on Workspaces

Interest in psychology and design has grown in recent years, especially in regard to maximizing efficiencies in workspaces. Many Americans spend a large number of hours at work a weekly, often spending more time at work than home. While everyone craves a corner office with lots of light, a landscape view, and lots of greenery to take in, that is often not the reality for many in the American workforce.
So, are you stuck in a dark office or a cubicle with no natural light? Good news, even simply surrounding oneself with printed images of natural environments is linked to lowering stress levels. These could be images of spring or summer scenes with lots of green, or even autumn leaves. Plants that need little direct light would also help to improve mental wellness in a small, artificially lit workspace. You could even cluster some foliage together to create a plant screen and make yourself feel more at ease in a natural environment. (Plus, it will improve the air quality, another health boosting benefit!)  

Check out our Pinterest Board on Biophilic Inspired Design to get a better feel for the concept, and let us know what you think.

Please note these tips and tricks are design guidelines and are not proven mental health treatments. If you are taking steps to care for your mind, body, and soul but still feel like you are struggling with your mental health, please reach out to a mental health provider for help.

Lafayette Interior Fashions and our dealers are on always on your side to help build your ultimate interior atmosphere. Find your local dealer today.

Parasol Shades in Coral

Bring Life into your Living Spaces

Get Inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year

If you haven’t yet heard, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is Living Coral and we love the idea of brightening up our spaces with it.

Parasol Shades in Coral
Parasol Shades in a coral hue bring warmth to a bright white space.
Coral Fabric Bathroom Accents
Custom Pagoda Cornice and Shower Curtain with
coral accents add flair to this natural environment.
Woven Wood Shades with Coral Accents
Manh Truc Woven Wood Roman Shades with Coral Festoon Overlays add classic elegance.

But let’s face it, adding bright colors into your design scheme can be scary. 

While Living Coral may seem like an overly-bold color, its intention is to be reminiscent of a natural environment like the coral reef, engaging and warm, yet energizing.

It’s easy to create the same effect in your living areas by bringing in the right interior fashions. Get creative and try coral in small accents paired with soft green or blue complementary hues or try large focal pieces such as coral window shades or a fresh coat of paint. Pair these large swatches of color with subdued natural wood tones, or even accent metallics and feel your home buzz with a calming energy. Pantone’s color of the year has lasting effects on everything from fashion, to make-up, accessories, furniture and with some guidance, your home’s interior design.

Incorporate a fresh look with a lasting effect in your home

Check out some of our favorite coral inspired fabrics from our spring fabric book, Pop of Color below:

Select Masterpieces, 2192, Patrica Slate, 7Z8-800
Patrica Slate, (7Z8-800) would add flair on a drapery or valence accent paired with woven shades.

Or perhaps add a little texture to a room with Dublin, Melon
(7Z4-500) or Zorro, Ginger (8A3-361).

Select Masterpieces, 2192, Zen, Verona, 8B8-862
Zen, Verona (8B8-862) a chinoiserie perfectly adds coral notes in this whimsically elegant pattern.
Select Masterpieces, 2192, Flower Rain Garden, 8F6-353
A romantic water-color pattern such as Flower Rain Garden, (8F6-353) might be perfect to add subtle coral shades.

Want to see more? Our Pop of Color Digital Fabric Book lets you check out which other materials we think are prime picks for Spring, and suggests complementary fabric pairings.

Once you see something you like, bring your ideas to your certified local Lafayette Interior Fashions Dealer, and they can help you design your own Living Coral room.