No Cookie-Cutter Window Coverings

unspecifiedDon’t ever settle for “cookie-cutter” stock items when it comes to Shutters, or any window coverings, for that matter. That can be a recipe for disaster! Danmer Shutters are custom made by expert craftsmen for your home specifications right in our own facility here in the U.S.A.

 

When you order window coverings from Danmer, our friendly and experienced Window Covering Specialists are dedicated to making sure that your experience is fun and relaxing, never stressful.

 

During your free in-home consultation, we’ll bring the show room to you! Danmer’s representative will show you all of the available options so you can select just the right window coverings for your home.  Your Danmer representative will help you with all you need ton know such as colors, styles, light control, energy efficiency, and cost. No Cookie-cutter approach from Danmer. That’s the Danmer Difference!  

 

Danmer will then deliver and install your shutters with the fastest turnaround time in the industry! We can do this because we make your Shutters right here in our own factory to your specifications. The results are elegant custom shutters that are safe, energy efficient, easy to clean, and guaranteed to increase the value of your home.

 

 For over 30 years, Danmer has been committed to designing and building the finest shutters in the world, while treating every customer like they are friends and family.  Give us a call at (800) 684-3434 to learn what Danmer can do for you.

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5 Dining Room Designs To Choose From

Your dining room is that special space where you break bread with friends and loved ones. Of course, it must provide functionality and comfort, but it’s just as important that is presents a welcoming appearance and a personal touch. Dining rooms come in all shapes, sizes, and decors, but the most important feature is the one that represents your family’s personality.  Here are a few of the most popular designs to successfully combine those qualities:

Contemporary Dining Rooms:  Modern dining rooms of the 21st century have many common elements: A rectangular table that’s typically dark in complexion with perhaps unusually-shaped, neutral colored chairs. This isn’t your grandmother’s dining room!  The dining table often seats 6 or more people and is typically arranged near large windows or adjacent to a wall adorned with striking or colorful modern art. Custom Shutters are well suited for the windows in Contemporary dining areas.

Simple Dining Rooms:  Often bathed in browns and golds, the simple approach may vary in shape, such as squares, circles, and small rectangles tables.  4 to 6 traditionally designed chairs are arranged around the tables, and set near large windows and/or walls with complimentary artwork.

Country Dining Rooms:   Unlike their Simple and Contemporary cousins, Country dining rooms are less about tables and more about the surrounding decor.  Tables and matching chairs of all shapes and sizes can fit this theme, but the more traditional and rustic the better!  Surrounding decor will vary, but often includes China cabinets, paintings, and a more ostentatious design scheme than the others.  Nearby windows tend to be an important part of the motif, adorned with colorfully solid or patterned curtains, to complete the room.

Eclectic Dining Rooms:   An Eclectic dining room may look like madness on the surface, but rest assured, there is a method to the madness!  Here, chairs may not match (in color or design), and the colors and shades that can be used are limitless.  If done properly, this dining room will never seem cluttered and no color or object will ever feel out of place.  To lend some continuity to the overall presentation, the dining tables and chairs are typically arranged near windows and various works of art.

Round Table Dining Rooms:   Often centered and symmetrical, the round table can seat anywhere from 4 to 10+ people depending on the diameter of the table.  One advantage is that you can have an odd number of chairs without ever looking “lopsided,” and best of all, you can combine elements from any of the other dining room styles to make the round centerpiece flourish!

As most of these designs rely on the placement and size of nearby windows, it’s important to control the amount of light that will illuminate your dining area — too much can be unpleasant and too little can ruin the natural ambiance that sunlight or moonlight can create.  Larger windows work best with Plantation Shutters, which eliminate these concerns, and add a sleek aesthetic element to an already visually pleasing room.  Contact Danmer at (800) 684-3434 to schedule your free in-home consultation.

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Winter Solstice and South Facing Windows

cafe-shuttersSo as of last week, the Earth shifted into winter solstice mode. This causes the Earth’s northern hemisphere (where we in the U.S. live) to receive less sunlight each day until next spring.  This is because the sun rises from south of due east, and sets south of due west, giving us only a 38 degree arc of sunlight –– significantly less than the luminous 86 degree arc we enjoy in the summer. It only sounds complicated, but we all feel this effect every day whether we acknowledge it or not.

As the sun (and temperature) drops, the winter chill can set in rather quickly, especially in areas with colder climates.  One possible remedy for this is to let daylight into your home through south-facing windows to absorb heat in the morning and afternoon, but there is one drawback: exposing windows completely leaves your home vulnerable to too much heat, lack of privacy, and potentially bad window glare as well.

The good news is that there’s no reason for windows to be fully exposed.  Danmer’s Plantation Shutters provide an optimal view and are designed to give you maximum control over incoming sunlight and heat.  In fact, the right Plantation Shutter can lower your home energy bills by up to 35% while maintaining privacy, and adding style and elegance to any room in your home.  Give us a call at (800) 684-3434 to schedule your free in-home consultation, or visit us online at www.danmer.com.

 

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Safe for the Holidays

LJxxuN7IWhBJpq1pAH9G1JRf_AtqN2iP6P_cIevfZpM OK, admit it: It’s easy to get carried away when decorating for the holidays. We all know that one over-the-top neighbor who has to have the jolliest display on the block. Or r perhaps we are that neighbor. But the truth is that sometimes the most extravagant exhibits are not the safest. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make an impression without sacrificing safety.

You don’t need to resort to plastic reindeer, but there are a number of things you can do safely to create traditionally festive-looking home for the Holidays atmosphere. For example, windows are an obvious focal point, and a great place to display decorations. However, ornaments and certain kinds of lights can be very dangerous if displayed in the window without attention to safety. Of course, there are other ways to keep on the lookout for safe decorating, but here are just a few safe and aesthetically pleasing options to choose from:

  • Ribboned Pinecones. How about dangling a few ribboned pine cones from garland or a on a curtain rod? This will capture the essence of winter with very little fuss.
  • Window Silhouettes. These simple but classic decorations, available in a variety of cutouts and stickers, can infuse any windows with holiday cheer! From snowflakes to reindeer, there are plenty of designs available to customize your windows.
  • Holiday Wreaths. These timeless decorations are typically displayed as a warm greeting at the front door, but can sometimes be adversely affected by winter weather. Try hanging a wreath from the front window where it can be seen by everyone inside and out and be protected from the elements.
    Whatever your decor, when holiday decorations are arranged or displayed out of the reach of kids and critters, they can be safely admired by the whole family and make your home a great addition to the neighborhood showcase!

    Happy holidays from the Danmer family to yours!

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Winter is here!

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.49.09 AMHave you prepared your home for falling temperatures?

Failing to properly insulate your home at this time of year every year can be painful. Cold can seep in to your home, making it very uncomfortable and expensive. In the long run, by blasting extra heat from your furnace or heating elements, you’re bound to spend an arm and a leg in increased energy bills.

One solution to these problems is relatively easy. Use properly designed and installed window coverings and you’ll keep the heat from escaping your home while preventing unwanted drafts from sneaking in.

Did you know that right window covering will actually pay for themselves in reduced home energy costs? Danmer’s Thermalite™ Shutters Insulating System can reduce your energy costs by up to 35% while keeping your home warmer in the Winter and cooler in the Summer.

Just think: all the money you save on energy bills by upgrading to reliable, insulating shutters can be put towards a great vacation when spring and summer months roll back around again!

Contact Danmer by phone, email, or live chat soon to take advantage of our Buy One, Get One 50% off Holiday Savings Event! www.danmer.com

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What Are Cellular Shades?

hd-allustra-deutte-ArchitellaWhen you think of window treatments for your home, you probably imagine Shutters, Blinds, or even Roller Shades adorning your windows.  Actually, there are 100’s of other options, but one contemporary look is cellular – or honeycomb – shades. You may not know that in addition to being stylish, they have significant insulating properties.

Cellular shades are named for their honeycomb-shaped cells made of varying fabrics. They use layers of these fabric to trap cold air from the outside and insulate the windows they’re covering. This will save energy while lowering your home energy bills.

The cells come in various sizes and shapes and can be aligned vertically or horizontally for maximum efficiency and aesthetics. In addition, Danmer offers childproof cordless options on our Cellular Honeycomb Shades for the protection of your family and your pets.
Finally, here’s an additional bonus: Cellular Shades are a very affordable window covering option.  Ask us about our Duette Honeycomb and Applause Honeycomb shades when you call us to inquire about Window Coverings (800)684-3434.

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4 Tips to Make Your Window Coverings Last Longer

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 10.34.20 PMYou’ll stay cozy and save money over the holidays if keep your window coverings functioning properly through the chilly winter months. Here are 4 handy tips to make sure your window treatments are treating you to the holiday cheer that you and your family deserve.

1:  Not all window covering materials are the same.  Cleaning shutters made of hardwoods may require a slightly different approach than cleaning synthetic materials.  Get to know your window treatment materials and then use and the cleaning solutions / methods recommended specifically for these products. Your coverings will last longer and they’ll stay looking great for the Holiday season!

2:  Dust.  Dusting your Shutters, Blinds or Shades regularly can help keep allergen build-up at bay and thus keeping you and your family sniffle-free during the changing seasonal temperatures. A simple feather duster can sometimes do the trick.

3:  Clean deeper when necessary.  Sometimes a regular household feather duster isn’t enough to clear debris or stains and buildup that your coverings may have picked up.  If that’s the case, you may need to wipe with a microfiber cloth or enlist the help of some good old-fashioned mild soap and water.

4:  When in doubt, ask!  If the information you’ve found in your research proves inconclusive and you’re not sure of the best way to maintain your window coverings, feel free to ask a window Covering Speciaist at Danmer ! Whether by phone, email, or live chat, our team of professionals is here to help you every step of the way. Visit us at www.danmer.com and let us know how we can assist you.

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American Pride

unnamedIn honor of Veterans Day 2015, we at Danmer would like to thank the proud men and women who have represented the United States in all branches of our armed forces.  Without their dedication and the sacrifices they have made for the common good, the United States would not be the proud nation that it is today.            

Did you know that the national holiday we celebrate this week was originally created to mark the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918? Specifically it marks the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

However much has changed in the observance of this sacred holiday over the years.  This day was originally declared “Armistice Day,” with the holiday set aside to honor those who lost their lives in “the great war,” as WW1 was called. We were asked to remember November 11th as a day to enjoy the peace our nation had found and had hoped would follow.  Nearly 40 years later (in 1947), the holiday was renamed “Veterans Day,” and would be repurposed to honor American soldiers who’ve served in any of America’s conflicts.                 

Danmer is a proud supporter of American values and is making efforts to help rebuild America’s economy.  Danmer Shutters are made and assembled right here in the USA, so we know that investing in your home is an investment in rebuilding America.  Visit us at http://www.danmer.com to learn more.  

 

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Save Daylight and Money!

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 10.22.50 AMNow that your clocks are all turned back for daylight savings time, are you ready for the colder weather and the shorter days that fall weather inevitably brings? There’s actually less light and heat retention in your home when the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer.

Did you know that with the right window coverings you can actually make the most of what little light there is available?  Plantation shutters, for example, offer maximum versatility, allowing significant control over the amount of light – and heat – that enters or leaves your home.  Danmer’s Thermalite and UltraLuxe Shutters have a patented Insulating System built right into them that help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The bottom line is that the right window treatments can actually pay for themselves by lowering your utility bills by up to 35%, turning daylight savings time into energy savings time!  Click here to learn more about how Danmer can help you make the most of your savings.   

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Halloween Décor for Your Home

 

unnamedHalloween is here, and decorating your home to be ‘spooky’ can be fun for you and your whole family. Adding that “wow” factor to your Halloween display can turn your home into a real neighborhood showcase.   

So, what are the best ways to keep up with the “Munsters” in creating a truly creepy, yet tasteful experience for your kids and your neighbors?  Keep your main focus on your home’s exterior and entryway.  The first thing that your trick-or-treaters see on their way to your front door is crucial in setting the mood for your ghoulish gathering.  Here are three simple tips to help you get started:

  • EXTERIOR “HORROR” LIGHTING.  The right lights positioned at just the right angle (typically from below), can help create a creepy ambiance!
  • WEBS.  Pre-packaged or homemade webs are budget friendly, and effective! Using large webs strategically placed can have a ghostly and fun effect, while getting your visitors into the Halloween spirit.
  • SCARY WINDOWS.  Silhouetted window decorations can be accomplished for pennies on the dollar. Draping a few bats along your shutters, or using spooky skeletons to peer out of your other window coverings can make for a very frightful sight indeed!

Remember the basics while adding your own personal flair, and you just may end up with the most haunted house on the block!

Happy Halloween!

 

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