5 favorite kitchen trends of 2016

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We’re fast approaching the mid-point of 2016, so it’s interesting to see which home trends are thriving in the zeitgeist. Here are five of the hottest trends likely to become kitchen staples for years to come:

Ying, yang, and neutral tones  Black, white, earthy grays and coffee-shaded browns are being used regularly to enhance kitchen spaces and create a more relaxing atmosphere.

– 21st Century accessibility.  As with many rooms in the home, the kitchen is evolving to meet our technological needs.  For example, charging stations and hand-free phone and tablet mounts are helping to make recipes and cooking videos more easily accessible.

– Functionality.  Much like the need for technological accessibility, kitchens are also evolving to accommodate our other needs. The addition of small nooks and ports for refuse, wine refrigerators, and coffee making stations are popping up all over the place.  Link to an example

– Luxury-rugged.  As with cabinetry, many kitchens are adopting rougher-looking materials, sans ornamentation, for a sleek, smooth look.  Hardwood floors and black slate tiles are a great example of this, and fit well with many custom decors.

Whether undertaking a full kitchen renovation, or just freshening one up, don’t forget to include your window treatments in your epic home transformation.  Did you know that Damner specifically color matches custom shutters to fit your home decor perfectly?  Visit us online at www.danmer.com, or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

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5 Home Hacks to save money for tax season

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 3.18.27 PMSo it’s tax season, and whether you’re expecting a refund or arranging to make payments, it’s a great idea to look for ways to cut expenses and save a few bucks in the upkeep of your home.  There are actually a number of ways to save just by making simple improvements around the house!  Here are five of the most cost effective:

  • Replace Your Air Filter.  To avoid higher energy bills, replace your air filters annually. Letting furnace air filters become clogged with dust and dirt can make it difficult for air to travel correctly, hence costing you more money to heat your home.  
  • Seal those heating ducts.  Poorly sealed connections can actually cost homes up to 20% of their heat!  Sealing up that heating ductwork can help spare a lot of shivers down the road and keep more money in your pocket.
  • “Low Flow” water fixtures.  “Low flow” is the way to go.  They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and can cut your water consumption nearly in half, lowering your water bills and reducing water waste overall.  
  • Use Weather stripping.  Air can seep in and out during hot and cold weather, driving your energy bills up exponentially.  Weather stripping is a temporary remedy in preventing unwanted loss of cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

Give Danmer a call at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation to see if the right window coverings can actually pay for themselves in reduce home energy bills, or visit us at www.danmer.com .

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Window Treatments to Help You Sleep

As you may already know, the United States will observe Daylight Saving Time on the March 13th when we’ll set our clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. (losing an hour), and won’t set them back an hour until November 6th at 2 a.m. (when we’ll gain an hour).  This system, originally conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, was later adopted by many countries in an effort to save electricity and take advantage of early daylight hours.

Though many would agree that the extra daylight is a welcome sight, not to mention a harbinger of warmer weather and more time for outdoor activities, many of the same people would also agree that they’re not looking forward to losing an hour of sleep as a result of the time change!  And what may be even more inconvenient, the season to follow is so full of early morning light that it can become very difficult to sleep in again until fall comes back around.

Fortunately, there are ways to get around it.  The easiest would be to start sleeping in a room with no windows, but where’s the fun in that?  The best option is to treat your windows with adequate window coverings that let you control the amount of sunlight that gets into your home.  Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating System can be beneficial three-fold:

Thermalite Shutters were specifically designed to reduce energy consumption   by preventing temperature gain or loss through windows.

– This prevention can reduce your home energy bills by up to 35%.

– Thermalite Shutters allow you to have maximum control over incoming light.  Benjamin Franklin would approve!

Visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

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5 life hacks you need to see to believe!

Any web search is likely to produce pages and pages of home life hacks for projects that may look great in your home, but don’t always offer a practical application to what your home really needs.  The following life hacks are not among them:

Garage “Safety Bumper.”  When pulling into the garage, it can be difficult to gauge how close the car is to the wall.  The poor perception can result in unwanted scratches, dings — or worse!  An easy fix is to cut a foam swimming pool noodle in half, lengthwise, and attach it to the wall so that you can enter without fear and/or damage when the noodle is there to take the impact instead!

“Light” hack.  By mounting a $4 Ikea shelf bracket into a dark corner, and affixing a hanging light bulb from it, it becomes easy to brighten up the darker corners in a room with ease!

Walnut Touch-ups.  Nothing can detract from a wood surface more than scuffs and scratches.  But fear not: by rubbing the inside of an ordinary walnut against damaged areas of a wood surface, the scuffs are covered up and disappear like magic!

Non-slip rugs.  Slippery rugs on slippery surfaces can be a pain — sometimes literally!  But by adding a few strips of acrylic caulk to the bottom, a rug will have the grip it needs to remain stable and prevent you from taking an unwanted “magic carpet ride” across the room.

The classic “cord cabana.”  If you’ve ever had to dig through a drawer full of tangled cables before, you’ll really appreciate this hack.  By coiling cables — everything from phone cords, to USB cables, to any other electronics — and slipping them into vacant toilet paper rolls, you can instantly say goodbye to the random cable chaos!  For added organization, just slip the rolls into a box for easy access and call it good!

Getting your home in order is important, and nobody understands that better than Danmer.  We offer only the best in custom window coverings to accommodate your decor and budget.  Visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

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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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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.  Visit www.danmer.com for more info!

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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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Advice for Your Kitchen Makeover

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.14.33 AMSeeing your kitchen windows with brand new shutters for the first time can be a revelation! Who knew the kitchen could take on such a sophisticated look? Well, this is what happens when you invest the right amount of time and energy into your home improvement projects. In the midst of all the excitement to get your renovation done, however, many homeowners overlook one crucial detail that can significantly extend the life span of their new window coverings: the choice of materials for your shutters or blinds.

Your kitchen shutters, for example, must be able to withstand exposure to moisture from the sink , from cooking and from the dishwasher. Choosing shutters for your kitchen – or even a bathroom for that matter – that are made from solid hardwood may not be a wise choice. Over time, wood is guaranteed to warp, chip, peal and even discolor from the effects of water and moisture.

How to avoid this costly mistake? Make sure you get design help from a Window Covering Design Specialist through a FREE in-home consultation right at the beginning of your renovation project. Make sure your selections are a good balance of beauty and function. Chances are you’ll avoid premature wear and tear of your window coverings in the long run.

So EXACTLY what material should you choose for areas of your home that often contain higher amounts of heat and moisture? The answer is a synthetic material for shutters or blinds are your best choice. Genuine Thermalite shutters from Danmer are water resistant, flame retardant, and guaranteed to never crack peel or discolor, making them a perfect fit for kitchens and bathrooms. If you’re looking for a natural wood grain look, select a water resistant faux wood option that will bring elegance to your room, while holding up well in moisture and humidity.

Need more information? Give us a call at (800) 684-3434, or schedule your consultation online at danmer.com

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How to Choose the Best Custom Window Shutters for Your Home

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How to Choose the Best Custom Window Shutters
So you’re committed to improve your home and you’ve decided to purchase new window shutters. Where do you begin? Danmer Custom Shutters strongly suggests you use these 8 important questions to help guide you through your shutter shopping experience.

Are the shutters custom made for me?
Make sure your shutters are hand-crafted to your exact speficications, including color, finish and size to ensure your shutters fit your window flawlessly and match your décor. Danmer’s genuine custom shutters are made from the ground up to fit your size and shape of window, and made to match your décor…no exceptions!

How to Choose Between Wood and Poly or Faux-Wood Shutters?
There will always be homeowners who insist on wood shutters. But one alternative you should ask for is Thermalite™ Shutters. Unlike wood shutters, Thermalite will NEVER peel, crack, warp, burn, or discolor. They don’t lose tension so they work perfectly for many years. And the water-based finish insures safety with no harmful toxic effects.

How Fast Can I Get My Shutters?
Danmer is the shutter manufacturer, right here in California. This gives us the ability to install your custom shutters faster than anyone else in the industry. Many companies only assemble parts manufactured overseas, which can take weeks to arrive. Danmer shutters can be installed in as little as 3 days from your measuring appointment+.

Are You Fully Licensed and Insured?
The Contractors State License Board regulates California contractors, while investigating over 20,000 complaints each year. Ask any shutter company about their installers: Will the person who installs your shutters be licensed, bonded, insured, factory trained and certified? Do they have a minimum 10 year track record installing shutters? Danmer’s license is #574304 and we’ve NEVER had a complaint filed gainst our installers with the CSLB.

What’s The Right Shutters For My Home Environment?
The Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System was created to reduce energy consumption in your home, insulating your windows up to 3x better than wood shutters, keeping your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Thermalite is made of a non-toxic material that’s flame retardant, water resistant,and produces very low VOCs.

Why Is Made in USA Important?
Danmer Custom Window Shutters are manufactured and assembled right here in the USA. We believe that investing in your home is an investment in rebuilding America. Other companies will also claim that their products are made in the USA, but in reality many are only assembled in the USA from foreign manufactured parts. Danmer shutters are produced here in the USA using safe and reliable materials.

Why Is 24/7 Customer Service Important?
Make sure to ask if the shutter company provides customer service 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to address any questions that may arise. Also ask your shutter company if they provide their customers with online order status, so you can see your from start to finish.

Why Is The Warranty Important?
Here’s what to look for in the fine print: insist on a custom window shutter warranty that’s actually transferable to the NEXT homeowner. A transferable warranty is desirable because it will likely increase the resale value of your home. Trust a company that will give you a copy of the warranty; that’s the Danmer Difference. Custom Window Shutters have gone through a remarkable transformation in the last few decades, with product and service options that you ought to know about before you make a shutter decision. You shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get your shutter company to tell you about the full range of options available. You deserve straight answers in a timely manner so that you can make the best shutter choice for you and your family.

Please visit www.danmer.com or if you would like to speak to a specialist, please call us at 888-326-6378. Good luck!

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Why Kid Safe Window Coverings Matter – The Facts

Window Coverings can be a beautiful but deadly addition to your home if you do not install the proper ones. Children are susceptible to injuries and even deaths by cords from some window coverings. Kid safe window coverings come in a variety of beautiful fashions that pose no risk to your family.

Parentsforwindowblindsafety.org has an extensive database of all reports injuries and deaths to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission dating back to 1972.  The information on this page is for reporters, government officials, attorneys and anyone else interested in window covering safety.  We will add to this page so please keep it bookmarked for updates.

FAQ submitted by PFWBS

How many children have been killed or injured by cords from window coverings?

  • 554

    Window Coverings can kill, protect your family but selecting cordless.

    Kids and Cords: A Deadly Combo

What does it mean when window covering boxes say “child safe” on them?

  • This means the product complies with the WCMA/ANSI standard.

If a product complies with the WCMA/ANSI safety standard does that mean its
safe?

  • NO! This safety standard is developed and written by the manufactures. Long operational or pull cords, accessible inner cords and faulty tension devices all comply with the most current 2012 WCMA/ANSI safety standard.

How safe are the safety kits passed out by the Window Coverings Safety Council?

How can I tell if a window covering is safe for children?

  • If the window covering has no accessible cords, front and back, it is safe.  Please see our safe products page for products that have been tested for safety.

For more information visit on how to replace your old corded window coverings please visit http://danmer.com/buy/kidsafe.php

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