A Brief Guide to Child and Pet Safe Window Coverings

Child safety is a top priority for any parent. When you are planning to purchase window coverings for your home, the safety of your family should play a major role in your decision making process. If you make your purchase based solely on price considerations, you may end up with window coverings that are dangerous to the safety of your children and pets. For this reason, when purchasing window coverings it is important to take a closer look at exactly what you are buying to ensure that it offers the latest child safety features.

Which Window Coverings Should a Parent Avoid?

Many window coverings, like standard blinds and shades, function through the use of dangerous strings and cords that dangle from the top of the window casing. These hanging strings may look inviting to a curious child or pet. Parents should be aware that it is possible for children to become entangled in window covering cords. Therefore, to reduce the risk of accidents, all cords should be kept out of the reach of children.

Eclipse Shutters are Safe for Both Pets and Children

There is a long list of benefits that you can expect from having Eclipse shutters installed in your home, including improved energy efficiency, beauty and easy functionality. But the most important benefit, especially if you have pets or small children, is peace of mind. shutters are extremely beautiful, durable and easy to maintain when compared to other window coverings, and because there are no dangling cords involved in their design, shutters represent a safer alternative when compared to shades or blinds.

You can feel confident in purchasing Eclipse shutters for your home, knowing that they have recently received the Best for Kids™ distinction. The Best for Kids certification is a safety program put forth by the WCMA (Window Covering Manufacturers Association). This is the industry’s first third party certification program designed to help consumers and retailers easily identify products that are safe to use in homes with young children.

Eclipse shutters are not only visually appealing and energy efficient, their cordless design makes them one of the safest window coverings on the market today! For more information about your window shutter options, give us a call to schedule a free consultation.

10 Design Tips for a Chic Nursery

10 Design Tips for a Chic Nursery

As with all other rooms in your house, the baby nursery is always expected to be chic. You’ll be spending a lot of time in the nursery, so make sure you design it for both you and baby. To start you off, here are 10 design tips to help you achieve a sophisticated, yet functional nursery:

  1. Choose a color scheme.
    Before starting on any decorations for your nursery, it is always important to choose your color scheme first. This will make it easier to put together your nursery in style. What colors do you want as your main colors? Give your nursery a designer look by having splashes of bold colors that contrast beautifully with your main colors. Be it in a rug or rocking chair, nothing says chic like a well-thought-out color scheme.
  2. Get creative with a fun wallpaper full of patterns.
    Due to the major increase of sophisticated forms of home décor, wallpaper is now available in a variety of patterns, colors and textures. Choose a fun pattern for your nursery as a great way to add some depth to your style and cover up the boring white walls.
  3. Add an overhead light.
    Nothing ruins good décor like bad lighting. Try out a unique overhead light piece for a sophisticated look for your nursery. This should also be placed strategically to light up the nursery at the right angle and showcase your beautiful colors without being too bright for baby.
  4. Bring in an element of playfulness with an oversized stuffed animal.
    Keep the room casual and playful with an oversized stuffed animal. Not only will your child love it but it’s a great way to draw attention to the room.
  5. Use fun letters and words as wall art.
    Fun letters and words look beautiful when placed in a nursery. Not only are they great to help your child learn, but also look amazing as wall art. Check out Pinterest for DIY ideas or buy from kitschy sites like Etsy.
  6. Give horizontal stripes a try.
    You can never go wrong when it comes to decorating with horizontal stripes. They add a playful atmosphere to any dull space. Consider mixing it up with different pops of bold color and watch as your nursery transforms.
  7. Highlight one wall that will serve as an accent wall.
    You need not break the bank creating an accent wall in your nursery. Choose one wall to highlight and use playful colors or wallpaper art to create your own accent wall. Accent walls are a fun addition to the room, as they create uniqueness to your nursery design.
  8. Get a chic, soft rug.
    Choose a rug that is both beautiful and functional. Choose a rug that will be soft enough for baby but not so delicate that it can’t be walked on or cleaned easily.
  9. Accessorize the room with cute baby clothes.
    This is a great way to have your nursery looking cute all day every day. Make use of the baby clothes and hang them strategically at one place in your nursery.
  10. Choose your window treatments wisely.
    When considering window treatments for a nursery, safety and being easy to clean should be top priorities. shutters are the best option for a nursery as they are child-safe, and they can be easily cleaned to keep dirt and dust out of the room.

At Eclipse Shutters, we provide beautiful shutters that can be seamlessly incorporated into your nursery design. The health and aesthetic benefits of shutters can’t be beat. Contact us today at Eclipse Shutters for more information.

Interior Shutters That Will Welcome Your New Baby with Style

Interior Shutters That Will Welcome Your New Baby with Style

When becoming a new parent, you want everything to be absolutely perfect for the newest addition to your family. And one thing that is a constant concern as you prepare for parenthood is making sure that everything in your home is safe and baby-proofed. Once infants become mobile and begin crawling around, there are a variety of potential messes and mishaps they can get themselves into. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have stylish furnishings in your home that were not only baby-proof, but also durable enough to look good well past the terrible two’s?

Stylish Interior Shutters for Your Nursery

Eclipse  style shutters are made from a polyresin material that can easily be cleaned with soap and water. This allows for a dust-free environment in one of most important rooms in your home – the nursery. A major benefit for the baby’s room, living room or any other room in your home is that Eclipse shutters are GREENGUARD® Gold Certified. The GREENGUARD Gold Certification is designed to define low-emitting materials suitable for environments where people, particularly children and sensitive adults, spend extended periods of time, in particular schools and healthcare facilities. Eclipse Shutters are also listed on the GREENGUARD website for Microbial Resistance and are non-porous, making it difficult for harmful mold and mildew to grow. As your child grows, you may worry about your child climbing on everything. The window sill, especially with an open window, is a major worry for parents. Interior shutters installed in the nursery are a quick solution because they block the window while allowing air to flow throughout the room. The frames and slats of Eclipse shutters have a cellular design, which traps hot and cold air and stops it from passing through the window into your home. You never have to worry about having to repaint or replace Eclipse Shutters. You can customize them to match any room color that you choose. These shutters are also durable and come standard with a 25-year warranty – the best in the industry! Install Eclipse shutters today and cross “safe window treatments” off of your nursery wish list!
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