Shade Questions & Answers
For a clean, contemporary, or modern transitional look, roller shades, or Roman shades would work wonderfully. For a more formal, elegant look draperies, and soft treatments add that touch of class. For warmth and energy efficiency, cellular shades are a win! For a more natural look bamboo shades give an area a touch of natural class. For a classier look, shutters are always a sleeker looking option. For an inexpensive shade application Blinds get the job done. For a timeless upscale look both inside and out shutters are the way to go.
- Cost- what is my budget?
- Style- what style looks good with my decor and fits my taste?
- Functionality- base on cost, style, accessibility, child safety, longevity, and personal preference, how would I like to control my shades? Motorized or non-motorized?
- Brands- what brand have a good reputation, producing excellent quality window shades?
Sheer materials can add a softness to your window where you do not need complete privacy. It can also partially block some of the glare while allowing the light and view to show through. Light filtering shades work wonderful in the common living areas restrooms, game rooms, where you would like to block the harmful UV rays while still allowing the light to come through, but still providing privacy. Room darkening and black out shades work wonders in areas where you would like to be able to control both the light and privacy, while making the room dark. Many people like room, darkening shades for bedrooms, media rooms, man, caves, or offices.
If you would like your shade to blend in and not draw much attention to it, then go with the same or similar color as the trim and or wall that it butts up to. For a bolder look, you can contrast your light trim or wall color with a darker color shade. Or, if you have a darker color on your wall use a lighter colored shade.
Cord control, chain control, cordless lift, assist lift, control wand, motorized shades, smart hub controllers.
What is the difference/ pros and cons in a prefabbed shade purchased at your local hardware store, versus a special order shade?
If I have children, what child safety features should be considered when shopping for shades/ window treatments?
For an Inside Mount blind or shade, you need 6 measurements: 1. Measure the width at the top middle and bottom. 2. Record the smallest of those 3 measurements. 3. Then he will measure the height on the left middle and right. 4. Use the longest of those measurements.
For an Outside Mount blind or shade, you need to take 6 measurements: 1. Measure the width at the top middle and bottom. 2. Record the largest of those 3 measurements and add at least 1-2” to the width (more can be added, depending on how far you want the shade to extend past your opening or trim work). 3. Then measure the height on the left middle and right. 4. Use the longest of those measurements plus a minimum of 3-4”.
(More can be added, depending on how far you want the shade to extend past your opening or trim work).
For an inside mount shutter: Measure the width of the opening at the top, middle and bottom of the window, record the smallest of the 3 measurements as your width. Measure the height of the opening on the left, middle and right. Record the smallest of your height measurements. If adding a divider rail, measure from your sill up to the center of your window divide. Record this number.
Begin by measuring the width at the base of the arch, middle width and bottom width of the window and record the smallest measurement. The height you will record three measurements. The bottom of the window to the bottom or the arch on the right, and the same for the left. Lastly, measure from the window sill to the top of the arch. This will be for an inside mount.
First, check the batteries on your mount, remote and if your shades are battery powered check to make sure that sure batteries don’t need to be recharged or replaced. The next item that can be checked is the connection for your power source going into your shades to make sure that they are plugged in or connected properly both at the shade connection, and at the power supply connection. If your shades are hardwired, you can check the transformer box or multi-power panel box to make sure that a fuse is not blown or the breaker is not tripped on that outlet. If your motor is still not responding. You may also check your smart home hub to make sure that it has not disconnected from your power source or Wi-Fi.
For my motorized shades should I go with hardwired, or AA lithium battery powered, solar charged, or rechargeable battery powered? And what are the pros and cons?
It depends upon your access to electricity whether you can do hardwired. Several vendors have discontinued their battery powered options. Hardwired shades are more expensive; However, less maintenance, but we would recommend a surge protector to protect the product from storms. Rechargeable is one of the cheaper motorized options that usually has to be charged anywhere from a couple months to a couple of years depending upon the frequency of use.
When shopping for new draperies for my home, should I order it with a liner? If so, what color liner should I consider and why?
A liner is recommended for your draperies to help with the durability and longevity of the fabric. Some manufacturers will not offer a warrantee if you order the drapes without a liner knowing what a difference, the liner makes in the quality of product. When choosing a drapery, liner color, you want to take into consideration how it will look from the outside of your house and whether it complements your exterior house color.
Window draperies it is usually best to go half way between the top of the frame and the ceiling. Depending upon style, a room can be made to look larger by taking the rod closer to the ceiling and wider. Draperies on neutral colored walls, trim, or exterior consider your liner color.
Yes, there is a motorized, cellular shade option available for skylight windows.
Yes, there are solar shades that are specifically made for outdoor applications. When selecting a shade for your patio, make sure it is rated for outdoor use.
We recommend using motorized shade for your tall windows. For a luxury look with the ease of pushing a button, you can open and close the shades throughout your home. A chain or cord hanging down a long distance, that can be an option, just keep in mind child safety can be an issue when using chain or court controls. I. If you want to avoid the risk with chain control, a grab bar can be used to operate, a cordless lift shade inside a taller window. This can give you a clean, simple risk, free shade at a competitive price.
Layering your window treatments can add greater flexibility to the functionality of your treatments, and add elegance to your overall look. Draperies with blackout liner combined with cellular shades or fix panel, draperies with roller shades, or Roman shades combined with custom draperies are just a few examples of window treatment combinations you could consider to accentuate your decor.
First check with your window treatment fabricator for specific cleaning instructions. Roller shades, blinds and/or bamboo shades, can be vacuumed or dusted and gently wiped down with a damp cloth. Cellular shades can be vacuumed. An aerosol spray can be used to clean any bugs or dust out from the cells of the shades. Fabric style Roman shades or draperies can be dry cleaned. Shutters can be cleaned with a damp cloth or wiped down with denatured alcohol.
Many vendors will offer up to a five year limited warranty, excluding acts of Mother Nature. Check with your specific vendor/supplier to see their warranty options are.
We are able to assist previous customers with shades that require repairs under warranty. If you need a shade diagnosed, we are able to send a technician to troubleshoot for an hourly fee. This fee will be waived for all customers who have purchased window coverings less than a year old, purchased from More Decor. We do not currently offer shade repairs at this time.
If the shade is only responding, when a remote is touched to the shade itself, you may need to either reset the motor or the motor may need to be replaced. This can be caused by a power surge or an electrically charged lightning storm. This can create a static interference with the radio frequency from your remote to your shade.
Wallcovering can be costly, but see it as an investment for your home or property. Wallpaper is an amazing accent on a feature wall or ceiling. When making your selections, remember that dark colors can be tricky, and tend to show more of the seams. The size of the pattern needs to be factored in when figuring quantities and the repeat. Do not be tempted to have new wallpaper installed over your old wallpaper. This is a BIG no-no! When doing wallpaper in conjunction with other remodeling, consider waiting to till the tail end of the project to have your wallpaper installed. Other trades can damage the wallcovering while completing their installs, whereas the wallpaper installer is more likely to make a mess during install, but less likely to damage items while installing the wallcovering. The glue can be cleaned up with relative ease, especially when it’s still wet, since wallpaper paste is water soluble.
Can you put wallpaper straight on the drywall or do I need to paint my walls before putting up wallpaper?
If your walls are clean and painted with a good quality latex, or water-based paint then yes, you can wallpaper over your painted wall. If you are trying to install wallpaper over an oil/lacquer. based surface, (such as a wainscot, or back of a bookshelf), you will need to prime your walls preferably with an oil base primer before installing your wallpaper. Otherwise, your wallpaper will not adhere well and will fall off the wall.
Yes, and no. We do not advise and largely discourage people from applying paint over wallpaper for multiple reasons. On the surface, it may appear that you’re going to save money. However, when you paint over wallpaper, you are creating a nightmare of a project for later on down the road. Not only will it not be cost effective route, but you will have a less than satisfactory finished look and quality of your project. The first being that the moisture from the paint can loosen the glue and cause the paper to bubble up underneath the paint. Secondly, as the paint dries, it then creates a barrier to get moisture to paper if you ever want to remove it. Thirdly, when you paint over the existing wallpaper, it magnifies the seams of the wallpaper. You can use drywall mud to skim coat and then sand over the seams you then need to prime over all the wallpaper. The fact of the matter is this you get what you pay for.
It is advised to have your textured walls skin coated, sanded smooth, then primed before applying wallcovering on your walls. Wallpaper can be applied on a textured wall, but you will likely end up with a less than satisfactory finished product with the bumps and unevenness showing through.
Yes, yes, yes! Once repairs with the drywall mud have been completed and walls have been sanded, wiped down till dust free, primed to seal the walls, then you are ready to install your wallpaper. These necessary steps prevent wasted time and wasted paste from getting absorbed into the drywall and leaving you with a less than satisfactory job. Not to mention, the wallpaper will not stick well and likely bubble up and fall off the wall, when the wall is not primed and prepared properly. The money in time you think you will see you in the cost of Prima, you will more than make up in the amount you pay for the paste and your time fighting to get the wallpaper to stick not to mention you’ll be left with an alert and less than satisfactory finished product.
Patch and sand any holes or uneven areas on the sheet rock, make sure walls are clean, dust free, and free of any blemishes or holes.. Apply 1 to 2 coats of primer to seal your new sheet rock. Congratulations your walls are now ready for wallpaper!
It is common to start in a corner that is least noticeable in a room, many times behind a door, just keep on mind that this is the corner where your wallcovering patterns will not match where they meet up.
Things to consider when wallpapering in a bathroom. Why you may not want to wallpaper your bathroom.
If you take hot steamy showers without running a vent, wallpaper may not be the right finish for your bathroom. Hot steam can cause wallpaper to curl and/or come lose. Many Grass cloths can water stain quite easily, so think twice before using it in an application where water will likely be splashed on your walls. However, if you have a backsplash above the countertop around your sink, grass cloth can provide amazing texture and color contrast in your powder bath.
Yes, hanging wallpaper is hard, manual labor where you are balancing with great endurance on a ladder most of the day while demonstrating detailed and precise matching, cutting, and installing of materials. There is a reason the saying came to be, “As busy as a one armed paper hanger.” If you chose to try hanging your own wallpaper, after the first piece, you will likely find that is well worth the cost and expertise to hire yourself a professional paper hanger.
We do not recommend peel and stick wallpaper for your walls. Peel and stick wallpaper is virtually contact paper. Rarely does the sticker hold well and often within a day or two, will begin falling off the wall. Most have a high gloss finish and tend to magnify and show virtually every minor variation, nick, bump or imperfection in the wall. Peel and stick also tends to have a lot of little bubbles that are difficult to remove. It is nearly impossible to adjust and match the seams/pattern once it has been applied to the wall.
Take the height of wall, add 6 inches and multiply it by the total linear width of room or area to be installed to get your total square feet. Don’t forget to factor in extra at least 15-20% extra for pattern matching and waste around doors, windows, showers, fireplaces, bookshelves, etc. Take your total square feet of your surface to be wallpapered and divide the total square feet in the bolt/ roll of wallpaper material the you plan to use for your project. When in doubt, contact your professional installer to help calculate your wallpaper quantities. ((Height+6”) x (linear width)).20= total square feet/ square feet per roll of wallpaper = total number of rolls.
A couple factors play into the time needed to install a wall with wallpaper. Obviously the size of the wall will affect how long it takes. Also, depending on how many items there are to work around and trim around can directly pose an increase in the timeframe it takes to complete the project. The material being installed can also affect the timeframe required to complete the install.
2 packaged rolls at 56 square feet= 2 double rolls or 4 single rolls 2 packaged rolls at 72 ft.² =triple roll or a bolt of grass cloth 36”wide x 24’ long
What are some of the different types of wallpaper pattern layouts when matching one piece of wallcovering to the next?
Straight match, drop pattern, double drop pattern, reverse hang, random match, and murals.
You get what you pay for. Looking for a quality finished wallpaper project and do not cut corners. Just because it might save you a buck on the front end, don’t fall for the temptation to just take the lowest bid. Be an educated consumer. Ask the right questions. But, do not ask your installer to skip necessary steps to save an extra buck, then expect to get the best finished product. Do not expect them to do the work for free, be willing to pay for the additional services and quality provided.
Don’t fall for this temptation! Yes, wallpaper can be used to cover a multitude of sins on your wall. However, your sins will find you out and the problems bumps, holes, mold, and other troubles will show up and through your wallpaper and in many cases be magnified by your wallcovering. Some heavy duty 54” wide commercial rated vinyl has the ability to cover more imperfections on your walls. However, most residential rates wallpaper will accomplish just the opposite effect and magnify the imperfections rather than covering them up. The moral of the story is to properly repair and prep your walls first before having your Wallcovering installed.
Seams are a nature of the beast when choosing to use wallpaper. Some wallcoverings such as grass cloth are designed to have the seams stand out and show the contrast from the natural blades of the grass on one piece of wallcovering to the next. Other wallpapers will camouflage or hide the seems better than others. Darker wallpapers with a lighter colored background or lighter walls are much more likely to show the seams more than a lighter background paper. Some patterns and textures on the wall covering can help camouflage the seams better than others. Keep in mind, in most cases, if you put the seems under a microscope and you’re looking, you will see them on a wall covering. If you do not like the look of seams, wallpaper is likely not a good choice for you.
For an Additional Fee, a professional installer with artistic skills, may be able to touch up your seams with paint or marker. There is a risk that it will not look exact and possibly stand out even more However, this often is a great way to help match/blend the seems and make them harder to see. It will not likely make them completely disappear. This additional artistic service, can help camouflage the seems and leave you with less noticeable seams give your wall covering a cleaner appearance.
When deciding on a type of finish for your walls here are a few things to consider: 1. Seams or no seems that is the question. 2.For hot damp/ wet areas, wallpaper may not be a good choice. 3.For high traffic areas such as commercial hallways and restrooms solid commercial vinyl can be a great choice. 4.For a bold contrast consider wallpaper on an accent wall for an office, bedroom, dining room etc.
Wallpaper seems are not as bad as they seam. With the selection of a good quality wallpaper product and the right application, wallpaper looks stunning and can bring room to life. Your eye will be drawn to the overall finished, professional look at your project, not to the seams. Unless put under a microscope and you are specifically looking for them, they will not be your focus, and will hardly be seen.
Several common problems can arise when wallpaper gets installed on top of a textured wall. The texture can puncture through it. When the paper is installed over texture, you can run the risk of the coloring coming off in the areas where the wall is raised up under the wallpaper during the install. Due to the unevenness on the surface, the seams will not match up as well, and be much more pronounced on a textured wall and the paper will not adhere nearly as well due to the unevenness of the surface leaving bubbles or bumps that the wallpaper will not be able to fully collapse against the textured surface. Also, consider that the texture will show through and be magnified under the wallpaper leaving you with a lumpy looking wallpaper. This is likely not the mess you signed up for! Take the extra steps needed and get your wall appropriately prepared ahead of time. Don’t blame your installer for a less than satisfactory finished product if you cut corners and we’re not willing to get your walls professionally prepped before your install.
Wallpaper is a great way to give an old room a fun face lift. You can pick just about any design you can imagine, including your own photos (mural). Wallpaper is a great way to add character, timeless charm, and definition to your favorite or, least favorite room. Turn your least favorite room into your favorite!
Installing wallpaper is an art, and like all arts, it takes time. The time can vary depending on the overall size of the wall, height of the wall, how many technicians are on the job, the type of paper itself, and how many obstacles there are to cut around.
Yes, wallpaper can be tricky to clean depending on the materials it was made of. There are some papers made up of wood veneer, grass, painted paper, vinyl, and the list goes on. Grass cloth and wood veneer or two types of paper that you do not want any liquids coming in contact with, as it can ruin the color, texture, and overall appearance of the wallcovering.
The best way to clean your wallpaper is to use a warm washcloth and gently wipe down the affected area. Then, follow up with a dry washcloth to remove any access water and prevent water streaks. Vacuum for grass cloths and wood veneer.
It is not necessary for you to be present at the time of installation. Please refer back to the Wallpaper Preparedness List. As long as there is access to the area of installation, running water, paper is on location, and the room is temperature controlled, you can rest assured that we will take care of everything else. So please don’t feel pressured to take off work or reschedule appointments.
Don’t even think about it! Save your marriage before you even start your wallpaper project and hire a professional wallcovering installer.
Interior Design & Art Hanging Q & A
Please communicate with the office at time of scheduling with the dimensions and estimate weight of the artwork to be hung or removed. This line of communication will ensure that we are prepared with the proper number of technicians and materials needed to get the job done affectively.
We charge an hourly consult fee in addition to a fee if we are managing contractors. Ultimately, the budget is up to the client. We work very diligently to space the gap between the clients style and budget; However, the finalization of purchases is their a decision.
Projects are able to be put on hold; However, vendors will want to be paid for the work completed up to that time, and will likely not prioritize future work on your project as a result.
“We are actively engaged in a wide spectrum of projects that encompass both commercial and residential domains. This diversity in our portfolio allows us to apply our expertise and creativity to various types of spaces, ranging from office complexes and retail establishments to homes and apartments. Our team’s versatility and experience make us well-equipped to address the unique demands of each project, ensuring that our clients’ needs are met effectively, whether it’s in the commercial or residential sector.”
We provide fair and standardized pricing for everyone, therefore our prices are fixed and do not include discounts at this time. There are products we offer that qualify for tax discounts.
On average, one to two months based upon the season.
Consultations are charged by the hour; However, a shorter, free phone consultation is possible to determine if our services would be the best fit for you and your project.
During our initial consultation, we show our clients a portfolio and we do ask that they do their due diligence re-searching us as a design firm ahead of time. This does include our style. The client would only be liable for fees, accrued up to that point, if they did not like our designs.
Interior design is an art, and each designer has their own style. More Decor is one of a kind and we operate with a high regard for respect and integrity.
This varies by project and scope of the work to be completed.
It is preferred that the client be involved in selecting furniture and decor, but is up to the client’s discretion.
I studied interior design at Tulsa’s own Tulsa Community College at an early age and have been in the industry since my early teens, specializing in wallcoverings and window treatments. I started at Builders Square in my teens focusing on bathroom and kitchen designed, and worked for a florist creating arrangements for hotels when I was in high school.
I love more creative projects that offer a little more artistic license such as Murals and kid’s rooms.
Your neutrals, black and white hues tend to be more versatile. Vivid colors are great as accent colors to make key elements pop.
We charge an hourly consultation fee and a separate fee if we are managing or “Overseeing” contractors. We work hard to meet both the client’s style & budget, but ultimately the choice to maintain the budget is in the hands of the client.
We offer design consulting, small project management such as kitchen, office and bathroom remodels, picture hanging, shade, and window treatment consulting, ordering and installation, restaurant maintenance and commercial projects.
Training and certification. A decorator is offering a service with less training. A designer has more training and experience.
We use a third party system to manage our project vendors, and to assist with the scheduling. We offer clear and direct communication based upon the scope of the work and how involved the client would prefer to be.
We are if the client is willing to assume responsibility of the outside vendor’s finished products. We prefer to use in-house vendors, if possible, who we have worked with in the past and personally seen the quality of their work. We want to uphold that same quality for all of our clientele.
How would you address challenges during a project such as items that are delivered damaged or incorrectly installed?
If an item is shipped damaged, we will immediately work with the vendor to have it replaced. If it is damaged on the jobsite, we will work with the homeowner to reach an agreeable solution leaving the customer still satisfied with the finished project. We strive to uphold the quality of the work in all of our projects and address the customers desires and concerns respectfully and honestly.
After the questionnaire and initial consult, we begin putting together ideas and sharing them with you.
There will be our personal team members and in-house vendors who have been chosen based upon experience, certifications, qualifications, licensing, style, word of mouth recommendation, and per the needs of the customer.
Clients who are decisive as well as able to clearly communicate and mediate through challenges. Clients who are not only excited for the finished project, but who are ready to enjoy the process.
It’s hard to pick just one! I would have to say the Winnie the Pooh kid’s room I had done for a family member, or a unique room we constructed for a teen many years ago.
The thing I love about interior design is how you can change the mood or environment of a space and in turn change the mood of those who experience it, bringing joy to the homeowner. Personalizing a residential space to a homeowner to make it their space, or in a commercial space, making it functional and professional looking.
Eager customers and respectful contractors.
“Too many cooks in the kitchen,” some clients are more challenging to communicate with than others.
Online and social media such as Pinterest are some of my bigger resources. There are also magazines and keeping up to date with our vendors.
We utilize third party vendors and project management softwares.
Not typically, but we do offer patio shades.