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Window Coverings: Part of the Recipe for Good Sleep

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When considering a window covering in Panama City Beach, FL for the windows in your home, you might be focused on look or feel, instead of practical functionality. While this may be okay in most of the rooms in your home, the window coverings that you choose for your bedroom should be carefully considered and chosen.

Your bedroom should be optimized for good sleep. Neuroscientific research is revealing just how costly poor or inadequate sleep is for us, in terms of our physical health, our mental health, and even our safety and the safety of other people.

Poor or inadequate sleep is a factor that could lead to the development of dementia. During restorative sleep, harmful toxins are swept out of the brain, reducing the opportunity for cellular and synaptic damage to occur.

Physical health can be adversely affected by poor or inadequate sleep. Medical research has shown that cardiovascular problems and poor quality of sleep often have a direct correlation.

Poor or inadequate sleep can also be deadly. Many fatal accidents at work are because of sleep deprivation. People who work night shifts are more likely to not have good quality sleep during the day, so they present a danger to themselves and others. Many of the fatal traffic accidents that occur between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. involve people who have worked a night shift.

So, it’s important that we make sure our bedrooms aren’t sabotaging our sleep. There are several ways we can do this.

One way is to shut out all the blue light in our bedrooms. Digital devices are the main culprit for blue light, but most of them now have a nighttime mode that changes the light to an amber color. We should have that turned on. However, blue light can also come from lightbulbs that have a blue “daylight” color. These should be switched out with warmer light bulbs, such as warm white or soft white bulbs.

Another way to make our bedrooms more sleep-friendly is make sure the bedroom is a cool temperature. Between 60 and 67 degrees is the optimal temperature to get a good night’s sleep. Many times, we keep our homes too warm, especially during the winter, and, as a result, we don’t sleep as well as we should.

Adjusting the thermostat lower is one way to accomplish this. But having insulating cellular window coverings or motorized window coverings can help regulate temperature inside our homes – and bedrooms – during the day, so the house stays at a consistently cooler temperature, which is more energy efficient.

Another way to optimize your bedroom for good sleep is to block out any noises that could disturb your sleep. One way to do this is to run a fan while you are sleeping. Another method ofr blocking out unwanted noise is to have a white noise playing while you’re sleeping.

One thing that disturb sleep is messiness and clutter. Keep your bedroom clean. Make sure dirty clothes are tucked into a hamper. Clean clothes should be neatly put away in closets and drawers. Avoid overcrowding furniture surfaces and walls with knickknacks and pictures.

Finally, make sure your bedroom is dark, so that good sleep is easily induced. Having room-darkening or blackout window coverings installed in your bedroom will make sure that no unwanted light from outside comes in to disrupt your sleep.

If you’d like learn more about sleep-inducing window coverings in Panama City Beach, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.

Incorporating Window Shades into Your Kitchen Decor

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Window shades can be used in your kitchen to make it functional, make it welcoming, and to make it stylish. You spend a lot of time in your kitchen, preparing meals, eating them, and cleaning up after them. Since your kitchen is probably the most frequently used common area in your home, you’ll want it to be a place that feels warm and comfortable.

If you are using window shades with curtains in your kitchen, it’s best to stay with more neutral colors for the window shades. The colors could include bright white, cream, or tan. This way the colors or patterns in your curtains will be highlighted instead of drowned out. However, if you’re just using window shades in your kitchen, you can choose from a wide variety of colors and styles to get just the right look that you want.

Considering the molding around cabinets, ceilings, floors, and windows when you are choosing window shades for your kitchen. Many kitchens have walls that are painted one color, while the molding is painted another color. It’s best not to have your window shades match the color of your kitchen walls, but instead to match the color of the molding. By doing this, you create a seamless and unified look.

Another consideration when choosing window shades for your kitchen is the color of your flooring. This is an aesthetic consideration of how all the colors will blend together and not look broken or uneven. For example, if you have dark green walls and flooring in your kitchen, but the molding around the cabinets, doors, windows, and ceilings is bright white, you might want to use dark green window shades. However, if your walls are dark green, your molding is bright white, and your flooring is tan, then you may want to consider window shades that are tan to bring the kitchen together.

If your kitchen is monochrome (walls and molding are the same color), then it’s a good idea to select window shades that match your flooring. This can make small kitchens look bigger because it will naturally draw the eye up and around the whole room instead of having the eye focused on a monochrome color scheme with flooring that is a different color.

When the cabinets in your kitchen are not a standard color (such as black, brown, or white), they can really make your kitchen pop, but they will also limit the colors of window shades that you will be able to select from. The window coverings you choose when you have non-standard colored kitchen cabinets should match that color. If your kitchen cabinets are two-toned (for example, the inner part is bright white, but the trim is bright blue) then your window shades should match the secondary color (the trim). With black, white, or brown kitchen cabinets, your choice of colors and styles is unlimited.

Kitchen countertops can also be a source for choosing the color of your window shades. However, this can be a little more difficult to do. If the countertops and cabinets are different colors that look good together, then you can pick either color for your window shades. However, if your countertops and cabinets are the same color, you should select your window shade colors based on the other criteria given above.

If you’d like to learn more about kitchen window shades in Destin, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can call us at (850) 613-6228.

Best Window Shutters for Hurricane Protection

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Hurricane protection window shutters in Destin, FL come in several different styles. Hurricane season typically begins near the beginning of June and lasts until the end of November. With five months out of twelve in the potential crosshairs of these powerful and destructive storms, Florida residents should always look for ways to ensure their homes are as well protected as they possibly can be.

Window shutters are part of that protection. Some window shutters are better for protecting against the damaging effect of hurricanes than other window shutters are.

One type of window shutters that’s very effective for hurricane protection are rolling window shutters. Rolling window shutters roll up to open and roll down to close. When they are not being used to help protect your home from hurricanes, rolling window shutters also provide more privacy and insulation for your home.

Another type of window shutters that are recommended for providing protection for your home from hurricanes is fabric storm panels. These window shutters are installed as needed (i.e., when a hurricane landfall is imminent). They simply need to be measured to fit the windows, cut to size, and installed for the duration of the hurricane. Because these window shutters are made from fabric, they do allow some light in your home, so that the house is not completely dark during daylight hours. After the storm has passed, fabric storm panels can be removed, rolled up, and stored until needed again.

If you haven’t had permanent hurricane window shutters installed yet, and a hurricane is approaching, temporary storm panels ensure that your house has some protection from the winds that accompany hurricanes. Temporary storm panels are made from polycarbonate, steel, or aluminum. These hurricane protection window shutters will require hardware so that they can be mounted on windows and doors.

Colonial window shutters are installed on each exterior side of windows your home’s windows. They have hinges that allow you to open and close them. When the weather is clear, they can be opened, making them look like and function as typical exterior window shutters. However, when hurricanes are approaching, each shutter can be closed inward to cover the window and protect it from potential damage.

Another type of window shutters that offers good hurricane protection is Bermuda window shutters (also known as Bahama window shutters). These window shutters are comprised on a single shutter that covers the entire window. They are hinged at the top, so the entire shutter can be opened (much like an awning) upward when the weather is good, and shut tightly to protect windows when there are hurricanes. Because Bermuda window shutters function in a way that’s similar to a window awning, these shutters can be lifted to provide extra shade and keep sunlight from coming directly in through windows, keeping the interior of your home cooler during hot weather.

Accordion shutters can be used on windows or sliding glass doors to provide protection from the damaging effects of hurricanes. These shutters are permanently attached to the side of the window or sliding glass door. When accordion shutters are not in use, they are folded up beside the window or sliding glass door; when a hurricane landfall is imminent, they are manually unfolded across the window or sliding glass and secured. Since they can look a bit bulky when they are not in use, accordion shutters work best with oversized windows and wide, sliding doors.

If you’d like learn more about plantation window shutters in Destin, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.