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Sleep is important. DUH.

If the average night’s sleep is 8 hours, a person sleeps for 1/3rd of their life.
And let’s say, you live to be 75 yrs old, you’ll be cozy in bed, snoooozing for 25 years.
9,125 days.
An average of 25-33 yrs of our lives in bed. WOW!
SOOooo, making yourself and your bedroom as comfortable as possible is super duper important.
After your bed, your bedroom window treatments are the most important choice you’ll make.
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Symphony  Blackout Shades have superior light-blocking fabric that we acquire from Comfortex.
Our Blackout Shades were specifically designed to help you enjoy the most restful night’s sleep.
I don’t know about you, but I am SO light sensitive. Sleep masks don’t work. Putting a pillow over my head, makes me feel like I’m suffocating; not sooo calming of a sleep environment.4GDY
And think about, sleep deprivation is used as torture. GAH!
Research has proven that sleeping in a dark, quiet room can help manage not only sleep, but also mood and energy. The results of a good night’s sleep include feeling more refreshed and alert.
To encourage a solid night’s sleep, other tips include: 
  • Reduce light(blue light) exposure in the evening Blue light, which electronic devices like ipads, smartphones and computers emit in HUGE amounts, is the worst for sleepy time. Say goodnight to your devices an hour before you hit the hay. I know, I know, but it’s a great habit to start. Your brain will thank us. Reducing light in the evening will have a major impact on your circadian rhythm. When you are exposed to massive amounts of light in the evening, that light is tricking your brain into thinking it is still daytime. EEK! It will actually reduce your natural hormone response of melatonin, which helps you relax, mellow out, chill, and get deep sleep.
  • Don’t drink or eat caffeine later in the day  We ALL love it. Some of us can admit to being addicted to that dark, rich seductress, coffee. giphyA single dose will enhance energy, focus, mood, and energy. Here comes the bummer news, when enjoyed later in the day, coffee, that dark addictive lord, (and other caffeinated products) stimulates your nervous system and stops your body from naturally relaxing at night. In one study, consuming caffeine up to 6 hours before bed,  significantly made people toss and turn! Your quality of sleep WILL plummet.
  • Create a solid sleep pattern you can stick to:
    We’ve already talked about your bod’s circadian rhythm functions . Well let’s get them on a schedule, people! Try aligning it with sunrise and sunset. (I know it sounds insane, but keep reading)
    Just be consistent with your sleep and waking times. Try it for just a week. Go to bed every night at ___pm. Set the alarm at the same time every morning ___am. This will get you cruising on a super highway of sound sleeping. Ya know, it’s been studied that after several weeks on a schedule, you may not even need an alarm. YIPPPIE!!!!!!
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  •  Optimize your bedroom vibe:
    When I say vibe, I’m referring to the bedroom environment. Not too warm, not too cool. External lights, outside(or inside) noise factors, and furniture arrangement. Many MANY studies point out that external noise such as traffic, can cause poor sleep and long-term health issues. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP NOOOO!  A study on the bedroom environment of women, around 50% of volunteers, noticed improved sleep quality when noise and light was reduced. Seems obvious to us. Quiet, peaceful = sleepy time! Let’s get your bedroom environment cozy. Minimize external noise, light and artificial lights from devices like alarm clocks. Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, relaxing, clean, and enjoyable place where you want to be. That’s SUPER important.

Symphony Blackout Shades, with our exclusive sidetrack/energy saving system, blocks light from entering along the edges of blinds. The tops of our shades are sealed in by a fuzzy seal to block even MORE exterior light at the top of the shade. The sidetrack system is attached magnetically and is easy to pop off for cleaning the window treatments. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!CELL-305-SlumberShadeHand-NoFuzz

Ok so your quality of sleep will improve being in a nice, daaarrrrk bedroom. The energy saving/light blocking sidetracks are also energy efficient! WOOO HOOOOOOOOO! The tracks block air leaks as well as light. These window treatments have an R Value of almost 7.0 when installed over double-pane vinyl windows!
  • Standard Pull Cord
  • Standard Top Down Bottom Up
  • Smoothy Continuous Cord
  • Smoothy Top Down/Bottom up
Our blackout fabric comes in a variety of colors, and always with the neutral white facing the street. They are best suited for day sleepers, 3rd shifters,  baby rooms and home theater rooms, as well as office environments where presentations are made. Annnnd anyone that enjoys a GREAT afternoon nap. *wink*
Ok so, let’s get you sleeping! I WANNA HERE YOU SNOOOOOOOORE! https://symphonyshades.com/

Meet the Folks behind Your Shades!

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President – Kelly

SymphonyShades.com is a local, family owned and operated business here in beautiful Vermont. The entire team consists of under 25 people. We have staff making the shades in production, Erin and Emily are in Web assisting with your orders and questions, and Kelly the President works closely with Brian the Vice President, keeping everything running smoothly. We like to keep our team small, so we are all informed and can keep our process intimate and concise!

Web Team - Erin
Web Team – Erin

We love working with customers because we do pride ourselves with the quality of our product! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your business! We look forward to staying connected to our customers, so if you have a story to share with us or would send us a picture of your shades, we would love to see them!

Sincerely,

The Symphony Shades Team

 

Child Safety With Cellular Shades

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Child Safety is important to anyone who lives with or cares for a small child. Too many reports show children getting caught up in strings and cords, with unfortunate consequences. Our Standard shades come with equalizer boxes, or cord connectors: different names – same purpose! These handy little boxes, which look more like maracas, connect cord ends and come apart with slight pressure.
Maybe you have a rascal of a cat who loves to jump around and get hung up in the cords? Well her fun will soon be over because it doesn’t take a ton of pressure to detach. We also offer cord cleats which allow you to wrap your cords in a figure 8 pattern, to help keep them secure on the wall. Even if cords aren’t your worry, or even what you fancy, we have plenty of other options to choose from. Smoothy Cord loops have a rope-look and Cordless shades have no cords!

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Another advantage of our cellular shades is the design of the actual shade. It is a solid finish, with no gaps and spaces. Blinds for instance, open up to let the light in, through horizontal panels, but those gaps are another hazard for a child. Not to mention, blinds are often hard to the touch made of aluminum which can cause more pain to anyone or any animal getting caught between the panels.
Our cellular shades are some of the safest shades by our standards. If secured properly, and using the best cord feature for your needs, you can be sure to have a pleasant experience for everyone in the family.

Ever Wonder Why Window Shades Aren’t Window Blinds?

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Often times, customers call in and ask, “What’s the difference between blinds and shades?” A lot of people think these words are interchangeable, but they aren’t. Blinds and shades are two very different window treatments.

Blinds:

Blinds are “hard” window treatments. They use slats and vanes that come down when the blind is lowered. They are usually controlled via pull cord. The slats can be adjusted for privacy and light control; the different angles allow different amounts of light inside the home. Out of all the available blind types, faux wood, wood, mini blinds, vertical blinds and woven wood are the most popular among consumers.

Shades:

While blinds are considered “hard” treatments, shades are the opposite and are “soft.” They are made from fabrics on a continuous roll; shades are meant to fit tightly on the top and should stack very neatly. Because they are soft, the fabric flows well and is warm.

Shades cannot be adjusted for different light filtering types. The initial configuration will determine how the light will flow through the room. The most popular types of shades tend to be roller shades, roman shades and our favorite, cellular (honeycomb) shades.

At SymphonyShades.com, we only sell cellular shades. Why is this? We do this because we believe that they are the best available window treatments due to their durability and energy efficiency. To learn more about our shades, give us a call at 877-887-4239.

Arches 101

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes making it difficult to find a treatment that is the perfect fit. One of the most common non-rectangular windows is the arch. An arch window can commonly be located above a door or above regular windows, and add a bit of dramatic flair to the room. Generally speaking, they are flat on the bottom and rounded on the top. But after this point, there are many differences among the arches of the window world. So here we have the most common arch window openings, their differences, and their solutions:

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Understanding Color Tones and Navigating the Beige Rainbow

You don’t need us to tell you that the color of your shades is important. The difference between warm cream and taupe could be the difference between a room that you absolutely adore and a room that will always leave you slightly disappointed and wistful. But with home décor, choosing the perfect color can be one of the most daunting tasks. To help make this easier on you, we offer free samples so you don’t have to do guess work based off of a computer screen. But today we are going one step further and providing a crash course in color terminology. Because in world where there are fifty shades of beige, knowing warm colors, cool colors, and every undertone in between can be a big help.

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Buying Window Shades for a New Home

Many new homeowners overlook a lot of the costs associated with their new home and its décor. Window treatments can be a difficult world to navigate, especially if you don’t know what to look for. There are a ton of different fabric types and styles out there. Our goal today is help you make an informed decision, so you can have treatments that you’ll love for years to come.

Living Room

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The living room is one of the focal points of your home. You need put in a significant amount of time in this room; it will often be one of the first rooms your guests see. There are a couple of different options you can choose from when it comes to window treatments for this room; it all depends on your needs.

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5 Problems You Can Solve With the Right Window Treatments

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A lot of our customers call with problems. Questions like, how can I make my home feel warmer in the winter? How can I get my room to feel bigger? How can we reduce the glare in our den?

All the questions that we hear are very important. Believe it or not, you’ll be amazed by what the right window treatment can do for you. Today we want to go over 5 problems that can be solved through our cellular window treatments.

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