Shades Of Summer: Cottage Style Guide

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As a Canadian based company, we’re acutely aware of the fact that Torontonians live for the summer; the time of year when we can finally get out and mingle in parks, at music festivals and on patios. Of course, a Canadian summer wouldn’t be complete without at least one trip to the cottage, so whether you own a cottage or you have a friend of a friend of a friend who owns a cottage, do whatever it takes to soak in that lakeside vibe this season.

If you are the proud owner of a cottage, then you can look forward to lots of time chilling on the dock reading, waterskiing, or whatever floats your boat. Spending time at the cottage in the summer is all about resting, resetting, doing whatever makes you feel grounded, and hopefully spending time with loved ones. Creating the most relaxing and pleasant atmosphere through the art of interior design is crucial to getting the most of the space and your experience there.

You may have inherited your cottage, or purchased it fully furnished. If this is the case, you may be inclined to just leave everything as is, even if you don’t love it. There’s nothing wrong with this laissez fair type attitude for a little while, but eventually you should find the motivation to customize your cottage to your own taste. In the spirit of creating the ultimate vibe for your summer getaway, the Affordable Blinds Blog presents a guide to cottage style, with suggestions for window treatments that might complement your space!

Choose Your Colours Carefully:

Colours can really affect your mood, whether you believe it or not. Fiery red and purple tones can fuel passion and energy, but for your cottage de-stressing vibe, you might want to go with something a little lighter like blues, pale pink, dusty grays and muted greens. Of course, it’s convenient that the Canadian cottage landscape is composed primarily of greens and the blue of the lake and sky to clam your nerves.

Mellow Out the Glare

Diaphanous roller shades can easily be rolled up and down and let in a generous amount of light. Many of our shades can are childproof and can be controlled remotely – otherwise a classic, old-fashioned manual option is always available. Semi-opaque shades are great for common spaces because they let a generous amount of light in while taking the edge off the heavy glare of the midday sun. For the bedroom, on the other hand, you may want to consider blackout shades so you can sleep the day away and really catch up on your sleep!

Honeycomb & Cellular for That Sleek, Modern Look

Just because a design is modern, doesn’t necessarily mean it is cold and impersonal – this is a common misconception. Amongst our huge selection of Hunter Douglas shades we have a wide variety of honeycomb and cellular shades that combine a warm feel with a sexy, modern aesthetic. These shades come in many different colours and designs and are supported by Invisi-lift technology that gives the appearance that they are floating, free of any support. Check out our window treatments and book an appointment with one of our design specialists today, we’ll help make your summer sanctuary into a stylish home away from home!