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New Collections from Robert Allen Fabrics

New Collections from Robert Allen Fabrics wjfigw4q3

Springtime is in the air. With only a couple of weeks left until the start of spring, everyone is longing for invigorating colors and adventurous designs. With the latest collections of fabrics from Robert Allen, you won’t be disappointed. From the light, airy look of florals, to the deep saturation of jewel tones, you’ll find colors that will add the stunning look you’ve been craving! Our design consultants can help you find the Robert Allen fabrics that will bring the perfect look to your home, with coordinated styling across your space. Custom upholstery, accent pillows, custom drapes–you name it, these fabrics will set an awe-inspiring scene in your home.

Into the Garden

robert allen fabrics into the gardenSpringtime sophistication, with a touch of whimsy, the inspiration behind the “Into the Garden” collection from Robert Allen fabrics, pulls from countryside gardens all the way to the shore. Large florals, geometric patterns and woven textures capture the eye for a unique combination of cottage chic meets modern styling. Experience greens, blues, pinks and yellows like you’ve never seen them before. Don’t you love how the colors and patterns coordinate with complementary style, yet mix up the designs for a truly custom look? Our designers will help you select fabrics for just the right combination.


Drenched Color

robert allen fabrics drenched colorRich colors in alluring patterns bring the intensity of the “Drenched Color” collection to life. Inspired by colors found in natural elements, such as berries and roots, these Robert Allen fabrics use natural dyeing methods to achieve such extraordinary shades of powerful pinks and deep blues. From the influence of unique global prints, to intricate geometric patterns, you can easily achieve a custom look with dramatic style. Can you see how elegant these fabrics could frame your windows, bringing the whole space together for a designer look?


Solids & Textures

robert allen fabrics solids and texturesWhether you love the exquisite styling of linen velvets, or the sophisticated distinction of textures in tweed or ribbed fabrics, the “Solids & Textures” collections will inspire the design of your home. In these collections, from Robert Allen fabrics, the range is vast–encompassing projects from indoor to outdoor and from custom upholstery to window treatments. See for yourself! Come visit us for an up-close and personal visit with these gorgeous fabrics. You’ll fall in love, just as we have! 

Are you ready for spring? Is your home ready for a whole new look? Now is a great time to start. From the designer look of Robert Allen fabrics, you’ll discover collections to make your next decor project an exhilarating adventure. With in-store specials on fabrics and custom products each month, not only is now a great time to start, but you’ll save money, too. Our design consultants will come to you for a shop-at-home experience full of inspiration and advice. Contact our team, at Metropolitan Window Fashions, for a free, in-home consultation.

Fall Style Trends: Find Your Favorites!

Fall Style Trends: Find Your Favorites! wjfigw4q3

Here on the East Coast, it’s hard not to love the anticipation of autumn. Waking up to cooler temperatures means you can pull on a comfy sweater and sit outside with a hot cup of coffee. The colors of this season and rich and inviting. The light even casts a warm glow in the air. It’s simply a great time of year to embrace all that nature has to offer. In the world of interior design, that couldn’t be closer to the truth. You’re going to see some exciting fall style trends to bring into your home this season. Warm textures, rich color schemes and enticing new ways to use design elements are all part of what’s trending. Take a look at these design inspirations, and find your favorites.

The Colors of the Season

rich colors fall style trends There’s no better palette than the richness of the autumn landscape. Magnificent reds, rustic oranges and illuminated golds stand out with a statement in fall style trends. Contrast is a huge part of design right now, and your chance to do that comes this season. Contrasting colors of the changing leaves can pair orange and purple for a dynamic look, while greens and browns coordinate in charming fashion. Fall style trends will have you bringing these sought-after colors and color combinations into your home. Area rugs, artwork and drapery panels are perfect examples of how to invite these gorgeous colors into the design scene. And don’t be afraid to look to nature for patterns and prints which can help you create alluring design this season.

Want to embrace the light this season? Top down shades are the perfect way to bring light in across your ceiling, while also giving you a beautiful view of the changing leaves. All of this happens while you maintain both privacy and energy efficiency for those fall days when afternoon temps and foot traffic increases. Custom shades come in all the latest textures and colors for incredible style and vital function.

Warm Textures, Cozy Designs

newstyle-plantation-shutters-hinged-panel-hidden-tilt-by-metropolitan-window-fashionsWith cooler temperatures comes the opportunity for cozying up and designing your home with warm textures. Fall style trends this year take the inspiration of toasty sweaters and relaxing afternoons to a whole new level. Wool fabrics, cable knit pillows and cozy blankets bring warmth to you and your home design this fall. Play with the inspiration of autumn by adding fashion to function. Your fireplace will look awe-inspiring, and ready for lounging next to when you add logs in a wrought iron basket or a galvanized metal tub.

Plantation shutters bring timeless appeal to your home, while also incorporating fall style trends with distressed woods and glazes that complement your home’s decor. Not only that, but shutters are an excellent way to enjoy the fall colors while limiting the light for the ideal adjustment.

Style Fusion

cadence-vertical-perma-tilt-camille-fabric-by-metropolitan-window-fashionsHigh contrast is a big theme in fall style trends this year. Designers are bringing looks together for a unique combination, resulting in dramatic fashion that speaks of personal preference. Colors are not the only elements being coordinated for contrast. Finishes of shiny metallics are paired with textured fabrics and distressed accents. Linens and silks pair for extraordinary style, and patterns are mixed for a charming statement. It’s all about what you love, and we couldn’t love that more!

Custom window treatments are a fabulous way to bring in contrasting design with fall style trends. Luxurious fabrics and textured coverings add style and dimension to your home. Framing your windows, they add a beautiful backdrop and ever-valuable function. It’s like artwork at your window! Take a look at the discounts you can enjoy this fall with your custom project.

Fall Style Trends: Let’s Celebrate the Season!

The start of autumn means a new season has begun. Embrace the fall style trends this year by bringing in the colors, textures and contrasts that will create the perfect look in your home. At Metropolitan Window Fashions, we want to help you bring designer styling into your home with custom upholstery, window treatments and accents of fabrics. You can enjoy our vast selection of fabrics and full size displays of window treatments at our three exclusive Hunter Douglas Gallery locations. We can also come to you with ideas and inspiration. Contact our team for a free, in-home consultation today.

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5 Ways to Maximize the Light in Your Home

5 Ways to Maximize the Light in Your Home wjfigw4q3

As summer comes to an end, we anticipate the coming of shorter days and less sunshine. Have you taken steps to maximize the light in your home? It’s not about having bare windows. Frankly, that can be a disaster. It’s about being intentional with the light that enters, while also protecting you from the issues natural light–and too much of it–can bring. If you want to make the most of the light available to you, we have some tips that will help you enjoy the right amount of light for the perfect atmosphere in every room.


#1 Bring In Light Across Your Ceiling.

top down shades maximize the light It’s called daylighting, and it’s one of the best ways to maximize the light in your home. Light that enters across your ceiling will illuminate the room–similar to how the artificial lights of your ceiling work. With bare windows, light floods into your home without rhyme or reason to where it’s going. You can easily end up with areas that are way too bright, as well as spots cast in shadows. To balance the light, directing it to daylight your home, we recommend top down shades. Top down shades lower from the top, protecting the majority of your windows from the annoyances that come from too much light. The light enters across your ceiling for the ideal amount of lighting in your home.


#2 Schedule Your Lighting.

motorization will maximize the light We all need balance in our lives. Lighting is no different. However, there are times of the day when there just isn’t very much light, while other times of day are drenched in sunshine. To create a balanced atmosphere in your home, there’s no better person to dictate a schedule for lighting than you. You know your home the best. And motorized blinds and shades are the best way to maximize the light. Do your kitchen windows face east? Your motorized shades can be set to adjust themselves so you don’t end up sunbathing in your home during breakfast. But later in the evening? You’ll want those motorized shades adjusted open to let in the much-needed light. The best part? Once your schedule is set, all that’s left to do is enjoy.


#3 Adjust the Direction.

shutters maximize the light Depending on the time of year, location of your windows and specific rooms in your home, you might want light to enter. It’s the direction that needs to be controlled. Similar to the top down bottom up feature, you can maximize the light in your home by adjusting blinds, shades and shutters. With simple adjustments, you can change the direction and amount of light entering your space, making the most of the light and your experience. Because every window might be different, this custom adjustment creates the perfect scene.


#4 Frame Your Windows.

Montagu Square

Bare windows leave a space looking unfinished and plain. And, beautiful window treatments are one of the ways to bring the design of your home together. There are some windows that are best left uncovered the majority of the time because the light entering is not overwhelming. To maximize the light while still dressing your windows in character and style, drapery panels create the perfect adornment or window frame. With drapery panels, you have the option to pull them closed when necessary, leaving them open most of the time to invite the light in for a gorgeous atmosphere. And the fabrics bring elements of design to the space.


#5 Change the Arrangement.

furniture arrangement maximize the light Consider the way your home is arranged. Are you using the spaces in your home to maximize the light? Are you hiding in the shadows because of frustrating light? Getting control of the light entering is a huge win when trying to maximize the light in your home. But then? Take a look at how the rooms in your home are put together and consider mixing it up. Once the glare is gone, you could move your favorite chair close to the window to enjoy soft, filtered light and the view.


Ready to Maximize the Light in Your Home?

The light entering your home should have a positive effect on your mood, energy and productivity. If you feel like you need solutions to help you maximize the light in your home, we can help! With an amazing selections of blinds, shades, shutters and custom window treatments, we can add style and functional light control to your home. Make the most of your home, and start living the way you deserve. Contact our design team, at Metropolitan Window Fashions for a free, in-home consultation.

Bold Designs, Cool Colors: Decorating with Blue

Bold Designs, Cool Colors: Decorating with Blue wjfigw4q3

Are you searching for inspiration for your next room makeover? The sophisticated elegance of blue should be part of your design scheme. It’s gorgeous, versatile and simply stunning. Whether you choose the depth of dark blues, or the softness of a subtle hue, bringing blue into your home will help create the inviting atmosphere you want. The popularity of shades of blue has been on the rise in the last couple of years, and now it’s one of the most sought-after colors in design. But it won’t be overdone–why? Everyone chooses the shades of blue that speak to them, which allows for a unique design experience completely dependent on preference. The pop of color decorating with blue provides will add dimension and charm without overwhelming your space. Our featured image comes from Robert Allen Fabrics–layers at the window bring blue in as the backdrop of this classic damask print for an altogether beautiful look. Take a moment for inspirational ideas for your next design project.

Add Just a Touch of Blue…

A Coastal Kitchen in Montclair

No matter the shades of blue you prefer, the color is there. Decorating with blue, even in small amounts, will offer your home the pop of color you need to finish your space. And it draws your eye. The island adds charming appeal painted in blue. The fabric roman shades are finished with blue trim along the edges, adding definition to tie in with the color scheme. And the fabric cushions? They add their own custom pattern to the space. The coordination of all of these elements create a successful finish.

Personalize It with Patterns…

Blue Bedroom

Once you bring blue into your design equation, it opens up a world of possibilities. You can mix the shades of blue, and it just works. You can also introduce patterns that you never thought would go together, and it adds character and allure. The overall ‘nautical’ theme of this bedroom makes the ocean-inspired pieces come together, while also allowing the blue stripes of the area rug to fit nicely. The botanical bedding and artwork show just how versatile patterns and prints can be once you’ve decorated with shades of blue. Another reason to decorate your bedroom in blue? This soothing shade is supposed to bring more hours of sleep at night–what’s better than that?

Design Your Own Backdrop…

Pine Library

The beauty of blue is that it pairs well with every other color. Not only that, but using blue in contrast with other colors can achieve a fabulous result. This wall of bookshelves in blue offers not only a gorgeous backdrop for the space, but it allows the vibrant orange to create a striking look. When decorating with blue, choose a blue backdrop if you want to add depth to the wall while showcasing another bold color in the space. The area rug incorporates blue, while the pattern of the rug adds dimension to the space.

Decorating with Blue…

Is it time for you to get started on your next room makeover? Do you love the idea of decorating with blue? At Metropolitan Window Fashions, we can help you achieve the perfect look in your home, from A to Z! We offer custom upholstery and fabrics, custom drapery panels and window coverings, paint and wallpaper selection–and the best part? We come to you. Our design team will come visit you for a free, in-home consultation to offer advice and inspiration on your next project. Contact us to get started today!

Custom Home Decor: Decorate Like a Gemini

Custom Home Decor: Decorate Like a Gemini wjfigw4q3

As the month of May comes to a close, we are having a little fun celebrating all things Gemini. Within the zodiac calendar, there is no personality that meets current design trends quite like a Gemini. From contrasting character traits and unexpected charm, to their need for balance and love for entertaining, the Gemini style profile is leading the way into a fun-filled summer. Their anything-goes decor is not as haphazard as it sounds. It’s intentional and intriguing, and we can’t wait to have fun with decorating. Full of contrasting colors and prints, this season finds balance with the most unlikely pairings–and it just works. Know a gemini? Pass this on–see if they agree with the current trends!

Decorate With Blues.


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Gemini is governed by the element of air, and this is important to note when choosing custom home decor. Soft blues and an environment filled with sunshine allows for a relaxed, light-hearted scene. Intentional relaxation should be a priority this summer, and you can choose design pieces that influence both quiet reflection and social interaction. As shades of blue add the perfect pop of color, you can bring in eclectic accent pieces. Known as the sign of the twins, the duality of the Gemini adds balance with decor in pairs, like the chandeliers and matching chairs. Mix up the fabric choices in your custom home decor for a gemini-perfect balance of solids and prints.  It’s an ideal space to spend a summer afternoon.

Enjoy Time With Friends.


Photo by Design ManifestMore eclectic living room ideas

The sign of the Gemini is all about social interaction. With summer on its way, there’s no better way to spend your time than with those people who make life fun and interesting. Making your home ‘entertainment ready’ sounds easy, but it actually takes a bit of planning. The arrangement of furniture is for seating guests is vital. With Gemini’s need for pairing, sets of chairs in twos will go a long way to help make conversation. Custom home decor like accent tables and fabric pillows lend both fashion and function–tables allow for mingling, a resting spot for a glass of wine or a favorite cocktail, and custom fabrics will allow you to bring in pops of color and comfort. The scene above shows how you can arrange  your living space for a mix of group socialization and intimate conversation.

Make It Personal.

Birdhouse Design

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The complex personality–it’s what makes the sign of the Gemini so unique. Continually changing from charming wit to refined sophistication–you just never know what you’ll get. Unexpected and fun, boredom is not part of their life. How about custom home decor? We imagine Geminis would include intriguing accents throughout their homes–pieces that invite conversation and whimsy. There’s no better time than right now to find custom home decor that reflects your personality. From knick knacks to artwork, what you love should surround you. This goes for custom fabrics, as well. Like the scene above, accent pillows add style details, while the custom drapes bring a modern look in stripes of black and white. The upholstered ottomans boast color and comfort. The whole space comes together with artistic success, full of personal effects that make you feel right at home.

Ready for a fun-filled summer? Want to take a cue from the zodiac calendar? We can help! With an amazing selection of fabrics at our Fabricland location, we can create the perfect look for your custom home decor. Upholstery, window treatments, accent pillows–your favorite design elements will help you relax and enjoy life like a Gemini. Contact our team at Metropolitan Window Fashions for an exciting shop-at-home experience today!

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Transform the Atmosphere of Your Home With Sheer Window Treatments

Transform the Atmosphere of Your Home With Sheer Window Treatments wjfigw4q3

When you envision the perfect setting in your home, what do you see? Gentle rays of sunlight that add a soft glow to your living room? The ideal mix of natural light and concealed privacy in your bathroom? The ability to change your bedroom from pleasant light to room darkening in an instant? If those scenarios sound like a dream come true, you’re not alone. And with the help of our design consultants from Metropolitan Window Fashions, you can experience the transforming atmosphere that comes from window treatments featured in our collection of sheer shadings. These sheer shades are the answer to every question you can have in window treatments, atmosphere and solutions! Sound too good to be true? Take a look at what these window treatments can do for you!

The Best of Both Worlds

window treatments luminette sheer shadesYou love the light that comes through your windows, but too much of a good thing is simply too much. With sheer shadings, like our collection of Luminette Privacy Sheers, you’ll receive as much natural light as you want. Without glare. Yes, that’s right. The sheer shadings of our window treatments diffuse the glare for an extremely pleasant glow–while you sit back and take in the view. Your view is spectacular. You deserve to have both view and protection. With sheer window treatments, experience not only diffused glare, but also UV protection and energy efficiency.

Sheer Shadings = Room Darkening

window treatments room darkening sheersThat’s not a typo. Did you know that you can achieve room-darkening with sheer shadings? It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true. These sheer window treatments all offer upgrades that you can add when you want the experience of controlled darkness. From the rotating vanes of Luminettes, to the blackout shade that’s added to Silhouettes and Nantuckets, you can have the ultimate atmosphere transformation. Each operating system comes with its own features, and our design consultants can fill you in on the room darkening solution that will work best in your home. From sheer beauty, to intense darkness, we’ve got you covered!

It’s Instant Control

window treatments light filtering sheersWith sheer shadings, most of our clients enjoy them in the lowered position at all times–adjusted so the view is clear, while the natural light is diffused. However, there are times and circumstances where this position is not ideal. Changing the entire atmosphere of the room is not something you want to bother yourself with on a regular basis. PowerView motorization takes the hassle out of atmosphere transformation. Motorized window shades adjust open, closed and anywhere in between with the touch of a button. Even hard-to-reach window treatments are a snap to adjust. Use the PowerView Pebble remote, or even your favorite device, and the control is in the palm of your hand. And with the latest innovations, your home can transform on a schedule you set without ever having to think about it again. Compatible with home integration systems like The Nest and Logitech’s Harmony, your lifestyle will be complete.

Dreaming of the perfect atmosphere right at your fingertips? The window treatments we offer in our sheer shadings collection will amaze you. You get the benefits of glowing natural light, while enjoying all the perks that window coverings have to offer. We’d love to help you transform the look and function of your home and lifestyle. Contact our team, for a free, shop-at-home consultation today!

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How to Add Color to Your Open Concept Living Space

How to Add Color to Your Open Concept Living Space wjfigw4q3

Designing a home and living space with an open, airy feel is a very popular choice in design. Welcoming a feeling of relaxed comfort and flowing harmony, the open floor plan allows one area to share conversation with another. Commonly seen when the kitchen opens into the living room, this type of design scheme invites togetherness and shared experiences, easily making smaller spaces seem large. The energy flows, the layout works…but what about the design elements? How do you add color to your open concept living space? Too much color may overwhelm the eye, while too little may seem unfinished. We have some great ideas for you as you consider adding just the right hues for that polished look.


The Colors–You’ve Got to Love Them.

add color to your open concept living space benches area rugsOne thing is for sure, when you add color to your open concept living space, the colors you choose need to be colors you love–shades that make you feel good when you’re surrounded by them. Because open floor plans include a number of rooms, for an unlimited amount of circumstances throughout the day, you’ll spend much of your time in this space. Remember that not everything across the shared spaces must match. Many colors pair well with one another, coordinating well without appearing too matchy-matchy. The foundation color will most likely span across the space, so subtle colors work best for the foundation and trim. Then it will be up to you to decide which accent colors will work.

Let Your Windows Make a Statement.

add color to your open concept living space custom drapesNot only do the windows in your open floor plan bring in amazing natural light, but they provide a gorgeous backdrop of the outside world. When rooms are combined into a shared space, the windows break up the wall space much like artwork. Make a beautiful statement at the window, while also gaining tremendous function with window treatments. Adding color to your open concept living space has never been easier than with flowing custom drapes, top treatments and window shades. Adding dimension and style, custom window treatments let you have control over how much light and privacy your home has. With custom fabrics, colors and textures, you can add beautiful design elements and frame your breathtaking view.

Add a Focal Wall for Accent & Style.

add color to your open concept living space wallpaper paint accent wallToo much bold design might overwhelm you, so choosing one wall to make into the focal point of the room is a great way when you’re thinking of adding color to an open concept living space. Typically, the chosen wall is not the wall with the largest amount of space. It’s better to let one of the smaller walls receive big style. One method is to choose a wall that is easily visible when walking into the space. Another design scheme is to paint one wall space in each “room” area of the open floor plan, allowing each room to showcase a different accent color. Use the architectural features of your home, and your own personal preferences, to decide which type of focal wall works for you. Both paint and wallpaper can be great ideas when adding color to your open concept floor plan.

Personalize the Space with Furniture, Rugs & Decor.

add color to your open concept living space area rugs blanketsPlay with the idea of how arranging the furniture might change the atmosphere. You’ll want it to lend itself to the energy flow of the space. Conversation spaces are popular for living rooms, adjusting the furniture so it’s easy to enjoy another person’s company. You may like the idea of using the furniture to create division of the space, adding a more intimate feel. Whatever you decide, adding color to an open concept living space is easy with accent pieces, decor and rugs. Area rugs and decor, such as lamps and artwork, can help you show off your personal style for the perfect look.

Open concept floor plans offer inviting design, and you can have a lot of fun with the color and decor. At Metropolitan Window Fashions, we would love to help you figure out which design elements will bring out the best in your home and give you the look you’ve always wanted. From window shades and custom drapes, to paint and decor pieces, we can help you get started adding color to your open concept living space. Contact our team today for a free, shop-at-home experience, where you can find inspiration and ideas for the ideal color scheme for your home, right from the comfort of your living room.

Custom Decor for the Holiday Season & Beyond

Custom Decor for the Holiday Season & Beyond wjfigw4q3

Who falls into the hard-to-shop-for category on your shopping list? Are you struggling to think of what to do this year? You’re in luck! We have ideas to turn their “someday I’ll get to it” space into the beautifully coordinated home they have always dreamed of. Here’s the real question: Are YOU that person? Do loved ones search endlessly for the ideal gift for you each year? Do them–and yourself–a favor. Forward this email to the loved-ones who are shopping for you! During the month of December, we have specials that will turn dreams into reality. Our design consultants work closely with clients to make the free, in-home consultation fun and exciting, and then we do all the work, combining inspiration and style for the perfect look. The custom decor we design and create makes the perfect gift for the holiday season and beyond.

A Beautifully Styled Bedroom

There’s nothing quite like walking into your bedroom at the end of a long day, welcomed by custom décor that surrounds you with what you love, and then falling into the cozy warmth of hand-selected fabrics. The environment of the bedroom is important for peaceful sleep and quiet relaxation. That’s why room-darkening window shades are one of the best design elements you can add to a bedroom. Not only do they create the right atmosphere for sleep, they also give you the privacy and comfort you need. The fabrics chosen for custom bedding, pillows and custom window treatments enhance the look and feel of the bedroom for an awe-inspiring scene. During the month of December, we have specials on the beautifully styled Duralee Fabrics, plus an offer for custom labor of draperies that will layer nicely for a  sophisticated look.

A Designer Living Space

The one room in your home that rises to meet the ever-changing needs of the family–the living room–needs special design. Because the living room welcomes guests, while also providing the comfort of downtime, the style must be smart, chic, flexible. We can create a living space with custom décor that offers a finished look with heightened styling: Beautiful fabrics and colors that will make the design statement you want while offering your family the relaxation they need. From upholstery that revives your well-loved pieces of furniture, to custom window treatments for style and light control, we will design the space of your dreams, finished off with accents that bring the entire design together.

A Bathroom Sanctuary

custom decor for your bathroomStarting out the day, the bathroom should be filled with the warm glow of natural light, while offering ample privacy. The bathroom is a place to peacefully prepare for the beginning of a new day and a sanctuary of relaxation at the end of a tough one. Bathroom design deserves high-end style with custom décor that adds valuable lifestyle function. Custom décor that brings in the essence of nature adds to the harmony and flow of the space. Custom window coverings with the top-down bottom-up feature are ideal for providing privacy while allowing the natural light needed for shaving, putting on makeup and starting the day with a positive, productive mood.

If you’ve always wanted the beauty of designer styling, chances are, you’re not alone. We would love to visit that ‘someone special’ on your shopping list for a free, in-home consultation. Let them pick out their gift in advance! They’ll get a double dose of happiness. Choosing their custom décor is only the beginning. Watching a room in their home transform into the dream space they’ve always wanted? It’s the best gift of the season. And if that hard-to-shop-for person is you–don’t hesitate–forward this email on. With the special offers we have for you this month, not only will custom decor be the highlight of the holiday season, it will be enjoyed for years to come! It’s as easy as ever to contact our team, at Metropolitan Window Fashions, for a free, in-home consultation.

Announcing…Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016

Announcing…Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016 wjfigw4q3

Here it is…the announcement we’ve all been waiting for. Pantone, the color authority that influences fashion and design alike, has spoken. The color of the year 2016 is…TWO colors. That’s right. Two colors are sharing the spotlight for the color of the year 2016. In blissful shades of blue and pink, Serenity and Rose Quartz have been given the highest honors for the coming year, and we can’t wait to see what will transpire.

Two colors that hold such beauty and grace–but couldn’t be more contrasting with one another–somehow blend with harmony that nobody expected. While these two pastel shades have been used in design schemes for years, it’s rare to see them together outside of child-like environments. Maybe that’s part of the allure, part of the charm. Pantone is known for not just going with the flow, but setting the stage for what’s to come. Maybe what the world is longing for right now is the harmony and innocence of childhood–the beauty that comes from such unassuming contrasts, two colors that seem so different can come together with harmony that just works. Do you want to add subtle style into your home with inspiration from the color of the year 2016? Take a look at what these designers did…

A Little Goes a Long Way…

An otherwise neutral, yet contemporary space, the pieces that stand out take the inspiration of the color of the year 2016 and make their own mark. Of course, the show piece of the room is the pink chandelier, adding contemporary elegance in bold design. The softness of the florals on the dining table add to the eclectic look of the room, an adventurous move that adds color and whimsical fun. The blue stripes featured on the dining chairs add a more serious, straightforward style to the room while not taking from the happiness of the setting. Love this look? We do, too! And we can help you achieve fun designs with sophisticated charm–fabrics for custom upholstery, custom window treatments and accent pillows will usher in contemporary style, while other design elements help you personalize your space.

A Personal Touch Says So Much

Full of style, this grown-up space holds the essence of childhood with personal effects that make such a statement. The shades of blue and pink that were chosen pair perfectly together, bringing in fun and excitement while still adding a contemporary look–mostly due to the modern metallic design elements, such as the side table and mirrors. However contemporary the space may seem, the nostalgia of the personal accents in the room really set it apart. The black and white photo speaks of history, while the small car and child’s fedora add a hint of memories and untold stories. If you’re looking for paint colors to add soft beauty to your home, or gorgeous fabrics that will add incredible style–like the upholstered headboard, or the custom bedding seen here–get in touch with us! We’d love to help turn your design dreams into reality.

Big Contrasts Can Lead to Big Success

The bold colors of this space make an incredible statement of style and design. Taking cues from the color of the year 2016, this space features both shades of blue and pink. And much like the surprising twist of two colors being chosen, the use of both bold hues works like a charm. In this living space, the dark blue of the wall is the perfect backdrop to showcase special accents in the room, like the white faux deer head, or the hot pink chair. Cool and sophisticated, you can tell each piece within this room was hand selected and intentionally placed. The pink and the blue come together–almost colliding with one another–but the results are fabulous.

Are you fascinated with the trend that Pantone has started? Does the color of the year 2016–which just happens to be two colors: Serenity and Rose Quartz–make you feel inspired? The blurred lines of two very different shades coming together in harmony for the perfect look, how could you say no? We are so excited to see what’s to come in both fashion and design for the upcoming year. The design experts at Metropolitan Window Fashions would love to help you achieve an amazing look in your home with fabrics for custom upholstery, custom window treatments and many other design elements. Contact us for a free, in-home consultation.

Small Business Saturday: The Perfect Gift

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The heartbeat of our country, small business owners live, work and breathe with the entrepreneurial spirit needed to keep your community thriving. This Saturday, November 28th, is Small Business Saturday. Celebrate the progress of small businesses in your community–while ensuring their continued success–joining the #ShopSmall movement, while also finding just the right gifts for your loved-ones this holiday season. And we have another great way for you to give back to the community with one simple gesture that could turn into one incredible gift: Refer a friend, and Exciting Windows! will donate one meal per referral we receive through Feeding America 501(c)(3), now till the end of November. If that friend or family member schedules a free consultation, TEN more meals will be donated. Give back to the community, while giving an amazing gift. While the holidays are a great time to Shop Small with local businesses, each and every purchase you make throughout the year is important.

Recognize Your Impact.

Friends, family, neighbors–these are the faces of small business owners across our communities. When you support small businesses with the Shop Small movement on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year, you not only support the business owners. You support your community. The locally-owned businesses in your community have a vested interest in the quality of schools, parks, roads and overall safety of your community. Why? They live and work right there, and they aren’t leaving anytime soon. They drive the roads you drive. Their children go to school with your children. They care. The taxes and profits from those businesses often support your community’s ability to continually thrive. Join Metropolitan Window Fashions this Small Business Saturday and Shop Small. You don’t realize what a difference you are making!

Make Holiday Shopping Fun.

Unlike the big box stores, shopping with small businesses is fun! Instead of feeling like just another customer, you receive friendly, customized attention. Grab a coffee from your favorite local coffee shop, and head over to the small shops that make our community great! The products are high-quality, with a great deal of time and thought going into the selection. Find unique and creative gifts this year for your family and friends as you shop small with your favorite local businesses! Looking for just the right gift for someone special? Spend Small Business Saturday taking a look at what your community members have to offer.

Give the Gift That Everyone Wants…

Do you have someone on your list that is hard to shop for? We all do. As a small business with two locations in New Jersey and one in Manhattan, we have had the pleasure of doing business with so many of our–and your–family, friends and neighbors. Do you know what so many of our clients say? They wish they had done this sooner. We know that having a design consultant come to your home can seem daunting. But guess what? Our design consultants are people, just like you and me. We all have kids that make a mess. We all have laundry that never seems to get put away. We all have dinners to make and schedules to keep. As a small business, we love that we can invite you–or that person on your list who seems to have everything–to come to our showroom to just take a look around. Schedule a FREE in-home consultation, and we come to you with expert advice, inspirational photos and beautiful samples for you to browse. It’s the perfect holiday shopping experience, and the gift is as custom as custom can be. Come see us on Small Business Saturday. We would love to help you figure out what to get that someone special, or schedule a design consultation to help them their dream project started.

Are you looking for the perfect gift this year? Multi-task your giving by joining the Small Business Saturday movement–giving back to your community while giving your loved-ones unique, custom gifts they’ll really love. Maybe that “hard-to-shop-for” person is you? Let your family and friends know what you really want this year. There’s no risk. We come to you for a free, in-home consultation. Contact our team, at Metropolitan Window Fashions, to shop-at-home and Shop Small this holiday season!

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