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Using Marsala in Your Home

Interior designers around the world were excited when color authority Pantone revealed its 2015 Color of the Year.  As its name would suggest, “Marsala” can be described as a rich, wine color. We should expect to see Marsala frequently on the runways and in home decor throughout the year.

You don’t need a complete design makeover to give your room a little pizzazz. Pantone’s Color of the Year works great with just about every color scheme. Start out simple with some centerpieces, rugs, or even  window treatments to refresh your interior space. Curtains are an easy way to add that pop of color, but don’t take our word for it. Check out these fabulous home decor designs for inspiration on how to use Marsala.

Marsala as an Accent 



These carefully chosen pillows add just the right amount of color and keep the room feeling light and open. Go a step further and add some tastefully placed window treatments to block out the mid day sun. If you are looking for a splash of color, Marsala’s earthy tone adds a nice contrast in any room.

Lamps, rugs, chairs, curtains, and even a table centerpiece can add that extra finishing touch to your space. Try out some fun accent centerpieces.

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A bold accent wall or window treatments keep a room from looking stark and uninviting. Give your space a modern twist with a dark colored accent wall or drapes.




As a Contrast 

As a rich, bold color, Marsala certainly makes a statement when set in contrast to a white backdrop.  If you want a complete design makeover, here are some artistically designed spaces using Pantone’s Color of the Year.



As a Compliment

We think Marsala works as a nice compliment and brightens up the room. Consider a multicolored rug, or custom shades.


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The possibilities are nearly endless because this shade is so versatile. Start out with some accent curtains, a valance or custom shades to add visual warmth to your home.

How will you use Marsala this year?


Spike TV and 3 Day Blinds partner for "Catch A Contractor"

Spike TV and 3 Day Blinds “Catch A Contractor”

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Spike TV and Eyeworks USA to provide custom window treatments in the second season of “Catch A Contractor”.  Our expert design consultants will work closely with the show’s producers, master carpenter Adam Carolla, and his team to transform this episode’s unfinished disaster project into an immaculate living space.

Enter Spike TV & 3 Day Blinds Window Makeover Contest for a chance to win $3,500 in free window treatments!


Before the renovation

“Catch A Contractor” is an American reality television home improvement series that aims to turn the tables on shady contractors. The skillful team consists of Adam Carolla, expert contractor Skip Bedell, and private investigator Alison Bedell.  When homeowners experience a construction nightmare due to shoddy work and shady contractors, Carolla and his team take to tracking down the culprits and seek retribution for the homeowners. The contractors are given a chance to redeem themselves by fixing the disasters they left behind. This team of skilled professionals has helped to restore homes for individuals across the country.

We are excited to be a part of this project and use our expertise to give homeowners a whole new experience. Custom window coverings add the finishing touch.  As a leading retailer and manufacturer of quality, custom window treatments, we are proud to lend a hand in this episode of “Catch A Contractor”. For 36 years, we have been an industry leader, committed to delivering a superior client experience, with integrity, excellence, and passion throughout the entire process.

In the season-ending finale, viewers will see a stylish, trend-setting master bedroom with window treatments designed by our expert design consultants. We provide the perfect blend of innovative functionality and current home décor styles. Stay tuned for the next episode of “Catch A Contractor” to see the latest in window fashion trends. We are excited to be a part of this project.

This is one of many milestones for us in our effort to expand brand awareness and gain recognition in the entertainment industry.  In regards to the partnership, our CEO Dave Hall says, “We are excited to work with the teams at both Eyeworks USA and Spike TV” and  “Coming on the heels of our success with A&E’s hit series, “Sell This House: Extreme”, it is both rewarding and gratifying to see that our premium window treatment products are being recognized within the entertainment industry. “

We are excited to share the window treatment experience with you and show how expertly designed products and services can transform any space.

Graduation Party Tips

With the school year coming to an end, and graduation ceremonies commencing, 3 Day Blinds provides you with 6 tips to throwing the perfect graduation party.

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 Graduation Party Invitations

The perfect graduation party begins with the perfect party invitation. Juxtaposing photographs of the graduate as a young child and as a young adult is a cute way to show your grads growth. This simple yet, adorable design will surely get family and friends excited to celebrate your graduate’s new milestone.

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 Graduation Party Home Decor

When having friends and family over it is pertinent to have your home looking its best. A new set of window treatments can have a profound impact on your homes decor and transform the look of any room. If you’ve been searching for a good excuse to update your home decor and a graduation party is the perfect excuse! 3 Day Blinds offers an assortment of blindsshadesshutters and draperies, that are a quick and easy solution to give your home a polished look.

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 Graduation Party Decor

This is an easy and budget friendly way to decorate for your event. Blow up festive balloons in theme of your graduates school colors and attach cute photographs of them growing up through the years. This also is a fun activity for guests to look through all the great things the graduate has accomplished.

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 Graduation Party Entertainment

If you are looking for an additional activity to keep guests occupied, a DIY photo booth is the perfect solution. Simply, section off a wall of your home and decorate with colorful streamers or a fun background. Set out a basket of props and guests of all ages will have a blast posing for silly photos.

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Graduation Party Food

Make your graduation party extra sweet with these festive cupcakes. These cupcakes are completely edible and so easy to make! All you need is Reese’s peanut butter cups, Ghirardelli chocolate squares, Fruit Roll-Ups for a tassel, M&Ms and some frosting to “glue” the pieces together.

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 Graduation Party Ideas

Guests can fill out these advice cards with tips and words of wisdom and place them in a jar for the graduate to read after the party. Your graduate is sure to appreciate the advice and kind words from family and friends as they take on the next phase of their life.

Whether you’re looking for new window treatments to update your homes decor or just looking for fun and festive ideas for your graduation party, we hope you enjoyed these tips.



Dress It Up or Dress It Down

Collin Kayser, Associate Designer from Garrison Hullinger Interior Design stops by to share a few helpful tips on elements to consider when selecting window treatments.

Every day we think about what we should wear and how we should wear it. Casual? Dressy? Sophisticated? Athletic? This may be dictated by an occasion, our mood or emotions we are feeling, the surroundings we are in, or the circumstances we are facing. We consciously or subconsciously are representing something about our self. The same goes for your home.

Although a home is not living, it should not lack emotion, personality, or life. Everything we put in it, from the hard surfaces we choose to the art on the wall begins to tell the story about the home and who lives there. Windows and window coverings play a vital role in this process.  They are one of the outlining details that tell the story.  They let the reader in…or keep them out.

As an interior designer, it is my job and goal to help homeowners define their style and create spaces that reflect their personality and function for their daily life. I take cues from something as important as the architectural style of the home to something as simple as the shoes a person is wearing. My goal with this post is to give you some of your own cues or tips to help dress your windows appropriately.

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1) Always consider your needs: Before making the investment of purchasing window coverings, consider these key elements:

  • Light filtering vs. room darkening
  • Light control options
  • UV and insulating properties
  • Automation and technology interfacing
  • Cost
  • Aesthetics
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2) Work with the home’s architecture: It’s always important to pay respect to the architecture of the home when designing interiors. I will use an example of two different design styles—contemporary vs. traditional. Often contemporary homes have large windows and expansive glass. Beauty lies within the detail of simplicity. Therefore, refrain from covering it up. Use a honeycomb or roller shade, which can mount inside the window opening and retract to a small head-rail. Make the headrail or valance the same color as the trim so it fades away. You gain the functional aspect of a window covering—lowering during the heat of the day to help with cooling and UV protection or at night for privacy—without taking away from the home’s design, views, and architectural features. In a traditional home, focus is on the details—detailed mouldings, mix of textures and materials, and elements from classical architecture. Use this opportunity to play with fabrics and pattern. Consider a roman shade, draperies, or some of the excellent privacy and light controlling products.

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3) Bring in elements of nature: If you are having a hard time deciding on a window covering material, look at a woven wooden shade. Bringing in elements of nature, such as the reeds, grasses, and woods used in a woven wooden shade instantly brings interest to your windows. It conveys a sense of warmth and informality, while adding texture and visual interest to the space.

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4) Don’t be afraid of layering: In some homes, layering your window coverings is a stylish approach to addressing functional needs. Consider an inside mount shade with outside mount draperies. The shade becomes the functioning element of the window treatment—creating privacy and light filtration. The draperies, still a functioning element, can now be left open to frame the window. It creates the opportunity to visually increase the height of the space and add depth and personality to the room. Use this opportunity to mix the materials for the two window treatments; and don’t be afraid to mix pattern on pattern. This can be high a impact element in the room.

Considering these four designer suggestions will you help with your window covering selection. Dress your windows to help tell the story of your home and all who lives there. Since selecting window coverings can be a daunting and costly task, 3 Day Blinds is a great resource. Browse their product selection to become familiar with product and portfolio images for inspiration, or call for a free home consultation- 800-700-1860.





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