The Right Blinds for a Baby’s Nursery

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The Right Blinds for a Baby's Nursery

Having a baby means making a few adjustments in our homes. From the time they’re born to the time they can talk, we have to read between the lines to keep our babies safe and happy. One infant comfort that many people forget to consider is the light level in their nap space. Let’s take a peek at some of the important facts and discuss the right blinds for a baby’s nursery.

Light Levels and Circadian Rhythm

There’s a really important part of everyday functioning that a lot of people just don’t know about: circadian rhythm. This is our internal sense of night and day cycles. Have you ever noticed yourself getting sleepy as soon as the sun sets? If not, it may just be because your house is full of electric lights. Without the interference of technology, the human mind is incredible at deciphering the signs of night and reacting appropriately. For most people, that means getting tired.

What does this have to do with nursery blinds? Well, our circadian rhythms are developed in our infancy and childhood. If you had a very regular sleep pattern as a child, you probably have a much easier time falling asleep as an adult. If your bedtime was irregular and you liked to stay up late – regardless of what the adults in your life wanted – you may have developed a poor circadian rhythm, leading to insomnia and poor sleep quality as an adult.

When creating a healthy sleep environment for your baby, it’s important to consider light levels. Ensuring your nursery is outfitted with blinds that block out sunlight is vital. Your baby will then begin to associate a dark room with sleep time.

Fear of the Dark

Want to avoid your child bursting into tears each time they’re left in the dark a few years from now? Fear of the dark is seen frequently in children – and even adults – who were never left in complete darkness as infants. Getting your baby accustomed to complete darkness is vital for their development of coping skills in darkness. In their earliest months, keeping a dimly lit crib attachment nearby is good for allowing them to adjust. However, as they advance through their first year, you should turn the light down lower and eventually remove it. 

Rocking them to sleep with all the lights out is a good way to give them reassurance that they’re not alone or in danger. Then, slowly, let them fall asleep by themselves in the dark. Using blackout shades or blinds can help you remain consistent with this even at nap time when the sun is still out.

The Right Blinds for a Baby’s Nursery

In order to encourage proper sleep hygiene in your baby (sleeping with the lights out and at night) nap time should always come with a darkened room. Blackout shades are great for ensuring the sun stays outside during nap time. If you’re looking for something a bit more stylish, Magic Lite also provides blackout levels of darkness when completely closed. And, they look great while doing it.

Just give us a call at Domir Blinds if you have any questions about our blinds or how to order.

New Professional Office Blinds for Every Need

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New Professional Office Blinds for Every Need

A professional office needs to look its best, both for employees and for clients. However, professional office blinds aren’t just about appearance. Office blinds serve even more important functions in that they majorly impact the work environment. Here are some of our best professional office blinds designs and what makes them a great fit.

Stylish Blinds

Whether your office is purely for working, or also for hosting clientele, style might be important to you. A lot of companies put a lot of weight on their design sense. Any kind of design company has to keep up appearances. If you value the interior design of your office space, these blinds are just for you.

The Ninet

The Ninet are made of traditional, aluminum, slatted blinds paired with fabric on either side. They appear much like honeycomb blinds, but have the light controlling functions of slatted blinds.

These blinds are an exceptional choice for offices with a lot of computers. When all of your employees are working through screens, you need to have full control over the light in the space. Direct sunlight will impede their ability to see, bring down productivity, and increase eye strain and frustration.

The Ninet’s fabric lining means, even with the slats fully open, sunlight will be entirely indirect. The sun will light up your office space without shining directly on screens and interrupting the work flow.

Magic Lite

Magic Lite blinds are made of wide, wooden slats. These beat aluminum blinds with their modern elegance and ability to fully darken a room. These make great professional office blinds for places with a sense of style and less computer use. Is most of your office staff working with physical materials? If so, you can maneuver your Magic Lite blinds to bring in just as much direct sunlight as they need. Or, if it’s time for a presentation, close them entirely and darken the room.

Roller Blinds

Style isn’t always everything. Sometimes simplicity, cleanliness, and utility is the priority. If this sounds like your office space, roller blinds will be the perfect choice.

Roller Blackout Shades

Roller blackout shades are a familiar fixture of most high school and university classrooms. These shades are made of dense, flat materials that roll up at the top of each window. You can usually pull them down from the bottom, but they can also be controlled from a mounted pulley chain.

These shades are excellent choices for offices with many computers. They can be opened and closed as the sun moves across the sky, blocking out direct sunlight while still allowing illumination through surrounding windows. 

Roller Screens

Roller screens are made much the same as blackout shades. They’re also simple, flat panels that roll up to the top of the window. However, these ones allow some ability to see outside. The one-way visibility means your office stays private from the outside world. Furthermore, the design of the screen allows filtered sunlight in, illuminating a room without causing screen glare.

Get Side Channels

Roller blinds are best utilized with side channels. These hold them in place along the window frame and keep the office looking orderly. Plus, they also prevent pesky sunlight from sneaking in around the edges.

Motorize Your Professional Office Blinds

If you want an office that runs smoothly by itself, motorized blinds are a must have. With our handy app, you can put blinds on a timer or manually open and close them right from your phone. This is especially useful for higher office windows which are hard or impossible to reach by hand.

Is Waking to Sunlight Good or Bad for Sleep Quality?

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Is Waking to Sunlight Good or Bad for Sleep Quality?

Sometimes we get questions in our heads that stick with us until we find an answer. Those questions are often driven by irritation. Have you ever woken up to blinding sunlight pouring through the window and wondered if this is actually messing with your sleep in an unhealthy way? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Domir Blinds specializes in all things window-covering and sunlight-managing. Here’s what we can tell you.

Is Waking to Sunlight Bad for Sleep Quality?

There’s no straightforward answer to this specific question. The fact is, if your sleep is being interrupted and you’re being forced awake before you’ve had enough sleep, then yes, the sunlight is bad for your sleep quality. However, the issue here is really the timing of the sunlight rather than waking to it in general.

Is Waking to Sunlight Good for Sleep Quality?

On the other hand, one might experience waking up to sunlight after they’ve had plenty of sleep. Getting sunlight directly in your eyes can be overwhelming. However, that’s more the amount of sunlight rather than the sunlight itself.

The Answer

No matter which question you ask, there are specific elements that are ‘yes’ and certain elements that are ‘no.’ So, now that we know it’s a nuanced subject, what’s the actually useful information?

Circadian Rhythm

Circadian rhythm is really where everything comes together. In order to answer this question of yours, you have to know about this function of the human mind and body.

Circadian Rhythm is the scientific name of what people usually call their internal clock. The fact is, your circadian rhythm is trained into you from a young age. If you get up every day at 6am and go to bed at 9pm as a kid, your body will get used to this. Your brain will associate the rising sun with waking up. The sensory onslaught of sudden light alerts you to the change in time and lets you know the day is beginning.

Likewise, if you’re used to going to bed when the sun goes down, your brain will associate darkness with sleep. As the sun begins to set, you’ll begin to get sleepy.

Circadian Rhythm in Modern Days

Because we don’t typically get up with the dawn and sleep with the dusk like people did just a few hundred years ago, circadian rhythm is a bit trickier these days. You might turn a lamp on at sunset and then turn it off to sleep at midnight. So, what happens when the sun comes shining into your room at 6am? If your home is set up to facilitate it, you’ll usually just sleep through it until you’ve had enough sleep or your alarm goes off at 9am.

However, if you sleep with a lamp on or sit in the dark all day, your circadian rhythm will begin to get messy and unstable. If your brain doesn’t have strong light/dark associations with sleep time, you may find yourself prone to insomnia. Our brains are surprisingly good at connecting things to sleep and wake states. This is why sleep hygiene is so important.

The Solution

So, in the end, waking to sunlight is actually great for sleep quality. That is, so long as it’s not waking you up before you’ve had enough. 

If you find your sleep being cut short too early by the sun, there’s an easy solution: get some blinds. Slatted blinds won’t do the trick. If your window faces east and you go to bed late, get some blackout blinds. That way, the morning sun won’t disrupt you. Don’t mind a little light, but need it to stop shining directly onto your face? Opt for something like a window screen or the Ninet, which allows diffuse light in.

You can even go the extra mile and really work on setting your circadian rhythm, you can also opt for motorized blinds. Even if you go to bed at 2am and wake up at noon, you can get your sleep in the dark with a blackout shade. Then, when noon comes around, your motorized blinds can be set to open up, letting the light in and alerting you to “morning.” All of these blinds options are available right here in Toronto from Domir Blinds. Give us a call if you have questions regarding our blinds or ordering process.

The Best Blinds for Nocturnal Sleepers

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The Best Blinds for Nocturnal Sleepers

Being nocturnal isn’t a popular choice, but for many people, it’s a necessary part of working the night shift. Unfortunately, our homes aren’t exactly made to accommodate sleeping during the day. Most people want lots of sunshine coming into their homes. The bigger the windows, the better the house – right? Well, not for all of us. If you need to catch some Z’s during the day, you’ll love to learn more about the best blinds for nocturnal sleepers. Here’s what we’ve got for you at Domir Blinds.

Blackout Roller Shades

The most common way to block out unwanted sunlight is by installing blackout roller shades. These shades are one solid piece of thick fabric. It unrolls from the top by pulling on the bottom. Paired with side channels, blackout roller shades can block out even the midday sun.

You’ve probably seen something similar in use in classrooms. They’re great for large windows and are low fuss. Because they’re one piece, they’re easy to clean and less likely to get damaged like cheap, aluminum slats.

Blinds with Advanced Light Control

If you prefer a little more variety than just all sun or no sun, you might like blinds with advanced light control. Magic Lite is exactly that. These blinds are made with wide, wooden slats that can be adjusted to allow full exposure or to completely block out sunlight. No matter what you need, Magic Lite can give it to you.

Plus, these blinds are extremely attractive and modern. They look good in virtually any interior setting. Their hardiness and sharp lines offer a masculine appearance, which looks great paired with other masculine design elements or complimented with more curved or soft design elements.

Blackout Elegance

Want something a bit more feminine in your interior? Blackout elegance peaks with sheer vertical blinds. These blinds are like high tech curtains that are made for the needs of the modern world. Made with two layers, they offer different levels of light depending on current needs.

The first layer is a sheer, privacy layer. This layer filters sunlight, blocking UV. It also provides privacy by offering one-way views of the outdoors without allowing others to see inside. When you want to close out the light completely, simply pull shut the second layer of fabric. This layer is thick and made to function as blackout curtains. This makes them the best in elegant blinds for nocturnal sleepers. After all, you shouldn’t have to give up on your design sense just because you sleep at odd hours.

Order Domir

If you want the best blackout blinds for nocturnal sleepers, order from Domir blinds. Get blinds in custom colors that fit your interior and quality that won’t leave you disappointed.

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