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Save Your Summer with Coolaroo Outdoor Shades

What Is Coolaroo?

Coolaroo shades are known worldwide for keeping patios cool and comfortable without blocking the breeze. The Australian based company developed it’s high tech sun-blocking fabrics out of necessity. The sun-drenched country needed protection from light and heat.

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How Coolaroo Outdoor Shades Work

Coolaroo fabric is made with a combination of monofilament and polymer tape yarns that are patterned in a unique weave. The revolutionary design blocks heat and UV rays while allowing cooling breezes to pass through easily. These materials have been shown to make indoor and outdoor spaces up to 32% cooler.

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Long Lasting Protection

Coolaroo fabric is made from durable exterior grade materials that were designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the outback. Even with wind and rain, it’s engineered to resist tearing, fraying, and rotting.

Where to Use Coolaroo Shades

On The Patio

Coolaroo Exterior Sun Shades will keep patios, gazebos and porches comfortable all season long. They can also bring much needed privacy and protection against wind and rain. Base straps securely anchor the shade and prevent it from swaying in the wind.

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These shades can be custom made to fit your space, or ship even faster when you choose convenient pre-sized options.

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Style and Shade with Coolaroo Outdoor Drapes

For a softer Mediterranean-inspired look, drape outdoor spaces with Coolaroo Exterior Privacy Curtains. Give your backyard the upscale feel of a hotel patio along with heat and glare control.

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Built in grommets make the curtains easy to operate and long lasting. Add an outdoor safe curtain rod to your order in one click.

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Shade Windows From the Outside

If you love the clean unobstructed look of your interior windows, but need glare control, outdoor shades might be right for you. This option is especially popular for covering several windows at once or sliding glass doors.

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Exterior shades will block heat to give you big savings on energy costs, along with protecting furniture and family from UV damage. The fabric breathes so that hot air won’t get trapped in between the shade and window. Interior shades can hold in heat that eventually radiates into your room.

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Ordering Tips

The first and most exciting part for the shopping process is choosing a color. Coolaroo fabric is available in varying opennesses, so that you can choose the balance between light control and clear view that’s right for you.

Here are a few of our favorites:

The Beachside Collection blocks up to 92% of UV rays and is available in gorgeous vertical stripes.

Shown here from left: Sea Shore, Conch Shell, Nantucket, Tropical Sunrise, Dock Side, and Aqua Passion.

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The Outback Collection has a softer, open weave that will bring beautiful texture to any space. It blocks 90% of light.

Shown here from left: Terracotta, Montecito, Rye, and Blue Steel.

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The Melbourne Collection is made up of natural hues in beautiful variegations. The tight weaves block 92% of UV rays.

Shown here: Spring Sage and Linen.

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We absolutely love the funky colors available in the Urban Life Collection. The palette is tied together by subtle accents of aqua, lavender and gold and blocks 92%of light.

Shown here from left: Canvas, Hearthstone, Pearlmint, Feather Grey and Cabana.

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The Brisbane Collection blocks 80% of light and has an open weave that will give you a much clearer view.

Shown here: Black and White.

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Finishing Touches

Coolaroo shades are available with 2 lift options, a crank lift and continuous cord loop. We recommend the crank for easier opening and more durability.

When you measure for your shades, follow these instructions to find your height and width. Be aware that the factory will make the fabric 2 1/2″ narrower than the width measurement to allow for the  hardware. If you are mounting your shade outside of a window frame, add 2 1/2″ to your width to get full coverage.

Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer with Coolaroo Shades

You can find Coolaroo Exterior Sun Shades, Pre-Sized Sun Shades, and Privacy Drapes all at Want expert help placing your order? Chat with one of our designers at 800-505-1905.

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Manly Wall Art That’s Not A Scarface Poster

By | r April 11, 2014
B Home Decor

Man cave decor doesn’t have to be limited to cheezy neon signs, old posters and a La-Z-Boy. We’ve come across some manly wall art ideas that guys will think are awesome, and more design savvy friends and family won’t cringe at. First Up – Fishy Business Many bedeck their walls with big taxidermied sea-dewllers. If you’re not an accomplished deep sea fisherman, you can still get the nautical look with a painted version. We love this marlin painted right on wood planks. We can’t explain why this giant catfish painting makes us so happy. This whiskered guy is the perfect fit for an eclectic seating area. Give Your Room an Aerial View An off-center window gets some balance with a…

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3 Surprising Ways to Decorate with Pastel Blinds

Don’t call us crazy yet. I bet you never thought you’d find yourself considering bright pastel blinds for your house, but neither did we. recently expanded the color collection for the Designer 2″ Wood Blinds to include dark espresso stains, bamboo slats, and 3 bright pastel paint colors. In the world of window coverings we see a lot of classic neutrals, but with spring in the air we’re ready for something bright and fun. Why Pastel? Pastels are making a huge splash in fashion and home decor. Designers are mixing them with neon, color blocking, or layering tons of pastels together for a soft, dimensional look. We love the pastel pop of color that bright SMEG fridges are bringing to homes….

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Featured on: Cedar Hill Farmhouse

By | r April 8, 2014
B Real Customer Photos

Do you have a friend who you always turn to for design advice? Some people are born with the style bug, and Anita of Cedar Hill Farmhouse is certainly one of them. She writes about french country style on her blog, and uses her own home as the most gorgeous example. But it’s Anita’s helpful, you-can-do-it tips that keep people coming back for decor help over and over. French Farmhouse Perfection Even the most novice seamstress would think, “that looks doable” after reading Anita’s step-by-step linen slipcover tutorial. She’ll hold your hand the whole way and help you give new life to a piece you’re tired of, rather than tossing it and buying new. We had the pleasure of touring…

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How to Mix and Match Window Treatments

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DIY Lace Cut Frosted Window Film (VIDEO)

By | r March 31, 2014
B DIY Projects

Etched glass is a huge trend for DIY home decor. People are using etching chemicals to create permanent designs and labels on drinking glasses, glass storage containers and mirrors. Today we’re using Etched Window Film from to get this patterned look for windows without the long term commitment. We’ll be cutting a decorative lace-like border around the edge of the film to give it a custom look. Get the Skinny on Thomas Hicks Decorative Window Film This versatile window covering is one of our favorites. It’s perfect for covering odd shaped windows, and gives full privacy to areas like bathrooms without losing light. Customers love it for glass doors too! How it Works Thomas Hicks Windows Film from…

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2 Ways to Let in More Light for Spring

Spring sunshine has arrived and all we want to do is be on a patio soaking it up. We need some Vitamin D to lift our spirits after this tough winter. But alas, many are locked away indoors all day. We’re here to help! Here are 2 tips for choosing window coverings that let in more light. But First, Meet Michaela. This lovely lady is the face behind Michaela Noelle Designs, and one of the freshest new players in the design world. She’s a sunny California native whose spaces make the absolute most of all that west coast sunshine. Michaela’s latest design challenge has been a major update to her family home. The mini-blind clad windows were especially crying out for…

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Reasons to Love NEW Signature Pleated Shades

Our new Signature Pleated Shades give you the best in lush fabrics and premium features. Find out why our customers love pleated shades, and where they’ll fit in your home. Signature Pleated Shades Crisp pleats never lose their shape and will keep your windows looking tailored all year round. When raised, they only take up an inch or two, so nothing stands in the way of your view. Choose From 2 Sizes: Signature 1” Pleated Shades - the classic, most popular size. Signature 2” Pleated Shades - a newer, bolder scale that is gaining popularity. Why Choose Pleated Shades? In one word… fabric! Honeycomb shades (a cousin to pleated shades) are limited to non-woven fabrics made of heat fused fibers. Because the construction of…

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5 Ways To Welcome Spring into Your Home

By | r March 20, 2014
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It’s Bloomin’ Spring! Welcome in the first day of the season with these beautifully fresh spring decor ideas. 1. Freshen Up a Wall with White Platters Winter white, be gone! For spring, mix white with neutrals and bright green to keep the look lively. Another variation: Use vintage floral china and create a wall bouquet! Via The Inspired Room. 2. Be a Nest Fairy Did you know that yarn is the perfect nesting material for birds? Ask your favorite knit-a-holic for 4-8 inch yarn scraps and fill up a bird feeder. Keep an eye out for feathered friends weaving colorful nests. Via Fiber Farm. 3. A Surprisingly Simple Centerpiece How easy is this? Throw some artificial eggs in a vase, and…

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How to Make New Plantation Shutters Fit Old House Windows – With Fox Hollow Cottage

Do you remember when we told you about Shannon, who’s ditching her crummy plastic blinds? After some blood, sweat and tears to get her nearly 100 year old house looking shiny and new, Shannon was ready to outfit her windows with gorgeous Norman Woodlore Plantation Shutters. But…there was a problem. Windows Gone Weird Old houses are full of quirky surprises and Shannon’s ornately framed windows were no exception. Each one was outfitted with three layers of stair step molding. It was pretty, but left her with hardly any room to mount window coverings. DIY Window Hack Shannon and her husband weren’t going to let weird windows crush their plantation shutter dreams. They whipped out the nail gun, wood glue, and…

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10 Things to Make with Old Plantation Shutters

By | r March 10, 2014
B DIY Projects

We’re all for anything that saves one man’s trash from the land fill. If you have old plantation shutters lying around, or have nabbed some from a garage sale, there are tons of creative ways to upcycle them. Shutters Headboard Make a unique headboard with old shutters painted a fun color. If you have shutters in several sizes you can create an arch shape, although straight across will do too. Via Samantha Elizabeth Plant-tation Shutters Turn shutters with open slats into a succulent planter. Fill the slats with rocks and allow the little green guys to peek out. via Lila B. Design Shutter Pendant Lantern Tack 4 skinny shutters together to make a beautifully intricate shutter ‘lantern’. You can even adjust the…

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