Keep the Sheets on the Bed This Halloween


by Charlene 24 Oct 2014

Remember those Halloweens from your childhood when you'd use your white bed sheets over the window to make scary shadow scenes? This Halloween you can leave the sheets on the beds, right where they belong. Instead, use your light filtering window shades as the perfect backdrop. Or use Halloween silhouettes to create something eerie.

Here's some spooktacular inspiration to get your wheels turning.

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Charlene Jimenez

Cord Cleats and Child Safety


by Charlene 21 Oct 2014

Earlier this year, we began our free cord cleat program. We've always taken child safety seriously, and our commitment to safety hasn't changed.

Haven't ordered your free cord cleats yet? You still can. Start here and fill out the simple form.

To avoid the danger of corded window coverings altogether, upgrade to cordless. And when purchasing roller and cellular shades, you get a free cordless upgrade, always. Keeping your children safe shouldn't cost you extra.

Want to learn about how else we're giving back and working with the public to keep kids safe? Read our latest press release about Window Covering Safety Month, free cord cleats, and free cordless upgrades.

 

Charlene Jimenez

35% Off Sale - Delivered by Thanksgiving or It's Free!


by Charlene 17 Oct 2014

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so now's the time to prepare your house for your holiday guests. One of the easiest and fastest ways to spruce up your home for the holiday season is to update your window coverings. And now you can save even more with our 35% off sale on all orders. And don't forget about free shipping. Order now and you'll get your order by Thanksgiving, guaranteed, or it's free! This deal won't last long. The sale ends Sunday. Just enter code FREE35 during checkout.

 

Using Shutters as Headboards


by Charlene 14 Oct 2014

No matter if you have some old shutters you want to use or you're buying brand new shutters for a project, you can put them to good use. Have you considered, for example, using shutters as your bed's headboard? It can actually give your room a classic, elegant look. Of course they look great on your windows, but they also look amazing behind your bed.

Not convinced? Let these photos do the talking:

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Now that you've seen the possibility of shutters as headboards, which one was your favorite?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Columbus Day Sale 2014 - Buy 3, Get 1 Free


by Charlene 10 Oct 2014

Our Columbus Day Sale starts now! Buy 3, get 1 free sitewide + 30% off all orders and free shipping! Sale ends Monday, so start saving now at www.selectblinds.com!

 

The Chill is Creeping In...Time to Warm Up!


by Carriann 7 Oct 2014

The smell of freshly sharpened pencils are now replaced with that earthy nip in the air. Your mornings may greet you with thoughts of turning on your furnace while you drag yourself into this new time of year. But there is such a beauty that comes with the Fall Season!! And if you're like me, it's your favorite time of year. Candy corn is pouring into my bloodstream like water and my creativity shoots though the roof!  This season not only begs for a palette of harvest colors in our home, but spaces that embrace us and bring warmth as the cold creeps in. With all that excitement going on outside, why not bring some of it indoors? If you like your home to have that Fall Festive Flare, than consider some of my design insights and I promise your home will hug you! As you prepare for Fall, consider some of these items and I promise that your home won't have you feeling the cold.

Consider some of my favorite items to add to the Season:

Wreaths. They're not just for front doors! Consider a wreath that is made of branches and add your own gourds, mini pumpkins, ribbons, Fall ornaments or even earthly items you find outside in nature.  You can hang them with ribbon over large picture windows, above your fireplace, in stairwells, on accent walls, or even on interior doors such as pantries and closets.


Candles & Scents. There are so many great scents out there to capture the mood of the season. And they can take you well into Thanksgiving. Cinnamon, Apple Spice, Cider, Pumpkin, and fig are all great options that will fill your home with amazing seasonal scents. They also add a great splash of Fall color! Plug-ins with these great smells will add that extra zest in your home as well.

Fall Garland. Wrap around chandeliers, doorways, mirrors, fireplaces, stair railings, and even windows.

Earthy Finds. What's so wonderful about this time of year is the many places you can venture outside and collect the dried and dead items that are all around our Fall landscapes. Things like twigs, wild grasses, acorns, branches, nuts, and cattails are easy to find. Purchase a can of orange, brown, or black spray paint and paint a few items for an inexpensive way to make your home super festive!


Throws, pillows and Slippers. Not only does a warm cup of coffee or cocoa warm us up, but so do those soft elements that invite the 'cozy factor.' Adding items like a basket of slippers right near your front door encourage yourself and your guests to kick off those shoes without losing the warmth. Purchase as many as you need in different sizes and leave in a decorative basket near your front door or where guests enter your home. Soft blankets and throws in Fall colors will bring those festive colors into your space as well. Accent pillows with Fall patterns or embroidered seasonal images will make your space pop with fun designs.

Faux Leaves. What an inexpensive way to add huge fun to your home! Sprinkle faux leaves on side tables, a dining buffet, dining table centerpieces, decorative shelves, and even bath tub surrounds. You'll be amazed at how much they add to the feel of the season! 


Enhance Your Window Coverings


Now is the best time to upgrade your window coverings to ones that will insulate and eliminate those nasty drafts that make their way through our windows.  Take it one step further by caulking all windows prior to installing your new shades! Consider these shades to help insulate your windows and help with those ever increasing utility bills! When shopping for the perfect shade, keep in mind...the more fabric and material that is up against your window, the more insulation you will have.

Roman Shades. They provide a tailored look and offer durable fabrics to block out those unwanted drafts. You can choose from the hobbled option, top down bottom up, continuous cord loop, and cordless for additional safety. You can also add liners to the shades to allow even more energy efficiency.  I love how Roman Shades add that touch of elegance to your space. Coordinate with a color that already compliments the color palette within your space. If you have a sage green comforter ensemble, consider a shade green roman shade to tie the color in throughout your room. These are great for a variety of styles such as Traditional, Coastal themes, Modern, and even Cottage Style.


Double Cellular. When it comes to extreme temperatures, two cells are always better than one! The Double Cellular Shade offers two cells of fabric which offer that extra insulating factor. Cellular shades are timeless and fit any style of décor from Ultra Modern to Traditional. Choose your colors and designs wisely and you will have window shades that compliment your home for years. Consider patterns such as Corkboard Granite, Iron Scroll Black Rose, or Brushed Orange Linen instead of a standard white or off white and your space is surely to look as if you hired a professional Designer!

Left: Corkboard Granite

Middle: Iron Scroll Black Rose

Right: Brushed Orange Linen

 

Follow these tips when getting your home ready for this fall season and you're sure to flash a warm smile!

Happy Decorating! 



 

Carriann Johnson

National Window Covering Safety Month 2014 - 35% off Sitewide


by Charlene 3 Oct 2014

It's National Window Covering Safety Month! And in honor of child safety, we're taking 35% off all orders! We recommend going cordless, as this will eliminate any cord dangers for your young children and pets. However, if you can't upgrade to cordless right now, you can still use our 35% off discount, and then order our free cord cleats to tie up those dangling cords. Start saving now at www.selectblinds.com.

 

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

Favorite Fall Color Palettes and Window Coverings to Match


by Charlene 30 Sep 2014

Autumn is here and it's glorious! In many areas, the weather is cooling down and the leaves will start changing their color soon. Embrace these beautiful changes by choosing the perfect fall-inspired color palette for your fall decorating. And don't forget about your windows. With the colder weather, you'll want more insulation for your windows. So why not combine a fall-inspired palette with new window coverings? Here's a list of my favorite fall color palettes and the window coverings to match:

 

Fall Color Palette #1:

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 And here are the 1" Designer Mini Blinds in those gorgeous fall colors!

 

 

Fall Color Palette #2:

 

And now the window coverings to match!

 

 

 

Which color palette was your favorite? Would you change your window coverings for each season?

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

Say Hello to Fall with Window Insulation and Warmer Bedding


by Charlene 23 Sep 2014

Fall is finally here! It may not feel like it in some places, but in other places, autumn is in full force. Leaves are changing colors, and soon they'll be scattered on the ground. The air is getting cooler and the daylight hours are getting shorter. So now's the time to prepare your home for that beautiful fall weather, which will inevitably turn to the harsh chill of winter.

Better Insulation

Because the fall season brings with it colder temperatures, you'll want to make sure you have the best insulation possible. This will save you money by reducing your energy usage. One of the easiest ways to better insulate your home is to focus on your windows. By simply adding the right window coverings, you'll save money, energy usage, and still have a beautifully stylish home.

Honeycomb shades, also called cellular shades, provide the best insulation. Their honeycomb construction gives your window shades even more layers, all while trapping the cold weather in the little cells. For even more insulation, choose double cell honeycomb shades.

Don't like the look of cellular shades? You can still get great insulation benefits with other types of window shades, including roman shades and solar shades.

Light Filtering

Fall is beautiful, but it just doesn't offer the same warm natural light that summer did. While you may have wanted to block out the sun and the heat in the summer, blocking out light in the fall will only leave your home cold and dark.

Choosing a light filtering window shade will give your home that soft, warm glow that's perfect for this time of year.  With the decreasing amount of sunlight for the next few months, it's important to use the sunlight you do have with light filtering window shades.

Warmer Bedding

If you haven't yet, now's the time to change out your bedding. Depending on where you live, you may need even warmer bedding than other places. Start with warm sheets. Then you can add blankets, throws, down comforters and duvet inserts. Make your bed as cozy as possible, and you'll have a happy and warm fall while you appreciate the chill in the air, tucked away in your bed.

One of the best, and most fun, benefits of saying hello to fall is that you can choose fall color palettes for everything from your window coverings to your bedding. Isn't it time you prepared your home for fall?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Tiffani Thiessen Bathroom Remodel – Featuring Woven Wood Shades


by Charlene 19 Sep 2014

Think of your dream master bathroom. What comes to mind? A bathroom with a view? How about a deep tub for relaxing?

That's exactly what Kim Lewis designed for Tiffani Thiessen, a famous actress best known for her roles on Saved by the Bell, 90210, and White Collar. Tiffani Thiessen's bathroom makeover features a luxurious tub, a spacious shower, and a clean, crisp color palette, making this space calming, rejuvenating, and serene - everything that makes it worthy of the dream master bathroom title.

But our favorite part? The window shades. The Good Housekeeping Woven Shades in Jute Natural are a perfect addition to this gorgeous, drool-worthy design, adding texture and visual interest.

With the Select Blinds woven wood shades, this is the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional styles, making it a classic look full of functionality and personality.

The one word we'd use to describe this master bathroom design? Timeless.

 

Photography Credits:  Rebecca Sanabria Photography

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale


by Charlene 16 Sep 2014

Selling your home is exciting because you're starting a new chapter, but it's also stressful because you'll have a lot of work to do to get your home ready. The whole point of selling your home is to get the most for it, and quickly. The best way to do that is to stage your home. This doesn't mean you have to hire professional stagers, but that is always an option. You can actually do it all yourself, and here's how:

Minimalize and Simplify

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Get rid of clutter and everything extra. Take down the pictures of you and your family. Pack knick knacks out of sight. You may love to be around all your stuff, but you have to help potential buyers visualize themselves and their stuff in the space. When in doubt, get rid of it, at least temporarily.

Upgrade Appliances

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Updating and upgrading the appliances is a great way to increase your home's value and appeal to potential buyers. Plus it will make your kitchen feel more luxurious and modern.

Update Window Coverings

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The right window coverings can give your home personality, style, and a streamlined look and feel. One of the most popular updates is adding shutters. Shutters are timeless and it will make your home feel rich and sophisticated.

Paint

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A fresh coat of paint will work wonders. It will make everything feel fresh, clean, and new. When it comes to paint color, neutrals are generally the way to go. Again, this helps the potential buyer to envision themselves living there. If you choose a bright color, it may scare off the buyers because it's not their style. Choosing neutral colors gives them a blank canvas to start imagining themselves living there.

With just a few updates and changes, your home will be beautifully staged and ready to sell.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Select Blinds Featured on Fix It and Finish It - Tune In!


by Charlene 12 Sep 2014

Antonio Sabato, Jr. is a DIY and home renovation expert, and he has a new show - Fix It and Finish It!

Select Blinds has teamed up with Fix It and Finish It, and our products will be featured on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 on WVUE at 10:00 am. If you're in New Orleans, make sure to tune in and see Antonio Sabato, Jr. and our best products in action.

Ready to be inspired?

 

Charlene Jimenez

National Assisted Living Week and Regaining Independence with Motorized Window Coverings


by Charlene 9 Sep 2014

This week is National Assisted Living Week! It's all about showing our love, care, and concern for those in assisted living facilities. One way to show that concern is to help increase their level of independence. It can be disheartening to lose independence, so finding small ways to give it back can lighten the hearts of those you love the most.

Motorized window coverings will help your loved ones open, close, and tilt their window coverings, all from the comfort of their beds or chairs. This is a great option for those with limited mobility or physical limitations. Giving those in assisted living facilities the ability to control the natural light that comes into the room at any given moment can bring joy. It may seem small, but for those with limitations can regain some of their confidence.

Motorized window coverings are easy to use. All it takes is the small remote. It can be used from up to 65 feet away, and it's perfect for high windows or blinds or shades that are a little heavier to lift. With just a touch of the finger, those in assisted living facilities can have some control again. And sometimes that's enough to boost their self-worth and help them feel loved and appreciated.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Grandparents Day - Keeping Your Grandchildren Safe


by Charlene 5 Sep 2014

Sunday is Grandparents Day, but it's not just about honoring grandparents. It's also a day to enjoy, as grandparents, your grandchildren! Prepare to spend some great quality time with them this weekend, no matter their age. But one of the best things you can do to prepare for your grandchildren to visit all year long is by choosing cordless window coverings.

Not only are cordless blinds or shades sleek and modern, but they're easy to use and pose no threat to small children. With cordless window coverings, you'll never have to worry about potential window covering cord danger when your grandchildren visit. Instead, you can spend the time enjoying their company.

But maybe you can't upgrade to cordless just yet. That's OK! There are other things you can do to ensure the safety of your grandchildren. Simply put, order our free cord cleats. Cord cleats are small parts that can be screwed into the wall and the dangling cord be wrapped around, keeping that excess cord out of the hands of your grandchildren.

Did you know that you could also get remote-controlled motorized window coverings? You won't have to worry about cords, and they're even easier to use. Imagine being able to open, close, or tilt your window coverings from up to 65 feet away. They're perfect if you have hard-to-reach windows or even if you have limited mobility.

This Grandparents Day, give yourself peace of mind. Use that time you used to worry to spend even more beautiful time with your precious grandchildren.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Surprising Back-to-College Necessities


by Charlene 2 Sep 2014

Bedding

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Your dorm or college apartment may supply basic bedding, but don't take any chances. Bring your own bedding. Not only can it give you peace of mind, but it's a great way to add color, personality, and style to your personal space. Quick Tip - Bring at least two sets of sheets. This will keep your bedding clean, even when your laundry is backing up.

Towels

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Bring your own towels. Again, even if your dorm provides towels, it's probably best to use your own. However, the provided towels are great for an emergency. Choose bright, fun colors and patterns or go with a classic white so you can bleach them and keep them looking fresh and new.

Window Shades

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You probably won't be allowed to drill in the required mounts for window blinds or shades. But you don't have to! Use Redi Shades instead. Just use the adhesive to attach them to the top of the window frame or on the outside of the window frame and that's all it takes! These are perfect for college life because they're cheap, easy to use, and they come in blackout, which means you can sleep whenever you want without light bothering you.

Hanging Organizers

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In a dorm, chances are you won't have much floor space. That will be taken up by beds, dressers, and desks. Instead, opt for hanging organizers. Why not use that vertical space instead of wasting it? You'll be surprised how much you can store with hanging organizers.

Now you're ready to head off to college with all those other essentials, like shower shoes and your laptop. What's your must-have for college this semester?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Light The Mood in Your Home


by Carriann 29 Aug 2014

There are several key ingredients to creating great spaces within your home, but they all end with an overall result... "What mood does the space leave?" Successful spaces are the result of all key ingredients merging into one and working in harmony.
 
Lighting is one of these ingredients. And let's face it, lighting can drastically change the feel of a space. So where does our lighting come from? There's natural lighting (windows) and artificial lighting (fixtures).  Fixtures are specific in living areas such as kitchens and baths. Natural lighting is less specific and fills a room with more ambient light. But we are still left with the challenge of controlling both light sources. Window coverings allow you to control and direct natural lighting. They also dress up your window and enhance your space. Your space can be designed beautifully, have amazing textures, rich colors, eye catching décor, and just the precise amount of plants and fresh flowers. But if you're lighting is off, it will kill the entire look. It's like having a designer outfit on, looking your best, every hair is in place, but you wear an outdated, hideous pair of shoes. You kill the entire look! And once you realize it (if you do), the mood is negatively influenced. The reason many Homeowners are unsure of lighting solutions is because they simply don't have the tips and tricks of the trade. Keep reading, because I'm about to share some juicy information with you! Here are 4 popular spaces in homes today and some key points for each. Follow my designer tips and you'll soon be celebrating the very mood you wished to achieve!

Family / Living Rooms

We love our family rooms! After all, it's where we spend our time either relaxing, being a family, playing a game, entertaining, or watching our favorite TV show. This is a space where controlling light is critical, depending on the activity in the space.

  • Keep colors muted. Earth tones and neutrals will always create a soothing mood.
  • Window shades that work best for this space: blackout (for television viewing), shades that allow directional tilting such as wood blinds or sheer shades.
  • Choose a color and shade that compliments your current décor.
  • If you have an accent wall in your space, consider a window shade that coordinates or matches your wall color.
  • Choose textures and colors that invite the 'cozy factor.'  Plush throws, oversized pillows, upholstered furniture, soft rugs, and controlled lighting will all allow just the right mood for this space.
  • Don't forget the dimmer switch! Dimmer switches allow you to control the level of your artificial lighting. Plus, it's a small investment that offers a substantial influence to the mood of your space!

Kitchens / Eating Areas

Our kitchens have become an extension of family rooms. They're where we gather the most. After all...the stomach knows best, right?

  • Lively prints and bold patterns will enhance this space. Consider a Roller Shade or Roman Shade for this space.The possibilities are endless with these types of shades. You can choose patterns and designs that coordinate with your décor as well! 
  • Have fun with your colors here. Since you don't want to fall asleep in this space, don't go overboard on your muted palette. Colors that lift your mood such as reds, oranges, and yellows are perfect in kitchens.
  • This is usually the first or second room we enter as we start our day! Choose colors, textures, and décor that invite you in and lift your mood.

Bathrooms

Oh, the poor bathroom. Our lives are so busy these days, they can look more like a chemistry lab or laundry room than the retreats we need them to be! If you desire a space that invites you in the morning, and resolves you at night, follow these tips....

  • Keep your colors rich and muted. You can never go wrong by choosing soothing wall colors in this space.  Consider a Roller Shade, Roman Shade, or Cellular Shade for this space.
  • Since bathrooms require privacy, consider a top down bottom up shade. This allows more control of your natural lighting and privacy.
  • Keep décor and textures simple.
  • If you want that spa-like feel, visit a local spa and take note of how they treated the space. Colors and textures will all create a mood that soothe.
  • Personalize this space if you need! I love photos so, if your pup Baxter is the apple of your eye, consider a cute picture of him on your vanity. His wagging tail and sincere eyes will surely put a smile on your face. And what a great way to start your day!

Bedrooms

They're our sanctuaries. They're the space that is most personal to us and often a space that either hugs us, or frustrates us. Follow these tips, and the frustration will fly away....

  • Choose 2, no more than 3 colors to design this space.
  • Select a rug, bedspread, or artwork to serve as the inspiration for the room. Build your entire design for your space around that item.
  • Keep lighting soft, soft, soft! Avoid artificial lighting that is fluorescent, too bright, or too harsh. Lamps or chandeliers are always a sure decision. 
  • Consider blackout window shades. A Cellular shade, Roller shade, or Roman shade offers this feature. Who doesn't want the option to control natural light in a sleeping space? Afternoon nap anyone? Morning sun too bright? :)
  • Avoid the clutter. Our lives are hectic enough so, why would you allow your sanctuary to get that way?
  • Don't forget that dimmer switch!

Use these above guides when creating your spaces and you're sure to love the moods they create! The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style. When you have the knowledge, you have the confidence! Happy Decorating!

 

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Carriann Johnson

2014 Labor Day Sale - Buy 3 Get 1 Free Plus 30% Off - SelectBlinds.com


by Charlene 27 Aug 2014

Labor Day savings start early this year at SelectBlinds.com! Now you don't have to wait until Monday to save big and buy the perfect window coverings for your home. Starting on Wednesday, August 27th and ending just before midnight on Labor Day, you can take advantage of these savings:

  • Buy 3, Get 1 Free on ALL products
  • 30% off your entire order
  • Free shipping, no minimums
  • Free edge binding on select woven wood shades
  • Free cordless on cellular, roller, solar, bamboo, and roman shades
  • Free cloth tape on select wood and faux wood blinds
  • Free no-holes privacy on select wood and faux wood blinds
  • Free steel or brass hing upgrade on select shutters
  • Free cordless motorized wand on all sheer shades

The Select Blinds 2014 Labor Day Sale is perfect for those shoppers who want to avoid the lines and the crowds. This Labor Day, shop online at SelectBlinds.com and enjoy amazing deals, discounts, and freebies.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Sonoma Blackout No Holes Pleated Shades


by Charlene 22 Aug 2014

Pleated shades have great texture and insulation. But more than that, they look great and give you complete privacy and light control. Learn all about them with this quick video.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Real Wood Blinds vs. Faux Wood Blinds


by Charlene 19 Aug 2014

Here at Select Blinds, we have a lot of options when it comes to window coverings. A common struggle for many people is deciding if real wood blinds or faux wood blinds are better. In short, there isn't a clear cut general answer. Which one is better depends on your needs, your style, and your lifestyle. So, in order to make that important decision, start with the pros and cons of each.

Real Wood Blinds

Pros

  • Rich, elegant, and warm.
  • Lightweight, making them great for large windows.
  • Comes in a variety of luxurious stains.
  • Generally more stain and paint options than with faux wood blinds.

Cons

  • Warps and bows with humidity, moisture, and extreme temperatures.
  • Less durable than its faux wood counterpart.
  • More expensive than faux wood blinds.

Faux Wood Blinds

Pros

  • Looks just like real wood.
  • Incredibly durable, so they're perfect for homes with children and pets.
  • Moisture and humidity-resistant, so they're ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Great in extreme temperatures.
  • Budget-friendly.

Cons

  • Heavier than real wood blinds, so they're not recommended for large windows, unless you choose the multiple blinds on 1 headrail option.
  • Fewer color choices when compared to real wood blinds.

So which appeals to you more, real wood or faux wood blinds?

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Layer Window Coverings


by Charlene 15 Aug 2014

Layering your window coverings will bring extra style into your home, but it's also a great way to have more control over privacy, insulation, and natural light. But knowing why you want to layer your window coverings and knowing how to do it right are two different things. But don't worry. It's actually easier than you think.

Start with Blinds or Shades

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First, cover your windows with your favorite blinds or shades. You can choose anything from wood blinds to bamboo shades to cellular shades. It doesn't matter what you choose. Just make sure you love them.

Add a Cornice

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Then, you can add a cornice, depending on how much layering you want, but adding a cornice isn't necessary. Some like the finished look a cornice gives a space, but you may not. Using a cornice is just another way to add depth to your window coverings.

Use Drapes

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The final step is to use drapes or curtains. This will complete the layered look. And don't be afraid to mix patterns, textures, or colors. Layering is one of the easiest ways to give your home a unique look, a look that perfectly reflects your style and your personality.

And that's it! Just take it one layer at a time and you'll find a combination that you love.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Best Window Treatments for Large Windows


by Charlene 12 Aug 2014

Large windows are beautiful and let in a lot of natural light, but they can also be difficult to cover. If you don't choose the right window coverings, it can be impossible to lift and the weight of the window coverings for the large window can cause damage and bowing.

Let us take the mystery out of window coverings for large windows. It's easy once you know what you're looking for.

Continuous Cord Loops

Blinds and shades with a continuous cord loop lift system are great for large windows. Because of the lift mechanism, you'll be able to raise and lower your window coverings easily and evenly. You won't have to worry about one side lowering or raising faster than the other side. Your blinds or shades will look great and last longer.

Multiple Blinds on One Headrail

Another option to consider for large windows is one headrail with two or three blinds. This will give you full coverage, but let you operate the individual shades or blinds separately. Installing multiple blinds on one headrail will eliminate the bowing problem that can accompany heavy window coverings.

Lighter Materials

A good rule of thumb for covering large windows is to choose lighter materials, like single cell honeycomb shades, real wood blinds, and sheer shades. The lighter the window coverings, the less bowing will occur and the easier it will be to use. Of course you want your window coverings to look nice, but you also want them perfectly functional, and lighter materials will help you have both.

Just because you have large windows doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style for functionality. Here at Select Blinds, you can choose the look you want and make it a perfect fit for your larger-than-life windows.

 

Charlene Jimenez

The New Insulating Honeycomb Blinds - 2 blinds in 1


by Charlene 8 Aug 2014

Love the energy-saving benefits and the modern look of the honeycomb shade, but you want the functionality of traditional horizontal blinds? Now you can have both!

Introducing our new Insulating Honeycomb Blinds!

Expands and Compresses

These insulating honeycomb blinds expand to create a honeycomb shade and they compress to make horizontal blinds. With just a pull of the cord, you have complete control.

Privacy and Insulation

When you expand the slats to make a honeycomb shade, you'll get privacy and added insulation. This insulation will help keep your home comfortable and save you money on energy costs. But just because you have your privacy doesn't mean you can't have natural light. They are light filtering, so your home gets that soft warm glow.

Light Control and Outside View

When you compress the slats to make them horizontal blinds, you get better light control. You can even expand the slats a little to reduce the amount of light, all without giving up your view to the outside.

With 15 colors to choose from, you're certain to find the perfect Insulating Honeycomb Blinds for your home. 2-in-1 blinds have never looked so good!

 

Charlene Jimenez

Think Outside the Window Frame – 3 Ways to Reuse Old Window Blinds


by Charlene 5 Aug 2014

When you're ready to upgrade your window blinds, don't throw the old ones away just yet. While they may not work with your windows any longer, they still have life left. It's time to get creative and make one-of-a-kind pieces from your old dusty window blinds.


Durable Gift Tags

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

Cut up those old blinds and use them to make beautiful - and durable! - gift tags. You can paint them, use scrapbook paper and Mod Podge, or use your scrapbooking supplies to cut adorable shapes into them. With these reused blinds, every gift you give will be beautifully personalized, and you won't have to spend a penny.


Picture Frame

Photo Credit: Bob Villa

Take those old wood or faux wood blinds and remove the slats. With those slats you can make a gorgeous picture frame. Stack as many as you'd like on each other or next to each other to create a thicker frame. Reusing your old blinds has never been so easy - or stylish!


Light Fixture

Photo Credit: Bob Villa

With a little hard work and a lot of creativity, you can actually make a modern light fixture with your old blinds! This is where you can make something unique to your home, something your friends and family will fawn over.


What have you made from your old window blinds? Tell us about it in the comments below.

 

Charlene Jimenez

2 Shades in 1 - A Detailed Look at the 1/2" Day/Night Cordless Cellular Shades


by Charlene 1 Aug 2014

Did you know you can get two blinds in one? It's true. With our 1/2" Day/Night Cordless Cellular Shades, you get both a light filtering shade and a blackout shade, all with one install.

How it Works

The Day/Night Cellular Shades consist of a very long shade, half being light filtering and half being blackout. This allows you to switch between the two. When the shade is completely raised, the light filtering section is stacked on top of the blackout shade.

If you want light filtering, simply pull down on the light filtering handle. It will condense the blackout shade at the very bottom. If you want the blackout shade, pull up on the handle and push the light filtering section to the top of the shade.

You don't have to choose from light filtering and blackout, however. You can use both at once. Customize your light blockage by adjusting the sections of the shade however you want.


Best Places to Use Them

You can use the Day/Night Shades in every room of your house, but they are particularly beneficial in these spaces:


Bedrooms

Just because you like to sleep in complete darkness doesn't mean you want it that way when you're not sleeping. With this cell shade, you can use the blackout section at night and the light filtering section during the day. That way, you room is still bathed with beautiful natural light when it counts the most.


Media Rooms

No one likes a glare on the television when trying to enjoy a movie. While the light filtering shade does help reduce the glare, just having light in the room can make it just as annoying. So, why not lower that blackout shade while you're enjoying your favorite movie? Then when you want to have a family get-together, just use the light filtering shade to retain your privacy but also give your home that beautiful natural light.


My Own Home

I have the 1/2" Day/Night Cordless Cellular Shades in my own home - in my family room, to be exact. My husband loves them because he can watch sports without the glare, since the windows sit directly across from the television. I love them because I can make them light filtering whenever he's not watching sports.
After using them, I wish I got them for the rest of the windows in my home. They're fantastic!

Have you tried the two shades in one? Do you love them?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Accentuate the Beauty of Your Bay Windows with the Right Window Coverings


by Charlene 29 Jul 2014

Do you have bay windows in your home? They bring in beautiful natural light, but they can also give you a headache when you're trying to find the right window coverings. But it doesn't have to be that difficult. Just because you have bay windows doesn't mean you have fewer options. You can find a look that matches your style and your needs. Just look at all your options:


Bamboo Shades

These bamboo shades look great covering bay windows because they add instant texture. No matter if you have a modern, traditional, or rustic style, bamboo or woven shades are a perfect fit. You can even choose from a variety of textures and materials, so you can customize your look without compromising on price.


Roller Shades

Look at the beauty and elegance of these fabric roller shades when paired with that paint color and the stark white crown molding. The combination is striking, and it doesn't take away from the beauty of the bay windows at all. With these roller shades, you don't have to compromise style for bay window coverage. You can have both.


Solar Shades

With the right solar shades, you don't have to give up your view to have privacy and UV blockage. Keep your home cool and comfortable with sturdy solar shades. They may be sturdy, but they still look sophisticated and sleek.


Wood Blinds

Want a classic look that still has a modern feel? Then wood blinds might be perfect for your bay windows. They're sharp and crisp, and they'll complement any décor. There's just something elegant about real wood blinds, and that makes them ideal for the natural elegance of bay windows.


Shutters

Shutters are another option if you want a classic, Provençal look. You can choose from a variety of stains and paints, so you can create the look you want. If your bay windows are in the kitchen or in the bathroom, opt for faux wood shutters. They're moisture-resistant and durable, so they'll last much longer in that environment.


Cellular Shades

The photo above is from an actual customer after she installed her shades from Select Blinds. Go here to read more about her experience. Top down/bottom up cell shades are great if you want to keep your privacy and still let in some natural light. And the honeycomb construction helps insulate your windows so you can ultimately save energy and save money.


Whatever your style, the right window blinds or shades for your bay windows will be the ones that accentuate the architectural merits instead of simply covering them up.

 

Charlene Jimenez

4 Easy Ways to Give Your Home's Exterior a New Look


by Charlene 17 Jul 2014

Whether you're looking to increase your home's curb appeal or you just need a change, improving the outside of your home is easy. It just takes a few simple upgrades and you'll have a whole new look. You don't have to be selling your home to appreciate curb appeal. So why wait? You can have the curb appeal of your dreams by changing these simple things:

Painted Front Door

Photo Credit: House Hunters of Idaho

Give your home an instant facelift by painting the front door. Go bold and vibrant or choose a more classic color palette. Whatever you choose, make sure it complements the color of your home. It doesn't have to match, but it does need to go well together.

Statement Door Knob

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Add a statement door knob to kick it up a notch and give the front of your house some more personality. You can find a door knob to match whatever statement you want. Go classic or modern. Whatever you choose, adding a new door knob can be the finishing touch to your freshly painted door.

Window Coverings

Photo Credit: SelectBlinds.com

Most people only consider how their window coverings look from the inside of their home. But the outside of your home is just as important, especially if you live in an HOA community. Choose window coverings that come with a liner, so you can have a cohesive look to the front of your house. Take these bamboo shades, for instance. You can choose a privacy liner in several colors. That way you can have the window coverings you want and still conform to the HOA's regulations.

Landscaping

Photo Credit: Design Home

The right landscaping can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money. But just a few simple changes, like pulling weeds, planting a new tree, or making a pretty flower bed can make a big difference. Enlist the help of family and friends. Just a few hours of work and you can have a whole new front yard.

These four simple changes can make all the difference between selling your home and making a large profit. Or it can mean that you'll finally love your home's exterior. Don't limit your style and personality to the inside of your home. A home's exterior is the perfect blank canvas to showcase the best parts of yourself.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Week of Savings! Our Lowest Prices Ever!


by Charlene 15 Jul 2014

Save big every day this week with our Week of Savings! There is a new deal every day on our most popular products. If you've been waiting to buy your window coverings for the best sale, now's the time to do it!

Alice is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 11 Jul 2014

"SelectBlinds.com really understands the things that are important to us, the customer. For me, it’s not normally about price. Of course I want to pay no more than necessary for any product or service, but I’ll pay a little more for the right experience. 

"I’d previously outfitted most of my old house with Roman shades and honeycomb shades from SelectBlinds, and the experience was good. Nothing spectacular, but I got a good deal on the items I purchased, and the delivery time was pretty quick. I also remember that the install was pretty easy, and they all lasted several years, and are still functioning, I think. I say I think because we sold the house. Anyway, the experience was good enough that I had no problem remembering their name, and I used them again. 

"Well as good as they once were, they are so much better now. I mean better in every way. They apparently overhauled their site. It was easy to get around it before, but now, it is so clear on how to shop, that I spent far less time trying to find the right items than the last time. I knew I wanted honeycomb shades, but wasn’t sure about the type. You know what I mean? Like single cell or double cell. SelectBlinds now lets you select the features that are important, and it narrows down the choices. So cool!

"Okay, the one thing that I didn’t love about the old shades was the cord. The cord was fine when the cell shades were down, but it gets longer as you raise the shade. It’s not a huge deal, but when the shades are up, like all day long, that ridiculous cord lays in a heap on my window sills. SelectBlinds had the cordless option the last time, but it was like $30 more, and I bought more than 10 shades. Do the math. My order was over $1000, and I just couldn’t justify another $300.

"Hello! Free cordless! Yes, free cordless! I just placed my order, and let me tell you, even if it’s not about price, I still love a deal, and what a deal I just got. Not only did I get free cordless, I got one of my shades for free! Yup, no stuttering there, free cordless, and a free shade, because I bought more than three cell shades. I bought more shades than the last time, all with cordless lift, and my total was just a little less than the other time. Way!

"SelectBlinds, my hat is off to you. I can’t believe the deal, the quality, the features, the whole experience, wow. I don’t even like to type anything, but I just had to share. Ciao!"

Order Free Samples – Here’s Why You Should


by Charlene 8 Jul 2014

 

It’s tempting to skip the free samples and just order the window coverings you want. Let’s be honest; we all like shortcuts. We’re busy and we have things to get done, so why take longer than necessary to order the blinds or shades you need for your windows? Actually, there are quite a few reasons why you should order free samples first, including:

Gives You a Chance to Change Your Mind

If you can’t decide between a few options, ordering free samples is a great way to help make up your mind. Or, maybe you knew what you wanted when you ordered the samples, but you’ve changed your mind. So many factors can affect how the samples look in your home, so it’s better to find that out before you spend money.

Helps You Make Sure the Color is Right

Colors can have minimal to severe variations when seen on computer or phone screens. The only way to see a product’s true color is to see it in person. And that’s why we offer free samples! Maybe the color you see on the screen would complement your wall color perfectly. But when you get your order, the color could be all wrong and not as perfect as you originally thought. Eliminate the risk of making the wrong order by ordering samples first.

Lets You Consider the Effects of Lighting

While your computer screen can change the product’s color, so can your home’s lighting. Light can change how everything looks. It can make something look beautiful, or it can change its look completely. You may find that the time of day can change the look of your window coverings, and you may not like what you see at dusk.

They’re Free!

What do you have to lose? They’re free! Mix and match your favorite styles, colors, patterns, and materials, and you’ll be ready to make your final purchase. Your dream window coverings are just a free sample away!

Order your free samples today and make a more confident purchase tomorrow!

 

Charlene Jimenez

Karen B. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds!


by Charlene 3 Jul 2014

"Hello!  I received my order of blinds today and I couldn't be more thrilled!!  I have to admit...I was a little skeptical about ordering blinds online, but I went ahead and placed my order.  Wow!!  It couldn't have been any easier or cheaper had I gone to a brick and mortar store!  The blinds are PERFECT!!  Thank you SelectBlinds.com!!"

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