Simplicity is Sophistication When Choosing Window Coverings


by Charlene 14 Jan 2014

Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” He may not have been talking about home décor, but it certainly applies. Decorating your home, no matter the room, can be a hit-and-miss game. You try mixing patterns to create a more dynamic space, but perhaps it turned out too complex or eclectic for your taste. Trends come and go. What is trendy today may look outdated an odd a few years down the road. But while these trends are temporary, you can reach true sophistication and style when you focus on simplicity.

Home décor simplicity can stand the test of time. It can create a space that is the Audrey Hepburn of rooms: stylishly simple and classic. It comes down to that well-known saying, “Less is more.” Perhaps there is more wisdom in those words than we generally give it credit for. Home décor style is closely linked to fashion. You’ll see similar trends and interests circulate through someone’s wardrobe and then their home. So it only makes sense to look at the most famous fashion icons for inspiration, the fashion icons who left a legacy of style and simplicity.

The Fashion Greats

Coco Chanel famously said, “Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror, and take one thing off.”  The same goes for your home. Instead of cluttering your home with trends and accessories, take a step back and remove an item. Then reevaluate the room and the style you’re conveying. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple.

When Audrey Hepburn was asked how other women could achieve her idolized look, she simply said, “My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” With just a few adjustments, any woman could have an Audrey-inspired look. If Audrey were still with us, perhaps she would have offered the same type of advice for your home décor: a few minor changes and simplicity. Simplicity brought an understated elegance and sophistication to Audrey, and it can do the same for your home.

A Starting Point

So how do you now take these long-lasting ideas of simplicity and incorporate them into your home vision? To follow Audrey’s line of thought, start with just a few simple changes:

Window Coverings – Choosing the right blinds or shades for your windows may not seem like a noticeable change. It may be subtle, but it can pull an entire look together. The window blinds you choose should have the right feel. So, if you want a clean rustic feel, consider faux wood shutters to add lightness to a room. For a deeper elegance, try a real wood blind with a dark stain, which would be a great contrast with light-colored décor.

Color Palette – Attaining simplicity doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate color into your décor. It does mean, however, that you should be aware of how that color affects the feel of the room. Color is great, but a little black dress never goes out of style, and both Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn embodied that idea. The trick is finding a color palette that is your home’s little black dress.

From there, you can find new ways to add simplicity and sophistication into your home, whether that’s by making a few small adjustments, like Audrey Hepburn, or taking one thing away, like Coco Chanel.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Winterize Your Windows


by Charlene 10 Jan 2014

Winter is here. And sometimes, winter is harsh and unforgiving. Winter can leave your home cold and drafty, with every bit of warm air escaping as quickly as it can. But there are ways to keep your electric bills low and still have a comfortable, warm home. And the best part is that you have options.

Drapery

When you hear the word “drapery,” you might think of your grandmother’s house, but drapes have been modernized to include interesting and fashionable fabrics and patterns, making them a great, customized fit for every home. With drapes, you can:

  •  Keep the warmth in and block the cold out.
  •  Update your room instantly and create a whole new look with one simple change, with 100s of color, pattern, and fabric options.
  • Add liners for your needs, like blackout and privacy liners.

Honeycomb, Cellular, and Solar Shades

Honeycomb, cellular, and solar shades provide added insulation for your windows, but using these shades doesn’t mean you have to spend your winter in darkness. With these shades, you can:

  • Maintain a comfortable home temperature and block out harmful UV rays.
  •  Choose a blackout shade option for added privacy.
  • Filter and diffuse the bright sunlight to create a warm, inviting glow.
  • Reduce glare, making it perfect for viewing computer and television screens.

Combining both the shades and the drapes can give your home the barrier it needs from the cold. Winterizing is easy. All it takes is a few changes and updates, and you’re looking at a toasty and comfortable winter season inside your home.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Boring Bathroom? Spice It Up with the Right Window Covering


by Charlene 7 Jan 2014

Many people first think of the kitchen or bedroom when it comes to redecorating. Sure, the bathroom is a popular choice for remodeling, but what about decorating? You may have your color scheme and your theme already integrated into your bathroom, but you may have noticed that something is missing, some style, some panache, some flair. Really it comes down to two words: window coverings. The right window covering can take your boring bathroom and give it any vibe you want: modern, traditional, or warm and cozy.

The amount of choices you have can easily leave you overwhelmed, but it doesn’t need to be. Here’s a short breakdown that can help you follow the right decorating path for your lifestyle needs and your vision.

Shutters

If a warm, country feel is what you’re looking for, shutters will be the perfect addition to your bathroom. Shutters are reminiscent of a time past, perhaps a simpler, less hectic time, but they also have a more modern feel than you might expect, so your bathroom won’t look outdated. The combination of traditional and modern will make your bathroom unique and make it feel clean and open.

Bamboo or Woven Shades

Depending on the rest of your décor, bamboo or woven shades can make your bathroom feel rustic and earthy, or pair it with contemporary pieces for a one-of-a-kind look. If the bathroom is bland, a bamboo or woven shade will give the room much-needed texture that can make any bathroom pop. Combining texture, color, and pattern can give your bathroom the panache you’re looking for.

Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades

Want natural light, but you don’t want to sacrifice your privacy? Top Down Bottom Up shades will give you the best of both worlds. The shades can be moved, for instance, halfway down your window so that the top lets in the light, but the bottom of the window is covered appropriately. Or if you want to allow different amounts of light in from each window, these shades allow you to make those adjustments effortlessly. A bonus to using this window shade is energy efficient and keeps your bathroom at a comfortable temperature without using any unnecessary energy. Plus, a cellular shade provides more privacy at night than different types of shades, which is perfect for a bathroom.

Wood or Faux Wood Blinds

With so many color and wood options, like Cherrywood, Honduras Mahogany, or American Walnut, wood blinds can work with any bathroom décor. Using wood blinds, or even faux wood, will give your space a more luxurious feel. And it adds some extra flair. Wood blinds are warm, inviting, and rich, which makes them the perfect addition if you like to relax in the tub after a long day.

Your bathroom doesn’t have to be boring any longer. With the right window covering, it will become your favorite statement room in the house, and the bathroom ambiance can flow into other areas of your house, making you one step closer to your dream home.

 

Charlene Jimenez

SelectBlinds - Our year in review


by AL__-S 18 Dec 2013

Hi. I’m the CEO of SelectBlinds, and I’d like to take a moment of your time to share with you some of the things we implemented in 2013 as a way to help you find the best window covering solutions for your specific need. Please read this with the thought in your mind that that this information sharing is being done as a way to get some feedback from you.

We sell window blinds and window shades, as well as drapery and curtains. Blinds and shades are not like cell phones, computers or televisions. Those types of products have major technological improvements each year. Window coverings do improve, but more so in regards to their fashion correctness, or safety worthiness. Select Blinds confirms our decisions in a very basic way. We present our window covering selection on our website, and based on your buying habits, we make a determination as to the validity of our assortment. So, having said all of that, we’d be thrilled to get your feedback on the following:

Cordless shades

We challenged the window covering engineers to make more products with cordless lift systems. There are two main reasons for this. The first is safety. If there is no cord on your window shade, there is no possible way that a child or pet will get tangled up in it. That is not to say that shades or blinds with lift cords are a hazard. They are not. We have taken precautions to insure that we are offering the safest window coverings possible. The second reason for cordless is fashion. I’m going to go way out on a limb here, and make the comment that there has yet to be a situation where someone has put up new window shades, and had a friend or relative see them and say, “Wow, I really like your new shades, and what an attractive lift cord”.

 

Lift cords are ok, and they can be wound onto a cord cleat to keep them from just laying out on the floor, but for me, I’ll go cordless, if possible. So, the selectblinds brand offers more products as cordless only, and more products with the cordless option, than ever before.

 

Partnerships

We have expanded our partnering to include The Good housekeeping label, and the Disney brand. These are both well known and well respected names that are a great way for us to showcase more than just our own highly rated SelectBlinds brand. The Disney shades can be ordered with your child’s favorite Disney character on the face of the roller shade or honeycomb shade. And of course, these shades are only offered with a cordless lift system. Everyone trusts the Good Housekeeping seal, and so far, the results have shown us that our visitors like the label. The SelectBlinds @Home Collection, inspired by the renowned designer, Carriann Johnson, continue to bring fashion forward products to the mix. 

Draperies

Window blinds and shades look great by themselves, and all of our window coverings include an attractive head rail, and/or valance. Sometimes you just want more, and draperies are one of the best solutions. We just launched this line in November, and so far the verdict is very positive.

Thanks for allowing me to encroach upon your valuable time. If you are so inclined, please let us know if you believe that we are headed in the right direction, and also let us know what else we can do to make the SelectBlinds on-line store better. 

 With sincerity and appreciation,

Al Silverberg, CEO of Select Shops

Select Blinds Black Friday 2013 Sale!


by admin 26 Nov 2013

Revamping your home decor for all those holiday guests? Great news! SelectBlinds.com has your windows covered with fantastic site-wide deals from now till Cyber Monday!  Starting now, enjoy Black Friday 2013 pricing and get one free blind or shade when you order 3. Combined with our current 30% off promo code, you will not find custom window coverings for your home at a cheaper price! So now is the time to finish up that room redo project, replace non-insulating window treatments with our energy efficient window products, or allow your guests to sleep in longer with new room darkening blinds and shades. Whatever the reason, our Black Friday 2013 sale is not to be missed. All orders get the added bonus of free shipping and our fantastic satisfaction guarantee! So if you needed more reason to shop the highest rated, most reviewed blinds in America, this sale takes care of that! And if you still need a reason, we are now offering a $20 gift card to Bedding.com with every order. Don't miss your chance to save big!

Disney Planes Land at Select Blinds


by Chris S 16 Oct 2013

Disney Planes Roller Shades

Select Blinds is extremely excited to announce a new addition to our Disney Window Shade Collection. You can now purchase Disney Planes themed Roller Shades and Cellular Shades. Our Planes collection will initially offer Dusty, El Chupacabra, Skipper, Echo, and Bravo. Disney fans young and old will love to see their favorite Disney Planes characters covering their windows and all of new shades can be custom made to fit any window size.

"As a dad, the safety of my kids is more important than anything. That is why we are proud to introduce Disney Planes window shades that are as safe as they are magical." said Nate Kennedy, Select Blinds Vice President of Operations and father of two. "My kids loved the Planes characters from the movie, and we are excited to offer this new collection online."

Perfect Window Shades for Disney Planes Fans

Does your child have a Disney themed playroom or bedroom? If so, this new Planes collection will be the perfect addition to your child’s room. Young boys and girls will love the fact that they can now add Dusty, Echo, Bravo, Skipper, or even El Chupacabra to the windows in their room. The only problem you may run in to is getting them to open up their new windows with their favorite Disney Planes characters on them.

Select Blinds will initially be offering Disney Planes collection in our roller shade variation and our cellular honeycomb shades and both will be available with our cordless lift system to ensure safety. We plan to expand to more Planes characters in the future and will keep our customers posted as we expand the collection.

Should I Choose Faux Wood or Real Wood Blinds?


by Nate K 19 Aug 2013

Two of the most popular products people choose when ordering window treatments are faux wood blinds and wood blinds. It is very difficult to understand the differences between these products and it is my goal to share some insight in to the benefits of each product as well as their optimal utilization.

Benefits of Faux Wood Blinds

 

Faux wood or vinyl blinds are an extremely versatile product. They come in a variety of styles and each style has its benefits. The Express Faux Wood Blinds are a great value and provide a very economical way to get the appearance of a wood blind without the cost of buying real wood blinds. They are very durable and provide a high resistance to moisture. This makes them ideal for bathrooms and areas of the country that experience high level of humidity. There are some retailers selling a foam product which will warp and turn yellow. It is critical that you buy this type of blind from a reputable retailer. The one drawback to these blinds is the weight of the product. They can require significantly more ladders to support the weight and can be heavy to raise when ordered for large windows.

 

The Polymer Wood Blinds are manufactured from a combination of real wood and engineered poly-thermal material. This product is the most durable type of faux wood blinds and provides the best UV protection of any product on the market today. This product is fantastic in environments with temperature extremes like the desert southwest and the cold northeast. This product is also the most humidity resistant faux wood blind available online today. This product is heavy and will require more ladders for support, but if durability is what you want, this is the product for you.

Benefits of Real Wood Blinds

 

Real wood blinds are still extremely popular and for many people there is no substitute to the warmth they can provide a room. They are much lighter than faux wood and require far fewer ladders giving you a more uniform look in a house with varying window sizes. Wood can warp in high humidity areas where faux wood proves to be a much better performing option to cover your windows. Wood blinds also tend to struggle with high UV exposure and can fade over time. If you live in an environment where this is a concern and want the timeless look of real wood blinds you will want to buy Deep Wood Blinds. This product is the most durable, warp, and scratch resistant product available today. These blinds are even manufactured to resist dust which will require significantly less time with that feather duster.

This is one of the rare instances in decorating that there is a product for all environments. Faux Wood Blinds and Wood Blinds come with great decorating options like cloth tapes to add a touch of flair. The most important thing is to make sure you are happy with the color and texture of the blinds before you buy them. Thankfully, SelectBlinds.com offers free sample swatches which allow you the opportunity to touch and see the product up close. They also provide the industries best lifetime warranty with every order. Always remember to have fun in your decorating and choose the product that best fits you and your home.

$1,000 Dream Decor Makeover Contest


by Chris S 16 Aug 2013

Do you have a room in your home that is just begging for a makeover? We have the perfect solution for that room, our recently launched $1,000 Dream Decor Makeover contest. One lucky winner will receive a $330 gift card to SelectBlinds, $335 gift card to SelectRugs, and $335 gift card to Bedding.com. New window coverings, bedding, and area rugs will help to transform any room in your home.

Entry is easy, all you have to do is visit the link below and follow the steps to enter. We will be choosing one random winner on September 13th. Good luck!

Enter here -->  http://woobox.com/6ugzmp

Select Blinds Reviews - Why This Company is Great to Work For


by Lisa Hs 26 Jul 2013

Work is work, right? Another day, another dollar. Let's face it, there are very few people that can actually claim that they love their jobs and the company that they work for. I have to admit though, after coming to work at Select Blinds, it is refreshing to work for a company that actually cares about their customer and people as a whole.

As a retailer, the company can boast about their new Google Trusted Store "A" rating for reliability and excellent service, or their Better Business Bureau accreditation and A+ rating. But really, when I am shopping online for products, I am not always interested in what the "company" is saying about themselves. What sets Select Blinds apart from other custom window covering companies is the amount of positive 3rd party reviews that the company has collected over the years from ACTUAL customers, who are excited enough about their purchase to take the time to write a helpful review for other people looking to make the same purchase.

SelectBlinds.com really is the highest rated and most reviewed blinds company in America. It is obvious online when you look at websites like:

Google Checkout (over 5,250 reviews!) "Awesome! Their service was quick and efficient. Even when I had mismeasured and called to correct my order, they were very courteous."

Reseller Ratings (over 3,500 reviews!) "Great looking, easy to install, directions to measure were spot on."

Price Grabber (over 2,500 reviews!) "Great quality and a great price! I shopped around and this was by far the best company."

Nextag (over 1,350 reviews!) "Expected good for the price. GOT outstanding for the price!"

After working closely with our customer service team, I can see why the site has gotten such great reviews. Of course the company is proud of their high quality products, but the best sign of a good company is the happiness of their customers. So, while it may be a job.. and WORK.. watching the attention and care that is given to site visitors and customers makes me feel like I am doing something valuable. And I appreciate that!

How to Open Up a Small Bedroom


by Chris S 27 Jun 2013

Your bedroom is supposed to be the place where you can shut the door and escape to your own private refuge, but if you’re dealing with a small space, it can be difficult to fully relax and breathe deep. Not all houses come equipped with grand master bedrooms, but don’t lose hope just yet; there are many tricks and resources you can utilize that will help open up your bedroom and allow it to transform into the safe haven it’s meant to be.

Bring in the Light

A small room with poor lighting is bound to feel like a closed-in cave, so be generous with the light you’re utilizing. If you have a window, avoid covering it with dark curtains or shades, but instead, consider investing in a decorative set of blinds. Wooden blinds add a sophisticated touch, but unlike curtains, they allow you to have complete control over the amount of light you’re bringing in. Natural light creates a fresh and open feeling in any room, so try and maximize any sunlight that’s available.

For evening hours and cloudy days, you can still have access to natural looking lighting by replacing a few of your incandescent bulbs with halogen bulbs (they produce the most sun-like glow). The right set-up of lamps, sconces, or chandeliers can make a room appear much larger than it really is. The trick is to make sure the room is evenly lit to avoid dark shadows from occupying certain corners of the room.

Stick to Light Colors

If your room is already small, a dark color scheme will add to the claustrophobic experience, so stick to light, airy colors. Pastels work great in helping a room feel more expansive, so find a combination of lighter shades of greens, creams, blues, or purples that you like and keep those in mind when you pick out paints, linens, furniture, and décor.

Organize and Decorate Vertically

Decorating vertically allows a room to appear to have more depth, so always try and decorate from top to bottom instead of side to side. A tall, vertical mirror is a great choice to place in a small room because it will help reflect any light which creates an illusion of a bigger space.

Vertical tapestries, paintings, and family portraits are other options that that will help add a comfortable touch to your personal space, but it’s imperative to avoid adding too many ornaments to your room as this will create a congested feel that will defeat the purpose of your original intention.

Minimize to Open

A small room packed full of furniture, decorations, and clutter is going to appear even tinier than it already is, so take a minimalist’s approach to your bedroom. As mentioned before, decorate sparingly, but also reduce the amount of furniture you’re bringing it; try only allow room for your bed, a vertical bookshelf, a nightstand, a dresser(if that can’t fit in your closet), and if it’s absolutely needed, a chair for reading or lounging. If you have a TV, consider trying to hang it up on your wall so that you can avoid a TV stand in the middle of the room. Lastly, never let your room get too cluttered with dirty laundry, dishes, or any other odds and ends that easily find their way onto the floor. A clean and tidy space always appears larger than one that’s unorganized and messy.

Just because you happen to have a small bedroom to work with doesn’t mean it can’t be a space for you to feel free, open, and more importantly, relaxed. By using some lighting and color tricks, as well as keeping up with a minimalistic and vertical approach to decorating, you’ll have no problem turning your bedroom into a larger and more comfortable paradise where you can unwind and de-stress.

Ross Donald is a freelance writer and home design enthusiast. When he’s not looking for new ways to rearrange his home, he writes about lighting fixtures and design theories.

Wood Woven Shades


by Chris S 24 Jun 2013

 

I want to commend Select Blinds for doing a top notch job in all respects. I ordered woven wood shades and they were absolutely beautiful. I made a mistake in measuring and used the fit guarantee to send them back. Select Blinds re-cut them at no charge and sent them back to me, also at no charge. Amazing, amazing customer service. I'm on the website now to order more shades. You will love dealing with this company.

 

 

Just installed aluminum mini-blinds on two bathroom windows...soooo easy! I loved that I didn't have to do any fancy math to measure...just send you the measurements and go! After installing them, my husband, the reluctant installer, said "they sure are making blinds easier to install than I remember!". Yes, these were so simple and the brackets are completely hidden behind the top rail. Love, love, love this product!

From: Chris. D

How to Clean Your Window Blinds the Quick and Easy Way


by Chris S 10 Jun 2013

clean your window blinds to make them last longer

Although most of us remember to clean our windows regularly, we often forget about our window blinds. Regular cleaning will keep them looking and working like new; however, this is a chore most people would rather avoid. The secret is to keep dust and grime from building up over time, creating a layer that is tough to remove. When it comes to keeping window blinds clean, prevention is the best tool, so make it part of your regular weekly housecleaning.

Know Your Blinds

Window blind manufacturers create instructions for a reason, so read them carefully and follow the cleaning tips that come with them. Also, look for specific tips and recommendations, so you’ll avoid any potential problems down the road. Manufacturers test their guidelines and can give you the best advice available on how to care for your blinds. As a rule, give your blinds a thorough cleaning every four months, or at the very least, twice a year.

Grandma’s Green Cleaning Method

If your grandmother is like mine, she uses vinegar for everything, including cleaning window blinds. Here’s how:

  • Fill a small bowl with white vinegar and find a pair of clean cotton gloves or socks.
  • Put your hand inside one of the gloves or socks and dip the tip of the sock, or your fingers into the bowl.
  • Run your hand or fingers along each slat to remove the dust and grime. You may need to rinse the sock or glove a few times.
  • Switch back and forth between the two socks or gloves, soaking one sock or glove while you use the other.

Important: Although this method is safe for most materials, do not oversaturate the blinds, especially if they are wooden. Water warps wood, so squeeze as much out as possible and dry immediately. Avoid letting the vinegar come into contact with your eyes or skin.

Material Matters

It’s important to know what your blinds are made of, and then to clean them accordingly. Here are some material-specific tips:

  • Wooden Blinds – Excess moisture is wood’s worst enemy, so avoid getting wooden blinds wet. To dust them, use a clean, soft cloth, a feather duster or a vacuum brush. To put more life into the wood, use a cleaner made specifically for wood, such as lemon oil. Reading the manufacturer’s guidelines is more important than ever with wooden blinds, so check to see what products the company recommends before you use anything on them. Run a dryer sheet along each slat to keep dust and grime from sticking.
  • Faux Wood Blinds – Faux wood blinds are the easiest to clean, because they are durable and resist warping. You can dust them just as you do wooden blinds, but you can also spot clean them using a mild detergent with warm water on a slightly moistened cloth, blotting dry afterwards. Use a dryer sheet to keep dust at bay.
  • Vinyl and Aluminum Blinds – Dust often and spot clean stains with mild detergent using warm water and then blot them dry. Tilt the slats up and down slightly to dust both sides, moving along each slat. Avoid pressing down too hard, so you don’t bend or break them. If the dirt is hard to remove, take the blinds off the window and soak them in a bathtub filled with warm, soapy water. Rinse them and wipe dry, or hang them and leave them open to air dry.
  • Fabric Vertical Blinds – Dust often with a vacuum brush to avoid build up. Spot clean as directed using a clear detergent to avoid staining, then blog dry. Although you cannot immerse them in water, check the manufacturer’s recommendations to see if you can have them dry cleaned.

Regular cleaning according to the manufacturer’s guidelines will keep your blinds looking as beautiful as the day you got them, as long as you take special care and clean on a regular basis. By avoiding dirt and dust buildup, it will be easy to give them a quick cleaning whenever you clean the rest of your home.

Brand Name Window Blinds for your Home


by AL__-S 28 May 2013

Window coverings are purchased less often than a new car. When buying a new car you normally start with the brand. If you want a new Cadillac, you don’t go to a Chevrolet dealer. We all have some perception of what each car brand stands for. Window coverings have brands as well. But really, who knows what each brand stands for. I’m a 34-year-old man and I shopped for window coverings for the first time in my life just last week. What an eye-opening experience.

Brand Name Window Coverings

I’m not as savvy as a teenager when it comes to computers, but I know how to shop online. So to the home office went I, in search of the right window coverings for my new house. I found certain brands that I was familiar with like Levolor, but discovered that just like cars, these window blinds brands do not address all types of window coverings.

I cruised through several sites that sold national brands as well as their own brand. In most cases, their own brand was just a generic version with less features than the national brands that they also carried. All in all, those sites confused me more than anything.

I did visit one site, SelectBlinds.com, that carried only their own brand. At first I hesitated to dig deeply into their offerings because I never heard of SelectBlinds. There were a couple things about their website that brought me back a second time and then a third. First of all, they claim to be the most reviewed, highest rated brand on the Internet. Do a Google search for window blinds or window shades and you’ll see that the claim is true. They have more reviews than all of their competitors combined. So just for kicks I started putting together an order. Much to my surprise, they fulfilled every window covering need that I had.

 

Real Basswood wood blinds went into my home office. A faux wood blind covered a window in my garage. Honeycomb shades in a blackout fabric went into my bedroom. I’m a single guy now, but I was married, and have a little girl. So obviously I have a bedroom for her, and I found a Disney window shade for her room. Every single window covering that I ordered was comparable or better than any national brand, including Hunter Douglas, that I could find on any other site.

I was still not sure that I was going to buy from SelectBlinds, and had a couple questions regarding inside mount versus outside mount. So I called their customer care department. They answered the phone, they were courteous, they knew their stuff, and helped with the last couple of issues I was unclear on.

Buying blinds is not a fast endeavor. I had spent approximately 2 hours measuring, ordering, on the phone with customer service, and creating an account. So I figured what the heck, put in my Amex number, and placed my order.

All of the blinds showed up within two or three days of each other, and I hung them myself. All in all it was a really satisfying experience. In my opinion SelectBlinds.com is the number one brand of window coverings on the Internet. Come to my house and you’ll see why.

Good Housekeeping Room Darkening Roller Shades


by Chris S 10 May 2013

Although I work for Select Blinds in the accounting department, I have become somewhat familiar with the options and features offered on the various blinds and shades we sell. With a recent home construction project in the works, I have been considering redecorating and upgrading multiple items. One of those items is our blinds.

With the many offerings from Select Blinds, it has been a difficult, yet fun, task to determine my favorite product. Initially, I was a huge fan of the trendy Roman shades, but as time has passed, I concluded that Roller Shades are a better product for many reasons. The biggest Roller Shade benefit is the cost difference as well as what you get for that cost. The price point for Roller Shades is exceptionally lower than Roman Shades with practically the same functionality.

 

At the end of the day, one Roller Shade in particular stands out: The Good Housekeeping Room Darkening Roller Shade. With neutral colors and various textures, this product not only offers something for everyone, but is also aesthetically pleasing. Although the looks of a blind/ shade are important to me, I am most interested in the function and options accompanying it. I am going to be frank and admit that my husband and I are lazy people who despise sunlight. We can’t be bothered to get up from the couch to close our shades to eliminate the sunlight glare.

Additionally, we are animal lovers who include 3 dogs and 1 cat as part of our family. The GH Room Darkening Roller Shades are perfect for us in that they offer motorization, an option not found with most shades. This helps us continue our lazy demeanor and also gives us peace of mind that our pets will not get tangled in cords. What’s more, when closed, these shades offer a 5 out of 5 privacy factor, meaning that no light gets in or out. For me, this shade truly is a shining example of a product that offers both form and function.

Author: Jennifer Goodman

 

Create a Statement with Your Blinds this Spring


by Chris S 2 May 2013

 

Spring has well and truly sprung, inspiring homeowners everywhere to get the home improvement projects they’ve been putting off all winter underway. It’s not just the major DIY projects that get your attention though; refining the finishing touches in your home with the biggest interior design trends of the season is the key to creating rooms that are truly show-stopping. Upgrading your blinds should be a part of everyone’s home improvement program, transforming your home with the best dressed windows in town.

Take advantage of some the hottest looks in blind design by following these essential trend tips and create a look that is as fresh as spring itself...

A Splash of Color

Any neutral room can be enhanced with bright blinds and spring really gives homeowners the opportunity to experiment with colors. Embrace citrus colors this season with modern block color and print blinds in yellow and orange. These citrus colored blinds complete a truly modern look in kitchens that are painted white with dark wood fixtures and fittings.

Bright red and fuchsia pinks are also a great look to channel during the warmer seasons and again brighten neutrally decorated rooms.

Green with Envy

Green blinds also create a style statement this spring/summer and you’ll see many shades in store from emerald to muted jade greens. Whether a Venetian, roller or roman shades, green blinds just scream spring as well as creating a fresh look that will look great all year round.

Pastel Makes Perfect

Pastel colored blinds are also a favorite on the interior design scene and this spring is no different. Pastel colors like fondant pink, baby blue and lemon yellow all add a touch of retro to interiors. If you already have pastel accents decorating your rooms, why not work on the texture of your blinds instead to create an interesting feature that won’t appear ‘over the top’. As well as looking great, casual linen blinds provide welcome shade during the summer month whilst allowing some light though to create an airy room that makes the most of all the natural light the season has to offer.

Flower Power

Nothing says spring like a touch of flower power! Floral patterned roller blinds add a colorful and vibrant touch to any room and installing flower print blinds can be the perfect way of bringing the outdoors in during this beautiful season. Allow your home interior to blossom with floral blinds in any color. Leaf prints will also be popular this season and is a discreet way of adding a touch of spring to your home, providing a lasting look that won’t appear out of place come winter. Why not combine a leaf print with the hottest color for spring 2013? Luscious leaf prints in green allow you to channel two trends to create the ultimate seasonal style statement.

Author: Brittany Moodie writing on behalf of home and garden improvement specialists, LocalTraders. As well as providing essential advice to help with your property upgrades, LocalTraders provides a directory where homeowners can connect with reliable, qualified tradespeople that are local to them.

My Favorite Window Coverings at Select Blinds


by Chris S 30 Apr 2013

When asked about my favorite window covering, it is a difficult choice for only one answer. Select Blinds carries many different styles all of which are great quality and competitive pricing, you really have to think about the options rather than IF it’s a good buy.

Out of all the window coverings I could recommend from my personal experience, Cellular-Honeycomb and Solar-Roller shades stand out among the rest. These shades have multi-functional options that can give a room multiple appearances and come in modern colors and attractive patterns. In addition to being trend setters with their designs, these durable materials are mostly made with environmental conscientious ingredients that are rated to last a life time.

Between the two, Cellular shades tend to give better light control and insulation for energy efficiency/noise reducing benefits while Solar Shades are made to be durable in all window applications with various light emitting factors and patterns. If I could choose only one, I believe the Cellular-Honeycomb shades would be the most practical and my favorite. Although both are a great for any application and can come with Cordless or Motorized controls, I would benefit mostly from the Cellular-Honey comb features including the Top-down/Bottom-up option and various insulation factors.

I would be happy with any Select Blind window treatment with the confidence of a great company standing behind their product.

Author: Ethan Hilles, Select Blinds Dealer Sales

New Disney Window Shades - Video


by Chris S 26 Apr 2013

Buy Disney Window Shades at SelectBlinds.com

Available online only at SelectBlinds.com, Disney light filtering roller shades are custom made. Blackout option is available and all shades come with a child safety cordless lift system. A fabric wrapped bottom rail is standard.

Decor Advice To Create A Fresh New Look


by Chris S 15 Apr 2013

If you are planning to overhaul your home decor, update or entirely change the look and feel of your home there are many ways to approach a redesign. The good news is that with some creativity and resourcefulness you can redecorate your own space at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional. If you are ready to tackle updating your home, we've got a few tips to help get you started.

Two Tone Your Look

For a professional look, design your room or space around two focal colors and not one. What you want to do is start with a color you simply love as the main or anchor hue of the room. The dominant color should be your favorite as it is the one you will use repeatedly in theme and for most people, it will be the color you choose the paint the walls as well.

The second color you choose should be complimentary but does not necessarily have to be within the same spectrum as your base color. For example, choose a chocolate brown and accentuate with a lively teal color. If you are looking to create a more neutral look, choose complimenting beige or butter color.

Whether aiming for high contrast or a soothing neutral effect, choose two quality colors that incorporate the accent shade with your accessories. Toss pillows and blankets, artwork, rugs and decorative elements can share one or both colors for a cohesive professional effect.

Reuse and Repurpose

Do you know that the three R's of decor are reuse, re-purpose and redecorate? It doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg to create a new look in your home. This is where your imagination and some creative license comes in. While it's fun to shop for new accessories (and you'll always find new things to add to your space as you go) a lot can be done by simply using what you have in a new way to accentuate your design scheme.

Start by looking at pieces currently in your home. Can something be repainted or recovered with a fresh new fabric? Old tables can be quickly re purposed with a coat of paint and some new accessories. Occasional chairs can be repainted and easily recovered to create new seating areas. Get rid of that tired coffee table and replace it with an ottoman and tray instead. Create a little vignette in a corner with a deco lamp and a great table.

No room for a new sofa in your budget? Explore a new slip cover. It's an affordable way to update your sofa and choose a fabric that perfectly matches your new design scheme. Another benefit of using the slip cover is that it can be easily removed for cleaning and most slip covers are stain resistant, machine washable making them a family friendly choice for homes with children and pets.

Interior Doors

Did you know that the door or entrance way is the most overlooked part of the home when it comes to redesign? How many times have you seen a great room with amazing style that falls short at the door? There is a misconception that replacing wood interior doors is expensive, but there are so many manufacturers creating affordable options for any price point that you are sure to find something you love within your decorating budget.

One of the newest design trends leans toward contemporary or deco doors in a variety of fashionable finishes and wood grains. A designer door at an everyday price not only fits with your budget but can completely transform a space. Contemporary door styles are anything but boring, and manufacturers are putting a lot of work into making the wood interior door a more important design element and key architectural feature.

Rearrange Everything

Without adding anything at all or spending a dime, you can update your decor and make your space more interesting simply by moving furniture around. Break your traditional design conventions and create unique seating opportunities and rearrange elements inside your room to create a new look. Not sure about a layout or where to begin? Start by surfing interior design websites. They are a great resource for ideas that you may not have thought of and innovative ways of arranging both furniture and accessories.

Design Swap

Yard sales are a great way to get rid of things that you no longer want. If you have a number of accessories or furnishings that you are simply tired of looking at, why not host a design swap at your house? Have a party and invite friends to bring over 1-5 items that they want to trade. Since everyone's taste is different, you'll be able to trade off your good condition accessories for interesting things that you would have probably never chosen. Another great way to update and get a fresh new look.

For more information on decorating your decor on a dime, check out this article from Apartment Therapy for great ideas and inspiration.

Author Bio
Paul Nach works at 27estore.com, a company focused on offering quality home remodeling products like wood interior doors. In his free time and whenever snow is on the slopes, Paul likes to snowboard - going to the beach is also an alternative :)

Six Great Reasons to Give DIY Projects a Try


by Chris S 8 Apr 2013

Embarking on a DIY project may seem like a lot of unnecessary work and hassle – but have you really considered the benefits of undertaking some personal home improvements?

Even if you consider yourself far from being a “dab hand” at DIY projects, there are many smaller-scale projects that bring just as much satisfaction while requiring little or no handywork skills.

So why should you consider taking up some DIY projects in your spare time – what are the real advantages?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six perfectly good reasons why you ought to be doing DIY projects.

1. Rewarding

The self-fulfilment that you receive from starting and finishing your own project is difficult to replicate. While the actual project itself may not be the most compelling task that you’ll ever perform, the final product will provide you with a self-efficacy boost that is well worth the effort you’ve put in. Similarly, your DIY project is something to show off to your friends or family – making you feel proud of your work.

2. The Cost

Typically, sourcing your own materials – such as simply buying a tin of paint and a brush – is much more cost effective than hiring professional tradesmen. It may take a little more time for the work to be completed, sure, but for an extra few dollars in your back pocket, that could well be worth it.

3. Bond With Others

If you’re working on a larger-scale project, like painting a large room, then don’t hesitate to get friends or family involved. You can use the exercise as an excellent way to bond, improve communication and spend time with others.

4. Work At Your Own Pace

The great thing about DIY projects are that you can work at your own pace and set your own limits. For beginners, this is ideal. There are no pressures of working within a time frame and you can take on your project in your spare time and when you feel up to it.

5. A Productive Hobby

If you find yourself sitting in front of the TV or playing video games during your spare time then getting stuck into a bit of DIY project can act as a welcome alternative to your sedentary habits – and you’ll feel much better for it. Just being more productive in your extra-curricular activities will provide you with a rewarding psychological enhancement.

6. You Become Active

As stated previously, because DIY isn’t a sedentary activity, more often than not, it will get you up on your feet and force you into some physical movement – which is always a vital part of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Author information: Matthew Wood is a regular blogger who enjoys developing engaging and informative articles on a range of topics. This particular entry has been written on behalf of the DIY Kitchen and Flooring provider Finsa Home.

Common Measuring Pitfalls to Avoid for New Blinds


by Nate K 4 Apr 2013

Measuring for window coverings is an extremely simple process when followed correctly. As with anything if the instructions are not understood mistakes can be made. In this article we will share some of the common mistakes we see made on a regular basis and how to avoid them. We have broken them out to inside mount and outside mount to avoid confusion. You must identify which application you are measuring for and this can easily be done on our How to Measure for Blinds and Shades page.

 

Inside Mount

  1. Customers sometimes attempt to shortcut the measuring process by measuring the size of the blinds or shades they are replacing. In an effort to make the process as simple as possible we take all the difficulty in ensuring a perfect fit by accounting for all the necessary adjustments for mounting hardware at our manufacturing facility. This requires that we are provided the inside dimensions of the window frame as laid out in our How to Measure Video.
  2. The next common hurdle that can be easily avoided is that occasionally customers attempt to compensate for the deductions made at our factory. They try to eliminate light leaking in on the sides of the shades by ordering them slightly wider than the dimensions of their window. When this type of adjustment is made the shades often arrive too wide and have to be sent back to the manufacturer to be corrected. If you are a customer looking for the ultimate in light blockage consider purchasing the products in our Room Darkening Shades category

 

Outside Mount

  1. One important thing to remember when measuring for an outside mount is to account for the head rail. Often time’s customers forget this which causes the shade to arrive too short for the window. Always add 2” to 4” for the head rail when measuring for this type of blind or shade. To get detailed instructions on how to measure for the exact product you are ordering visit our How to Measure page.
  2. When mounting an outside mount shade it is common for light to leak in as the shades sit in front of the window. In order to minimize this we suggest adding 2” to 3” to the width of the blind or shade when possible. This dramatically reduces the light coming in on the side and will ensure your happiness with the window treatments you have ordered. 
 
Hopefully these simple tips help you through the measuring process. It is our goal to supply you with custom made window treatments that will give you years of enjoyment.

 

New Product: Disney Window Shades Collection


by Chris S 27 Mar 2013

Select Blinds is extremely proud to announce our new Disney Window Shade Collection. The two new products that we are initially offering are Disney Cordless Blackout Roller Shades and Disney Cordless Light Filtering Roller Shades. Disney fans young and old will love to see their favorite Disney characters covering their windows and all of new Disney shades can be custom made to fit any window size.

"My children love all of the Disney characters, and we are excited to offer this new collection online." said Nate Kennedy, Select Blinds Vice President of Operations and father of two. "As a dad, the safety of my children is more important than anything. That is why we are proud to introduce Disney window shades that are as safe as they are magical."

Perfect Window Shades for Disney Fans

Does your child have a Disney themed playroom or bedroom? If so, this new collection will be the perfect addition to your child’s room. Young boys and girls will love the fact that they can now add Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, or even Pluto to their window coverings in their room. The only problem you may run in to, is getting them to open up their new window coverings with their favorite Disney characters on them.

Select Blinds will initially be offering Disney Shades in our roller shade variation and our cellular honeycomb shades and both will be available with our cordless lift system to ensure safety. We plan to expand to more Disney characters in the future and will keep our customers posted as we expand the collection.

5 Ways to put Some Spring in Your Home!


by Chris S 22 Mar 2013

Step outside and smell the orange blossoms in the air, or see a butterfly landing on a budding flower and feel the warmth of the sun shining in that bright blue sky. Spring is here and now is the time to bring that happy feeling indoors! Here are 5 simple ways to welcome spring, without breaking the bank:

1. Add some color to your walls.

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It doesn't have to be to bold or crazy. It could be a honey yellow or a sky blue. If you're renting you can buy or reuse some material leftover from your favorite skirt and frame it. Or use scrapbook paper. If you're anything like me there is plenty of scrapbook paper to go around!:) Here's an example

2. Floral flair.

Change up your throw pillows. Use a zippered throw pillow cover then you can always switch it up and change with the season and your style. I love a good floral print pillow! It will brighten up your sofa and be an inviting place for company to sit and visit or to just rest your head on!

3. Window treatments.

 

This one is huge for me. Window treatments change the whole atmosphere of a room! I love white window treatments next to a beautiful accent wall. It's nice to be able to have natural light during the day but also nice to be able to have some privacy at night. Shutters are perfect for this, they look custom and have a timeless style!

4. Natural accessories.

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Literally bring the outdoors in! Pull that dusty glass vase out and go pick some fresh flowers or fruit. Lemons and limes look beautiful as well! Bring the spring fragrant of flowers and orange blossoms indoors. Flowers will make the room smell so good and bring a smile to your face.:)

5. First thing you see . . . the front door.

Brighten up your front door with a colorful wreath. It's one of the first things people see, so make a good first impression!:) A wreath out of fresh spring flowers is a beautiful way to celebrate and welcome spring!

Rustic Modern Dining Table Project


by Lisa Hs 18 Mar 2013

By day, internet marketing nerd, by night, furniture designer and re-finisher. Like most moms, I am a woman that wears many hats and it can be hard to fit in hobbies that I like between shopping trips, school track meets, gymnastics, and a full time marketing job. But, on my last visit to the boonies, (aka, my in-laws neck of the woods - Northern Arizona), I was finally able to realize a furniture design idea I had been thinking about for years. I have wanted a new dining room table for a long time. The one we have was old, and my design aesthetic has moved towards the modern side since then. I wanted to create my own modern/rustic dining room table using Juniper wood. With the help of my Father in law, we were able to chop down an old Juniper tree, and create my table masterpiece. It all began with an old tree.

My Father in law happens to own his own lumber mill, so I wouldn't exactly call this a do it yourself job, but a cool project anyway. With his help we were able to transport the tree to his mill, where we milled it into several 6 inch thick slabs.

We cut the rough edges off all slabs except the ones facing the outside, then with the help of some serious wood glue and heavy duty clamps we were able to seamlessly glue 3 slabs together. The joints had to be reinforced underneath the table top with screws and metal slats. Then we had to move the 300+lbs table top into a truck and back to our home, 3 hours away.

When I got it home.. the fun part began! I pulled out my belt sander and started sanding away. I learned a cool trick for covering the cracks between the slabs and making it look like one solid chunk of wood. You take some Elmer's wood glue, and mix it with some sawdust from the sanding process. Then fill in the cracks with the mixture. Sand it down, and it is a perfect color match for your table - SEAMLESS!

We went online and found some cool stainless steel legs from a restaurant supply company. Here is a picture of the finished project:

I am so happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Why Updating Mom's Decor is Like Going to the Dentist


by Lisa Hs 12 Mar 2013

Ever had to do something painful, that you did not want to do? In fact, something that you did not want to do so much, that it seemed easier or more appealing to bear excruciating pain rather than suffer through dealing with it? You know.. kind of like going to the dentist when you were a kid... or an adult. My husband had to go to the dentist 5 years ago because he had a painful cavity. He was so scared of the dentist, he spent months doing research on the internet looking for a dentist that would completely knock him out so he did not have to be awake at all during the visit. Well, I had a similar scary experience last month, when I had to tell my mother that it was time to update her home decor.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get through the experience unconscious, like my husband's dentist visit. So, what does my mom's decor have to do with going to the dentist? Stay with me here people. 

Reason #1:  Both are scary. When I was a kid, I thought the dentist was a scary stranger that wanted to hurt me, and I was not far from the truth. But, last month I had to bite the bullet and tell my mother that her decor choices were hideous, and needed to be updated if she ever wanted to sell her home. Talk about scary! I knew she was proud of her stylish home, and anticipated some issues. And, needless to say, my little talk did not go well. My gentle nudging towards a decor re-design was taken like I shot her in the face. I am pretty sure I saw steam coming out of her ears.

Reason #2:  Dental work makes me want to gag, and so does my mom's decor.  There is nothing that my mother would rather do than brag about the retro Kermit-green lava lamp she purchased when I was little, or the luxuriousness of her wall to wall, rust-red, shag carpet.

 CHRISTMAS 1976: A SUNNY DAY AROUND THE TREE...

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But, she needs to sell her house and downsize.  I am certain that potential buyers walking through her home as it is now would have to fight back their gag reflex and focus on the potential of the home with better decor.

Reason #3:  Going to the dentist office and pushing my mom to update her decor are uncomfortable and painful experiences, but have to be done.  As painful as it was, I told mom it was time for a decor update. I swallowed the painful jabs at my taste level and the rising volume of her defensive replies, and simply told her that her current decor needed to be toned down to allow buyers to imagine themselves and their stuff in her home. I held her hand as she picked out and ordered neutral toned carpet, picked out modern area rugs, and packed up all her "stylish" decor accessories.  With some additional paint, cleaning, and organization, her house was ready to sell 3 weeks later.

Reason #4:  Both involve a lot of smiling. Taking pain with a smile on your face can be hard, but I love my mom, and I really was just trying to help her. So, I put up with her angry reactions and passive aggressive comments with a forced smile on my face, until we had gotten the job done.  This is my mom, and I decided to put away my pride a bit in order to make sure that I could still count on her friendship and Sunday dinners at home.

Having said all of that, after my experience last month, I think that if I had the choice again, I would choose going to the dentist instead, if it would get me out of mom's home decor update. Don't get me wrong, I am happy with the way things turned out in the end. Mom is happy now, we are still friends and she has just accepted an offer on her house.  But, if I ever find myself in that situation again, Dad will be the one stepping up to the plate.

The Interior Design Alphabet - 26 Project Ideas


by Chris S 8 Mar 2013

Interior design is a little like marmite; you either love it or hate it! If you are a lover then this post is most definitely for you as it runs through 26 different projects or interior design features that could be introduced in your home, following the lovely letters of the alphabet of course! So, prepare yourself for a few great ideas and the odd questionable use of a letter to make it fit with the theme; it’s not that easy you know!

A is for Accessories

Accessories are often the finishing touches to a room, but have to be the first on this particular list! Consider accessories that will compliment your overall design choice, and be sure to read on as there will be a few that pop up further down this list!

B is for Bathrooms

As one of the most used rooms, your bathroom needs to work for you and your family. For those with busy lifestyles, consider removing the bath and replacing with a stylish shower unit to make washing as time efficient as possible.

C is for Chairs

If your dining room chairs are looking a little worse for wear, try replacing the fabric on the seat and painting them in a new color to give them a fresh, improved look.

D is for Dreaming

Your bedroom should be a space that encourages relaxation and good dreams, so incorporate soft lighting to relax you as soon as you walk into the room after a busy and stressful day at work.

E is for Extravagant

There is nothing wrong with going for something a little out of the ordinary, so for an extravagant interior design, consider the use of bright, bold colors and unexpected design features such as fish tanks in walls and large chandeliers hanging from the ceilings.

F is for Fancy

On the flip side to extravagant is fancy, so for a high end finish, prepare yourself to pay a little more initially. A great way to achieve a really fancy finish is to invest in some designer wallpaper that can create a stunning focal point when introduced onto just one wall in your lounge.

G is for Green

Being environmentally friendly is very important in today’s society, so go for energy saving light bulbs, energy efficient window coverings or double glazing to achieve this and save money in the long run.

H is for Hearts

Hearts are very popular interior design accessories at present and can effectively express the love that you have for your newly designed home.

I is for Intrigue

Everyone needs a little intrigue in their life, and while you might not initially think it, this can be achieved through your interior design. Going for something a little different in terms of color and/or features will soon have visitors intrigued and asking questions about your thought processes!

J is for Jacks

Since the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics, Brits have been proud to be British, which has been reflected in the rise in popularity of Union Jack accessories. From cushions to quilt covers, the Union Jack theme can be introduced in many areas of the home.

K is for Kitchens

A kitchen can be improved through small projects such as replacing door handles and painting units or through more elaborate projects such as the introduction of a center island or the purchase of brand new equipment.

L is for Love

In order to get the home you want and can be proud of, you will need to show it a lot of love and commitment during the improvement process.

M is for Mirrors

Mirrors are always a popular design choice and are a great way of making a small room look considerably larger than it actually is.

N is for Nautical

The nautical theme can work particularly well in bathrooms, and can be reflected through the simple introduction of shells and related imagery around the room.

O is for Outdoors

The outdoors can be brought in through the use of pot plants and flowers around the home, in addition to introducing large windows or patio doors that open straight out onto your garden to create a smooth flow between your outside space and your home.

P is for Paint

Quite an obvious choice for this letter of the alphabet, however a fresh lick of paint can do wonders for a room and is a project that the whole family can get involved in!

Q is for Quilt Covers

For a quick, easy and cheap way of changing the look of your bedroom, head out and buy a new quilt cover. There are hundreds of different designs available, so consider what you want to achieve in terms of appearance and buy a new quilt cover accordingly.

R is for Relaxation

We should all be able to relax in our own homes, so consider introducing features that encourage this such as large bean bags or go one step further and create a room designed specifically for relaxation with mood lighting and comfy seating.

S is for Sofa

A new sofa can instantly improve a lounge and also provide you with a comfy space to relax in front of the TV of an evening.

T is for Tiling

If the tiles in your bathroom and kitchen are stained and the grout discoloured, re-tiling is one short yet highly effective improvement project you can complete over the course of a weekend.

U is for Unity

Try to create good unity between the rooms of your home, making sure the interior design flows well from one room into another. This can be achieved by incorporating aspects of the design in one room into small parts of another.

V is for Versatility

This really refers to furniture as there are many items of furniture that can serve dual purposes, making for a great addition should space be limited. One example of this could be a bed with storage units underneath that avoid the need for a chest of drawers in a small bedroom.

W is for Windows

Your windows can be seen from both the inside and out, so consider decorative patterns in the glass and of course go for double glazing to save money on those ever rising energy bills. 

X is for X-tra seats

A questionable use of the letter X however extra seating in a room can always be advantageous, particularly if you entertain guests on a regular basis.

Y is for Yellow

If you want to create a bright, airy, feel good home, the use of yellow can be very effective. While in the depths of winter, yellow can have you looking forward to the brighter spring and summer months to come.

Z is for Zesty

A very tenuous link to your sense of smell, however there are many air fresheners and candles that can lead to beautiful aromas, including those that are zesty, resonating around your home. There you go, 26 different interior design projects and ideas, both large and small, that you can work your way through and are sure to have a positive impact on your home once completed. Enjoy!

This post was written by Oliver Kyle for Timber Flooring Wharehouse; retailers of all the products you are likely to need to make a positive interior design difference to your bathroom.

8 Low Cost Ways to Prep Your Home for a Sale


by Lisa Hs 4 Mar 2013

Add curb appeal to your home for a quick sale

When selling your home, don't overdo it by putting more money into repairs than you can get back in a sale. Many times, low cost updates like the ones mentioned below are enough to put "icing on the cake" and impress potential buyers into signing contracts.

1. Work on your curb appeal.

Buyers will see your house first as soon as they pull up. Invite them to get out of their car and enter by doing a few simple things. First, make sure your landscaping is neat and trim. Clean gutters, and clear away leaves. Power wash your house exterior and windows to remove years of dust and grime. Make your front door more inviting with a new coat of paint, and a stylish welcome mat.

2. Fix anything that needs fixing.

Now is the time to do any of those "honey-do" projects you have been putting off lately. Have that broken window repaired. Replace the kitchen cabinet hinge that is broken, or the missing baseboard. Potential buyers will notice these issues and see projects and costs that they do not want to deal with.

3. De-clutter and clean. remove very personalized decor.

In love with that bright orange 70s shag rug? Is your living room taken over by an oversized, dirty man chair? Are the walls of your teenager's bedroom covered in rock posters? Now is the time to remove those items and put them into storage. Take up that shag rug to showcase the floor space, remove the ugly man chair that detracts from the design flow of the room, remove your teenager's posters so buyers can get a good idea of the size and height of the bedroom. Help potential buyers imagine their own furniture and decor in a room by providing a de-personalized, clean space.

4. Organize closets and drawers to showcase storage space.

Storage space is often high on a buyer's wish list, especially buyers with children. Don't hurry to clean up by shoving things into the junk drawer, or closets. Chances are, a buyer will open those drawers and doors to peep out storage potential. The last thing you want on buyer's minds is that storage space is limited and their stuff will not fit in the house. Install closet or drawer organizers and showcase the storage possibilities of your home; especially if square feet is limited.

5. Tone down paint colors - neutralize.

Your kitchen's bright polka dot walls make you smile every day, but will a potential buyer like it? It is impossible to please everyone, but toning down wall colors can make it easier for buyers to imagine their belongings in your home. Choosing neutral colors like grays, and tans can add warmth to your home without adding the cost and time of re-painting to a buyer's to-do list.

6. Replace any dated light fixtures, fans, doorknobs, faucets.

Fixtures like lights, doorknobs, and brass faucets can really tell the age of your home and make potential buyers see the dollar signs involved with an update. Make your home appear current by replacing these items with newer ones. Or, try re-using old fixtures by cleaning, sanding, and spray painting them a different color.

7. Showcase the items staying with the home like the size, floors, storage, fixtures, window coverings.

Buyers will notice your staging and decor, but they are most interested in what will be in the house when they move in. If you need to spend money on updates, spend it on replacing worn flooring, replacing old window coverings with low-cost blinds or shades, or replacing a dated ceiling fan with a budget friendly alternative. This will show potential buyers that the house is move in ready and will not cost them more money to make livable.

8. Neutralize odors.

Got pets, or stinky teenage boys? Even if your home is modern and bright, a bad odor can drive people away. Neutralize those odors by cleaning carpets and walls. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards reducing odors in a house. Move the pet and litter box out of the house before showings. Light scented candles or add scented plug-ins to make the house smell fresher. Try baking some fresh cookies right before a showing and leave them out for agents and viewers.

Do you have any low cost tips to add to this post? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.

Buying Blinds and Shades for a New Home


by Nate K 1 Mar 2013

One of the hidden costs people often overlook when they are considering a new home is the window treatments. With so many styles and options in the world of blinds and shades, it is often difficult to know which products to choose. Hopefully reading this blog post will enlighten you and assist you in making the best choices for your home decor.

Kids Rooms and bedrooms

When it comes to children there are a couple things to always keep in mind. First, we don’t want any cords on the blinds or shades in their room. Cordless blinds or shades should always be utilized in the rooms of small children. You also want to consider that in the summer kids tend to wake up when the light enters their room. For this reason it is recommended to use a blackout cellular shade or blackout roller shade. It also comes in quite handy at nap time for mom and dad.

Bathrooms

In bathrooms it is important to remember that humidity and moisture can be very hard on wood blinds. For this reason we suggest a fabric shade or a faux wood blind for these types of rooms. Faux wood blinds are really good whenever there is a fear of water or humidity as well as providing an extremely economical window covering option.

Kitchens

There are a wide variety of options for kitchens. I prefer the look of a light filtering cellular shade as it gently filters light in and provides the benefit of energy efficiency. These shades will actually reduce your monthly heating or cooling costs. They also come in a wide array of fabric choices and lift options like Top Down / Bottom Up which actually allows you to lift or lower the shade from the top of the shade or from the bottom of the shade. It is a very popular lift option right now.

Family Room / Living Room

These rooms are often the centerpiece of the home. These rooms are where you can let your inner designer come out. Roman Shades are very popular for these rooms as they come in designer fabrics and allow you to use the window coverings to complement the décor of the room. Another very popular choice is real wood blinds. They are popular for their convenience and traditional appeal. If you decide wood blinds are for you, you can still add a touch of flair by adding the decorative cloth tape option, which will allow you to contrast the color of the wood to a fabric.

The most important thing to remember when shopping for window coverings is simply this. Have fun and choose something that speaks to you. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to blinds and shades. Have fun with the home improvement project and make sure what you choose helps make your new home feel like an extension of you.

 

Making A Small Room Bigger


by Chris S 22 Feb 2013

Declutter your living room

Successful interior design can stem from a few different actions; you can focus on light, upgrade your furniture or re-paint the walls. But whatever your course, the aim is the same; to make your living spaces feel more comfortable.

By using clever décor, functional furniture and sensible design, you can make any room feel more spacious. So even if you live in a tiny apartment, don’t despair, just follow these tips!

Step 1 – Lose The Clutter

The more stuff there is in your house, the less room you have, simple really. But that’s not the biggest problem; clutter takes up visual space and makes you feel like you have less space (even when the cluttered area is one you never use).

You can start by having a really good clear out. Anything you find cluttering-up the house, consider whether you really need to keep it. Have a good sort through all of your junk draws and throw away anything that doesn’t get used.

Ask yourself some questions:

  • How many hand-towels & table cloths do you really need?
  • Are there any clothes you haven’t worn for months?
  • Which kitchen items do you have more than one of?

You can also help to reduce clutter by sabotaging yourself. Look out for any items of furniture that are used as dumping grounds for clutter – and if possible, move them so that you can’t dump your clutter on them!

Step 2: Rearrange The Furniture

Having too much furniture takes up floor space and blocks lines of sight. Again, even taking-up otherwise unused space will make a room feel much smaller, so reducing the amount of furniture you own is a good idea.

Hopefully, a good de-clutter will empty a few items of furniture. Try to consolidate your stuff into your favorite items of furniture and get rid of any items that you are able to empty completely.

Switching items of furniture for more functional equivalents is also a good idea:

  • Get a sofa or couch with storage under it
  • Swap your spare bed for a fold-away sofa bed
  • Get a wall-mounted TV stand and ditch the TV cabinet
  • Get a kindle and lose the bookshelf

You can go as far as you like really. It may seem hard at the time, but the space you free up will make you feel less stressed.

Step 3: Lighting Tips

Once you have freed up more space in your living room, you will find that the room feels lighter. But you can go a step further and get even more light into the room.

One way to make a room feel lighter is to replace heavy curtains with lighter ones. Make-sure that your curtain rails are long-enough that your curtains don’t cover the windows when fully drawn. Blinds are also a good way to let in more light, since they take-up less room than curtains.

Next, consider investing in a large mirror to hang on the wall. Figure out where the sun is during the day and which direction it comes through the window. Try to hang the mirror so that it catches that sunlight and reflects it into the room.

(If possible, use a mirror to reflect ambient light toward the sofa or seating areas)

 

Step 4: Redecorating Tips

Finally, if you want to really open up your living room, consider re-painting it! This takes a lot more effort, but you can completely re-invigorate a room with a fresh lick of paint.

Evolutionary thinking suggests that a room should mimic nature. The easiest way to achieve this is by increasing the brightness of a room from floor to ceiling.

  • Dark carpets or hardwood flooring will make the room feel warm
  • Lighter, pastel-colored walls will make a room feel safe & inviting
  • Bright white/sky-blue ceilings will give a feeling of increased head-room

This post was written by Rick, a minimalist who likes makes the most of the space he has. Rick writes for sofasofa.co.uk; learn all about their range of sofas here.

Real Wood Blinds - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


by AL__-S 21 Feb 2013

I recently shared my door blinds experience, of replacing French door roller shades with real wood blinds. It’s been a little more than a month since I hung the blinds, and for anyone interested, they are working out better than the motorized roller shades, and I am quite pleased with the choice I made in wood blinds.

Real Wood Blinds from Select Blinds

Real wood basswood blinds, in the 1” slat size, are the window blinds now hanging as my French door blinds. The good, the bad, and the ugly are as good a way as any to relay my thoughts.

The good is really good. These door blinds, made from 100% basswood, look great. The room in which the blinds hang is a home office. The floors are wood, and the doors are wood. The roller shades that were in use before the wood blinds made their debut also looked good, but the real wood slats trump them easily. Another plus is the fact that the slats are tiltable, so when the sun hits the windows, causing glare, a simple twist of the tilt wand angles the slats to whatever degree necessary to redirect the damaging UV rays.

Ease of installation is another really big “good” feature of the designer wood door blinds. The mounting brackets are simple to figure out, and require but two screws. Inside mount brackets attach to the inside top of the frame, providing a pretty solid template for hanging any window blind exactly level. Door blinds almost always are mounted outside the window frame. You can still use the window frame as a guide to mount the brackets, and they might be perfectly level, but it’s not as sure of a thing as an inside mount. The designer bass wood blinds from SelectBlinds come with valances that have a magnet mount. The beauty of the magnetic mount valance is that you can make any slight leveling adjustment with the valance. A very handy feature for any horizontal blind.

The bad is that I like to raise the door blinds at times, which precludes my using the hold down brackets, which means that when I open and close the door, the blinds swing off the door at the bottom. It’s really not a big deal, as they settle in exactly where they should, but I want to be fair in my assessment. The bad leads to the ugly, which is occurring under the same scenario. When the door blinds are raised, the lift cords have to be wound up on a cord cleat, or they are very ugly laying strewn about the floor.

The good about these door blinds is very strong, while the bad and the ugly are not a big deal at all. I love the real wood blinds, and would not trade them out.

How to Measure Window Blinds and Shades - Video


by Chris S 7 Feb 2013

Having trouble measuring for your new window blinds or shades? Check out our new measuring video featuring Carriann Arkowski.

Visit us online at http://www.SelectBlinds.com. Here are some quick tips and notes to remember:

  • Use a steel measuring tape
  • Round down to the nearest 1/8" for width
  • Round up to the nearest 1/8" for height
  • Always reference product specifications below for complete measuring instructions

 

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