Faux Wood Blinds and their Versatility


by Lisa Hs 28 Jun 2011

Faux Wood Blinds

One of the most popular online searches is the search for faux wood blinds. Due to the fact that they are economical and versatile, they are a great alternative to the more expensive real wood. Faux wood is considered the new generation of blinds. This new style of blinds, offer a more natural wood look, with a less expensive purchase. Adding faux wood blinds to any window can alter the atmosphere extensively. If a tropical feel is the décor of choice, wood blinds will enhance that décor. If a large space needs to be covered, adding vertical faux wood blinds will achieve that much needed height that you are looking for.

Faux wood is a compilation of man-made materials and natural wood products.  Modern day faux wood blinds, with their high UV ratings, are completely warp resistant. These blinds are perfect for rooms in a home that have extreme temperature changes in heat and/or moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Color choices are numerous in the faux wood designed blinds, which is hard to find in natural wood blinds. Whether seeking a warm or traditional decor, faux wood remains extremely stylish and practical for a fraction of the costs compared to real wood. Faux wood blinds are helping today’s cost conscious consumer create a custom, beautiful, one of a kind, interior design window treatment. Creating a beautiful room, while saving money, is definitely a consumers dream.

Faux wood blinds give a few more benefits than hardwood blinds, besides that cost factor. One very cool benefit of these faux wood blinds is that they are easy to clean with simple soap and water, or any type of spray window cleaner. No more having to go out to find and purchase the best and usually very expensive, cleaning products specifically made to clean wood. These usually end up leaving the real wood with streaks and grease spots. Not having to deal with that problem is a bonus in itself. Faux wood blinds are guaranteed to shine and last, no spots, no greasy stains, just a simple cleaning.

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Faux wood blinds can be found in the same shades, colors and stains as hardwood blinds. From white to cherry, to a mahogany stain, there are no limitations in choices. Whatever color scheme or decor that may have been chosen, for any home or office, there will be a faux wood blind to complement that room. If a person is undecided on a color or a stain, a sample can be ordered from most online sites. Then you can take the samples, place it next to the desired window, and make your decision, easier to accomplish.

Keep in mind, measuring your windows precisely, is extremely important. You must consider whether you want the blinds on the outside or the inside of each window. Inside mounting of the faux wood blinds will provide a clean look and is most commonly used. If you want the window to appear larger than actual size or provide less light to enter the room for more privacy, then outside mounting will work best.

Installing faux wood blinds can change the look of the whole room. The color choices are endless and outstanding in stunning wood tones and stains. A natural wood look, without the high costs of hardwood, is exceptional in faux wood and much appreciated by the consumer. The assurance of quality, versatility, and durability, without the upkeep of hardwood, will complement any décor. Faux wood blinds will make a distinctive statement of your personality and refined tastes, and the compliments with keep on coming.

Stay 'Cool' in the Shade this Summer


by Lisa Hs 14 Apr 2011

Window coverings are primarily classified as either window shades or window blinds. There are other window coverings, such as curtains and shutters, but for the do-it-yourselfer, shades and blinds are the sweet spot.

Self-measuring and installing window shades and window blinds in no way detracts from the quality level, or from the options available in custom window coverings. SelectBlinds.com is an on-line only, direct to consumer, custom maker of window blinds and window shades. Select Blinds is unique, in that they sell only their brand. This is a good thing. SelectBlinds stands for quality, service, and value.

Summer is not quite here, but the good folks at SelectBlinds have recently rolled out their 2011 line of custom window shades, and the selection is impressive. Before getting in to the details, it’s worth mentioning my discussion with their VP, Nate Kennedy. When asked how best to describe the difference between a window shade and window blind, nimble footed Mr. Kennedy replied, “a window shade filters light, providing varying degrees of shade, including complete blackout, and a window blind, when in the closed position, completely blocks ones view.” Quite right.

Window shades for summer 2011 include cellular shades, Roman shades, bamboo and woven shades, pleated shades, roller shades, and sun control sheer shades. Cool colors and hot offers make the summer 2011 line up worth talking about.

First of all, as hard as it is to believe, on top of their current offering of 30% off all orders, plus free shipping, SelectBlinds is offering to everyone, from a selection of their most popular products, buy 3, and get the

4th free! I just couldn’t go further without mentioning that amazing saving opportunity on custom made window shades and window blinds.

Allow me to provide you with a brief definition of the different types of window shades.

Sheer shades: When in the opened position, sheer shades allow light and snooping eyes, to pass through the window. When closed, the fabric horizontal slats act like a window blind, blocking both light and prying eyes.

Roller shades: Spring loaded or with a continuous cord loop lift system, roller shades have just the two positions. Roller shades are either up, or they’re down. Your only choice is how far up or down the roller shade is.

Cellular shades: Honeycomb constructed material make up this extremely popular window shade. Cell shades are offered in single cell or double cell, and come in a variety of cell sizes. Honeycomb shades are also available with a multitude of custom options.

Pleated shades: These window shades look a lot like honeycomb shades, but pleated shades are a single layer of fabric while honeycomb shades are a double layer of fabric.

Bamboo/woven shades: Made from exotic materials, these are room transforming window shades.

Roman Shades: Fabric rich, Roman shades are the most drapery-like window shade available. Depending on the fold style selected, Roman shades’ fabric generously cascade down the window.

See the full selection of custom made window shades and window blinds for summer 2011 now at SelectBlinds.com.

The Photo Contest Winner!


by Lisa Hs 4 Apr 2011

We would like to thank all of our customers for participating in the photo contest. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures with us, all of them were great! The winner of the first stage of this contest photographed her 3/8” Double Cell Light Filtering Shades. The image shows the great advantages of one of the most popular options, cordless top down bottom up. The cordless top down bottom up offers the benefits of raising the shade from the bottom up, but also lowering the top down for a greater view while maintaining privacy. This product looks great in our customer’s breakfast room!

Window Blinds and Window Shades


by Lisa Hs 7 Feb 2011

Window blinds and window shades offer a couple of obvious benefits to any home. While window shades offer a better energy efficiency insulating factor, both window blinds and window shades afford you with a level of privacy, and enhance your home décor.

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Energy efficiency may be a consideration when shopping for window coverings, but that is not normally the primary concern. If insulation for energy saving was the main consideration, nothing beats a window shade like an army blanket. But who wants an army blanket covering their window?

Now I’m not belittling the benefit of energy efficiency. We all want to see the heating bill shrink occasionally, and I could expound on the benefits of energy efficient window shades at length. Or you can see a great variety of window shades that insulate your windows with us at SelectBlinds. That will give me the opportunity to share an additional benefit of window blinds and window shades that most of us never even think about.

Window blinds and window shades are a great way to preserve the life of your home furnishings. In particular I am referring to furniture, area rugs, and carpeting. Most people don’t realize the harmful effects of UV rays that come through the window, whether opened or closed, and the impact that those rays have on your belongings.

Picture a beautiful oriental area rug on the floor of your living room. Contrary to what the name suggests, most people live more in other rooms, and the living room gets used only around holiday time. Privacy is not a big issue in the living room, so you have beautiful window shades or window blinds on the windows, but since privacy is not a concern, you leave those window shades opened at all times. You see that oriental area rug almost every day. The sun is beating through the window, and unbeknown-st to you, it is gradually fading the colors of that rug. One day you do a major house cleaning, you move the sofa, and you are just shocked to see the difference in the colors of the exposed area of the rug versus the part covered by the sofa. I think you see where I’m headed here. Window blinds and window shades add life to your home furnishings.

Window shades offer a better insulation factor than window blinds. Window shades are made from soft fabrics, and can be custom made to include liners that add light control and additional insulation. Window shades are traditionally either up, letting light in, or down, blocking light, but also blocking the view.

Window blinds are made of horizontal or vertical slats. Real wood blinds can really enrich the feel of a room, but fall short of the insulating factor offered by window shades. Horizontal window blinds do offer the ability to be in the lowered position, and allow for a view. In fact, horizontal window blinds can be tilted to reflect the sun away from the floor and furniture, while still giving you a fairly open view to the outside.

Hope this was useful information for everyone!

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