Going to college can be expensive, but we’re about to make it a little more affordable for you. We’re excited to introduce our new SelectBlinds.com $1,000 Scholarship!
Here are the basics:
Interested? Learn more about this scholarship, the requirements, and the rules here: http://www.selectblinds.com/scholarship.html
Some people are born with a beautiful and valuable talent – to see things how they could be and not as they are. And some learn to develop that through their lives. However, if you’re anything like me, you can only see things in their current states. So, when my husband and I went house shopping for the first time, I couldn’t see the structure’s potential. I could only see the shambles I was surrounded by. So instead of buying a home that we could remodel and make our own, we bought one that was already done, and all because we both lacked that vision.
Needless to say, I envy those that have that talent or skill. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost when it comes to me and you decorating our homes. Thankfully, those people with that beautiful decorative sight have created little “cheat sheets”, if you will. We all need a little inspiration from time to time, and we have the perfect resource for you – POLYVORE!
It’s not hard to see that SelectBlinds.com has many gorgeous window covering options, but maybe it’s a little difficult to figure out what to pair with them. One of our very talented employees creates lovely Polyvore sets that will leave you feeling inspired. Here are some of my personal favorites:
1. Cool Desert Oasis
Because we’re based in Arizona, we just had to have something Southwestern, right? The cell shades are a no-brainer in this heat. They keep everything cool and comfortable. And that rug? Yes, please! The colors are fun and refreshing.
2. Romantic Cape Cod Bedroom
Nothing says, “Just sit back and relax,” like this bedroom. The colors are soothingly divine, and everything feels clean and fresh. The unlined bamboo shades add the perfect amount of texture and visual interest, all while still letting in a lot of light.
3. Moody Designer Dining Room
Who doesn’t like a little drama in their decor? This dining room gives you just that. The bold wallpaper options will draw the eye without drawing all the attention away from the other wonderful pieces throughout the space. And that gold-framed mirror? Drool! The roman shades add great balance to the room, softening the effect without losing that special pop!
Want to see more? Click here to view all our Polyvore sets.
“Hi there, Select Blinds! I LOVE the shades & blinds! Have used them at my home (in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) and my rental property (an awesome landmark brick building in Ridgewood, Queens). They’re amazing! Thank you for maintaining the quality, ease of install, and reasonable prices!”
Gail C. chose Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades.
What could you do with $5,000? Why not make this Father’s Day one for the record books? Enter to win and you might be $5,000 richer.
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The SelectView Shutters have an innovative design that gives you functionality that you can’t find with traditional shutters, all without giving up the sophistication that shutters bring to a design. Watch this video to find out more!
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.
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!
Did you know you can get two blinds in one? It’s true. With our Light Filtering/Blackout Cordless 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:
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.
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?
The right color scheme is important in creating a cohesive style throughout your home. But what’s right for one home may not be the right choice for your home. Which colors you choose—wall color, furniture, and accents—will create the overall statement of the room. What do you want your home to say? Before you get to specifics, first figure out the basics.
Decorate in Neutrals or Vibrant Colors?
If you start out answering the most generic question, it will lead you to more specifics. So, will you decorate your home in neutrals or vibrant colors? Here are the pros and cons of each choice.
Pros of Neutrals:
- Can give a rustic, warm feeling to any room.
- Neutrals make a great canvas to bring more attention to your unique décor pieces.
- They’re versatile and allow you to change your color scheme and style of furniture easily. And without having to buy all new things and paint the entire interior of your home.
- Neutral colors can provide balance for eccentric and eclectic pieces or architectural features.
- Can be calming and peaceful.
- If paired correctly, it can be dramatic and sophisticated. Think of a black and white room.
Cons of Neutrals:
- Can easily become boring and bland.
- Can make your home feel washed out.
- If too neutral, your home will feel like it’s devoid of personality or even lacking unique style.
Pros of Vibrant Colors:
- Vibrant colors can add instant energy.
- They easily become the focal point in the room, drawing the eye toward it immediately.
- If kept on-trend, it can bring a modern vibe to the space.
- It’s easy to add personality when integrating vibrant colors into your décor.
- A little goes a long way in creating flair.
Cons of Vibrant Colors:
- It can easily get out of hand and overwhelming. Too many vibrant colors close to each other can make your home look like a circus.
- Trendy colors are replaced quickly, so you might be left updating your color scheme more often than you would prefer.
- The wrong color can create imbalance in a room.
What Did I Choose?
I’ve always preferred bright, retina-burning color. It just makes me happy. So, when I bought my condo four years ago, I knew adding color was at the top of my to-do list. As much as I would’ve loved to have vibrant colors surrounding me, I knew I needed to mix in some neutrals to achieve the right balance.
I decided to go for it with the bathroom and completely douse it in obnoxious color. And that was the first room our realtor made us paint before listing our condo, of course. Not saying the color choices were the best options in general, but it’s what I felt reflected who I was at the time.
Now that we’re selling our condo, it’s time to redefine my color preferences and style all over again. The house we’re hoping to buy is newly painted and completely neutral, including tans and browns in the floor tiles, kitchen, bathrooms, wall paint, and light fixtures. I understand that a neutral home is more appealing to homebuyers. However, because the home we want to buy is newly remodeled and painted, my husband wants to keep it neutral for at least a few years, taking advantage of the work already put into the house. Unfortunately, it’s not even the neutral colors that I prefer, like gray and black.
But I’ve decided to make the best of it and find ways to add color to create the perfect neutral-color combination. Until I can add some vibrant accent walls, I will add pops of color in new ways. New for me, at least. I’ve been eyeing these for my windows, maybe in the “striped wine” color option.
Now it’s your turn. Which do you prefer, neutrals or vibrant colors?