Keep the Sheets on the Bed This Halloween


by Charlene 24 Oct 2014

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

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

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Charlene Jimenez

Cord Cleats and Child Safety


by Charlene 21 Oct 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

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


by Charlene 17 Oct 2014

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

 

Columbus Day Sale 2014 - Buy 3, Get 1 Free


by Charlene 10 Oct 2014

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

 

National Window Covering Safety Month 2014 - 35% off Sitewide


by Charlene 3 Oct 2014

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

 

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

Favorite Fall Color Palettes and Window Coverings to Match


by Charlene 30 Sep 2014

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

 

Fall Color Palette #1:

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

 

 

Fall Color Palette #2:

 

And now the window coverings to match!

 

 

 

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

Say Hello to Fall with Window Insulation and Warmer Bedding


by Charlene 23 Sep 2014

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

Better Insulation

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

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

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

Light Filtering

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

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

Warmer Bedding

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

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

Tiffani Thiessen Bathroom Remodel – Featuring Woven Wood Shades


by Charlene 19 Sep 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Photography Credits:  Rebecca Sanabria Photography

 

Charlene Jimenez

National Assisted Living Week and Regaining Independence with Motorized Window Coverings


by Charlene 9 Sep 2014

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

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

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

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


by Charlene 27 Aug 2014

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

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

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

Sonoma Blackout No Holes Pleated Shades


by Charlene 22 Aug 2014

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

Best Window Treatments for Large Windows


by Charlene 12 Aug 2014

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

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

Continuous Cord Loops

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

Multiple Blinds on One Headrail

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

Lighter Materials

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

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

The New Insulating Honeycomb Blinds - 2 blinds in 1


by Charlene 8 Aug 2014

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

Introducing our new Insulating Honeycomb Blinds!

Expands and Compresses

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

Privacy and Insulation

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

Light Control and Outside View

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

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

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


by Charlene 1 Aug 2014

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

How it Works

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

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

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


Best Places to Use Them

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


Bedrooms

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


Media Rooms

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


My Own Home

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

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

Week of Savings! Our Lowest Prices Ever!


by Charlene 15 Jul 2014

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

Order Free Samples – Here’s Why You Should


by Charlene 8 Jul 2014

 

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

Gives You a Chance to Change Your Mind

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

Helps You Make Sure the Color is Right

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

Lets You Consider the Effects of Lighting

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

They’re Free!

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

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

 

Charlene Jimenez

2014 Select Blinds 4th of July Sale


by Charlene 27 Jun 2014

Looking to save big this Independence Day? You don't have to wait any longer! The 2014 Select Blinds 4th of July sale is on now. Starting now until July 4th, you can buy 3 and get 1 free on all products! And don't forget about the extra 30% off your entire order and free shipping.

This Fourth of July, you can save big and find the perfect window coverings for your style and your home. Don't wait! This sale won't last long! Start shopping now - http://www.selectblinds.com

Father's Day Gift Guide - Think Outside the Box


by Charlene 10 Jun 2014

Father's Day is a time to celebrate, honor, and thank all those father figures in our lives. It isn't always easy being a father, and it's time to think of those men and fathers who have made a difference in our lives. One way to show that love and appreciation is through a thoughtful gift.

Not sure what to get the fathers in your life? It might be time to think outside the ordinary. It's time to leave those ties, wallets, and tools on the shelves. This Father's Day is all about comfort, convenience, and style.

1 - Give the Gift of Undisturbed TV Time

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Do the fathers in your life like to kick back, relax, and watch TV every once in a while? If there's a window in the TV or even computer room, solar shades are a must. Solar shades get rid of the glare on the screen, so your father can enjoy his favorite movie or television show even more, without that annoying glare. And you don't even have to choose a blackout option to get the best viewing experience. Depending on the solar shade you choose, your father can still retain the view to the outside and let natural light filter through.

2 - Give the Gift of a Better Night's Sleep

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If your father prefers sleeping in near-complete darkness and wakes up at the first glimmer of light coming through the window, then blackout window shades are the perfect gift. A well-rested dad means a happy dad.

3 - Give the Gift of Saving Money on Energy Costs

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Energy costs in the summer can be brutal. Instead of letting your father sweat it out this summer as he tries to keep money in his pocket, upgrade his current window coverings to honeycomb shades. With their cell construction, honeycomb shades add another layer of insulation, keeping the heat out. A cool, comfortable home is now within reach, and all within budget. What father wouldn't love that?

4 - Give the Gift of Modern Convenience

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Have you ever sat down but forgot to adjust the window coverings? Maybe the light is shining right in your eyes or you have high windows in your home and you can't manually adjust them. Chances are the fathers in your life have experienced it, too. So why not give the gift of modern convenience with motorized blinds and shades? Controlled with a remote, your father could tilt or even open or close the blinds without ever leaving the couch. Talk about convenient.

5 - Give the Gift of Team Loyalty

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Whether your father, your husband, or your father-in-law loves baseball, football, or basketball, you can find sports bedding to match. Nothing says team loyalty than having a team-inspired space, whether it's the bedroom or the man cave.

See? Buying unique gifts for your father isn't hard at all. As much as he loves the ties you buy him, maybe it's time to get creative and give him a gift that he can enjoy for many years to come.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Find a Professional to Measure and Install Your New Window Coverings


by Charlene 23 May 2014

We have always been known for easy custom ordering for window blinds and shades. And while we provide measuring instructions, not everyone wants to have such a hands-on experience.


With that in mind, we're excited to announce that you can now find a professional to measure your windows and install your new window coverings. We do not charge to use the search service. You will work with the professional installer directly.


You just have to type in your zip code on this page and you will be shown the contact information of a local installer. All professionals are from Nationwide Blinds Installation, and they're all screened, insured, and licensed. You can even read reviews of the local installers from others like you before contacting the pro. Ordering and installing your window blinds or shades have never been easier.

Make your life easier and find a professional today - http://www.selectblinds.com/pro-installation.html

 

Charlene Jimenez

2014 Memorial Day Sale on Window Blinds and Shades


by Charlene 20 May 2014

Here at Select Blinds, we'd like to take a moment to honor those who have served our country and have fallen. We remember, and we are indebted to them for their sacrifices.

To commemorate Memorial Day, we have a big sale planned! Are you gearing up for all the Memorial Day sales this year? The Select Blinds' Memorial Day sale is going to be BIG!

In honor of those who have served our country and have fallen, you can buy 3 products and get 1 FREE sitewide. And don't forget about taking an additional 30% off, plus FREE shipping!


Sale Starts: Wednesday, May 20th, 2014


Sale Ends: Monday, May 26th, 2014


Start saving now - www.selectblinds.com.

Benefits of Motorized Window Shades


by Charlene 16 May 2014

Have you ever considered upgrading to motorized window shades? It might be time that you did. Choosing motorization means choosing modern convenience. It actually can make your life easier. Still on the fence about motorization? Here's what you need to know about motorized window shades.

Perfect for High Windows

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Do you have high windows that you can't reach? Motorized window shades are perfect for out-of-reach windows, allowing you to still have control over light. Because motorized window coverings are controlled by a remote, you can control it from where it's convenient for you, whether it's on the couch or from your bed.

Ideal for Those with Mobility Restrictions

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Motorized window shades are great for the elderly or those with mobility restrictions. Instead of being forced to leave window coverings open or closed, you can now have more independence and decide for yourself when you want natural light and when you want privacy.

Adds Convenience

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With motorized window shades, you can lift and lower them all at the same time. Click here to watch motorized shades in action from one of our happy customers! It's much more convenient to lift them all at the same time rather than going to each window separately. Your time is valuable. Why not make the most of it?

Path to Home Automation

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Are you curious about the path to home automation? Motorized window coverings are a part of that process. You could eventually set up the window coverings to work on a smart home system, automating everything from turning on your lights before you get home to locking your front door after you leave the house.

Motorized window blinds are easy to use, convenient, and a modern option for any home. Simplify your life. You deserve it.

The Perfect Window Coverings for Summer


by Charlene 9 May 2014

There are a lot of great, easy ways to prepare your home for summer. You can swap out throw pillows, change your bedding to lighter fabrics, and switching your area rugs to lighter, brighter ones. But there's another change you can make for summer that can update your home's look and even save you money. It all comes down to your window coverings. With the right choice in window coverings, you can save money each month and have a more comfortable home interior all summer long. So how do you know which window coverings are right for your home? To make the selection easier, we've broken it down for you.


Cellular Shades

Also called honeycomb shades, cellular shades add another layer of insulation to keep the heat outside where it belongs. The honeycomb structure not only keeps the heat from coming in, but it also filters or blacks out the natural light, which only blocks out even more heat. If you don't like the idea of blacking out the majority of light, you can still have natural light and a more comfortable home. That's the beauty of cellular shades. You can have the best of both worlds.


Pleated Shades

Pleated shades give you the look of cellular shades, but with a little less insulation. If you live in a location that doesn't get too warm in the summer, these are the perfect option. They still provide insulation, so don't feel as though you're missing out by choosing pleated shades. They look great and they serve their purpose.


Solar Shades

One of the many benefits of solar shades during the summer is that you can still have your view outside, even with your shades drawn. It also blocks harmful UV rays and it will protect your furniture from sun damage and unnecessary fading. Or, you always have the option to choose blackout solar shades, which would be perfect in bedrooms and media rooms.


You shouldn't have to sacrifice style for summer functionality. And now you don't have to. Stay cool, comfortable, and stylish this summer.

 

Charlene Jimenez

$25,000 Video Contest!


by Charlene 30 Apr 2014

Your video vision could win you $25,000 from SelectBlinds.com. Submit your video idea on why consumers should choose window coverings from Select Blinds and you could win big! Find out more here: http://tongal.com/project/selectblinds

The first phase ends tomorrow, so make sure you submit your idea!

 

Beyond Shutters: Alternatives to French Door Coverings


by Charlene 25 Apr 2014

French doors can be beautiful statements. They let in natural light, give you a view to the outside, and can give any space an elegant look. Shutters are the traditional window coverings for French doors, and they can be beautiful. But what if you're not a traditional type of person? What if you don't have a traditional style?


You can look beyond shutters. Here are 4 awesome alternatives for your French door window coverings.


Bamboo Shades

Give your French doors instant texture and visual interest with bamboo shades. Paired with grays, whites, and blacks, bamboo shades can give your home a touch of modernity and unique charm.


Curtains

You don't have to simply hang curtains over the entire doors. You can actually get curtains that fit the glass on the French doors. It allows you to let light in and then keep your privacy when you need it. Plus, this is an easy way to add pattern or a pop of color to your room.


Roman Shades

If you want even more elegance, go with roman shades. Choose from a variety of fabrics, textures, colors, and patterns for a one-of-a-kind look. One of the many great things about roman shades is that you get the look of curtains with the functionality of more traditional window shades.


Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are great for French doors because you can allow light to filter in while maintaining your privacy and lowering your utility costs. Plus, they're a great fit for a contemporary or modern style.


Outfit your French doors in style and make them an extension of your personality. If you don't have a traditional style, you shouldn't have a traditional home. For more window covering options for your French doors, read this.

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Clean Your Window Shades


by Charlene 21 Mar 2014

We've already discussed cleaning your window blinds, so now it's time to tackle cleaning your window shades. At first you may think you can use the same techniques as cleaning wood or faux wood blinds, but there are specific ways to clean specific types of shades, including honeycomb, solar, and even bamboo shades. Using the incorrect cleaning method can actually damage your shades, so here's what you need to know:


Honeycomb/Cellular Shades


Regular cleaning of your cellular shades is important. Without it, they can develop a yellowish tint. Regularly vacuum the shades with the brush attachment. Make sure to be gentle and not tug on the shades. You want to keep the honeycombs looking nice. You can also dust the shades to keep the dust from accumulating. If you see that dust has gotten into the middle of the cells, use a blow dryer to get it out. But only use it on the softest, lowest air flow and only use cool air, never warm or hot. The most important thing to remember is be gentle.

 

Solar Shades


Many of the solar shades we offer here at Select Blinds are resistant to both mold and moisture. So that means you can use a damp cloth to clean them, both the front and the back, and you won't have any problems. You can also use a feather duster or a brush attachment on your vacuum, but a damp cloth will be your best, most effective bet for solar shades.

 

Bamboo Shades


No water should be used on bamboo or woven shades at all. This will cause ample irreversible damage. Instead, limit yourself to a light dusting or very light vacuuming with the brush attachment. Too much pressure or moisture on the bamboo shades can break the natural fibers apart, eventually causing droops and gaps.


Roman Shades


Because roman shades are made of fabric, it's generally OK to spot clean using a damp rag and gentle detergent or soap. However, be mindful of the type of fabric of your roman shades, like those made of silk or other delicate materials. You can also use a duster and the brush vacuum attachment for a light cleaning.


Keeping your window shades clean and looking fresh is easy. With the right cleaning technique, you'll be able to maintain that new look you had when you first installed them. It will also prolong the life of your shades, so you'll get the most use for your money, all while keeping your shades looking great!

 

Charlene Jimenez

The Perfect Window Coverings for Your Breakfast Nook


by Charlene 11 Mar 2014

It doesn't matter whether your breakfast nook is perfect for two or spacious enough for an entire family. You can create a lovely, calming space. One major component of the ideal breakfast nook is the natural morning light shining through the windows. So choosing the right window covering is crucial to creating the right ambiance for your breakfast nook. You don't want to just cover up the windows. You want to accentuate and control the natural light, creating a radiant little nook.


Honeycomb Shades


If the morning sun through your window is too bright, honeycomb shades will help you filter the light so you get the soft, warm glow without having to squint while eating breakfast. Honeycomb shades also add insulation to your window, so you can sit comfortably without the hot summer sun heating up the room or the cold winter weather making your home too chilly. These are also great options if your breakfast nook window faces the street or a public area, so you can have privacy and still have light filtering through.

Solar Shades


Select solar shades let you have your privacy, keep the heat out, and let you maintain your view to the outside. Solar shades are perfect if you live in a particularly sunny location or if the morning sun hits your windows just right. Solar shades are designed to reduce glare, so you don't have to worry about facing the window and having the sun in your eyes or the sun reflecting off a metallic tabletop. But you'll still get great light and keep your awesome view.


Shutters


Want a more classic, traditional look for your breakfast nook? Shutters are the way to go. From folding shutters to café style shutters, you'll create a beautiful, breezy feel to your little nook. Depending on the amount of natural light that you have on that side of the house, faux wood shutters might be your best option. They are more durable than real wood and are great in heat and in direct sunlight.


Sheer Shades


Sheer shades are a great way to showcase your windows. They are stylish and modern, and they're well-designed for functionality. You have a choice between light filtering and room darkening, but for a breakfast nook, you still want that natural light, just not all of it at once. Sheer shades are light and whimsical, and they can give a clean feeling to your space.

 
Bamboo Shades


Give your breakfast nook a unique look with bamboo shades. Without a liner, these shades let ample light through. If you want some light, but you still want your privacy, simply add a privacy liner. Bamboo shades are perfect in any modern or contemporary home. They have a way of meshing well with almost any décor style.

Make your breakfast nook your new favorite place in your home. And it all comes down to which window coverings you use.


Which one is your favorite breakfast nook look?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Using Window Coverings as Closet Doors


by Charlene 25 Feb 2014

 

Looking for an easy way to spice up any room? It can be as simple as thinking outside the box when it comes to your closet doors. Traditional closet doors are great, but you can change the entire look of your room by using window coverings instead. Using curtains, blinds, or shades as your closet doors can give your room a more elegant, sophisticated, and even modern look and feel. And some of the great things about using window coverings are that they’re versatile, stylish, and easy to use for all ages. Find your style muse in these examples:

Curtains

With the right draping, curtains can look soft and elegant or bold and act as a statement piece. Curtains are great for closet doors because you can pull them open to showcase your organized closet or pull the closed to give the illusion of organization without the required effort.  Out of all your window covering options for closet doors, curtains give you the most design choices, including patterns, colors, textures, and fabrics.

Roman Shades

With roman shades, you get the look of curtains but with usefulness of traditional blinds and shades. You can raise them all the way to give a nice frame to the top of the closet or you could lower them halfway for more closet coverage. When you need to, you can let them down completely. Roman shades give you the ability to choose the look you want when you want. You can further customize your look by choosing from one of the four available folds: European, flat, hobbled, and classic.

Roller Shades

These are also easy to use, which makes them perfect for a child’s room. You can raise and lower according to your needs. It really is as easy as that. You can choose from different patterns and colors to make it fun, exciting, and lighthearted. You could even choose Disney roller shades to add a little oomph to your child’s room.

Woven Shades

Want a more natural feel with lots of texture? Woven shades are the answer. This will give a fun, modern, and rustic vibe, which is perfect for a contemporary home or even a teenager’s room. Make your closet and your space unique. Woven shades are the perfect way to do that. If you like the look of roman shades, but you want natural texture, woven shades actually raise and lower just like roman shades, so you can have the best of both worlds.

Paneled Vertical Blinds

Traditional vertical blinds are a great choice, but paneled vertical blinds are better suited to be used as closet doors. The panels are much wider than the traditional vanes, and it create a cohesive streamlined look.

Show your closet some love with new, modern closet doors. Closet doors don’t have to blend into the walls anymore. Make a statement that reflects your personality. And if you ever want a new look, simply swap them with something new. For double closet doors, you'll need to use multiple shades on one headrail, but that's easy to do.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Choosing the Right Cell Size for Honeycomb Shades


by Charlene 21 Feb 2014

Cellular shades, also called honeycomb shades, are modern, energy efficient, and stylish. But knowing which cell size is right for your windows can be tricky. Ordering the wrong cell size can lessen its energy-saving efficiency, look wrong in the window, and even cause damage to the shade itself. Don’t let that overwhelm you. Figuring out the right cell size is easy. Here’s what you need to know.

Double versus Single Cell

 Double cell honeycomb shades offer more insulation, saving you even more money on energy costs. However, this also means the shades are much heavier than their one-cell counterpart. Choosing double cell shades for a large window can make it difficult and too heavy to operate. As a result, it can cause cord strain and even some bowing because of its weight. So, leave double cell shades for small to midsized windows.

Single cell honeycomb shades are obviously much lighter, as was already mentioned. Even though they provide less insulation than the double cells, they still are great options if you want added insulation. No matter if you choose a cellular shade with single or double cells, you’ll still get the same great look and the same great benefits, just to different degrees.

Small Cell Sizes

Smaller cells mean the pleats are narrower, which makes it perfect for a smaller window. Our smallest cell size is 3/8”. Using small cell shades for big windows can make it look chaotic because of the excessive number of cells and pleats. If you have a narrow window sill, go with small cell shades so they fit naturally.

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 3/8 Double Cell Light Filter Shades Custom Blinds and Shades By SelectBlinds.com

3/8" Double Cell Light Filter Shades

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3/8" Double Cell Blackout Shades

Medium Cell Sizes

If you have a medium-sized window and are looking for a cellular shade that reflects that size, go with 1/2" or 9/16” cell sizes. These sizes are the most popular because they provide good balance for all sizes of window, all without being too overwhelming.

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1/2 Day/Night Cordless Cellular Shade

1/2" Day/Night Cordless Cellular Shades

9/16 Single Cell Light Filtering Shades

9/16" Single Cell Light Filtering Shades

Large Cell Sizes

Large windows should be covered with 3/4" single cell shades. Because of the distance these shades will need to cover, you want to make sure they will be light enough so they won’t need extra support and that they’re still easy to use. This cell size is also great aesthetically because of its large pleats, bringing refinement and sophistication to any large window. If you have deeper window sills, choose large cell shades to make use of all that space.

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3/4 Cordless Single Cell Blackout Shade Custom Blinds and Shades By SelectBlinds.com 

3/4" Cordless Single Cell Blackout Shade

3/4 Cordless Single Cell Light Filtering Shade Custom Blinds and Shades By SelectBlinds.com

3/4" Cordless Single Cell Light Filtering Shade

Figuring out ideal cell sizes is as simple that. And now you have the information you need to pick the perfect cellular shades for every window in your house.

Have pictures of your cell shades installed? Show us how you’ve made the different cell sizes work for you!

 

Charlene Jimenez

Why Window Coverings are the Secret Ingredient


by Charlene 28 Jan 2014

Have you ever wished there was a secret ingredient to take your home décor from ordinary and dull to exciting and unique? You don’t have to wish anymore. Window blinds and shades are the secret ingredient to any room, and here’s why:

Light and Privacy Control

Window blinds and shades allow you to control the amount of light that comes into your home. You can choose to leave the blinds or shades wide open, letting in all the natural light or adjusting the shades or blinds to allow some warm light to come through, giving a soft glow to your space. The right amount of light can highlight accents in your home, creating a homey, welcoming vibe throughout your entire house. An added bonus is that you can also control your privacy while letting in the perfect amount of light.

Adds Texture

Sometimes a room just needs a little more texture. Opt for woven or bamboo shades like these to add sophisticated and natural texture. They are subtle enough that it won’t compete with any of your décor, but noticeable enough to add value to your existing décor.

Easily Interchangeable

Want an easy new look? Switch out your window blinds or shades with the season, opting for new colors, fabrics, materials, wood stains, patterns, or styles. Your options are endless, so you can have a whole new look whenever you want it.   

Not Just for Windows

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You can use window shades and blinds as closet doors or to hide less attractive things from visitors. Window blinds and shades are versatile, so wherever you decide to put them, they’ll look fantastic.

Completely Customizable

 

Have an odd shaped window? Do you want to make a small space look bigger by exaggerated window coverings? You can do that because window coverings at SelectBlinds.com are customizable. Make the unique statement you want, and do it easily.

These days, window coverings can be whatever you want them to be: understated accents, bold focal points in your decor, or a way to add depth and texture to any space. No matter what you need in terms of decorating, window coverings are the secret ingredient. They're what pull the whole room together.

 

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

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