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a simpler, less hectic time, but they also have a more modern feel than you might expect, so your bathroom won’t look outdated.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

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.

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.

Ready your Home for the Holidays


by AL__-S 3 Dec 2012

Update your blinds for Christmas

Do you have holiday guests staying with you this season?

If so, you probably are freaking out a little bit about making sure that your house is going to look as good as possible. And unless you have just redecorated, you know that there is some room for improvement. Well time is running out, and the things that you can do to ready your home for company, shrinks with every passing hour.

Window coverings. What a great idea! Transform your home with new window blinds and window shades and accomplish more than just impressing your company, which you will surely do. New window coverings are a good idea for several reasons. Please allow me to share some thoughts.

Window shades give the entire room a feeling of transformation. The visual impact of going from a horizontal blind, whether a real wood bind, mini blind, or faux wood blind, to a fabric shade, such as a Roman shade or honeycomb shade, is impactful.

Window blinds and shades are easy to change out. Each window covering can be replaced in a matter of minutes, and unlike new wallpaper or paint, changing the window coverings requires no prep work. Either one, paint or wallpaper, will require so much more time to prep than the required brackets being changed in order to hang new shades. Plus new paint will smell up your house for a period of time.

The visually pleasing impact and the ease of installation are enough in the way of reasons to make a change to your window coverings, but there is more. Energy efficiency will likely be better than your current situation, making the new window covering idea even more appealing. If you already have a fabric window shade installed, the impact might be negligible, but if you are going from a horizontal blind to a fabric shade, there will be a positive difference.

It all sounds good, right? I know what you’re thinking . Thanks for the tip, but it must be too late to order window fashions for delivery by Christmas. For the most part, this is true, but at SelectBlinds.com you can order with a guaranteed delivery by Christmas, or FREE!! So get those windows measured, jump on-line, and visit www.selectblinds.com.

Use Window Shades for Energy Efficiency


by AL__-S 15 Oct 2012

Double Cell Blackout Shades for Energy Efficiency

Window shades provide a certain level of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency, in the case of window shades, relates to two main benefits, which are summarized here, in the order of how they affect you.

Energy Efficient Window Shades

  1. Cover your window with an insulating window shade, and the first thing you will notice, when standing by the window, is that you are not feeling the weather outside. Honeycomb shades are good insulating window coverings, and the double cell honeycomb shades are better at insulating, than the single cell shades. The insulating benefit is realized in every season. The window shade, whether it’s a room darkening shade, or a blackout shade, will provide the insulating, energy efficiency, from both the heat and the cold.
  2. The second noticeable benefit of a window shade is true energy efficiency. To varying degrees, depending on the construction of the shade, your energy costs will be less than if you did not have a window shade covering that window. This is true even if your window is covered with a real wood blind. Window blinds are great, and I have several in my home, but a real basswood wood blind will be trumped in the insulation factor, by a cellular shade, every time.


Window shades offer benefits beyond energy efficiency, including privacy and light control. And for the record, a window blind is not the same thing as a window shade. Both are window coverings, but a shade is made of a fabric material, and a blind is made of a more solid material, like wood or faux wood, or even aluminum. Another characteristic of a window blind is that it will have slats. Horizontal blinds have horizontal slats, and vertical blinds have, well you know, vertical slats.

Winter is fast approaching, so if there are drafty areas in your home, that are originating at a window, now is a good time to consider changing your window covering for an energy efficient, insulating window shade.

Is it Time to Update those Window Coverings?


by Chris S 7 Sep 2012

Window coverings is a great term. It is very descriptive, in that you know exactly what it means. Window coverings, simply put, cover your window. At the same time, window coverings is an incredibly vague term. One could be talking about blackout blinds, or one could be talking about draperies. I speak from personal experience here, as I actually searched for new window coverings recently. Let me get to the end result, and then share some facts about the word window coverings. If you’re shopping for custom blinds and shades, do it online, and go directly to SelectBlinds.com. They have virtually every window covering product that you could possibly need, other than draperies.

Blinds vs. Shades

Blinds and shades is another example of a phrase that is both very descriptive, and very vague. If you yourself are using the term, you obviously know to what you are referring. But it is entirely possible that someone else could be confused. Are you looking for blinds, or are you looking for shades. And if you are looking for blinds, are they custom blinds, which are made utilizing several types of materials, or are you looking for the old fashion, somewhat cheap blinds looking, vinyl mini blinds. My message here is that you should be specific, if you know what you want. Window shades are totally different than window blinds.

Window shades allow the option of providing a blackout window covering. Blackout blinds don’t really exist. A window blind is made of slats, whether a horizontal blind or a vertical blind. No matter how tightly you close the slats, there is no way to achieve the effect of a true blackout blind. First of all, you would have to order no holes privacy, which wraps the lift cords around the slats, rather than running thru the slats, which requires a tiny hole being drilled into each slat in multiple locations. The other challenge is the way blinds are cut. They just will not get snugged up enough to the sides of the window casing to achieve a true blackout blind effect.

Blackout shades and room darkening shades will provide the best light blocking in pretty much every situation. Roller shades, honeycomb shades, and Roman shades, can all be ordered as either room darkening shades or blackout shades. The Roman shades are made with a liner that provides the different levels of light blockage, while roller shades and honeycomb shades use an entirely different fabric from light filtering to room darkening, to blackout.

Back to Select Blinds for a minute. This is an easy to understand site. If you know what you’re looking for, you can click directly on the category. If you are not sure which type of window covering is right for you, they have a way to shop by the feature that is important to you. You can shop by blackout, cordless, lift style, like top down / bottom up, or several other methods. Selectblinds even has a measuring guarantee, in the unlikely event that you measured incorrectly.

Carriann Arkowski is Renovating even in the Water!


by Chris S 21 Oct 2011

Carriann Arkowski At Home CollectionDesigner Carriann Arkowski and a local Realtor critique three Sausalito, California houseboat renovations to determine which one will get the biggest bang for their buck. First, they check out a nautical steam schooner houseboat with a movable steering wheel in the dining room. Next, they visit a nautical-inspired houseboat with an indoor/outdoor shower. Finally, they check out a contemporary houseboat with spectacular views.

Check out Carriann's @Home Collection of window shades!

Shutters now available at SelectBlinds!


by Chris S 21 Sep 2011

Faux Wood Cafe Style Shutters

SelectBlinds, the most reviewed and highest rated blinds in America, adds plantation shutters to their already impressive line of window fashions.

Select Blinds understands the additional complexities in ordering shutters on-line, as compared to ordering window blinds or window shades. We have put together an offering of three distinct shutter styles that are easy to measure for, with features that are easy to understand, installation instructions that make sense, and backed by the world class customer care department that has earned this company the coveted Stella Service award.

Plantation shutters by Select Blinds are available in four neutral colors, and are made of durable, warp resistant faux wood. Contrary to popular belief, faux wood does not come from the South American Faux tree. The SelectBlinds faux wood is a man-made material utilizing the scratch proof, moisture proof, Polyresin 3 material. All three faux wood shutter styles are available with either 2 ½”, 3 ½”, or 4 ½” louvers. The louver is what is referred to as a slat in a horizontal blind.

Faux wood standard folding shutters are the most popular style of plantation shutters. These standard folding shutters are available in multiple panel configurations, making them perfect for any window in any room.  The most popular panel configuration is the single panel plantation shutter. Single panel shutters offer the greatest range of light control, as there are no breaks in each panel. Bi-fold panels are basically halving the singe panel. Bi-fold panel shutters are quite handy when there is limited “swing” space in the room for opening your plantation shutters.

Faux wood café style shutters are ideal for those settings where an unobstructed view from the top portion of a window is desired. Imagine a bay window in a breakfast nook where total light control is not an issue, and privacy is only a concern to a certain level. The SelectBlinds faux wood café style shutter is the perfect solution. The café style plantation shutter offers the flexibility to go up as high as desired on the window, affording privacy and light control to your specific instructions.

Standard Folding Shutters

Shutters on any window end a certain air of sophistication to any environment, but nothing in the window fashion word says wow like a French door shutter. The SelectBlinds French door shutter can be ordered in all three louver sizes because you can specify door handle cutouts to allow for obstacle free shutter operation.

Plantation shutters are safe; there are no lift cords with which a child might get caught up in. faux wood plantation shutters will not warp, making them ideal for extreme climates. Plantation shutters are timeless in their design, making them a viable window fashion statement no matter how you choose to decorate your home. The Select Blinds plantation shutters are backed by the industry setting satisfaction guarantee, and a limited lifetime warranty, making ordering shutters from Select Blinds a worry free endeavor.

Enjoy your new Shutters!

A Shade Cooler than the Rest!


by Lisa Hs 12 Aug 2011

Cordless Blackout Shades

There are many styles and varieties of window shades. Window shades to hide the sunlight or window shades that let the sunlight shine in to illuminate a particular room. They are highly decorative and deco

rators of today use them to highlight the completion of their workmanship. Soft, genteel looking, and attractive, they display a personality of their own when added to a room.

Most window shades are custom fit, so measuring them correctly is the key.  A consumer must remember that measurements are either taken from the inside of the frame of the window, or the outside of the frame. This depends on what look they may be trying to achieve. Plus, they need to take into the consideration what kind of pull they want to use, and where it should be placed on the window shade for easy up and down use.

Some of the fabric used for window shades is quite unique. An attractive eye popping fabric is the lace window shade, looking especially well in an antique décor room. This window shade is elegant and will give your room an old fashioned, take you back in time, look. There is no lining needed with this window shade as it is perfect without it, and it is a great alternative to the sheer fabric window shade. This gorgeous lace window shade is desired by many decorators adept at antique decor. Roller shades and roman shades work especially well in the eye popping white lace window shade. It is difficult to see in from outside with this lace window shade, which allows for privacy. If you want to enhance an unattractive window, install lace window shades. “Body and substance is what it is all about”, say the decorators.

Solar control window shades are exceptional and a much needed item in the Southwest. This is where the sun shines on a constant basis, and the heat is intense. These shades will not fade out, or allow the sunlight to fade or discolor the furniture, and are easy to keep clean. The newest advances in technology are implemented into this solar control window shade. They will filter out the heat, glare and harmful UV rays, but still allow the flood of natural light to enter the room. The glare on the television is also drastically reduced. This window shade allows a person to see the outside world, and still have their privacy at all times of the day and night. This ability is called the ‘openness factor’ with this solar controlled window shade. They can be custom made in a cast of colors, such as grey, white, chalk and a light tobacco brown. The lighter colors are said to enhance thoughts and energize intelligence, and are perfect for study areas or libraries.

Blackout fabric window shades are especially popular with day sleepers. They will completely eliminate the light from a bedroom, or media room, and allow complete darkness for sleep, movie watching or privacy. These window shades feature a contemporary design and a continuous loop chain instead of the standard spring roller. This allows the window shade to glide easily with trouble free elevation and is perfect for that pitch black room. These are available in various prices and sun control factors depending on the purpose, and the room. The blackout window shade can be purchased in a three percent factor, allowing very little light in the room, to a fourteen percent factor which allows maximum light to enter.

Window shades are the perfect answer in cutting back on energy costs of the home or office space. Practical, stylish, durable, easy to clean and low cost window shades are still the wave of the future for home and offices.

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.

Sports Shades Have Arrived!


by Chris S 23 Mar 2011

Selectblinds.com is proud to introduce our line of NCAA Sports Roller Shades. These roller shades will come in three different fabrics offering a wide spectrum of light control and privacy options. The light filtering fabric comes standard and is the most popular choice, but we also offer room darkening and solar screen fabrics as well. This product comes in widths and heights up to 144” so they can fit virtually any window. This sports lover’s product includes the upgraded continuous cord loop lift system.

“This will be an excellent performing product, because people gravitate to their alma mater”, states Nate Kennedy, VP of Operations at Selectblinds.com. “People are fiercely loyal to their favorite college and we are giving them another way to showcase that allegiance.”

This product will be very popular for those decorating a room in the theme of their favorite college. It would also be a great complement to a child’s sports themed room.These shades are sure to make your home the place to be for all of your universities biggest games. Combining these shades with other licensed merchandise will give you an atmosphere that can only be trumped by actually being at the game.

Selectblinds.com’s collection of universities includes some of the most prestigious in the country. Among the college’s that will be offered are Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Kansas, BYU, Arizona, and many more. Sign up for the Select blinds email list to keep track of all of the universities that will be added every month, so if your favorite college isn’t available today, chances are it will be very soon.

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.

Cellular Top Down Bottom Up Shades

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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