The Top 3 Honeycomb Shades from SelectBlinds.com

Honeycomb shades, also called cellular shades, have been around for years. And over time, manufacturers have solved many of its initial drawbacks, and now they’re one of the most popular window coverings. And for good reason.

Honeycombs have gained consumer trust because they provide insulation, privacy, and light control. They’re also stylish, modern, and sleek.

Advantages of Honeycomb Shades

The trapped layer of air between the double layers of honeycomb shades provide great insulation from the outside weather. This also means it helps conserve energy, which will save you money on energy costs. If you want your home to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, these are the perfect window treatments for you. The extra layer of air also helps lessen unwanted noise from outside, creating a more peaceful home environment.

Here are our top 3 honeycomb shades:

Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Cellular Shades

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This shade combines two of the most popular lift styles in one product – a cordless system and a top down/bottom up system. The combination makes it safe for children, and it gives you complete control over light and privacy. Choose from 9 different colors. And with all our products, they’re custom made just for you.

Features

  • Free shipping
  • Adheres to CPSC child safety requirements
  • Made from 100% polyester
  • Lowers your utility bills

Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades

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This is the most budget-friendly cellular shade we offer, and it’s made in just one day. It is completely cordless, making it easy to use while keeping your children and pets safe.

Features

  • Same color fabric is used on both the inside and the outside
  • Free shipping
  • Adheres to CPSC child safety requirements
  • Made from polyester

Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shade

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Available in extreme widths, it’s made from spun lace fabric, which provides added insulation. All components are color-coordinated, giving you a clean, uniform, cohesive look. Choose from 12 different colors. The outside layer comes in white only to comply with common HOA guidelines.

Features

  • Highly customizable
  • Metal snap-in brackets make installation easy and hassle-free
  • Available in top down/bottom up cordless Lift & LockTM and cordless Lift & LockTM

 

 

The Printed Geometric Blinds Movement

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If you want your home to keep pace with trends – and do it within budget – a complete renovation or paint job is out of the question. How exactly can you modernize without making sweeping changes to your interiors? Well, why not simply get some new window coverings? Geometric patterns are the buzz right now, and the great thing about them is that these patterns are actually pretty timeless, too.

Larger Patterns for a Refined Look

You would think that large patterns tend to look more casual, but with geometric patterns, the opposite is true. The big patterns add a touch of refinement.

Opt for Saturated Colors

Saturated colors lend depth and warmth to a space, and they let you color-coordinate with ease. Pick out geometric patterns for your window coverings that go well with the overall color palette. Earthy tones are perfect when you choose large patterns because they prevent it from becoming too overwhelming.

Go Monochrome

For a truly modern look, go with monochromes. Of course, if you’re going monochrome with your window coverings, you also have the freedom to choose nice solid, deep hues for the rest of the furnishings.

Choose Stripes

If stripes are your choice, experiment with narrow ones. They can add a touch of sophistication. Broad stripes will be more playful and fun. Alternate colors can be a more cheery option to simple, neutral shades. You can either use the same colors with different kinds of stripes or different colors with similar stripes to get a coordinated yet varied look throughout your home. Stripes are a universal favorite!

 

Motorized Window Blinds & Shades – The Small Luxuries of Life

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About a decade ago, motorized shades and blinds were considered a unnecessary luxury indulged in only by the affluent. However, with the recent advancements in technology and pricing, motorized window treatments have become more affordable and useful.

How are motorized window coverings operated?

We offer two types of motorized operating systems – battery-operated and a plug-in. The blinds or shades can be controlled via a handheld remote. All you need to do is click a button, and your window treatments will rise and lower effortlessly.

What are the advantages of using a motorized lift system?

  • It’s convenient and safe for children. It’s also great for those with physical limitations who can’t operate window coverings in the traditional way.
  • If you have large windows in your house, the blinds can be quite heavy. A motorized blind would make operating them hassle-free.
  • For houses with high windows, a remote-operated system would give you complete control. After all, you don’t want to have to get your ladder out every time you want to raise or lower your blinds.

How much does it cost?

The final price of your motorized window coverings depends on the size and type of product. If you have any add-ons or upgrades, this will be applied to the overall price, too.

Not only do motorized window treatments ensure easy operation and optimum functionality of your blinds, they are also modern, sleek, and beautiful.

 

A Definitive Guide to Picking the Right Window Covering for Your Home

Ranging from privacy to style, there are several considerations that you need to make before you choose a window covering for your home. With a plethora of options in the form of drapes, blinds, and shades in the market today, it can be quite an overwhelming task to actually zero in on the one which suits your needs perfectly. Whether you want your windows to exude a vintage aura or signify practical functionality, your choice of window covering has a major impact on the entire character of your home. Before you head to the store and pick a blind or shade, there are a few things that you might want to consider.

Privacy and Light

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The first question that you need to ask yourself is how much light and privacy you want inside your home. It is up to you to decide whether you wish to have a cozy and buttoned-up environment or more airy and bright rooms. Do you wish to have a complete blackout option in your bedroom for a snug siesta or a sheer drape in your living room that lights up the decor and furniture? Are your windows located on the sunny walls of your home or adjacent? The answers to these questions will help you decide upon the most appropriate draping style for your home.

Your Budget

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

Well, your budget is definitely something you should keep in mind when considering home improvement. Depending on whether you wish to buy the drapes for a specific window or for the entire house, you will need to carefully design a price range. Window coverings are billed by the size and the fabric, so make your choice accordingly.

Care and Maintenance

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

You need to understand how the different fabrics and styles respond to dust and how much time and effort you are willing to spare for their care and maintenance. Although your conventional blinds can be major accumulators of dust, they are easy to clean with a damp cloth or brushes. Shades, on the other hand, are able to hide the dust within their weaves, but they need proper vacuuming on a regular basis.

Your Design Theme

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Look around your house. What do you see? Do the interiors follow a chic and contemporary theme or a more vintage and classic design style? Would you prefer the windows exude a colorful and vibrant aura or have a more earthy and subtle appeal? Your home is your canvas, and it is entirely up to you to decide how to dress it up or down.

Windows represent the focal point of the rooms in our homes and need to be styled in the most functional and creative way possible.

The Silent Killer Parents Don’t Know About

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Your home should be a safe haven for your entire family, but there’s a hidden danger that you see every day, and you don’t even realize it. It’s estimated that a child between 7 months and 10 years old dies from this hidden danger every month, and that’s not even counting the injuries.

The scariest part? It’s 100% preventable.

Window covering cords are a deathtrap.

The CPSC says they’re “…one of the top five hidden hazards in the home.” Cords seem harmless at first glance, but they’re anything but.

It doesn’t take much for a child to wrap the cord around his neck or a limb. They are the silent killer. You could even be in the same room and not realize what was happening. Once that cord gets around his neck, he can’t call for help. Sometimes parents don’t even realize it’s happening until it’s too late.

Don’t let that be you and your child.

Step One – Awareness

Awareness is the first step to keeping your child safe. Part of that is getting rid of corded window coverings altogether. Even simple safety devices, like cord cleats, aren’t enough to protect your child. They can still get tangled in the wrapped cords.

Step Two – Be on the Lookout

Unfortunately, that’s not where it ends. It goes beyond that. Your children may be safe at home, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe anywhere. Window coverings are everywhere – in nearly every home and building. Before you let your child go play at a friend’s house or stay the night and grandma’s house, make sure you first understand the hidden dangers there, too.

Step Three – Go Cordless

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Since foregoing window coverings altogether would mean privacy issues for your entire family, cordless window coverings are the safest option, period. Despite the continued safety concerns, corded blinds flood the market and most consumers don’t know how easy it is to go cordless. Committed to child-safety, retailers like Ikea, Target, and SelectBlinds.com now sell only cordless window coverings. Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s have pledged to update their stock to cordless coverings by 2018. Cordless options are readily available and affordable for anyone wanting to make their homes safer.

The truth is that a corded window covering – no matter how affordable or how beautiful – is not worth the threat it poses to your children. There’s nothing to lose when switching to cordless, and everything to gain, including peace of mind. And that’s priceless.

To learn more about the danger of window covering cords and how to keep your children safe, please click here.

Select Blinds 2016 Labor Day Sale on All Blinds & Shades

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The 2016 SelectBlinds.com Labor Day Sale starts now! And it’s our BIGGEST SALE EVER! You can save big on your favorite window blinds and shades. This year, when you buy 3 window coverings, you get the 4th for free. And that doesn’t even count the additional savings you’ll get on every order. Get your home ready for fall with new blinds or shades, and save a lot of money in the process.

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9 Reasons Why You May Need New Window Coverings

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Look, we understand how nice it is to have new things and decorate your home. We get it. But there are legitimate reasons to get new window coverings. They can actually improve your daily life. And sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring the most joy. Window coverings may be a tiny detail, but they have the potential to improve your life.

Here are 9 reasons you may want to consider buying new window coverings:

1. Your children wake you up at the crack of dawn.

What does your alarm clock sound like these days? Is it the sound of children playing or fighting? Or is your alarm more of the silent type – you know, like when your child stands a foot away from you and silently watches you sleep? Blackout window shades are the perfect solution. They’ll make your children think it’s still dark outside, and hopefully that will lull them back to sleep until a more reasonable hour, like noon.

2. You’ve awkwardly seen your neighbor too many times.

How many times have you looked out your window and straight through your neighbor’s window? There are just some people in life that you don’t want to know what they do in their free time. Protect yourself with new window coverings. If you want to block your view of your neighbor’s habits, but you don’t want to give up that natural light, consider top down/bottom up shades. You can leave the top open for the light, but protect your eyes and your soul while keeping the bottom of the shade drawn.

3. Your neighbor has awkwardly seen you too many times.

Sure, it’s fun to get a kick out of seeing our neighbors in their natural habitats, but let’s be honest. How many times has a neighbor seen you through your naked window? Probably more times than you can imagine. Every private moment of your life is on display to anyone walking by. If that doesn’t motivate you to cover your windows, then nothing will.

4. You almost need a second mortgage to pay for your energy bill.

If it feels like you have to cut off a pound of flesh (hello, Shakespeare allusion!) to pay your monthly energy bill, then it might be time to get some energy-saving window coverings. Did you know that the right window covering can actually save you money? Insulated shades will keep the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winter.

5. Your pets use your current window coverings as their personal jungle gym.

Pets. You love them, but they just don’t care about keeping the house nice (the nerve!).  And when it comes to window coverings, it’s a losing battle for everyone…except the pets. If you have blinds, they shove their heads straight through those slats. After all, how else are they supposed to see if that suspicious character called a mailman is approaching?

6. You wish you could raise and lower your shades without leaving the couch.

Sometimes life is just better on a couch. For real. What if we told you that you could raise, lower, and tilt your window coverings without ever leaving it? You’re welcome. With motorized shades, you can have it all, and you only have to use your thumb to press a button on a remote.

7. You panic every time your child is too quiet, and you could use a little more peace of mind.

When your child wanders off at home and is suddenly very quiet, what’s your first thought? It’s probably:  Oh no! What have they gotten into now? And where’s the cat? But there is actually a very real danger if you have corded window coverings in your home. The best way to make sure you have peace of mind is to choose cordless window coverings, period.

8. Your window coverings have been there so long, you’re afraid they’re essential to your home’s structural integrity.

How long have your current window coverings been on your windows?  Are you sure they haven’t fused to the window itself? If you have to wonder if they’re a part of your homes structural integrity, new, modern window coverings are long overdue.

9. Lastly, we just know you’ll love us!

What’s not to love? We have the best cordless selection at the best prices. That’s not even bringing up that everything ships for free. EVERYTHING! And when’s the last time you shopped with a company who has taken a stand for something they believe in? Because we’re dedicated and committed to child safety, we only sell cordless window coverings. It’s not about the money. It’s about saving lives.

Before and After Window Coverings – Arizona Homeowner Edition

My husband and I bought our first home together a little over two years ago. We knew we wanted an open floor plan and space for both a living room and a family room. And we found exactly that.

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But we didn’t realize the design problems we would face when it came to our window coverings.

Problem #1 – We loved all the natural light, but we didn’t have any privacy.

Problem #2 – We live in Arizona, and it’s hot. Leaving our windows uncovered or not appropriately covered would mean atrociously expensive energy bills.

Problem #3 – Two windows sat directly across from our TV, causing an annoying glare, especially for my husband who didn’t like that the glare disrupted his sports-watching marathons.

Problem #4 – We knew those two windows in the family room had different covering needs than the rest of the windows, but we still wanted design consistency, even if the needs of each room were different.

BEFORE WINDOW COVERINGS

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For the main portion of our house, we used two different types of window coverings. The two across from the TV were the same, and the two on the other side of the house were the same. We decided to go with cellular shades because they help lower energy costs, and they are great at insulating windows, making them perfect for an Arizona summer.

To solve our problem of avoiding blocking natural light while retaining our privacy, we chose light filtering honeycombs for one end of the house and light filtering/blackout cell shades for the family room. The light filtering/blackout shades are actually 2 shades in 1. You get both a light filtering shade and a blackout shade. My husband uses the blackout section when he’s watching TV, and he hasn’t had to deal with a TV glare ever since.

We ordered white for all the shades, but we ordered free samples first, just to make sure the whites were similar enough.

AFTER NEW WINDOW COVERINGS

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If we could do it all over again, we’d use the light filtering/blackout cell shades on every window in the house. They are incredible and serve their purpose perfectly.

These are the window coverings we used:

The Case for Gray – Why You Need it in Your Home Decor

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Gray is the little black dress for your home,” according to a fabulous article on Freshome.com, and we couldn’t agree more. We love this idea. The color gray is subtle, classic, and it dresses up your home perfectly. After all, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress, right? The same idea applies to your home decor. Here’s are just a few reasons why you should incorporate gray into every room in your home (and we’re going to show you a lot of awesome gray window coverings because, you know, they’re our favorite!).

1. It goes with everything.

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Some believe that gray is the perfect neutral. It goes with every style and palette. Not sure what color to paint your walls or which color you should choose for your new window coverings? When in doubt, go gray.

2. It’s timeless.

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You won’t have to redo your decor every few months. Gray is timeless and effortless. A lot of details may change around the grays in your home, but those gray walls or other gray details will remain constant, strong, and true.

3. Gray is more than just gray.

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When it comes to the color gray, one size does not fit all. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to. Gray is more than just gray. It can be dark charcoal gray or elephant gray or smokey gray.

4. It showcases the other colors in the room.

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Gray is beautiful, and it has a way of providing a great background for your most important decor pieces. It complements your decor, but it won’t draw your attention away from where you want it.

How have you used the color gray in your home’s decor? Show us some pictures!

The Right Time for Picking Blinds

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Sometimes the room just looks old, and you know it. There is a need to redecorate, renovate, upgrade, or refresh that room.

Which room?

Any room. Every room.

The bedroom could be in need of a new blanket, bedspread, or crisp new sheets. Or it could be none of those items. It might be something that you just can’t quite put your finger on.

The family room could be the one that sets you off on taking action to redecorate. It is the family room, after all, and this is a room to be taken very seriously, especially if it is treated in the way that lets you call it the family room – without any caveats.

Or the kitchen might be the attention-required room. This is the most difficult room to pin down. There are so many things that can make a huge impact on the room and make it seem like you did a whole new kitchen makeover. New place settings, new paint, new wallpaper, upgraded appliances. And the number one way to significantly transform the look and feel of any room in your house is new window blinds.

There is more than one way to look at anything. Generally speaking, are you wondering what the best timing is for choosing new window treatments? There is a school of thought that says, go ahead and pick new window coverings and get them installed, and then decide if it is necessary to look at further updates. This can be said for the simple reason that fabrics, colors, materials, lift systems, and UV protection blinds have progressed tremendously in recent years.

Lift cords are on the road to extinction. Cordless lift from the bottom up and from the top down is now a reality. In fact, SelectBlinds.com has transitioned to a cordless window covering site, period. There are safety reasons for eliminating the lift cords. They can act like a noose, and they manage to kill an average of one kid a month, and this is with the measures in place as dictated by the CPSC. And they are just plain unsightly.

Have you had guests over to your home, and you’ve managed to work this kind of comment into the conversation? “Hey, Bill. We just got new blinds. Man, you gotta see the way these lift cords pool on the floor in such a neat pattern.”

Of course not! But I can tell you that I have had people over to my house and have indeed said things like:

“Hey, Lee. You gotta see these new shades that we are bringing in for 2016. First of all, they’re cellular, and we are the online leader of selling cordless window shades. We shipped 83% of our cellular window coverings in a cordless lift in 2015. We have increased that in 2016.

“They look great, they are easy to install, and measuring is pretty cut and dry. Plus, they will help with the insulation factor of your house. And you’re buying from the most reviewed and recommended blind company on the web.”

So with all that said, you might find that after the relatively minor expense of the window treatment renovation, you need do nothing else.