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.
19 Aug 2014
Here at Select Blinds, we have a lot of options when it comes to window coverings. A common struggle for many people is deciding if real wood blinds or faux wood blinds are better. In short, there isn't a clear cut general answer. Which one is better depends on your needs, your style, and your lifestyle. So, in order to make that important decision, start with the pros and cons of each.
Real Wood Blinds
- Lightweight, making them great for large windows.
- Comes in a variety of luxurious stains.
- Generally more stain and paint options than with faux wood blinds.
- Warps and bows with humidity, moisture, and extreme temperatures.
- Less durable than its faux wood counterpart.
- More expensive than faux wood blinds.
Faux Wood Blinds
- Looks just like real wood.
- Incredibly durable, so they're perfect for homes with children and pets.
- Moisture and humidity-resistant, so they're ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
- Great in extreme temperatures.
- Heavier than real wood blinds, so they're not recommended for large windows, unless you choose the multiple blinds on 1 headrail option.
- Fewer color choices when compared to real wood blinds.
So which appeals to you more, real wood or faux wood blinds?
15 Aug 2014
Layering your window coverings will bring extra style into your home, but it's also a great way to have more control over privacy, insulation, and natural light. But knowing why you want to layer your window coverings and knowing how to do it right are two different things. But don't worry. It's actually easier than you think.
Start with Blinds or Shades
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First, cover your windows with your favorite blinds or shades. You can choose anything from wood blinds to bamboo shades to cellular shades. It doesn't matter what you choose. Just make sure you love them.
Add a Cornice
Then, you can add a cornice, depending on how much layering you want, but adding a cornice isn't necessary. Some like the finished look a cornice gives a space, but you may not. Using a cornice is just another way to add depth to your window coverings.
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The final step is to use drapes or curtains. This will complete the layered look. And don't be afraid to mix patterns, textures, or colors. Layering is one of the easiest ways to give your home a unique look, a look that perfectly reflects your style and your personality.
And that's it! Just take it one layer at a time and you'll find a combination that you love.
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.
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.
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!