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.

Creating a Comfortable, Safe Space for Fido


by Charlene 13 May 2014

Your dog is a beloved part of your family. That means he should have a comfortable, safe place to live, too. Decorating for Fido is a great project for the entire family, and it's a great opportunity to teach your children how to keep their dog safe while at home. 

But first, take a look at this extravagant dog space.

Photo Credit: Pawsh Magazine

If you don't have an entire room set aside for your dog, that's OK. You don't need that to keep your dog comfortable, happy, and protected. Here's what you do need:

A Dedicated Space 

 

Photo Credit: Dogster

Every member of your family enjoys having a space to call his own. Your dog is the same. Again, it doesn't have to be an entire room. A little corner will do the trick. Have an unused space under the stairs or an awkward space in the hallway? That can be the perfect doggy nook. Having a dedicated space also helps keep the doggy supplies concentrated, hopefully cutting down the mess and the clutter in your house.

Cordless Window Coverings

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Even if there aren't windows near your dog's dedicated space, it's important to be aware of the dangers of corded window coverings for pets. Cordless window coverings are the safest choice for both children and pets, but if you can't upgrade to cordless, you can simply use cord cleats to tie up the dangling cord. Dogs are curious. They love to play and explore. Make sure they're safe, no matter what they're doing.

A Soft Place to Rest

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Your dog should have a pillow, bed, or a blanket to sleep on. Give your dog every reason to get cozy and relax once in a while. Once he claims and recognizes that soft place as his own, you'll probably find him there quite often.

Keep Things out of Reach

Have some things you don't want your pet getting into? The simple solution is to put everything up high. Sure, it can be cute to decorate Fido's area with figurines or even low-hanging pictures, but chances are he'll eventually figure out a way to get it, play with it, and destroy it, not to mention the damage it could do to him.

These are all basic suggestions, but they're important. If you're not already doing these, it's time to create an even safer home environment for Fido. What have you done for your pet to keep them safe and comfortable at home? We'd love to see some of your ideas!

 

Charlene Jimenez

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

Sherry B. is a Happy Customer with Select Blinds


by Charlene 8 May 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my pictures of my newly installed Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades.

I just recently had a new bay window installed and was searching for the perfect complement to go with it. What I found was your website "SELECT BLINDS". The many combinations I can set my new blinds at are unbelievable. No more nosy neighbors staring into my living room, but I can still adjust the blinds to allow in natural light.

I have attached before the blinds and after the blinds to see the complementing difference. Everyone who sees them wants them. I have referred a lot of people to "SELECT BLINDS".

Thank you for a wonderful and beautiful product.

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How to Keep Cool This Summer


by Charlene 2 May 2014

Summer is on its way, and for some, it's already here. So now is the time to prepare to keep cool this summer. Control the heat before it amplifies to stay cool for the entire summer. The first thing to start with is the interior of your home. After that, move to the outside. You'll eventually have a summer-ready home where you can keep cool and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. Here's how to get started:


Cover Your Windows


A home with open, bright windows can make for a beautiful space. However, even with new windows, outside heat can come in, heating up your house and increasing your energy bills. But to get the best heat reduction, you can't cover your windows with just anything. For optimal energy efficiency, choose cellular shades. If you still want that natural light during the summer, choose light filtering cell shades, and you'll have the best of both worlds.


Keep Your Lights Off

With light filtering shades, you can keep off your lights longer, helping to keep your home's interior cool and comfortable. You may not realize it at first, but leaving your lights on during the day can really heat up your home. Plus, keeping your lights off as long as possible will also save you money each month on your utility costs.


Swap Out Your Bedding

Change out your heavier winter bedding with linens specifically made for warmer weather. Being the right temperature while you sleep will help you to feel cooler the rest of the day. If you're overheated at night, you may feel as though you're catching up to stay cool all day.


Use Outside Misting Systems

Don't let the summer heat keep you from enjoying time outside. Install misting systems around your porch, deck, or backyard sitting area. It will keep you cool and you don't have to hide from the heat inside your house.


Barbeque

Cook outside as much as you can during the summer. Using your oven and stove will heat up your house, and it might be difficult to cool it back down right away. Instead, keep the heat outside where it belongs.


What's your favorite way to stay cool in the 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

Cody S. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds


by Charlene 23 Apr 2014

"I'm really enjoying my blinds, thank you for a quality product at an affordable price! After telling my parents about them and how easy they were to install, they bought two and are planning on buying two more. I'm planning on buying nine more to replace all the blinds in my condo!"

7 Stylish Alternatives to a Traditional Headboard


by Charlene 22 Apr 2014

Traditional headboards are beautiful. But not everyone is the traditional headboard type of person. If you're looking for something new, unique, and fun behind your bed, it's all about getting creative and thinking outside of the box. If you need a little inspiration, take a look at this list. You may not be able to choose just one alternative, and it just might inspire you to buy more beds.


Oversized Art

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This will give you a nice balance between your new artistic headboard and the size of your bed. This is also a great way to express yourself and show your personality. Pick your favorite piece of art. If you can't find one big enough, you can always choose two large pieces of art and use those to replace your traditional headboard.


Art or Frame Collage

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Want something on a smaller scale? Use smaller pieces of art and empty frames to create your own pattern and design. Add colors and your favorite photos to make the wall space your own. One thing is for sure; no one else will have the exact same design. 

 
Wall Decal

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If you can't paint or make holes in the walls, you can still have an awesome design for your headboard. Use a decal. This can be easily put up and taken down. Choose any design you want or create your own. When it comes to decals, you have a lot of options.


Chalkboard Paint

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Simply use chalkboard paint behind your bed and you can draw a new headboard design every night. If you are the type who likes change, this is the perfect non-traditional headboard for you. Imagine what you can draw and what colors you could use. Your options really are limitless.


Fences, Gates, and Doors

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Add a fence, gate, or door behind your bed and immediately transform your bedroom. Add an antique gate for a one-of-a-kind look or look for something more modern to give your space that much-needed flair. It's also a great way to add an interesting detail to your bedroom, a detail that is sure to spark great conversation.


Large Mirrors

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Adding a large mirror behind your bed can make your room brighter, lighter, and appear bigger. It can also give your room a luxurious, elegant feel. If done right, a large mirror instead of a traditional headboard can be the statement piece you're looking for.


Window Shades or Curtains

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Looking for a more affordable, simple option? Install window shades  or curtains behind your bed. You don't even have to have actual windows. Choose from silky roman shades to roller shades with modern, fun, vibrant prints. With so many options, you will find something that matches your style perfectly.


No longer do you need a traditional headboard to show sophistication and class. You can still have all of that without having to stay within the lines. Don't be afraid to get creative and to try something new. You will never know if it works for your space unless you give it a chance.


Do you have a non-traditional headboard? Share it with us!

Charlene Jimenez

Get the Look - Modular Home Edition


by Charlene 17 Apr 2014

Did you watch the "American Dream Builders" episode with the modular homes? Some of them turned out to be pretty incredible. One of our favorite master bedrooms was Jay and Nina's.

Ready to find out how you can get the look?

 

1. Start with this duvet.


2. Choose from these two decorative pillows for the back layer.

 

 

3. Add this teal pillow.

 

4. Then add these two pillows to the mix.

 

5. Don't forget about this throw blanket.

 

6. Add these curtains in Herringbone Cream as the final touch.

 

Did you have a favorite look from the modular home episode?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Using Pastels in Your Home Decor


by Charlene 15 Apr 2014

When you think of pastels, you probably think of Easter. And with Easter just around the corner, perhaps it's time to incorporate a few more pastels into your home décor. But pastels aren't just for Easter. They're not even just for spring. You can use pastels all year long. But if you want to start small, here are a few ways to use pastels in your home.

Pastel Planters

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One easy way to introduce pastels is to paint your planters. If you feel the colors are too much, you can easily repaint them or move them to a more appropriate location, even if that means outside. Planters can be very affordable, so choosing pastel planters will keep you on budget, all while experimenting with color.

 

Pastel Window Coverings

Did you know that you can find pastel window coverings? And paired with a modern, clean style, they can look fabulous! At first thought, you may consider pastel window blinds and shades a little too much, design-wise, but it can actually work very well. This is one of the best ways to make a statement and create a unique look.


Pastel Furniture

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This doesn't mean you have to have an entirely pastel blue couch, although that could be fantastic. Paint a wooden chair a pastel cover or create a pastel slipcover for your loveseat. Sometimes just a subtle hint of pastel can make all the difference.


Pastel Walls

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Whether you decide an accent wall is more your style or you want to immerse yourself in pastel, painting your walls a pastel color can give you the oomph your space needs. Pair it with whites and grays in the rest of the room for balance. Or, if you're feeling extra brave, go for a monochromatic look.


Pastel Bedding

If you're looking to spice up your bedroom a bit, find pastel bedding. The great thing about bedding is that you can switch it out whenever you want a different look. This is a less permanent way to decorate, so it's perfect if you change your mind often or you just want to experiment with pastels a bit before moving forward with pastels in other rooms.


Easter is the perfect time to use pastels. And if you like it, you can find new ways to use it all throughout the year. What are your favorite places in your home to use pastels?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Get the Look - Spanish Style Edition


by Charlene 11 Apr 2014

How much did you love the guest bedroom from the Spanish style episode?

Ready to find out how to get the look?

 

Start with this duvet cover in tan/beige:

 

Then add this beige bed skirt:

 

Next, place this white coverlet over the edge of the bed, just as you see in the first image:

 

Now it's time for the decorative pillows.

Choose between either this textured gray pillow:

Or this shiny gray pillow:

 

The next step is to pick the perfect yellow accent pillows for your bed. Choose either this yellow striped pillow:

Or this diamond-patterned pillow:

 

Now that you have the bedding all done, it's time to move on to the curtains. To get this look, use these pleated curtains in the silk honey color.

And there you go! What else would you add to get the "American Dream Builders" look?

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

Safe Kids Day Event Photos


by Charlene 8 Apr 2014

We've teamed up with Safe Kids Day and Safe Kids Worldwide to promote child safety. It doesn't take much to make your home child-safe, and it can start with your corded window coverings.


Well-known designer, Carriann Johnson, was our spokesperson for the Safe Kids Day event in Los Angeles. She talked about general child safety, and even discussed our no-cost cord cleat program. Cord cleats allow you to wrap up dangling and dangerous window covering cords, keeping them out of the hands of little ones. Cordless window coverings are the safest choice, but if you do have corded blinds and you can't upgrade to cordless right now, you can use cord cleats to make your home safer.


Do you need cord cleats? We'll send them to you for free. Simply fill out this form. Every life is precious, and we are doing what we can to protect children everywhere. To read even more about our free cord cleat program, read this press release.


Take a look at some of the pictures of Carriann at the Safe Kids Day event:

 

 

Charlene Jimenez

5 Child Safety Tips


by Charlene 4 Apr 2014

Window covering cord accidents are all too common. And the truth is, they are incredibly easy to prevent. It just takes a few safety measures, and you can have an instant safer home.

Cordless blinds and shades are the safest for homes with children. However, if you have corded blinds, you can still make them safer for your children.

Here are 5 child safety tips from the experts. Take a look and see how you can implement these tips in your own home.

 

 

Charlene Jimenez

Get the Look - Master Bedroom Edition


by Charlene 2 Apr 2014

Did you tune into episode 2 of “American Dream Builders” on Sunday? Some of the bedroom designs may not have been consistent with the mid-century modern design goal, but they were still beautiful rooms. Take a look at the master bedroom of the winning team.

Want the look? Here's what you need.

Get the Look!

1. Start with this white duvet cover - the same one from the show.

 

2. Add these decorative pillows of the same color palette. Just click on the pictures to go to the product page.

 

 

 

3. Don't forget about the throw blanket!

 

4. Add the right curtains for the finishing touch!

Did you have a favorite look from the show?

 

Charlene Jimenez

 

 

 

7 Spring Cleaning Tips


by Charlene 28 Mar 2014

Whether you love it or you hate it, it's time for some spring cleaning. Every home needs a good deep clean once in a while. But just the thought of deep cleaning your entire house can be overwhelming and stressful. It doesn't have to be, not if you approach it with the right mindset.


Here are the essential spring cleaning tips you'll need to tackle the deep cleaning beast:


1. Organize your closets first.

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Closets can be a big project. But it can also be therapeutic to sort through your clothes and shoes, donating the items you don't use anymore. A cleaned, organized, streamlined closet is beautiful, and it just might give you the energy and motivation you need to continue your spring cleaning efforts.


2. Wipe down your walls and baseboards.


You may not notice the gradual dirt or fingerprints that appear on your walls and baseboards. But once you wipe them down with a clean, wet rag, you'll wonder how you didn't notice before. Cleaning your walls is a small task with huge results. Clean walls alone can make your home appear brighter and happier. Give it a try. You'll be pleased with the results.


3. Reorganize your bookshelves or movie shelves.

These won't need much cleaning, but reordering and reorganizing them can give your home a cleaner, tidier look and feel. It also wouldn't hurt to dust while you're at it. Before you know it, you'll be done and moving on to the next task.


4. Clean light fixtures.

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You may not notice them as much, but your light fixtures will get just as dusty. Safely climb a ladder or stand on a sturdy chair and wipe them down, light bulbs and all. Then, once you're done, turn on the lights and see how much brighter your home is.


5. Don't forget the outside of your home.


Wash your doormats, sweep and wash your walkways and driveway, and do all that yard work you've been forgetting about. And don't forget to wash the outside of your windows, too. Make the outside of your home just as sparkling as the inside of your home.

6. Dust your window coverings.

Your blinds and shades collect dust just like everything else in your home. And if you don't clean them regularly, it can cause discoloration. If you have window blinds you need to clean, click here to find out how. If you have window shades, read this.


7. Shampoo your carpets and upholstery last.

You've made it through winter, and your carpets and furniture could use some love. Get rid of all that dust and dirt and have a fresher home immediately. Now that everything is clean and the carpets and furniture wet, let it dry and go celebrate your spring cleaning victory.


Unfortunately, a true spring cleaning consists of more than these six steps. However, these six tips will make the biggest difference in your home. Want to make a big difference with a small amount of effort? This list will give you just that.


What are your favorite spring cleaning methods? Have any spring cleaning tips for the rest of us?


Charlene Jimenez


Sue P. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds


by Charlene 27 Mar 2014

I ordered five 3/8 inch Double Cell Cordless Light Filtering Shades. I love my new shades! Ordered them on March 17th, they arrived on the 26th, and my husband installed them on the 27th! They are such good quality and the service was awesome! The price was fantastic too! My room looks so nice now and I'm so happy I ran across your product on the internet! Thanks so much!

What do you think of her new cell shades?

Did You Tune in to the "American Dream Builders" Premiere?


by Charlene 26 Mar 2014

Did you watch NBC's new competition show, "American Dream Builders" on Sunday?


Read this if you need a little background on how the show works.

Right out of the gate, the competition heated up. Even designers on the same team were throwing each other under the bus and trying to make each room fit their individual design aesthetic rather than having a unified front.


This week's challenge was to renovate and redecorate two Tudor-style homes that were on the same street. They were supposed to keep the home's décor true to the architectural integrity and style of the home, creating a complete, cohesive look and feel.


But the Tudor-style home wasn't the only common thread between the two houses. Both families in those homes didn't have enough space for everyone living there. In one home, 3 generations were living under one roof-the grandparents, parents, and the children. In the other home lived a family of seven, all of whom shared one small bathroom. It was time to restore the beauty of their homes and create that much-needed space.


Both homes turned out beautifully, even though both had a few minor issues, like turning a hallway into an awkward nook in one home and creating unusable and unfinished storage space in a cramped bathroom in the other home. But the three designer judges weren't the only ones to provide their feedback and make the final decision. The neighborhood joined the judges by doing walk-throughs of both houses and marking their official votes, indicating which team did the best work and stayed true to the Tudor architecture and style.


The judges and the community decided the winner, and the losing team had to send someone home. Tarrick, the site manager for the blue team, ended up going home. Ultimately, his unfinished work on the bathroom vanity was the cause.


What did you think of the show? Did you agree with Tarrick going home?


Don't forget to tune in Sunday to watch the second episode!

 

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

How to Clean Your Blinds


by Charlene 19 Mar 2014

Remember when you first installed your blinds and they looked fabulous and clean? Unfortunately, it doesn't take too long for blinds to collect dust. But cleaning your blinds can be a pain, especially if you're not sure you're using the proper cleaning method. After all, blinds are made from a variety of materials and each requires a unique way of cleaning. But it doesn't have to be a pain any longer. Here's what you need to know:


Wood Blinds


Even though wood blinds have been treated and sealed, using water on them is still not a good idea. Avoid cleaning wood blinds with water or even a spray cleaner. All your wood blinds need is a little dusting. Use a feather duster, dusting mitt, or a clean rag. Simply run the rag or duster across each slat, starting from the lowest slat to the highest. This will help you avoid pushing the dust onto the already-cleaned slats below.


If you want to take it one step further, you can always clean your wood blinds with a vacuum with a brush attachment. This will give you a deeper clean and it won't leave the dust you've pushed off the blinds on the floor or windowsill.


Faux Wood Blinds


Faux wood is more durable than real wood when it comes to using water. With faux wood blinds, you can use a warm, damp cloth to clean the individual slats. If you'd like to add a miniscule amount of soap or detergent to the mixture, you can do that, too. But never use an abrasive sponge or cleaning tool. This can scratch the faux wood and cause damage, eventually letting the water into the core of the slats.


Just as with wood blinds, you can also use your vacuum's brush attachment to clean your faux wood blinds. Take it one slat at a time and you'll be done in no time.


Aluminum Mini Blinds

These are some of the most durable blinds out there and they're some of the easiest to clean. You can use both warm and cold water to clean them, and feel free to use soap. Because of the smooth finish of aluminum mini blinds, the dust should wipe off easily. However, if you need more cleaning power, you can take the aluminum blinds off the headrail and soak them in the bathtub. This is a sure-fire way to get your mini blinds sparkling again. However, as you're cleaning, try not to bend the slats. You'll want to avoid causing any damage to the blinds as you're cleaning them, no matter how minor it may seem at the time.

 

Fabric Blinds


Because fabric blinds aren't as firm as aluminum or even faux wood or wood blinds, they can be a little difficult to clean. First, try to clean them with the brush attachment on your vacuum. This may be all you need to get them clean. However, if that doesn't work as well as you had hoped, you can always take them to the dry cleaners. You won't need to do this every time you clean your fabric or cloth vertical blinds, but it's nice to know it's always an option.

 

Cleaning your blinds doesn't have to be a hassle. With the right knowledge and tools, you can tackle an average cleaning day or more in-depth spring cleaning.


What are some of the best ways that you've found to clean your blinds?

 

Charlene Jimenez

Decorating with the Outside View in Mind


by Charlene 14 Mar 2014

If you have an amazing view from your home, would that change how you decorate your home's interior?

 
Well, it should.


Consider your view a part of your décor. In fact, it's not just an accent; it should be the main focus. Not everyone has a beautiful view from their windows. But if you do, it's time to accentuate it and take advantage of the unique sights your home offers.


Decorating Tip: Windows with beautiful views should not be covered up.


Solar Shades


Depending on where you live, you may need sun, light, or heat blockage, especially during the summer. If this is the case, it's not a good idea to leave your windows uncovered. This can raise your electricity costs. However, that doesn't mean you can't accentuate that view. Instead, choose solar shades. People outside can't see in, but you can see out. The right solar shade will not restrict your view at all, but it will still provide you the sun and light blockage you need.


Sheer Shades


Sheer shades are designed for a light, flowy look and feel. With just a soft layer over your windows, you can still enjoy the view, but the sheer shades will diffuse and filter the bright light so you get a soft glow. Sit back and enjoy the view from your window, all while keeping your home looking modern and stylish.

Simplify in Order to Accentuate

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If you really want to make your view stand out, simplify your décor. Too many bright colors or too many knick knacks will distract from your view. Choose clean lines and simplify. Simple doesn't mean boring. You can still add flair to your home décor, but choosing to simplify will highlight your windows.


Make the View the Star Attraction

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Place your furniture so the window is the focus of the room. When you have guests, you'll want them to appreciate and enjoy the view. So turn chairs and couches toward the windows. Make it the star attraction, just as it deserves to be.

The view from your windows may be an external benefit, but why not center your entire home's interior on that feature? It's just one more way to add personality, individuality, and uniqueness to your home. You don't want your home to be like every other home. So, find what makes it unique and emphasize it. In this case, it's your stellar view!

 

 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

5 Easy, Cheap Ways to Organize Your Laundry Room


by Charlene 7 Mar 2014

The laundry room is an essential space in any house, but it's also the most neglected. Every other room in the house gets the love and attention it needs to be stylish and functional. There's no doubt your laundry room is functional. But is it streamlined and organized? If not, here's what you can do. It won't take much time or effort, so why not get started today?

Shelves, Shelves, and More Shelves

 

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Instead of stacking everything on top of the washer and dryer, add shelving. Use the vertical space you have so you can stay more organized. Plus, it will get all of that out of your way, and it will give your laundry room a clean, streamlined look. If you don't want people to be able to see all your laundry room stuff, add cabinets instead. They both serve the same purpose.

Conceal with Window Shades

 

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Have an ugly space under the counter or the laundry room sink? Or maybe you have great shelving, but it can get a little messy. All you have to do is conceal it with window shades or curtains, and it will give your laundry an instant facelift. But whether you go with a bold pattern or you want something more subtle is up to you. Make this space your own.

Create More Hanging Space

 

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Add rods where you can in your laundry room. The more hanging space you have for clothes, whether they're drying or need to be put away, the more organized you'll stay. This will also guard against clothes being heaped in baskets, on top of the washer and dryer, or even thrown on the floor.

Combine Spaces

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A laundry room doesn't have to just be the laundry room. Why not combine it with the craft room, mudroom, storage room, or even a large closet? Make use of the valuable space you have, and this will open up main space in your home for other things.

Fresh Flowers

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Fresh flowers don't help with organization, but they do improve the ambiance. Every room can be improved with fresh flowers, and your laundry room shouldn't be left out. Flowers will keep your laundry room looking and smelling fresh, and it may even motivate you to get in there and get your laundry done.

With these simple changes, you will have an efficient laundry room space. And all of these options allow you to inject your own style into the room. No two laundry rooms are the same; and they shouldn't be. Make your laundry room a reflection of yourself and your family, and then maybe some of your family members will pitch in and help with the laundry. One can dream, right? 

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Use Different Slat Sizes for Blinds


by Charlene 4 Mar 2014

All blinds offer different slat sizes. Slats are the horizontal pieces that you tilt, raise, and lower when operating your blinds. The difference in slat sizes may not seem like a lot, but the right, or even the wrong, slat size can make a world of difference for your windows. Don’t leave it up to chance. Instead, you simply have to learn which sizes will work best for each window of your home.

Small Slats and Windows

If you need to cover a small window, go with smaller slat sizes. If you order larger slats, it can disproportionate and odd. Smaller sized slats mean you’ll have more slats per blind than you would with larger slat sizes. Smaller slats also mean that you have less room between each one, so you can block more sunlight than with bigger slats. However, it also means that when you have the slats open, your view to the outside won’t be as open, but you can always completely raise the blinds when you want to.

Small slats are also ideal for window with narrow window frames and windowsills. If you want to mount the blinds inside the window frame, you’ll be able to do so with smaller slats, even if the window is small or medium sized. Choosing smaller slats can also help the blinds blend in more, and that’s perfect if you’re looking for subtlety.

If small slats are what you’re looking for, go with ½” or 1” slats, like these products below:

1/2" Micro Aluminum Mini Blinds

 

1" Veneto Wood Blinds

Medium Slats and Windows

This is the most common sized window, and you can get away with any slat sizes. But the most common slat size is 2 inches, and that’s the size you’ll find the majority of blinds and shades. Keep in mind that you may have a medium sized window but with a shallow or narrow windowsill. 2” blinds may not fit. But you always have the option to choose a smaller slat size or simply use an outside mount.

For a better view to the outside when your blinds are released and the slats are parallel to each other, medium-sized slats are the way to go. If you want to make more of a style statement, go with larger slats on a medium window. this will give it a chunkier, bolder look. But if you want something more proportioned, match medium slats to a medium-sized window.

Here are some of the most popular 2” blinds:

2" Express Wood Blinds

2" Premium Aluminum Blinds

Large Slats and Windows

Large window are some of the hardest to cover effectively. If you choose a slat size that’s too small, it can look chaotic and too busy. Another problem those with larger windows run into is the heaviness of the blinds. Blinds that are too heavy can begin to bow or even break under the strain. The perfect solution for this is to use multiple blinds on one headrail. This will alleviate the excessive weight and still give you a great looking window covering.

For blinds, 2 ½” slats are considered large. If you want only one blind to cover your large window, choose a lighter material, like real wood blinds. While faux wood is great for many situations, it’s actually heavier than real wood.

Take a look at these blinds perfect for large windows:

2 1/2" Deep Wood Blinds

2 1/2" Premium Faux Wood Blinds 

Have you experimented with slat sizes for your windows? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Charlene Jimenez

What's Your Design Style?


by Charlene 28 Feb 2014

Decorating your home is one more way to express yourself and show your personality. But understanding how your personality fits into a design style can be confusing. Sure, there are straightforward styles and definitions, but many people find themselves torn between two or more styles. Don’t feel as though you have to limit yourself to just one style. You’re unique and complex. Your style can be multi-sided, too, no matter if you identify with two or more design styles.

Here’s a basic breakdown of styles. Which one best describes and reflects you?

Contemporary

 

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The contemporary style includes softened, rounded lines. Even though some of the contemporary lines are rounded, it still gives a clean look and feel. The contemporary color palette is mainly made up on browns, whites, and grays, with pops of colors throughout. There are also metallic elements in many contemporary designs. Contemporary, geometric patterns can also be included, and you’ll commonly find those designs on decorative pillows, wall art, and even on rugs.

Traditional

 

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The traditional style is reminiscent of the European countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in France and England. Warm colors are traditionally used, creating a cozy glow throughout the space. Traditional style is all about detail, and a lot of them. The furniture looks plush and it can be difficult to resist sinking right into them.

Eclectic

 

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Combining a multitude of different styles and centuries, the eclectic style is about vibrancy and new combinations. Even though it may seem this way to some, it’s not just a haphazard throwing together of ideas and styles. It needs to be done purposefully to hit the right style note. Lots of colors may be used, but there is always a neutral that ties them all together. You may also find a non-traditional combination of patterns and fabrics that give the space life and personality.

Modern

 

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The modern style is all about polished sleekness. Much like the contemporary style, this style’s focus is on clean lines. One important aspect of a modern style is asymmetry. Instead of warmer metals, like bronze or gold, modern spaces are generally adorned with chrome and steel. This is one aspect that gives a modern home that sleekness.

Mediterranean

 

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The Mediterranean design style is also called Spanish modern. Just as you might expect, this style uses blues, greens, and yellows to represent the ocean and the sky. Don’t forget about mosaics and terracotta. Many homes in the Mediterranean style opt for textured walls to create depth and visual interest.

Romantic

 

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The romantic design style focuses on softness and whimsicality. Think lace, pastels and muted colors, and dainty floral patterns. It also centers on femininity, with just a few touches of masculinity to create some depth. The romantic style is about grace and refinement through fabrics and colors.

Don’t feel you have to stick solely to one design style. Be yourself and let your personality and style preferences show you the perfect styles for you. Mix and match until you feel you’re properly represented. Your style will change with time. It’s natural. It’s normal. Don’t limit your style. Instead, let it develop and morph naturally.

Happy Customer Winner for February


by Chris S 28 Feb 2014

We are very excited to announce the first winner of our new Happy Customer contest. But first, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this month’s contest. All of your photos are all beautiful and we really enjoyed seeing how you decided to use our products in your homes. Thank you all for your submissions and more importantly, we THANK YOU all for your business!

February Happy Customer Entries:

  1. Thomas B.
  2. Nechemya F.
  3. Sherry S.
  4. Mike K.
  5. Connie R. 
  6. Debbie A.
  7. Richard R.
  8. Dorie P.
  9. Joanne B.
  10. Deborah D.
 

Drumroll please…..and the winner is… Joanne B. from North Carolina!

Joanne sent us some great photos of our Cell Shades in her new condo and wrote us a very detailed review on her experience with Select Blinds. Joanne B. check your email for details on claiming your $250.00 Visa Gift Card. =]

Chris Savage

Thomas B. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds


by Chris S 27 Feb 2014

I'd like to say we love our new cordless blinds, Tiger Eye single cell shade was a perfect choice for our kitchen. We have had many compliments on the blinds. Your staff Simas Tamosaitis replaced our original order with a new order, with no additional cost other than shipping cost, we cant thank your company enough. We will be ordering new items in the future. Thank You again for your help!

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Nechemya F. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds


by Chris S 27 Feb 2014




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