Who was William Morris?

William Morris Roman Shade in Pimpernel Sage

We are honored to print six designs of 19th-century artist William Morris on SelectBlinds shades and drapery, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Founded in 1852 to make works of art available to all, today the V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance.

Morris was a great champion of the Arts and Crafts Movement and a key figure in British socialism at the end of the 19th century. Designer, poet, novelist, translator and entrepreneur, Morris’ work still has a profound influence on fashion and interiors. This collection of blinds and drapes celebrates that legacy.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. 

-William Morris

Photo Credit: The Victoria and Albert Museum

Morris’ love of nature was a well-spring for his work. In reaction to the social, moral, and aesthetic chaos created by the Industrial Revolution, he sought to feature English meadows and hedgerows in his floral fabrics and wallpapers. Bringing the natural world indoors, Morris’ designs interweave flowers, trees, birds, animals and insects influenced by the greenery in his own garden and from walks along the riverbanks. ‘Strawberry Thief’, for example, was inspired by the thrushes that stole the juicy strawberries from his kitchen garden.

Left: William Morris Roman Shade in Strawberry Thief Vintage Blush; Right: William Morris Drapery in Willow Bough Vine

Morris’ belief in equality of access to the arts made him a great friend to the South Kensington Museum (later renamed the V&A). Today, he remains one of the most famous names in the V&A collection. Morris had an important influence on some of the museum’s earliest collecting policies, but as an artist he was also inspired by its collections. His legacy can still be found all over the V&A, not only in its extensive collections of Morris’ work, but also in the very fabric of the building which Morris helped to design.

William Morris Timeline

1834 – Born in Walthamstow, east London

1855 – Realized he wanted to pursue art as a career

1859 – Married to Jane Burden

1861 – Founded Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.

1862 – Artwork exhibited at the International Exhibition

1865 – Company commissioned for the West Dining Room of the South Kensington Museum (renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899)

1875 – Became sole director of the renamed and restructured Morris & Company

1876 – Became an examiner at South Kensington Museum’s art school

1877 – Opened an “all under one roof” retail shop

1881 – Production moved to a factory

1884 – “Morrisonian” became a known term. Morris was invited to join the South Kensington Museum’s Committee of Art Referees

1893 – Contributed to the South Kensington Museum’s collections

1896 – Passed away at Hammersmith, near London

Why Skylight Blinds are Worth the Investment

With skylight blinds, you can control the amount of light in a stylish and functional way. It’s possible to create the perfect home environment with them. You can use skylight blinds to create an atmosphere that’s just right for any occasion and customize the lighting in a room.

Premier Light Filtering Skylights in Pale Winter SC

Why should you even cover your skylight window?

  1. Skylight blinds can help you save money. The energy-efficient cellular construction insulates your home from the heat and cold. As a result, billing costs can be reduced throughout the year.
  1. Skylight blinds can block harmful UV rays and direct UV glare. This is especially useful for rooms with TV or computer screens.
  1. Skylight blinds keep the outside out. They help soften outdoor noise, as well as protect furniture, walls and floors from fading and discoloration.
  1. Skylight blinds can improve aesthetics. No more distractions from outside when you’re hosting. Choose a color that matches your interior design.
  1. Skylight blinds are easy to install and use. Skylight blinds are generally easy to install and can be customized to fit any size window. All of our Skylight Blinds come standard as a manual lift. You can also add a Telescopic Extension Pole to your cart. Check to see if motorization is available as an upgrade. 
Premier Light Filtering Skylights in Barley SC

Check our Skylight Buying Guide for more information, or call or chat with one of our Design Consultants! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Which Blind Best Suits You Based on Your Current TV Binge

Photo credit: Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

If you’re like us, you used the holiday season to catch up or start some new shows. Based on your current TV obsession, these are the window coverings best suited for you (at least until the next trending series).

*No spoilers ahead!*

Emily in Paris

Left: Netflix Credits; Right: Sheer Curtains in Sheer White Batiste

Love her or hate her, people love to watch Emily in Paris. While there are a number of styles in the show, we’re keeping Mindy Chen’s advice in mind: “The French are romantics, but they’re also realists.” With that in mind, we chose a timeless look with Sheer Curtains in Sheer White Batiste. Its flowy linen creates a picturesque room to daydream away in.

Ted Lasso

Left: AppleTV+ Credits; Right: Rustic Americana Roman Shades

There are so many personalities here, it could be a whole ‘nother blog of fun (note: Roy Kent would be a dark heather charcoal, NOT black). But let’s stick with the man of the hour, the name of the game, shall we? Ted Lasso. Rustic Americana Roman Shades in Sweet Cream Butter checks the main boxes: cheerful and American! It’s a bonus that his office “Believe” sign is yellow too.

Wednesday

Left: Netflix Credits; Right: Premier Room Darkening Dual Shades.

In our latest Halloween blog, we shared what window covering Wednesday would choose, but that was based on the 1991 version when she was a child. In this show, Wednesday is a teenager so her woeful style has a more modern take. The Premier Room Darkening Dual Shades in Tarantula gets the job done.

The Recruit

Left: Netflix Credits; Right: 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Walnut Grain

Hopefully you’re home a lot more than CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks to appreciate your window coverings. We chose 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Walnut Grain because they’re serious, but not too serious, while being practical and stylish. Their larger slats provide more privacy, and slats are the best window treatment to subtly check who’s outside.

Loot

Left: AppleTV+ Credits; Right: Jewel Tone Drapery in Tourmaline

The color palette in Loot is just as bright and radiant as Molly Novack herself. While we had a lot to choose from – and green seemed obvious –  we’re going with Molly’s eye-catching fuschia attire and pairing it with Jewel Tone Drapery in Tourmaline. Gorgeous and elegant, the drapery’s smooth satin will make you feel like you just received an $87 billion settlement.

*This blog is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the mentioned streaming services or shows.*

3 Signs You Need to Replace Your Window Coverings

Include your windows in spring cleaning this year, and we’re not talking about standard dusting. The first step of spring cleaning is to toss out what you don’t need, so let’s start there. Here are three signs you need to replace your window coverings.

1. You hate them.

Let’s not complicate it. You can’t stand the window blinds or shades you currently have. They were already there when you moved in. Decide what you want by browsing our site or chatting with our Design Consultants!

2. Your window coverings are worn out and worn down.

The wood blinds are warped, the dog chewed the cellular shades, or your drapery didn’t withstand your children’s permanent marker designs. Whatever it is, sadly, your window coverings are too far gone. It’s time to get something new.

3. You remodeled or got new furniture.

Perhaps the new decor is modern, and your blinds feel too traditional. We have styles that will work with aesthetics from boho to farmhouse to elegant. Commit to your preferred interior design style and get the window coverings that match.

Here’s what our team says is trending:

Double Roller Shades

Unique and sleek, this window treatment layers a light filtering fabric over a blackout fabric, both of which provide UV protection. Each panel can be moved individually from the other, either manually or on your remote or smartphone. 

Double Roller Shades in China Doll / Sweet Sesame

Classic Roman Shades

Enjoy light and privacy control with a traditional, high-end look with Classic Roman Shades. Choose between a standard pleated fold or upgrade to a soft fold.

Classic Roman Shades in Dusty Teal

Premier Woven Wood Shades

Naturally filter light through the unique woven wood texture, crafted from bamboo, grasses and other organic fibers. These are a top choice among bloggers and DIY designers for their ability to blend in seamlessly with almost any décor.

Premier Woven Wood Shades in Jasmine

Double Solar Roller Shades

It’s a win-win with this unique day and night solar shade. The frontmost solar shade protects your interior from the harsh daytime sunlight. Meanwhile, the rear blackout shade provides a better night’s sleep with its insulation and blackout capabilities.

Double Solar Roller Shades in Umber Brown / Dark Maitake

Jewel Tone Drapery

Impress with this visually tantalizing jewel-toned drapery. Make your interior feel rich and plush with our Velvet Collection, or smooth and light with our Satin Collection.

Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Amber

Black & White Light Filtering Roller Shades

Create a monochromatic masterpiece with these shades. Using an innovative lamination technique, the top soft fabric layer is fused with a liner that makes them energy efficient but still allows the sun to make its way through in a gentle light-filtering effect. They’re also available as Black & White Room Darkening Roller Shades.

Black & White Light Filtering Roller Shades in White Frond

Have questions? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Enhance Your Home with Sliding Door Blinds

Premier Modern Solar Panel Track

It’s too chilly to leave sliding doors open, so take advantage and shop for sliding door blinds! Our sliding door blinds and panels provide you the following benefits:

1. They Support Your Unique Interior Design.

If you’re searching for a window covering that matches your interior style, we have vertical coverings from faux wood to fabric to cellulars.

For an elegant and durable look, faux wood is always a good choice. They imitate the wood-grain texture and look of real wood blinds in a variety of rich colors that work with any décor.

Fabric vertical blinds give windows a softer, more modern flow. For a high-end designer look, consider fabric panels for a streamlined look.

Stylish yet practical, vertical cellular shades are the most energy efficient. They can also coordinate with your horizontal shades; for example, take our 3/4″ Premier Light Filtering Vertical Cellulars and Premier Light Filtering Cellular Shades.

Left: 3/4″ Premier Light Filtering Vertical Cellulars in Night Blue SC; Right: Premier Light Filtering Cellular Shades in Night Blue SC

2.  Sliding Door Blinds and Panels are Kid-Friendly.

All of our vertical sliding door blinds and panels come standard 100% cordless. A Cordless Lift is the safest choice for small children and even pets. On average, about nine children, age 5 and younger, die every year from strangulation in window coverings with cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

We offer three different draw types with our cordless vertical blinds. Order your verticals with the wand on the left or right in a one-way draw or split stack configuration. If this feature isn’t a top priority, you can upgrade to a Continuous Cordless Loop Lift.

Classic Smooth Vertical Blinds in Sandstone with a Wand

3. They Provide Ultimate Privacy.

Sliding doors are wide, so you need sliding door blinds that can handle the challenge. SelectBlinds vertical coverings come in standard sizes to extra wide widths up to 191”. Fabric panels especially increase privacy because their panels touch side-by-side when closed.

Modern Architect Panel Track in Terra

4. Sliding Door Blinds and Panels are Easy to Clean.

Dust is less likely to fall on your vertical blinds and panels – thank you gravity. Spot clean your verticals with a damp cloth and water or a very mild detergent. Visit our Cleaning Guide for detailed instructions.

For more info, check out our Verticals Buying Guide, or call/chat with one of our Design Consultants! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Why Wooden Blinds are Your Best Friend This Winter

2″ Architect Wood Blinds in Roasted Chestnut

During winter, you want to keep everything in your home as warm and cozy as possible. Wooden blinds are your go-to friend with slats that insulate your home against the chilling wind. Friends don’t let friends get cold after all.

Not only are wooden blinds affordable and easy to install, they also bring the essence of the outdoors inside with their natural, furniture-quality hardwood. At SelectBlinds, we only sell wooden blinds that have been sustainably harvested. Each blind is custom-crafted to your measurements and color choice to warm your home.

Plus, wooden blinds have your back with their tight-closing slats, like the 1 3/8″ Architect Wood Blinds, to give you the privacy you need. Cloth tapes are available as an upgrade for certain wooden blinds; the tape hides exposed cords and keeps out more light.

1 3/8″ Architect Wood Blinds in Stripped Jacobean
2″ Select Basswood Wood Blinds in Linden Wood with Dijon Cloth Tape

The only time wooden blinds will let you down is if you install them in bathrooms, kitchens, or other rooms with high humidity and moisture. The slats will warp. However, faux wood blinds’ vinyl slats can be in rooms with different temperatures without warping, fading, or cracking.

Additional Wooden Blinds Benefits:

  1. They can be economical – Wooden blinds are relatively low-cost compared to other types of window coverings. They are also eco-friendly.
  2. Wooden blinds can add personality – Basswood blinds add texture and depth to your rooms. They can be layered with drapes to add another dimension.
  3. They’re easy to clean – A feather duster or dust cloth is all you need to keep them looking nice.
  4. Wooden blinds can help reduce outside noise – Wooden blinds can help reduce outside noise from coming in.

Want to talk more about wooden blinds? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

SelectBlinds Review: Christmas Edition — Home Alone

Image from Home Alone – 20th Century Fox

A home as nostalgic as Christmas morning. The stately red bricks, the myriad of lighted windows … the sculpture that gets knocked down by Little Nero’s Pizza workers. Yes, we’re talking about the legendary McCallister house. For our final SelectBlinds review of the year, we’re looking at window coverings in the 1990 comedy, Home Alone.

First off, this gorgeous home is real and located in Winnetka, Illinois. Tourists visit it throughout the year, admiring it outside the gated driveway. It is someone’s actual living residence after all.

As we mentioned earlier, the front of the house has a lot of windows – 17 to be exact – which led us to wonder what their window coverings were. An hour and 43 minutes later, we concluded that the McCallisters really, and we mean really, liked drapery.

  • Emerald, embossed, velvet drapes over sheer drapes in the living room with matching tiebacks. Iconic.
  • Sheer curtains with Rod Top and Bottom red, patterned drapes in the kitchen.
  • Light blue, floral drapery with sheer drapes in the master bedroom.
  • A roller shade (sunlight made it hard to tell color) under gray curtains in Buzz’s room. Throughout the movie, you can see roller shades halfway down in other windows on the second floor.
  • White, laced curtains appear to be in the infamous bathroom scene. Questionable, given curtains aren’t moisture resistant. 
  • Soft gold, embossed, velvet drapes with sheer shades in the dining room. It also is embossed with a pattern. The tiebacks are maroon with the soft gold outline.
  • Countless Rod Top and Bottom sheer drapery covering smaller windows, like on the sides of the front door.
  • Red and white patterned curtains on the basement door.
  • White, or a very light grey, drapes over the window Kevin ziplines out of.
  • Green and red floral pattern on creme drapery over sheer shades is the last window covering we see in the movie – right before Kevin looks out to see his neighbor hugging his granddaughter (tears).
Image from Home Alone – 20th Century Fox

We told you – it’s a lot of drapery! We were surprised though to see roller shades vs cellular shades; cellulars are the best window covering to insulate homes from the cold or heat. However, cellular shades were released in 1985, a mere five years before the movie premiered.

Our three theories: Peter McCallister wanted to see how cellular stood the test of time before investing in them, Kate McCallister loved the drapery’s elegant look, or drapery was simply the best window covering for the movie.

The sheer drapes were perfect to showcase the “dancing” mannequin silhouettes that initially diverted the Wet Bandits. Cellular or roman shades would not be translucent enough to highlight the figures while providing enough depth to hide them.

Image from Home Alone – 20th Century Fox

The living room drapes were also ideal for breaking Harry and Marv to break in. We’re sure they would have even punched through wooden blinds to get Kevin, but they were trying to be subtle. Harry made little to no noise when going through the drapery, until he stepped on the ornaments of course.

The Conclusion

Overall, the McCallister’s home had elegant window coverings that encompassed the spirit of Christmas. Even though it felt repetitive for how big the home is, we can’t think of a better window treatment than drapery to support Kevin’s scheming.

Want to recreate the dashing, drapery style?

Main Living Room: Pair our 100% polyester Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Emerald with Sheer Curtains in Sheer Pure White Crepe underneath. Don’t forget the tieback to match!

Left: Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Emerald; Right: Sheer Curtain in Sheer Pure White Crepe

Master Bedroom: Along with sheer curtains, go with the Select Custom Curtains in Mist Floral Scroll.

Dining Room: We love the soft touch of the Delicate Sheen Curtains in Gold Eclipse.

Kitchen: We don’t offer Rod Top and Bottoms at this time, but Lifestyle Custom Drapes in Bohemian Red is a fresh, modern look.

Living Room: Bring in nature with Select Custom Curtains in Victorian Floral Jade.

Interested in new window coverings? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Crush Your New Year Resolutions with the Right Window Treatment

New year, new you? It’s that time of year where we make resolutions to better ourselves and our lives. This may be a surprise, but having the right window blinds or shades can actually help you achieve your goals.

Take a look at typical New Year Resolutions and see which window covering or feature you need!

Exercise More with Top Down Bottom Up Shades

For those who prefer home workouts, a Top Down Bottom Up Shade is great if your TV is by a window facing the street. Keep the bottom down for privacy, and lower the top part to let in light. You can focus on hitting your PR without worrying that your neighbors are seeing you sweat.

Premier Light Filtering TriShades in Flan DC

Save Money with Cellular Shades

Save green by going green with cellular shades; they are known for being energy efficient. The “cell” construction traps air and provides insulation from the heat and cold. Plus, the soft fabric diffuses light and reduces heat from entering the room, saving you money on electricity.

Be sure to ask yourself these five questions to get the best cellular shade for your home!

Lifestyle Light Filtering Cellulars in Blueberry

Improve Quality Time with the Cordless Lift System

Focus on what really matters: creating memories with friends and family! All our products come with a Cordless Lift option, which is the safest choice for homes with young children and pets. As a bonus, your room will automatically have a clean look once it’s free of dangling cords.

Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Naples Grey

Sleep More with Room Darkening Shades

Blackout, or room darkening, shades are your wingman for this resolution vs normal window blinds. In fact, blackout window coverings block up to 98% of outside light, and our Designer Sleep Shades eliminate any lingering light with their standard side tracks.

If one of our room darkening shades isn’t your style, you can always upgrade to a room darkening liner for your current window covering.

Designer Sleep Shades in Weathered Wood

Reinvent Yourself & Get Window Coverings to Match

Reinventing yourself can mean a lot of different things, but let’s say you want to focus on your personal style. You want to go more maximalist, minimalist, etc. New window blinds or shades can help.

In terms of appearance, for a traditional atmosphere, check out Roman shades, wood or faux wood blinds, and shutters. For a modern look, consider panel tracks, dual shades, or roller shades

Left: 2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Cherry Embossed; Right: Premier Light Filtering Dual Shade in Bonobo

And for those who want to really stand out, we offer several patterns in our Roller Shades, Roman Shades and Drapery. We personally love the geometric design options in our Black And White Light Filtering Roller Shades!

Black And White Light Filtering Roller Shades in Cream Vector

P.S. If you’re looking for the latest interior design trend, we gathered seven Colors of the Year 2023 to save you time!

Travel More with Motorized Window Blinds and Shades

Motorization can reduce your stress while traveling. Can’t remember if you lowered the shades? Use your smartphone to check and adjust them if necessary.

You also can program your Motorized Lift to raise and lower your shades throughout the day. It’ll look like you’re home, and it is more cost-effective than leaving a couple lights on 24/7.

Motorized Architect Light Filtering Roller in Domino

While we have a variety of shades that can be upgraded with a Motorized Lift, at this time, our Architect Wood Blinds are the only window blinds that provide the feature.

2″ Architect Wood Blinds in Hazel Greige

Sounds like a new year, new view to us!

Order today to get them as soon as you can! Need help figuring out which window blinds can help you reach your goal? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Start the Year in Style: Colors of the Year 2023

As you’re getting ready for the holiday hustle and bustle, you may have realized some of your window coverings need a new look for the new year. But who has time to look up interior design trends right now?

Don’t worry. We got you covered. We gathered seven Colors of the Year 2023 and curated which of our window coverings are a close match!

You’ll notice a similarity within the variety of earth tones that were chosen. They represent calming themes like reconnecting, reflection, and peace. Perfect for after the holi-daze.

BEHR – Blank Canvas

Image Credit: Behr

We love the creamy, dreamy vibes of Blank Canvas. This warm white is a perfect way to start off the new year – it’s literally a blank canvas! And like a canvas, it’s a foundation to support your other pieces of home decor. Behr even vouches it “renews every room of the home.” 

Porto Cream on Designer Series Roman Shades

Jogging Path on Architect Light Filtering Roller Shade

Dunn-Edwards – Terra Rosa

Image Credit: Dunn-Edwards

Mesmerize your guests with Terra Rosa, which is part of Dunn-Edwards’ Life in Poetry color palette. This deep pink will create a warm, dare we say romantic, atmosphere in any room.

In their words, Dunn-Edwards describes it as a “high chroma, cinnamon rose hue [that] is strong, yet approachable, and acts as a refreshing neutral updated to browns and burgundies.” With that in mind, you can confidently pair window coverings in this color with one of our taupe curtains/drapes.

Vintage Coral on Rustic Americana Curtains and Rustic Americana Roman Shades

Cardinal Weave on Farmhouse Curtains and Farmhouse Roman Shades

Sherwin-Williams – Redend Point

Image Credit: Redend Point

Bring the outdoors in with Redend Point. The earthy tones ground you into a state of relaxation. Sherwin-Williams says, “minimal yet cozy, this color creates a comforting backdrop for the everyday moments that matter.”

Amalfi Chocolate on Designer Light Filtering Dual Shades

Graham & Brown – Alizarin

Image Credit: Graham & Brown

Graham & Brown went for a deep, muted red with its color of the year, Alizarin, naming it after a pigment used as a dye. They state this color “can be used in small spaces to create a cocooning effect or in larger rooms to transform the space into an opulent abode.”

Cinnamon DC on Select Light Filtering Cellulars

Velvet Amber on Jewel Tone Drapery

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams – Darkroom

Image Credit: HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

If you’re looking for a more subtle option, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams has you covered. Their color of the year is an elegant black with purple undertones that is calming in its simplicity. The brand says, “this alluring black is a classic for heritage interiors, yet modernly retro for a throwback inspired aesthetic.”

Ashy Slate SC on Premier Blackout Cellular and 3/4″ Premier Blackout Vertical Cellulars

Vintage Shadow on Designer Elements Blackout Roller Shades and Designer Elements Blackout Panel Track

Pantone – Viva Magenta

Image Credit: Pantone

If you’re looking for a hue with more vibrancy to it, look no further. Pantone’s Viva Magenta is the energetic cousin of the red family. Its inspiration is from the cochineal dye.

Pantone describes their color as “a new animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint, an electrifying, and a boundaryless shade that is manifesting as a stand-out statement.”

Pyrope on Jewel Tone Drapery

Tourmaline on Jewel Tone Drapery

Glidden + PPG – Vining Ivy

Image Credit: Glidden

Moving away from the reds, both Gilden and PPG decide to look at the blues and greens in Mother Nature with their Color of the Year, Vining Ivy. Whether you’re looking for a calming presence as you wind down or an energizing color to start the day, Vining Ivy matches your mood.

Glidden describes it as a “‘bluish-greenish-something-in-betweenish’ color [that] serves up versatile vibes, making it an on-trend addition to any room.” Meanwhile, PPG says, “Its versatility takes the guesswork out of design, leaving consumers with more time to indulge in the things that matter most to them.”

Rain Water on Rustic Americana Roman Shades and Rustic Americana Curtains

Blue Matte Velour on Cozy Roman Shades and Cozy Curtains

Night Blue SC on Premier Blackout Cellulars and 3/4″ Premier Blackout Vertical Cellulars

Are These Interior Design Trends Not Your Style?

Perhaps you’d like to have one of the colors above be an accent wall, or all the walls, and you’re looking for more neutral window coverings.

In addition to the ones similar to Behr’s Blank Canvas, here are some of our favorite colors on a few blinds and shades.

Antique White Embossed on 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds

Luna on Luxe Modern Woven Wood Shades

Vintage Lace on Designer Elements Light Filtering Roller Shades

Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to discuss which color will work best for your home! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Why Every Family Needs the Cordless Lift System

Little Dreamer Light Filtering Roller Shades in Avery Salmon

November is Child Safety and Protection Month, and as the month comes to a close, we wanted to remind you of one of the most important innovations in window coverings to date: The Cordless Lift System.

“Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “What does a cordless lift have to do with child safety?”

It has everything to do with it! On average, about nine children, age 5 and younger, die every year from strangulation in window coverings with cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

That’s why SelectBlinds became the first custom window covering company to go cordless on all products in March 2016.

We care about keeping your family safe! We have the Cordless Lift System option on every product we sell.

Keep reading to see all our different cordless lift options for our window blinds and shades.

Classic Cordless

Operate these with ease; simply push up and pull down on the bottom rail.

Cordless Lift & Lock™

When you press and hold the button, you can move the blind up and down to your preferred position. To lock it into place, simply let go of the button.

Easy Lift and Tilt

These blinds won’t go up until you grab the bottom rail to lift and tilt it.

Pull Tassle Lift

A tassel hangs closely to the bottom rail so there are no dangerous, long cords. Pull it down and let it raise the blinds automatically.

Cordless Top Down Bottom Up

These shades can be raised and lowered from the top and the bottom for privacy and light control. Lift the bottom rail to raise, and pull to lower. If you choose a Lift & Lock™ system, both rails will have a push button.

Motorized Wand or Remote Control

The cordless motorized wand is attached to the headrail and has two buttons – one to raise the window covering and one to lower it. If you want to operate a single shade or multiple shades from across the room, the remote control option is the perfect solution for you.

Home Automation

Take motorization to the next level by pairing Alexa, Google, & Apple products for shade operation by voice control. Everything else is automated. Why not your windows?

If you do have corded window coverings, be sure to check these child safety updates and download our top five safety tips for protecting little ones. You can also keep dangling cords out of reach of kids and pets by requesting our free cord cleats.

Want to talk through these cordless options? We’re happy to help! Chat with one of our Design Consultants, or call them at (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!


P.S. For all our history buffs, here’s how the #gocordless movement came to be.

The 1990s

The first study that window blind cords were a threat to children came out.

1994 – 2003

A series of patents were submitted for cordless innovations.

2002 – 2004

The CPSC staff and the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA), voluntarily, and jointly review investigation reports between 1996 and 2002 to find solutions to hazard scenarios. Their findings, which were shared in 2004, showed that the majority of leading incidents were a result of a continuous loop cord or multiple cords.

2012

CPSC and WCMA’s National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products was approved in November 2012 with requirements like: “new testing requirements for cord accessibility, hazardous loop testing, roll-up style shade performance, and durability testing of all safety devices.”

2014

The CPSC officially got involved and started the rulemaking process to develop a mandatory standard for manufacturers.

2016

In March, SelectBlinds became the first custom window covering company to go cordless on all products.

2017

The CPSC proposed revising the standard for manufacturers to no longer use cords in window blinds.

2018

In January, the proposal was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The majority of window covering products now have to produce coverings with

1. No operating cords (cordless);

2. Inaccessible operating cords; or

3. Operating cords shorter than 8 inches in any position.

In December, manufacturers adopted the new standard on cordless blinds and consumers are no longer able to purchase blinds with cords longer than 8 inches in retail stores.

Corded window coverings are available by custom-order products; however, the cords must have a default length of 40% of the blind height and default to a tilt wand instead of a tilt cord. 

2022

In May, Canada enforced regulations and restricted certain products being sold.

In November, the CPSC approved a federal safety standard for operating cords on custom window coverings. They also approved a federal safety rule that non-compliant window covering cords are added to the CPSC’s substantial product hazard list.

5 Questions to Ask When Buying Cellular Shades

It’s no secret that cellular shades, sometimes called honeycomb shades, are amazing. They are, after all, the most popular customer choice here at SelectBlinds.

To name a few of their well-known features: 

  • Insulation: The “cell” construction traps air and provides insulation from the heat and cold.
  • UV Protection: Cellular shades can block up to 99% of incoming light. Blackout cellulars are best for this purpose.
  • Energy Efficient: In addition to insulation, the soft fabric diffuses light and reduces heat from entering the room, saving you money on electricity.
  • Sound Reducing: Their layers block out not only light, but also outside noise.

Cellular shades come in a variety of colors, and they can be framed with curtains or drapes to create dimension. Did we mention that they’re easy to clean

But before you buy cellular, here are 5 questions to ask yourself to ensure you’re choosing the best one.

1. How many cells should you get?

SelectBlinds cellular shades come in single- or double-cell constructions. Double-cells, you guessed it, trap more air than single-cells, so it’s another layer of insulation.

Do you live in the sunny, warm side of the country? A single-cell shade may be enough for you. If you’re somewhere more temperamental, a double-cell will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Left: Cordless Light Filtering Top Down Bottom Up Shades in Taupe; Right: Select Blackout Cellulars in Black DC

2. How wide should the cells, or pleats, be?

SelectBlind cellular shades come in a variety of pleat sizes, from ⅜” to 2” wide. Smaller pleats will look more natural in shorter window frames; while the wider pleats are more proportional for larger sized windows. 

However, your answer to the last question will play a part in this. Typically, double-cell construction means smaller pleats, and single-cell means larger pleats. Depending on your frame, you may need to adjust how many cells to get.

Wider pleats are also lighter per square foot, which makes them ideal for large sliding doors and wider windows. This principle also applies when using them for skylight blinds and arches and window arches.

3. Where is the placement of the cellular shade in your home?

Cellulars can absorb moisture and even odors due to their fabric material. Kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms exposed to condensation are not recommended for cellulars. (Faux wood blinds would be a good alternative though.) However, cellular shades are great for rooms by busy streets because they reduce sound.

4. What extra features, if any, do you want to add?

Like all our blinds, you can choose if you’d like a Continuous Cord Loop Lift or one of our Cordless Lift options. For example, the Top Down Bottom Lift allows you to raise your cellular shades from the bottom or lower from the top, and it’s available as corded or cordless.

Motorization is another feature that customers love. Choose from a remote control, motorized wand, or home automation system.

Remote Control Motorization with a Roller Shade. This feature is available for selected cellular shades too.

5. Should I get Cellular TriShades?

Eliminate the need for multiple coverings with this two-in-one custom window treatment. This shade can both filter light and black it out entirely, depending on how you adjust the sections. Simply pull down the light filtering handle to let light in, or pull up on the handle for the blackout feature.

Remember when we talked about placement earlier? TriShades are great for rooms primarily used during the day but that host the occasional overnight guest.

Left: Modern Light Filtering/Blackout TriShades in Gray Cloud; Right: Premier Light Filtering TriShades in Silvery Moon DC

Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to learn more about cellulars! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Real Wood vs Faux Wood: Which Would Win?

It’s the age-old question people ask regarding wooden blinds: What’s the difference between real wood and faux wood, and which one is better?

Today, we’re helping you find the answer by adapting classic beauty pageant categories to see which would win … because that sounded more fun than a direct reply. So get ready to see who would win as you, the judge, base each wood off of: 

  • Evening Wear – Care and Maintenance
  • Talent – Media Appearances
  • Interview – Eco-Friendliness
  • Physical Fitness – Durability and Strength
  • Swimsuit – Moisture and Temperature Resistance

*cue award music*

Meet the Fabulous Faux Wood!

2″ SelectWave Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in White

Faux wood is your rags-to-riches story. With hardwood having a good 100+ years in the limelight, faux wood blinds gained popularity in the 1980s with its affordability. Now that they’re in the blind sphere, they aren’t leaving anytime soon.

Evening Wear – Care and Maintenance

Faux wood blinds may be knockoffs, but they mimic wood’s natural texture so well only a counterfeit specialist could tell it’s fake. These blinds come in a wide range of styles and designs; you can choose up to 15 colors to complement your style.

Because faux wood is made from vinyl, these blinds are an easy clean. Dust them off, and then wipe them down with warm water and a mild cleaner.

Talent – Media Appearances

They are no stranger to the limelight. The stars of Queer Eye gave our 2” Designer Faux Wood Blinds a shoutout. Our 2” Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds are also favored by the Fab Five and have been featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Natural Textured

Interview – Eco-Friendliness

This is faux wood’s weakest category for obvious reasons, but its doing its best. With its vinyl material, faux wood will last years without fading. When you’re ready for a change, you can donate them to a friend or repurpose them into home crafts, like these mini Christmas trees!

Physical Fitness – Durability and Strength

Faux wood would be the power lifter of the two. Heavier and more durable and flexible than real wood, faux is built to withstand the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They’re also scratch resistant and able to hold out against young children and pets.

While they come in the traditional 2” slat size, they also come as vertical window coverings for your sliding or patio doors. Impressive form.

Select Faux Wood Vertical Blinds in Maple Dark

Swimsuit – Moisture & Temperature Resistance

These blinds have almost “full coverage” when it comes to humidity resistance. The vinyl slats can be in rooms with different temperatures without warping, fading, or cracking. Faux wood is a good option for your bathroom or kitchen.

Left: 2″ Traditional Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in Carbon Plank; Right: 2″ Premier Faux Wood Blinds in Snow

Introducing the Basswood Beauty!

2″ Select Basswood Wood Blinds in Gauntlet Grey

You know them better as “hardwood.” At this time, all of our wood blinds are made of basswood, which is on the lightweight end of hardwoods.

This is your wealthy, uptown main character who has down-to-earth vibes. They add real value and style and know the value of saving a dollar.

Evening Wear – Care and Maintenance

Sporting 100% kiln-dried wood, nothing says elegant like natural wood blinds adorning your windows. Basswood blinds add texture, depth and dimension to your rooms.

2″ Classic Cordless Wood Blinds in Snowy

Between the slats, headrail, interior lift cords, etc, everything can be color-coordinated or customized to your preference – there’s over 30 options with our different paints and stains. And, its slats have a protective UV coating to prevent fading.

Basswood blinds do need a little more TLC when it comes to maintenance. It has to preserve its natural beauty after all. Water is a big no-no; a feather duster or dust cloth is enough to wipe away any imperfections.

Talent – Media Appearances

Basswood is a more humble celebrity. Our 2” Modern Wood Blinds were featured on Fox’s Home Free design competition series.

2″ Modern Wood Blinds in Boston Walnut

Interview – Eco-Friendliness

Of course, basswood is eco-friendly as its natural, furniture-quality hardwood. At SelectBlinds, we only sell wooden blinds that have been sustainably harvested. Each blind is custom-crafted to your measurements and color choice to warm your home. We love that for you.

Physical Fitness – Durability and Strength

Basswood is lighter in weight than faux wood – they would be like a marathon runner. Don’t count them out of this category though. If you are looking to cover larger windows, real wood is best as it’s less strain on your window frame and walls. Plus, wooden blinds, like all window coverings, are also a great insulator against the heat and cold. 

Swimsuit – Moisture & Temperature Resistance

The humidity does not do basswood any favors. Even though they can resist warping and fading compared to other hardwoods, they should be used in rooms that aren’t exposed to high moisture. This will help it retain its longevity. It’s not as “covered” as faux wood.

Left: 2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Bright White Smooth; Right: 2″ Modern Wood Blinds in Woodland Snow

The Winner

It’s all participation ribbons here! (Did you really think we’d throw shade on our products?)

Ultimately, we want to help YOU win with blinds you love. From the wood type to the style to the cordless lift system options, we want your windows to be the crown of the home.

Need help figuring out which blinds are best for your rooms? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

4 Ways to Spice Up Your Windows for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, the to-do list gets bigger and bigger: preparing the Thanksgiving food, picking up a Christmas tree, maybe buying Hanukkah gifts. Add in cleaning and decorating and your mind can get so foggy even Rudolph with his nose so bright can’t help you.

What’s one thing that often gets missed in the shuffle? Windows! They’re easy to turn a blind eye to, but really, window coverings are the finishing touch to getting your home holiday ready.

Don’t worry, we have 4 ways you can spice up your windows!

1. Make sure all your windows are properly covered throughout the home.

Plus, nothing says spice like something new! Decide first on the atmosphere of the room, choose a color, and then land on a style.

Remember:

  • Bold shades make a statement: i.e., chocolate tones, navy blue, peach
  • Natural hues brings a nature element: i.e., greens, browns, purples, and blues
  • Neutral tones add a softening effect: i.e. shades of white and beige

Traditional

These coverings are timeless for a reason. Roman shades, wood (or faux wood) blinds, and shutters each bring a classic element to a room. Roman shades especially have a wide range of materials, textures and fabric.

Left: Rustic Americana Roman Shades in Distressed Brick; Right: 2″ Modern Wood Blinds in Cypress Auburn

Modern

For those wanting to break the norm, panel tracks and dual shades add a simple but innovative look to a room. Roller shades are also a great budget-friendly way to achieve this style.

Left: Architect Blackout Panel Track in Seal Gray; Right: Traditional Room Darkening Dual Shade in Oak Brown

Unique

Let your window coverings be the conversation starter. Whether it’s the texture of woven wood shades, or eye-catching fabrics, like our Textured Glam Roman Shades, they are sure to leave a lasting impression. 

Left: Classic Woven Woods in Golden Poppy; Right: Textured Glam Roman Shades in Beige Spatter

Our Buying Guides break down which window treatment is best for you based on the room, style and more. 

2. Layer window coverings to give the room a facelift.

Your holiday fit isn’t the only thing that looks better with layers. By adding to your current window coverings, you’re giving your home a fresh look.

Incorporate drapes to add dimension, and guests will think you did something new to your house. Reflect your personal style by choosing one of our solid color options, vintage chandelier designs, or artistic scribbles – all possible with our Lifestyle Custom Drapes.

Classic Curtains in Natural Linen layered with Traditional Light Filtering Dual Shade in Beige

If you have drapes but are looking to layer something underneath for more privacy and protection, consider adding a solar shade or cellular shades. Boom – you just added more privacy and light control to the room while creating dimension.

3. Extend the holiday spirit all the way to the windows with some decorations.

If you got it, flaunt it! Accentuate your windows by dressing them up. Just don’t forget to dust off your window blinds and shades before drawing attention to them.

You can frame or hang wreaths, snowflakes, lights, mini-ornaments and more on your windows. Depending on the window location, you can face the decor inside to add holiday cheer or face them outside for curb appeal. We recommend doing both!

Image courtesy of Brittany Lyle and @ourvintagenest
Left: Brittany Lyle accentuates her blinds with a classic garland; Right: Alicia Armstrong from Our Vintage Nest dresses up her curtains with golden bells.

4. Tie the room together with decorations that complement your windows.

If you’re completely in love with your windows and don’t want to cover them up, choose decor that will complement your current shades. Whether it’s rustic, contemporary, or something else, there is plenty out there to mix and match.

We love how Alicia Armstrong from Our Vintage Nest took a more natural, earthy approach, in decorations to complement her SelectBlinds Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Jute Wheat. The woven texture is reflected throughout the room from the hanging wall decor to the woven blanket basket and tree collar.

Image courtesy of @ourvintagenest

But wait, there’s more!

Before you’re off to the races, be sure to do the following for a worry-free holiday:

  • Seal leaky windows with weather sealer or strips to keep everyone cozy and save on your energy bill. (Those cellular shades we talked about earlier naturally insulate your windows!)
  • Wash your windows with a DIY mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Wipe to a with a microfiber cloth for a no-streak shine. 

Want to talk this out more? We’re happy to help! Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

SelectBlinds Window Covering Review: Halloween Edition—Addams Family Mansion

It’s Spooky season, so we decided to have a little fun and do an official review of the window coverings of The Addams Family. Specifically, the one filmed in 1991 and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Why start here? Great question! Between the original cartoon, the TV series, and the many movies that came after, we decided to start at the beginning of the more modern-day films as we felt this would be most relevant now.

The Mansion

Left: Original Addams house, Right: Addams Family film house

Built in 1888, the original 19th-century Victorian-Era design house, located at 21 Chester Place, was real and in Los Angeles’ West Adams District.1

The house in the movie looks a bit different, but you can see the inspiration they took for the film. The facade was built on a mountain that overlooked the Burbank Hills but the rest was shot at Hollywood studios. From the outside, it looks like it has five floors but we’re pretty sure there are more based on the movie. It is said to have 25 to 30 rooms but the rooms are not always displayed.2 Many cannot be accessed unless you know the secret to open them, such as selecting the right book from a shelf or pulling the right lever. The most significant difference between the original house and the one in the movie is the windows.

The original has some arched windows but most of the windows are squared off at the top. The film makes the creative decision to change the home to reflect a Gothic style by arching all of the windows with the exception of one porthole window to the right of the front entrance. We agree with this creative decision and feel it was a good choice given how “goth” the residents of the home are and how spooky it makes the house. The windows look like little tombstones for goth sake!

The Window Treatments

All of the windows in the house were covered with dark wooden shutters. The shutters on the first floor seem to be in reasonably good shape, but the further you go up in the house, they begin to break down with broken slats allowing hazy light to beam through. Interestingly enough, most of the lighting in the movie seems to come from the natural light pouring through the windows which makes sense given most of the shutters were in ill repair. It was surprising to realize that the Addams Family really didn’t care about privacy as much as you would have thought they would. The shutters were always open and it was clear in the movie they didn’t care if others judged them for their actions. Maybe that’s why they didn’t repair them. They always took the utmost care with their appearance but their home and window treatments seemed to be an afterthought. 

 The Recommendation

Admittedly, we’re surprised by the window treatments chosen, but we see how it added to the creepy feeling the film was trying to convey. We were actually expecting something more dramatic – maybe some roman shades in dramatic materials like velvet or elaborate floor-to-ceiling drapes that could be drawn to create extreme darkness as well as add to the “goth” feeling. 

That said, we have gone through the effort of making selections for each of the main characters in the movie based on what we think they would have wanted.

Morticia

It’s guaranteed that Morticia’s window treatments would be black. From black evening gowns to shimmering black cloaks drenched in “jet” which are semi-precious black stones made of coal often worn to replace diamonds during the Victorian era during periods of mourning, she was always dressed as a high-class, goth aristocrat.5

Gomez slashing the wood shutters with his sword to close them.

There is a great scene at the beginning where Morticia and Gomez are having a private moment and Morticia becomes annoyed by a bright beam of light that hits her eyes. Gomez angrily gets up to close the shutters. He grabs a sword and angrily slashes the shutters to close them. We literally “shuddered” during this scene as you can imagine the damage a sword would do to natural wood. This is the moment we used as inspiration for our recommendation for Morticia. 

Left: Architect Dual Shade in Dark Secret, Right: Side view of dual shade material

We recommend a Dual Shade for Morticia, specifically the Architect Dual Shade in the color Dark Secret. The dual shade or sometimes referred to as the “zebra” shade is very edgy in appearance due to its alternating horizontal stripes. What makes this shade so cool is that it moves up and down like a shade but opens its slats like a blind. Check out this video to see it in motion. It can be motorized as well, at the moment when Morticia becomes annoyed by the light, Gomez can just grab the remote control vs a sword to close the shades. Crisis averted! Window coverings have been spared.

Wondering about the arch in the window? We recommend adding floor-to-ceiling drapes for dramatic effect. This allows the arch to let in light when desired but the Zebra shades will create privacy. For a full blackout effect, the drapes can be drawn to cover the arched window. We think Morticia would love our Jewel Toned Drapes from the Velvet Collection in Velvet Onyx with a blackout liner of course.

Jewel Tone Drapes in Velvet Onyx

Gomez

The epitome of male elegance, Gomez Addams reminds of a male bird whose feathers are more colorful than that of the female. He colorfully mixes patterns and textures into a beautiful tapestry of eccentricity.6 Gomez seems like the kind of man who chooses fashion before function and flashiness over subtlety. Therefore, we have chosen a tailored but layered approach for him using patterns and textures we know he would love. The Lifestyle Roman Shade in the color Shadow reminds of a dapper tailored suit with a smart pattern. Layered with our Jewel Tone Drapes in the color Velvet Ruby it’s as if the drapes act like a dramatic velvet jacket to a tailored suit. Layering roman shades is not always necessary but in this case, we felt that Gomez would want the extra drama.

Left: Lifestyle Roman Shade in Shadow, Right: Jewel Tone Drapes in Velvet Ruby

Wednesday

Wednesday was a stoic child who very much acted like an adult and was adorably obsessed with death and darkness. She remained very likable due to her playful but morbid exchanges with others. She wore an extremely tailored, black and white, Edwardian-inspired dress with a chaotic scribble pattern.5 When we realized that the pattern on the dress was a chaotic scribble, there was no doubt about which window covering to choose. Our Little Dreamer Room Darkening Roller Shades in color Black and White Cloud Climber is a whimsical take on a little black cloud. We think this captures Wednesday’s childlike quality but embraces her love for all things dark with little dark “chaotic scribble” clouds.

Little Dreamer Room Darkening Roller Shades in Black and White Cloud Climber

Pugsley

Pugsley was always up for any adventure Wednesday threw at him. From sword fighting with real swords to almost electrocuting him in their “at home” electric chair, Pugsley said yes to everything with a joyful smile on his face. We think given his simple and adventurous spirit, Pugsley would have wanted the Little Adventurer Room Darkening Roller Shade in color Charcoal Woodland Traveler.

Little Adventurer Room Darkening Roller Shade in Charcoal Woodland Traveler

Uncle Fester

Fester was dressed nicely but seemed to almost always wear the same thing, a black long-sleeve velvet coat. It was impeccable in design but understated with no detail or texture, almost as if it was a disguise. Since Uncle Fester’s personality literally conducted electricity, we think it makes sense that his attire didn’t need to demand too much attention. We would recommend the Cozy Roman Shades in color Cool Grey Matte Velvet.

Cozy Roman Shades in Cool Grey Matte Velvet

The Conclusion

Even though black was such a happy color to Morticia Addams, unfortunately, we were underwhelmed by their choices in window coverings. For such a magical home, were they going for graveyard chic, or were form and function just an afterthought? This is not uncommon as most homeowners make the “grave” decision of selecting their window coverings last. They set the tone for your home, establishing ambiance and style. They are also responsible for: privacy, protection, efficiency for sleep quality, sound, and temperature control. The window coverings chosen were creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, altogether ooky, but that was The Addams family! 🤌🏼🤌🏼

If you had fun reading our review of The Addams Family and want to find out what we would recommend for you, our Design Consultants would be happy to learn about your needs and make a recommendation. Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

References

1Moler, D. –  5 Fictional Homes That Exist in Real Life

2 Addams Family Wiki – The Addams Family Mansion

3Addams Family Wiki – The Addams Family (1991) 

4Movie-locations.com – The Addams Family (1991)

5Gragert, G. – The Art of Costume,  How the Addams Family Made Everyone Want to Dress Like Morticia and Wednesday 6Sandoval, M. – Elle Magazine, The Addams Family 30th Anniversary: Costume Legacy

Why we think Roller Shades are Rad and why you should too!

Roller shades or window coverings in general are rarely referred to as “rad”. 

In thinking about why window shades are rad, it was necessary to do some research to confirm that this is an appropriate word for describing how we at SelectBlinds feel about roller shades.

Aaron Gilbreath in his article, “A Brief History of the Word Rad”.

Confirmed! Rad is the right word for how we feel and here’s why:

They are easy!

Given we are a DIY company, we try to keep all of our solutions at SelectBlinds easy but roller shades tend to be easier than most. Rollers are very streamlined and minimal in design so there aren’t a lot of parts to fiddle with. They have one piece of material that moves in a simple up-and-down rolling motion in comparison to the traditional wood blind with its cords, ladders, and slats. If you choose a cordless lift option, which is usually FREE at SelectBlinds, they are so easy to open. Just pull down from the bottom of the shade a little bit and they roll right up.

They are affordable!

According to Forbes, the most common window size is 32” W x 54” H. At this size, roller blinds can start at just $50 and depending on how custom you want to make your options it can go up from there.

They can be customized!

Window treatments are commonly an afterthought, but given how much they offer the home – they shouldn’t be. You can customize your roller shades appearance and functionality to create an environment that offers just the right privacy, comfort and ambiance you are looking for. 

With hundreds of different colors and materials available, you can choose between light filtering and blackout material depending on how light or dark you want your room to be. There are various styles of headrails, which is what we call the part of the shade that contains the mechanism that allows the shade to move. You can decide if you want to go with a more industrial look by choosing an exposed roll or go the classic route by selecting a cassette with a fabric insert or possibly a complimenting color or metal finish to hide the roll.

Now to customizing your lift system! SelectBlinds prefers cordless options for the safety of kids and pets. Motorization makes roller shades extra rad and so we deem it our ultimate favorite cordless lift option – especially when you upgrade to a smart hub and automate the timing through an app on your phone. Imagine waking up with your shades timed to open at sunrise … that’s rad! If you are more of a traditionalist, we offer corded options as well.

Here are a few of our favorite roller shades and why:

The Classic Vinyl Roller Shade

This shade is super affordable and can look very chic. If motorization is important but you don’t want to break the bank, choosing this shade is the less expensive option but still allows automation with a smart hub.

The Motorized Architect Blackout Roller

This shade is for that person that always wants the newest, top of the line technology gadget. Everything about this shade is rad. Motorization is baked in and is powered by Eve MotionBlindsTM Motors in tandem with Apple HomeKitTM technology. 

The Modern Architect Roller

This shade is amazing because of its unique appearance. The fabric has been sustainably procured and has very interesting patterns that create a textural aesthetic while remaining modern and sleek.

We can go on and on, but this is why roller shades are rad. They are easy, affordable, and can be customized to the max! They’re modern and streamlined, not your grandmother’s shades back in the day. If you’re not convinced that roller shades are rad, call one of our Design Consultants. It’s FREE and they are super easy to talk to! Call (888) 257-1840. 

Be Rad!

4 Favorite SelectBlinds Picks From Our Influencers

We at SelectBlinds love collaborating with, and being inspired by, designers, DIYers, content creators, and influencers.

We thought it was a great time to share some of our influencers’ top SelectBlinds product picks, as well as where in their homes they installed them, and why they like them so much.

Woven Wood Shades: Alicia, @ourvintagenest

Image courtesy of @ourvintagenest

You can strike an elegant layered look and dimension for your windows with natural, woven wood shades. Alicia, who runs @ourvintagenest, loves the woven wood shades look.

“For the main areas of our home, I chose SelectBlinds’ Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Jute Wheat,” Alicia says.

“We chose this particular blind because of its beautiful texture and color.  It literally reminds me of a woven basket on your window and who doesn’t love an amazing woven basket?  We wanted the look of warm and cozy; I feel like we achieved that with these blinds!”

Two custom options Alicia chose for her woven woods were the no-liner option and the cordless lift.

“We chose unlined option for our downstairs blinds, because we wanted more natural light to come through in the mornings and during the day,” she says. “We chose the cordless lift option, which includes a hidden ring pull (in the middle) at the bottom of each shade.  We love this option for a clean look, but most importantly… because it’s child safe!”

Motorized Roman Shades: Chrissy, @homewithchrissym

Image courtesy of @homewithchrissym

Who knew you could be trendy and traditional at the same time? Take the classic look of Roman shades. This custom fabric window covering never goes out of style and works with the trendiest, as well as with the most traditional, interiors.

Chrissy, from @homewithchrissym, fell in love with our Classic Roman Shades in Natural Linen. 

“Our new motorized shades are up and ‘Wow!’ Why did we not do this sooner?” Chrissy tells us. “SelectBlinds makes the ordering process very straightforward and user-friendly. Once ordered, we had our new shades in a matter of weeks, not months. The best part? They are beautifully made and all you need to do is push a button to open/close them.” 

Chrissy selected the standard pleated fold option, without a valance for a cleaner look. She also decided to go with a standard white privacy liner as these shades were going in a bedroom.

Motorized Cellular Shades: Brianna, @briannabrowndesigns

Image courtesy of @briannabrowndesigns

Keep your vibe at home cool, calm, and quiet with energy-efficient cellulars. With kid-friendly cordless or motorized lifts, they’re the safest choice for homes with pets and young ones. 

Brianna was looking for a motorized window covering solution for her hard-to-reach windows. She needed them to block the glare on the TV while also providing privacy and energy efficiency. 

She went with our 2” Premier Light Filtering Cellulars in Thunderstorm, selecting the double-cell customized option for extra energy-efficiency.

“I am so happy with them!” Brianna says. “I ordered the Premier Light Filtering Cellulars with solar chargers and a remote (because I can’t reach those top shades without a scaffolding). These shades have made it so we can actually watch TV during the day without being blinded by the sun. Plus, they help block out the heat, the cold, and even noise!”

Woven Wood Shades: Jessi, @thegoodwrench 

Image courtesy of @thegoodwrench

Jessi, from @thegoodwrench also loves the natural look of woven woods.

“Sometimes taking care of three small kids just wipes me out, and in the middle of the day, I’m DONE,” Jessi tells us. “In the middle of the day, when I feel the need to take a load off, my wishes come true with my SelectBlinds automated shades in my bedroom. With a quick verbal command, I can get my shades closed, and then shut my eyes for a refreshing power nap.” 

Fun fact, she challenged her followers to vote on a few shades she liked and the winner was the Luxe Modern Woven Wood Shades in the color Aria for her bedroom.

DIY and Interior Design Influencers: interested in collaborating with SelectBlinds? Download the Select Blinds Influencer Media Kit here.

Check out our FREE interior design consulting as just another way we can support you from start to finish. Get tips, color guidance, product recommendations, solutions to the problems you may encounter, etc. Call us today at (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

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SelectBlinds’ Best New 2022 Products that our Creative Director Loves (And Why You Should, Too)

Meet our best new SelectBlinds products of 2022. At least so far.

Our fashion-savvy Creative Director, Shannon Constance, walks us through what products and colors we released this year that she personally loves, and why she loves them. We think you’ll fall in love with some of them, too.

Best New Colors in Cellulars: Premier Blackout Cellulars

“The Premier Cellulars, in my opinion, are the perfect cellular shades,” Shannon says. “They are high-quality cellular shades for a reasonable price and with so many different options for lift styles, depending on your needs.”

She goes on to note that, “This year we launched some beautiful new colors in our blackout line that have a soft, relaxing tonal quality. They are a great first step if you want to get out of your comfort zone of ‘neutral’ space into more relaxing, sun-bleached vibes.”

As for her favorite colors in this blackout cellular shade, Shannon goes with Sand Tan.
“If we’d offered this color when I bought my own Premier Blackout Cellulars, this is the color I would have chosen,” she admits good-humoredly.

C’est la vie.

Best New Colors in Romans: Lakeshore Colors for Our Classic Roman Shades

“Our Classic Roman Shades are our most popular Roman,” Shannon says. “Like its name, it is a ‘classic,’ and perfect if you are looking for a slightly more tailored, but soft look. It is a great window covering for any room but I especially love them in dining rooms.”

Shannon references the shades’ “casual, but tailored look that allows them to dress up a formal space without making it feel stuffy or uptight.”

“This summer we launched three beautiful colors to go with our Lakeshore Stripe,” she continues. “What I love about these fabrics is that they are striped so they feel ‘nautical,’ like they belong near the water, but they have quite a bit of varied texture to them that creates a more organic, and less traditional stripe.”

“If you’re looking for a new take on nautical but are tired of the expected traditional stripe, these lakeshore colors are worth looking at,” Shannon assures. “Order samples just to see all the textures that are woven into these colors. They won’t disappoint.”

Best New Rollers: Little Dreamers Kids’ Collection

This year we launched our kids’ patterns into roller shades (previously only available in curtains).

“These rollers are great for kids’ rooms because they are easy to clean and they are only available in cordless options,” Shannon says. “Safety for those kiddos is our number one priority.”

She goes on to say that “these patterns are worth designing an entire room around what you do with the window. After all, sleep is the most important thing for any kid. Might as well pick a shade that’s functional and adorable all at once.”

Shannon’s “fave pattern is the rainbow.”

“We’ve taken the traditional rainbow and created it in an array of super cool and unexpected colors,” she says. “I mean, come on! We have a mid-century rainbow color for the cool mom that wants the vibe of her home to transition all the way to her kid’s room but which is still delightful and intriguing for the little one, too. We also have colorful kids’ curtains if you’re looking for a layered look that pairs perfectly.”

Best New Colors in Woven Woods: Classic Woven Woods

“Woven woods are all the rage this year from a trend perspective,” Shannon asserts. “If you are watching any design show these days, you are likely to see woven woods in the windows. If you’re new to wovens our Classic Woven Woods are a great choice: simple, budget-friendly, and chic. This product doesn’t have a liner option and is best for spaces where you are looking for a light-filtering, ambient effect with less concern for privacy.”

Shannon goes on to discuss how we decided to create four new colors with a tighter weave that allows for a bit more coverage than the other colors.

“The combination of this tighter weave paired with unexpected colors makes these super cool and unique in comparison to other wovens,” she says.

Best New Faux Woods: 2” Designer Faux Wood Blinds

“If you live in a humid or hot environment and are looking for a traditional approach for your windows then these faux wood blinds are for you,” Shannon says. “They look like and offer the visual feel of real wood, but are more durable for these types of climates.”

Shannon goes on to share that our 2” Designer Faux Wood Blind is one of her favorites because she “thinks every detail has been very well thought through.”

“The color palette spans a wide range, from cool to warm, for starters,” she says. “The textures captured in the slats are so close to the real thing, in my opinion, and my favorite feature of all? The color of the ladders (the cords that suspend the slats up) are perfectly paired to the slat color so that they blend in well so as to not distract from the beauty of the blinds themselves.”

Get Fall-Ready With These Greatest Hits of 2022

Thank you, Shannon, for sharing your insightful take on a few of our best new products of the year to date.

Our philosophy has long held that DIY Design was never meant to be done “ALL by Yourself.” For your dream home’s design, whether for indoors our outside in your back patio, we’re here to help. 

Nothing makes an interior enjoyable than attractive window coverings. SelectBlinds is all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you all the helpful resources you’ll need to make your life (and projects) easier, because your success is our success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it, without breaking your budget. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you will save plenty of money and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something special. 

Check out our FREE interior design consulting as just another way we can support you from start to finish. Get tips, color guidance, product recommendations, solutions to the problems you may encounter, etc. Call us today at (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

Free Samples. Free Shipping. Free Design Consulting. Every Day.

Only at SelectBlinds.

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The Ways Easy Home Automation Makes Your Life Better

We get to live in a day when watching impressive new technological advances has become commonplace. Easy home automation and “smart homes” are among those perks we’ve gotten to observe and enjoy. No more analog plug-in cords or clunky jerry-rigged workarounds. Home automation is all right there at the touch of a button, and it can even travel with us in our phones to be operated from just about anywhere in the world.  

What Is Easy Home Automation?

Easy home automation, also known as smart home technology, generally references devices, appliances, systems, etc., that interconnect via a common network–these devices can be remotely controlled individually, as well as in unison. You might also be familiar with the term “connected home,’ where your home’s lights, garage door, thermostat, security cameras, audio system, etc., are synced and automated through your home network. Yes, even your window blinds and shades can be motorized and automated, so you don’t even have to remember to put that task on your to-do list. Use your smart phone to operate them and automate them as suits your personal needs best.

Enjoy your life and time with your favorite people with unprecedented ease and convenience. One built-in benefit of smart home technology is that it is constantly being updated and upgraded. Imagine the possibilities!

Advantages of Easy Home Automation to Help You Get More Out of Life

Instead of thinking of keeping up with smart home technology updates as an end in and of itself, or as a way to “show off” by keeping up with the Joneses, so to speak, consider a few of the impressive and practical aspects of home automation as benefits for you and your household. Easy home automation allows you to:

  1. Maximize Home Security.
    As mentioned, you can incorporate your home security system into your smart home network. In regard to window coverings, you can manage your privacy (and your own peace of mind) easily and quickly by programming your blinds and/or shades to raise and lower at the same time of day, or whenever you need them to. Forget whether or not you closed the blinds in your child’s room before leaving the house? Just check them on your phone, no matter where you are in the world. You can also receive notifications if something unexpected is going on in your child’s room or anywhere else in your home. The potential for home security automation is endless.  
  2. Increase Energy Efficiency.
    Opportunities for efficient use of energy are also boundless using smart home technology. Manage the heating and cooling of your home via your phone, including the aforementioned ability to manage the raising and lowering of your window coverings to darken and cool rooms on demand. Program your smart thermostat to learn your schedule and home temperature favorites, and receive recommendations for how to improve your home’s energy efficiency settings. Have your home as cool or warm as you prefer before you come home, and have your house lit up with all blinds / shades shut to help you feel more secure upon your arrival. You can maximize your control over your energy expenditures using smart home technology. 
  3. Ease of Incorporating New Appliances and Devices. One impressive aspect of easy smart home automation is its ability to implement new appliances, window covering technologies, and devices as part of your smart home network. No matter how updated your devices and appliances are, you’ll likely feel the need to continue updating as time goes on. Integrating new devices, appliances, etc. only makes the process much easier and more seamless. 

Take Advantage of Smart Home Technology

We’ve shared a few benefits of living in a smart automated home, but the possibilities and benefits are endless. Home automation developers are constantly in a race to outdo one another in meeting consumer needs, and that is only of benefit to you as a homeowner. Find out for yourself how much easier and enjoyable smart home technology can make your life! 

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations for Your Easy Home Automation Needs

How about some SelectBlinds staff recommendations for you to start enjoying the convenience and benefits of smart home automation? 

SelectBlinds staff loves offering up our selections from our different product tiers for you, to offer you excellent, customizable design solutions for any taste and budget. We’ve offered some recommendations below, but we have countless customizable solutions available for you. Spend some time window shopping to see what we have to offer!

2” Room Darkening Sheer Shades (Signature Tier)*

Diffuse up to 99% of UV rays with the quality sun-control fabric in these sheer window coverings. Use with cordless lift or an optional motorized lift on taller windows.

*Our Signature Tier products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. Made with durable materials, Signature Tier products are the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond-basic solution that is also affordable.

Motorized Architect Light Filtering Roller (Premium Tier)*

You won’t need a WiFi hub for this one-of-a-kind ease of operation and modern, high-quality design – meet SelectBlinds’ stylish motorized light filtering roller shades powered by Eve MotionBlinds™ motors.

Motorized Architect Blackout Roller (Premium Tier)*

Hard to find better room darkening fabrics in such an eye-catching selection of colors for convenient function and timeless style. Powered by Eve MotionBlinds™ motors. All the benefits of home automation without the use of a WiFi hub! 

*Our Premium Tier products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, Premium Tier products are the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last. Some upgrade features may be included.

Your Easy Automated Home Calls for the Best Customized Solutions

Our philosophy has long held that DIY Design was never meant to be done “ALL by Yourself.” For your dream home’s design, whether for indoors our outside in your back patio, we’re here to help. 

Nothing makes an outdoor patio oasis more enjoyable than attractive bamboo or exterior solar shades to keep the harmful UV rays out of your face, while keeping your patio or deck area cool. SelectBlinds is all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you all the helpful resources you’ll need to make your life (and projects) easier, because your success is our success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it, without breaking your budget. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you will save plenty of money and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something special. 

Check out our FREE interior design consulting as just another way we can support you from start to finish. Get tips, color guidance, product recommendations, solutions to the problems you may encounter, etc. Call us today at (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

Free Samples. Free Shipping. Free Design Consulting. Every Day.

Only at SelectBlinds.

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19 Years and Going Strong: SelectBlinds Celebrates Another Birthday!

We’re 19 now! And our relationship with our customers is stronger than ever.

We were thrilled recently to celebrate our 19th birthday in August!

Since our inception in 2003, when our dynamic founder, Rick Steele launched our company, it’s been quite a ride! Several years ago, Rick was on the hunt for blackout shades for his daughter to help her sleep better when he discovered only hassle and high costs in his search to find custom window treatments. He decided to create a company for people like himself who like to DIY-design their homes, and are in need of customized solutions. SelectBlinds.com (back then we were known as “Select Shops”) was born. Since then, our dedicated Customer Care Team has served well over 9 million happy customers (that’s a lot of windows covered!) as a proud Arizona-based company, with nearly 200 employees.

We couldn’t do any of this without such an amazing team, that offers one-on-one assistance and guidance to help make our customers’ journey as seamless as possible. Together, we’re bound and determined to make the world a better place. One window at a time. Our relationship with our customers is stronger than ever, and we’ve never been more excited to help people with their window covering and interior design project needs.

Trust us. You’ll love shopping with SelectBlinds! See what our customers have to say about us in their own words

In the spirit of bragging about ourselves (just a little bit), here are some more stories, landmarks, and information about our company that we like to share to help you get to know us a little better.

Related: Why SelectBlinds.com beats out Levelor

SELECTBLINDS.COM: Custom-Crafted, Not Pre-Fabricated

All our custom solutions are carefully designed and crafted.

Since 2003, we’ve focused on one thing: making online custom window décor shopping as smooth as possible. We’ve helped millions of happy customers save tons of money by letting us help them become DIY designers! We’ve become window covering and interior design experts ourselves, and love nothing more than helping you turn your house into your dream home. 

We offer an expansive and diverse selection of quality hand-crafted window treatments (over 170 customizable, carefully crafted products, in over 1,800 different colors and patterns) that can add dimension and depth in your windows, and bring out the allure for any interior. All personalized to your unique needs and specifications. To sweeten the deal for you we offer free samples shipped free to your door, free shipping on all orders (up to 15 free shipped samples daily), plenty of helpful resources along your project’s journey (including free design consultation for any size project), and Kid-friendly options for all our products. We’ll help you find the perfect “blinds you’ll love.”

Speaking of free samples, did you know you can lock in any promo that catches your eye for up to 30 days by ordering samples that day? That way you have plenty of time to make up your mind without feeling rushed.

Related: Do New Window Treatments Really Add Value to Your Home?

SELECTBLINDS.COM: Our Mission Statement

“To create an exceptional customer experience that builds confidence with the most diverse selection and helpful resources.”

SELECTBLINDS.COM: Our Vision

“Empower people to create spaces they can be proud of.”

We love helping our customers save money by tapping into their inner DIY Diva.

SELECTBLINDS.COM: Sustainability & Top-Shelf Materials You Can Feel Good About

SelectBlinds.com window treatments are crafted with care. We ensure that the best quality materials go into crafting each individual product you buy. They’re not just long-lasting, they’re also easy to care for, so you can keep them looking crisp and new for as long as you own them. Customize and reframe your home with confidence to make it all yours. See below how we make our products. 

SELECTBLINDS.COM: We’re All In

Our SelectBlinds CEO, Satya, spending some time coaching our A-team.

SelectBlinds realizes we are part of a larger community. From raising money for disaster relief, to Rick Steele personally running nearly 200 miles to collect shoes for kids in need, to donating our products to Habitat for Humanity to decorate the houses they build for families, to our employees donating their time to help charities like Feed My Starving Children, we do whatever we can to truly “show up” for our community at large.

Did You Know? 

SelectBlinds.com was the first window treatments company to make ALL of its products available with Kid-friendly cordless lift. A few years back we announced a “free cord cleats” initiative, for customers and non-customers alike. In turn, the company donated more than 82,000 window blind/shade cord cleats to families with children (Cord cleats are metal or plastic safety devices that attach to the inside of a window frame. They allow a user to wrap/tie down a loose window covering cord to prevent its being left dangling and accessible to children or pets).

SelectBlinds.com is also considered one of the pioneers in popularizing the use of online customer reviews as a marketing driver.

The SelectBlinds.com Guarantee

We offer you all the custom solutions you’ll need for your unique space and sense of style.

We stand behind the quality of all our products, and offer a free 3-year limited warranty on each one that we sell – with always the option to upgrade to a 3-year unlimited or a 5-year unlimited warranty. 

We also offer you with our F.I.T. Guarantee. If you happen to submit an incorrect measurement by mistake and your product doesn’t fit your window, your first replacement per order is on us!

We’re that certain you’re going to love our products, and that they’ll be a lovely addition to your home for a long time to come.

SELECTBLINDS.COM: The Talk of the Town

We’re proud to have been featured and highly acclaimed in many widely known publications and TV shows, including: 

See what David Ragan has to say about his experience installing his own SelectBlinds.com window coverings:

The SelectBlinds team takes an opportunity to unwind and bond over some friendly bowling.

DIY You’ll Love

In addition to our vast knowledge of interior design, we’re problem solvers first and foremost. We want you to have the most seamless experience possible throughout your home DIY projects, so we’ve created a library full of tutorials and guides to show you how to effectively measure your windows for the custom size you need, then install your beautiful new window treatments so you can enjoy them as quickly as possible. We also offer you a top-shelf group of specialists who are excited about helping you succeed, including our A-team of design consultants who are ready to assist you (for free!) with everything from quick questions to larger, more involved design projects.

SelectBlinds customer care is top-notch.
Meet our A-team of customer care!

Many Thanks to Our Customer Care Team, and to Each of Our Customers!

Thank you so much for 19 wonderful years! We’re looking forward to the next 19 years together!

Related: Ready for Fall Patio Season? Let us help you get started!

Turn Your House Into Your Dream Home

Nothing warms up an empty space like beautiful, quality window treatments. Bring your dream home to fruition, make it all yours, and save plenty in the process. DIY doesn’t have to mean “all by yourself.” We’ll be with you every step of the way.

A contemporary TV room with arch-topped windows.

Free Samples. Free Shipping. Free Design Consulting. Every Day.
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SELECTBLINDS.COM.

SelectBlinds.com Panel Track Shades Vs. IKEA – What You Should Know

Panel track shades are an excellent solution for covering wide windows and particularly, sliding glass doors. They’re functional, and they look great! You can even add the convenience of remote control motorization or automation to make your life even easier.

Home furnishings giant IKEA also sells panel track window coverings for seemingly less. But what are you really getting when you shop with IKEA? What is your shopping experience like?

Higher Better Business Bureau Customer Review Ratings

The difference between SelectBlinds.com Better Business Bureau (BBB) customer review ratings as compared with those IKEA might be the most glaring difference of them all. SelectBlinds.com rates at 4.25 out of 5 among its customers (currently with about 1,300 reviews) vs. IKEA, which rates at 1.11 rating out of 5 among its customers (currently ~250 reviews).

Why the difference? We’re invested in our customers’ success and go out of our way to create as seamless and helpful a shopping experience for you as we can. We love our customers and our customers love us. And it shows.

We’re The DIY Window Covering Experts!

We’ve been specializing in window coverings for the last 19 years (we recently celebrated another birthday!), and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. We’re subject matter experts when it comes to DIY window coverings, interior design, and what works best for your home design projects. IKEA does offer a wider variety of furniture, window coverings, and home improvement products, but without specialized window covering expertise.

You can tell we’re the best at what we do at SelectBlinds by our assortment, customer service ratings, and customer ratings. Who would you want to consult and do business with when it comes to finding the best, most stylish coverings for your windows?

Compare Our Assortment of Options

We offer a vast selection of window covering products (over 170), over 1,800 colors, to help you find exactly the window covering solution you need. You can customize your panel track shades in just about any size you can measure, with countless customization options, including remote control motorization and sync with Alexa or Google Home.

Though their price tag might look nicer, IKEA offers a very sparse selection of sheer sliding panel track window coverings at best, and without customization options. We’ve got what you need, customizable, and virtually always in stock.

We Offer You a Free Warranty

We’re so confident in the quality craftsmanship of our products, we offer a free warranty on ALL our products, not to mention free shipping, even for oversized orders. IKEA doesn’t offer any warranty on its meager selection of window coverings.

We even make filing a warranty claim to get as easy as possible!

We Offer You Friendly, Personalized Customer Service

If you’ve ever spent an afternoon trying to resolve an outstanding issue with “big box store” customer service, you probably know how frustrating it can be. Often you’ll spend long stretches of time on hold, many times you’ll have to re-explain your situation to two or three different people, and sometimes you’ll have to call back at another time because you simply can’t spend another minute on it today. Every weekday between 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. PT you can easily reach us for prompt service, and then again from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT on Saturdays and Sundays. We also have online chat, and we also make a point to return emails promptly.

Case in point: How does the SelectBlinds.com customer service experience stack up against IKEA’s? According to company/customer service rating website Trustpilot.com, IKEA gets a 1.5 customer service rating out of 5 from its customers (~19K reviews, 74% of which are categorized as “bad”) compared to SelectBlinds customer service review of 4.5 out of 5 (~1,300 reviews, 72% of which are categorized as “excellent”).

We have a top-notch customer service team at your disposal, to give you the one-on-one attention and service you deserve. We’ll get your problem solved promptly, so you can resolve your issue, and get on with your day.

We Offer You the Best Panel Track Recommendations

Need a good panel track shade recommendation? We make panel track shade selections from our four different product tiers for you, to offer you excellent, customizable design solutions for any taste and budget. Spend some time window shopping to see what we have to offer!

Modern Architect Panel Track (Premium Tier)*

Stay “on track” with the sun using versatile, light-filtering panel track verticals on sliding glass doors and large window walls. Mount them from the ceiling as a unique room divider, too. 

Architect Blackout Panel Track (Premium Tier)*

Darken any room with a whole lotta flair. These modern vertical window coverings add style and elegance to any space, plus they work great for larger windows and sliding glass doors. Excellent for bedrooms and media rooms.

*Our Premium Tier products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, Premium Tier products are the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last. Some upgrade features may be included.

Luxe Modern Light Filtering Panel Tracks (Luxury Tier)*

Here’s the ideal solution for your sliding glass doors and large windows. Use the panels as a space divider or as a closet door. Style, function, and lovely light filtering.

Nomad Solar Panel Track (Luxury Tier)*

Wherever you may roam, these “sun-sational” light-filtering solar panel track treatments will help you feel right at home with your large windows and patio doors.

*Our Luxury Tier products include superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. Luxury Tier products are for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization. Some upgrade features are included.

We Want to See You in Your Dream Home!

DIY Design never meant “Do it ALL by Yourself.” For any space, a home design upgrade should never feel intimidating. 

Nothing makes a space look warmer and more inviting than beautiful new window treatments, and Select Blinds is all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you tons of helpful resources to make your life (and projects) easier, because we’re invested in your success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home, without breaking your budget. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you can save yourself plenty of money in the process. 

Check out our FREE interior design consulting as just another way we can support you from start to finish. Get tips, color guidance, product recommendations, solutions to the problems you may encounter, etc. Call us today at (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

Free Samples. Free Shipping. Free Design Consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com.

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