Free Samples = Complete Window Satisfaction

As humans, we know that FREE=AWESOME! But, we also hate waiting longer than absolutely necessary to finish a project. The question is, how do you find that balance between finishing a project quickly vs finishing it right? Well, when it comes to window treatments, sampling is the secret to success.

Bamboo woven wood shades behind a grey chair.
Premier Woven Wood Shades in Quince

Whether you’re painting the living room or ordering new shades, sampling is a key step in the process. It lets you test the waters and find that perfect fit without wasting excessive amounts of time or money, not to mention filling your head with endless possibilities of how the colors and textures in real life compare to those on your computer screen (or those handy paint samples from the hardware store).

Selecting Your Samples

So, what should you look for when picking out samples of blinds and shades? This quick guide should help 🙂

  1. Focus on a single category
  2. Narrow down your color options
  3. Keep lighting in mind
  4. Order up to 15 available samples
  5. Pick your favorite!

Focus on a Single Category

2 inch Select American Hardwood Blinds
2″ Select American Hardwood Blinds in Pecan

First, why not narrow down your options by settling on which type of blind or shade you’re most interested in. For this, your selection could depend on which room you’re upgrading. Kitchen – try some minis or faux woods. Living room – how about room darkening rollers or romans? Bedroom – blackout honeycombs are a great choice.

Narrow Down Your Color Options

Navy and grey kitchen with grey light filtering roller shades.
Designer Elements Light Filtering Roller Shades in Driftwood

Second, keep your current or future color scheme in mind when finalizing color options. If you’re painting a wall navy blue, perhaps the window covering on that wall should be a more neutral tone. If your walls are a more neutral off-white, picking a blind or shade with a more vibrant color or pattern could be a fun way to accent your windows.

Keep Lighting in Mind

Neutral honeycomb shades in a cream themed living room.
Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Sand

The third thing to consider when picking out window covering samples is lighting. Is your room already dark/light? What time of day does the sun attack your windows with the ferocity of a million-watt lightbulb? Are there street lights you need to block out at night? If darkness is a goal for your new room design, definitely consider room darkening fabrics and products with optional blackout liners.

Order Up to 15 Available Samples

Roman fabric samples in rolls.

What else is there to say? Pick out the colors and styles you think would work best in your room and order some samples! And if 15 isn’t enough, just wait 24 hours and order 15 more! You never know, they might even all show up in the same package (mine did). And no, you do not have to pay for shipping – the free samples are entirely free.

Pick Your Favorite!

Roman shades with an intricate red pattern in a bedroom.
Lifestyle Roman Shades in Bohemian Red

Once your samples come in, the only thing left to do is contrast, compare, pick your fave and order. Ok, so there might be a step in there that concerns taking measurements (see this page for help). But, since you took the time to order samples before deciding on your window covering, you can be confident that you truly are choosing the best blind or shade for your room.

Get Memorable Savings This Memorial Day!

Keep your social distance and save 40% PLUS an extra 10% ON EVERYTHING!

This Memorial Day weekend may not be how we’re used to celebrating, but you can definitely celebrate the fact that you’ll get up to 50% in total savings during our 2020 Memorial Day Sales Event!

And we mean everything! Absolutely all of our high-quality, custom window treatments are on sale now through Memorial Day. Shop online safely while social distancing with deep discounts and amazing deals on our best-selling cellular and honeycomb window coverings, bamboo and woven woods, romans, rollers, solar shades for indoors and out, shutters, real and faux wood blinds, designer sheers, dazzling dual-roller zebra blinds, classic drapery, all-aluminum minis, panel tracks and verticals. Save, too, on remote control and motorized products that work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Have hard-to-reach windows like skylights and arches? Motorization is the best way to go!

So get ready for summer with our best deals and discounted prices on everything on our site! You get FREE SHIPPING on everything, too! Save time and money on blinds you’ll love this holiday weekend. Start shopping and saving now here on SelectBlinds.com!

Home Remodeling in the Merry Month of May

May is National Home Remodeling Month, and with so many of us still stuck at home, it should come as no surprise that remodeling has taken off like a rocket ship to Mars. But how do you get started on a new remodeling project? And, for that matter, which rooms should you start with?

Start at the Heart

For most people, the heart of your home is the kitchen or living room. This is especially true now that we’re all endlessly snacking and binge-watching shows on Netflix. But, how do you decide between the two areas? Simple. Either go with the room that will add the most value to your home (kitchen), or go with the one you spend the most time in (living room). It really depends on whether or not you plan on sticking around for the long haul.

Beautiful and bright finished kitchen with white cabinets.

If you’ve already managed to update your kitchen and living space, how about moving on to something like flooring upgrades, bathrooms, bedrooms or anything else that tickles your remodeling fancy?

Create Your Master Plan

A great way to create a plan is to make a list of everything you want to do to your chosen room. We recommend splitting your list into 3 sections based on the level of difficulty of each project.

Handwritten checklist of things to do.
  • Things you can DIY without help
  • Things you can do with a bit of research or assistance
    • Adding a tiled backsplash
    • Putting your light switches on dimmers
  • Things that require a professional touch
    • Extending your counter into a breakfast bar
    • Rearranging your entire kitchen counter and built-in appliances

Once that’s done, go through your list again and cross off anything that seems out of reach or unrealistic. Whether it’s just plain expensive or you simply can’t do it because of the constraints of social distancing, get crossing!

Take Action

Now that you’ve got your refined list, it’s time to, as Ms. Frizzle says, “take chances, make mistakes and get messy!” Though, maybe you should forego the mistakes part in an effort to prevent “re-remodeling.”

First things first, figure out which project on your list you’re going to tackle first. Obviously you won’t be installing a tiled backsplash before rearranging your counters, so let’s just pretend you’re redoing EVERYTHING and go from there.

Kitchen blueprints in black and white.

If you’re hard-core remodeling your kitchen, the best place to start will likely be with a professional contractor. Get a recommendation from a friend or google a few and get a couple of quotes and designs to compare. If you need some inspiration, check out this article! Oh, and pro-tip – you’ll want to keep in mind that most remodels end up more expensive than quoted. There’s always something that gets uncovered.

From there, we suggest supervising the work occasionally to make sure everything is on track and course-correcting as appropriate. Once the professional work is done, the next step is to tackle other projects as you see fit. it might be a good idea to do the more difficult, research-intensive tasks first just in case you run into any issues.

Grey subway tile backsplash in a white kitchen.

So, if you skipped having the contractor add that subway tile backsplash you’ve always wanted, now’s the time to do it yourself! And even if you’ve done one before, we recommend checking out this video by Home RenoVision DIY. It covers the tools you’ll need and even how cut tiles to fit around outlets and make sure your whole project stays level.

Once you’ve gotten the harder, more time-consuming or labor-intensive projects out of the way, you can move on to the finishing touches. If you didn’t have brand new cabinets installed, now would be a great time to strip and paint/stain them, then add some adorable new handles or knobs.

Blue paint and paintbrush on a white background.

To do so, you just need to remove the doors from the cabinets, sand them down and repaint or stain. If you plan on upgrading the handles or knobs, it might be a good idea to invest in matching or complementary hinges as well to complete the look. once everything is dry, simply reinstall the doors in the same place and screw in the new handles and BAM! NEW KITCHEN!

Wash, Rinse Repeat!

After that, just keep plugging away at your list until you tick all the boxes. Regardless of whether you start off with a contractor or stick to tasks you can DIY right away, the important thing is to keep the momentum going. Once your list is complete, you can happily move on to any other room.

Creating the Ultimate Mom Space

Want to do something special for Mom but can’t find the perfect surprise? Update a space that will give her a little alone time to relax and unwind! Pick an overlooked alcove, room, or even a (hopefully air-conditioned) shed and deck it out as a special space just for mom!

Choose Calming Colors

Mom reading a book on a pale pink couch.

Neutrals are really in this year, but, honestly, when are they not? Choose some nice, calm colors mom will love. You can even throw in a few of her favorites to make the space more personalized.

Creature Comforts

Blue and green throw pillows on a couch with books.

A secret stash of mom’s favorite snacks plus an assortment of soft blankets and fuzzy pillows will go a long way to helping mom relax! Combine it with a good book or one of her favorite flicks and she’ll be ready for hours of relaxation!

Flowers Galore

Purple and pink tulips on a table next to a couch.

Sure, we might say we don’t need flowers or anything, but we definitely wouldn’t say no if they just happened to magically appear on the kitchen table or nightstand! Pick up some of mom’s favorites at the grocery store, a local flower shop, or think outside the box with a Manly Man Beef Jerky Bouquet or even Edible Arrangements! Not only will they fill mom’s heart with love, they’ll also flood her nose with their delicious aromas.

Set the Mood

Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau
Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau

Creating a relaxing space for mom wouldn’t be complete without the perfect lighting and atmosphere. Add some smart lightbulbs and even some motorized blinds or shades so mom can get the perfect combo of light and dark any time of day – all without getting up from her cozy couch or chair.

Going for the boho or farmhouse look? Try some wood blinds or woven wood shades. Looking for something high-class, go for or roman shades! There really is something for every style. Plus everything is 30% off with another 15% off that, and you know how mom loves a good deal!

Final Touches

Red pillow and hot cocoa on a window sill.

No relaxation room or she-shed would be complete without a few finishing touches to bring the room together. Add some mirrors, wall hangings, candles and even a miniature fountain! And don’t forget to pick mom up a good book so she can get in some reading during her “zen-time.” A card wouldn’t go amiss either – Mom’s love that stuff!

Work Out Your Cabin Fever at Home

So, now that a lot of us have been at home for a while, the charm is certainly starting to wear off. Walks around the neighborhood and weekly trips to the grocery store aside, we aren’t really being very active. And that’s a serious problem with the current situation.

YouTube Workouts

Whether you prefer Zumba, Pilates, Jazzercise or old school Tae Bo, there’s a perfect YouTube channel for your lifestyle. From quick 15 minute workouts to hour-long sessions and anything in-between, YouTube’s got it all. And if you’re not sure about a style or don’t want to pigeon-hole yourself, why not try out some more generalized low-impact routines? You can even get the whole family involved!

Free Exercise Apps

Free apps like Zombies, Run, Yoga Studio and 200 Situps (other exercises available) can be a great way to dip your toes into the exercise game without committing a monthly allowance to your new hobby. Learn a bit about running and interval training or even take up yoga! You’ll be amazed what some of these simple apps can help you achieve!

Indulge in the Ultimate Home Gym

While a home gym isn’t something everyone has the time, space and money to create, it can be an extremely rewarding project once completed. But just because you’re designing a home gym doesn’t mean you need every piece of equipment available. There are plenty of budget-friendly treadmills, stationary bikes, exercise balls and even weights and floor mats that you can easily use to deck out your new home gym.

Enjoy Long Walks in the Neighborhood

Ok, so long walks on a beach might sound better (and more romantic) but until beaches are truly back open at all hours, your best bet is walking in the neighborhood. They don’t even have to be long walks! Just unstick your butt from that old office chair and get moving! Just make sure you stay at least six feet away from others and maybe wear a mask if you can find one.

Face Yoga

You heard right! Yoga for the face! With all these Zoom meetings happening, you could argue that working out your face is even more important than the rest of your body. Of course, this is totally false, but it might make you feel better about making funny faces at yourself (or your computer) every day! Learn some of the basics of this latest craze with the help of Marie Claire UK and Face Yoga expert Danielle Collins.

Virtual Classes from Your Local Gym

Ok, so your actual gym might be closed, but a lot of the more traditional brick and mortar facilities are expanding their offering with free online classes for members. Planet Fitness is one we know of that is offering free live streamed workouts daily. All you have to do is log in online or on their app. Check with your local gym to see what they’re offering and start enjoying virtual classes with your fellow members!

Quick & Easy Projects to do During Quarantine

With little to no commute time and basically zero random weekend outings, there’s plenty of time for you to take on those little projects that have been adding up over the years. Here’s a list of some of our favorite quick projects you can do around the house now that you finally have the time.

1. Boost Your Bathroom’s Style

A stunning blue and white themed bathroom.

It’s easier than you think to upgrade your bathroom. forget ripping out tiles and putting in a new toilet. All you’ve really got to do is change up your style. Get a new shower curtain (or other accessories), a new rug or two and clear off unnecessary clutter from the top of your sink. As a finishing touch, get those new towels you’ve been wanting and toss the faded ones with holes. Just make sure everything matches and you’ll have a bathroom to die for in no time.

2. Join the Purge – Go Through Your Closet

Highly organized closet in shades of white and cream.

Pull everything (and we mean everything) out of your closet, dump it on the bed and get your purge on! I did it this past weekend (no, this pic is not my closet) and it feels great to be able to find anything I want in seconds rather than minutes. And you wouldn’t believe how much stuff we got rid of! Sure, cleaning out your closet might take a few hours, but WOW! There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you free yourself of clutter.

3. Deck Your Windows with Blinds of Beauty

Beautiful black and white kitchen with white blinds.

Adding new blinds or shades to your windows can completely change the atmosphere or a room. It can brighten or darken any space in an instant and even add a pop of fun color if you go that route. These simple 2″ American Hardwood Blinds in Super White are a great choice for brightening up any room, especially kitchens.

4. Personalize Your Glassware

Woman looking through two wine glasses.

Quarantine is the perfect time to break out the arts and crafts. And if you’re over the age of five, macaroni art just doesn’t cut it. Use clay to turn wine glasses into medieval goblets or use a Dremel to engrave names or funny phrases onto pint glasses. You can even use chalk paint to make your glasses personalized every time you use them!

5. Paint Your Cabinets a Fun Color

Blue kitchen cabinets add a pop of color to your space.

While monochrome is definitely in this year, so are pops of color. Blue is especially popular for 2020, so why not take your kitchen or bathroom a step further and add a little color to those old oak cabinets? You can even paint some cabinets one color and others a different color. It’s really whatever you want!

6. Upgrade Your Kitchen Hardware

Galley-style kitchen with new hardware.

Upgrading cabinet hardware might seem like a pain, but it’s super easy and is an easy way to enhance the look of your kitchen (or bathroom) without going for an all-out remodel. And if you’re already painting your cabinets, why not upgrade the hardware to match your new style?

7. Update Your Outlet & Switch Covers

White outlet with a black plug.

If your house is anything like mine, the previous owner decided that painting over stair rails, switches, outlet covers and other hardware was the clear solution to modernizing a place before selling. My response? Outlet covers aren’t that expensive! Just upgrade! They come in so many different materials and colors that there’s guaranteed to be a style to suit any room in your home.

8. Hang Some Patio Lights

Outdoor patio with string lights and comfortable seating.

Just because you can’t have friends over in person doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your outdoor space. And now that summer is on its way, you’ve got more cause than ever to get your patio ready for some nighttime hangout sessions, even if they are just video chats. String lights are a great way to set the mood or just take in the fresh air.

Tell Me Something Good

We all know the world is crazy right now. But even as toilet paper stocks run short and the number of Amazon orders we place skyrockets, it’s good to know that some good things are still happening.

Clear Canals in Venice!

A beautiful canal in the heart of Venice, Italy.

That’s right, folks! The canals of Venice, Italy are finally clear for the first time in years! Swans, fish and even dolphins are reappearing with a vengeance this spring thanks to decreased tourism (and traffic in general). You can even see all the way to the bottom of some canals!

A Shortage of Animals to Adopt

Happy puppy about to be adopted.

With so many people stuck working from home, there’s way more time to help introduce a new pet to the family! People across the USA (or at least in NYC) are taking advantage of this time at home and adopting dogs and cats of all ages – so much so that there seems to be a bit of a shortage of available animals. Talk about great news!

The Himalayas are Visible Once Again!

The Himalayas in black and white.

This may come as a shock to most of the world since humans don’t tend to stray too far from home, but the Himalayas are finally visible again! Okay, so they’ve always been visible closer, but now you take in their majestic beauty from 125 miles away in India. It’s been more than 30 years since this was possible and it’s all thanks to decreased air pollution!

Hope Lives On

Hands come together in the shape of a heart.

From companies and DIYers dropping everything to make masks for everyone on the front lines to people delivering much-needed supplies to people in need or even partaking in spontaneous sing-alongs from the safety of their homes, it’s truly wonderful to see people across the world coming together to help spread hope and kindness without breaking the rules of social distancing.

Everyone’s Getting in on the Latest Trend

Washing hands is essential for your health and safety.

Ok, so hand-washing isn’t exactly a trend, but how else do you expect us to segue into a story about an orangutan at the Center for Great Apes in Miami, Florida who started washing her hands after seeing her caretakers doing the same thing? She even used soap and a scrub brush! Tell you what, there are probably several people who could learn a thing or two from Sandra.

Have you heard some good news we missed? Let us know!

Pimp My Desk – Home Office Edition

With so many of us stuck working from home right now, it’s a great time to think about your home office setup and how it can be improved, enhanced and just generally decked out with the awesomeness you (and it) deserve.

1. Sit/Stand Desks are All the Rage

Laptop on a pine desk in a bright office

Regardless of where your home office is – spare bedroom, living room or actual office – your comfort and health are top priorities. Desks with adjustable heights are an ideal way of improving your ergonomics and making sure you feel less strain at the end of a long workday.

2. Reward Yourself with a Decent Chair

Dark office with blue lighting and large clock on the monitor.

We’ve all been there – sitting at home in our worn-out garage sale desk chair. We’re not saying to go out and buy a fancy, ultra-plush chair that costs $1000.00, but a new one might be just the ticket to help you get through each day without lower back pain or numb legs.

If you can find it, my personal favorite is the Amia chair by Steelcase. It’s perfect for shorter people since it can go lower than average dest chairs and the seat can shift backward to allow for correct posture.

3. Multiple Monitors for Ultimate Multitasking

Dual monitors showing calendar and mountain background.

Working from home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing that extra monitor (or two) you had at the office! Monitors aren’t overly expensive and you can even use a TV instead if you find a good deal on a small one! If you’re lucky, your boss might even let you take a company monitor home to help your productivity stay on track.

4. Hologram Keyboard, Anyone?

Red and black light-up keyboard.

Ok, so the picture above might not be an actual laser keyboard, but it gets the point across! If you’re sick of the sound of those clacking keys, give one of these laser varieties a whirl! They’re sure to make you feel like you’re living in the year 3000 rather than a rather strange version of 2020.

5. Blast Those Speakers!

Small portable bluetooth speaker on a white desk.

You’re not in the office anymore, so turn the volume to max and blast your favorite tunes to help you get through the day. Portable bluetooth speakers are a great way to add a touch of fun to your home office and most can be plugged directly into your laptop if whatever you’re listening too happens to come from there.

6. Enjoy a Personal Concert

White wireless earbuds with an orange background.

If you’re worried about how your neighbors will react to music pouring out of your windows, maybe wireless earbuds are a safer alternative. If earbuds aren’t your style, stick to a pair of over the ear headphones – they’ve got a longer battery life, too.

7. A Place for Everything

Wireless headphones hanging from a headphone stand on a desk.

If you’re like me and prefer over the ear headphones to earbuds, you know how annoying it is to have them lying all over your workspace when you aren’t using them. Headphone stands help declutter your desk and some even come with a charging port to plug in your various devices!

8. Control Your Climate

Small portable desk fan next to a laptop.

Office too hot? Grab a fan! Too cold? How about a space heater? You’re the only one in your home office, so you get complete control over room temperature. No more fighting with employees for that extra one or two degrees in the right direction.

9. Touchscreens for Everyone!

Person using a touchscreen tablet in front of a laptop.

Okay, we can all agree that we’d be nowhere without our laptops, phones and other devices. But why is it that most laptops still don’t have touchscreens? Enter the AirBar. It turns ordinary laptops into touchscreen masterpieces with just a USB plug to connect them. Bye-bye tablets, hello laptops of wonder!

Do you have a great home office upgrade we didn’t mention? Let us know!