Do New Window Treatments Really Add Value to Your Home?

If you talk to several different real estate agents, you’ll probably get at least several different answers regarding things you can do to help increase the value of your home. One thing they’ll all likely agree on, is that one of the critical factors in maximizing your home’s resale value is to make sure your interior is bathed in good, adjustable lighting

Zillow.com directly mentions lighting on its “Best Home Improvements to Increase Value” list, asserting that: “Good lighting is crucial to showcasing your home’s features…” Zillow continues by stating that one of the best ways to invest in a better resale value for your home is to “Spruce up the décor with window treatments.”

But new window treatments can be an expensive endeavor for your home – not to mention a seemingly overwhelming task. And the cost can add up quickly if you’re paying someone to do your measurements and installation for you. Window installation can start at $20 per window, or for “by the hour” cost, up to $40 per hour. It might even cost you more if you don’t have your window treatments installed by the same company you bought them from.

But you can take better control of the costs if you do things right. You can find budget-friendly blinds and save yourself a ton if you’re willing to “DIY” it. And DIY doesn’t mean “all by yourself.” Select Blinds is here to help, for every step of your design project journey

Consider that window fashion for your home is actually a very worthwhile investment. Read on for reasons why new, stylish window treatments will not only add a breath of fresh air to your home’s interior décor, but why they’re also a smart way to add curbside appeal and increase the resale value to your home (especially louvered shutters).

Why Are Window Treatments a Good Investment?

Why are fashionable window treatments such a sought-after feature in a home? Nothing adds a welcoming sense of warmth and comfort to a space like beautiful custom window treatments. They’re the finishing touch of personalization on a well-designed space that you put your heart and soul into. A space you can be proud of!

Here are some more key reasons window treatments are such a great investment:

  1. Style

Window treatments are a perfect way to add color, depth, visual appeal and a personal sense of design style to any space. They can complement and accent your interior design motif. 

  1. Light Control & Privacy

We’ve mentioned how important lighting is to highlight features in your home. And from a functionality standpoint, maybe you want blackout shades to help you or your children sleep in when you want to. Or maybe you want to watch your favorite movie without an annoying glare shining in. 

Then there’s privacy. You should be able to easily and conveniently manage how well you can see outside, and prevent others from looking in from your home’s exterior. 

  1. Energy Efficiency

Regardless of what type of climate you live in, or what time of year it may be, you can always find energy-efficient window covering options for your home that will help you reduce your energy bills significantly. What a great return for investing in your windows!

According to the United States Department of Energy: “In heating seasons, tightly installed cellular shades can reduce heat loss through windows by 40% or more, which equates to about 10% heating energy savings. In cooling seasons, cellular shades can reduce unwanted solar heat through windows by up to 60%, reducing the total solar gain to 20% when installed with a tight fit.” 

Any type of window treatment blocks out the incoming heat from the sun’s rays and heat during warm weather months to help keep your indoor space nice and cool. For colder months, window treatments can keep the cold drafts out, and in some cases, like cellular / honeycomb shades, they can trap the heat to keep it indoors.

  1. Convenience

For homes with several windows, it can be time consuming to spend each day raising and lowering them all. Why not try motorized window treatments, or better yet, try automated ones. Tie all of the shades in an area of your home to a single remote control button, or better yet, all of your window treatments to an app, so you don’t even have to think about it.

  1. Protect Your Furniture and Interior

Everyone loves sunny weather. However, the sun’s harmful UV rays can inflict lasting damage on your furniture and on your home’s interior. Excessive UV exposure can cause premature drying, cracking, and fading. Keep your furniture and interior looking their best for a long time to come with protective window treatments (especially solar shades for your interior and exterior solar shades for your outdoor areas).

We Can Help You Find the Perfect Solutions for Your Home Upgrade Projects

Don’t let a home design upgrade project intimidate you. You got this! And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 314-1133 to tap into our free design consultation resources.

With custom window treatments easily and smartly installed, you will help your home be a calm sanctuary to live in, and to stand way out over the competition when you need to sell.

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What is Edge Binding on Window Shades? A Select Blinds Q&A

Question: What is Edge Binding on Shades? What is Its Purpose?

Answer: Edge binding (also edge banding, edge lining) is a decorative fabric hem that runs alongside the edges of a shade (bamboo/woven wood shades or Roman shades). These edge bindings typically vary in width from one to three inches. Edge binding is not just for looks, and can also help your shade (particularly in the case of woven wood shades) perform better and outlast wear and tear.

Edge binding does not hinder your ability to choose a privacy or blackout liner.

Question: How Does Edge Binding for Shades Work?

Answer: As mentioned, edge binding is a fabric hem sewn around the edges of your shades, available in a wide selection of colors and patterns. If the edge binding isn’t an exact match to your shade’s color or pattern, it coordinates as a complementary or accent effect.

One critical function of edge binding is to help strengthen the shade’s edges, help the edges from fraying and splitting (in the case of bamboo/woven wood shades).

Question: Does Edge Binding Really Help Prevent Your Shade From Stretching?

Answer: You may or may not know that, in the case of woven wood shades, they may stretch downward and bunch up near the bottom, because of their weight. This would normally be a natural occurrence and nothing to be concerned about, but it is a factor to take into consideration. The edge-binding fabric fully wraps around to contain the shade, so as to prevent downward stretching caused by gravity. 

Question: Does Edge Binding Really Help Prevent Your Shade From Fraying?

Answer: The natural materials from which bamboo and woven wood shades are crafted, which leave the shade’s edges exposed. This casual, unfinished look might be desired by some homeowners, but it can leave the shade exposed to natural wear and tear.

Edge binding protects the edges of your shade from rubbing against surfaces and potentially fraying.

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Question: What Kind of Interior Design Statement Can I Create With Edge Binding?

Answer: As mentioned, edge binding comes in a variety of colored and patterned fabrics intended to coordinate with your shade’s materials. For rooms that feature multiple window treatment types, you can easily tie your look all together with matching end binding fabrics for your bamboo or Roman shades. 

If your bamboo/woven wood shade’s material happens to be very textured, go with a solid colored edge binding fabric to keep things from appearing “too busy.” Color contrasts look amazing, like dark colored edge binding for lighter shades, or vice versa.  

Question: What Are Some Select Blinds Window Fashion Recommendations Featuring Edge Binding Options?

Yes, we offer an edge binding upgrade option on several of our customer-favorite products. Here are some recommendations:

Craftsman Roman Shades (Premium Tier)* 

You’ll love the look and feel of the popular Craftsman design aesthetic in these dapper Roman shades. Get your windows dolled up like a night out on the town with something elegant, bold, and unforgettable. Edge binding available in 2.5-inch width.  

*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.

Designer Series Woven Wood Shades (Luxury Tier)* 

Get ready to level-up your interior design cred with these dazzling woven wood shades. Choose from a wide selection of gorgeous natural textures ranging from light to dark neutrals. Edge binding available in 2-inch width.

Designer Ultimate Woven Wood Shades (Luxury Tier)*  

Create the ultimate escape in your own home with these timeless woven woods. These shades are just the ticket to finish off your latest home project, regardless of what your unique personal décor style may be. Edge binding available in 2-inch width.

Designer Reserve Roman Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Enjoy superior-quality construction and fabrics that are the hallmarks of these top-of-the-line custom window coverings. The easy cordless lift adds to the refined look of all four fold style options. Edge binding available in 2.5-inch width.

*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.

Got any more questions about edge binding? Leave it in the comments below!

Let Us Help You Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade Projects! It’s A Lot Easier Than You May Have Thought!

Don’t let a home update project overwhelm you. You got this! Custom-craft your home into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Level up your DIY design cred, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. 

How much is peace of mind worth to you? Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation.

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What Are the Most Exciting Window Treatment Pattern Trends for 2022?

As we approach the halfway point for 2022, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the most exciting trends in window treatment patterns, and to show off some of our most popular patterns this year so far. 

What sort of trends have been prominent so far in 2022? Let’s talk about some of them.

1. Bold Botanicals

We love flowers and natural botanicals (and who doesn’t?). See what a bold botanical or floral print can do for your interior. Seize the day to accent and accompany your own unique, beloved decorating design with something memorable.


Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Laced Navy pattern

2. Warm & Natural

Go outside and enjoy nature, but then bring it back into your home for 2022. Bring a natural and organic vibe into your home with natural wood colors, along with earthy tones to bring a relaxing touch of the outdoors indoors.  


Classic Sheer Weave Solars in Sandstone

3. Cool Neutrals

Utilize your window coverings as a backdrop with even-keeled neutrals. 2022 can be the year to tie together any style or décor.

Farmhouse Roman Shades in Moorland Light Grey

4. Green is Everything

Green: reminiscent of living flora and a refreshing touch of nature. Many designers consider green to be a go-to neutral color, so they can include the color in a wider selection of motifs.  

Select Roman Shades in Coastal Mountain

5. Now & Zen: Trending Motorization

You’ve got the perfect pattern for your window treatments so that they blend in beautifully with your interior. Now make your life easier with motorization or automation. Relax and let the motors do all the work.

Motorized Architect Light Filtering Roller in Slate Tile

Staff Recommendations: Some of Select Blinds’ Most Popular Patterns of 2022

Check out some of our popular patterns of 2022 available as the following product recommendations. 

Lifestyle Solar, Color: Pearl (Signature Tier)*

Keep your décor and your eyes safe from the harsh glare of the sun. A choice between 1%, 3%, and 5% weaves can help you find the best level of light-blocking solar shades for your windows. Trending Pattern: Pearl.

*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.

Premier Woven Roller, Colors: Mojave Sand or Stone Harbor (Premium Tier)*

Enjoy added dimension for your windows and interior with these light filtering fabric shades that come standard with cordless lift. 2022 Trending Patterns: Mojave Sand or Stone Harbor.

Modern Architect Roller, Color: Magnetic Gray (Premium Tier)*

You’ll love the custom options available with this premium quality roller, like the side tracks to block light around the edges, or the matching fabric cassette headrail. 2022 Trending Pattern: Magnetic Gray.

Premier Woven Roller, Color: Natural (Premium Tier)*

Shed some light on the illusion of added depth and dimension for your windows when you enjoy these light filtering fabric shades with cordless lift included. 2022 Trending Pattern: Natural.

*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.

DIY Designing Is Much Easier Than You Might Think! Let’s Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade Projects

Don’t let a home design upgrade project intimidate you. You got this! And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation resources.

Peace. Of. Mind.

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Mapping the Journey of a Select Blinds Shopper

Nothing makes a room feel warmer and more welcoming than beautiful custom window treatments that complement and accent your unique interior design style. The good news is that buying blinds online doesn’t have to be an intimidating ordeal!

Every home update and redesign project is different, and every journey you go on as you get more confident with the DIY design process will be unique in its own way. Not to worry, though, because we at Select Blinds are just as invested in your success as you are. We want you to succeed and are here to support you all the way through your project journey!

Select Blinds is the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Brand! With free Select Blinds design consultation support, we can help make your journey a breeze. Quick questions or an entire project, from start to finish, no matter the size of your project – we got you.

Every journey begins with a first step, so let’s walk through the Select Blinds customer journey together starting with . . .

1. Measuring Your Windows

The first step (or one of the first steps) you will take with your DIY project is to measure your windows. We custom make your window coverings and need as accurate a measurement as you can provide to ensure the best fit. Don’t worry, it’s easy!

Maybe at this point, you will have your window coverings already selected, maybe not. No matter.

Having accurate window measurements will not only help with a good fit, but also helps determine how your window covering is priced, and will also help determine the variety of options available to you.

2. Choosing the Best Window Coverings for Your Needs + Ordering Samples

You will want to select the right window coverings to meet your unique needs. Are you looking for energy-efficiency? Are you needing a dark cool room for your child’s naptime? Maybe you want a quieter work environment for your home office. Are these window treatments replacing older ones, or are they for a brand new home?

Here are some things to consider:

  • Which room are you needing new blinds, shades, shutters, or curtains for?
  • How many windows are you needing to cover?
  • What unique needs does your room (or rooms) have? Privacy? Quiet? Is it a child’s room? Talk to one of our design consultants for free, and get some input and tips for what would work best for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Once you have a window treatment style and color/design/texture selected, be sure to order free samples! You can order up to 15 free samples daily, shipped to your door for free, and on top of that, ordering samples ensures you can lock in a daily promo for up to 30 days after your samples arrive.

3. Finding the Best Price

So many online blinds stores, so little time. There are any number of brands out there, so how do you know which is best? Should you go with a full-service brand (which includes measuring and installation), or should you go with more of a DIY brand?

Custom window treatments are priced based on the cost of materials–the larger the dimensions, the higher the cost. Most brands of window treatments offer many of the same styles and types, and don’t vary very much in terms of quality. Retailers tend to offer a broader range of differences, including customer experience. The “best” choice for a homeowner ultimately depends on his or her desired result and budget. Keep in mind that measuring, installation costs, and shipping fees can quickly add up toward the final price tag for your home design update project. 

The average cost of hiring help for blinds installation can average you around $700 for your entire home. Cut out the middleman! Doing your own measuring and installing yourself is the most efficient and cost-effective way to approach the dressing of your windows. Spearheading your own project and doing it yourself doesn’t require any expertise or special tools. It’s super easy, and we’re here to make it even easier! And remember, any promo you see on any given day? Just order free samples, we’ll ship them to you for free, and you can lock in any promo for 30 days after your samples arrive. We want to make sure you get the best price possible.

We offer you all kinds of helpful online resources for easy-to-follow instruction, and hassle-free measuring and installation. Plus you’ll have access to our top-notch customer service team, along with free design consulting, 7 days per week!

Many companies also charge shipping fees, especially for “oversized” items.  At SelectBlinds.com, you always get free shipping to anywhere in the contiguous United States, no matter how large your items are!

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4. Completing Your Purchase

Once you have your windows measured and have your dreamy window coverings selected, you have several options for completing your order:

  • Online
  • Over-the-phone 
  • Financing options available

Select Blinds products usually ship within 5-7 days after your order is placed, and you’ll usually have them delivered free on your doorstep within seven days after shipment. 

5. Receiving Your Order

Are you excited? Your new, stylish Select Blinds window treatments have arrived! All of our products carry with them a three-year limited warranty that covers most contingencies, and which can be upgraded if you prefer to a three-year unlimited warranty, or a five-year unlimited warranty.

What exactly does your Select Blinds warranty cover?

Most issues are covered by the three-year and five-year limited warranties, and the unlimited five-year warranty also includes many accidental things that may come up, like child or pet damage.

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What Protections Do You Have if You Submit Your Window Measurements Incorrectly?

We’ve even got you covered if you should happen to submit inaccurate window measurements. We call it our Select Blinds F.I.T. Guarantee.

If you make any kind of mistake when measuring your windows and your custom coverings don’t fit, simply call us at 888-257-1840 and we’ll remake that exact same product for you for free (at your new size) within 30 days of the date your order was delivered.* You just cover $10 for shipping, and we’ll get your new remake right out to you.

Note that if the dimensions of the remake are larger than your original blinds, there may be a small price increase due to material costs. Remakes under this guarantee are limited to one (1) per order and a total of four (4) per household per customer lifetime, whether for the same or different product(s). Any mis-measure remakes after that will be made at customer cost for the price of the original order, including any discounts, plus an additional 10% off. Guarantee excludes motorized products, drapery/curtains and shutters. See our Select Blinds F.I.T. Guarantee fine print.

What is Shipped With Your Select Blinds Product?

We’ve been able to make your installation process as easy and friendly as possible, because of all our experience working with customers just like you! You’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful new window treatments more quickly.

We include with your product:

  • Effective packing to ensure against damage during shipping
  • All the required hardware (and much optional hardware)
  • Easy-to-follow instructions and warnings (when in doubt, just go to our website for downloadable instructions, videos, or to YouTube.com, for your Select Blinds product name + installation)

Installation and Final Results

You’ll love how easy your Select Blinds window treatments are to install. Some of our products even have No-tools Headrail installation as an upgrade for even quicker installation. Have your new window treatments up and ready to enjoy in just minutes!

The only tools you’ll need include a pencil, measuring tape, screwdriver, possibly a stepladder, and a drill and drill bit. For more involved installations, you may find an extra set of helping hands work out best.

If you should get stuck, feel free to call our Customer Care team at (888) 257-1840, 7 days per week, and we’ll gladly walk you through anything we can. We’re also available via email and live chat. Not to worry! We’ve got your back!

We want you to feel proud of your new space with its beautiful new window treatments, and want you to feel confident and accomplished as a DIY designer. Stop paying companies to do for you what you can easily (and quickly) do for yourself!  

You Got This! Let’s Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade

Don’t let a home design upgrade project intimidate you. You got this! And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation resources.

We want to make it as worry-free as possible for you!

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Thinking About an Outdoor Summer Entertainment Space? Reasons to Consider Outdoor Solar Shades

Motorized blinds or shades, for the interior or exterior, add an extra touch of elegance coupled with convenience to your daily use. Motorization (or automation) upgrades allow you to raise and lower your shades with just the touch of the button – automation lets you pre-program them to open and close at certain times, or under certain conditions, so that you don’t even need to think about it. Motorized blinds and shades are also kid- and pet-friendly, to keep your little ones (and furry ones) safe, while you keep your outdoor space uncluttered.

Motorization is not just for convenience within reach, it’s also an excellent solution for blinds and shades installed high up (like for skylights or tall windows), or for anyone at home who may need assistance due to limited mobility. No more stretching, struggling with heavy blinds or shades, or step-ladders.

Consider the Following to Cover Your Outdoor Spaces With Exterior Solar Shades

Whenever the heat of summer arrives and the sun begins beckoning us outside for lounging and pool time, custom exterior solar shades are the perfect way to:

  • Keep cool
  • Block out harsh UV rays
  • Maintain privacy
  • Protect your outdoor furniture from fading and other sun damage

Custom outdoor solar shades are made of durable PVC material, that reflects light and heat away from the shade, allowing you the convenience not only of keeping cool and private, but also of maintaining your outward view.

Exterior solar shades can come in a wide variety of lift styles, but because of their width and exposure to the elements, the safest, and easiest to install, are roller-style exterior solars. Sun shades for outdoor spaces have varying degrees of UV blockage, so you can discover the perfect amount of sunlight you want to filter through. Solar shades offer 1%, 3%, 5%, 8%, 10% and 14% levels of openness to enjoy your convenient motorized solar shades. In some parts of the country, exterior shade isn’t even an option, it’s a necessity (like sunblock). The only thing better than cool custom exterior solar shades, are motorized or automated exterior solar shades!

Keep in mind: 1% Openness= 99% of Harmful UV Rays Blocked = Option that offers the most shade.

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations

To help you meet all your outdoor shade and privacy needs during the long, hot poolside days of summer, we recommend:

Lifestyle Motorized Outdoor Shade

Get the best of customized exterior solar shade protection, as well as the convenience of motorization, with the convenience and ease-of-use these motorized exterior solar shades offer. They include a gorgeous oil-rubbed valance and cable tie-downs!

Motorization specifications:

  • Standard motorization features a 15-channel remote, including one CR2430 battery, that can power up to fifteen (15) individual or fifteen groups of window treatments.
  • Remote range will function inside up to 65 ft away from shade and outside up to 656 ft away from shade.
  • A full battery charge can last up to 6 months based on an average-sized shade raised and lowered once daily.

Remember, you can get your shades custom-crafted for just about any size you might need for your outdoor space coverage, up to 10 feet wide and up to 8 feet high.

More “DIY” To Turn Your House Into Your Dream Home

Whether for an indoor space or outdoor space, don’t let a home design upgrade project intimidate you. We’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Your success is our success! Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Tips, color guidance, product recommendations, etc. Call us today at (888) 314-1133 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

With custom window treatments easily and smartly installed, you can help turn your outdoor patio area into a calm, cool sanctuary to enjoy when it’s scorching outside.

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Get the Blackout Shades You Deserve

Blackout roller shades are one of the best you can find to block out exterior light and keep your indoor space cool and dark. 

Whether you want to be able to sleep in better on weekends, or want to give your child’s room a darker ambience to help them sleep better, or whether you just want to be able to take a refreshing afternoon nap, blackout shades are your thing. These shades are perfect for media rooms, as well. Watch the big game with friends, or enjoy movie night, without any annoying daytime or sunset glare coming in through the windows.

What’s the Difference Between Blackout and Room Darkening Shades?

Our room darkening shades do a great job of blocking out up to 90% – 95% of incoming light, while our blackout shades can block out up to 99%. 

Roller shades will let light in through gaps between mounting hardware and the top of the shade. To achieve an absolute blackout effect with your window treatments of choice, try our Light Blocking Side Tracks.*

*Maximize your blackout shades’ darkening capabilities with our Light Blocking Side Tracks. Effectively black out that light that sneaks in from the sides of your shades.

And while we’re talking about a powerful blackout effect for your interior space, did you know that our Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades were selected 2021’s best blackout shades by the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews?

Wirecutter says:

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds’ Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades [are] the [ones] they’d most like in their homes. The polyester shade looks and feels noticeably better in quality than other shades we considered. Among the shades we tested, it has one of the widest selections of sizes and colors, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty, the longest of any model we considered.”

Related: Are Room Darkening Shades Worth It?

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Blackout Favorites

Ready for some trendy, stylish suggestions? Here are some popular Select Blinds roller shades, known for their effective blackout capabilities:

Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades (Essential Tier)*

Yes! Our shades that won the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews endorsement as the best blackout shades of 2021. Get a better night’s sleep with these budget-friendly blackout window covers that block up to 99% of incoming light.

*Our Essential Tier products include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Select Blackout Roller Shades (Signature Tier)*

Get a top-notch blackout effect for media rooms, bedrooms, and anywhere else in your home where you need them with the clean-looking cordless convenience of these blackout rollers with a weighted bottom hems for smooth, wrinkle-free operation.

Light Blocking Side Tracks (Signature Tier)*

These Light-Blocking Side Tracks can be installed on either side of your roller shade to help maximize coverage and light blockage. Purchase them to accessorize most 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.

Architect Blackout Roller Shades (Premium Tier)*

Enjoy superior blackout fabrics in today’s most popular colors to keep out unwanted light without sacrificing any style. Order with optional side tracks for complete light blockage.

*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.

Designer Elements Blackout Roller Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Don’t forget to top off your interior space’s look with an upscale design element to change day into night anywhere in the home with these elegant blackout rollers. Perfect for day sleepers and style seekers alike.

*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.

You Got This! Let’s Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade

Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. We are here to help! No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. You got this! 

And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation resources. We want to make it easy for you. 

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Are Room Darkening Roller Shades Worth It?

Custom roller shades allow you more control over the amount of light and privacy you need for any space in your home. In many cases, the right rollers can also create more comfort (e.g., cooler, darker spaces), and some can even help cut down on your energy costs throughout the year.  

As far as light control goes, window treatments typically fall within one of three categories: light filtering, room darkening, and blackout. Where do room darkening roller shades fall on the light-control spectrum? Room darkening shades are known for being not too dark, and not too light. They can help set a tranquil mood, and offer the right amount of privacy any time, day or night.  

Benefits of Room Darkening Roller Shades

If you want to prevent light from getting into a room, then custom blackout roller shades or custom room darkening roller shades should meet your needs. Either of these two kinds of window treatments can effectively reduce or block the amount of light that enters a room. You can help create different moods in any of your spaces – some types of shades (like cellular/honeycomb) can also help block out exterior noise.

Are Roller Shades Good for Room Darkening?

While room darkening shades offer more light control than light filtering shades, they don’t block out light as fully as blackout shades (i.e., room darkening shades block out up to 95 percent of incoming light, while blackout shades can block out up to 99 percent).

What’s the Difference Between Room Darkening and Blackout Shades?

Roller shades are known to let light in through gaps between mounting hardware and the top of the shade. To achieve a full blackout effect with your window treatments of choice, you’ll probably need to mount them above your window frame or use a valance. Woven-wood shades, and shades made of lighter materials, will typically need a liner to effectively block out light and to provide privacy at night. As mentioned, room darkening shades do a great job of blocking out up to 95% of incoming light, while blackout shades can block out up to 99%. 

Speaking of blackout shades, did you know that our Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades were selected 2021’s best blackout shades by the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews?

Wirecutter says:
“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds’ Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades [are] the [ones] they’d most like in their homes. The polyester shade looks and feels noticeably better in quality than other shades we considered. Among the shades we tested, it has one of the widest selections of sizes and colors, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty, the longest of any model we considered.”

How do I Stop the Light From Coming Up On the Side of My Roller Shades?

There are some things you can do to help keep light from seeping in from the sides of your roller shades. Some ideas include:

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Favorites

Ready for some trendy, stylish suggestions? Here are some popular Select Blinds roller shades, known for their effective room-darkening capabilities:

Classic Fabric Room Darkening Roller Shades (Essential Tier)*

Darken your spaces nicely and keep things private indoors with the velvety smoothness of these affordable, rich-looking, light blocking rollers.

*Our Essential Tier products include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Lifestyle Room Darkening Roller (Signature Tier)*

Keep the mood lighting down low while darkening your space (think perfect home theater!) with these affordable room darkening rollers. Available with optional side and bottom tracks to block 100% of incoming light.

Light Blocking Side Tracks (Signature Tier)*

These Light-Blocking Side Tracks can be installed on either side of your roller shade to help maximize coverage and light blockage. Purchase them to accessorize most 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.

Premier Room Darkening Dual Shade (Premium Tier)*

With this stylish alternative to roller shades, you can deepen your windows’ dimensions with these unique room darkening dual/zebra shades. Dual layers of sheer and room darkening fabric operate with a roller mechanism like roller shades, then easily align to lighten or darken 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 Room Darkening Skylight (Luxury Tier)*

For those high-up skylight windows, they should be a breeze to cover with these room-darkening honeycomb shades. Several alluring colors, with optional motorization and upgrades!

*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.

Let Us Help You Put More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home

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Personalize your house and turn it into your dream home – we can help! No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. You got this! Custom-craft a home that you’re proud to live in. It’s easy, and you’ll find all the helpful resources you’ll need at selectblinds.com. Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

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How Much Do Roller Shades Typically Cost?

Window treatments are one detail of an interior design that may not seem very important, but the truth is, nothing warms up a room and makes it feel inviting more than stylish blinds, curtains, shades, or shutters. Window treatments can add a personalized finishing touch to a space, as well as provide privacy and incoming light management to meet your unique needs. They can help cut your energy costs throughout the year, help protect your interior and furniture from damage caused by UV rays, and they can even help you sleep in on weekends and keep your room dark and cool for naptime. One classic, yet popular and stylish type of window covering is fashionable roller shades.

Are Roller Shades Expensive?

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Roller shades are relatively inexpensive when compared to other window treatment types (which is one reason they are so popular among homeowners and designers). What you end up paying for them will depend upon upgrades you may add on, and whether or not you pay to have someone install them for you. You can save yourself plenty of money if you are willing to take some time to do your own window measurements and your own installation. Select Blinds makes it so easy for you

What makes one window treatment or roller shade more expensive than another?

What Determines the Cost of a Roller Shade?

The type of roller shade you cost (i.e., basic vs. designer), plus upgrades, will obviously have an impact on the final cost of your window coverings. Following are some additional factors that can affect how much roller shades end up being priced.

  • Size

None of our products are “off-the-shelf.” Every product we sell is custom-crafted just for you and your windows. The larger the surface area you need to cover, the more material will be needed for your custom roller shade.   

  • Fabric/Material

Roller shades crafted with more expensive fabrics and materials tend to be priced higher. 

  • Upgrades

Maybe you want to upgrade to a 6” valance for your roller shades. Maybe you want to upgrade to Kid-friendly cordless lift. Or maybe you want to spoil yourself with a motorized lift system so you can open and close your shades from the couch across the room. Upgrades will bring your cost up somewhat. Some products include upgrade features, as do our Premier and Luxury tier products.

We’ve compiled some pricing for four different roller shades available on our website to show you what your cost per window will be before sales tax and before upgrades. Remember, shipping is always on us!

Take a Closer Look at Some Customer and Staff Favorites!

We take pride in being able to offer our customers over 150 custom-crafted products, for any budget, over 20 of which are roller shades. You can find an unlimited number of upgrades available, too. Take a look at some of the wonderful customer favorite roller shade options available to you:

Classic Vinyl Blackout Roller Shades (Essential Tier)*

Get plenty of better quality sleep with these budget-friendly blackout roller shades. They are made of flame retardant vinyl fiberglass and laminated with another layer of vinyl for extra strength and long-lasting durability.

*Our Essential Tier products include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Lifestyle Light Filtering Roller (Signature Tier)*

You’ll love these affordable light filtering roller shades, made with crease-resistant fabric, and that you can install in a flash! Raise and lower them smoothly, with upgrade options available, including motorization. 

*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.

Architect Blackout Roller (Premium Tier)*

Get some “WOW!” factor into your home with superior room darkening fabrics in today’s most popular colors–keep out unwanted light without sacrificing style. Order with optional side tracks for top-notch privacy, and for complete light blockage.

*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.

Designer Elements Light Filtering Roller Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Take your window style up to the next level. Customize these distinguished looking light filtering shades with upgrades like motorization and matching cassettes to go smashingly with any décor.

*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.

Let Us Help You Put More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home

Personalize your house so that it’s all yours by turning it into your dream home. Don’t worry, because you don’t need to break the bank to do it. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. Custom craft a home that you’re proud to live in. It’s easy, and we’re here to help! Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

Go Window Shopping for Some Stylish New Roller Shades! >>

What Should I Consider When Choosing Roller Shades for My Interior Space?

Roller shades for windows come in countless different colors, textures, and patterns to perfectly complement and top off your own unique design style. Nothing adds the perfect finishing touch to a space better than beautiful custom window coverings, and stylish roller shades can make all the difference in this regard. Homeowners and designers alike should consider some key factors when selecting roller shades:

  • Inside or outside mount
  • Texture/weave/craftsmanship
  • Color/pattern

What Are Roller Shades?

Basically, roller shades are simple, solid, continuous window coverings. They don’t open and close through their main surface, the way blinds can do when you open and close their slats or vanes, but rather they open and close up and down using a roller mechanism, retracting toward or unfurling away from their headrails. The materials used to custom craft our roller shades is not sheer (see-through) at all.

Roller shades are popular for their simple, clean appearance and stylish budget-friendliness. As with any fashionable window treatments, they can add depth and a nice, personalized accent to your space, with unlimited options for trendy materials, colors, and fabrics.

How Are Solar Shades Different Than Roller Shades?

Solar shades are also pretty simple window coverings, and they cover windows and function using a roller mechanism as roller shades do–without slats or vanes.

Solar shades tend to carry a slightly higher price tag than roller shades, mainly because of the materials used for their construction: woven material (usually PVC), similar to a window screen, is used to craft solar shades. 

This loosely woven screen material allows for some transparency through the shade… it can reflect sunlight away from the screen, provide coverage from UV rays, and still allow for a view to the outside. Solar shades help protect your furniture and interior from UV ray damage, and help keep your interior cool. The “openness percentage” can vary, allowing for more or less coverage, in exchange for more or less outward visibility (e.g., the higher the visibility percentage, the more see-through capability).

Inside or Outside Mount?

Depending on your window frame’s depth and size, you can choose to mount your roller shades on the inside of the frame or on the outside (above the window, attached to the wall, or attached to the ceiling above the window). Keep in mind that outside mount usually allows more light in from the sides, and also leaves a bit of a wider gap for less privacy, but light blocking side tracks can help keep tighter closure for light and privacy management.

Texture/Weave/Craftsmanship

Textures can add a nice element of depth to an interior design motif. See what a lovely array of textures and fabrics you have to choose from for your roller shades. Creating a layering effect can also add depth to your window/space.

Speaking of craftsmanship, we at Select Blinds don’t sell “prefabricated sized” off-the-shelf window treatments. All of our window products are custom-crafted with care to fit your unique window sizes perfectly. We’ll also be there with you to help you DIY your house into your dream home, so you can save money and take pride in the newly designed gorgeous space you’ve created.

Colors/Patterns

You’ll also have a vast number of colors and patterns to choose from. If you want your window treatments to be the focal centerpoint of your room, then go with bolder colors or patterns. If you don’t want your roller shades to detract from any interior elements, go with more subtle colors and patterns.

A couple of things to keep in mind regarding your roller shade color of choice:

  • Neutral Colors can help Roller Shades Blend Into Your Design 

Creamy whites, natural browns, greys, charcoals–these are all good color selections to help your blinds blend in more seamlessly into your interior. Think balance. Colors like grey or silver can also add an additional metallic element of color to your interior if you have a design with primarily wood fixtures.

  • Accent Colors Can Add Your Own Unique Touch To Your Design

Neutral tones can be difficult to top in regard to balancing out your colors in a space, but bright colors can help with balance, too. A splash of color can liven up an otherwise heavy, drab décor.

What Color Roller Shades Make a Room Look Bigger and Brighter?

If you are going for an enlarging effect in your space, you’ll want to select softer, lighter shades of color (e.g., white, off-white, cream, etc.), as darker shades can make an area feel more enclosed. Lighter colors always give an airy, spacious feeling to a room. Something else you might try is to paint your window trim and moldings in lighter shades than your wall color.

Select Blinds Staff and Customer Favorites

Care for some roller shade recommendations? Keep reading for some Select Blinds staff and customer favorites. 

Need help measuring your windows for your new roller shades? We got you!
Learn how to measure your windows here.

Related: How to Install Roller Shades

Classic Fabric Light Filtering Roller Shades (Essential Tier)*

Deck your windows out with a vibrant vibe in the easily affordable style options available for these versatile, light-filtering cordless rollers. Lovely color selection of neutrals.

*Our Essential Tier products  include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Lifestyle Light Filtering Roller (Signature Tier)*

Affordable light-filtering roller shades that are made with crease-resistant fabric, and that you can install in a flash. Easy operation, including with motorized options. Nice selection of colors and patterns to help beautify your space.

*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.

Premier Woven Roller (Premium Tier)*

Add some depth and dimension to your windows by weaving some magic in with the woven textures of these light filtering fabric shades – free cordless lift. An impressive array of colors, patterns, and textures to choose from.

*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.

Designer Elements Blackout Roller Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Add an upscale design element to your windows with these elegant blackout rollers. Perfect for day sleepers and style seekers alike. A vast selection of “eye-catchy” patterns and colors to choose from, as well. 

*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. Most, if not all, upgrade features are included.

“DIY” Your House Into Your Dream Home

Make your home all yours by turning it into your dream home. Without breaking the bank. Nothing fills a space or makes a home or outdoor deck or patio area feel warmer and more welcoming than our beautiful window treatments. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. It’s easy, and we’re here to help! Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

Go Window Shopping for Some Stylish New Roller Shades! >>

What Does the “Openness Percentage” Mean for Solar Shades?

Solar shade fabrics are generally referred to in the context of “opacity” and in percentages of “openness.” Solar shades (and exterior solar shades) operate like roller shades, and are known for providing excellent UV ray blockage (and privacy), while still allowing a view to the outside. They are also known for helping your energy bills (block out heat and light in the summer when closed, or open them in the winter to let sunlight in to help keep your interior warm).

Openness indicates the tightness of the fabric weave, which is an indication of the percentage of light that can penetrate through (e.g. 1%, 3%, 5%, etc.). Low openness means a more tightly woven fabric, with less visibility through the shade and a higher opacity. Higher openness percentages indicate a looser fabric weave, and therefore, greater visibility.

The corresponding number to an openness percentage is the opacity of a fabric: a fabric with 1% openness has an opacity of 99% (97% opacity to 3% openness, 95% opacity to 5% openness, etc.) – the opacity is the percentage of light blockage the fabric is capable of. For more flexibility in managing your interior privacy and incoming light, you may consider dual (or zebra) shades, which display their versatility in combining the functionality of a solid roller shade with the adaptability of horizontal blinds. A layer of sheer stripes alternates with a layer of solid stripes – imagine a continuous fabric shade that you can open and close, as you would window blinds.

Visualizing the Openness Factor

  • Lower openness percentages (e.g., 1% – 5%) block out more of the sun’s UV rays, offering more protection for your furniture/interior finishes, and they also offer more privacy – they do, however, limit outward visibility.
  • Medium openness percentages (e.g., 10%) maintain a good amount of your view to the outside, while still offering suitable protection for your furniture/interior.
  • A high openness percentage (e.g., 14%) provide the best visibility to the outside, as well as decent glare reduction.

Do Solar Shades Provide Privacy During the Day?

Beautiful Luxury Home, Exterior Patio Lounge at Sunset

Solar shades are effective at reflecting sunlight during the day, so as to block a view into your interior from the outside, while allowing you to see from the inside out. Keep in mind that at night, with your interior lights on, the effect is opposite: the interior light is reflected off of the solar fabric, blocking your outward view, while allowing visibility from the exterior.  

If you should install solar shades and are concerned about privacy, consider implementing a layering effect, by adding opaque curtains between your shade and interior, so you can close them at night to block visibility from the outside.

Select Blinds Staff and Customer Favorites

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Are you considering solar shades, but are looking for some recommendations? We’ve got just the thing for you, so read on for some Select Blinds staff and customer favorites.

Need help measuring your windows for your solar shades? Find out how to measure your windows here.

Traditional Solar Shades (Essential Tier)*

Our Traditional Solar Shades, custom-crafted in long-lasting PVC with a sleek colored polymer coating, offer an enhanced design for reliable UV protection. Keep your great view to the outside. Available in a nice selection of neutral colors in 3%, 5%, and 10% openness.

*Our Essential Tier products  include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Lifestyle Solars (Signature Tier)*

Protect your décor and your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. Available in a variety of neutral colors in 1%, 3%, and 5% weaves.

*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.

Premium Modern Solar Screen (Premium Tier)*

See more clearly inside and out with these interior solar shades. The openness of the fade resistant fabric reduces harsh incoming light so you can still enjoy looking out. Choose from a selection of colors, including neutrals, in 5% or 13% openness – collections are Essential, Lifestyle, and Architect.

Lifestyle Outdoor Motorized Shade (Premium Tier)* 

Elevate your outdoor experience with the convenience and ease-of-use of motorized solars. Plus, they come with a gorgeous oil-rubbed valance and cable tie-downs! Neutral color selection in 5% or 8% openness.

*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.

Designer Series Modern Solar Screen (Luxury Tier)*


Make your sunroom ultra-elegant and upscale with these fabulous, modern solar shades. They come in a range of subtly-patterned neutrals that can accent any design. Available in 3% or 5% weaves.

*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. Most, if not all, upgrade features are included.

Your House, Custom-Crafted Into Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home or outdoor deck or patio area feel warmer and more welcoming than our beautiful window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. It’s easy! We can help you transform your house into your dream home! Treat your windows (or outdoor area) right with the right window treatments!

Go Window Shopping for the Perfect Solar Shades! >>