5 Reasons You Need to Take a Second Look at Roller Shades

There’s something classically beautiful about roller shades, but sometimes they can get passed over for other types of window coverings. Roller shades are more versatile than you may think. Here’s five reasons you need to take a second look:

1. Clean, Simple Lines

Classic fabric roller shades come in many color choices.Classic Fabric Roller Shades

While some might look at roller shades and think they’re basic, they’re anything but. Roller shades offer clean, simple lines. This means that they won’t distract from your d├ęcor. If anything, they’ll complement it and even add to it. Clean, modern lines means they’re versatile design-wise.

2. Easy Operation

Roller shades are easy to use.

All of our window coverings are easy to operate, but because roller shades have been around for so long, it’s natural to know how to lift and lower them. All you have to do is raise and lower from the bottom rail. Other lift systems include a motorized lift, a motorized wand, and a continuous cord loop.

3. Variety of Color Options

Roller shades come in a huge variety of colors and textures.Select Fabric Light Filtering Roller Shades

Roller shades at SelectBlinds.com come in more colors than just black and white. From browns and grays to blues and greens, it will be easy to find a roller shade you love. The roller shade lines may be simple, but that doesn’t mean that they’re boring.

4. Patterns and Textures

Roller shades come in many patterns and texturesDesigner Elements Blackout Roller Shades

A solid color too yawn-inducing for you? Did you know that roller shades are available in patterns and textures, too? So, if you’re looking for a something to stand out and command attention, then roller shades are it.

5. Both Classic and Modern

Roller shades are both modern and classic.Blackout Sheerweave Roller Shades

No matter if you have a more classic design style or a more modern one, roller shades will work beautifully for both. And you know what? If your design style is somewhere in between, roller shades have you – and your windows – covered.

Click here to shop our entire selection of roller shades.

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

Selling your home is exciting because you’re starting a new chapter, but it’s also stressful because you’ll have a lot of work to do to get your home ready. The whole point of selling your home is to get the most for it, and quickly. The best way to do that is to stage your home. This doesn’t mean you have to hire professional stagers, but that is always an option. You can actually do it all yourself, and here’s how:

Minimalize and Simplify

Minimize and simplify

Get rid of clutter and everything extra. Take down the pictures of you and your family. Pack knick knacks out of sight. You may love to be around all your stuff, but you have to help potential buyers visualize themselves and their stuff in the space. When in doubt, get rid of it, at least temporarily.

Upgrade Appliances

Update appliances

Updating and upgrading the appliances is a great way to increase your home’s value and appeal to potential buyers. Plus, it will make your kitchen feel more luxurious and modern.

Update Window Coverings

Update your window coveringsSignature Faux Wood Shutters

The right window coverings can give your home personality, style, and a streamlined look and feel. One of the most popular updates is adding shutters. Shutters are timeless and it will make your home feel rich and sophisticated.


Fresh paint in neutral colors

A fresh coat of paint will work wonders. It will make everything feel fresh, clean, and new. When it comes to paint color, neutrals are generally the way to go. Again, this helps the potential buyer to envision themselves living there. If you choose a bright color, it may scare off the buyers because it’s not their style. Choosing neutral colors gives them a blank canvas to start imagining themselves living there.

With just a few updates and changes, your home will be beautifully staged and ready to sell.

5 New Year’s Decorating Resolutions to Put on Your List

It’s that time of year again – time to make some New Year’s resolutions. As you’re making your physical or mental list for 2017, don’t forget to add in some decorating-related resolutions. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Read a few decorating books

Decorating books have the 411
Getting decorating ideas from experts is a great way to find initial inspiration. You don’t have to exactly what they’re suggesting, but their ideas can spark some of your own. Because there are so many decorating books out there, you can narrow it down easily by browsing our online book reviews.

2. Add more of yourself into your space

Personalize your space
Don’t be afraid to infuse a bit of your personality into your home. If you like a color, use it. Adore a bold pattern? Go for it. Have something that you cherish and brings back good memories, but others think it’s tacky or plain or whatever? Who cares! Use it in your home. Your space is all about you and how it makes you feel.

3. Take some decorating risks

Take a risk and make a statement
If you’re a cautious decorator, try to take some decorating risks in 2017. They don’t have to be big risks, but try to stretch your comfort zone a bit. You might be surprised that you love the change and you’re ready to explore even bigger decorating “risks”.

4. Mix the old with the new

Mix the old with the new for a unique look
Some of the most well-rounded, beautiful spaces mix the old with the new. Pair a vintage side table with a modern loveseat. Or, better yet, mix a vintage rug with brand new window coverings (we couldn’t resist!). This is the easiest way to create a timeless look and feel in your home.

5. Sit back and enjoy your renewed space

Sit back and enjoy your zen space
Now that all the hard – yet fun! – work is done, it’s time to enjoy the space you’ve created. You’ve earned it, and you deserve it.

Book Review – Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess

Habitat - The Field Guide to Decorating

If you’re looking for an in-depth look at decorating and decorating-related terms, this is the perfect book for you. This book dives deep into decorating problems that you didn’t even know you had, and then it offers beautiful solutions to those problems.

Liess starts off the entire book with this beautiful quote by William Morris that sets the tone for the entire book:

“Every work of man which has beauty in it must have some meaning also; that the presence of any beauty in a piece of handicraft implies that the mind of the man who made it was more or less excited at the time, was lifted somewhat above the commonplace; that he had something to communicate to his fellows which they did not know of feel before, and which they would never have known or felt if he had not been there to force them to it.”

The Idea Behind the Book

The book’s format is based on a traditional field guide, which is an interesting take. The author talks about her own field guide she created as a child, documenting all the plant life near her home. She soon discovered that a field guide doesn’t just have to be about flora and fauna. The same concept could be applied toward decorating your home. This book is a great resource for those new to the decorating world and those who are a bit more experienced. After all, who doesn’t love a new decorating idea now and then?

Perhaps some of the definitions aren’t needed, as most people know what “color” is or what a “window” is, but I understand that it’s there for the sake of consistency.

Here are some of my favorite ideas from this book:

Determining the Focal Point

Before you even start decorating, you should be able to identify the focal point of the room. For some spaces, it’s in the architectural details, like a fireplace or a large set of windows that look out to an amazing view. These are natural focal points. However, some rooms don’t have one already built into the space. If this is the case, you have to determine with that focal point will be. Liess believes that “rooms are most striking when they have a strong focal point” (25).

Window Coverings (of course!)

How can I write a book review without mentioning the chapter all about window coverings? She provides a comprehensive guide to the benefits of each type of window covering, including roman shades, shutters, and wooden blinds. I loved seeing a designer’s take on the best window coverings. It provides a new perspective, one that’s backed by experience.

Beautiful Everyday Items

This section is all about finding beautiful everyday items, like cookware, cutting boards, or dishes. Things can be both practical and beautiful, so why not make them both?

The Truth of Emotion & Authentic Decorating

The best art was a truthfulness and emotion to it. That’s where the beauty comes from. That’s how you decorate authentically. Find artwork that speaks to you on a deep level. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, and don’t be afraid to let the artwork in your home reflect you.

Decorating with Confidence

What it all comes down to is confidence. There are accepted decorating rules, but the only thing that really matters is that your home makes you happy. Be confident in your decisions. As long as you’re happy, who cares what anyone else thinks.

Have you read this book yet? What did you think?

7 Stylish Alternatives to a Traditional Headboard

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

Oversized Art

Oversized Art

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

Art or Frame Collage

Art or Frame Collage

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

Wall Decal

Wall Decals

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

Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Paint

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

Fences, Gates, and Doors

Fences, Gates, and Doors

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

Large Mirror

Large Mirror

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

Window Shades or Curtains

Window Shades or Curtains

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

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

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

2017 Pantone Color of the Year & the Home Decor You Need

It’s finally here! Pantone announced their 2017 color of the year. Say hello to:

Green is the color of the year!

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute shared some of their motivation for choosing this yellow-green color.

“…Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Not sure how to incorporate this new color into your home decor? We’ll make it a little easier for you. Here are some home decor items that you just have to see.

Window Coverings

Take a look at these window coverings. On the right of each picture, you can see a color option that’s close to Greenery. Whether you like the exact 2017 Pantone color of the year or you’d prefer something closely related, but not an exact match, we have you covered.

Top down bottom up cellular shades in Dried ParsleyPremier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades

Designer Sleep Shades in Shamrock GreenDesigner Sleep Shades

Premier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades in Solid Ponderosa PinePremier Double Cell Light Filtering

Designer Elements Light Filtering Roller Shades in Green GooDesigner Elements Light Filtering Roller Shades

Decorative Pillows

pillow-1Taste of Trellis Decorative Pillow


Surya Green Solid Decorative Pillow


bedding-1Stripe Navy and Lime Bedding Set by Sweet Jojo Designs


Hudson Luxury 12-Pc Bedding


Luxury Checkered Quilted Wrinkle Free Multi-Piece Coverlets Set

What do you think of the 2017 Pantone color of the year? How will you use it in your home?

Inspiring Decorator, Caitlin Murray, Black Lacquer Design


Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design is an inspiration. What we love most about her style is that she loves and appreciates bold color. What’s not to love? Here’s a little more about Caitlin and her journey to becoming an interior designer.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?


Growing up, I was always rearranging furniture and organizing things in my room, which quickly spilled over to those of my friends. I had an irresistible pull toward a career in interior design because of my fascination with curating pieces in a way that creates a beautiful space. For me, it’s the most fun form of art because the result is that people get to enjoy it in their daily lives.

Though my draw toward this field was sparked at a young age, I initially wrote it off as a frivolous pursuit and figured I’d outgrow the desire to design. I grew up in a conservative Midwest city with two attorney parents, so a “practical” college major seemed like a safer choice. I got a bachelor’s degree in journalism, then landed my first job as a beauty and fashion publicist in LA. I thought I’d made a great compromise by scoring a serious yet creative career, but I soon realized how promising becoming an interior designer could be in Southern California. I went back to school to get my design degree, took advantage of some great job opportunities in the industry, and gained a ton of experience before branching out with my own firm.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?


I think my style tends to be a creatively balanced mix of vintage and modern elements. Overall, it’s eclectic, colorful, and chic.

3. What was your favorite project? Why?


I did a project in the Hollywood Hills that was one of my favorites because the client (who later became a close friend) gave me free creative rein. The result was an awesome balance and flow of colors and materials that really complemented the space, his amazing art, and both of our style sensibilities.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?


I’m loving that the new wave furniture pieces of the ’80s are coming back in a cooler way–especially through chunky furniture with curved lines done in soft, pretty colors.

Sally C. and Mickey M. are Happy SelectBlinds.com Customers!

Sally C. chose the Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shades and the 3 1/2″ Deluxe Vertical Blinds.

“LOVE these blinds.”




Mickey M. chose the Signature 2″ Pleated Shades.

“We love our new woven pleated shades in our kitchen & pantry! They went into our new home, and helped to warm up the whole room. The woven teak color added texture and color to the windows. We have just ordered six more blinds for the rest of our home, and can’t wait to see them in place!”