Kitchen Window Treatment Design Ideas

By SelectBlinds.com

What to do about your kitchen windows? Different rooms in your home have different needs when it comes to window treatments, but think about all the time you spend in your kitchen, in particular.

Treat Your Kitchen Windows

The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of your home,” where you spend so much time with your family and friends talking, eating meals, telling stories, joking around, celebrating holidays, etc. You rely on your kitchen’s window treatments to not only serve certain functions, but also to look good while doing so. You’ll spend a lot of time seeing your kitchen window coverings, so you want to take extra care that you “treat” those windows just right.

Kitchen Window Treatments: Some Considerations

For starters, you need your kitchen window treatments to be durable and easy to clean – but remember, you also want your kitchen blinds, shutters, or shades to look good and make your kitchen feel welcoming. You can control the amount of light coming into your kitchen, as well as your privacy as needed, all to fit your personal lifestyle.

Faux Wood Kitchen Blinds and Shutters

Faux wood blinds and shutters are definitely durable and built to last, but even better, they are perfect for areas of high moisture and dampness, because they won’t warp, split, or crack over time. Plus they offer the elegant look of real wood blinds. They are also super easy to keep clean. Simply wipe down with a soapy, damp cloth or rag, and then with a dry cloth.

Roller Shades

No matter what your sense of style, there’s a custom roller shade that you’ll love. Highly functional, great at keeping the light out, and with a familiar, classic look. Get creative in the way you express your own individual aesthetic.They are also easy to care for and to clean, especially those rollers made of synthetic materials.

Solar Shades

If blocking out the harsh incoming glare is of concern to you to keep the sun out of your eyes and also to help preserve your interior furniture, you may consider solar shades as an option for your kitchen.

You can select from sheer to opaque and anywhere in-between. Solar shades are usually made from PVC, which means they’re super easy to clean and maintain, and also that they’ll last for several years.

Bamboo / Woven Wood

Another viable option for kitchen window treatments comes in the form of shades made with bamboo or woven woods. Just be careful which window you use them for (keep them away from behind the sink or near the stove), because if they get wet, they will start to gradually come apart. The materials used to make them, like bamboo, grasses, reeds and jutes, help soften the look of your kitchen appliances. Also, they’re known to hold their shape over time, even if you get a lot of sun in your kitchen. Cleaning bamboo is easy, as you can regularly just wipe off dust with a damp rag.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades (sometimes referred to as honeycomb shades) are designed to insulate against outdoor heat and cold by trapping heat inside their single- or double-layer honeycomb “pockets.” This helps conserve energy and reduce your energy bills throughout the year. Cellular shades can also insulate against and soften outdoor noise when your children are playing outside, or you’re entertaining guests.

As far as “cleanability” goes, cellulars are relatively easy to keep clean. Simply dust or vacuum them off regularly. From time to time, you may want to have your shades professionally cleaned, as they are prone to gather various scents and smells over time. Along with Roman shades, cellulars are also not the best choice as a treatment for the window over the kitchen sink, as they do not do well in moist/damp environments.

Need Some Inspiration?

To help you, here are some of Select Blinds’ most popular options for kitchen window treatments:

2” Premier Faux Woods 

Classic Sheer Weave Solars  

Classic Roman Shades  

Classic Fabric Light Filtering Roller Shades 

Lifestyle Light Filtering Cellulars 

Classic Cordless Woven Woods 

Trust your design instincts. Your kitchen windows are going to look AMAZING.

Easy Arched Window Treatment Ideas

By SelectBlinds.com

Arched windows over doors or windows add unique dimension to an interior. They can even make your room look “taller,” and more spacious. Originally introduced by the Romans, arched windows were also popular in ancient Greece and throughout the ancient world. They represent a classic architectural finishing touch.

Forget about stories you may have heard about how difficult it is to find arched window treatments, or how difficult it is to install those window coverings, since they’re often so high up and out-of-the-way. At SelectBlinds, we’re ALL ABOUT making your life easier, so read on to learn how window treatments can be a simple project for your arches, with many options to choose from.

Arched windows are a classic architectural finish that add dimension to your windows and interior.

Arched Window Treatments Should be Designed as a Focal Point

Arched windows are naturally a prominent focal point in a room due to their size and height.  It can be tricky to find “off-the-shelf” window treatments to cover them. Window treatments for arched windows are a better option and are easier than ever before. You could hire someone to cover your arches professionally, but you can just as easily “DIY it” by purchasing arched window treatments online.

Window treatments for arched windows should enhance those uniquely shaped windows as a design focal point.

Arched Window Shapes & Styles

There are several different styles of arch-shaped windows, including traditional half-moon (the half circle people typically think of in regard to arched windows) and “sunburst styles.” There are also the more “elongated eyebrow-shaped” windows and “quarter arches.” Depending on the size, shape, and location of your window, there are plenty of stationary or movable options to meet your needs.

Cellular Shade Treatments for Arched Windows

One of the most popular treatments you’ll find for arches are Cellular/Honeycomb shades. “Cellulars,” as they’re often called, come in a variety of colors, textures, and are commonly constructed in durable polyester. This makes it easy to coordinate with other window coverings in your room, along with the rest of your interior décor. Some arched window treatments can be opened and closed, while many are “fixed” window treatments, meant to stay closed all the time.

Light filtering or blackout options for your arched windows can add just what you need for privacy and light control. Plus, you can achieve that personalized, well-designed look all throughout your home.

Other Cell Shade Advantages:

  • Cellular shades are considered energy-efficient. Their unique “honeycomb construction” traps heat inside their pockets to insulate from heat in the summer, and to keep heat IN during the cold winter months. 
  • Installation is easy, once you have your arched window shades in the right size.
  • Cellulars also help insulate against outdoor noise. Need some quiet to work while the kids are outside playing? Get cellular shades for your home office windows.
  • Many arched window shades come with white street-facing backing, for HOA compliance.
arched window treatments over the front door
Control the light coming in through your arches with light filtering or blackout cellular arch shades.

Curtains and Drapery for Arched Windows

Another easy way to cover your arched windows is with curtains or drapery.

Curtains and/or drapery can be designed to cover your arched windows entirely, or partially. Sheer fabrics work well to not block out the light completely. Along with the classic look of arched windows, drapery has its own timeless appeal and flowing look, so that might be the pairing you decide upon. They also come in many patterns and colors and are a great choice if you want to display your personal style in a more prominent way.

drapery as an effective arched window treatment
There are a wide variety of ways to use curtains / drapery as arched window coverings.

Curtains and drapery fabric finishes range from cotton canvas to trending metallic and glossy sateens, sheens, and embossed satins. The choices are endless. It’s easy to enhance and personalize your drapes even more with standard and optional features like color coordinated tiebacks, privacy and blackout liners, and curtain rods and rings in a variety of finishes to enhance their look. We offer matching fabric by the yard, to tie the whole room together by using it to create your own fabric accents, like decorative pillows or a duvet, for example.

Here’s some guidance on how to measure for curtains or drapery.

Measuring Your Arched Windows

You may need a step stool or ladder to get up high enough to measure your arched windows. Proceed cautiously! It might be helpful to get someone to assist you.

Arched window treatments are almost always mounted on the inside of a window frame, so that’s where you’ll be measuring. 

To measure width for half-moon and quarter arches: Get a steel measuring tape and measure the width of the window base at the bottom of your window,, from left to right. Round down to the nearest 1/8” if you measure a 1/16” or 1/32” increment. This is the width you’ll use for ordering for your arched windows from Selectblinds.com.

To measure the height, for a half-moon arched window and for quarter arches: take your measuring tape, and, measure inside the frame from the base up to the highest center point of the arch. Round down to the nearest 1/8” if you measure a 1/16” or a 1/32” increment. This is the height you’ll use to order.

Nice and easy.

measuring arched windows
Wait until you see how easy it is to get arched window treatments.

Most Loved Window Treatments for Arched Windows :

Premier Light Filtering Arch

Premier Blackout Arch

Luxe Modern Light Filtering Arch

Luxe Modern Blackout Arch

Luxe Custom Drapes/Curtains

Lifestyle Custom Drapes/Curtains

Designer Fabric By The Yard

The perfect arched window treatments are waiting for you at SelectBlinds.com.

Minimalist Home Décor Ideas – Custom Window Treatments

By SelectBlinds.com

The idea of minimalism encompasses a return to simplicity. Reducing the number of objects in your living space, to leave only the most necessary of items. Less clutter to make the most of your available space. 

Crisp lines, maybe some quieter color tones, and the silent allure that define minimalism have been shown to nurture a healthier sense of stillness and well-being.

Maybe Zen isn’t exactly your thing, but consider the relaxing benefits of keeping objects and clutter to a minimum in your home. Everything in its place, without anything you don’t need. Imagine minimalist window treatments to keep things simple, practical, and aesthetically beautiful. Here are three tips to help you bring that kind of minimalist feel into your home.

1. Minimalist Window Treatments Should Be Functional

Minimalist design emphasizes the importance of every included element in a space having a tangible, practical function.

Think about the simplistic elegance of roller shades. Cordless (especially motorized) roller shades crisply pull down to where you need them with just a gentle tug. No cords, no clutter. Top Down Bottom Up cellular/honeycomb shades work in a similar manner, but with some additional applications. You can get your TDBU cellulars to open from the top down also, offering you plenty of outdoor light, and privacy at the same time. They also provide a soundproofing effect for a quieter interior, and they are energy-efficient at the same time.

Shutters offer a nice minimalist look and feel as well. Throughout the day, you can tilt the louvers exactly where you need them to be for the right amount of lighting that you want. Whenever you need to, just shut the louvers completely for full privacy. Let the full light in with a wide open view when you swing open the panels entirely.

Shutters as minimalist window treatments.
Shutters offer quick control of incoming light as well as privacy when you need it.

Solar shades not only offer a crisp, minimalist look (like roller shades), but they also help protect your floors, furniture, and framed items from the harsh incoming UV rays. And they help preserve your view. 

Fabrics vary in openness factor (typically 1% to 14%) to increase UV protection and reduce glare or to allow a better outward view when they’re closed. For rooms where you want some natural light coming in, but you want to maintain privacy at the same time, they’re perfect.

And don’t forget bamboo/woven woods. What could be more Zen/minimalist looking than natural bamboo minimalist window treatments?

2. Minimalist Window Treatments Should Be Set in Close to Your Window

One thing minimalist designers make a point to do is to use as little space as possible. They might implement a desk or table, but without bulky lamps, large plants, or “clutter-ey” items to throw the clean, tight design off-kilter. In a similar manner, minimalist window treatments should be set in snugly to the window, without fussy cords, frills, or fabric spilling outward and onto the floor. 

Roller shades, cellular shades, shutters, bamboos, and solar shades all lend themselves well to this idea of physical closeness to their windows. Remember that “minimalism” implies being direct in your design, and that “less is more.”

Speaking of set close to your window: Similar to the textures offered by cellular shades, panel tracks can offer a warm, personal touch with various options in textured upholstery and fabrics, in a variety of colors, including neutrals.

Since a tight fit is important for your minimalist vibe, note that custom panels can very elegantly frame your windows, while offering ample cover. Just remember not to let saggy fabric or uneven floor gaps between panels throw off the precision of your minimalist look.

Panel tracks as minimalist window treatments
Panel tracks meet all the criteria you could want for minimalist window coverings, and they beautifully provide cover for
large/wide windows and glass doors.

3. Minimalist Window Treatments Don’t Have To Be Neutral

Minimalist designs have been traditionally known to utilize neutral whites, blacks, and grays. But this isn’t a requirement. Consider eye-catching splashes of color, including on your minimalist window treatments. Color can really add some nice accents especially if the furniture in your room features a neutral palette. Without color, your space can look and feel cold and impersonal. If you already have some color accents (e.g., rugs, furniture, pillows), neutral window treatments might be the way to go.

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations

Here are some minimalist window treatments our staff loves and offers as recommendations.

Classic Fabric Room Darkening Roller Shades

Lifestyle Light Filtering Cellulars

Architect Stained Shutter

Lifestyle Motorized Solar

Premier Woven Wood Shades

Modern Architect Panel Track

With the wide variety of fabrics, textures, styles, and colors available to you, finding the perfect custom minimalist window treatments should be a breeze.

Summer Tips for a Cooler Home: Use Insulated Shades for Your Windows

By SelectBlinds.com

During the heat of summer, that A/C feels heavenly, doesn’t it? But those summertime electric bills! Hoo boy!

How about some energy efficiency? Sure, you can turn on the fans, use a dehumidifier, hang out in the basement more frequently, and even “dress down” a bit for the weather, but did you ever think about the heat coming in from your windows?

Consider those lovely sunny rays shining into your room. According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “about 76% of sunlight that falls on standard double-pane windows enters to become heat.” Less incoming light = less heat from your windows.

So how DO you keep your house cool in the summertime?

Cellular shades keep rooms cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter.
Cellular shades keep rooms cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter.

How Do Cellular Shades Work?

Welcome to the world of cellular (“honeycomb”) shades. Cellular shades (often known as “cellulars,” for short) can block up to 99% of incoming light. Remember, less incoming light means less incoming heat through your windows.

The unique honeycomb design of these stylish window treatments also offers effective insulation against the incoming heat by trapping hot air in the pockets within the shade’s pleats, providing a layer (or two layers with the double-cell construction option) of protection between heat outdoors and your interior. This can significantly keep your rooms cooler and reduce your energy bills.

Guess what else cellular window treatments insulate against? Outdoor noise. Think of quieter rooms, insulated from the outdoor heat throughout your house, while relying less upon you’re A/C unit.

Cellular shades trap heat in their interior pockets for excellent insulation capabilities.
Cellular shades trap heat in their interior pockets for excellent insulation capabilities.

Should You Go with Single- or Double-cell Construction?

You’ll find that cellulars are available in single- and double-cell construction. Which is better?

Double-cell cellular do at least double up on the insulating and room darkening capability of your shades; the cost of upgrading to double-cell shades is well worth it. Take, for example, double-cell blackout shades. They offer the peak of insulation performance.

But don’t discount single-cell shades too quickly. Even less expensive single-cell shades can make a significant difference in your energy bill.  

Cellular shades are stylish and insulate from heat and noise.
Cellular shades are stylish and insulate from heat and noise.

Cellular Pleat Size

Another consideration for cellular shades is the pleat size options. Note that smaller pleats will look more natural in vertically shorter windows, while wider pleats will complement taller windows. Your sense of style, your choice!

Select Blinds’ Staff Recommends:

Check out some of our most popular styles of cellular shades below:

Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shades
Select Blinds 2" Premier Blackout Cellulars
Select Blinds Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades

And remember to stay cool this summer!

Do You Really Need a Valance or Cornice Board?

By Select Blinds

Valance or no valance? That might be your question.

A valance and a cornice board are decorative encasings that can add a nice final accent or touch to your window coverings. Some valances and cornice boards are more casual-looking, and others are more formal, but either way, they are meant to match or complement your blinds or shades along with the décor of the room.

Valances come in minimalist looks, pleated/ruffled looks, and range anywhere else from classic wooden finished looks to sharp metallic looks. They swag, cascade, layer, and balloon, and there is any number of styles to choose from, to please any personal taste. Cornice boards tend to be thicker and weightier in appearance.

Valance close up
A valance and a cornice board are decorative encasings that can add a nice final accent or touch to your window coverings. They can add functionality and style to any window or room.

What is the Purpose of a Valance or Cornice Board?

Valances and cornice boards are usually made of fabric, wood, or metal, depending on the type of style of your window covering. They are meant to hiding the top hardware of your window coverings and give your windows a more tidy, interesting look.

Are Valances Out of Style?

There are many cheap-looking, droopy valances, to be sure, and no, these are not what we’re talking about. Valances and cornice boards are very commonly used, and very effectively, by professional interior designers, including in newer, modern homes. Adding a valance to adorn your window treatments is an incredibly easy way to stylishly customize and add personalized flair to your home.

Valances and cornice boards are always useful as a design element, whether you’re using them for roller shades, Zebra/dual shades, or to top off a classic looking Roman shade. They add functionality and stability to your window covering.

Valance in a living room.
Valances and cornice boards can add an added visual dimension, weight,
and even height to a room.

Other Advantages of Incorporating a Valance or Cornice Board into Your Design

There are many advantages from going with a valance or cornice board. Here are a few:

Cover up Hardware, Decorate Curtain Tops

One of a valance’s primary functions is to cover up hardware, curtain rods, and anything else at the top of a window you might want to adorn. A valance gives a continuous look and feel to any window covering.  They can even tie together different window coverings in the same room.

Soften up Your Window’s Appearance

Blinds, sliding panels, and other window treatments can give a hard-edged look to a room. Valances can broaden, adorn, enhance, and soften any window covering.

Versatility

Valances are fashionable enough to be used as stand-alone window treatments, and they also work well in tandem with window blinds, shades, or drapery for a creative layering effect.

New Looks and Seasonal Touches

For a room design update, refresh, or seasonal splash of color, you can always replace valances in a room for an entirely updated appearance, without having to spend a lot on brand new window treatments. 

Add Dimension to Your Windows

Valances give a natural broadening aspect to your window, offering the appearance of added weight and solidity. They also offer the illusion of increased height to a room.

Valance in a bedroom.
Valance always gives a more austere, weighty look to windows and rooms.

Select Blinds’ Staff Recommends:

Some products need to have a valance or cornice board (usually wood blinds or faux wood blinds), but for most, it’s merely an option. We work with customers and other users all the time that are trying to solve design puzzles of their own. What do we recommend as products we think work amazingly with a valance? See some suggestions below!

Remember, a valance or cornice board can be just the perfect design solution you’ve been working on! Enhance the functionality as well as style for your window coverings all at once!

#BlindsWeLove

Selecting the Best Kitchen Window Treatments: Over the Sink

By SelectBlinds

The kitchen and dining room are the heart of any home. Holidays, laughter, Sunday dinners, cooking, homework, late night chats, etc. That’s why so many of your best family stories start in the kitchen.

Custom window treatments provide a fashionable finishing touch that accents and complements the way you design your own interior spaces. Lots of opportunities to highlight with colors, patterns, and texture. Window coverings provide light control, privacy, and peace of mind.

A kitchen is a unique space, and you may have different considerations for how you decorate the windows, based on where each window is located. Your choice of window treatments offer additional opportunities for touches of softness and style in the middle of bulky, metallic appliances and smooth, hard surfaces.

Select Blinds bamboo / woven wood shades for the kitchen window
Select Blinds bamboo / woven wood shades look great in your kitchen sink window,
but be careful about water and moisture in the area.

Maybe you want kitchen window curtains. If you only have one window in your kitchen, you’ll want window coverings that let as much light as possible filter in, while still being able to maintain privacy. You may consider sheer shades. If you have a kitchen window that faces the street, privacy might be a primary concern, with incoming light also being important, but perhaps slightly less so. You may want window coverings that offer a unique view, like Top-down Bottom-up shades. Then there are those windows immediately over the sink. What looks best over them? Time to get cooking. Read on as we serve up a deeper dive into kitchen window ideas and considerations as you find what fits best with your personal style and sense of décor.

Decorative Window Coverings

If you’re thinking about a covering for a kitchen window over the sink, be extra careful that you keep the right kind of materials in mind. You can still go with stylish bamboo/woven wood shades or Roman shades, but be aware that because this area over the sink often involves water splashing, spills, etc., you might have to be extra careful to avoid water damage. Wood blinds are also at risk for getting wet and possibly warping or discoloring, but you might just love the way they look in that window over your sink. It’s always up to you, just be aware of the risks that are involved if you decide on a material that doesn’t take well to water.

Select Blinds light filtering roller shades for the kitchen window
Select Blinds light filtering roller shades allow just the right amount of light
and view into your kitchen, without compromising your privacy.

Privacy

As mentioned, privacy may be a concern if your kitchen sink window faces the street or a neighbor’s home. Roller shades may be what you’re comfortable with in terms of providing privacy, and perhaps with some light filtering functionality.

Light Control

If your kitchen sink window faces the east or west, you’ll especially want to take account of direct incoming sunlight. Direct UV rays can be harsh on your eyes, your skin, your furniture, and they can definitely crank up the heat in a room. A stylish, but heavy-duty solar shade may be what you want to employ over your sink to protect yourself and your interior while you’re doing dishes after evening summer cookouts. Solars are typically constructed of durable PVC materials, so they’ll look great and maintain that “brand new” look for a long time to come. You can also custom order them with the degree of UV blockage of your choice.

Also, consider aluminum mini blinds for your kitchen sink window. Aluminum shades built to last, with plenty of light and privacy settings.

Select Blinds Solar screens for the kitchen window
Select Blinds Solar screens help block out harsh UV rays,
while keeping your kitchen cool. They look great, too!

Functionality and Longevity

In addition to durable solar shades and aluminum blinds for your kitchen sink window, there is another excellent option for a food-prep, dishwashing area. If you love the look of real wood blinds and shutters, but can’t bear the thought of them getting wet and warped, faux wood blinds and shutters might be just the perfect find.  

Not only do they perform amazingly at maintaining light and privacy, they also look great, they’re also super easy to care for, and they’ll last forever. You can clean them with little more than soap and water as needed. Many faux wood slat constructions also feature insulation against heat and cold. The lush look and feel of real wood in your home, and their resilience ensures they’ll never warp, crack, chip, or discolor when exposed to water, food stains, or steam. And much less expensive than real wood. Low-maintenance, and no worry.

Select Blinds Faux Wood Blinds for the kitchen window
Faux wood blinds give any kitchen window a crisp look and feel,
along with privacy and light adjustments.

SelectBlinds’ Staff Recommends:

Here are some of our favorite suggestions for the window above your kitchen sink.

Remember, kitchen window treatments can serve a design/decorative function to go with your kitchen’s décor, but especially for the window over the sink, it should also be durable, provide privacy, and block out harsh UV rays. Choose whatever kind of blinds work best for you, but remember that the most functional ones for that particular window are moisture- and mold-resistant. Happy decorating!

#BlindsWeLove     #kitchenblinds

Roman Shades: For a Classic, Yet Modern Look

by SelectBlinds

Custom Roman Shades are a bigger deal than you might think. These unique window coverings first made their appearance in the Roman Coliseum, and their popularity only caught on and spread from there. Because of their design’s practicality as well as its adaptability, this style of window treatment has lasted for hundreds of years.

Read on and learn more about Roman shades. No matter how excellent your sense of taste and style are, here’s your chance to carpe diem, and level up!

Roman shades profile view
Roman shades are pleated/folded cascading window coverings.
The style has been popular for centuries.

What Are Roman Shades?

Roman shades are a simple, classic style of window covering that can give any window an elegant appearance. Roman shades (often referred to simply as “Romans”) are essentially a pleated/folded fabric used to dress a window or door that can be raised and lowered with a lift mechanism. They function very much like roller shades. When Romans are fully extended, they display a refined, textured touch which can complement just about any personal décor.

Are Roman Shades Out of Style?

Interior designers from all over the United States may have differences in individual style and approach, but something they can agree on: Roman shades never seem to go out of style.  Though considered to pertain to a more traditional décor style, Romans are often the most viable solution from a design perspective, giving a crisp, modern look along with countless style and color options. There are typically many more options to choose from with Romans than with traditional window treatments.

Roman shades in living room windows.
Roman shades are very versatile in terms of interior design style.
They look great alone, or when used to create layers with drapes or shutters.

Benefits of Roman Shades

What are some key benefits of choosing Roman Shades for your living spaces? Here are five:

Easily Customizable

You’ll love the vast quantity of colors, textures, and materials you’ll have to choose from when you select Roman shades. Think of bamboo Roman shades and the possibility of cellular shades, hung in a cascading Roman look, if you prefer.

Versatility

Because of their unique design, Roman shades can look great in just about any room, whether private rooms or formal rooms where you might entertain guests. All you need to worry about is choosing the right colors and fabrics/materials to achieve the look you’re after.

They look great all on their own, but imagine what else you can do with Roman shades: they can even be used for a layered look over shutters or underneath drapery for next level style.

Great for Narrow Spaces

You might be looking for ideas to cover narrow windows or doors, or for window treatments in a narrow space. Curtains might be too much, not leaving enough room for furniture. Compact, foldable Romans have got you covered! Especially with an interior window mount, Roman shades can help a room look more spacious.

Roman shades in the kitchen windows.
Roman shades look great in just about any room in the house, including the kitchen.

Countless Design Options

There are several design options to choose from with Roman shades. Romans shades can be used for a blackout/room darkening or light filtering effect, depending on your light and privacy needs.

You might even want to go more automated and get your Roman shades with a motorization option.

Safe, Smooth, Easy Operation

Window coverings are typically associated with pull cords, but these can prove dangerous for curious children and pets. They can even pose a strangulation hazard for your little ones.

Options like cordless and motorized Roman shades make your window décor worry-free, and easy to operate.

Roman shades in the living room windows.
Roman shades bring a classic yet refreshingly modern look to any room.

SelectBlinds.com staff recommends:

We’re as excited as you are about achieving that perfect look you’re after that ties your home’s décor all together. Here are some Roman shade ideas to get you started:

Remember, if you’re trying to find that perfect finishing touch you’ve been looking for, you may find it in the versatility and classic look of Roman shades.

#BlindsWeLove     #RomanShades

5 Reasons Shutters Are an Excellent Home Investment

by SelectBlinds

Wood and faux wood shutters feature a classic stylish dignity and look for any home. Heck, in some parts of the country, window wooden shutters are the ONLY kinds of window coverings you see. They also offer some energy-efficiency, and they are incredibly easy to operate.

Another great thing about shutters is that you can choose them in wood, or in less expensive but durable, moisture-resistant, and attractive faux shutters (faux wood tends to last longer, especially in areas of high humidity and moisture, where wood shutters can easily fade, mold, and warp). There are also degrees of added insulation and light control you can find for your shutters. You can even find more eco-friendly shutters made from recycled materials, if that’s your preference. What’s not to like about shutters?

Shutters for your home offer privacy and light control.
Shutters can be mounted either on the inside or outside of your window, on windows or on doors.

Are Shutters a Good Investment?

Other than the fact that they look great, and that you can nicely coordinate them with your counters or floor to help tie together any room’s décor aesthetic, there are some other things you should consider in regard to shutters when you’re thinking about how to best dress your windows. For one thing, they can be mounted either on the inside of a window or door, or on the outside. Here are some other advantages:

  1. Personalized Shutters

Custom door and window coverings are always a smart choice, because they speak to your own personal sense of style and taste. They say a lot about you, and truly make your home yours. They also make for better privacy, UV protection, and light management, because custom means custom measurements for a custom fit – no gaps.

2. Shutters help bolster your property value

Real estate veterans will generally agree that any home with custom shutters installed will usually sell faster. Considering the classically styled look that shutters can give any home, indoors and out, it’s no surprise that shutters are such a sought after window treatment. Stylish, elegant shutters can add nicely to your home’s appraisal value if and when you decide to sell. Blinds, shades, and curtains all have their unique benefits and advantages, but they generally won’t add to your home’s value the way shutters can.

Make your home’s interior and exterior look amazing with shutters.

3. Energy efficiency

If being able to select shutters for your home that are made from recycled materials isn’t eco-friendly enough for you, consider the fact that shutters offer varying degrees of insulation to choose from to protect your interior environment from outdoor heat and cold. The outcome? Lower utility bills, lower long-term home maintenance costs.

4. Privacy and Peace of Mind

 Shutters have a likable tendency to give your home a solid feeling of security, and they also allow you flexibility – flexibility to be able to manage and control incoming light along with visibility into and out from your home’s interior. Even with partly open slats, you can still do a great job of keeping your privacy while still letting plenty of light in.

5. Durable and easy to care for

When you install custom shutters in your home, you can rest assured that you are installing window coverings that will last for years. They are almost guaranteed to long outlive whatever warranty coverage you happen to choose for them. They are also easy to maintain and to keep clean and new-looking.

Shutters for a bedroom interior.
Shutters can bring your personal style to light in just about any room.

SelectBlinds staff recommendations:

Here are some popular shutters we recommend for your home. Consider your own unique privacy and lighting needs for rooms where you’re considering installing window blinds. And as always, keep your own sense of décor and style in mind!

Consider custom shutters for your windows. You can add that beautiful, personalized touch to your windows, in a classic style, that will last you a long time. All while adding to your home’s value!

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The Best Reasons to Choose Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades

by SelectBlinds

Top-down Bottom-up shades … perhaps you’ve heard of them or seen them in someone’s home. This unique style of window treatment offers some advantages over more common ones.

Top Down Bottom Up Shades from SelectBlinds
Classic Top Down Bottom Up Light Filtering Shades function in two directions.


In a nutshell, Top-down Bottom-up (TDBU) window coverings are great for privacy, while maintaining effective control of your outdoor view. Plus, they just look really great in your windows!

Advantages of Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades

Some noteworthy things to consider if you’re thinking about TDBU shades in your own home:

  • Light and privacy control

    Normal window blinds and shades are meant to help reduce incoming UV rays and glare, but their ability to control light is limited to just what can be managed on the bottom part of the covering. Top-down Bottom-up shades allow you to open up to ample incoming light, while still maintaining quite a bit of control of the view into your home from the outside. Neither functionality nor aesthetics have to be sacrificed. 
  • Versatile View

    Speaking of privacy and light, you’ll find that Top-down Bottom-up window coverings are a perfect fit for rooms in need of privacy, but also needing light. They also can help maintain a clear view outside in a way that regular shades can’t. With the top half of your shades open and the bottom part covered, you effectively maintain your privacy and incoming sunlight, but can still maintain your own open view to the outside. You won’t find this kind of light/privacy/view control in other types of window treatments.

  • Energy-efficiency

    No matter what type of Top-down Bottom-up shades you prefer, you can always rest assured that you’re getting top-notch temperature control. Block out the top part of your windows during the hot weather months, but then keep that top part open during the winter to let the sun’s warmth flow in and help heat your rooms. Honeycomb/cellular Top-down Bottom-up shades also provide additional insulation from heat and cold.

How to Use Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades

What is the best way to manage your light and privacy with your TDBU shades?

Because of the stylish way they help you manage your view, light, and privacy all at once, Top-down Bottom-up shades are the best for bedrooms and bathrooms – plenty of natural incoming light, with very effective privacy management.

Any color complementing you can do with other types of window coverings, you can also do with your Top-down Bottom-up shades. There are also plenty of textures and styles available to help you achieve and enhance just the right feel in any of your rooms.

Another benefit of honeycomb/cellular Top-down Bottom-up shades, is that they also provide a nice sound-proofing effect to block/fade out exterior noise. 

How do Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades Work?

To function in the unique way they do, Top-down Bottom-up shades utilize a mounted top rail along with a second floating rail that can be operated independently. You can find yourself Top-down Bottom-up shades with both corded and cordless lift.

Top Down Bottom Up Roman Shades at SelectBlinds
Select Roman Shades w/ Optional TDBU Lift

To open/close/adjust them, you can pull the tab down to lower the top of the shade and up to raise the bottom of the shade.

Corded Top-down Bottom-up shades have a cord on either side of the window covering, one for the top and then the other for the bottom. You can also upgrade your Top-down Bottom-up shades to enjoy motorization. 

Are Top-down Bottom-up Shades Worth it?

Privacy. Light control. Open outdoor view. You will find yourself loving your Top-Down Bottom-up shades. You can also save on energy bills, and protect your floors and furniture from the harsh effects of UV glare. 

What are the best Top-down Bottom-up Shades?

You can purchase Top-down Bottom-up shades in a variety of types of window treatments: Roman shades, bamboo/woven wood shades, honeycomb/cellular shades, etc. Get the improved fashionable function in a wide range of styles. You’re sure to find some that go perfect with your own sense of interior décor.

We recommend:

Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades at SelectBlinds
Classic Top-Down Bottom-Up Light Filtering Shades

You’ll have a wide variety of colors, fabrics, opacities (e.g. light-filtering, blackout, etc.) and pleat sizes/styles to choose from. Create a knockout look at home with a different kind of shades. Sample online today and start your Spring interior makeover!

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Home Office Ideas: What Is a “Cloffice” and What About the Lighting?

by SelectBlinds

“The Cloffice” sounds like it could an episode of one of your favorite
sitcoms (imagine a character turning a closet into an office … hilarity ensues!), but there actually is such a booming, must-have home office
design trend. And it makes perfect sense.

A byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic, working and attending school
from home have emphasized the importance of making the best use of
familiar indoor spaces. A “cloffice” (closet + office) is a space within a home that has craftily converted a closet, corner, or other nook into a trusty
office/workspace.

That storage space that is by far underused? Voila! New cloffice. That
empty space around from the bottom of the stairs? Hello, cloffice. The
seldom entered walk-in closet in the basement guest bedroom? Cloffice.
You get the idea.

Faux Wood Blinds in Cloffice
Faux wood blinds provide adjustable shade in your home office.

Benefits of a Cloffice

Well, the pandemic has definitely taught us how to be more content in
our existing indoor space. Maybe to appreciate being at home more.
Some pluses of creating a cloffice space include:

• Having a fun new DIY project to look forward to
• Using the space you already have (and not having to build on an
additional room to your home)
• Enjoying a designated, (at least somewhat) private space while
working or doing school from home
• Helping keep office supplies, books, etc. organized and in one
place
• Making the most of unused interior space
•Adding value to your home

Home Office Ideas for Small Spaces


You’ll want a reliable home office desk to work on. Maybe you need
shelving for your cloffice. Perhaps some file cabinets. Definitely a comfy
chair that doesn’t ruin your posture. There are tons of great cloffice ideas
out there for you to choose from. One feature of the mysterious closet office is taking an otherwise lifeless space, putting your personal signature on it, and making it truly “yours.” If you find yourself creating a cozy cloffice in a dark corner, you might want to add a favorite lamp for light.

A closet office window view, draped across the English countryside.

Or maybe your cloffice is nestled up against an often-ignored window. You don’t want to be squinting into your computer screen because of the glare caused by the incoming sunlight, right? Get control of the light in your home office design.

Keeping Your Cloffice Cool

Now that you’ve got your design almost complete, don’t forget about the glass! If you have a large window (compared to your cloffice size) you’ll most likely lose heat/cold through it. For great insulation and noise cancellation, try custom honeycomb shades. If you love the temperature and atmosphere of your closet office space, go for an easily-installed, unobtrusive roller shade to control light, any time of day!

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