What is the Difference? Solar Shades vs. Exterior Solar Shades

Solar shades, generally speaking, are known for being designed to protect from harsh UV rays that can damage eyesight, skin, and furniture. They provide privacy, while still maintaining an exterior view. Note that lighter colors for both types of these shades can block more glare, while darker colors improve your visibility to the outside. There are both interior solar shades and then those for use outdoors – these two kinds of solar shades offer similar benefits, though there are some differences. Look for custom-crafted solar shade options to fit your unique needs.

Solar Shades

Solar shades are mounted indoors, mainly to help protect your interior and furniture from fading and discoloration. Interior solar shades tend to work well in climates where it gets cold in the winter; in the summer months, you can keep your solar shades closed to block out the sun’s rays. In the hot weather months, these shades can reduce incoming heat by 30 to 70 percent. In the wintertime, you can open them up, to let the sun’s rays in to help keep your house warm. Think of a two-in-one shade that offers privacy, as well as protection from exterior glare.

Exterior Solar Shades

Exterior solars are mounted outside, attached to your home like an awning, and they are usually better for warmer climates. Not only do they block out the sun’s glare, they can help protect your furniture from sun damage (exterior solars are best utilized over decks, patios, and south-facing windows). They can reduce incoming heat by about 80 percent. Exterior solar shades are generally constructed from weather-proof, durable PVC to keep them looking new for years to come, but be sure to double check – you don’t want to mount exterior solars constructed with interior solar shade materials.

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Do you have an outdoor deck you need solar shade coverage for? Maybe a poolside area? Or perhaps you just want to protect your interior and furniture from the sun’s incoming glare in the summer. Whatever your needs are, you can find stylish custom interior or exterior solar shades you’ll love! Here are some suggestions:

Traditional Solar Shades (Essential Tier)*

These custom solar shades, hand-crafted with long-lasting PVC in a sleek colored polymer coating, offer an enhanced design for reliable UV protection, while maintaining a great view outside.

*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.

1% Classic Exterior Sheer Weave Solars (Signature Tier)*

Effectively block out 99% of those harsh UV rays, while protecting your deck and patio furniture from fading and discoloration. See how amazing these amazing exterior solar shades are!

*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.

Lifestyle Outdoor Motorized Shade (Premium Tier)*

Treat yourself to an indulgent 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!

*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.

Luxe Woven Solar (Luxury Tier)*

These uniquely textured solar shades let in just the right amount of light, while letting you still see outside with openness factor options ranging from 1% to 10%.

*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.

Let Us Help You “DIY” Your House Into Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer 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 right with the right window treatments – by themselves, or layered for a rich, deepening effect!

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5 Things You Should Consider When Layering Window Treatments

So, you think you know window treatments (curtains, shades, shutters, and blinds), but what happens when you double them up for a layering effect? Layering isn’t a functional necessity of décor, but if you do it right, it adds dimension and an alluring final touch to any living space. Layering also invites a distinct softening effect into a room, and takes your capacity for privacy and light control up to the next level. And never forget, layering simply brings more style into your space, right? Nothing warms up and personalizes a space like beautiful window treatments, and the results are even better with a well-done layering effect.

Layering is most commonly done with curtains or drapes layered over blinds, shades, or even shutters – it is one of the easiest ways to give your space a unique look, one that perfectly reflects your style and your personality. Think of bamboo or cellular shades layered with full-length curtains, for example. With the layering in place, you can open or close one or both layers for interesting lighting effects, and to manage privacy, especially at night.

It’s not difficult, either. Following are three pro tips about how to achieve a successful design-centric layering effect.

1. Think Function: What Do You Need From Your Window Treatments?

Think about what you need. A virtually full blackout effect for a nursery or your bedroom so you can sleep in? Maybe you need privacy in the daytime, but you still want to let some natural light in.

2. Think in Terms of Your Optimal Focal Point

Among the many ways you can layer windows, keep in mind that you’re not just layering for the sake of layering. In addition to increased functionality, you probably want to create a visual effect.  To do so, let one of your layers be the main focal point and let the other layer fade into the background. You might go with a bolder color or pattern for the outer layer curtains, so then consider a neutral color of blinds, shades, or shutters for the inner layer. Voila! You’ll have a visually appealing, yet subtle layering effect. 

Also be cognizant of how you decorate the rest of the room. Your window treatments should complement and/or accent your interior design motif. If you’re going bold on the curtains, you don’t want them to clash with or detract from a colorful rug you want to show off. 

3. Ensure Each Window Treatment is Installed Correctly

If you really want to pull off a successful layering effect, your first step is to make sure your window treatments are installed correctly. Install the curtain rod to hang your curtain layer “high and wide” (above the window and extended beyond the window frame on each side). If you have the space to go high and wide, you can also achieve an enlarging effect for your space. Your windows can appear wider, and your room can appear taller.

4. Stay With the Same Window Treatments Throughout A Space

In large part, window treatments help define a space. To avoid clashing effects, and making your space look disjointed, you’ll likely want to keep the same kinds of window treatments (and layering effects) in the same space. Remember to think in terms of your optimal focal point–this applies even for large spaces and rooms. If you are intending to divide up a space into distinct areas, using different coverings might work for defining each separate space.

Though you may go with different window treatments for different rooms in your home, keep in mind that a home with matching window treatments typically looks more uniform and therefore appealing from the street – especially for traditional-style homes, with exterior aesthetics reliant upon symmetry. Using the same window treatments for all street-facing windows tends to give a house a consistent look, without the distraction of windows that look different than the others.

5. How Do You Mix and Match Window Treatments?

Blinds, Shades, or Shutters

For the most common layering effect, start by dolling your windows up with your favorite blinds, shades, or shutters – wood (or faux wood) blinds or shutters, maybe bamboo shades, maybe Roman shades, or cellular shades. As long as you love them, it doesn’t matter what you choose!

Optional Cornice

You can add a cornice, if you like, depending on how much of a layering effect you want (adding a cornice is optional). Some homeowners like the finished look a cornice gives a space, but you may want to go more minimalist. Using a cornice is just another way to add depth to your space and to your window treatments.

Curtains or Roman Shades

The final step is to add a top layer of curtains, drapes, or even Roman shades. Find a combination that you love!

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations

Need some inspiration? Let us suggest some customer favorites for layering window treatments.

Classic Cordless Woven Woods (Essential Tier)*

Take your windows up a notch with these trend-setting favorites! Stylish, less cluttered, and affordable, there’s virtually no limit to how good your windows (or layering effect) will look.

*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 Cellulars (Signature Tier)*

Ensure your privacy and light control in the latest trending neutrals that go well with any décor or layering effect. Create your own custom window coverings with these affordable, easy-to-install blackout cellular shades.

Select Roman Shades (Signature Tier)*

You’ll love the touchable textures that best define the look and feel of these rich-looking Roman shades. They come with a free standard or upgraded blackout liner to meet your needs for light and privacy management.

*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.

2” Architect Wood Blinds (Premium Tier)*

These solid wood window treatments are color-coordinated from top to bottom, from the snap-on valance to the bottom rails. Hide cord holes with coordinated cloth accent tapes, too. Great for layering!

Lifestyle Painted Shutter (Premium Tier)*

Beautifully designed, durable hardwoods and a wide variety of soft, neutral paints to choose from will help you create the perfect look that complements your windows and your style.

Luxe Custom Drapes/Curtains (Premium Tier)*

Go with the timeless appeal of full, texture-rich drapes in this collection of luxurious fabric grommet or pleated curtains. Coordinating rods, rings, and tiebacks are also available.

*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.

DIY Your House Into Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer than our beautiful window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. We can help you transform your house into your dream home! Treat your windows right with the right window treatments – by themselves, or layered for a rich, deepening effect!

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4 Stylish Upgrade Ideas for Your Patio Door with Curtain Panels

You might find yourself challenged to find just the right functional and stylish window treatments for your wide glass patio door or sliding glass door. Have you considered panel curtains? Curtains/drapery give you the option to go traditional, but also to go with a more contemporary style for your widewindowed doors.

These large glass windows let in a lot of beautiful, natural light and are a sought-after feature in many of today’s homes, but you still need to account for privacy and light control. Just because there are options for covering your sliding glass door or widewindowed doors, they may not fit in with your décor, or be user friendly. Vertical blinds are a common choice for wide windows and glass patio doors, for example, but maybe you’re looking for a different look and feel.  

Do You Put Curtains on Patio Doors?

Short answer: absolutely! Whether decorating a space, showcasing your amazing view, or managing privacy needs, there’s a window treatment to suit your every need. But don’t ever underestimate the power of stylish curtains and drapes.

Curtains are an incredibly cost-effective solution for large windows and glass doors/sliding doors.

What Curtains to Select for a Sliding Door: Some Things to Consider

Before settling on curtains or drapery for your patio doors, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your curtains and curtain rod are sized correctly. For example, if your curtain rod runs just to the edge of the frame of your glass patio door, the curtain stack may get in the way of your entrances and exits through that door. Be sure your curtain rod is long enough to extend beyond the door frame to allow your curtains to fully open, allowing free use of the door. Also, measure your curtains accurately, so they have width enough to close completely without looking like they’re drawn too tightly. 

Pro Tip: Hang your patio door curtains so they extend downward to about an inch above the floor – this will help keep them clean and out of the way.

  • Be judicious in your color selection.
    Since sliding glass doors and glass patio doors are known to have a sizable surface area, be aware of this when you decide your curtain color. Bold colors or patterns that look amazing on a smaller window might be overwhelming amidst your interior design when covering a larger area.

Pro tip: You might consider coordinating your curtains with your wall color for a more contemporary, seamless look.

  • Should your curtains open to the left or to the right?
    A good rule of thumb is to have your curtains open in the same direction as the door. If your door opens from the left to the right, make sure your curtains open that way.
  • Use curtain tiebacks to get more out of your curtains.
    When patio doors are open, curtains may get blown around in the breeze, exposing them to dirt and dust – flowy curtains can also create a tripping hazard. Keep your curtains drawn back and held in place with curtain tiebacks. More style and more functionality.
  • Try to avoid pocket-style curtains for patio doors. Pocket-style curtains look great on many kinds of windows, but they don’t easily open and close. Grommet-style or pinch pleat curtains are your best options.

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Favorites

Check out some of our customer and staff favorites below:

Classic Curtains (Signature Class)*

Classic Curtains are customer favorite grommet-style panel curtains that can adorn your windows with a unique touch of coastal lifestyle. Coordinate these curtains throughout your space, at a budget-friendly price.

Select Custom Drapes/Curtains (Signature Class)*

Wow-factor! Check out the tailored corners and weighted hems on pleated or grommet drapery panels that can create a beautiful balance between your window and your décor with accents available in matching fabric.

Cozy Curtains (Signature Class)*

Get some cozy on with these lush, rippling window curtains. Bring calm and relaxation into your space with casual elegance. Soft to the touch, comforting, and hushed.

*Our Signature Class products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. They are made with durable materials. The Signature Class is the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Jewel Tone Curtains (Premium Class)*

A perfect combination of style and function comes with this visually tantalizing jewel-toned window drapery. Manage light and privacy in style. Perfect for any room.

*Our Premium Class products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

A Bonus Recommendation:

Tranquil Sheer Vertical Shades (Signature Class)*

Looking for a versatile, upscale window treatment to give you the privacy you need, while enjoying the incoming breeze? It’s here, and without losing that amazing view through your large windows.

DIY Your House Into Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer than our beautiful window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. We can help you transform your house into your dream home! Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

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5 Types of Curtains for 5 Different Lighting Feels

Lighting is everything for an interior design. Some homeowners are ever on the lookout for ways to maximize the incoming natural light. Others actively work at blocking out light. Most are looking for an optimal combination of the two extremes.  Go with a brighter, friendlier lighting effect? Or maybe with a darker, more dramatic one, with increased privacy. Blocking out light also helps keep out harmful UV rays that can damage and discolor furniture. Maybe they just want to keep the light out so they can sleep in or take a midday nap.  No matter what you might be after, the way you manage light in a space can help set specific moods.

That’s Why We Call It “Mood Lighting”

The biggest indicator of light control from your windows is the weight and texture of your window treatments. Using different types of curtains will help you maximize control over your natural interior light, and thus, more control over the mood inside your space.

As you look for the perfect curtains/drapery to properly regulate the natural incoming light, just remember that we at Select Blinds are all about providing you everything you’ll need to have a successful DIY project! Get free samples, shipped for free to your door, so you can see firsthand what the window treatments you’re considering will look like in your space. Ordering samples will also allow you to lock in for 30 days whatever promo is going on for a particular day – regardless, we’ll give you the very best deal we can. great prices, and a huge selection.

Don’t forget our beautiful hand-crafted window treatments, competitive pricing, and Kid-friendly options for all of our products.

Get Better Light Control Indoors

Think of degrees of light allowance for different lighting effects: Sheer, light filtering, room darkening, blackout, and layering for even greater light control.

  1. Sheer Curtain Effect
    Sheer curtains and shades allow plenty of glowing, natural light into your space, while still maintaining some degree of privacy. Light colors (esp neutral white) and lighter fabrics are the best options for a sheer curtain lighting effect.
  1. Light-Filtering Effect
    Sheer curtains and shades gently diffuse natural light coming through your windows. You can maintain that beautiful daylight, but light-filtering window treatments will add a warm, soft glow to your space all throughout the day. Good degree of privacy, too.

    For curtains, buying them without any kind of liner will offer you a nice light-filtering effect. Keep in mind that the darker your curtain color will give you less light filtering and more into a room darkening effect.
  1. Room Darkening Effect

    For a darker room darkening effect and mood, darker unlined curtains or lighter curtains with a privacy liner will likely get you the degree of light blockage you need, without going full blackout effect.

    There are also shades crafted with just the right amount of thickness and texture to achieve solid room darkening. 
  1. Blackout Effect
    Blackout curtains and shades can block up to 99 percent of incoming light. For curtains, even if you have lighter colored curtains, you can always get a heavier blackout liner. 

    Blackout curtains are an excellent solution for movie night, and for bedrooms and nurseries. Naptime, sleeping in on the weekends, ideal privacy … all covered!
  1. Layered Curtain Effect
    You can layer curtains over sheer curtains and other window treatments, to give you a splendid light-filtering effect, added dimension, and a pro designer look.  

    For example, you might want to go with heavier drapes layered over sheer curtain panels or over sheer shades. When you want more natural light, simply pull back the thicker drapes to allow the sheer material to filter more light in. For a darker room effect, just close the overlying drapes. You might need to be aware of giving your curtains enough weight support with the right rod hardware.  

Select Blinds Staff and Customer Mood Lighting Curtain Favorites

Need some inspiration to get you started? Check out some of our staff and customer favorite picks below.

Sheer Curtains (Essential Class)*

These airy, light grommet-style panel curtains add a lofty look by themselves, or they can combine with other window coverings for a full layering effect. You’ll love the color selection, too, for sheer shades. Make it a whole “sheer lighting effect” mood!

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

Classic Curtains (Signature Class)*

Classic Curtains are popular grommet-style panel curtains that adorn your windows with a unique coastal touch. Coordinate throughout your space, at a budget-friendly price. Get them without a liner, and especially in a lighter color for a beautiful light-filtering effect. Get a privacy liner or a blackout liner for a more dramatic darkening effect.

*Our Signature Class products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. They are made with durable materials. The Signature Class is the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Jewel Tone Drapery (Premium Class)*

The perfect combination of fashion and function with these visually tantalizing jewel-toned window drapery. Manage light and privacy in style. Perfect for any room.

Luxe Custom Drapes/Curtains (Premium Class)*

Find the timeless appeal of full, texture-rich drapes in this collection of luxurious fabric grommet or pleated curtains. Coordinating rods, rings and tiebacks also available. 

*Our Premium Class products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

Lose Those Boring Looks for Your Windows and Doors and See What Select Blinds Can Help You Accomplish

Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer than our beautiful window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. We can help you transform your house into your dream home! Make your house into your dream home with the perfect window treatments.

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4 Stylish Upgrades for Your Sliding Glass Patio Door with Panel Track Blinds

Glass patio doors (including sliding glass doors) are a striking and popular feature in many homes, but covering one of these doors for privacy and light control doesn’t always seem so easy. There may be many options available on the market for covering your sliding glass door or wide windows, not all of them are both easy to use and complementary to your décor.

For instance, vertical blinds are a common choice for wide windows and glass patio doors, but maybe you’re looking for something different. Consider some other window treatment options for covering your sliding glass patio doors. Take sliding panel tracks, for instance.

How Do You Modernize a Sliding Glass Door?

Panel tracks are a “unique style and functionality” approach to covering sliding glass doors, as well as for other wide glass doors and windows. They suspend from up above like vertical blinds, but they are easier to use, and provide more continuous coverage for privacy and light management. 

The panels also stack neatly away when they are pulled open, and you’ll never hear any rattling or clacking noises when you operate them (multiple panel size and stack options are available). They won’t pop out of their suspension mounts either, like vertical blind slats often do. They can also be used as room dividers and even as chic closet doors. Panel tracks offer up a contemporary, aesthetically pleasing look and feel and can be found in a variety of textures and colors.  

Some Things to Consider Regarding Panel Tracks

Panel track blinds are an excellent option for large windows, sliding glass patio doors, and other wide glass patio doors. Here are a couple of things to take into consideration:

  1. Panel track blinds operate in a similar fashion to vertical blinds: they glide back and forth on a guided metal track system, so for inside mount, they will need more mounting depth than most other kinds of window coverings. Be sure to check the minimum depth requirements for your blinds before purchasing.
  2. Panel track blinds may look a bit less than flattering on small windows – they are definitely better designed and proportioned for large windows, sliding glass, or patio doors.

Measuring and Installing Sliding Panel Tracks

Our panel track blinds are all custom-crafted and built to your unique specifications. Our products are known for their easy installation, so you can save yourself plenty of money, time, and headaches by tapping into your inner DIY master. Check out our How to Measure guide to find relevant information you’ll need to know how to measure for your panel tracks effectively. We also offer you all the installation resources you’ll need to be successful with your home projects!  

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Panel Track Favorites

If you’re looking for options for covering a sliding glass door, your choices go beyond just traditional vertical blinds or curtains. For continuous coverage, more convenient functionality, and more unique style, consider panel tracks for your sliding glass patio doors. Here are four of our favorites to recommend:

White Embossed Panel Tracks (Premium Class)*

Sliding panel tracks in snow white linen-like fabric feature beautifully detailed embossed delicate patterns. Enjoy the glow of incoming light filtering in as a warm backdrop for any décor.

Architect Light Filtering Panel Track (Premium Class)*

Upgrade your interior design motif with luminous style and elegance. Our light-filtering panel tracks offer a wide selection of options, including a wide array of  gorgeous solids and soft textures to find your perfect fit.

Modern Architect Panel Track (Premium Class)*

You’ll love these versatile, light-filtering panel track verticals, designed to provide excellent coverage for sliding glass doors and large windows. Try them as a unique room divider, too.

*The Premium Class features lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

Designer Elements Blackout Panel Track (Luxury Class)*

Dress up your large windows and sliding glass or patio doors for any occasion with the ultimate style of these blackout panel tracks. Keep harsh UV rays outside where they belong.

*The Luxury Class includes superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship, The Luxury Class is for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization.

Make Your House Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer than our beautiful window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. We can help you transform your house into your dream home! Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

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3 Reasons Why We Love White Linen Curtains

Window treatments, including curtains and drapes, set the mood in any room. You might like your design to be casual and easy, or you might prefer bold and dramatic. Not to mention light filtering as a mood setter. Curtains can give your room increased height, depth, and overall presence. Linen and linen-inspired fabrics hang beautifully and are easy to keep smooth and full over the course of time. Neutral colors, like white, bring something special to whatever look you’re trying to achieve.

Consider the feel of the space you’re trying to adorn. Do you want them to make an upfront design statement? Or perhaps you prefer them as a backdrop to complement or highlight the décor. An elegant look? Or a more chic look? You have no shortage of options (color, texture, weight, etc.), and each option makes a great deal of impact in your overall design plans. 

Linen is a classic fabric, always popular for home furnishings, and it never seems to fade out of style. While natural linen drapes have their own appeal because of their texture and weave, linen-inspired fabrics give curtains a functionality and ability to impact your decorating space.

  1. Is Linen a Good Fabric for Curtains?

Linen and linen-inspired fabrics often come in medium to heavier weights, making it an optimal fabric for curtains or drapery. It is thick and durable, and also filters in light, with some provision of privacy. Though linen is known to wrinkle easily, it’s still an upscale choice. Keep in mind also, that linen-like fabrics or blends won’t necessarily be so quick to wrinkle. Plus, linen and linen-inspired fabrics drape amazingly, bringing a crisp, clean look in any space. Especially in white. Use them to decorate your bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, and dining rooms with confidence.

2. Are White Linen Curtains Practical?

Aside from their natural soft, upscale, and elegant appearance, white linen and linen-inspired curtains are still practical and more robust than they may look. Linen-like curtains, in particular, are usually easy to keep clean, and can stay crisp and new-looking for a long time to come. A linen curtain look balances nicely between being billowy and tailored, so it’s the best fabric look for both modern and traditional design motifs.

3. Do White Linen Curtains Provide Privacy at Night?

Yes, white linen curtains can offer a blackout effect, with the right lining. But, if you don’t want a total blackout, and still would like more privacy at night, avoid the blackout liner, and go with at least a privacy liner. Even with some light being able to filter in, white linen curtains can still provide a good amount of privacy.

Classic Curtains (Color: White Linen), Signature Class*

Our Classic Curtains are customer favorites. Grommet-style panel curtains to adorn your windows beautifully, and with a unique coastal touch. Coordinate and pull a stylish look together all throughout your space, at a budget-friendly price.

Sheer Linen Curtains (Color: Sheer Linen), Signature Class*

These wispy, light, affordable grommet-style panel curtains will add an airy look all by themselves, or you can combine them with other window coverings for a dimensional layering effect.

*Our Signature Class products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. They are made with durable materials. The Signature Class is the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Make Your House Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer than beautiful window treatments. So, treat your windows right with just the right window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. You’ll love all the things you can do as you turn your house into your dream home!

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Light is the New Dark: A Trendy Take on Chic White Room Darkening Curtains

If you are thinking about curtains or drapery for your new home, especially if they are for a bedroom or nursery, consider all that blackout curtains, and room darkening curtains or drapes can do for you and your home. Any blackout or room darkening window coverings are not only practical, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to how stylish they can be, as well. You can even find white room darkening curtains, as well.

Benefits of Room Darkening and Blackout Curtains

The best thing about blackout curtains and room darkening curtains is their uncanny ability to block out incoming light. Sleeping with light coming in can be a challenge, but room darkening curtains, blackout curtains, and other blackout window coverings can help you refresh and renew with a good sleep any time of the morning or day. 

This is important for babies, young children, and for people who work overnight shifts and who need to sleep during the day; they’re also great for you, if you just want to sleep in on the weekends.

As you can imagine, blackout curtains are also the best bet for achieving optimal darkness in your TV or media room. No more annoying glare as the sun is setting. Uninterrupted home theater time!  Just remember to measure your windows properly to ensure adequate light coverage.

What is the Difference Between Blackout Curtains and Room Darkening Curtains?

Blackout curtains and room darkening curtains have similar functions: to make a room darker. Room darkening curtains still allow some light into your room (up to 5 percent), though they can significantly darken your interior. Blackout curtains are meant to block out as much light as possible (up to 99 percent) for a virtually full darkening effect.

Do Room Darkening Curtains Reduce Heat?

Blackout and room darkening curtains and drapery can not only provide excellent light control (including against incoming street lights at night), they can also provide the best privacy to meet your own needs, as well as help with noise reduction and incoming heat reduction, to help out with your energy bills. Room darkening and blackout curtains and drapery can help elevate the benefits in any bedroom or living space.

In most of today’s houses, 10-25% of heat loss is through the windows in cold weather. Blackout curtains can help you reduce your winter energy bills by up to 25%. In the spring and summertime, blackout curtains can reflect heat back outward, to keep it out of your interior. They can reduce the amount of heat coming in via your windows by as much as 24 percent. Either way, you will be saving money throughout the year on energy costs.

What is the Difference Between Privacy-Lined and Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtain lining is typically sewn into the back of the curtain, rather than a regular privacy lining. If you already have privacy-lined curtains, then a standalone blackout lining can be hung behind the existing curtains, as long as your curtain rod can bear the weight of both.

We recommend upgrading your curtains from a regular privacy liner that offers a room darkening effect to a blackout liner rather than purchasing a separate blackout curtain.

Can You Get Room Darkening Curtains in White?

As previously mentioned, white (or some variation of white) room darkening curtains or blackout curtains are available and are a top-notch addition in any bedroom, or any other room, for that matter. 

White curtains harmonize and complement nicely with traditional and modern motifs.  You can find an excellent balance between style and function with blackout curtains. 

Select Blinds’ Staff and Customer Favorites

Here are some of our recommendations for room darkening and blackout curtains, in white, or some shade of white.

Classic Curtains: Signature Class*

(color selection includes White Linen, Simply White, Textured White, Cloud White, Pearl White, Antique White, and Textured Ivory)

Popular grommet-style panel curtains that adorn your windows with a unique coastal touch. Go for designer-caliber coordination throughout your home, at a budget-friendly price.

Cozy Curtains: Signature Class*

(color selection includes Ivory Matte Velour, White Chenille, and Brushed Knit Cream)

Get your cozy on with this rich, flowy feel. Bring more calm and relaxation into your space with these casually elegant grommet curtains. Hushed, soft to the touch, and comforting.

Delicate Sheen Curtains – Signature Class*

(color selection includes Interstellar, Cosmic Starlight, Cosmic Pearl, Cosmic Moonlight, Cosmic Ivory, and Cosmic White)

Elegance and style. Like an evening out on the town, you’ll love the formal presence of these rich curtains. A nice fabric selection, with more subtle, glam-filled shimmer for your interior.

*Our Signature Class products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. They are made with durable materials. 

Luxe Custom Drapes/Curtains – Premium Class*

(color selection includes Moon Stone, Dew Ivory, Cinder White, and Cinder Ivory)

Touch, see, and feel the timeless allure of full, texture-rich drapes in this collection of luxurious fabric curtains (grommet or pleated). 

*Our Premium Class products feature lasting designs in timeless styles, and crafted with high-quality materials. The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last. 

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5 Curtain Ideas for Wide Windows

If you have wide, large windows, you might have felt challenged finding extra wide curtains for them, at a decent price. And without losing any bit of elegance. The struggle is real, especially when you’re trying to dress your windows up nicely.

The Struggle

Large, wide windows (“wide” windows are generally considered to be 84” wide or more. Find tips on measuring windows for curtains here). Wide/large windows are highly sought after, and they let in plenty of natural light. You’ve got your heart set on curtains for your big, beautiful windows. But you want to select just the right ones.

It can be challenging to keep the visually appealing aesthetic of wide windows when it comes to hanging curtains. You certainly don’t want to lose even a tiny bit of that incoming light. 


If you’re looking for curtain ideas for wide windows, we’ve definitely got you covered! Read on for some things to consider, and for some suggestions.

What to Consider when Buying Wide Window Curtains

Before you start with selecting curtains for your“wide window” project, consider these important factors:

  • Function: Think about what you want the function of your curtains to be. For privacy? Do you need a liner? Do you want curtains for light filtering? Or maybe you just want your curtains to look great. We offer you completely customized curtain sizes, hand-crafted just for your windows.
  • Form: What kind of statement do you want to make? Large windows are definitely a focal point in any room, so you want to complement your décor and ambience as well as you can. It’s all in the details.
  • Budget: This is almost always a consideration. Purchasing curtains, curtain rods, curtain rings, etc. can get expensive quickly. Again, we’ve got you covered. We have a diverse selection of products for any budget.

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Now for the inspirational stuff: some great suggestions to open up possibilities of all the things you can do with curtains for your wide, large windows.

Classic Curtains (Signature Class)*

Classic Curtains are beautiful grommet-style panel curtains custom-crafted to adorn your windows with a unique coastal touch. Coordinate throughout your living space, all at a price that you (and your budget) will love. Grommet finish options are satin nickel or antique brass. You can go without a privacy liner, select a white or ivory standard liner, or upgrade to a blackout liner.

Farmhouse Curtains (Signature Class)*

Get your windows into a Farmhouse kind of mood when you refresh them with these captivating curtains. A style of weathered shabby chic meets modern industrial, for just the flair your home needs. Grommet finish options are satin nickel or antique brass. You can go without a privacy liner, select a white or ivory standard liner, or upgrade to a blackout liner.

*Our Signature Class products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. They are made with durable materials. 

Jewel Tone Drapery (Premium Class)*

Here is a perfect combination of fashion and function with this visually tantalizing jewel-toned window drapery. All the jewel colors you might imagine, with all the interior design possibilities. Manage privacy and incoming light in style. They’re perfect for any room in your home. Choose between grommet or pleated style drapery; go without a privacy liner, select a white or ivory standard liner, or upgrade to a blackout liner. Matching tiebacks are also available as an upgrade.

Luxe Custom Drapes/Curtains (Premium Class)*

Find the alluring appeal of full, plush, textured drapes in this collection of luxurious fabric grommet or pleated curtains. Go without a privacy liner, upgrade to a white or ivory standard liner, or upgrade to a blackout liner. Matching tiebacks are also available as an upgrade Decorative rings are available as an add-on. Curtain rods in a choice of three finishes (antique brass, oil rubbed bronze, and satin nickel) are also available as an add-on feature, offering a choice of three different lengths: 24”-48”, 48”-86”, and 86”-120”.

*Our Premium Class products feature lasting designs in timeless styles, and crafted with high-quality materials. The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last. 

One more suggestion: Here’s an unforgettably unique window treatment for your wide windows.

Tranquil Sheer Vertical Shades (Signature Class)

A versatile, upscale window treatment to give you the privacy you need, while enjoying the incoming breeze. All without losing that amazing view through your large windows. Choose between left stack or right stack, and between no-valance or a 6” valance upgrade, in either grey or white.

Regardless of what your sense of style is, or what your budget is, you can always find just the right curtains at SelectBlinds.com.

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How Do You Buy Curtains For Door Windows? Upgrading Your Patio or Sliding Glass Doors

How do you decorate your sliding glass or French patio doors? There are numerous options of window coverings that offer privacy, light control, and in some cases, even insulation from heat and sound. Consider curtains as a viable option for upgrading your patio doors.

How Do You Cover a French Patio Door Window?

French doors, sometimes referred to as Farmhouse doors, are a popular and commonly seen option for patio doors. These doors usually have one or more glass panels, can either be single or double doors, and they can open by swinging inward or outward. Less commonly, you might see “Dutch doors” in use as a windowed patio door (you can either open the top half of the door, or the bottom, or both haves – but each half of these doors can operate independently of the other). 

French doors make a beautiful and bold style statement. They let in plenty of natural light, offer a view to the outside, give an elegant touch to any space. Shutters are commonly used to cover French door/patio door windows, but curtains are definitely an upgrade solution. 

You don’t have to simply hang curtains over the entire French door. You can get customized curtains sized to fit the glass areas. You’ll be able to filter natural light in, while addressing your privacy concerns.Plus, curtains on your French doors are an easy way to add a splash of color to your interior.

What Kind of Window Coverings Can You Put on a Sliding Glass Door?

In addition to French doors, sliding glass doors are popular choices for many homeowners, to be able to easily move between an indoor living area and out to the back patio or deck. Sliding glass doors slide back and forth horizontally on a track to open and close, and are typically a large glass window. They let in plenty of natural light, especially the larger the windows are. Effectively covering such a potentially large, high-traffic passageway, considering privacy and light management, is a great puzzle to solve. 

There are many options for French door windows and for sliding glass doors. That’s why fashion-savvy curtains are definitely a viable solution for covering your sliding glass door for which you don’t need to worry about obstructing your door’s operation or your ability to pass through while entering or exiting. Cover your door completely, or use matching tiebacks to pull your curtains to the sides. You’ll have a wide selection of colors, fabrics, prints, and patterns to choose from. You can even coordinate with your interior décor design.

Following are some of our customer-favorite curtains we share with you.

Classic Curtains (Signature Class)*

Classic Curtains are very popular grommet-style panel curtains among our site visitors. These curtains nicely adorn your windows with a unique coastal touch and feel. Use them to coordinate with your decor throughout your space, all for a budget-friendly price.

Tranquil Sheer Vertical Shades  (Signature Class)*

A versatile, upscale window treatment that offers you the privacy you need, while still being able to enjoy the incoming breeze. The flowing elegance and coverage of curtains with the separate, hanging vanes and spacing of vertical shades. Part them to pass through, in and out between your home and patio or deck.

Farmhouse Curtains (Signature Class)*

Treat your windows right with a quick and easy Farmhouse-style refresh. A stylish combination of weathered shabby chic meeting a modern industrial aesthetic. Just the touch your home needs.

*Our Signature Class products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. They are made with durable materials. The Signature Class is the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

You *Can* DIY

Treat your windows right with the right window treatments. Fine tune those interior design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. Make your space your own and make it something you’ll be proud to live in. You’ll love all the things you can do for your patio/sliding glass windows, along with the rest of your interior!

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How Do You Highlight Your Bay Windows?

How do you bring out the beauty and splendor in those large, lovely bay windows you’ve got in your living room? They expand your view to the outside, and let plenty of soft, natural light in. Finding the right window treatments for your living room bay windows may seem like a daunting task because of the bay windows’ signature angling, but it’s not as difficult as you might think, and you’re definitely not limited with your options. There is no limit to bay window ideas for your living room. Here are some tips on measuring bay windows for window treatments.

You can find just the perfect bay window coverings to match your taste, as well as your home’s décor. Read on for a look at some recommendations.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades, also known as “cell shades,” or “honeycomb shades” due to their honeycomb-like construction are a popular and modern choice for any space. Traditionally they close from the top down, similar to roller shades, but there’s another option: Top Down Bottom Up. Top down Bottom Up cell shades are great if you want to keep your privacy and still let in some natural light. The honeycomb construction insulates your windows to help you keep the heat out in the summer and keep the heat in during the winter. You’ll love what they do to lower your annual energy costs.

Wood Blinds

Real wood blinds carry with them a timeless elegance. If  you’re going for a warmer, more natural look, you can always rely on wood blinds. Their classic look and feel never wear out their welcome. They’re sharp, crisp, and alluring to the touch; they’ll complement just about any décor. 

Shutters

For a look and feel that steals the show, whether in the city, the country, or if you’re going for a coastal or Farmhouse look, shutters are where it’s at. They’re most commonly constructed of real wood or faux wood, they can give you a wide open view, or offer privacy when they’re closed shut. There is a wide selection of stains and paints to choose from to help you create the look you’re after. If your bay windows are in the kitchen or in the bathroom (areas of the home known for moisture), opt for faux wood shutters. They’re moisture-resistant and built to last a long time, so you can be sure they’ll be around to enjoy for years.

Bamboo Shades

Bamboo/woven wood shades look great covering bay windows because they effortlessly add texture to your room, along with a natural warmth, like wood blinds. Whether you’re going for a modern, traditional, minimalist, or rustic style, bamboo shades perfectly fit right in. Choose from a variety of textures and materials, to help you customize your specific dream space.

Solar Shades

Maybe you love it when the sun shines into your home, but you hate what the UV rays do to your furniture and interior. You need solar shades.  Keep your great view outside, while enjoying privacy and protection from solar rays. They’ll help keep your home cool, too. Commonly made of flame-retardant PVC, they are sturdy, while remaining sleek and new-looking.

Roller Shades

Another classic window treatment is roller shades. Your inexhaustible selection of colors and textures will allow you to pair your rollers with just about any paint color, wallpaper, and décor. You can find the perfect combination of function and aesthetics to make your bay windows really shine.

Take Charge of Your Home’s Interior Design – You Got This!
Following Are Some Window Treatment Suggestions for Any Budget:

Classic Cordless Woven Woods – Essential Class

Classic Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Woven Woods – Essential Class

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

Modern LIght Filtering/Blackout TriShades – Signature Class

Lifestyle Light Filtering Cellulars – Signature Class

*Our Signature Class products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. They are made with durable materials. The Signature Class is the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Luxe Modern Light Filtering Roller Shades – Premium Class

Premier Modern Solar Screen – Premium Class

*Our Premium Class products feature lasting designs in timeless styles, and crafted with high-quality materials. The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

2” Exotic Natural Wood Blinds – Luxury Class

Architect Stained Shutter – Luxury Class

*Our Luxury Class products include superior design in distinct styles. They are crafted with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. The Luxury Class is for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization.

Whatever your personal sense of style, you can fine-tune your interior design and DIY skills with the right window blinds or shades for your living room bay windows. The sky’s the limit. Dream out loud.

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