Happy Customer Greg K. Doubles Down with Woven & Faux Wood Blinds

Woven Wood Shades from Select Blinds fit on doors and windows

So many details in buying a house and making it a home! Meet our Happy Customer Greg K, who made our day when he told us, “My wife and I were searching to find window coverings for a new house addition we had just completed. My wife came across SelectBlinds which had exactly what we were looking for at a competitive price point. The entire order came very quickly and was super simple to install. Below are a few pictures of the installed blinds which look great.”

For the Master Suite, Greg and his wife chose SelectBlinds.com Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau to add texture and dimension to this beautiful space. They also added blackout liners to help them get a good night’s sleep. Adding blackout liners is a great choice, too, for areas where you want to keep the glare off TVs. They also help block the heat in the summer and keep out the cold out in the winter.

Neutral woven wood blinds provide privacy above tub in bathroom

For their little man’s creative playroom, they chose 2″ Designer Faux Wood Blinds in Pearl White and added the decorative edge binding in Coconut to cover the small route holes and cording. Not only does this feature add functionality by adding privacy and blocking light, it also creates a high-end designer look! We hope he loves it as much as we do!

Children's Play Room with Faux Wood Blinds

Thanks, Greg. We’re so happy SelectBlinds.com got to be part of your new addition!

See Why Happy Customer Jo Ann Refers Her Friends to Select Blinds

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Have you ever created the perfect looking room? How about the perfect looking window?

With windows, the trick is finding coverings that both look good and provide privacy. And when we say “look good” we mean not just in the window, but as part of the room itself. Sometimes it all just comes together, with the perfect coverings combining with everything else to form a setting that just seems…right.

For Jo Ann A., that’s just how things are in her dining room.

Jo Ann entered our contest for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card (join our Happy Customer Program) with photos of her Select Room Darkening Roller Shades with Cassette. As you can see from the pictures, they certainly look good in her dining room.

We liked Jo Ann’s photos so much, in fact, we decided to learn a little more about what went into choosing them.

First, we wondered why she went with the Select Room Darkening Roller Shades with Cassette.

“I wanted that type of window covering because when the sun sets it was that side of my house and it gets hot. Also, I want to have a privacy because ever since Hurricane Michael hit us last October, we had some damage and until now we had no fences and I don’t want my neighbors or strangers seeing us eating and seeing whats inside my house.”Happy customer pairs Select Blinds grey roller shades and custom drapery

That makes a lot of sense. Room Darkening shades provide an amazing amount of privacy, and they will help keep rooms cooler by keeping them darker. Those are both great qualities, but we wanted to know what Jo Ann likes best about her shades. She said she appreciates how easy they are to roll up or down, but that’s not all.

“I loved them especially with cassette they look awesome and it looks great in my windows. I’m in love with it and even my husband is enjoying it and fell in love with it too! I’ve never before felt so excited to be in that room every day just to look at it.”

How great is that? The shades have become a focal point for Jo Ann.  As an industry leader in making window treatments safe for kids, we are also excited over her choosing a cordless option.  The shades and drapes go together so nicely, which makes sense since Jo Ann said her love for the shades led to getting new curtains.

“I had an old light-colored curtains but when I tried it on it just doesn’t look awesome so I have to go find curtains that would look great with my new roller shades and I got a lot of compliments from my friends/family and they even asked where I got my shades and gave them your website.”

(Note: Check out our selection of curtains here.)

We totally get how getting some sweet new shades could send you down the rabbit hole of needing more new stuff to bring out the best in them. It turns out that the shades have helped to bring the best out of Jo Ann’s home and she couldn’t be happier about her experience.

White flowery wall art near window with Select Blinds roller shades and custom drapery

“All I can say is you all did a great job.  You all make sure that customers are very satisfied and happy. My first experience having a roller shade is way above my expectations and they make my house look great❤❤❤ (editor’s note: the hearts were Jo Ann’s).

“Thank you very much for making my room/house look great again and I’m thinking of replacing all the blinds in the rest of my house soon. You all did a great and awesome job!”

We appreciate that, Jo Ann, but the real credit goes to you. Great choice and we can’t wait to see what you do next!

Happy Customer Karla Sought Privacy on the Golf Course

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If anyone understands the various purposes window treatments can serve, it’s us at Select Blinds. Really, we totally get that while some of the coverings are there to look good, many times they do plenty more than just that.

Want to keep your home cooler? We’ve got some that can do that. How about wanting to filter the incoming light? Yep, we’ve got that too. If blocking UV rays from entering your home is a priority, that’s certainly no problem, either.

However, one common thread that is found with most uses is that of privacy. While we may like our neighbors, most of us don’t want to give them unfiltered access into our homes via windows.

That was especially true for Happy Customer Karla H., who entered our contest for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card (learn how to enter our Happy Customer Program) after being quite pleased with her choices, which included some Classic Light Filtering Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades and Classic Blackout Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades!

Select Blinds white honeycomb shade on wide wood-framed window

Karla was so happy, in fact, that we felt like we needed to know more about why.

The first thing we wanted to know was how the overall shopping experience went.

“The first thing I did was to get samples.  Once I chose my color I went on line to find the blind that I wanted.  The samples came fast and online ordering was a snap.”

Indeed, the ability to order up to 15 free samples makes things so much easier. After all, how can you know what a shade will look like in your home if it has never been in your home?

But with so many samples to choose from, why did you decide to pick the shades you did? 

“I chose the black out top down bottom up in our living room.  We live on a golf course with a night (east) sun coming directly into our home.  It was necessary to have the blackout shades.  The top down bottom up gives us the ability to limit what golfers  see from our backyard.  I can still let light in from the top but limit their ability to see in. I also chose a light filtering top down bottom up shade for my sun room to let as much light in as possible but still limit outsiders views.”

That makes so much sense. Golf course living sounds great, but that also means a lot of strangers walking by as they prepare for their next shot (or search for their wayward ball).

So once you figured out which shades you wanted, the challenge would seem to be the measuring and then installation. However, Karla said measuring was “easy” and that when it comes to installation, it goes quickly so long as you have all the tools you need.

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That sounds right to us, and it’s clear to see why Karla is happy with her purchase. Finishing up, is there anything else she would like for us to know?

“I still have  one window to order yet.  It is a high up window so I am thinking about ordering a remote shade for that one.  Thank you for making the process easy and affordable.”

We’re glad to hear you’ll be letting us help again. In the meantime, here’s a link to our custom coverings for skylight windows.

How Faux Wood Blinds are Better than Real Wood Blinds

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Faux wood blinds have gained major popularity as a convincing alternative to solid wood in recent years. Faux wood blinds are made up of either vinyl/PVC or composite wood material. The fact that they efficiently mimic the exotic appeal of natural hardwood at a fraction of the price is what makes them a favorite among homeowners. Here are a few of the major benefits of faux wood blinds that rank them above the practicality and functionality of real wood blinds.

The Price Factor

The reasonable and affordable pricing of faux woods make it a great option for all homeowners. Faux wood blinds can give you that high-end look while staying within your budget.

Moisture and Temperature Resistance

Since faux wood are made of vinyl or PVC, they are far more resistant to environmental humidity and temperature changes than real wood. Wooden blinds have a major drawback in terms of their rapid reaction to moisture, which often causes the surface to swell, expand, or lose its shape. With regular wear and tear, the protective polish of the real wood blinds fades.

Care and Maintenance

Real wood blinds require special care for cleaning and maintenance. On the other hand, faux wood blinds are made from material that can easily be wiped down and cleaned, all without causing any harm to the finish.

Durability and Strength

Fauxs are tougher and more durable than their natural wood counterparts.

Eco-Friendliness

Unlike natural hardwood that is derived by cutting down trees, faux wood blinds are composed of synthetic materials that majorly contribute to conserving the environment. The fact that these blinds are recyclable also contribute to a considerable reduction of end-of-cycle refuse collecting in landfills.

 

The Top 3 Faux Wood Blinds from SelectBlinds.com

If you’ve decided to purchase faux wood blinds for your home windows, you have made a great decisions. Although real wood is very popular, it is not the most ideal option in all situations. Faux wood blinds have quite a few advantages over other types of window coverings.

Advantages of Faux Wood Blinds

  • They’re extremely durable. There is also very little maintenance cost.
  • They’re affordable, and they’re high quality.
  • They’re resistant to moisture and humidity, and they’re easy to clean.
  • They provide great UV protection, and they provide better insulation in extreme temperatures.

Here are the 3 most popular faux wood blinds at SelectBlinds.com:

2″ Premium Faux Wood Blinds

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Premium faux wood blind are some of the most durable blinds. If you want the luxury and elegance of wood without the maintenance cost, these are the perfect choice for you.

Features

  • Free shipping.
  • Free upgraded magnetic valance.
  • Complies with CPSC child safety regulations.
  • Comes standard with a warranty.

2″ SelectWave Faux Wood

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These blinds combine state-of-the-art technology with the aesthetics and sturdiness you associate with faux wood. You’ll get the best view when the slats are tilted open, and they provide exceptional light blockage when closed. The headrail is also matched with the slats for a cohesive, streamlined look.

  • Free shipping.
  • Highly functional.

2″ Designer Faux Wood Blinds

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It’s scratch-resistant exterior is made from sleek PVC, making it the perfect option for kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Free shipping.
  • Complies with CPSC child safety regulations.
  • GREENGUARD certified, so it improves the air quality in your home.
  • Headrail and bottom rail are color-coordinated to the slats.

The Top 3 Roman Shades from SelectBlinds.com

Roman shades are some of the most unique types of window coverings because they combine the practicality and elegance of blinds and curtains.

Advantages of Roman Shades

  • Roman shades are elegant and timeless.
  • They provide a uniform and clean look.
  • They’re easy to use and clean.
  • They’re affordable and easy to install.
  • When lowered, they can provide complete privacy.

Select Blinds offers a variety of roman shade style options. Here are the top three varieties that offer quality, affordability, and utility:

Basic Solid Blackout Roman Shades

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This roman shade will perfectly fit your budget without you having to sacrifice style for price. There is a broad range of designer colors to choose from, and they’re made from budget-friendly, yet quality, fabrics. Due to their opaqueness, they are ideal for your bedroom, baby nursery, and even your home theater. With these shades, finding the perfect decor for your home is easy.

Features

  • Standard liner is included.
  • Comes standard with a cordless lift system.

Basic Solid Light Filtering Roman Shades

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They’re extremely budget-friendly and customer-friendly. they combines fashion with affordability. You can also choose from a range of vibrant and neutral colors. The fabric lets light gently filter in, giving your space a warm glow throughout the entire year.

Features

  • Standard liner is included.
  • Comes standard with a cordless lift system.

Premium Solid Light Filtering Roman Shades

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A roman shade makes a style statement through its fold. This product gives you the standard classic pleat fold, but you can also upgrade to a soft fold. A variety of bold and muted colors are available.

Features

  • Standard liner is included.
  • Comes standard with a cordless lift system.

Roman shades from SelectBlinds.com give you the immaculate quality and durability that makes it stand out from other brands.

The Top 3 Honeycomb Shades from SelectBlinds.com

Honeycomb shades, also called cellular shades, have been around for years. And over time, manufacturers have solved many of its initial drawbacks, and now they’re one of the most popular window coverings. And for good reason.

Honeycombs have gained consumer trust because they provide insulation, privacy, and light control. They’re also stylish, modern, and sleek.

Advantages of Honeycomb Shades

The trapped layer of air between the double layers of honeycomb shades provide great insulation from the outside weather. This also means it helps conserve energy, which will save you money on energy costs. If you want your home to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, these are the perfect window treatments for you. The extra layer of air also helps lessen unwanted noise from outside, creating a more peaceful home environment.

Here are our top 3 honeycomb shades:

Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Cellular Shades

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This shade combines two of the most popular lift styles in one product – a cordless system and a top down/bottom up system. The combination makes it safe for children, and it gives you complete control over light and privacy. Choose from 9 different colors. And with all our products, they’re custom made just for you.

Features

  • Free shipping
  • Adheres to CPSC child safety requirements
  • Made from 100% polyester
  • Lowers your utility bills

Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades

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This is the most budget-friendly cellular shade we offer, and it’s made in just one day. It is completely cordless, making it easy to use while keeping your children and pets safe.

Features

  • Same color fabric is used on both the inside and the outside
  • Free shipping
  • Adheres to CPSC child safety requirements
  • Made from polyester

Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shade

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Available in extreme widths, it’s made from spun lace fabric, which provides added insulation. All components are color-coordinated, giving you a clean, uniform, cohesive look. Choose from 12 different colors. The outside layer comes in white only to comply with common HOA guidelines.

Features

  • Highly customizable
  • Metal snap-in brackets make installation easy and hassle-free
  • Available in top down/bottom up cordless Lift & LockTM and cordless Lift & LockTM

 

 

The Printed Geometric Blinds Movement

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If you want your home to keep pace with trends – and do it within budget – a complete renovation or paint job is out of the question. How exactly can you modernize without making sweeping changes to your interiors? Well, why not simply get some new window coverings? Geometric patterns are the buzz right now, and the great thing about them is that these patterns are actually pretty timeless, too.

Larger Patterns for a Refined Look

You would think that large patterns tend to look more casual, but with geometric patterns, the opposite is true. The big patterns add a touch of refinement.

Opt for Saturated Colors

Saturated colors lend depth and warmth to a space, and they let you color-coordinate with ease. Pick out geometric patterns for your window coverings that go well with the overall color palette. Earthy tones are perfect when you choose large patterns because they prevent it from becoming too overwhelming.

Go Monochrome

For a truly modern look, go with monochromes. Of course, if you’re going monochrome with your window coverings, you also have the freedom to choose nice solid, deep hues for the rest of the furnishings.

Choose Stripes

If stripes are your choice, experiment with narrow ones. They can add a touch of sophistication. Broad stripes will be more playful and fun. Alternate colors can be a more cheery option to simple, neutral shades. You can either use the same colors with different kinds of stripes or different colors with similar stripes to get a coordinated yet varied look throughout your home. Stripes are a universal favorite!

 

How to Keep Blinds Safe from Pets

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If you have a dog or cat in your house, you know the huge challenge there is getting them house-trained. However, once they are, you would think you could just enjoy their company for the rest of their life, right? Well, it turns out that if you are thinking of getting new blinds for your windows, this may not exactly be the case. In fact, your beloved pet may get along so famously with your new blinds that they end up having quite the “entanglement,” literally and figuratively. As you can imagine, your poor blinds are not likely to fare well at all. So how exactly do you keep your blinds safe from pets?

Get Them Some Fun Toys

Dogs and cats can get pretty bored, especially if you go away for a long time during the day. To occupy themselves, they may look for things to play with, and if blinds catch their fancy, your window coverings may not live to tell the tale. To avoid this, make sure you have a number of pet-friendly play toys in plain sight. Pet toys are especially a good idea if your dog or cat is young and energetic.

Have a Scratching Post

Older pets tend to use blinds as their “official” scratching post, tearing them to bits in the process. To avoid this, have a scratching post at home and train your pets to use it and nothing else when they feel the need to give themselves a pedicure. You can even coat it with some catnip to make it completely irresistible to your little feline.

Keep the Blinds Partly Open

If you have a dog that takes his job as protector and defender seriously, your blinds are in real danger every time someone passes by the window. To see, your dog may pull apart the blinds. Avoid this by leaving the blinds open part-way.

Apples, Anyone?

You know what they say about apples keeping doctors away? Well, it turns out they can do wonders for the health of your blinds, too. Dogs have a fierce dislike for the sour apple spray smell and taste, and it’s harmless to them otherwise. The spray is actually used on the pet’s body to prevent him/her from licking a wound or cut, so it’s safe. Spray this around the blinds or even the windowsill and your dogs will keep clear of it.

Motorized Window Blinds & Shades – The Small Luxuries of Life

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About a decade ago, motorized shades and blinds were considered a unnecessary luxury indulged in only by the affluent. However, with the recent advancements in technology and pricing, motorized window treatments have become more affordable and useful.

How are motorized window coverings operated?

We offer two types of motorized operating systems – battery-operated and a plug-in. The blinds or shades can be controlled via a handheld remote. All you need to do is click a button, and your window treatments will rise and lower effortlessly.

What are the advantages of using a motorized lift system?

  • It’s convenient and safe for children. It’s also great for those with physical limitations who can’t operate window coverings in the traditional way.
  • If you have large windows in your house, the blinds can be quite heavy. A motorized blind would make operating them hassle-free.
  • For houses with high windows, a remote-operated system would give you complete control. After all, you don’t want to have to get your ladder out every time you want to raise or lower your blinds.

How much does it cost?

The final price of your motorized window coverings depends on the size and type of product. If you have any add-ons or upgrades, this will be applied to the overall price, too.

Not only do motorized window treatments ensure easy operation and optimum functionality of your blinds, they are also modern, sleek, and beautiful.