Blinds and Shades for Arched Windows

Arched windows can lend an extra level of beauty and sophistication to any space. The only problem? They’re not the easiest windows to cover…until now!

Grey honeycomb shades and arch coverings in a grey themed living room.
Premier Double Cell Blackout Arches in Riverstone

Whether you’re looking for a treatment for your standard arch, an elongated one or even a quarter arch, we’ve got you covered. And if you’ve got a window with a rounded top where the arch is part of the window, there’s a solution for that as well! Just check out this handy guide about floating head rails to learn if one might be right for your window.

Covering your naked arches doesn’t have to drain you of patience or money. Choose from inside or outside mount and simply follow the instructions found at the bottom of each arched product page in the tab titled “Measure & Install.”

BUT, before you do that, it might be a good idea to figure out which arched window covering would work best for your window.

Light Filtering vs Blackout:

Depending on the location and position of your arched window, you may want to go with either a light filtering or blackout covering. Arches in the bedroom? Blackout is probably your best bet there. Living room or entryway? Light filtering is a great choice for blocking glare without losing all that wonderful natural light. Either way, these fabulous honeycombs will have your windows dressed up and ready for a night (or day) on the town in no time.

Single Cell vs Double Cell:

Single vs double cell honeycomb shades is a topic that people tend to be less invested in than the heavily debated “light filtering vs blackout.” Nevertheless, it can be just as important. While double the cells mean extra noise blocking and insulation, single cell honeycombs are still a great option for trapping heat and reducing noise, just to a slightly lesser degree. Single celled treatments are also inherently lighter since they don’t have an extra layer of fabric, so for abnormally large windows, single is probably your best bet.

Honestly, once you narrow down which type of arch covering you want out of the options above, all that’s left to do is choose your color, measure your arch and get click-happy! And once your shades come in, install is a breeze with our easy to follow videos and instructions.

Hitting the Road Again? How to Rev Up Your RV in Style

RV driving down highway

Summer is here and that means one thing: ROAD TRIP!!!

With June being National Camping Month and states reopening after the long winter and spring of COVID-19, it’s a great time to hit the highway. And a great excuse to renovate the RV. Whether you’re rolling in a vintage Airstream, custom Sprinter van, 5-wheeler, or converted Partridge Family-style bus, here are some easy and flat-out kickass ways to update and makeover your mobile motor home on wheels … with gas money to spare.

Paint Over the Past

Refresh that boring brown or beige RV interior with bright white and bold color. With a little sand paper and elbow grease, your existing laminated particleboard cupboards will look like a breath of fresh air once you give them a coat or two of new paint. Let nature be your palette!

2 In Select American Hardwood Blinds in RV bedroom
Can’t stop dreaming about this beautiful rolling bedroom! Designed by RV reno experts Jed and Katey Wiley of Stagecoach Detail & Design, you won’t be able to wait to pull off the road for the night and climb in. The bold blue-and-white theme is artfully accented by our 2″ Select American Hardwood blinds and the homey touches sweet dreams are made of.

Get a Foothold with New Flooring

Pull up that peeling kitchen tile or matted and moldy old carpet and put down new, road rugged vinyl or wood laminate planks. Throw in a colorful area rug to brighten up and separate small living spaces.

Lighten Up the Look of Windows & Doors

Mini blinds have long been the standard for RV windows, but if it’s time to replace those old, cracked, cheap plastic slats, try all-aluminum minis in shiny new colors. New solar shades or blackout cellular shades are also a great choice to reduce road glare and to keep out prying eyes at the campsite. Consider motorized blinds for your motor home, too, so you can adjust incoming light without taking your eyes off the road. Need more ideas? Check out our RV Window Covering Buying Guide.

Barn door in RV
Here’s some more inspo from our friends @stagecoachdetaildesign. Ditch the old bi-fold doors in your RV and save space with a sliding barn door. And try more non-traditional window coverings for your travels, like these Premiere Woven Woods (lined, of course, for more privacy and light control at night).

What About the Walls?

Treat your walls on wheels just like the ones at home. Paint them over in a contrasting color to complement your new cabinetry. Turn a small space into an eye-catching accent with a bold, patterned wallpaper. Recover them with shiplap (real or wallpaper!) or repurposed/reclaimed wood, which makes a great headboard in the bunk area. Add inexpensive peel and stick subway or glass tiles in the head or behind the kitchen sink for an updated backsplash.

RV kitchen with subway tile
We love following professional RV dweller Cassidy on @couchinthecorner, and how she brightened up her RV’s tiny corner kitchen with press-on subway tile. If you look closely, you can see the Classic Vinyl Blackout Roller blinds she replaced the original bulky box valance with under the cabinets to let in more light and make the space look bigger.

Pull Out All the Stops

Even tiny touches like unique cabinet pulls can make a BIG difference in your RV’s decor without putting a big dent in the budget. Change out your old standard pulls with new ones that express your personality on galley cabinets, desk drawers, closet doors and storage cubbies. They make great hooks for towels, outerwear and the dog’s leash, too.

Leave the Light On

Light up mobile living spaces or set the mood with fun, fresh new wall sconces, generator-saving, under cabinet LED lighting, or sleek new track lighting, like this:

Interior of renovated vintage Airstream RV
Office space by day, dinner with a view at night. The updated interior of this vintage Airstream has it all: original aluminum walls accented with bold, fresh color; sleek, modern track lighting and a cozy throw on the updated flooring. Photo: Blog.RVShare.com

Who says you can’t roll on down the highway in style without breaking the budget? Happy trails!

Bust Out Your DIY Skills for National Upcycling Day!

National Upcycling Day is the perfect time to grab anything slightly worn or used around the house and use your amazing DIY skills to revamp it into something new and wonderful. Here are some of our favorite new ideas for upcycling old window treatments!

Roller Shade → Retractable Chalkboard

Chalkboards are a staple of childhood, but they can take up a lot of space. The popular solution – chalkboard paint – is great for accent walls, but it can be very dark and is rather more permanent than most parents would like.

So, what’s the solution? Well, and hear me out now, how about a vinyl roller shade with chalkboard paint on one side so you can roll it up when your kids are done playing?

To make this lovely retractable chalkboard, I commandeered some old towels and spread them out on my patio. Then I pulled out the old roller shade and laid it out so I could get painting! After painting on three layers over the course of 6 hours (and letting it dry completely), my new retractable chalkboard was ready to be used! My only recommendation? Make sure your roller isn’t some sort of mesh. We ended up having to rip the old towels off the back because the paint bled through. Thank goodness it still looks amazing on the front side!

Wood Shutter → Picture Board

Picture boards – especially the big ones with real wooden frames – can get ridiculously pricey! But, if you’ve got an old shutter lying around (or happen to find one at your local hardware store or even a garage sale) you’ve got the makings of a great diy picture board!

For my DIY picture board, I decided to remove the slats and create a neutral backing out of a bit of old roman shade. To personalize it a bit more, I painted some cheap wooden letters and glued magnets to the back. Paired with a beautiful set of Harry Potter magnets (or any other magnets that suit your fancy), it’s ready for future pictures to be added! The best part? It took less than an hour to finish – including painting the letters!

Bamboo Shade → Placemats

Let’s all come clean together…we probably aren’t all fancy enough to have sets of placemats and table decorations for every season and holiday. So, why not make some out of those old bamboo shades? Actually, you could make these out of just about anything!

For this particular set, I used a bamboo shade and some pre-cut strips of ribbon-like fabric. The first step was to cut out a placemat-sized piece of the shade. Thank goodness I had my Cutco Super Shears to help cut through the thicker bits of wood! To create the border, I placed double-sided fabric tape around one side and folded the ends of the ribbon when attaching them so that no frayed edges would be available. If I were to do this again, I’d definitely stick with ribbon, but probably make sure it was the length of a whole side to avoid all the seams.

4 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior

Whether you’re looking to increase your home’s curb appeal or you just need a change, improving the outside of your home is easy. Seriously! Just a few simple upgrades can give you a completely new look! You can have the curb appeal of your dreams by changing these simple things!

Up Your Landscaping Game

Beautifully landscaped home at sunset with lights on.

The right landscaping can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money, but it doesn’t have to. Just a few simple changes, like pulling weeds, planting a new tree, or setting out a few pots of seasonal flowers can make a big difference. You can even enlist the help of family and friends if you need to! Just a few hours of work and you can have a whole new front yard!

Shut Paint the Front Door!

Two brownstones with yellow and blue painted front doors.

Give your home an instant facelift by painting your front door. Go bold and vibrant or choose a more neutral color (especially if your HOA has restrictions on allowable paint colors). Whatever you choose, make sure it’s an outdoor paint that will stand against the elements. It should also complement the colors of your home, though it doesn’t necessarily have to match.

Statement Window Coverings

Exterior of windows and a door covered with white faux wood shutters.
Classic Faux Wood Shutters in Cotton

When you’re covering your windows, it’s easy to focus on how they’ll look inside your house and forget about the outside. But, if you happen to remember that curb appeal is just as important, you’ll want to make sure you choose blinds or shades that look great from both sides. To do this, either choose something like faux woods, shutters or rollers that look pretty much the same on both sides, Your other option is to choose a roman or woven wood with a neutral liner on the street side.

Other Front Door Accents

Black and white welcome sign hung on a stained wood door.

You don’t have to redo the whole front of your house to increase curb appeal. A few quick additions, like a new welcome mat or sign, can make a huge difference. Other fun front door accents like an entrance table, some sort of potted plant or even a fancy electronic doorknob can really enhance the look and function of your front door.

What Will You Do Today to Make Life Beautiful?

This is your life - make it beautiful!

June 11 Is National Making Life Beautiful Day

National Making Life Beautiful Day celebrates those who make life beautiful. From street artists, to podcast pundits, to volunteers, to teachers, to all those who work to help heal the wounded, ease the hearts of the weary and empower others to be the best person they can be. When you create beauty by building relationships and helping others, your actions create a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for everyone around you, too.

Street art can be beautiful!
Finding beauty in the every day isn’t hard. Just look around. A local artist transformed a plain community bench into a welcoming community couch. Photo from Criatividade (Creativity) Facebook group.

The beautiful thing about National Making Life Beautiful Day? We can all do something simple to make life beautiful for ourselves and others. Not just on June 11 but every day. Here are just a few ways.

  1. Spontaneous acts of simple human kindness are a beautiful thing. Hold a door open for someone. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly or home bound neighbor. Give a caregiver a much needed break by enabling them some time to take care of themselves.
  2. Express yourself and share your talent with the world. Take or paint a picture. Write a letter or a book. Send a card. Make music. Sing a song. Dance. Take a TikTok video of something you think is beautiful.
  3. Pay someone a compliment. Give a stranger your smile.
  4. Volunteer. Share your talents with a cause or organization you’re passionate about. Helping a community garden grow, donating to a local food bank, fostering or adopting an animal from the local shelter are all great ways to let your inner beauty shine through.
  5. Tell the people you love you love them. Love is the most beautiful thing of all. So share and show it. Give those you love your time. Over a meal or watching a movie. With a call or a hug.
  6. Get outside. Take time to appreciate the beauty in nature. Watch the sun rise or set. Walk on the beach or through the mountains. Play in the park. Watch the clouds shift shapes. Smell the flowers and arrange them in a beautiful bouquet to brighten a room.
  7. Add things to your home that bring joy and beauty. Frame and display your favorite photos. Re-purpose a piece of old furniture. Change a room’s color scheme. Plant a garden or try out your green thumb by switching out your artificial plants with real ones.
  8. Take a stand. Stand up for something you believe in and use your voice to advocate positive change.

How are you celebrating the beauty in your life? Share how you’re making life beautiful today by using #MakingLifeBeautifulDay on social media.

Premier Woven Wood shades are beautiful in this window.
Making life beautiful can be as simple as making a change to your interior decor. Love this casual aesthetic? Check out our Premier Woven Wood shades to get it.

#blindswelove — and you did, too!

The results are in! Congratulations to Tina Morelli, our Happy Customer #blindswelove winner for April. Our IG and Facebook followers were all aTwitter about how Tina styled her beautiful bedroom windows with our Designer Ultimate Woven Wood Shades in Oahu Sand.

Would you like to win a $250 Visa gift card like Tina did? We’ll be announcing last month’s winner shortly, so now’s the time to enter for your chance to win in June. Just share a picture or two of your new window treatments from Select Blinds on Facebook, IG, or Twitter with the hashtag #blindswelove. Be sure to make your post public and tag along with us @selectblinds so we can see it, and you’ll be entered to win!

Mysteries About Vertical Blinds: Solved by SelectBlinds.com

For a lot of folks, vertical blinds are in the same vein of home decor as that old wood paneling from the ’50s. While we can definitely see the similarities in form, function is another story altogether.

While the use of some sort of hanging to block the sun dates back to at least ancient Egypt, modern-day vertical blinds date back to the 1960s. Thankfully, there have been a number of improvements and even advancements that make verticals a fashionable and modern option for covering large windows and sliding glass doors.

Standard Verticals

Maple faux wood vertical blinds covering a sliding glass door.
Premium Faux Wood Vertical Blinds in Maple

While the phrase “standard vertical blinds” might make you think strictly of white or off-white vinyl slats, the truth is there’s much more to normal verticals than simple plastic. Other materials – like wood, faux wood and even cloth-covered vinyl – are a great way to introduce a little more texture and color to your home without straying too far from the “norm.” Plus, some are better able to withstand the hardships brought on by claws, teeth and little hands.

Vertical Honeycombs

Light grey vertical honeycomb cellular blinds covering a patio door.
3/4″ Premier Light Filtering Vertical Cellulars in Thunderstorm

A novel way to cover large windows and doors in the past few years has been vertical cellular shades. They have all the amazing benefits of regular honeycombs (heat/light blockage and insulation) with the added benefit of collapsing vertically so that you can easily access any sliding glass or patio door they are covering. And did we mention they are available in multiple pleat sizes and a plethora of color options?

Panel Tracks

Dark grey solar panel track blinds covering a wide patio door.
Nomad Solar Panel Tracks in Artemisia

The most modern iteration of vertical window treatments, panel track blinds are a fun alternative that can instantly update the look of any room. They’re ultra-stylish and come in a wide range of colors, patterns and fabrics to fit almost any design aesthetic. I mean, just look at how clean-cut these lines are! Absolutely stunning!

Home Remodeling in the Merry Month of May

May is National Home Remodeling Month, and with so many of us still stuck at home, it should come as no surprise that remodeling has taken off like a rocket ship to Mars. But how do you get started on a new remodeling project? And, for that matter, which rooms should you start with?

Start at the Heart

For most people, the heart of your home is the kitchen or living room. This is especially true now that we’re all endlessly snacking and binge-watching shows on Netflix. But, how do you decide between the two areas? Simple. Either go with the room that will add the most value to your home (kitchen), or go with the one you spend the most time in (living room). It really depends on whether or not you plan on sticking around for the long haul.

Beautiful and bright finished kitchen with white cabinets.

If you’ve already managed to update your kitchen and living space, how about moving on to something like flooring upgrades, bathrooms, bedrooms or anything else that tickles your remodeling fancy?

Create Your Master Plan

A great way to create a plan is to make a list of everything you want to do to your chosen room. We recommend splitting your list into 3 sections based on the level of difficulty of each project.

Handwritten checklist of things to do.
  • Things you can DIY without help
  • Things you can do with a bit of research or assistance
    • Adding a tiled backsplash
    • Putting your light switches on dimmers
  • Things that require a professional touch
    • Extending your counter into a breakfast bar
    • Rearranging your entire kitchen counter and built-in appliances

Once that’s done, go through your list again and cross off anything that seems out of reach or unrealistic. Whether it’s just plain expensive or you simply can’t do it because of the constraints of social distancing, get crossing!

Take Action

Now that you’ve got your refined list, it’s time to, as Ms. Frizzle says, “take chances, make mistakes and get messy!” Though, maybe you should forego the mistakes part in an effort to prevent “re-remodeling.”

First things first, figure out which project on your list you’re going to tackle first. Obviously you won’t be installing a tiled backsplash before rearranging your counters, so let’s just pretend you’re redoing EVERYTHING and go from there.

Kitchen blueprints in black and white.

If you’re hard-core remodeling your kitchen, the best place to start will likely be with a professional contractor. Get a recommendation from a friend or google a few and get a couple of quotes and designs to compare. If you need some inspiration, check out this article! Oh, and pro-tip – you’ll want to keep in mind that most remodels end up more expensive than quoted. There’s always something that gets uncovered.

From there, we suggest supervising the work occasionally to make sure everything is on track and course-correcting as appropriate. Once the professional work is done, the next step is to tackle other projects as you see fit. it might be a good idea to do the more difficult, research-intensive tasks first just in case you run into any issues.

Grey subway tile backsplash in a white kitchen.

So, if you skipped having the contractor add that subway tile backsplash you’ve always wanted, now’s the time to do it yourself! And even if you’ve done one before, we recommend checking out this video by Home RenoVision DIY. It covers the tools you’ll need and even how cut tiles to fit around outlets and make sure your whole project stays level.

Once you’ve gotten the harder, more time-consuming or labor-intensive projects out of the way, you can move on to the finishing touches. If you didn’t have brand new cabinets installed, now would be a great time to strip and paint/stain them, then add some adorable new handles or knobs.

Blue paint and paintbrush on a white background.

To do so, you just need to remove the doors from the cabinets, sand them down and repaint or stain. If you plan on upgrading the handles or knobs, it might be a good idea to invest in matching or complementary hinges as well to complete the look. once everything is dry, simply reinstall the doors in the same place and screw in the new handles and BAM! NEW KITCHEN!

Wash, Rinse Repeat!

After that, just keep plugging away at your list until you tick all the boxes. Regardless of whether you start off with a contractor or stick to tasks you can DIY right away, the important thing is to keep the momentum going. Once your list is complete, you can happily move on to any other room.

Creating the Ultimate Mom Space

Want to do something special for Mom but can’t find the perfect surprise? Update a space that will give her a little alone time to relax and unwind! Pick an overlooked alcove, room, or even a (hopefully air-conditioned) shed and deck it out as a special space just for mom!

Choose Calming Colors

Mom reading a book on a pale pink couch.

Neutrals are really in this year, but, honestly, when are they not? Choose some nice, calm colors mom will love. You can even throw in a few of her favorites to make the space more personalized.

Creature Comforts

Blue and green throw pillows on a couch with books.

A secret stash of mom’s favorite snacks plus an assortment of soft blankets and fuzzy pillows will go a long way to helping mom relax! Combine it with a good book or one of her favorite flicks and she’ll be ready for hours of relaxation!

Flowers Galore

Purple and pink tulips on a table next to a couch.

Sure, we might say we don’t need flowers or anything, but we definitely wouldn’t say no if they just happened to magically appear on the kitchen table or nightstand! Pick up some of mom’s favorites at the grocery store, a local flower shop, or think outside the box with a Manly Man Beef Jerky Bouquet or even Edible Arrangements! Not only will they fill mom’s heart with love, they’ll also flood her nose with their delicious aromas.

Set the Mood

Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau
Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau

Creating a relaxing space for mom wouldn’t be complete without the perfect lighting and atmosphere. Add some smart lightbulbs and even some motorized blinds or shades so mom can get the perfect combo of light and dark any time of day – all without getting up from her cozy couch or chair.

Going for the boho or farmhouse look? Try some wood blinds or woven wood shades. Looking for something high-class, go for or roman shades! There really is something for every style. Plus everything is 30% off with another 15% off that, and you know how mom loves a good deal!

Final Touches

Red pillow and hot cocoa on a window sill.

No relaxation room or she-shed would be complete without a few finishing touches to bring the room together. Add some mirrors, wall hangings, candles and even a miniature fountain! And don’t forget to pick mom up a good book so she can get in some reading during her “zen-time.” A card wouldn’t go amiss either – Mom’s love that stuff!

Work Out Your Cabin Fever at Home

So, now that a lot of us have been at home for a while, the charm is certainly starting to wear off. Walks around the neighborhood and weekly trips to the grocery store aside, we aren’t really being very active. And that’s a serious problem with the current situation.

YouTube Workouts

Whether you prefer Zumba, Pilates, Jazzercise or old school Tae Bo, there’s a perfect YouTube channel for your lifestyle. From quick 15 minute workouts to hour-long sessions and anything in-between, YouTube’s got it all. And if you’re not sure about a style or don’t want to pigeon-hole yourself, why not try out some more generalized low-impact routines? You can even get the whole family involved!

Free Exercise Apps

Free apps like Zombies, Run, Yoga Studio and 200 Situps (other exercises available) can be a great way to dip your toes into the exercise game without committing a monthly allowance to your new hobby. Learn a bit about running and interval training or even take up yoga! You’ll be amazed what some of these simple apps can help you achieve!

Indulge in the Ultimate Home Gym

While a home gym isn’t something everyone has the time, space and money to create, it can be an extremely rewarding project once completed. But just because you’re designing a home gym doesn’t mean you need every piece of equipment available. There are plenty of budget-friendly treadmills, stationary bikes, exercise balls and even weights and floor mats that you can easily use to deck out your new home gym.

Enjoy Long Walks in the Neighborhood

Ok, so long walks on a beach might sound better (and more romantic) but until beaches are truly back open at all hours, your best bet is walking in the neighborhood. They don’t even have to be long walks! Just unstick your butt from that old office chair and get moving! Just make sure you stay at least six feet away from others and maybe wear a mask if you can find one.

Face Yoga

You heard right! Yoga for the face! With all these Zoom meetings happening, you could argue that working out your face is even more important than the rest of your body. Of course, this is totally false, but it might make you feel better about making funny faces at yourself (or your computer) every day! Learn some of the basics of this latest craze with the help of Marie Claire UK and Face Yoga expert Danielle Collins.

Virtual Classes from Your Local Gym

Ok, so your actual gym might be closed, but a lot of the more traditional brick and mortar facilities are expanding their offering with free online classes for members. Planet Fitness is one we know of that is offering free live streamed workouts daily. All you have to do is log in online or on their app. Check with your local gym to see what they’re offering and start enjoying virtual classes with your fellow members!