Unraveling Common Design Project Obstacles

We at Select Blinds take pride in offering personalized window update/interior design solutions for any budget — over 170 customizable, quality-crafted products, in over 1800 beautiful colors, for starters.

Along your design project journey, we also love making things as easy for you as possible. We give you all the helpful resources you’ll need, like videos for how to measure your windows, downloadable, easy-to-follow installation guides and videos, etc. We even offer you FREE one-on-one design consultation help with one of our design consultants.

“Life happens,” as they say, and design project problems and obstacles tend to find you no matter how easy we make it for you and how well-prepared you are. Not to worry, though, as we’re with you every step of the way. We’ve got you (and your windows) covered!

By the way, have you tried this free design consultation service out? Call us today at (888) 314-1133 for quick questions or for help with bigger issues whenever you might get stuck.

Keep reading for three common design problems our Select Blinds customers have run into and how our design consultants have helped them get resolved.

Related: Mapping the Journey of A SelectBlinds.com Shopper

Common Problem #1: Arched Windows

We have customers calling in all the time asking for help and guidance with arch-topped windows. How to mount, where to mount, what kind of solutions we offer that will work for them, etc. 

Where do the difficulties arise? One common problem spot arises when an arch is the actual top part of a window, with no flat surfaces for mounting (see below).

There are a few solutions for this issue: 

  1. Side Mount
    If a window is narrow enough (e.g., less than 36″), some solutions include:
    *A product that utilizes box brackets that attach to the sides of the window.
    *Cellular shades, as many of our cellular products, offer side-mounting up to a certain width (e.g., our Select and Premier products), but even that is dependent on the lift system selected.
    *Roller shades ordered with the “exposed roll” option also offer side-mounting – but you’ll sacrifice the ease of installation that comes with a cassette since cassettes cannot be side-mounted.
  2. No-Tools Headrail (NTH)
    Select Blinds products are famous for their ease of installation. We offer an even easier installation option, the No-Tools Headrail (NTH). Line your headrail up, and click it right into place. No tools, no hassle. We have expanded our selection of NTH options since we first introduced this option. At first, customers could only get the NTH option with inexpensive cellular or Roman shades. This was a good offering but made the No-Tools Headrail option exclusively available for inexpensive products. We have since introduced NTH for some of our higher-end roller shades, and then more recently with the Little Dreamer and Little Adventurer roller shades for kids. All things considered, No-Tools Headrail is a very viable option for arch-topped windows! 
  3. Drapery / Curtains
    If you can’t fill your window, then cover it! Unless the window in question isn’t too wide (i.e., less than 48″ wide), curtains or drapes can do a great job covering unusually shaped windows. Plus, you can keep the functionality of the window while adding style, as well as bonuses like temperature insulation and noise dampening. Drapes are a more traditional option – so there might be style conflicts with this option. 
  4. Palladian Shelves
    A Palladian shelf is a “floating shelf” that can be installed at the bottom of the arched part of a window. Palladian shelves are great for creating a physical separation (and a flat surface) between the main, rectangular part of the window and the arched part. Select Blinds doesn’t currently offer Palladian shelves, but we will recommend them if we feel it’s the solution that will work best for a customer. These shelves are good for wider windows, as shades can be mounted to the bottom of the shelf as if it were the flat, level top of a window. Palladian shelves also create a surface to mount an arch shade for the top arched part of a window. Palladian shelves are also quite easy to install, not to mention visually pleasing. 

Common Problem #2: Brackets and Depth Visualization

Our website doesn’t always answer every question, so, for example, some of our customers will call in trying to get an idea of what our brackets and hardware look like, how they mount, and how they will fit into their windows at home. Most people are visually driven, so we have a few ways to cater to that need. 

Our solutions for this common customer question include reference materials for the customer, along with a few tips and tricks: 

  1. Specifications Tab (on each product page)
    We can guide customers to and/or through our specifications tab(s) for any products in question. On this tab, we have our depth and deductions numbers listed in a very easy-to-read format. At this point one of our Design Consultants can take all the time needed to talk a customer through these specifications – that’s what we are here for!
  2. “Measure & Install” Tab (on each product page)
    Each product page also includes a “Measure & Install” tab where customers can view installation videos and also look over our installation PDF files. Sometimes getting a visual of the shape and form of a bracket can help customers overcome any uncertainty and get a clearer picture of how our mounting systems really work. Saying that our installation is easy is much different than actually showing it – this helps build our customers’ confidence and answers many questions that customers may not have even known they had. 
  3. Depth Templates
    By taking the flush mount measurements and tracing them out on paper or cardboard, a template can easily and quickly be made. Templates are super useful when it comes to special situations like covering bay windows or windows that meet at 90-degree angles, but they can also be used to visualize simple things like depth. If a blind has a 3.5″ flush mount depth, and you want to know how far that will protrude out from your window, simply cut out a 3.5″ template and hold it up at the top of your window! This will give you a very clear image and help you set accurate expectations.

Common Problem #3: Blinds (or Shades) for Windowed Doors

The uncertainty of how to handle doors with windows has also become a common question from customers. 

  1. Q: “I have a big, protruding handle on my door. Will the blinds have to hang over the handle?”
    Solution: We can suggest you get custom blinds with a “cutout,” or suggest you get a smaller door handle.
  2. Q: “I don’t want door blinds, and I don’t want to get a smaller handle. What now?”
    Solution: We’d probably recommend a roller shade or a cellular shade, in that case. If you order a roller shade, for example, with the “standard roll” option, it can tuck nicely and neatly behind the door handle. If you like “reverse roll” better, it would hang in front of the handle. We could also suggest adjusting your shades’ width so that it hangs to the side of your door handle or knob.
  3. Q: “Can I get a shade so I can still see outside?”
    Solution: Let’s suggest a solar shade, in that instance.
  4. Q: “I don’t want to install hardware into my door. What now?”
    Solution: We’d definitely suggest our Adjustable Roman Door Shades, which can be installed with strong velcro tape, without tools or hardware.
  5. Q: “I don’t want my shade to make noise when I open and close it. What do I do?”
    Solution: Roller shades and Roman shades won’t have this problem, but for blinds, we offer hold-down brackets to attach the bottom of your blinds to your door to prevent them from swinging loosely.
  6. Q: “How do I measure my door’s window?”
    Solution: It depends on the window, so we suggest sharing a photo with us so we can give you the best direction. Generally speaking, for a vertical measurement, if the window is centered in the door, you’ll likely need up to a few inches above the top of the window for mounting, and up to a few inches below the window to ensure ample coverage. Any additions to the width will depend heavily on where your handles and knobs are positioned. 

Take Control of Taking Your Home to the Next Level!

DIY doesn’t have to mean “all by yourself.” For indoor spaces or outdoor spaces, a home design upgrade should never feel intimidating. 

Select Blinds is here to support you all the way from start to finish with tons of helpful resources to make your life (and projects) easier. We’re just as invested in your success as you are! Make your house ALL YOURS as you personalize it just for you, without breaking the bank. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you can save yourself plenty of money in the process. 

Check out our FREE interior design consulting as just another way we can support you from start to finish. Get tips, color guidance, product recommendations, solutions to the problems you may encounter, etc. Call us today at (888) 314-1133 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

With custom window treatments easily and smartly installed, you can help turn your living space into a calm, inviting sanctuary to enjoy with friends and family.

Free samples. Free shipping. Free design consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com.

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Taking Your Kitchen Windows From Drab to Fab: A Select Blinds Q&A

Thinking of sprucing up your kitchen a bit to the next level of style? Consider updating your traditional kitchen curtains or blinds for newer, more modern window treatments that can instantly liven up your kitchen space

What sort of things should you consider when making a decision?

Q: What is Best to Cover Your Kitchen Windows?

A: You can select from a variety of different types of modern-looking window treatments for your kitchen windows, including cellular shades, Roman shades, sheer shades, dual/zebra shades, solar shades, curtains, or faux wood blinds or shutters.

Have you considered mini aluminum blinds? Aluminum blinds are built to last, with ample light and privacy management potential.

Like other modern window treatments, mini blinds can draw some nice attention to your kitchen windows, and can even tie those windows in to other design features you’ve selected for the room. The classic elements and modern details of mini blinds can offer a much needed balance to your kitchen, and still be budget-friendly. Whatever window treatments you end up selecting, make sure to create a kitchen space you’ll be proud of by enhancing its unique style, colors, and design. 

Drab to Fab.

Q: Are Blinds, Shades, or Curtains Better in the Kitchen?

Open plan kitchen area with kitchen units and amenities around, with a counter/dining top surrounded by barstools in the middle of this bright kitchen space.

A: Blinds, shades, and also curtains are well-established window treatments for kitchens. You may consider that blinds, particularly mini aluminum blinds, might be a better choice to meet your damp, potentially messy kitchen space’s needs. 

Also, blinds don’t “overcrowd” windows the way curtains sometimes can (with curtains’ fuller look and feel), and they’re much easier to keep clean. 

For the sake of easier privacy and light management, consider layering curtains over your mini blinds.

Q: What is the Difference Between Blinds and Mini Blinds?

A: You might be familiar with the term “mini blinds,” but what does it really entail? Mini blinds are window blinds with slats that are about half the width of standard blinds. 

Q: How Much Light Do I Need In My Kitchen? What About Colors?

A: Natural light can be an integral part of your kitchen space, and definitely brightens things up for your kitchen’s every day use. Regarding color selection, If your kitchen is smaller, consider light, cool colors to make it look larger and brighter. Darker, warmer colors can help larger kitchen spaces feel more cozy. 

Keep in mind that modern design (if that’s what you’re going for) is based in the rejection of mainstream appeal to make way for a more minimalist design aesthetic. You might also consider implementing elements of modern abstract art designs that infuse bold colors. Primary/bold colors can also serve as handsome accents in your kitchen space.

Q: What Other Things Should I Consider Regarding My Kitchen Window Treatments?

A: Consider all the dampness, and sometimes spattering that goes on in your kitchen as a natural part of day-to-day use. The ease with which you’ll be able to keep your kitchen window treatments clean, will depend on the material they are made of. Man-made materials like aluminum and faux wood can be wiped down regularly (use water and some soap … go light on the cleaning solutions).  

As far as a design theme is concerned, the Farmhouse/Cottage design aesthetic is popular for kitchens, and curtains/drapes, as well as wood blinds or faux wood blinds can lend themselves nicely to this look and feel. Aluminum mini blinds are not only durable and long-lasting, they also  lend themselves well to a warm, inviting café look and feel. 

Modern design themes tend to favor straight, “clean” lines, using materials like aluminum, stainless steel, chrome, etc. Note that a lack of clutter/adornments will also contribute to a minimalist look and feel.  

Q: What Type of Window Treatment is Easiest to Clean?

Aluminum blinds are easy to clean, as are just about any window coverings crafted with man-made materials. A damp cloth (even with a little soap) is all you’ll need to regularly keep them free of dust and kitchen grease. Wood blinds are also a great option, but keep in mind that for damp environments like the kitchen (or bathroom), the moisture can cause warping and cracking of natural materials like wood or bamboo/woven wood.

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations for Your Kitchen

If you’re looking for some mini blind recommendations for your kitchen, take a look at these. We’ve made selections from each of our product tiers for you, to offer viable design solutions for any budget.

1” Classic Cordless Mini Blinds (Essential Tier)*

These all-aluminum, custom cordless mini blinds resist the kinks and cracks and work without the cords you’ll find in old-school vinyl mini blinds.

*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” Single Touch Cordless Aluminum Mini Blinds (Signature Tier)*

Versatile, modern looking cordless aluminum minis are amazingly affordable and super simple to use and install. No wand needed. Just tilt and lift with the bottom rail.

*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.

1” Premier Aluminum Blinds (Premium Tier)*

Replace your outdated vinyl minis with fresh, modern metallic-looking, all-aluminum custom mini blinds. Dust, dent and scratch resistant, they stand up well to everyday use. 

*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. Some upgrade features may be included.

1” Designer Aluminum Blinds (Luxury Tier)*

Dull plastic minis in your home missing the mark? Put a shine on your windows and doors with these high quality, 1″ aluminum mini blinds in a variety of colors.

*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. Some upgrade features are included.

Take Control of Designing Your Dream Home

Time for some DIY. For indoor spaces or outdoor spaces, a home design upgrade should never feel intimidating. 

Select Blinds is here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life (and projects) easier. We’re invested in your success! Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home, without breaking the bank. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you can save yourself plenty of money in the process. 

Check out our FREE interior design consulting as just another way we can support you from start to finish. Get tips, color guidance, product recommendations, solutions to the problems you may encounter, etc. Call us today at (888) 314-1133 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

With custom window treatments easily and smartly installed, you can help turn your kitchen space into a calm, inviting space to enjoy with friends, family, and for every day cooking.

Free samples. Free shipping. Free design consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com.

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Do New Window Treatments Really Add Value to Your Home?

If you talk to several different real estate agents, you’ll probably get at least several different answers regarding things you can do to help increase the value of your home. One thing they’ll all likely agree on, is that one of the critical factors in maximizing your home’s resale value is to make sure your interior is bathed in good, adjustable lighting

Zillow.com directly mentions lighting on its “Best Home Improvements to Increase Value” list, asserting that: “Good lighting is crucial to showcasing your home’s features…” Zillow continues by stating that one of the best ways to invest in a better resale value for your home is to “Spruce up the décor with window treatments.”

But new window treatments can be an expensive endeavor for your home – not to mention a seemingly overwhelming task. And the cost can add up quickly if you’re paying someone to do your measurements and installation for you. Window installation can start at $20 per window, or for “by the hour” cost, up to $40 per hour. It might even cost you more if you don’t have your window treatments installed by the same company you bought them from.

But you can take better control of the costs if you do things right. You can find budget-friendly blinds and save yourself a ton if you’re willing to “DIY” it. And DIY doesn’t mean “all by yourself.” Select Blinds is here to help, for every step of your design project journey

Consider that window fashion for your home is actually a very worthwhile investment. Read on for reasons why new, stylish window treatments will not only add a breath of fresh air to your home’s interior décor, but why they’re also a smart way to add curbside appeal and increase the resale value to your home (especially louvered shutters).

Why Are Window Treatments a Good Investment?

Why are fashionable window treatments such a sought-after feature in a home? Nothing adds a welcoming sense of warmth and comfort to a space like beautiful custom window treatments. They’re the finishing touch of personalization on a well-designed space that you put your heart and soul into. A space you can be proud of!

Here are some more key reasons window treatments are such a great investment:

  1. Style

Window treatments are a perfect way to add color, depth, visual appeal and a personal sense of design style to any space. They can complement and accent your interior design motif. 

  1. Light Control & Privacy

We’ve mentioned how important lighting is to highlight features in your home. And from a functionality standpoint, maybe you want blackout shades to help you or your children sleep in when you want to. Or maybe you want to watch your favorite movie without an annoying glare shining in. 

Then there’s privacy. You should be able to easily and conveniently manage how well you can see outside, and prevent others from looking in from your home’s exterior. 

  1. Energy Efficiency

Regardless of what type of climate you live in, or what time of year it may be, you can always find energy-efficient window covering options for your home that will help you reduce your energy bills significantly. What a great return for investing in your windows!

According to the United States Department of Energy: “In heating seasons, tightly installed cellular shades can reduce heat loss through windows by 40% or more, which equates to about 10% heating energy savings. In cooling seasons, cellular shades can reduce unwanted solar heat through windows by up to 60%, reducing the total solar gain to 20% when installed with a tight fit.” 

Any type of window treatment blocks out the incoming heat from the sun’s rays and heat during warm weather months to help keep your indoor space nice and cool. For colder months, window treatments can keep the cold drafts out, and in some cases, like cellular / honeycomb shades, they can trap the heat to keep it indoors.

  1. Convenience

For homes with several windows, it can be time consuming to spend each day raising and lowering them all. Why not try motorized window treatments, or better yet, try automated ones. Tie all of the shades in an area of your home to a single remote control button, or better yet, all of your window treatments to an app, so you don’t even have to think about it.

  1. Protect Your Furniture and Interior

Everyone loves sunny weather. However, the sun’s harmful UV rays can inflict lasting damage on your furniture and on your home’s interior. Excessive UV exposure can cause premature drying, cracking, and fading. Keep your furniture and interior looking their best for a long time to come with protective window treatments (especially solar shades for your interior and exterior solar shades for your outdoor areas).

We Can Help You Find the Perfect Solutions for Your Home Upgrade Projects

Don’t let a home design upgrade project intimidate you. You got this! And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 314-1133 to tap into our free design consultation resources.

With custom window treatments easily and smartly installed, you will help your home be a calm sanctuary to live in, and to stand way out over the competition when you need to sell.

Free samples. Free shipping. Free design consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com.

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What is Edge Binding on Window Shades? A Select Blinds Q&A

Question: What is Edge Binding on Shades? What is Its Purpose?

Answer: Edge binding (also edge banding, edge lining) is a decorative fabric hem that runs alongside the edges of a shade (bamboo/woven wood shades or Roman shades). These edge bindings typically vary in width from one to three inches. Edge binding is not just for looks, and can also help your shade (particularly in the case of woven wood shades) perform better and outlast wear and tear.

Edge binding does not hinder your ability to choose a privacy or blackout liner.

Question: How Does Edge Binding for Shades Work?

Answer: As mentioned, edge binding is a fabric hem sewn around the edges of your shades, available in a wide selection of colors and patterns. If the edge binding isn’t an exact match to your shade’s color or pattern, it coordinates as a complementary or accent effect.

One critical function of edge binding is to help strengthen the shade’s edges, help the edges from fraying and splitting (in the case of bamboo/woven wood shades).

Question: Does Edge Binding Really Help Prevent Your Shade From Stretching?

Answer: You may or may not know that, in the case of woven wood shades, they may stretch downward and bunch up near the bottom, because of their weight. This would normally be a natural occurrence and nothing to be concerned about, but it is a factor to take into consideration. The edge-binding fabric fully wraps around to contain the shade, so as to prevent downward stretching caused by gravity. 

Question: Does Edge Binding Really Help Prevent Your Shade From Fraying?

Answer: The natural materials from which bamboo and woven wood shades are crafted, which leave the shade’s edges exposed. This casual, unfinished look might be desired by some homeowners, but it can leave the shade exposed to natural wear and tear.

Edge binding protects the edges of your shade from rubbing against surfaces and potentially fraying.

modern living room interior with furniture. 3d illustration

Question: What Kind of Interior Design Statement Can I Create With Edge Binding?

Answer: As mentioned, edge binding comes in a variety of colored and patterned fabrics intended to coordinate with your shade’s materials. For rooms that feature multiple window treatment types, you can easily tie your look all together with matching end binding fabrics for your bamboo or Roman shades. 

If your bamboo/woven wood shade’s material happens to be very textured, go with a solid colored edge binding fabric to keep things from appearing “too busy.” Color contrasts look amazing, like dark colored edge binding for lighter shades, or vice versa.  

Question: What Are Some Select Blinds Window Fashion Recommendations Featuring Edge Binding Options?

Yes, we offer an edge binding upgrade option on several of our customer-favorite products. Here are some recommendations:

Craftsman Roman Shades (Premium Tier)* 

You’ll love the look and feel of the popular Craftsman design aesthetic in these dapper Roman shades. Get your windows dolled up like a night out on the town with something elegant, bold, and unforgettable. Edge binding available in 2.5-inch width.  

*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. Some upgrade features may be included.

Designer Series Woven Wood Shades (Luxury Tier)* 

Get ready to level-up your interior design cred with these dazzling woven wood shades. Choose from a wide selection of gorgeous natural textures ranging from light to dark neutrals. Edge binding available in 2-inch width.

Designer Ultimate Woven Wood Shades (Luxury Tier)*  

Create the ultimate escape in your own home with these timeless woven woods. These shades are just the ticket to finish off your latest home project, regardless of what your unique personal décor style may be. Edge binding available in 2-inch width.

Designer Reserve Roman Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Enjoy superior-quality construction and fabrics that are the hallmarks of these top-of-the-line custom window coverings. The easy cordless lift adds to the refined look of all four fold style options. Edge binding available in 2.5-inch width.

*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. Some upgrade features are included.

Got any more questions about edge binding? Leave it in the comments below!

Let Us Help You Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade Projects! It’s A Lot Easier Than You May Have Thought!

Don’t let a home update project overwhelm you. You got this! Custom-craft your home into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Level up your DIY design cred, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. 

How much is peace of mind worth to you? Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation.

Free samples. Free shipping. Free design consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com.

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What Are the Most Exciting Window Treatment Pattern Trends for 2022?

As we approach the halfway point for 2022, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the most exciting trends in window treatment patterns, and to show off some of our most popular patterns this year so far. 

What sort of trends have been prominent so far in 2022? Let’s talk about some of them.

1. Bold Botanicals

We love flowers and natural botanicals (and who doesn’t?). See what a bold botanical or floral print can do for your interior. Seize the day to accent and accompany your own unique, beloved decorating design with something memorable.


Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Laced Navy pattern

2. Warm & Natural

Go outside and enjoy nature, but then bring it back into your home for 2022. Bring a natural and organic vibe into your home with natural wood colors, along with earthy tones to bring a relaxing touch of the outdoors indoors.  


Classic Sheer Weave Solars in Sandstone

3. Cool Neutrals

Utilize your window coverings as a backdrop with even-keeled neutrals. 2022 can be the year to tie together any style or décor.

Farmhouse Roman Shades in Moorland Light Grey

4. Green is Everything

Green: reminiscent of living flora and a refreshing touch of nature. Many designers consider green to be a go-to neutral color, so they can include the color in a wider selection of motifs.  

Select Roman Shades in Coastal Mountain

5. Now & Zen: Trending Motorization

You’ve got the perfect pattern for your window treatments so that they blend in beautifully with your interior. Now make your life easier with motorization or automation. Relax and let the motors do all the work.

Motorized Architect Light Filtering Roller in Slate Tile

Staff Recommendations: Some of Select Blinds’ Most Popular Patterns of 2022

Check out some of our popular patterns of 2022 available as the following product recommendations. 

Lifestyle Solar, Color: Pearl (Signature Tier)*

Keep your décor and your eyes safe from the harsh glare of the sun. A choice between 1%, 3%, and 5% weaves can help you find the best level of light-blocking solar shades for your windows. Trending Pattern: Pearl.

*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.

Premier Woven Roller, Colors: Mojave Sand or Stone Harbor (Premium Tier)*

Enjoy added dimension for your windows and interior with these light filtering fabric shades that come standard with cordless lift. 2022 Trending Patterns: Mojave Sand or Stone Harbor.

Modern Architect Roller, Color: Magnetic Gray (Premium Tier)*

You’ll love the custom options available with this premium quality roller, like the side tracks to block light around the edges, or the matching fabric cassette headrail. 2022 Trending Pattern: Magnetic Gray.

Premier Woven Roller, Color: Natural (Premium Tier)*

Shed some light on the illusion of added depth and dimension for your windows when you enjoy these light filtering fabric shades with cordless lift included. 2022 Trending Pattern: Natural.

*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. Some upgrade features may be included.

DIY Designing Is Much Easier Than You Might Think! Let’s Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade Projects

Don’t let a home design upgrade project intimidate you. You got this! And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation resources.

Peace. Of. Mind.

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Get the Blackout Shades You Deserve

Blackout roller shades are one of the best you can find to block out exterior light and keep your indoor space cool and dark. 

Whether you want to be able to sleep in better on weekends, or want to give your child’s room a darker ambience to help them sleep better, or whether you just want to be able to take a refreshing afternoon nap, blackout shades are your thing. These shades are perfect for media rooms, as well. Watch the big game with friends, or enjoy movie night, without any annoying daytime or sunset glare coming in through the windows.

What’s the Difference Between Blackout and Room Darkening Shades?

Our room darkening shades do a great job of blocking out up to 90% – 95% of incoming light, while our blackout shades can block out up to 99%. 

Roller shades will let light in through gaps between mounting hardware and the top of the shade. To achieve an absolute blackout effect with your window treatments of choice, try our Light Blocking Side Tracks.*

*Maximize your blackout shades’ darkening capabilities with our Light Blocking Side Tracks. Effectively black out that light that sneaks in from the sides of your shades.

And while we’re talking about a powerful blackout effect for your interior space, did you know that our Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades were selected 2021’s best blackout shades by the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews?

Wirecutter says:

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds’ Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades [are] the [ones] they’d most like in their homes. The polyester shade looks and feels noticeably better in quality than other shades we considered. Among the shades we tested, it has one of the widest selections of sizes and colors, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty, the longest of any model we considered.”

Related: Are Room Darkening Shades Worth It?

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Blackout Favorites

Ready for some trendy, stylish suggestions? Here are some popular Select Blinds roller shades, known for their effective blackout capabilities:

Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades (Essential Tier)*

Yes! Our shades that won the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews endorsement as the best blackout shades of 2021. Get a better night’s sleep with these budget-friendly blackout window covers that block up to 99% of incoming light.

*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 Roller Shades (Signature Tier)*

Get a top-notch blackout effect for media rooms, bedrooms, and anywhere else in your home where you need them with the clean-looking cordless convenience of these blackout rollers with a weighted bottom hems for smooth, wrinkle-free operation.

Light Blocking Side Tracks (Signature Tier)*

These Light-Blocking Side Tracks can be installed on either side of your roller shade to help maximize coverage and light blockage. Purchase them to accessorize most windows!

*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.

Architect Blackout Roller Shades (Premium Tier)*

Enjoy superior blackout fabrics in today’s most popular colors to keep out unwanted light without sacrificing any style. Order with optional side tracks for complete light blockage.

*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. Some upgrade features may be included.

Designer Elements Blackout Roller Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Don’t forget to top off your interior space’s look with an upscale design element to change day into night anywhere in the home with these elegant blackout rollers. Perfect for day sleepers and style seekers alike.

*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. Some upgrade features are included.

You Got This! Let’s Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade

Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. We are here to help! No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. You got this! 

And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation resources. We want to make it easy for you. 

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Are Room Darkening Roller Shades Worth It?

Custom roller shades allow you more control over the amount of light and privacy you need for any space in your home. In many cases, the right rollers can also create more comfort (e.g., cooler, darker spaces), and some can even help cut down on your energy costs throughout the year.  

As far as light control goes, window treatments typically fall within one of three categories: light filtering, room darkening, and blackout. Where do room darkening roller shades fall on the light-control spectrum? Room darkening shades are known for being not too dark, and not too light. They can help set a tranquil mood, and offer the right amount of privacy any time, day or night.  

Benefits of Room Darkening Roller Shades

If you want to prevent light from getting into a room, then custom blackout roller shades or custom room darkening roller shades should meet your needs. Either of these two kinds of window treatments can effectively reduce or block the amount of light that enters a room. You can help create different moods in any of your spaces – some types of shades (like cellular/honeycomb) can also help block out exterior noise.

Are Roller Shades Good for Room Darkening?

While room darkening shades offer more light control than light filtering shades, they don’t block out light as fully as blackout shades (i.e., room darkening shades block out up to 95 percent of incoming light, while blackout shades can block out up to 99 percent).

What’s the Difference Between Room Darkening and Blackout Shades?

Roller shades are known to let light in through gaps between mounting hardware and the top of the shade. To achieve a full blackout effect with your window treatments of choice, you’ll probably need to mount them above your window frame or use a valance. Woven-wood shades, and shades made of lighter materials, will typically need a liner to effectively block out light and to provide privacy at night. As mentioned, room darkening shades do a great job of blocking out up to 95% of incoming light, while blackout shades can block out up to 99%. 

Speaking of blackout shades, did you know that our Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades were selected 2021’s best blackout shades by the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews?

Wirecutter says:
“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds’ Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades [are] the [ones] they’d most like in their homes. The polyester shade looks and feels noticeably better in quality than other shades we considered. Among the shades we tested, it has one of the widest selections of sizes and colors, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty, the longest of any model we considered.”

How do I Stop the Light From Coming Up On the Side of My Roller Shades?

There are some things you can do to help keep light from seeping in from the sides of your roller shades. Some ideas include:

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Favorites

Ready for some trendy, stylish suggestions? Here are some popular Select Blinds roller shades, known for their effective room-darkening capabilities:

Classic Fabric Room Darkening Roller Shades (Essential Tier)*

Darken your spaces nicely and keep things private indoors with the velvety smoothness of these affordable, rich-looking, light blocking rollers.

*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.

Lifestyle Room Darkening Roller (Signature Tier)*

Keep the mood lighting down low while darkening your space (think perfect home theater!) with these affordable room darkening rollers. Available with optional side and bottom tracks to block 100% of incoming light.

Light Blocking Side Tracks (Signature Tier)*

These Light-Blocking Side Tracks can be installed on either side of your roller shade to help maximize coverage and light blockage. Purchase them to accessorize most windows!

*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.

Premier Room Darkening Dual Shade (Premium Tier)*

With this stylish alternative to roller shades, you can deepen your windows’ dimensions with these unique room darkening dual/zebra shades. Dual layers of sheer and room darkening fabric operate with a roller mechanism like roller shades, then easily align to lighten or darken rooms.

*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. Some upgrade features may be included.

Luxe Modern Room Darkening Skylight (Luxury Tier)*

For those high-up skylight windows, they should be a breeze to cover with these room-darkening honeycomb shades. Several alluring colors, with optional motorization and upgrades!

*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. Some upgrade features are included.

Let Us Help You Put More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home

Relaxing white living room features corner stone fireplace lined with tan walls accented with lower wall white wainscoting framing large windows with gorgeous view. Luxury interior.

Personalize your house and turn it into your dream home – we can help! No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. You got this! Custom-craft a home that you’re proud to live in. It’s easy, and you’ll find all the helpful resources you’ll need at selectblinds.com. Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

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What Does the “Openness Percentage” Mean for Solar Shades?

Solar shade fabrics are generally referred to in the context of “opacity” and in percentages of “openness.” Solar shades (and exterior solar shades) operate like roller shades, and are known for providing excellent UV ray blockage (and privacy), while still allowing a view to the outside. They are also known for helping your energy bills (block out heat and light in the summer when closed, or open them in the winter to let sunlight in to help keep your interior warm).

Openness indicates the tightness of the fabric weave, which is an indication of the percentage of light that can penetrate through (e.g. 1%, 3%, 5%, etc.). Low openness means a more tightly woven fabric, with less visibility through the shade and a higher opacity. Higher openness percentages indicate a looser fabric weave, and therefore, greater visibility.

The corresponding number to an openness percentage is the opacity of a fabric: a fabric with 1% openness has an opacity of 99% (97% opacity to 3% openness, 95% opacity to 5% openness, etc.) – the opacity is the percentage of light blockage the fabric is capable of. For more flexibility in managing your interior privacy and incoming light, you may consider dual (or zebra) shades, which display their versatility in combining the functionality of a solid roller shade with the adaptability of horizontal blinds. A layer of sheer stripes alternates with a layer of solid stripes – imagine a continuous fabric shade that you can open and close, as you would window blinds.

Visualizing the Openness Factor

  • Lower openness percentages (e.g., 1% – 5%) block out more of the sun’s UV rays, offering more protection for your furniture/interior finishes, and they also offer more privacy – they do, however, limit outward visibility.
  • Medium openness percentages (e.g., 10%) maintain a good amount of your view to the outside, while still offering suitable protection for your furniture/interior.
  • A high openness percentage (e.g., 14%) provide the best visibility to the outside, as well as decent glare reduction.

Do Solar Shades Provide Privacy During the Day?

Beautiful Luxury Home, Exterior Patio Lounge at Sunset

Solar shades are effective at reflecting sunlight during the day, so as to block a view into your interior from the outside, while allowing you to see from the inside out. Keep in mind that at night, with your interior lights on, the effect is opposite: the interior light is reflected off of the solar fabric, blocking your outward view, while allowing visibility from the exterior.  

If you should install solar shades and are concerned about privacy, consider implementing a layering effect, by adding opaque curtains between your shade and interior, so you can close them at night to block visibility from the outside.

Select Blinds Staff and Customer Favorites

Cozy Bright Living Room and Big Window

Are you considering solar shades, but are looking for some recommendations? We’ve got just the thing for you, so read on for some Select Blinds staff and customer favorites.

Need help measuring your windows for your solar shades? Find out how to measure your windows here.

Traditional Solar Shades (Essential Tier)*

Our Traditional Solar Shades, custom-crafted in long-lasting PVC with a sleek colored polymer coating, offer an enhanced design for reliable UV protection. Keep your great view to the outside. Available in a nice selection of neutral colors in 3%, 5%, and 10% openness.

*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.

Lifestyle Solars (Signature Tier)*

Protect your décor and your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. Available in a variety of neutral colors in 1%, 3%, and 5% weaves.

*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.

Premium Modern Solar Screen (Premium Tier)*

See more clearly inside and out with these interior solar shades. The openness of the fade resistant fabric reduces harsh incoming light so you can still enjoy looking out. Choose from a selection of colors, including neutrals, in 5% or 13% openness – collections are Essential, Lifestyle, and Architect.

Lifestyle Outdoor Motorized Shade (Premium Tier)* 

Elevate your 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! Neutral color selection in 5% or 8% openness.

*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.

Designer Series Modern Solar Screen (Luxury Tier)*


Make your sunroom ultra-elegant and upscale with these fabulous, modern solar shades. They come in a range of subtly-patterned neutrals that can accent any design. Available in 3% or 5% weaves.

*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.

Your House, Custom-Crafted Into Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home or outdoor deck or patio area feel warmer and more welcoming 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 (or outdoor area) right with the right window treatments!

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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.

SelectBlinds.com Staff and Customer Favorites

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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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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