One reason people buy new window coverings is because they’re looking to increase their light control. After all, too much light can eventually fade your furniture or floors if there’s too much exposure to UV rays.
But don’t let that keep you from blocking away all light. Natural light does have its benefits like:
Boosting Vitamin D
Improving your sleep cycle
Producing serotonin and endorphins
Reducing stress and anxiety
Saving energy and money on electricity
Now that you know the benefits, you can decide exactly how much light you want in your home. Some products are better suited if you’d like more light versus if you want no light at all. We broke down our products into three broad categories based on how well they allow light in.
High Light Filtering
Light is softly diffused through the sheer fabric of these products.
Love is in the air, and streaming services are promoting romantic comedies like grocery stores are pushing heart-shaped chocolates. We’re jumping on the bandwagon and choosing window coverings that remind us of popular rom-coms.
This movie is a West Coast take on the classic stuck-in-a-time-loop-until-we-learn-something storyline. Staying in theme, we picked Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Palma Sea with its sketch-like palm fronds.
Crazy Rich Asians
This was a hard decision given the beautiful, bold color palette. However, we went with one of the most memorable scenes: Colin and Aramint’s wedding. We loved the green hues that surrounded Aramint as she gracefully walked on the water-filled aisle, starting with those light olive green curtains. Hence our Cozy Curtains in Green Matte Velour.
If you experience secondhand embarrassment easily, then you remember this movie. We wanted to elevate the drab window coverings Chris had in his childhood room – he had a happy ending after all. Instead of aluminum blinds, we went with the Lifestyle Light Filtering Roller in Ancient Ivory layered under Lifestyle Custom Drapes in Anthracite Chandelier. He needed a brighter outlook anyways.
When Harry Met Sally
We could feel the east coast crisp air watching Harry and Sally meet time and time again in New York City. They looked chilly as well with their jackets and sweaters. With that in mind, we went with the double cell Premier Light Filtering Cellulars in Pumpkin Spice. The burnt orange hue reminded us of the leaves changing in Central Park, and they’ll need the double cell construction for extra insulation against the cold.
We know it’s not a comedy, but we had to add it to the list. Noah created Allie’s ideal mansion – blue shutters and all. We love his choice of flowing sheer drapes throughout the house that added to the romance. That’s why we picked our Sheer Curtains in Sheer Pure White Crepe.
*This blog is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the mentioned streaming services or shows.*
If you’re like us, you used the holiday season to catch up or start some new shows. Based on your current TV obsession, these are the window coverings best suited for you (at least until the next trending series).
*No spoilers ahead!*
Emily in Paris
Love her or hate her, people love to watch Emily in Paris. While there are a number of styles in the show, we’re keeping Mindy Chen’s advice in mind: “The French are romantics, but they’re also realists.” With that in mind, we chose a timeless look with Sheer Curtains in Sheer White Batiste. Its flowy linen creates a picturesque room to daydream away in.
There are so many personalities here, it could be a whole ‘nother blog of fun (note: Roy Kent would be a dark heather charcoal, NOT black). But let’s stick with the man of the hour, the name of the game, shall we? Ted Lasso. Rustic Americana Roman Shades in Sweet Cream Butter checks the main boxes: cheerful and American! It’s a bonus that his office “Believe” sign is yellow too.
In our latest Halloween blog, we shared what window covering Wednesday would choose, but that was based on the 1991 version when she was a child. In this show, Wednesday is a teenager so her woeful style has a more modern take. The Premier Room Darkening Dual Shades in Tarantula gets the job done.
Hopefully you’re home a lot more than CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks to appreciate your window coverings. We chose 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Walnut Grain because they’re serious, but not too serious, while being practical and stylish. Their larger slats provide more privacy, and slats are the best window treatment to subtly check who’s outside.
The color palette in Loot is just as bright and radiant as Molly Novack herself. While we had a lot to choose from – and green seemed obvious – we’re going with Molly’s eye-catching fuschia attire and pairing it with Jewel Tone Drapery in Tourmaline. Gorgeous and elegant, the drapery’s smooth satin will make you feel like you just received an $87 billion settlement.
*This blog is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the mentioned streaming services or shows.*
Include your windows in spring cleaning this year, and we’re not talking about standard dusting. The first step of spring cleaning is to toss out what you don’t need, so let’s start there. Here are three signs you need to replace your window coverings.
1. You hate them.
Let’s not complicate it. You can’t stand the window blinds or shades you currently have. They were already there when you moved in. Decide what you want by browsing our site or chatting with our Design Consultants!
2. Your window coverings are worn out and worn down.
The wood blinds are warped, the dog chewed the cellular shades, or your drapery didn’t withstand your children’s permanent marker designs. Whatever it is, sadly, your window coverings are too far gone. It’s time to get something new.
3. You remodeled or got new furniture.
Perhaps the new decor is modern, and your blinds feel too traditional. We have styles that will work with aesthetics from boho to farmhouse to elegant. Commit to your preferred interior design style and get the window coverings that match.
Unique and sleek, this window treatment layers a light filtering fabric over a blackout fabric, both of which provide UV protection. Each panel can be moved individually from the other, either manually or on your remote or smartphone.
Naturally filter light through the unique woven wood texture, crafted from bamboo, grasses and other organic fibers. These are a top choice among bloggers and DIY designers for their ability to blend in seamlessly with almost any décor.
It’s a win-win with this unique day and night solar shade. The frontmost solar shade protects your interior from the harsh daytime sunlight. Meanwhile, the rear blackout shade provides a better night’s sleep with its insulation and blackout capabilities.
Create a monochromatic masterpiece with these shades. Using an innovative lamination technique, the top soft fabric layer is fused with a liner that makes them energy efficient but still allows the sun to make its way through in a gentle light-filtering effect. They’re also available as Black & White Room Darkening Roller Shades.
Have questions? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!
During winter, you want to keep everything in your home as warm and cozy as possible. Wooden blinds are your go-to friend with slats that insulate your home against the chilling wind. Friends don’t let friends get cold after all.
Not only are wooden blinds affordable and easy to install, they also bring the essence of the outdoors inside with their natural, furniture-quality hardwood. At SelectBlinds, we only sell wooden blinds that have been sustainably harvested. Each blind is custom-crafted to your measurements and color choice to warm your home.
Plus, wooden blinds have your back with their tight-closing slats, like the 1 3/8″ Architect Wood Blinds, to give you the privacy you need. Cloth tapes are available as an upgrade for certain wooden blinds; the tape hides exposed cords and keeps out more light.
The only time wooden blinds will let you down is if you install them in bathrooms, kitchens, or other rooms with high humidity and moisture. The slats will warp. However, faux wood blinds’ vinyl slats can be in rooms with different temperatures without warping, fading, or cracking.
Additional Wooden Blinds Benefits:
They can be economical – Wooden blinds are relatively low-cost compared to other types of window coverings. They are also eco-friendly.
Wooden blinds can add personality – Basswood blinds add texture and depth to your rooms. They can be layered with drapes to add another dimension.
They’re easy to clean – A feather duster or dust cloth is all you need to keep them looking nice.
Wooden blinds can help reduce outside noise – Wooden blinds can help reduce outside noise from coming in.
Want to talk more about wooden blinds? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!
New year, new you? It’s that time of year where we make resolutions to better ourselves and our lives. This may be a surprise, but having the right window blinds or shades can actually help you achieve your goals.
Take a look at typical New Year Resolutions and see which window covering or feature you need!
Exercise More with Top Down Bottom Up Shades
For those who prefer home workouts, a Top Down Bottom Up Shade is great if your TV is by a window facing the street. Keep the bottom down for privacy, and lower the top part to let in light. You can focus on hitting your PR without worrying that your neighbors are seeing you sweat.
Save Money with Cellular Shades
Save green by going green with cellular shades; they are known for being energy efficient. The “cell” construction traps air and provides insulation from the heat and cold. Plus, the soft fabric diffuses light and reduces heat from entering the room, saving you money on electricity.
Improve Quality Time with the Cordless Lift System
Focus on what really matters: creating memories with friends and family! All our products come with a Cordless Lift option, which is the safest choice for homes with young children and pets. As a bonus, your room will automatically have a clean look once it’s free of dangling cords.
Sleep More with Room Darkening Shades
Blackout, or room darkening, shades are your wingman for this resolution vs normal window blinds. In fact, blackout window coverings block up to 98% of outside light, and our Designer Sleep Shades eliminate any lingering light with their standard side tracks.
If one of our room darkening shades isn’t your style, you can always upgrade to a room darkening liner for your current window covering.
Reinvent Yourself & Get Window Coverings to Match
Reinventing yourself can mean a lot of different things, but let’s say you want to focus on your personal style. You want to go more maximalist, minimalist, etc. New window blinds or shades can help.
Travel More with Motorized Window Blinds and Shades
Motorization can reduce your stress while traveling. Can’t remember if you lowered the shades? Use your smartphone to check and adjust them if necessary.
You also can program your Motorized Lift to raise and lower your shades throughout the day. It’ll look like you’re home, and it is more cost-effective than leaving a couple lights on 24/7.
While we have a variety of shades that can be upgraded with a Motorized Lift, at this time, our Architect Wood Blinds are the only window blinds that provide the feature.
Sounds like a new year, new view to us!
Order today to get them as soon as you can! Need help figuring out which window blinds can help you reach your goal? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!
As you’re getting ready for the holiday hustle and bustle, you may have realized some of your window coverings need a new look for the new year. But who has time to look up interior design trends right now?
Don’t worry. We got you covered. We gathered seven Colors of the Year 2023 and curated which of our window coverings are a close match!
You’ll notice a similarity within the variety of earth tones that were chosen. They represent calming themes like reconnecting, reflection, and peace. Perfect for after the holi-daze.
We love the creamy, dreamy vibes of Blank Canvas. This warm white is a perfect way to start off the new year – it’s literally a blank canvas! And like a canvas, it’s a foundation to support your other pieces of home decor. Behr even vouches it “renews every room of the home.”
Mesmerize your guests with Terra Rosa, which is part of Dunn-Edwards’ Life in Poetry color palette. This deep pink will create a warm, dare we say romantic, atmosphere in any room.
In their words, Dunn-Edwards describes it as a “high chroma, cinnamon rose hue [that] is strong, yet approachable, and acts as a refreshing neutral updated to browns and burgundies.” With that in mind, you can confidently pair window coverings in this color with one of our taupe curtains/drapes.
Bring the outdoors in with Redend Point. The earthy tones ground you into a state of relaxation. Sherwin-Williams says, “minimal yet cozy, this color creates a comforting backdrop for the everyday moments that matter.”
Graham & Brown went for a deep, muted red with its color of the year, Alizarin, naming it after a pigment used as a dye. They state this color “can be used in small spaces to create a cocooning effect or in larger rooms to transform the space into an opulent abode.”
If you’re looking for a more subtle option, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams has you covered. Their color of the year is an elegant black with purple undertones that is calming in its simplicity. The brand says, “this alluring black is a classic for heritage interiors, yet modernly retro for a throwback inspired aesthetic.”
If you’re looking for a hue with more vibrancy to it, look no further. Pantone’s Viva Magenta is the energetic cousin of the red family. Its inspiration is from the cochineal dye.
Pantone describes their color as “a new animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint, an electrifying, and a boundaryless shade that is manifesting as a stand-out statement.”
Moving away from the reds, both Gilden and PPG decide to look at the blues and greens in Mother Nature with their Color of the Year, Vining Ivy. Whether you’re looking for a calming presence as you wind down or an energizing color to start the day, Vining Ivy matches your mood.
Glidden describes it as a “‘bluish-greenish-something-in-betweenish’ color [that] serves up versatile vibes, making it an on-trend addition to any room.” Meanwhile, PPG says, “Its versatility takes the guesswork out of design, leaving consumers with more time to indulge in the things that matter most to them.”
It’s no secret that cellular shades, sometimes called honeycomb shades, are amazing. They are, after all, the most popular customer choice here at SelectBlinds.
To name a few of their well-known features:
Insulation: The “cell” construction traps air and provides insulation from the heat and cold.
UV Protection: Cellular shades can block up to 99% of incoming light. Blackout cellulars are best for this purpose.
Energy Efficient: In addition to insulation, the soft fabric diffuses light and reduces heat from entering the room, saving you money on electricity.
Sound Reducing: Their layers block out not only light, but also outside noise.
Cellular shades come in a variety of colors, and they can be framed with curtains or drapes to create dimension. Did we mention that they’re easy to clean?
But before you buy cellular, here are 5 questions to ask yourself to ensure you’re choosing the best one.
1. How many cells should you get?
SelectBlinds cellular shades come in single- or double-cell constructions. Double-cells, you guessed it, trap more air than single-cells, so it’s another layer of insulation.
Do you live in the sunny, warm side of the country? A single-cell shade may be enough for you. If you’re somewhere more temperamental, a double-cell will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
2. How wide should the cells, or pleats, be?
SelectBlind cellular shades come in a variety of pleat sizes, from ⅜” to 2” wide. Smaller pleats will look more natural in shorter window frames; while the wider pleats are more proportional for larger sized windows.
However, your answer to the last question will play a part in this. Typically, double-cell construction means smaller pleats, and single-cell means larger pleats. Depending on your frame, you may need to adjust how many cells to get.
Wider pleats are also lighter per square foot, which makes them ideal for large sliding doors and wider windows. This principle also applies when using them for skylight blinds and arches and window arches.
3. Where is the placement of the cellular shade in your home?
Cellulars can absorb moisture and even odors due to their fabric material. Kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms exposed to condensation are not recommended for cellulars. (Faux wood blinds would be a good alternative though.) However, cellular shades are great for rooms by busy streets because they reduce sound.
4. What extra features, if any, do you want to add?
Like all our blinds, you can choose if you’d like a Continuous Cord Loop Lift or one of our Cordless Lift options. For example, the Top Down Bottom Lift allows you to raise your cellular shades from the bottom or lower from the top, and it’s available as corded or cordless.
Motorization is another feature that customers love. Choose from a remote control, motorized wand, or home automation system.
Eliminate the need for multiple coverings with this two-in-one custom window treatment. This shade can both filter light and black it out entirely, depending on how you adjust the sections. Simply pull down the light filtering handle to let light in, or pull up on the handle for the blackout feature.
Remember when we talked about placement earlier? TriShades are great for rooms primarily used during the day but that host the occasional overnight guest.
Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to learn more about cellulars! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!
It’s the age-old question people ask regarding wooden blinds: What’s the difference between real wood and faux wood, and which one is better?
Today, we’re helping you find the answer by adapting classic beauty pageant categories to see which would win … because that sounded more fun than a direct reply. So get ready to see who would win as you, the judge, base each wood off of:
Faux wood is your rags-to-riches story. With hardwood having a good 100+ years in the limelight, faux wood blinds gained popularity in the 1980s with its affordability. Now that they’re in the blind sphere, they aren’t leaving anytime soon.
Evening Wear – Care and Maintenance
Faux wood blinds may be knockoffs, but they mimic wood’s natural texture so well only a counterfeit specialist could tell it’s fake. These blinds come in a wide range of styles and designs; you can choose up to 15 colors to complement your style.
Because faux wood is made from vinyl, these blinds are an easy clean. Dust them off, and then wipe them down with warm water and a mild cleaner.
This is faux wood’s weakest category for obvious reasons, but its doing its best. With its vinyl material, faux wood will last years without fading. When you’re ready for a change, you can donate them to a friend or repurpose them into home crafts, like these mini Christmas trees!
Physical Fitness – Durability and Strength
Faux wood would be the power lifter of the two. Heavier and more durable and flexible than real wood, faux is built to withstand the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They’re also scratch resistant and able to hold out against young children and pets.
While they come in the traditional 2” slat size, they also come as vertical window coverings for your sliding or patio doors. Impressive form.
Swimsuit – Moisture & Temperature Resistance
These blinds have almost “full coverage” when it comes to humidity resistance. The vinyl slats can be in rooms with different temperatures without warping, fading, or cracking. Faux wood is a good option for your bathroom or kitchen.
You know them better as “hardwood.” At this time, all of our wood blinds are made of basswood, which is on the lightweight end of hardwoods.
This is your wealthy, uptown main character who has down-to-earth vibes. They add real value and style and know the value of saving a dollar.
Evening Wear – Care and Maintenance
Sporting 100% kiln-dried wood, nothing says elegant like natural wood blinds adorning your windows. Basswood blinds add texture, depth and dimension to your rooms.
Between the slats, headrail, interior lift cords, etc, everything can be color-coordinated or customized to your preference – there’s over 30 options with our different paints and stains. And, its slats have a protective UV coating to prevent fading.
Basswood blinds do need a little more TLC when it comes to maintenance. It has to preserve its natural beauty after all. Water is a big no-no; a feather duster or dust cloth is enough to wipe away any imperfections.
Talent – Media Appearances
Basswood is a more humble celebrity. Our 2” Modern Wood Blinds were featured on Fox’s Home Free design competition series.
Interview – Eco-Friendliness
Of course, basswood is eco-friendly as its natural, furniture-quality hardwood. At SelectBlinds, we only sell wooden blinds that have been sustainably harvested. Each blind is custom-crafted to your measurements and color choice to warm your home. We love that for you.
Physical Fitness – Durability and Strength
Basswood is lighter in weight than faux wood – they would be like a marathon runner. Don’t count them out of this category though. If you are looking to cover larger windows, real wood is best as it’s less strain on your window frame and walls. Plus, wooden blinds, like all window coverings, are also a great insulator against the heat and cold.
Swimsuit – Moisture & Temperature Resistance
The humidity does not do basswood any favors. Even though they can resist warping and fading compared to other hardwoods, they should be used in rooms that aren’t exposed to high moisture. This will help it retain its longevity. It’s not as “covered” as faux wood.
It’s all participation ribbons here! (Did you really think we’d throw shade on our products?)
Ultimately, we want to help YOU win with blinds you love. From the wood type to the style to the cordless lift system options, we want your windows to be the crown of the home.
Need help figuring out which blinds are best for your rooms? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!
As the holiday season approaches, the to-do list gets bigger and bigger: preparing the Thanksgiving food, picking up a Christmas tree, maybe buying Hanukkah gifts. Add in cleaning and decorating and your mind can get so foggy even Rudolph with his nose so bright can’t help you.
What’s one thing that often gets missed in the shuffle? Windows! They’re easy to turn a blind eye to, but really, window coverings are the finishing touch to getting your home holiday ready.
Don’t worry, we have 4 ways you can spice up your windows!
1. Make sure all your windows are properly covered throughout the home.
Plus, nothing says spice like something new! Decide first on the atmosphere of the room, choose a color, and then land on a style.
Bold shades make a statement: i.e., chocolate tones, navy blue, peach
Natural hues brings a nature element: i.e., greens, browns, purples, and blues
Neutral tones add a softening effect: i.e. shades of white and beige
These coverings are timeless for a reason. Roman shades, wood (or faux wood) blinds, and shutters each bring a classic element to a room. Roman shades especially have a wide range of materials, textures and fabric.
For those wanting to break the norm, panel tracks and dual shades add a simple but innovative look to a room. Roller shades are also a great budget-friendly way to achieve this style.
Our Buying Guides break down which window treatment is best for you based on the room, style and more.
2. Layer window coverings to give the room a facelift.
Your holiday fit isn’t the only thing that looks better with layers. By adding to your current window coverings, you’re giving your home a fresh look.
Incorporate drapes to add dimension, and guests will think you did something new to your house. Reflect your personal style by choosing one of our solid color options, vintage chandelier designs, or artistic scribbles – all possible with our Lifestyle Custom Drapes.
If you have drapes but are looking to layer something underneath for more privacy and protection, consider adding a solar shade or cellular shades. Boom – you just added more privacy and light control to the room while creating dimension.
3. Extend the holiday spirit all the way to the windows with some decorations.
You can frame or hang wreaths, snowflakes, lights, mini-ornaments and more on your windows. Depending on the window location, you can face the decor inside to add holiday cheer or face them outside for curb appeal. We recommend doing both!
4. Tie the room together with decorations that complement your windows.
If you’re completely in love with your windows and don’t want to cover them up, choose decor that will complement your current shades. Whether it’s rustic, contemporary, or something else, there is plenty out there to mix and match.