5 Questions to Ask When Buying Cellular Shades

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.

Left: Cordless Light Filtering Top Down Bottom Up Shades in Taupe; Right: Select Blackout Cellulars in Black DC

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.

Remote Control Motorization with a Roller Shade. This feature is available for selected cellular shades too.

5. Should I get Cellular TriShades?

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.

Left: Modern Light Filtering/Blackout TriShades in Gray Cloud; Right: Premier Light Filtering TriShades in Silvery Moon DC

Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to learn more about cellulars! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Real Wood vs Faux Wood: Which Would Win?

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: 

  • Evening Wear – Care and Maintenance
  • Talent – Media Appearances
  • Interview – Eco-Friendliness
  • Physical Fitness – Durability and Strength
  • Swimsuit – Moisture and Temperature Resistance

*cue award music*

Meet the Fabulous Faux Wood!

2″ SelectWave Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in White

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.

Talent – Media Appearances

They are no stranger to the limelight. The stars of Queer Eye gave our 2” Designer Faux Wood Blinds a shoutout. Our 2” Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds are also favored by the Fab Five and have been featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Natural Textured

Interview – Eco-Friendliness

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.

Select Faux Wood Vertical Blinds in Maple Dark

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.

Left: 2″ Traditional Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in Carbon Plank; Right: 2″ Premier Faux Wood Blinds in Snow

Introducing the Basswood Beauty!

2″ Select Basswood Wood Blinds in Gauntlet Grey

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.

2″ Classic Cordless Wood Blinds in Snowy

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.

2″ Modern Wood Blinds in Boston Walnut

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.

Left: 2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Bright White Smooth; Right: 2″ Modern Wood Blinds in Woodland Snow

The Winner

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!

4 Ways to Spice Up Your Windows for the Holidays

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.

Remember:

  • 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

Traditional

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.

Left: Rustic Americana Roman Shades in Distressed Brick; Right: 2″ Modern Wood Blinds in Cypress Auburn

Modern

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.

Left: Architect Blackout Panel Track in Seal Gray; Right: Traditional Room Darkening Dual Shade in Oak Brown

Unique

Let your window coverings be the conversation starter. Whether it’s the texture of woven wood shades, or eye-catching fabrics, like our Textured Glam Roman Shades, they are sure to leave a lasting impression. 

Left: Classic Woven Woods in Golden Poppy; Right: Textured Glam Roman Shades in Beige Spatter

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.

Classic Curtains in Natural Linen layered with Traditional Light Filtering Dual Shade in Beige

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.

If you got it, flaunt it! Accentuate your windows by dressing them up. Just don’t forget to dust off your window blinds and shades before drawing attention to them.

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!

Image courtesy of Brittany Lyle and @ourvintagenest
Left: Brittany Lyle accentuates her blinds with a classic garland; Right: Alicia Armstrong from Our Vintage Nest dresses up her curtains with golden bells.

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.

We love how Alicia Armstrong from Our Vintage Nest took a more natural, earthy approach, in decorations to complement her SelectBlinds Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Jute Wheat. The woven texture is reflected throughout the room from the hanging wall decor to the woven blanket basket and tree collar.

Image courtesy of @ourvintagenest

But wait, there’s more!

Before you’re off to the races, be sure to do the following for a worry-free holiday:

  • Seal leaky windows with weather sealer or strips to keep everyone cozy and save on your energy bill. (Those cellular shades we talked about earlier naturally insulate your windows!)
  • Wash your windows with a DIY mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Wipe to a with a microfiber cloth for a no-streak shine. 

Want to talk this out more? We’re happy to help! Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

The Ways Easy Home Automation Makes Your Life Better

We get to live in a day when watching impressive new technological advances has become commonplace. Easy home automation and “smart homes” are among those perks we’ve gotten to observe and enjoy. No more analog plug-in cords or clunky jerry-rigged workarounds. Home automation is all right there at the touch of a button, and it can even travel with us in our phones to be operated from just about anywhere in the world.  

What Is Easy Home Automation?

Easy home automation, also known as smart home technology, generally references devices, appliances, systems, etc., that interconnect via a common network–these devices can be remotely controlled individually, as well as in unison. You might also be familiar with the term “connected home,’ where your home’s lights, garage door, thermostat, security cameras, audio system, etc., are synced and automated through your home network. Yes, even your window blinds and shades can be motorized and automated, so you don’t even have to remember to put that task on your to-do list. Use your smart phone to operate them and automate them as suits your personal needs best.

Enjoy your life and time with your favorite people with unprecedented ease and convenience. One built-in benefit of smart home technology is that it is constantly being updated and upgraded. Imagine the possibilities!

Advantages of Easy Home Automation to Help You Get More Out of Life

Instead of thinking of keeping up with smart home technology updates as an end in and of itself, or as a way to “show off” by keeping up with the Joneses, so to speak, consider a few of the impressive and practical aspects of home automation as benefits for you and your household. Easy home automation allows you to:

  1. Maximize Home Security.
    As mentioned, you can incorporate your home security system into your smart home network. In regard to window coverings, you can manage your privacy (and your own peace of mind) easily and quickly by programming your blinds and/or shades to raise and lower at the same time of day, or whenever you need them to. Forget whether or not you closed the blinds in your child’s room before leaving the house? Just check them on your phone, no matter where you are in the world. You can also receive notifications if something unexpected is going on in your child’s room or anywhere else in your home. The potential for home security automation is endless.  
  2. Increase Energy Efficiency.
    Opportunities for efficient use of energy are also boundless using smart home technology. Manage the heating and cooling of your home via your phone, including the aforementioned ability to manage the raising and lowering of your window coverings to darken and cool rooms on demand. Program your smart thermostat to learn your schedule and home temperature favorites, and receive recommendations for how to improve your home’s energy efficiency settings. Have your home as cool or warm as you prefer before you come home, and have your house lit up with all blinds / shades shut to help you feel more secure upon your arrival. You can maximize your control over your energy expenditures using smart home technology. 
  3. Ease of Incorporating New Appliances and Devices. One impressive aspect of easy smart home automation is its ability to implement new appliances, window covering technologies, and devices as part of your smart home network. No matter how updated your devices and appliances are, you’ll likely feel the need to continue updating as time goes on. Integrating new devices, appliances, etc. only makes the process much easier and more seamless. 

Take Advantage of Smart Home Technology

We’ve shared a few benefits of living in a smart automated home, but the possibilities and benefits are endless. Home automation developers are constantly in a race to outdo one another in meeting consumer needs, and that is only of benefit to you as a homeowner. Find out for yourself how much easier and enjoyable smart home technology can make your life! 

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations for Your Easy Home Automation Needs

How about some SelectBlinds staff recommendations for you to start enjoying the convenience and benefits of smart home automation? 

SelectBlinds staff loves offering up our selections from our different product tiers for you, to offer you excellent, customizable design solutions for any taste and budget. We’ve offered some recommendations below, but we have countless customizable solutions available for you. Spend some time window shopping to see what we have to offer!

2” Room Darkening Sheer Shades (Signature Tier)*

Diffuse up to 99% of UV rays with the quality sun-control fabric in these sheer window coverings. Use with cordless lift or an optional motorized lift on taller 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.

Motorized Architect Light Filtering Roller (Premium Tier)*

You won’t need a WiFi hub for this one-of-a-kind ease of operation and modern, high-quality design – meet SelectBlinds’ stylish motorized light filtering roller shades powered by Eve MotionBlinds™ motors.

Motorized Architect Blackout Roller (Premium Tier)*

Hard to find better room darkening fabrics in such an eye-catching selection of colors for convenient function and timeless style. Powered by Eve MotionBlinds™ motors. All the benefits of home automation without the use of a WiFi hub! 

*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.

Your Easy Automated Home Calls for the Best Customized Solutions

Our philosophy has long held that DIY Design was never meant to be done “ALL by Yourself.” For your dream home’s design, whether for indoors our outside in your back patio, we’re here to help. 

Nothing makes an outdoor patio oasis more enjoyable than attractive bamboo or exterior solar shades to keep the harmful UV rays out of your face, while keeping your patio or deck area cool. SelectBlinds is all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you all the helpful resources you’ll need to make your life (and projects) easier, because your success is our success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it, without breaking your budget. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you will save plenty of money and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something special. 

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 (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

Free Samples. Free Shipping. Free Design Consulting. Every Day.

Only at SelectBlinds.

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SelectBlinds.com Panel Track Shades Vs. IKEA – What You Should Know

Panel track shades are an excellent solution for covering wide windows and particularly, sliding glass doors. They’re functional, and they look great! You can even add the convenience of remote control motorization or automation to make your life even easier.

Home furnishings giant IKEA also sells panel track window coverings for seemingly less. But what are you really getting when you shop with IKEA? What is your shopping experience like?

Higher Better Business Bureau Customer Review Ratings

The difference between SelectBlinds.com Better Business Bureau (BBB) customer review ratings as compared with those IKEA might be the most glaring difference of them all. SelectBlinds.com rates at 4.25 out of 5 among its customers (currently with about 1,300 reviews) vs. IKEA, which rates at 1.11 rating out of 5 among its customers (currently ~250 reviews).

Why the difference? We’re invested in our customers’ success and go out of our way to create as seamless and helpful a shopping experience for you as we can. We love our customers and our customers love us. And it shows.

We’re The DIY Window Covering Experts!

We’ve been specializing in window coverings for the last 19 years (we recently celebrated another birthday!), and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. We’re subject matter experts when it comes to DIY window coverings, interior design, and what works best for your home design projects. IKEA does offer a wider variety of furniture, window coverings, and home improvement products, but without specialized window covering expertise.

You can tell we’re the best at what we do at SelectBlinds by our assortment, customer service ratings, and customer ratings. Who would you want to consult and do business with when it comes to finding the best, most stylish coverings for your windows?

Compare Our Assortment of Options

We offer a vast selection of window covering products (over 170), over 1,800 colors, to help you find exactly the window covering solution you need. You can customize your panel track shades in just about any size you can measure, with countless customization options, including remote control motorization and sync with Alexa or Google Home.

Though their price tag might look nicer, IKEA offers a very sparse selection of sheer sliding panel track window coverings at best, and without customization options. We’ve got what you need, customizable, and virtually always in stock.

We Offer You a Free Warranty

We’re so confident in the quality craftsmanship of our products, we offer a free warranty on ALL our products, not to mention free shipping, even for oversized orders. IKEA doesn’t offer any warranty on its meager selection of window coverings.

We even make filing a warranty claim to get as easy as possible!

We Offer You Friendly, Personalized Customer Service

If you’ve ever spent an afternoon trying to resolve an outstanding issue with “big box store” customer service, you probably know how frustrating it can be. Often you’ll spend long stretches of time on hold, many times you’ll have to re-explain your situation to two or three different people, and sometimes you’ll have to call back at another time because you simply can’t spend another minute on it today. Every weekday between 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. PT you can easily reach us for prompt service, and then again from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT on Saturdays and Sundays. We also have online chat, and we also make a point to return emails promptly.

Case in point: How does the SelectBlinds.com customer service experience stack up against IKEA’s? According to company/customer service rating website Trustpilot.com, IKEA gets a 1.5 customer service rating out of 5 from its customers (~19K reviews, 74% of which are categorized as “bad”) compared to SelectBlinds customer service review of 4.5 out of 5 (~1,300 reviews, 72% of which are categorized as “excellent”).

We have a top-notch customer service team at your disposal, to give you the one-on-one attention and service you deserve. We’ll get your problem solved promptly, so you can resolve your issue, and get on with your day.

We Offer You the Best Panel Track Recommendations

Need a good panel track shade recommendation? We make panel track shade selections from our four different product tiers for you, to offer you excellent, customizable design solutions for any taste and budget. Spend some time window shopping to see what we have to offer!

Modern Architect Panel Track (Premium Tier)*

Stay “on track” with the sun using versatile, light-filtering panel track verticals on sliding glass doors and large window walls. Mount them from the ceiling as a unique room divider, too. 

Architect Blackout Panel Track (Premium Tier)*

Darken any room with a whole lotta flair. These modern vertical window coverings add style and elegance to any space, plus they work great for larger windows and sliding glass doors. Excellent for bedrooms and media 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 Light Filtering Panel Tracks (Luxury Tier)*

Here’s the ideal solution for your sliding glass doors and large windows. Use the panels as a space divider or as a closet door. Style, function, and lovely light filtering.

Nomad Solar Panel Track (Luxury Tier)*

Wherever you may roam, these “sun-sational” light-filtering solar panel track treatments will help you feel right at home with your large windows and patio doors.

*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.

We Want to See You in Your Dream Home!

DIY Design never meant “Do it ALL by Yourself.” For any space, a home design upgrade should never feel intimidating. 

Nothing makes a space look warmer and more inviting than beautiful new window treatments, and Select Blinds is all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you tons of helpful resources to make your life (and projects) easier, because we’re invested in your success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home, without breaking your budget. 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 (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

Free Samples. Free Shipping. Free Design Consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com.

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Why Get a Liner For Your Woven Wood Shades?

You can always expect higher quality artistry from our custom bamboo & woven wood shades.  When you compare custom-crafted woven wood shades with the off-the-shelf versions, you’ll start to notice some noticeable differences, beginning with the quality of workmanship. One factor that can add a degree of quality to your custom shades comes with adding a privacy or blackout liner. The type of liner discussed in this article is attached to the back of a window covering and is meant to face the exterior.

For starters, a liner adds a subtle, formal touch to bolster the overall aesthetic of your window treatments, not to mention a liner will enhance their functionality and how long they’ll last. Not only does a lining add some nice weight and depth to your window treatment, but it also helps it keep its shape intact and keep its crisp, unmussed appearance.  

Types of Shade Liners

Liners offer a crisper, more professional look for your window treatments, but there are also different types of liners that serve different purposes. The most common types of liners are standard/privacy liners and blackout liners. 

There are others like thermal liners, water-repellent liners, and interlining (which, in the case of fabric window coverings, like drapery or Roman shades, is inserted between the front and back of the window covering). We’ll go over standard and blackout liners here.

Standard, or Privacy Liner – A standard shade liner (often referred to as a privacy liner) usually consists of lightweight fabric (usually white or off-white) to add weight to reinforce your shade’s thickness, and create, overall, a fuller, richer window covering. The neutral white color keeps a consistent appearance for street-facing windows. Standard liners enhance the privacy offered by your window treatment, and they can also reduce incoming UV rays to help keep your furniture and interior from fading.  

Blackout Liner – These liners are ideal for bedrooms and media rooms, and are meant to block out up to 99% of incoming light and glare. Blackout liners typically come in white/off-white neutral colors, and tend to be of heavier, thicker weight. They’re great for when you want to watch your favorite movie or game, unencumbered by incoming glare, and also for weekends . . . when you might just want to sleep in!  

Room Darkening Liner – These liners are also great for bedrooms and media rooms, and you might even like one in your home office. They don’t block out as much light as a blackout liner, but you’ll still get a subdued lighting effect in your interior space. Room darkening liners also generally come in white/off-white neutral colors, and tend to be of heavier, thicker weight.

The 3 Best Things About a Shade Liner

Better Insulation

Liners on the back of your woven wood shades add an additional layer of insulation between incoming noise and your interior. This is the perfect enhancement for more quiet indoors that you’ll appreciate.

Better Light Control

More insulation on the back of your shade means fewer UV rays peeking through, and more protection for the shade itself, and for your furniture and indoor space. Keep the outside outside, and your indoors indoors.

Better Privacy Control

Shade liners are especially effective for lining window treatments made with thinner and more sheer fabrics. They can provide more privacy, especially at night.

More Personalized

In short, liners for your custom bamboo & woven wood shades (or for any other type of window treatment) add an additional degree of personalization and quality to make your window coverings more ‘yours.” 

*Related: What Is Edge Binding on Window Shades?

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations for Your Space

What would look amazing with those liners you’re considering? Some of our beautiful, custom-crafted woven wood and bamboo shades for your windows! If you’re looking for some recommendations for your home, be sure to keep on reading. We’ve made selections from each of our product tiers for you, to offer you excellent, customizable design solutions for any taste and budget. Spend some time window shopping to see what we have to offer!

Premier Woven Wood Shades (Premium Tier)*

Liven up your windows with this popular array of exotic woven woods. Naturally filter light through the unique textures, or add a privacy or blackout liner for more light and privacy control. Privacy and blackout liner upgrades available.

Premier Modern Natural Wood Shades (Premium Tier)*

Upgrade your interior aesthetic, starting with these window coverings to go from basic and boring to exotic and exciting. These lovely woven woods come in beautiful, natural materials and patterns to match any design you can dream up for your space. Privacy and blackout liner upgrades available.

*Our Premium Tier products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, Premium Tier products are the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last. Some upgrade features may be included.

Designer Series Woven Wood Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Level-up your interior design skills by featuring these dazzling woven woods. Choose from a wide selection of gorgeous woods ranging from light to dark neutrals. Room darkening and blackout liner upgrades available.

Designer Ultimate Woven Wood Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Create the ultimate escape in your own interior space. These timeless woven woods are just the ticket to finish off your latest home reno project, regardless of your personal sense of style and design. Room darkening and blackout liner upgrades available.

*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.

Create the Home You’ve Always Dreamed About

So you’ve decided to do a home redesign, and your vision is to create a dream home you’ll be proud of. Or, maybe you just want to redesign a single room in your house. Never fear! DIY Design never meant “Do it ALL by Yourself.” For any space, a home design upgrade should never feel intimidating. 

Nothing makes a space look warmer and more inviting than beautiful new window treatments, and Select Blinds is all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you tons of helpful resources to make your life (and projects) easier, because we’re invested in your success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home, without breaking your budget. 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 (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

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What’s So Great About Light Filtering Shades?

Any well-designed home features plenty of natural light. Incoming light from outside adds a touch of soft comfort and energy. It does wonders to make a space feel larger and more welcoming.

Too much light all the time, however, can mean too much of a good thing. Incoming sunlight in the summer can add heat to your space (and boost your energy bills), and maybe you don’t want every room in your house to feature too much light. Yes, your window treatments of choice can also help with “mood lighting.” That’s where light-filtering shades can help!

Shades to Enhance Incoming Light

Layer light-filtering curtains over your shades to create more depth for your windows

There are blackout shades and room-darkening shades, whose opaqueness offers a full to partial darkened effect for your space. But bringing more natural light indoors doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your privacy. You can bask in the natural incoming light while making your interior space more alluring with shades that enhance this incoming outdoor light. 

Semi-opaque light-filtering shades offer an even brighter degree of incoming light while still maintaining your privacy by diffusing harsh incoming UV rays into a softened glow. This light-filtering effect keeps your space plenty bright while reducing the need for electric-powered lighting. It can also balance out a room’s light more evenly and plentifully, instead of featuring brighter areas vs. darker corners.  

Because of these shades’ ability to filter out too much brightness and glare, they are ideal for bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, rooms with large windows or sliding glass doors that let substantial light in, and just about any front-facing window. 

SelectBlinds.com Staff Light-Filtering Window Treatment Recommendations:

Cellular & Honeycomb Shades

While keeping the vibe at home cool, calm, and quiet with energy-efficient honeycomb & cellular shades, bathe your interior with soft, diffused natural light. With Kid- and pet-friendly cordless lifts, they’re the safest choice for homes with little ones.

Cordless Light Filtering Cellular Shades (Essential Tier)*

Imagine all the possibilities! Clutter-free, kid-safe, budget-friendly and simply stylish, these energy-efficient cordless cellulars are the perfect finishing touch to any window and design aesthetic. 

Tranquil Cordless Light Filtering Cellulars (Essential Tier)*

Filter outdoor light in beautifully! In homes with small children and pets, kid-friendly cordless custom window treatments help you keep a clean, uncluttered look on windows and doors, and cut energy costs, too. 

Sheer Curtains

Sheer Curtains (Essential Tier)*

Soft, delicate light. All day long. These budget-friendly, light grommet-style panel curtains add an airy look all by themselves or combine with other window coverings for a full layering effect. 

*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 homeowners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Sheer Shades

Few window treatments filter in light more effectively than sheer shades. For the trendsetting home decorator, nothing beats the sheer elegance of sheer shades. Impress your guests with this high-impact, light-filtering, custom flat sheer roller style window treatment.

2” Light Filtering Sheer Shades (Signature Tier)*

These luminous, custom-made sheer light-filtering fabric window treatments block up to 99% of UV rays when closed and up to 88% when open to help protect interiors and gently diffuse light.

*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.

Dual / Zebra Shades

Dual / Zebra shades are unique and stylish! Show off your personal interior design style and unique taste with sheer zebra shades. Enjoy the ease of a roller with the look of a horizontal blind to add dimension and texture to windows.

Premier Light Filtering Dual Shade (Premium Tier)*

Light filtering made easy! Enjoy custom light-filtering control with dual roller zebra shades. Get two types of light control in one simple shade to reduce glare and UV rays. Easy to install, too.

*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 Light Filtering Dual Shade (Luxury Tier)*

Style, and then some. Seamless, easy operation along with the light-filtering functionalities of a horizontal blind and the privacy control of a roller shade.

*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.

Filter More Light Into Your Beautiful Interior Space

We at SelectBlinds.com offer you personalized, custom solutions that can beautifully help you get that soft, balanced diffused light glow in your space. And still maintain all the privacy you need.  

Nothing makes a space look warmer and more inviting than beautiful new light-filtering window treatments, and we are all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you tons of helpful resources to make your life (and projects) easier because we’re invested in your success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home, without breaking your budget. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you can save yourself plenty of money in the process. 

Try before you buy! Order up to 15 FREE samples daily, shipped FREE to your door, and lock in any promo for up to 30 days.

Also, 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 (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

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Create a Clean Look With Custom Bathroom Window Treatments

Bathroom window treatments are meant to offer you not just privacy, but also to add to your bathroom’s mood lighting, softness, and overall ambience. Your bathroom can be your own personal relaxation spa if you put some extra care and thought into it. 

The best bathroom window treatments are those that function well in damp environments, like bathrooms or over your kitchen sink. You can choose whatever style of window treatment you want for your bathroom, but remember that some window treatments can gather moisture and become moldy over time (like Roman shades or curtains), or start to deteriorate after absorbing water and moisture (like woven wood shades are prone to do when they get wet). You might find it most effective to settle on the window coverings that will work best (think low-maintenance) in your bathroom while satisfying your personal taste. Read on for some ideas to inspire you in the best ideas for blinds, shutters, and roller shades to do an amazing makeover for your personal self-care space

Custom Bathroom Window Blinds

Custom window blinds offer you a sharp, minimalist aesthetic even without additional adornments, like layered curtains. Remember, you can go with natural wood blinds, but over time, you might have to deal with your blinds splitting or warping because of the moisture they’ll be exposed to. Why not go for the look and feel of natural wood blinds, but crafted in durable materials, and with a lower price tag? Try faux wood blinds as a perfect solution for your bathroom environment. For a more seamless visual effect, try faux woods that color coordinate with and complement the color of your trim.  

Custom Bathroom Window Shutters

Image courtesy of The Grey Antler, @thegreyantler

For a classic, yet exciting look for your bathroom windows, you might consider giving custom-crafted shutters (yes, again we suggest faux wood) a try. Shutters are a great investment in your home overall. However, in the instance of your bathroom, they can add a nice architectural element to your windows, while still allowing you to manage incoming light and privacy. 

Custom Bathroom Window Roller Shades

Image courtesy of Kailen Stephens, @stephens.homestead

The great thing about custom roller shades is that they boast a classic look, while still appearing modern, and with a nice fit for your windows. You can find stylish roller shades in moisture-resistant materials, as well, and your options for color coordination will expand outside of neutrals.  

Another keen feature of roller shades is that you can find them in not just solid, opaque materials, but also in light filtering and room darkening varieties, to give you some leeway when it comes to managing incoming light. So you can maintain privacy without giving up brightness. 

Custom Bathroom Solar Shades

Image courtesy of @steelcityfarmhouse

You love bright sunlight streaming through your bathroom window. Custom interior solar shades are a good option to maintain privacy, as well as let plenty of natural light in. You’ll also be protecting your bathroom interior from harsh UV rays. Solar shades (crafted in durable PVC materials) might be the solution you need. Be sure to account for additional nighttime coverage, however, as passersby will be able to see in through the shade due to its reflective design.  

SelectBlinds.com Staff Recommendations for Your Bathroom Space

Looking for some recommendations for bathroom window coverings to give your personal self-care spa that final personalized touch? SelectBlinds.com staff have made selections from our different product tiers for you, to offer you excellent, customizable design solutions for any taste and budget. Spend some time window shopping to see what we have to offer!

Traditional Solar Shades (Essential Tier)*

Our Traditional Solar Shades, constructed of long-lasting PVC with a sleek colored polymer coating offer an enhanced design for reliable UV protection, with a great view to the outside. 

2” SelectWave Cordless Faux Wood Blinds (Essential Tier)*

You’ll love these uniquely designed, lightweight faux wood blinds, easy to operate with just one hand! Cordless and economical, the wave-shaped slats seal tight to keep out light.

Classic Faux Wood Shutters (Essential Tier)*

Take your windows up a notch with faux wood shutters that will last a lifetime. Get a classic wood-blind look with increased durability and moisture resistance.

*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 homeowners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Luxe Modern Light Filtering Roller Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Lighten up your windows with a fun, contemporary pattern on a neutral background. Slow your roll with choice of four lift options, including free cordless and smart WiFi. 

*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.

Custom Solutions for Your Custom DIY Design Projects

Image courtesy of @boulderparkfarmhouse

DIY Design was never meant to always be a “Do it ALL by Yourself” kind of thing. For any space, indoors or out, a home design upgrade should never feel overwhelming. Your bathroom is no exception.

Nothing makes an outdoor space more enjoyable than exterior solar shades to keep the harmful UV rays out of your face while keeping your patio or deck area cool. We at SelectBlinds.com are all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you all the helpful resources you’ll need to make your life (and projects) easier because your success is our success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it, without breaking your budget. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you will save plenty of money and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something special. 

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 (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources. Find those perfect bathroom window treatments to match your own personal taste and style.

Free Samples. Free Shipping. Free Design Consulting. Every Day.

Only at SelectBlinds.com.

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How to Start Fall Patio Season Earlier

Autumn patio season is right around the corner. Though we’re still in the middle of what’s known as the “Dog Days of Summer” (roughly early July through about the first half of August), it’s not too early to get ready for warm afternoons and cool evenings with friends and family in your patio or deck area. Oh, and relaxing with your beverage of choice. There will still be enough sun and heat on many fall days that you’ll want to plan for shade and bugs, but … what a lovely time of the year! 

Here are some pointers that can help set you up for a successful patio season this fall.

Patio Setup

Quick Setup Checklist:

  • Ensure patio furniture, patio area, and umbrella(s) are clean and in good working order.
  • Furniture/equipment repair and replacement as needed.
  • Ensure proper sunshine/shade balance and proper lighting for evenings.

To get things started, you’ll want to make sure your patio/deck/outdoor area is set up if you haven’t already. With summer almost half over, this might be a good time to hose off any dust from your outdoor furniture, fencing, window frames, etc. Check to make sure all furniture and umbrellas are in stable, working order. Perhaps it’s also a good time to power wash the concrete patio floor or deck. prepare your patio, deck, or other outdoor area.  

As best you can, make sure your outdoor entertainment area has a nice balance of sunshine and shade for yourself, your family, and guests. We’ll talk more shortly about keeping your outdoor area properly shaded.

It’s starting to get dark earlier in the evening, and earlier dark will continue through the winter. Don’t forget about outdoor lighting. Clean out dead bugs where appropriate, and make sure string lighting is in working order. 

Bug Proofing

Quick Setup Checklist:

  • Plant bug-repellent flowers and plants.
  • Set up citronella candles or coils to burn. 
  • Set up Tiki torches to help with bugs and for ambience. Bug zapper lamps also work well.

Where there’s outdoor relaxation and company, there are also problematic bugs.

You’ll want to prepare for the little invasive critters by planting some flowers and/or plants that repel insects, such as chrysanthemums or lavender. They’ll look and smell beautiful to you and your guests.

You can also set up burning citronella candles or coils on your tables or other nearby surfaces to let these pests know they’re not invited and to keep them away. 

Tiki torches are also effective as bug repellents while adding a lovely tropical ambience to your outdoor area.

Temperature and Shade Regulation

Quick Setup Checklist:

  • Set up fans and misters as needed.
  • Install exterior solar shades.
  • Get your outdoor propane heaters and/or firepit ready!

One of the great things about autumn is that there’s still plenty of warm afternoon sun left, and then it cools off in the evenings. You’ll want to plan accordingly.

Remember earlier we mentioned balancing the sun/shade in your outdoor area? A good exterior solar shade will do a great job of keeping the glare out of your eyes and offering enough shade for your area, while still being able to enjoy the warmth. Also, you’ll be able to help protect your outdoor furniture and maintain your outside view through the shade.

As for keeping it warm for those cool autumn nights, set up one or more propane heaters to keep things toasty when it gets chilly outside. Better yet, maybe you’ve also got a firepit for ambient effect and to provide plenty of warmth.

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

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations for Your Outdoor Space

Need a few recommendations for exterior solar shades for your outdoor entertainment space? We’ve made selections from our different product tiers for you, to offer you excellent, customizable design solutions for any taste and budget. Spend some time window shopping to see what we have to offer!

3% Classic Exterior Sheer Weave Solars (Signature Tier)*

Get your outdoor entertainment area ready to have company over and grill with these brilliant exterior solar shades! Install shades where it counts while protecting your furniture from fading and discoloration.

5% Classic Exterior Sheer Weave Solars (Signature Tier)*

Keep your patio or deck area cool and comfortable by blocking out harmful UV rays and adding some lovely shade to your outdoor oasis. And do so while staying true to your existing design. 

*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 Shade (Premium Tier)*

Choose from several standard sizes to find the perfect outdoor solar shade for your patio or deck space. Get the shade you want when the autumn sun gets to be a bit much, or let in all that beautiful sunlight whenever you want. 

Lifestyle Outdoor Motorized Shade (Premium Tier)*

Take your outdoor experience up a notch with the convenience and ease of motorized solar shades. You’ll love the gorgeous oil-rubbed valance and convenient 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. Some upgrade features may be included.

Take Your Dream Home Plans to the Next Level

DIY Design was never meant to always be a “Do it ALL by Yourself” kind of thing. For any space, indoors or out, a home design upgrade should never feel overwhelming. 

Nothing makes an outdoor space more enjoyable than exterior solar shades to keep the harmful UV rays out of your face, while keeping your patio or deck area cool. Select Blinds is all about supporting you, all the way from start to finish. We offer you all the helpful resources you’ll need to make your life (and projects) easier, because your success is our success! Make your dream home ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it, without breaking your budget. As you sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, you will save plenty of money and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something special. 

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 (855) 235-3120 to take advantage of our free design consultation resources.

Free Samples. Free Shipping. Free Design Consulting. Every Day.
Only at SelectBlinds.com.

Go Window Shopping for Custom Solutions and Turn Your Outdoor Space Into Something Unforgettable! >>