Select Blinds™ Motorized Architect Roller Shades: Powered by Eve MotionBlinds™ Motors with Apple HomeKit™ Technology

Eve MotionBlinds

2022 welcomes you to the world of Eve MotionBlinds!

As smart home accessories go, window coverings aren’t known for being very accessible, but 2022 brings with it a new breed of smart technology. In fact, smart window coverings just got a heck of a lot smarter (and much easier to install). Meet Select Blinds’ Motorized Architect Roller Shades, available in light-filtering and blackout styles. These sharp and thoughtfully designed roller shades are powered by a new type of smart blind motor that allows Eve MotionBlinds to work in conjunction with Apple HomeKit. In addition to their Bluetooth capabilities, Eve MotionBlinds motors will also support Thread, a new smart home connectivity standard. Indeed, Eve MotionBlinds feature the first smart blind motors available to support the Thread technology.

Easy Installation and Setup

Installing and setting up motorized shades has never been easier. Once your blinds are installed (SelectBlinds products are known for their easy installation), just scan the HomeKit setup code with your iOS device. No bridge or registration needed for either Bluetooth or Thread compatibility. For use of a border router, such as a HomePod mini™ or an Apple TV™ (4th generation or later), Eve MotionBlinds can automatically connect with the Thread network. If you’re using a Border Router as part of a smart home kit, Eve MotionBlinds will join a network automatically. You can still operate your Motorized Architect Roller Shades with the motorized wand or remote control upgrade for times when your WiFi might go on the fritz.

Future-Proofing Your Smart Home

Thread capabilities not only make installation easier, it also provides longer average battery life and quicker response times. Thread will even allow you to get a jump on future-proofing your home’s smart devices to be compatible with Matter, a new and advanced home technology being developed by Apple, Google, Amazon, and other developers.

Convenience and Reliability

Schedule your blinds ahead of time to open and close at specific times, or set them to operate themselves using the user-friendly app. Set up HomeKit Scenes and Rules and connect the blinds to other HomeKit-friendly accessories like thermostats, light bulbs, motion detectors, and sensor-based devices. Imagine connectivity that includes devices that might be outside the range of your border router, but that can still be operated through a relay. All Eve MotionBlinds data and intelligence are stored locally in the motor for better privacy and peace of mind. Become an early adopter of the solution for all kinds of smart home logistics headaches.

High-Quality Construction

Motorized Architect Roller Shades are built to last with all the care and high quality Select Blinds products are known for. They feature an unforgettable European-inspired design, and you may select from a plentiful array of colors, as well as from three different sustainably procured texture styles. Get your motorized rollers custom-built to fit your windows, with additional options for the headrail, bottom rail, and roll position.

Eve MotionBlinds Features Include:

  • “Smart in a minute” convenience – Eve MotionBlinds motors feature connectivity built directly into the shade’s headrail, connected to the Home™ app, and quickly activated by a set-up code.
  • Control or automate your smart blinds from anywhere with your iOS device.
  • Privacy and digital security
  • Energy efficiency
  • Cable-free installation
  • USB-C rechargeability

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The Best Dining Room Window Treatments for Holiday Gatherings

by SelectBlinds.com

Dining rooms are frequently considered the most elegant room in any home. Austere furniture, stately chandeliers, and intricate place settings are common mainstays of the place where families and friends gather for daily meals as well as for holiday dinners. 

Maybe you prefer more practical but still attractive window covering options for rooms that visitors won’t see (like bedrooms, nurseries, or home offices), but admit it: your dining room is a key centerpiece of your home. A place to help guests feel pampered and included. Make a beautiful and bold statement with this special room in all its fine details, including those must-have finishing touches, like attractive window treatments. 

Find window treatments for your dining room that are well-constructed, practical, and that offer up plenty of WOW-factor.

What is the Trend for Window Treatments in 2022?

Start by considering which direction the windows you’re covering are facing. How much light control will you need? What size are your dining room windows? How much privacy do you prefer? 

Then think about your priorities are in regard to entertaining: Accenting your interior décor? A warmer, more natural feel? More contemporary interior design? 

What about color? Keep the following in mind as you are trying to bring your dining room’s look together.

  • Bolder shades to make a statement: i.e., chocolate tones, navy blue, peach
  • Natural hues to bring nature closer: i.e., greens, browns, purples, and blues
  • Neutral tones to add a softening effect: i.e., especially shades of white and beige

Here are some suggestions for helping make your holiday socializing experiences unforgettable:

Best Window Treatments for the Dining Room

Help set the mood for your holiday meals with the following style tips.

Roman Shades: Contemporary and Classic Versatility

Roman shades are a classic, yet versatile option and can offer a full look to your windows. They are a fashionable alternative to longer window treatments offering the best functionality of a shade, along with the coverage that curtains give. You’ll have many materials and textures to choose from, as well– everything from fabric to woven wood. Roman shades stay contained inside the window frame, while giving soft touches of color, pattern, and texture. 

Woven Woods: Bringing Nature Home

Made from earthy, natural materials (i.e., bamboo, grasses, reeds, and jute), woven wood shades feature an irreplaceable look and feel for your dining room. And they complement wood furniture beautifully. Without a liner, woven wood shades don’t provide as much privacy as other window treatments, which makes them ideal for areas like dining rooms and kitchens. But you can always add a privacy liner for more peace of mind.

Panel Track Shades: Convenient and Modern

Tall, wide panel shades can add an instant touch of stylish contemporary to your dining room, especially for larger windows. They easily glide on tracks to open and close them. Panels offer up a clean framing effect for your windows to help manage the incoming natural light. These shades also function well in a layering capacity over the top of other types of window treatments to add a bit of depth in the dining room.

What Kind of Look and Feel Do You Want in Your Dining Room?

Classic & Timeless

A classic, yet timeless look is a signature feature of Roman shades.The traditional design and versatility of Roman shades are sure to be a mainstay at family meals and leave a lasting impression on holiday guests. 

See some suggestions below, along with brief descriptions of our product classes, to help you know what you can expect.

Roman Shades:

Essential Class (featuring simple designs in familiar styles, constructed from materials known for strength and easy cleaning)

Signature Class (featuring thoughtful designs in trendy, affordable styles and durable materials)

Warm & Natural

Bring a warmer, more earthy look and feel to your space and to your holiday gatherings with the natural beauty of bamboo and woven wood shades. Get your home looking Pinterest-perfect for your next family dinner or get-together with these natural looking custom shades on your dining room windows. Personalize them to fit your needs with lined options for more light and privacy control.

Bamboo/Woven Wood Shades:

Premium Class (featuring lasting designs in timeless styles and high-quality materials)

Luxury Class (featuring superior design in distinct styles, quality-crafted with unique materials)

Modern

Set some new trends with eye-catching custom panel track shades. These shades are perfect for wide windows and for sliding glass doors. Just select the number of wide vertical panels you’ll need for your own impressive design statement.

Panel Track Shades:

Premier Class

Luxury Class

Whether for family meals or the most lavish entertaining, you can find just the right window treatments for your dining room to help create lasting memories, any time of the year.

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Do Louvered Shutters Work in Your Bedroom? 7 Reasons Why They Do

Louvered  shutters (previously referred to as plantation shutters) are not only practical, they are elegant, stylish, and a great investment in your home. They give an unmistakably secure and cozy feel to just about any space. Whether you value a traditional look or a modern look in your home, custom shutters are a viable solution for any bedroom window.

What Are the Benefits of Shutters for a Bedroom?

Because your bedroom is your quiet, private retreat, you want privacy, but also the ability to manage the mood with as much light (or dark) as you prefer. There’s also something timeless about shutters that complements just about any interior décor.  

The best part is, you don’t need to worry about expensive interior designers or installation costs. Knowing some basics about these versatile window coverings can help you make an informed design decision, and start you on your way to becoming a shutters DIY expert in no time. We’ve put together seven reasons why shutters are among the best options to keep any bedroom interior covered.

  1. Color and Material Options

You know how important it is that your window treatments go well with and accent your own personal style of an interior motif. That’s one of the reasons shutters are so popular: the many options you have for materials and complementary colors. The warm, natural, classic look of stained wood is great for some, but you can also go with neutral colors in polyresin or in a hybrid material combination.

2. Maximizing Privacy

Maximum privacy can be achieved with ease with louvered shutters (previously known as plantation shutters), where you need it. The louvers of your shutters can be adjusted to any degree of closure you like to provide privacy and peace of mind. A wide-open view outside or complete darkened quiet, and anything in between. With just the simple movement of a tilt rod.

3. Light and Airflow Control

Sometimes you want to sleep in, and other times you want to brighten up your room. Let a touch of the outdoors into your room by opening up your shutters wide. Or keep the louvers closed, but let in the fresh air while you sleep undisturbed. Your preference.

4. Customizable

Bedroom windows aren’t always necessarily perfect squares or rectangles, and they don’t have any standard size, so they might present a challenge when it comes to finding coverings for them. Some windows are smaller, some are tall and narrow, etc. You can almost always find a way to treat your bedroom windows with custom interior shutters. You can find a custom fit designed to work perfectly for your specific windows.

5. Kid-Friendly

Without dangling cords from your window treatments that can prove dangerous for children and pets, shutters are about as kid-friendly as you can get. You can even install them in your kids’ rooms, worry-free.

6. Practicality

Window treatments are always best when they’re functional and user-friendly. Interior shutters are all that, while being chic and stylish, as well as being easy to clean! Either simply dusting them (wood shutters), or wiping them with a damp cloth and mild soap (poly & hybrid) can keep them looking good as new for years. Another thing: Interior-mounted shutters fit back nicely into your window’s recess, giving an added measure of space to your room.

7. Energy Efficiency

You may not have considered this, but many shutters are designed with hollow louvers that can trap heat (similar to cellular shades), to keep incoming heat out of your interior in the summer, and to keep things cozy and warm during the winter, by trapping heat before it can escape. Energy-efficient window treatments can help you keep your utility bills low, all year long.

Take a look at your many options for shutter materials:

Wood Shutters

Never underestimate how classically stylish real wood shutters can make your interior look. They are very lightweight, more than faux wood, poly, and hybrid shutters are. Be careful in humid environments, as the wood can potentially warp, mold, or split. If you live in a humid climate, you may want to consider faux wood shutters.

Faux Wood Shutters

Faux wood shutters are made of polyresin and they offer the look of traditional wood, while offering moisture resistance for high moisture areas like bathrooms and over the kitchen sink. Faux wood shutters are also scratch-proof and extra long-lasting.

Poly Shutters

With all the strength and feel of real wood shutters, our poly shutters are crafted with care out of patented recyclable, non-toxic, and flame-retardant materials. They feature a crisp, patented finish, and are super easy to clean and care for. No painting, repairing, or replacement is ever needed for the life of your shutters.

Hybrid Shutters

Hybrid shutters offer the best of both worlds regarding materials, by combining the austere look of real hardwood frames with the resilience of solid poly panels. The result is a custom window treatment that doesn’t just bring in a stylish vibe. The panels help insulate windows and doors almost two-thirds better than wood shutters to help keep energy bills low and rooms more comfortable. As with poly shutters, you never need to worry about yellowing, cracking, chipping, splitting, or warping.

However you decide to treat the windows in your bedroom, always keep in mind that shutters are among the most effective and smart solutions available. Happy window treating!

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Are Shutters Good for Patio Doors? 6 Designer Suggestions

Sliding glass doors and patio doors are popular features for many homes, to be able to easily transition between the indoor living area and the back patio or deck. They can also let in plenty of natural light, the larger the windows are. Effectively covering such a potentially large, high-traffic passageway, considering privacy and light management, can be trickier than it might sound. 

And what about all-year ‘round coziness? Another consideration you might need to take into account for your patio doors is insulation. Do you want your sliding glass or patio door windows to be able to keep the sun’s glare out in the summer and the heat in during the winter?

There are many options for sliding glass doors and patio door windows, though not all of them are the best choice for what your home might need. You also need to keep your interior décor in mind.

Do Shutters Work on Patio Doors?

Louvered shutters offer excellent light blockage for room darkening, they provide privacy, they provide an easy view outward, and they can also help insulate against the elements. Unfortunately, they are not the most practical solution for sliding glass doors or windowed patio doors. For sliding glass doors, expensive attachments are likely required for the custom-sized shutters. For windowed patio doors, shutters can possibly be exterior mounted around the windows, assuming there is enough surface area between the edge of the windows and the edge of the door itself. Possible, but not necessarily the most cost-effective solution available.

Let’s discuss different types of patio doors, and what window covering solutions might work best.

What Are Different Styles of Patio Doors?

There are essentially two types of patio doors: hinged and sliding. Hinged patio doors (e.g., French doors) typically feature some sort of window or windows. Sliding doors can be made of solid material without windows (e.g., “barn”-style sliding doors), but more often than not, they are made mostly of transparent glass.

Sliding (Glass) Doors

Sliding glass doors slide back and forth on a track to open and close, and are typically “all glass window.”

French (or Farmhouse) Patio Doors

French doors, sometimes referred to as Farmhouse doors, are a traditional patio door choice. These doors typically feature one or more glass panels, can be single or double doors, and can open by swinging inward or outward. While windowed French doors may offer an impressive view outside, sometimes you’ll need privacy.

What Should I Cover my Sliding Glass Doors With?

Here are some helpful suggestions for what works best with sliding glass patio doors:

Vertical Blinds

Looking for a trendy look for your patio doors and sliding glass doors? Try the versatility of vertical blinds, available in updated colors, fabrics, and textures to complement other window treatments anywhere in your home. They also look amazing all by themselves! Especially great for covering wider sizes of glass doors or windows.

Vertical Cellular Shades

One excellent solution for your sliding glass doors is a vertical cellular shade. Vertical cellulars feature an energy-efficient “honeycomb” design, that keeps heat and light out when it’s hot, but then traps heat inside when it’s cold. The honeycomb pockets trap heat inside them to create the insulation effect. These cellulars also help control light and privacy, and serve to buffer against exterior noise. 

Sliding Panel Track Blinds

A modern solution for window treatments for those sliding glass doors is panel track blinds. These are large panels of varying widths and overlap for coverage that slide back and forth on a track. They can also be used as room dividers. These panel tracks feature a large selection of fabrics and color to complement your décor.

Curtains

Stylish curtains are one solution for covering your sliding glass door for which you don’t need to worry about obstructing your door’s operation or your ability to pass through while going out and coming back in. Cover your door completely, or use matching tiebacks to pull your drapery to the side. You’ll have a wide selection of colors, fabrics, prints, and patterns to choose from.

What Do You Put on French Doors For Privacy?

Here are some suggestions for windowed French and Farmhouse patio doors:

Cellular/Honeycomb Shades

Keep your interior well-covered, comfortable, and quiet with energy-efficient cellular shades. Try them with Kid-friendly cordless lifts, a unique Top Down Bottom Up design, or with motorization or WiFi hub automation for convenience.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are nice for windowed doors in that they lay up close to the glass to minimize side gaps and provide maximum privacy. They feature a familiar and traditional design, they’re easy to use, and you’ll have your choice of fabrics and colors. Convenient motorization and automation are also available options.

Roman Shades

Trendy and traditional, Roman shades never seem to go out of style. They provide maximum coverage and light blockage, and they complement even the trendiest interiors. They look great from outside, too.

Some Things to Keep in Mind When Covering Your French Doors:

Mount on the Outside of the Windows

Unlike regular windows, French door windows have no depth. It’s critical that you be able to mount whatever window coverings you choose “around” the window(s).

Door Handles

Your door’s handles can potentially get in the way of your window treatment’s operation, so make sure there is ample space between your windows and the door’s handles. Most roller shades and honeycomb shades should be able to hang flat behind a door’s handles if needed, assuming there is at least an inch or so of clearance. 

Hold-down Brackets

When your window treatment is extended downward, it may rustle and flap when the door opens and closes. Hold-down brackets can keep the bottom of the blind or shade locked in place.

You *Can* DIY Design

Just because you need functional window treatments for your sliding glass or windowed patio doors doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! Here at Select Blinds, you can choose the look you want and make it a perfect fit for your patio traffic needs.

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Living Room Window Treatments Worth Gathering For

By SelectBlinds.com

Holidays can be joyful times, and also emotional roller coasters, but there is one familiar commonality that can make each holiday rich, meaningful, and enjoyable: gathering with family and friends. Get-togethers are among the things that people look forward to the most with each approaching holiday. What better place to flop onto the couch for long, late-night conversations and to catch up than in the living room? 

If you are getting together with guests in your home, as host or hostess, you might want everything to be just perfect. With that in mind, think of what mood you want to instill — lighting and privacy are everything. 

You should be able to keep your get-togethers comfortably private, while being able to let in as much light as you need to set the tone just right. That means quality living room window treatments because nothing makes a room feel more empty and impersonal than bare windows. So, treat your living room windows with the right window treatments. Plus, you can add that last personal, finishing touch to complement and accent the unique way you design your interior.

Whatever your unique décor needs, you’ll find many living room blinds and shades that are not only functional, but also fashionable. Following are some benefits and considerations of adorning the windows of this key gathering place where you get comfortable, relax, listen to music, watch your favorite holiday movies and shows, and get together with the important people in your life.

Which Window Treatments Are Best for the Living Room?

Start by taking into account what your priorities are in regard to entertaining: Comfort? A warmer, more natural feel? Maximum light control? Modern interior style? 

Here are a few options for maximizing the holiday socializing experience for you and your guests:

The Classic, Natural Richness and Warmth of Wood Blinds

Wooden blinds are a popular choice for living room windows because of how well they work with just about any décor, whether traditional or modern. Whether constructed in softer or hard wood, wood blinds offer a warm, earthy, cozy dimension to any holiday gathering. In addition, there is a vast selection of finishes, embellishments, slat sizes, etc. to help you customize your living room’s style and complement other decorative elements within the space.

Louvered Shutters: Traditional, Yet Contemporary

For covering your living room windows for holiday gatherings, you might first think of blinds, shades, or curtains (or some layered combination of the above), but never underestimate the classic, warm elegance that louvered shutters can bring to your interior. As a bonus, all year long, interior window shutters can provide a significant degree of energy-efficiency. The louvers are built to insulate against heat and cold, whether winter, fall, summer, or spring. Stay cozy with your guests in your living room, no matter what the occasion!

Zebra (Dual) Shades: Unique and Modern

A Zebra, or dual shade is a popular window treatment choice for homeowners wanting a private and simple way of living. Zebra shades also offer a stylish, one-of-a-kind, modern appeal. These shades layer beautiful light-filtering sheer fabrics alternating horizontally with a solid opaque fabric to create a streamlined look, offer flexibility of use, and to complement your décor in just about any room. Imagine a functional pairing of reliable roller shades and traditional horizontal blinds.

Zebras provide maximum light blockage, and can be opened up to a shuttered view with the twist of a wand or touch of a button. They bring a modern flair to your living room, and make a stylish backdrop for any holiday gathering. Zebras are available in a wide selection of styles, textures, and colors.

What Kind of Look and Feel Do You Want in Your Gathering Space?

Traditional

Impactful elegance and versatility are hallmark features of traditional wood blinds and louvered shutters. The classic design and reliability of wood also features a natural, earth-friendly warmth that makes getting together for holidays an event to never be forgotten. 

See some suggestions below, along with brief descriptions of our product classes, to help you know what you can expect.

Wood Blinds:

Signature Class (featuring thoughtful designs in trendy, affordable styles and durable materials)

Premium Class (featuring lasting designs in timeless styles and high-quality materials)

Shutters:

Premium Class

Luxury Class (featuring superior design in distinct styles, quality-crafted with unique materials)

Modern & Contemporary

For a more modern alternative to classic blinds, shutters, and shades, you want to go with Zebra shades to add dimension and texture to your windows with easy privacy and incoming light management in your living room for all your holiday get-togethers, daytime or night. We’ve got just the Zebra blinds for any budget.

Dual (Zebra) Shades:

Essential Class (featuring simple designs in familiar styles, constructed from materials known for strength and easy cleaning)

Premier Class

So, no matter how much you entertain or host holiday gatherings, you can find just the right window coverings for creating memorable moods and experiences, any time of the year.

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Two Great Ways To Shade: Exterior Window Shutters Vs. Solar Shades

by SelectBlinds.com

When we think about controlling the level of sunlight in a room, the action of pulling a curtain or twisting a wand most likely comes to mind. But as experts in the field, we’re here to highlight the other side of window coverings: those that shade from the outside in.

Outside window treatments add form and function to the facade of your home. Two of the most prominent outdoor options are exterior window shutters and solar shades. Both shelter from the sun and rain, and block light, but each is distinctly different in design.

What Are Exterior Window Shutters?

These external window covers offer relief from the sun and shelter from the rain, while simultaneously accenting the architectural splendor of your home. They attach to the trim around the window casing and swing open courtesy of hinged brackets. When open, the shutters remain in place by a pivoting metal tieback, also called a “shutter dog,” a hook, or a catch. 

Are There Different Styles?

There are five types of exterior shutters: louvered, raised panel, flat panel, board & batten, and Bahama & Bermuda. As a sixth, Scandinavian shutters are rising in popularity.

Louvered:

These traditional shutters have angled horizontal slats that allow light and air to pass through, and are what most people probably think of when they picture “shutters”.

Raised Panel:

This style of shutters resembles the look of doors or kitchen cabinets. 

Board & Batten:

Featuring one to four boards held together by a cross panel (battens), either placed horizontally or at an angle, these shutters are favored for their Old World simplicity. 

Bahama & Bermuda: 

With a coastal-friendly design, these louvered shutters are fixed to the top of the window instead of the side.

Flat Panel: 

Also called shaker shutters, these have flat, solid panels, and are great for blocking out bad weather and bright lights.

​​Scandinavian:

These shutters are distinguished by cut-outs and bright colors, and when shut, they feature a solid, joined board-and-batten design.

However decorative they may be and whatever the value exterior window shutters may offer, they aren’t always equipped for energy efficiency and don’t offer varying light control and opacity options. On the other hand, solar shades can be installed in or outside the home and are available in various levels of opacity.

What Are Solar Shades?

But what if you want to create shade in spaces built without traditional window casings, like on an outdoor porch or partially covered patios? Opt for solar shades to cool down and block the rays just about anywhere with ease and elegance. 

Solar shades are very similar to roller shades, the only difference is the type of material they are made from. Solar shades are made with a PVC or HDPE mesh, while roller shades are typically constructed in vinyl or fabric. The perforations or holes allow you to see through a solar shade while also blocking light or sun. 

They reduce heat by blocking the amount of sunlight coming into any space, and can even be installed indoors and within traditional window casings for increased energy efficiency and utility cost reduction.

Why Would I Need Solar Shades?

Made to order in just about any variety of widths and lengths and so easy to hang, solar window coverings allow you to customize your outdoor living space without changing the design of your home. For an instant privacy fence, install multiple panels on your back deck. Roll the shades down during private family gatherings on the pool deck. 

Love spending the weekends relaxing on the back patio or porch? Install shades between your porch columns to extend your stay, night or day, and limit your sun exposure. And with optional remote motorization, you don’t have to get out of the pool or leave the lounge chair to adjust the height.

And finally, solar shades are like sunblock for your furniture. They’ll help prevent UV rays from fading your and outdoor cushion and couch covers.

Solar Shades & UV Protection Percentage

When shopping our selection of solar shades, you’ll notice some designs have different percentages of opacity. These solar shade percentages represent the openness factor, or how much UV rays and light are filtered through. The lower the percentage number, the greater solar shade opacity.

To block a significant amount of light and UV protection, choose 1 – 3% openness. 

For lighter control and protection, select 5% or more.

Solar Shades For Every Space

Whether you want something to accent your sun porch’s French doors, or are in need of an optional divider between your backyard and patio spaces, we have a solar shade for any home, for practically any budget.

Signature Class 

In sync with home décor trends, our Signature Class solar shades allow you to select from a range of light-diffusing effects, without emptying your pockets. Choose from easy see-through to 99 percent robust blockage.

Block 99% of the sun’s harmful rays with long-lasting waterproof shades available in seven transitional colors. Rust-proof components included.

For softly diffused light in your indoor or outdoor space, these waterproof shades offer a variety of colors and reduce glare and heat.

Our most popular Solar Shade will keep your space cool and shaded while blocking up to 95% of UV rays. Available matching cassette with fabric insert offered to extend your privacy.

With a 10% openness factor, these versatile shades reduce glare while providing an enhanced view of your outdoor living space, while still delivering the privacy your family needs.

Keep your yard in sight while reducing your UV exposure. These solar shades reveal the lighter side of window coverings.

Premium Class 

For a long-term investment and a classic design that transcends the trends, Premium Class solar shades are a great choice. Made of high-quality materials, this assortment features all-weather contemporary styles and specialized features to serve outdoor use.

Contemporary in style and all-weather durable in design, this shade is ideal for grand living spaces. The flame-retardant PVC shade is available in 5% or 8% openness. An optional tie-down system helps secure the covering’s position on breezy days.

Also available in 5% or 8% openness, this contemporary style, water-resistant shade is made to provide privacy and protection, night or day. Its premium rechargeable motor design allows you to operate up to five coverings from a single remote.

Have we piqued your interest and inspired you to see potential in your patio? Indulge your creative side and explore how a little shade can go a long way to transforming your outdoor living space today.

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4 Indoor Alternatives to Exterior Window Treatments

by SelectBlinds.com

Unless you’re going for the minimalist look or enjoy increased energy bills by allowing too much UV light and heat to penetrate your home, there’s nothing colder or more impersonal than an undressed window.  

Installing shutters and shades is an easy way to extend a warm welcome while adding practical benefits to your windows. For example, colored exterior shutters and slide panel window coverings can completely transform the design and color scheme of your facade for a fraction of a paint job’s cost — and will last longer. Closeable exterior shutters also help keep the house cool in the summer and warm and cozy in the winter in addition to shielding windows from the elements. 

But you also can achieve all these benefits, and even increased energy efficiency, by dressing your windows from the inside. After all, indoors is where you spend most of your time. And why should the neighbors and passersby enjoy the visual beauty of your window coverings when you did all the work?

A well-layered window adds textural interest, warmth, and can help tell the story of your home’s definitive design point of view. In other words, mix and match cellular shades, rich textiles and shutters to make your home look all your own. Just envision how the combination of rich, basin-stained wood louvered shutters and sumptuous burgundy velvet curtains would look against a frosted winter windowpane. What’s “cozier than being cozy”? But don’t take our word for it. Explore all our key coverings in the world of window treatments and create the combination that’s right for you.

1. Interior Window Shutters

Providing all the light, cold-blocking benefits, and stately elegance exterior shutters provide indoors, interior louvered shutters are a statement in interior window dressing. Two options we love are our Luxurious Architect Stained Shutter and our Premium Lifestyle Painted Shutter. Both offer the same effects in different ways.

Luxury Class: Highest-quality materials for pure indulgence and design excellence.

Crafted from wood and great for complementing traditional and farmhouse style interiors, the one-of-a-kind woodgrain patterns offer that rustic texture that only the real thing can deliver. 

Premium Class: Timeless style and made-to-last design.

With painted slats, these shutters deliver a more contemporary look to your windows. 

2. Cellular Shades

Known for their clean, contained look, cellular shades complement a variety of interiors. A major benefit of cellular shades is the excellent insulation they provide. Their honeycomb construction traps the air inside, guarding against both heat and cold. Cellular shades also feature light-diffusing capabilities. Light-filtering cellular shades can let you set the mood in any room with a soft, warm glow.

Essential Class: Budget-friendly, durably made and simple in design.

Crafted with single-cell honeycomb pleats, these wrinkle-free polyester shades come in ten classic colors and feature a clutterless, cordless lift. 

Signature Class: Equal-parts trend-conscious, affordable, and durably made.

Featuring the patented Lift & Lock™ system for touch-button control and a variety of hues, this is our best cellular shade for those looking to add an unexpected pop of color.

3. Roman and Bamboo Shades

Like cellular shades, Roman and bamboo shades serve as the perfect layer between your window pane and interior louvered shutters to add drama and elegance to your décor. Known for their soft, modern polish, Roman shades are simply fabric window coverings that can be raised or lowered with the help of a cord system and ring sewn on the back of the fabric. When raised, the fabric stacks evenly in horizontal folds. Similar in design, bamboo shades are made of natural woven wood, delivering a more earthy look and organic texture.

Signature Class: Equal-parts trend-conscious, affordable, and durably made.

In over 51 color, stripe, and pattern options, this design is a home decorator’s dream come true. It features linen-like to matte velvet polyester or polyester blends, with optional remote control operation.

Premium Class: Timeless style and made-to-last design.

Featuring natural, eco-friendly materials and a variety of textures and hues, these bamboo shades are a long-lasting design for any room.

Luxury Class: Highest-quality materials for pure indulgence and design excellence.

Chic, contemporary and available in a plethora of patterns and optional motorization, these shades also include a standard light-filtering liner.

These custom bamboo-based, woven wood Roman window treatments come in a collection of one-of-a-kind colors to complement coastal to boho chic décor.

Tip: If you’re pairing louvered shutters with Roman or bamboo shades, you’ll need to measure and mount the shutters on the outside of your window casings.

4. Curtains

Whether you decide on layering cellular, Roman or bamboo window shades — or even blinds, with shutters, curtains offer draped elegance and fine texture to your wall. Our selection allows you to customize the opacity with optional semi- or total blackout-level liners. For wide windows, remember you can double up and pair colors for a striped or multi-colored look.

Essential Class: Budget-friendly, durably made, and simple in design.

Whether shade-covered or bare, any window will benefit from the added layer of these essential curtains. Customizable with three levels of liners and in a variety of colors, they’re made to make them all your own.

Signature Class: Equal-parts trend-conscious, affordable, and durably made.

Equal parts casual and classic, these easy-care fabric curtains are available in Chenille- and Chambray-inspired fabrics for classic, country Americana-inspired texture in your window’s look.

Designed to bring a formal flair to your windows, these curtains offer a rich fabric selection, with a subtle, glam-filled shimmer.

Combined with the right product knowledge (easily found on our site) and your personal taste and color preferences, custom-creating the right window dressings for your home is a breeze. Select Blinds offers countless ways to make your house a home with easy-to-install interior shutters and shades at just about everyone’s budget. 

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All About The Plantation Shutter: Cost & Cultural Shift

by Select Blinds

As unpredictable as our world can be, isn’t it comforting to know we can rely on sunlight and nightfall to dictate our day? Of course, determining how much or how little of each we welcome into our homes is entirely up to us, so it helps to install adjustable window coverings to adapt to every shade of the day.

Shutters offer complete light control as blinds and blackout coverings, but depending on louver width, they can offer more variety in angle intensity, and interior design aesthetic. Need to maximize sunlight for your finicky fiddle-leaf figs and indoor potted succulents? Just tilt the louvers and position the hinged panels to your every need.

Shouldn’t The Term “Plantation” Be Cancelled?

In a word, yes. The term refers to the large farms that were the economic basis of many of the 17th- through the 19th-Century American colonies that relied on forced African slave labor. In the 1950s, the term was reappropriated by Southern resorts and housing developments to romanticize the plantation as a place of grandeur, affluence, and sprawling landscapes, disassociating it from centuries of brutal forced labor and cruelty.

In early 2021, the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations dropped the latter half of its official name on state documents and websites. And before that, Pinterest and The Knot ceased in promoting plantation venues or any kind of plantation-related wedding inspiration.

However, though “plantation shutter” still lingers in the zeitgeist of interior design and home decorating, and we support the shifting of the term toward “Louvered Shutter,” in the hope it catches on quickly. 

We believe this name aptly pays homage to the original ancient Greek design and wood-louvered window coverings that came to our continent by way of Spanish settlers. Before glass was made affordable, shutters’ hinged panels and strong wooden slats not only provided privacy and kept critters out, but also protected homes from ocean storms and heavy coastal winds.

How Much do Louvered Shutters or Plantation Shutters Cost?

Prices for custom-made window shutters are dependent on the materials, size, the number of rooms being outfitted, and any additional special features you might like. For example, our patented recyclable, non-toxic, and flame-retardant poly shutters start  at $218 for a 26” w x 36” h window. But when you consider their beauty, the energy efficiency, and the illusion of more interior space they bring into a room, their value is almost immeasurable.

With varying degrees of insulation to choose from to protect the home from outdoor heat and cold, shutters lower utility bills, and decrease long-term home maintenance costs.

And as low maintenance is always a high selling point, window shutters bolster the appraisal value of your home. And knowing our custom interior window shutters are made to the measurement of your unique windows’ dimensions, they’ll stay with the home and make an enticing impression on prospective buyers.

According to Sotheby’s real estate professional Renay Andrews, “Interior window shutters are a huge asset to have when selling a home. They absolutely increase market value by a substantial amount. Buyers see them as an amenity.”

Whether made of wood or faux, whether stained or painted, we make it simple, by categorizing our window shutters into four easy-to-shop classes:

1. Essential Class

These shutters are a great starting point for first-time homeowners that are looking for budget-friendly solutions. Custom-crafted from materials known for strength and easy cleaning, they’re ideal for areas of high wear and tear, like kids’ rooms.

Classic Faux Wood Shutters

These louvers are constructed with scratch-resistant polyresin that looks just like traditional wood shutters, but won’t warp or fade in areas of high moisture.

2. Signature Class

This class of window shutters features thoughtful designs in trendy styles. Custom-built with durable materials and affordable, the Signature Class is the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond-basic solution to complement statement decor.

Classic Hybrid Window Shutters

Available in eight neutral hues, this transitional style complements any interior design motif, from farmhouse to urban modern. It also combines the beauty of real wood frames with the affordability and durability of high-quality poly louvers.

3. Premium Class

This design territory features lasting designs in timeless styles. Styled in high-quality materials, the Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

Lifestyle Painted Shutter

If you’re looking to extend, not just blend, with your interior décor, these painted shutters come in a variety of colors. Featuring painted real wood frames and antimicrobial, moisture-resistant poly panels, they’ll endure decades of wear and tear.

4. Luxury Class

Created for grand living, and the style-minded homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization, the Luxury Class features superior designs in bespoke compositions. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship.

Architect Stained Shutter

For those unique, woodgrain patterns and traditional elegance only real wood can offer, these shutters come in a variety of stains and configurations. Rich, classic, and built-to-last, they’re an impressive display, whether from the couch or curb.

An Easy DIY Investment

Whether you know them as window shutters, louvered coverings, or plantation shutters, consider our louvered designs yet another element in our busy, ever-changing world you can rely on for privacy, high value, and high style. Our easy-to-install, customs designs arrive ready-to-install, so along with energy savings, installation cost is another factor you’ll save on.

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Everything You Need to Know About Interior Window Shutters

by Select Blinds

When it comes to updating windows, curtains or blinds may first come to mind, but shutters are an elegant way to transform any space into a warm and cozy retreat. Whether stained or solid, swung open or completely closed, their hinged panels add charm to your home’s décor. And year-round, interior window shutters are energy-efficient. The louver construction traps air to insulate against heat and cold, whether winter or spring. 

While helping to reduce energy costs, custom shutters can boost your home’s value and add tremendous curb appeal. They’ll leave a lasting impression on prospective buyers with their ability to distinguish the subtleties between contemporary and traditional, or coastal and colonial décor.

The secret is in your own unique combination of colors, tilt rod placement, number of panels, and frame style. 

Interested in unlocking those secrets? Here’s all you need to know to select the right custom shutters for your living space.

First, A Brief History

The first window shutters originated in Ancient Greece. Designed first in marble, static shutters helped defend the home against the breezy, and sometimes stormy, Mediterranean climate. 

As the use of window shutters spread across the continent during the Middle Ages, changes were made in their designs. The switch from marble to wood allowed builders to make louvers that could be opened and closed, allowing more control over light, ventilation, and privacy, while keeping out rain.

In the 18th- and 19th-Century American South, the name “shutter” was first officially coined, and louvered shutters extended the grandeur and elegance in Southern mansions.

How to Select The Right Window Shutters

Today, shutters can be installed in homes of all shapes and sizes, on doors and windows, big or small. They’re available in countless colors, natural wood stains, materials, hinges, and frames. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right shutters for your home.

What To Consider When Selecting Color

When choosing a paint color or stain, consider your home’s exterior as well as the interior décor. You’ll want a color that works well with both the design aesthetic and palette of your exterior. 

Choosing The Right Panel Configuration

Shutters look best when they follow the layout of your windows, whereby the vertical members of the shutters align with the vertical framework of your windows. Single panel shutters are the most popular, as they maximize light and the view outside. Specific windows might prefer a more traditional bi-fold panel look. For the best light, look for fewer obstructions by fitting the widest possible panel size.

Hidden Tilt Bar Vs. Visible Tilt Bar

A visible center tilt rod is the most traditional style featured on classic plantation shutters, and is perfect for accenting cottage or colonial-style homes. A hidden tilt rod adds a more modern look to a room and provides the most light, and visibility on shutters with multiple panels.

Frames Are The Finishing Touch

The visual transition between wall and shutter is an important detail not to be overlooked. Whether thick or thin, contrasting in color or matching, the shutter molding can dress up the opening. Choose from L-shaped, T-frame, casing frames, and more.

What Shutter Materials Are Available?

Wood Shutters

There’s something so warm and cozy real wood shutters bring to a space. They’re much lighter than faux wood, poly, and hybrid shutters. However, wood can warp in high humidity areas whereas faux wood proves to be much better in damp environments.

Faux Wood Shutters

Made of polyresin and offering the looks of traditional wood, faux wood shutters look just like the real thing and offer moisture resistance in high humidity, like bathrooms. Faux wood shutters are also scratch-proof and extra durable. 

Poly Shutters

Offering all the durability and feel of real wood shutters, our poly shutters are made with patented recyclable, non-toxic, and flame-retardant construction. Featuring a crisp, patented finish, these shutters are easy to clean and care for. No painting, no repairing, no replacing necessary.

Hybrid Shutters

Hybrid shutters combine the timeless elegance of real hardwood frames with the resilience of solid poly panels. The result is a custom window treatment that does much more than just look good. The panels help insulate windows and doors 65% better than all-wood shutters to help keep energy bills low and rooms more comfortable. The laser-baked, glass-like painted finish on the panels also resists harmful UV rays. No yellowing, cracking, chipping, splitting, or warping.

Made-To-Measure Shutters

Regardless of what design elements and materials you choose, you can bet that your best option is always our easy-to-install, custom-made interior window shutters that fit your windows’ unique dimensions. 

How To Measure For Inside Mount Window Shutters:

First, make sure your window is deep enough to hang shutters on the inside of the frame and measure the depth from the glass to the outer edge of your window casing. If your window casing depth is less than 2 ¾ inches you’ll need to choose an outside mount. 

Next, measure the width left to right in three places: the top, middle, and bottom. Then, measure the height at the top left, center, and top right down to the window sill.  

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How To Measure For Outside Mount Window Shutters:

Simply repeat the steps for measuring the inside window mount measuring.

For standard L-frame shutters, add 4 inches to the width measurement and add 2 inches to the height if you have a window sill. Add 4 inches to the height if you do not have a sill.

For designer-frame shutters, add 5 inches to the width measurement and add 2 ½ inches to the height measurement if you have a window sill. Add 5 inches to the height if you do not have a sill.

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So whether your home’s aesthetic is mid-century modern, farmhouse chic, or an eclectic mix of the two, we have an easy-to-install shutter for you. In countless combinations of louver widths, panel configurations, frames and colors, interior window shutters make any house a joy to live in.

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Calling All Little Adventurers and Little Dreamers: Meet Select Blinds’ New Kids’ Curtain Collections

by SelectBlinds.com

Yes, there is still magic in the world! Introducing two new custom kids’ curtain collections from Select Blinds designed to inspire creativity and imagination wherever your little ones love to romp and play.

Little Adventurer and Little Dreamer Kids’ Curtain collections are well-constructed eyelet curtains, built to transform the best of daring adventure escapes and dreamy worlds into sturdy, colorful custom window treatments for your child’s bedroom or playroom. The perfect way to customize and enhance any child’s play space with a sense of lightheartedness.

For Little Adventurers

Little Adventurer Kids' Curtains by Select Blinds
Little Adventurer Kids’ Curtains: Perfect for your energetic little one’s all-day adventures

High adventure is on the horizon. Whether your little adventurer is more inclined to roam the woodlands, jungles, or high seas, we have the perfect curtains for his or her room, to include a wide variety of whimsical patterns and colors, where mischievous dinosaurs, bears, or jungle animals roam wild. Just right for those “play all day” moods.

Watch this video on Little Adventurer Kids’ Curtains to learn more

We’ve broken down the Little Adventurer collection into three subcategories: Wild Adventure, Ocean Adventure, and Outdoor Adventure.

Wild Adventure: Featuring dinosaurs and jungle animals roaming through creative color variations 

Wild Adventure
Pictured: Green Jungle Explorer and Green Dinosaur Adventurer. Click here for more colors

Ocean Adventure: Adventure looms just off the starboard bow, with sea-ready ships and friendly whales available in a variety of colors

Ocean Adventure
Pictured: Mint Sea Life Seeker and Blue Multi Sailor. Click here for more colors

Outdoor Adventure: Uncharted starry skies, deserts, and wild forests await your little adventurer

Outdoor Adventure
Pictured: Bright Wild Wanderer, Russet Woodland Traveler, and Midnight Galaxy Voyager. Click here for more colors

For Little Dreamers

Little Dreamer Kids' Curtains by Select Blinds
Dream big with this creative collection of curtains, perfect for your little dreamer

Are daydreaming and “wild imaginations” more your little one’s thing? Then it’s time to dream big. Bouncy rainbows, puffy cloud-filled skies, along with playful solids, stripes, jaunty shapes, and darling polka dots. Your little dreamer will become immersed in an otherworldly realm where the imagination makes all the rules. Perfect for his or her most playful, creative moods, and featuring evergreen designs they can grow into teenagers with.

Watch this video on Little Dreamer Kids’ Curtains to learn more

The Little Dreamer collection is subdivided into: Colorful Dreams, Whimsical Dreams, and Geometric Dreams.

Colorful Dreams: A vast selection of free-spirited solids to add the right splash of color

Colorful Dreams
Pictured: Avery Sage, Avery Lemon, and Avery Salmon. Click here for more colors

Whimsical Dreams: Playful rainbows and wispy cloud-filled skies in an assortment of color-themed options

Whimsical Dreams
Pictured: Blue Cloud Climber and Neon Rainbow Dreamer. Click here for more colors

Geometric Dreams: Let your little dreamer get lost in a selection of enchanting colorful shapes and patterns

Geometric Dreams
Pictured: Bright Multi Painted Stripes, Mustard Tilted Triangles, and Bright Multi Darling Dots. Click here for more colors

Little Adventurer and Little Dreamer Kids’ Curtains offer privacy liners in white or ivory color, along with blackout liners in ivory to help with managing privacy and incoming light. Matching tiebacks are also available.

Sturdy eyelet curtains with mitered corners and corner weights
Thoughtfully designed and sturdy eyelet curtains, with mitered corners and corner weights

The 100% polyester build will make this drapery last and will be easy to care for, even with all the scuffing, stains, and fingerprints over the years. Mitered corners and corner weights round out the solid build. 

Shoot for standout, kid-friendly customized décor to help create an exciting little adventurer’s or little dreamer’s environment that is also parent-approved.

All of our products are available with Kid-friendly lift options to choose from, to keep your little adventurers and little dreamers safe and worry-free.