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!

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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What Are The Most Popular Types of Window Treatments? Part 1 (Blinds & Shutters)

Whether you prefer a traditional window style, or something more modern, we at SelectBlinds have the perfect custom solution for you. We offer you more than 170 different customizable products, in over 1800 colors, with countless feature combinations, upgrades, and add-ons available. Did we already say that we can make any budget happy? 

What are the most popular types of window treatments? You might not want window coverings that are merely functional. You might want something stylish, as well. It should come as good news that you can enjoy window treatments that are stylish and also that function smoothly, the way they’re supposed to! So, what would work best in your home? In the second installment of this article, we’ll go into more detail regarding window shades and curtains. For now, let’s discuss some of the most popular types of window treatments, blinds in particular, and how they function.

What Is the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

First, though the two terms are often used interchangeably, let’s distinguish blinds from shades.

Basically, blinds are hanging window treatments, that can have either horizontal or vertical slats that can be tilted open or closed, usually with some sort of mechanism. Different kinds of blinds are made with a wide variety of materials, including wood, faux wood, aluminum, and PVC. Shades, on the other hand, also hang down from the top of a window to the bottom, but they feature a solid, continuous surface that covers the window, and which can be raised or lowered to open up the view outward or to cover up for privacy. Shades can be made from fabrics, bamboo/woven woods, lightweight cellular material, or sheer fabrics, to name a few.

What Types of Blinds Are In Style?

Let’s talk about blinds first. Here are some examples of popular styles of blinds, ranging from traditional to less traditional.

  • Wood Blinds – Solid, natural-looking wood blinds can add real value and style to your home. They are custom quality-crafted to be long-lasting and to add texture, depth, and dimension to your windows and interiors.
  • Faux Wood Blinds – Custom faux wood blinds are more budget-friendly, yet still, high-quality window treatments that don’t look like fake wood! Try faux woods out and get that real-wood look without stressing out your budget! Note that faux wood and aluminum blinds work exceptionally well in damp environments, like kitchens and bathrooms, where they won’t get warped or get moldy. If you decide to install wood blinds or fabric shades in your kitchen (i.e., over your kitchen sink) or bathroom, know that you might need to replace them sooner.
  • Aluminum Mini Blinds – If you’re looking for solid, durable, all-purpose custom window treatment, that also looks great, you should give aluminum mini blinds a chance. Mini aluminum blinds feature slats that measure about half the width of the slats of regular size blinds. They are not only budget-friendly, but they also add a modern, crisp, clean touch to your space. Note that aluminum and faux wood blinds work exceptionally well in damp environments, like kitchens and bathrooms, where they won’t get warped or get moldy. If you decide to install wood blinds or fabric shades in your kitchen (i.e., over your kitchen sink) or bathroom, know that you might need to replace them sooner.
  • Shutters – Louvered shutters, a traditional framed blind with an exposed vertical tilt bar in the middle of the panel for opening and closing, are the peak of posh for window treatments. Easily hang them yourself to transform your house with the unsurpassed style and quality found only in this coveted take on slat blinds. Either in wood or faux wood, they are an excellent investment in your home’s resale value!
  • Vertical Blinds – A trendy twist on these classic coverings for sliding glass and patio doors provides an excellent solution for covering wide doors and windows. Our versatile vertical blinds come in updated colors, fabrics, and textures to complement your interior design anywhere in your home.
  • Panel Track Blinds – Get your window design right on track with trendsetting, smooth custom sliding panel track blinds. Just choose the number of wide vertical panels you prefer to make a stunning statement for covering sliding glass doors, as well as for large windows.
  • Fabric Blinds – A much softer version to the eyes and to the touch of the classic blinds made of solid materials? Soften up any room with the flexible fabric slats (or solid slats wrapped in fabric) of these fresh-looking, custom fabric blinds for your windows.

How Often Do You Need to Replace Your Window Treatments?

Quality blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, or any other types of window treatments can last you for many years (particularly when installed correctly and maintained regularly). There really is no rule of thumb regarding how often you should replace them. Basically, replace them according to your personal preference, as trends and fashions change and evolve.

Just be sure to follow manufacturer directions when using blinds or shades, in order to preserve them as long as possible. Dust and/or wipe them down on a regular basis. Thoroughly clean your window treatments at least twice annually in order to reduce heavy dust accumulation. Curtains tend to be somewhat easier to maintain, as they can be removed for laundering, dry cleaning, or steaming as you need to. 

Select Blinds Staff Recommendations for Your Space

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 viable design solutions for any budget. How about spending some time window shopping to see what custom solutions we’ve got for you?

2” Classic Cordless Wood Blinds (Essential Tier)*

Few things say “classic sophistication” quite like natural wood blinds in your windows. They’ll look amazing from indoors and out, for years. 

Classic Fabric Vertical Blinds (Essential Tier)*

Cover your large windows and patio doors with the subtle textures and soft color palette of these soothing fabric verticals. Amazing for almost any space! 

*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.

2” Traditional Cordless Faux Wood Blinds (Signature Tier)*

Budget- and kid-friendly cordless faux wood blinds are exactly the solution your family and home need. The printed wood grains give the horizontal slats a realistic, wood-like look and feel. 

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

These versatile, modern-looking cordless aluminum mini blinds are amazingly affordable and simple to install and use. No wand needed. Just tilt and lift with the bottom rail. 

*Our Signature Tier products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. Made with durable materials, Signature Tier products are the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond-basic solution that is also affordable.

Refined Fabric Vertical Blinds (Premium Tier)*

Take your décor up a notch with these high-quality fabric vertical blinds, available in a trendy selection of relaxing colors and patterns. Perfect for patio doors and wide windows.

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

Designer Elements Blackout Panel Track (Luxury Tier)*

Forget those traditional verticals and deck out your large windows and sliding glass or patio doors in ultimate style with these blackout panel tracks. 

Stained Basswood Shutters (Luxury Tier)*

Upgrade your windows with the classic, elegant look they deserve. These beautifully hand-crafted natural basswood shutters will astound for years to come! 

*Our Luxury Tier products include superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. Luxury Tier products are for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization. Some upgrade features are included.

Take More Control Over How Your Dream Home Turns Out

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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Kitchen Window Treatment Design Ideas

By SelectBlinds.com

What to do about your kitchen windows? Different rooms in your home have different needs when it comes to window treatments, but think about all the time you spend in your kitchen, in particular.

Treat Your Kitchen Windows

The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of your home,” where you spend so much time with your family and friends talking, eating meals, telling stories, joking around, celebrating holidays, etc. You rely on your kitchen’s window treatments to not only serve certain functions, but also to look good while doing so. You’ll spend a lot of time seeing your kitchen window coverings, so you want to take extra care that you “treat” those windows just right.

Kitchen Window Treatments: Some Considerations

For starters, you need your kitchen window treatments to be durable and easy to clean – but remember, you also want your kitchen blinds, shutters, or shades to look good and make your kitchen feel welcoming. You can control the amount of light coming into your kitchen, as well as your privacy as needed, all to fit your personal lifestyle.

Faux Wood Kitchen Blinds and Shutters

Faux wood blinds and shutters are definitely durable and built to last, but even better, they are perfect for areas of high moisture and dampness, because they won’t warp, split, or crack over time. Plus they offer the elegant look of real wood blinds. They are also super easy to keep clean. Simply wipe down with a soapy, damp cloth or rag, and then with a dry cloth.

Roller Shades

No matter what your sense of style, there’s a custom roller shade that you’ll love. Highly functional, great at keeping the light out, and with a familiar, classic look. Get creative in the way you express your own individual aesthetic.They are also easy to care for and to clean, especially those rollers made of synthetic materials.

Solar Shades

If blocking out the harsh incoming glare is of concern to you to keep the sun out of your eyes and also to help preserve your interior furniture, you may consider solar shades as an option for your kitchen.

You can select from sheer to opaque and anywhere in-between. Solar shades are usually made from PVC, which means they’re super easy to clean and maintain, and also that they’ll last for several years.

Bamboo / Woven Wood

Another viable option for kitchen window treatments comes in the form of shades made with bamboo or woven woods. Just be careful which window you use them for (keep them away from behind the sink or near the stove), because if they get wet, they will start to gradually come apart. The materials used to make them, like bamboo, grasses, reeds and jutes, help soften the look of your kitchen appliances. Also, they’re known to hold their shape over time, even if you get a lot of sun in your kitchen. Cleaning bamboo is easy, as you can regularly just wipe off dust with a damp rag.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades (sometimes referred to as honeycomb shades) are designed to insulate against outdoor heat and cold by trapping heat inside their single- or double-layer honeycomb “pockets.” This helps conserve energy and reduce your energy bills throughout the year. Cellular shades can also insulate against and soften outdoor noise when your children are playing outside, or you’re entertaining guests.

As far as “cleanability” goes, cellulars are relatively easy to keep clean. Simply dust or vacuum them off regularly. From time to time, you may want to have your shades professionally cleaned, as they are prone to gather various scents and smells over time. Along with Roman shades, cellulars are also not the best choice as a treatment for the window over the kitchen sink, as they do not do well in moist/damp environments.

Need Some Inspiration?

To help you, here are some of Select Blinds’ most popular options for kitchen window treatments:

2” Premier Faux Woods 

Classic Sheer Weave Solars  

Classic Roman Shades  

Classic Fabric Light Filtering Roller Shades 

Lifestyle Light Filtering Cellulars 

Classic Cordless Woven Woods 

Trust your design instincts. Your kitchen windows are going to look AMAZING.

Selecting the Best Kitchen Window Treatments: Over the Sink

By SelectBlinds

The kitchen and dining room are the heart of any home. Holidays, laughter, Sunday dinners, cooking, homework, late night chats, etc. That’s why so many of your best family stories start in the kitchen.

Custom window treatments provide a fashionable finishing touch that accents and complements the way you design your own interior spaces. Lots of opportunities to highlight with colors, patterns, and texture. Window coverings provide light control, privacy, and peace of mind.

A kitchen is a unique space, and you may have different considerations for how you decorate the windows, based on where each window is located. Your choice of window treatments offer additional opportunities for touches of softness and style in the middle of bulky, metallic appliances and smooth, hard surfaces.

Select Blinds bamboo / woven wood shades for the kitchen window
Select Blinds bamboo / woven wood shades look great in your kitchen sink window,
but be careful about water and moisture in the area.

Maybe you want kitchen window curtains. If you only have one window in your kitchen, you’ll want window coverings that let as much light as possible filter in, while still being able to maintain privacy. You may consider sheer shades. If you have a kitchen window that faces the street, privacy might be a primary concern, with incoming light also being important, but perhaps slightly less so. You may want window coverings that offer a unique view, like Top-down Bottom-up shades. Then there are those windows immediately over the sink. What looks best over them? Time to get cooking. Read on as we serve up a deeper dive into kitchen window ideas and considerations as you find what fits best with your personal style and sense of décor.

Decorative Window Coverings

If you’re thinking about a covering for a kitchen window over the sink, be extra careful that you keep the right kind of materials in mind. You can still go with stylish bamboo/woven wood shades or Roman shades, but be aware that because this area over the sink often involves water splashing, spills, etc., you might have to be extra careful to avoid water damage. Wood blinds are also at risk for getting wet and possibly warping or discoloring, but you might just love the way they look in that window over your sink. It’s always up to you, just be aware of the risks that are involved if you decide on a material that doesn’t take well to water.

Select Blinds light filtering roller shades for the kitchen window
Select Blinds light filtering roller shades allow just the right amount of light
and view into your kitchen, without compromising your privacy.

Privacy

As mentioned, privacy may be a concern if your kitchen sink window faces the street or a neighbor’s home. Roller shades may be what you’re comfortable with in terms of providing privacy, and perhaps with some light filtering functionality.

Light Control

If your kitchen sink window faces the east or west, you’ll especially want to take account of direct incoming sunlight. Direct UV rays can be harsh on your eyes, your skin, your furniture, and they can definitely crank up the heat in a room. A stylish, but heavy-duty solar shade may be what you want to employ over your sink to protect yourself and your interior while you’re doing dishes after evening summer cookouts. Solars are typically constructed of durable PVC materials, so they’ll look great and maintain that “brand new” look for a long time to come. You can also custom order them with the degree of UV blockage of your choice.

Also, consider aluminum mini blinds for your kitchen sink window. Aluminum shades built to last, with plenty of light and privacy settings.

Select Blinds Solar screens for the kitchen window
Select Blinds Solar screens help block out harsh UV rays,
while keeping your kitchen cool. They look great, too!

Functionality and Longevity

In addition to durable solar shades and aluminum blinds for your kitchen sink window, there is another excellent option for a food-prep, dishwashing area. If you love the look of real wood blinds and shutters, but can’t bear the thought of them getting wet and warped, faux wood blinds and shutters might be just the perfect find.  

Not only do they perform amazingly at maintaining light and privacy, they also look great, they’re also super easy to care for, and they’ll last forever. You can clean them with little more than soap and water as needed. Many faux wood slat constructions also feature insulation against heat and cold. The lush look and feel of real wood in your home, and their resilience ensures they’ll never warp, crack, chip, or discolor when exposed to water, food stains, or steam. And much less expensive than real wood. Low-maintenance, and no worry.

Select Blinds Faux Wood Blinds for the kitchen window
Faux wood blinds give any kitchen window a crisp look and feel,
along with privacy and light adjustments.

SelectBlinds’ Staff Recommends:

Here are some of our favorite suggestions for the window above your kitchen sink.

Remember, kitchen window treatments can serve a design/decorative function to go with your kitchen’s décor, but especially for the window over the sink, it should also be durable, provide privacy, and block out harsh UV rays. Choose whatever kind of blinds work best for you, but remember that the most functional ones for that particular window are moisture- and mold-resistant. Happy decorating!

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The 4 Best Reasons to Consider Mini Blinds or Faux Wood Blinds for Your Home

by SelectBlinds

Venetian blinds (and Venetian-style blinds) are a recognizable, classic style for window coverings. Venetian blinds are a stack of horizontal “slats” connected by cords or strips of fabric that can be tilted at an angle upward or downward to open and close them. The “stacked slats” can also be drawn and bunched upward to entirely open up or close a window view to the outside. Their design is what typically comes to mind when someone mentions “blinds.”

Venetian blinds are traditionally made of wood, but come in a variety of materials, including aluminum and faux wood. These blinds also come in varying slat widths and finishes.

Let’s talk window treatment ideas.

What about your own interior space? There is good news for DIY decorators! There are many benefits to integrating this traditional window treatment design, in some form or other, into your home décor update.

Custom Aluminum Mini Blinds are inexpensive, easy to care for, and long-lasting.
Custom Aluminum Mini Blinds are inexpensive, easy to care for, and long-lasting.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds feature the familiar Venetian-style blind design, but with narrower slats, usually varying no more than one to two inches in width. Their thickness is also referred to as their “gauge.” It might interest you to know that Select Blind minis are 6- or 8-gauge (.006 and .008 of an inch, respectively). They are often manufactured with aluminum or vinyl, in a wide range of colors, finishes, and lift styles. Some manufacturers use recycled materials to produce more sustainable products.

Mini blinds are commonly used to cover windows of varying sizes, including narrow, tall windows, like those adjacent to, or on either side of, a door. You’ll often see them being used in offices, schools, and industrial facilities.

Which is Better, Aluminum or Vinyl Mini Blinds?

Aluminum mini window blinds and vinyl mini blinds are both easy to clean and take care of. Though vinyl blinds are more flexible than aluminum and less likely to dent or crease, aluminum mini blinds are sturdier and stronger than vinyl blinds, and won’t split or break.

We recommend these high-quality, custom aluminum mini blinds for your home or office:

Custom Faux Wood Blinds are durable, look like real wood, and budget-friendly.
Custom Faux Wood Blinds are durable, look like real wood, and budget-friendly.

Faux Wood Blinds

Unlike wood, faux wood blinds are extremely sturdy and they offer a wide range of styles, colors, and designs. While offering the warm, classic look of real wood. After all, affordable, high-quality custom faux wood window treatments shouldn’t have to look like cheap, fake wood. Faux wood blinds are often made from durable vinyl or PVC, and you can customize them for any room in your home. You also don’t have to worry about faux wood blinds warping or fading. There is also a wide selection of lift styles you can get for your blinds, including cordless (for homes with children and pets).

Benefits of Aluminum Mini Blinds and Faux Wood Blinds

  1. Cost-effective and versatile. Aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are less expensive than blinds made with other materials. They also come in a wide range of colors and styles.
  2. Durable and long lasting. Make sure your aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are made with durable materials and are built to last.
  3. Water- and mold-resistant. The impermeable resistance of aluminum and faux wood to moisture and mold makes them an excellent option for humid spaces like kitchens/dining rooms and bathrooms.
  4. Crisp, clean appearance. If you take care of your aluminum minis and faux wood blinds, and dust/clean them regularly, they will look sharp and new for years.

Looking for faux wood blinds recommended for your home or office? Try the following:

Remember, aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are both excellent budget-friendly customizable options for your home’s window treatments that are easy to clean and take care of, and that you’ll enjoy for years.

Cynthia P. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

After ordering a sample, we purchased these 2″ Essential Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in Shiplap Ivory Smooth for our new home. We cannot say enough about the exceptional quality, especially for such a good price. Customer Service was also very helpful and polite each time we called. We will happily recommend Select Blinds!

WOW! Cynthia, your new home looks amazing! And the new blinds match your windows and decor so well. The soft, green walls are also super soothing – perfect for a bedroom.

Honestly, we can’t decide which room we love more. The blinds look great in both! And all that beautiful light shining in – it’s almost ethereal. Great choices all around!

Happy Customer Greg K. Doubles Down with Woven & Faux Wood Blinds

Woven Wood Shades from Select Blinds fit on doors and windows

So many details in buying a house and making it a home! Meet our Happy Customer Greg K, who made our day when he told us, “My wife and I were searching to find window coverings for a new house addition we had just completed. My wife came across SelectBlinds which had exactly what we were looking for at a competitive price point. The entire order came very quickly and was super simple to install. Below are a few pictures of the installed blinds which look great.”

For the Master Suite, Greg and his wife chose SelectBlinds.com Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Nassau to add texture and dimension to this beautiful space. They also added blackout liners to help them get a good night’s sleep. Adding blackout liners is a great choice, too, for areas where you want to keep the glare off TVs. They also help block the heat in the summer and keep out the cold out in the winter.

Neutral woven wood blinds provide privacy above tub in bathroom

For their little man’s creative playroom, they chose 2″ Designer Faux Wood Blinds in Pearl White and added the decorative edge binding in Coconut to cover the small route holes and cording. Not only does this feature add functionality by adding privacy and blocking light, it also creates a high-end designer look! We hope he loves it as much as we do!

Children's Play Room with Faux Wood Blinds

Thanks, Greg. We’re so happy SelectBlinds.com got to be part of your new addition!