Why we think Roller Shades are Rad and why you should too!

Roller shades or window coverings in general are rarely referred to as “rad”. 

In thinking about why window shades are rad, it was necessary to do some research to confirm that this is an appropriate word for describing how we at SelectBlinds feel about roller shades.

Aaron Gilbreath in his article, “A Brief History of the Word Rad”.

Confirmed! Rad is the right word for how we feel and here’s why:

They are easy!

Given we are a DIY company, we try to keep all of our solutions at SelectBlinds easy but roller shades tend to be easier than most. Rollers are very streamlined and minimal in design so there aren’t a lot of parts to fiddle with. They have one piece of material that moves in a simple up-and-down rolling motion in comparison to the traditional wood blind with its cords, ladders, and slats. If you choose a cordless lift option, which is usually FREE at SelectBlinds, they are so easy to open. Just pull down from the bottom of the shade a little bit and they roll right up.

They are affordable!

According to Forbes, the most common window size is 32” W x 54” H. At this size, roller blinds can start at just $50 and depending on how custom you want to make your options it can go up from there.

They can be customized!

Window treatments are commonly an afterthought, but given how much they offer the home – they shouldn’t be. You can customize your roller shades appearance and functionality to create an environment that offers just the right privacy, comfort and ambiance you are looking for. 

With hundreds of different colors and materials available, you can choose between light filtering and blackout material depending on how light or dark you want your room to be. There are various styles of headrails, which is what we call the part of the shade that contains the mechanism that allows the shade to move. You can decide if you want to go with a more industrial look by choosing an exposed roll or go the classic route by selecting a cassette with a fabric insert or possibly a complimenting color or metal finish to hide the roll.

Now to customizing your lift system! SelectBlinds prefers cordless options for the safety of kids and pets. Motorization makes roller shades extra rad and so we deem it our ultimate favorite cordless lift option – especially when you upgrade to a smart hub and automate the timing through an app on your phone. Imagine waking up with your shades timed to open at sunrise … that’s rad! If you are more of a traditionalist, we offer corded options as well.

Here are a few of our favorite roller shades and why:

The Classic Vinyl Roller Shade

This shade is super affordable and can look very chic. If motorization is important but you don’t want to break the bank, choosing this shade is the less expensive option but still allows automation with a smart hub.

The Motorized Architect Blackout Roller

This shade is for that person that always wants the newest, top of the line technology gadget. Everything about this shade is rad. Motorization is baked in and is powered by Eve MotionBlindsTM Motors in tandem with Apple HomeKitTM technology. 

The Modern Architect Roller

This shade is amazing because of its unique appearance. The fabric has been sustainably procured and has very interesting patterns that create a textural aesthetic while remaining modern and sleek.

We can go on and on, but this is why roller shades are rad. They are easy, affordable, and can be customized to the max! They’re modern and streamlined, not your grandmother’s shades back in the day. If you’re not convinced that roller shades are rad, call one of our Design Consultants. It’s FREE and they are super easy to talk to! Call (888) 257-1840. 

Be Rad!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Are Room Darkening Roller Shades Worth It?

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

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

Benefits of Room Darkening Roller Shades

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

Are Roller Shades Good for Room Darkening?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Favorites

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

Classic Fabric Room Darkening Roller Shades (Essential Tier)*

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

*Our Essential Tier products include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Lifestyle Room Darkening Roller (Signature Tier)*

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

Light Blocking Side Tracks (Signature Tier)*

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

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

Premier Room Darkening Dual Shade (Premium Tier)*

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

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

Luxe Modern Room Darkening Skylight (Luxury Tier)*

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

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

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

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

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

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Kitchen Window Treatment Design Ideas

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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.

Bust Out Your DIY Skills for National Upcycling Day!

National Upcycling Day is the perfect time to grab anything slightly worn or used around the house and use your amazing DIY skills to revamp it into something new and wonderful. Here are some of our favorite new ideas for upcycling old window treatments!

Roller Shade → Retractable Chalkboard

Chalkboards are a staple of childhood, but they can take up a lot of space. The popular solution – chalkboard paint – is great for accent walls, but it can be very dark and is rather more permanent than most parents would like.

So, what’s the solution? Well, and hear me out now, how about a vinyl roller shade with chalkboard paint on one side so you can roll it up when your kids are done playing?

To make this lovely retractable chalkboard, I commandeered some old towels and spread them out on my patio. Then I pulled out the old roller shade and laid it out so I could get painting! After painting on three layers over the course of 6 hours (and letting it dry completely), my new retractable chalkboard was ready to be used! My only recommendation? Make sure your roller isn’t some sort of mesh. We ended up having to rip the old towels off the back because the paint bled through. Thank goodness it still looks amazing on the front side!

Wood Shutter → Picture Board

Picture boards – especially the big ones with real wooden frames – can get ridiculously pricey! But, if you’ve got an old shutter lying around (or happen to find one at your local hardware store or even a garage sale) you’ve got the makings of a great diy picture board!

For my DIY picture board, I decided to remove the slats and create a neutral backing out of a bit of old roman shade. To personalize it a bit more, I painted some cheap wooden letters and glued magnets to the back. Paired with a beautiful set of Harry Potter magnets (or any other magnets that suit your fancy), it’s ready for future pictures to be added! The best part? It took less than an hour to finish – including painting the letters!

Bamboo Shade → Placemats

Let’s all come clean together…we probably aren’t all fancy enough to have sets of placemats and table decorations for every season and holiday. So, why not make some out of those old bamboo shades? Actually, you could make these out of just about anything!

For this particular set, I used a bamboo shade and some pre-cut strips of ribbon-like fabric. The first step was to cut out a placemat-sized piece of the shade. Thank goodness I had my Cutco Super Shears to help cut through the thicker bits of wood! To create the border, I placed double-sided fabric tape around one side and folded the ends of the ribbon when attaching them so that no frayed edges would be available. If I were to do this again, I’d definitely stick with ribbon, but probably make sure it was the length of a whole side to avoid all the seams.