Embrace Vintage Charm with the Grandmillennial Trend

Premier Modern Natural Wood Shades in Nikko Pecan (left) and Half Moon Bay (right)
Premier Modern Natural Wood Shades in Nikko Pecan (left) and Half Moon Bay (right)

Vintage designs have made a comeback in recent years, and they’re going by a new name: Grandmillennial. Yes, you read that correctly.

To break it down, “grand” refers to grand, traditional aesthetic, similar to what you see in your grandmother’s home. Think bold prints, tassels, fringe, embroidery, textures.

Millennials, the 25-40 age group, are the ones taking this and weaving in modern designs. It’s a step away from mid-century modern, but this current style juxtaposes old-fashioned patterns with contemporary pieces. As for the phrase itself, it originated in a 2019 House Beautiful article; it’s synonymous with “Granny Chic.”

We love the personality this style brings into a home! Here’s how you can incorporate Grandmillennial style with your window coverings. (And if you want to get your feet wet first, consider crafting pillows or tablecloths from our fabrics – get them by the yard!)

Play with Patterns

Popular vintage patterns include chintz, baroque florals and glam jungle. You can achieve this with the V&A William Morris Collection or any of our flower designs.

Select Roman Shades and Select Custom Drapes in Victorian Floral Jade
Select Roman Shades and Select Custom Drapes in Victorian Floral Jade

If flowers aren’t your style, art deco is another Grandmillennial design to incorporate with its geometric patterns and linework.

Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Laced Navy (left) and Peruvian Graphite (right)
Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Laced Navy (left) and Peruvian Graphite (right)
Designer Series Roman Shades in Geometric Fall
Designer Series Roman Shades in Geometric Fall

Try Different Textures

Instead of velvet furniture, try out velvet drapery with our Jewel Tone Drapery! The soft texture can contrast with hardwood floors or nearby tables. On the flip side, perhaps your window coverings will bring in the natural warm wood look with woven wood shades. Edge binding is also a way to apply texture to your woven wood shades or roman shades.

Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Emerald
Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Emerald
Premier Modern Natural Wood Shades in Nikko Pecan
Premier Modern Natural Wood Shades in Nikko Pecan
Lifestyle Roman Shades in White Canvas with Greek Key Navy/White Edge Binding
Lifestyle Roman Shades in White Canvas with Greek Key Navy/White Edge Binding

Is the Grandmillennial trend for you? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to learn more! Call (855) 714-1942. They’re easy to talk to!

Check Out Our Top Five Products

What’s trending right now at SelectBlinds? We gathered the top product from our five top categories to make your shopping experience even easier!

Classic Roman Shades in Textured Ivory

Classic Roman Shades

Classic Roman shades are a simple yet stylish way to adorn your windows. Its polyester fabric creates a warm, casual atmosphere to any room while its texture adds depth and dimension. Choose a soft fold for the traditional roman shade look, or the pleated fold for a more modern look when pulled down.

Customer Review

I love the material of the blind and the simplicity of the design. It really is a great and simple way to update your space. We are slowly working on updating every room and look forward to using SelectBlinds from now on!

– Camilla

Pictured: Classic Roman Shades in Shoreline

Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades

Get a better night’s sleep with these budget-friendly blackout shades that block up to 99% of incoming light. The energy-efficient, 3/4″ single-cell pleats also help you save on heating and cooling costs and even act as a buffer to outside noise. Did we mention it was rated the Best Blackout Shade by Wirecutter?

Customer Review

Easy ordering, super quick order, excellent quality, excellent service! Great price! Seriously, I don’t often leave reviews, but these guys are awesome!

– The Hartmans

Pictured: Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades in Noir

2” Selectwave Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

Give your windows a sleek, lighter look with these faux wood blinds! The sleek, 2″ wave-shaped slats let more of the outside in when open while sealing tight for maximum room darkening when closed. The color-coordinated headrail blends right in with the S-shaped blades, so no valance is needed.

Customer Review

Really love these faux wood blinds. Easy to install and operate. The ordering process was easy, shipping was fast, packaging was great!

– KN

Pictured: 2″ Selectwave Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in White

Classic Cordless Woven Wood Shades

Take your windows to the next level with these trend-setting favorites! Clutter-free, stylish, and affordable, its natural materials breathe a whole new life into your space. With its varied colors and patterns, it easily blends in with any style.

Customer Review

We are so in love with these shades. The quality and look of them is everything I was wanting. Very pleased! Would purchase again.

– Carlie

Pictured: Classic Cordless Woven Wood Shades in Hilleria

Classic Vinyl Blackout Roller Shades

Available in popular neutrals and solid tones, this pleasing, pleather blackout roller shade works with a variety of interior styles and decors. These roller shades are made of flame retardant vinyl fiberglass and are then laminated with another layer of vinyl for extra strength and durability.

Customer Review

They are easy to install, they are easy to use, they look neat and attractive, and they really darken the room. I’m going to order more!

– Tara

Pictured: Classic Vinyl Blackout Roller Shades in Black

Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info on our five favorite products! Call (855) 714-1942. They’re easy to talk to!

Done with Tools: Install Shades in Minutes with Easy No-Tools Headrails

SelectBlinds Black And White Room Darkening Roller Shades in White Vector hang in a minimalist bedroom
Black And White Room Darkening Roller Shades in White Vector

If you’re looking to spice up your home with new window treatments but don’t want to deal with the hassle of installation, SelectBlinds’ No-Tools Headrail products are the way to go! They’re quick, easy, and hassle-free.

These window coverings require no drilling or mounting. In fact, it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Position the headrail in the window frame
  2. Press up on the lever to lock in place
  3. Attach the product and done!

SelectBlinds offers a wide range of no-tools products in different styles, materials, and colors. Your home will look great with minimal effort on your part.

Check out our most popular shades!

Call or chat with our Design Consultants to talk through which No-Tools Headrail product is best for your home. Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Blinds Inspiration: National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day is on March 23rd, so we’re sharing which dog breeds remind us of certain window coverings. Let’s dive right in!

Disclaimer: Multiple dogs could have represented the categories below. If you have a suggestion, please tell us in the comments!

Wood Blinds – Chocolate Lab

As American and traditional as apple pie – wooden blinds and chocolate labradors. Reliable, beautiful and family-friendly (especially with our Cordless Lift).

Left: 2″ Select Basswood Wood Blinds in Beaver Brown

Woven Wood Shades – Goldendoodle

The natural frays from woven wood’s reed and bamboo fibers remind us of Goldendoodle’s wispy fur. Woven wood shades also fold over easily, and if you try holding a Goldendoodle pup, you’ll see they flip and flop every which way.

Classic Cordless Woven Wood Shades in Golden Poppy

Vertical Blinds – Great Dane

Great Danes seem to sway whenever they move due to their size, and it reminded us of the vertical blinds’ movement as you draw them open.

Designer Vertical Blinds in Textured Ink

Roman Shades – Corgi

We picture corgis living anywhere from wealthy homes to a secluded English cottage. Same with Roman Shades. They work with various interior design styles, thanks to the fold, pattern and color options!

Lifestyle Roman Shades in Breeze

Curtains/Drapery – Shar Pei

Shar Pei are all rolls (adorable) and drapes have a lot of rolls. Some curtains, like Jewel Tone Drapery, even have 200% fullness.

Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Topaz

Mini Blinds – Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas are known for being yappy dogs. If you’ve ever bumped into mini aluminum blinds or tried using broken ones, you know they make quite a bit of noise.

1″ Premier Aluminum Blinds in Pure White

Roller Shades – Australian Shepherd

Aussies have so many different color combinations from their fur to their eyes. As working dogs, they’re reliable to get the job done. Rollers are extremely durable with its PVC material, and they come in lots of colors and patterns.

Luxe Modern Light Filtering Roller Shades in Refined Honey

Cellular Shades – Pitbull

Cellular shades are one of the most commonly used window coverings, partly due to their efficiency. When thinking of a common dog, we thought of the beloved pittie. They’re a bit goofy-looking, like cellular shades (in our opinion), and great family dogs.

Designer Sleep Shades in Spanish Brown

Solar Shades – Weimaraner

Solar shades are made with a sleek colored polymer, and the Weimaraner looks so slick that water could roll off it.

Traditional Solar Shades in Vapor Gray 3%

Sheer Shades – Pomeranian

Sheer blinds are so delicate that you might worry you will damage them (you won’t); similarly you have to look down with these pups to make sure you don’t step on them.

3″ Refined Light Filtering Sheer Shades in Linen Creme

Shutters – Golden Retriever

A classic dog for a classic shade. We love how shutters can be versatile in different households, and Goldens fit any family.

White Faux Wood Shutters in Vanilla

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

Light Up Your Life and Home with the Right Window Shades

Architect Light Filtering Panel Track in Modern Gray

One reason people buy new window coverings is because they’re looking to increase their light control. After all, too much light can eventually fade your furniture or floors if there’s too much exposure to UV rays.

But don’t let that keep you from blocking away all light. Natural light does have its benefits like:

  • Boosting Vitamin D
  • Improving your sleep cycle
  • Producing serotonin and endorphins
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Saving energy and money on electricity

Now that you know the benefits, you can decide exactly how much light you want in your home. Some products are better suited if you’d like more light versus if you want no light at all. We broke down our products into three broad categories based on how well they allow light in.

High Light Filtering

Designer Light Filtering Dual Shade in Coastal Cream

Light is softly diffused through the sheer fabric of these products.

Moderate Light Filtering

2″ Modern Wood Blinds in Fontana

Sunlight flows directly through when the slats are titled open. There is no fabric between the opened slats.

Low Light Filtering

Classic Fabric Light Filtering Roller Shades in Dove

Sunlight comes in when these shades are raised. When they are lowered, light typically does not flow through.

Visit our website for an in-depth look at which shade is best suited for your light control needs, or call our Design Consultant Team at (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Blinds Inspiration: Romantic Comedies

Credit: Karolina Grabowska on Pexels

Love is in the air, and streaming services are promoting romantic comedies like grocery stores are pushing heart-shaped chocolates. We’re jumping on the bandwagon and choosing window coverings that remind us of popular rom-coms.

Palm Springs

Left: Hulu Credits; Right: Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Palma Sea

This movie is a West Coast take on the classic stuck-in-a-time-loop-until-we-learn-something storyline. Staying in theme, we picked Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Palma Sea with its sketch-like palm fronds.

Crazy Rich Asians

Left: Warner Bros Picture Credit; Right: Cozy Curtains in Green Matte Velour

This was a hard decision given the beautiful, bold color palette. However, we went with one of the most memorable scenes: Colin and Aramint’s wedding. We loved the green hues that surrounded Aramint as she gracefully walked on the water-filled aisle, starting with those light olive green curtains. Hence our Cozy Curtains in Green Matte Velour.

Just Friends

Left: New Line Cinema Credit; Right: Lifestyle Custom Drapes in Anthracite Chandelier over Lifestyle Light Filtering Roller in Ancient Ivory

If you experience secondhand embarrassment easily, then you remember this movie. We wanted to elevate the drab window coverings Chris had in his childhood room – he had a happy ending after all. Instead of aluminum blinds, we went with the Lifestyle Light Filtering Roller in Ancient Ivory layered under Lifestyle Custom Drapes in Anthracite Chandelier. He needed a brighter outlook anyways.

When Harry Met Sally 

Left: Columbia Pictures Credit; Right: Premier Light Filtering Cellular Shades in Pumpkin Spice DC

We could feel the east coast crisp air watching Harry and Sally meet time and time again in New York City. They looked chilly as well with their jackets and sweaters. With that in mind, we went with the double cell Premier Light Filtering Cellulars in Pumpkin Spice. The burnt orange hue reminded us of the leaves changing in Central Park, and they’ll need the double cell construction for extra insulation against the cold.

The Notebook

Left: New Line Cinema Credit; Right: Sheer Curtains in Sheer Pure White Crepe

We know it’s not a comedy, but we had to add it to the list. Noah created Allie’s ideal mansion – blue shutters and all. We love his choice of flowing sheer drapes throughout the house that added to the romance. That’s why we picked our Sheer Curtains in Sheer Pure White Crepe.

*This blog is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the mentioned streaming services or shows.*

Brighten Your Home with Pastels

William Morris Roller Shade in Willow Bough Mocha

The emergence of pastels in interior design is here to stay. These muted, soft hues have been around for years, and they recently grew in popularity in 2020 when people were looking for a calming presence in their home. Fast forward to today and pastels continue to be the color of choice.

Pastels invoke comforting feelings and can make a room feel brighter. Incorporating these light hues is easy because they don’t compete with bold or deep existing colors in the home; instead, it compliments them.

Create a welcoming, warm atmosphere with our William Morris Collection, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. The luxury collection features 28 pastel color combinations across six sophisticated designs in roller shades, drapery and roman shades.

Breakaway from Bland with the V&A William Morris Collection

William Morris Drapery in Pimpernel French Grey

Bring the natural world indoors with the V&A William Morris Collection, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. This luxury collection features 28 color combinations across six sophisticated designs in roller shades, drapery and roman shades. 

William Morris was a great champion of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the 19th century. Morris’ designs interweave flowers, trees, birds, animals and insects influenced by the greenery in his own garden and from walks along the riverbanks.

If you’re exhausted from your monotonous window coverings, it’s time to break away from bland and entertain one of these delightful, renowned patterns.

Marigold – 1875

Marigold Steel Blue

No one did more to turn the Victorian interior into a romantic garden quite like Morris. But Morris’ designs were always subtle, stylized evocations of natural forms rather than literal transcriptions. With a natural eye for pattern, Morris produced furnishing textiles and wallpapers that not only balanced figuration and order, but which were (unusually for the time) distinctive. One of Morris’ most enduring patterns, Marigold demonstrates exuberant scrolling foliage and a gentle color palette. Designed in 1875, Marigold became one of a handful of designs intended for both fabric and wallpaper because Morris thought textiles and wall coverings needed to have different types of patterns.

Honeysuckle and Tulip – 1876

Honeysuckle and Tulip Grey Blue

William Morris’ designs for fabrics, wallpaper and other decorative arts revolutionized Victorian taste and contributed to the revival of traditional textile arts, generating the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain.  Honeysuckle and Tulip, a design from 1876 and one of Morris’ personal favorites, was an experimental block-printed silk fabric produced in collaboration between Thomas Wardle (1831–1909) and Morris. Both men had ambitions to obtain the depth of color from natural, permanent dyes similar to those in Indian textiles.

Pimpernel – 1876

Pimpernel Sage

The pattern’s title refers to the small scarlet pimpernels dotted throughout the design rather than the large poppies entwined with scrolling willow leaves. Created in 1876 by William Morris, Pimpernel demonstrates how time and time again Morris conventionalized naturalistic elements in his patterns, training flowers and leaves into scrolling and curving shapes, embodying the reasons why Morris is the most celebrated 19th century designer with an enduring appeal today. The highly elaborate and symmetrical pattern was originally hung in the dining room of Morris’ own home, Kelmscott House in London.

Sunflower – 1879

Sunflower Honey

William Morris’ Sunflower pattern was first introduced in 1879 and was available in both regular distemper prints and the lacquered, embossed type used to imitate leather wall coverings. Sunflowers were a popular motif and symbol of the Aesthetic Movement and appeared in fashion, architecture and interior design. The concept of ‘art for art’s sake’, also known as the Cult of Beauty, permeated British culture during the latter part of the 19th century and was widely influential. The Movement originally started in the studios and houses of a radical group of artists and designers, including William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 

Strawberry Thief – 1883

Strawberry Thief Vintage Blush

One of Morris’ most famous and most popular designs, Strawberry Thief, was intended to be used for curtains or draped around walls (a form of interior decoration advocated by Morris), or for loose covers on furniture. He based the pattern and name on the thrushes which frequently stole the juicy strawberries from the kitchen garden of his countryside home, Kelmscott Manor, in Oxfordshire. Despite the fact that this design was one of the most expensive printed furnishings available from Morris & Co., it became a firm favorite with clients and hasn’t been out of print since 1883.

Willow Bough – 1887

Willow Bough Vine

Many of Morris’ wallpaper designs were based on the natural world which he studied at firsthand. His exuberant designs interweave plants drawn from his own gardens and the wildflowers and trees which he had seen on country walks. This intricate and naturalistic pattern inspired by graceful willow branches was designed by Morris in 1887. Morris also found ideas for his designs in the simple woodcut illustrations in 16th century herbals (books describing plants and their various uses in medicine and cookery). He owned several books of this kind, including a copy of Gerard’s Herball (published 1597) in which a willow branch is illustrated. The willow was one of Morris’ favorite motifs, and he used it in several of his designs for wallpaper and for textiles.

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

Who was William Morris?

William Morris Roman Shade in Pimpernel Sage

We are honored to print six designs of 19th-century artist William Morris on SelectBlinds shades and drapery, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Founded in 1852 to make works of art available to all, today the V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance.

Morris was a great champion of the Arts and Crafts Movement and a key figure in British socialism at the end of the 19th century. Designer, poet, novelist, translator and entrepreneur, Morris’ work still has a profound influence on fashion and interiors. This collection of blinds and drapes celebrates that legacy.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. 

-William Morris

Photo Credit: The Victoria and Albert Museum

Morris’ love of nature was a well-spring for his work. In reaction to the social, moral, and aesthetic chaos created by the Industrial Revolution, he sought to feature English meadows and hedgerows in his floral fabrics and wallpapers. Bringing the natural world indoors, Morris’ designs interweave flowers, trees, birds, animals and insects influenced by the greenery in his own garden and from walks along the riverbanks. ‘Strawberry Thief’, for example, was inspired by the thrushes that stole the juicy strawberries from his kitchen garden.

Left: William Morris Roman Shade in Strawberry Thief Vintage Blush; Right: William Morris Drapery in Willow Bough Vine

Morris’ belief in equality of access to the arts made him a great friend to the South Kensington Museum (later renamed the V&A). Today, he remains one of the most famous names in the V&A collection. Morris had an important influence on some of the museum’s earliest collecting policies, but as an artist he was also inspired by its collections. His legacy can still be found all over the V&A, not only in its extensive collections of Morris’ work, but also in the very fabric of the building which Morris helped to design.

William Morris Timeline

1834 – Born in Walthamstow, east London

1855 – Realized he wanted to pursue art as a career

1859 – Married to Jane Burden

1861 – Founded Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.

1862 – Artwork exhibited at the International Exhibition

1865 – Company commissioned for the West Dining Room of the South Kensington Museum (renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899)

1875 – Became sole director of the renamed and restructured Morris & Company

1876 – Became an examiner at South Kensington Museum’s art school

1877 – Opened an “all under one roof” retail shop

1881 – Production moved to a factory

1884 – “Morrisonian” became a known term. Morris was invited to join the South Kensington Museum’s Committee of Art Referees

1893 – Contributed to the South Kensington Museum’s collections

1896 – Passed away at Hammersmith, near London

Which Blind Best Suits You Based on Your Current TV Binge

Photo credit: Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

If you’re like us, you used the holiday season to catch up or start some new shows. Based on your current TV obsession, these are the window coverings best suited for you (at least until the next trending series).

*No spoilers ahead!*

Emily in Paris

Left: Netflix Credits; Right: Sheer Curtains in Sheer White Batiste

Love her or hate her, people love to watch Emily in Paris. While there are a number of styles in the show, we’re keeping Mindy Chen’s advice in mind: “The French are romantics, but they’re also realists.” With that in mind, we chose a timeless look with Sheer Curtains in Sheer White Batiste. Its flowy linen creates a picturesque room to daydream away in.

Ted Lasso

Left: AppleTV+ Credits; Right: Rustic Americana Roman Shades

There are so many personalities here, it could be a whole ‘nother blog of fun (note: Roy Kent would be a dark heather charcoal, NOT black). But let’s stick with the man of the hour, the name of the game, shall we? Ted Lasso. Rustic Americana Roman Shades in Sweet Cream Butter checks the main boxes: cheerful and American! It’s a bonus that his office “Believe” sign is yellow too.


Left: Netflix Credits; Right: Premier Room Darkening Dual Shades.

In our latest Halloween blog, we shared what window covering Wednesday would choose, but that was based on the 1991 version when she was a child. In this show, Wednesday is a teenager so her woeful style has a more modern take. The Premier Room Darkening Dual Shades in Tarantula gets the job done.

The Recruit

Left: Netflix Credits; Right: 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Walnut Grain

Hopefully you’re home a lot more than CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks to appreciate your window coverings. We chose 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Walnut Grain because they’re serious, but not too serious, while being practical and stylish. Their larger slats provide more privacy, and slats are the best window treatment to subtly check who’s outside.


Left: AppleTV+ Credits; Right: Jewel Tone Drapery in Tourmaline

The color palette in Loot is just as bright and radiant as Molly Novack herself. While we had a lot to choose from – and green seemed obvious –  we’re going with Molly’s eye-catching fuschia attire and pairing it with Jewel Tone Drapery in Tourmaline. Gorgeous and elegant, the drapery’s smooth satin will make you feel like you just received an $87 billion settlement.

*This blog is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the mentioned streaming services or shows.*