Do You Really Need a Valance or Cornice Board?

By Select Blinds

Valance or no valance? That might be your question.

A valance and a cornice board are decorative encasings that can add a nice final accent or touch to your window coverings. Some valances and cornice boards are more casual-looking, and others are more formal, but either way, they are meant to match or complement your blinds or shades along with the décor of the room.

Valances come in minimalist looks, pleated/ruffled looks, and range anywhere else from classic wooden finished looks to sharp metallic looks. They swag, cascade, layer, and balloon, and there is any number of styles to choose from, to please any personal taste. Cornice boards tend to be thicker and weightier in appearance.

Valance close up
A valance and a cornice board are decorative encasings that can add a nice final accent or touch to your window coverings. They can add functionality and style to any window or room.

What is the Purpose of a Valance or Cornice Board?

Valances and cornice boards are usually made of fabric, wood, or metal, depending on the type of style of your window covering. They are meant to hiding the top hardware of your window coverings and give your windows a more tidy, interesting look.

Are Valances Out of Style?

There are many cheap-looking, droopy valances, to be sure, and no, these are not what we’re talking about. Valances and cornice boards are very commonly used, and very effectively, by professional interior designers, including in newer, modern homes. Adding a valance to adorn your window treatments is an incredibly easy way to stylishly customize and add personalized flair to your home.

Valances and cornice boards are always useful as a design element, whether you’re using them for roller shades, Zebra/dual shades, or to top off a classic looking Roman shade. They add functionality and stability to your window covering.

Valance in a living room.
Valances and cornice boards can add an added visual dimension, weight,
and even height to a room.

Other Advantages of Incorporating a Valance or Cornice Board into Your Design

There are many advantages from going with a valance or cornice board. Here are a few:

Cover up Hardware, Decorate Curtain Tops

One of a valance’s primary functions is to cover up hardware, curtain rods, and anything else at the top of a window you might want to adorn. A valance gives a continuous look and feel to any window covering.  They can even tie together different window coverings in the same room.

Soften up Your Window’s Appearance

Blinds, sliding panels, and other window treatments can give a hard-edged look to a room. Valances can broaden, adorn, enhance, and soften any window covering.

Versatility

Valances are fashionable enough to be used as stand-alone window treatments, and they also work well in tandem with window blinds, shades, or drapery for a creative layering effect.

New Looks and Seasonal Touches

For a room design update, refresh, or seasonal splash of color, you can always replace valances in a room for an entirely updated appearance, without having to spend a lot on brand new window treatments. 

Add Dimension to Your Windows

Valances give a natural broadening aspect to your window, offering the appearance of added weight and solidity. They also offer the illusion of increased height to a room.

Valance in a bedroom.
Valance always gives a more austere, weighty look to windows and rooms.

Select Blinds’ Staff Recommends:

Some products need to have a valance or cornice board (usually wood blinds or faux wood blinds), but for most, it’s merely an option. We work with customers and other users all the time that are trying to solve design puzzles of their own. What do we recommend as products we think work amazingly with a valance? See some suggestions below!

Remember, a valance or cornice board can be just the perfect design solution you’ve been working on! Enhance the functionality as well as style for your window coverings all at once!

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Layers of Light: Filtering with Sheer Shades

by SelectBlinds

There are a handful of different types of window treatments out there, from simple roller-style shades to intricate patterns of bamboo / woven woods, but we often get the question, “What do you have that can block light, but also allow me to see through during the day?” Sheer shades are the answer!

Select Blinds 2 and a half inch sheer shades
Farmhouse Kitchen Coverage with 2 1/2″ Classic Light Filtering Sheer Shades.

Why Sheer Shades?

Being homeowners ourselves, we understand that versatility plays a huge part in home design, no matter the niche. In the world of window decor, our customers love privacy, enhancing aesthetics and protection against UV rays. But also, we want to be flexible throughout all of the glass in your home. On one hand providing window treatments for sliding glass doors, and on the other is a suggestion for kitchen window treatment ideas that sync with your sink (*wink wink!*).

City Girl Meets Farm Boy used our 2″ Premier Faux Woods in Snow over her kitchen sink.

5 Benefits of Sheer Window Shades

1. Room Darkening or Light Filtering options are available, if you’d like to have a more transparent or opaque base material for your sheers.

2. Customizable with cordless and motorized controls that are great for hard-to-reach and high up windows.

Control these 3″ Room Darkening Sheer Shades with the press of a button.

3. All of our sheer shades can be hung or mounted safely inside a window frame with a minimum depth of just one inch. This is great for shallow windows found in older homes, trailers, and RV’s.

4. Integrate with your home automation software, like Google Home or Amazon Echo, by choosing sheers with an optional WIFI Hub.

5. Sheer roller shades have a traditional roller-style draw, so they smoothly lift and lower every time.

Now that you’ve got some new window treatment options and inspiration, take a moment to grab some free samples of sheer window shades and other custom coverings online at SelectBlinds.com!

Looking for the Best Blackout Shades During Sleep Awareness Week? Wirecutter Found ‘Em for You!

Select Blinds Signature Cordless Blackout Shade from SelectBlinds.com

For most of you, Daylight Saving Time started last Sunday. Which means most of us — except those of us here in Arizona — lost an hour of sleep Sunday night when time ‘sprang forward.’ If you haven’t caught up on those shortened zzz’s yet, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and Select Blinds have some tips for you.

NSF 2020 Sleep In America Poll Infographic

Corresponding with the start of Daylight Saving Time each year, the NSF introduced Sleep Awareness Week to remind us how to make beneficial changes in our sleep routines to improve our sleep and overall health. Here are some things you can do:

That last point is where we can help. SelectBlinds.com offers a variety of blackout and room darkening blinds to keep sleeping areas quiet and practically light-free. In the dark about picking the best blackout shade? Wirecutter can shed some serious light on that question, too.

The curators and creators of “best of” lists for everyday items people shop for, Wirecutter journalists spent 25 hours on research, interviewed five industry experts and tested 12 models to find the best blackout blind for you. Their conclusion? (Drum roll, please.) Our very own Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade!

Select Blinds Signature Cordless Blackout Shade from SelectBlinds.com

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade is the one they’d most like in their homes,” writes Wirecutter’s Jack Smith. “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.

“If you’re interested in a version of our pick that offers additional insulation and durability, you might consider getting the Select Double Cell Blackout Shade. And if you’re looking for a shade that combines traditional and blackout shade functionality, consider the top-down bottom-up Premium Light Filtering/Blackout Cordless Shade.”

Read Wirecutter’s complete guide here. If you need any more help in choosing a room darkening or blackout shade, check out our own Buying Guides for bedroom, nursery and home theater window coverings.

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade is the one they’d most like in their homes,” writes Wirecutter’s Jack Smith. “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.

“If you’re interested in a version of our pick that offers additional insulation and durability, you might consider getting the Select Double Cell Blackout Shade. And if you’re looking for a shade that combines traditional and blackout shade functionality, consider the top-down bottom-up Premium Light Filtering/Blackout Cordless Shade.”

Read Wirecutter’s complete guide here. If you need any more help in choosing a room darkening or blackout shade, check out our own Buying Guides for bedroom, nursery and home theater window coverings.

Designer Sleep Shades
For the most complete blackout effect, try our Designer Sleep Shades. Featuring unique side tracks, they block out 99% of incoming light. Perfect for baby’s room, bedrooms and the family media room.

Still having trouble falling asleep? Reading in bed always helps me. See if you can identify with any of the findings of this year’s Sleep in America poll, the NSF’s annual review of current sleep topics.

Have any other tips for a good night’s sleep? Leave them in the comments below.

Sweet dreams.

Baby Yoda sleep meme

How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse (Without Gaining 20 lbs from Eating Ice Cream)

Remorseful man with hands over face
Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash

At some point we’ve all learned: wine and Amazon don’t mix.

Besides making you a prime target for porch pirates, buying something you don’t really need or getting something and realizing it’s not what you really wanted thanks to those late-night shopping sprees can leave you with a severe case of buyer’s remorse — and a few unwanted pounds.

Buyer’s remorse strikes almost all of us at one time or another. And we all handle it differently. In a fun little poll we took recently, finding solace from it in the form of food and drink (specifically wine and chocolate) was one way our followers shared. An equal number turned things around by buying more stuff, while a few others had a good soak in the tub and cried it out.

woman in bathtub with head down
Photo by Tophee Marquez from Pexels

Most people, though, simply choose to cancel or return their order. Which is easy to do with Select Blinds. In fact, we give you a 24-hour grace (or sobering up) period before sending your order on to our manufacturing plant. Just so you can make sure you’ve got everything right or that you aren’t having any second thoughts.

Another way we help you avoid buyer’s remorse? Our 90-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If there’s a defect in a product’s material or workmanship, or if it isn’t made to the exact size and specifications you ordered, we promise to make it right at no cost to you for up to 90 days from the date of purchase.

And if you’re not happy with your custom covering for any other reason within the first 90 days — you don’t like the color, you need a different mount or lift style, changed your mind about a feature, etc. – we’ll remake that same product in the same size for the same great discount price you originally paid, plus an additional 10% off.

Even if you make a mistake on your order, we have you covered. With our F.I.T. Guarantee, if you have an “oops!” moment measuring your window and your custom covering doesn’t fit, simply call us and we’ll remake that exact same product for you (one remake per order) for free within 30 days of the date your order was delivered. (You just cover a small $10 shipping fee.)

Ordering lots of free samples is another way to make sure you’ll never be sorry for shopping with us. Try up to 15 at a time to find the perfect color and type of blinds you’ll love. Reviewing some of the hundreds of thousands of 5-star reviews and pictures we get from happy customers (check them out, right here on The Blinds Spot) will give you even more peace of mind. And if you need a little inspiration, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to see how some of your favorite social influencers use our custom blinds and shades in their most popular projects.

With our team of experienced window design experts always here to help, you’ll never have to worry about getting something you don’t want or need. Just call or click to talk with us and turn that frown upside down!

So don’t worry about that extra glass of wine. Now that you know you can shop responsibly and remorse-free here on SelectBlinds.com!

Designer contemporary faux wood blinds
Move faux-ward! Take an extra 5% off faux wood blinds like our 2″ Designer Contemporary Faux Woods through March!


How to Install Blinds Like a Boss

Select Double Cell Light Filtering honeycomb shades in white
Honeycomb/cellular shades like these top down bottom up Select Double Cell Light Filtering Shades are some of the easiest window coverings to install yourself.

Do you have any idea how much it costs to have a professional put up your blinds for you? Not many of our followers had a clue either.

We did a quickie poll last week to get their best guess. $0-$10? $10-$25? $25-$50? $50-$100 per window?

Guess again. According to Fixr.com, which provides cost guides, comparisons, and cheatsheets for hundreds of remodeling, installation and repair projects, the national average is $620. (Gulp!) Granted, that cost can vary up or down depending on the number and type of window coverings and the size of your windows. (This estimate is based on hanging eight faux wood blinds on standard 27″ wide windows.) But you get the idea.

Paying someone to put up your blinds can get pretty expensive pretty quickly. And that’s above and beyond what you’ve already paid for the shades. So before you sign that check and open up your home to a perfect stranger, let’s think about this.

What’s keeping you from saving hundreds, even thousands or more by installing your custom window treatments yourself?

You don’t need a pro to do it, even if you’ve never held a hammer in your life. In fact, you don’t even need a hammer, so no worries about smashed fingers. Most window blinds and shades can be put up in 20-30 minutes — or less, once you get the first one installed — using just a screwdriver or drill. Nailed it!

Here’s how to become a pro in no time.

  • Check the mounting surface. It should be clean, smooth and dry. Most window coverings are mounted on drywall or in wood, and come complete with screws and any other necessary hardware. You may need additional fasteners, such as sink screws, if you’re hanging extra wide or heavy window coverings, or to attach your blinds on an aluminum or concrete surface, to ensure the brackets will hold them securely in place.
  • Read the instructions. If you’re more of a learn-by-doing (i.e., learn from your mistakes) kinda girl like me, it can be tempting to grab the drill and just start drilling. But reading through the directions before you try to hang your window treatment can save a lot of time. Carefully open the package your custom window coverings came in and check to be sure you received all the necessary pieces/parts before you start. Review the install guide, noting which directions you’ll follow (for inside or outside mount). More of a visual learner? Check our YouTube channel for a video on how to install your product.
  • Get everything you need together. Just like whipping up your favorite recipe, always good to gather all the ingredients you need together first. Ladder? Check. Pencil? Check. Drill? Check. Level? Check. Insurance card? (Just kidding!)
All you need is a drill, tape measure, pencil and level!
  • Mark where you want to place the brackets. Again, this will depend on whether you’re hanging your covering inside or over the window. Most standard size windows need only two brackets, usually spaced 2″-4″ in from each end of the headrail. For wider treatments, just space any extra brackets you need equidistant from the end brackets.
Mark the spot to hang your bracket.
  • Attach the brackets. Before drilling in the screws, it’s a good idea to pre-drill the holes to make it easier. This also gives you a little ‘wiggle room’ in case you need to make any last minute adjustments to make sure the brackets are straight and aligned.
Attach your brackets
  • Slide or snap the headrail onto the brackets. And voila! You’re done! Pull your shade up and down a few times or open and close the slats on your blinds to make sure everything is working O.K. before putting the tools away.
Snap or slide the headrail  onto the brackets

Oh, one last tip. If you’re not using cordless coverings, be sure to screw in a set of cord cleats next to the window to keep cords wound safely and tightly, up and out of the reach of children and pets.

That wasn’t so hard, was it? The hardest part is going to be deciding what to do with all the money you saved doing it yourself. Take a bow and treat yourself to something special. Maybe that lavish tropical vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Or those adorable designer shoes and matching bag that match absolutely nothing else (but, hey, they’re Gucci). Or maybe some more new blinds?

Save money and time by installing your blinds yourself!

You’re the pro; you decide!

Super 2019 Cyber Monday Sales Spectacular in Progress Now!

Select Blinds Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday Sale! 45% off + take an extra 10% off all window treatments at SelectBlinds.com!

Order by December 5 for guaranteed delivery by Christmas or it’s free!*

Think our Mega Black Friday Sales event blew it out of the water? Think again.

We’re back. With the biggest, baddest Cyber Monday Sale we’ve ever had! Save 45% PLUS get an extra 10% off on every single beautiful blind, shade and custom window treatment sitewide.

That means you get the best discounts and 2019 Cyber Monday deals on our best-selling cellular and honeycomb window coveringsbamboo and woven woodsromansrollerssolar shades for indoors and outshuttersdesigner sheers, dazzling dual-roller zebra blindsclassic draperyfabric horizontalsall-aluminum minispanel tracks and verticals. Get smart and save on convenient motorized products that work with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and pair perfectly with specialty treatments for those hard-to-reach windows like skylights and arches.

Oh yeah. FREE shipping is included on everything, too! And our FIT Guarantee is guaranteed to make you feel better about buying your blinds online!

So now worries! Don’t waste time on competitors ads. Start clicking and save now on all the custom window treatments you love right here on SelectBlinds.com!!! 

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*Get guaranteed delivery by Christmas or it’s free details here.

Check out Selectblinds.com Zebra Roller Shades
Save on sassy shades like our Architect Zebra Dual Roller and everything else during our 2019 Cyber Monday Sales Spectacular!

Elizabeth K. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“I ordered the top down/bottom up Agava colored Premier Woven Wood Shades with a white privacy liner. I couldn’t be happier! They came in a timely manner and were easy to install. They have made a huge difference in our family room – it’s now so cozy! Thank you!”

After

Love the new look, Elizabeth! Those woven woods are a perfect match for your décor and we’re loving the increased “cozy factor!” Looks like a magazine-worthy family room anyone would be proud to call their own!

Before

The bright green pops of color were already a fantastic touch, but now they really pop with the natural look of your new shades! Thanks so much for the review and we hope to work with you again in the future!

SelectBlinds.com Rated 1 of Best Online Shops by Newsweek

#sorrynotsorry, but we just have to brag a bit here. Found out the other day that we made Newsweek magazine’s list of Best Online Shops 2020!

#2, in fact, in the Home Living category and one of the Top 10 best shops overall.

Here’s how we made it.

Working with Statista (an online portal for statistics) and other online databases, directories and price comparison websites, Newsweek created a list of more than 9,500 online retailers in the United States where shoppers go for the best products, prices and service. After passing a number of tests based on 48 objective criteria and surveying more than 8,000 online shoppers on seven subjective criteria (e.g., “The homepage is very clear and well structured”), they narrowed the list down and ranked the top 1,000 shops across eight industries and 39 categories. The 1,000 online shops with the highest scores out of 10 (we got an 8.58!) were then awarded “Best Online Shops 2020.”

“Making the Newsweek list is a massive win for our company,” an elated Rick Steele, Select Blinds’ Master of Marketing and company co-founder, said. “Our goal is to make our customers happy, whatever it takes. Being rated one of the best online shops means we’re meeting — and surpassing — that goal.

Most people think buying new blinds is hard, but using our site it’s easy!” he continued. “We love that it gives our customers the confidence to do it themselves and create a home they’re proud of while saving time and money. And we love that Newsweek thinks so, too.”

Recognition by Newsweek and other independent third-parties is always exciting, but we get the biggest thrill from hearing directly from the customers who use our site. See for yourself why we’re rated one of the best online shops. Read some of their stories right here in our blog, or check out a few of the more than 300,000 5-star reviews we’ve gotten from happy customers to find out why you would be one, too.