What Can New Window Treatments Do for Your Home?

If you’re looking to upgrade or refresh your home’s appearance, there are no shortage of options available. From kitchen remodels and freshly painted walls, to new furniture and replacing carpet with hardwood, there’s always a major upgrade right around the corner that can breathe new life into your home.

But if you’re looking for a dramatic change that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg AND won’t take up your weekends for the next few months, buying window treatments may be the perfect option for you and your family. Blinds and shades are something that many homeowners take for granted, and it’s not until they’re either ineffective or need to be replaced that they realize how much of an impact they have on their homes’ appearance and comfort.

If you’re on the fence about ordering new window coverings, or you’re just wondering what will change if you upgrade your existing/outdated blinds and shades, check out Blindster’s list of all the ways new window treatments can liven up your home:

New lighting=new mood

New lighting=new mood

The lighting in your home plays a huge role in its ambience and its appearance. Colors that appear drab and muted can look lively and energized with the right lighting—especially natural lighting, while rooms that feel washed out or that get harsh glare during sunrise or sunset can become more comfortable if the sun’s rays are reduced or blocked completely. Many of our window treatments are between the two extremes of open and blackout, and varying degrees of light-filtering shades can transform rooms, particularly during the times of day when they get the most sunlight.

 

 

Colors, textures, and patterns can complement your furniture and décor

Have you recently redecorated or refurnished a room and feel like something is still missing or just isn’t quite right about the way everything looks? If so, it may be due to your window treatments. Blinds and shades that complement the color scheme, furniture, and decorative pieces in a room are an often-overlooked finishing touch for decorating jobs, and window treatments that clash with a room’s overall aesthetic can ruin even the most meticulous décor.

 

Reduce or block UV rays, protecting your furniture, your home, and your family

Reduce or block UV rays, protecting your furniture, your home, and your family

The sun’s rays can be intense, especially in rooms that get prolonged exposure during certain times of day. If you have exposed windows or windows that are only partially covered with drapes or curtains, you have no way of reducing or blocking the UV rays that enter your windows. Over time, that can cause fabric and other materials to fade, wood to dry out, and even your skin to become damaged.

 

Extra layer of insulation against weather and sound

Even some of the most advanced weather-sealed windows can still become drafty or cause heated/cooled air to leak out of your home and outside air to get indoors. The right window treatments will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round, reducing your energy bill and your home’s impact on the environment. In addition, thick window coverings can also serve as insulation against outside noises, making them ideal for homes in busy neighborhoods or near heavily trafficked streets.

Best Blinds for Doors

Whether you’re outfitting a new home with window treatments or replacing your existing ones, don’t forget to order blinds for your doors. Both standard-sized doors and large sliding glass doors can let in huge amounts of light and put your family’s privacy at risk if they aren’t covered. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of blinds that will get the job done and improve the appearance of any room where they’re installed.

Before you place your order, it’s important to remember that ordering blinds for doors is a slightly different process than ordering blinds for windows. First, you’ll need to make sure the blinds are able to be cut to the size you’ll need to cover your door. Secondly, you’ll need to make sure that your measurements are as accurate as possible to ensure a good fit and protection against light leaks throughout the length of the shades. Finally, you should verify that your blinds are the right style and color for your home, and ordering samples is the perfect way to get peace of mind before placing your order.

Ready to find the perfect blinds for your doors? Use the information and recommendations below to help you make your choice:

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

Available with different colors and stains in groups A, B, and C, these blinds are our highest quality faux wood door treatments and are designed to replicate the look and feel of real wood blinds. And because these blinds received a high durability rating due to the composite materials used during their manufacturing process, they can withstand exposure to sunlight and humidity without warping, cracking, or fading, making them ideal for outside facing doors and rooms that receive plenty of fresh air.

2in Distressed Wood Blinds

2” Distressed Wood Blinds

Want a rustic yet elegant look for your doors? Be sure to check out our 2” Distressed Wood Blinds. Made with high-quality real wood, these blinds incorporate a natural and rough-textured surface in conjunction with beautiful and unique stains. Choose from colors like Peppered Malbec, Aged Cognac, and Deep Merlot, and enjoy hardy finishes that are designed to resist fading and warping, while also helping to insulate your home during the hottest days of summer and coldest days of winter.

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

A great choice for homeowners who are looking for a door covering that’s practical, sleek, and inexpensive, our Privacy Aluminum Blinds utilize classic 1” slats and a baked enamel finish that makes them highly resistant to fading, chipping, and cracking. If you’re looking for blinds that are great for privacy and light blocking, you’ll love this window treatment, as its routeless design means a consistent and uniform appearance from end to end. Eliminate glare from your doors and get the peace of mind you and your family deserve—all at an affordable price.

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

If you need to cover a large door or pair of doors, vertical blinds may be the best option for you. And if you’re looking for vertical blinds that are affordable, easy to clean, moisture resistant, and build to last, our faux wood vertical blinds are your best option. Built with the same composite materials used in many of our other faux wood blinds, these window and door coverings require minimal maintenance, and they also ship with self-aligning wheeled carriers and self-lubricating acetyl parts, meaning you get years of hassle-free operation. You’ll also have plenty of options, including standard cord, chain, and wand controls, as well as more than 15 colors, such as Textured Cherry, RealGrain Dark Walnut, and Textured Brite White.

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Traditional PVC and faux wood vertical blinds aren’t everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to covering their doors, and if that’s true for you, our fabric vertical blinds may be just what you’re looking for. Designed to be a mixture between traditional vertical blinds and drapes/curtains, these window coverings are built with a soft and light-filtering fabric that lets soft, diffused, and filtered light into your home while still protecting your privacy. Best of all, these blinds use sewn-in weights to hold them in place, making them ideal for patio doors that are frequently left open. And if you’re looking for additional light blocking and stability, be sure to select the optional PVC backing before you place your order.

What Are the Best Window Treatments for a Home Theater?

Whether you have a full-fledged home theater equipped with plush auditorium-style seating and a giant projector screen, or a cozy movie room with a big flat-screen television and an oversized couch, you need one thing to complete the experience: complete and total control over the lighting. After all, nothing ruins the movie-watching experience quite like a harsh glare on the screen or light leaks that throws off the brightness, contrast, and colors on your perfectly calibrated projector or television.

At Blindster, we’re proud to sell some of the best blackout blinds and shades on the market, and we know that home owners use them in a variety of rooms, including bedrooms, nurseries, home offices, and living rooms. And while they’re great to have throughout the home, they’re essential for a home theater—especially if you’re looking to get the absolute best picture when viewing your favorite movies.

If you’re looking to complete your home theater experience, check our window treatment recommendations below:

Premium Roman Shades with Blackout Liner

Heavy curtains have long been associated with theaters of all kinds, including movie theaters. And if you’re looking to replicate that look with your window treatments, you can’t go wrong with our selection of Premium Roman Shades. These window coverings are among our most luxurious, and their thick, high-quality fabric are a great way to being the movie theater aesthetic to your home. Make sure to choose the optional blackout liner to eliminate as much outside light as possible, and don’t forget about options like cordless lift for a built-in look and top down bottom up for even more control over your lighting.

Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades

A home theater is often the most high-tech room in a home, and our Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades are among the most high-tech window treatments we carry. Imagine controlling an entire row or even an entire room full of shades with the click of a button from anywhere in the house. These shades utilized a battery-powered motorized lift and quickly raise and lower, and they’re controlled with a 15-channel remote at your convenience. In addition to blocking 99-percent of sunlight, these shades are also available in 15 unique colors.

Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades

Looking for a traditional and sleek window covering for your home theater? Look no further than our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades. These window treatments are built using 100 percent high-end polyester and fiberglass fabrics, which means they’re not only effective at blocking the sunlight and giving you ultimate light control, but they’re also designed to last for years. Choose a continuous loop lift cord for easy operation and pick from more than a dozen colors to match the décor in your home theater, including Moire White, Twilight Savannah, and Twilight Mesa.

Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades with Blackout Liner

Want a look for your home theater that’s a little different from the norm? Our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are among our most unique window coverings due to their construction materials, which include hand-woven bamboo, grass, and jute fabrics. Their appearance is sure to liven up any room, including your home theater, and the selection of patterns and wood grains available is unparalleled—especially for rooms with a rustic style. Choose from beautiful looks like Sunset Gold, Bangkok Umber, Riverwood Silver, and Rangoon Straw, then pair your new shades with optional blackout liners to give your windows beautiful and highly effective coverings.

Light Filtering Pleated Shades with Blackout Liner

Got a home theater that pulls double duty as a home office, game room, or fitness room? If that’s the case, you may not want traditional heavy blackout shades, especially if you frequently use the room during the day. Our Light Filtering Pleated Shades are manufactured with a beautiful woven polyester fabric with 1” pleat, and they’re designed to fill rooms with diffused natural lighting. However, you can also add a blackout liner, giving you the ability to eliminate outside light and protect your privacy when you need it.

Room-by-Room Checklist for Buying Window Treatments

When you’re ready to buy new window treatments, it’s important to make sure that your new blinds and shades are the right fit for your home and for your needs. In addition to looking beautiful and enhancing the appearance of the room, they also need to give you the right lighting and privacy—not to mention easy operation and the optional features you need. But all those aspects of window treatments may differ from room to room in your home, and that’s why it’s important to give each room consideration before you buy new blinds and shades.

The window coverings you purchase for your living room may be perfect for that specific location in your home, but they may not be right for your home office or bedroom. Taking the time to scout out each room, including what it’s primarily used for and even its orientation towards the sun, whether any trees are near the windows, and the room’s proximity to the street or sidewalk, are all factors to consider when you’re buying new window treatments.

Don’t fall victim to buyer’s remorse—check out Blindster’s room-by-room tips before you purchase your new window treatments:

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchens have rapidly become the focal point for many homes, and new homes are being built with these rooms as the central hub in their floor plans. In the past, kitchens were exclusively places to prepare and cook food, but now they’re designed as places to cook, eat, and entertain. And because of the popularity of open floor plans, kitchens may segue into living rooms and dining rooms without much separation. Finding the right window treatments for this area of your home can be a challenge, but these tips can help.

  • Let the light in with sheer shades.

    Kitchens are one room in your home where you may want as much natural sunlight as possible. But simply raising your window treatments or going without them altogether can leave you exposed to harsh glare and damaging UV rays. Instead of going sans blinds and shades, consider installing sheer shades. These window treatments can absorb the damaging parts of the sun’s rays while allowing beautiful filtered light into your kitchen. At night, it’s easy to enhance your privacy by simply closing the vanes that float between the soft fabric layers.

  • Get blinds and shades that are easily cleaned and maintained.

    Your kitchen can quickly get messy when you’re preparing and cooking food. And some of that mess can end up on your window treatments. Steam, smoke, and humidity—not to mention accidental spills and splashes—can quickly turn blinds and shades into dingy shadows of their former selves. If your windows are far from your stove and sink, you likely won’t need to heed this tip, but if they’re nearby, consider going with window treatments made from synthetic materials, such as faux wood blinds and aluminum blinds for easy cleanup and maintenance.

     

Dining Room

Dining Room

Whether you have a formal or casual dining room, your window treatment needs for this room are likely different than the needs you have for other rooms in your home. Dining rooms frequently demand a certain décor and level of elegance that other rooms don’t always need, and that can influence your buying decision when you’re looking for blinds and shades.

  • Go with Roman shades, wood blinds, or even shutters.

    If there’s one room in your home to splurge on, it’s your dining room. After all, this is the room where you’re most likely to entertain guests and extended family. For shades, it’s hard to beat the timeless appeal of Roman shades, and the huge variety of colors, textures, and patterns means you’ll have an easy time finding the right match for your place sets and color scheme. Wood blinds and shutters are also great options for traditional dining rooms, as the stains and textures immediately add to the room’s elegance.

  • Choose cordless options for a smooth, built-in look.

    To maximize your dining room’s elegant look, you may want to consider cordless versions of our Roman shades and wood blinds. Although it may not seem like a big difference, the lack of a cord not only makes these window treatments safer for children and pets, but it also adds to the “built-in” look, which only further enhances the appearance of your dining room.

Living Room

Living Room

If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time in your living room. It’s the central hub for family gatherings and relaxation. You probably have a favorite chair or section of the couch for watching TV, reading, and listening to music. Because you likely spend many of your waking hours in your living room, it’s important to make sure your window treatments are perfect for your needs.

  • Get room darkening or blackout shades for TV watching and reading.

    It’s hard to enjoy television shows, sporting events, movies, and even your favorite book when there’s a harsh glare in your face. Room darkening and blackout blinds and shades help significantly reduce the amount of harsh sunlight that enters your living room, making it easier to see what’s onscreen and what’s on the page.

  • Consider privacy blinds if your living room is near the street or sidewalk.

    In many neighborhoods, the living room is the room closest to the street or sidewalk. That can leave you feeling uneasy, especially at night when the inside of your home is lit up, making it easy to see inside from the outdoors. Privacy window treatments, such as route-less blinds, can give you peace of mind.

Bedroom

Bedroom

You spend many waking hours in your living room, but a third of your life is spent in bed. Having the right window treatments installed in your bedroom is essential for getting a good night’s sleep. That’s especially true for bedrooms located near bright street lights or bedrooms of people who work overnight shifts and need to sleep during the day.

  • Choose blackout shades with top down/bottom up options.

    If light control and privacy are of the utmost importance in your bedroom, you can’t go wrong with blackout shades. However, you may want to protect your privacy while still allowing in natural sunlight during the day and evening. Top down/bottom up shades make it easy to fill your bedroom with sunlight while still preventing anyone from seeing inside your room.

  • Consider purchasing thick blinds and shades that block outside noises.

    If there’s anything less conducive to sleep than the blinding morning sun, it’s outside noises. Whether you live in the middle of a busy and loud downtown area or near a heavily trafficked road, constant noise from car horns, ambulances, and conversations can make it hard to sleep. Thick window treatments help add an extra layer of insulation and soundproofing between the outside and your ears, muffling loud noises and silencing others.

Top Home Furnishings to Buy Online

Furnishing a new home—or replacing your existing furniture—can be both an exhilarating and exhausting process. On the one hand, it breathes new life into your home and can make it feel brand new by radically changing the look of rooms. But on the other hand, furniture shopping can be time-consuming and stressful, especially if you’re dealing with pushy salespeople and worrying about delivery costs and installation fees.

In recent years, buying furniture and major décor pieces online has become more of a viable option for many homeowners. Many retailers now allow customers a chance to view 3D models of their products, read dozens of customer reviews, get exact size dimensions, and even order color samples—all without leaving their homes. Best of all, the prices for online furniture are often cheaper than the furniture you’ll find in a showroom or retail store.

At Blindster, we’re obviously big proponents of buying furniture and all varieties of home furnishings online—and here are some of the top purchases you can and should make with just a click of your mouse:

Mattresses

Mattresses

Internet-based mattress retailers have taken the bedding world by storm over the past few years. Aggressive ad campaigns have pushed these mattress store alternatives to the forefront of many homeowners’ minds when they’re thinking about replacing a sagging or mushy spring mattress, and it’s hard to resist the appeal of skipping out on a trip to the local mattress store. While some people may be hesitant to purchase a mattress without ever sleeping on it, there are a huge number of reviews and comparison websites that can help you determine which mattress will be right for you. Best of all, many online mattress retailers offer 100 percent money-back guarantees if you don’t like your mattress at any point during a trial period of around 90 days.

Assembly-required furniture

Assembly-required furniture

Love it or hate it, adding furniture to your home is now likely to be a DIY afternoon project that requires an Allen wrench and a lot of patience. While no one likes spending a Saturday reading vague instructions and trying to decipher baffling diagrams, one perk of buying such furniture is that it comes in a box and is often lightweight and easily shipped. That makes it perfect for online shopping. Unlike a bulky sofa or loveseat that requires a special moving truck and a pair of strongmen to carry it into your home, boxed furniture is often delivered by standard delivery services. That means you’ll likely pay little to no extra costs for shipping, and you’ll also save some money without having to worry about fitting the box in your vehicle.

Blinds and shades

Blinds and shades

Buying new window treatments online is easier than ever. And at Blindster, we’re proud to help customers get the perfect blinds and shades for their homes without ever actually leaving their homes. In addition to detailed product descriptions of every item in our inventory, our website also offers high-resolution photos from multiple angles and lighting scenarios, as well as user reviews from people who previously purchased those window coverings. If you’re undecided on a color or texture, you can even order samples that will help you decide which look is right for your living room, bedroom, or any other room in your home. And because we’re online-based, we can offer great prices year-round, free shipping, and even a lifetime warranty on our products.

Pillows, sheets, and blankets

Pillows, sheets, and blankets

If you’re looking for the absolute best deal when it comes to completing the look of your new couch or bed—or if you’re looking to spruce up aging furniture—you can’t beat online sales and retailers for things like pillows, sheets, and blankets. One of the biggest perks of purchasing these items online is convenient access to reviews. While buying these items in store can give you the advantage of seeing them in person and perhaps even being able to feel the texture, you may be unaware that the sheets are prone to fading or tearing, or that the blanket is prone to pilling and fraying.

Accent pieces

Accent pieces

Finding the perfect accent pieces to complete a room’s look can be challenging and can have you driving around town all day in search of the perfect purchase. But buying these items online is a much simpler and more convenient process. Search engines make it easy to narrow down your choices based on size, price, and color, turning what would otherwise be an entire day of shopping into an hour-long online search. As with pillows, sheets, and blankets, you’ll have tons of reviews to guide you, and you’ll quickly know whether that mantle clock is as sturdy and well-built as it looks, or if that corner shelf is made of real wood or particle board.

Rugs

Rugs

Got hardwood or laminate floors, but you’re missing the comfort of carpet? Rugs are a great way to add a little padding under your feet without committing to the expense of wall-to-wall carpeting. Rugs are great additions to any home from both a comfort and an aesthetic point of view, and they’re also perfect online purchases. Many online retailers sell rugs at reduced prices, and there are also online-exclusive rug sellers that offer thousands of varieties. Like accent pieces, it can be difficult to find a rug that perfectly matches a room’s color scheme and furniture. But buying rugs online can help you filter rugs that are bad fits for your home in seconds.

 

Avoid These Mistakes When Cleaning Your Window Treatments

Like everything else in your home, your blinds and shades need to be cleaned on a regular and consistent basis to look and operate like they did when they were brand new. And while the window treatments sold by Blindster are built to last and designed with durability mind, they can be damaged if they aren’t treated with care and caution during the cleaning process.

Cleaning window treatments often is the best way to remove dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris from the slats, fabric, and the headrail. It’s also a necessary step for homeowners who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other conditions that can be aggravated by these small particles.

To avoid accidentally damaging your window treatments while you’re cleaning them, make sure you avoid these missteps and mistakes:

 

Using harsh chemicals

Some homeowners resort to using harsh industrial-power cleaners to get deep stains out of their shades or to remove scratches and discolorations from their blinds. However, strong cleaners are rarely designed to be used on household products unless they’re in the hands of professional cleaners. When they’re used by someone who doesn’t have proper experience or training, they can deeply stain and discolor fabric, wood, aluminum, and vinyl, ruining the window treatment in the process. If your window treatments are heavily stained and need heavy-duty cleaning, leave the job to professional cleaning services.

Not reading the cleaning and care instructions

The manufacturers of blinds and shades almost always provide instructions for maintaining their products. That includes instructions for cleaning and removing dirt, dust, and mild stains. These instructions will include acceptable and unacceptable cleaning products that you can safely use on the fabric, slats, and headrail. Make sure you keep these instructions and read them before you attempt to clean, as some window treatments may require a more careful approach than others.

Not spot-treating before applying a cleaning solution to visible areas

After you’ve read the instructions and determined what’s safe and what isn’t safe to use on your blinds and shades, you may feel ready to dive right into some deep-cleaning action. But before you do, it’s important to test them to see how they react to the cleaning solution that you use. That means applying a small amount in an inconspicuous area and waiting several minutes to several hours to see the result. If there are no ill effects, you can continue. But if the fabric, wood, aluminum, or vinyl looks faded or discolored, you’ll need to find a different method for cleaning.

Using too much water and soaking the window treatments

For most cleaning jobs, you’ll need little more than a damp sponge, rag, or cloth to apply a mild cleaning solution or to wipe away excess dirt, dust, and pollen. Using anything that’s completely soaked in water and then attempting to clean your window treatments can result in water stains on fabric shades and discolorations and even warping on wood blinds due to the wood soaking up the moisture. Make sure you fully wring out any sponges, cloths, and rags before you use them on your window treatments, and have a clean and dry cloth or paper towel ready to wipe away any excess moisture after you’re done.

Not treating/cleaning spills and stains immediately

If a liquid gets spilled on your shades, time is of the essence to prevent it from settling in the fibers of the fabric and becoming a deep-seated stain that requires expensive professional cleaning to remove. Be ready to jump into action right away by using a damp cloth to soak up as much of the liquid as possible and a light cleaning solution to draw out any liquid that soaked into the fabric. You can also use spot-cleaning treatments designed for clothing to further draw out liquid and prevent the stain from becoming permanent.

Faceoff: Blinds vs Shades vs Curtains vs Drapes

Uncovered windows can make rooms feel incomplete and lacking. Most homeowners opt to cover their windows to block out light and protect their privacy, but the way they go about it can be radically different from home to home. While one homeowner may prefer thick curtains, another may prefer lightweight bamboo blinds. All types of window coverings have their own pros and cons, and finding the best option for your home is a matter of personal preference.

Windows that are outfitted with some type of covering almost always look better than when they’re bare. Window coverings also provide benefits beyond just reducing glare and protecting your privacy, as some are great at insulating your home, prolonging the lifespan of your furniture, and even protecting your skin.

If you can’t decide between blinds, shades, curtains, and drapes for your home, check out our comparison guide below:

Blinds

Blinds are traditional window coverings and are extremely common in homes and businesses throughout the country. Blinds are built with a headrail, individual and adjustable slats, and a bottom rail. They can be closed to block light and protect and privacy, and opened to let light in and create a view of the outdoors.

  • Blinds are among the most inexpensive window coverings.If you’re on a budget and looking to outfit your home with new window coverings, blinds may be your best option. Our faux wood and aluminum mini blinds are priced to fit almost any budget without sacrificing any quality or beauty.
  • Blinds can be easily repaired.Because blinds are built using several individual slats, they can be easily repaired if they get damaged. Broken slats can be glued or even replaced altogether with ease. In addition, both faux wood and aluminum blinds are also easily cleaned and maintained, making them less likely to become stained or faded over time than other types of window treatments.

Shades

Shades aren’t as common in homes as blinds, but they’re still a very popular and effective option for blocking light and protecting privacy. In addition, shades are rapidly changing and becoming more and more versatile. For example, our sheer shades use highly advanced fabrics and combine the function of blinds and traditional shades.

  • Shades create a built-in and low-profile look.When lowered, certain types of shades—especially roller shades and cellular shades—create a matte and low-profile look on windows. Their simplistic and uniform design makes them ideal for homeowners who prefer to keep their interior design focus elsewhere. However, Roman shades and bamboo shades can easily be the centerpiece of a room for homeowners who want to draw eyes to their windows.
  • Shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy.While blinds are perfectly capable of reducing glare and helping your family feel safe and secure inside your home, shades can take those benefits to a new level. Shades can be paired with both blackout liners and privacy liners, which are designed to turn ordinary rooms into sanctuaries of peace and quiet. They’re also perfect for media rooms, home offices, and bedrooms, and home theaters.

Curtains

Curtains are generally made from lightweight fabrics and are designed to add a decorative flair to windows. Unlike inside-mounted blinds and shades, curtains are installed completely outside of windows and may cover only a small part of your windows or a large portion of them. Their design often makes them a stronger focal point of rooms than blinds and shades. Many curtains are relatively short and may fall only to the bottom of the window sill, while others may be floor-length.

  • Curtains help protect your blinds and shades.If you already have blinds or shades and add curtains to the mix, you may find that your existing window treatments will last longer and require less maintenance and cleaning—especially if you keep your curtains closed. In addition to keeping pets and their sharp claws and teeth at bay, curtains also act as dust magnets. While you’ll still need to dust them on a regular basis, curtains are easily removed—just slide them off the rod—and can be simply shaken off outside.
  • Curtains can complement and accent your blinds and shades.If you’re looking for curtains that purely decorative due to already having blinds or shades installed on your windows, you’ll be happy to know that curtains are an excellent way to further enhance the beauty of your window treatments. Curtains can create interesting contrasts to the colors, patterns, and textures in the wood, fabric, or synthetic materials used in your blinds and shades, and they can also add an extra infusion of color to your room.

Drapes

Many people think curtains and drapes are interchangeable. However, they are unique window covering types. Drapes are made almost exclusively with thick and heavy fabrics and typically are floor-length in size.

  • Drapes are great at insulating and soundproofing rooms.While thin, sheer curtains will provide virtually nothing in the way of insulation and soundproofing, thick thermal drapes are great for reducing heat loss during the winter and keeping cold drafts at bay. Thick drapes also create a dampening effect for loud and bothersome noises, making them ideal for homeowners who live near train tracks, industrial facilities, or busy highways.
  • Drapes can give a room a formal appearance.Curtains are generally considered informal and casual window coverings, while drapes are more formal in both appearance and function. Drapes are perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, and other areas where guests are frequently entertained. However, drapes don’t have to be installed only in formal rooms. When paired with high-quality blinds or shades, they’re perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any room in your home.

Bonus: Shutters

The four window covering types listed above aren’t the only ones available for you to install in your home. At Blindster, we’re proud to offer an alternative that’s quickly becoming a highly sought after item: indoor shutters. Our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters have many of the same benefits as faux wood blinds, but they have a unique appearance that transforms the appearance of any room due to their rich and timeless look.

  • Fauxwood shutters can be manufactured in two weeks.When you order a window covering for your home, you want it right away. Fortunately, our fauxwood plantation shutters can be fully manufactured, assembled, and shipped to your home in about two weeks. That’s less than half the time it takes to receive real wood shutters.
  • Fauxwood shutters are hollow-bodied and lightweight.The thought of installing shutters inside your home may seem foreign, especially if your only experience with shutters is the outdoor variety. However, like all of our faux wood window coverings, our plantation shutters are very lightweight due to the synthetic materials used in the manufacturing process and their hollow-bodied structure. That means they’re easy for anyone to lift and install.

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Buying New Window Treatments

You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and buy new window coverings for your home. You’ve done your research, taken the time to weigh the pros and cons between blinds and shades, and envisioned each room with new window treatments. With all the hard work done, there’s nothing left to do but click the order button, right?

At Blindster, we know that buying blinds and shades isn’t something most people take lightly, especially given the fact that it requires careful measurements and is often a DIY installation project. But we also know that many homeowners are happier with their new window coverings over the long haul when they approach the buying process carefully and don’t leave out any important steps along the way.

If you’re thinking about purchasing new window treatments for your home, do your best to avoid these common mistakes:

Focusing exclusively on looks over function.

It’s no secret that your new window coverings will make a huge impact on the appearance of your home. In fact, new blinds and shades can dramatically change the look of a living room, bed room, or dining room—even with no other alterations or changes. But picking window treatments exclusively based on their appearance can sometimes lead to disappointment, especially when they’re purchased for a room that gets large amounts of sunlight, heat, and glare. It’s important to strike a balance between form and function when you buy new blinds and shades, as beautiful window treatments that don’t meet your individual needs may soon find themselves being returned or replaced.

Not ordering samples before placing your product order.

We know that many homeowners are reluctant to buy window treatments due to the difficulty of truly understanding what a blind or shade’s color, texture, and pattern look like when they’ve only been viewed on a computer screen or tablet. That’s why we offer samples of all our window treatments. Our samples are designed to make it easy for you to compare the colors of the window coverings you’re interested in with everything else in your home, including furniture, décor, and paint. Getting the perfect color can be a tricky and time-consuming process, but samples make it easy to get the right match.

Taking imprecise measurements of your windows.

Our window treatments are custom cut to fit windows exactly, whether they’re going to be installed inside the window frame or on top of the window. That’s why it’s vital that you give us the most precise measurements possible. When blinds and shades aren’t cut to properly fit windows, they can leave large gaps that let in harsh glare and sunlight. And for inside installations, they may not even fit inside the window frame. Make sure you have the tools necessary to properly measure your windows, including a tape measure and step ladder (if necessary), and consult our measuring instructions for all types of window coverings before you begin the measuring the process.

Not checking out all options and add-ons for your blinds or shades.

Our standard blinds and shades are designed to meet the needs of most homeowners, but we know that many people have specific features and options that they need to be satisfied with their purchase. Before you place your order, take the time to browse the many options we offer with our window treatments. Things like cordless operation, top down/bottom up operation, privacy/route-less slats, blackout liners, edge binding, and a huge variety of textures, colors, and patterns can make a big difference in your overall satisfaction with your new window treatments, so it’s important that you check out all the available options before you make your purchasing decision.

Choosing one-size-fits-all window coverings for every room in your home.

If you’re replacing all the window coverings in your home or outfitting a new home, you may be tempted to just bulk order a single style to save time. While this can be an effective option for some homeowners, it’s not always the best option, especially when different rooms in your home have different needs due to sun exposure, décor, color, and even purpose. For example, you may want to maximize natural sunlight in your kitchen and dining room, which makes our selection of Sheer Shades a great choice due to their soft sheer fabric and light-filtering vanes. But in your bedroom, living room, and home office, you may need greater privacy afforded by Roman shades, pleated shades, and wood blinds.

Not considering the differences between inside and outside installations.

Although most people install their window coverings inside of their window frames, outside mounts are great options for certain homes and on certain windows. If you’re used to inside mounted blinds and shades, don’t immediately order that style without first evaluating your windows and the room where your new window coverings will be installed. If you have small windows that you want to look larger, outside installation is the perfect solution. It’s also a great way to cover unattractive window frames, casings, and moldings. Inside installations, on the other hand, won’t cover your windows or make them look larger, but they offer a more built-in and low-profile look that many homeowners prefer.

2017 Window Treatment New Year’s Resolutions

Many people use a new year as an opportunity to start a fitness program, take up a new hobby, or accomplish an important goal at work. But at Blindster, we like to think of a new year as the perfect time to solve any issues you have with window treatments in your home. Getting the right blinds and shades in each room can make a huge difference in your home’s overall appearance, and it can even improve your quality of sleep and your overall satisfaction with your home.

Best of all, buying and installing new window treatments is one of the most “bang for your buck” home upgrades—especially if you’re looking to make a big change in 2017 but you’re on a strict budget. We have blinds and shades that are doable on almost any budget, and they’re all built with high-quality materials that are designed to last for many years.

Take control of your home’s lighting, insulation, and privacy the right way by following these window treatment New Year’s resolutions:

 

Get window coverings for your bare windows.

Get window coverings for your bare windows.

Whether it’s the windows in your spare bedroom, basement, or even your living room, bare windows can significantly detract from the appearance of a room. In addition to conveying a “just moved in” look, they’re also privacy risks and can result in fluctuating temperatures and even faded furniture. If you have bare windows, your priority in 2017 should be covering them. If you’re on a strict budget, you can’t go wrong with our Cordless Aluminum Blinds or our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds.

 

Take control of the lighting in your bedrooms, living room, and home office.

Bright sunlight or even bright street lights can make it difficult to sleep, relax, and work. And in many cases, certain types of window treatments aren’t sufficient to block out sunlight that keeps you up at night or artificial light that prevents you from getting your work done. If you’re unhappy with the window treatments in your bedrooms, living room, or home office, replace them with blinds or shades that will get the job done. For the ultimate in light blocking, check out our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A, which are made with 100 percent high-end polyester and are designed to absorb the sun’s bright and damaging UV rays before they can enter your home.

 

Order the window treatments you’ve always wanted.

Are you bored with your window treatments? Does a friend or family member have shades that you’re dying to install in your own home? If so, treat yourself in 2017 and take the plunge by ordering the window coverings you’ve always wanted. When it comes to luxury in terms of both materials and appearance, you’ll love our huge selection of Roman shades. Our Premium Roman Shades are available in four varieties—groups A, B, C, and D—with dozens of colors available in each group. These shades are highly customizable, with options like pleated and hobbled folds, cordless lifts, top down/bottom up operation, and blackout liners.

 

Clean your existing window treatments

Clean your existing window treatments.

Already got window treatments that you love, but perhaps they’re looking a bit dingy as of late? If so, it’s nothing that a little elbow grease and light cleaning can’t fix. For aluminum, faux wood, and wood blinds, use a fabric duster to collect dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris from the slats. Then, use a lightly dampened cloth or sponge to wipe away any extra dirt. For shades, a duster and a vacuum are great ways to reduce dust, while heavy stains may require more intensive cleaning solutions. Always attempt a test spot when using mild (never harsh) cleaning solutions to avoid staining or fading the fabric.

 

Make your outdoor area more comfortable with exterior shades

Make your outdoor area more comfortable with exterior shades.

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or enjoying fresh air on your patio, the sun’s heat and harsh glare can make difficult to relax for more than just a few minutes at a time without overheating or worrying about a sunburn. Exterior shades are the perfect way to reclaim your home’s outdoor area so that you can enjoy your view year-round and even on the hottest summer days when the sun’s rays are at their most intense. We have two options to choose from—a shade that blocks 95 percent of UV rays and a shade that blocks 90 percent of UV rays. Both maintain your view and are available in six colors, and they’re both the perfect solution for an outdoor area that otherwise puts your skin and eyes at risk of sun-related damage.

 

Childproof and pet-proof your home with cordless options and cord cleats

Childproof and pet-proof your home with cordless options and cord cleats.

At Blindster, we offer free cord cleats with the purchase of any window treatments that utilize cords for lifting and lowering. If you have cord-operated window treatments and don’t have cord cleats installed to keep them safely tucked away, get them as soon as possible—especially if you have pets or small children. These small plastic or metal devices can make a huge difference in your home’s overall safety. If you’re looking to purchase new blinds or shades, consider trying cordless options. As you might expect, these types of window coverings are naturally safe for kids and pets due to the lack of cloth, nylon, or metal cords and chains.

How to Make Your Home a Cozier Place

Your home is your sanctuary—your refuge from the stresses of everyday life. While simply having a place to call your own where you can kick back and relax after a long day is great for the mind, body, and soul, it can’t hurt to make sure that your home is as comfortable and inviting as possible.

Most people have either lived in or visited apartments and homes that had a decidedly cozy feel to them, but they may find it difficult to put their finger on what, exactly, created that feeling. Cozy living spaces can vary in size, layout, and décor, but they often share a few common aspects that contribute to a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility.

If you’re looking to transform a single room or your entire home into a cozier place, check out Blindster’s tips below:

  • Choose comfort.

When shopping for new furniture or bedding, it’s common for homeowners to fall in love with the appearance and aesthetics of one style but greatly prefer the comfort level of another. While it’s great to have a couch that perfectly complements your living room décor, you may find yourself feeling out of place or even avoiding the room altogether if it’s not comfortable. On the other hand, a couch, blanket, or comforter that may not be the most cutting edge, but is undeniably comfortable, will quickly grow on you and enhance your enjoyment of your living room or bedroom.

  • Choose warm colors when painting and decorating.

While cool colors are “in” for many home décor experts, it’s important to remember that colors can have a strong impact on mood and ambiance. If you’re looking for comfort and coziness, you can’t go wrong with bold colors and warm neutral accents. In addition to being energizing, variations of colors like red and orange can also make rooms feel warmer, which is a subtle but noticeable effect—particularly in drafty rooms or large rooms that are difficult to heat evenly during the fall and winter.

  • Create a reading, breakfast, or relaxation nook.

There are two times when most people want to feel relaxed: right before work and right after work. Creating a peaceful place to get ready to face the day, as well as a place to unwind and relax after a full day at work, can go a long way towards making your home a cozier place. Window seats are ideal for creating nooks, but they aren’t necessary. A comfortable seating area anywhere in your home that’s designed specifically for times of relaxation is effective at helping you prepare for an important meeting or interview, and it can also be a great place to catch up on your summer reading and to shed the stresses of your day.

 

  • Decorate to impress yourself, not others.

What good are decorations if they don’t appeal to you on a personal level? It’s easy to fall into a trap of decorating your home solely based on the items you see in magazines, blogs, and in-store arrangements, but doing so can rob your home of its character and its charm—not to mention make it feel uncomfortable. When decorating, always choose items that make you happy, whether they’re sentimental, quirky, or just plain fun to have on display.

  • Buy rugs to create comfortable spaces on hardwood, tile, and concrete floors.

Many newer homes and apartments are trending away from carpet in order to create spaces that are easier to clean, less allergenic, and less prone to damage from leaks and spills. However, the tradeoff for the removal of carpet are floors that can be uncomfortable, cold, and less child-friendly. The good news is that a few well-placed rugs are a great replacement for wall-to-wall carpeting that can easily be cleaned and even replaced if necessary. Plush rugs in bedrooms and living rooms create a more comfortable environment, while also reducing the sounds of footsteps—which can be a welcome relief for homeowners with upstairs bedrooms.

  • Control your home’s natural lighting with the right window treatments.

Lighting plays a big part in the coziness and comfort of a home. Being woken up at sunrise due to ineffective shades or blinds isn’t a great way to start your day—especially if it’s the weekend and you’re trying to sleep in. But at the same time, relying solely on artificial lighting due to thick blackout shades and curtains can also put a damper on your mood and your home’s comfort level. Having the right kind of shades not only improves the appearance of your windows, but it also gives you more control over the amount of sunlight that enters your home depending on your mood, your required privacy level, and the time of day.

 

  • Get your fireplace in working order.

If your home is equipped with a fireplace, you already have one of the most effective tools for creating a cozy room and living space. Fireplaces can require some work and some initial expense to clean and prepare, especially if they haven’t been used in a long time, but there’s no substitute for spending cold nights in the fall, winter, and early spring watching movies or reading books by the fire. Fireplaces are a delight for the senses—the smell of wood, the sound of embers crackling and sparking, the sight of the flames dancing, and the feeling of warm air that fills the room.

 

  • Fill your home with flowers and plants.

One of the best parts about relaxing outdoors is taking in the sights and smells of flowers and plants. Bringing them indoors is a great way to make your home a more comfortable, inviting, and cozy place. Plants are not only great decorative items that add color and life to rooms, but they also help freshen the air and even help concentration and focus. You don’t have to go overboard to get the positive effects of indoor plants—a handful of well-placed and well-maintained plants can quickly liven up your home. If you have pets, make sure that any plants you bring into your home are non-toxic and safe for cats, dogs, and other small animals.

P.S. All photos used in this blog were sent in by actual Blindster.com customers.