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Window Covering Color Trends for 2018

If you’re in the market for new window coverings, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is the color of your new blinds or shades. Popular colors for home décor can change from year to year, but buying a specific color in 2018 doesn’t mean the appearance of your window treatments will be out of date next year. However, it may make it easier to find matching furniture, decorative pieces, and paint, as colors tend to become fashionable at the same time.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer a huge selection of colors and patterns on our blinds and shades. Many of our products are available in dozens of colors, making it easy for you to get window treatments that perfectly complement your home’s color scheme and satisfy your tastes and style choices.

Whether you’re outfitting a new home with window coverings or replacing your existing blinds and shades, check out the top color trends for 2018 and the best window treatments available in those colors:

Sage

Sage

This greyish-green color is neutral enough to match almost any décor style, but bold and bright enough to make a statement in any room. We offer several window coverings with sage color options, including our Premium Soft Fold Roman Shades Group B, Privacy Aluminum Blinds, and our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades Group A.

Marigold

Marigold

A throwback color that is reminiscent of popular colors in the 1960s and 1970s, marigold is emerging as a popular color in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms. We offer two types of window coverings with this color—our Premium Plain Fold Roman Shades Group C and our Premium Soft Fold Roman Shades Group C.

Blush

Blush

A variation on standard pink, blush is a color that’s becoming popular with millennials due to its neutrality and similarity to more common tones like peach and salmon. You can get the look with our Premium Woven Wood Fabric Roller Shades, our Premium Motorized Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades, and our standard Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades.

Cherry Wine

Cherry Wine

Pinkish red, this color is ideal for homeowners looking to make a statement in rooms. It’s bright enough to immediately draw the attention of the eyes, but not bright enough to be overwhelming or to dominate a room’s appearance. Some of our wine-colored window coverings include our Premium Soft Fold Roman Shades Group A, our 2” Distressed Wood Blinds, and our Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades.

Lime

A bold departure from the standard greens and yellows seen in many homes, lime is increasing in popularity in both paint choices and décor. You can bring a variation into your home with our Premium Soft Fold Roman Shades Group A, while similar colors can be found in our Fabric Vertical Blinds, our 1” Aluminum Blinds, and our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds.

Sand

Neutral, comforting, and easy to complement, sand is a great choice for any room in your home. Many of our products are available in this color, including our Premium Blackout Solar Shades, our Deluxe Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades, and our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades.

coconut

Coconut

A popular variation on white and off-white color schemes, coconut is proving to be a solid choice with homeowners across the country in 2018. Both our Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection and our Premium Motorized Solar Shades Exotic Collection are available in this color, and a huge variety of our products are available in similar shades, such as our 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds, our 2” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades, and our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds.

What Are the Cheapest Blinds?

At Blindster, we know that budgets for window coverings can vary from household to household. In addition, we also know that even when money is no object, some homeowners prefer to go the economical route when they’re purchasing new window treatments.

Our extensive product line includes both high-end, state-of-the-art window coverings as well as basic blinds and shades that are designed to look great in any home while reducing heat and glare and protecting privacy. It’s our goal to make sure our customers get what they want and need, regardless of their budgets.

No matter where in our price-tier you purchase your window coverings, you can be sure that you’ll get blinds and shades built with high-quality materials and components that are designed to last. We stand by all of our products, and that’s why we offer a Fit-or-Free Guarantee®, a 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee, and a Lifetime Warranty.

Save Money on Blinds with These Options

We have inexpensive options for our customers in every product line we offer. From standard aluminum blinds to wood blinds, you’re sure to find a window covering that fits your needs, your home, and your budget:

2in Super Value Faux Wood Blinds

2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are extremely popular due to their low prices, their durability, and their easy cleaning. Our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds are both our most economical and among our most popular due to their attractive design and large slats. They’re available in three colors—white, bone, and natural embossed—and can be cut to fit a variety of window sizes. Best of all, even when customized, these faux wood blinds are still easier on the wallet than many comparable blinds sold at big box retail stores.

2in Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

For an upgrade over our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds. Only slightly more expensive, these blinds are our best sellers and have a few added touches to make them more attractive to many homeowners. Those touches include a 3 ¼” crown molded valance and the choice of 9 colors as opposed to three in the Super Value blinds. In addition, they’re available in three darker wood stains, including natural embossed, cherry embossed, oak, and chestnut.

2in Super Value Wood Blinds

2” Super Value Wood Blinds

If you prefer the look and feel of real wood blinds, but still want an inexpensive option, our 2” Super Value Wood Blinds are perfect for you. Made with high-quality wood that resists fading due to a special-coat finish and UV inhibitor, these blinds are available in five unique colors, including crisp white, white, Swiss coffee, golden oak, and pecan. One advantage that real wood blinds have over faux wood is their insulation qualities, making them ideal for homeowners who live in cold climates.

1in Aluminum Blinds

1” Aluminum Blinds

Classic mini blinds never go out of style, and they’re a great addition to any room in your home. Best of all, they’re also inexpensive and can fit into any budget. Our 1” Aluminum Blinds are the quintessential window coverings and are built in a style that’s commonplace in millions of homes and businesses throughout the country. With 31 colors to choose from, you’re certain to find the ideal fit for your home. The economical price also continues to pay for itself over the years with these blinds, as they’re all-metal design makes them extremely durable and sturdy.

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Want an inexpensive option that’s even better at protecting your privacy than our standard 1” Aluminum Blinds? Look no further than our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. Built using the same high-quality components and materials as our other mini blinds, these window coverings are ideal for people who want to eliminate even more glare and further protect their privacy. They work by eliminating route holes, which makes them seamless when their slats are in a closed position. Order yours in white, bone, mocha, or sage to fit your room’s color scheme and décor.

Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds

Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds

Covering large windows or sliding doors can be a challenge with traditional window coverings, but vertical blinds make it easy. Large louvres mounted on a sliding track create the ultimate in convenience when it comes to controlling light across a large and wide area—and you don’t have to break the bank to get it. Our Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds are resistant to harsh conditions and come in 11 different colors, including silk white, light blue, and tan. Choose between cord and chain control or optional cordless wand control.

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Fabric Vertical Blinds

PVC isn’t for everyone, and if you’re looking for a softer alternative for covering a large window or glass door, be sure to check out our Fabric Vertical Blinds. These blinds also serve as great alternatives to curtains, and because they’re mounted on an easy gliding/rolling mechanism, they’re much easier and more convenient to operate than large, unwieldy curtains while still giving you the same light blocking and filtering qualities. Weights sewn-in to the bottoms of each louver also help hold them in place, making them ideal for rooms with plenty of air flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Window Treatment Materials 101

The materials used to create blinds and shades are the defining factor in what makes them effective at blocking light, filtering light, absorbing heat, insulating rooms, eliminating UV rays, and protecting your privacy. Knowing the types of materials used in your current blinds and shades and knowing the materials you may want in the future is helpful when you’re ordering new window treatments that must meet certain needs from both a form and function standpoint.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer blinds and shades that are manufactured using only the highest quality materials. But we also know that not all homeowners and business owners have the same needs when they’re purchasing window treatments. That’s why it’s important to have a good understanding of the differences between blinds and shades that look similar, but ultimately have different textures, weights, and purposes.

Check out the comparison guide below to get acquainted with some of the most popular materials used in modern window treatments:

  • Aluminum

    Aluminum is a tough and durable material that’s used to manufacture no-nonsense blinds that are designed to hold up for many years under harsh conditions. In addition to being highly resistant to fading, cracking, and chipping, our aluminum blinds are also lightweight, which makes them easy to install. Being lightweight makes aluminum blinds perfect for large windows and doors. When open, aluminum blinds allow plenty of light into your home, but they’re also highly effective at protecting your privacy when closed—especially our special Privacy Aluminum Blinds.

  • Wood

    Our wood blinds are manufactured using American basswood, which is harvested from forests in the Eastern United States and Canada. This wood is naturally lightweight and durable, and that means blinds created with this material are suitable for installation in just about any room in your home or business. The rich natural wood grain and texture are highlighted by the beautiful stains and colors available in our inventory. Like aluminum blinds, real wood blinds are incredibly lightweight and easy to install on even the largest windows. Best of all, wood blinds are the perfect match for almost any type and color of home décor.

  • Faux Wood

    Faux wood is a material created by combining vinyl and vinyl compounds in a manner that looks and feels like real wood. Because faux wood is a synthetic material, it’s available at a lower price point than real wood, and it’s also easier to clean due to being less likely to absorb moisture, which can occasionally result in the warping of real wood blinds. Faux wood was originally conceived for use in blinds that are installed in steamy, humid, or moisture-filled rooms, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages. But their attractive looks and durability have made them popular choices for every room.

  • PVC

    Like aluminum, PVC is a no-nonsense material that’s lightweight, affordable, and highly effective at blocking out light. PVC is used in large vertical blinds that are designed to be installed on sliding glass doors and other oversized windows that aren’t easily covered by traditional window coverings. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and it’s the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. Because it’s so widely used and mass-produced throughout the world, PVC vertical blinds are available at an attractive point, making it the perfect solution for covering large spaces without breaking the bank. And just like aluminum and faux wood blinds, PVC blinds can be cleaned with almost any cleaning product without fears of fading or warping.

  • Fabric

    Fabric is used in the manufacture of a huge variety of shades, including Roman shades, cellular shades, sheer shades, roller shades, and pleated shades. Despite the common material, these shades have dramatically different looks, functions, and purposes. Roman shades are among the most elegant in appearance, while sheer shades and pleated shades are designed to filter light. Roller shades often used to block out or eliminate outside light, while cellular shades can function as light-filtering or blackout shades. We also offer solar and exterior shades that utilize proprietary fabrics known as Phifer Sheerweave® and Vertilux® Solar Screen, which are designed to significantly reduce the heat and intensity of the sun’s UV rays while preserving outdoor views.

  • Bamboo

    In addition to American basswood, we also offer wood shades that are manufactured with real bamboo slats and reeds. Bamboo offers a design aesthetic that makes them completely unique and a breath of fresh air for many homeowners. In addition to being eco-friendly, bamboo also brings a touch of the outdoors into your home. Bamboo isn’t just an attractive design material—it’s also highly effective at performing all the functions you want and need from your shades. On its own, bamboo is both light-blocking and privacy-protecting, but these shades can be enhanced with the addition of privacy and blackout liners.

Best Window Treatments for Different Climates

One of the best ways to insulate your home and make it more energy efficient is to install blinds and shades on your windows. But what’s best for a home in the humid South may not be the best option for a home in the dry Southwest. In addition, windows in geographic regions that get 300+ days of sunshine per year should be insulated and covered differently than windows in regions that get much less sunshine and experience cold or freezing temperatures for several months.

While any window covering is better than no window covering when it comes to insulating your home and protecting your furniture and your family’s privacy, maximizing the effectiveness of your blinds and shades by picking ones that are suited to your area’s climate can go a long way toward making your home more energy efficient 365 days per year.

For a list of the best window treatments for different climates, check out Blindster’s top picks below:

Sunny and Dry

Homeowners who live in warm, dry, and sunny climates have a wide range of options to choose from. The biggest need for many people in these area is reducing the amount of heat that enters their windows, eliminating harsh glares, and reducing the effects of UV rays.

Ideal window treatments for this geographic region include:

  • Solar Shades Many homeowners in warm, sunny climates want to maximize the perks of living in such an area by filling their homes with natural sunlight. However, they also want to minimize the warming effect caused by sunlight and the damage its UV rays can do to their furniture and even their skin.Our Premium and Deluxe solar shades are made with Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics, which are highly durable while significantly reducing heat and glare while preserving your view of the outdoors. They’re also designed to cut down on the intensity of the sun’s UV rays, increasing the lifespan of your furniture and protecting fabric, wood, and other materials from fading.
  • Sheer Shades If solar shades aren’t a good fit for your home, but you still want to maximize natural sunlight to heat and light your living room, bed room, or dining room, sheer shades are an excellent alternative.These window coverings are a mixture of shades and blinds with fabric vanes floating between soft, knitted fabric sheers. Raise the vanes to get soft, diffused, and filtered light in your home that has 99 percent fewer UV rays than unblocked sunlight.

Cold and Rainy

Areas like the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast often receive large amounts of rainfall and snowfall. In the winter, windows can become a major source of heat loss for homes in these regions. At Blindster, we recommend heavy blinds and shades that can provide maximum insulation to keep warm air in and cold air out during the fall, winter, and early spring.

Some of the top window coverings for rainy and cold areas are:

  • Roman Shades Roman shades are thick and heavy like a winter coat. And just like your favorite winter clothing, these window treatments are designed to ward off cold air and keep drafts at bay. Our Premium Roman shades are available in four groups—A, B, C, and D—with dozens of colors to choose from within each category.When combined with energy efficient or newly insulated windows, these shades are the ultimate in keeping your home protected the harsh elements outside. Raise them during the day to naturally heat your home when the sun is out and lower them at night to seal the warm air indoors. Finally, pair them with a blackout liner for extra privacy, light reduction, and insulation.
  • Wood Blinds Nothing completes the look of a stately New England home or a rustic cabin nestled in the Pacific Northwest quite like wood blinds. Our real wood blinds are made from kiln-dried American basswood, which is harvested from forests in the Eastern USA and Canada. For many homeowners, there’s no substitute for the subtle textures and colors found in actual wood grain, and that’s why we use only the highest-quality wood in our manufacturing process.Real wood blinds are great at insulating homes and acting as a barrier between your living room, bedroom, or office and cold, rainy drafts outside. The best part about installing wood blinds in wet and cold climates is the fact that they seamlessly match almost all furniture and décor that’s native to those areas.

Sunny and Rainy

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but anyone who lives there knows that rain showers are a frequent occurrence—as are high levels of humidity. All the moisture in the area can cause some types of window treatments to fade, warp, or even mildew over long periods of time, especially if they’re exposed to the elements due to open windows or doors.

These window treatments are designed to hold up against both the sun’s damaging rays and the effects of frequent high humidity:

  • Faux Wood Blinds Faux wood blinds are created using synthetic materials, such as vinyl and vinyl compound materials. However, they look and feel extremely similar to real wood. But unlike wood blinds, faux wood blinds are designed to stand up to harsh conditions. Real wood is susceptible to warping and discoloration due to things like constant sunlight exposure and humidity, but faux wood was specifically designed to be used in humid conditions such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages.With these blinds, you’ll have peace of mind in even the wettest and sunniest climates. Feel free to leave your patio doors and windows open and let in a fresh breeze, as the hardy construction of faux wood blinds means that they’ll be no worse for the wear even after years of exposure to moisture and high humidity.
  • Aluminum Blinds Want blinds that are easy to clean, resistant to fading, and durable enough to hold up for many years? If so, you can’t go wrong with our aluminum blinds. These window coverings are extremely common in homes, apartments, and businesses throughout the world for good reason. They work well in virtually any climate and thrive under even the harshest conditions.In addition to being highly effective at blocking out light and protecting your privacy, aluminum blinds are also ideal for warm and humid climates. Like faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds won’t mold or mildew and can be easily cleaned with solutions that might damage other types of window coverings.

Best Blinds and Shades for Doors

Whether your home has sliding glass doors or doors with large windows built-in, you undoubtedly know how the openness of such doors can be a double-edged sword. They’re perfect for letting in natural light and filling your home with a warm glow during the day, but they can also significantly reduce your privacy.

The good news is that the vast majority of the window coverings we sell at Blindster can be ordered to fit doors, regardless of their shape or size. Doors outfitted with window coverings can often be even more stunning than many windows due to their larger size and the huge amounts of filtered natural light they bring into your home.

To find the perfect blinds for the doors in your home, check out our recommendations below:

embossed pvc blinds

When most people think of window coverings for doors, they probably imagine blinds that look much like our Embossed PVC Vertical Blinds. These blinds are easy to operate and open/close due to a self-aligning wheeled carrier and self-lubricating acetal parts. Choose from more than 20 colors to perfectly fit your home’s décor and style, including Manhattan White, Charleston Sand, and Stanford Bluehaze, and pick between a chain or wand control. Don’t worry about your doors being too big, either—this blind can be custom cut to fit doors up to 129” wide and 129” long.

2 inch sheer shades

Our sheer shades are among our best sellers due to their versatility, and the 2” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades are no different. Windowed doors are unique in that homeowners frequently want the ultimate in privacy—especially when their doors face sidewalks or streets—while also having the luxury of maximizing the natural light they produce. These shades fit the bill by being manufactured using two layers of soft fabric sheers and block 97 percent of light and 99 percent of UV rays, while also being perfect for filtering sunlight during the day and filling your home with soft, diffuse light.

woven wood group d

Doors that lead in and out of outdoor areas, or just doors in homes that feature a natural décor theme, are the perfect places for bamboo shades. Blindster’s Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group D are the ultimate in luxury and quality when it comes to natural shades and they can be cut to fit most doors, with a maximum width of 93” and a maximum height of 108”. The hand-woven bamboo, grass, and jute fabrics can be selected in 20 unique colors and patterns, including Rangoon Umber, Bangkok Herb, and Jakarta Dawn.

 

privacy wood blinds

If you’re a fan of natural materials but prefer a more traditional and classic look for your doors, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds. Manufactured with the highest quality basswood, these window treatments will help insulate your home from the harsh outdoor elements and won’t fade or warp even after years of exposure to intense sunlight. These shades are also perfect for homeowners who want the ultimate in privacy, as a routeless option is included free of charge. That means your blinds won’t have any holes or openings when closed, giving your family peace of mind at all hours of the day and night.

 

2 inch aluminum

Looking for blinds that are all about function while designed to be as unobtrusive as possible from a design standpoint? Then look no further than our 2” Aluminum Blinds. These mini-blinds are exceptionally common in homes throughout the country due to their ability to block out natural light and protect privacy, match and blend with almost any décor, and a hardy manufacturing process and robust materials that makes them resistant to fading and warping. Large doors are no problem for these blinds, as they can be custom cut to fit spaces up to 122” wide and 108” high. You can also personalize your blinds with unique colors, including Brushed Aluminum, Char Brown, and Black Satin.

 

roman shades group b

If you accept nothing less than the best from a style and décor standpoint when purchasing window treatments, our Premium Roman Shades Group B may be right up your alley. Roman shades are known for their decorative and luxurious appearance, and they are the perfect fit for homes with a classic look and elegant furnishings. The folds and beautifully textured appearance of Roman shades make them the perfect fit for the length of most doors, and they look just as beautiful open as they do fully closed. In addition to their stunning looks, these shades are also highly effective at blocking out sunlight and protecting your privacy due to their thick fabrics.

 

premium solar shades

If privacy isn’t a major issue in your home and you are focused more on preserving as much natural light in your home as possible while also cutting down on the sun’s harmful UV rays, you’ll love our Premium Solar Shades 5% Open. These window treatments can be cut to fit exceptionally large doors up to 144” wide and 192” high and preserve nearly all visibility while eliminating 95 percent of UV rays from entering your home and fading your furniture and décor. Greenguard® certified and manufactured using high-quality Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics, these shades are built to last and will hold up in your home for years to come.

 

premium roller shades

Not satisfied with standard colors and textures in your home’s shades? Outfit your doors with our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades – Group A and enjoy a huge variety of stunning colors and patterns, including Lumen White, Lumen Onyx, Swirls Mocha, and Lima Autumn. With maximum measurements of 108” wide and 120” high, these light-filtering shades will fit the majority of doors and can be outfitted with a standard cordless spring roller lift system or an optional continuous loop lift cord for easy operation.

Busting the Most Common Window Covering Myths

Buying blinds and shades can be a confusing process for many homeowners—especially if they’ve never done it in the past. Unfortunately, there are a handful of myths about window treatments that can needlessly complicate the process and make it even more difficult for homeowners to get the function and look that they want when they’re searching for the perfect blinds and shades.

At Blindster, we know that many of our customers have questions about blinds and shades, and we also know that there are many inaccurate myths that can make any buyer hesitant to make a purchase. If you’re almost ready to buy the perfect window coverings for your home, but there are a few concerns holding you back, check out the facts behind some of the most common myths about blinds and shades in the section below, and if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service representatives.

  • It’s too difficult to measure, order, and install blinds or shades by myself.

Anyone with a measuring tape and a few basic tools can order and install blinds or shades that will fit their windows perfectly. While the measuring process does require measurements that are as exact as possible to ensure the right fit, we provide measuring instructions for every window covering we offer that will help make sure you send us the right dimensions when you place your order. We also offer instructions for installing blinds and shades both inside and outside of windows, depending on your personal preference or the size of your window frames.

 

  • I won’t be able to find window treatments that match my home’s décor.

Window treatments go far beyond the standard aluminum blinds that many people are used to seeing in apartments, offices, and homes. At Blindster, we offer several types of blinds and a huge variety of shades that are designed to match almost any home’s color scheme and style. For example, our Premium Roman Shades Group A are available in 47 different colors, while our Premium Roman Shades Group B are available in 60 different colors. We also offer shades in unique and eye-catching patterns that are designed to complement both your sense of style and your home’s overall beauty and elegance.

 

  • My windows aren’t standard size and window coverings won’t fit.

Our window coverings can be custom made to fit almost any window size. Many of our blinds and shades can fit windows up to 120” wide and 120” tall—with some models available in even larger sizes. If your windows are wider than our offered sizes, you can order multiple blinds or shades and connect them for a single uniform appearance across your room.

 

  • Window coverings block out too much light and make rooms too dark.

While it’s true that many window coverings—particularly blackout shades—are designed to eliminate as much outside light from entering homes as possible, there are several types of shades that are designed to maintain natural light while cutting down on glare and other harsh elements of sunlight. For example, our 3” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades allow a soft and diffused natural light to brighten up your home while also protecting you and your furniture from 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays.

 

  • Window coverings aren’t effective at making a room completely dark.

At Blindster, we’ve received many questions from homeowners on the opposite end of the spectrum who are concerned that shades won’t be effective at blocking out light in their game rooms, home theaters, nurseries, or other rooms that require complete light control. Our Deluxe Solar Shades Blackout delivers 100% light blockage, meaning you can eliminate all outside light from entering your home. We also offer a wide variety of traditional blackout shades in different colors and materials that block out 99 percent to 99.9 percent of sunlight and UV rays.

 

  • Window treatments are too expensive to install throughout my home.

The cost of window treatments can vary significantly depending on the type of blinds or shades you purchase. If you’re looking to outfit your home with window treatments for the lowest possible price, we have great options that can fit your budget, such as our 1” Aluminum Blinds, our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds, and our Deluxe Vinyl Roller Shades. Our wide range of window treatments at a wide range of prices means that homeowners can install window coverings in every room without breaking the bank.

 

  • Window covering cords are dangerous and unsightly.

Certain types of cords used to operate blinds and shades can pose risks to small children and pets. However, all window treatment orders purchased from Blindster come with free cord cleats that you can use to wrap up excess lengths of cord to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. And if you prefer to not see or use a cord when operating your blinds or shades, we offer a huge variety of cordless options, including our Premium Roman Shades, our Deluxe Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Blackout Cellular Shades, and our Premium Fabric Roller Shades – Woven Wood.

 

  • Window coverings are difficult to clean and maintain.

Depending on where you live and the environment your window coverings are exposed to, you may need to clean your blinds and shades on a semi-regular basis. However, thoroughly cleaning your shades doesn’t take more than a few minutes per week to complete. Just use a duster to remove built-up dust, pet hair, and other debris from the entire surface of the blinds or shades. If your blinds or shades become stained, lightly scrubbing them with a cloth soaked in a mixture of water and mild detergent is sufficient to remove all but the darkest and most deep-set stains. Maintaining blinds and shades is easy with proper operation, and most problems can be fixed simply by resetting their lift mechanisms by following step-by-step instructions on our website or that are included with your order.

 

  • Window coverings will ruin my view.

If you own a home with a beautiful cityscape or landscape view, you may be hesitant to cover it up with blinds or shades because of the potential that they will spoil your view. However, in many cases, window coverings can actually enhance your view by properly framing it and diffusing the light. Top down/bottom up shades are perfect for homes with spectacular views, as they can be adjusted from the top and bottom for the ultimate in light and privacy control during the day and night. Sheer shades are another great option to preserve your view at all hours of the day while reducing the amount of harsh sunlight that enters your home.

How to Clean Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds are a practical and durable solution if you need privacy, insulation, and an elimination of harsh sunlight in your home.

To keep your aluminum blinds looking and operating their best, it’s important that you clean them regularly to prevent the buildup or dirt and dust on the slats and inside the moving parts of the headrail.

Follow Blindster’s instructions below to safely and effectively clean your aluminum blinds and maintain their appearance and function for years to come.

 

Step 1: Inspect your blinds.

Before you begin cleaning, take a moment to inspect your blinds and determine how thoroughly they need to be cleaned. Blinds that have a light accumulation of dirt and dust often require nothing more than simple spot-cleaning, while blinds with heavy amounts of mold, mildew, and other debris may require more intensive cleaning.

Step 2: Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions.

Your blinds came with instructions for cleaning and care that should always be followed to prevent damage. Aluminum blinds are more durable than many other types of blinds, but certain types of chemicals can strip away the metal or cause it to become discolored and damaged. Before using any cleaning chemicals on your blinds, always spot test an inconspicuous area first to test for possible damage or discoloration.

Step 3: Gather the items you’ll need to clean your blinds.

Once you’ve determined how thoroughly you need to clean your blinds and how to safely clean them, it’s time to gather the items you’ll need. Grab a bucket filled with warm water and a mild soap or detergent, a soft sponge, a feather duster, and a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to get started.

These items should be sufficient to remove caked on dirt, dust, mildew, mold, and pet hair from your blinds without causing damage. To prevent water from pooling and possibly damaging your floor or window sill, you should also place something underneath the blinds, such as a spare bedsheet or bath towels to absorb any water or cleaning products that run off from the blinds.

Step 4: Clean your blinds.

With all of your cleaning supplies in hand, it’s time to get to work. Start by using a feather duster to remove any surface dust and dirt from the blinds. Run it along every exposed surface and rinse it as necessary to remove any accumulations.

After using the feather duster, use your vacuum’s soft brush attachment to remove any dirt or dust from more hard to reach places or from areas where the feather duster won’t fit, such as near the headrail and near the internal components of the blinds.

If your blinds require more extensive cleaning, a sponge dipped in warm water mixed with a mild soap or detergent can help lift any caked on debris. Be careful while cleaning to avoid putting excess pressure on the blinds, as that can cause them to bend or even break. In addition, always wipe away any excess moisture left behind by the sponge.

Finally, if your blinds aren’t coming clean with spot cleaning, you can remove them from your window or wall and wash them either outdoors or in your bathtub. Be careful to not get water inside the headrail, as this can cause the blind to malfunction.

Step 5: Maintain your blinds to make cleaning easier in the future.

It’s a fact of life that blinds tend to attract and accumulate dirt, dust, and debris. However, a few preventative measures and regular cleaning can keep them looking great year-round and eliminate the need for extensive cleaning in the future.

One of the best ways to prevent accumulation on your blinds is to install screens on your windows. This prevents most airborne particles, including allergens, from getting inside your home and collecting on your blinds.

Another preventative measure you can take is to always spray window cleaner on your paper towel or rag and never on the window itself. This keeps it from spraying backwards and ending up on the blinds where it can attract dirt and dust.

Finally, make it a habit to use a feather duster on your aluminum blinds at least once per week to prevent debris from accumulating.

5 Best Privacy Blinds & Shades

Some blinds work well for energy efficiency. Others are meant more for decoration. Still others are best for safety and convenient, easy operation.

So, which work best for protecting your privacy? Here are some of your top choices:

2 Premium Faux Wood Blinds

1. Most Popular – 2” Premium Faux Wood Blinds

With a 4 ½ (out of 5) star rating, and 110 reviews, these are our most popular privacy blind of all. You can get them with a “routeless” option, which means the lift cords run through small notches on the outside of the slats. So there are no holes outsiders can peek through, which guarantees you maximum privacy.

They look like real wood, but one of their huge additional benefits is they’re more durable, resistant to moisture, and easier to clean than wood blinds. Plus, they have the highest possible rating for long-term heat and light exposure. They’re also fade and warp resistant.

2 Premium Wood Blinds

2. 2” Premium Wood Blinds

These are one of our best sellers. Like the faux wood blinds, they’re also routeless. But, they have that beautiful wooden look, and that’s the main reason why you’d buy these privacy blinds over any other.

There is a special UV inhibitor that protects against fading and warping. For all horizontal blinds, wood is also the best natural insulator. So that’s a nice bonus to have.

1 Privacy Aluminum Blinds

3. 1” Privacy Aluminum Blinds

While they’re not routeless, the cord holes disappear when you close these blinds. They also conform with CPSC child safety guidelines, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your children or pets.

Reviewer “mlellis2” calls them the “absolutely highest quality and provide good privacy.” They also have a baked enamel finish which resists chipping and fading.

2 Vintage Wood Blinds – New Product!

4. 2” Vintage Wood Blinds – New Product!

These privacy blinds have a rich vintage finish that makes the wood appear much darker than other wood blinds. You get a much more classic look – one that might match furniture in your bedroom or dining room.

Like all other wood blinds, they’re a great natural insulator and also complies with CPSC guidelines.

2 Distressed Wood Blinds

5. 2” Distressed Wood Blinds

What’s different about these privacy blinds? They have a natural, rough-textured surface that looks much more like real wood. Remember, we let you choose up to 10 free samples, so that may be a good way to get a feel for what they’re really like.

And they come with all the benefits you get with all our other wood blinds:

• Great natural insulator
• UV inhibitor that protects against fading and warping
• Safe for pets and children – adheres to CPSC safety guidelines

So if you want privacy – those are some great options. We also have a whole category of no holes/privacy blinds and shades you can feel free to browse if you’d like.