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What Makes Modern Window Treatments Better?

There’s no stopping the march of progress. Whether it’s medicine, technology, fashion, or home design, people are always innovating, improving, and refining the things we use in our everyday lives. That statement holds true even for things like blinds and shades. Although the changes in window treatments isn’t as obvious as the transition from old tube-style televisions to flat-screen high-definition panels, the industry has seen some improvement improvements and advancements in recent years.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer some of the highest-quality blinds and shades all of which are the newest models. It’s our goal to provide our customers with the latest and greatest, so that they can enjoy all the benefits of modern window treatments.

If you’re on the fence about upgrading or replacing your aging window coverings—or you’re just curious about what’s changed in the world of blinds and shades recently—check out the following reasons why modern window treatments are better than ones from previous eras:

Higher-quality materials

The materials used in many window treatments manufactured today are lighter, stronger, more durable, and easier to clean than ever before. Consider the beauty and UV-ray blocking capabilities of the Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics used in our line of Premium Solar Shades, the natural and man-made fibers used in our Bamboo shades, and the durable and lightweight composite materials used in our faux wood blinds and plantation shutters.

More options for customization

It’s 2017, and consumers demand greater customization and the ability to tailor products to their preferences and lifestyles. Window treatments are no exception to this demand, and all our blinds and shades have a multitude of options to help you get exactly what you want. Choose from features like top down bottom up operation, continuous loop and cordless lift options, privacy and blackout liners, edge binding, and cassette valances. In addition, our custom ordering process means that you can get the perfect fit for your doors and windows—no more one size fits all guessing games.

Greater variety of colors, textures, and patterns

Color schemes, textures, and patterns quickly fall in and out of fashion. The blinds or shades you purchased 20 years ago may look hopelessly outdated in 2017. In addition, they also may have faded or simply no longer match your home’s current décor and style. Thankfully, there are more options than ever for personalizing the appearance of your window treatments. Many of our blinds and shades have a dozen or more colors, with some having 30+ options to choose from.

Online ordering makes it easy to narrow your search

Before the rise of online shopping, getting new window treatments was a hassle. You had to flip through potentially outdated catalogs or drive to a store or warehouse and look at a small selection of blinds and shades under than less-than-ideal lighting conditions and with a high-pressure salesman guiding you along the way. With online ordering, you can take your time and easily sort through dozens of window treatments, including various options and colors. And once you find a few that you like, you can order samples to help you further refine your search.

Motorized shades are now affordable for all

Battery and remote-powered shades have been around for a while, but they were previously niche products that simply weren’t practical for most homeowners. But advances in technology and materials have made these shades more affordable for homeowners, and now they’re at a price point that’s comparable to standard shades. Motorized shades are the ultimate in convenience and ease of operation, and a single remote can control up to 15 shades, making it simple to control all the shades in a large room or even throughout your entire home.

Online reviews and product descriptions give you more information

Part of being an informed and savvy consumer is doing your research before you make a purchase. That includes things like checking out the reviews of the products you’re thinking about purchasing and carefully reviewing product information and technical specifications. In the past, buying window treatments was a like taking a shot in the dark, as you had no way of knowing about peculiarities specific to a model or whether it had a major flaw that wasn’t immediately noticeable. But buying blinds and shades in 2017 means you have quick and easy access to a wealth of information before you put up your hard-earned money.

Best Blinds and Shades for Dining Rooms

Dining rooms are often the most lavish room in a home. Chandeliers, stately and antique dining tables, elaborate place settings, and fine china are just a few hallmarks of dining rooms where families gather to share meals and celebrate special occasions. Due to their reputation as being the centerpieces of many homes, it makes sense that every aspect of dining rooms carries an air of elegance and beauty—including the window coverings.

For many homeowners, choosing low-profile and no-frills options for window coverings is perfectly suitable for bedrooms and bathrooms, but their tastes often change when it comes to their dining rooms. At Blindster.com, we know that homeowners often need window treatments for their dining rooms that are not only beautiful to look at, but are also versatile in both operation and light control functionality.

If you’re looking for the perfect window treatments for your dining room, look no further than these elegant, practical, and affordable blinds and shades:

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From a visual standpoint, it’s hard to beat the beauty and timeless design of classic Roman shades. Our selection of Premium Roman Shades is divided into four distinct groups: A, B, C, and D. All the shades in these categories feature a wide variety of options and customizations, including pleated and hobbled fold styles, optional cordless lifts, top down/bottom up functions, and blackout liners. Each category also features a wide variety of colors, with all four categories offering more than 200 unique colors to choose from.

 

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Whether you have a country-style dining room, a formal dining room, or anything in between, you can’t go wrong with our Faux Wood Plantation Shutters. These window coverings combine the look of real wood, with the versatility and durability of faux wood, giving them an elegant appearance and an exterior that’s easy to clean and maintain. Another benefit of the faux wood manufacturing process is the lightweight materials. Because these window coverings are hollow, they are quickly and easily installed in even the most hard-to-reach dining room windows.

 

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Many homeowners want the utmost in privacy in their dining rooms. Thankfully, emphasizing privacy in your search for window treatments doesn’t mean you have to compromise on looks or style. Our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds have all the beauty and elegance of our entire selection of real wood blinds, but with one key difference: no route holes. That means that these blinds are not only more effective at protecting your family’s privacy, but they’re also great for blocking out the sun’s harsh UV rays and glare, giving you the ultimate control over the lighting in your dining room.

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With their all-natural materials, cordless operation, and beautiful array of wood stains to choose from, our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are the perfect complement to any dining room suite or décor. No lift cord or chain means easy up and down movement, as well as a peace of mind if you have small children or pets. While the all-natural construction process is perfect for eco-friendly and eco-conscious homeowners. Choose from colors that are certain to bring out the beauty in your dining table and place settings, such as Key West Camel, Waikiki Tortoise, and Maya Camel.

 

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Roller shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy, but some varieties may feel too plain or low-profile for dining rooms. If that’s the case for your home, our Premium Woven Wood Fabric Roller Shades will definitely be enough to make you reconsider this type of window covering. Designed to look like real woven bamboo and wood, these roller shades are manufactured with a high-quality polyester fabric that filters light and cuts down on glare and heat from the sun. These shades can be ordered with a continuous loop lift cord and come in a huge variety of colors and textures, including Highlands Bark, Woodland Nile, and Savannah Sand.

 

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While maximum light control is a high priority for many homeowners, others may prefer to simply reduce the sun’s glare and UV rays, while still allowing ample natural light into their homes. If that’s your idea of the perfect window treatments for your dining room, you’ll love our 3” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades. The 3” light filtering vanes float between two soft pieces of sheer fabric, giving these shades the combined functionality and beauty of both shades and blinds. Choose from four distinct colors to match the color scheme in your dining room, including White, Ivory, Beige, and Chocolate.

 

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Finding the perfect window treatments to match your dining room décor and furniture doesn’t have to break the bank. Our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds are attractively priced and beautifully designed. The large 2 ½” slats have the appearance of real wood, but the composite materials used in the manufacturing process makes them easier to maintain and clean, as well as more durable throughout their lifetime.

 

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If your dining room has a beautiful view that you want to preserve at all costs, solar shades may be the ideal option for your home. Solar shades are unique in that they can significantly reduce heat and UV rays from entering your home while preserving your view of the outdoors. Our Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection is manufactured using high-quality Phifer Sheerweave® 5000 solar screen fabrics, which makes them extremely durable due to the vinyl coated polyester materials. Choose from four openness factors: 3 percent, 5 percent, 7 percent, and 10 percent—to get the perfect balance between light filtering and view of the outdoors.

Best Blinds and Shades for Your Office

For many people, their office is a home away from home. After all, most jobs require employees to be in the office for at least 40 hours per week, and many business owners may also work at night and on weekends. Because of the long hours many people put in at the office, it makes sense that employees, managers, and business owners want to feel as comfortable and “at home” as they do when they’re actually at home. A big part of making that happen is taking the time to decorate and furnish their offices with the same care and attention that they give their home living spaces.

At Blindster, we know that one of the most effective ways to make your office feel like home is to pick the right window treatments. Although it may seem like a small touch, having the perfect blinds or shades to complement your office décor and maximize your control over lighting, privacy, insulation, glare, and other factors can go a long way towards making you more comfortable throughout the work day.

So if you’re looking for the best blinds and shades for your office, check out our list below:

2 12 Inch Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

Thick wood blinds bring a touch of elegance, beauty, and timelessness to any room, including your personal office at work or your home office. In addition to being inexpensive, these blinds are also highly durable and are resistant to fading, cracking, and warping. Choose from a variety of stains and colors when you order your own set, including Natural Embossed and Cherry Embossed for a traditional wood grain appearance. You can also choose brighter stains and colors like Antique White and Alabaster to create the illusion of more space and maximize your office’s natural lighting. With 2 ½” slats, these blinds can be opened for extra-wide views of your office’s outdoor area, but when closed, they are highly effective at protecting your privacy.

 

2 Inch Premium Cordless Wood Blinds

Many of our customers prefer the authentic materials used in real wood blinds, and if you’re among them, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds for your office. Like our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds, these window coverings are perfect fits for both home offices and “home away from home” offices due to their classic design and long-lasting appeal. Manufactured using a top-quality kiln-dried basswood, these blinds are lightweight, durable, and built to withstand years of sunlight exposure. Best of all, a cordless lift system is included at no charge, which means there’s no distracting lift cords that can get tangled or make the blinds difficult to operate.

Privacy Aluminum Blind

If you need to outfit an entire office with new window coverings, chances are you’re looking for a solution that’s both highly effective and inexpensive. In that case, you’ll want to check out our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. Competitively priced and designed as a no-frills option for blocking out sunlight, reducing glare, and protecting privacy, these aluminum blinds get the job done while still offering you four distinct color options: White, Bone, Mocha, and Sage. To maximize their light-blocking and privacy capabilities, the cord holes disappear when the blinds are closed, eliminating light leaks. Combine that with a baked enamel finish that’s resistant to chipping and fading, and you’ll be set for years with these blinds installed throughout your office.

Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades

For many office workers, whether they’re owners, managers, employees, or just people working from home, having luxury décor and furnishings not only helps to signify their success, but it also motivates them to work even harder. Our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades perfectly complement both high-end office décor and high-achieving workers, and the light-filtering properties of the real bamboo materials used in the manufacturing process enhance the natural lighting that enters your office. Several beautiful, dark wood stains are available, including Key West Camel, Waikiki Camel, and Key West Cocoa. If you dislike lift cords, then you’re in luck with these shades, as a cordless lift option is available at no extra charge.

Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades

Having natural sunlight in your office can be a great way to energize yourself and feel invigorated, but it’s not always welcome throughout the day. The sun’s rays can create distracting glares on your computer screen, fade and damage furniture and décor, increase the ambient temperature in your office, and even damage your skin. Our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A are a stylish and elegant option for blocking out the sun’s harmful rays and increasing your privacy when you need it. Available in 13 unique colors, these shades come standard with a cordless spring roller shade lift and can also be ordered with a clutch continuous loop lift cord for an additional charge.

 

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

If you’re looking to make your windows the focal point of your office, look no further than our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters. These bold window coverings bring the elegance of our wood and faux wood blinds, but their extra-large size compared to standard blinds makes them a truly unforgettable aspect of your office’s décor. Because these shutters are manufactured with durable yet lightweight faux wood, they’re easy to install and are designed to last for many years. Custom made in the USA, these shutters benefit from a quick 8-10-day manufacturing process, which means they’ll get to your office sooner after you place your order. Choose from three beautiful and light-enhancing colors when you place your order: Cotton, Pearl, and Vanilla.

 

2 Inch Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades

Hate the look of harsh overhead lighting? Many office workers feel that they perform at their best when they get the benefit of ample natural lighting in their work spaces as opposed to fluorescent and incandescent lighting, and there are no better window treatments to maximize your office’s natural lighting than our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. Manufactured with two layers of soft fabric sheers, these shades let in beautiful diffused natural light when open, and block out 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays when closed. That makes them perfect for offices that get a variety of different lighting conditions throughout the day.