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How to Use Shades to Make Your Home Look Bigger

If your home or apartment is a bit lacking in the square footage department, you probably know all about getting creative when it comes to adding storage and finding ways to fit everything you need into small spaces. But creativity can only go so far, as your living space may soon look and feel completely cramped depending on your furniture and storage needs.

While you may not be able to start knocking down walls to create extra space for your belongings, you can do several things that minimize that cramped feeling—including changing your window coverings.

The blinds and shades you choose don’t just affect the amount of light that enters your home—they can also affect how big or small your home looks and feels. Choose the wrong window coverings and a small space feels even more cramped, but choose the right window coverings and previously tight quarters suddenly feel homey and breezy rather than confined and claustrophobic.

To give the smallest rooms in your home or apartment some extra breathing room without resorting to using a sledgehammer, check out Blindster’s tips below:

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  • Choose blinds and shades that are low-profile and flush with your windows.

Large, intricate, and billowing shades, such as certain types of Roman shades, cellular shades, and even vertical blinds can enhance your home’s beauty, but their design can also make small rooms feel even smaller. When choosing window coverings for tight spaces, always look for ones that are as low-profile as possible. That means roller shades, aluminum blinds, and wood blinds are all great options, as these window treatments are effective at both complementing your window and your décor without overwhelming the room.

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  • Install sheer shades for the ultimate in natural light and openness.

Heavy, thick, and dark shades can look beautiful, but they aren’t always the best option for small rooms. Sheer shades, on the other hand, are among the most conducive to tight spaces. In addition to letting in huge amounts of natural light, they’re also unobtrusive both from a physical and visual standpoint. Letting in ample amounts of natural light always makes rooms look and feel larger, and the sheer materials and fabric used in sheer shades also make the window treatments seem to disappear at all hours of the day and night.

 

  • Mount your window treatments outside of your windows.

If your room seems small due to small windows—commonly found in garages, basements, laundry rooms, and other utility areas—creating the illusion of larger windows can also create the illusion of more square footage. Instead of mounting your window coverings flush inside your windows, considering mounting them outside of the window itself. By attaching them to the window frame, or wall, and allowing the edges to overlap frame by several inches. Your windows will appear up to a foot larger, which in turn, will make your room look and feel larger as well.

 

  • Hang a mirror facing your windows and window coverings.

Using a mirror to create the appearance of a larger room is a tried-and-true tactic, but it’s doubly effective if you use one to reflect your windows. A well-placed mirror can greatly enhance the effect your real windows have on your own perception of the size of your room and increase the amount of natural light inside your home.

 

  • Opt for light colors when choosing your blinds or shades.

Dark colors make a bold statement and can match your furniture and décor, but they can also make small spaces feel even more enclosed. Light colors, on the other hand, are perfect for making the most of your room’s square footage. In fact, for the best results, consider choosing shades with white or off-white fabric to maximize this effect. In addition to opening up your space, white décor also promotes feelings of calmness—especially when combined with ample amounts of natural light.

 

  • Think vertical for rooms with low ceilings.

Vaulted ceilings are becoming more and more popular in new homes, but if your home has a traditional low ceiling, there is a trick to making your ceiling seem higher. By mounting your window coverings close to your ceiling, your eye will be drawn upwards, creating a sense of verticality in your home that may have been missing due to the low ceilings.

 

  • Choose solid colors over textures and patterns.

If you’re opting for shades over blinds, choose shades that are monochromatic in color (with light colors being preferable). Shades that utilize a single color have a more matte and built-in appearance when mounted inside or outside windows than shades with intricate designs, textures, and patterns, all of which can subtly make rooms appear smaller. When square footage is an issue, every inch counts—even those created by visual tricks—and choosing solid colors is one way to create that advantage.

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  • Opt for uniform colors across the board.

This requires a bit more planning and a higher cost than other tips and tricks, but if you’re serious about maximizing the appearance of your space, it may be one of the most effective of them all. Choose a single light color—such as white, grey, beige, or slate—and decorate your room almost entirely in that color. Yes, that includes paint, carpet, furniture, window coverings, and other assorted decorative items. The more uniform the colors are in a single room, the larger it will appear due to the lack of contrast.

 

  • Remove clutter from areas near your windows and window coverings.

Having large windows—or creating the illusion of large windows—is a small-room advantage that can be quickly wasted when you move too much “stuff” in front of them. Although it can be difficult to resist placing a table, chairs, or other essential furniture near a window due to your room’s layout, do your best to rearrange these items elsewhere or simply get rid of them altogether. An unobstructed view of your windows and the light they let into your home can dramatically increase the perceived size of your living space.

Best Blinds for Your Garage

For many homeowners, garages aren’t just places to store their vehicles—they’re recreation rooms, DIY project stations, man caves, game rooms, home gyms, and even home offices. With all the varied purposes for garages, it’s no surprise that many homeowners view them more like additional rooms in their homes rather than simply storage areas for vehicles, tools, and things that just don’t have a place anywhere else.

No matter what purpose your garage serves, if you spend a lot of time in it, chances are you’ve dealt with bright sunlight that can be distracting at certain times of the day, as well as a lack of privacy and insulation. Purchasing window treatments for your garage is the perfect way to put the finishing touches on a room that you’re transforming from purely “utility” to “living space,” or to just make your garage a more comfortable place for your family to be regardless of the season or time of day.

For suggestions on finding the perfect blinds and shades that will complement any garage, check out Blindster’s tips below.

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Not everyone wants anything beyond a basic window covering for their garage. If that’s case for your family, our Privacy Aluminum Blinds may be the perfect option. These blinds are not only highly effective at blocking out sunlight and insulating your garage, but as the name might suggest, they’re also ideal for protecting your family’s privacy. By using a manufacturing process that eliminates visible holes from appearing anywhere in the blinds, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s no visibility inside your garage from the road. When placing your order, be sure to check out our options of four distinct and unique colors, including White, Bone, Mocha, and Sage.

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If your garage is more of a man cave or a home office than a storage space, you may be looking for window treatments with a more upscale appearance that can also hold up to the elements. Our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds are an inexpensive and durable option that not only look beautiful in any setting, but they’re also available in a huge range of sizes and options, making them perfect for garages with non-traditional sized windows. Choose from wood stain colors like Antique White Embossed, Smooth Birch, Smooth Natural and Smooth Cherry.

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Many garages have exceptionally large windows or sliding glass doors that can be difficult to cover with traditional window treatments. If that’s the case at your home, our Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds may be the ideal solution. These blinds are easily opened and closed using a chain/cord or optional wand and can also be fully opened with minimal force due to a self-lubricated track. Because they’re manufactured using PVC and aluminum, these blinds can stand up to harsh conditions and can also be cut to fit windows or doors that are more than 10 feet long and 10 feet wide. Choose from 11 different colors, such as Light Blue, Ivory, and Light Mint.

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Because they’re often uninsulated, garages are exposed to extreme temperatures on a yearly basis. Our Exterior Solar Shades 10% Open are designed to be installed in outdoor areas such as porches and patios, but they’re also ideal for garages with large windows that can cause major fluctuations in temperature on a frequent basis. Our 10% open shades block 90 percent of UV light, while our 14% open and 5% open block 86 percent and 95 percent, respectively. Despite the differences in UV light blockage, all of our exterior solar shades preserve your view of the outdoors while increasing your privacy.

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The ultimate in insulation, privacy, and UV light blockage, our Premium Solar Shades Blackout not only eliminate 100 percent of the sun’s rays from reaching the inside of your garage, but they also hold heat inside your garage during the winter and keep it out during the summer. Available in eight different colors, including Wheat, Mushroom, Graphite, and Onyx, these shades are bacteria and fungus-resistant and can be easily cleaned due to their matte appearance and lack of folds where dirt and dust can accumulate.

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If preserving your view of the outside is your top priority in your garage, then our Premium Solar Shades 3% Open are the ideal window treatments for your home. When fully drawn, you will still have an unobstructed view of the outside with almost no reduction in visibility, but these shades will block 97 percent of the sun’s UV rays, protecting your furniture, vehicles, and your family. Like our Premium Solar Shades Blackout, these window coverings are also bacterial and fungal resistant, making them ideal for the potentially harsh conditions in your garage.

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If you value options and features in your window treatments—including the ability to raise and lower them from the top and bottom—you’ll love our Deluxe Cordless Top-Down/Bottom-Up Cellular Shades. Made using a fabric that’s both soft and durable, these shades are ideal for families with small children and pets, as the lack of cord or chain makes them safe for all family members. In addition, their cellular manufacturing process also makes them ideal for insulating your garage during the winter and even reducing nearby sounds, such as construction or traffic noises.

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Our Deluxe Cordless Day/Night Single Cellular Shades are the ideal window coverings for your garage regardless of the time of day. Manufactured using two shades in one, the top shade is light filtering and designed to protect your privacy while allowing ample light into your home or garage, while the bottom shade is a blackout and designed to eliminate virtually all sunlight. The double-layer of shades also means these window coverings are highly effective at insulating any room where they’re installed, which means a warmer garage in the winter and a cooler garage in the summer.

Updates and Renovations to Increase Your Rental Home Income

Owning and leasing a rental home can be a great way to bring in extra income every month, but it also requires vigilance, patience, and frequent minor (and sometimes major) expenses, repairs, and updates. As the owner of the home, you’re responsible for making sure it’s up to date across the board and appealing to potential renters. Turning a rental home into hot property can require some expensive upfront purchases, but the increase in monthly income almost always pays off in the long run—if you make the right upgrades, that is.

To maximize your income potential with your rental home, check out Blindster’s tips below:

  • Allocate most of your renovation money to the kitchen and bathrooms.

The kitchen is the gathering point of the modern home, and it’s becoming more and more important for both home buyers and renters to have a kitchen where they’re equally comfortable preparing meals and enjoying time with friends and family. A kitchen with outdated appliances can seriously reduce a rental home’s value, as can a kitchen that is closed off from the rest of the home due to narrow doorways or walls separating it from the dining room or living room. A new refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher instantly modernizes even the most retro kitchen, regardless of the surrounding décor and design.

 

With bathrooms, concentrate on making the space as bright and open as possible. Modern features aren’t as much of a necessity as they are in the kitchen, but sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers that are clearly two, three, or even four decades old and hopelessly out of style should be replaced. Check the flooring in the bathrooms and consider replacing it with new tile if it appears faded or stained. For an inexpensive bathroom upgrade, install a new showerhead. It’s an easy replacement that costs less than $100, but it can make a big impression on potential renters.

 

  • Replace fixtures throughout the home.

Knobs and handles, whether they’re on your doors, sinks, cabinets, showers, tubs, or anywhere else will eventually start to lose their luster and shine. Replacing these fixtures is inexpensive, but can make a big difference in a room’s overall appearance. While you’re at it, take the time to fix any broken locks or door hinges that stick or won’t stay closed. Finally, replace outlet and light switch covers—especially if they’re outdated and clearly a relic of a decade and a design philosophy from long, long ago.

 

  • Install window coverings that maximize each room’s appeal.

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The types of window coverings you install in your rental home play a major role in the overall ambiance and atmosphere of each room. If you’re looking to save money, installing basic blinds or shades to give potential renters the ability to control light flow into the home is a much better and more appealing option than forcing them to purchase large curtains or their own window treatments to cover up large, exposed windows. But to really maximize your rental home’s income potential, take the time to pick window coverings that are the right fit and right design for each room.

 

If your home has a home office or a nursery, consider installing blackout shades to give potential residents the option of blocking out all outside light—a vital function for anyone with small children or anyone who works from home. For bedrooms, top-down/bottom-up shades are perfect, as they combine the ability to protect privacy with the ability to let in ample amounts of natural light at the same time. Sunrooms, laundry rooms, and guest bedrooms are ideal spots to install sheer shades, which can significantly brighten a room and eliminate the need for artificial lighting during the day.

 

  • Make the laundry area accessible and inviting.

If your rental home doesn’t have hookups for a washer and dryer, getting those installed and made accessible should be one of your top priorities. Not being able to do laundry at home is a deal breaker for many potential renters. But even if your home is laundry-capable, it’s important to make the area inviting. If your connections are located in a damp, dark, and musty corner of the basement, consider getting them rerouted to another part of the home, such as a large closet or even a spare bedroom.

 

  • Paint your home—inside and out.

A few cans of paint and some great color choices can turn an ordinary rental home into a must-see stop for potential renters. Over time, paint loses its luster and brightness and begins to take on a dingy appearance on the outside of a home. Next to landscaping, nothing improves a home’s curb appeal like a fresh coat of paint.

 

Paint can have a transformative effect on the inside of a home as well. To stay on the safe side, paint the bedrooms, living room, and dining room neutral colors. Excessively bright or bold colors may be off-putting to many potential renters—especially in rooms that get a lot of use on a daily basis.

 

  • Install new carpeting and replace damaged or outdated flooring.

Dingy, stained, and musty old carpet serves as a constant reminder to renters that someone else lived in the home before they moved in. Installing new carpet not only brightens up the appearance of a home and makes it more comfortable, but it also helps potential renters feel like they’re moving into a home with a fresh slate. It’s worthwhile to also replace severely outdated tile, linoleum, and vinyl floors in kitchens and bathrooms, especially if their color scheme or pattern just isn’t compatible with modern décor and furnishings.

 

  • Overhaul the landscaping, but keep it simple and easily maintained.

Most potential renters won’t be thrilled by the prospect of moving into a home with a lawn that requires 20 hours of upkeep every week, but well-designed and attractive landscaping can seriously boost your home’s curb appeal and make it stand out from others on the rental market. Remove any dead plants and weeds from your lawn or garden before scheduling showings, and fix any potential safety issues in your outdoor area, such as loose steps, broken gate hinges, and broken pieces of concrete before allowing anyone to tour the property or sign a lease.

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 5

At Blindster, we’re dedicated to providing the ultimate customer service, experience, and satisfaction to everyone who purchases window treatments from us. One of the best ways we can do that is by helping buyers like you learn as much as possible about window coverings so that they feel confident in their decisions and completely satisfied with their purchases.

We know that buying blinds and shades is something many people only do a few times in their life, and that can make steps like researching, measuring, comparison shopping, and installation an unfamiliar process. Our frequently asked questions pages are designed to help all potential buyers learn as much as possible about window treatments so that they not only get the right blinds or shades today, but with every future purchase they place with us as well.

To learn more about the wide variety of window coverings we sell, check out the questions below or get in touch with our knowledgeable and helpful customer service representatives.

  1. What are the best faux wood blinds?

Faux wood blinds are an appealing option for many homeowners, as they provide an elegant look that’s extremely similar to real wood blinds at a lower price point and with easier cleaning and maintenance requirements. At Blindster, we offer several types of faux wood blinds that can meet the needs of virtually every homeowner, including:

 

These wide-shutter style view faux wood blinds are the most luxurious we offer and can be ordered with a full range of sizes and options. They’re also available in seven different colors, including white, alabaster, smooth cherry, and smooth birch.

 

Like the 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, this option matches the beauty of real wood blinds but uses smaller slats. It’s an ideal option to install on doors and long, thin windows.

 

Available at a lower price point than our premium faux wood blinds, these window coverings are both highly affordable and beautiful. Their 2” slats give you an excellent view outside and the seven colors to choose from means you’ll have no problems matching your décor.

  1. What are thick or wide wood blinds called?

Wood blinds with extra wide slats are becoming more and more popular, and many homeowners are curious about how to find these blinds online. At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of wide blinds that are made from both real wood and faux wood. Our widest real wood blinds are our 2 ½” Premium Wood Blinds, which are available in 12 colors. Our widest faux wood blinds are our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds and our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds.

 

  1. What are the cheapest type of blinds?

At Blindster, we know that many homeowners look are on a budget and look for value and affordability in addition to style and design. That’s why we offer a variety of window coverings that can fit any price range while still complementing home décor and giving you the privacy and security you want.

 

Some of our most affordable blinds include:

 

Our lowest-priced faux wood blind, this window treatment is available in two different colors and is perfect for any budget.

 

One of the most common styles of blinds, our 1” aluminum blinds are incredibly versatile and are available in 23 different colors.

 

If privacy and affordability are your top concerns, these blinds have got you covered. No visible holes make them perfect for both light blockage and total privacy from neighbors and anyone walking or driving near your home.

 

  1. What kind of Venetian blinds have the best visibility?

The term Venetian blinds refers to any blinds that have movable slats in a descending row from top to bottom that can be adjusted to open or close. Whether they’re made from wood, faux wood, or aluminum, Venetian blinds are among the most common window treatments in American homes.

 

When it comes to visibility, the best types of Venetian blinds are those that have the largest slats. At Blindster, we offer several varieties of Venetian blinds with extra-large slats, including our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds, our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, and our 2 ½” Premium Wood Blinds.

 

  1. What are roller shades?

Roller shades are window coverings that provide the classic, traditional appearance the most people associate with standard shades. Roller shades can vary in color, design, and even function. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of roller shades, ranging from room darkening shades to total blackout shades to light filtering shades. We also offer roller shades that provide a natural bamboo look.

 

In terms of style and finding the perfect shade to match your décor and furniture, it’s hard to beat roller shades. Our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades – Group A are available in 34 colors, and our Premium Fabric Roller Shades Woven Wood are available in 26 colors, which means you’ll have no shortage of options to find the perfect match for your home.

 

  1. What are roller shades made of?

Roller shades are made from a variety of materials. As the name suggests, our Deluxe Vinyl Roller Shades are made from a high-quality vinyl fabric that’s also reinforced with fiberglass to block out light and provide the ultimate in privacy. We also offer standard roller shades that are manufactured using high-quality woven polyester that uses an acrylic backing if a blackout option is selected. Finally, our Fabric Woven Wood Roller Shades are also manufactured using high-quality woven polyester that’s designed to be filter light and mimic the appearance of natural bamboo.

 

  1. What are vertical blinds made of?

Ideal for very large windows and sliding patio doors, vertical blinds use large blades that are mounted on a track directly above the window or door and can be adjusted to quickly and easily open or close using a wand. At Blindster, we offer several types of vertical blinds, including ones manufactured using both standard and embossed PVC, a soft and light-filtering fabric, and a faux wood material for the ultimate in elegance and affordability.

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 4

Knowledge is power—especially when you’re in the market for new window treatments! Whether you’re buying window treatments for the first time or planning on replacing your existing blinds and shades throughout your entire home, you undoubtedly have many questions.

Given the number of window coverings we offer—not to mention the customizations and optional components—we know that buyers like you may be hesitant to make a purchase until they’ve done their homework and feel confident in their decisions.

To make your buying process easier, be sure to check out some of our frequently asked questions below, and don’t hesitate to contact our customer support representatives if you still have questions or concerns.

  1. What’s an alternative to wood blinds?

Wood blinds provide an elegant and natural look to any room, but they’re not for everyone. Their higher cost and the potential for warping and cracking if used in areas with high humidity means some people prefer other options.

 

If you’re dead-set on getting the look of real wood blinds without the potential downsides, faux wood blinds may be the perfect option for your home. Not only do they look virtually identical to real wood blinds, but they’re also more resistant to the elements and they’re easier to clean and maintain. In many cases, faux wood blinds are less expensive than real wood blinds as well.

 

  1. What is the average price for Roman shades?

Roman shades are an elegant and beautiful option for window treatments, but they can also be more expensive than other types of shades. The cost of Roman shades is due to factors like their luxurious tailored appearance, soft and sculpted folds, and wide selection of fabrics and colors.

 

At Blindster, we offer multiple types of Roman shades at varying price points. Because our shades frequently go on sale, the best way to get an idea of the average price is to frequently consult the product pages:

 

 

  1. What is a solar shade?

A solar shade is a window covering that’s designed with sun protection, energy efficiency, shade, and glare reduction in mind. Solar shades can be installed anywhere in your home, and many homeowners prefer to install them in areas that receive plenty of sunlight, such as sunrooms, patios, and pool rooms. They’re also perfect for areas where you want to block out sunlight and reduce glare but maintain your view of the outside, such as bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and home offices.

  1. What do I need to know about solar shades?

If you’re thinking about purchasing solar shades, you probably already know that they’re the ideal solution for homeowners looking for window coverings that provide excellent insulation and heat reduction while maintaining a clear view of the outside.

 

Solar shades accomplish that by:

 

  • Blocking up to 97% of harmful and warming UV rays due to their heat and light absorbing materials
  • Increasing energy efficiency by creating an extra layer of insulation between the inside of your home, your windows, and the outdoors
  • Reducing or eliminating glare in areas that receive ample amounts of sunlight, such as bedrooms, patios, sunrooms, decks, and more
  • Using transparent materials that allow you to still clearly see the outdoors even when the shade is drawn and 97% of outside sunlight and UV rays are blocked

 

In addition to these features, solar shades are also easy to maintain and install. Their moisture and mold-resistant properties mean they will stand up to harsh, wet conditions in both outdoor areas, such as decks and patios, and indoor areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

 

  1. What is a relaxed Roman shade?

Unlike standard Roman shades that feature a folded appearance through their entire length to create an appearance of depth and dimension, relaxed Roman shades have a more casual look without sacrificing any of the elegance you would expect. Instead of featuring curves and folds from top to bottom, relaxed Roman shades are only softly curved at the bottom where the fabric bunches together. These shades are the ideal solution for rooms where you want to create a relaxed atmosphere and don’t plan on raising or lowering the shades on a frequent basis.

 

  1. What is a corded roller shade?

A corded roller shade is simply a roller shade that is operated with a cord. Roller shades with continuous cord loop options are perfect for large and wide windows, as the cord makes it much easier to raise and lower the window covering. Corded roller shades are most often installed in living rooms, bedrooms, and offices that are equipped with exceptionally large windows where a cordless option just isn’t practical given the weight and size of the window coverings.

 

  1. What is a stepped Roman shade?

A stepped Roman shade is also known as a waterfall or hobbled Roman shade. This term refers to Roman shades that feature soft folds that run the entire length of the fabric from top to a bottom, giving it a waterfall-like appearance. They also may be known as looped or teardrop shades due to their unique appearance. Stepped Roman shades are versatile enough to be installed in rooms with a casual atmosphere and rooms that call for nothing but the utmost in luxury and elegance.

 

  1. What is the best blackout shade for a nursery?

In addition to home offices, bedrooms, game rooms, and home theaters, nurseries are also another ideal location to install blackout shades. Being able to fully control the lighting in your child’s room during the first years of his or her life can help both of you sleep more soundly during the day and night. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of blackout shades that can eliminate up to 99% of outside light, giving you the option to make your nursery as dark or as light as you want.

 

Some of the options we recommend include:

 

Choose between cordless or corded options and 9 different colors when choosing this shade, one of our most elegant and high-quality blackout shades.

 

Capable of blocking out 99% of outside light, these premium blackout shades are available in 15 colors and are manufactured with a 3/8” double cell fabric.

 

Take your pick of cordless or corded lift options and 13 different colors to match your child’s nursery, including twilight mesa, moire white, and twilight glacier.

Everything You Could Want to Know About Faux Wood Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal blinds are some of the oldest surviving window treatment options around today. They have evolved over time to fit modern needs but their overall concept has stayed the same. The development of faux wood blinds was a revelation for the industry and consumer as they are the perfect window covering solution for home owners who love the look of wood blinds but not the price.

Whether you’re thinking about new blinds or just want to know more about the faux wood blinds you love, check out Blindster’s list of facts below:

Originated in Egypt

Though today’s wood blinds are referred to as Venetian blinds, they actually were first derived in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians are credited with discovering the concept of blinds. They used the reeds that were plentiful in their area to create simple window coverings by placing the reeds into mats that hung over windows.

Gained Popularity after Venice Introduction

The concept of window blinds made its way to Persia, where it began to take on more of the form we know today. Venetians traveling through Persia were taken with the idea and brought them back to Italy. Through the backing of the Venetian traders, the blinds spread across Europe and gained their coined name of Venetian blinds.

John Webster Brought them to America

John Webster, an upholsterer from London, then debuted the blinds in the United States where high society types gushed over their style and functionality.

Thomas Jefferson Loved Them

Thomas Jefferson is said to have been so fond of his horizontal blinds, that he wrote them into his will. He distributed them to his beneficiaries with surprising specificity.

Popularized Due to High Taxes

The high taxes placed on thick textile fabrics by England have been credited for the rise in popularity of horizontal blinds in the early United States. It was much cheaper for colonists to have a local craftsman build blinds from wood than to order roman shades from Europe.

Made of Vinyl

Just like your favorite old records, everything just seems better on vinyl. Faux wood blinds are typically manufactured using vinyl and vinyl compound materials, and some are manufactured using a combination of synthetic materials and real wood to provide an even more realistic look and feel.

Do Well in High Humidity

Even though faux wood blinds tend to be cheaper than real wood, their durability can be better in certain environments. Faux wood blinds are perfect for high humidity climates and spaces like kitchens and bathrooms because they have zero risks of warping. Most people cannot tell the difference between real and faux, so they are a great option that doesn’t break the bank.

Blindster Offers Six Types

Blindster.com currently sells six different variations on faux wood blinds on the website. They range from 1”-2 ½” slats, vary widely in color, and starting price ranges from $15-40 per shade depending on the blind’s size.

Quick Design Tips: Blinds + Curtains

It has become increasingly popular to combine blinds and shades with some sort of drapes or curtains. This styling options allows homeowners and decorators to creatively conceal any unsightly window frames or shapes. They can also can make ceilings appear taller when done correctly. If you decide to implement this décor choice, it is important to follow a few basic rules from Blindster:

The blinds or shades must be mounted flush with the window frame.

This keeps your window treatments from looking bulky once you add your curtains or drapes. It also makes it easier for you to lift and lower your shades without the curtains getting in the way.

Choose drapes or curtains that just barely dust the floor.

Pooling curtains always look tacky! Keep your curtains up off the floor and you will be surprised at how much more put together your windows will look. Also, keeping them off the floor means you won’t have to clean them as often.

Mount your rod 5-7” inches above your window casing.

Mounting the rod higher makes your window appear larger and your ceilings taller. If you don’t have enough space between your window and your ceiling, just mount the rod 1-2” bellow the ceiling line.

Make sure the rod extends about 10-12” past the window frame on each side.

Your drapes or curtains should just touch your window on either side. The whole purpose of this design is to make your windows appear larger, so you don’t want to cover them up!

Check out Blindster.com for color and pattern inspiration!

Here’s a few pictures from real customers using their blinds and shades with drapes or curtains.

 

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2″ Premium Faux Wood Blinds

 

 

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Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group A

 

 

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Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group A

 

 

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Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group A

Everything You Could Want to Know About Cellular Shades

When Cellular Shades came on the market they were one of the most innovative window treatment options to be released in a very long time. Their popularity grew because of their effectiveness at reducing energy costs by reducing a home’s total thermal loss. Whether you’re already a cellular shade fan or you’re looking for a reason to buy, this list will tell you everything you could want to know about cellular shades.

They Were Released in 1985

Today’s cellular shade began with the launch of Hunter Douglas’s 1985 Duette Honeycomb Shades. They had the same cellular structure we know now and were advertised as being soft, durable and highly energy efficient. Since then, many other companies have created their own versions of those shades and began referring to them mainly as cellular shades.

Their Design Makes Them Energy Efficient

Most of the heat transfer in your home happens through windows and doors. The individual cells within the shade hold air, creating a barrier between the window surface and the indoor room, making them much more protective than regular shades.

They Come in Several Styles

Close Up Cellular Shade

Cellular shades can come in multiple layers of cells; each extra layer provides more heat and light control inside your home. The layers act as insulation around your windows, keeping out heat in the summer and the warmth in during winter.

Color Makes a Difference

Changing the color of your cellular shade can also affect its ability to reduce heat transfer. The darker the shade, the more light filtering you are going to get inside your home.

Two Shades in One

double cellular shade

Day/Night cordless cellular shades are part light filtering and part blackout. The light filtering part of the shade can be scrunched up to reveal the blackout shade and the blackout shade can be scrunch down to use the light filtering shade. It is the ultimate in window treatment flexibility!

Easy to Maintain

Cellular shades tend to be more durable than horizontal blinds, which can become bent and unsightly. They are typically made from spun lace and bonded polyester that is easy to dust and clean.

How to Measure Bay Windows for Blinds

Bay windows are a beautiful feature of many homes, but their angled nature means they can present a challenge when it’s time to measure before installing or replacing their window coverings. To properly measure your angled bay window, check out Blindster’s guide below.

Step 1: Gather the following items

Before you begin the measurement process, gather the following items:

  • A metal tape measure
  • A pencil and piece of paper
  • A step ladder if your windows are out of reach
  • Paper or cardboard to serve as templates

Step 2: Determine the type of blinds or shades you want to install

Before you begin measuring, you should determine what type of blinds or shades you want to install on your angled bay windows. Once you’ve made a decision, check our measuring guides to find out the minimum required mounting depth before you proceed.

Step 3: Cut or fold the cardboard or paper to match the depth of the shades or blinds

By using the cardboard or paper to match the depth of the headrail of the window covering you wish to use on your bay windows, you can get a more precise measurement before you place your order. Create rectangular templates for all three sections of your bay windows (you will have four total).

Step 4: Position the templates so that they intersect

Arrange the four templates in the bends of the bay window in a manner in which the front corners touch and the long edges rest against the glass. Tape the templates to the window ledge  to keep them in place.

Step 5: Measure the intersection points

For the left window, measure from the first template intersection point with the center window to the edge of the left window. Follow the same process for measuring the intersection point for the right window. Finally, measure the center window by measuring across the intersection points.

Step 6: Measure the height

Measure the height of all three sections of your bay window, starting at the top edge. Use the smallest of the three measurements when ordering your window.

Everything You Could Want to Know About Roman Shades

Roman shades are a classically popular window treatment with everlasting style. Their versatility and durability make them the perfect shade for high traffic rooms like the living room and offices. They have the ability to soften a room with a comfortable vibe and add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space.

If you’re thinking about updating your windows with Roman shades or simply want to know a bit more about them, this list will help inform you all about this classic option.

They are said to have originated in Rome

Their original purpose was to shade pampered spectators in public amphitheaters or stadiums, the most famous being the Colosseum in Rome. Well-to-do audience members did not want to endure the hot Mediterranean sun and so they sat underneath large, elaborate cloth awnings that protected them from the sun’s rays. The system of ropes and pulleys that was used to remove and replace the awnings for events was essential for the development of today’s Roman shades.

Roman shades are difficult to make

Each shade is very complicated to make and takes a lot of human labor to ensure its perfection. Because of the time put into each individual shade, they do tend to be a bit more costly. Any mistakes that are made while creating the shade are very difficult to remedy, with a lot of imperfect shades having to be recreated entirely.

Some Roman shades require training

Like parting your hair a different way or house breaking a new puppy, some Roman shades need a little training when they are new and young. If your new shades are made of a thick fabric, you may have to train them to fold in the correct place. After a few times of being guided into the correct placement, the fabric of your shade will start to hold a “memory” of where it should fold.

They are perfect for inside and outside mounts

Roman shades look beautiful mounted within your window frame and also outside your window frame. If you have nice trim around your windows you should show it off by mounting the shade inside the frame. They will look perfectly built-in and allow the finer details of your home to really shine. If you have unsightly trim or simply want to make your windows appear larger, these shades can be easily mounted on the wall around your window and you can let your pretty shades take center stage.

They come in a variety of features

Roman shades are very versatile and can fit into any aesthetic. Because they are made of fabric, there are a lot of color and texture options available, as well as options for top down/bottom up, blackout, cordless and pleated.

They come in different pleat styles

When picking the perfect Roman shade for your next home decorating project, you will be able to choose from flat, relaxed or butterfly. Flat shades are the standard, classically pleating shade we all know and love. Relaxed roman shades bow at the bottom and provide a more feminine look. Butterfly roman shades have a dip in the middle and the fabric is pulled up on either side.