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Celebrate 10 Years with BlindSaver!

celebrating 10 years of blinds and shades

We can’t believe it, but it’s been 10 years since we sold our very first custom window blind online. Time flies! Back in 2004, we were just getting started in the online home décor business. Since then, we have shipped more than 1 million products to customers all over the United States and Canada. Thanks to our fantastic customers, we’re happy to say more than 60% of our business comes from repeat buyers and referrals. That’s something we’re especially proud of. Since we started 10 years ago, one of our most important goals was to make sure getting the custom blinds you want is as easy and worry-free as possible. Our talented and knowledgeable customer service team is always there to help you with tough questions – even years after your purchase. Plus, we provide easy-to-use tools and tutorials on our site that can help you choose your new window treatments, from how-to-measure videos to free product samples. Customer service…

Blinds vs. Shades: Choosing the Right Window Treatment

blinds vs shades

When renovating a room, windows should be one of the preliminary things you decorate, after all, they draw a substantial amount of attention in a room. But as there are so many options within even the two most standard categories, window blinds and shades, choosing the perfect window treatment can seem overwhelming. To make it simple, first think about what you want to accomplish with your window treatments. Do you want to have control over privacy in the room? Do you want to let in a lot of sunlight without obstructing the view? Are you concerned about energy efficiency? There are many types of window blinds and shades that address each individual issue. Before deciding, understand the difference between blinds and shades, as well as their many subtypes, to find which one works best for your room. What Makes a Blind a Blind? Blinds have horizontal or vertical slats that louver to control the amount of sunlight and air allowed…

Strange Window Shapes and How to Cover Them

round windows

Windows are not always just rectangular boxes set in the wall. Using interesting window shapes is a great way to add interest to your home decor while taking advantage of natural light. If you’ve decided to install an unusually shaped window, or if you already have one, the challenge becomes how to cover it. Most shades and blinds are created in rectangular shapes, and it’s unlikely you will find one in a round, oval, or diamond shape. Here are some ideas to cover unusually shaped windows in stylish ways. Accent Windows The most unusual shapes are usually found in smaller windows. Round, oval, diamond, arch-topped, and other window shapes can add visual interest to both your indoor decor and to the exterior of your house. But if you need to control light levels or want to maintain privacy, these unusual shapes may still need to be covered. While non-rectangular blinds and shades are not standard, it is possible to have…

Avoid Fading: Pick Window Treatments That Stand the Test of Time

sun damage on window shades

Sunlight can be hard on fabrics and other materials, causing color fading and ultimate deterioration of the fabric. This is bad news for some window treatments, which are often hung specifically to block bright sunlight from entering rooms and damaging the furnishings inside. While window shades and curtains protect furniture, rugs, and other items from fading, they take the brunt of the damage from the sun. It’s no surprise that window treatments are most in danger of fading and sun damage, especially when hanging from bright, sunny windows. In order to keep your window treatments looking fresh for years, choose window treatments that can stand the test of time. Color Matters Light colors reflect sunlight, while dark colors absorb it. This makes light-colored fabrics naturally more resistant to sun damage, because most of the sun’s rays bounce off the fabric. This is especially true for the ultraviolet wavelengths in sunlight, which cause the most damage to fabrics. Light colors also…

Great Blinds to Fit Every Budget

great blinds on a budget

Ambitious house makeovers don’t always come with unlimited budgets. Most of us need to keep a close eye on the numbers. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make great changes or establish a brand new décor to refresh your home. New window shades or blinds are one of the biggest and most influential investments you can make in changing the look of your home. Windows take up huge wall space in many rooms, larger than any other single piece of art or anything else that hangs on the walls. This means a dated window treatment can drag down an entire room’s decor, simply because there’s so much of it. Windows also draw attention with sunlight and outdoor views, so window treatments are always going to be first in the line of sight. A great window treatment can become the focal point of your décor, with a beautiful color, fabric, texture, or pattern to serve as a starting point for…

Home Decor Trends for 2014

design trends 2014

If you set a New Year’s goal to spruce up your home in 2014, or you just feel like it’s time for a change, the beginning of the year is a good time to look at new trends for home decor and to start planning the changes you want to make in your home this year. Here’s a rundown of some of the up-and-coming design trends for 2014. Fresh New Color White or pale walls are moving out for the New Year to make way for the dark and dramatic. Black, navy blue, or other dark shades for walls act as a new backdrop to the current trend of metallic accessories, adding drama and panache to many rooms. White with black graphic designs or accents is also anticipated to be a trend in 2014. Blue has been a popular recent choice for home decor, and many shades have been continuing the trend, including shades of turquoise. Another color trend is…

Don’t Let Window Glare Keep You From Seeing the Big Game

tv glare from window

The Super Bowl is coming up fast and many football fans are already planning parties for their friends and family to get together and watch the big game. Lots of people are proud of their big-screen TVs and high-quality sound systems to watch big televised events, but having poor viewing conditions in your room can spoil the experience, no matter how great the quality of your screen. Sun glare is a typical problem for TV watching. Bright sun at the wrong angle can completely obscure your view of a TV screen, and too much brightness in a room can simply make it uncomfortable to watch. Seating that is arranged facing bright windows can also cause discomfort when sunlight shines directly in the eyes. The simplest way to prevent these problems is to install the right window treatments. Blinds, shades, or curtains can keep out the sun when you want to watch the Super Bowl or any other big event, while letting…

Make Every Room Special for the Holidays

small tree on table

When I was growing up, decorating for the holidays meant hanging a few outdoor lights and trimming the Christmas tree. With my love of decorating, the holidays have turned into much more than trimming a tree. It all begins the day after Thanksgiving so there is plenty of time to get everything done; and this year I decided to scale back a little as we’ll have less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I made sure each room in the house had a holiday touch. The Great Room Our Christmas tree is prelit to save time and artificial to save our backs. I decorated the tree with just ornaments – received, collected and handmade over the years and each bringing its own special memory – so many that it took most of the day. The tree is the center of attention in our great room and the fireplace mantel became the perfect accessory. I decorated the mantel with thick faux…