Category Archives: Blinds 101

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Apr

Window Treatment Basics

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‘Window treatments’ and ‘window coverings’ are both commonly used terms, so what’s the difference? Both are used somewhat interchangeably to refer to things you’d put on a window, however there is a difference. Window treatments almost exclusively refer to drapes, blinds and shades that go inside a home and that also have a decorative element. Window coverings could include shutters, Continue Reading ...
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Mar

Blinds and Energy Efficiency

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Vertical window blinds and horizontal window blinds are effective at reducing summer heat. On hot summer days, close window coverings on the east, west, and south-facing windows to keep out the sun’s rays. You can keep the blinds on the north side open if desired because they do not get direct sun in summer, assuming you’re in the northern hemisphere. Continue Reading ...
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Mar

Faux Wood Blinds – Advice on Choosing the Right Slat Size

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First things first. What’s a slat? All horizontal window blinds (think: mini blinds, wood blinds and faux wood blinds) have slats; they’re the strips of either metal, vinyl, wood or faux wood that open and close for light control. Different blinds offer different slat sizes. Generally, faux wood blinds are offered with 2″ slats and 2-1/2″ slats. Doesn’t sound like Continue Reading ...
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Mar

Introducing Good Housekeeping Blinds and Shades

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Blindsgalore is eager to launch the brand new line of Good Housekeeping Blinds and Shades in mid-March. This collection of quality window treatments is supported by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and is backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal. Founded in 1900, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluates products to help consumers make informed buying decisions. The familiar Good Housekeeping Continue Reading ...
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Feb

Shades vs. Blinds: What Is The Difference?

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As a designer, I get asked this question a lot. “What’s the difference between blinds and shades? Aren’t they the same thing?” Many people use the words blinds and shades interchangeably and regionally, some people use just one word or the other. ...
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Nov

Layering Drapery and Woven Woods

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Pairing woven wood shades with drapery panels is a fabulous way to reap the multiple benefits of your window treatments. By combining two styles of treatments on one window, you can achieve maximum light control, maintain better insulation, and the addition of layers will elevate the visual interest in the room. Not just for tropical themes and beach houses anymore, Continue Reading ...
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Sep

Different Windows, Coordinating Blinds

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Covering more than one window type in a room is no longer a challenge now that top brands such as Levolor and Bali have come out with coordinating product lines. There are horizontal blinds to coordinate with the vertical blinds you’d like for your sliding glass door and there are even coordinating woven wood treatments for your sliding glass door Continue Reading ...