How To Pick Blinds

With so many options to choose from, knowing how to pick blinds and picking a window covering can sometimes be overwhelming. Do I want cellular shades, wood blinds, or draperies? Which would benefit the house more? Well, we are here to help you.

We have created a questionnaire on how to pick blinds that makes the daunting task surprisingly easy! You answer 8 simple questions on what you want regarding design and function, and we will narrow your search. Read more to find out what the characteristics are detail.

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Benefits of Cellular Shades

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Typically when you buy honeycomb or cellular shades for your windows, you don’t think about the benefits of the shades and what it can do for you and your home. Surprisingly, there are many benefits of cellular shades, despite their thin fabric. Here are a few things cellular shades can do for you:

Insulation: The space between the fabrics is so it can insulate your home from harsh climates. If you are looking for more than just standard insulation, double-celled shades will do the trick. Not only will it help your home feel cooler during a scorcher, but it will also help your home stay warm when the winter season rolls in.

Reduce Energy Costs: Oh yeah. Their insulating properties help your home keep a stable temperature making your air conditioning units or heaters work less, which means more money in your pocket!

Filter and Block UV Rays: UV rays are damaging to the photos, art, and furniture in your home.  Just like you protect your skin with sunblock, you need to protect your rooms with honeycomb shades.  They offer a variety of filtering intensity so you need a lot of sunlight, or you need to block sunlight, these will do the trick.

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Privacy: The versatile movement of these shades allows for different degrees of privacy.  During the day, you can have the shades fully opened.  Mid-day you can place them half way up so people cannot see inside your home, but light can still shine through, and at night, you can keep your shades fully closed for ultimate privacy.

Safety: If you have kids or pets, you can have the option to buy cordless honeycomb shades.  This prevents your child or your pet from getting tangled in the cord when your shades are fully opened. If you buy some of Blinds On Time’s Honeycomb Shades right now, you will get a free upgrade to cordless. Yay for bonus benefits!

Aesthetics: Color choices are a must for interiors, and these shades do not disappoint. They offer a wide variety of colors from dark colors to pastel, and patterns.  The choices are abundant. Cordless shades allow for a sleeker look as well.

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Now that you’ve learned more about honeycomb shades, check out Blinds On Time’s selection of Cellular Shades and insulate, save, protect, and decorate your home!

Tips To Reduce Carbon Footprint: Kitchen Edition

Not all of us are energy efficient savvy, many of us can’t afford solar panels or hybrid cars, so that’s why we’ve developed some tips to reduce carbon footprint. We have ways to make your daily life more eco-friendly, especially in the kitchen. There’s plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, without emptying your pockets. In this series, BlindsOnTime.com will give you personal tips on how to become more energy efficient, and make your home a bit more green.

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Reduce Carbon Footprint: Your Kitchen

  • Get rid of water bottles. Bottled water has a huge carbon footprint. Try buying reusable water bottles, and using water-filtering devices instead of continuously buying water bottles. And, if you must use water bottles, recycle!
  • Close your windows properly, and make sure your attic is properly insulated. This will help you save a lot of money on your energy bill.
  • Use florescent light bulbs. They use about 75% less energy than normal light bulbs, and last longer. You may find that florescent lights are more expensive, but over time they pay for themselves because they use less energy and last longer.
  • Buy local. When your food has to travel less to enter your home, it reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Unplug. Try using power strips for groups of electronic items. Unplug appliances you’re not using, like a microwave toaster, or blender.

Reduce Carbon Footprint: Kitchen Window Coverings

Have windows in your kitchen? Choose from BlindsOnTime.com’s most energy efficient products like honeycomb shades or roller shades. Without energy-efficient window treatments, up to 50% of a home’s heating & cooling energy can be lost through your windows. The honeycomb shades provide window insulation, keeping the heat in during the winter, and keeping the sun’s harsh heat out in the summer. Finally, our light-filtering honeycomb shades diffuse light across any room to make it less necessary to turn on electrical lighting!

Inspiring Interiors: Summer Lovin’

I’m really  getting a lot of inspiration while browsing through Pinterest today. Here are some of my picks!

These woven woods give this room a cultural and rustic look. Paired with a couple of tribal pillows and an awesome mirror, this room definitely shows an eclectic personality. Check out our BlindsOnTime.com woven woods here!

Gingham Draperies. Stunning. I absolutely love this crisp Parisian pleated drapery choice. It gives the room a fresh look, accompanied by the English-style accessories and greenery. Check out our fabric selection, and our Parisian Pleated Draperies here.

Groovy font on the wall, and yellow bar stools…enough said.

Earthy off-white roller shade screens. An energy efficient, yet chic choice for this contemporary, yet warm dining room. Check out our BlindsOnTime.com Roller Shade selection here.

Get inspired.