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Top Window Treatments That Sold in 2016 (AND WHY)

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Top Window Treatments Sold 2016

Change is one of the most consistent aspects of life. Style, efficiency, and quality in the window treatment world of Snohomish County is no different. As we move through 2017, it helps to know where 2016 ended with some of the top treatments. As the nation’s #1 window coverings franchise, we are often asked what the most popular window treatments are and of course we want to answer that question to the best of our ability. 

Top Window Treatments That Sold in 2016 and WHY

One main window treatment element that stood out in 2016 was the ability to layer different types of treatments in the window. Instead of choosing only one treatment, many buyers opted to add layers to meet their visual satisfaction as well as functional goals. For example, a sheer and blackout combination. Sheers allow sunlight while protecting against harmful UV rays during the day, the blackout element promotes complete privacy whether or not the sun is out.

The top selling window treatment in Everett, Washington was the dual honeycomb shade from Enlightened Style called the Trilight. This particular treatment combines Cellular and Pleated Shades

Cellular Shades Top Seller 2016

Here’s why they sold:  

Cellular Shades are one of the most versatile window coverings on the market. They are designed with pockets, or “cells” to keep air from escaping or entering your home, providing a high level of insulation, keeping your energy bill in check. With four light control options -- sheer, light filtering, room darkening, and blackout fabrics, you have full control over your level of privacy. Cellular Shades are easy to customize to any space or odd window shape, and can move from top to bottom or bottom to top while still versatile enough to be paired with many different vertical window coverings. 


Pleated Shades also have the light control options, while adding dimension to the space. One of the biggest advantages is how this treatment stacks completely flat when raised allowing a full window view. Pleated Shades also have the ability to function from top to bottom or bottom to top, making them a great pairing with cellular shades.    

When together, these window treatments bring a versatile look and function - adding dimension and functionality to the entire window or door. By using a Sheer Cellular Shade on the top, with a thicker pleated shade on the bottom, you can control privacy while still letting in light without UV rays for ultimate light control and insulation.

Pleated and Cellular Shades Top Seller

The exciting aspect about putting these two window treatments together is that can you can create your own look, personalized, with different colors and textures. You can design it to fit your space and your Washington home.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. 

Spring Into Fresh Looks

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Spring Into Summer

Don’t you love the great Spring weather in Washington? Even if you aren’t the outdoors type, there’s something about the fresh flowers, spring rain, clear skies, and bright colors that elevate your day. Unless you work outside, it’s nearly impossible to spend your time simply soaking up the self care atmosphere that Spring in Snohomish County has to offer. But don’t worry, whether you’re from Arlington, Monroe, or Smokey Point we have solutions to bring a bit of Spring indoors, so you can enjoy the season outside and inside your home!

Spring Window Flowers

Spring Flowers

As much as we love window treatments, flowers are an addition you can add all on your own! These seasonal bursts of color can be as diverse as you want. You don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy the simple beauty of these plants! Using a few pots or a planter box, fill your window sill with spring bulbs. The breeze will carry the scent into your home, giving you a feeling of Spring even if you can’t be outside.

Spring Roller Shades

Spring Rollers

Roller Shades are one of the many window treatments that come in countless colors and patterns. Spruce up your spring atmosphere by switching to a light green or yellow roller shade, brightening up the room and complimenting any greenery you may have opted to add. If you want to nix adding flowers - try a floral design shade, still bringing the season inside with some colorful faux flowers.

Spring Seeds

Spring Seeds

Maybe you don’t have a green thumb. That’s okay! It’s amazing how much the suggestion of something has on our psyche. By adding simple colors and themes to your environment, you can change the entire feel of the room without major daily dedication. Go to the local store and buy some of the prettiest, coolest, most dynamic seed packages, arrange them in a basket, and set them on a coffee table. For a more personal touch, find your own in-season local seeds maybe from Everett or Millcreek to add to the mix! The representation of fresh growth, new possibilities, and unique packaging will remind you of Spring every time you have them in view.

Spring Fairy Lights

Spring Lights

No, not Christmas lights. You can find little white fairy lights to drape outside your windows, across your porch, or even down your shades or blinds. At night, with an open window and a nice breeze, these little twinkling lights will remind you of fireflies. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to go catch a few.

There are many ways to bring the season into your domain. Try these out, and allow the fresh outlook of your indoor life usher you into more enjoyment of Spring.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. 

Spring Cleaning: Forgotten Places

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Spring Cleaning Don't Forget These Places

Hooray! It’s that time of year in Snohomish County! The birds are chirping, the grass is green, the sun is shining...and even the Washington rain comes with a sense of freshness. We tend to have this innate desire to create space for new life by washing away the clutter and winter, giving fresh air to our surroundings. But while you are launching into full Spring cleaning mode, don’t forget these places which are most likely overlooked the rest of the year. 

Shades and Drapes

Shades and Drapes

If you’re like most of us, you clean the windows and the surrounding areas, but ignore the shades and drapes -- after all they are hanging freely and don’t hold on to any dust, right? Wrong. But cleaning them isn’t as hard as you may think. Simply dust or vacuum each side, paying extra attention towards the top where there may be extra creases or pleats that will collect more dust than the rest of the fabric. Then, scan the fabric for any broken or loose strings that will require either a small stitch job or even just trimming away with a scissor. Do not use strong detergents or spot removers, as they could cause the color to fade and weaken the fibers.

Blinds and Shutters

Blinds and Shutters

Since most blinds and shutters are either a wood or other type of of non-fabric item, they are super simple to clean. You can use a feather or microfiber duster, or make your own with a ruler and a sock! After dusting, use a fabric dryer sheet along all parts as a hack to avoid dust collecting.

Knobs, Pulls, Switches

Make sure not to ignore the little parts on all the drapes, shutters, and motorized shades (switches!). Easy to clean, but also easy to overlook. Take a cloth and wipe them down, making them smooth and shining for the next time you need to put your hands on them.

Top Of Window Treatments

Top Of Window Treatments

Every type of window treatment has a top! The top will always collect the most dust and is usually unseen unless you are either super tall or intentionally take a peek. But the more dust the collects, the more dust balls will drift down onto the rest of the fabric or the floor. Make sure you take a few quick moments to use any type of duster preferable to wipe those edges clean, having a domino effect on the rest of the window treatment.

Area Rug


Area rugs are popular and a beautiful addition to a room, especially complementing window treatments. However, they are dust and dirt collectors that absolutely need cleaned on a regular basis - and definitely deep cleaned during spring cleaning. First you want to make sure you vacuum the rug, and comb out any pet hair. You can purchase a cleaner to wash and dry your rug, depending on the size. A good tip for the rest of the year is to keep the rug vacuumed, as well as rotating the rug quarterly to make sure it wears evenly from foot traffic and sunlight.

 Pillows and Bedding

Pillows and Bedding

You can’t forget where you sleep! Pillows and bedding need washed periodically, even if they are removed from the bed every night. Your skin oils and surrounding dust wear on them constantly. Typically, pillow covers and bedding are easily washed in the washing machine - just pay attention to the tags. Once you put on those clean babies, you’ll feel so good when walking into the room! Open a window and breath in the fresh air.

Washing Machine

Washing Machine

Since you’ll be using your washing machine extra during spring cleaning - better spring clean the machine too! You can fill your washer up on the highest load and settings, while adding white vinegar and baking soda and letting it run a full cycle. In the meantime, take a cloth and wipe around all the nooks and crannies - ensuring your clothes and sheets come out as fresh as can be.

Now, we know cleaning may not be everyone’s favorite thing to do -- but when it comes to spring in Everett Washington, there’s just something about it that causes a little more motivation. Enjoy yourself, turn on some music, and get down to business now that you know a little more of what you can do. 

Brighten Up Bathroom Windows Without Breaking The Bank

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Bathroom Window Coverings

There’s something unique about the bathroom. Typically much smaller than the other rooms in the house, yet usually set with a theme or some type of extreme coordinating decorations to bring as much life into this little room as possible. You could have the whole house decorated a certain way, with the bathroom standing completely on it’s own as a separate environment.

But what about the bathroom window? Scaled down to size to fit the smaller room, sometimes smaller doesn’t equal easier. You don’t want to go with the popular long curtains or drapery as you would a living room or bedroom, due to risk of becoming wet and moldy...but you also don’t want to leave uncovered, because *ahem* you need your privacy.

We have some quick, fun, easy, and affordable ways to spruce up your bathroom windows without compromising your style or bank account.

Bathroom Composite Shutters

Composite Window Blinds and Shutters

Composite Window Blinds and Composite Shutters are a great option for the bathroom because they are made to withstand moisture. They effectively resist fading and cracking from high humidity and are so low maintenance that they are easily cleaned with soap and water. They are constructed to look like real wood, but are a lightweight alternative that compliment a variety of decorating styles. There are even 80 different color choices for wood paint and stains!

Bathroom Roman Shades

Roman Shades and Roller Shades

Roman Shades are a popular solution for those who admire the elegant look of draperies, but want the modern conveniences of window shades. These shades give control to the light filtering into the room while keeping your space private and separate from the outside world. With the cordless option, maximize the space you have without adding clutter.

Roller Shades have the advantage of being highly customizable, allowing you to mix and match any way you want, while easily filtering light to brighten up the bathroom or make as dark as your prefer. With over 100 different styles and patterns - your bathroom can have spark without adding multiple window treatments. However, feel free to add a Valance to any of these options, complementing the blinds, shutters, or shades with this beautifying addition that can even make the small window appear bigger.

Bathroom Decorative Film

Decorative Window Film

Decorative Film is a fun, creative, and inexpensive option giving you an entirely different look than any type of shade or blind. This extremely simple yet beautiful option can give your bathroom window that elegant stained glass look - fully blocking out visibility from the outside for privacy, yet letting in tons of light and colors to really brighten up the room and create a calm ambiance. Ability to be cut to any shape and size, this film still protects against UV rays while the room lightens and darkens with the sun’s natural cycle. Not a fan of stained glass windows? There are also oriental themes available using decorative rice paper film!

With so many options, you can have your bathroom complete with privacy and light in no time. Not to mention keeping your wallet happy. Maybe some of the extra money you saved will allow you to check out some decorative hardware for unique rods, hooks, and tassels that come in small window packages. 

Roller Shades Make A Comeback

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Roller Shades Make A Comeback

Traditionally, Roller Shades haven’t been the usual first pick when styling a home or office. They are the fall back option when budget is low, or when the space is for more industrial purposes. But now they are making their way into personal homes and offices, bringing much more flare than they have in the past. With these options, more and more shoppers are choosing roller shades over drapes or blinds. Why? Here are some fun ideas on how to hop on the Roller Shade wagon and bring a different look to your space.

 Roller Shades - Artwork

Room Full Of Windows 

If you have a room full of windows, you know that although the natural light is amazing and probably the reason for the room in the first place, that space to decorate is limited. The free wall space is either too small to do anything with, or at such awkward parts of the room that it would just look odd to place anything in the space. But with roller shades these days, you can have your cake and eat it too! Roller shades can not only come in endless options of designs, but can actually be made with artwork on the shade itself. During the day you can let in all the light you want, maybe closing one or two shades of your choice --- while at night all the shades can be drawn, doubling as beautiful artwork on the walls. You can have the same shade on each window, or mix and match your colors and fabrics to compliment each other when all the shades are down. The Motorized Roller Shades are an efficient option for a room with many windows!

Roller Shades - Kids Room

Kids Room 

Whether it’s the bedroom, the school room, or the home-school room -- the kids can feel excited and eager to be in their own space when the room provokes their imagination. Roller Shades can be used for an assortment of patterns, i.e. favorite super heros, geographical locations, showcasing other languages...think about your child’s personality and interests and imagine having them on display in the room around them. Plus, these shades come in a variety of control options. You can choose the standard cord, or install a cordless lift roller shade which is easy to use and safe for the kiddos.

Roller Shades - Narrow Long Windows

Narrow and Long Windows

Some homes and offices have a series of several narrow windows, taking up half to a third of the length of the wall. These can simply be windows that open, or even doors on a balcony.  Because the room rely’s on the light allowed in from these windows, and normally there is plenty of space for wall decorations, less on the window in this situation is a prime choice. You want to stay away from a cluttered look, and roller shades are the solution. Easily functional to allow in light and practically unseen when rolled to the top or bottom of the window, they still protect from UV rays and give privacy when needed. However, they can be unrolled half way to reveal a complementary pattern or color to give the room a little spark without being overbearing.

 Roller Shades Kitchen Windows

Kitchen Windows

Many kitchens have that one window over the sink, overlooking the backyard, or if you’re in the city...possibly your neighbors living room. Regardless, like the narrow windows, Roller Shades are a great option for a subtle touch to the room but still allowing in natural light and privacy. You can brighten up the entire kitchen with a bright color, and can also choose the cord type that works best for your set up. With over 240 contemporary designs, you may find you prefer the shade to be down allowing the light as a backdrop, highlighting the design on the shade to give your kitchen that extra touch of style.

No matter what kind of space you have - considering roller shades as your entire window treatment or part of your window treatment is now an “in” thing to do. Personalize your home or office with your own designs and let your creativity run wild as each window is it’s own canvas. Plus, they are so easy to change that you could have a different vibe every month! 

Sheer Brilliance: 5 Unique Ways To Use Window Sheers

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Sheer Brilliance

You can’t go wrong with Sheers. There’s something about the flowy, slightly see through material in front of a bright window that just brings peace and calm into a room. Because they are such a pleasant window treatment, the options are endless of how many, what kind, and where they can be used. Of course, the common place is unsurprisingly dangling in front of a window. However, consider these next five creative options when sprucing up your home, bringing a whole new feel to the room. 

1. Extended Sheers

Picture a double set of glass doors, each with a typical rod across the top and sheers hanging down in front. Now, wipe that picture away and instead, picture sheers cascading from the top of wall where the ceiling is met, not only covering the doors, but covering the entire wall. These extra long sheers create a whole new ambiance as light peeks through the fabric. They can also be bunched to the side, creating a beautiful tapestry effect on that entire side of the room.

Divide a room with sheer shades

2. Divide A Room

Keep those extra long sheers in mind, but picture a large room full of windows. Instead of using the sheers to cover the windows, you can create separation in the room by hanging them from the ceiling to divide the room into smaller portions while still keeping the spacious, airy feel from the light fabric. Light is uninhibited, while allowing a sense of separation and focus change for each “room”.

Surround Bath Sheer Shades

3. Surround The Bed or Bath

We’ve all seen the beds with the thick fabric falling down from the top of the frame -- in fact, when you were a kid you probably day dreamed about these beds, wishing you could have this easy fort! But consider instead of using the “bed curtains”, use sheers! This brings a romantic, sensual and soft feel to the bedroom without burying yourself in darkness and separation. Maybe you match the bed sheers with the window sheers in the room - a light uniform look that again, seems to create the feel of space instead of diminish space. In the same way, if you’re someone who loves those stand alone tubs, use a long window sheer to surround the tub creating faux privacy, yet a cozy feel whether night or day.


4. Create a Headboard

Maybe you don’t want the bed surrounded by fabric of any kind, but like the idea of incorporating the feel and ambiance of a sheer to the bedroom. You can replace your headboard with sheers! This is a fun, creative option where you can easily change the look of your headboard at any time. You could let a light colored or patterned sheer simply hang from the ceiling. You could tie ribbons around multiple sheers creating a wall of bunched sheer fabric from top to bottom. You could even use two sheers and bunch them off to the side, a window effect, creating a beautiful drapery over your bed. Perhaps you even want to create a canopy above the bed, which attaches to the headboard. There are so many simple, beautiful options.


5. Block From UV Rays

Did you know there are Sheer Solar Shades? Moving from the flowy material to a Solar Shade, you can choose a sheer like fabric that allows light and breeze, while protecting you and your furniture from the sun. This is great in a patio, a window covered office, or even a kitchen. Just because the room is a prime place for the sun to pelt down into, doesn’t mean you have to compromise the condition of your home and miss out on that beautiful light!

Valance: The Piece You Might Be Missing

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What is a Valance? Just because you may not recognize the word, doesn’t mean you haven’t seen them everywhere. A Valance is an ornamental drapery, decorative board, or metal strip mounted across the top of a window, sometimes to conceal structural fixtures. You may initially associate them with older generations, but don’t be fooled --- these decorative pieces aren’t outdated. In fact, you can find one for every type of style -- even the most modern, sleek home. Check out the range of styles below as we map out some examples for you!


When most people see a valance, they identify it with a more traditional, early American time, or with stoic historical buildings such as the White House. This is because these type of buildings feature the most formal type of valance -- which usually displays a lot of jabots and cascades in the material. Even though they certainly look the part traditionally, valances are far from limited to a traditional setting.



Yes, a valance can work in a contemporary space! Valances can come in many designs and colors, allowing you to contrast with the rest of the room and compliment the overall feel of design. Instead of using heavy material, light, flowing material can be used to cascade from the hinges, and styled to create a clean line, adding softness and dimension to the room.



Have you ever seen in insanely glamorous room? This type of room is full of sharp designs, bold colors, bright features. A bold colored valance can really add to the entire atmosphere. Whether it’s hot pink or dark blue, the entire window area comes to life with this added feature, bringing an edgy flare to the entire room.


Love the rustic feel? Whether you live in the country or not, your home is your domain. No need for a valance to be ultra feminine or extra plush --- it can simply be a plank of upholstered wood! Or, if you didn’t want the fabric on the wood, you could nix the fabric and stain the wood to your liking. The purpose of the valance is to normally cover the roller mechanism of woven wood shades, so layering the plank of wood on top would have the same outcome. This will create a modern, woodsy, rustic feel when you want to step into your home and escape.


Beach Life

If you live near the ocean or have vacationed anywhere tropical, you may have seen a tiki-hut like valance at some point! These are a fun way to bring the beach life home, spicing up the room like your own personal luau. Add some sea shells and tropical colors around the room and its like you disappeared to your favorite vacation spot.



But maybe you just want that homey feel. You know, the one where dinner is on the table, family is close by, and the cozy close quarters are soothing to your soul. Perhaps you have a kitchen window over your sink while you do the dishes. A nice patterned valance can add to the soft, home life feel - possibly creating a slight “chic” and inviting look.


Single men or a husband who wants that man cave….there are still valances for you. You don’t have to go with any of the other styles and compromise your taste. In this case, the rest of the room will make the big difference. Consider mixing a wood valance to contrast leather furniture, or a dark brown valance to complement the masculine room. Most designs aren’t solely masculine or feminine, it takes the rest of the decor to tip the scale one way or another. A valance can truly be the icing on the (window)”cake” in this situation.

We’ve given you just a few examples out of limitless options on how to use a valance. It’s easy to get accustomed to a perception of something simply from the past --- but when you expand your creativity and vision, that same thing can turn into many current, new options. Maybe a valance is the missing piece to your room. 

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