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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 You may initially associate them with older generations, but don’t be fooled --- these decorative pieces aren’t outdated.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. 

Don't Let The Radiator Steal Your Style

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Window Treatments Over Radiator

Decorating can be so much fun, until something gets in the way of your vision. Most times the answer is simple, move said object out of the way and carry on. But what about the times when something is there to stay, like a radiator? You can’t really make this disappear, and it’s kind of vital to the comfort of your home...so what do you do? Give up and let your style go down the drain? No way! We have some simple solutions that will tie your room together with the radiator and your style still in tact.

Love floor length curtains? Yes, you can still have them! Choose your favorite curtain and hang them on a stationary Panel to have the look of the curtain but not the function. The floor length curtains will flow down on either side of the window (outside each end of the radiator), with an open curtain appearance. Don’t worry, you can still have privacy and shading with adding additional window treatments between the curtains. Try Wood Blinds for a contemporary clean look, allowing you to open and close the blinds at your discretion. Or you can use Roller Shades to cover the windows, giving you the flexibility to roll them up or down letting in light or keeping your privacy, while still enjoying the look of floor length curtains. If you like both ideas, have the best of both worlds with Woven Wood Shades creating it’s own unique, soft look.

Cellular Shades Over Radiators 


Shutters can look just as modern as you want! Choose a bright white for a classic look, or a dark wood for a warm look, letting them come down to the bottom of the window. You can open for light, or close for darkness -- and are best on their own holding their look strongly in the room, while keeping flesh to the edge of the wall with the radiator gracefully sitting underneath.

Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades, especially those that lower from top to bottom, are a great option for adjusting light levels without sacrificing privacy. These won’t interfere with the floor radiator, and you can also add side curtains for a little extra “wow” factor. Regardless, these look great on their own and add a crisp look to the room even with the occupied space below.

Short Curtains

Like the curtain look but don’t necessarily want them to hit the floor? You can always use short curtains as an option, eliminating the need for a second window treatment if unwanted. Short curtains can come right above the radiator, covering the length of the window, with space to open and close as normal. The only drawback is they tend to divide the room, so as a general rule this is ideal in more casual spaces such as a child’s room or a home office. Another good tip is to avoid heavy fabrics and intense colors, and go with a more casual look to blend in the room easier.

Whether you mix and match, or stick with one treatment --- there’s a solution for every window. You can even change it up within the same room, as long as the colors and styles complement each other. Maybe you only have one window with a radiator underneath -- no big deal! Adding shades between that one window with curtains that match the rest of the windows, blends perfectly all around. A radiator doesn’t have to be a focal point -- especially with so many options to explore.

Short Curtains Over Radiators

The Benefits Of Motorized Window Coverings

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2017 is the year to get things done. The general population is ready to buckle down, problem solve, and live efficiently. Many believe that your home reflects your life. Do you keep a chaotic, messy home? Are you always on the run? Or do you live in a clear space, free to move and breathe, ready for whatever comes your way. One way to bring your home in line with your resolutions is adding this easy way to bring efficiency, convenience, and a clean look to your home with motorized window coverings. Once viewed as as an indulgence, progression of technology and advancements in pricing has allowed 2017 to be the year of Motorized Window Coverings for the general public.

With so many benefits and affordable prices, making the change is completely worth the time. Blinds, Shades, and Drapes can all be motorized saving the hassle of tangled cords, safety for curious children, and easier function for the elderly or anyone with mobility or dexterity issues. Going a little deeper we can see just how utilizing the motorized option will enhance your living space in endless scenerios.

Motorized Blinds


Custom Motorized Blinds not only eliminate tangles, safety issues, and play toys for animals -- they create a trendy, clean look with the easiest functionality for all types of people. Blinds can be set with a timer or temperature sensors so that they open and close each day, effectively lowering your energy bills. You can control them with wireless wall switches, or with handheld remotes. Skylight Blinds are already challenging to reach, but with easy to access wall switches or a remote control, it will be as simple as a press of a button to adjust to your exact preference.

Motorized Shades


Beyond the same benefits of the blinds, Motorized Shades offer even more. All your favorite shades, such as roman shades, cellular shades, and woven wood shades can all come motorized. No matter your style of the season, you can keep things easy with motorized sensors and timers. Think about scenarios such as going away for vacation -- your shades can be set to their regular routine, allowing you to appear to be home, adding security. Or maybe you have a nursery or a child’s room and want to ensure their safety while they play, or set their timers to have the sun naturally wake them up setting up their sleep patterns. Lets not forget the hard to reach places! Maybe your window is above the kitchen sink, washer, or dryer - creating an awkward reach to adjust the shades. Instead, flip a switch and move on with your day.

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Drapes Motorized


Have you ever had a set of heavy drapes, pulling on the cord to close and open, and even taking breaks before the entire drapery has shifted? Think how hard this would be with an injury or for an elderly person? Motorized Drapes take all the strain away, freeing you to choose as big and as heavy of drapes your little heart desires, with NO sore muscles. In the winter you can layer on the drapes, providing insulation, and easily pressing a button midday to allow the sun to bring in extra warmth. The motorized drapes are available in any fabric or design, and are just as easily custom made to your taste.

It’s clear to see how simply getting rid of cords can add so much to your room and lifestyle. With easy dinner ambiance created, sitting down for a movie and forgetting to close the blinds because of the glare, or raising patio shades from inside without having to open the door --- it’s about time this became affordable for the average home. With 2017 just beginning, we can set the bar with ever advancing technology and have one less step to take enabling us to focus our energy on the future.

Vamp Up Your Room With Stylish Shades

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Guess what? Shades don’t have to be boring. They don’t have to be uniformed. They don’t have to be cookie cutter. They don’t have to be bland, hidden, or the same as your childhood home or neighbor. Shades can be ALL you, all your choice, all YOUR style, and all your idea. There are so many options that you could literally change your shades once a month and create a different look for each month of the year! But, that would probably be exhausting. Instead, maybe choose some you would like to at least keep for a season or even a few years, knowing you can change your tone at any time. Here are a few of our favorites to get your idea juices flowing.

 Faux Shades

Do we even start by telling you how these can be custom designs? The options! Faux Shades are fun because even though they aren’t functional (hence the “faux” part), they can add any type of pop to a room that you want! From bright colors, to interesting designs, they add an accent to a room in such a tasteful amount that it’s easy to get away with something a little more vibrant than you normally would. Plus, since less fabric is needed, these are more affordable if you are just going for a fashion look and not window coverage.

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Woven Wood Shades

Have you noticed how “in” wood is right now? Wood shades compliment the simplistic, minimalistic, clean, modern atmospheres that many people are gravitating towards. Not only are these popular in vacation homes, but your own home can feel like an escape when using these shades to teleport you into your own little world. The style remains classy, yet can add warm or coolness to any room.  An added bonus is we make these Woven Wood Shades from renewable sources, like bamboo, so you can feel good about the room you are in. They can be motorized, and come in many styles, including bottom-up or top-down.

 Roller Shades

Roller Shades

Roller Shades are flat stretches of fabric that can really show off a unique fabric once unrolled from a hidden mechanism. These shades are highly customizable and come in a wide variety of colors and fabrics, light filtering options, and light control/darkening/blackout options. They are available in over 100 screen styles, really opening up your room to anything you would like to create. Plus, as with most the products, they are available with a motorized lift, cordless lift, small cord lift, and more - depending on your specific goals.

 Graphic Shades

Graphic Shades

Have kids? Or maybe you have a room that makes you want to express yourself in a different way! Graphic Shades are incredibly fun and unique. You can actually have an image of your choice printed on the shade, which offers a level of customization like no other. Think, for kids, a princess? Spiderman? Or many you own a business or have a home office and want to add a logo to your window shade? Or perhaps you or your partner LOVE a certain team and just have to dedicate a window shade to their team logo? You can create whatever your little heart desires with this option. These shades look great, and are easy to operate. They can also come motorized for the kiddos to eliminate any cord danger.

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Repeating Shades

Are you one to enjoy coordination? One foolproof way to have a clean, well presented room, is choosing a shade, possibly a Sheer Shade, and repeating the same pattern on three or more windows, causing a visually pleasing effect. You can do this with any type of shade you choose. We recommend a light, floral pattern to brighten up a room.

 Oversized Shades

Yes, we know that typically you construct shades to fit perfectly into the window. But maybe this time you let them be a little larger than normal, overlapping the window, creating a completely different look. They kind of cover like drapes, but instead of being pulled to the side, they function like shades, because, well, they ARE shades (and offer a unique alternative to draperies). This is great to try on a large window that takes up most of a wall as the main part of a room.

 With all the different options, there is no way we can address them all here! Each style has the choice of top-down, bottom-up,  as well as the ability to be motorized, graphics, oversized, custom designed or cut. The sky outside your window, is really the limit.  Don’t let yourself be bogged down by the mundane. Spruce up your surroundings and feel good about where you live!

Draperies For The Challenging Shaped Windows

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Not all window shapes are the same. Sure, it’s easy to find draperies and window rods for a standard sized average window -- but what do you do when your home holds unique sizes, shapes, and types of windows? Do you let them go drapery free, opening up your inner lives for all the world to see? No way (unless that’s your thing) -- we have solutions for you. There are many reasons to add to your windows -- decoration, privacy, light control, temperature control.  Your odd, unique, or large windows can be just as fashionably decorated and insulated as all the others. No matter the challenge, there is a solution.


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Extra Tall Windows

Whether these are window walls, or just tall ceilings calling for taller windows, no window is too big for drapes. If you have windows that are essentially your entire wall, the tricky part is where do you actually hang the draperies when there is seemingly no space? On the ceiling! Ceiling tracks are a unique and efficient way to allow the openness and luxury of window walls, while still having the option of privacy and decoration while keeping the streamlined environment. These can be motorized drapes, adding to the minimalistic atmosphere allowing them to easily open and close.

 If you have extra tall windows, but not quite covering the entire wall, you have two options! You can choose to mount tall drapes in the space between the top of the window and the ceiling,OR you can mount drapes midway, allowing privacy and the enclosed feeling, but keeping a pretty cool and unique elegant feel with the top part of the window remaining uncovered. This also gives the illusion of scaling the windows down to a more uniformed proportion, bringing intimacy into the room.


Curved Windows

Slanted and Curved Windows

Both deal with angles. Slanted windows are straight edge, but at an angle, causing the drapes to normally pile up towards the bottom due to the uneven height. This is when Medallions are a great option, allowing you to hang each part of the drapery in a stationary way, using custom window shades.

 Curved windows are a little simpler, still being able to used traditional rods. You may wonder, can rods curve? Yes! Most can! They can curve to fit almost any window. It’s helpful to have additional professionals to ensure correct measurement for the curvature as well as the drapes during installation since it’s not quite as standard as a normal installation. A professional will also be able to help you choose the correct rod and coordinating brackets that may need to be a special C-shaped ring to allow the drapes to be easily drawn. Sometimes a solution simply comes down to obtaining the correct hardware for the job.


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Bay Windows

Bay windows are challenging in the fact that they have three sides, making it impossible to cover by a single rod, yet three rods look a little much. In this situation, try a curved rod like you would in the above windows. You’ll need a professional to measure this correctly because you will most likely need custom-cut hardware, but it is possible to mount a correct curved sized rod on the wall if there’s room, to cover all three windows.


Arched Windows

Arched Windows

The beauty of arched windows is...well, the arch. Typically if you have an arched window, you don’t necessarily want to over the arch in the process of using drapes. One creative solution here would be to leave the top arched undressed, having a rod for drapes to cross along the leveled portion of the window, creating a cafe curtain type of feel. This way, just like the extra tall windows, you ensure privacy and light control, while leaving the top uncovered adding a unique vibe to the room. Financially, this is the more economic choice. However, you can have a professional installer create a precise custom build specifically for your arch, to cover the entire window.


Deep Framed Windows

Deep Framed Window

This may possibly be the easiest challenge to find a solution. In a deep frame window you naturally have extra wall space on each side of the inlets. Solution? Something as simple as a tension rod - similar to a shower curtain rod- with each end on the inside of both walls, allowing a curtain to be easily drawn to cover the window, closer to the window instead of outside of the window frame.

Budget Blinds thankfully has the expertise and solutions to cover these challenges and more. Your windows don’t have to go bare, and they don’t have to look mismatched in their size and covers. Your home can be unique, you, and fitted to the exact measurements in any situation. 

Why We Love The Layered Look

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Everything in life goes through seasons. We have the weather seasons, seasons of our lives (weddings, children, middle age, etc), and we have seasons of interests (you really liked Zumba last month, but now you’re not really feeling it). Seasons are such a natural part of life, that they flow in and out of each other and it feels best when we flow with them. One way to change with the season, is letting your surroundings, your home, change as well. In the Summer we tend to have open windows, lighter colors, less layers. In the Winter we like to hunker down, cover up, insulate, and have that calm, warm feeling of hibernation. Because of the time of year, we are going to focus on preparing for Winter. One of the more natural ways to prepare your home, just like you would prepare your body, is embracing the layered look.

Because “layers” literally mean adding more to what already is, this doesn’t take a ton of work. You don’t have to remove all your summer drapes and replace them with a whole new “wardrobe”. Instead, you can add a few things here and there, creating warmth and a completely different look, to embrace the season. Just how you wrap a present and then add flare at the end, you can do this for your home.

Below are a few simple ideas to move into the next season for layered windows.

Shades Layered Look


You already have shades? Great! Chances are, they are lighter shades that let in air and light. For this next season you can simply layer a new set of shades on top of the ones you already have -- creating insulation and an entire new look. This will add texture, style, and warmth to the room. With all the different Shades available, the combinations are extensive.

Solar Shades are a great option for the homes located in slightly warmer climates during the day, but the weather cools at night. Have the first layer of the window shades as solar, keeping heat out while letting sunshine in, with the second layer as a decorative, warmer, thicker shade to bring spark to the room while adding insulation during the cooler temperatures.

Shutters Layered Look


Shutters are versatile. Many homes have only shutters on the windows, leaving the option of complete privacy, open shutters letting in some light, or completely bringing the shutters up or down exposing the window to everything. If you have shutters, the simplest thing you can do is add shades or drapes, giving the option for double insulation and a layered look. With so many draperies available, you can be as dramatic or subtle as you want for the season. Once the season is over, simply remove and go back to your light, airy space!

Drapes Layered Look


Drapes are fun! Many people are used to seeing layers in drapes - which means you can go wild. A popular, classic look is using sheer drapes under your thicker, heavier patterns. Sheers allow the option of privacy and some light ambience and warmth into the room, without exposing the room to the outside elements. You can have the heavier drapes half drawn or fully pulled back during the day, making the layers obvious, and fully close them at night bringing in the cozy, private atmosphere. For a low budget option, you can add the look and impression of sheers by sewing a bit of sheer fabric to the front edge of your drapes giving the illusion that the layer extends to the width of the entire drapery.

Worried about a heavy look? Don’t! Any space can be lightened up and still layered. You can add to shutters, shades, and blinds with combination of panels on top of the windows, drapes tied off to the side of the window, and light sheer shades to bring an airiness to the room. Layering does not have to be heavy -- any extra layer will add extra insulation, and based on your needs you can tweak the style to your best interest.

Just like life, your season doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s season. Stay true to you, and you’ll love your surroundings with the freedom to change them at anytime.

Stylish Ways to Cover Glass Doors

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Have you noticed when you stay in a hotel with a glass sliding door to the balcony, 85% of the time they are covered with those thick, vertical, white plastic blinds? Or have you ever rented an apartment with those same blinds in every single unit? Or how about walking into an office space with wider windows and sliding doors...what do you see? The same plastic blinds.

Take a deep breath, because you do NOT have to carry those into your home! There are so many stylish options to cover and decorate glass doors of all sizes. Whether it’s a traditional hinged door, or a sliding door -- check out the fun options below for quick and easy ideas to not only help insulate your home, but also add flare to compliment your own personality.

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A popular and effective look for glass doors, is treating them like large windows by hanging heavy drapes around the frame. During the day the drapes can be drawn to the sides, allowing the door to easily open and close if it’s used often, while at night they can hang down creating privacy as well as insulation.

The cool thing about drapes, is they come in so many different styles! If you don’t like the look of drapes drawn on either side for functionality, try the Motorized Drapes for simplicity and clean look. These can have a sheer look to them, still allowing light into the room while creating privacy and easy access to the door.

With so many different styles to choose from, there are also ways to vamp up the look by simply choosing Decorative Hardware to support the drapes.

Cellular Shades Glass Doors


If the Motorized Drapes caught your eye, but you feel something is missing --- Solar Shades may be what you’re looking for. These shades also offer an efficient and clean look, while providing functionality and light. If you’re into the more traditional look, Roman Shades combine classic form with contemporary function. The door is functional even with the shades down, as there would be one shade per hinged door. You can choose to install these shades as top-down or bottom-up providing privacy yet still allowing natural light into the room.

 For the best of both worlds, you can combine drapes with Cellular Shades for some extra fashion, or use the Cellular Shades on their own. The most versatile glass coverings on the marker, Cellular Shades are available in three popular cell sizes and various light control levels so you can create the perfect setting while providing a cohesive look throughout your home.

Shutters Glass Doors


For a more tailored look, Shutters are mounted right on the door frame, avoiding anything hardware around the door or added bulk to the frame. Wood Shutters add a one of a kind look to a home, giving the space a peaceful, relaxing essence while letting in light or almost completely shutting light out.  You can blend the shutters into the room by painting them the same color as the wall, or set them apart by complementing the room with a dark cherry wood or another contrast to your particular style.

Depending on your door location, Indoor/Outdoor Shutters could be a unique option for your home. These Aluminum Shutters create space on a patio, enclose a balcony, or partition large rooms. With many styles and colors, there are almost endless options to design the look of your home exactly how you want.

You don’t have to be stuck with boring designs and cookie cutter home appearance. Whether you have a one of a kind designed home, a home that is brand new and has a matched design in other neighborhoods, an older home that just really needs a change...you can re-create your space and feel like you’ve started all over with just a few simple changes to your windows and doors. 

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