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Our Favorite 2018 Summer Window Treatment Ideas!

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Our Favorite Summer Window Treatment Ideas sheer shades pleated shades

Summer gets a little warm in Snohomish County, Washington - but we’re not complaining! With every season change, is a beautiful experience to enjoy in the Pacific Northwest. While the outdoors are vibrant and bright, the indoors alter with the new temperatures as well. But just like the change in the seasons, you can change your window treatments to not only match the airy feel of summer, but also up your energy efficiency by staying cool, easier. Snohomish Budget Blinds put together some of our favorite Summer Window Treatment Ideas for this very reason!

Sheer Pleated Shades

Not only sheer shades, and not only pleated shades - this hybrid is the best of both worlds. Finding pleated shades in sheer fabric offer several huge temperature and light benefits. Perfect for glare reduction, UV protection, and energy efficiency while still allowing plenty of natural light into the room, these shades are light in color and brighten your area effortlessly. An attractive solution for all types of window shapes, tyle options include top down bottom up, which allow you to lower your shades from the top or raise them from the bottom to maintain privacy or block unwanted views while reading a book or getting a little summer work done on your laptop.

Our Favorite Summer Window Treatment Ideas skylight shades and blinds

Skylight Shades and Blinds

Skylights are standout features within any home: they flood rooms with natural light, expand their spaciousness and usability, and offer a stunning view of the sky. They provide is like bringing the outdoors inside. But the occasional sun glare or excess of heat can be enough to reverse its appeal. While dusk and dawn provide comfortable warm hues, midday overheats, and sunsets strain the eyes. Consider installing blinds or roller shades for your skylight to minimize these effects. Simple to operate, skylight blinds and shades allow skylit rooms to be usable at any point in the day. While some rooms call for mere glare protection, others require full or partial sun blocking. It’s never too sunny or dark to use a room with properly harnessed natural light.

Our Favorite Summer Window Treatment Ideas window film

Window Film

Some Everett and Mill Creek, Washington homeowners prefer the wide open view of an unfurnished window, especially if it’s one of ample size. If you fall under this category, we can help! Window Film is the perfect option to be wide open and still have protection. Don’t let the sun depreciate your interiors. Over time, harsh UV rays can potentially fade and damage your furniture, carpet or artwork. Available in commercial, residential and security grade, window film is installed directly onto your windows surface, eliminating hot spots and reducing glare. Window film can also save you money on energy costs by absorbing solar heat in the summer months.

Our Favorite Summer Window Treatment Ideas wood blinds

Wood Blinds

Forever a fantastic option, Wood Blinds come in a variety of colors and stained finishes to match your existing trim and furnishings. When closed, they are very energy saving window treatments that block out UV rays while reducing solar heat. Classy in style, fit for every season, they also let in quite a bit of light when opened, while still providing privacy due to the slats (depending on their width).

There are endless options for your summer windows. The main thing to remember is that it is possible to have the style, the lighting, and the light and temperature control. You don’t have to stay in the dark, or be pumping your AC nonstop. All it takes is a conversation with us, and we’ll lead you to the best option for you!

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How Do Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades Work?

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How Do Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades Work

In the market for some new window treatments, but tired of the same types you’ve previously owned? Maybe you’ve been at a friend’s house in Everett, Mill Creek or Monroe, or a new business, and notice they have these window shades that seem to be different every time. Sometimes they’re pulled up, sometimes they’re pulled down, and sometimes they’re positioned strategically in the middle. You wonder, do they have different window treatments every time you stop by? No - they have Top-Down Bottom- Up Shades! Still confused? No worries, we will walk you through the magic of how these shades work.

Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades

As much as we love the Pacific Northwest sun, sometimes a little variety and control on it’s effects is a huge bonus. Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades are a fantastic option for light control, privacy control, and UV ray control to protect your floors and furniture.

Budget Blinds of Snohomish County offers Top-Down Bottom-Up with Cellular Shades and Woven Wood Shades. These shades operate essentially as two separate sets of window shades on each window, allowing much more flexibility to meet your needs at any given time.

Normal shades function from one mechanism that is at the top of the window and enables the shades to be pulled up from the bottom. The difference in Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades is not only do they function by pulling the shades to the top, they can also be pulled towards the bottom as well.

Typically, these shades are cordless, and are used by pulling on a plastic tab to your desired placement. To operate, gently pull the tab down to release it from the head rail and stop when you reach the right spot for you. To lift the bottom shade, you pull on the bottom tab. It’s truly a simple operation, yet allows so many more options on placement.

How Do Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades Work WOVEN WOOD SHADES

For instance, if you want privacy yet still love natural light, you can pull from the bottom-up tab and have the majority of the window covered except for the very top portion. Or perhaps the sun is glaring inside the room and needs a bit of shade, yet the glare is in middle of the window view and you don’t really want to cover the entire thing. You can pull both the top-down and bottom-up tabs to cover the middle of the window, while there is a space left above and below for the overflow sunlight.

Budget Blinds of Snohomish County has an abundance of color and material options for both Cellular Shades and Woven Wood Shades. No matter your style, there is a Top-Down Bottom-Up option to help you create your perfect atmosphere.

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The Best Window Coverings for a Sunroom

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The Best Window Coverings for a Sunroom

Spring has sprung! Which usually means your focus changes from what is happening inside, to what’s happening outside. You’ve spent all winter hunkered down inside to keep warm from our Washington weather, but now it’s time to throw off those layers and step into the Snohomish sunshine. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful areas in our country, we are so blessed to have such beauty around us. That’s why we came up with some of our favorite window treatment recommendations for your sunroom this spring and summer. This way, you can soak in the great outdoors, from the comfort of your Mukilteo home.

The Best Window Coverings for a Sunroom PLANTATION SHUTTERS

Plantation Shutters

One of our all time favorite sunroom options, are Plantation Shutters. This type of window treatment fits perfectly in a sunroom, because the sunroom is meant to let in sun (obviously). Plantation Shutters are permanent structures that are adjustable to allow light through while still blocking out some rays to shield you from glare. When closed all the way, they create a private space when needed. Not only are they durable and easy to clean, they can also add value to your Everett home if you ever move in the future.

Sheer Shades

Just as the name states, Sheer Shades are sheer, meaning they are not ideal for privacy. However, they are ideal for letting in a great deal of light through their transparent fabric while reducing glare to help block out harmful UV rays that can damage your floors and furnishings. Sheer Shades are perfect for the light, airy feel to the room while still being elegant and classy.

The Best Window Coverings for a Sunroom SOLAR SHADES

Solar Shades

Solar Shades are an effective option for the sun, hence their name, “solar”. These shades block out UV rays and block out any sun glare, but they tend to also block out a little more light then the sheer shades. Because of this, they are great when you want your room to cool down, especially if you have large windows. These are a great option for when you want to enjoy the sunroom while catching up on emails or working on your laptop, enabling you to see the screen.  These can easily be paired with Sheer Shades or light Drapes, to allow you to have more lighting options.

The Best Window Coverings for a Sunroom WOOD WOVEN SHADES

Woven Wood Shades

Woven Wood Shades are perfect for the sunroom since they are not heavily insulated and do not prohibit the sun from entering even when closed. Made from renewable resources like bamboo and jute, these “green” eco-friendly window treatments add an organic appeal to your Mill Creek home. This is the perfect opportunity to use the Top Down Bottom Up feature, allowing you to raise and lower the shades from both the top and the bottom. This means, you can block out sun rays from shining in your eyes, without making the room too dark.

For more ideas, reach out to us!  We would love to come alongside you to create your perfect sunroom ambiance.

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Easy Ideas for Making Rooms Look Larger

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Easy Ideas for Making Rooms Look Larger CURTAIN RODS

Do you have the Small Room Blues? You live in the spacious Pacific Northwest, yet feel crammed inside your home? Is there a room in your home, when you walk in, you just feel claustrophobic like the walls are closing in? Maybe it’s every room in your house - especially if you’re in an older home. Well, no worries - you don’t have to remodel your home to add the sensation of more space. Budget Blinds in Snohomish County put together a few great tips to create space in your favorite rooms so you don’t have to step out into the open air of Washington in order to breathe with ease.

Light and Bright

Maximize your space by using light and bright colors. Bright white walls will go a long way in opening up your room. Not a huge fan of white? Go for light/pastel versions of green, yellow, pink, purple, or blue. A sky blue is still light and bright enough to give that open feel, while still adding personality to the room. This same rule goes for window treatments. Match light and bright window treatments to your light and bright walls. Whether you use blinds, shades, or drapes, the color is important if spaciousness is your goal. If you decide to go with drapes, make sure you choose thin, airy fabric so they don’t weigh down the room.

Easy Ideas for Making Rooms Look Larger VALANCES

Trade Out Blinds For Valances

We’re serious. Sometimes less is more. If you have a room that feels dark and closed off, sometimes taking down your blinds, drapes, or shades on a window can actually create the look of more space. Not only is there less bulk to the room, you are also letting in a lot more natural light. Dress up the window with a valance instead to still give it that put together appeal without an extra fluff.

Camouflage With Rods

Listen, we all know the mountains in the Pacific Northwest look much smaller until you are actually climbing from the bottom to the top. That same trick on the eyes goes for window treatments (except from smaller to bigger). If you have a small window, but want your room to seem larger, creating a bigger window will give the illusion of a bigger room. How do you create a bigger window? Drum roll please... You use drapes and rods! Instead of hanging your drapes on rods to match the the width of your window, let your rods extend past the window on each side. You can add up to an extra 15 inches on each side, creating an appearance of a much larger window.

Easy Ideas for Making Rooms Look Larger MIRRORS RUGS

Mirrors and Rugs

Similar to the “smoke in mirrors” saying, you can use mirrors and rugs strategically placed around your room, to trick the eye by seemingly adding space to the overall feel. A mirror, especially placed opposite a window, will reflect not only the room itself, but also anything outside the window for a much broader illusion. Rugs, in turn, help break up the space by sectioning off part of the room, which again gives the appearance of more room available.

No matter if you live in Snohomish, Mill Creek, Woodinville or Everett, feeling free to move and breathe in your own home is important. Definitely enjoy our great outdoors when possible, but also create your own getaway in your home, even in your smallest room. You’ll be amazed how you a little extra space will make a big difference.

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Affordable Window Coverings For Your Vacation Rental

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Taking care of your vacation rental is a little different than taking care of your home. Since you don’t live in your rental on a daily basis, you can express your inner designer in different ways, which is always exciting! But, keep this in mind: you want make sure you choose durable, inviting, and cost effective items. This rule applies to your window treatments as well.

No matter if your vacation home is in Everett, Snohomish or Mill Creek, Washington, or somewhere completely outside the Pacific Northwest - we have some of the best window treatments options for you. Stay within budget with minimal upkeep, while creating an inviting, comfortable vacation rental, with these window treatments.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux Wood Blinds are one of the best options out there, especially for rental homes. Not only are they affordable, they are also extremely durable (major plus, since you can never be 100% certain the type of people you’ll housing). Regardless if the vacation home is in a cool or warm climate, these blinds are energy efficient and block harmful UV rays, preventing damage to any surrounding furnishings. Plus, they provide that classic look that never goes out of style.

Mini Blinds

When you hear the words “mini blinds”, you probably envision the typical small white slats. However, mini blinds have been modernized! Now, they come available in a wide assortment of colors and textures, which add personality and style to any room. Created to fit any shape of window, these little blinds are very user friendly. Color coordinate them with your vacation theme, and you have an inexpensive, quick, easy window treatment that will last through countless tenants.

Affordable Window Coverings For Your Vacation Rental VERTICAL BLINDS

Vertical Blinds

Many vacation rental homes have at least one set of sliding glass doors. These doors may open up to a porch, a balcony with a view, a pool or hottub, or maybe even a path down to the beach. Normally, this means they are used frequently - which is important to note when choosing an efficient window treatment. Luckily, vertical blinds are perfect for the job. Durable enough to withstand heavy use and humidity - these blinds are multi weather purposed and easy to clean. When your tenants come for a visit, they will have their options of letting in as much natural light as they want, while still promising privacy when needed. Vertical blinds also come in a wide variety of colors and materials, giving the vacation home a contemporary look.

Affordable Window Coverings For Your Vacation Rental ROLLER SHADES

Roller Shades

For a little bit of a sophisticated look, adding roller shades to your vacation rental is a user friendly way to accomplish your classic look. Roller shades offer great light control, and are also available with a cordless lift for child safety - perfect for the family vacation. These shades are a solid investment into your vacation rental since they will last long and never go out of style. Try our Inspired Shades collection for an exclusive assortment of custom roller shades with over 80 contemporary prints and colors.

Pro Tips: Try These Small Changes For A Big Difference  

  •  Add dimmer switches to every room for your lighting. This will allow vacationers to create different experiences in one place.
  •  Furnish in soft color tones to make the space feel homier and inviting. Keep the color schemes similar throughout the house. Lighter colors tend to make the space feel roomier and soothing - which is perfect for someone on vacation.
  •  Rugs are a great way to add color and texture to the room, and are much more easily cleaned and replaceable than carpet.
 Affordable Window Coverings For Your Vacation Rental rugs

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Can You Mix Window Treatments in Your Home?

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Can You Mix Window Treatments in Your Home

Does your Everett, Snohomish or Mill Creek home have different sized or shaped windows in the same room? Does your furniture take up more space near one window than the other? Or maybe you have a very open home, with several rooms flowing together, each having different window needs. You may not necessarily want the same type of window treatment for every window, but still want some type of symmetry...so, can you mix window treatments? Absolutely. Budget Blinds of Snohomish County has tips on how to keep your windows complimenting each other, while still mixing up the window treatment variety.  

Can You Mix Window Treatments in Your Home NEUTRAL

Keep It Neutral But Mix Up The Treatments  

Keeping your window treatments a neutral color across the board will help tie them together no matter what kind of style you choose for each window. Maybe you’re working on a bedroom with two windows near the bed, and one larger window across the room. You could use roman shades near the bed, and drapes on the large window, but keep the colors the same to bring unity to the space. With so many window treatment styles, the combinations of mixtures are multiplied. Whether you’re mixing drapes and sheer panels, shutters and blinds, or shutters and shades, keeping them neutral is one of the easiest ways to match...without matching.

Can You Mix Window Treatments in Your Home CONTRASTING COLORS

Contrast Colors 

Not a neutral fan and need a little more flare in your life? You can still mix up your window treatments while adding some spark. We suggest having a flow of several similar treatments (i.e. identical roller shades or shutters), with one eye candy piece that is different from the rest. Maybe you have a larger window or a sliding glass door where you can add some bright drapes to highlight the room.

Play With Patterns 

If you decide to have more colorful window treatments, choose a similar solid color among several windows, while showcasing one or two windows with a patterned window treatment in the same or complementary color. Using bright prints or patterned fabric among solid blocks of color create a focal point for the area. Again, you can mix up different kinds of shades (roller, roman, cellular) with drapes or shutters. Sometimes, even simply adding a valance makes a huge difference while styling a room.

Can You Mix Window Treatments in Your Home LINE UP TREATMENTS

Line Up Treatments 

Regardless of colors, patterns, window shapes and sizes - it’s important to keep the look symmetrical. This includes taking height placement into consideration. To make your room easier on the eye, have your window treatments top heights match one another. This will streamline the room, even if the window treatments themselves are different.

There’s always a way to bring your vision to reality. You never have to color inside the lines or follow the rules. Whether it’s multiple window treatments, patterns, or colors, we can help you bring your vision to reality. Want some more tips? We would love to brainstorm with you to make your Pacific Northwest home - whether you’re in Woodinville, Arlington or Lake Stevens - your dream home.

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What Window Treatments Look Best From the Outside of Your House?

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 Window Treatments Look Best From Outside

When you think of window treatments and what would look best for your home, you usually picture them from the inside, right? But what is the first impression of your home? The outside. Ever wonder what window treatments look best from the outside? Don’t worry, some of our favorite window treatments are great from both the inside and outside, especially with a few small tips.

Window Treatments Look Best From Outside SHUTTERS


What’s great about shutters? Pretty much everything. Shutters look as good from the outside of your Everett home as they do the inside, and actually improve your curb appeal to passerbys. Because they have such a solid, sturdy shape, and a uniformed look in size and color, they easily stick out among the outdoor scenery and look great on just about any style of home. If multiple windows share the same type of style, shutters help coordinate your entire outside vibe. Have different window shapes or sizes? No worries, these babies can be custom made by Budget Blinds of Snohomish County, to fit any window shape or size. Plus, they are super resilient and low maintenance.

Window Treatments Look Best From Outside DRAPES


You may be questioning drapes as an option, after all, isn’t it kind of an all or nothing appeal from the outside? The drapes are either open, or closed - not much room for creating a look that stands out when you’re driving by. However, with custom drapery like ours, the drapes come well lined which give off a more solid look from the outside, as well as create better insulation from any unpleasant Pacific Northwest temperatures. When the drapes are of quality fabric and lining, they hold their shape easier when hooked off to one side, or swept apart down the middle.

Window Treatments Look Best From Outside SHADES


Shades are fun because they bring a ton of color options which can really brighten up the view from the outdoors. If your Mill Creek, Washington home is any type of neutral tone, a solid color scheme through the shades will give that “pop” appeal. With so many colors and patterns, shades are one of the most versatile options. However, be mindful not to mix and match too many colors and patterns to avoid creating a jumbled view on the outside. If you have a more colorful painted home, check out our new and exclusive Inspired Shades™ collection. We created a complete line of natural woven shades in soft, natural fibers like hemp, jute and flax, and a stunning assortment of custom roller shades in contemporary prints and colors that you won’t find anywhere else. These natural tones will balance out the curb appeal by bringing a soft, unified look through your windows.

Next time you are coming or going from your home, take a peek at what the outside world sees. It’s true, that what’s on the inside is what matters - but if your outside isn’t up to your personal standards, just a few small tweaks can make a huge difference. We want you to feel good about your home, inside and out, in all seasons.

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