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Is It Better to Have Your Blinds Turned Up or Down?

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If you have ever used blinds as your window treatment, we’re sure you have asked yourself this question, “wait...should I have these turned up or down?” There really is no right or wrong answer, it’s all about preference. Similar to the popular, heated debate about the correct placement for your toilet roll, you may prefer one way a little stronger over the other. To help your decision making, Budget Blinds of Snohomish County put together a little list to show the pros and cons of both ways.

Turned Up: Rounded Side Facing Out 


  • More privacy: by turning the blinds up, you limit the amount of visibility space directed towards the room. People won’t be able to see inside when passing by.
  • Better light control: limiting visibility also means limiting lighting. By turning the blinds up, you have the option of a little bit more control for a darker room if desired.
  • Better summer option: turning the blinds up with naturally direct the airflow behind the blinds, towards the ceiling. Since heat rises, this is a great option for summer, keeping the space cooler towards the floor and possibly lowering energy bills for you Everett, Snohomish or Mill Creek, Washington home.


  • Not as aesthetically appealing: having the rounded side of the blinds facing out, kind of has a “going against the grain” type of feel, bringing a little sharper edge sense to the room.
  • Light direction: like the heat, the light will naturally be more directed towards the ceiling instead of the center of the room.

Is It Better to Have Your Blinds Turned Up or Down

Turned Down: Rounded Side Facing In 


  • Aesthetically pleasing: the rounded side provides a softer look that flows into the space with ease.
  • Better winter option: turning the blinds down will help direct heat towards the center of the room, utilizing your resources in the winter.
  • More light: because the blinds are facing down, light can stream in from the sun easier, which will flow towards the center of your living space


  • Less Privacy: turned down allows an easier view into your life, especially at night.

While both options have pros and cons, the great part is, you can change your mind at any time! Thankfully, with a pull of a cord (or press of a button) you can adjust to your specific needs in the moment. The Pacific Northwest experiences every season, and ranges from a city life like Seattle, to residential such as Lynnwood. Whether you need light, temperature, or privacy control - you’ll know exactly which way to flip your blinds.

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. 

Fun DIY Things To Do With Old Window Treatments

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Fun DIY Things To Do With Old Window Treatments

Out with the old, in with the new. But wait, bring that “old” back...and create something new! Yes, like everything else, window treatments need replaced. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. Some of the coolest decorating accessories in the Pacific Northwest have come from old window panes, shutters, and blinds. Next time you go to replace your window treatment, consider some of these DIY projects to give your Snohomish, Washington home a unique, vintage flair. 

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From Blinds to… 

Chandelier - I bet you didn’t see that coming! Mini blinds with their translucent slats are perfect for lighting fixtures! Create all different shapes and sizes by cutting the slats at different lengths and angles to dangle for your own chandelier taste.

Plant Label - No need to spend money on stakes for your garden if you’re getting rid of some old vinyl blinds. Cut the slats to the desired length with one pointed edge, label with a permanent marker, and add to your plants.

Weave A Basket - Get back into the old fashioned weaving by repurposing your blinds as the weaving material. Mostly for lightweight storage, we suggest you use double slats for added strength.

shutters to planters

From Shutters to… 

Plate Rack - Create your own dish rack by flipping and old shutter horizontal with the slats facing up.  With the perfect sized spaced to fit your plates, you’ll have the coolest dish rack around.

Organizers - Similar to the plate rack, your old shutters can be used to help organize anything from mail and bills, to cards and other documents that need to be kept separate. You can put this by the front door, on a desk, or even in the laundry room.

Planters - Make a vertical garden by hanging your potted plants onto the shutter slats. Or, place a backing on the shutter and fill each slat with soil to allow the plants to grow right around the shutters. Your little garden can be indoor or outdoor.

window frame to mirror

From Window Frames to… 

Picture Frames - Probably one of the easiest DIY’s since the two are so similar, window frames make elegant and unique picture frames. All you need to do is add backing and glass for your very own, one of a kind frame to hold your favorite pictures.

Mirrors - Take your favorite window frames and create decorative mirrors. This can apply to any size frame! Mirrors can be cut to fit each size. You can place them anywhere in your Everett home, from a small hallway mirror, to a big focal point in the living room.

Mantle - Decorate your mantle above your fireplace with your window frame. Avoid cliche decorations, and the hassle of finding the perfect painting, and use your favorite frame for a laid back, casual feel.

At Mill Creek Budget Blinds, we love finding new and unique things to do with our window treatments. It’s amazing what a little creativity can do for an old treatment you would otherwise discard. Of course, we love the feel of the new and fresh treatments, but keeping your favorite few around add’s nostalgia and character to your Mill Creek home. Maybe next time you pick your new treatments, you’ll do so with their next DIY venture in mind (when they’re old)!

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.


Embrace the Winter Months with Room Darkening Window Treatments

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Embrace the Winter Months with Room Darkening Treatments
Just like the bears up here in the Washington forests, we tend to go into a little hibernation mode during the Winter season. We bundle up, cuddle up, choose sedentary activities, and normally feel like we need a nap more often without the vitamin D lighting up our lives as much as the summer. Instead of dreading the gloomy outdoors, why not embrace the weather for that extra bit of rest you may not get through the year?

One plus side to Winter is turning the clock back in the fall and feeling like you’ve received an extra hour of sleep. However, since the original purpose for the clock change was for farmers to have optimum daylight to do their work, it doesn’t do much for you to sleep in if you are sensitive to the light. All the sudden at 6:00am your bedroom becomes brighter and brighter, even though you still have another hour to sleep before you put in a full day’s work. So how can you still embrace the winter months in Snohomish County? Try these room darkening window treatments to truly crawl into your cave of hibernation.

Roller Shades

As one of the most popular window shades at our Everett store, these shades are extremely customizable making them perfect for bedrooms of all ages. The most important aspect, in this case, is light control. Not only are Roller Shades available is all kinds of colors and fabrics, they have a wide variety of light-filtering options, include complete blackout shades. The blackout shades are an option to add onto to your roller shades, giving you the dark room needed to keep sleeping soundly even when the sun is rising in the Pacific Northwest.

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Cellular Shades

Cellular shades come in three different cell sizes that each have their own varying light control options from sheer, light, filtering, and room darkening. But if that’s not dark enough, these also have blackout fabrics as an option to match your style and your ZZZ’s.

Woven Wooden Shades

Made from 100% organic materials, these shades are completely recyclable. But do they create a dark space? You bet. Covering a wide variety of needs, Woven Wooden Shades are normally slightly transparent to let in light with UV protection, but can offer the best light control when they are paired with a blackout liner. Placed in the bedroom, you’ll be refreshed and ready for the day in Mill Creek when you wake up.

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Bamboo Shades

Also 100% organic and eco friendly, Bamboo Shades can be paired with a blackout liner as well, similar to the woven wooden shades. Create that refreshing outdoor clean feel in the daytime with the bamboo ambiance, but still a jungle cave at night as you sleep away as long as you want.

Don’t forget, motorization can be added to any shade to sweeten your time in bed. Whether your forgot to draw the shades at night, or wake up peacefully in the morning and want to let in some light, you can do so from the warmth of your covers without disturbing your rest.

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 HERE, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality.

Hardworking Home Office Window Treatments: Here's the best window treatments for your home office!

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The kids are running around, the dog needs let out, the TV is too loud, and your neighbor decides to stop by unannounced. All you want to do is focus and be in the zone for your best work in your home office. With so many distractions around, you might not be able to avoid them all. But one distraction you can nip in the bud are your window treatments. No more putting up with too much or too little light. No more computer screen glares causing you to squint and reposition just to see the screen. No more trying to rev up your creative mojo while hating your surroundings. As such a hard worker, you want your space to compliment and encourage your endeavours. Get ready to shut your office door, and step into productivity.

Reduce Glare On Computer Screens

We all love natural light - usually the more natural light, the better! But when it causes a glare on your computer screen, not only does natural light suddenly become frustrating, but also tends to cause eye strain. Instead of rearranging your furniture, try Solar Shades on your Mill Creek, Washington windows. Solar Shades incorporate the smooth functionality of Roller Shades in light filtering materials that reduce glare and block damaging UV rays. Because they filter and diffuse natural light, they create just the right ambience in the room for you to laser focus on your work. Budget Blinds in Snohomish County has an impressive collection of fabrics in all sizes to fit any window or style. You can even try motorized solar shades for those moments when the sun is rising or setting, and you just want to adjust your view for a little bit without having to stop what you’re doing.

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Block Light and Distractions

If you live on a busy city street in Seattle with a lot of distractions, or your neighborhood in Kirkland has bright street lights at night that play with your vision inside, or maybe you just work best in a darker room, we suggest Roman Shades. Roman shades are soft and versatile, great in front of a desk or shelf. They provide the elegant look of draperies, but offer the modern convenience of shades. Available in a wide variety of patterns, stripes, and silks, roman shades can be made cordless or motorized. These shades will give you the classy, studious look, while meeting your productivity needs. Add a blackout lining to block more light during day or night, to help keep your focus.   

Double Duty

Mix and match window treatments to create your desired effect. Layer Roller or Solar Shades underneath a Roman Shade or Drapes. This layering will create a multitasking window treatment that will allow ultimate flexibility in controlling light and privacy. Bringing your office style to a whole new level, you’ll love your office hideaway and meet all your work goals.

Hardworking Home Office Window Treatments DOUBLEDUTY

After updating your Everett and Monroe, Washington  home office windows, you’ll gladly close your door to ignore the other distractions. Some things you can’t avoid (i.e. your kids), but you can know that when your office door is closed, you have now entered into your own space. This space created by you, to promote your highest abilities. Choose to enjoy the Pacific Northwest sun, or close yourself off for a few hours and lose yourself to your work. Your hardworking office window treatments will compliment your hardworking self.

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.

Budget Blinds Snohomish Inspired Collection Highlight

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Budget Blinds has gone the extra mile to search the world for the best styles and must have window fashions. Our exclusive Inspired Collection has come from this thorough search and brings everything you need to have a fully styled room. From windows, to bedding, to pillows - our custom designs bring it all together to create your dream space you can’t get anywhere else. Millcreek Budget Blinds in Snohomish County is thrilled about our fabulous designs. Here’s what we are loving about the Inspired Collection

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Inspired Blinds

Created to be a chic collection of fabric blinds, this unique window treatment comes in a variety of weaves and stylish colors to match any room decor. Not only are these blinds super trendy, but they are made to be extremely durable and actually repel dust and dirt - making your life easier. If you have kids or pets, you’ll love knowing these Inspired Blinds are stain resistant, and warp resistant -- making them perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. Lightweight and easy to use, they come in a variety of lighting levels letting you choose from light - filtering to room -darkening whenever you want. Having the best of all worlds in style, functionality, and quality, you won't regret this upgrade for your Everett, Washington home.

Inspired Shades

Made from 100% organic material, these eco friendly designer shades feature two window covering favorites: roller shades and woven shades. With so much diversity (our roller shades feature more than 80 original prints, textures and colors!) we can match any type of home with these Inspired designs. All fabrics have light control and light filtering abilities, even blackout options.The organic material of this line includes hemp, jute, kenaf, flax, woven wood, and bamboo so you can feel good about your investment. Having your pick of endless style is made that much sweeter when we tell you they all come with various operating systems for child safety or style preferences. Cord loop, cordless, wand control, and motorization are at your fingertips (literally) with any Inspired Shades.

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Inspired Drapes

Drapes are a great option when restyling the look of a room - especially our Inspired Drapes.  We offer ready - made panels, valances, cornices, decorative drapery hardware and motorization. Our line is the largest selection of custom drapery with countless options for fabrics, colors, and styles. Even though drapes tend to be on the heavier side, we still offer motorization for your ease as well as child safety. Our decorative Inspired Drapes will revamp your room while protecting you from the outdoor elements the Pacific Northwest brings, such as UV rays and temperature changes.

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Inspired Bedding and Pillows

Our exclusive Inspired Bedding Collection offers a diverse selection of comforters, duvet covers, bedspreads, blankets, and quilts. Because we molded these from our same Inspired line, with every design there are multiple matching options for your window treatments. Put to rest trying to run from store to store for the perfect fit -- have everything you need to bring the entire room together in an exclusive, unique look that is 100% yours. Not only do we have full bedding options, but our decorative pillows will add style to any bed or couch to help trickle your trend through your entire home.

Inspiration always creates more inspiration. Our Inspired Collection has a vast array of top trends, while always being added to and expanded to give your space exactly what it needs. Don’t sell yourself short by settling for an “okay” look. Instead, let your creativity take over and be Inspired with us.

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.

#1 Window Treatment Sold For Insulation

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Depending on your preferences, you’re either jumping for joy this time of year as we head towards winter in the Pacific Northwest, or mourning the loss of summer, counting the days until it’s back. Regardless of your position, the fact that the air has a sudden chill which will only get colder as the season progresses, brings much needed preparation with which we can all agree. As much as Washington is beautiful in the fall and winter, the majority of us still prefer to be warm when inside our home. The worst is when the temperatures drop, your heat is on, yet you are still shivering and dressing in layers trying to figure out where that expensive heat is going. We want to help you avoid this frustration, by sharing the #1 Window Treatment Sold for Insulation by Snohomish Budget Blinds in Millcreek.  

The #1 Window Treatment Sold for Insulation is…...Honeycomb Shades!

Honeycomb Shades, also known as Cellular Shades, actually trap the heat in the pockets (AKA “cell”) of the shade. Naturally trapping the heat, they come in different cell sizes to maximize the level of insulation. You can choose a single cell, double cell, and even a triple cell to really make sure you get the most heat to stay in your home. Because they are highly customizable, they are ideal for windows of all shapes and sizes, and are suitable for kids and pets due to their cordless and motorized options.

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Because cellular shades provide so much insulation, many people enjoy dressing them up during the colder seasons to emphasize the season or holiday. By adding Drapes, Curtains, or other window treatments to spice up the room, not only are you adding style, but additional insulation as well. Plus, ese shades can be combined with a pleated fabric on the top to let in natural light, and a cellular fabric on the bottom for additional privacy and insulation.

By choosing Honeycomb shades that close from top to bottom, or bottom to top, you have multiple lighting and privacy options while still fully insulating your home. Maybe you enjoy natural light in the daytime -- no problem. Have half the shades drawn up, letting in light, with the option of lowering the full length of the window shade and closing the drapes at night for a warm, cozy evening inside.

There are so many different window treatment combinations to fit your needs and styles. Whether you’re in Kirkland, Seattle, Lynnwood, or Canyon Park, now is the time to prepare for the cold weather, before you find yourself shivering and frustrated with your heat blasting.

Need more help winterizing your home?  Click here for how to take care of your window screens during Winter!

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. 

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Why You Should Still Clean Your Window Screens During the Winter

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  Clean Your Window Screens During the Winter

Bless the soul who created window screens! Getting to enjoy the fresh air and outdoor sounds of the Pacific Northwest without bugs or even an occasional bird invading our space, is wonderful during those comfortable weather months. But what do you do with your screens during the winter? It’s unusual to have your Everett windows open when the temperatures have dropped, and weather conditions can wreak havoc on their lifespan. Do you leave them in, or store them for winter? How do you clean them effectively? We let you know how to take the best care of your screens, to ensure the best care for your windows!

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Screen Cleaning 101

We’re sure you’ve noticed when your screen is dirty. Suddenly it’s not so clear to see through - there is a dark haze over your entire view. Your screens collect dust, dirt, and salty sea air (if you’re on the Washington coast). It’s recommended that window screens are cleaned twice a year - once before the holidays, and once during spring when winter has run it’s course. While cleaning your window screens is not a hard task, it is delicate. You want to be sure to use the right products and pressure so that you keep the quality of the screen in tact. Here are three simple steps to screen cleaning:

  1.  Vacuum the screen - use a soft brush attachment or a handheld vacuum to gently run along the entire span of the screen.
  2.  Put some simple dish soap in a little bucket, use a soft brush or sponge, and lightly scrub the screen with soap and water.
  3.  Rinse the screen with a hose, patting the dry on both sides with mopping pads (i.e.Swiffer pads). Set screens out to dry in the sunshine.

Simple, right?  

To Store, or Not To Store

The majority vote says to store your screens, here’s why:

  1.  Improved solar heat gain - you get 30 to 40 percent more natural light coming in the windows when they are without screens. More natural light, means more amount of solar heat penetrating the windows. More solar heat means less heating bills, which is prime for winter.
  2.  More sunshine also means less artificial lights, which will help fight any type of seasonal blues as well as aid in reducing energy bills (which will also help that seasonal sadness).
  3.  Severe winter weather is never predictable in the Pacific Northwest. During a storm, the wind can blow snow into the window which can in turn be trapped between the screen and the frame potentially causing damage to both parts. If snow piles up, the weight of the snow can even split the screens making them worthless for the next season.

Once your screens are clean and dry, make it easier for yourself in the spring by labeling each screen to match its corresponding window before placing the screens in a cool, dry area for the season. Then, when the Snohomish, Washington winter is over, you’ll have fresh, clean screens to easily place onto your windows so you can let that sweet breeze in to air out all that winter hibernation.

Keeping your window screens clean and in good condition, will help your window frames, treatments, and coverings to all remain protected, clean, and without damage. Every time you clean your screens, take the opportunity to inspect your window frames and check for any gaps or cracks that may need repaired. Doing everything in one swift method will keep you insulated and happy no matter if you’re keeping heat in, or cooling your Mill Creek, Washington house out.

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.

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