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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.

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.


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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Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor?

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Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor?

At Budget Blinds Snohomish County, we get asked fairly often “but, how long should I let my drapes hang?” It’s common to see drapes hung in all different lengths, each variation offering its own form of style. It’s important to note that most of these “styles” were birthed out of actual needs in the past.

Before central heating and air conditioning were the norm, drapes were relied on for insulation - keeping either hot or cool air inside. Light control was usually secondary to climate control from the outdoors. Today, although still used partially for insulation, style is more the focus when choosing the fabric and length of the drapes.

So, how do you choose the length for your drapes? It’s simple - which length do you like the most? Your personal preference is key in this decision. Below, we describe the top drape length options to help you discover your style.


With your measurement stick already attached to your body, you only need a finger width of space between the end of the drapes and the floor as a guideline for this length. This is a perfect length for those who want floor length drapes without dealing with dust gathering at the bottom, and keeping the hem clean from dirt and animal hair. As one of the most practical, casual looks for drapes, you can’t go wrong with this length.

Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor BRUSHING


Although this length is a little tricky to perfect, it’s often used in modern homes for a graceful, simplistic look that still compliments traditional decor. This style is called brushing, because the end of the drapes lightly brush against the floor. The difficulty comes when the floor and ceiling are inconsistent in their measurement, which happens pretty often. Thankfully, quality drapery hardware normally has room for small adjustments to make up for any unevenness .

 Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor BREAKING 2


Letting the drapes hang a little lower, they come to a “breaking point”, where they will begin to fold in after the end has reached the floor. This crease is called “breaking”. The drapes are not long enough to collect on the floor, but just long enough to put a little weight into the end of the fabric that rests against the floor, causing a slight buckle effect near the bottom. This look is a more tailored option, where an inch or two of extra length can work to create a custom, stylish look.

Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor PUDDLING


Using longer than necessary drapes will create puddling on the surface beneath. Depending on your personal preference and style, you can create small puddles, or large puddles. This look is very much scenario based, as it can either very formal, or very sloppy. Historically, longer drapes had an elegant appeal, which reinforces the traditional flare this tends to bring. However, done without matching the rest of the decor can result in looking pretty messy. Use this option when thoughtfully planned.

When you live in the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington, you may still use drapes for insulation in the winter. These options show you the different levels of style to go along with your practical needs. Occasionally, you may see short drapes - which are always an option. But keep in mind, drapes that end a few feet from the floor kind of have the same effect as capri pants - they just seem a little unbalanced, and let go of a lot more climate control.

Having a hard time deciding the right length for you? Live near Millcreek, Edmonds, Everett or Snohomish, Washington? We’ll come take a look and offer our best guidance to fitting your perfect drapes.

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.   

Our Favorite 2018 Window Treatment Trends

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2018 Window Treatment Trends

With 2018 swiftly underway, we are noticing upcoming trends to go with the new year. Fashion is constantly on the move, and influences everything from clothes, decor, and yes, window treatments. Thinking of giving your Everett, Mill Creek or Snohomish home an upgrade? Want to switch out the old for something new? Here are the top 2018 window treatment trends in the Pacific Northwest.

Go Bold

While neutrals still have their place, bold colors are making a comeback. Gold, blue, purple...we’re seeing pops of color popping up more and more frequently. Whether it’s one accent shade or every shade in the room, these colors are brightening up homes and paving the way for warmer months.

2018 Window Treatment Trends Graphics

Graphic Galore

Not only are colors becoming bolder, but graphics and patterns are standing out from the crowd. Many Pacific Northwesterners are choosing bold patterns to spice up their space. No longer limited to soft colors, these graphics and patterns are limitless in their creations and offer something different for every style. Roller shades, in particular, come in a wide variety of options to draw attention to your window treatments in your favorite rooms.

2018 Window Treatment Trends Wood Woven Shades

Globally Inspired

As our culture becomes more and more aware of the world and needs around us, Washington has always taken a lead in caring for our world. Environmentally friendly window treatments are just one way to support our beautiful ecosystem. Our wood blinds, shades and other products are produced using North American hardwoods that are carefully harvested through sustainable yield forest management. This means that the amount of wood harvested is below the levels of tree growth. Our woven wood shades are made from natural materials like jute and bamboo, and our woven natural shades from our Inspired Shades™ Collection made from hemp, kenaf and flax, are 100% organic and environmentally friendly and completely recyclable.

On top of supporting our planet, global patterns and colors are a huge hit. This means the neutral, rugged, more authentic looking patterns and fabrics to create a cultured feel to the home. This increasingly popular style helps build a feeling of connection and respect between cultures.

2018 Window Treatment Trends layer

Layer Love

Layers are still in, and are still rising in popularity. Why give up style for functionality when you can have it all? Our favorite layering mix are Woven Wood Shades underneath beautiful Drapes. You can add a blackout liner to the shades to create one more benefit to your window treatment! Or, you can layer a Solar Shade underneath a blackout Roman Shade for a different style with multiple functions.

Trends change constantly. The most important thing to remember is choose something you truly love. Regardless of the current trend, all that matters is how you feel in your own home. With so many options, we are confident we have something for everyone.

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What is the best blind slat size for your windows?

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best blind slat size for your windows TOP BANNER

You’ve narrowed down your window treatment options, and have chosen blinds to be the winner in your home. Great! Blinds are some of our favorite! (Hence, Budget Blinds...yes, you can laugh). They are so versatile and really fit all shapes, sizes and styles. But maybe you’re wondering what blinds are best for you? Before you began this process, you had no idea there were so many options! Wood blinds, aluminum blinds, vinyl blinds, fabric blinds...not to mention the actual slat sizes for each style. Thankfully, Snohomish Budget Blinds can handle all the details while creating the perfect fit for your windows. You choose the style, we can do the rest. Here are some of our favorite blind size guidelines to get you started.

Small Windows

Not every blind size is appropriate for every window. Of course, you can use any size you want! But for a look that feels fluid in the space, you’ll want to pay attention to the window size for guidance. The most common slat size (slat = the individual blind piece) is 2 inches - which fits the majority of windows. But if you have a small window, you will want to go with the smaller slat options so the blinds don’t seen disproportionate to the frame. You will notice the smaller slats allow for less room in between each slat, which means less space for light to shine through. The smaller slats help blinds blend in more, creating a subtle look in the room.

Medium Windows

Medium windows are typically the home to the 2 inch slats. This is the size you’ll find most blinds to be, premade. Because we are going for the size that fits the best for each window size, it makes sense to choose this size. Kind of like goldilocks and the 3 bears -- this one is just right. However, with a medium size window you have the flexibility to choose a different slat size based on preference. You can play with smaller or larger slats, depending on your goals. Smaller slats will block out more light, and also provide more privacy even when open. Larger slats will bring a chunky look to the window, and allow natural light into the room without opening the blinds completely.

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Large Windows

Large windows are some of the hardest to cover effectively. You don’t want to go too small, or you’ll risk a chaotic, busy appearance. Stick with 2-2 ½ inches for the slat size. Because large windows require more blinds, you’ll want to choose your blind material wisely so they don’t end up being too heavy. Real wood blinds are a great, lighter option - and it actually a more effective option than faux wood in this scenario (they are surprisingly heavier!).

Since we live in the Pacific Northwest - Everett, Snohomish, Mill Creek (the list goes on), we are not limited on any type of window! When the Washington sun is out, most want to let that sunshine in while we can. But, we also have those northern winters where perhaps we need a little extra insulation. Next time you’re shopping for blinds, make sure to ask slat size options with your window size in mind. We can help you make a great decision based on your specific window and space.

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

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Is It Better to Have Your Blinds Turned Up or Down TOP BANNER

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. 

blinds into woven baskets

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.


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