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Need help choosing the perfect window treatments? In this short video, we'll talk to experts for real and valuable insight.

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Need help choosing the perfect window covering? There are six questions you need to ask yourself to help you narrow down your choices from millions to the right one for you, they are:
1)    How much light do you want to let in?
2)    How important is insulation?
3)    What kind of visual impact do you want to make?
4)    How important is child and pet safety?
5)    What color do you want?
6)    And last, how much do want to spend?
We'll talk to specialists for real and valuable insight.

Host:Ann has been a design specialist with since 1997.  “Ann, how does someone decide how much light they want to let in?

Ann (Blinds Expert): “Well first they have to decide if they want a blind or a shade. This will help them to determine if they want total or variable light blockage. By definition a blind has movable slides. They give you control over the light in your room. Wood blinds are our customer’s top pick, followed by faux wood and plantation shutters. Shades on the other hand are made of one continuous piece of fabric. And when lowered, can’t be tilted open. They come in different degrees of light filtration. Some let light come through for a brighter room while still giving you privacy. Some darken the room. And others completely block light from coming in when they're lowered. The top-down bottom-up option is available in most shades, so you can actually lower the top of the shade to let a lot of light in while still maintaining your privacy. Cellular shades are the most popular, followed by roman shades, roller shades, and sheer shadings. Shades also insulate well since they're one continuous piece.

Host: Speaking of heating and cooling, I'm here with Debra, an expert in how to insulate your home using blinds and shades. “Debra, what's the best way to keep your energy bill from driving you crazy?”

Debra (Blinds Expert): “Well, with electricity prices as high as they are, saving money on heating and cooling is on almost all of my customer's minds. Double and triple cell honeycomb shades trap air within the cells, creating a cushion of heat in the winter, and cool air in the summer. For a more formal or traditional look, plantation shutters are beautiful and great insulators. Try either of these and you'll immediately notice a big difference in your energy bill and your comfort level, not only that, they look great too,”

Host: Whether you want your window treatments to look great, or look like they're not there at all when they're raised, next you should consider what kind of visual impact you want to make. “Patricia, can you tell us more about that?”

Patricia (Blinds Expert): “Well, some people prefer to have naked windows so that they don't block their view and also so that they don't clutter their decor. But, sometimes they still need privacy. So, I would suggest going with the honeycomb shades or the pleated light filtering shades. These stack so high that you're not going to be able to notice them. And you can also lower them for privacy, so your neighbors won't be able to see what you're having for breakfast. The cordless option looks really nice and streamlined too. If you're trying to add color, warmth, and pizazz, consider draperies, valences, and roman shades. For a traditional look, there are plantation shutters, or for a more modern approach, check out great looking sliding woven wood panels.”

Host: I'm here with Annette, a safety expert. “Annette, if you have active kids and pets, which blinds and shades are best?”

Annette (Blinds Expert): “Well, having children and pets myself, I want products that are durable, and resist wear and tear. Customers absolutely love wood and faux wood shutters which are beautiful and virtually indestructible. Next they choose heavy gauge aluminum blinds which are resistant to bending and tearing, plus they're less expensive. Keep in mind that most products can be ordered with safety options such as cordless and continuous cord loop. Also if at times your home is a little more zoo than museum, order shutters or blinds over shades because they're more durable. Most window treatments are available in a wide range of colors and prices.”

Host: Chris is a certified customer care specialist who has lots of experience helping customers choose the right color for the right price. “Chris, what do you tell your customers?”

Chris (Blinds Expert):  “If my customers are looking to match a color specifically, I suggest that they go with shades, verticals, and aluminum blinds. They come in more colors, patterns, and textures than say faux wood blinds or wood blinds do. On the other hand, wood and faux wood blinds are classic. They're great neutral colors, and they work perfectly if you have other wood in the room. Another option is to choose a neutral blind or shade with a colorful valence or a drapery to soften the look. You might think you can't afford window coverings, but the truth is every home can benefit from them. They'll save you money in the long run, and there are tons of affordable options.”

Host: “Becky, can you tell customers how they can find great blinds and shades in their price range?”

Becky (Blinds Expert): “Sure. If you're shopping on a budget, I would go for faux wood, aluminum or even roller shades. Um, you'll be really surprised at the look they can create and plus your neighbors will be even more surprised by how little you paid for them. The good news is that a lot of products people consider to be luxury, like wood blinds, can actually be found at very low prices online.”

Host: If you're still unsure about which product is perfect for you, go online to, then order your free samples to see the products in your home. Happy shopping!

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Covers all the important points in the decision
Very helpful - answered most of my questions - still have technical questions about cordless spring motor actived shades and the difference between 7/17" and 3/8" ce;;i;are shades. Could not find answers in the website. But, overall - very informative website - I know more than I did when I started. Thank you!!!! :)
video impossible to watch
very helpful thank you
very helpful thank you
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very helpful but would like the best option to let in light but still give privacy and insulation. We live in Fairbanks, Alaska!
Not very, due to us looking for vertical Blinds (Cloth)
i want to see how the mini blinds r installed
i want to see the installation of the mini blinds
Showed the options
***** Answered all my questions.
Not enough examples of looks too fast to see anything well and the people in this video had crummy blinds behind them
i liked it
answered all my questions and then some. very helpful.
gives me a starting point
Very good information
Answered many of my questions
vere becaus I learned a lot from the video like all kind of shades and shutters.
great info
great info
Yes. Did not know the difference between shades and blinds or how to choose them.
there are so many choices so this short video narrowed it down for me. There are so many choices so this short video narrowed it down for me.
explained the good features well
Caroline Warnock on September 1, 2013 6:18 pm
I purchased several blinds 3 years ago. My largest shade, 7 plus feet, at the living room window has a continuous cord loop which frayed and finally broke. Do you repair, or have a recommendation for a place where this can be fixed? I live in Tacoma, WA.
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Very clear and informative
gave a starting place. to begin my selections
I need input for leaded glass windows in Tudor home.
The video addressed all the questions I had which surprised me especially my concerns about my pets who have destroyed my plastic venetian blinds
Gave me a great deal to think about. Never thought about all these different options. We are in the prosess of buying a new home. Not just new to us. We have to figure out what window coverings we will want throught the house. Heard of you on Dave Ramsey's show
educated me about blinds vs shaeds, the various options, etc. Gave me more questions :)
very helpful for sure.
to the that
Helpful on options for light, considerations for lifetstyle factors. Would like info on whether custom sizing available on the various selections.
Good introduction
We have total 4 of the windows need shades, but the size different. 2 for porch - outdoor are 62'LX32'W and 1 for indoor bed room is 62'X64'W, also one more for master bed room indoor 60'Lx62 1/8'W. Are you able to make the sizes we want them?
I had no idea where to start in picking out blinds or shades. This video helped me know the different steps to narrow it down.
I have four clearstory windows about 17' high on the west wall of my family room. These windows let afternoon light into what was a dark room on the east side of our home. Is there anything you can suggest that could be operated electronically that would close out the intense setting sun in the afternoon? I am having difficulty attaching the photo to this message. Can you help?
video is not playing past 59 seconds
it was a brief over view
Too many hesitatiions in presentation.
It stopped just as it got to the specialist on light coming in every time I tried to watch it and went to the survey.
Your video stops before the first question is answered.
It answered the questions I wanted answered.
I did not consider some of the options until I watched the video

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