We moved into our house in July 2009, but it wasn’t until January 2010 that we got window coverings. When we moved in, there were gross roller shades on all the windows. They were off-white and stained, with fringe on the edge and tassel pulls. We removed them from all the windows on the main level. The only windows we purchased curtains for were the master bedroom, master bath and kitchen. All the other windows were naked through the fall and winter.
Things were pretty chilly that winter, so we started investigating window coverings that would keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We decided on cellular blinds, aka honeycomb shades. The blinds are cloth, and when they expand, the ends have a honeycomb shape. The idea is that the blinds trap the air in the honeycomb pockets, thus keeping the windows insulated. Our blinds all have a white back, which helps to reflect heat from the sun. The white backs are also a plus because all the window coverings look the same from the outside of the house.
We got a quote on honeycomb shades from a local distributor and it was over $2,000. We turned to our BFF the internet. In the end we chose the Eco Track double cell honeycomb shades from Select Blinds. These blinds come with side tracks that close the gap between the blinds and the window. This blocks any drafts, and helps block more light.
Another bonus is these blinds qualify for a Federal Tax credit. The initial cost of our purchase of 8 shades was $1539.79. Jeremy found a coupon that got us free shipping and 30% off (down to 1079.64). Our tax credit earned us 30% of what we paid – bringing the total cost down to $755.64.
The blinds in the living room (top picture) are probably my favorite. The “macadamia” color of the shade goes perfectly with the couch. Both pictures demonstrate the awesome amount of filtered light that still comes into the house. When the blinds are open (above) they create a sort of an ombré effect. Our blinds are almost always closed, but we still get to enjoy natural light. We chose some house plants that prefer filtered light – like snake plants.
How do you dress your windows? We like the sleek look of the honeycomb shades recessed in the window.