Saving Energy with Blackout Cellular Shades

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Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are truly high performance window treatments. Not only are these shades stylish and functional, they are also the best option for insulating your windows. If you’re looking for the ultimate shade in light blockage, privacy, and energy efficiency, try a blackout cellular shade.


All About Blackout Cellular Shades

Blackout cellular shades are incredibly versatile, and go far beyond the simple white shade you’ve probably seen many times before. To start with, we offer 16 eco-friendly blackout materials in both solids and prints, from Mocha to Midnight to Mirage Blackout. View all the cellular shade swatches here.  

You can also choose from two sizes of cells for your blackout shades, which provide differing levels of insulation. Our 3/4” Single Cell blackout cellular shades, shown in the photo above, feature one layer of cells. This larger size cell is well suited for big windows. The 3/8” Double Cell cellular shades have two layers of cells, and create a smaller pleat as shown below. Double cell blackout cellular shades grant the highest level of insulation.


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Cellular shades can be raised and lowered with the standard cord lock, but continuous loop and cordless options are available, too. With the standard cord lock, you can opt for the Top Down Bottom Up style (shown above) which allows you to lower the shade from the top, as well as raise it from the bottom.


If you’re planning on using cellular shades in a child’s bedroom, our cordless shades have been certified Best for Kids in association with the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA).


Energy Efficient Window Treatments

Blackout cellular shades are an excellent choice for energy efficient window treatments. With windows accounting for 25% of heat loss in homes, these insulating shades can make an impact on your home’s energy consumption.


How do they work? Cellular shades are made up of cells created by folds in the shade material, and these cells can trap air, providing a layer of insulation over your windows. Blackout cellular shades go even further and block heat, light, and damaging UV rays when closed during the day, making it easier to maintain a constant temperature indoors.

Choosing blackout cellular shades is a smart decision for your home. Customize your cellular shade online, or visit a showroom to see them in person. We can’t wait to help you find the perfect shade.

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Window Treatment Transformations: Before and After Photos

First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who entered into the $10,000 Custom Window Treatment Makeover Contest. Congratulations to the winner, Dawn! We can’t wait to see how her home is transformed with the help of The Novogratz and new window treatments.


In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite before and after photos that you’ve shared with us on social media over the past several months.


Leedy Interiors: Contemporary Bathroom

New Jersey-based firm Leedy Interiors shared these photos of a contemporary bathroom redesign. We love their use of Flat Roman Shades with a matching valance in our Graphic Fret material.

@leedyinteriors We gave this contemporary bathroom a gorgeous makeover with fabric Roman shades and a brand new paint color. Roman shades are a perfect way to bring pattern into any bathroom! To see the before and after photos, check out our Facebook page! #hawthornerdnj

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KAL Home: Girl’s Bedroom

Kimberly Loutzenhiser of KAL Home shares gorgeous photos of her Chicago projects on Instagram and Houzz. For a client’s 3½ year old daughter’s bedroom, she chose Flat Roman Shades in Cottage Stripe.

@kalhome1 This room by @kalhome1 was for a fave client – 3 1/2 year old Rosie, who very much likes “real” pink and yellow. We incorporated the bed (Rosie’s mom’s childhood bed), a repurposed dresser, a quilt with a bit of family history, and her great grandmother’s namesake photo – and pulled everything together on a very tight budget. #kalhome1 #mvaughnphotography #kidsdecor #girlsdecor #pinkandyellow #dashandalbert #annieselkeco #pioneerlinens #repurposed #vintage #brassbed #kidsstorage #chicagodecor #oakpark #beadboard #potterybarnkids #theshadestore

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Madison Design: Modern Family Room

Madison Design transformed a dull gray family room into a modern oasis, with a fireplace overhaul and light filtering Roller Shades. before & after #madisondesign #roomandboard #westelm #trinaturk #caitlinwilsondesign #westelm #moderninteriors #modernaccessories

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Keep sharing your designs with us! Tag us @theshadestore or use the hashtag #theshadestore.

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Practical and Beautiful Kitchen Window Treatments

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Window treatments in the kitchen have an especially tough job. They need to be functional, easy to clean, and able to withstand the variety of splatters and odors that come along with cooking.


With that list in mind, plus a few more considerations for kitchen windows, here are some tips and recommendations for shades and blind options in the busiest room in your home.


Protect Your Kitchen

Natural sunlight is lovely, but it also brings damaging UV rays that can fade fabrics, damage wood, and dull your finishes. If your kitchen faces the sunny side of the house, solar shades are an ideal choice as they offer UV and glare reduction. In the photo above, you can see solar shades in the Mini Basketweave material, part of the Chilewich Designer Collection.


Solar shades are well suited to kitchen windows that look out on a beautiful view and homes with low to no privacy concerns. The sheer nature of solar shades will protect your furnishings by blocking UV rays while still preserving your view and keeping your kitchen filled with light.


Add Privacy (With Style)

If privacy is a priority for your kitchen, whether it faces a neighbor’s house or looks out onto the street, then roller shades in a blackout material will meet your needs. Blackout roller shades will block light during the day and prevent anyone from seeing into your windows at night.


Although blackout shades will by nature appear heavier than a light filtering material like a solar shade, we offer a variety of prints and fabrics to give your room the mood you want. From solids to chevrons to florals, you can dress your windows in a bold or subdued style that matches your décor.



Both roller and solar shades are incredibly practical. Choose from two control types: a continuous loop stainless steel chain or cordless, which operates with a gentle push or pull. Their sleek design makes cleaning simple; all they require is a wipe down with a soft cloth.


Work In Some Wood Grain

If you’re hesitant about any type of fabric material in your kitchen, try wood blinds. They are durable, provide privacy and are easy to use, and our 60+ stains and finishes mean that you can match your blinds to any style of woodwork and trim.


Wood blinds do not absorb odors, making them well suited to the kitchen environment. For a window behind the sink, consider our 2” Faux Wood Blinds. These blinds are handcrafted out of foamwood, making them resistant to moisture and mildew.  


To find the perfect window treatments for your kitchen, order your free swatches or stop into one of our showrooms and talk to a Design Consultant. To see some kitchen window inspiration, take a look at our Amazing Kitchen Windows Pinterest board.

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Choosing the Right Type of Woven Wood Shades

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Woven wood shades add immediate visual interest to any room’s décor with their rich organic texture. They provide a relaxed feel, bringing the outdoors in. Woven woods layer perfectly with drapery panels on either side, or can easily stand alone for a simple, natural look. If you’ve decided on woven wood shades for your home, bravo! You’ve chosen a versatile, enduring window treatment style.


At The Shade Store, we offer four styles of woven wood shades. Three of these styles, the Waterfall, Standard, and Cascade, can be thought of as roman-style woven wood shades due to the way they stack when raised. The fourth style is the Roller, which operates just like regular roller shades made out of fabric and other materials.


We’ll explain the differences between these styles of woven wood shades and help you choose the right type depending on your needs and your style.


Waterfall, Standard, + Cascade Woven Wood Shades

These three styles of woven woods function like roman shades. Choose from 18 different woven wood materials in more than 85 colors.


The Waterfall Woven Wood shade is our most popular style, and embodies a clean, simple look with a neat stack when raised. Standard Woven Wood Shades also provide clean, interrupted lines, but include a custom valance. The Standard style allows for customization with a decorative border, as shown in the photo above.


Finally, for even more visual interest in your shade, the Cascade Woven Wood Shade features hand-sewn aluminum dowels placed every 5”-7” for a beautiful horizontal pattern.


Similar to roman shades, these styles of woven wood shades can be made with blackout and privacy linings. This means they are well suited to bedrooms, bathrooms, rooms facing the street, and other areas where privacy is important. In addition, you can choose the Top Down Bottom Up style, which is not available in the Woven Wood Roller Shades. Top Down Bottom Up allows you to lower the shade from the top, letting in natural light while maintaining privacy where needed.


Woven Wood Roller Shades

Unlike the other styles of woven wood shades, the roller style does not stack in the top of the window when raised. These minimal shades take up only a small amount of space in the window when raised, and so are ideal for windows with attractive views.


Woven Wood Roller Shades are light filtering, meaning your room can still be filled with the ambiance of natural light even when the shades are lowered. These shades are available in 9 materials and more than 40 colors.


The customization options differ from those of the roman style woven woods. With roller shades, you can choose from 5 finishes for the metal brackets that hold the shade in place: White, Chrome, Satin Nickel, Bronze, and Black. If you’d still like a valance for the top of your window, you can select an upholstered valance in the same material as your roller shade, or try a metal valance.


To recap, you have lots of options when designing your perfect woven wood shades. For rooms that need privacy, a roman woven wood shade is your best bet due to the available lining options. For a more modern style and a light filtering look, go with the minimalist roller shade.


Our design consultants are always ready to answer your questions about woven wood shades, so please visit us in a showroom, shoot us an email, or give us a call at 800.754.1455.

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Architectural Digest Design Show 2016 – A Recap

We were very excited to have a booth at this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show, which took place on March 17-20 at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City. The show was a record breaker with nearly 45,000 attendees!


Overall, the show was a great success. We had the chance to talk with many people who were working on renovations projects or had just purchased a new home, and were all in the market for new window treatments.


Our design partners Villalobos Desio and Tilton Fenwick helped us create a stunning booth, each designing a “living room” wall, shown in the photos below. More than 100 people attended our Meet and Greet Cocktail Party with the designers, and everyone loved seeing the installations.


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On Sunday, March 20, our very own co-founder Zach Gibbs participated in the “Windows and Walls Today” panel sponsored by The New York Times. Also on the panel were Christine Haney of Farrow & Ball and interior designer William McIntosh. Zach spoke about how window treatments and their needs have evolved over the years. Instead of just looking for window treatments for style or for privacy, people are now considering both. When working with The Shade Store, we can provide customers with both function and beauty. Whether your priority is light control, privacy, or temperature control, we can address the issue and give you a window treatment that looks great as well.


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Thank you to everyone who visited us!

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