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Aug 17

In today’s blog we are going to take a look at the latest YouTube video by our content team that goes over one of the most common questions we get from customers: What window coverings do we recommend for sliding glass doors? You can find the full video here which we recommend that you watch and share with friends. There’s a lot to cover so let’s get started, shall we?


The Sliding Door Problem

As many a good home decorator will tell you, finding the perfect window covering solution for your home’s sliding glass doors is no easy task. Sliding doors are typically high traffic areas so you will need a covering solution that will be durable and able to stand up to abuse and functions easily so that getting it out of the way of the opening is quick and easy. Glass doors let in a tremendous amount of light and heat. They tend to let the Sun’s rays have their way with the place and can lead to higher energy bills in the summer and greater wear and tear on your home due to UV ray bleaching, so the window covering must also be able to block as much of the sun’s light as possible while still being easy to use and durable. That is a tall order!


The Window Covering Solution: Multiple Choice

There are lots of ways to tackle this problem. Luckily we have six great suggestions to help you with your solution.


Vertical Slats Or Vinyl Slats

These are a great marriage of form and function. They can be easily moved out of the way with one hand and can offer protection from sunlight even while open half way. People may be surprised to learn that they come in a variety of colors and materials and aren't just relegated to being stiff vinyl or plastic slats. The downside with these is that they tend to break or get damaged in homes with small children or rambunctious larger dogs.



You can’t go wrong with draperies, right? This classic solution is perfect for homes that want a warm and comforting feel with the ease of use that a good drapery system provides. If you want total blackout light protection for your home theater or bedroom, nothing beats them.


Sliding Panels

Less common but very effective. These are recommended for homes with a higher budget for window coverings or if you want to try something completely different than your usual covering fare. These can be motorized and automated to help you complete your ultimate smart home experience.


Honeycomb Shades

These are an excellent middle ground between heavy drapes and vinyl slats. If you already have honeycomb shades then this will help tie that theme together and they come in a variety of colors and textures. These are also perfect for helping you save on your energy bills as the honeycomb design helps keep the largest amount of heat out of your home. 


Plantation Shutters

There are two options. We can install them so that they roll from side to side, but beware that you might lose a good amount of the view out of the sliding door area if you do. We can also have them with vertical hinges as they will swing outward from the door like a closet door. 


Roller Shades

These are very helpful in a higher traffic sliding door home. They easily fold up and out of the way so that you can go in and out with ease. Perfect if you love to entertain outside in the backyard or have a large family that is constantly using it. These can also be our special banded shades which can offer partial privacy and can also be automated and motorized and part of your smart home setup. 


Not sure what will work best in your home? Give us a call! Our experts are here ready to help you find the perfect solution. 


Aug 10

When considering how to dress the most important feature of your home, you have several options. There are beautiful floor length drapes, shutters in a variety of styles, and all types of blinds. When making the decision how to best finish your windows you need to be fully aware of your options and understand the immense variety of choices you have for style and design. Our team at Blind Appeal have been helping to create that perfect window finish for our clients in the Treasure Valley for decades. With a staff of friendly professionals, we have created dream home finishes for countless clients and continue to share our passion for design with new clients every day. When looking for quality and craftsmanship that you can rely on, we are here for you. 


The Blind Appeal team could not be more excited to share our Roman Shade options with homeowners. If you are looking for something functional and timeless, the Roman Shade is a fast favorite. As a window covering they provide a smooth finish that can block the sun in any room and provide the type of lighting that best suits the function of the space. When pulled up to let the full light in they have a stacked appearance that provides texture and geometric qualities to your room. Blind Appeal carries Roman Shades in a variety of styles and finishes sure to meet the needs and interior design desires of any room. A window finish that has roots in ancient Roman history along with the technology and finish that a modern home looks for is a unique marriage of classic design and modern sensibility. Give us a call for an estimate today!


Blind Appeal is known for our selection and unique design abilities to add a classy finish to any and every room. From exterior finishes to interior finishes, our team does not disappoint in our depth of style and sophistication. One style that is making a big comeback for its sleek appearance and mid century modern class are Designer Roller Shades. While Roller Shades have a nostalgia about them, they have come a long way in function and design from what we may remember from years ago. Prized for their ability to block out the sun when needed and allow just the right amount of light in, Roller Shades have truly evolved from their early days. Blind Appeal offers a variety of finishes and styles that control the amount of light let into a room and creates a modern sleek finish that is sought after by any homeowner. 


There is no way to truly know how your home can be transformed into the space that you have always wanted it to be without taking the time to consult with a Blind Appeal expert. Give us a call to get a free estimate on custom designer window finishes that will make you feel more at home than ever and create the living space that you have always wanted. 


Jun 25

Window coverings have quickly evolved from an industry with few options to one with several options and choices to select from when finishing what many consider the most important feature of a home-the window. When presented with all of the options it can be confusing and even intimidating to try to make a selection that will work best for your home and lifestyle. Thankfully, Blind Appeal’s own shade guru Chris Meyers is here to walk you through the options and highlight what the most desired choice for window finishing currently is in today’s crowded and complicated market; the cellular shade. 


The most recent video on our Youtube page features Chris Meyers, Blind Appeal’s Field Manager and overall window covering guru. In our video “What are Honeycomb aka Cellular Shades?” Chris starts by showing off the interesting design structure of the incredibly popular cellular shades. Individual cells, resembling honeycombs, are linked to create pockets that trap air making it more difficult for energy to pass through the shades. This design structure stores heat which makes homes much more energy efficient. By trapping the energy in the honeycomb-like cell structure it makes rooms warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer months. 


This cutting edge design feature is available in a huge selection of colors and sizes adding to the products popularity and versatility to match whatever home design and personal style and function you are looking for. The size of the cell structures can be found in as small as 3/8ths inch to the largest at 2 inches. While you have lots of choice in honeycomb size, you truly have unlimited choice when it comes to color. From muted greys and whites to a dramatic array of colors you are sure to find your perfect match. The variety of colors and sizes is complemented by four choices of finish that help accomplish the purpose and final look you envision for a room. Black out options are available as well as semi-sheer that let in as much light as possible. The favorite light filtering finish provides the balance of privacy and light. 


The choices that Blind Appeal provides for cell shades continues on to the operational functions. There is traditional cord operated, as well as the most popular- cordless. Cordless control is the safest for families with children and provides the added benefit of a sleek look and design. For windows that are hard to reach or to advance your window finishing consider the motorized functionality. Finally, what may be the best function of cell shades is the top down, bottom up function. Control the light you're letting in, the privacy you want to maintain, and optimize your beautiful natural views by having the versatility to let light in from the top of the shade as well as the bottom. 


Learn more about cellular shades by watching Chris’s video here. We look forward to the next type of window finishing Chris can educate us on with his combination of humor and industry insight. These informative and fun videos from Blind Appeal are ensuring that customers know all they need to make the best decision for their home and families. The best part is, if you have more questions the team at Blind Appeal is only a phone call away.

Jun 01

With the continued news about gas prices rising, product back orders, and low inventory on everything from chicken wings to couches, we are happy to share that Blind Appeal has some fantastic promotions going on right now. Greet the summer sun with all new shades and blinds in your home, and do it at a great low price with these incredible deals. Take a look at these select styles by Hunter Douglas and put some cash back in your pocket just in time for some summer fun.


Hunter Douglas has been the leader in blinds since they created the aluminum blind in 1946. They continue to define the industry with exclusive designs and products that deliver revolutionary style and faultless functionality. Innovative, high quality, and timeless designs appeal to any interior design and can be part of your home decor at a low price for a limited time. You instantly get a $100 rebate on qualifying purchases of these select Hunter Douglas window finishes: Luminette Privacy Sheer, Silhouette Window Shadings, and Pirouette Window Shadings. 


Luminette Privacy Sheers beautifully diffuse the light in your room for a bright cheerful space. Ideal for large windows and sliding glass doors, this window treatment combines the soft romance of sheers with the drama of drapes. The thoughtfully designed rotating fabric vanes give you 180 degrees of light control. Blind Appeal is currently offering a $100 rebate on your first Luminette Privacy Sheer and an extra $100 rebate on each additional unit purchased. 

Silhouette Window Shadings feature Hunter Douglas’s Signature S-Vane, an engineering triumph only found with Hunter Douglas. The Signature S-Vane design allows Silhouette Shade vanes to appear to magically float between two sheer panels. Both technical and sculptural, these shades diffuse harsh sunlight and create beautiful ambient light throughout your home. When closed the light is softened creating more privacy in your home. You can add this sophisticated and timeless look to your home with an instant $100 rebate on your purchase of two shades and $50 back on each additional unit purchased. 


Pirouette Window Shadings feature soft horizontal fabric vanes that appear to float on a sheer backing allowing you to achieve infinite combinations of light control, privacy, and views. This specialized sheer that connects the vanes offers a clear view to the outside while transforming the light inside to a comforting glow. Your first two Pirouette Shades earn you $100 back and every additional unit purchased adds another $50 rebate. 


Blind Appeal is offering a great incentive right now to finally get your windows dressed in magical and modern finishes that will create beautiful light, privacy, and highlight your views to the outside. With these rebates you continue to save by buying more. Refinishing your whole home at the greatest price has never been easier or more affordable. Talk to a team member at Blind Appeal today to get your free estimate and begin choosing your custom blinds. Act fast as these savings end June 21, 2021. Don't waste a minute in getting your ideal window shades at the best prices, call Blind Appeal now. 


May 25

Looking through the blinds to see sunny days are back! School is almost out and it's time to start thinking of things to do with the family that are safe and fun for the summer days to come. Nothing beats time outside with the family hiking along the trails of our local foothills or national forest lands. With hundreds of miles of trails, Idaho is rich in beautiful outdoor areas to explore. There is also a great selection of city parks in the Treasure Valley that are rich in water features and shaded rest areas as well. If you are looking for options that offer something a bit more unique and provide a safe environment for you and your family there are several great options in the area. Here are a couple of favorite places you should look into this summer to treat your family to a great day out and create some memories that will last forever.


Roaring Springs is back for families to cool off and have an exhilarating day with world class water rides. They are also introducing the new Snake River Run ride for the summer of 2021 making this year better than ever! With a double corkscrew and two flying saucers, this thrilling ride is sure to be an instant fan favorite and have your whole family screaming for more. What better way to spend a hot summer day than enjoying a lazy river float or being shot out of a slide into a refreshing pool of water? Splish splash fun!


Asana Rock Climbing and Bouldering Gym is a great option to beat the heat and have an exciting experience while building a great outdoor skill. Their skilled staff is ready to get you set up in rental gear and get you on the wall. Challenge your kids to see who can reach the highest summits and enjoy the challenge of this fun activity while building memories and encouraging healthy habits. Try ninja challenges and sign up for an aerial ropes course all at the same great location conveniently located in the heart of Garden City. 


Defy is ready to take your summer to new heights. Located in Nampa, this indoor trampoline park is high flying fun for the whole family to jump into. With massive foam pits to fall into and extreme dodgeball matches to compete in there is limitless fun ready for your family. Fun and original features like battle beams and a wall trampoline create unique experiences that are sure to bring lots of laughs and create memories that will last for years to come. They offer great food and snacks so you can stay the whole day and have everything you need.


The Treasure Valley is rich in options and opportunities to explore and enjoy the long summer days and warm weather. With businesses able to safely open up with protocols to prevent the spread of illness, it's time to get out and build unforgettable memories with your family. Whether you decide to take the plunge at Roaring Springs, go to new heights at Asana, or jump for joy at Defy, we hope your family enjoys the summer and have some incredible adventures.


May 07

With the days getting longer and sunnier, it is time to look forward to being outside enjoying the company of friends and family. Before we can bust out the BBQ and get the lawn games ready, most of us need to freshen up and clean our outdoor entertainment areas. Not only will sprucing up your outdoor space make you feel ready to entertain, a nice cleaning will also support the long life of your outside furniture. 


The first step is beautifying your flower beds and flower pots. Weeding out the suckers and clearing space for new flowers welcomes the new season and brings color and life to your backyard. The other benefit of weeding is it is a great workout and can help you get yourself ready for summer too. Get ready to get your hands dirty and put your green thumb to work. When choosing flowers look for bright colors to contrast your home color and brighten up your outdoors with dramatic flare. 


Whether you have a concrete patio or a wood deck, you will need to get it cleaned off and spruced up for the summer sun. For a deep powerful clean a power washer is the best solution. If you don't have access to a power washer a simple garden hose with a pressure attachment can do the job. Hose out cobwebs and clear out dirt that has piled up over the past few months. After the washing it is a great time to apply a protective seal to your concrete or wood to ensure it lasts for many more seasons to come. 


If you have made the investment in awnings or exterior blinds, it is important to get them spruced up to ensure you have the best looking view and your awning is protected for years to come. Sweeping off the awnings and brushing free the blinds clears out build up of dirt and other debris. There is a variety of cleaners made exclusively for awnings and home exteriors. Be sure to review your warranty and manufacture guidance to choose the cleaning solution that is best suited for your awning. 


Once your outdoor entertaining area is cleaned up and your awnings are spruced up for the summer sun, you are ready to enjoy your friends, flowers, and yard games. Before relaxing too much here are a couple of last tips to ensure you get the most out of your outdoor oasis. Take a walk around your home and look closely for any wasp or hornet nests that may have been built since last year. Nothing sours a BBQ faster than the pain of stings. The last tip to ensure fun in the sun is a thorough clean of your BBQ. A well cleaned BBQ will extend the life of your outdoor cooker and make the food taste even better. 


If the sun is too bright in your outdoor area and you're tired of chasing umbrellas that have blown down your street, consider installing an awning, a long term solution that can increase your home value and your enjoyment outdoors. Call the team at Blind Appeal today for a consultation on how an awning can rejuvenate your outside entertainment area. 


Apr 27

Windows are one of the main selling points of a home. They make rooms feel larger, they add natural light, and they bring the beautiful outdoors inside. When it comes to dressing up our windows many people are still unaware of the variety of options available to them. Many of us assume that venetian blinds and cookie cutter drapes are the only options available. Limiting yourself to the options that are available at big box stores is doing an injustice to your sense of style and your home’s potential. Explore the list of available options and begin to imagine how you might revolutionize your whole home with new window treatments. 


Blinds need not be limited to one or two choices. Allure makes incredible transition shades that have wider bands creating a dramatic look. By controlling the light coming into a room these blinds tie together the style of the home with the window treatment in a beautifully natural way. Available in a variety of colors, these blinds can fit any color pallet and style. Lafayette recreates the traditional aluminum blind with dynamic color choices and creative modern twists on the classic venetian blind. Give us a call for more information on how these options might work in your home. 


Have you considered how your window treatment might affect your home’s efficiency? The design of honeycomb blinds create another level of insulation for your home. This can keep your home temperature where you want it with the benefit of lower energy fees and attractive soft lighting. Also known as cellular shades, these are attractive, modern, and classy solutions to help you create the room of your dreams. Graber is an excellent brand that is leading in design of honeycomb blinds and creating exciting options. 


While windows are beloved by most, the light that they bring in can be disruptive at times. If you are trying to block a glare, create a movie room, or just tone down the light for more restful sleep, these are beautiful and effective solutions. Graber has come up with some very desirable roller and solar shades that filter out the light but not the style. A look that can fit with a classic or modern style, these versatile blinds combine important function with effective beauty. 


It's time to experience the full breadth of options that you have when it comes to finishing the look of your windows. There is no need to limit your options based on the selection of big box stores. Do not settle for a one size fits all approach. Blinds that are built for your home and expertly installed will increase your home value and double the amount you love a room. Take some time to look at the diverse selection on our website and start to imagine what look will complete your rooms and improve your view. Don’t stop your imagination with the indoors. Exterior awnings and pergolas as well as shutters can increase the usability and beauty of your outdoor spaces. After a consultation from a trusted pro at Blind Appeal you can finally enjoy the full potential of your home. 


Apr 07

There are few things more exciting than owning your own house. In this extremely competitive housing market, there is an even greater sense of relief and accomplishment when finally getting to close on your new home. When all of the paperwork is completed and you finally have the keys the real fun begins! In the first year of owning your home we recommend you channel that excitement and energy into making the home truly your own. Here are some suggestions for three ways to get your personality and style into your new home. 


Paint is Powerful

Most new construction and homes staged to sell are painted in muted beiges and greys that are neutral. While these are fine colors they can sometimes lack the excitement that can come from a bold color or accent wall color. There is a whole field of research around how colors impact people and affect moods. While the impact of individual colors varies, the researchers all tend to agree that lack of color and visual interest has a negative impact on mood and mental well being. Finding a strong color helps make the home yours and provides the feel for a room that makes you comfortable and relaxed.


Live Plants 

Bring the outside in by incorporating live plants into your decor. From the carefree cactus to lush and full ferns, there are countless houseplants available to incorporate into any room. Aside from being living art work, houseplants have a great deal of benefits. From improving your mood to helping support better air quality the benefits of bringing houseplants into your new home are numerous and varied. One of the biggest benefits of houseplants is that they do make a space uniquely your own. Incorporate plants early on in your home design planning to really make the space feel like your own. 


Windows are Wonderful

If eyes are the window to your soul then windows are surely an opportunity to have your soul reflected in your home. The team at Blind Appeal takes pride in their ability to create custom looks that reflect the style and sensibility of any homeowner. From exterior treatments to interior treatmentsBlind Appeal shows the limitless possibilities that owners have to put their personality into their home. In addition to showcasing your design ideas, custom blinds are also a lasting investment in your property and will increase your home's value as well as curb appeal.

When it comes to making your home your own remember these helpful hints to ensure that the home you have reflects the home you want. Embrace bold colors that can have a positive impact on your mood and decor. Introduce plants into every room for living art that purifies your air and clears your head. Give the team at Blind Appeal a call to discuss the options to improve your home’s windows. Above all else, remember not to limit your creativity and embrace your opportunity to make your new house the home you always dreamt of.

Mar 10

Blind Appeal has been honored to serve the Treasure Valley community for over thirteen years. Our commitment to the people of the Treasure Valley goes beyond providing the best quality, customer service, and installation of window treatments. Helping the community is a big part of why our company was founded and why we are so proud to participate in the March to End Hunger food drive with the Boise Rescue Mission. 


For the entire month of March, Blind Appeal is joining other business leaders, groups, schools, and teams of all types by hosting a food drive. Now more than ever the most vulnerable need all of the help and support that the community can provide. More and more families are dealing with food shortages and the Boise Rescue Mission needs our help to stock those empty pantries and cupboards. With more people out of work and children out of school the need is great. The March to End Hunger hopes to help meet that need. 


In 2020 Idaho saw an increase of 22% of children who face food insecurities. That means another 42,000 children in Idaho are not getting the amount of food they need and likely don't know where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity is something that no child should have to face. We want to do our part to ensure that no child in the Treasure Valley will go without, and no parent should have to face food insecurity alone. The COVID-19 crisis has put an even larger burden on already struggling families. 


Blind Appeal believes good leadership is more than just words, it is demonstrated through our actions. This is why we stand behind every installation and product with our own customer service satisfaction guarantee and why we have supported the March to End Hunger every year. We believe in doing right by our customers and our community. We hope our commitment to supporting this year's food drive also inspires others to get involved and do whatever they can to help their neighbors in need. A list of the items that are needed right now for the food drive can be found here. Every little bit helps and is so greatly appreciated. 


The Boise Rescue Mission has been restoring hope, faith, and families across the Treasure Valley since 1958. Their six unique locations in Ada and Canyon county serve families and individuals. They know addressing the needs of our community goes beyond food, shelter, and clothing - it is about addressing mental, emotional, and spiritual needs as well. Blind Appeal is proud to participate again this year in the March to End Hunger to help the Rescue Mission fulfill its goals of helping our most vulnerable in the community. This year we would like to reach out to our customers, family, and friends and ask if they would like to participate as well. If you would like to participate with Blind Appeal in the March to End Hunger, please let us know via email (denise@blindappeal.com) or by calling 208-805-0039, or you may give canned food to one of our Blind Appeal Team members.



Feb 26

Blind Appeal has been serving the Treasure Valley and beyond for over thirteen years. Our family-owned business has been built on the commitment to bringing our customers the highest quality in blinds, shades, shutters, exterior shades and custom draperies. This dedication to excellence in customer service would not be possible without our expert sales and installation team. 


Cultivating a team of first class professionals committed to top of the line service who settle for nothing short of perfection is the foundation of Blind Appeal’s success. Leading the Valley’s best sales and installation team is Mike Van Artsdalen. As the Director of Operations, Mike’s job ecompasses all aspects of the Blind Appeal business. Coming from a background in Art Education and the Visual Arts, his eye for aesthetics and design benefit all the Blind Appeal clients as well as our staff. A leader with integrity and generosity, his connection to the community and his commitment to excellence make him an ideal leader.  


Blind Appeal’s Field Manager is Chris Meyers. Being in the field and delivering on Blind Appeal’s promise on best pricing and customer satisfaction is a perfect fit for Chris. He shares the team's commitment to excellence in all things and is a gregarious leader who genuinely enjoys meeting new people and helping them realize their dreams for their home. 


Without Wendy Arroues Blind Appeal would not be able to reach as many of the Valley’s homes as we do. Wendy is the Sales Development Coordinator and has been with Blind Appeal since the very beginning. Knowing what the customer needs and wants is something that Wendy has been able to anticipate and build on for years. Creating new connections in the Treasure Valley and developing relationships based on the Blind Appeal concept is a natural talent of Wendy’s. She leads a team of dedicated sales associates who are able to build on her dedication and continually grow the Blind Appeal client base.  


These three stellar individuals represent a small portion of the Blind Appeal team but are a great example of the type of  stellar individual you will be working with when you get your window treatments with us. It is based on the trust and confidence that they have in their team at every turn that they are able to stand behind their service guarantee and customer satisfaction guarantee. Our service guarantee means that our customers get the piece of mind that the Blind Appeal team will exceed your expectations and the job is not done until our customers are satisfied. Even better, a Blind Appeal customer will never pay for any service or repair for any product you purchase from us (the one exception being our motorized products which come with a 5 year warranty on motors).    


You simply cannot have the level of guarantees and commitments to customer satisfaction without having the finest team of professionals in the business. Give the thoughtful team at Blind Appeal a call today and let us show you not only how beautiful your windows can be, but also how incredible customer service can be. 


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