I had disliked our roman shades for a long time for two different reasons. The folds were shelters for all the stink bugs that would somehow find their way into our house. I mean how do they always manage to find a way into our homes? Even with bug screens!! They were also filthy and there was no way to clean them.
After our 19-year-old living room shades broke it was finally time to go on the hunt for new ones.
This is where Blindster.com comes into play because I found that they had the right selection of blinds to chose from.
Disclosure: Blindster.com provided the shades but as always all opinions are 100% my own.
My Solar Roller Shades Review
After reading up about all my window treatment options I quickly narrowed my choice down to Blindster.com’s solar roller shades and you can see their selection HERE. Today I would like to talk about why I chose solar roller shades and how they look in our home.
Why did I choose solar roller shades?
Solar Roller Shades Features
Blindster.com‘s solar roller shades are roller shades that are manufactured using Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics which makes them wipeable, durable, bacteria-resistant and anti-microbial window coverings. They are also highly effective at reducing the amount of UV light that enters your home which then can reduce your energy bill in return while also protecting your furniture and your décor. I have had numerous curtains and sofas fade in front of our windows and am confident that this is a thing of the past now.
The solar shades range in different openness factors which are measured from 14 percent to 1 percent to blackout. I had to think about what level of openness I wanted but ultimately chose the premium solar roller shades at 1 percent which is almost blackout (click HERE). And just for quick reference, 1% blocks out 99% of UV and you can do the math if 14% blocks out 86% of UV which means the rest is in-between.
I also really love the variety of textures and colors solar shades come in. Below you can see the samples I wanted to pick from.
There are many options to choose from when finalizing the look and function of your solar roller shades. You can add a cassette valance and nylon or metal beaded chain cords or you can make it a spring roller. You can choose whether you want it to be inside or outside mount and a standard roll or reverse roll. If you chose a chain versus a spring roller then you can pick if you want it on the left or right.
Here is what I ended up choosing from the above-mentioned options:
I ended up choosing the swatch all the way to the right which you can see below again.
I love the subtle striped pattern because it looks great with our beige toned sofa and floors but also looks great with our white walls and kitchen.
My shades are 1 percent open in Alabaster P07. I chose an inside mount without cassette valance in a reverse roll with a metal chain which is placed on the right for both the sliding glass door and window in the living room and on the left in the dining room.
Ease of Installation
They are super easy to hang. I love the metal brackets you can see below that have a hook closing mechanism. And that is all the hardware that you need.
Here you can see how I hung them as an inside mount:
I love the feel of them and how super easy they are to keep clean. All you need is a damp rag.
You can see that I still have a slight view of the outside but the solar shades are definitely blocking out a lot of light. This is exactly what I wanted to keep maximum privacy at night when the lights are on inside without having them completely block out the light during the day.
And below you can see our new solar shades when they are almost rolled all the way up:
I couldn’t be happier with all the features and how they look in our downstairs. Don’t you agree that they are the perfect subtle and functional addition to our home decor?