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Aug 28, 2023
Budget Blinds has always been renowned for their excellent selection of products to suit all tastes and styles. They are now working with two additional companies to expand the scope of their products even more.
Budget Blinds has recently introduced products from Inspired Drapes, from the United States. This company offers made-to-order blinds, ensuring the latest styles are always available. Their draperies coordinate with their roller blinds, providing a seamless look throughout your home. The draperies are dry cleanable and steam beautifully for easy touch-ups at home. Inspired Drapes are available as pleated, ring-ready or grommet/backtab styles.
Creative Threads is the other new brand now available at Budget Blinds. This family-run business features high-quality cotton/linen blend draperies. All of their designs are created in-house and the drapes feature special touches such as embroidered borders. Creative Threads curtains are available in 2 stock sizes: 50”x96” and 50”x108”. They also offer bedding and unique decorative pillow designs.
Contact your local Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island location and learn more about these and other great choices for your windows. Complimentary in-home consultations are available.
North Island - Courtenay
May 19, 2023
Are you looking to take the style up a notch in your home? Consider draperies from Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island’s Inspired Drapes Collection, which features fabrics from Europe, India and the United States.
Elevate the style of any room in your house! Whether you’re looking for a light and airy coastal vibe or something to offer added insulation and elegance to your home, Budget Blinds Inspired Drapes can offer customized solutions for your home.
Opt for ready-made draperies to easily change up the look of your home, or go for something custom with a huge variety of colours, textures and fabrics for any size window covering.
And for the full package Budget Blinds also offers a large selection of hardware to hang your new curtains, motorized options, liners for room-darkening options and even premium bedding options to pull the entire look together!
Request a free in-home or virtual consultation from your local Budget Blinds design experts to get started.
Apr 10, 2023
Our Vancouver Island weather varies dramatically from season to season, and depending on the direction your rooms face, that variability can be even more impactful. Your home’s direction impacts how and when the sun hits each room and this can mean big changes in heat and light, depending on the season and direction each room faces.
If your home faces South, it may have higher energy bills in the summer. Direct sunlight from the south causes heat to build up, forcing the AC to work harder. However, it may also be warmer in the winter for the same reason.
Southern exposure makes a room cozy in the winter. The addition of shades to the window allows the option to raise the shades and enjoy the sun's warmth during those chilly winter months. However, it can also make summer too hot or bright without the right window treatments. That’s why it’s essential to work with a professional window treatment designer to determine which product will work best for a southern-facing window.
Windows that face north receive natural light all day but don’t receive direct sunlight. Interior shutters are a great way to take advantage of the indirect sunlight from north-facing windows. Their louvers can let in as much or as little light as you like while the cordless design looks clean and uncluttered in kitchens, bathrooms, and home offices.
Alternatively, sheer curtains add gentle textures and patterns to your interior decor without restricting sunlight. In daylight, pulling sheer drapes across the window allows the indirect sunlight to shine through and highlight the design. Adjust the blinds or shade behind the drapes to add privacy or control the light.
An east-facing window will catch the early sun, which can appear bright and glaring in the morning, and diffused and delicate later in the day. Dark colors will seem gloomy, but light colors and sheer materials bring out the softness of the sunlight.
Morning sunlight is welcome in a kitchen or living room, but it can be an annoyance in a bedroom. The best way to deal with morning light is to customize your window treatments to get exactly the amount of light you want.
On summer afternoons, west-facing windows can cause heat to build up. To keep the room comfortable, make sure to keep them covered. Like with south-facing windows, you don't want to lose all the natural light you get from west-facing windows, but you also need to deal with glare and heat. Blinds are a great choice because you can change their angle as the sun moves, diffusing light without blocking it out.
Most energy-efficient window treatments use layers of fabric to improve insulation and control light in the room, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Whether you like shades, drapes, blinds, or shutters, there are many energy-efficient window treatment choices.
To prevent UV rays from damaging your furniture and decor, consider solar shades or try UV-resistant window film if you prefer a clear view but don’t want to risk damage to your decor.
Motorized window treatments will help you avoid continually moving the position of your blinds. With various sensors and timers available, they can be programmed to change on their own based on the sun’s position to give you the perfect lighting without lifting a finger.
Regardless of your home's direction, Budget Blinds can help you find window treatments that make sense for your home.
Request a free in-home or virtual consultation from your local Budget Blinds design experts to get started.
North Island - Courtenay
Mar 13, 2023
Often we think of custom design or custom options as luxury items for out homes, and many of us associate that luxury with a high cost.
But Budget Blinds can provide custom options for your home window coverings in a variety of price points. Working with Budget Blinds to select your custom designed come with many benefits over store bought options.
Custom window treatments from Budget Blinds wlll always be high quality, properly measured to fit and will offer a wider variety of design choices than any big box retailer can stock!
You can choose to utilize a complimentary in-home design consultation to amke sure you’re getting the look you want and professional guidance on the best type of window covering for your home and family needs.
Additionally you can call on Budget Blinds for professional install, to ensure that those perfectly measured window coverings are installed just right! Save your Sunday afternoon for family time, rather than extra chores!
Call your local Vancouver Island Budget Blinds today and get started on updating your window coverings from their wide range of custom designs.
Jan 12, 2023
The New Year is a great time to create a new look for your home! Freshen up your space with new window coverings this season and take advantage of the great prices and selection from Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island.
Not sure where to start? Arrange a complimentary in-home consultation with one of Budget Blinds’ designers. You’ll learn about the newest styles and features, as well as get some guidance on colour choices and design. Work with the designer colours of the year to stay on trend, or choose something classic like wooden shades. Find the right products to suit your family’s lifestyle and budget, all in the comfort of your own home.
New window coverings will update the look of your home as well as enhance privacy, energy efficiency, and safety. Improving your home’s energy efficiency with updated window coverings will provide savings for years to come.
On Vancouver Island, Budget Blinds serves the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley and beyond.
Schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with your local Budget Blinds today to learn more.
Nov 18, 2022
Bold or Subtle? The choice is yours, with this year’s leading paint producers announcing their colours of the year. And as always, once you’ve made your choice, your local Vancouver Island Budget Blinds stores are ready to help you incorporate your colours into your home!
The colours and messaging behind the selections this year from Sherwin Willams and Benjamin Moore offer striking differences. Sherwin Williams selected Redend Point, a subtle neutral that will appeal to a minimalist design aesthetic. On the other hand, Benjamin More chose the bold, bright, “look at me” colour of Raspberry Blush, sure to appeal to those not afraid to use colour.
"Redend Point is a heartening hue that invites compassion and connection into any space," said Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams when annoucing the colour selection. "The colour is a natural choice for those looking for a warm and joyful neutral in both interiors and exteriors. Build on its earthiness by utilizing the hue alongside natural-looking textiles and wood accents—or create a desert oasis by layering shades of terra-cotta and clay materials.”
Budget Blinds Inspired Shades Collection features woven shades with refined textures and natural fibers that perfectly complement Resend Point. Add white or natural linen sheer drapery panels to complete the look.
Unlike the subtle choice by Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore's pick for the 2023’s Colour of the Year is the vibrant Raspberry Blush. The saturated shade energizes a room for a bright, charismatic look that's anything but subtle!
After years of neutrals and grays, “People are ready to bring colour back into the home, taking a step outside their colour comfort zones,” said Andrea Magno, Color Marketing and Development Director at Benjamin Moore. “Raspberry Blush empowers the use of statement colors that deliver delight and personality while transforming rooms for incredible results."
Are you ready for raspberry walls and ceilings? For the maximalist, envelope a room in Raspberry Blush from the walls to the trim and the ceiling to wrap a room in an optimistic boldness. If that’s too bold of an option for you, make a smaller impact statement on a kitchen island or add a pop of Raspberry Blush in pillows or accent decor. Soft shades of gray, white, and beige balance the bright hue.
Or mix it with colours from the rest of Benjamin Moore’s 2023 palette, which includes a range of saturated tones varying from a deep blue to a sultry green to more rich chocolate and cinnamon hues. For Magno, all of these share one unifying commonality: “They’re all happy. And we all need a bit of that right now.”
Your home is a place to express your personality and feature the colours and décor you love. It should be your happy place! That is why Budget Blinds offers a range of products. From soothing neutrals and minimalist modern roller shades to rich fabrics in bold colours for drapes.
Plus, did you know they can create a one-of-a-kind custom fabric to match any colour? Budget Blinds’ exclusive DesignINK program allows your local Budget Blinds to create a fabric to match any paint colour you like. Schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with your local Budget Blinds today to learn more.
Sep 28, 2022
Cooler weather will be here before we know it. Now is the time to prep your home to avoid sky-high heating bills this winter.
As much as 50% of a home's heating (and cooling) energy can be lost through windows. Energy efficient window treatments can make a signifant difference to help conserve energy.
Look to Budget Blinds for a number of great solutions that will look great, and save you money year-round.
Modern options include:
- Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, combine the soft look and energy efficiency of window shades with the functionality of horizontal blinds.
- Layering your curtains or drapery with light filtering or room darkening liners to control light gaps and improve insulation retention.
- Traditional wood shutters use an insulating design that helps make indoor spaces cooler in summer and warmer in winter, keeping your room at an ideal temperature.
- Window film deflects up to 99% of damaging UV rays, reducing heat gain and protecting your furniture against harmful UV damage.
- Floor-to-ceiling drapes that fold back against the wall. This allows the drapes to seal off the window, preventing drafts and loss of heat through convection.
Learn more about all of the options at your local Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island:
North Island - Courtenay
Aug 31, 2022
September brings with it new routines and schedules. Is your home ready to adjust?
Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island can help you with home automation to ensure that everything you need can be controlled with the push of a button. Turn your lights on automatically as you come home on those dark fall evenings. Adjust your motorized blinds to automatically maximize daylight in your home. Or use automation tools to enhance your home security while you’re away, with automatic lights and blinds.
While Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is known for their extensive selection of window coverings, great prices and friendly service, they can provide so much more.
Budget Blinds has partnered with Lutron to offer whole home wireless automation. With Lutron’s® whole-home wireless automation, your Budget Blinds shades and blinds open and close at the touch of a button, or at a preselected time of day or night, giving you effortless control of your smart shades and blinds. With Lutron you can monitor and control lights from your smart device no matter where you are, or create personalized lighting schedules that change with the seasons.
Contact Budget Blinds today for a free virtual or in-home consultation and learn how their home automation solutions can make your home work better for you.
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Jul 28, 2022
Is it time to update your blinds? If it’s not just about aesthetics, consider these other signs it might be time for new window coverings:
1. Warped, Bent or Broken Slats
Faux wood blinds will bend when exposed to high heat for long periods, while wooden blinds warp when exposed to moisture. Aluminum blinds also dent when you apply heavy pressure. The damage is not only unpleasant to look at, it can cause difficulty during operation.
Solar/roller shades might be a great replacement choice for those windows that get a lot of sun. Choose from a range of opacities to filter light, heat, and harmful UV rays.
And while aluminum blinds can be a cost efficient choice in offices or commercial settings, honeycomb or cellular cordless shades or roller shades are an excellent upgrade for your home. They're child-friendly, available in light-filtering to room-darkening, and are flexible, very durable, and easy to clean.
2. The Window Treatments Are Difficult to Open
Do you struggle to open your blinds and shades or draw your curtains? If so, it means that your opening mechanisms are damaged or are simply worn out and need to be replaced. For corded blinds, the damage may also be tangling or broken cords. For non-motorized curtains and drapes, opening and closing may be restricted due to jammed curtain tracks. The carriers in the track could be off or the cord control is simply worn out and frayed, making the curtains even harder to operate.
Frayed cords are also difficult to operate. A new set of blinds helps you eliminate operation issues and the frustration of not being able to raise or lower your blinds. You may also experience problems with old, motorized blinds, or shades. Automation has improved greatly, with new motorization options from rechargeable to smart home apps. Replace outdated technology and enjoy opening and closing your window treatments with the push of a button on your smartphone.
3. Discolored Slats and Fabrics
Over years of use and exposure to weather elements, the slats on your blinds and wood shutters lose their color and begin to yellow. UV rays from the sun discolor the material, making your blinds and shutters appear faded and outdated.
New window treatments are pleasing to the eye, especially if you're looking to upgrade your home for sale. Homebuyers are more willing to give your house a chance if the window treatments are as new as the freshly painted walls in the rest of the house.
Where Should You Start?
Do you need new window treatments but don't know where to start? Budget Blinds of Vancuver Island has the solution for you. Schedule a free consultation with us to receive expert guidance on window treatments for a fresh look or sale upgrade.
Contact your closest Budget Blinds location today:
North Island - Courtenay
Jun 30, 2022
Running a specialized local business through a pandemic can be a challenge, but Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island owner Tara Anderson built on her community connections to thrive over the past few years. And of course, while people stayed home and focussed on making their homes more comfortable and functional, Budget Blinds stayed busy helping them.
Tara and her co-owner David Anderson have lived and worked on Vancouver Island since 2016. Their community-based, grass-roots marketing style helped them build long lasting business relationships. They work with home builders in a number of communities, who have also kept them busy as construction has boomed across the Island.
While Budget Blinds can of course provide a standard set of blinds, they offer customers so much more. From home automation to custom draperies, they can provide solutions for any home at any price point. And for those people who don’t know where to start, their free in home consultations are a great way to get the ball rolling with the help of their experts.
Contact your local Budget Blinds store today to get started on your window covering updates today:
Jan 29, 2022
Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island offers a huge variety of window coverings, so when its time for you to update or add to your home’s window decor, you’ll find exactly what you need.
Window Shutters are a popular choice for an upgraded, updated look in any home. Shutters can easily elevate the decor in any room, while also controlling light and privacy in your home. Depending on your home’s style you may wish to consider traditional wood or planation style shutters. For kitchen and bathrooms - and our humid west coast weather - composite shutters are a great durable choice.
Wood shutters are available in a number of stains and colurs, and can also be custom stained to to suit your decor.
If you want to bring in extra light while still maintaining privacy, consider cafe style shutters, which cover only the bottom half of the window
Shutters are a great option for homes with children and pets, as they are cord-free for safety. And while they are easy to operate, you can also have them motorized for added convenience.
Shutters also offer an added layer of insulation for your windows, to help you control indoor temperatures year-round.
If it’s time to update your window coverings, call you nearest Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island location and consider their extensive selection of window shutters.
Contact your local store today:
North Island - Courtenay
Dec 05, 2021
One of the many great reasons to support local businesses is they also support your community! This month, a percentage of all sales at Budget Blinds will be donated to a number of Vancouver Island charities (and there’s a bonus in it for you too - see below).
In 2021, your locally owned and operated Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island stores are supporting:
- Campbell River Habitat for Humanity
- Nanaimo Ladysmith School Foundation
- Ladysmith Resource Center
- Catnap Society
- Vancouver Island Crisis Society
Budget Blinds is donating 5% of all sales this month to these charities.
And in December they’re also giving back to you with 30% off all orders this month! Regardless of your budget or style, Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island has the window covering solutions for your home. Whether it's a single room or a full house, basic blinds or home automation, your local store is ready to help. With free in-home or virtual consultations with their designers, you’ll be sure to find the perfect match for your windows.
Contact your local store today:
North Island - Courtenay
Sep 29, 2021
Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island is proud to offer complimentary design consultations to help you sort through all of your window covering options.
Budget Blinds’ design professionals will help you find the exact right fit for your windows! In Campbell River, customers can meet with Chloe Traviss.
Chloe is a style consultant at Budget Blinds with many years of interior design experience. She started her design career with a sub-specialty in kitchens and home staging. Chloe has experience working on both new construction as well as renovations of all sizes.
Chloe lives in Campbell River with her husband, daughter, and their new puppy. In her free time you can find Chloe at the ocean or exploring the beautiful outdoors Vancouver Island has to offer.
Chloe is looking forward to building relationships with our new and past clients while bringing beautiful window coverings to the many homes of Campbell River. For all of your window covering needs, set up a free in-home consultation with Chloe and explore all of your options - from draperies, to shades, shutters, window film, home automation and more. Chloe will professionally measure your windows and leave you with a free quote, all from the comfort of your own home.
Additional Covid Safety measures are in place, and virtual consultations are also available.
Contact Chloe and the Campbell River team via the North Island location:
North Island - Courtenay
Aug 15, 2021
As the kids get ready to head back to school, getting them back on a regular sleep schedule can be a challenge. But, Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is here to help!
Black out shades or curtains can help get kids to bed on time, in a properly darkened room. Especially through the late summer, while we still have longer days and it can be difficult to settle into a regular sleep routine, something as easy as changing out the window coverings can make all the difference.
Your local Budget Blinds store can provide a live or virtual in-home design consultation, and can offer professional measuring and installation services, which means one less thing for you to prep for back to school.
As seasons change, it’s a great time to review your window coverings needs. For light control, for security and for temperature regulation, your window coverings are more than just pretty to look at. Having the right window coverings in each space can make your home more comfortable year round.
Contact your local Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island store today, to get set up for success to start the school year!
Aug 06, 2021
Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is holding its annual scratch and save sale, on all month! You can earn 25-40% off your new order, and there are numerous bonus prizes available as well, including 50% off motorization, save the GST and more. The sale applies to new orders only and goes until August 31.
Budget Blinds locations on Vancouver Island are all locally owned and operated, and they are well known for their great service, selections and savings.
Enjoy a complimentary in-home consultation with one of their designers to ensure you’re getting the right fit for your home, and a budget that suits your family’s needs. With options at all price points, and the great savings from the scratch and save sale, now is the time to invest in new window coverings.
Refresh and renew
New blinds, shades or curtains are a great way to update not only the look of your home, but also the functionality. The right window coverings can help control light and temperature year round, as well as provide added security for your home.
Contact Budget Blinds today to find out more about their services and their scratch and save sale.
Apr 18, 2021
Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island is locally owned and operated, and offers the same great service from several locations across the Island. One of the great services Budget Blinds offers, that you’ll never find at a big box store, is their complimentary design consultations.
Budget Blinds customers enjoy the opportunity to meet with Rebeccah Stefina of their design team. As a designer and sales manager for the Ladysmith location, Stefina works with clients in all of the communities Budget Blinds serves on Vancouver Island.
She has more than six years of experience in design and working with builders, contractors and interior designers on their projects of all sizes.
Her education in design, portfolio of clients and eye for detail will have you feeling confident in your project from start to finish.
"I love what I do,” Stefina says. “I like to turn my clients wants, needs and dreams into their reality. From single family projects to multi-home construction, I'm your local contact for the best residential and commercial window coverings in Canada."
If you’re ready to update your window decor for summer, or need to consider home automation, call your local Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island. Their complimentary consultations can be done in your home, following Covid safety protocols, or set up a virtual visit.
North Island - Courtenay
Contact Rebeccah directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-924-2150
Mar 07, 2021
Budget Blinds is ushering in spring on Vancouver Island with their biggest sale of the year. This March enjoy 50% off your order (some exclusion apply).
Now is the time to update your home with new window coverings. The sale includes blinds, shutters, curtains and more, so no matter your needs or style, Budget Blinds has savings for you.
And as always, Budget Blinds design experts are available for free in-home or virtual consultations to make sure you’re getting the right products for your home. They’ll make suggestions that match your budget and your space. And with professional measuring, you know your new window coverings will fit right the first time. Choose Budget Blinds professional installation and you can simply sit back and enjoy your new look.
Budget Blinds offers exclusive brands at a variety of price points, so no matter how luxurious or budget-conscious your project is, they have the products that will work for you.
Budget Blinds is locally owned and operated on Vancouver Island. Call them today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:
Feb 27, 2021
Spending so much time in our homes over the past year has encouraged a lot of investment into our living spaces, according to Chloe Traviss, style consultant with Budget Blinds in Campbell River.
“Everybody is spending so much time in their homes right now,” she recently told the Campbell River Mirror. “So it’s becoming more and more important for them to make those spaces beautiful. With people travelling less and being home more, I’ve really noticed they seem to be upgrading their spaces at an even higher rate than they were before.”
And one of the easiest ways to upgrade your space is with new window coverings.
“Window coverings are also one of the only options you have when improving your interior space that also improves your home’s curb appeal,” Traviss says. “So it’s also a great investment in your home and people are really taking advantage of that.”
But “investment” doesn’t need to be a daunting word - even small improvements make a huge difference to the feel of your room, Traviss says.
“A lot of people just want to do a little something in their home,” she says, “and we really have products for all budgets.”
Not only that, but she’ll bring them to you so you don’t even have to go to the store to check them out. While Budget Blinds’ physical store is on Kilpatrick Avenue in Courtenay, Traviss is a mobile window covering resource for the North Island.
“I have everything in my vehicle to do free in-home consultations, measure all their windows, and discuss blinds options with samples that I can show them inside their home, which is huge, because everyone’s paint and views and light is different, so blinds can look completely different in one home versus another, or in our showroom.”
Traviss says that’s another thing she’s seeing these days: Supporting local and getting a personalized level of service has seemingly never been more important to people. While Budget Blinds has alwasy provided high levels of service, they’re also now focussed on keeping their staff and customers safe with Covid-19 protocols in place.
Your local and locally-owned Budget Blinds can help with a new look for your home! Call them today at their North Island - Courtenay store at 250.338.8564.
Or down-island contact your closest location:
Jan 06, 2021
What did you settle on for your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? Is it finally time to update your home to usher in a new year? If it’s time to ditch the outdated curtain, tattered blinds, or inoperable shades, it’s time to call Budget Blinds!
Often we procrastinate on making changes because we don’t know where to start. Budget Blinds of Vancouver Island’s in-house team of designers is ready to tackle any challenge, and help you find the right style, colour and price point, no matter what your window coverings needs are.
Whether you’re ready for a new designer look and elegant curtains for a formal living room, or child safe blinds or shades for a nursery window, Budget Blinds’ designers have options for you. Their designers can come to you for a complimentary in-house consultation, or if you prefer, connect on-line for a virtual consultation.
With professional design and installation services, your local and locally-owned Budget Blinds can help you usher in the new year with a new look for your home! Call them today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations:
Dec 15, 2020
The team at Budget Blinds on Vancouver Island would like to wish their clients and the communities they serve a safe and healthy holiday season.
In a year like no other, Budget Blinds has continued to provide Vancouver Island residents with the great service they are known for, with a number of safety modifications in place, for both their staff and customers.
Budget Blinds is well known for their in-person complimentary consultations with their in-house designers. These are still available in-person, or if you prefer, arrange a virtual consultation.
And as always, Budget Blinds’ selection covers all price points and styles. From partnerships with famous brands like Hunter Douglas to their own in-house brands, you’ll find a style that meets your budget and your window coverings needs. From curtain to shutters, and from automation to unique window shapes, they’ve got you covered!
Contact Budget Blinds today:
Call Budget Blinds today at any one of their three Vancouver Island locations: