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Window Blinds & Shutters Buying Guide

Rather than soft fabric curtains, draperies, and shades, blinds and shutters are "hard" window treatments, but it's easy to see why they're smart options for many windows. 

Types of Window Blinds & Shutters

Types of Window Blinds & Shutters

Blinds and shutters are by no means new window-treatment options, but the range of choices is ever-expanding. Both types are attractive and effective solutions to manage outside light and maintain privacy. Working parts align to admit, block, or direct light. With horizontal blinds, slats are suspended one above the other by the rungs of thin cords arranged like a ladder. With shutters, louvers can close tightly or angle for a partial view. Both treatments look best mounted inside the window frame.

Standard or Venetian Blinds

Versatile venetian blinds get their linear look from horizontal slats about 2 inches wide. They control light and create privacy by two methods. Side pull cords raise blinds to let in the view or lower them partially or fully to block it. Once slats are lowered, a quick twist of a wand tilts the slats almost 180 degrees for finer adjustment. Blinds block more light but absorb less noise than fabric shades. Measure the depth of your window to determine which slat width will fit best.

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BrylaneHome
$44.99 $89.99
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Our embossed faux wood blinds let you enjoy the beauty of wood at a fraction of the cost. Gorgeous on any window these blinds and... shades have a contemporary style youll appreciate for a long, long time. And, the attached valance is easy to mount with hardware thats included. • 2W slats for greater light control • faux wood • embossed design • attached valance • available in sizes: 31W x 64L, 33W x 64L, 35W x 64L, 36W x 64L, 39W x 64L, 43W x 64L, 48W x 64L • imported • look for our other window values such as elegant and colorful curtains and energy efficient thermal drapes. Why Buy? Stylish, lightweight, and easy-to-clean, these blinds are the perfect addition to any window. Not to mention they come at a great value so you won't have to worry about overspending a dime for beauty and quality. Click here to see our Window Measuring Tips. WARNING: The cords on this product present a potential strangulation hazard. For child safety, consider cordless alternatives or products with inaccessible cords. To access a copy of the warning label, please view our additional images. read more

JCP

Our easy-care vertical blinds allow some light to penetrate yet preserve privacy. Perfect for large, hard-to-cover windows or pati...o doors. 3 embossed curve slatsreversible one-way opening with a wandeasy-to-rotate louvers for precise light controlsame color on both sidesivory has a wood grain textured finish on the front side; white doesn't have a wood grain textured finishVinyl. Includes steel headrail, hardware and instructions. Brackets allow for inside, outside or ceiling installation. Slat thickness is 0.6-0.7mm. Imported. read more

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JCPenney
$55.99 $112.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCPenney
$58.99 $119.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

Metal Blinds

An offshoot of World War II aluminum innovation, this streamlined -- think 1940s movies -- window treatment is a favorite for decorating contemporary interiors. When raised, thin metal blinds stack more compactly than blinds with thicker wood or plastic slats, but metal's natural conductivity makes these blinds less suitable for southern or western exposures.

Wood Blinds

Invented in the late 18th century, wood blinds are perennial favorites because they work beautifully in any window and with most decorating styles. Available in several slat widths and finishes, these blinds provide superior light control and some insulating value when closed.

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Select Blinds
$33.36 $51.33
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Add warmth to any room with our 2" Select Wood Blinds. Choose the popular Routless option that features no routed holes on the sla...ts and provides extra privacy. Hardwood slats come in 22 different stains and colors that bring out the wood's natural grain. Guaranteed to complement any decor, from contemporary to traditional. As with all of our products, these 2 inch wood blinds come with a limited lifetime warranty. Blind size of 24 x 30. cheap blinds shades read more

Select Blinds
$43.24 $66.52
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2" Veneto Wood Blinds have a rich assortment of colors to complement any decor. Choose from an assortment of rich stains and tradi...tional whites. All wooden blinds are custom crafted to your specifications and offer an array of options such as decorative cotton tapes and no holes privacy option. The wood blinds include a decorative 3" Colonial style valance for a distinctive look. These 2 inch wood blinds come with a limited lifetime warranty. Blind size of 24 x 30. read more

Select Blinds
$59.83 $92.04
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2" Deep Wood Blinds are handcrafted using wooden slats made of lime wood from the Linden tree. A special 4 coat process gives a hi...ghly sealed surface to the wood that resists dust and protects against scratches and marring over time. Gently rounded edges to the slats create a more sophisticated look. Engineered to control light, reduce heating and cooling cost while adding architectural interest to your home. These 2 inch wood blinds are manufactured by an Industry Partner of the American Society of Interior Designers. As with all of our products, these blinds are covered by a limited lifetime warranty. Proudly made in the USA! Blind size of 24 x 30. read more

Select Blinds
$60.55 $93.15
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The NEW Cordless Faux Wood Blinds feature a 1 1/2 inch slat for a streamlined look and easy operation. These cordless blinds offer... the safety benefits of a cordless product by eliminating the lift cords. The blind is operated by pushing on the bottom rail to raise it and pulling on the bottom rail to lower it. These cordless blinds come standard with left tilt wand and a 3 inch crown valance to conceal the pvc headrail. As with all of our products these cordless faux wood blinds come standard with a limited lifetime warranty. Blind size of 24 x 36. read more

Plastic Blinds

Solid-color and faux-wood blinds made from PVC or composite materials are durable options that resist humidity, warping, and sun damage. These blinds are often heavier than aluminum, however, especially in an oversize window.

Mini- and Microblinds

The trendiest blinds in the 1970s and '80s, these narrow-slat (usually 1/2 or 1 inch wide) blinds are available in plastic or metal and in a wide range of colors. They're lightweight and easy to install, but they can be tricky to clean and less durable than metal or wood blinds.

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Select Blinds
$25.35 $39.00
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1" Designer Mini Blinds from Select Blinds provide you with trendy colors to finish the decor in a sports themed room or any other... room. These mini blinds come with a streamlined headrail, eliminating the need for a valance and it offers a sleek and polished appearance. In addition, the low profile headrail will allow for easy installation and match the 15 colors available for this product. Manufactured from highly corrosive-resistant material, tested for color stability, and baked to withstand weathering, these head rails and slats are top of the line. As with all the Select Blinds products, the mini blinds come with a limited lifetime warranty. Blind size of 26 x 42. cheap blinds shades read more

Select Blinds
$56.30 $86.61
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Superior Quality Built to Last: 1" Select Dynasty mini blinds are ideal for commercial office buildings, apartments, and homes on ...a budget. They are offered in a wide variety of heavy duty 8 gauge aluminum slats and provide maximum strength by featuring a heavy-duty line of stamped metal components that are clinched in place within the head-rail channel. All aluminum slats have a signature pre-coating, which acts as an anti-static dust repellent. Dynasty blind slats are made from 80% recycled aluminum, making them environmentally friendly. To ensure product reliability, all aluminum blind head-rails and bottom-rails are made of phosphate treated steel, finished with a vinyl primer and a top layer of polyester baked coating. Dynasty mini-blinds feature superior quality, durable metal components, without a shocking price tag. Blind size of 29 x 60. read more

Select Blinds
$66.45 $102.23
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Superior Quality Built to Last: 1" Select Dynasty mini blinds are ideal for commercial office buildings, apartments, and homes on ...a budget. They are offered in a wide variety of heavy duty 8 gauge aluminum slats and provide maximum strength by featuring a heavy-duty line of stamped metal components that are clinched in place within the head-rail channel. All aluminum slats have a signature pre-coating, which acts as an anti-static dust repellent. Dynasty blind slats are made from 80% recycled aluminum, making them environmentally friendly. To ensure product reliability, all aluminum blind head-rails and bottom-rails are made of phosphate treated steel, finished with a vinyl primer and a top layer of polyester baked coating. Dynasty mini-blinds feature superior quality, durable metal components, without a shocking price tag. Blind size of 32 x 66. read more

Select Blinds
$61.85 $95.16
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SelectBlinds.com now offers custom 1/2" Micro Aluminum Mini Blinds manufactured with 6 gauge painted slats. Strike the perfect bal...ance of style and function with a sleek horizontal look and choose from over a dozen colors. Unlike other brands, SelectBlinds.com 1/2" Micro Aluminum Mini Blinds are manufactured to resist corrosion and have the best color stability available. Every component from the headrail mechanism to the wand tilt are designed for easy lift and control. All blinds are shipped with a double slat valance. Blinds that will save energy, whether heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer. Mini blinds; you want them, we've got them! As with all of our products, these come with our limited lifetime warranty. Blind size of 44 x 48. read more

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a practical choice for privacy and light control at large windows or patio doors. Overlapping wide vanes of vinyl or stiffened fabric run up and down instead of side to side. Track-hung vanes rotate for light control and draw, like draperies, completely closed or open to one side for easy access outside.

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Levolor

The unique design of these Levolor vertical blinds makes them stand apart from the rest. Premium features and hardware are designe...d to provide outstanding operation. Tactics is an elegant collection of textured S-curved vinyl vanes featuring light diagonal lines reminiscent of Venetian plaster. read more

Blinds.com

Choose from Standard Grain (same color both sides), Premium Grain (same color both sides) or Cottage Textures (white on back), all... of which are offered in an assortment of rich and realistic finishes. Our Faux Wood Vertical Blinds give you the look of real wood and the easy care of vinyl. Faux Wood Vertical Blinds by Blinds.com +are durable and warp resistant and provide a warm and sophisticated look in any room. A free valance is included. Vertical Blinds are a great solution for covering sliding patio doors. To see matching horizontal blinds, see our Faux Wood Horizontal Blinds click here:2-in Fauxwood Blinds. This product complies with CPSC child safety guidelines. If you have children in your home on a regular basis, CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings. read more

Blinds.com

Our New Real Wood vertical blinds give you the richness and warmth of genuine real wood at a cost that is much less than other nat...ional brands. These verticals are a great solution for covering sliding patio doors. Available in 3 1/2-in flat or 4-in s-curved louvers, these verticals are made of 100% basswod and resist bowing and warping. Choose from a wide range of popular and unique colors to compliment any decor. Customize your look with one of the traditional or contemporary valance choices. Because your blind will be made of real wood, there will be normal variations in color, grain and texture. The variations are natural, not considered a defect, and add character to the beauty found in natural wood. Samples swatches are for color representation only. Actual louvers are not sent. Each handcrafted wood vertical blind is color coordinated with the paint and stain colors of all of our Designer 2-in Wood Blinds. Thisproduct complies with CPSC child safety guidelines. If you have children in your ho read more

Blinds.com

Sheer Soft Vertical shades are perfect for sliding doors and wide windows where elegance is a must! Between the ease of operation ...and the unbelievably simple installation, you are sure to fall in love with this classic accent to your decor. Now available in more fabrics for a wider range of decor options. Elegant fabrics and classic colors combine to create unlimited decorating possibilities from contemporary to formal, creating a stunning look for any home decor. Polyester and fabric blends allow for durable yet beautiful appearance. Fabric can be machine washed on gentle cycle in cold water. Remove immediately after spin cycle and reinstall while slightly damp. Never put the sheer in the dryer. Can be also be ironed or steamed. Fabric should never be ironed or steamed while hanging on the louvers. This product complies with CPSC child safety guidelines. If you have children in your home on a regular basis, CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings. read more

Shutters

Shutters offer charm and architectural impact, and they're easy to adjust for light control and privacy. What's more, they are considered a capital improvement for tax purposes, and they can be financed with a house purchase because they usually stay with a house when it sells. The hinged wood panels usually sport operable louvers, but they can feature solid panels or framed fabric inserts you can coordinate with other furnishings. Natural wood shutters are often made from basswood, a renewable species with uniform texture and smooth grain. Choose a faux-wood polymer version for high-moisture settings like bathrooms. Wide-louver plantation shutters are especially good treatments for houses with old single-pane windows.

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Perfect Shutters

Shop for Shutters and Hardware from Hayneedle.com! An exterior wood shutter is an affordable way to add value and curb appeal to y...our home. You can have the style you want the material you want and the size you want. By choosing Perfect Shutters' Custom Framed Board-n-Batten shutters you will receive a pair of Composite Closed Framed Board-n-Batten shutters. These beautiful shutters feature a Straight Top and a center mullion. About Perfect Shutters Inc.Since 1976 Perfect Shutters Inc. has been making custom sized shutters that are both beautiful and affordable. The company originally got its start in the small town of Zenda as a local siding distributor that had a knack for shutters. The level of craftsmanship made for good word of mouth and even better business and before long that business outgrew the building in Zenda and "Shutters Inc." relocated to Hebron IL. It was there that some of the greatest innovations were made like Dura-Prene construction and all new styles and colors. By 2001 "Shutters Inc." didn't quite describe the quality of goods being sold and the brand was renamed to the more appropriate Perfect Shutters Inc. Today they offer the widest selection of styles and options in the custom vinyl shutter market with new ideas always on the horizon. read more

Perfect Shutters

Shop for Shutters and Hardware from Hayneedle.com! An exterior wood shutter is an affordable way to add value and curb appeal to y...our home. You can have the style you want the material you want and the size you want. By choosing Perfect Shutters' Custom Board-n-Batten shutters you will receive a pair of Composite Closed Board-n-Batten shutters. These beautiful shutters feature two equal cross bars. About Perfect Shutters Inc.Since 1976 Perfect Shutters Inc. has been making custom sized shutters that are both beautiful and affordable. The company originally got its start in the small town of Zenda as a local siding distributor that had a knack for shutters. The level of craftsmanship made for good word of mouth and even better business and before long that business outgrew the building in Zenda and "Shutters Inc." relocated to Hebron IL. It was there that some of the greatest innovations were made like Dura-Prene construction and all new styles and colors. By 2001 "Shutters Inc." didn't quite describe the quality of goods being sold and the brand was renamed to the more appropriate Perfect Shutters Inc. Today they offer the widest selection of styles and options in the custom vinyl shutter market with new ideas always on the horizon. read more

Norman

Designed with long-term performance in mind, the Norman Wood Plantation Shutters start with select basswood and other hardwoods av...ailable. Each shutter is then crafted by hand and given a smooth finish producing brilliant surfaces that emphasize soft central shades. The compact wood grain provides for long lasting durability and the lighter wood allows for flexibility in panel sizes. This Premium Shutter, which is fine-furniture for your window, is available in inside (L-Frame or Z-frame; see gallery for image of Z-Frame) or outside mount, 1-7/8-in, 2-1/2-in or 3-1/2-in louvers. The panels also install easily, with no on site miter cuts or installation of extra parts. Touch-up paint or stain is also included for do-it-yourself paint repair for minor scratches. Impressive quality with a Lifetime Warranty. Overall benefits: Lifetime Limited Warranty. Treated with Prescription Wood Conditioning to reduce post-installation swelling and shrinking. Employs mortise and tenon joinery that resists shear and read more

Norman

Designed with long-term performance in mind, the Norman Wood Plantation Shutters start with select basswood and other hardwoods av...ailable. Each shutter is then crafted by hand and given a smooth finish producing brilliant surfaces that emphasize soft central shades. The compact wood grain provides for long lasting durability and the lighter wood allows for flexibility in panel sizes. This Premium Shutter, which is fine-furniture for your window, is available in inside (L-Frame or Z-frame; see gallery for image of Z-Frame) or outside mount, 1-7/8-in, 2-1/2-in or 3-1/2-in louvers. The panels also install easily, with no on site miter cuts or installation of extra parts. Touch-up paint or stain is also included for do-it-yourself paint repair for minor scratches. Impressive quality with a Lifetime Warranty. Overall benefits: Lifetime Limited Warranty. Treated with Prescription Wood Conditioning to reduce post-installation swelling and shrinking. Employs mortise and tenon joinery that resists shear and read more

Product Features

Product Features

The popularity of blinds and shutters comes in part from the variety of options available. Whatever your needs, you can find the size, style, and material that blends fashion and function. Many features are designed for ease of operation -- almost infinite adjustment helps blinds and shutters control incoming light better than many other window treatments.

Blind Slat Size

The choice is yours, but there are guidelines. Choose narrow slats for small windows and French doors. In contemporary settings, the classic proportions of 2-inch slats look fresh. And 2-1/2-inch slats open to yield almost unobstructed views, like plantation shutters.

Shutter Louver Size

Follow a similar approach. For a historical look, select louvers 1-1/4 to 2 inches wide; 2-1/2 inch louvers provide clearer views, and their scale fits windows of any size. Appropriate used with high ceilings, 3-1/2-inch or wider louvers let in the most light and make a fashion statement.

Blinds: Other Options

Ladder tape keeps sunlight from shining through cord route holes and adds texture and color. Hidden tilt rods -- which operate louvers -- look cleaner than standard panel-front rods.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Choosing the best blinds and shutters comes down to common sense. Look for styles that are well suited to your window type, your room decor, and your lifestyle. If you're overwhelmed by all the options, thumb through decorating magazines and books, or click through this website for examples you like.

Shutter Finish

For a decorator look, match shutters to the window frame, moldings, or flooring. White and cream are the most popular painted finishes, and manufacturers typically offer several wood-stain colors to choose from.

Window Size

If your window is not a standard size, no problem. You can order blinds and shutters in custom sizes. Measure precisely, particularly in an older house where window dimensions can vary. Install shades and blinds within the window casing (inside mount) to maximize wall space, or a few inches above the trim (outside mount) to make a window appear larger.

Compatible Style

Wood shutters and blinds suit traditional, rustic, or Arts and Crafts-style interiors, while aluminum or colored vinyl blinds complement contemporary decor. If you plan to use curtains or valances, shop for blinds that complement these treatments. Neutral blinds won't distract from sheer curtains, and sleek aluminum blinds look chic with dark draperies.

Shutter Height

Half-shutters rise from the windowsill to half the window height (to the sash on double-hung windows); cafe shutters reach to about shoulder height; and full shutters cover the entire window.

Privacy Control

Look for blinds with tape-covered thin slats that close tightly for privacy and room darkening.

Quality/Durability

High-quality shutters feature dowel joints, hand-sanded finishes, kiln-dried wood, and recessed hinges. After long-term exposure to strong sunlight, fabric blinds can fade and natural-wood blinds can warp. Faux-wood blinds, made of polymer or composite materials, can be more durable.

Maintenance

Narrow-slat horizontal blinds can be difficult to dust. Consider vinyl or faux-wood blinds for easy cleaning in the kitchen. With vertical blinds, look for vanes that can be removed for occasional cleaning. Shutters are easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Child Safety

Dangling window-blind pull cords are a strangulation threat to young children and pets. Most manufacturers offer cordless blinds that raise and lower by pushing or pulling the blind's bottom bar.

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BrylaneHome
$44.99 $89.99
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Our embossed faux wood blinds let you enjoy the beauty of wood at a fraction of the cost. Gorgeous on any window these blinds and... shades have a contemporary style youll appreciate for a long, long time. And, the attached valance is easy to mount with hardware thats included. • 2W slats for greater light control • faux wood • embossed design • attached valance • available in sizes: 31W x 64L, 33W x 64L, 35W x 64L, 36W x 64L, 39W x 64L, 43W x 64L, 48W x 64L • imported • look for our other window values such as elegant and colorful curtains and energy efficient thermal drapes. Why Buy? Stylish, lightweight, and easy-to-clean, these blinds are the perfect addition to any window. Not to mention they come at a great value so you won't have to worry about overspending a dime for beauty and quality. Click here to see our Window Measuring Tips. WARNING: The cords on this product present a potential strangulation hazard. For child safety, consider cordless alternatives or products with inaccessible cords. To access a copy of the warning label, please view our additional images. read more

Brylanehome 2 Inch Width Slat Imitation Wood Blinds - 31 - 48 W X 64 L
JCPenney
$55.99 $112.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, Bisque
JCPenney
$58.99 $119.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, New Ebony
JCPenney
$55.99 $112.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, New Ebony
JCPenney
$67.99 $136.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, New Ebony
JCPenney
$74.99 $150.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, Bisque
JCPenney
$67.99 $136.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, Bisque
JCPenney
$82.99 $167.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, Bisque
JCPenney
$82.99 $167.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, New Ebony
JCPenney
$67.99 $136.00
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Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2 slatslighter than... faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCP Home Collection JCPenney Home 2  Wood Blinds, Dark Mahogany
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