My wife’s a brunette but I have a thing for blinds

“Do you get really ridiculously super-excited when you look at blinds?” I sure do. And I kind of wish others did too.

Say it with me: “Blinds.” “Window treatments.” Really gets your heart pumping and your adrenaline pumping, doesn’t it? Like skydiving from a supersonic airplane onto a roller coaster screaming along the rim of an active volcano. I’m sure window coverings are THE hot topic at your parties and around the water cooler...or maybe not.

I do this for a living – blinds, shades, shutters and drapery. I look at them every day and I tend to get a bit more excited about them than most. I don’t just look though; I scrutinize. It surely annoys my wife when the first thing I do at a new restaurant is check out the window treatments. I look at how they affect light and heat transfer, how they’re installed, how the little details finish the look, how they protect the interior and – of course – how they look. I admire a job well done.

But how can I get you excited about window coverings? By solving a privacy or excessive heat problem while adding beauty and comfort to your environment?

That’s kind of exciting. It doesn’t quite offer the same adrenaline rush as a volcanic roller coaster, but it’s getting close. Imagine being able to fully enjoy every room in your home all the time knowing that no one can see in, the temperature is tolerable and it matches your décor perfectly. Heck, maybe it’s even saving you some cool cash on your heating bill – now that’s exciting! (Isn’t it?)

Over the next few months in this column, I’m going to help you solve these problems and more. So buckle up – you’re about to look at your blinds in a whole new light!


Stuart Tunheim is the owner of Budget Blinds, serving Nanaimo to Port Hardy. His team brings the showroom to your home – learn more at email

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