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Spring Shutter Sale, Video Install of the Month

Greetings from Villa Blinds.
As part of our Spring Shutter Sale Event, we want to share one of our Job of the Month Installation Videos.

Spring Shutter Sale

Villa is offering our popular Spring Sale; A BUY 3 Shutters and GET ONE FREE
Of course we offer Free in-home Shutter Consultations and Estimates.  Next day appointments are available as well.  And if you want a quote over the phone, we can do that for you as well.

As you start to shop and learn all about shutters you will soon realize shutters are made of two or three materials, vary greatly in quality and are produced for our market both in the U.S and abroad.  These differences will produce a wide range of price quotes, which will make your decision on buying shutters a bit more difficult.

Villa Designers have the experience to recommend the right shutter and design that fits your home and your choices along the way.  We call this a shutter design process.

  • Primarily you will choose between Basswood and Hybrid materials.
  • Frames to best fit your window openings.
  • Standard or Hidden Tilt controls.
  • American or Chinese Made.
  • Whites or Stains

Spring shutter sale

Learn About Window Covering Pricing by Product Line

No one enjoys finding out at the cash register that the perfect item that you’ve picked out happens to cost way more than you thought. So we’ll use this post to hopefully help you avoid sticker shock when shopping for custom window treatments. With the disclaimer that retail prices vary significantly by market, we’ll categorize each product line and will provide a ballpark price range for each line. For exact pricing, call Villa today.

Economy Class

Aluminum Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds, Wood Blinds, Verticals

If you’re looking for the most inexpensive custom window coverings, then aluminum blinds are the best choice. Aluminum blinds are great for reducing heat transfer and maximizing privacy, but they aren’t necessarily the most exciting window treatments. For a 36 x 60″ window, aluminum mini-blinds range from approximately $100 – $140 depending on the style and the size of the slat (1″ or 2″).

For customers that may want something a little more stylish, faux wood horizontal blinds offer style and substance at a price that won’t hurt your wallet. Faux wood blinds are intended to look and function exactly like a wood blind, giving you all the perks of a wood blind at the price of a faux wood blind. For a 36 x 60″ window, faux wood horizontal blinds can range from approximately $125 – $195.faux wood blinds

Wood blinds are ideal for use in larger windows, as they are substantially lighter than faux wood blinds. Consequently, wood blinds will be easier to lift and will place less stress on the internal mechanisms. Stained wood blinds also have a little more elegance and character than do faux wood blinds; the natural imperfections that make wood blinds so beautiful are simply impossible to recreate. A 36 x 60″ wood blind will range from $170 – $250.

 Vertical Blinds   round out the economy class. Widely considered the best window covering for sliding glass doors and patio doors, vertical blinds offer great value. A 36 x 60″ vertical blind can cost between $110 – $300.


Business Class

Woven Wood Shades, Cellular Shades, Roller Shades, Transitional Shades

Woven wood shades offer a truly unique, natural look for any home or office. Despite the fact that fabrics are created by hand-weaving bamboos, jutes, rattans, and reeds, woven wood shades come in at a business class price point. A 36 x 60″ woven wood shade ranges from $195 – $340.

Cellular shades are the most energy efficient window coverings.  A properly installed cellular shade can substantially reduce your heating and cooling costs. The savings provided by energy efficient cellular shadews combined with their price tag, make cell shades one of the best value buys. A standard cellular shade for a 36 x 60″ window can cost $190 – $375.

honeycomb cellular shade

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, roller shades are one of the hottest products on the market. Not only are roller shades incredibly popular, they’re also incredibly reasonably priced. For a 36 x 60″ window, a roller shade can cost anywhere from $200 – $350.

On the upper end of the business class are transitional shades – also known as zebra shades. Transitional shades are one of the newer products on the market, and offer a fun, contemporary window covering, with all the functionality of both a roller shade and a horizontal blind. For a 36 x 60″ window, a transitional shade will cost between $325 – $475.


First Class

Shutters, Horizontal Sheers

Custom-made plantation shutters are simply unmatched in terms of beauty and functionality. Like all Skandia products,  shutters are all manufactured proudly in America. Given the labor-intensive nature of shutters, and the cost of American manufacturing, it’s not surprising that plantation shutters come in at a higher price than other products. With a full range of PVC Shutters and natural basswood shutters, and a variety of configuration options, the price can vary substantially. As a safe starting point, a 36 x 60″ shutter will cost approximately $450.

Horizontal Sheers are another product that have a very intricate manufacturing process, and as such, a higher price tag. Additionally, horizontal sheers require more fabric than do comparable products. A horizontal sheer has a back layer of fabric, a front layer of fabric, and s-shaped fabric vanes in between the two layers. The design is what makes horizontal sheers so desirable though. Horizontal sheers offer a refined take on a timeless classic – horizontal blinds. A 36 x 60″ horizontal sheer can range from $700 – $900.

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Hopefully this post helps you to determine what custom window coverings fit best in your budget. We strongly encourage you to CONTACT VILLA  for more pricing information. Again, prices will vary substantially by market.

Summer Shutter Sale


Villa Blind and Shutter is offering their Premium Wood Shutters for only $16.50 per Square Foot.

Shutter Sale Includes

  •  Free Temporary Blinds.
  • Free Final Measrure
  • Installation Discounts
  • Choice from 5 Frames and Standard Tilt Bar
  • Free Design Consultation

          Holiday shutter sale

At Villa Blind and Shutter, shutters are our specialty.  After more than a decade in business we have learned a lot about shutters because we have installed more shutters than any other dealer in our area.  And we have learned from our mistakes.  We now have very few jobs getting installed that are not perfect.  The few that do have issues are always corrected as soon as possible, sometimes in a few days.

Our wood shutters come from overseas where the paint finishes are polyurethane, which protects the paint from fading or pealing.

Our top selling frame is the Z Crown,  it is beautiful and because it is mounted as an inside mount, it looks flush in your window opening.  We have many frames to choose from and always walk you through your many choices as part of our Shutter Design Process.

Call today for your Free In Home Consultation  951-847-7708

Basswood Shutters by Villa

Basswood Shutters by Onyx are beautiful and elegant. All natural woods show beautiful grain, have fantastic staining properties, and high resistance to warping.

Basswood Shutters portray a solid barrier and offer great privacy. Many different colors are available to match any style of home or office. Lightweight woods also boast superb strength and provide a long-lasting, affordable solution for natural window coverings. Help from our Designers

Villa’s Premium Wood Shutter   Onyx offers multiple choices of frames, paints and stains and a full line of specialty shapes, including arches and sunbursts. The quality is unsurpassed including these many features:

The Villa Basswood Shutter by Onyx

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Four Panel called LLRR

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Panels Open

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Arch Top

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Bi-Pass Track

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Basswood shutters

Specialty Shapes


Basswood Shutter Features

tension adjustment screw in every shutter panel ensures that, whether the shutter is brand new or decades old, it will never become too tight or too loose to operate properly. By the slight turn of a screw inside the stile, the louver tension is either increased and decreased

Stainless steel staples are resistant to both corrosion and temperature changes.  One of the most tiresome experiences of a shutter owner is staple failure. We use extra-long stainless steel staples in the louvers and tilt-rod to ensure that they do not pull out.

Hidden, recessed magnets allow our shutter panels to close tightly while also providing a clean and streamlined appearance.

Mortise and tenon joints are designed for maximum strength, to withstand shear and racking stress and to ensure safety and reliability.  Typical shutters, like those sold at big-box home improvement retailers, are joined together by glued dowels or screw joints which eventually work themselves loose and/or fall apart.  Our shutters are built differently, using special joinery for superior strength and simplicity.

Mortised hinges are important to achieve a tight fit within your window opening. Without a mortised panel, a gap appears on the hanging side that allows light to break between the panel and selected frame.  Our hinges have at least 5 knuckle joints for better load distribution and smoother, quieter action. Pivot hinges have firmly riveted joint pins.  We select materials that are sufficiently heavy to prevent sagging and are resistant to moisture.

Multi-layer, hand-sanded polyurethane finish with high-quality stain or paint provides hardness, strength, UV-resistance, water-resistance and color retention.

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Summer Shutter Sale by Villa

Summer shutter sale by Villa is a great opportunity to buy shutters and beat the heat.

As residents of Corona, my wife and I are all to familiar with how hot it gets in our lovely city.  As window covering experts, we have all the best heat blocking products available.  We have of course our beautiful Onyx Wood Plantation Shutters.  They really block out the Sun and keep our house cool.  Our master Bedroom faces west and the upstairs doesn’t get hot like it used to.

Summer shutter sale

We also have Norman Solar Shades on our Patio Door (pictured below).  These solar screens block heat transfer into our home, are quite good looking and allow us to view thru to our backyard garden and to keep an eye on our dog Bailey


Our Green River Business Network allows us to offer you Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows and Doors.  These beautiful windows, combined with shutters and solar screens, maximize our house’s energy efficiency.  The windows have LoE3, which stands for Low Emmisivity,   This is a glazing on your glass that blocks heat transfer.  And Argon Gas assures a barrier to the outside temperature.

Our Network also sells and installs Solar Panels.  Our house has 14 panels which create enough electricity to totally eliminate our SCE bill.  We took advantage of the 30 % Tax Credit.   Last April the final $4500 we owed in taxes, instead went to the cost of the panels, not the Feds!  Our credit union loan is the approximate payment of our SCE bill.  In seven years we will own our system and have no solar bill and no SCE bill for the rest of our lives, how about that?

Summer Shutter Sale

Getting back to our summer shutter sale.  We are offering starting July 1st our Onyx Premium Plantation Shutters for only $16.50 per Square Foot.   And installation is  for only $2.00 SQ FT, not $3.50- $6.00 which is very common in Orange County.  This a great deal!  And we are offering FREE TEMPORARY SHADES, these will hold you over while you are waing for you New Shutters.

Make an appointment today and let’s get started converting your home into an energy efficient home.  You will save money on your energy bills and make your home more comfortable.

Thank You.

Drew Lowery,   Cell  951-833-3577

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Wood or Hybrid Shutters?

Wood or Hybrid shutters?   That is a common question asked by homeowners in the market for Plantation shutters.

So let’s analyze the pros and cons here.  Wood has been used for hundreds of years and over the years the quality developed into a very  high quality product, was well respected for it’s beauty and was the creation of fine craftsmen.  It reached a peak in costs around 1950’s and was a very expensive window covering for homeowners with discerning tastes and fat wallets.

But I digress from my goal in helping my readers decide which material to use for their home in today’s market.

Alternative materials have been developed to replace wood in many  products including windows, flooring, decks, and  fences to just name a few.    Vinyl windows have become so energy efficient that you almost do not see wood windows at all anymore.  And flooring has done the same with laminates and tile that look so much like a wood floor you can’t tell the difference.  But shutters are neither an outdoor product like windows, nor a walked on product like a floor.

Wood shutters today  are still beautiful, natural and add value to your home.  The paint finish should be able to withstand fading, chipping and pealing .  To get this type of protection the paint should  have an polyurethane finish, which is like an oil based paint, not a water based paint.

Wood Shutters


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Wood is also the best choice  when you have either a 3 ft wide or 6′ wide window.  I recommend using a single panel for the 3 ft wide window , because the two panel has a vertical side of each panel  in the middle of your small window and blocks a lot of  view through.  The same for the 6′ wide window, do it with 2 panels, not 4 for the same reason.

The Hybrid shutters were developed for many reasons and have their place in today’s market as a very good alternative to wood shutters.  These hybrids are made of hollow vinyl, solid vinyl, composite materials that blend vinyl and wood, and the true hybrid shutters that are constructed with a solid MDF core – real wood in an advanced state – for incredible density and strength. Made from the wood of rapid-growth trees, these shutters enable tree replenishment at an extremely accelerated rate.

In addition, Woodlore’s UV inhibitors do not release any volatile organic compound and protects against color fading and yellowing. Our patented polypropylene coating resists staining to ensure long-term performance in a variety of environments. Woodlore is the natural choice of shutter for your windows.

  • Better consistency and durability than a regular wood shutter
  • Reinforced engineered wood stiles provide an intense level of durability and structural integrity
  • Stainless steel staples resist corrosion and withstand extreme heat
  • Better than vinyl and PVC shutters and can withstand even the highest desert temperatures
  • Patented polypropylene coating makes its surface extremely durable and robust




Plantation Window Shutters

Plantation window shutters are Villa’s specialty. We are Southern California’s number one shutter dealer and installer for nearly 20 years and are committed to the continual pursuit of excellence in design, manufacturing, service, and innovation. A staff with extensive experience in shutter production, field installation, customer service, and project management equips Villa to continue growing for the next twenty years and beyond. Villa is standing by to provide you with the very best in shutters, blinds and shades. Contact Us Today.
Plantation Window Shutters

As you start to shop and learn all about shutters you will soon realize shutters are made of two or three materials, vary greatly in quality and are produced for our market both in the U.S and abroad. These differences will produce a wide range of price quotes, which will make your decision on buying shutters a bit more difficult.

Villa Designers have the experience to recommend the right shutter and design that fits your home and your choices along the way. We call this a shutter design process.

  • Primarily you will choose between Basswood and Hybrid materials.
  • Frames to best fit your window openings.
  • Standard or Hidden Tilt controls.
  • American or Chinese Made.
  • Whites or Stains

Plantation Window Shutters

plantation window shutters

Please visit us today;  Villa Blinds

Call today for your Free Estimate  951-847-7708

Riverside Shutter Design


Riverside Shutter design featured job of the month for Villa.  This week we installed 34 shutters for Raymond and his wife in their brand new home in Riverside.  They have the same size window throughout the house.  For a 35″by 58″ windows ( Picture 1 and 2)  we recommend the use of a single panel with split hidden tilt.

Picture 3 shows use of Divider Rail, which is recommended on Single Hung Windows.  In Picture 4 we show a Bi-Pass Shutter used for Patio Doors, here we recommend getting the Bi-pass open system to allow you to open the louvers even if one side is slid over the other.




In Picture 5 and 6 we show you two choices for 8 ft wide windows.  I often recommend the design in #5, it shows the use of a T Post, which allow the inside panels to open individually.  The other choice (Picture 6) is to hinge two panels together and  open together to the left, and two to the right, called a LLRR.

Villa offers Free in home estimates, but more importantly  we off our experience in shutter design.  So learn the tips from the pros.  We have great pricing, service and customer satisfaction.  We guarantee it!

Riverside Shutter Design


Interior Window Shutters

Interior window shutters are the perfect window covering!  Let’s examine why that is true.

Best for Light Control.  Many shades offer black out option, but you need a dual shade to give you both room darkening and light filtering.  With shutters you have both because you can block out the bright morning light quite well with a shutter, yet crack the louvers a little bit, and you  have the desired light you might want.  We offer Split Controls.image

Best View Thru  With shutters when you  have the louvers  open there is  three to four  inches between them for a great view to your outside.  Most horizontal blinds are offered in 2 1/2 inch slat sizes.  (Century does offer a three inch)

Interior Window shutters offer excellent Views

Best for Temperature Control  My friend up in Sacramento complained about his ineffective dual pane window of being drafty in the winter.  We put shutters on them and they locked out the cold air around his windows.  The same is true of course for summer heat, shutters are great for blocking out the sun’s heat, especially when facing West in the afternoons here in Corona

.Interior Window Shutters

Best Energy Efficiency  Yes, shutters will cut your electricity bills every month.  Your house will stay cooler in the summer and take the strain off you Air Conditioner.

Best Investment  Shutters are attached to your house.  For that reason Realtors leave them on your windows and consider them as an added feature to the house value.  I recently was told by a client who just sold her house that the new buyers said they LOVED her shutters.  Nice to hear.

Best Interior Looks  Shutters look great, offer a timeless classical look.  Shutters are often called the ultimate window coverings


Most Custom Design Choices  Shutters from Villa Blind and Shutter are designed to your exact preferences.  Our designers explain all of your choices to help you get the right frames and panel configurations  for your windows.  See this LTLRTR design below.


Villa Blind and Shutter is your choice for great shutters!  We offer Free In-Home Estimates and Design consultation.  For further information please call today.

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