How to Choose Window Blinds

February 3, 2016

 

 

These days, we expect plenty of choices and variety.  Window treatments are available in numerous textures, styles and colors.  Unfortunately, this can be overwhelming and make it hard to choose the right window treatments.  This is why we will explain what's available to help make the buying process easier.

 

Blinds are a type of window treatment that is made from vanes or slats, and they can be adjusted by pulling a cord or wand.  

 

Users can adjust blinds to control the amount of light that gets into the room.  Blinds can also be adjusted for privacy.  It is just a matter or pulling them up and stacking them at the top of the window or closing them tightly.

 

When it comes to purchasing blinds, choosing the slat width is very important.  Blinds are available sizes of ½ inch, 1 inch and 2 inches.  Most homeowners like the ½ inch slat because it compliments a modern home décor.  The 1-inch slat is a cross between a narrow and wide blind. Not only does it require less labor to produce, but it is more affordable.

 

Vertical blinds are ideal for wide windows and sliding glass doors.  This is because they are stacked on the window sides and not on the top.  Vertical blinds are available in many different materials such as the Luminette sold by Hunter Douglas.  So keep this in mind when purchasing materials such as aluminum.  A particular type of material may not work with all types of décor.

 

Homeowners usually have numerous questions about blinds. For instance, one of the main ones is whether or not they should match the paint color of the room.  Basically, if you don't want to change the color of your room, understand that blinds will always be more visible than the window.  If you are okay with this, then your preferred color of blind will work.

 

However, if you want something long term that doesn't stand out, and one that adds value to your home, then pick a neutral color that matches the window trim.  But the blind color should never be the focal point of the room design.

 

Another important blind option involves how the blind will raise up and down.  Do you want top-down or bottom up?  You can also get a combination of the two. Your preference for light and privacy will affect your final choice.


Faux blinds are very popular. They make homes feel cozier because they are not as hard and cold as aluminum blinds.  They don't cost as much, and they can take on moisture better than real wooden blinds.  Faux wood blinds are a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens.  They are also good for homeowners in humid climates.  

 

Many vendors sell decorative cloth face tapes for wood blinds to keep light out. However, this produces a vertical stripe that is visible.  Consider choosing tape that isn't so obvious.

 

Woven wood blinds are also available.  Technically, these are shades and not blinds.  How are they different? Blinds have hard vanes and slates.  Shades have soft materials that are on a roll.  Also, you can't adjust shades for light.  

 

Since woven wood blinds are constructed with a hard material, they are often categorized as blinds.  They are available in different materials and styles such as bamboo and grass.

 

Woven blinds are known to give rooms an organic vibe.  While they can filter light, they are not opaque.  But you can line them to filter more light.  But understand that the lining will be visible from the outside of your home.  The wood will not show.

 

When it comes to purchasing blinds, remember that you get what you pay for.  Cheap blinds may contain lead.  Also consider whether or not the blind slats and cords are sturdy enough.

Basically, don't base all of your decisions upon price.  Consider the quality as well.

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