Window blinds offer varied styles, sunlight control, enhanced privacy and beautiful décor arrays. Additionally, there are different types of blinds that can meet several needs as well as be energy efficient. Selecting the right blinds can be daunting without adequate information about their purpose and look. So, tips for buying blinds could be helpful.
Windows are a great focal point in a room and blinds and shades should be both decorative and functional. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the days of hiding them behind basic mini blinds. Now you can dress up a room in hundreds of ways without making a major investment.
Some types of blinds and materials include:
Aluminum Blinds: Aluminum blinds are economical, durable and versatile. They come in a variety of colors and slat widths. Several finishes are also available. Aluminum blinds window treatments are opaque. This allows for more privacy and darkness when closed. They offer the ability to open and close, and the slats can be slanted for added light control. However they have insulating factor.
Roller Blinds: Roller blinds or shades are the classic fabric roll-up blind. Today’s technology makes roller blinds reliable and durable, and they come in blackout or filtering types. Made of vinyl, opaque fabric, or solar fabric roller blinds fit the dimensions of your window to offer privacy and complete coverage. These are very popular now and come in a great variety of fabrics and vinyl choices in an abundance or patterns and colors.
Faux Wood Blinds: Faux wood blinds have the durability, affordability and beauty of vinyl blinds. Because they won’t fade, chip, split or warp, they are a good alternative to real wood blinds. These blinds are usually offered in a variety of whites, various wood tones and neutral colors. Faux wood blinds can be very functional, yet an elegant addition to draperies, valances, etc. Their durability is important and is displayed if they are exposed to temperature extremes, strong sunlight or high humidity, such as may be found in bathrooms or kitchens.
Wood Blinds: Wood blinds are highly versatile and elegant. They can be painted, varnished, or stained to fit any décor. Additionally, wood blinds come in a variety of woods and colors. They offer greater energy efficiency by helping to insulate the room. With their opaque design, sunlight can be bounced off the ceiling, directed into the room, or completely blocked for added privacy.
Vinyl Blinds: Vinyl blinds are very practical in that they can be used in most rooms that do not require a more elegant backdrop to curtains, draperies or valances. Vinyl blinds can also be cost effective. Usually, they are not opaque, therefore, are not a good way to block out light completely. Vinyl blinds are easily cleaned and maintained. They can be used alone or with other window treatments.
Cellular Blinds: This excellent choice provides you with the beauty of a horizontal blind with a crisp cellular shade for customers looking for high fashion horizontal window coverings. Also known as honeycomb blinds, these window blinds allow sunlight to filter into your home in a very subtle way. Your privacy is never sacrificed with these blinds, and cellular blinds offer great insulation. Cellular window blinds are constructed from layers of fabric that filter light while they keep heat and cold out, and they are easy to clean by vacuuming.
Venetian Blinds: Horizontal blinds are the most common type of blinds window treatments. Sunlight can be directed to any part of the room, up or down. Also, they can bounce sunlight off the ceiling to allow for more indirect light. Most materials are available in the horizontal design.
Roman Blinds: Roman blinds are a type of window blind used to block out the sun. A Roman Blind consists of a rectangle of flat fabric, which when drawn up forms a series of horizontal folds. When the blind is fully drawn up the lowest part of the blind forms a back flap, which covers all folds on the reverse of the blind to protect the fabric from fading. When viewed from the front, the front fold covers the intermediate folds, with a small amount of the back flap showing below.
Sheer Blinds: Sheer blinds are the perfect blend of traditional horizontal blinds and modern, elegant shade, providing the look of a soft shutter. They have fabric horizontal vanes with a sheer overlay, and they operate the same as any horizontal blinds. However, when the vanes are tilted open, you’ll still have a beautiful light-filtering sheer fabric over the top. But sheer shades offer more benefits than modern elegance and practicality. Light filtering sheer blinds gently diffuse the natural light coming through your windows. So, you’ll still have that beautiful light, and it will give your space a warm, soft glow, no matter the time of day.
Motorized Blinds: Motorized remote control blinds and window treatments offer the simplicity of push-button operation for your window treatments, a great addition for hard to reach locations or simple luxury. Almost any blind type or style can be motorized and a selection of electric motorized blinds and shades are available to you custom made to order. Motorized blinds are controlled by a remote control and operated through radio frequency. Some systems have a plug in transformer and an external cord, while other motorized window shades and blinds use a wireless system. Cordless remote control window treatments offer one of the safest ways to operate your blinds and shades. Be sure to check with our experts that the type of remote control system you need is available for the type of blind or shade you prefer. No matter which type of remote control blind or shade you order, you will be able to operate multiple shades with one remote. They can be hardwired into your homes electrical system, or battery powered, with the effectiveness of newest battery technology making this a popular choice.
There are hundreds of designs. Blinds are versatile with placement. They can be used in dining rooms, living rooms, family rooms or dens. Regardless of the style, blinds can add flare, beauty and elegance to any room. Certain types of blinds look better in some rooms than others. For example, a room with tall ceilings may benefit more from vertical blinds, while a room with short windows could benefit more from horizontal blinds. Material blinds may work well with elegant furniture and carpet to carry the luxury look throughout the room. All of our blinds are custom made for your windows.
Here’s what to consider before you buy to keep from getting blindsided.
- Consider the overall décor of the room.
- Find the style, material and color that will best accentuate what is being considered in the room.
- Find a balance between the quality and price.
- Install the blinds according to their instructions
- Get professional help
Also, blinds can be a combination of materials and types, such as wood vertical blinds. Help by our professionals can make the decision easier for the type and installation. Regardless of the style of the décor, there are blinds that will accentuate any room.