Window blinds add both functional and aesthetic value to your home. They block the sun and curious glances, and provide a frame for the world outside your window. Hence, they can make or break the look and feel of your home. When it comes to options, the selection is so diverse that you do not have to worry about finding the option that best fits you and your windows. But with such an abundance of choices, how can you know which blinds are the right one?
What is on offer?
Having some idea about what is available on the market might help. New, improved versions are constantly emerging, but there are a few main types of window blinds that you can choose from:
1. Roman blinds are made of soft fabric, which is gathered into decorative folds when the blinds are raised. This lends a luxurious and modern look to any space. There are no limits as to the choice of fabric, so Roman blinds are an excellent way to show off your personal style. You do not have to skimp on the fabric quality, since you will not be needing yards of it.
2. Venetian blinds are made of horizontal plastic slats. The cords that run through the slats enable you to control their rotation angle. This way, you also control the amount of light that enters the room. Their practicality lies in the ease of instalment and maintenance, too.
3. Roller blinds are made of fabric, as well, but they roll up into a tube. They are a budget-friendly option, but this does not mean that they look cheap. In fact, roller blinds bland in very well and can look quite chic.
4. Blackout blinds are actually a subcategory. They come in the form of Roman or roller blinds, but with an added coating that prevents any light from penetrating through.
5. Light-filtering blinds do just the opposite – they let in the light while preserving your privacy. They are made from a mesh that is installed under your roller blinds. Despite what might seem logical, the darker the colour of the light-filtering blinds, the more light they let in.
How to pick one type?
First, consider what it is that you wish to accomplish by installing blinds. Is it to create a bright and airy living-room, or a snug bedroom? Are you upgrading your bathroom? In this case, the blinds should be made of synthetic materials (read Venetians) that do not soak up humidity. Are you concerned about energy conservation? Then opt for insulating blinds. Any small kids in the house? Cordless blinds are your only option then. If you know what you need, you can order custom blinds online. But if you are still indecisive, ask a local blind provider to bring samples to your home.
Some blinds are simply dusted with a damp cloth, while others require professional cleaning. Think about how much time, money, and energy you are willing to spend on the maintenance before you set your mind on any option.
Next, consider your budget. Especially if you are a new house owner and there is still a lot to be done around the house. Blinds are priced by size, so measure all your windows to get a clearer idea about the minimum amount you will need to spend. Remember that the cheapest options are usually not the most cost-effective. While they will spare you money upfront, their poor quality will reflect on your electricity bills during hot summers.
Last, but not the least, is the question of style. Whether you are trying to achieve a formal, casual, chic and contemporary, or old-fashioned and classic look, the blinds should never be the focal point in your room. Subtle hues that are closest in colour to the window trims provide a timeless appeal, and you can never go wrong with this approach.