Design Tips: Choosing The Right Blinds and Shades for Your Home

Choosing the right blinds and shades for you can be an intimidating process- what kind? What’s the difference? How do I install them? How do I keep them looking nice? Ah, and then you brain feels like exploding- it’s a seriously stressful process- but it doesn’t need to be, all you need is the right information! Luckily, I’m here to share some helpful tips, that will make the process so much easier!

What type of blinds should I buy?

There are several types of blinds and shades available out there; roller blinds, roman shades, fabric, natural materials, aluminum and so on. Obviously price comes in as a factor, the least expensive products are 1-inch aluminum mini blinds. They’re also the least attractive option. Other options like roller shades are a better option that’s inexpensive, but more visually appealing to the eye, and the room. Wood blinds can be a good option and if they aren’t painted, they less expensive than the stained colors, in addition you could try; bamboo shades, pleated shades, and faux wood blinds.

-Consider the overall style of the room! If your home is modern/contemporary, blinds that would look good in a Victorian home are not going to be the same! For instance, contemporary homes should try; wood and faux blinds, mini shades, or illusion shadings, while older homes should go for; roller shades, and wood blinds. Consider colors, shades, neutrals, etc. in accordance with the style and design of your room.

-Consider PRIVACY. Is your home close to other neighbors? Is it easy for someone to peek in when you don’t want them to? This will affect your decision and it’s certainly something to be considered. The best shades for privacy are; Privacy bamboo shades, wood shades, vertical blinds and cellular shades. Each of these offer enough coverage that you don’t have to worry about someone seeing you in your undies!

-How about glare? Television glare can be a serious issue and if you pick blinds that don’t cover enough then you’ll find yourself shading your TV screen to watch The Bachelor, that’s no fun! If you’re a big TV watcher blackout celluar shades are a good option, or PVC backed fabric vertical shades- these are also great for bedrooms if you can’t sleep in when the sun comes up!. Read also Unique Living Room with Recycled Furniture

-Want to take in the views? Maybe you’re somewhere that’s more secluded and you’d like to enjoy the surroundings. There are blinds that are perfect for mountain, ocean, private scenery and let in the light; sheer weave sun control shades, the glare is minimized but can still maintain a certain amount of privacy in the evening, light filtering bamboo blinds are also a good choice, with more open weaving, or sheer vertical blinds. The sheer fabric is a nice affect, very light, airy and open.

-How about maintenance? If you live in a humid environment, or there’s humidity to consider in the room where you’re installing the blinds the best choices to avoid dampness and damage to the blinds are; Vinyl roller shades, 2-inch faux wood shades, phifer sheer weave shades, or pvc vertical blinds.

-How about too much sunlight?! If your blinds are going in a room where they are exposed to an excessive amount of sunlight pvc vertical blinds block intense heat, so much so you can feel the temperature drop when you close the blinds on a hot day. The also have a lifetime gauruntee against warping and cracking. Phew! LESS work for you!

-How do I pick the right size?
There are a few things there are absolutely imperative for choosing the right size for your window treatments. The most important: be precise. Always measure with a steel tape that will give you the most accurate measurement. Measure sizes to the nearest eighth of an inch (1/8″). Try to always measure the width first, then height. For width, measure in three places and use the narrowest width.
For height measure in three places and use the longest measurement for all products. To ensure minimum light gaps and maximum privacy, add 4 to 5 inches on each of the four sides for vertical blinds, or add 1 to 1 1/2″ on each side for horizontal blinds. Leave room for the mounting brackets, which can be 1 to 3 inches tall. You can do it, as long as you make sure that your measurements are accurate and you take the time to consider length, and type of blind. Special considerations should be for shutters, arch windows and bay windows!

Now you’re ready to go!

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