Today, with so many styles of blinds and shades to choose from, finding the right one for your needs isn't always a quick open-and-shut deal. Here, we've gathered our best advice to help you see your way through the process.
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Whether you're looking for privacy, style, or both, it can be a daunting task to choose window treatments. How formal should you go, or how sheer? And how come your stylish neighbours always seem to get it right?
Windows are a great focal point in a room and blinds and shades should be both decorative and functional. Now they can be considered more like window art. 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!
Here's what to consider before you buy to keep from getting blindsided.
Blinds are best if you want tillable slats that can be adjusted to let the sun shine in (or not). They offer a handsome, clean-looking custom fit and plenty of privacy. Prices for blinds generally climb in this order: vinyl, aluminum, faux wood (or textured vinyl) and wood. Here's what to know about some types.
Wood blinds come in light and dark hues and polished or painted finishes— and they're perfect for offices and dens. They're not the best choice for kitchens or baths, where moisture could do damage (choose polymer or faux wood instead), or for bedrooms or living rooms where you want a softer, more romantic effect.
Insulating blinds help conserve energy and filter or block light, so they work hard for your money. When choosing blinds, keep in mind:
Upside: You don't have to put blinds at half-mast to let in light, as you do with the shades — the full length of the window pane can always be covered for a finished look, even when slats are open. Handy for bathrooms and bedrooms because you can leave blinds down for privacy but adjust as needed for light.
Downside: Blinds generally require more of a commitment to keep clean, because the slats attract dust and grime.
Shades are the answer if you're looking for tremendous versatility and style. They provide more ways to create different looks and moods using texture, pattern, and fabric weight. Shademaker Blinds offers everything from sheer horizontal to energy-saving cellular to blackout roller shades and more, in either traditional bottom up or with top down designs for more light-entering options. Some standouts:
Upside: Shades are a versatile way to easily refresh any room and can lend a warmer, softer look than blinds.
Downside: To keep them fresh and clean, you'll need to hand-wash vinyl shades. Fabric shades (especially if they're a light colour) should be vacuumed with a hand tool regularly and either spot-cleaned or sent out for professional cleaning.
There's an important push to get manufacturers to make blinds and shades safer, since the cords are hazardous for small children. Don't use corded window treatments or leave cords dangling within reach of curious little hands or where pets can get to them.