You just finished installing a new floor. It’s time to think about new blinds for the house. Maybe it’s the kitchen that needs a small makeover. Maybe the bathroom shades need to be replaced. Perhaps the décor of the living room has changed and you need new blinds to match.
There’s so much out there that finding a place to start can be difficult. Not only are there styles to consider, but functionality as well. What style and function is right for your room?
While hitting the markets for window blinds it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. Home improvement projects can quickly get out of hand without a clear understanding of how much to spend.
What purpose do the window coverings serve? If the goal is something decorative, window treatments such as sheer blinds may be in order.
If the decoration isn’t as important as the utility, vertical window blinds are more than likely the best option. Blinds can be used in coordination with drapes, so the limit to the functionality of the project isn’t confined to one category or the other.
Once functionality is determined, you can move on to style. This is when you want to stop at the store, budget in hand, and browse. Take a few minutes, or one trip, to just browse the shelves for selection before talking to a sales associate. Need a little more insight? Here is a breakdown of the different basic styles of blinds and their usefulness.
- Vertical blinds are slats that run up and down. Vertical blinds work best on large windows, such as patio windows. Some of these blinds are connected at the bottom and top, some just to the track at the top. In some cases these blinds are also available in mini size, which is usually half-size of the typical 2-inch slats.
- Horizontal blinds run from left to right and are typically the most traditional or common style found in homes. In fact the style is also known as Venetian and has been around since the 1700’s! Horizontal blinds are made from a variety of materials to fit the taste of the consumer, from wood, vinyl, aluminum, plastic, and even bamboo. It makes these a great choice for a lower budget when you can’t afford blinds and drapes but want a decorative look for you room.
- Solid blinds are just as they sound, solid. The blind isn’t usually slated but instead is one piece of material. These blinds are great for a room looking for a little more privacy. There is very little change of any light getting out and any sneaks of anything getting in. Solid blinds roll up and or collapse. Beware of the material. Weak material on solid blinds can tear easily.
Before heading off to the store or perusing the shops online take a look around the room and find out what sort of light (or shade) is necessary to make the room complete. Once you know what you’re looking for, look online for some great deals and sale prices on window blinds.
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