Following on our November blog entry about curtains, we now take on another popular type of window treatment – blinds and shades. With the huge variety available to the consumer, you might be overwhelmed by choice and wonder what type of window coverings will best suit your needs and style.
For those wanting a less traditional appearance, blinds or shades are great for dressing up your window, providing privacy and adjusting light in your room. Blinds are a particularly good option for hardworking rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom, as they are easy to clean and with the right material choice, stand up well to moisture and cooking grease.
Like curtains, blinds can help filter light as well as cut out light completely. Blackout shades help cut out light completely so you can sleep undisturbed or watch a movie in darkness as if in a cinema. Light filtering shades are ideal in other living spaces where you want to let some light in, but at the same time, have privacy or cut out direct sunlight from damaging your furnishings. Cellular or honeycomb shades are a popular choice now, as some have the option to be raised from the bottom or lowered from the top, or both simultaneously! This highly adjustable feature helps with brightening the room while providing shade as needed.
The slats of blinds also adjust to change the view and light. Blinds also come in a variety of material, from natural to man-made, with a style to suit everyone’s taste. Vertical blinds are great for patio doors or floor-to-ceiling windows as the track runs along the top, allowing the blinds to be opened from side to side. They also work for smaller windows.
Roman shades are another beautiful and timeless option. The fabric panel that folds pleated when raised gives a softer look to the more streamline appearance of wooden blinds or cellular shades, making this a great alternative to curtains. When raised, however, a sizeable portion of the window is still covered by the fabric. Roller shades take that issue away, as the synthetic shade material rolls up compactly.
Have a hard to reach window or skylight? Shades can still be installed and adjusted with a rod or by remote control.
The choices are endless, but we hope this gives you a brief understanding of what’s available!