3 Easy Questions for Choosing the Right Window Blinds for Your Home
Choosing the right window blinds for your home can make or break your home’s interior design. Blinds determine the light and privacy of your home. In addition, windows make up a large part of your wall space, so it’s essential to choose window treatments you love.
Are You Sure You Want Blinds?
Before you begin narrowing down your options, make sure that window blinds work best for your home. While there are other window treatments available, window blinds are considered your basic window treatment and never go out of style—especially if you pick a neutral color like white.
Some people may consider shades as another choice for their color, privacy, and beauty. However, blinds can be paired seamlessly with curtains for added color. This classic combination gives you more control over how much light you let in and you can easily change up the style over time by switching out your curtains. What a functional, long term solution to your home design!
How Do You Want Your Blinds to Look?
Now that you’ve decided you want window blinds, you have some visual choices to make. There are three things that affect how your blinds look: material, slat width, and slat direction.
You can choose to have your blinds in wood, faux wood or aluminum. If you choose wood, remember that wood requires special care and is susceptible to warping in humidity. Color-wise, wood and faux wood generally limit your choices to more natural, neutral colors like whites and browns. If you want more color, aluminum blinds are the better choice.
You can’t go wrong with blinds wherever you choose to put them in your home. Just make sure the material will hold up in the chosen environment. For example, don’t put wood blinds in a bathroom as the humidity will cause them to warp. Faux wood blinds tend to work best in a kitchen since they are the easiest to clean with just a simple wipe with a damp cloth.
Do you prefer narrower or wider slats? The size can affect the look of a room with wider slats boasting boldness, while narrower slats are more delicate. Wider slats may work better in rooms where you’d like more privacy, like bedrooms. Narrower slats will create more lines across a window, which creates a lovely look for large windows, but makes smaller windows look too busy.
Next, you must know which slat direction will work best with your window. Vertical blinds are recommended for sliding glass doors, while horizontal blinds are recommended for all other windows—including picture windows. It would not look good to have vertical hanging blinds on the side of a beautiful, large picture window when they are much better suited for sliding glass doors. If there was a horizontal bind on the door, you would have to open it from the bottom up and walk underneath it to go outside. With a vertical blind, it can be opened part way with no hassles. If you want your smaller windows to have a wider feel, choose horizontal blinds.
Why Should You Choose Custom Blinds?
Choosing custom window blinds is the best way to ensure that you find the window blind of your choice, since there is no such thing as a “standard” window size. The reason being, windows that look the same size can be off by 1/8” or even a 1/4”. If blinds of the same size are purchased, there will be a noticeable difference in the way they look on the window and the privacy they offer. Ordering custom blinds guarantees the best fit and beauty for your windows.
To help you choose the best product for you and your home, we provide free in-home consultations so you can see what your choices will look like in the rooms they’ll actually live in. We will work with you to find blinds that exude beauty and quality without putting a hole in your wallet.
One great benefit of custom window treatments are customized lift systems. Do you prefer the traditional pull-cord or the more technological motorized shades? Picking the best lift system will help you open and close your blinds hassle-free.