Believe it or not, the position of your blinds will go a long way in determine the light and privacy in your home. Blinds are a beautiful choice that adds sleek simplicity to your home and comes in a range of materials and stains.
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And it may sound silly, but there have been debates in homes for years about the “best” way to shut the blinds—tilted up or tilted down? Are there benefits to either position?
Blinds Turned Up: Prevent UV Damage
When you have your blinds tilted up you will also have more light control in your home and help protect your floors and furniture from UV damage. This will also help reduce energy bills in the summer by keeping incoming heat towards the ceiling. Blinds turned up may be less aesthetically pleasing, but it’s worth it for privacy and reduced energy costs!
Blinds Turned Down: Control Light & Privacy
Blinds are designed to close the “tightest” when they are closed down. This is not only more visually appealing but helps increase privacy in the home, especially at night, as passers-by won’t be able to see in.
In the winter, fully open your blinds, especially on windows which face the sun to get sunlight and warmth in the home, closing them down to retain that heat when the sun goes down.
What About Mounting Positions?
The way your window blinds are mounted will go a long way in how they help control light and energy in your home. Blinds mounted on the inside of the windows will typically be better in controlling light and heat. However, there will always be some light gap on the sides of the blinds. Outside mounted blinds will let in more light at the edges while closed, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it pushes the light along the wall rather than directly into the room.
In the end, there is no “wrong” way to turn or mount your blinds; it all comes down to your personal preference and the design of your windows.
Consult with the professionals at Victor Shade about blinds and if they are they right window treatment for you and your home. We carry many options to fit your interior design project. Simply give us a call at 314.428.7979 to schedule your free in-home consultation.