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How to Choose Blinds and Shades

Dec 22nd 2015 at 8:50 AM

If you’re going to buy blinds and shades, the first thing you need to look at is the slat width, and your options will generally be 2 inches, 1 inch or ½ inch. The most widely used is the ½ inch because it provides your home with a modern appearance, but if you want to go with the other options, that’s all right too. The 1 inch is typically the cheapest because they are less labor intensive, and if you want an old fashioned look for your home, the 2 inch slats is for you.

Color Matching and Style

One of the first things that window blind buyers ask is if it is a good idea to color the blind so it corresponds with the design of the room it will be in. The answer to that is generally no, unless you are all right with the blinds being more conspicuous than the window and you have no plans of changing your room’s color and design.

If you prefer a classic blind look for long term use and won’t raise eyebrows from a buyer, get a color that that approximates the window trim’s color. As a rule, the color of your blind should never be the deciding factor when it comes to the room’s color palette.

Raising and Lowering

Another thing you have to consider is how the blind raises and lowers. Do you want it bottom up or top down? Or would you prefer a bit of both? Aside from aesthetics and style, privacy and the amount of light you want in the room will determine what kind of blinds you have to use.

Blinds Materials

Blinds are available in different materials and styles such as wood, plastic, synthetic, metal and other combinations. Wood blinds are especially popular nowadays and provides a more subtle and natural feel compared to metal and other materials. There are two of wood used: faux and the real thing. Faux wood is more affordable and it doesn’t have the disadvantages that real wood has such as warping and moisture susceptibility.

If you’re going to buy wood honeycomb blinds or other types, a cloth-face tape might be offered to prevent light from getting through the material. While this can be useful, it might also be distracting, so if you’re going to use a tape make certain that it is not intrusive and corresponds with your room’s aesthetics.

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