Buying Blinds and Shades for the First Time?
Curtains have for long dominated the window treatment space. They are classic beauties, easy to purchase and hang and a natural choice of window treatment for most. Over the years, however, blinds and shades have carved out a niche for themselves with excellent versatility and functional features. There are many who have made the shift to blinds and shades while many others are in the process of giving blinds a shot. As with any first all first time buyers, there are lots of doubts, queries and inhibitions. And we are here to help you overcome all these and try and make your transition as smooth and easy as possible.
Blinds and shades are installed on your windows, either outside the window frame or inside. Shades are made of fabric and you have the liberty to choose from different types of fabric like light filtering and blackout. Blinds on the other hand are made of wood, aluminum, PVC, faux wood or even fabric. They come fitted with slats which can be adjusted for light control, privacy and light blockage. Blinds and shades are a fantastic choice for your windows. They help to cut out the glaring rays and UV rays of the sun, they allow diffused light to light up your space, they can help to block out light completely, protect privacy and security of your homes by cutting out the view from the outside apart from enhancing the aesthetic beauty and interest of your windows and the living space. They are available in a wide range of colors, textures and prints which helps them to blend seamlessly into the existing decor.
Things to Remember Before Making your Purchase
Choosing the right blind for your windows is very important from a functional perspective as also from the perspective of aesthetics. Blinds have the power to transform the look and feel of the space. They can lift your mood, energize and refresh the ambiance of the house and help infuse positive vibes and create a cheerful and happy atmosphere. But for your blinds to perform their role, they must be chosen judiciously.
Different Rooms Different Needs
The first thing to keep in mind when choosing a blind for your home is that every room has specific needs which is different from the other. Hence the blind you choose for your bedroom will not work well for a bathroom or a kitchen. Bedrooms need complete light blockage for a good night’s rest and sleep. Living rooms must have proper light filtration as you spend a substantial amount of time here entertaining guests or just hanging out. Kitchens and bathrooms are high humidity areas and the blinds must be moisture-resistant. Once you recognize the different needs it will become easier to purchase blinds.
You may have different lighting needs in different rooms. How much light you want, do you want much brightness or diffused light or complete light blockage? Shades come with different levels of light control. Light filtering fabric will help to spread diffused light in the room sans the glare and UV rays. Room darkening fabric will help to cut out a substantial amount of light allowing only some amount to enter. Sheer fabrics allow lots of light into the room but help to keep out the glares and harmful rays and preserve your view. Blackout fabrics on the other hand cut of 100% of the light through the fabric itself, offering darkness (you might still get some light gaps on the sides).
There are different decor styles ranging from minimalist and contemporary to medieval and traditional. Different styles mean different looks. Minimalist home decor promotes a minimalistic approach to home decor. Simple furniture, streamlines and sleek appearance, use of soft warm colors, etc. Traditional decor styles may use lots of frills, use of silk and velvet and use of rich and bold colors and textures. Determine your decor style before deciding on your blind and shade. For example, Roller Blinds are perfect for your contemporary style as they are smart and elegant. Roman Shades make a beautiful choice for traditional style with the use of heavy fabrics and frills etc.
Cleaning and Maintenance
All blinds and shades need regular maintenance and cleaning. There are lots of shades to choose from but some may be more difficult to maintain than others. How much time and effort and you willing to spend on your window treatments? Do you have time to clean them regularly? Can the blinds be cleaned at home or do they need a professional intervention that will also incur expenditure?
Do you have a toddler or a pet at home? If yes, then their safety will be your primary concern. Blinds and shades are great to have but they come with different operating mechanisms. There are corded, cordless and motorized operations. Corded blinds are operated using cords that dangle along the side of the window and have the cause of several health hazards for kids and pets who have got themselves strangulated. So if you have a kid or a pet we recommend motorized control which will allow you to operate the blinds from your Smart Phones or through remote control.
Need for Insulation
Do you stay in a region that experiences an extremely harsh winter? If so, your windows need enhanced insulation to keep the interiors warm and prevent energy loss. Windows are the cause of major heat loss and choosing an energy-efficient blind will help to keep warm air trapped inside. This will help to keep the heating costs low. Cellular blinds make a great choice as the most energy-efficient window coverings.
Need for Solar Protection
If you live in a zone that experiences hot and humid summers then your homes need protection from solar rays throughout the day. Exterior Solar Shades or Interior Solar Shades are a fantastic choice. They help to reflect the radiant heat of the sun back to its source and prevent warm air from flowing inside and also cut out the harmful UV rays and glares. They help to create sun-protected sanctuaries inside your homes.
Choice of Color
The choice of color and texture can literally make or break your home decor. Choose a color that will blend seamlessly into your decor. Colors that will not stick out like a sore thumb yet add just the right amount of drama to the room.
Once you have decided on your chosen blind or shade it is time for measurements. If you are a first-time buyer, taking a measurement for the blind can be quite tricky and even the slightest of error can make your blinds dysfunctional and also spoil the entire look of the windows. Leave measurements to a professional so that they can do a perfect job and ensure that you get the perfect pair of blinds delivered to you.
If you are ordering online, please get samples delivered before you place the order. The sample will give you an idea of how the fabric looks and how it will look on your wall. Once the order is placed it is difficult to return as the blinds will be custom-made for your windows.
Following these simple tips will help you to get the perfect look for your windows and rooms. They will also ensure that room is pulled together into a harmonious whole.