Dressing up your windows can sometimes be quite a task. Not only does it have to look great but it also has to modulate the light, tie together the rest of the space and set the ambiance. As you browse through social media and the internet, you’re likely to come across these picture-perfect work stations or window spaces and wonder – why can’t you replicate that to your very own space, be it the cafe you own, your office space, your home office or your living room? This is because choosing a window treatment has multiple aspects to it. Window treatments like blinds, curtains, shades, etc. are used for multiple purposes. If you’re seeking a simple yet de-cluttered look then blinds are the right option for you. Here are some benefits you can enjoy with blinds.
• When you and your space are exposed to UV rays, window treatments like blinds can be used to mellow down the effect.
• They also give you the power to control the amount of light you would like in your space
• If you’re looking for ways to maintain your privacy, blinds are the perfect option. The amount of privacy you can enjoy depends on the material the blinds are made of, the flexibility of the panels, etc.
How Do Blinds Function?
At first glance, blinds might seem intimidating because of the way they look, or how they’re operated, but they’re quite simple. Since blinds come in a wide variety, styles, and types, understanding how they work depends on the kind of blind you’re interested in. It usually has a particular material that is either connected or parted and can be continuously drawn down together so that you can enjoy the much-required shade or privacy. They can either be controlled or operated via drawstrings, a cord, a wand and now days even through your devices. With the help of current technology it is easy to lift and shut blinds without being physically near the blinds too!
Ideally, you can raise or lower blinds to meet your lighting and privacy needs. You can have it reach the bottom of your window if you want to completely control lighting and privacy, or have it set to your preferred height and enjoy some amount of unfiltered sunlight? What’s great about blinds is that the slats are easily adjustable too! With blinds with panels, they will have strings that connect all the panels making it easy to control and adjust according to your needs. They’re simple to use and fix. But to ensure that it is functioning properly, blinds need to be fixed correctly and in alignment. They also need to be fixed based on the measurements of the window you’re picking them for.
How Should Blinds be Closed?
Understanding how window blinds function is very simple, but there is an art when it comes to modulating lights. Most blinds come with slats or panels that can be adjustable. Some blinds like cellular shades or roller blinds feature a single fabric that cannot tilt or stays stationary.
When it comes to modulating the amount of light that enters your space, there is a certain thing to know. The way or the direction in which the slats are tilted has a major impact on the amount of light and privacy you can enjoy. Turning it the right direction is the trick to enjoy the right lighting. Ideally, there are three ways in turning the panels or slats of the blinds.
1) You turn the slats or panels to face upward.
2) You can turn the slats or panels to face downwards.
3) You can turn the slats or panels to remain open and parallel.
When you turn the blinds upwards, it provides a few advantages. By tilting the blinds in this direction, you can enjoy a bit of privacy as it would be harder for people to look inside your space. It also allows to keep the heat away and keep your space nice and cool – therefore it’s a good strategy to implement during the summers.
On the other hand, turning the blinds downwards gives you almost the same benefit but a bit more differently. Tilting the slats of the blinds often seems more aesthetically pleasing compared to turning it upward. It helps in keeping the place cool as it brings in heat to the floors of your home, workstation or any other space.
For an easier way to bring balance, you can turn the slats upwards during the day to avoid harsh sun rays and turn it downwards during the night to enjoy a pleasant and more aesthetic view of your window blinds.
Another option you can enjoy is keeping the blinds open. This will hinder the view to an extent, allow a sufficient stream of light while also ensuring privacy. This is not suggested for complete privacy so you should tilt it according to your preferences.