How to Choose Blinds for Your Home?
Blinds are an investment that could pay for itself if given time. However, let’s not count our chickens before they hatch. When buying blinds, it is very important to understand what kinds of blinds you need, and what kind of home you’re living in. Blind installation is classified under “hard” window treatments given that they are made by combining solid strips of material; with each strip being called a slat. Treatments like Graber window roller shades, where they are made of cloth or flexible material, is usually called a “soft” treatment.
In the old times, choosing blinds was pretty straight forward. Back then, we just had two questions, “Is it big enough?” And “will it keep the sun out”? Today, there are more styles of blinds available in stores than there are types of coffee a barista must know how to make. So now, choosing the right blind involves so many questions (like for example do I go for Graber window roller shades, or shall I pick up a faux blind valance?). But let’s start with this:
Know How to Choose Blinds – Different Styles
- If it is blind, then it must have slats. If they are more fabric than hard material, then these are called shades (much like Graber window roller shades)
- There are many variations of slats available today.
- The slats width greatly influences the light control, aesthetics, and temperature in the room. Wider slats let in more light when opened.
- The most popular slats would be the ½ inch slats, which look great and work well with most modern homes. These types of blinds have only become more common because technology has progressed to a point where ½ inch slats are logistically possible.
- The 1-inch slat blinds are for people who wish for slats a little bigger than a ½ inch but not much bigger. These blinds are pretty popular because they’re faster to make as well as more budget-friendly.
- 2-inch slats are not as common among people buying for modern homes. However, for homes that are built to give off a contemporary or vintage sort of feel, 2-inch slats are incredibly sought after for faux wood or wood blinds. Anything wider than two inches is usually used for vertical blinds.
Vertical or Horizontal:
- Vertical and Horizontal blinds have very different purposes when used in a home.
- Vertical blinds are meant for sliding doors because of their ease of access.
- Vertical blinds are also used for large windows where a horizontal blind installation may be impractical.
- Aluminum blinds (both vertical and horizontal) are more popular in commercial spaces. So if you have an office you want to spruce up with some no-nonsense blinds, you know what to do.
- Horizontal blinds are meant for windows or other smaller spaces that need covering.
- So if you have a sliding door and a new window, you now know which treatment is the best for each scenario.
- Blinds come in four major material categories (there are a lot of other materials available, we’re just going with the most common) Metal, wood, faux wood, and plastic.
- As we’ve mentioned, metal has the most commercial appeal. However, metal blinds are also incredibly durable.
- Given that the most common metal used in blinds is aluminum, it makes these blinds lighter than most of their other counterparts.
- Aluminum blinds also do not rust.
- Wooden blinds are popular mainly because they are incredibly fancy to look at.
- Wooden blinds are sturdy but heavy and expensive.
- Wooden blinds cannot be used in places with moisture, like the bathroom or above a sink. Contact with moisture (if the protective layer has eroded) can warp the surface, ruining the blinds.
- Blind manufacturers now work with forestation departments to plant twice as many trees as they use to make sure the resources are sustainable.
- Plastic blinds aren’t meant to look pretty, but they get the job done.
- They can be used almost anywhere, they won’t rust and are immune to termites.
- Plastic blinds are not biodegradable and when it is time to (eventually) get rid of them, all we’ll do is add another plastic to the pile that our planet can’t handle.
- Faux wood blinds are purchased when one wants the look of wood but would rather not pay the full price.
- Faux wood blinds have a few advantages over real wood blinds, the faux wood valance is light and can be used in places with moisture.
- While faux wood looks like wood, it’s still an imitation to the trained eye.
Aesthetics and Usability:
- Blinds come in many colors and styles, and most blinds can have their color changed.
- Plastic and metal blinds come in many varieties and even more so when it comes to colors. But once the color is decided, you’re stuck with it until you buy a new set of blinds.
- Wooden blinds have some serious options when it comes to color customization. You can either go for a simple paint job and change the color, or you can stain it, giving it a whole different look while maintaining the texture.
- Wooden blinds also allow for custom paint jobs, letting you create a set of ornamental blinds. All you need are a brush, the right set of paints and an artist.
- Most blinds come with a cord that lets them be raised or lowered.
- The cord, in this case, has always been spoken of as a “necessary evil” as it wasn’t the most desirable way to operate a blind.
- The cord has a history of getting snagged, it would pose a danger to children or pets who may end up choking because of someone’s carelessness. Graber window roller shades can also come with cords.
- However, Zebrablinds offers a specialized Z-wave motor that does away with the cord and ensures your home is safe and free of clutter. Regular motorization and non-motorized cordless lift options are available as well.
Blinds have come a long way since ancient times, as we now have shades like Graber cellular shades. Choosing blinds is a decision you’ll appreciate in the years to come. However, if the blinds do not suit your fancy, we would recommend using a simple shade like Graber window roller shades. And if you’re looking for something else altogether, check out ZebraBlinds for more options.