Window treatments are a must have in every home. Your options range from curtains, to blinds and even shades. Under any of these options there are multiple types of curtains, shades or blinds to choose from. This can make it much more challenging for people to choose from but at the same time there are some extremely versatile treatments for windows that can change the way the room looks.
Why are blinds a good option to choose amongst the other window treatments?
Blinds, arguably, have extremely unique sub-types that can not only enhance the look of the room but also are extremely practical in terms of their functionality and usefulness. First off, blinds are durable as opposed to their counterparts. Their cost of maintenance is usually very low, in terms of financial cost and effort. They can be dusted and wiped on a semi-regular basis and they are good to go for a few more weeks. Curtains for example, are exposed to a lot of wear and tear after numerous washing routines and will have to be replaced more often than blinds. Additionally, blinds, just like other window treatments, are instrumental in providing privacy to the occupants of home. Of course, it is also possible to get some sunlight (filtered) to enter the room without giving up your privacy.
They are very good blockers of sunlight. Blackout blinds for example, prevent the sunlight from entering the room in its entirety and make it ideal when you want to sleep in or there are shift workers who want to sleep during the day. Harsh sunlight can be harmful to the people inside as well as cause the furniture to rot due to overexposure. Moreover, blinds can be good regulators of heat in summers and winters. The insulation and cooling effect they provide make them energy efficient, which is easier on the pocket.
Amongst all these perks to buying blinds, let’s not forget the way they can change the way the room looks. It might be just the thing you need to spruce up your home to give that polished look you want.
What are the various types of blinds in the market right now?
Look into the list of blinds and their description below to get a sense of your options. There are more categories that are based on the material, functionality, material etc. However, the first form of categorisation that will familiarize everyone is categorisation by design –
- Venetian Blinds – Venetian Blinds, also known as horizontal blinds are some of the most common and efficient blinds out there. They are available with cords or even cordless mechanisms. You will usually notice them in office spaces. Do not mistake them for being plain. With the right fabric, colour and texture they can end up looking really good at homes. They are easy to install and use. Mostly, they are fashioned out of aluminium, plastic and even wood. Adjusting of light becomes easy with the way the slats tilt in these blinds.
- Vertical blinds – Vertical blinds are by design, different to a large extent from your horizontal or venetian blinds. The difference comes from the positioning of the slats of the blinds. When it comes to horizontal blinds the slats are placed running to the left and right sides of the window frame. Vertical blinds on the other hand, are positioned from the top to the bottom. Vertical blinds work really well with large windows. By large windows, it usually means windows that occupy the major portion of a wall. They give more exposure to the view outside and are good at regulation of sunlight.
- Thermal blinds – Thermal blinds, as you might have inferred from the name, are very good with temperature control. They can trap hot air from leaving the room during the winter and cold air from escaping the room in the summer. Thermal blinds are made out of aluminium with injected polyurethane foam insulation. An added benefit of thermal blinds that usually flies under the radar of many people is that they are good at absorbing noise. It is ideal to use them in houses in urban areas with noisy streets.
- Roller Blinds – They can also be considered as shades. They perform similarly in terms of design and functionality and we can rope them in together. Roller blinds are made out pieces of flat fabric that will roll down. They can filter light and even give a soft low. If you want to block the sunlight entirely, you can even opt for the blackout types.
If heat insulation and temperature regulation is of priority, then cellular shades can work really well to suit your needs. Essentially, they are made of ‘cells’ or ‘honeycombs’ (which is why they are also called honeycomb shades) that trap the heat, preventing it from escaping, and hence, keep the room warmer.
How do I decide on which type of blinds I want for my home décor project?
The best way to start is by evaluating your needs. First, figure out what you need your blinds to specialise in. It can be temperature control, light control, sound control and even privacy. For example, if you want blinds for your den or bedroom, you might want to prevent the light from totally entering the room, making blackout blinds a very good option. On the other hand, you might have a glass patio door which might need some treatment. Vertical blinds will work well as the glass patio door also acts as a large window. However, glass allows the hot air to pass through easily and you might want some blinds that control the temperature in an efficient way.
Living rooms and dining rooms are places where you would want to take the opportunity to show off your furniture. This means that protecting them from warping and color loss due to overexposure to sunlight is extremely important. Blinds that are good with light control can go a long way in achieving that.
Once you have figured out what your needs with the blinds are, the next step is to try and get them to enhance the look of your home. You can find a way to use the blinds you prefer to fit the aesthetics of a room easily. The color of the walls, the paintings, pictures and wall hangings can give you a lot of inspiration. Your blinds can match the colors on the walls or even be in stark contrast with them. You can look for blinds that have a matching or contrasting texture and pattern to the artefacts on the wall.
The room can have a theme, like a play room, game room or entertainment centre. You can find blinds that will complement the theme and make it so much more apparent.
Once you have figured these things out, you can now look for think about adding additional accessories such as valances to add some flair and a polished look to your room as well.