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5 Tips for Selecting the Right Window Blinds

April 26, 2016 at midnight

Window treatments are often one of the most costly elements of a room's design, so it is important to give careful consideration to making the best choice for your home. Blinds, which are window treatments composed of solid slats hung horizontally and controlled either by a pull cord, a wand, or a remote control, are one of the most popular window treatment options.

Blinds are popular for several reasons, the most important of which is probably the level of flexibility they provide. Blinds allow you to precisely control the level of light that enters a room as well as the level of privacy. They are easy to maintain and are a trouble-free window treatment solution.

If blinds sound right for you, there are still a few things to consider, because blinds come in countless sizes, styles, and colors.

1. Window Style: What kind of window are you covering? Blinds can cover from small to large windows and can fit just about any size window. Blinds can be installed as an inside or outside mount, depending on the depth of your window. If a window is large in size, multiple blinds can be installed or a vertical application can be used.

2. Slat Width: For horizontal blinds, which width best suits the look you want to achieve? Horizontal blinds come in slat sizes of 1 inch, 2 inch and 2 1/2 inches. A larger slat size allows a wider viewing area between the slats and gives more of a contemporary open feel to a room.

3. Life of the Blinds: How soon do you expect to redecorate or sell your home? If you intend to redecorate often, it is probably best to choose blinds in neutral or muted colors as they can be integrated with a greater variety of decorating schemes. Colorful blinds can work if you plan to stick with one decorating scheme for quite awhile, but can be problematic when redecorating or selling your home.

4. Materials: What materials should the blinds be made of? Slats can be made of plastic, aluminum, wood, or synthetic wood. They can also be covered in fabric. Plastic or aluminum slats have a contemporary feel. Authentic wood slats lend a natural look to a room though synthetic wood slats have some benefits of their own. For instance, they work well in high-moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms as they are easier to clean and absorb less moisture.

5. Budget: Finally, what is your budget? In deciding between real or synthetic wood or choosing 1-inch or 2-inch slats, price can be a deciding factor. Synthetic wood slats, for example, are far less expensive than real wood slats. Similarly, 1-inch slats tend to be the least expensive as they are the easiest to manufacture. No matter what, it is essential to remember that with blinds – as with most things in life – you get what you pay for. Take a close look at the slats and the pull cords to determine how durable they are.


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