Understanding your Options When Purchasing Blinds
Blinds are a great window treatment that provide privacy while still giving you plenty of control over light filtering. While some people use the terms blinds and shades interchangeably, they are actually two different types of window treatments. What are the best blinds for privacy? In this article, we’ll go over the difference between the two and the different options you have when selecting the right blinds for your needs.
Blinds vs. Shades
Blinds are considered a hard window treatment because they are made out of metal, vinyl or wood slats. These slats can be horizontal or vertical and can be tilted to open or close them. You can also raise and lower blinds to fully open and close them. What makes blinds a great option is that you can adjust your level of privacy and light filtering by tilting the slats.
Shades are considered a soft window treatment. There are many different types of shades, including roman shades, roller shades and cellular shades, but they are made up of one or more pieces of fabric and can either be raised or lowered to fully open and close them. While shades provide optimum privacy while closed, they do not allow for adjusting the amount of light filtering.
Options to Consider when Buying Blinds
There are plenty of different features and options to choose from when buying blinds. These options include both aesthetic and operation.
Material, Finish and Pricing
Blinds come in a variety of materials to choose from. Metal (aluminum) blinds are the cheapest while wood blinds are the most expensive option. Vinyl blinds, or faux wood blinds, land somewhere in the middle for pricing. The type of material you choose offers different styles or aesthetics. Wood blinds come in a variety of finishes from light to dark and offer warmth and classic appeal to your home. Faux wood blinds offer the appeal of wood blinds without the price tag or the maintenance. Aluminum blinds offer a sleek modern look and come in a variety of finishes as well.
Maintenance and Use
It is important to understand that the material can also dictate the use of your blinds. Wood blinds are not suitable for kitchens or bathrooms where the high humidity can warp your slats and grease can stain them. Metal and faux wood blinds are perfect for use in any room of your home.
When it comes to maintaining your blinds, a regular light dusting will keep them clean. For heavier dirt and grime, a simple soap and water solution will clean your blinds. If doing this on wood blinds, be sure to use minimal water and to thoroughly dry your blinds. If needed, metal and faux wood blinds can be soaked in your bathtub for a deeper clean. Wood blinds will require added maintenance to keep them from drying and cracking. Simply apply an oil or furniture polish to keep your wood blinds healthy and glowing.
When people think of blinds, horizontal slats generally come to mind. These are great for medium and smaller windows. For larger windows and sliding glass doors, vertical blinds are a great option.
The width of the slat can change the look and feel of your blinds. Slats with a smaller width provide a modern look, while wider slats provide a more traditional look and feel. Wider slats also provide more room darkening and privacy. This is because there are less slats, which also means less gaps between slats.
Corded vs. Cordless Operation
Blinds come in both corded and cordless options. If you have pets or young children, cordless eliminates the hazard of strangulation. Cordless also offers a cleaner look that is great for both modern and traditional styles. To operate cordless, simply lift or pull down on the bottom bar to fully open and close your blinds. You can also upgrade to motorized, which allows you to open and close your blinds at the touch of a button or even by voice command. Some smart systems will also learn your habits so your blinds will open and close at just the right time without you having to do anything at all!
Blinds are a great option for adding privacy to your home while still having control of light filtering. They come in a variety of options to meet both your home decor style and your personal needs. If you are ready to update your blinds and add more privacy to your home, Elevated Views offers expert advice and installation. Our design team can help you choose the right options for you and our installation experts will ensure that your blinds are installed correctly the first time. Contact us today to set up your free in-home consultation where we bring the showroom to you!