How to Pick the Right Type of Window Blinds for Your Home

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How to pick the right type of window blinds for your home

When it’s time to buy new window blinds, you must think about your needs and what will work best for your home.

Window blinds can be expensive, but there are many different types that offer a range of benefits. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, here are some things to consider:

  •         Privacy – Do you want the world to see in or keep everyone out?
  •         Cost – How much do you want to spend?
  •         Style – What colors and patterns work best with the other decor in your space?
  •         Sunlight – Are sunlight control and energy efficiency important factors for where you live?
  •         Safety – Is safety an issue when it comes to children or pets in your home?
  •         Room Size – How big is the window and how much light and privacy do you need?
  •         Energy Efficiency – Is your energy bill something that needs to be considered?
  •         Resale Value – When it’s time to sell your home, will a certain type of blind add value or detract from what you can get for the house on the market?

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Types of window blinds:

There are many types of window blinds for you to choose from, but not all of them are created equally. You need to take some things into consideration before making your decision. Here are the main types available on the market today:

Roller Shades

These shades roll by hand or motor. They’re perfect for letting some light in while still blocking out sunlight. They’re ideal for small spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, and dressing areas because they don’t require much space at all, but they’re also expensive.

Vertical Blinds

A more traditional option that’s cheaper than roller shades, these shades come in various fabrics and colors including linen or oilcloth. They’re easy to clean and maintain, but they aren’t the best option in terms of energy efficiency.

Wooden Blinds

If you want something simple with a classic style, wooden blinds are the way to go. They come in many different finishes so you can match them up to your existing decor or choose one that would complement another piece in your home. The downside is that they don’t offer control over light or privacy options like newer styles do.

Roman Shades

These shades have a timeless look and provide great insulation from the sun as well as light control and privacy. They feature pleats on their front surface, which adds texture and interest while also providing an appealing aesthetic appeal. In addition, they require little maintenance because there aren’t any hardware parts to look after. However, they do require a lot of extra space for installation and don’t offer much in the way of energy efficiency.

Honeycomb Shades

These shades are known as being one of the best at controlling light, blocking out sunlight, and giving you privacy too. They’re available in a range of colors and styles so you can match them up with your decor or choose something that stands out as a unique feature in your home.

Cellular Shades

These shades provide great insulation from sunlight and prevent outsiders from seeing inside your home because the cells curve inward when raised. The downside is that they aren’t suitable for bathrooms or kitchens because water runs down them like rain and droplets remain there when you lower them.

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Blinds vs. Curtains

There are pros and cons to both blinds and curtains, so it’s important to decide which one you want before buying them for your home.

Blinds Pros: Blinds offer better energy efficiency than curtains because they don’t have any fabric on the back of them that absorbs sunlight. In addition, you can lift and lower them from a cord or control box depending on what you need at the time. Curtains tend to collect dust over time whereas blinds stay clean longer because they’re able to be lowered during certain parts of the day or week (like at night or when you don’t need as much sunlight). They also provide more privacy than curtains if that’s something you desire.

Blinds Cons: If you have a lot of windows in your home, blinds can be more expensive to purchase and install than curtains. In addition, they require more space because there are hardware parts that need to be set up on window frames. This means that you can’t use them on some types of windows either. Blinds don’t block noise very well, but curtains do, which is why many people choose to put them in bedrooms or bathrooms where noise could become a problem while sleeping or relaxing in the tub.

Curtains Pros: Curtains provide great insulation from sunlight and they’re also great at blocking out sound too. They work perfectly for covering sliding glass doors or any other kinds of doors with wide openings where blinds don’t work as well.

Curtains Cons: Curtains are less energy-efficient than blinds because they have fabric on the back of them that absorbs and traps sunlight. This means that your home will warm up faster in the morning and cool down more slowly at night, which can end up costing you a lot of money during the summer and winter months. In addition, curtains need to be taken off of your windows before you close them for good each day (unlike blinds) so there’s an extra step involved when it comes time for installation or repairs. They also make rooms feel smaller because of their size and how full they look when closed.

Overall, blinds offer better control over light, but curtains provide better insulation from sunlight. Each option requires different kinds of windows so you can’t choose one over the other based on what kind of room you have them installed in. Rather, it’s a matter of deciding on which features are most important to you and then choosing blinds or curtains accordingly!

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20010 Fisher Ave Suite B, Poolesville, MD 20837
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Rebecca Munster

Rebecca Munster

Enhancing windows with interior design, upholstery, and quality window treatments since 2012 with over 20 years of project management and my expertise in sewing and painting.