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The Benefits of Blinds

Windows on their own are just holes in the walls. However, add window coverings such as shades, blinds, or shutters and you have privacy, control over the amount of sunlight that is reflected in the space and a more attractive room. If you’re choosing window treatments for one window or for your entire home it is important to think about the shape and size of your windows and the way you will use the space and the amount of light you want to let in and keep out.

Blinds can be purchased at home furnishings stores, home centers, paint and tile stores as well as through an interior decorator. You can see and feel the items, and these outlets often provide swatches and samples (for an refundable cost) so you can test various options at home. If you’re concerned about precisely measuring your windows, decorators, and certain retailers can do the job. If the blinds don’t match correctly, they’ll fix it right for you at no charge.

Blinds purchased through an online catalog or over the phone (many home magazines have small ads offering “direct from manufacturer” prices) means you’re responsible to ensure the precision of your measurements. if the blinds don’t fit perfectly, it’s your responsibility. While you’ll make savings this way however, the quality of the blinds will vary. Beware of brands that you aren’t familiar with and inquire if the blinds are top- or second-rate. You also might not have as many options as you would in a traditional centre. Read return policies and guarantees attentively before buying. But prior to shopping it is important to be aware of the items you should purchase.

Not Just For Windows

Blinds and shutters live outside of the windows. Together, tall shutters can act as room dividers. They can be hung from the ceiling. blinds can be used to separate rooms and hide messy laundry areas or working areas.

Honeycomb Shades

Made of spun polyester, honeycomb shades are extremely flexible and therefore a great choice to fit windows of unique shapes. They come in single, double , or triple combs (see below for a picture). The combs give this shade its distinctive look, but they also hold air, making the shades sound and good thermal insulators. For example, Hunter Douglas’ triple-cell honeycomb boasts an R-value of 4.8–at the middle of the shade. Honeycombs are light in weight and can be installed vertically or more typically, horizontally. They also offer varying levels of control over light. For windows that face west you might want to totally shut out light during summer days. If your bedroom faces east you may be more concerned about keeping early-morning sun out of your eyes. For other windows, sheer or translucent shades may be more appropriate.

Pleat sizes begin at around 3/8 inch. and grow to 2 inches. With their crisp, tailored lines, honeycomb shades work well in modern settings and windows with no molding. Many prefer the subtle appearance of honeycomb shades that are a perfect match for the color of the walls however, you can also create striking effects by contrasting the shades’ color to the walls. If you’re looking for a soft treatment, choose fabric-look shades and pair them with strikingly pattern-driven draperies, or an draped valance.

Horizontal Blinds

While these blinds may be a hassle to clear, their louvers with adjustable tilts allow for great control of light. The more slats per feet, the less light will leak out of the blind. Blinds with holes for cords at the back of blinds can be closed more tightly. It’s a good feature that you should look for if want them to be light-tight. As for cleaning, some newer products have a factory-applied antistatic-electricity treatment to keep dust from building up.

The vanes on blinds are made in wood, metal and vinyl, with a variety of colours and finishes. Ladders- the nylon lift cords running across both sides of the blind– can be left as is or embellished by using decorative tapes that coordinate with, or contrast with the blind, or to the design of the room.

Wood and faux-wood horizontal blinds which are more expensive than their metal and vinyl equivalents, are particularly popular these days. They can be found in rustic and traditional houses as well as modern ones. Wood blinds destined to be used in rooms with high humidity should be warp- and mildew-resistant.

Select the width of the slat that is equal to the size of your window. A 1/2or 1 in. slat will work well for small or average-sized windows. the 2-in. vane is suitable for larger windows or a bolder look. The best blinds are slim in stack when they are opened. Many brands offer designs with they completely cover the louvers. This is perfect for contemporary interiors.

Window Shadings

A fairly new combination of honeycomb and horizontal blinds shades feature louvers that are opaque which are sandwiched between sheer fabric panel. They let light in but keeps glare to minimal. Shadings are especially beneficial for windows facing towards east or south. After the shade has been fully down, the slats without ladders can be opened, tilted to let in light, filter light, and a partial view , or closed for complete privacy with the cable. Using an inside mount, they will fit into windows that have arch- or angled-tops.

Although they’re elegant, shadings adapt to styles from informal to formal. They can be hung on their own to create an elegant and refined look. For a more dramatic look you can put them over curtains, just as they would be normal sheers.

Roller Shades

Before the invention of mini-blinds, roll shades were the most popular choice for simple, quick window coverings. While they’re available in transparent fabrics and films, as well as opaque traditional fabrics, they’ren’t the best choice in terms of lighting control. The shade is either upwards or downwards, and offers little or no direction of light.

There have been some advancements. The spring-loaded roller of the past was replaced with a clutch mechanism and continuous cord and pulley which permits more precise positioning of the shade with no snapbacks that are awkward and unwieldy. There are now options for installation that include a reverse-roll, where the shade material falls across the upper surface of the roll, obscuring the roller and giving it an elegant appearance. Roller shades create an airy, retro feel like a summer cottage. Prices differ based on the fabric used for the shade.

Vertical Blinds

Most often used with sliding glass doors Blinds with verticals can be suitable for tall casement windowsthat are fixed-glass windows, or bow windows along with arch-top and angular windows. Long typecast is a popular commercial window blind, vertical blinds create a dramatic feel to your space with their strong lines. Much more than any other window covering they increase the ceiling height of rooms, something to think about should ceilings be low in your home. In vinyl, fabric or metal, or even matched to wallpaper (by sliding strips of the material into its front face) Vertical blinds permit good air circulation and are an outstanding choice for protection against UV rays which are a concern in south and west-facing windows. The decorative vanes are inserted into plastic backs that are protected from sun damage and present an uniform appearance on the street.

Free-hanging, slats hanging free, placed on a bottom that is weighted to keep them orderly, are another option. To hide their hardware you can cover vertical blinds off by putting on a headrail that matches the vanes.

Shutters

Shutters, with their distinct design, add the character of a room. The size of the slats have something to do with the appearance. Vanes are able to measure up to 5 1/2 in. (these are often referred to “plantation shutters”) and can be down to 3/4 in. Solid-wood stained or painted versions are the standard choices. Louvers with a smooth white finish, which are usually made of vinyl, are more contemporary, especially when they’re placed in an angled- and arch top window. Most shutters have flat slats with ends cut at 90deg. To make your shutters more distinctive, look for slats with rounded ends and beaded and S-shaped blades. With adjustable louvers the rods for control can be adjusted to be centered, offset or hidden completely out of view.

Hinged shutters can be found on windows, but for door treatment, they are often hung on a track that allows them to roll or move out of the way. Framed shutters offer a more elegant look to the installation. If you want shutters in an outside of the norm finish or paint, be aware that they are a challenging painting job; Pinecrest offers this service to customers at an extra cost. In the dim sun light during winter shutters might block more light than you’d prefer. You could try placing them on the lower part of a window instead of its entire length. Maintenance is minimal–just a good dusting is all they need. Shutters can be priced in various ways such as by the square inch or square foot, or by the panel.

Measuring and mounting

If you choose to measure the openings of the blinds yourself, you’ll need to first decide to install them either inside mount or outside mount. An inside mount shows off the window’s casing as well as its shape–like the distinctive look of bay windows. Outside mounts can hide windows with different sizes by bringing them together and even balancing their appearance. To ensure accurate results, use a tape measure with a sturdy rule made of metal.

Cord Safety

Conscient of the dangers of strangulation accidents caused by the dangling cords of control, blinds manufacturers have addressed security concerns in a variety of ways. Break-apart tassels such as Hunter Douglas’ Break-Thru (shown) are able to split open when stressed. Another advance is the single-cord control, in which the loop design is removed. Wand controls also take the place of cord loops. One of the best options is a blind controlled by a remote that has an automatic-stop feature, like garage doors. If your blinds lack one of these features, make sure you have a high cleat to neatly secure loose cords away from the reach of children.