You want something that reflects you and your décor, but where do you start. Today’s window coverings are almost unlimited. Here are 4 different kinds of window blinds and shades and suggestions on how to use them in your home.
1. Faux Wood Blinds: If you’re looking for a great look that’s affordable, this may be your blind. They have the look and feel of real wood, but they are longer lasting. They won’t fade and they won’t warp. They’re a great choice if you live in a humid climate – or for rooms with high humidity like the kitchen, bathrooms or laundry room. They’re easy to clean – just wipe ‘em down and enjoy the look of wood without worrying about the durability. They give you a great uncomplicated look but if you want to dress them up, layer them with drapes or add a valance. You’ll control the look – and the privacy and light!
2. Panel Track Blinds: If you have a sliding glass door or a large picture window, this may be the blind you’ve been trying to find. They cover a wide space and can bring any fabric into a room – or, choose vinyl or natural woven woods. These are like vertical blinds but with side panels so you don’t get the click-clack of thin verticals and you get a much more sophisticated look that you can tailor to your décor.
3. Cellular/Honeycomb Shades: These will add some energy efficiency as the little pickets of the shades (think a beehive) will help insulate. One of the great features of these shades is that they open from the top down or the bottom up. That means you can have the privacy of having the shades pulled but leave the top open for natural lighting. Or, you can open up the view and open them all the way from the bottom up. They are available in so many colors you may have a hard time choosing the one that’s right for you. Pick a cordless option if you have children or pets that might tangle with a cord.
4. Roman Shades: You can enjoy the rich look that draperies provide with the ease of operation of a shade. When the Roman shades are down, you see your choice of color and texture. Raise them and your window has the look of a decorative valance. You’ll find Roman shades that are right for every room and every décor. From traditional to elegant, casual to playful – the choices are yours. You can even print your own photos, art of design on a shade. Technology makes these classic shades even more fun than ever!
You want your windows to be beautiful! But, you also want your windows to do their job and do it well. No matter what window covering you pick, it can’t fix a window that is leaking around its frame. And, while a window covering may help, they also can’t bring you windows up to the standards of today’s energy-efficient dual pane windows. If your problem is the windows – not the window coverings, it’s time to call in a pro. A licensed window replacement company can help you select exactly the right windows – add your favorite window covering and you have a win-win!