We consider a lot of factors when we’re redecorating a room. We have to pick out color schemes, lights and light fixtures, and furniture. It can be easy to overlook your blinds until the last minute. When the time comes to decide on new window treatments, it is easy to get stressed if you’ve never done it before. Each style of blinds and shades has its own set of benefits of drawbacks. But what kind of blinds or shades do you actually need for your home or office? Does brand matter, or only style?
Types of Blinds and Shades
If you’re looking for new blinds or shades, your first step is knowing what you need from your blinds. Whether you’re looking for something that is easy to customize, blinds that increase your homes energy efficiency, or to darken a room so you can sleep during the day. There are several sets of blinds and shades that offer different benefits, so knowing what you need will help you to pick from the following list of people.
- Wood Slat Blinds Wood slat blinds are very durable, and equally stylish. They come in multiple colors, and can be used to color coordinate a room or just add a touch of class to another room.
- Blackout Shades Blackout shades can be made with a number of different materials, but always serve the same purpose. These block out sunlight and keep rooms dark and cool during the day. These shades are perfect for people who work in the evening and sleep during the day, or for people who are trying to keep rooms with direct sun exposure dark and cool.
- Honeycomb Shades These are a type of highly energy efficient pleated shades. They are essentially hollow cylinders that come in different shapes, and absorb and reflect energy. These are great for helping to insulate your windows, keeping the room cooler in summer but warmer in the winter.
- Pleated Shades Pleated shades are a type of textured shades. They can be blinds that are folded, but not shaded. This design minimizes their profile when pulled open. It also allows these shades to be highly customizable. They are similar in style to the honeycomb shades, but do not necessarily have to have a chamber in the center for energy efficiency. Single layer pleated blinds help keep out the sun and are also cheaper than the Honeycomb Shades.
- Roller Shades This design has been around for a long time. It’s a tried and true method of blocking out light. They can be customized to be different materials. This way they can be used to filter light, block light, or let in light but give the people inside privacy.
- Roman Shades Roman shades are great for rooms where you’re looking to add elegance. They come in different materials, including fabric and wood. They are visibly smooth when covering windows, but stack evenly when pulled closed. These are a great addition to a living room, sitting room, or meeting room.
Selecting the Right Blinds For You
When you have to decide on the right blinds or shades, you want to make the right choice the first time. If you decide later that you’re unhappy with your decision, chances are you’ve spent the money and have no way to get it back. That’s why you should always weigh your pros and cons before making a final decision. When it comes to brands of blinds and shades, sometimes bigger is better, but not always. Many of the top brand names in blinds and shades, including Hunter Douglas, Levolor, and Bali, tout high energy efficiency. Depending on the type of blinds you go with, they also have potential additions to help with privacy in your home, as well as easy installation and color coordination. If you’re not especially interested in any of these extra features, then brand shouldn’t make that much of a difference to you.
Should You Install Your Blinds Yourself?
Once you select your proper blinds, then it’s time to install them where you need them. This could be one room or an entire house that needs reworking. You can easily do this yourself if you want to, but there are professional services that do this for a living. Their insurance plans guarantee that if something gets damaged during the installation, they’ll be able to replace it. Without that professional teams insurance, if you damage your own blinds, you’ll have to have them professionally repaired or replaced. Improper installation is the number one cause of needing blinds repair or replacement, so hiring a professional to install your blinds minimizes your chances of having to worry about them in the near future. If you’re in Blue Bell, PA and would like to know more about professional blinds installation, or if Dirt Slayer Blinds can help you pick out the right blinds or shades for your project, give us a call at 267-280-3578 to set up an appointment today!