How to Shop for Window Blinds
Window blinds and curtains are important in a home, but for complete window decoration, think beyond. Family and friends may see the beauty from inside anytime, those who are outside may not. Hence, maximize your window appeal by installing perfectly matched decorative blinds that will enhance both your home’s interior and exterior designs.
Of course, not all types of window blinds are right for your home. When you go shopping, make a few essential considerations.
Types and Materials
There are several types of window blinds out there, but let’s focus on raised, louvered, and board and batten – the three most frequently mentioned terms you might hear. Within these types, you’ll also discover structural differences, especially in terms of the top design, which can be eyebrow-shaped, arched or straight. Each one performs the same function but gives your home and windows a unique personality. Most homeowners will pick the shape that best suits the architectural lines of their house.
No two kinds of wood types create the same effect, but if you want to choose from the most popular options, these are oak, pine and alder. You can get stained or painted wood blinds, but in most cases, they are treated for weather extremes.
Plastic and Vinyl Blinds
While plastic and vinyl blinds are processed products, many of them are manufactured to look like beautiful wood grain that you couldn’t tell apart from natural wood. In any case, both plastic and vinyl blinds last so much longer than wood and are low-maintenance, since they don’t chip or peel at all.
Besides choosing the right materials, the other important factor behind buying the right window blinds is correct measurements.
For the sake of consistency, it’s good to have the same width for each and every window, although this can be a problem for homes that have different sized windows! Shops these days usually offer widths of 6. Experts recommend a width that covers from 25% to 33% of the total window width, including the trim, although this is ultimately depends on your preference. Choose the size that is most aligned with your concept of a dream home.
When measuring the height of your window, be sure to start from the top, right down to the bottom of the trim. If you plan to install vinyl blinds on a window with a sill, give a 1/4-inch allowance – take note that vinyl expands and contracts with the seasons. Most blinds today have a height of 2 inches, and some are taller or shorter. As always, you can decide which height you think is best for the type or types of windows in your home.