Window coverings are an important part of your home decor. This aesthetic treatment serves numerous functions from privacy to beautification. Blinds are a commonly used covering that provides both privacy and light reduction. They also come in a variety of patterns to satisfy different tastes and needs. So, how do you choose the right blinds for your home?
The area where you are installing your blinds will determine which kind of blinds are right for your home. For example, if you are trying to cover a patio door you need something that does not obstruct the purpose of the door while still allowing for privacy and light reduction. For this type of project, horizontal blinds work well. They provide privacy and block out most of the sunlight when closed and with a twist or pull of a chord they can be opened to allow easy access to the door.
Windows, on the other hand, are better suited for vertical blinds because most open up and down. Vertical blinds come in a wide variety of colours and materials and are easily cut to fit your space. Like horizontal blinds, they provide a great deal of privacy when closed and can be adjusted to suit your light needs with a simple twist.
Another decision you need to make about your blinds is what material to choose. You may have a preference for wood, vinyl or fabric. However, the best choice will be dependent again on where they will be installed. While any of these materials will work in most locations, it is important to think about who will come into contact with the blinds. For instance, if there are only adults in the home, any material would be sufficient. However, if you have children, take caution with fabric or vinyl. Fabric blinds are delicate and can tear easily, and vinyl tends to snap and break if bent, making wood a more logical choice.
One more thing to consider when choosing your window covering is shutters. Like blinds, they can be opened and closed with a louvre to allow as much or as little light and privacy as you would prefer. They are also available in several distinct designs. Shutters, however, can be mounted so that they will completely open away from your window, leaving the entire surface visible. Shutters, when closed, block out more light and are almost impossible for outsiders to see through. Making them the most private of your choices. In the end, it is important to remember to make a choice with the space and inhabitants in mind.