When redecorating your home or updating your window dressings, it can be hard to choose between curtains or blinds or blinds and shades. There are pros and cons to all three, and it can all depend on the space you are working with. In this blog, we will be focusing on blinds and why they could be the best choice for you.
Blinds and shades are effective ways of blocking out the sun's rays without limiting the amount of light entering through the window. While most of us would call both of these blinds, there is a difference between the two. There are also different designs available to each, so you can find the perfect one to suit your needs.
Blinds are made from individual slats, most commonly made from metal or wood, and can be adjusted up and down. Blinds can also be tilted side to side, allowing you to have further control over how much light can enter the room. Most of the time they are controlled by a cord to move the blind up and down, and a rod to open and close the slats.
Of all the designs available, Venetian is the most popular style of blind. As shown in the picture above, the slats on a Venetian blind, fold into each other when they are raised. Venetian blinds are ideal for any type of window, and in whatever room. Whilst they may not be the most decorative option they offer the most options with blocking out and directing sunlight.
Other blinds available are:
- vertical blinds - these can open from side to side, or down the middle and are ideal for patio doors
- mini blinds - these are similar to a Venetian blind, but with thinner slats
- panel blinds - these move horizontally across a track
Shades are made from one solid block of material, usually synthetic or natural fabric. Like a blind, they can be moved up and down, but as they are made from one piece, that cannot be moved side to side. Shades are controlled by a cord so the height can be changed with ease.
Roller shades are another popular option for light management. and can be quite decorative. They are suitable for all rooms, including your kitchen or bathroom. Roller shades are available in a variety of styles, so you are sure to find one to best suit your room. A plus side to these is that you can add a thermal or blackout lining. Adding a thermal lining is great as you won't lose any heat so it will act as a curtain. A blackout lining makes roller shades ideal for your bedroom so you can sleep in peace, especially if you live in a city or a busy street.
Other shade styles include:
- pleated shades - these have a similar look to Venetian blinds but as they are made from one piece of material, they can only be moved up and down.
- Roman shades - similar to how a Venetian blind operates, when Roman shades are raised, it folds into itself. Like roller shades, these can come with additional features such as a blackout lining.
With so many variations, it can be daunting to choose the right blind for you. When choosing a blind or shade, think about what is more important, the look and design, or the functionality. This will help to narrow down your options and help you pick the most suitable style for your home.
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