Choosing window treatments is typically a matter of taste and preference. Yet, it’s great to be familiar with the functional differences of all available options so that you can determine the overall interior design and aesthetic look for your windows.
Do you know the differences between window blinds, shades and curtains? What will be the primary purpose of your blinds? Will they be more decorative, or do you need blackout blinds to help keep sunlight out? Would your preference be vertical or horizontal blinds? Would you need manual blinds such as roller blinds or roman shades, or would motorized blinds be more suited to your needs?
Let’s learn more about window blinds and how they compare to a variety of window treatments.
Blinds are one of the most popular styles of window covering. However, not all blinds look or operate the same. Blinds are “hard” window coverings composed of vanes or slats that tumble down the blind as it is lowered (a horizontal orientation) or can be pulled across a window to stack lengthwise to the side (a vertical orientation). These louvers or slats are individually formed together to create the complete blind and are usually controlled by a manual pull cord that enables you to raise or lower the blind to cover the window. When the blinds are closed, you can adjust the opening of the vanes to let in more or less light or close it tightly for privacy. They can also be adjusted or tilted at different angles for light control.
Shades are “soft” window treatments that are made of materials on a continuous roll to cover a large swath of a window opening, fitting snugly into your window and stacking neatly at the top. They are made from one piece of material instead of individual slats like blinds. For this reason, shades are drawn up and down by cords or rolled up with a spring device; they can be adjusted up and down but not side to side.
Shades also come in a variety of styles, materials and sizes. Shades have no slats or vanes and provide a smooth look to your windows. This is why they are called soft window treatments — because the fabric and feeling of the shade are warm and flowing. However, unlike blinds, you cannot adjust for light filtering.
Decorating your home reflects your tastes and creates an aesthetic you can be proud of. One often overlooked consideration is whether you want window blinds or curtains for your home.
The primary differences between curtains and blinds are the fabric and the maintenance cost. Often, curtains are the preferred choice, but many residents in the DC area are seeking long-lasting, affordable and easy to clean options. Over time, curtains are prone to tears and rips, whereas blinds are usually made of stronger materials like wood and composites. That means that blinds can withstand a bit more punishment and typically come with a longer life span.
Home window blinds are typically more affordable than curtains, depending on the material used in the blinds versus the material used in the curtains. Blinds come in a variety of patterns, colors and styles so that no matter your preferences and budget, you’ll be able to find blinds that are right for you.
In addition to durability and affordability, blinds are also easier to maintain and clean. For instance, you will not have to worry about stains and mold as much with blinds compared to curtains. And unlike the fabric in cloth curtains, stains are easier to remove.
There is no right or wrong solution when it comes to choosing any window coverings for your home. The final choice is ultimately dependent upon your own taste, the size of your windows and the style of your room.
When you’re ready to deck your house out with new window blinds in the DC area, schedule a free consultation with us online.
The process of choosing window blinds can be daunting if you’ve never done it before. From selecting materials and colors to expert measurement and installation, our window treatment specialists at Accurate Insulation can help you install your new window blinds and create the perfect aesthetic for your home.
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Accurate Insulation is a leading supplier of quality window blinds in the DC area. Accurate Insulation strives to constantly increase efficiency and effectiveness for our clients by providing comprehensive tailor-made solutions for your needs.
We offer a variety of products and services, all with one goal in mind: to make your life easier. We can arrange for one of our installers to come out to your home to measure your windows and install your new window blinds. All of our technicians are fully licensed, insured and background checked and are part of Accurate Insulation’s team of experts.
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