Tips for Buying Window Blinds
Whether you want privacy, style or the two,. selecting window treatments can be a task. Should you buy online, at a specialty blind store or your local home center? How formal or sheer do you go? And how come your neighbors and friends always seem to get it effortlessly?
The following should be considered before you buy blinds:
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Decide if you want bright and airy or “buttoned up” and cozy.
Do you want the sunlight to shine on your kitchen sink or block it out in your bedroom? Are you planning to cover the windows near your main entrance or on the sunny side of your home? Factors like these will affect the fabrics and styles you choose.
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Size of Your Budget
Are you outfitting one or all windows around your house? Consider a bigger and smaller budget on certain windows, depending on which you think are more and less important. With window treatments being priced by size, expect bigger treatments to be more expensive. When ordering custom sizes and specialty patterns, fabrics or features, be prepared for a higher price.
Also consider how much time and effort you’re willing to spend maintaining the blinds. Cleaning standard blinds can be easily done at home, but because they tend to be dust magnets, they will require attention every now and then. Textured fabrics and weaves also hide dirt, so you will have to vacuum them or let professional cleaners handle the job.
Check your own decorating style – casual or formal? Classic or edgy? Bold colors are energizing, while muted ones are more soothing. Do you want blinds with cords or sleek and cordless?
If your household includes young children, it’s probably safer to choose cordless blinds.
In general, blinds are great if you want slats that can be adjusted to let just enough sun in, depending on your preference. They offer you a nice and neat custom fit and lots of privacy too. Aside from size, the material used in making the blinds also affects price.
The following are some types available today:
> Wood blinds can be made in dark or light hues, with painted or polished finishes. They’re not the ideal choice for areas where there is moisture, such as a bath or kitchen (polymer or faux wood can be an alternative though), or for living rooms or bedrooms where a softer effect is desired.
> Insulating blinds help save energy and block or filter light, so they can really be a good investment.
Finally, when buying window blinds and shades, choose a reputable supplier to be sure that you get quality products. Not just aesthetics but also durability is very important.