Blinds are one of the best ways to add some privacy and style to your home, covering up windows and giving you an extra level of adjustment with how space looks. However, like any purchase, knowing what to consider and look for can make it a lot easier to choose curtains, or stylish blinds and shutters that offer the features or details that you are looking for.
Some blinds take up more room than others. For example, roller blinds take up hardly any space and can offer a good amount of light-blocking, but they don’t have the same flexibility or range of styles as curtains do. Some blinds are also larger when folded away, and others are designed to roll or fold up so that they take up less space overall. If you have items near your window, like seating or a cupboard, you will also want to make sure that your new blinds won’t get caught on the side as they close or open.
Keep in mind that the majority of blinds need to be closed manually. While there are some exceptions, like motorized roller blinds, a lot of them will have a physical knob or string that can be drawn back or twisted to change the height and angle of the blinds as a whole. Because of this, being able to reach these controls matters a lot: if they are trapped behind a cupboard, it becomes much harder to reliably open and closes the blinds.
While it should be evident to many people, the style of the shutters and blinds that you choose can make a massive difference in the way that space looks and feels. This doesn’t necessarily just include the type of blinds, either: while vertical blinds and Venetian blinds are very different in terms of how they look, the colors and materials involved can be just as important.
Remember that style can also alter how the blinds perform in terms of light-blocking or heat insulation. Blinds that use shiny materials are more likely to bounce light around the room while partially open, but darker ones will absorb that light and make it less likely to reflect into the interior space.
Speaking of light, it can be one of the most important parts of buying any kind of blind, curtain, or shutter for your home. Many people will use their blinds and curtains to control how light moves through space, blocking out bright sunlight, or making sure that it doesn’t glare into their eyes while they work. Certain blind styles are more effective at this than others: a curtain can’t really angle light, but vertical blinds can point it off to the side where it isn’t going to get in anybody’s way.
Most materials are still going to let the light shine through even if they are closed, especially thinner curtains or blinds that have gaps in between them, or blinds that feature slats. Because of this, you should never assume that closed blinds will lead to total darkness: in fact, thinner materials might even color the light as it shines through the surface. Thin red curtains can turn white light into a pinkish color, which might ruin the aesthetic you have been aiming for.
Price is, of course, one of the most immediate concerns that many people will have. In general, as your blinds increase in quality and the patterns or fabric become more detailed, it will also increase the price. A combination of expensive materials and large window sizes can quickly eat into your budget if you are trying to cover every window in your entire house. However, you don’t necessarily have to choose the exact same blinds for every single room. Having the freedom to select different shutters, curtains, and blinds for each room makes it easy to stretch your budget. Check out whether you can purchase custom online blinds, you should be able to save quite a bit. Learning how to DIY is a relatively simple process, and most websites have simple measurement guides and videos available.
Panel glide blinds, for example, usually only really work on large windows that stretch down the floor. As such, these might be your main feature in a living room or dining room or for sliding doors, and you can spend more money on them to make them look attractive while going for a cheaper option on other windows. If you don’t need a very specific pattern or material in a certain area, then there is often a more affordable alternative that you can choose.