Window blinds add an interesting charm to any room. Depending on the material used for its slats, you get a different vibe that can make or break how a room looks.
Aside from its aesthetics, it’s also undeniable that these window treatments have a more important role in our homes. Not only does it help give you privacy, but it also allows you to control the amount of light that enters through the window.
And depending on the type of blinds you use, you can create the illusion of a bigger or taller room.
With all these in mind, you can see that it’s important to choose the best blinds for your home. If you’re new to shopping for blinds, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. In this article, we will teach you how to determine which blinds are the best for your home.
As to Orientation
To start, you should begin by identifying the orientation of the blinds that you need for your home. There are only two orientations to choose from: horizontal and vertical.
From its name, this type of blinds has horizontal slats that are stacked on top of each other. This is the most popular since the famous Venetian blinds have a horizontal orientation.
Venetian blinds are widely popular and are often used for windows – whether for your home or office. This type of blinds creates an illusion of a wider room, so this is perfect for those with small rooms or apartments.
What we love most about horizontal blinds is that they have a wider variety of sizes to choose from. The slats can be as small as an inch, which is harder to achieve for vertical blinds. You also have more options for the materials used, but we’ll get to that point later.
As opposed to the horizontal blinds, vertical blinds have slats that run from top to bottom and usually hang from a rack.
Because of its orientation, vertical blinds look best when it’s covering up a glass door or floor-length windows. It also creates an illusion of having a higher ceiling which makes the place look larger than it is.
If your home has a large glass door or window, this is the perfect type of blinds to get. Not only will it keep your space private, but it will also help you get better control of the lighting in the room. The vertical appeal is a bonus.
As to Materials Used
At this point, you already know the type of blinds you need based on the size of your window. The next step is to identify which materials will help give that style you want the room to exude.
Wood and Faux Wood
Wood is one of the most popular materials used for blinds, mostly because it can be painted with a variety of finishes. This gives you more style options to choose from, so you can decorate your window the way you’ve always envisioned it. They also provide the space with a warm and homey appeal, and this makes it great for living spaces and bedrooms.
There are, however, downsides to wooden blinds. First is that they can be quite pricey, and second is that they are not capable of resisting moisture. This also makes them high maintenance, and that can drill a hole in your pocket in the long run.
This is why faux wood is also gaining popularity. It provides you with a warm and homey vibe from wooden blinds but at the fraction of the cost. They also have moisture-resistant properties, so you can use them for your kitchen or bathroom.
Another popular material used for blinds is metal. Metal blinds work great at deflecting light while also keeping the heat out of the room. This makes it perfect for those living in areas with warmer climates.
Metal blinds also have that formal and polished vibe about them that makes them look great inside offices.
The only downside we can think of about using metal blinds is that they tend to have sharp edges which may cause injuries if you’re not careful. It’s best not to use them when you always have children in your room.
The most affordable material used for blinds is vinyl or plastic. Vinyl blinds can come in a variety of colors and styles, and this can surely add a pop of color into the room. They don’t have sharp edges either, so it’s perfectly safe around kids. This makes it perfect for kids bedrooms, classrooms, study areas.
While vinyl is not the most durable of materials used for blinds, they’re still good enough to last for years if you know how to take care of them.
As to Adjustment Mechanism
We’ve previously mentioned that blinds allow you to control the amount of light that passes through the window and into your room. And as a final step, you can further narrow down the best blinds for your home based on its adjustment mechanism.
Traditional blinds can be adjusted through a cord that allows you to rotate the slats to create the angle that provides your desired degree of illumination. Alternatively, yanking the cord can either open the blinds completely or close them up – or open them halfway.
The problem with blinds with this adjustment mechanism is that people can get entangled between the cords. This makes it prone to accidents, especially if you’re living with children. Thus, if you have kids at home, we recommend trying the cordless alternatives.
A safer alternative is cordless blinds. These blinds provide your home with a less-cluttered look since it no longer has a cord hanging on one side.
Cordless blinds work thanks to an internal tension mechanism that allows you to move the slats depending on whether you push or pull the bottom rack.
So if you’re living with children, this is the safest and most cost-effective option for you.
With today’s latest innovations, it seems like everything is possible. So we weren’t surprised when we found out about smart blinds.
These state-of-the-art blinds can be easily controlled via an app or an AI virtual assistant. This allows you to shut the blinds closed or open it at an ideal angle without getting up from your chair. Some manufacturers even allow you to set automatic adjustments based on the time of day or angle of the sun – and that’s really impressive.
With all that technology, it’s understandable that these blinds also come with a hefty price tag. But if you think that this is the best option for your home, we’re sure that it’s worth the investment.
So, now you can make decision about which blinds are the best for your home.