There are so many different ways to upgrade your home. You can change the exterior color, get a new roof, install some plush, new carpet, or even paint the interior walls and get new furniture. All of these changes, regardless of what you might expect, come at a pretty hefty price tag and might not be exactly the change you were looking for. If you want to make some subtle changes that will really make a difference, it’s time to consider updating your blinds.
The type of blinds that you have in your home says a lot about you and your style. In fact, it’s amazing what a new set or style of blinds can do. They can increase privacy, bring forth elegance and style, and completely change the look and feel of a room. Blinds are functional window coverings that can be drawn, tilted, or left down, giving you a level of control that other window coverings don’t offer. However, there are quite a few different types of blinds available and if you don’t know your options, it will be difficult to make an educated decision on what’s best for you. In this article, we’ll explore a number of different blinds to consider for your home.
Clarification: Blinds vs. Shades
Before we dive into the different options, we wanted to take a minute to make sure and differentiate blinds vs. shades—they’re not the same.
Blinds are made from a number of different types of materials and are variable in size and shape. Yet blinds all have one thing in common: they’re made from individual slats that connect via a woven string from top to bottom, or sometimes horizontally. Blinds are easy to adjust and can be moved in a number of different ways to allow light to enter a room or close it off.
Shades, on the other hand, are made from one, solid piece of material. You can draw your shades, but that’s where you’re limited. You don’t have the level of lighting control that blinds offer.
Different Types of Blinds
If you’re unsure about what type of blinds to get for your home, the first step involves understanding what your options are. Here are some of the different types of blinds available and a little bit about each.
Vertical blinds are primarily used for doors, but can be used for windows as well. When used for windows, they’re most often utilized for long, floor to ceiling, windows. However, there are no limitations as to where you can use vertical blinds. They run the length of the structure and are made out of a number of different materials. You have the ability to tilt vertical blinds 180 degrees for optimal lighting control. This is a great option if you have glass doors on the first floor but are looking to add more privacy to your home. Vertical blinds can also be pulled back completely when you want to enjoy the view or some natural sunlight.
If vertical blinds aren’t what you’re looking for, you can opt for panel blinds. They still run vertically, but they’re usually constructed out of fabric, giving them a completely different look and feel. Panel blinds run along a track and each slat is much thicker than vertical blinds. There are a number of different color options for panel blinds including solar screens and blackout shades. They can still be opened and closed to varying degrees, but there is no tilt available in panel blinds.
Venetian blinds are one of the most popular options for blinds in a home. They’ve been around for ages and offer a classic touch on your interior design. They’re constructed of 2″ horizontal slats and can be made in any material you’d like. These slats are all interconnected using tapes or cords and give you enough flexibility to rotate a full 180 degrees. When rotated completely to one side, they offer privacy and block all light from entering a room. When you want to let more light in, you can raise venetian blinds completely.
It should be noted that if you want to get venetian blinds in wood, they fall under their own category. When ordering or discussing your options, just know that venetian blinds made out of wood are referred to as wooden blinds. Wooden blinds offer a more distinguished look, but work the same way as venetian blinds. Similarly, there are additional options for fauxwood blinds.
Mini blinds are almost exactly the same as venetian blinds, except for their size. They are stacked and interconnected the exact same way, offer the same 180-degree rotation, and can be pulled up for maximum sun exposure. However, mini blinds are only 1″ thick, making them half the size of venetian blinds.
If small blinds are what you’re looking for, but mini are still too big, you can opt for micro blinds. Again, these have the same underlying features as venetian blinds and mini blinds, but they’re even smaller. Micro blinds are constructed of ½” thick slats. To make sure that they still offer good coverage for privacy and light control, micro blinds simply use more slats.
Perfect Fit Blinds
As the name suggests, perfect fit blinds are custom made to fit any size or shaped window perfectly. These are most often used on double glazed or uPVC windows. They lay flush against the window so that there are no spaces on either side or above or below. This allows you maximum levels of privacy and lighting control. Perfect fit blinds come with a discreet frame and are easy to install.
This is a bit on the futuristic side, especially if you’re not currently up to date on smart technology, but they are available for purchase. Smart blinds pair with smart home technology and allow you to keep your windows and doors covered, or open, even when you’re not physically home. This can help ward of theft and control your home’s temperature.
It works by pairing to a Smartphone application where you can change the way you control your blinds—either individually or in designated groups. You can open or close your blinds at the touch of a button or set a specified program for opening and closing times throughout the day. You can look into smart blinds to help reduce energy costs and add a touch of technology to your home, but they can be very expensive.
Materials Used for Blinds
In addition to the above types of blinds, blinds also come in a variety of materials. You can get any type of blind in any material you want, making them extremely easy to customize and match your style. Some of the materials include:
This is one of the most popular types of blind materials available. Wood blinds give your home an elegant look and come in a variety of different stains and finishes. You can choose which type of wood your blinds will be made from then match a color or finish with your current interior. Wooden blinds emit a feeling of warmth and can help make your space feel homier. However, if you live in an area with high humidity, you will need to be careful with wood blinds. It’s a natural material that’s prone to warping in extreme weather conditions, so make sure that you take care of your wood blinds.
Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds are a great alternative for people living in rough or intense climates. They give you the same feel as real wood, but they’re made from a synthetic material. This means that you won’t have to worry about warping, cracking, or splitting. The synthetic construction means that faux wood blinds are extremely durable and will last for years. Plus, they’re more affordable than real wood blinds.
Metal blinds are an option if you’re looking for something that’s extremely durable and resistant to outside temperatures or humidity. They’re similar to plastic blinds in look, but since you have the ability to customize metal blinds with finishes, you can achieve a more desirable look. The only major downfall is that metal blinds can cause quite a bit of noise, so if you want some piece and quiet, these probably aren’t the best option for you.
Finally, all types of blinds are available in plastic. While plastic blinds are the most economical of the options listed, they’re not exactly the most visually appealing. If you really want to spruce up your home, plastic is not the greatest option. Over time, plastic can be easily damaged and will need replacing. However, as we said, it is economical and plastic blinds can be implemented for any blind type.
Each type of blinds is available in a number of different materials and color palettes. If you’re ready give your home’s interior a refreshing new look, head over to Blinds by Design today. We have a variety of options and our team of professionals will help you find the perfect shades, shutters, and blinds for your home. Call us today at (479) 318-1223 or by visiting our website. We’re always happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for and answer any questions that arise along the way.