Different Types of Blinds and Window Treatments to Upgrade Your Home Decor

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Are you thinking of updating your home decor? Tired of the window coverings you have in your home? You’ve come to the right place! Deciding on fresh, custom blinds and shades can be tricky. They have to match your existing decor while also giving it a fresh new look. You don’t want something too unfamiliar or too familiar. So instead of beating around the bush, let’s dive right into it! 

What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Window Treatments?

You might come across a lot of information both online and offline about window treatments. While these are often used interchangeably, they are quite distinct from each other. Window treatments are basically any soft material that you use to cover your windows. Blinds are a type of window treatment that is hard and inflexible. Shades are another type of window treatment that is more flexible and uses softer materials. So what are some of the chicest types of each you should consider?

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are one of the most popular types of window coverings. Fabric is usually used for these types of blinds, and you can customize what kind of fabric you’d like to use. The material is strung up accordion-style, and you use strings on either side to raise or lower your custom blinds. Roman blinds form beautiful, even layers when stacked, and release to become perfectly smooth when pulled down. These are excellent options for all around the house, except where children can reach. 

Cellular Window Shades

If you’ve been looking for blinds and shades that provide some insulation, cellular window shades are perfect for your home. Cellular shades most typically feature a honeycomb design and fold up flat when you pull up the window coverings. Because of the honeycomb design, cellular shades have air inside them that provides a fair amount of insulation against both heat and cold. These are great for bedrooms as they can help regulate the temperature there.

Venetian Blinds 

From Rome, our journey to update home decor takes us to Venice! Venetian blinds offer three types of use. First, you can pull them up, and the slats will press up into each other into a single bar at the top. Second, you can leave them hanging down on your custom windows, but keep the slats open. This allows you to see outside your window. Finally, you can close your custom blinds to keep unwanted eyes away from your home and family. Since they offer multiple usage options, these are a good choice for communal spaces. 

Roller Window Shades

These types of shades feature a roll on top of the window covering. The fabric that you’ve made your custom blinds out of rolls into the cylinder at the top when you open these blinds and rolls out into a smooth sheet when you close your custom blinds. They often have a hard plastic edge at the bottom to help keep the blinds wrinkle-free. These types of blinds and shades are great for windows that are accessible to kids as there are no moving parts kids can hurt themselves on.

Aluminum Blinds 

Among blinds and shades, aluminum is one of the most widely used across homes in several countries. These window coverings are grades based on the thickness or gauge of metal used. The higher the gauge, the better the quality of the product. These are pretty lightweight and an excellent option for people with mobility issues. These blinds are also extremely reasonably priced, so if you have a lot of windows to cover, these are your best option. If you look online, you’ll find great deals with free shipping too!

Solar Window Shades

If you have a house with a lot of huge windows, light-filtering and light control can become a problem. This is where solar window shades can offer you a solution. These custom window treatments are the perfect solution for unique, custom glass windows in places like hallways and living rooms where you want some light but not too much. In addition, since these shades come in different opacities, you get some extra light control and have different levels of light filtering for various areas around your home.

Honorable Mention: Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are the unconventional option when it comes to blinds and custom window coverings. However, they are most suited to vast areas which are difficult to cover with horizontal blinds. For example, if you have full-length French windows, custom horizontal blinds become too heavy to lift. Vertical blinds are also excellent for use along with sliding doors, bay windows, and on the patio. However, it is best to go for horizontal blinds if you don’t have these exceptions in your home. 

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