When you finally tire of your current boring window treatments, it will be time to turn your attention to another kind of window treatment that can instantly give your home a face lift. Blinds are an excellent choice because they allow you to completely control the amount of light that comes into a room. Not only that but you can customize your window treatments to match whatever decor you want. No matter which colors, styles or designs you are interested in, you can find blinds to fit.
If you simply wade your way into the blinds market without doing some research first, you are going to get overwhelmed fairly quickly. This is because there are many different styles of shades available and unless you have narrowed your options down somewhat, you might end up staying with whatever window treatments you currently have, and that’s no fun!
Light-weight aluminum Venetian blinds are likely the kind of blinds that come to mind when you hear the word “blinds.” However, these window treatments are not very attractive, even though they are very functional. They are extremely durable and serve their light-filtering purpose perfectly. Because they usually have narrow slats, you can control the amount of light coming into your room to a very fine degree. In fact, you can close them completely to block out the sun entirely, which is not something all blinds can do.
You can also get wood blinds in either vertical or horizontal styles. Keep in mind, though, that if you choose real wood, you are going to pay more for that privilege. Wood window treatments are among the most elegant window treatments you can find on the market. Their rich coloring and rustic appeal make them attractive for just about any decor. But because they take more effort to manufacture and the demand for them is high, companies charge a lot more for them.
One option available to you if you want to save money and still get the benefits of real wood is to purchase faux wood blinds instead. Although some elegance is lost in the faux wood design, the dramatic difference in price is often worth it for homeowners. What’s more is that faux wood blinds are easier to clean than real wood blinds, last longer than real wood blinds and won’t crack or warp like real wood blinds.
There are many other styles and types of window shades in addition to the ones mentioned here. Just be sure to do your research before you buy so you end up with a product you love at a price you can afford.