When it comes to choosing between window shades and blinds, you have to think beyond the aesthetic.
have to think beyond the aesthetic. Convenience, light control, energy-
efficiency, and privacy are all factors to consider.
You\'re decorating a new room or updating an existing space. You\'ve
chosen wall colors, floor coverings, and lighting fixtures. You\'ve picked
out furniture and accent pieces. But what about window treatments?
Will you opt for slim horizontal blinds, wooden vertical blinds, or fabric
Window treatments should never be afterthoughts in your interior design.
After all, not only can they tie an entire room together, but they\'re also
one of the only interior design elements visible from outside your
home. They also have a variety of functional considerations, from light
control to energy efficiency. Consider all of the options available to
you, and consult with an interior design or window treatment
professional to make an informed decision.
Horizontal blinds are one of the most common residential window
treatments, which is due primarily to the fact that they come in a
variety of shapes and materials. You can choose thick wood slats or
thin vinyl ones, depending on your design needs and budget.
Horizontal blinds can raise to provide a view outside and lower for
increased privacy, and you can even rotate the slats to control the
amount of light that enters through each window. They can be a great
way to cover a window without overwhelming it, and the straight lines
of the slats provide a sleek, clean look.
There\'s a reason that you often see vertical blinds in front of sliding
doors. They offer floor-to-ceiling coverage for glass doors and can be
pushed out of the way when you need to exit. If you have patio or
porch doors that need window treatments, vertical blinds might be
your best bet. Vertical blinds offer the same light control and privacy
control features as horizontal blinds, though their effectiveness at light
control will vary depending on the width of each slat and how closely
they\'re spaced together. One other advantage of vertical blinds is that
the individual slats are easy to replace if one gets damaged; with
horizontal blinds, on the other hand, all of the slats are connected, top
to bottom, making repairs considerably more difficult.
Love the convenience and ease-of-use of horizontal blinds, but want a
softer look? Consider installing window shades instead of blinds.
Shades operate in the same way as horizontal blinds, either rolling up
or folding up to allow light into the room. The main difference is that
shades are made up of a single sheet of material, rather than multiple
slats. You might purchase sheer shades in a soft colored fabric to
diffuse the light in the room when rolled down. You also might prefer
Roman shades, which look more like draperies and fold up into
themselves. Shades can be engineered to block out all light or to filter
out UV rays, and they come in a variety of materials and patterns to
match any design scheme.
Your window treatment choice will depend on your design style and your
budget. However, functional considerations--such as how much light
the room gets and whether you want the blinds or shades to help your
home be more energy-efficient--are also important. Whether you
choose blinds, shades, or even a completely different option, such as
plantation shutters, you\'ll want something that meets your physical
needs and adds the right aesthetic touch to the room.