Choosing the Right Blinds for Your Room

Have you ever noticed when flipping through a home décor and design magazine, or through photos online, that it’s always the finishing touches that really seem to “make” the design? They pull everything together, create cohesiveness, add interest to the room, and even act in a functional manner.  People often give thought to the pillows they throw on a couch, the blankets draped across their bed, where to hang the light fixtures, and even the candles that they place around the room. But, did you know window coverings can dramatically impact your design esthetic?

Window coverings not only add to the design and feel of the room, but they help to create privacy, add insulation to keep the cool or warm air in, and they can set the mood within the space. With that said, you want to be sure you take the time to pick the right window treatment for the space.

Here we’ll take a look at blinds, specifically, and how you can go about picking the right blinds for your room.

What Kinds of Blinds Are There?

First things first, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the options out there. Coming to the conclusion that you want to hang blinds is only half the battle as there are plenty of different types available. The most common ones that you’ll find are vertical blinds, Roman blinds, roller blinds, Venetian blinds, wooden blinds, faux wood blinds, perfect-fit blinds, pleated blinds, and skylight blinds. If you’re feeling unsure about what each style looks like, a simple internet search can pull up all kinds of photos for you to view.

Outside of the different types, there are other variances, such as the traditional pull-cord style blinds or the more modern motorized blinds, which make opening and closing a breeze.

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How Much Control Do You Want Over the Natural Lighting?

The next question to ask yourself is how much control you want over the light that comes into the room. Some blinds are meant to be more of a sheer window covering that simply adds a touch of privacy and a sense of decor. Then there is the polar opposite that offers complete blackout functionality. Ultimately, it comes down to the room itself and how you use it. If, for example, you are designing a kid’s bedroom and you want to be sure it’s nice and dark come bedtime, then the blackout style blinds make the most sense.

Then again, maybe it’s for a living room where you want the light to be able to pour in, but you don’t necessarily want the neighbours to be able to see into the room. This is when something such as the silhouette shadings and pirouette-style blinds from Hunter Douglas Blinds would be ideal. The natural light is able to filter through and create that soft-touch lighting effect, but at the same time, it offers privacy.

Consider the Shape and Size of the Window

Sometimes it’s the shape, size, and placement of the window that will in fact dictate which blinds are best for the room. This is certainly the case when you’re dealing with a large window or one that isn’t the standard size. For these situations, customized blinds may be the only viable option.

Another instance where window size and placement can make a big difference is with sliding glass doors that lead to the exterior/yard or with French-style glass doors. These doors need to be fully functional, and they should open and close with ease. This means the blinds have to hang, open, and close in a way that doesn’t hinder the door in any way.

Are You Looking to Increase the Insulation in the Room?

With so many people embracing green initiatives, there is a strong desire to make homes as energy efficient as possible. This is where blinds can certainly help. You can purchase models that are able to increase energy efficiency by providing insulation. This means you’ll be able to keep the cool air in during the summer and the warm air in during the winter.

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No Need to Guess

At the end of the day, there is plenty to consider when you’re busy shopping for the right blinds for your home. This is exactly why it can be so helpful to speak to us here at Fresh Design Blinds, an  authorized retailer of Hunter Douglas blinds in Vancouver as well as Coquitlam. We are happy to help with any questions you have regarding different styles, colours, textures, sizing, and more. It’s all about finding you the perfect blinds for your home.

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