Window blinds… nearly everyone owns them and yet they are rarely given much thought unless you are an interior designer, or you are moving into a new home. The truth is they should be given a lot more thought and consideration due to the impact they have on not only the overall style of a room, but because of the main reason we buy them… function. Let’s take a look at the many reasons we need to really think harder about our window blinds before we just run out and buy whatever is on a store shelf.
Glorious Beautiful Light… In Your Eyes
Have you ever woken-up in the morning feeling fantastic and rested (hah!) only to crack open your eyes and… ow! Yes we feel your pain, that bright light in your eyes first thing in the morning is less than pleasant. Window blinds may not be the answer to solving your morning ritual of pain, in this case you probably want window shades to cover those east facing windows.
A Movie With Friends
Picture this, it’s a warm sunny Saturday afternoon and you have friends over to watch a movie and hang-out together. Everything is going well until you realize that you can’t seem to get the room dim enough to eliminate the light and glare… from your friends and the windows alike. There are a few solutions to this one; for beginners if you have blinds you probably bought those knock-off blinds that do not fit your window right so they just won’t cut it, you should have had them custom-fitted. You could also couple good fitting blinds with curtains to get the lighting right, or you could get room-darkening cellular shades.
Of course I have to mention style, whether you personally think it is important or not everyone has a style preference. Sure plain white window blinds typically do the job and perhaps that is all you really want, but there are more options out there ladies and gentlemen. For example real hardwood blinds and shutters really add atmosphere and value to a home while also fitting snugly and offering better light control and even energy efficiency. Or if wood is not your thing you can for example literally take any image you want, and have it printed on a window shade for a look uniquely you.
So my advice to you? Take another look at all the styles, colors, and types of window blinds on the market before you install and forget them, they are one necessity you should not take for granted.
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