How To Pick Window Treatments

These 3 tips on how to pick window treatments will help you find the best choice if you’re on a budget, looking for shades for privacy, or wanting some style.

Budget – If you have children or pets, the everyday wear-and-tear becomes inevitable. The best option would be to buy inexpensive window treatments. That way when something drastic happens, you won’t break the bank getting them replaced. Just because you’re saving some cash does not mean you have to sacrifice style! Blinds On Time has a variety of budget-friendly options to choose from. Pleated shades and cellular shades are amongst the favorites. They come in a variety of color selections, making them perfect for fitting into any room. Not only are they affordable, but also very functional. If you need privacy, light control, or cordless window treatments, these shades will definitely fulfill those needs.

Privacy – Blinds and shutters are a perfect choice for achieving ultimate privacy in a space. They allow light to shine through during the day, but can also close completely without allowing anyone to see through your windows at night. If you do not want solid blinds for safety reasons, then cellular shades are another great option.  They can move in many different forms when you order top-down/bottom-up shades, allowing you to have various control of light and sight.  The only downside is you would not be able to see through any slats, only sections of the window.

 

Style – Elegant and refined, drapes will certainly transform your space from ordinary to dashing! Hang the curtains from the highest point of your wall all the way to the floor.  Also, to make your windows seem larger, make the drapes fall on the side, exposing the whole window. They come in many different styles and textiles and colors.  Add some roman shades or wood blinds for some extra style and UV protection. Valances are also another awesome addition to your drapes adding traditional style and sophistication.  If you want a more modern look, use bold patterns and sleek lines. Maybe you just want to dress-up some blinds you already have?  Adding valances will add just a pop of style! Here is a before and after shot to show you how draperies can change a room:

(Image via BalancingHome.com)

Faux vs Wood Blinds

 Faux Wood vs Real Wood- difference

Deciding between faux vs wood blinds can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming. There are many different kinds of styles and materials, but the two most commonly used are faux wood and real wood blinds.

What are “faux” blinds, anyway?  Faux is a French word meaning imitation. They can resemble the look of real wood blinds in your home, but offer different benefits. Real wood blinds became popular in America since the Colonial times when fabric from Europe was expensive and heavily taxed.  Now it seems it is the other way around!

The choice to include faux wood or real wood blinds in your home depends on where you live and what characteristics you are looking for.  Here are some pros and cons of each to help you:

 Faux Wood vs Real Wood- faux wood blinds

Pros:

  • Look real – Most people cannot tell the difference unless you point it out.
  • Affordable – They are made from composites (like pressed wood boards), vinyl, or other kinds of materials, making them inexpensive to produce.
  • Easy to maintain – No need to worry about buying special cleaners or varnish! Just wipe clean with average cleaning solvents, or with simple soap and water.
  • UV Protection – Faux wood blinds offer 75 – 90% UV protection, keeping your furniture, window treatments, and art safe.
  • Do not warp or crack – Humidity and temperature will not tamper with the stability or look of the blinds, especially if they are vinyl.
  • Lightweight – Because they are less dense than real wood, faux wood blinds do great with spanning across large windows.

Cons:

  • Generic – The imprinted wood grains on faux wood blinds are all the same.  Nature is unique, and a factory is not.
  • Limited color – The special finish does not allow you to paint your blinds.  If your blinds are out of style and want to change them, you have to buy new ones.
  • Can break – If you have children or pets that mess with vinyl faux wood blinds, sometimes (because they are so thin) they can break or bend. 

 Faux Wood vs Real Wood- difference in real wood blinds

Pros:

  • Elegant – Wood gives the space a warm ambiance and elegant look.  Easy way to spruce up a room without a big effort.
  • Change of look – Tired of seeing the same boring white wood blinds?  Paint or stain them!  The beauty of these blinds is you can paint or stain them whichever color you wish to be included in any design.
  • Unique – Nature’s unique work of art will create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind grains into each slat.

Cons:

  • Expensive – Not only are they expensive to buy (depending on the wood), but they are also expensive to maintain! You cannot clean real wood blinds with just soap and water, you have to buy a special solvent or else they will warp.
  • Warping and cracking – Warm temperatures expand wood, while cold temperatures contract wood, sometimes causing the wood to crack or warp.  This is especially evident with less expensive types of wood.
  • Heavy – Large windows with real wood blinds can be heavy and sometimes are difficult to raise and lower.  The stress can sometimes break the inner chords.

These two contenders are great options for your home.  Keep these benefits and drawbacks in mind before you buy. If you have children or pets that can damage to your blinds, or you do not have time to maintain your blinds, then the more affordable and maintenance-free faux wood blinds would be best.  If your home needs a more stylish, and warm look, then real wood is the one for you.

Remember to get your blinds just in time for Thanksgiving with Blinds On Time’s fall sale! It ends Sunday at midnight.