How To Pick Blinds

With so many options to choose from, knowing how to pick blinds and picking a window covering can sometimes be overwhelming. Do I want cellular shades, wood blinds, or draperies? Which would benefit the house more? Well, we are here to help you.

We have created a questionnaire on how to pick blinds that makes the daunting task surprisingly easy! You answer 8 simple questions on what you want regarding design and function, and we will narrow your search. Read more to find out what the characteristics are detail.

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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:

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Blinds vs Shades

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Blinds and shades both spruce up the windows, so they have to be the same, right?  Wrong. Blinds vs shades don’t necessarily mean the same thing.  It is important to know what each word means to effectively communicate what you want in your space. Let’s go over some of their characteristics between blinds vs shades:

MATERIAL:  Blinds are made of hard materials such as wood, faux wood, metal, or vinyl. Shades are made up of soft materials like fabrics and woven woods.  These two both hang from the top of the windowsill.

LOOK: The easiest way to distinguish between blinds and shades are if the material has slats, or if it is one solid material.  Blinds have vanes, or slats, that allow you to adjust the amount of privacy and light you prefer throughout the day. They still allow you to look outside, even if they are fully lowered. Shades are made of one solid fabric that can also be moved to tweak your privacy and light preference, but only up or down.

LIGHT CONTROL: The flexibility in light control award goes to blinds. You can control if you want no light, full light, partial light, what direction you want the light to go, etcetera.  Let’s not completely forget about shades, though.  Sheer shades let the light to softly diffuse into the room, and thick shades darken the space.

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LIFESPAN: Blinds are extremely durable, especially if they are made of wood.  They are easy to clean, and do not fade with sunlight as quickly as shades do.  If you are looking to buy window coverings that will last you for years, blinds are the way to go.  Shades are harder to clean because the fibers in the fabric will collect dust and dirt over the years.  Sunlight can also weaken and fade your fabrics, especially if the color of your fabric is dark.  For a longer lifespan, buy shades that include lining.  The lining will act as a barrier and protect the fabric from sunlight.

DESIGN: Because shades come in a vast variety of fabrics, they offer a wider range of styles, patterns, and colors.  They can turn your room into an O-K room to a fantastically stylish room, and are fun to pick out! Blinds do not disappoint either.  These are the better option if you want to control your privacy, light, and furnishings without distracting from your design.

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Remember these characteristics between blinds vs shades when you are discussing window treatments with your designer, husband, friends, or searching for them on our site.  Shop our selection of Cellular Shades and get a free upgrade to cordless before the offer ends October 30th!

 

How To Choose Blinds For Your Home

How to choose blinds for your home is a great question to have! Choosing to purchase discount blinds is a cost-efficient move for any homeowner, but it helps to get to know the different materials available so you can make the most out of your investment. The three common materials used for blinds are wood, faux wood, and vinyl. Each has its own set of distinct traits that makes it ideal for different uses. Read our tips on how to choose blinds and materials for your home!

Wood: Although more challenging to clean than other materials, blinds made of wood offer a classy, polished look to any home design. Wood blinds are best used in rooms that aren’t too humid, such as a bedroom or study. The material has a tendency to warp when kept in moist conditions. Wood is also a natural insulator. Installing wood blinds helps promote energy efficiency in the home. They serve as a barrier between the room and the window, which can help you save energy and lower cooling and heating costs.

Faux Wood: Also known as composite wood, faux wood is a mixture of wood components and synthetic plastic materials. Blinds made with this material provide you with the wood-grain texture of natural wood at a more affordable price. It’s even possible to find discount blinds in this material that offer protection from ultraviolet rays as well. Although faux wood blinds lack the large color selection that wood blinds have, you can easily install them in areas or rooms with high levels of humidity. Faux wood blinds aren’t prone to warping or cracking; because of their tolerance to humid climates, they can be installed in most rooms, no matter if it’s hot or cold outside.

Vinyl: Because vinyl is easy to clean and is available in various colors and grains, it has been a popular choice for those looking for discount blinds. Vinyl window blinds are some of the best options for areas where there’s a lot of moisture and frequent direct contact with water, such as bathrooms and kitchens. No single blind is perfect for every room in the house. By looking into the benefits each material provides, it becomes easier to not only narrow down your choices, but also to select discount blinds that will serve your home well in the long run.

Traditional wood blinds with a beautiful set of draperies and a color coordinated cornice board can give your room a unique look

Wood blinds combined with draperies and a cornice boardGet this unique look for your bedroom! Wood blinds with matching fabric tape, a set of draperies and a color coordinated cornice board can give you a great new look. Take a look at our wood blinds that are on sale- click here!