One of the first decorative elements we usually add to a home is window blinds. They are easiest to install before other items are put in place, and they provide an immediate increase in security and comfort. The question is not whether you need blinds, but which kind of blinds is best for your home. Think about these three factors.
How Dark Do You Need It?
Sometimes it’s enough to have lightweight blinds that only reduce glare, while in other cases, the room needs total darkness. A number of factors can influence which one applies to your situation. Some windows never receive direct sun, making blinds only necessary for privacy. Others receive intense rays in the morning or evening, necessitating a true blackout blind. The proximity of neighbors and streets, the contents of the room, and the presence of someone who works nights can all figure into exactly how much light you need to exclude.
Can They Be Cleaned Easily?
Many home designs today feature dramatic high ceilings, open foyers, and other elements that place windows in locations that are difficult to access. If blinds are installed in these windows, it can be hard to keep them clean. In that case, you should favor a blind that is easier to clean with a vacuum or long-handled dusting device so that you aren’t tempted to climb a ladder or just skip cleaning altogether. Favor materials that are smoother, and be sure that furnace filters and air ducts are kept clean to minimize the buildup of dust in the first place.
What Matches the Rest of the Room?
The final tip involves making your blinds match your room. As we have already noted, we often install blinds first. From that point, it can be easy to get off track and complete the decor with colors or styles that don’t really make sense with the blinds. The result is a room that doesn’t look quite as put-together as it should. Get your complete room decoration plan put together first, even before you purchase blinds. That will keep you from making a hasty choice that forces you to make a change later.
Blind are a very important part of a room. They are both functional and fashionable, providing privacy and light control while contributing to the overall look of the room. Whether you’re redecorating, renovating, or building new, take some time to think about your needs before buying blinds to make the finished room look its best.
About the author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.