21st-century Americans expect variety and choice. When I was a child, coffee either came with cream and sugar or black. These days an entire book could be filled with all of the different coffee options that are available at your local Starbucks. You would also need a dictionary for explaining what all of the various choices actually mean.
The choices for window treatments have also proliferated in similar ways. It should be beneficial to have this type of selection instead of confusing. Therefore, I have defined and sorted out what some of the main options are in order to make the process of choosing blinds easier for you and less bewildering.
Let’s begin with some of the basics. In general, blinds refer to a kind of hard treatment that is made out of vanes or slats, which you adjust with a remote control, wand or manual pull cord.
Blinds are easy to adjust; their slats can stay closed tight for light control and privacy, or you can tilt them open to let in just the right amount of light that you desire. When you pull them up so that they are stacked at the top of your window, it leaves a view that is unobstructed.
The first decision you need to make it how wide you want your slats to be. In general, blinds come in three different standard sizes: 2 inches, 1 inch and 1/2 inch. The most popular is the 1/2-inch slat, since it provides homes with a very contemporary feeling. The 1-inch versions are a compromise between the widest and narrowest blinds; they are slightly less expensive than 1/2-inch slats because less labor is needed to manufacture them.
People who would like to have an old-world or fashioned look tend to select the 2-inch slats, since they resembled old-style Venetian blinds.
There are vertical blinds that are also designed to be used with sliding glass doors and wide window expanses. They stack to the side, instead of at the top of the windows. However, keep in mind that you can make a real commercial statement with aluminum vertical blinds. They work quite well in a modern environment, but not so great in a small cottage.
Verticals are currently available in a wonderful and broad array of different materials. These include sheer fabrics such as the Hunter Douglas Luminettes – that really provide a contemporary look for your home or office.
Plantation Shutters are a modern louvre style shutter that can be made from timber (usually Basswood) or polymer foam. The cost of plantation shutters Sydney varies depending on the size of the windows and the materials used.
After they choose the style of blinds they want to use, many clients will ask what color of blinds they need to match their room. I have an unequivocal and quick answer. If you are planning on never changing your room’s scheme,and if you are fine with your blinds being more prominent visually than your windows, then go ahead and choose a color.
However, if you would like to have a classic, long-term blind that won’t become dated or turn off a prospective buyer, you should select a neutral color that is close to the same color of your window trim. This approach is always a good one to take. Rarely should your blinds be the determining factor for what your room’s palette should be.
Wood blinds are another popular choice – including faux wood ones. Wood provides windows a more organic and softer feeling compared to aluminum blinds. If you decide to go with this choice, just keep in mind that faux wood offers a few advantages compared to real wood. First of all, it can be much less expensive. It also isn’t susceptible to moisture issues, which make them an excellent option for kitchens, bathrooms and clammy climates. You may as well go with faux if you are going to be suing painted wood blinds. No one will ever tell the difference.