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How to Shop for Window Blinds

Window blinds and curtains are important in a home, but for complete window decoration, think beyond. Even as family and friends can always see the beauty from inside, consider those who are outside watching. So maximize your window charms using well-matched decorative blinds that work both for your home’s interior and exterior.

Obviously, not all window blinds are the same. Before you go shopping, consider the basics.

Types and Materials

There are lots of window blinds nowadays, but let’s concentrate on the three most popular terms you will likely hear – raised, louvered, and board and batten. Within these types, you’ll also discover structural differences, especially in terms of the top design, which can be eyebrow-shaped, arched or straight. All three have the same function, but each will give home and windows a different feel to it. Most people select the design that looks best with the architectural lines of their home.

Wood Blinds

No two kinds of wood types create the same effect, but if you want to choose from the most popular options, these are oak, pine and alder. Wood blinds may be stained dark or light, painted any color you want, and are usually treated for extreme weather conditions.

Plastic and Vinyl Blinds

While plastic and vinyl blinds are processed products, many of them are manufactured to look like beautiful wood grain that you couldn’t tell apart from natural wood. In any case, plastic and vinyl are generally more durable than wood and low-maintenance (they don’t peel or chip).

On top of choosing the right materials, a vital factor to consider when buying window blinds is measurements.

Width

It’s better to use one width for every window for uniformity, but remember that a lot of homes have different sized windows! Most shops today sell blinds with widths of 6. Experts say blinds should cover about 25% to 33% of your total window width (trim included), though of course, this is still an issue of personal preference. Get the size that you think is best for your ideal home.

Height

When you measure window height, make sure to begin from the top, all the way down to the bottom end of the trim. If you plan to install vinyl blinds on a window with a sill, give a 1/4-inch allowance – take note that vinyl expands and contracts with the seasons. Blinds nowadays are mostly made with a height of 2 inches, but some can be shorter or taller. Again, you have the option to go with whatever is right of your type of windows.

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