Because there are so many choices for window treatments, it can quickly become overwhelming. Before considering design elements, first think about what you need your blinds to do—here are some things to consider when picking out blinds for your space:
Privacy & Light Blocking
Some of us need blinds to ensure privacy, especially when a window is facing another neighbor, or is close to street levels where passersby can easily see in. Others need blinds simply to block out light—especially in bedrooms, where many of us like total darkness to sleep. In these cases, you’ll want to consider what are called cellular shades, blinds that you can switch from being fully open to allow light in, to total block-out for evening, offering a similar level of darkness provided by shutters or lined curtains. These options can also work during high noon hours when sun shines into your home and risks fading carpets and fabrics.
Frame a Window or a View
Some windows face out to a great view of a garden, a cityscape, or a mountain view. In these cases, you don’t want blinds that cover up the beauty outside. Instead, you want treatments that are easy to open, and when open, offer a totally unobstructed view. Good choices are wood and faux wood blinds, shutters or soft vane window shadings.
You may just simply want the finishing look of curtains and valences to frame a window, just to give the room a finished feeling. It’s amazing the difference a room with window treatments makes: it really feels much more done.
Choosing a Color
You’ll need to decide if you want blinds to blend with the decor or to pop. For blending, pick window treatments that are the same tone as the wall but a few shades darker, or choose a non-dominant subtle color in the room (a soft shade from the rug). Matching the trim color allows the window treatment to blend in to the window and allow the wall color to stand out. The most popular colors of hard treatments are white and off-white. A bold color, on the other hand, will work like an exclamation point if you’re looking to add some wow.
Consider the mood of the room. For a formal space, there’s heavy silk or velvet (a great insulator); keep in mind that both are dry-clean only. More practical (often washable) options include silky rayon blends and cotton sateen. For a casual feel, there are billowy linen (generally dry-clean only) and crinkly crushed velvet. Cotton and cotton blends work with any type of decor and bring a crisp, neat feel, as does seasonless heathered fabrics.
Prints and Patterns
A rule of thumb: If you have patterned furniture or bedding (or a very elaborate rug), stick with solid window treatments. If you have solid-color furniture or bedding, consider adding patterned window treatments. For a subtle hit of style and energy, go for a small, neutral print, like dots or paisley, which reads like texture from afar. A large, graphic print in a color that relates to the existing decor is daring but can be spectacular.
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Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.