Horizontal, vertical, Roman style, shutters…there are so many choices these days when it comes to shades and blinds for your home. It can be a bit overwhelming. New window treatments are a great way to update your home this Spring. Let’s look at some of the different styles of shades and blinds and how they can help your home become more stylish and energy efficient.
Horizontal Blinds: Not What They Used to Be
These are the blinds we have probably all used at some point. They have a little wand on the side that you twist to adjust the amount of light that comes in and two strings opposite of that that you pull and completely lift up the blind exposing the entire window.
There is a stigma with horizontal blinds and that is that they look cheap. But there are many options today that actually give quite a nice updated look to traditional horizontal blinds made out of materials such as faux wood blinds, vinyl blinds, and real wood blinds.
Woven Wood Shades: The Natural Choice
Woven wood shades are great for those of you who like a more bohemian natural look in your home. Woven wood shades rise up in a pleasing folding pattern that is distinctive yet subtle. These shades come in a variety of colors and different weaves. It should be noted that you will not be able to adjust the amount of light coming in while you have these closed, but they do add a nice touch to the right home.
Roman Shades: Customized and Classic
Roman shades are made of fabric that stacks up evenly when opened. These folds are effective at blocking out light and retaining heat, the Roman shade offers a clean and tailored look. Your choice of color with Roman shades is absolutely limitless making them ideal for any decor style. They also offer anywhere from subtle light diffusing to completely blacking out a room. These are probably the option that can be customized the most, so it is great for those of you who can’t seem to find the perfect window treatment.
Shutters: An Old World Feel
Shutters have an unmistakable old world feel to them. If you go with traditional wood stained shutters it will give a nostalgic richness to whatever room you put them in. If you want a light airier look but like the durability and functionality of shutters opt for ones painted white. Shutters tend to last longer than most blinds or shades due to their sturdy construction.
Many of us have had the apartment with pesky vertical blinds covering a sliding glass door. They were annoying and you probably never want to see them again. A lot of people don’t know that there are some awesome options now for vertical blinds that won’t drive you nuts. You can find ones made of fabric that are motorized or even wooden ones. Vertical blinds are extremely effective at keeping the heat in during winter and your home cool during summer.
There is no wrong choice when it comes to choosing shades or blinds for your home. You must choose them based on your needs and own personal style. Schedule a design consultation to find out more about which window treatment options are right for you and begin your home redesign today!