Whether you live in an urban complex, a house in the outskirts, or in a wooden cabin, a little privacy is always a good thing. The simple way to keep eyes—is just lights thrown out of your home through window treatments. “Blinds are individual, thin plastic, wood or metal strips that can be easily adjusted,” to not to disturb anybody’s privacy. It can be raised or dropped to manage the level of light in the room.
Just be sure you don’t jumble blinds with shades, which are made with just single sheet of material, or drapes or curtains, which are made of fabric. If that’s too confusing, there are a number of styles of blinds. But don’t worry—we’re here to help you to choose the best fit.
Types of Blinds
Venetian Blinds were brought west to Europe in the 18th Century, and they quickly became as one of the most popular types of window treatments—and they’re incredibly popular still today. These blinds are a series of stacked, two-inch-wide horizontal slats that are connected by cords or strips of fabric. To adjust the blinds, you have to pull the cords to either rotate the slats or bring them together and up. You’ll find Venetian in a variety of materials; they’re often made of wood. Venetian blinds is superb on narrow windows so mostly used in bedrooms, kitchens and offices,”
Mini blinds are very close to Venetian blinds in form and function, but they fix thinner slats that are usually about one inch-thick. They’re usually made of metal like aluminum, making them a bit more affordable than Venetian blinds. It is also easier to clean! You can also take mini blinds further with micro blinds, which have slats just a half inch thick.
These are, as you expect, a series of vertical slats (often made of a metal like aluminum) that hang from a track. Like Venetian blinds, the slats can be either rotated or pulled together to the side to adjust the amount of light entering into a room. If a lovely home with a sliding glass door between the living room and balcony or kitchen, vertical blinds will be a great choice for controlling light and privacy.
Panel Track Blinds
Panel track blinds are a beat on vertical blinds: They contain wide cloth slats that are a hybrid of blinds and shades. Panel track blinds differs from vertical blinds because the slats can be moved independently of one another. In vertical blinds, the slats only are pulled to one side, but in panel track blinds, they can move in either direction, and they can even be split from the middle!
You already knew about smartphones, smart TVs, and even smart doorbells, thermostats, and lightbulbs. And you even get smart blinds. While traditional blinds can be both hand-powered and automatic (->you can adjust them with the click of a button, thanks to small motors). Not only automatically powered, but they also can be handled by an app or by your voice, syncing up with Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, or Amazon’s Alexa. You can also program smart blinds to sync according to the time of day, the amount of sunlight hitting them, or if they detect motion. Of course, a much higher price tag than standard blinds with good.
Almost any type of wood can be used in blinds, and they can be given in a variety of colors. Wood blinds are advised due to their warm appearance, though they can be hard to maintain in rooms that have a lot of moisture, like bathrooms, or humid climates. While they go with any size windows, they’re particularly good for larger windows, as wood slats weigh less than their faux-wood counterparts. Basically wood blinds are more expensive than synthetic or metal blinds, and they’re also a little higher maintenance—you can’t use harsh chemicals to clean them; otherwise, the wood could be damaged.
Faux wood blinds are found in one of two ways: in one pattern, the slats have a synthetic core with real-wood veneers, and in the other pattern, they’re synthetic all the way through. Faux wood blinds are best suitable for bathrooms and kitchens as they’re moisture-resistant and greatly durable. Further: they give the look of real wood in budget friendly price.” They can also be cleaned with all sorts of products, which make maintenance very easy.
Metal blinds are primarily made of aluminum, and they’re great reflector of not only light, but also heat—if you live in a tropical area, you might do well with metal blinds. They’re superbly durable, easy to maintain, and typically more affordable (as compared to wood). But they can be a quite noisy, and they can have sharp edges that can injure anyone who rushes up against them.
Plastic blinds (usually of vinyl, like PVC) are usually the most affordable ones, but they don’t look always as refined as wood or faux wood. However, they do, come in wide colors and textures and can even mimic the look of wood. Though they’re not the strong material for blinds, they are flexible and therefore less likely to dent.…