Blinds, Shades and shutters can be used to not only cover windows but also doors and skylights. Additionally, hinged shutters can be used to partition rooms. Blinds can be hung from ceilings to cover aspects of the room that are closer to the ceiling such as high hung shelves. Window coverings transform these bare openings into a decorative and functional feature by controlling the amount of sunlight, protecting your furniture, saving energy and at the same time giving you privacy. Smart shades technology allows access and control from remote locations adding to the security of your home. Choosing between blinds, shades and shutters is a combination of taste and understanding the functional differences between them. This blog does not go into how to choose between them but instead gives more color on blinds. The article highlights some of the blinds popular amongst New York City and New Jersey residents.
Types of window blinds:
There are a variety of shapes and styles for blinds. One way to categorize them is by the orientation of the slats (i.e. horizontal blinds and vertical blinds). Another way to categorize blinds is by the material used. There are many materials associated with blinds, so their pricing tends to have a wide range. Aluminum and vinyl blinds, while highly functional, tend to be on the more affordable side of the spectrum while real wood blinds tend to be more expensive options. Of course, blinds are also made with sustainable materials like bamboo, which achieves the look of wood (as do faux wood blinds). Blinds are available in many styles to complement the home’s overall décor. When choosing styles, consider how well they block light; not all blinds provide complete blockage, and that may be a privacy or security concern for some buyers.
The slats in these blinds are horizontal and are a chore to keep clean. Ask for antistatic treatment to reduce the amount of dust that sticks to your blinds. Adjustable louvers offer great light control. Options in the number of slats per foot offer control over the amount of light that will leak through the blinds. If you want the slats to close tightly ensure the blinds have cord holes at the back of the slats. Wider slat widths (2+ inch) offer a bolder look that is in style currently. Choose slat widths that are proportionate to the size of your window.
The most popular materials preferred by customers today are wood and faux-wood. While they cost more than their metal and vinyl counterparts, they add to decorative appeal in traditional rustic-style homes as well as modern spaces. Wood blinds can be used in high-humidity rooms as long as they are warp and mildew resistant.
For contemporary interiors, consider options whereby the louvers are completely covered by the head rail.
Of late, window shadings have become increasingly popular. They comprise of opaque louvers that are sandwiched between sheer fabric panels. These shadings are designed with specialty crafted fabrics that transform harsh sunlight into beautiful ambient light. With no cords or tapes, the sheer facings allow you to view through the vanes to the outside, while maintaining a discreet level of privacy. Once lowered, these shadings can be closed fully for complete privacy or they can be opened/tilted to achieve filtered light in a partial view.
While shadings are elegant on their own, you may want to consider layering them under curtains to make the room more even more formal.
The slats in these blinds are vertical. Free-hanging slats, which are weighted at the bottom to keep them orderly, are another option. These blinds are commonly used over sliding glass doors. Vertical blinds are also suitable on fixed glass windows and windows such as tall casement windows, bow windows, arch-top and angular windows. While largely out of fashion currently, the strong vertical lines in these blinds can be used to enhance the height of the room (for rooms with low ceilings). If you have windows facing west or south and need enhanced protection from UV rays, consider using vertical blinds. To hide the hardware, consider topping vertical blinds off with a head rail with matching vanes.
Look for cord safety features in any blinds you choose. Accidental strangulation by dangling cords is a real danger for children and pets. Safety has been addressed in different ways in various products e.g. break-apart tassels from Hunter Douglas’ split open under stress. Some designs have eliminated the cord loop by introducing a single cord control system. Yet others have chosen to use wand controls instead of cord loops. More advanced solutions incorporate features similar to garage doors – a remote-controlled blind that has an automatic-stop feature.
About Vogue Window Fashion
With more than 15 years of experience and a high level of passion for window treatment design, Vogue Window Fashion is easily the most recognizable brand name for window treatments in the Tri-State area. They have been serving esteemed clients in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut over the years. They have been in business for years and so far have designed numerous projects ranging from high-end residential and A-list celebrity clientele, to commercial and hospitality projects, to modest homes. Those looking for a reputable provider of custom window treatment can count on them for their requirements.