Shopping for window coverings? If you’re learning towards blinds, it’s important to understand your choices. There are a lot of options for blinds, each with a different set of pros and cons. Here’s a quick overview of the various styles of blinds, and what to expect from each.
1. Wooden. There are few window treatments that can rival the beauty of real wood. Wooden blinds add a warm, rich quality to any room, and remain among the most popular choices for blinds. The cons? Wooden blinds are expensive, and may not be the best choice for damp or humid climates, as moisture can cause warping.
2. Faux Wood Blinds. Faux wood blinds, typically made of vinyl or a vinyl compound, offer the look of real wood, but at a lower price point, and with the benefit of added durability. Faux wood is a perfect choice for those who love the look of real wood blinds but might be on a tighter budget. The one downside? Faux wood blinds offer more limited color selection, as they can’t be stained or painted.
3. Aluminum Blinds. Aluminum blinds are a great option for windows that get a lot of direct sun, since they aren’t prone to warping or fading. They come in many options for sizing and color, and provide excellent light blocking.
4. Shutter-Style Blinds. Shutter style blinds, also known as plantation shutters, add a traditional elegance to a space. They’re especially well suited for smaller windows, like those in kitchens or powder rooms. Shutter style blinds come in either real wood, or faux/composite wood.
5. Vertical Blinds. Vertical blinds are an optimal choice for covering very wide spaces, like large sliding doors or walls of windows. Since they slide left-to-right instead of pulling up and down, they can accommodate a wider space.
Find out more about the blind options that are best for your space on our blinds page, or with a complimentary ShadesCo consultation in your home.