What Are 6 Things To Consider Before Purchasing Blinds
Blinds are simple, affordable, and can do a lot to elevate the whole interior aesthetics of your home. With a great variety of styles
, materials and designs, they are a very popular choice of internal shades, and there is something to meet everyone’s preferences and decor. But there is more than meets the eye!
Before installing blinds, here are some things you should consider:
- What is your budget?
It is important to budget before buying any window treatments, as these are priced according to size. You should do all the planning to make sure how much you’re willing to spend. If you have a bigger budget, you can opt for customized shades and look into smart solutions and motorized options. If working on a tight budget, you can pick nice ready-made shades.
- Who inhabits the home?
Practicality matters. If you have pets or children, blinds with dangling cords or chains can turn into safety hazards and get ruined easily. In those cases, motorized blinds are a better choice, and can achieve just as much in terms of look and feel. Further, if there are any people of determination living in the house, they also might find it easier to use motorized blinds.
- What is your overall decor?
You may adore the look of a design or a style of blinds, but if they aren’t complementing the rest of your furniture and decor, they’ll stick out like a sore thumb. On the other hand, you can be eclectic in your design, but that requires a keen eye for detail. If you have a very modern, minimalistic space, then elaborate, classical roman blinds might not be the best fit, while your vintage cottage decor can work beautifully with lovely wooden venetian blinds. Similar logic should apply to colours and patterns too.
- Where will the blinds be located in your house?
When picking the right material, of course you will have aesthetic and stylistic preferences. But don’t forget where you are placing the blinds. For example, bedrooms might require roller blinds that allow you to fully block the light when needed. If you’re placing blinds in a kid’s room it would be great to use blinds that can be washed easily and are stain-resistant. Water-resistant materials make a lot of sense to use in bathrooms and kitchens. It would be a shame for your gorgeous new blinds to get ruined simply because they are placed in an unfitting area.
- What type of windows do you have?
A very important question with a direct impact on your choice of blinds is to review your mirrors. Consider what is their opening mechanism – if they open inwards they could be blocked with blinds (windows opening outwards are always recommended!) You will have to have the company that manufactures and installs your blinds take exact measurements of your windows or do it yourself, to make sure the new blinds fit perfectly. You also need to think about whether you want inside or outside mounting – outside mountings make the blinds look bigger and take up additional space, while inside mounts look quite minimalistic. Again, consider your decor.
- How much privacy do you require?
One of the main purposes of blinds and shades is to provide you with privacy and peace of mind. If you live close to the view of your neighbors, you should consider opaque blinds to allow you to let in the light while still protecting your privacy. Blinds that offer good privacy also add a lot more security to your home. However, if you have decent privacy and prefer to let a lot of light in, you might look into more sheer fabrics.
These are some of the most important things to think about, however make sure to consult with the company that provides your blinds & curtains, as they might have other questions and excellent tips to make sure you’re making the best decision for your home.
Shades should make our lives more comfortable, so make sure to go for the options you’re most comfortable with and contact shading professionals for assistance!