Choose the Right Window Blinds for You

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Choose the Right Window Blinds for You

Staff Writer · Nov 17, 2009

Choosing the right window blinds will help you decorate, insulate and control light in your apartment. When you’re new to window treatments, you might think that a blind is just a blind. However, there are many types of blinds available to meet your unique needs. Here’s an explanation of the various blinds you can buy:

Vertical Blinds

Chances are you’re used to seeing horizontal blinds, which are standard. However, you can buy vertical window blinds to give your windows a unique look. Many vertical blinds are made of vinyl and stretch from the top of your window to a few inches above the floor. They can be just as economical as standard blinds, and work just the same to control light and ward off heat. Vertical window blinds are a great choice if you have sliding doors leading to a balcony or deck.

Faux Wood Blinds

You may be applying apartment decorating tips that call for a country style theme. You could ruin the look with white, plastic looking blinds. Instead, use faux wood blinds that look like the real thing. They’re made of vinyl, so they’re light and durable. They can also withstand humidity, and therefore you can put these window blinds in your kitchen. If you prefer to use faux wood blinds, but are concerned about their strength, you can buy ones with a combination of vinyl and wood.

Venetian Blinds

If you need a basic set of blinds, then venetian blinds are the way to go. These are the blinds you see all the time in apartments and offices. They have thin slats that overlap each other, and you can adjust the slats as you need to. They’re made of plastic, but you can also order venetian blinds made of wood and plastic combined, or all wood. They come in various textures, such as crinkle or pleated, to compliment different apartment decorating themes. Keep in mind that you don’t have to stick with a white or off white color. There are a variety of colors to choose from, so consider an assortment of colors to match the walls or furniture in the rooms.

Honeycomb Blinds

These blinds are made up of cells that make it look like the name suggests: A honeycomb. They’re also called cell shades, and you can buy them in single cell, double or triple cells. These are popular window blinds because they’re energy efficient. They act to insulate your home in addition to filtering out light. They also come in a wide array of colors, which can make your window treatment stand out.

Mini blinds

If none of the above options suite you, take a look at mini blinds. These are easy to use and install. You can use them on any window in your apartment, and they’re not heavy as many other blinds. If you can’t find pre-made mini blinds that you like, you can have them custom-made. You should hire a local company if you want custom-made window treatments, although companies do offer those services on the Internet.

Window blinds can get pricey, and therefore you want to establish your budget beforehand. You should also factor in any savings into your utility bills as a result of buying quality blinds.

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