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Different Options When Choosing Wooden Blinds

Wooden blinds are a popular option for window treatments, for several reasons. They can add texture, color, warmth and style to any room, while allowing you to control the amount of light that you let into a room. You can raise the blinds completely, to let the maximum amount of light in, or simply tilt the blinds to your specific needs at the time to let partial light in. Decorating with wooden blinds gives you many options, in terms of types  of wood, color, width of the blinds, and overall style.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing to use wooden blinds as your window treatments:

1.       Measure carefully: Wooden blinds can be pricey, so you definitely do not want to make any mistakes when it comes to ordering according to specific measurements. Measure the width and height of the window from several different points, since, especially in older homes, windows may not always be perfectly square. You may need to adjust the measurement of the wooden blinds in order to accommodate for any slight defects in the frame “square-ness.”

2.       Understand the finish: Wooden blinds can come in a variety of finishes, from natural wood to stained, to painted. Deciding which style is right for your room is a personal decision, but you may want to see if your window treatment dealer has some different samples that you can look at in the natural light of the room you want to use it in, to help you decide which option might be the best window treatment for your décor.

3.       Know the options for slats: Wooden blinds can have different types of slats. Some are flat, and will obscure the most amounts of light, while other slats are rounded, allowing for a bit of light to show through. Each will give its own distinctive look, and make your room appear different, so think about which option would make the best window treatment for your room.

4.       Select the right slat size: Wooden blinds can have varying slat sizes. Smaller windows will usually require thinner slats, while larger windows can accommodate the larger slat sizes nicely. The different slat sizes will allow in different amounts of light and give differing visibility while looking out the window as well, so take these facts into careful consideration.

Any window treatment investment can be a big one, and if you are planning on spending a lot of money then you should make your decisions carefully, especially when it comes to the many options that are available for wooden blinds. Wooden blinds will last for decades to come, and won’t go out of style, yet you can change the look easily by adding other window treatment options when you get the urge for something different.

Selecting Blinds That Will Compliment a Variety of Styles

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Choosing new blinds can be something of an investment.  High quality shades and blinds should be able to last for many years, which means, they should also be versatile and able to go with a variety of styles.  Choosing the best styles and colors will ensure you don't need to buy new blinds each time you redecorate.

Decorating a room for the first time means making plenty of decisions about everything, from carpet colors, styles to furniture, wall art, throw pillows, and a million other little touches that transform a room into a living space!  While some touches may change as you redecorate down the road, other aspects of the room will probably remains the same for many years.  The carpet and wall color or wallpaper, are the most obvious but many people overlook their windows and don't carefully consider their blinds or shades.  This can result in needing to buy new shades, blinds and other window treatments, each time you want to decorate a room. 

Take Your Time and Save Your Money

The biggest reason why you need to choose your blinds or shades carefully is that it will let you spend a bit more which can save you money over time.  By simply choosing window shades or blinds which can be a part of different styles you'll be able to invest in a higher quality product which means being able to choose window treatments designed to save you money by proving more insulation, reducing exposure to sunlight and even adding more security to your home with privacy blinds or other shades and blinds with security features.  This will mean your blinds save you money and protect your home while still enhancing any room in your home. 

Choosing Wisely

Part of being able to choose the best shades or blinds for your home is having an idea of what you want and knowing your own tastes.  The room you have decorated with art deco flair now may, in a few years, get a makeover when you decide you prefer a more 1960s retro feel instead.  Although these styles are dramatically different, it's totally possible to have window shades or blinds which can be a part of both styles. 

The color of your shades or blinds is their most obvious aspect and so should be chosen carefully.  It's perfectly fine to get shades in loud, vibrant colors that make a real statement, but be sure you'll want to be making that statement for a long time to come.  Although these bright and colorful options can go with a number of different looks, understand they would not go well with a more muted, soothing or calming decoration style.  Neutral colors are the most versatile but many people feel they don't add enough to the overall style of the room.  Consider muted shades of your favorite vibrant colors.  However, if you know you'll always want your living room to provide an active, creative environment regardless of the style of decoration then choosing brighter colors is fine. 

Blinds and shades are available in a range of textures which can be a wonderful enhancement to a room.  This is especially true for blinds.  They can appear remarkably different when closed.  Window shades often use texture in the shades themselves to diffuse light.  These are things to consider when choosing your shades and blinds as they, too, can be an integral part of how a room looks when completely decorated.  For a room with generally sunny windows this can mean the difference between being able to block the sunlight out when you want or having a room which will always a soft light to it, even with the shades or blinds drawn down completely. 

Considering just these simple aspects of shades will ensure that your investment in high quality window coverings will last much longer.  Taking some time to pick out the right style and color will mean your blinds can be a part of your home décor even when you want to change things up.

 

Changing Seasons, Changing Window Treatments

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Your windows can help to decorate your room no matter what season it is or what style you've chosen.  Simple changes can create big effects if you know how to use shades, blinds and treatments to their maximum potential.

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When decorating a room it can be easy to overlook the windows.  Although people might think twice able to drapes they'll use, they often don't give a second thought to blinds or shades and how they can be used to enhance a new style or even revitalize a room without needing to have a complete makeover.

Color and Light

Shades and blinds enhance the look of a room with two simple but effective methods – their color and their opacity.  Shades or blinds come not only in a huge range of colors but also with the ability to allow a certain amount of light to pass through them.  This opacity, combined with their color, makes them an ideal way to decorate rooms which have seasonal changes as well as areas with more enduring styles.

Making the Change

For windows which undergo changes throughout the year, buying the shades or blinds you need at one time may be more economical.  Consider how easy the blinds or window shades are to change and also consider colors which can be used more than once.  For example, you may want to use bright red or deep hunter green window shades during the winter holidays but those colors can also be used throughout the autumn as part of a more earthy and warm decoration scheme.  In fact, the colors you choose can do more than simply create a certain look; they can even affect the entire feel of a room.

Bright or loud colors such as orange, red and yellow are ideal for rooms in which you want to foster activity or creativity.  They are ideal choices for playrooms, game areas and sun porches.  Cooler colors such as greens and blues create a soothing atmosphere and are often used in bathrooms and bedrooms for their relaxing properties.  Sticking with solid color choices for blinds and shades will make them more versatile and if you have many windows the same size you can move them from one room to another.   This means that the same soft green shades which soften the look of your kitchen in the spring can provide a relaxing feel to the guest room during another part of the year.

Don't forget to consider how much light certain shades or blinds allow through.  Bright colors will really pop if you go for a window shade which allows some light to pass through it.  This will also filter the light as it comes through so red shades would cast a warm glow into the room while blue would bathe the area in soothing color.  These kinds of window shades are ideal if you want to use the principles of color therapy for your home. 

Decorating with the use of window shades and blinds can be easy if you know how to use their color and opacity to maximum effect.  For homes with several windows the same shape and size this means you can swap things around depending on the season or even just whenever the mood hits you.  Adding and changing color around your home can keep things fresh and revitalize the look of a room without investing in a huge makeover. 

 

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Adelle Steele creates website content for a number of different clients.  She especially enjoys writing about home economics and aspects of life improvement.  When she isn't working she enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid reader.