Window treatments play a big part in creating the ambience of your home. If you feel like your interior could use an update, revamping your window treatments can be a great way to do so. There are a few different directions to go, when it comes to picking out the right window treatments. Since they are more than just decorations, it is important to consider the practical elements, as well. Some types of window treatments provide more effective and complete light blockage than others.
Blinds are a fairly ubiquitous window treatment in residential and commercial buildings alike because they are so easy to clean and replace. Furthermore, blinds are versatile, from a visual standpoint, insofar as they can be made to complement nearly any aesthetic. Plastic blinds are exceedingly common, but in many ways, they are more of a default window treatment. Nonetheless, there are a variety of custom blinds. Typically made of wood or wood composite material, rather than plastic, custom blinds offer a wide range of creativity. Everything from color to shape is up to you. Custom blinds are a popular option largely because they allow you to retain all of the benefits of having plastic blinds, without having to compromise your home’s ambience. Just like ordinary blinds, Hunter Douglas custom blinds allow for precise light adjustment and are easy to clean and replace.
Shades differ slightly from blinds, but the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, despite the minor discrepancies. Shades are a little bit more diverse than blinds, insofar as there are more different kinds. Bamboo shades are popular. Like blinds, bamboo shades consist of many different long sticks, hanging from a pulley system. The difference is, because bamboo sticks are round, rather than being flat slats, they cannot be angled to block out or let in light. Because of this, bamboo shades are not ideal, if you are trying to block out all light, during the daytime.
Shutters are another popular window treatment, and unlike most others, they do not hang from a pulley system. Shutters open and close like doors, so they have to be installed a little bit differently than blinds and shades. They have to be attached to the sides of the window frame, instead of simply being hung from the top. So, if you are going to install shutters, be sure to take this into consideration. It might not be the best choice if you plan on moving soon. Shutters do have many advantages, though. Because they look almost like doors, they tend to open up the room, creating the feeling of more space. Plus, because they are wooden, you can paint them to complement your walls or trim. Not only that, shutters offer all of the light control you get with blinds. Instead of pulling on a string, you simply raise or lower the bar that is connected to all the slats. They offer a great amount of light adjustment, and they can still block out light very thoroughly, when that is desired.