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Pointers on Buying Window Blinds

Whether you want style, privacy or both, it can be confusing to choose window treatments. Should you shop online or at your local home center? How formal or sheer do you go? And how is it that your stylish friends always seem to get it right so naturally?

Consider the following before buying blinds:

Desired Ambiance
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Decide between cozy and buttoned up, or bright and airy.
Do you want the sunlight to shine on your kitchen sink or block it out in your bedroom? Are the windows you intend to cover facing the sunny side of your home or are they near your main entrance? Factors like these will affect the fabrics and styles you choose.
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Size of Your Budget

Are you outfitting just a window or two, or will it be all the windows in your home? Spending more and less on particular windows, depending on which of them are more and less important. Window treatments are priced according to size, so bigger treatments will cost more. When ordering custom sizes and specialty patterns, fabrics or features, be prepared for a higher price.

Maintenance Requirements

How much time and energy you’re happy to spend cleaning and maintaining the blinds is another consideration. Standard blinds are easy to clean at home, but they can be such dust magnets so you’ll have to give them attention from time to time. Textured fabrics and weaves will likely hide dirt, so it’s important to vacuum them or let the pros do the cleaning.

Your Style

Look into your decorating style -do you want formal or casual? Traditional or chic? Bold colors can are fun and energizing, while muted hues are more relaxing. Do you like corded blinds or the sleeker, cordless models?


If your household includes young children, it’s probably safer to choose cordless blinds.

If you want slats that can be tilted to control the amount of sunlight that gets in, blinds are a great option.. They give you a nice, clean custom-fit and are also perfect for privacy. Aside from size, the material used in making the blinds also affects price.

The following are some types available today:

> Wood blinds are made in light and dark colors and are either polished or painted. They’re not recommended for kitchens or baths or any area where there is moisture, not for bedrooms or living rooms if you want a softer atmosphere.

> Insulating blinds help save energy and block or filter light, so they can really be a good investment.

Lastly, before you buy window blinds and shades, make sure the supplier is reputable so you can expect quality products. Besides aesthetics, you also want to consider durability.