Creating More Living Space Outdoors

Choosing The Right Blinds For Your Home

by Emily Flores

While windows work wonderfully for letting in warm, illuminating light, sometimes you may wish to keep light (as well as prying eyes) out of your inner sanctum. One way to greatly enhance both your home's safety and privacy is to add shades, shutters or blinds to your home's windows. If a potential burglar can't see inside your home, he is less likely to break in to get to your valuables. There are a variety of different kinds of blinds available, and they are offered in a wide range of designs.

This means you don't have to give up on style for the sake of security. Also, window blinds are available in many materials and varying degrees of quality. The costs of window blinds typically range in price from about $20 to over $100, with some high-end designs costing over $250.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades (or as they are commonly referred to, honeycomb shades) permit sunlight to enter your home while not sacrificing privacy. These shades are made from fabric layers which filter light from outside. At the same time, cellular blinds prevent both the cold and heat that's outside from entering a room, serving as superb insulation. The material itself allows for easy cleaning, and the blinds are available with a range of control options.

Roller Shades

The classic roller shade has a bit of a negative perception, as they are often seen as being unreliable. However, due to modern technology, these shades are much more durable than they were, and they are not as likely to stick or jam. Also, roller shades are available in both filtering designs, as well as in a blackout style, making it simple to find a shade that best fits your lighting preferences.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds, commonly called horizontal blinds, do a good job of controlling light entering from a window. These blinds are normally constructed of vinyl, plastics or composites and are controlled with a turn switch or pull string. Modern Venetian blinds have much wider slats. They also are available in faux wood as well as real wood versions.

Roman Shades

Roman shades, when raised, make horizontal folds when raising from the bottom via strings or cords. When you lower this shade to fully cover your window, the panel of the shade will become completely flat. Roman shades come in many styles and materials including solar materials, woven fabrics and bamboo, to name a few.

To learn more, contact a company like F & R Interiors with any questions you have.