Window blinds may seem unassuming at first, but can really have an impact on the design of your home. Often times a neutral color blind made of a durable material is chosen and then no more thought is put into them. Sometimes they are just a place holder until it is time to get more decorative window coverings. It would appear, then, that people simply aren’t aware of the versatility window blinds have to offer to a home’s décor.
Window blinds come in a variety of styles, designs and materials. There are many popular and aesthetic styles of blinds such as: venetian blinds, wooden blinds, faux wood blinds, and woven wood blinds. Venetian blinds are the name commonly given to vertical blinds hung above most sliding glass doors. Aluminum Venetians are inexpensive but vertical blinds can also be wooden or vinyl, offering a more diverse selection of colors and style. These types of blinds feature slats that can resist bending. Venetian blinds made of more premium materials can add a look of class and elegance to your home.
Wooden blinds feature thicker slats of wood that looks similar to shutters but can still be easily adjusted with a cord. Some materials that wooden blinds are made of are: Teak, Oak, Mahogany, and Beech, but most commonly they are made from Basswood. The appeal for wood blinds is that they can be stained, bringing out the rich character of their wood grain that simply cannot be imitated. They can also be painted to perfectly match your interior color scheme, really enhancing and bringing together the look of your whole décor.
While not quite a perfect imitation, faux wood blinds attempt to look as close to real wood blinds as possible, but at a much more cost effective price. Faux wood comes with a baked on finish available in limitless color options and are extremely durable. The advantage to faux wood blinds is that they will not warp or bow after prolonged exposure to sunlight and they are also moisture resistant. This makes them ideal for families with small children or rambunctious pets. Also, these work well in moist rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Woven wooden blinds have a much more naturalistic feel to them. Made of bamboo, reeds and grass, woven woods bring a bit of the outdoors into your home. This makes it a favorite in , where the outdoors are a big part of life. Popular in sun rooms and rooms with tall windows, woven wood shades offer moderate light diffusion while providing a relaxing and casual atmosphere.
Now that you are aware that window blinds can actually lend something to your interior design, the next step is contacting a professional window blind dealer. A good blinds company will offer a free in-home design consultation so you can see first hand, through samples and color swatches, what blinds can do for your home.