How To Choose The Right Blinds

How To Choose The Right Blinds For Any Interior Design Style

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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People used to dress their windows with curtains before but nowadays, modern trends have shifted and are now favoring window blinds. Window blinds are classy and come in varieties to fit different interior designs. With the many varieties of window blinds available in the market, choosing the right type for your home can be overwhelming.

Nevertheless, with a clear understanding of your home’s needs, choosing blinds can be a bit straightforward. So, when choosing blinds to fit any interior design style, consider the following:

The Size And Shape Of The Windows

Every home has its unique features. Among those include the windows. Some homes have large windows, while others have small ones. Besides the size, some homes have rectangular windows and others have square or circular ones. Therefore, there’s no size fits all when choosing blinds and shades. Considering that, it’s essential to think of your window size and shape before selecting these treatments.

Additionally, it’ll be better if you consider how your windows open. Do the windows slide, or do they open like typical windows? Based on your answer, choose blinds that can ensure your windows remain easy to open.

Home Style

A home’s style is another vital aspect to consider when choosing window blinds. Like different homes come with different types of windows, so is the style. Some homes are minimalist, while others aren’t. On the other hand, some homes are painted bright while others are darker. These factors should also be taken into consideration upon choosing the right window blinds.

It’s, therefore, vital to study your home’s style and determine the perfect blinds to match it. For instance, if a particular home has a coastal style, white blinds correspond to the style. With such a style, it would be best to stay away from heavy or dark blinds.

Suppose a home has a farmhouse style. It would be best if you consider texture and patterns. In such a case, striped fabric roman shades will do your home justice.

Fabric

Different blinds come with different materials. Some are made from vinyl, plastic, or wood, while others are made from aluminum. Each of these materials comes with advantages and disadvantages. They also require different levels of care and maintenance. Therefore, it’s best to research these aspects before choosing your ideal blinds.

Lighting Requirements

It’s vital to determine the amount of light your home needs. It would help if you also understood that the required light differs from room to room. For example, a kitchen requires lots of natural light compared to a nursery because working in the kitchen requires much light compared to sleeping. 

Assess the light required in every room and base the choice on your findings. For rooms requiring much light, settle for blinds that allow light to pass through and blackout blinds for rooms that are far better when they’re darker.

Privacy

Your home should be a safe space where you can have security and privacy. For that reason, it’s crucial to consider privacy when choosing blinds. The best thing about privacy is that it doesn’t depend on the home’s design. Whether your own or rent or if you have a minimalist home or otherwise, privacy is vital. Fortunately, lots of blinds on the market are designed with privacy in mind. These blinds offer cover and protection from prying eyes.

Levels Of Humidity

As mentioned earlier, every blind material comes with advantages and disadvantages. Some can stand up to high humidity levels, while others can’t. Homes in areas with high humidity require blinds made from faux wood or metal since they can withstand moisture. Such materials are also ideal for bathrooms and kitchens where moisture is always high.

Insulation Requirements

Did you know that blinds can help insulate your home? Some blinds are designed to keep exterior air locked outside, and vice versa. Therefore, when the outside is cold or hot, it won’t affect your indoor air quality. As a result, you save on cooling and heating bills when the exterior air is cold or hot, increasing energy efficiency in your home.

Conclusion

Windows are among the critical focal points of every home. Therefore, they should be dressed in beautiful and functional treatment. Fortunately, you can now find a variety of window blinds ideal for any home design.

Window blinds come in different styles, colors, and functionality. All you need is to figure out your home’s needs and choose blinds that complement your interior design. Luckily, the above guide provides information on the considerations you have to take before choosing blinds. 

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.