People are under the notion that once you see a window covering that is not made up of fabric, they automatically classify it as window blinds. Little they know that calling them “window blinds” or “shades” does not do them justice. So, if you have recently purchased a new home or you finally left the nest and is renting one on your own and you are planning on purchasing some window blinds, continue reading to be more informed before you spend your hard-earned cash.
There are various kinds of window blinds and shades and knowing how they differ from one another would make purchasing easier for you since your choices are now narrowed compared to when you don’t have any idea at all. Blinds come in different sizes and are made up of various materials. What they all have in common are the individual slats which could be adjusted up and down or from side to side. The spaces between slats could also be adjuste; the wider the spaces are the more sunlight could come in and the smaller the spaces are the more privacy.
Perhaps the most common, venetian blinds were developed in 1794 in Venice, Italy hence the name. The slats are arranged horizontally and are usually made of plastic or metal. Wood and bamboo were also used but, horizontal blinds made of wood and bamboo are now classified separately. Stringed together by a cord, the cord is pulled to amass the slats up or down and could be rotated to open or close depending on the preference.
Vertical blinds on the other hand are the opposite of the venetian blinds. The slats are vertically tied together and could be opened either sideways or parted at the middle. Vertical blinds are popular among those who have floor to ceiling windows or those who wanted to provide a covering for patio doors. Even if they looked great on big windows, they still work perfectly with smaller windows.
Similar to vertical blinds, panel blinds are perfect for floor to ceiling windows. They are very stylish and easy to control since the individual panels are sliding and overlapping the other panels to open or close and let the sunlight in. What made this different from venetian and vertical blinds is that the gaps among the slats are non existent.
Cellular shades or cellular blinds are pleated shades that are open in the middle for insulation purposes. During summer, these shades help rooms stay cool and during winter, they keep rooms warm. Cellular shades vary in sizes so it would be easier to fit any windows of any size.
Very different from cellular shades, roman shades folds into itself and is scrunched at the top of the window. Although it blocks part of your window when folded into itself, it is still preferred by people because of its timeless look.
Now that you know the basics among the most common type of window blinds and shades, it would be easier for you to determine which works best on your bedroom, on your living room, dining room, patio and kitchen.