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Shopping for Window Blinds
What You Need To Know Before You Buy


Window blinds are coverings for windows, normally attached to the interior side. Window blinds refer to some device to hide from sight or to help reduce sunlight.

Today, there are various styles of window blinds available to suit your needs exactly. For example, if you need full darkness in your room, you can find a suitable window blind style which will keep your room as dark as you require. On the other hand, if you don't require much privacy or darkness - let's say in your living room - you can choose a blind which functions like a sheer curtain, providing some privacy while still allowing most of the light through.

 

Venetian Blinds

Venetian is a large category in blinds. The original types were made with wide curved metal slats, similar to a mini slat. The shapes can be curved, flat, or even elliptical.

Faux or PVC Blinds

These types of mini blinds are made from a solid or foamed poly vinyl chloride plastic. PVC is one of the newer materials being used for blind slats. The slat’s surface can be smooth or embossed with a wood grain. Although color selection is limited mostly to whites, there are a few wood tone colors available as well.

PVC or faux are very durable, UV resistant, waterproof, and simple to clean. The main drawback with faux blinds is the weight of the slats. PVC slats are heavier than both wood and composite slats and when used with large windows, they can make raising the window a difficult task.

Composite Blinds

Composite type blinds are made from a combination of wood products and polymers. Composite is a newer material that is being used for the window covering. The slat surface with composite is a smooth poly coating or even a solid composite material.

Similar to PVC, the color selection is normally limited mostly to whites although there are a few wood tone and stain colors available. The composite blinds are priced in the low to mid range. They have qualities similar to PVC and faux, and are some of the best available.

Wood Blinds

Both value and premium wood blinds are made from real wood. The value wood blind slats are made from assorted Oriental hardwood, and the premium slats are made from American hardwood, which is normally Basswood.

If you plan to match a cabinet or trim stain, wood blinds will be your best choice. Wood blinds are among the best, although they are also among the most expensive. All wooden slats can warp and may fade in color over time. They are also the lightest material available and work really well with large windows.

 
 

Since they were first introduced to the home, window blinds have proven to add style and peace of mind. They offer you a lot for your windows, and they don't cost a lot of money.

You have several different types to choose from, all you have to do is select the best types for your home and your needs.

Shop now for the perfect window blind for your home decor!

Author: Shelly Whitney, Inspired Interior Decorator and Designer. Copyright - may not be reproduced without direct written consent.
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