The days of simple mini-blinds and one-note window shades are over. Homeowners are now able to choose a wide array of window treatments that work with their home décor and daily lifestyle.
Here are four tips that will help you choose the best window treatments for you.
1. Determine Your Budget
Before you start looking in a local showroom, you’ll need to determine a few things.
- Are you hoping to install treatments throughout your home or in a few specific rooms?
- Do you want different styles of blinds or shades in certain areas?
- Are you installing a home automation program or prefer remote-controlled blinds?
Depending on your preferences, spending more money on focal points – family room, bedroom, etc. – will require you to make more basic decisions elsewhere. Window treatments are typically priced by size, and customization, so whether it’s a specialty fabric or unique feature, it could increase the cost.
Smart homes, home automation programs, and remote-controlled blinds are also becoming more popular, but don’t worry. Pella Windows and Doors of Wisconsin has you covered! After a consultation, we can easily install Insynctive – our line of smart products that features remote-controlled blinds and shades along with sensors for windows and doors throughout your home.
2. Decide How Much Light and Privacy You Need
Personal privacy and light are important factors while choosing blinds or shades.
Certain styles, materials, and fabrics can create different environments – sunny, cozy or dark – based on the amount of light shining through.
Homeowners who desire an intimate environment, but need light, may choose blinds with a sheer look and slats that open and close. Those who look to have optimal privacy and the least amount of sunlight may choose thicker, darker shades or wooden blinds.
It’s completely dependent on homeowner preference, and since multiple combinations of style, fabric, and features are available, customization produces ideal results.
3. Choose a Window Treatment
Depending on where you look, there are several blinds and shades to choose from. Here are a few:
- Cellular Shades: Add interest and texture to a room with a distinctive honeycomb design; double cell shades provide an extra layer of insulation from heat and cold
- Wood Blinds: Naturally warm and inviting; creates a classic look in your home
- Between-the-Glass Blinds and Shades: Snap in between window panes for easy installation whenever you want a new look; protected from dust and damage
Blinds also come in two directions: horizontal or vertical. Horizontal blinds are more common, but vertical blinds are great for larger windows or patio doors.
Pella Windows and Doors of Wisconsin provides custom blinds and shades by offering different colors, patterns, screens and textures, which coordinate with a homeowner’s overall design.
4. Keep It Clean, Keep It Safe
You’ll also need to keep in mind your dedication to cleaning blinds. Standard roomside blinds are hard to keep clean because they can attract indoor allergens and dust. Home safety is also important because corded window treatments can be hazardous for small children and pets.
For an easier option, Pella Windows and Doors of Wisconsin offers remote-controlled, snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades that remove the need for a manual cord and can reduce dust and allergens harbored in your blinds and shades!
Deciding on blinds and shades for your home can be a fun and engaging project when done right. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our window treatments online or talk to an experienced sales professional at any of our local showrooms.