Nine different shades of blinds

by RobertKeith

An exploration into shades and blinds, giving an overview of the different types of shades available.

Blinds are a great alternative to curtains to create shade and privacy from the Sun and our surroundings. These days you seem to have an immense choice in window coverings, and the story rings true with blinds as well. The choice is almost endless with different shapes, styles and color. Here is a presentation of different blinds suitable for different windows and styles.

Venetian Blinds
Venetian Blinds

Panel Glides

Panel Glides are quite stiff fabric blinds that can be used as both room dividers and window blinds. They are suitable for larger floor to ceiling windows. They come in various textures and can have quite a sophisticated impact with regards to design.

Soft Shades

Soft Shades come in both vertical and horizontal styles, and add a sophisticated feature to your room. The fashionable soft shades are a great option to shade living areas decorated in fine and light colors, ad normally come in very pale colors such as white, cream and beige.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are also referred to as Holland blinds, and as the name reflects, roll up and down from a rolling system at the top. The blinds come in a variety of widths, colors and patterns. They can be used for floor to ceiling windows as well as the standard windows.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are increasing in popularity, and work as a more sophisticated version of roller blinds. The shades still pull up and down, though instead of rolling the shades, the fold into neat folds. The shades are best suited for “normal windows” as opposed to the wide floor to ceiling windows.

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are fixed shutters that you cannot roll up or down, though you can elect to have them open or fold inwards to reveal a window. The shutters are traditionally made from timber, and the slats can be tilted up or down to create shade or reveal a view. The shutters can create a traditional style look for any home, and can also work great as room dividers. Unfortunately, the shutters are known to be time consuming with regards to cleaning, and can be quite limiting with regards to the view.

Timber Venetian Blinds

Timber venetian blinds were very popular 15 years ago, though due to the difficulty of cleaning, have been banished from many households. The blinds can be tilted up and down, as well as lifted up or down to reveal the view outside or increase shade and privacy. They are also quite easy to install.

Aluminum Venetian Blinds

As with the timber version, the aluminum ones have a reputation to be difficult to dust and clean. The flexible nature of the aluminum can also lead to the blinds getting tangled. The blinds are most commonly used for offices.

Vertical Blind

With vertical blinds or drapes, you have complete control over shade and privacy with the ability to twist the drapes 180 degrees, as well as pull the drapes all the way to the side. The blinds are frequently used as a low cost alternative to shading sliding doors and floor to ceiling windows. However, the drapes are not practical for shading open windows, as the wind can easily catch the drapes and move them around. They can easily get tangled in each other when exposed to wind.

Privacy Screens

Privacy screens are permanent fixtures normally constructed by timber or aluminum. As they cannot be moved to let more or less light in, they suit windows where privacy is more of a concern than shade in general, and where you will not be missing out on a great view.

Blinds purchased from your local blinds store will come in certain sizes, that might not fit your window. Some of these products, such as the venetian blinds can be adjusted in height. For optimal results, you can get your blinds custom made from your local shade manufacturer.

Updated: 02/09/2014, RobertKeith
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