If you have a standard size window, then buying ready-made blinds is probably the best idea. There are lots of colors, styles, materials and designs to choose from. Plus, ready-made blinds tend to be more affordable. You can make your room look classy and beautiful with great ease, in other words, so long as you pick something that matches your overall décor.
Categories of Blinds
- Roller blinds. These use a stiff fabric that uses a spring mechanism to open and close. Some, but not all, have straight ends. It is often possible to cut these blinds to size. A popular roller blind is the blackout roller, which is most often used in the bedroom. You can even put it behind the curtains, keep a room dark even on the brightest day.
- Roman blinds are also known as fabric shades. Various fabrics can be used in their creation. A cord mechanism tends to operate these blinds at the back of the fabric. When raised, the fabric folds in a pleated style. Classic flat blinds are the most common Roman blinds. Here, the pleats, when the blind is opened, lie flat. This is a sleek look that is both elegant and artistic. Alternatively, you can choose the relaxed Roman blind, which is a bit more youthful and fun. It has slightly rounded folds and the fabric tends to be very light weight. Lastly, there is the balloon Roman blind, which looks really airy, hence the name.
- Venetian blinds. These are the most common of all. They tend to have horizontal slats made from different materials and the slats come in different widths. They are really versatile and you can open them fully or slightly, as well as being able to tilt the slats to have more control over how much light comes in. These blinds are made of a range of different materials, including wood, vinyl, plastic and aluminum. You can also choose the mini blind, which uses narrower slats.
- Vertical blinds. These operate exactly like Venetian blinds, but the slats hang vertically rather than horizontally. Again, the slats, or panels, can be made of a range of different materials, although softer materials like fabric tend to be more popular. In most cases, these blinds are used on larger windows and doors. Rather than being lifted upwards, they can be pulled to one side to allow all the light to get into the room. As with Venetian blinds, however, they can also be tilted in either direction to have more control over how much daylight can enter a property.
All blinds today are stylish, beautiful and practical. The majority are also low maintenance, highly durable and very easy to install. Thanks to the fact that many blind stores are now also online, you have the added benefit of being able to enjoy blinds at significantly discounted prices. A quick look online should ensure you find what you need with ease.