Are your windows letting in too much light? Is there a terrible glare on your television? Do you have nosy neighbors? If you answer yes to any of these questions, or feel that your windows and your home need to be less exposed, you probably want to purchase blinds or shades. But with so many options, The Blind Gallery wants to make sure you make the right call! Below, you will find a list of important considerations you must take before making such a large investment.
- Light Control
The first thing you need to consider is how much light you wish to let in to your home, or into individual rooms. Wood blinds and other blinds with operable slats (including pirouette and silhouette selections), give the user the most versatility in terms of light control because the user can turn the slats up or open them depending on the desired light penetration. Most shades block out the most sunlight because they usually comprise of a solid fabric that can be taken down to the windowsill.
- InsulationWindows are the leading cause of heat loss in homes today. Installing blinds and shades will significantly reduce the amount of wasted heat and energy. Honeycomb and Duette shade options are the most effective insulators, as they fit snuggly on the windows and act as another heat and draft barrier. Wood blinds and vertical blinds, on the other hand, offer the least amount of insulation because of all the open space in between the individual slats.
- Aesthetic Appeal
It’s got to look good, right? Depending on the room’s position relative to the sun, the décor, and the individual preferences of the user, specific blinds and shades may work for some but not for others. If a clear outside view is what you are looking for, then you will need to determine when you wish to have that view. With most shade options, the only way to get a clear outside view is to lift the shade entirely, thus exposing the whole window. Slatted blinds, however, can be adjusted without raising the whole thing.
It has to work with your budget! The Blind Gallery offers many affordable blind and shade options without skimping on quality. Visit our website or give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. You can also check out our showroom in Wayne, PA to see for yourself!
Make sure to consider all of these factors before making any decision about window treatments and accoutrement. Shades and blinds are an enormous investment, and knowing what you want will help us help you!