Windows are great for letting light in, but sometimes, you want to keep the light out. Enhance your level of privacy and safety at home by adding the fresh look of blinds, shades or shutters to your window treatments. Blinds and shades give you control over the amount of light in a room and also provide some protection, hiding your valuables from the outside world. With so many different types of blind designs to choose from, you won’t have to forsake style for security.
Types of Blinds
- Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, allow sunlight to filter into your home without sacrificing privacy. They are constructed from layers of fabric that filter light while keeping heat and cold out, so they provide great insulation. The material is also very easy to clean, and they are available in roller models and remote controlled models.
- Roller shades are classic and have a bad reputation for being unreliable. However, today’s technology has made them more durable, so they are less likely to get stuck or jammed. Roller shades come in blackout and filtering types for different lighting preferences.
- Venetian blinds, also known as horizontal blinds, are the standard light-control window blind. They are usually made of plastic, composites or vinyl and operate on a pull string or turn switch. Modern Venetian blinds have wider slats than earlier models, and many now come in wood and faux wood versions.
- Roman shades are drawn up from the bottom by cords or strings and create horizontal folds when raised. When lowered completely to cover the window, the shade panel is completely flat. Roman shades are made in bamboo styles, woven fabric, solar materials and others.
- Vertical blinds are the most common and inexpensive kind of blinds. They are great for tall windows or sliding glass doors, because they hang down in adjustable panels that are controlled by a string or turn switch. When opened, they hang perpendicular to the window, allowing light in. When closed, they overlap one another to keep light out. They come in varying widths and materials, from aluminum and plastic to textured, fabric-colored selections.
- Window panels are often confused with curtains, because they are panels of fabric that operate on a top and bottom track of the window. They commonly cover closet doorways and sliding doors and are also commonly used as room dividers.
- Woven wood blinds filter light through the weaves in the material, eliminating all natural light. They are often made from bamboo or some other natural material, but they can be dyed different colors for variety. Many woven wood blinds come in roller-shade or Roman-shade styles.
- Traditional shutters, also known as colonial shutters, control light with 1 ¼-inch slats. These slats can be adjusted (with a centered piece of wood when closed and as doors when opened) to determine the amount of light the users want in. Shutters are available in interior and exterior models, are often made of wood or another sturdy material and can be painted a variety of colors for dramatic effect.
- Plantation shutters work the same way as traditional shutters, but they have slats ranging from 2 ½ to 4 ½ inches. They are also usually a basic color, such as white or cream. Traditionally, plantation and colonial shutters are more formal than other blinds and shades options.