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Blinds and Shades for Beginners

Author: John Preston
by John Preston
Posted: Jan 21, 2016

Blinds and shades are available in a wide array of styles so it’s not going to be a problem finding one that suits your needs. If you’re getting confused by all the options however, no worries, as we’re going to break down and take a look at the most popular types.

Types of Blinds

Blinds for French doors are popular and deservedly so, but there are a lot of alternatives. For instance the one inch slat mini blinds are ideal for narrow windows, workrooms, kitchens and bedrooms, and they’re available in aluminum and vinyl with room darkening and light filtering versions.

Plantation blinds range from 2 to 2.375 inches and come with several features like cord stops and child safe tassels for safety. Like the mini blind these can be used in bedrooms, kitchens, workrooms as well as living rooms. The most popular materials are natural wood, vinyl and wood grain, and most important they are not high maintenance.

Last but not the least is vertical blinds. These have 3.5 inch slats that rotate so you have complete privacy and light control. Like plantation blinds, vertical blinds have safety features built in and are flexible too. Vertical blinds are especially useful for large windows, sliding glass doors and patios, and they provide just the right amount of balance and style.

Types of Shades

Roller shades are especially popular owing to their streamlined design, and they go well with curtains and drapes. They’re usually fitted with a motor or spring for safety, with 1 or 2 inches the most commonly available. For the best results roller shades should be used on narrow windows.

Roman shades have natural materials or other fabrics that produce soft folds, with the most modern versions equipped with a motor. Owing to the design, Roman shades looks fine on just about any window type.

Cellular shades provide another option: also known as honeycomb shades, they come in different colors and styles including small or large single cells or double cells. Cellular shades can be installed anywhere but most of the time they’re found in bedrooms or living rooms. In addition to the different styles these shades also provide some level of insulation, saving you money in the process.

As the information here shows, there is no lacking of honeycomb blinds and shade options you can choose from. What’s important is you take the time to decide whether a blind or shade is best suited for your home, and what style will work well.

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