Window blinds today can turn a room around as far as decorating it is concerned. Innovative designs make changing a room from fun-loving to formal (or vice versa) easy, and their ability to handle light- whether to block it or not – can turn an uncomfortably hot room into a cool, midday retreat.
Window Blind Types
In the past, metal window blinds were the only type available. Heavy, cumbersome, and boring, window blinds came offered only in shades of white, off-white, or, to get really cutting edge, beige.
Today, homeowners can choose from an entire palette of colors and choose window blinds in a variety of materials, like wood, faux wood, plastic, bamboo, and many others, including the traditional aluminum window blinds.
The old, heavy aluminum window blinds could even be a danger in children’s rooms. Not only could children face a potential hanging hazard from dangling cords, but also if the window blinds should fall, other serious injury could result.
Nowadays, cordless window blinds in lightweight materials provide a much safer alternative. And for the playful decor of a child’s room, window blinds with multi-colored slats are available that can be opened and closed by manually pushing them up or down, as needed.
For other rooms, sheer window blinds can be just the thing to create a softening effect. The diffusion of light from these kinds of window treatments lends a sense of peacefulness and a light, romantic airiness to a room.
Privacy, as well as a soft transition to the outdoors, become important, yet subtle, decor components, too, when provided by the vertical, sheer window blinds made for French doors.
The choices in window blinds vary greatly in both style and price. For a mere six or seven dollars, you can, in a pinch run to the dollar store and outfit a room. And then, on the other end of the spectrum, you can spend hundreds of dollars on custom-made window blinds for every room of the house.
Whatever window blinds you select, it’s good know there are choices – and many. So don’t restrict your decor options by limiting yourself to only one type of window blinds. Have fun – and enjoy all that you can do with window blinds.