In Need of an Updated Look – Consider New Blinds

By on February 28, 2014

When it comes to modern window treatments, blinds are a great option. Not only do blinds do a good job of blocking out light and sound, they offer a easy way to create privacy. Today, blinds come in a wide variety of colors, finishes, materials, and styles, so they’re a great way to add beauty and flare to a room, in addition to functionality.

Here are some things to consider when selecting blinds for your home:

Light and Sound Preferences

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One of the things you’ll want to consider before choosing blinds is how much light you want to allow into your room. Some people find a room that’s completely dark once the blinds are drawn to be oppressive or claustrophobic while others find it essential in order to sleep well or relax at the end of the day.

Those that prefer complete black-out affect in a given room because they need to be able to sleep during the day might want blinds made of blackout fabric. Many are also sound resistant. If you prefer privacy that still allows for a little outside sunlight to enter your home, go for a light filtering option instead.

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Blinds are hardly a one-size-fits-all option when it comes to price point. In fact, depending on the materials the blinds are made of, they can be inexpensive to a considerable investment and upgrade to your home. Before you start shopping, make sure you have a budget in mind.

Plastic or polymer blinds in a Venetian or vertical style are probably going to be the most cost-effective. Fabric blinds in various styles are probably going to be the next level as far as price point. Finally, there are premium-grade wooden blinds that last the longest and probably the most expensive option.

Temperature Control

One of the biggest benefits of blinds over curtains is their ability to help regulate the temperature inside your home. Heat travels easily through the glass panes of your windows, blinds can save you money on your energy bill. When you use blinds to shut out stifling summer heat and insulate the interior of your home against the cold in the winter, you can actually reduce heat transference by almost 50%!

It pays to make sure you keep insulation in mind when you shop for blinds. This is even more important if you live anywhere where extreme temperatures are an issue. You can even get special blinds that feature a reflective surface on one side to help direct heat in the direction you want it to go.

Appearance and Style

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Blinds are about more than just function. They need to look as well. Today’s blinds are available in just about every style, color, and material you can think of. From polymer and aluminum to fabric and wood. Blinds offer a wonderful way to create a designer touch. Try sleek Roman shades in a colored fabric or simple roller shades in rattan or bamboo for a great addition to any modern room. Wood is a fantastic option for a rich, warm, lived in look.

Manufacturer and Vendor

It’s important not to forget that your blinds are an investment so make sure you buy from reliable vendors with solid reputations. Choose well-known brand names and be sure to ask about warranties or guarantees offered by the manufacturer. And don’t forget to find out how to take care of your new blinds to make sure you get the most out of your purchase.

Michael Gubby is the co-founder of iSeek Blinds, the original and leading online retailer selling high end blinds at affordable prices. Michael has helped thousands of customers make the right choice for their home. To learn more about Michael visit him on Google+, or his company site

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In Need of an Updated Look – Consider New Blinds