Blindingly Beautiful Shades

When you look at the designer homes or décor magazines, you wonder how they get everything looking so amazing and perfectly matching.

On the other hand, there are people who find it difficult to decide whether they want to use blinds or shades in their homes. It is difficult because now so many varieties are available to choose from.

Finding the right one for your needs is not a child's play. Windows need to be covered for privacy and protection against natural elements alike wind, rains,and sun.

But they do not have to be drab and shabby. There are many kinds of blinds and shades available in the market.

Types of Blinds

Wooden Blinds

PlasWood (Faux) Blinds

Cordless Blinds

Aluminium regular/ mini Blinds

Vinyl Blinds

Vertical/ horizontal Blinds

Panel Track Blinds

Types of Shades

Cellular Shades

Roller Shades

Cordless Shades

Bamboo & Natural Shades

Roman Shades

Solar Shades

Sheer Shades

Shades with pleats

The list is not exhaustive and there are many other varieties available.

Blinds and shades should be a good combination of functionality and beauty. You can change the look of a home just by changing the look of the windows.The basic points to remember while choosing the perfect blinds/ shades are given below.

Brightness and seclusion

Do you want a bright and airy room or do you want to have some respite from the heat of sun and cosiness during cold months? It depends upon the climate near your area and direction of the windows. All of these factors influence the styles of the blinds and shades.


Another important factor is the budget you have. Is it only one room or a few spaces or more numbers of windows that you need to cover? The answer will help you to decide how much you can spend on the material and style. Some styles are more expensive and similarly, some materials are very costly while others are inexpensive. 


You may need a lot of time for completing the installation and maintenance thereafter. Installation itself takes time and periodic cleaning requires sustained efforts. So, choose a design and style that you can maintain easily. Some fabrics can be cleaned by vacuuming while some need professional cleaning.


Some rooms need an elegant setting, with pastel shades, better material and stylish fittings as they are more visible to people and guests. On the other hand, other rooms may be fitted with more run of the mill variety of things.


Cords become safety hazards in homes with young children and need simplified cordless blinds and shades. Blinds really look good and are a great option if these can be of the adjustable kind. If these were adjustable depending upon your need for brightness or shade, then these work perfectly in most settings.  The prices depend upon the style and material of the blinds and shades.

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Types of blinds

Wooden blinds come in many hues and many kind of wooden frames. These can be used in dry areas like offices, but not in humid places or where more moisture accumulates, like bathrooms.

Though synthetic or faux wood can be used for a softer, more romantic effect. If you want to know more about blinds made of material that looks amazingly like wood and yet is resistant to water and humidity, and then check this

Insulating blinds help to preserve energy and filter or block light and warmth. Then there are differences based upon the placement and shape of slats. Horizontal and wider slats will make the windows and room appear bigger while wider horizontal slats create the illusion of bigger windows and more space in apartments and small rooms. Vertical blinds work better on taller windows.

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Blinds or Shades

Blinds need a lot more effort to maintain as these need regular cleaning because the slats attract dust and grime. But they do have their usefulness and some varieties are functional to use. Shades, on the other hand, have tremendous usefulness and style. They can create different looks using texture, pattern, and fabric. These work wonderfully in bedrooms and guestrooms.

These are also great energy savers depending upon the thickness of material used. They lend a warmer, softer look than blinds. The shades need to be washed or vacuumed and professional cleaning is also needed from time to time. But all this is worth the amount of beauty theseadd to your room. So now you have more information about Blinds and shades, you can choose the best combination of material and style that suits the room that you want to decorate. Choose wisely and people will admire the look for a long time to come.