Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Shutters, Blinds or Shades

When the sun starts to stream through the windows in the spring, it puts me in a great mood that leads me to open all the blinds to take advantage of the optimistic feeling it brings. The novelty of the sunlight diminishes as the hot sun begins to heat our home. The blinds are then drawn. This annual exercise gave me the idea for today's BLOG entry.

The window industry provides us with so many options of blinds and shades that making a choice can be confusing. As a certified and trained dealer for Hunter Douglas I'll offer some tips that may be helpful.

A major consideration would be if you wanted a blind that could be tilted to give you some sun protection, but still offer some view. In that case, your options would include shutters and minis, wood, faux wood and vertical blinds. For a softer look, with a tilt option, shading products such as Silhouettes, Luminettes or Allure are available. These all have soft vanes and sheer fabric options.
When looking at shades that have a basic function - opened or closed - there are vast options. Along with regular flat roller shades, there are pleated and honeycomb shades. Popular now are the woven woods and fabric roman shades. All of these have options that can be the key to your decision. Room darkening or sheer fabrics - and everything in between, cord function or cordless, standard bottom up orientation or top down-with-bottom up are examples.

Imagine a room darkening honeycomb blind that can completely change to a sheer honeycomb allowing light to filter through. Now imagine this without any cords to function. Yes, this is available.

What about a beautiful woven wood with a separate fabric shade mounted on the same head rail allowing you to function both blinds separately or together for maximum light control? This kind of blind is also available.

What are the options for sliding doors? Previously, the obvious choice was either a fabric drapery on a traversing rod or a vertical blind. The honeycomb shade is available to move side to side with the honeycombs in the vertical position. Woven woods look great on sliders, creating soft folds in the vertical position. Fabric panels that slide along a sleek head rail can create a nice contemporary look.
The Luminettes, mentioned above, offer a more formal look to sliding doors. Vertical collections include the less popular PVC vane, along with fabric vanes, in wonderful textures and colors. Some collections also offer wood vanes for a great lodge look.

If you want to give your windows a custom look using fabric to coordinate with your room, you may consider a roman shade. On a tight budget? A flat roman shade would be most cost efficient in this category. It uses less fabric and has less labor costs than the hobbled version. The hobbled version adds soft folds that remain when the shade is lowered. You want to be careful using a print for a hobble, since part of the print will be always hidden.

Another consideration for the type of blinds is the construction of your windows. Sometimes clients have a preference that just can't be met because of the construction or orientation of their windows, but with a myriad of options available there is always a way to meet almost all their needs.

Don't hesitate to call if we can show you any of these options in the comfort of your home, and of course at a no-cost consultation. 

Susan Sutherlin at Decorating Den Interiors (619) 985-4561 or (714) 308-4157

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