How to Buy Blinds and Shades for Your Windows

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The windows in your home provide your interior with natural light and give you a view of the outside world. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to leave them uncovered 24/7, allowing neighbors and passersby an unfettered view of your home interior. While drapes could provide the privacy you seek, as well as enhance your decor, you might want the additional benefits that blinds and shades can offer.

For example, blinds and shades provide better blackout capabilities, allowing you more control over the amount of light streaming in. They also provide more privacy than some drapes. Plus, blinds and shades that are precisely fitted to each window are going to look more expensive and high-end than most curtains.

If you’ve gone to the trouble to install replacement windows or you simply want to upgrade your window treatments, the next step is figuring out which blinds and shades are best suited to the windows in your home. Here are a few factors to consider.

Take Precise Measurements

Blinds and shades are meant to fit within window frames, unlike drapery that surrounds the window and can extend from floor to ceiling if you like. This means that before you purchase and install blinds or shades, you’ll need precise measurements to ensure that window treatments fit perfectly.

Too large and they’ll overshoot one or more edges. Too small and they won’t provide the coverage you need. In both cases, you might not even be able to install them. As you can see, it is imperative that you measure precisely.

Consider Functional Concerns

What type of functionality do you want? If your priority is to completely block out sunlight, you’ll probably find that opaque shades are best suited for your needs. Even if the slats on your blinds fit snuggly when closed, light could still seep in around the edges.

If you want to let some light in but maintain privacy, on the other hand, blinds are probably a better option. Venetian blinds, for example, are sheer enough to allow natural light in even when closed, and you can find products that open from the bottom up, the top down, or both, providing a variety of options for lighting and privacy.

Consider Aesthetic Concerns

Although you may appreciate the functionality of either blinds or shades, you also want any decor for your home interior to match your preferred aesthetic. In this regard, blinds tend to add a more expensive and sophisticated appearance to your interior. That said, if you like the function of blinds or shades, but not necessarily the look, you could always pair them with some kind of drapery to increase the decorative appeal of your window treatments.

Consider Cost

Any home improvements are going to entail some expense, but whereas your windows from Renewal by Andersen will show a significant return on investment, your window treatments are largely for your own enjoyment. That said, there’s a good chance you’ll leave custom window treatments like blinds and shades in place when you sell your home, so spending the money to create an attractive interior design could increase the appeal of your home to buyers down the line, even if there is no appreciable return from a monetary perspective.