How To Choose Blinds And Shades


Window treatments are an overlooked but essential element of designing your home's interior. Blinds and shades enhance the style of your room, but they are also crucial for filtering light, giving you privacy, and insulating your home.

With so many styles of blinds and shadesto choose from, it can be challenging to find the right window treatment for your home. Use our easy-to-follow guide with professional tips to help you find the perfect set of blinds or shades for every room in your home.

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Which Style of Blinds or Shades Should I Choose?

Mini Blinds

Simple to install and operate, mini blinds are some of the most versatile and lightweight window treatments available. They consist of horizontal aluminum slats that are a fraction of the width of Venetian blinds, and they have a slim profile, which enables them to fit into almost any window frame. However, due to the look of the aluminum, many people choose to install mini blinds in less noticeable areas such as garages and laundry rooms.

Venetian Blinds

This popular style of blinds consists of horizontal wood or aluminum slats that are joined with string or fabric. The slat can be raised and lowered for privacy or tilted for light filtering. They are suitable for almost all types of windows, and the eye-catching wood grain makes it a natural choice for farmhouse or country homes.

Mini Light Green Venetian Blind
Mini Gloss White Venetian Blind
Big Three Pieces Venetian Blind
Slim Black Darkening Venetian Blind
Brown Vinyl Venetian Blind
Classic White Venetian Blind

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are typically constructed using either light wood or fabric and run along a track at the top of the window frame. They are ideal for floor to ceiling windows or French doors.

White Long Vertical Blind
Premium Natural Fabrics Vertical Blind
Light Brown Panels Sheer Vertical Blind
White Room Darkening Vertical Blind
Small Window Vertical Blind
White Vinyl Vertical Blinds

Roman Shades

Roman shades are a traditional window treatment that operates in a similar way to Venetian blinds, but they consist of panels of fabric that fold into each other when raised, which can block part of the view from your window. Roman shades can be made from jute, seagrass, linen, or another durable fabric, which makes it a versatile choice for a wide range of home décors.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are a great modern alternative to Roman shades, and they block less of your window frame when raised, giving you a better view. The shades are made from either natural or synthetic fabric and have a slightly weighted end that enables them to raise and lower evenly. Rollers come with a variety of mounting mechanisms to suit different window frames, making them a versatile option for your home.

Simple Grey Roman Shade
Brown Semi-Sheer Roman Shade
Blue Polyester Classic Roman Shade
Simple Silver Roller Shade
Grey Semi-Sheer Roller Shade
Black Single Roller Shade

Cellular Shades

If you want a window treatment that is stylish and eco-friendly, try cellular shades. Cellular shades use a unique double-layered honeycomb structure to both block light and insulate your windows, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. They also have some sound-insulating capabilities making them an excellent choice for windows facing out onto the street.

Light Green Cellular Shade Set
Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shade
Semi-Sheer Gray Cellular Shade
Dark Beige Whole Cellular Shade
Light Green Single Cellular Shade
White Single Semi-Sheer Cellular Shade

How Do I Find Blinds and Shades to Fit My Windows?

Blinds and shades can be mounted either inside or outside the window frame.

How to Measure Your Windows for Blinds and Shades?

Once you have decided which type of mount would best suit your window, you then need to get accurate measurements.

To measure for inside mounted blinds and shades:

To measure for outside mounted blinds and shades:

Which is the Best Lift Mechanism for Blinds and Shades?

There are three mechanisms to choose from when selecting blinds and shades: corded, cordless, and motorized.