Types of Blinds

Types of Blinds

What types of blinds would best suit your home when the Sun comes shining through your windows every day, bringing in warmth through golden rays? The light of the sun is great for your soul, giving people a warm, happy feeling, but there are times we do not not want the Sun’s light to be so grand. The heat from the light can also help with your utility bill in the winter months, but not so much in the summer months. Even though the sun can have positive effects on you and your home, it also has negative effects. Bright light from the Sun fades fabrics, floors, and even furniture, but with the right blind, you can save them by controlling the amount of light that comes through the windows.

It can be completely overwhelming when it comes to picking and buying the right window coverings. There are so many questions that you have to ask yourself: are you looking for more privacy or do you want to vamp up your home decor? You will find that there are almost unlimited choices, from blackout blinds to light filtering blinds. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the top choices in blinds.

What Do I Need

Before you set out to buy blinds, you need to ask yourself: What are you looking for? Or what do you need? Blinds come in so many different types of materials ranging from top of the line to low cost. So you need to figure out which will go best in your home and your budget. Here is a list of the most popular type materials:

  1. Wood
  2. Faux Wood
  3. Plastic
  4. Metal
  5. Natural Fabric Blinds
  6. Synthetic Fabric

Types of Blinds

Below you will find 14 different types of blinds that will help to narrow your search and help you find the perfect blind for your home or room.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds run from the top of the window to the bottom with individual slats that are connected to a track at the top of the window. There are two ways that this type of blind will open, some open from side to side, and others will part in the middle. The most popular place for this type of blind is patio doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. That does not mean that you can’t use them for smaller windows, it is your choice and your style. You can get these blinds in a variety of different materials that will be perfect for your budget. Besides not only looking great, but vertical blinds are also so easy to clean.

Venetian Blinds

This type of blind is the most popular style of all the blinds. These are the horizontal blinds that we all know so well, they have horizontal slats that are connected with strings or strips of fabric called tapes. When raising Venetian blinds the bottom slat will press against the next slat until all slats are pressed together at the top. You can have this type of blind custom-fitted to your window, and they can even be custom-fit to arched windows. They even come in a smart home feature, which is motorized for an easy opening and closing of blinds.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds and Venetian blinds are so alike but Mini blind slats are smaller in width where Venetian blinds have wider slats. Typically this type of blind runs about 1” in width. Because they are so small in width and made with a cheaper material these types of blinds tend to become worn over time. Mini blinds can also be very tedious to clean because there are more slats.

Micro Blinds

Micro blinds are just that; they are micro. These blinds are tinier than the above Miniblinds. The width of this type of blind is a ½”. Being an even smaller blind makes them even more frustrating to clean.

Panel Blinds

The Panel blind is another great option for those large windows or a patio door. These types of blinds have a track system that moves the sections from side to side when opening and closing.

Pleated Blinds

These blinds have a piece of material that is pleated so that the blind opens and closes in an accordion-like way and can be raised or lowered. Pleated blinds are very similar in the way that they look to the Venetian blind. This blind gives your window a very soft look, but one downfall is that the blind can not be adjusted from side to side. Pleated blinds are mostly made from either fabric or paper.

Honeycomb Blinds

These blinds are also called cellular shades. They look a lot like pleated blinds. They are also made from some of the same materials that pleated blinds are made of, but the honeycomb blind is made up of two different types of material. The Honeycomb blind is the perfect blind to help cool your home in the summer months and warm in the winter months. The way this works is the blinds’ front and back pieces are open in the middle, and this provides insulation by forming a pocket between the pieces. Another advantage to the honeycomb blind is that it provides sound insulation.

Roman Blinds

This is a very classical window treatment made up of fabric, jute, or even seagrass. There are many different types of roman blinds, but they all open by folding into themselves. One of the disadvantages to this type of blind is that when the blind is pulled open, it creates a large stack of fabric that blocks a portion of your view. Roman blinds come in lined and unlined options giving you two different light filtering choices from blackout and thermal control.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are another popular choice among people. These shades are usually made up of synthetic and natural fabrics that can be adjusted by rolling them up and down to meet your need for light. You can get roller shades in different styles that are mountable in a variety of different ways. The most cost-efficient roller shades feature is the external system. This can come in handy if the roller gets tangled. We all know the most common of these shades are made of plastic fabric, but today roller shades come in some very stylish fabric with valance, cornices, or fascia. These features give the roller shades a more polished look to them like the roman blind. You can get this blind in a range of different fabrics including blackout and thermal features.

Curtain Blinds

These are also known as tie-up shades because they are a cross of window blinds and a curtain. You can get these blinds in a broad range of materials. These are fabric blinds that have long ties that extend beyond the bottom of the shade when they are completely covering the window. To open the blind, you have to raise the blind and use the tie to hold it up. The curtain blind offers a blend of casual and country looks that works great with different styles of decor.

Solar Shades

This type of blind is much like roller shades. The purpose of this blind is to reduce the amount of sunlight that comes into the room. It also controls glare, UV rays, and the heat that can come through a window from outside. Using this type of blind is like having a pair of shades for your windows and the best option to limit the solar effects of the sun.

Outdoor Shades

The outdoor shades are placed outside of the windows or glass doors and are made up of heavy-duty and weather-resistant fabric. The most common use for this type of blind is on a patio door or window in hopes of reducing the amount of sunlight and heat through the area.

Skylight Shades

You can get these types of blinds in many different styles like roller, pleated, and honeycomb. Skylights can be very hard to reach, and these types of designs work best in the skylight. The insulating properties that the honeycomb blind offers make it popular for skylights. This type of blind usually features a large removable rod that lowers, raises, and adjusts the blind, but some options include a handle or an automatic feature.

Smart Blinds

These are truly the blinds of the future and seem like something out of a science fiction movie, and these blinds are becoming more and more popular as everyone wants all the new smart home technology. Even though you can get smart blinds in new, high-tech styles, you can still get them in more traditional styles. The blind has its very own smartphone application that makes it easy to control from the palm of your hand. Through the app, you can program them to open and close at any time you want them to. With the smart blinds you can save on your energy costs but you also get one of the most appealing blinds sold today. If the smart blind is out of your budget, then there is a smart controller available. With the controller, you can outfit your blinds to work in the same way that smart technology does without the price.

Conclusion

You could spend hours and even days trying to decide between all the different choices in materials, styles, and design options. Even though there are so many different options to choose from, what it comes down to is the blind that meets your design taste and budget. The cost of blinds ranges from very expensive to very cheap, so you should have no problem finding the right blinds for your budget. You can find these types of blinds at any hardware store, blind store, and even home design business.

Written by: Joy Mason

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