How to choose between shades and blinds for your windows

The process of purchasing window treatments can be overwhelming. There are so many different types of window treatments that you can choose from, from shutters, blinds, shades and drapes, and each option has within it a multitude of other choices that you will have to narrow down in before you can even start deciding what you are going to purchase.  There are price points to take into consideration, as well as if you need custom blinds or shades because your windows may be an irregular shape, or you just may decide that you want something that sets your home a little apart from the window treatments in the other homes around you.  Another thing that you have to take into account is how much the window treatments will function in an energy saving capacity.

Custom blinds are a great option for any room in the house. They not only complement pretty much any décor style, but they also can be a great help in helping your house reduce the amount of solar heat that is allowed into your home in the summer months, and also help prevent warm air from escaping the home in the cold winter months. Blinds are made with a series of slats that can be turned or adjusted in order to control the amount of light that is allowed in from outside. The slats can also help to control the amount of desired privacy on the inside of the home. In addition to having slats that can be moved around to change the light levels and the privacy in the any room of the home, the moveable slats can also help to make a home more energy efficient. If you have a west facing side of the home that is particularly vulnerable to getting uncomfortably warm in the afternoons and evenings, then that might be a good area of the home to consider using exterior blinds as well as interior ones. That can help block out the heat more completely and make the room a bearable place to be in the summer evenings.

Custom shades are also a wonderful choice for a home. Shades are similar to blinds in that they often have the ability to be raised and lowered using a cord, but one area where they can be different has to do with their slats: shades do not have slats. They may still function in the same way that blinds do, but when they are raised and lowered it looks more like an accordion. Instead of slats, they have a fabric system that folds or rolls or bunches in on itself when the shades are raised away from the windows.  Because these kinds of window treatments are often a solid surface of some kind of fabric, they will offer much more privacy than standard blinds would when they are lowered over the windows. They are also an energy efficient option for homeowners to help block out light and keep the rooms in your home at a comfortable temperature.