Savings, Style, and Security Make Blinds A Smart Choice

By: seeley
Mini blinds, vertical blinds and even horizontal floor length blinds are not only stylish additions to nearly any room, they also offer some benefits plain drapes and sheers don't. When properly chosen, positioned and used, blinds can add to a home's energy efficiency and security measures. By keeping light and eyes out, these little decorator wonders pack a triple-purpose punch few other window treatments can boast.

The advantages to blinds are fully felt when they are properly chosen to fit windows and designed with higher quality materials that most dime store blinds offer. Custom blinds can even be made to match decorating schemes and even fit unusual window shapes and designs.

For added security, blinds should be used in conjunction with drapes or sheers to block vision into a room or home. What thieves can't see, they tend to not want to steal. When blinds are kept closed and down, people cannot see in. Even the best drapes can have leaks that allow vision, but well made blinds can make it virtually impossible to see in.

The same way in which blinds work to keep eyes out, they can help with keeping heat or cold in a room. By shielding the window more than an ordinary drape can, they work well in conjunction with good window dressings to limit energy loss. Plus they can also help in the reverse by helping to keep the sun's hot rays from coming in or cold breezes, too.

When choosing blinds, it's important to make sure they don't clash with a room's overall look. Even the most dressed up of windows can benefit from the right blinds, but one's that don't go with the feel of a room can wreck its tone and feel.

Before buying blinds consider the following things:

* Colors. Will blinds be making the statement for the window, or will they just serve as a backdrop to another window dressing such as a sheer or drape? If something plain is wanted, consider a solid color. White goes with almost everything, but colored blinds do well with patterned drapes and can even lend themselves to blending in more if an accent color from the drapes is chosen. Colored blinds, too, can act on their own without the need for drapes.

* Sizes. Are the windows you're looking to dress standard in size or are custom blinds needed? If so, choose a good maker for the blinds.

* Patterns. Custom blind makers can often create heavy duty blinds that come in a variety of patterns and colors. Generally cloth in outer material, these blinds take the place of drapes and look wonderful doing so while offering other benefits.

* Budget. Blinds, especially custom ones, can get expensive. Since they can run from a few dollars a window to the hundreds and more, it's a good idea to set some quality feature requirements along with a budget first.

Blinds are a great way to go to help increase security and energy savings. Finding the right blinds to fit just about any room's style and needs is more than possible. If off the rack blinds won't do, consider custom made materials for a designer look that's incredible.
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