We know you want your blinds
to be practical and decorative. Our blinds protect your privacy,
control sunlight, and always look terrific! Because there are
so many styles and colors, shopping for new blinds may seem a
little overwhelming. We’ve assembled a few tips to help you shop
for your blinds.
the Proper Size
You’ll want to be sure the blinds you choose are the right
size and mount for your windows. Older window frames, which are
usually deeper, are more suited inside mount, while newer, shallow
window frames, are more suited for outside mount.
If you want two-inch blinds
to hang flush inside your window frame, you’ll need to make sure
the frame is at least two inches deep. If you’re ordering outside
mount blinds, you’ll want to make sure your blind is wide enough
to cover the entire window opening.
To make sure you order the right size and mount for your window,
read our Measuring Instructions.
Quick Tip: Many customers
with older homes prefer inside mount blinds, which allow them
to show off their home’s elegant molding.
Controlling Privacy and Daylight
Some windows, such as those in bathrooms or bedrooms, require
extra privacy. Choosing pleated or cellular shades with privacy
backing can keep outsiders from looking into your windows. PVC vertical
blinds also offer excellent privacy. Some mini and wood blinds are
Lite-Tite; made without rout holes, they offer an excellent amount
If your window faces a brightly
lit area, or if you’re a day sleeper, the same qualities that
provide privacy can also keep light out of your room. You may
also want to try our Room Darkening American's Best Cellular Shades,
which block out almost all light.
In some situations, covering
the bottom of a window provides sufficient privacy or light control.
If you’d like a blind that offers more privacy on the bottom while
allowing light to come through the top, look for blinds that offer
a Top Down/Bottom Up Control.
If you live in an extreme climate and lose a lot of energy through
your window, an insulating blind can be a practical choice. Cellular
shades, which trap air between layers of material, provide good
Quick Tip: The insulating
quality of a cellular shade increases with the number of cells
and a larger pleat size.
for Your Blinds
Dusty homes can present a challenge for blinds. Aluminum mini
blinds are easy to maintain and only require an occasional light
dusting; some aluminum mini-blinds now come with an anti-static
finish that repels dust. If necessary, they can be easily cleaned
with a mild soap and water.
If you have children and/or
pets, you surely have areas in your home that require constant
cleaning. PVC vertical blinds are exceptionally
durable and can be easily wiped clean with a cloth and mild cleaning
solution. Eight gauge aluminum blinds are exceptionally strong,
but slightly less easy to clean than PVC verticals.
If your blinds are going
to be in a room with high humidity or above a sink, you’ll need
a water-resistant blind. PVC vertical blinds, vinyl blinds, and
aluminum mini-blinds hold up well in damp rooms.
Enjoying Your Decorative Blinds
You already know how practical your blinds can be. But they
can be beautiful too! We’ve got such a wide selection that you can
of blinds to complement the decorating scheme of your home.
If your home is more casual
or country, try warm natural wood blinds or fabric shades in a
whimsical print. These kinds of treatments can help make your
home feel warm, cozy, and inviting.
If your room is modern or
contemporary, consider painted wood blinds or simple shades in
neutral hues for simple elegance that will enhance your home’s
sense of style.
For a formal, elegant look,
create drama with layers and texture. Roman shades make a room
feel more finished and can make any window look extraordinary.
If your home décor is eclectic,
wood blinds or honeycomb cellular shades are great. You can change
the mood of your rooms depending on the material you choose. For
example, wood adds a natural touch, while the soft fabric of cellular
shades can add refinement to a traditional room.