Blinds have remained popular for so long because they offer an array of useful design features that help improve the comfort, style, and safety of your home. The material and design of window blinds make them particularly good at light-control for several reasons. First, blinds offer multiple movement options including opening the entire blind or maneuvering the slats. This permits homeowners to fully open blinds to let in a lot of light (ideal in colder months to allow in solar heat) or close completely for blackout levels of darkness (enhanced by the Hunter Douglas de-Light™ feature), and since the slats can be rotated 180° there is also a view-through feature that provides some natural illumination while deflecting direct light.
This view-through ability is beneficial for privacy too, as it allows the blinds to also provide privacy whilst still allowing in natural light. Since the slats of window blinds are constructed from hard materials, when closed they offer an impenetrable level of privacy. The hard materials also afford a basic level of insulation over windows helping to prevent energy loss and saving homeowners money on heating and cooling bills. Plus, blinds are low maintenance and durable, so they are a great option for those looking for window treatments that require little care but last for years. Modern blinds also have enhanced safety features such as cordless operating systems that make them safer for homes with small children and pets. And on top of that, while blinds provide all these benefits including light-control, privacy, energy conservation, durability, and child-safe measures they are still a cost-effective window treatment that is both financially appealing and aesthetically alluring.
Designing Your Home with Blinds
When considering the type of window treatment to buy we must take into account not only the functional features of each kind of window covering but also their aesthetic style. After all, the style of the window treatment will determine if it harmonizes with your décor or clashes with your design. Window blinds are highly versatile because though straightforward in design, blinds have numerous customization options including material choice, color selection, slat size, specialty shapes, and operating systems; so that you can create a window blind that is tailor-made for your home.
- Material Choice: Modern blinds are crafted from a variety of materials such as hardwood or vinyl, each kind with its unique style and purpose. Wooden blinds are warm and welcoming treatment with a classical sense of style. Faux wood blinds, like those made with hybrid or vinyl-based materials, are engineered to be durable and resistant to fading, yellowing, warping, or bowing for a sleek and chic set of blinds perfect for sun-soaked or humid environments.
- Color Selection: Though most blinds come in neutral tones or an earthy palette, don’t think that means a limit on color choice. There is a world of choice in that color sphere with both wood stains and solid paint colors that have sublet and bold differences in shade and tone.
- Slat Size: Like the louvers on plantation shutters the horizontal slats on window blinds are available in several sizes. By changing the size of the slat, you affect the aesthetic and functional appeal of the window treatment as a whole.
- Specialty Shapes: For architectural window features, uniquely shaped windows, or windows outside the standard range of sizes blinds can be custom made to fit almost any dimension. Blinds work for arches, angled windows, bay and corner windows, and French doors; additionally, there is the option for cut-out shapes to work around obstructions like window cranks or air-conditioners.
- Operating Systems: Though we rarely see the operating system for window blinds it plays a large role in our satisfaction with the treatment as it affects the daily use of our blinds. Hunter Douglas blinds can choose from several different operating systems including the Standard Cordlock system, the LiteRise®, and SimpleLift™ systems for child-friendly cordless blinds, or the innovated PowerView® system for convenience and precision of motorized blinds.
The many customizable options for blinds mean you can create your own, unique set of window blinds that harmonizes with your tastes seamlessly, and the window treatment experts from At Home Designs can help you through every step of the process. The plethora of customizable options also means that blinds can be incorporated into countless interior design styles. For example, wooden blinds with medium-sized slats in a natural wood hue are right at home in traditional design styles while faux wood blinds with a coat of clean, bright white paint and larger slats sizes work for modern monochromatic design. Blinds are also wonderful to use as the base for layered window treatments. For instance, you can pair window blinds with drapery for a dynamic style that blends hard and soft textiles for a window fashion with visual intrigue, depth, and enhanced light-control features.
Find the Right Blind for Your Home
At Home Designs is proud to carry two lines of high-end blinds from Hunter Douglas (Parkland® and Everwood®), and their window design experts are happy to talk with you about the characteristics and features of both to help you choose which option would be more suitable for your home.
- Parkland® Wood Blinds: Classic wooden blinds with real wood slats that highlight the organic beauty of wood (available in natural stains or solid paint colors). Parkland® Wood Blinds are made from wood harvested from ethically managed forests and for every purchase of wooden blinds made Hunter Douglas donates to the Arbor Day Foundation to support the sustainability and preservation of natural resources.
- EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds: Durability and longevity define these faux wood blinds made from materials engineered to hold up even in hot and humid climates. Everwood® Alternative Wood Blinds come in a variety of colors from pure white to wood stains with photo-realistic faux wood grain finishes.
- Modern Precious Metals® Aluminum Blinds: A stunning metal design meets a classic window treatment style in these aluminum blinds. These blinds are highly durable and available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and decorative tapes. You can even customize these blinds to help darken your rooms.
At Home Designs not only carries Parkland® Wood Blinds and EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds, but they also have a whole team of window fashion experts to help your find, customize, and install blinds in your home easily and effortlessly for an enjoyable design process that ends with stunning results. Contact At Home Designs today to request a consultation. At Home Designs serves the communities of Kennett Square, PA: Landenberg, PA; Greenville, DE; Hockessin, DE; Newark, DE; Pike Creek, DE; and Wilmington, DE; from their location near Hockessin, Delaware.
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Parkland® Wood Blinds
Rich, authentic real wood slats complement any room. Fashioned to create a warm and inviting home, they’re available in a large selection of slat sizes, stylish colors and paint and stain finishes that maintain their lustre over time.
EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds
Achieve a wooden appearance with the reassurance that the material won’t age over time. Our EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds are made with a long-lasting wood alternative, available in both TruGrain® finishes and a large selection of solid colors.
Modern Precious Metals® Aluminum Blinds
For a sleek, streamlined window treatment, our Modern Precious Metals® Aluminum Blinds are available in a wide range of finishes, including mattes, metallics and soft, pearlescent hues