Window shades, drapes, and blinds serve both a functional and fashionable purpose. As of Spring 2014, nearly 30 million Americans purchased blinds, drapes, shades, or other types of window treatments over the course of a year. Window treatments come in many forms and sizes. Blinds, shutters, and shades are popular because they are easy to maneuver, pleasing to the eye, and effective in keeping heat out. Good shutters can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.
The Purpose of Window Blinds.
Aside from providing aesthetic appeal, window blinds serve to keep heat out of a home’s interior, while either letting light in or keeping it out as well, depending on the color and material of the blinds. They also, of course, provide privacy, blocking out any unwanted eyes from outside.
Types of Blind, Shutters, and Shades.
There are several kinds of blinds, shutters, and shades. There are horizontal and vertical blinds, for instance, which don’t differ much in functionality but certainly change the appearance of a room. Vertical shutters and blinds work best to cover patio doors with large windows. Blinds also have three standard panel sizes: half inch, inch, and two inches. These sizes have less to do with functionality and more to do with appearance and preference. Fixed louver shutters are also more fashionable than functional. These shutters have stationary slats that remain in a position of 25% open. These shutters enhance the exterior appearance of a home or office building.
Blackout Shades vs. Reflective Blinds.
Blackout shades are exactly what they sound like — window shades that block light from entering a room. These shades are useful for darkening a room, either for sleeping or for providing a room with a dimmer appearance. Reflective blinds, on the other hand, or typically white shades that allow light to enter a room while still preventing too much heat from coming in. Reflective blinds can reduce a heat gain in a home or office by 45% when completely shut.
Whether you’re trying to cover the windows in your home or office, there are numerous ways to treat your windows, keeping in mind both function and appearance. Finding the right blinds, shutters, or shades is important for creating a comfortable and stylish interior.