What Kind of Blinds are Best for Living Rooms?
Most homeowners take blinds for granted. They either focus more on practicality with purchasing the cheapest ones the can find. Completely understandable since most experts suggest floor or window replacements for improving insulation and increasing efficiency. Little do they know that the type of window treatment you have also had an impact on protecting the interior. From UV resistant to the high maintainers of privacy, here are the best blinds for refreshing your living room:
The Difference Between Blinds and Shades
Before we start listing the best living room blinds, let’s clarify terminology. When mentioning blinds, lots of people have in mind both shades and blinds. But, there is a difference between these two.
• Blinds consist of individual slats which you can either open up/down or tilt sideways.
• Shades consist of only 1 material, spread out across the entire window opening, able to open only from bottom to top.
Blinds are more flexible and provide more natural light in rooms while shades do the opposite and are great for protection of privacy and blocking unwanted heat or light. Shades are highly recommended for bedrooms while blinds work best for commune areas and living rooms (because of their flexibility and warmth).
So how is this warmth accomplished? Most blinds are either made from wood, metal or aluminum. But the best type that makes the space warmer and more welcoming are wooden blinds. The color of wood gives an authentic flair to any kind of space. The natural light gently bounces of this type of blinds and makes an elegant entry in your home. Additionally, wood is a strong material and a great insulator. So going with wooden blinds increases energy efficiency by retaining more heat and comfort in your living room.
The opposite type of vertical is Venetian. The latter have horizontally placed slats, while the first evidently vertical. The vertical mechanism is amazing for creating optical illusions. So if you have a living room with a smaller size or height, these blinds will make the room seem larger and taller. The way they tilt also increases the amount of natural light and obstructs views from the outside – obtaining wanted privacy. Vertical blinds are most commonly found in contemporary and modern homes.
Pair with Curtains
To make the most out of your blinds, pairing them with curtains is often recommended since this way you have more control of visibility and light. Having open curtains with closed blinds increases natural light while also protecting you from curious eyes. In winter, these two working together will be the strongest insulating shield for keeping heated air inside. Remember though, pairing curtains and blinds isn’t easy since one mistake can cost you the aesthetics of the entire house.
We cannot but mention the most advanced type of window treatment in the 21st century. Suitable for every room, especially commune areas, the honeycomb shades (also known as cellular) provide homeowners with all benefits of window treatment. They are modern and unique while also being super efficient and practical. Their main selling point is high flexibility, accomplished with the “top down bottom up” technique. Suggested by its name, this technique allows honeycomb to be opened from top to bottom as well as from bottom to top. So you can have the bottom window part covered (maintaining privacy) and the top part opened up (allowing natural light). Honeycomb is mostly recommended for rooms covered by glass or ones with many window openings.
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