Window treatments are often the unsung heroes of the interior design world. Just like windows, treatments can make or break a space — not only do they need to be beautiful, but they also have to function well in your home. Fortunately, with so many options to choose from, you’ll always be able to find something you love!
What Are the Different Types of Blinds?
Perhaps no other window treatments are as sophisticated or timeless as real wood blinds. Especially if you have other wood elements in your home, like wood floors, the warm look of wood blinds mixes nicely with both modern and traditional homes. And because they’re made of genuine wood, you know these blinds will last for years to come.
- Pros: Wood blinds are a beautiful option for rooms that lack architectural detail or interest. Wood blinds also allow for options in view through by adjusting the angle of the slats.
- Cons: Natural wood expands and contracts depending on the environment, so this may not be the ideal choice for humid bathrooms or rooms that experience frequent temperature fluctuations.
Faux wood blinds
Looking for all the benefits of wood blinds but at a lower cost? Though they may not be made from wood, faux wood blinds look just like the real thing. In fact, many of our customers prefer faux wood blinds because they’re the perfect choice for humid spaces, like bathrooms and kitchens, or climates.
- Pros: They’re typically less expensive than real wood blinds and easier to clean.
- Cons: Faux wood blinds tend to be heavier than wood ones, so they may not be ideal for large windows.
Looking to add color, style, and texture to your space? Roller shades, also known as roll up shades or roller blinds, are sleek, minimalistic, and come in a variety of fabric options.
- Pros: Because dust can’t cling to roller shades when they’re rolled up, they’re an excellent choice for homes with allergy sufferers.
- Cons: Roller shades are often transparent, so we suggest buying room darkening shades if you’re placing them in a bedroom.
Cellular shades are made with two or more layers of fabric that create a pocket in the shape of a honeycomb (why they’re also referred to as honeycomb shades). Unlike pleated shades, which only have one layer of material, cellular shades offer an extra layer of insulation.
- Pros: They’re ideal for cold weather climates because, in the winter, they help minimize window heat loss; vice versa in hotter months.
- Cons: Because it’s easy for dust to get trapped in the honeycomb pockets, they should be cleaned often.
Looking for something a bit lighter than drapery? Roman shades sit at the top of your window pane and elegantly cascade when they’re needed.
- Pros: Especially when compared to some other treatments, roman shades offer better temperature control and privacy.
- Cons: Unlike slat-style tilt blinds, roman shades offer little option in terms of light control because they’re one fixed piece.
Sheer horizontal shades
You can think of sheer shades as the elegant combination of both a shade and a blind. By combining the two, homeowners are able to tilt the blinds open while the shade provides an additional layer of privacy and style.
Pros: Sheer shades provide privacy without completely blocking out sunlight.
- Cons: Sheer shades are not as energy efficient as many other options, because the sheerness of the fabric doesn’t insulate windows very well. They also don’t come in blackout options.
Woven wood shades are the perfect choice for clients who like something that’s bold and unique. Not only do they add texture and color to a room, but they can be customized to fit most window types and shapes.
Pros: Bamboo shades are eco-friendly, made from only sustainable materials.
- Cons: Because bamboo is a natural material, it may not be suitable for bathrooms or homes in humid climates.
What Are the Different Types of Plantation Shutters?
For more than 40 years, wood shutters have been in high demand — and for good reason! Shutters are timeless and add beauty to any home. As an added bonus, they’re also a wonderful insulator against hot and cold weather.
Pros: Wood can be molded and is the best option if you’re trying to cover windows with difficult arches or angles.
- Cons: As a natural material, wood shutters are susceptible to warping and discoloration. Fortunately, we offer limited lifetime warranties here at Bloomin’ Blinds!
Composite shutters can be found in all types of homes across the country because they’re as versatile as they are functional and stylish. Designed to look like wood, composite shutters can be adjusted at any angle to give you control over light exposure and privacy.
- Pros: Composite shutters are more affordable than original wood shutters.
- Cons: Because they’re not as pliable as wood shutters, they can’t be manipulated to fit all window types and arches. They’re also more limited in color options.
Why Professional Installation Matters
The DIY route is often anything but the easy or less expensive option. Window frames and walls are not very forgiving, meaning one small mistake can leave a costly and permanent mark. Especially if you have multiple windows that need covering or your windows are a unique shape, having an expert on the job is crucial.
At Bloomin’ Blinds, our greatest priority is your comfort and satisfaction. That is why we offer a wide variety of motorized blinds, shutters, and shades to meet all your needs. Contact us today to find your nearest Bloomin’ Blinds!
About the Author: Kelsey Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
Kelsey is the current CEO for Bloomin’ Blinds and has been an expert in the window covering industry since 2002. He is an expert in window treatment sales and marketing, and has sold over $2.5 million in window coverings in a year. Kelsey’s favorite hobby is traveling and tries to take week-long trips at least once every three months. He also enjoys anything involving mountains, pine needles, and hiking.