Blinds are a good choice for virtually any window in any home! Blinds are more compact than curtains so they won't get in the way of foot traffic or furniture, and they offer lots of flexibility as to the amount of sunlight you let into your interior space.
When you do start shopping for blinds for your home, you might be surprised at the number of options you have when it comes to the material and even the colour and pattern on the blinds. To help you narrow down those choices, note a few tips on selecting the right blinds for your home.
Consider the material
Wood blinds are very traditional and offer a certain warmth that can make a space seem cosy and welcoming. However, wood does absorb humidity and then dry out, cupping and bowing in the process. Your wood blinds may then need repair and replacing more often than other materials.
Metal blinds are durable and easy to clean, but they might make noise if they should move around in a breeze. Metal can also seem a bit cold and impersonal. Vinyl blinds are very easy to clean and quieter than metal and might seem a bit cosier and less cold than metal.
Corded blinds should be avoided if you have children or pets in the home, as it's easy for them to get those cords wrapped around a neck, leg, arm and so on. Children and pets might also grab at those cords and pull the blinds right out of the walls! However, even if you don't have children or pets, consider motorized blinds rather than corded. A motor allows you to operate the blinds easily, without fumbling to try to get both sides to open and close evenly, and can allow you to more readily open a row of blinds to the same height!
White blinds are good for a room if there are already lots of bold, strong colours in the space, but otherwise, they might seem bland and boring. Take the opportunity when buying blinds to shop around various colours and tones; even a slate grey can make blinds seem more stylish, while a deep russet red or shade of brown will bring some warmth into a room. If you're afraid of too much colour in the room, add a layer of sheers over the blinds to tone down them down a bit, while still allowing that colour to show through.