Covering Window Shades and Blinds

Oct 10, 2011 No Comments by

You’ve just had beautiful, energy efficient windows installed, but now its time to reflect on how you want to cover them. That means thinking about things like design, privacy and energy savings. Fortunately, from honeycomb shades to remote control blinds, there are a lot of options.

From the design perspective, the basic decision you have to make when selecting blinds or shades is whether you want your window coverings to blend with the décor of a particular room, or be the focal point of that décor. There is no correct decision for everyone—mostly it will be dependent on your individual design taste and the look you want to achieve, as well as other factors like lighting control and the size of the windows in the room. If you do not have an eye for this sort of thing, you can always ask for advice from friends with a knack for interior design, or hire a professional.

If privacy and energy efficiency are your main concerns, you may want to go with shades. New varieties called honeycomb and cellular shades are manufactured in a way that enhances insulation and work wonderfully in cold weather climates. On the other hand, if you want to allow for maximum light exposure and control, you might want to purchase blinds. These also now come in many different varieties, including electronic shades that you can open and shut remotely.

Installing both blinds and shades successfully depends on taking exact measurements of your new windows, with experts recommending the use of special instruments and tools, including cloth tape and a hard-edge ruler or steel measuring tape. If you are measuring for windows that are not newly installed, there is a chance that they have settled and are no longer square or level. Extra work is then required to make sure the blinds or shades are correctly installed.

Many people purchase blinds and shades from retailers and take the DIY-approach, installing the window coverings on their own. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, you can always ask the contractor who installed the windows to do the additional work, or recommend someone else who can.

Before you take out your checkbook for anybody, however, decide what function you want your blinds or shades to provide—a reduction in energy bills, privacy, or home decor accents. Then covering everything else will be easy.

Home Improvement, Installation, Windows

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