Are you thinking about adding blinds to your new home or replacing your current window treatments? If so, you’ve probably realized that choosing the right blinds is somewhat overwhelming. With so many options, where do you start?

First, it’s important to remember the 3 important purposes your blinds serve:

  1. Controlling light
  2. Creating privacy
  3. Adding beauty to your home

Beyond these key factors, your blinds should also be easy to maintain, safe for your entire family, and fit with your lifestyle.

In this guide, we’ll dive into the process of picking blinds for your home by taking a closer look at the important things you’ll need to consider. As you read through this how-to piece, keep the above factors in mind to help guide your decision and ensure you choose the perfect blinds for your space.

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What Are The Needs of the Room?

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Once you’ve determined how many rooms in your home need blinds, the next step is to consider the “why.” Think about what each room needs the most from your blinds.

For example, you may want privacy in the bathroom and a high level of light control in the bedroom. Your blinds in these spaces will need to provide total coverage and minimize light leaks. For your kitchen, perhaps you’re looking for something a little more transparent.

Next, consider the amount of energy used in each room. At least 25% of your home’s energy loss happens through windows and doors regardless of how many panes are fabricated into the windows. In areas with large windows your blinds’ primary purpose may be reducing heating or cooling costs.

What Type of Functionality Do You Want?

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It’s important to think about the functionality you’d like your blinds to provide. Yes, your blinds should be easy to open and close, but you need to think bigger. For instance, for sliding glass doors, does it make sense for your blinds to open and close horizontally? Or would sliding vertical blinds be a better option?

If your blinds will be covering a skylight or hard-to-reach window, motorized blinds controlled by a remote would definitely make your life easier. And if you have a lot of windows in your home, wouldn’t scheduling your blinds to open and close automatically during the day be helpful?

If your home is already set up with Alexa, Siri, or Google Home, you may want your blinds to be compatible with these systems. Advancements in technology and the rise of home automation functionality is only growing, and there’s no reason your blinds can’t keep up.

Do You Have Uniquely-Shaped Windows?

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The shape of your window will determine the type of blinds you choose. If you have arched, circular, or another uniquely shaped window, an off-the-rack window covering likely won’t be an option. You’ll need a custom solution and you’ll want the blinds to be installed by an expert as well.

Since unusually shaped windows are often a key design element of your home, it’s especially important that you choose blinds that don’t distract or take away from this feature.

What is Your Home’s Design Style?

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Making decisions on size, material, and color may be the most difficult part of choosing the right blinds. In fact, it’s why so many of our clients love working with our expert designers. It’s nice to have a professional opinion and fresh perspective on what will look best in your home.

Your goal should be for your blinds to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your home without drawing too much attention. Some things to think about here include:

  • The room’s color scheme
  • The overall style of your home (decorative, modern, simplistic, etc.)
  • Whether the same blind design will look good throughout your whole home

What Type of Material Is Your Favorite?

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Now that you’ve reviewed your space and made some important considerations, it’s time to look at your options. As you likely know, there are a variety of blind materials to choose from. Below we’ve listed the most popular options and outlined some important things to know about each.

Wood or Faux Wood Blinds

If you want a classic, natural look, a wood or faux wood blind is a great option. These materials are available in light to dark finishes and offer an earthy, natural vibe. Faux wood is great for high humidity spaces, like bathrooms and kitchens.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are the perfect option for patios, large and wide windows, and sliding glass doors. These blinds provide great light control and are also typically a budget-friendly option.

Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds offer a sleek and elegant look while providing a high level of durability. Many people will use aluminum blinds in the living room and bedroom, since they offer maximum privacy.

Natural Fabric Blinds

Fabric blinds provide a modern and stylish look and come in various materials, like cotton and polyester. Fabrics help keep your space soft and inviting while allowing in the perfect amount of light. Many people choose fabric blinds for areas like living and dining rooms.

What’s Your Budget?

“As a designer, my goal is to enhance your space and listen to your needs to get the best results.”

– JD Louiser, Portland Window Coverings Designer

Of course, every home project has a budget involved, so before you get your heart set on a blind system, think about how much you’re willing or able to spend. If you’re trying to determine the cost versus value of new window coverings, here are a couple things to keep in mind:

  • Professional, high-quality blinds are built to last
  • With the right blind system, you won’t need to replace them for upwards of 10-15 years
  • Measuring, choosing, and installing blinds yourself often leads to mistakes, safety issues, and money wasted

If you’re considering whether a custom window treatment is worth the cost, remember that a professional will measure and install your blinds to their exact specifications, meaning no mistakes. Plus, your blinds and the installation will come with a warranty.

We’ll Help You Choose the Perfect Blinds

Do you feel ready to choose the perfect blinds for your windows? If you’d rather not go at it alone, that’s what we’re here for!

Our team of expert designers take all the guesswork out of selecting the perfect custom blinds for your home. Plus, we carry Portland’s largest selection of Hunter Douglas window treatments and guarantee perfect results every time.

Visit one of our showrooms in Lake Oswego or Beaverton. Or give us a call at (503) 783-1838 to learn more. We’d love to hear from you.