DIY home renovations and improvements isn’t all about knocking things down and rebuilding. It’s also about smart decorating to complete the overall look.
Windows are one of the most important features in any home, as they not only let in light and fresh air, but also draw the eye. It’s important to dress up your windows in such as way that they remain functional, but look attractive as well.
While curtains are often a staple option, to really add a touch of elegance and functionality, window blinds can really take things to another level.
Let’s look at some reasons why they are a better option.
Long gone are the days when blinds were simply designed as some basic way of covering your windows. Current trends accommodate many styles, materials and a range of colours to suit everyone’s choice in decor and colour scheme.
Blinds are not only suitable for regular windows, but also for sliding glass doors. Panel glides are a very popular option for the latter, as are roller blinds.
Here are just some of the styles of blinds you can choose from:
Also known as cellular blinds, honeycomb blinds have a very unique design, in that they have tiny air pockets embedded within the material. These are designed to trap air and help insulate your home, keeping you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
This style of blind also has another major advantage. Honeycomb blinds reduce noise, which makes them the perfect choice for bedrooms, and even for living rooms and home theatre rooms.
Buying blinds straight off the shelf at the store is not the best way to go. Every window is a little different, so the chances of finding blinds that fit perfectly are going to be slim.
You’re far better off having blinds made to order by a reputable blind manufacturer and supplier. Specialised companies that sell blinds will also offer a professional installation service, but if you want to shave off the extra cost, blinds are not difficult to install for the experienced home renovator.
Once you’ve settled on the type and style of blinds you want, and have provided accurate window measurements to the manufacturer, you’ll find they fit perfectly when ready to install.
Installation procedures will depend on the type of blinds you’ve purchased, but the process is very straightforward for the experienced DIY handyperson.
If you’ve recently purchased a home or apartment that you are renovating and planning to rent out, the most cost effective and versatile blind choice is vertical blinds.
There’s a good reason why so many rental properties have stock standard vertical blinds attached to the windows and sliding glass doors.
They are very easy to install and maintain, cost less than most other blinds, and are extremely easy for people to operate. Even kids can open and close them no problem. If one or two of the panels gets damaged, it’s simply a matter of replacing those panels with new ones.
Another great feature of vertical blinds is you can angle the panels to let in light and air, but still maintain a high degree of privacy.
They can be made to order to fit any size window or sliding glass door setup, and there is a fantastic colour range to choose from as well.
Many styles of blinds can actually be operated remotely via the installation of a small motor, rather than having to open and close them manually. It’s an added cost, but certainly an option to consider.
Motorised window blinds really do offer the ultimate in convenience and are operated by remote control. They are an excellent choice for very large windows, high-set windows, sweeping balcony doors or exterior blinds. They are just an example of many smart home devices that make modern living easier.
No more getting up from your comfortable couch to close the blinds while watching TV, or having to crawl out of bed in the middle of the night. Simply control them with your remote.
Motorised window blinds will also add value to your home, so that’s another key point to keep in mind.
Curtains are fine, but window blinds give you far more options.