Blinds are beautiful and functional window coverings that come in different styles, sizes, and colors, including motorized ones to make your life easier.

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They have individual slats that are adjustable up and down or tilt side by side, giving you more control over the light entering the room. A rod on one side of the blinds allows you to open or draw the blinds, while another on the other side controls the blinds’ tilts (opening or closing the slats). Blinds can be used on the inside or outside of a window.  Most homeowners use them outside the window to hide an unattractive window and inside for privacy and decor. Having the right kind of blinds can change how the entire room looks for the better. When selecting blinds for your windows, it is crucial to consider their functionality.

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Basically, you have two choices when buying blinds. You can go for diy blinds or ready-made blinds. Rather than purchasing ready-made blinds off the shelf, it is better to have diy/custom blinds tailored to your window specifications and functionality. Windows are not similar in size, and you may later find out that you have bought blinds that are longer or too short or not wide enough for your window type. That way, you compromise one or two aspects of the design. By having the blinds made just for you, you won’t need to change anything, as they are made to fit your exact window size. Instead of settling for what you find on the shelf, you have the freedom to choose what you want in terms of patterns, color, and styles. With that in mind, let us look at the different types of blinds.

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Roller blinds

Roller blinds not only transform your room, but they are also versatile and can act as breathtaking window dressing. When you open them, roller blinds allow you to enjoy the outside view, and when you draw them, they provide you with a stunning view to enhance your interior. They come in a wide range of fabrics, hardware, color, and patterns.

Standard fabrics for making blinds allow some light to enter the room, while blackout fabrics make the room dark and are suitable for bedrooms and tv rooms. Then there are sheer fabrics that allow light through while providing you with some level of privacy. Pvc waterproof are just as the name sounds and are suited for bathrooms and kitchens.

Vertical blinds

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Vertical blinds come with vertical slats that can be tilted to adjust the amount of light you want in a room. Again you can also draw the slats open fully to enjoy the outside view. They are adjustable to provide some privacy level in the room and come in a wide range of fabrics, colors, and patterns. Some can open side to side while others open by parting at the middle. Vertical blinds are perfect for the floor to ceiling windows and patio doors. However, that is not to say you can’t use them on smaller windows.

Wood or faux-wood Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds have adjustable horizontal slats. You can lower them, raise them, or tilt them. You can have wooden or faux-wood Venetian blinds that not only give you privacy but control the amount of light you want in a room. Wooden Venetian blinds allow you to align your window dressing with your wooden interior decor. They come in various wood color tones, including the modern gloss wooden Venetian blinds.

Aluminum Venetian blinds

The aluminum Venetian blinds are made of horizontal slats made of aluminum material available in a wide selection of colors. They can have a matte finishing, gloss, hammered, wood effect brushed, metallic, perforated, or even patterned. They are waterproof, and you can wipe them clean.

Roman blinds

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Roman blinds are made of soft folds of fabric when raised and straight when you lower them. You operate them by cords attached at the side, drawing the blinds upwards or downwards. The fabric folds into itself to create a huge fabric stack at the top of the window when entirely raised, providing a timeless and beautiful pattern. Again they are available both lined or unlined to suit your needs. The linings offer additional features such as blackout or thermal linings.

Mini blinds

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Mini-blinds operate like Venetian blinds only that they feature slats of a smaller width, such as 1inch thick than the conventional Venetian blinds.

Micro blinds

Micro blinds are a smaller version of mini blinds. Their slats are ½ an inch thick.

The bottom line

When it comes to blinds, you have a wide range of options to choose from. Look for a company that makes custom blinds to have them tailored specifically for your windows. You can also go with motorized blinds that come with a motor to operate blinds that are difficult to reach, making your life easier.