What are the Different Types of Window Blinds?

BlindsWindow blinds have been a home decorating option since the early days of civilization. Pictographs from Ancient Egypt show blinds made of reeds used to separate areas and cover openings. However, it wasn’t until 1769 that Edward Bevan patented the first Venetian blind in London, England. Today, homeowners can choose from a wide range of window blinds to serve specific needs.

Classic Venetian Blinds

The classic style of Venetian blinds uses slats of metal two-inches wide, arranged in rows in widths and lengths to fit individual windows, with string mechanisms that allow them to be opened and closed easily. Metal blinds provide good long-term wear and can be cleaned easily to maintain a good appearance over the years. They are available in a variety of colors to suit different decors. Later, plastic slats were used instead, which made them lighter in weight and easier to install. Plastic blinds last for many years and can be cleaned easily. However, they can break and may need replacement. Mini-blinds, with slats that measure one inch or less provide a different look for windows. They open and close like the traditional blinds, but provide greater privacy when open because of the smaller spaces between slats.

Wood Blinds

Wood blinds offer a warm and traditional look to windows that integrates well with decorating schemes that use natural materials to create an atmosphere. Like metal blinds, wood blinds come in a variety of sizes to suit the type and size of windows. Wood blinds can be cut to fit individual windows and come in a variety of tones. They last for many years and must be cleaned with special wood cleaners. Faux wood blinds are also available. These blinds are made of plastic with a wood design pressed into the material. Faux wood blinds are easier to clean and provide a similar effect as natural wood blinds.

Traditional Routing or Routeless

Routing refers to how the horizontal slats, whether wood or metal, are attached to the vertical strings, according to Kempler Design. In traditional routing, small holes are punched into the slats to position the slats on the string. Routeless blinds use a number of other designs to hold them onto the strings. The traditional routing method allows more light to flow into the room through the small holes. Routeless designs prevent this problem. Traditional routing holds the slats in place securely. Routeless blinds may be dislodged from their position, for example, by the actions of children or pets.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds provide coverage from top to bottom with vertical slats for wide expanses of windows and for sliding doors, according to Hunter Douglas. They provide good light when opened and can allow a high degree of privacy when closed, depending on the material. These blinds provide a sleek and tailored look to rooms. Vertical blinds are available in metal, wood and variety of textiles that can allow varying degrees of privacy and light diffusion. They are generally used with a cornice piece that covers the top edge of the blinds.

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Choosing the right window blinds can add not only to the appearance, but also to the comfort of your rooms. These tips will ensure that you have made the right choice for the various rooms in your home.