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About Wood Blinds

Posted: Friday, February 25th, 2011 | Filed under: Folding Shades, modern window treatments, privacy window treatments, window blinds
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Knowing what wood blinds are used for and how they’re made will help you understand what you need to know before you start shopping for wood blinds. Wood Blinds are made of horizontal slats that are attached to each other with cords and with fabric. Just as regular window blinds you can raise or lower the blinds in whole, or you can open and close the slats only. A popular style of wood blinds that are adorning many homes are the Venetian style blinds, these are horizontal and provide quality insulation for the expected elements that weather brings.

When considering to purchase wood blinds it is important you know what you are looking for, to know what goals you want to achieve with covering your windows, and to understand that wood blinds must be maintained to last. Don’t purchase dark woods blinds for a room that you want to keep cool. Dark wood blinds attract heat and do not aide in keeping the heat outside of your home. If you are looking to achieve an elegant look, purchase light blinds with drapes to match your homes’ décor.

Besides beauty and comfort, you must maintain wood blinds, knowing how to keep your wood blinds well maintained is a very important factor in keeping wood blinds. Keep your blinds free of dust by dusting weekly. Using a pair of cotton gloves is ideal when cleaning your blinds. It’s best to not use water when cleaning your wood blinds, not using water will help you to avoid warping the wood. When blinds appear too dry using oil soap to lightly moisturize them is ideal, you must wipe them dry after applying. Understand your needs, plan to maintain your wood blinds, and keep your home updated in regards to appearance and wood blinds will surely be a great choice for window treatments for your home.

What are Pleated Shades?

Posted: Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Filed under: Folding Shades, modern window treatments, window shading, window treatments
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Pleated shades are often confused for cellular shades. Pleated shades look a lot alike cellular shades, but they are very different in many ways. Pleated shades are a simple pleated fabric that only are to filter light into the room and are to work in aiding your home with privacy as well. Pleated Shades come in a standard 1″ pleat or the grand 2″ pleat. You can choose from many colors and patterns of pleated shades, including room-darkening pleated shades and light-filtering options. These options make pleated shades a very popular option for window treatments in homes across the world.

Pleated shades have the same appeal as cellular shades but are easier on your budget then the cellular shade. Pleated shades are different then cellular shades because they use a single continuous fabric layer to block incoming and outgoing light. The fabric of pleated shades gives you more flexibility in the light you allow in your home and allows you to maximize the privacy you want in your home as well but don’t help you to maximize energy efficiency as you would if you chose a cellular shade.

Pleated shades, don’t help as much as cellular shades would with being energy efficient as cellular blinds because they’re made differently. As their visual appearance is similar and they’re made to work in many of the same types of windows, they still don’t work the same when it comes to being energy efficient. The durable pleated shades are meant to be a beautiful and an affordable option, still providing multiple options in light and privacy control but aren’t quite as effective in these departments or in helping you with energy cost. Pleated shades are still a great option for your home and are still a very popular choice for window treatments regardless of these differences.

What are Cellular Shades?

Posted: Saturday, February 12th, 2011 | Filed under: Green shading, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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There are many window treatments to choose from, cellular shades are a very unique option and are used in many homes. Some people know cellular shades as cellular blinds or honeycomb blinds. Cellular shades are named for the empty pockets of air that filter through a single, double and triple cell and these run parallel to the shades’ seams. The layers of fabric are joined at the seams so that when the shade is pulled down pockets of air help keep the room dark, quiet, or keep the room at its preferred temperature insulating the room as well. Cellular shades are a durable option in window coverings and provide a modern appearance to any room. More and more, cellular shades are becoming more popular everyday.

Choosing the correct cellular shades for your home isn’t easy; you have to know what you’re shopping for ahead of time. The amount of cell layers and the fabric you chose play an important role in what you’re trying to achieve in using cellular shades. Not only do you need to choose the correct amount of cells your cellular shade comes with, you want to also make sure you pick the correct type, and you want to make sure that you’re choosing cellular shades that will look nice in your home. Selecting the correct fabric and the correct color to match your room’s décor will help you to achieve a very modern look.

Knowing your ultimate goal will help you when choosing the right cellular shade. Do you want light to come into the home and just want privacy or are you looking to darken the room as well? Are you looking to trap the weather elements from entering your home or do you want a light breeze to enter your home on a nice warm day? These are questions to think about before purchasing cellular shades. Think functionality, quality, and design when choosing your cellular shades.

Blackout Shades and Room Darkening Shades

Posted: Saturday, February 5th, 2011 | Filed under: blackout shades, window blinds, window treatments
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Blackout window treatments

Blackout window treatments

Many people have no idea what the difference is between blackout shades and room darkening shades. Some people have one thing in mind when they think of blackout shades; they only want the room dark. If the room is darkened as desired this doesn’t mean you have true blackout shades. True blackout shades will block almost all light from coming into a room. Room darkening can be almost any window blind or shade. A Venetian blind can darken a room, but it is not considered a room darkening blind nor a blackout blind or shade.

Room darkening window treatments

Room darkening window treatments

Room darkening shades reduces the amount of light from entering a room just by simply closing the blinds slat, lowering your window shade, or closing your drapes. Doing so will make your room significantly darker. This is why many people interchange room darkening for blackout. If all you need is room darkening shades there are many options such as roller shades, cellular shades, pleated shades, sheer shades or even regular drapes.

Blackout shades blocks almost all light from coming into a room making the room very dark. This is ideal for bedrooms, nurseries, and media rooms. A blackout window treatment cannot make a room completely dark but will be the best at making your room as dark as it can possible be. Blackout shades work because of the tight fit within the window casing to cut back on the light seeping through with very little gaps between the material and the window itself. If you want blackout shades blackout cellular shades, blackout curtains, blackout roman shades and blackout woven wood shades are great to add to your home. All of these shades are made with a blackout material or come with a blackout liner.

Whatever does the job is all that is needed. If you don’t mind a little sun seeping through your window then room darkening shades will do. If you want the most of your room being dark then blackout shades are what you’re looking for. When looking for shades let an expert know your intentions for the shades and they should steer you in the right direction.