So many types of blinds, so little time… When decorating your windows the choices in blinds are incredible. So depending on the budget, room location, blind purpose and decor you are going for there will be blinds for your needs.
Mini-blinds are the most inexpensive all types of blinds. The great part about mini-blinds is that you can use them for a year, they can collect dust, and you can afford to replace them the following year. The other nice thing about mini-blinds is that they measure to fit most windows and it is easy to shorten the length on them. There are plastic and aluminum blinds to choose from. Mini-blinds can be used in any room in your home and are good to block light. The one disadvantage is that they aren’t always the most attractive option so if you are looking for elegant or classic mini-blinds will not be the best option.
Another inexpensive option is to use faux wood blinds. They are a bit more expensive then mini-blinds but are more economical than wood. The great part about faux wood blinds is that they are easy to clean and resistant to water so they are really good for areas such as kitchens and baths. The problems that are found with faux blinds are that they are heavy. In order to balance the weight of the blinds more supports are used which creates more holes in the blinds. This will allow for more light to enter and since the main purpose of blinds is to keep light out this might detour some. Make sure to stick with faux wood blinds that are plastic the foam blinds that have the faux wood look are often very weak and don’t tend to be durable at all.
Real wood is pricier than faux wood but gives you something much more than money can buy. It is nice to have a warm, cozy feel with your blinds. That other nice thing is that often wood blinds can be made to match the moldings in your home or to each room specifically. They are also superior at blocking out light and are a lighter weight option over faux blinds.
You can also go with vertical blinds which come only in cloth or plastic. Vertical blinds are nice is that they are cut and measured to the exact size of your windows. They are a bit pricier than mini-blinds. Vertical blinds block out a lot of light and depending on the material used all light could be blocked. Fabric vertical blinds tend to darken rooms to a greater degree.
So the choice is yours. Think about the look and feel of the room you will putting your blinds in and decided from there. You can not go wrong with windows with blinds. Blinds are always a good option in resale, appeal, and durability.