Blinds, shades, shutters and curtains are some of the ways of treating the windows. Though all of them serve the same purpose, but every individual has a different preference depending upon the personal taste. The theme of the interior design also affects the preference.Talking about blinds and shades, the two have a fundamental difference. For most blinds, adjustment cords are the controllers of the up and down movement of the slats as well as the angle of the tilts. Whereas, shades are made of a single piece of material and thus can only be adjusted top and bottom, but not side to side. There are various varieties of blinds and shades available in the market.
- Vertical blinds
These have individual slats running along a track. These come in various styles from someone’s that have a side to side opening to the one’s that part in the middle. These are usually used for floor length windows.
- Venetian blinds
The most popular among all the styles, Vertical blinds are horizontal slats attached with a string or strip of cloth known as tapes. The slats are pressed into the one’s above them, when the blinds are raised.
- Mini blinds
The slats of mini blinds are usually just 1 inch thick and function exactly like the traditional Venetian blinds.
- Micro blinds
Micro blinds are the tinier version of mini blinds and have slats which are 1/2 an inch thick.
- Panel blinds
Another popular choice for large windows, panel blinds have wide sections which locomotion a track just like the vertical blinds.
- Pleated shades
These shades are pleated in a way that they form an accordion-like pattern. They have a similar look to Venetian blinds yet at the same time soften the look of the window as they are usually comprised of fabric or paper.
- Cellular shades
These are made from two pieces of material, front and back sections of the cellular shades in the middle are open creating a pocket that provides insulation. Cellular shades can also be brought in different cell sizes designed for different windows. These shades help to keep the home cool in summer and warm in winters along with providing sound insulation.
- Roman shades
These are the traditional fabric window coverings that fold into themselves like the Venetian blinds creating a big stack of fabric at the top. They do offer a beautiful and timeless look but eliminate a portion of the viewable space of the window.
- Roller shades
These are comprised from synthetic or natural fabrics that can be rolled top and bottom according to the needs.
- Tie-up shades
These shades are a fusion of curtains and shades can be brought in a wide range of materials. These are rolled up and tied in place, giving a casual country look in the window.
Blinds and stainless steel screens come in a diversity of materials that one can choose according to the look and feel of the room.