At Blinds & Designs serving Marin County, we know that shopping for new window fashions can be a bit overwhelming—whether it’s your first time buying or you haven’t replaced your treatments in a while. The options can seem vast. If you’re new to the window fashions world, we’ll be happy to take you step by step through the process so you can be sure you get the product you want to fit your goals and needs. Understanding the basics is the first step, so read on to learn more!
Choosing Between Blinds, Shades, and Shutters
A window covering either has slats, vanes, or panels that can be raised and lowered or moved from side to side. Their opacity, look, and feel are what makes them different. Personal preference can come into play, as well as the current aesthetic of the room—after all, you might not want to find a contemporary window fashion for a room that is set up as traditional.
Shutters are a classic option that pairs well with any décor style. Shutters are the most expensive of the three window treatment types, but don’t let that deter you—some shutters can actually help increase the value of your home. You can choose from hardwood, faux wood, hybrid materials, and vinyl as well as an array of colors, textures, and slat options.
Blinds are made with slat construction. They work well in horizontal and vertical openings as well as in specialty shapes. To completely eliminate light through a blind, you’ll need to add a feature designed to block the cord holes, such as the Hunter Douglas de-Light™ feature. An affordable window treatment, blinds come in aluminum, vinyl, wood, faux wood, and fabric in hundreds of colors, styles, and options to complement any room or décor style.
Shades offer aesthetic appeal, energy efficiency, sun protection, room-darkening features, and privacy. They work well in horizontal and vertical openings as well as in specialty shapes. Shade fabrics range from man-made materials to natural sustainable materials like bamboo or even recycled ocean trash (for example in the Hunter Douglas GreenScreen® Sea-Tex™ screen shade fabric) and are available in the widest selection of colors, styles, textures, and options.
The lift system you choose will depend on your needs. For example, if you have young kids or pets, you might want something that’s completely cordless. Or if you’re treating a window that’s hard to reach, motorization might be the answer. As a Hunter Douglas dealer, we offer a wide variety of lift systems for our blinds and shades, and we’ll be happy to help you understand the features and benefits of each type.
Choosing Treatments in Marin County
Blinds & Designs offers a full line of quality window treatments to homeowners and commercial clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin County areas, including Burlingame, Hillsborough, Atherton, and Los Altos. With an ongoing commitment to high quality products and exceptional service, we’ve been serving our communities for over 26 years.
Stop by our showrooms in San Francisco or Belvedere-Tiburon to see a variety of motorization displays in our showroom or call 415-921-4217 Ext 101 for more information.