The summer is the season when we get most of the sunlight, but at times it can be too much, especially during the afternoon. Many people opt for glass panel treatments to block heat and sunlight, but some of these can be very expensive, especially if you have a house with lots of windows. Plus, if the windows breaks, you need to pay for the treatment all over again. However, there is a cheaper alternative, which has a long tradition on all continents: window blinds. Applied on the outside or inside of the windows, window blinds are more than just a way of blocking out the sunlight – they become a part of the decor of your home. Therefore, we decided to show you how and where to use each of the most popular types of window blinds for your rooms.
#1 Metallic Blinds
Very sturdy and blocking out all sunlight, metallic blinds should be installed on the outside of the window. The reason for this is that they can offer extra protection to the window panes during violent hail storms. Available in a wide range of colors to suit your wall paint, these are expensive blinds and should be installed on the windows most exposed to sunlight and wind.
#2 Wooden Blinds
Made into thin blades operated by strings, wooden blinds are versatile and go well with many types of interior decor. They can be used to filter light or block it out completely, according to the position of the blades. If the wooden material is given a special treatment, these blinds can be also installed on the outside of the windows.
#3 Bamboo Blinds
Traditionally used in the Caribbeans and the Middle East, these blinds effectively block out heat and sunlight and look great on any windows. These blinds open and close in cascade, like Roman blinds. Thus you can decide if you cover a part or the entire height of the window.
#4 Vertical Blinds
Made of textile materials, vertical blinds are becoming more and more popular, even as replacements of curtains. The long strips of textile can be pulled to the sides of the windows, or angled to let in more or less light into the room. There is no limit to the range of colors, so these blinds can be easily adapted to the color scheme of each room in your house.
#5 Plantation Blinds
This type of blinds is attached directly to the window frame. Made of thin plastic blades, these blinds can only be operated by changing the angle of the blades, but never by pulling them up or to the sides. They are ideal for rooms with too much sun exposure, where a little shade is a must have for all year round, as well as for ground floor windows, to ensure privacy.
#6 Transparent Blinds
These blinds are made of light textiles and let the sunlight go through them. Their main use is for French windows and ground floor windows, when privacy is a must. Due to the fact that they are permanently affixed to the window, these blinds are usually made in light, neutral colors.
#7 Roller Blinds
These blinds can effectively block out light and ensure privacy. They are made of a single sheet of thick textile which you can lower or lift as much as you need. It is an ideal option for bedrooms. Just like vertical blinds, roller blinds can be custom made in any color or pattern you wish for.
These are the good old fashioned blinds from decades ago. Applied in front of or onto the interior side of the window frames, they are made of sturdy wood and provide effective privacy and blocking out of the sunlight. Shutters double as remarkable features for the outdoor or indoor look of your home, so you should pick the wood essence, design and color very carefully.
#9 Half Blinds
Installed on the lower half of the windows, the purpose of half blinds is purely to offer privacy to ground floor windows. They are frequently used for windows with a street view and create a great compromise between the need to keep prying eyes away from your home and the need to enjoy natural light.
#10 Panel Tracks
As their name states, these textile blinds are installed or tracks and can be moved to the right or the left in any position to create the desired degree of light and privacy. By placing them one in front of the other, the light coming into the room is greatly reduced on one area of the window where the sun is shining directly, leaving the other side free.
Now that you know how each of these types of window blinds for your rooms woks, you can start looking over various models and brands. Hurry up, the summer is only getting hotter!