Choosing Motorized Blinds and Shutters

How To Choose The Best Blinds For Your House

It can be such an overwhelming chore to choose window treatments, whether you happen to be searching for privacy, style or both. Is it better to shop at a specialty blind store, a local home center or online? How formal or sheer should you go?

Light and Privacy

How much do you want and need? You have to decide whether you would prefer your room to be airy and bright or more closed and cozy. Is your primary goal to hang up heavy curtains inside your bedroom so you can have a sound sleep or hang sheer curtains up inside your kitchen? Do you have windows that need to be covered that are near your front door or that are facing the sunny side of your home? These types of factors all influence the styles and fabrics that you choose.

Your Budget

Do you just have one window that needs to be outfitted or is it the entire house? You may want to spend more of the budget you have on certain windows while cutting back on some other ones. The cost of window treatment will be based on size, so larger treatments you can expect to have a higher price. There are other factors that increase your cost include tings like custom sizes, fabrics, patterns and specialty features.

How much time and effort are you willing to spend to clean your blinds?

Standard blinds can be cleaned at home, but they are magnets for dust and need to be cleaned quite often. Shades with fabrics and weaves that are textured are better at hiding soil. The best way to care for these are through vacuuming or professional cleaning.


Your Decorating Style

What is your personal style? Is it formal, casual, comfortable or chic? Bold colors might be either fun or dramatic. Subtle hues are perfect for rooms that are decorated in neutral and earthy colors. What do you like better, corded, sleeker cordless or streamlined?


Are there any young children in your household? If you do you might need to get cordless streamlined blinds and shades.

Blinds and Shades For Good Housekeeping

If you want to have slats that are tiltable that can adjust so that the sun can be allowed inside (or not), then your best option is blinds. They offer plenty of privacy, and are an attractive and clean-looking fit. The price for blinds have a tendency to increase as you move from vinyl up to aluminum, and then faux wood as well as textured vinyl and then the most expensive is wood.

Types of Blinds

There are wood blinds that are available in light or dark shades as well as polished and painted finishes. The GH line that we offer includes a broad ranging from light Country Cottage to dark Peruvian Walnut. They are perfect for offices and dens. They aren’t usually the best option for kitchens or bathrooms, where moisture may cause damage (instead you choose select faux wood or polymer), or for bedrooms or living rooms if you want to have a softer and more romantic effect.

Insulating blinds filter or block light and also conserve energy. Our GH branded insulating blinds come in 15 colors, that range from Natural Linen to Sage.

Plantation Shutters

The latest trend in window shutters are called plantation shutters. These are an older style louver shutter than have been transformed into a modern, attractive shutter that suits almost any decor. Design Plantation Shutters Melbourne specializes in these types of shutters and can help you with a free measure and quote.


Interior and exterior blinds both help to decrease solar heat gain while maintaining your desired light, ventilation and privacy at the same time. Reflective binds (white or near white) may reduce the amount of heat gain by up to 45 percent when closed or lowered on sunny windows.

Outdoor Blinds

Exterior blinds are quite often more effective than interior blinds are. When compared with interior blinds, exterior blinds block heat before it can get into the window and heat up the room. However, when trying to add to an existing window it can be tricky, so they are best suited to use with new construction.


Drapes, depending on the fabric weight and color, help to insulate your home from solar heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.

Medium-colored drapes with a white plastic back can reduce solar heat gain by as much as 33 percent are ideal if you close them during the hottest months. You need to have a tight seal for maximum performance, just like other types of window treatments. You should hang drapes from a corner or up to the ceiling directly and down to the floor. They should be positioned as close as possible to a window.

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