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Are you out looking for new blinds but aren’t sure of what to buy? 

This article is going to talk about the three main styles of blinds – horizontal blade blinds, horizontal shade blinds, and vertical blade blinds.  Before you head on in to Home Decoration shop (or some other hardware store), get to know what you’re looking for first- it will save you a lot of time later!

Horizontal blade blinds

This is the most common type of blind and is also the most affordable.  The blinds are placed horizontally parallel with the frame of the window and mounted either in or around the window frame.  The blades are evenly spaced apart and come in a variety of thicknesses, and you are able to cause the blades to fold vertically and mesh together (blocking light) or can be opened horizontally to let light pass through.

These are available in a variety of different materials, colours, and sizes.  Some windows even have these types of blinds built into them (something that is sure to impress friends and family).  One of the major disadvantages that this type of blind is that the blades can not be manually positioned, so if you happen to break the adjustment bar they’re staying however they’ve been set. 

Horizontal shade blinds

Horizontal shade blinds are one of my personal favourites. This type of blind unfolds as a shade (as opposed to a group of individual blades), which means that there are no seams or crevices where light can slip through.  Horizontal shade blinds are a bit more expensive than standard horizontal blade blinds, and they come in a variety of different colours, shades, designs, and styles. 

Of course, on of the great features of blade style blinds is that you can take off the blades and change the colour of the blinds quite easily.  You cannot do this with horizontal shade blinds because the fabric does not lend itself well to colour changes or stains- if you don’t like the colour you’re going to have to replace the blind.

Vertical blade blinds

Vertical blade blinds are still relatively uncommon but are increasing in popularity.  Essentially, the blinds are mounted in the same way that they always are except that they hang down from the top vertically as opposed to horizontally.  They can be opened and closed similarly to a curtain and really have the best of both worlds.

The only real drawback to vertical shade blinds is the price, as these blinds are a bit more expensive to make and hence are more expensive to buy.  As well, you need to make sure that the blades will fit the length of the window properly; otherwise you could be left with a rather silly looking gap at the bottom.

Designer blinds

“Designer blinds” is a fairly generic phrase and covers a wide area. One advantage is that you can readily make your home as individual as you are, indeed some designer blinds are offered with “special effects”

“Designer blinds” is a fairly generic phrase and covers a wide area. One advantage is that you can readily make your home as individual as you are, indeed some designer blinds are offered with “special effects”

Designer blinds are offered in virtually every type and style from wooden blinds, roller and roman blinds, to vertical blinds and Venetian blinds, to fully motorised blinds, all made to measure, just for you.

Sometimes you may need a real expert so you may want to call one in to provide a specialist design, to advise and then install the window treatment to suit you.

If you don’t feel that you want to go quite that far then there are numerous suppliers of designer blinds who can provide almost every conceivable style and print to suit.

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