Blinds Are Back!

Remember the vinyl roll-up blinds that curled along the edges and either changed color or faded before a year was over? It seems they virtually disappeared from the scene for a period of time, but now they're back - the same, only different.

You Should See the New Blinds!

Made of new eco-friendly textures and colors, blinds are now appearing in such materials as bamboo, paper and jute. To help hold things together, these materials are mixed with polyester which also gives them longer life. Because the materials are natural, they have a warm lustre that will grace your home for years to come.

More Styles Than You Can Imagine

Blinds come in different styles and along with the roll-up blind there are venetians, vertical blinds, minis and horizontal blinds and lovely Roman blinds. Finding the right blinds for your space can be challenging these days with all of the choices available, so it is important to think about what you want to accomplish and go from there. For instance, wooden blinds have many wonderful qualities, but they have some downsides as well. It's important to research what is available and match the product to your specific needs.

Roll-Ups for the Bedroom

Bedrooms are the one place in the house that you want to have complete light blockage in order to get the best sleep possible. Roll-up blinds that are made from a material that blocks light are the perfect solution. Add a valance or some narrow, floor-length curtains and you have managed to soften the look of the window while making the window treatment functional at the same time.

Venetians for the Office

If a total redecorating project is out of the question, changing the window covering to a type of blind may be the fix you need. Of course, if it's an office you're decorating, venetian blinds are almost synonymous with office décor. The look you want to achieve is possible with the wide variety of colors, widths and styles available for you from some very well-known manufacturers.

There's Nothing Quite Like Wood...

There's no doubt about it, wooden blinds are an attractive and classy way to enhance a window. They provide privacy and insulation as well as light and beauty. They don't really require any additional coverings, like valances or curtains, to enhance their appearance and they also increase the resale value of your home. Yet, with all of these great qualities, they can be very expensive - especially if you have a lot of windows to cover - and because they are wood, they can show scratches and nicks. If you happen to live in a humid area, your blinds can take on an entirely different shape as well.

...Except Maybe Faux Wood

Enter the faux wood blind. In today's market, faux wood blinds are an increasingly more popular option for window coverings. They are durable, lighter than wood, they don't show marks, scratches or nicks, they're easy to clean and - best of all - they cost less than wood. They are primarily made of vinyl or a combination of vinyl and wood and they are textured, so they look very authentic. The major downside to these blinds is that they are limited in styles.  It is important that you choose good quality faux wood blinds. The cheap ones may be too light, look fake and be disappointing in the end.