Whether you are searching for style, privacy, or both, choosing window treatments can be an overwhelming task. Should you shop online, at a local home center or specialty blind store? How sheer or formal should you go?
Privacy and Light
How much do you need and want? You need to decide whether you would like your room to be more cozy and closed up or airy and bright. Is your main goal to hang up sheer curtains in your kitchen so that the light can shine in over the sink in your farmhouse, or to hang heavy curtains in the your bedroom to get a sound sleep? Do you need to cover windows that face the sunny side of your house or are they close to the front door? These factors all influence the fabrics and styles that you select.
Do you need to outfit your entire house or just one window? You might want to spend more of your budget on certain windows and then cut back on some of the others. The price of windows treatments is based on size, so you can expect that larger treatments will cost more. Other things that add to your cost include specialty features, patterns and fabrics along with custom sizes.
How much effort and time you are willing to spend on cleaning
You can clean standard blinds at home, however they are magnets for dust and require frequent cleaning. Shades that are textured weaves and fabrics are better at hiding soil. It is best to care for these either by professional cleaning or vacuuming.
Your Decorating Style
Is your style chic, comfortable, casual or formal? Bold colors can be either dramatic or fun. Subtle hues are ideal for rooms decorated in earthy and neutral colors. Do you like streamlined, sleeker cordless or corded styles better?
Does your household include young children? If so you may need to have cordless streamlined shades and blinds.
Good Housekeeping Shades and Blinds
Blinds are your best option if you would like to have tiltable slats that you can adjust to allow the sun inside (or not). They offer lots of privacy, and a clean-looking, attractive fit. Price for blinds tend to increase as you go from vinyl to aluminum, textured vinyl or faux wood and then wood being the most expensive.
Types of Blinds
Wood blinds are available in painted or polished finished and dark or light hues. Our GH line offers a wide range from rich Peruvian Walnut to white Country Cottage. They are ideal for dens and offices. They don’t tend to be the best option for baths or kitchens, where moisture can cause damage (choose faux wood or polymer instead), or for living rooms or bedrooms if you are wanting a more romantic and softer effect.
Insulating blinds help with blocking or filter light and conserve energy as well. Our GH branded insulating blinds are available in 15 colors, ranging from Sage to Natural Linen.
Both exterior and interior blinds help to reduce the gain of solar heat while at the same maintaining your desired privacy, ventilation and light. Reflective blinds (near white or white) can reduce heat gain by as much as 45 percent when lowered and closed on a sunny window.
Quite often exterior blinds are more effective compared to interior blinds. Exterior blinds, in contrast to interior blinds, block heat before it gets through the window and heats the room up. Patio blinds can be added to an outdoor area, this type of outdoor blinds allows you to block out wind and rain – essentially creating an entirely new room to your home.
Depending on the color and fabric weight, drapes can help to insulate your house from both heat loss during the winter and solar heat gain during the summer.
Medium-colored drapes that have a white plastic back are able to reduce the amount of solar heat gain by up to 33 perfect if they are closed during the hot months of the year. For maximum performed, a tight seal is required, like it is with other kinds of window treatments. Drapes should be hung from a cornice or directly up to the ceiling and down to the floor. Position them as close as possible to the window.
Awnings add personality to the exterior of a home and provide great protection against the sun in locations with hot weather on a regular basis. Exterior awnings are able to reduce an increase in solar heat by as much as 77 percent with west-facing windows and up to 65 percent on south-facing windows.
A roof overhang works very similar to the way that an awning does. When properly designed, the proper roof overhang will block out solar heat during the summer and also let desirable heat in during the winter to warm your interior up. Consult with a designer or architect who is experienced with passive solar design. The person will consider various factors such as window size, climate and latitude.
High Reflectivity Film
Due to the high reflectivity of film’s permanence, it is suggested by the DOE that it be used in climates that have short winters. Eat gain is reduced by the film over the whole year, including during the winter, which can benefit from the solar heat.
Mirror-like, silver film works more efficiently than transparent film does. On really large windows high reflectivity film works quite well.