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Find Window Blinds That Fit Your Personal Style

Aug 30, 2008
Room decor requires balance between form and function. Window blinds block light, save energy, and protect privacy. If that's all you needed you could nail boards over your windows. Instead you want window shades that are functional and reflect your personal style.

The problem is that many people have trouble defining their personal styles.

Draw Inspiration From Standard Styles
There are many standard decors out there such as Queen Anne, Contemporary, or American Country. Looking at showrooms in these styles can give you a feel for what you want such as a palette, decorative accents, or materials for your window treatments.

Although predefined styles can help you focus, they aren't your style. Be careful about slavishly following someone else's ideas of taste. You are going to be living in this room so you need to love it.

A Nice Look, But Is It Practical to Live In?
Though you'll want your room to be gorgeous, you'll also need the decor to fit your lifestyle practically. Some styles, particularly those on decorating television shows, are simply not practical for most families.

Kids are often the largest factor in room decor choices. It might be a safety issue, opting for cordless window blinds rather than traditional ones. Or it might be the choice of material for easy cleaning.

Other than children, each home has additional needs. In the frozen north or the scorching south, energy efficiency is going to be high on the list. A bedroom with an east-facing window might need light-blocking blinds or treatments, while another room with a dark northern exposure would benefit from sheer window blinds that protect privacy while letting in a lot of light.

How Searching Through Your Wardrobe Can Help You Decide on Window Treatments
One of the problems with defining your own style is there is often a difference between what we think we want and what we really want. Clothes are something we change every day so it is easy to go through a variety of looks and settle on the one that fits our life. Your wardrobe says a lot about what you really think is important.

For example, you see a magazine photo spread that shows a house decorated in an elegant, formal style. Yet you look through your closet and realize you don't have a lot of elegant clothes. Your wardrobe isn't "jeans and a t-shirt" but tends toward flowing lines and trendy patterns. You might find an elegant room stifling. Over time you will start making changes to the room to adapt it to better suit your personality. Instead make it that way from the start by looking at window treatments that have a more casual look.

As with any decision of personal style, choosing window treatments isn't a decision made in a flash. Take the time to compare not just many styles but many manufacturers such as Hunter Douglas and Levolor. Find the option that fits your personality and create the room you will love to live in.
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