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Window Blinds Blend Style And Function For Creative Impressions

Aug 17, 2007
They might be just window dressing to some, but in reality blinds, drapes, valances and other such coverings can make a huge difference in a room. No matter the style or theme you're shooting for in decorating a room, don't underestimate the importance of window coverings. The window décor chosen can add to a designer theme or destroy it.

The choice of window décor, too, can make or break a room's appearance as well by letting in too much sun or too little. Too much outside scenery or not enough. The choices made don't have to be wallet breakers either, but they should fit into your overall design scheme while providing the privacy you desire or the open-air look you're striving for.

When shopping for window dressings, remember blinds offer a huge amount of versatility. Although they won't necessarily give the sense of formality a valance and tie-backs can, they can always work well behind these decorator implements, plus they can be pulled up or down depending on your mood or the time of day.

As you go about picking the right dressing for your windows, remember properly chosen blinds can match any decorator style and they present some benefits plain drapes or sheers simply cannot.

The advantages to going with just blinds or a combination of blinds and drapes or sheers include:

* Optimum privacy. Blinds can be closed tightly to give you a sense of privacy and security in your home. This is great for those times you simply want to be alone. They're perfect at night or for sunny afternoon naps.

* Ability to let in the sun. If you want a little light or a whole lot of it, blinds whether vertical or horizontal are easy to adjust.

* Energy efficient. Some blinds can help add to your window's ability to help control temperatures in a room. By providing an extra layer of protection against heat or cold, they are stylish and smart additions.

Blinds are a good choice for just about any window due to the flexibility they offer. But, what about other coverings to compliment and add on to the look? If you're going for a more formal or even a more homey look, add drapes, sheers or even a simple valance to achieve your goals. As you shop for both blinds and another type of window dressing, remember these things:

* Consider the overall design. Window décor should add to a room's feel, not take away from it. Consider the colors, patterns and so on.

* Think of the tone you want to set. If you're looking to create a formal, more serious room, whimsical curtains are probably out, but simple white blinds and a darker color drape would be great. For a sunnier appearance, try blinds with lighter-colored sheers or just a fancy valance.

Decorating a room can be a lot of fun, but forgetting the windows can make the effort for naught. Consider your goals, shop around and look for window décor that matches your theme or goes well with it.
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