Martha Stewart knows best: Window Blind Choices

If you’re looking for window treatments, you don’t have to settle for curtains. Sure, they’re great if you have the knack for picking out elaborate designs, like washing drapes, or like that domesticated look. However, what if you don’t like curtains? Then what? Well, there’s hope for you yet. Think drapes.

What Do you Want?

When considering window treatments, think about what you want in your home. You don’t have to settle for those cheap plastic blinds you see in department stores or discount big box stores. There’s a world of really classy designs out there that require minimal upkeep and look very sophisticated.

  • Wood: These types of blinds give your home a very “earthy” feel. Because they’re wood, they’re also very “warm.” They work best in older homes or homes where you have wooden windows and want a classic styling.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum is a bit more modern and industrial-looking. When you choose aluminum, it’s because you want a modern or minimalist look. Aluminum is also appropriate if you have vinyl or aluminum-clad windows.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl is a cost-effective choice. You don’t have to choose the cheapest blinds though. Many vinyl blinds come in faux wood designs so you can have the look without the expense.

Get The Best Quality You Can Afford

In general, it’s best to get the best quality you can afford. This is how Martha Stewart is able to make her designs look amazing. She buys the best quality possible. You don’t have to be a homemaker, or have much interest in interior decorating, to appreciate good design.

Quality can often cover up poor design skills. You don’t need much talent here. If you don’t have much money, get the most expensive stuff you can afford. Go for quality over quantity. If the only thing in your room is a couch and blinds, those blinds are going to look amazing.

Match The Hardware To Your Room

Hardware should match the room. In other words, if you have an old farmhouse, don’t choose modern hardware. Choose something classic or antiqued. If you have a modern home, don’t choose something antiqued. At best, you should be choosing retro-styling. Ideally, you would choose something that’s very modern-looking.

Keep The Outside In Mind

Remember that blinds will be visible from the outside of the home. Whatever you get should look good from the outside too. Many times, people choose something that looks mediocre on the inside, but clashes with the color of the house. Stand outside for a moment and think about which materials and styling would compliment your home. All you really need to do is get the basic design right and the rest will usually fall into place.

For example, a Victorian-style home will almost always look great with authentic wooden blinds. Cheap vinyl will make the exterior of your home look cheap – which can be a legitimate issue if you ever want to sell the house.

At the end of the day, you have to live with your decisions. Whatever you choose, make sure that it’s something that you will personally appreciate and take care of. If you don’t like a lot of maintenance, aluminum, for example, might not be a great choice. Neither would wood. At the same time, you want something that compliments the home. It might not be the most interesting project you’ve undertaken, but you’ll thank yourself for spending a little extra time here in the long-run.

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