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Different Types of Blinds

In America, architectural and home design styles are always evolving. The ornate Victorians of yesteryear seem light years away from the streamlined contemporary buildings of wood and glass that are prevalent today. Many neighborhoods are a mix of heterogeneous styles, with Spanish Colonial, Tudor, Arts and Crafts, and Mid-Century Modern homes all within a few blocks of each other. The same is true of interior design, which runs the gamut from sleek industrial chic to eclectic and vibrant bohemian, and many other styles in between. While design trends may come and go, window blinds can adapt well to any aesthetic thanks to an always-evolving selection of patterns, colors, and fabrics. Different types of blinds can complement just about any style, thanks to customization options that create unique window treatments suitable for any home.

Stoneside blinds are an ideal choice because they are built to last, manufactured in the USA with only the highest quality materials. With the assistance of a skilled Stoneside designer, you can tailor your custom blinds from numerous paint colors, stain finishes, materials, slat widths, decorative add-ons, control systems, and other features. Plus, our professional installers make sure your blinds fit perfectly on your windows while providing white-glove service. But before you dive into selecting your window treatments, it helps to know the different types of blinds available and which one would be best for your home.

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Wood Blinds

Nothing says “classic” like wood blinds. There is a true timelessness to these window coverings, imbuing any room with a sense of elegance and sophistication. Wood blinds with a natural cherry or pecan stain are the perfect finishing touch to a home with a warm, rustic design. If you have a more modern interior design, blinds painted in a crisp white add a clean, graceful note and, as a neutral shade, mesh well with many color palettes. Wood blinds also bring a natural element into a home and look exceptionally polished when a premium wood valance is added.

Like other different types of blinds, those made from wood allow you to have control over how much light comes into a room, and they are great at providing privacy, too. You can enhance both light control and privacy with Stoneside’s special Light-Ban® add-on feature. By eliminating cord holes in the blinds, Light-Ban® effectively blocks more light and provides greater coverage for increased privacy.

One thing to keep in mind about wood blinds is that they tend to require a particular cleaning regimen. You can’t use water without damaging the wood, so they need to be cleaned by dusting with a soft cloth or vacuuming with a brush attachment. Polishing the slats with a wood cleaner can also be helpful.

Faux Wood Blinds

If you’re drawn to the look of wood blinds, but not the maintenance, faux wood blinds are an excellent option. They look just like the real thing but are crafted from a durable material that can withstand water exposure. In turn, this means they are easy to clean by gently washing them with soap, making them perfect for higher humidity areas such as bathrooms. These blinds are also guaranteed to be fire retardant for extra safety.

As with wood blinds, these faux wood window treatments can be customized from a range of colors, and the Light-Ban® option is also available. This means that, like wood blinds, they also mesh well with most design styles. If you have pets or kids, you may especially appreciate faux wood’s durability. Plus, faux wood blinds are generally more affordable and last longer than real wood—and when they eventually reach the end of their usefulness, you can recycle them, thanks to their eco-friendly fabrication.

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Composite Wood Blinds

Composite wood blinds are a kind of hybrid version of wood and faux wood blinds. These blinds contain wood pulp, so they have an element of real wood, and other materials as well. Stoneside’s composite blinds are top-of-the-line window treatments that won’t warp, fade, or turn yellow during their lifetime. Choose from a wide range of neutrals and wood-like finishes, as well as slat sizes and price points.

Vertical Blinds

Do you have large sliding doors or oversize windows? You can still use blinds as your window treatments as you opt for vertical blinds. Because of their vertical orientation, they provide the complete coverage these large spaces need.

Stonesides vertical blinds are unique in the marketplace. Our louvers have an S-shape to them, which creates an attractive ripple-fold effect. They hang beautifully and have a dramatic sweep to them when they are in motion. With more than 230 choices for colors, patterns, and textures, the design possibilities are practically endless. You can further customize your vertical blinds with one-way or split-draw movement, as well as various decorative amenities.

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Other Kinds of Window Treatments

Blinds work well in so many homes and offices and are attractive yet practical. If, for some reason, you’re not sure if blinds are the best choice for you, don’t worry: Stonside offers several alternatives to blinds that allow for complete customization. Our shades and drapery meet the same standards of excellence we have for our blinds. During a free virtual consultation, our Stoneside designer can talk about the goals you have for your new window treatments, as well as your personal style, to point you towards the best options for your space. We have showroom samples of our window coverings so that you can see first hand how a particular blind stain or paint color will look in your room. Also, blinds require exact measurements to ensure they don’t hang too long or too short over your windows. We double check your project specifications and handle installation in house, so you get the perfect fit. There are several different types of blinds out there, but no matter which one you choose at Stoneside, you’ll get the window treatments that will transform the look of your home.

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