Today, with so many styles of blinds and shades to choose from, finding the right one for your needs isn’t always a quick and clear deal. Here, we’ve gathered our best advice to help you see your way through the process.
Whether you’re looking for privacy, style, or both, it can be an overwhelming task to choose window treatments. Should you head to a specialty blind store, your local home center, or shop online? How formal should you go, or how sheer? And how come your stylish neighbors always seem to get it right?

Decorative and Functional Window Blinds and Shades

Blinds and shades should be both decorative and functional. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the days of hiding windows and beautiful views behind basic mini blinds. Now you can dress up a room in hundreds of ways without making a major investment.

Builders Blinds recognized a need for better, well-priced window coverings, and we offer just that in a wide swatch of colors, fabrics, and styles. From the super affordable faux woods to the vast array of Roman shades and blackouts.

Here’s what to consider when you buy to keep from getting blindsided.

Light and privacy How much do you want and need? Decide whether you want your room bright and airy or more “buttoned up” and cozy. Is your goal to block out light for snug sleep in the bedroom or hang a sheer fabric in your kitchen that lets the sun shine in over your farmhouse sink? Are the windows you’re covering near the front door or facing the sunny side of the house? All of these factors will influence the styles and fabrics you choose.

Your budget Are you covering just one window or the entire house? You may consider spending more on certain windows and scaling back on others. Window coverings are priced by size, so expect larger treatments to cost more. Custom sizes and specialty fabrics, patterns, and features also add to the cost.

How much time and effort you’re willing to spend cleaning Standard blinds can be cleaned at home, but are magnets for dust and need frequent attention. Shades in textured fabrics and weaves hide soil better and are best cared for with either vacuuming or professional cleaning.

Your decorating style Is it formal or casual, comfortable or chic? Bold colors can be fun or dramatic. Subtle hues are perfect for a room decorated in neutral, earthy colors. Do you prefer corded styles or sleeker, streamlined cordless ones?

Safety Do you have young children in your household and a need for streamlined cordless blinds and shades?

We’ll leave you with these simple summaries:

Blinds are best if you want tiltable slats that can be adjusted to let the sun shine in (or not). They offer a handsome, clean-looking custom fit and plenty of privacy.

Shades are the answer if you’re looking for tremendous versatility and style. They provide more ways to create different looks and moods using texture, pattern, and fabric weight.