As we discussed in another blog post this month, wooden shutters can often lend a room a sense of quaint nostalgia. They tend to give a room the feeling of being from an older, bygone era. In cottages and beach retreats, this can add to the overall effect that you are removed from society – outside the modern hustle and bustle of urban, technology riddled life. By adjust the angle of the slats or louvers of your shutters, you can invite in just the right amount of light to sit and read peacefully or banter with your loved ones.
This general idea can be extrapolated to cover the entire world of blinds, shades and window coverings. The idea is that you can customize the precise amount of light that you let into a room at a given time of day to get the mood just right. If you are having a romantic dinner in the evening with your spouse or partner, you will want dim, romantic light, perhaps accompanied by some piano sonatas and a bottle of red wine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to write or get some work done in the middle of the day, you’ll likely want lots of bright, natural light to energize you and help you focus.
Fortunately, the massive selection of window coverings from Affordable Blinds allows you as much flexibility as you could possibly imagine, depending on what you’re trying to achieve. Wood blinds with a stained dark oak adds a certain level of prestige and panache to a room, perhaps for a library with leather bound books or an office space with your diplomas hanging on the wall. If wood blinds seem a little too rigid or old-fashioned, another option for a warm, controlled light that is modern and energizing is the honeycomb blind, which comes in many different colours, styles and fabrics.
Mesh blinds on a roller can be a great option for a house with big windows that gets a lot of light. Mesh blinds from Hunter Douglas Blinds come in a wide variety of styles, many of which can functionally reflect light away, keeping your home cool in the summer months and reducing your use of air-conditioning. Mesh blinds are easy to roll up and down and look great in front of a sliding back door. Many mesh blinds also work a bit like a one-way mirror: you can see out into the world, but the world can’t see into your home. Obviously this is advantageous for reasons of privacy.
Another thing to take into consideration is the amount of light blockage you want in a room where you will be sleeping or installing a home theater. Sheer fabrics can only filter light, so there will always be a good deal of ambient sunlight leaking in during the day. Opaque materials and semi-opaque materials will shut out the light almost completely for ideal sleeping or TV watching conditions.
The point of this post is to draw your attention to the customizable nature of window coverings. There are many options, and if you are into the idea of creating a specific vibe in different areas of your home, the shades you choose can make all the difference. Call us today and consult with our design experts!