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Laying Down the Line on Blinds

by Blake Herzog

Whether blinds are your preferred window treatment or not, they are among the most effective ways to control the amount of light coming into your windows at any given moment.

Whether you control them by hand, a remote control or smart sensors, they’re great at filtering the right amount of sunlight or moonlight into your room to keep family members and furniture protected.

The choice between horizontal and vertical blinds depends on various factors such as the type of window, the room’s design and personal preferences.

Here are general guidelines:

Window orientation

  • Horizontal blinds — Ideal for windows wider than they are tall. They work well for standard-sized windows and can be a good fit for bedrooms, living rooms and offices.
  • Vertical blinds — Suitable for tall windows taller than they are wide. These are often used for sliding glass doors or floor-to-ceiling windows.

Room type

  • Horizontal blinds — Commonly used in rooms where privacy and light control are essential, such as bedrooms and offices.
  • Vertical blinds — Suitable for areas with large windows or glass doors, like living rooms and on patio doors. They also are practical for rooms with high humidity, like kitchens and bathrooms.

Aesthetic considerations

  • Horizontal blinds — Provide a classic and traditional look. They can make a room feel cozier and are available in various materials and colors.
  • Vertical blinds — Offer a modern and sleek appearance. They often are chosen for contemporary interiors and can create the illusion of height in a room.

Range of colors and designs

  • Horizontal blinds — Considerably more common than vertical blinds, it’s easy to find a set that will coordinate with your interior design choices.
  • Vertical blinds — It may take a little longer to find some that will pair well with your décor, but it’s doable in nearly all cases.

Ease of maintenance

  • Horizontal blinds — Need cleaning more often as dust more readily collects on the horizontal surface.
  • Vertical blinds — Typically easier to clean as dust doesn’t settle as much on individual slats.

Cost

  • Horizontal blinds — Can be more cost-effective in general.
  • Vertical blinds — Might be slightly more expensive, especially if custom sizes are required.

Energy efficiency and insulation

  • Horizontal blinds — Thinner, lighter-weight slats are less equipped to block out hot or cold weather and keep the interior comfortable.
  • Vertical blinds — The extra weight of these heavier blinds is more suited for keeping your home at a moderate temperature and saving on your energy bills.

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