Window Blinds and Window Curtains: Two Window Treatments That Offer Style and Opacity

December 11, 2009

From the beautifully simple to the wholly ornate, window blinds and window curtains have you covered. These window treatment styles are easy to install and easy on the wallet. Plus, they provide several benefits that you might not have considered. Here's more on how to incorporate blinds and curtains in your home.

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Window Blinds: Maximum Light Control

Window blinds are known for their ability to manage the amount of natural light that enters a room, protecting the interior of the home from harmful UV rays. They come in a variety of styles and materials to suit a variety of purposes. First, choose your style--from horizontal or vertical, wide or thin. Next, select your material--options include wood, vinyl and multi-synthetics. Upkeep is minimal, as blinds simply require periodic dusting and, on occasions, the oiling of moveable parts to prevent sticking.

Window Curtains: Dressing Up Your Windows

Curtains are even more affordable and equally as beneficial as blinds. Curtains come in a variety of materials, as well--cotton, satin and polyester, to name a few. This is where you can let your creative impulses take over. Curtains are typically bought in panels with a host of accessories to personalize the look. Whether cinched at the sides or left free-flowing, window curtains add that finished look to any existing theme.

How to Buy Blinds and Curtains

Most home improvement centers will have a section dedicated to window blinds and window curtains, as well as an expert in the styles offered. This should be your primary resource for information and advice. It's helpful to bring in pictures of the rooms you plan on decorating to give your advisor an idea of what you're looking for. As prices vary widely from store to store, comparison shopping may save you some cash in the end.

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