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The Reasons Window Blinds Can Be Better Than Curtains

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By Joe Merlin

Blinds are a good option to curtains in the home and Emerald City Blinds, a supplier of Bellevue Washington Blinds has some information available to help you make an informed decision.

Largely, blinds are widely used today because they aesthetic appeal and suit the present day home. They’re good for delivering insulation for both cold and warm weather and also supplying high levels of privacy.

Originally, window blinds were visible in the office as they were easy to keep up, unlike curtains which must be cleaned as blinds has the ability to be dusted and wiped clean. Blinds were also picked over curtains because they may be easy to install and do take up much space. Yet recently blinds are becoming popular in the home too. There are now more designs available and with more choice and clear benefits it is possible to understand why.

With respect to the design in the window blinds you have chosen, blinds usually are very compact. A roller blind will roll up neatly into a roll of material at the top of the window. With curtains the material is usually taking up space, whether they may be drawn or rolled up at the sides of the window. For those that have large homes this is probably not an issue and so the curtains may well be a feature with the room but with smaller property owners this can be a factor that needs to be considered.

Another significant benefit of window blinds is that amount of control people have over them. With blinds you are able to control the quantity of light and privacy you want with a really easy action. Vertical blinds for instance might possibly be adjusted and the slats moved for minimal light to pass through as well as offer the home privacy. These blinds can also be lifted up so the whole window is exposed to the light and this is much more convenient than curtains tend to be.

Window blinds add style to homes as there is a great deal of choice, with the design through to the material you actually want blinds made in. They add a modern, neat look to homes and a lot color schemes. Your are sure to be able to find blinds that enhance them and styles that suit certain window shapes.

When evaluating window blinds for your own home its good to have in mind how much choice you have and that different blind styles will suit different rooms or windows. Ultimately blinds are economical, easily maintained and definitely will fit in well to any modern home.

Emerald City Blinds is a locally owned and operated and specializes in custom and stock shutter, shades and blinds.


Vertical Blinds are Replacing Curtains and Drapes

Some of our decorating friends have noticed that vertical blinds are replacing traditional curtains and drapes as the window treatment of choice in many homes.

Most types of vertical blinds are becoming more and more popular due to their easy maintenance and the simple, yet elegant look they provide. One of the great things about vertical window blinds is that they can fit right in with any style of home decor.

Most types of vertical blinds only need an occasional dusting or a quick wipe to keep them looking good. That’s not the case for fabric curtains and drapes, which usually need regular washing or a special cleaning method. The worst part is that this means removing the curtains or drapes from the mounting hardware and then re-hanging them after they are cleaned. All that can be quite a chore!

The first thing many people think of when they hear the phrase ‘vertical blinds’ is something resembling a Venetian blind with wide slats that hang down instead of being horizontal.

However, the variety of styles available today goes way beyond the original type of vertical blinds. Many of the contemporary styles are ideal not only for larger windows, but for glass doors and sliding doors as well.

Here are some pictures showing vertical blinds and shades, as well as panel tracks, which is another popular type of window treatment that fits this category.

Click on any picture below for more information or to see more styles.


Smith+Noble Natural Woven Panel Track

Roller Panel Track – These premium materials from smith+noble softly filter natural light, while creating a beautiful and easy-to-operate vertical covering for sliding doors or large windows. Roller Shade Panel Track is available in custom sizes from 36″ to 144″ high, and 48″ to 144″ wide.


Smith+Noble Natural Woven Panel Track

Natural Woven Panel Track – The all-new Panel Track from smith+noble is the perfect solution for any sliding door or extra-large window, and it’s available in their most popular, eco-friendly natural woven materials. Natural Woven Panel Track is available in custom sizes from 36″ to 96″ high, and 48″ to 144″ wide. They will even include solid twill Edge Binding in your choice of 8 colors, at no extra charge!


Smith+Noble Vertical Shades

Vertical Illusions Shadings – These window treatments are a beautiful solution for extra-large windows and patio doors; with these types of window coverings, you can match fabrics in Horizontal Shadings for perfect coordination across every opening in a room. This one window treatment offers the light diffusion of sheer window shades, the light control of vertical blinds, and the formality of drapery, making them a uniquely complete stand-alone choice. These window coverings are available in custom sizes from 24″ to 144″ high, 12″ to 192″ wide.


Smith+Noble Vertical Blinds

Vertical Blinds – Patio doors and large windows present unique challenges: you want a treatment that gives you exceptional light control and privacy, is easy to install, clean and maintain, and above all adds beauty and style to your total décor – all at an attractive price, of course. Vertical Blinds from smith+noble are your answer: They offer privacy when closed, and can be rotated to any angle for just the right amount of light. When open, they stack neatly to the side. Choose from 105 versatile colors and textures. Made in 6 days!


Smith+Noble Vertical Cellular Shades

Vertical Cellular Shades – These are the shades you’ll want year ’round in your patio doors and largest windows. The honeycomb cellular construction traps air to create insulating pockets that keep outdoor heat at bay during warm weather, allowing you to turn down the AC. You’ll appreciate these handsome energy savers in winter as well, when they’ll hold the heat inside your rooms. Choose from 6 of the most popular neutral colors in either Light Filtering or Blackout. Made in 5 days!



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