Decisions to Consider Before Buying Blinds

Purchasing custom Hunter Douglas blinds for your home can be an investment, but they will pay themselves off through their beauty and functionality. And with the help of Fine Shadings & Décor, you can be sure to select the right ones for any room in your home.


Where your blinds are going to hang will greatly affect what type you should buy, so that should be the first question you ask yourself. For a child’s room, you will want something that is durable and safe. Room-darkening blinds will work best in a family room that also serves as a theater room. Those high windows in the great room are begging for blinds that can be operated remotely.

Blind Orientation

Whether you do horizontal or vertical blinds depends largely on the type of window you are covering. Obviously, vertical blinds are better than horizontal ones on sliding glass doors. The same is also true for extra-wide windows. Another good time to choose vertical is if you have windows that slide side-to-side. Horizontal blinds work best on single or double-hung windows that open up and down.

Type of Material

Horizontal blinds are available from Hunter Douglas in wood, faux wood, and aluminum. Vertical blinds are available in wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fabric. Each material gives your blinds a different look and certain materials work better in some locations than others. For instance, aluminum horizontal blinds are easy to clean and have a modern look, so they are a perfect fit for a contemporary kitchen or bath. Fabric vertical blinds have a soft appearance that works well in elegant eating areas or living rooms.

Colors and Patterns

In addition to material options, horizontal and vertical blinds come in hundreds if not thousands of different colors and patterns. You can pick a neutral color that blends in with your window trim or wall color. Or if you want to add some interest, pick a contrasting color or a bold pattern to draw attention to your window. Window treatments can also be used to subtly accentuate a secondary color that appears elsewhere in the room, perhaps in a rug or decorative throw pillow.

Hanging Alone or Pairing with Draperies

If your new blinds are the only covering you will have on your windows, you may want to dress them up a bit. Decorative headrails are available on all types of blinds and many horizontal blind lines offer various tapes in place of the standard cording and upgraded bottom trims. Blinds are often hung under drapes strictly for light and privacy control, in which case they should be as unobtrusive as possible.

Operating Systems

There are several different operating systems for both horizontal and vertical blinds. The traditional corded system can be replaced with retractable cords, wands, chains, and even cordless and motorized options.

Serving Miami, Florida and the surrounding areas, Fine Shadings & Décor is the place to find your perfect window treatments. Visit our showroom or give us a call today.