Whether you’re doing a complete renovation or just looking to spruce up a room a bit, new window blinds can make a big difference to your home. There are lots of styles and materials to choose from, and making the right choice is important since you’ll likely have these blinds for several years. Let’s look at a few things you should consider.

The first thing to decide is exactly what you want from the blinds. Do you want them to completely block all outside light, in a home theater room for example? Are you looking for privacy? Do you just want them to soften the outside light, not block it completely?

Decisions like these will have a bearing on what materials and styles of blinds are going to work best for you.

Another thing you’ll have to decide on is your budget. While you may want to be a little flexible on price, you should have some idea of how much you can reasonably afford to spend before you start your search. Some types of blinds may look great, but the cost might be out of your range. Knowing what you can spend before you start looking will help you to avoid the temptation to buy the nicest – but more expensive – window blinds.

Another decision you’ll have to make is where to buy the blinds. Most home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes sell blinds these days, as well as specialty stores that you can find in most cities. But you can also buy blinds on the internet, from various websites that carry all the big brands like Levolor and Hunter Douglas.

Buying online can sometimes save you some money compared to your local shops, but keep in mind that you won’t get the same level of service and support after the purchase. If you’re comfortable installing the blinds yourself, great, but if you have to hire someone to do it for you a local store that can provide end-to-end service might actually wind up costing less.… READ MORE