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The 4 main components to a blind or shade

While there are a few different styles of blinds or shades, they all share 4 basic components. In each of those components, there are many variations you can choose, but the base function is the same. 

Curious as to what the 4 most popular styles are? Click here to read our blog!

The Cassette

Alternate Names: Valance or Header.

Purpose: To conceal the “roll” of fabric, or material.

Styles: Each style of blind or shade will have different cassette options available, but a few of the more common ones are:

  • Compact Cassette – This is a pretty standard style and size of cassette. Not to large, not to small — just right!
  • Large Cassette –  A bit larger than a compact cassette, this option will add a more modern feel to your windows
  • Square Cassette – This is the next size up, and adds a bit more definition.
  • Grande Cassette – Go big or go home, right? This cassette will add a bold statement to your decor.
  • Decorative Valance – A decorative valance is only available with a faux wood or wood blind. 
  • Opera Cassette – This cassette is only available when you add an “Opera” shade. 

Finishes: The finish option varies by cassette style, but you can select either a mirage finish, which is a smooth metal material in a coordinating color or you can get it fabric wrapped

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blinds components
blinds components
blinds components

The Bottom Rail

Alternate Names: Hem bar

Purpose: It is how the bottom edge is finished, and keeps the fabric weighted down. 

Styles: Each style of blind will offer different bottom rail options. 

  • Open – This style of hem bar is made with a piece of tubing clamped onto the bottom of the shade, and finished in a coordinating color.
  • Closed –  The fabric of the shade is wrapped around the aluminum weight, and offers a low profile. It is often the most common hem bar chosen. 
  • Trapezoid Rail – This is available only on faux woods and wood blinds. It comes in a coordinating color to the slat color chosen.
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blinds components
blinds components
blinds components

The Operating System

Purpose: How you open and close the blind or shade.

Styles: Each style of blind or shade will have different operating system options available, but a few of the more common ones are:

  • Plastic Chain – The plastic chain is standard on most styles, and comes in a coordinating color to the material color selected. 
  • Cord Loop –  A cord loop offers a bit more of a quieter opening then a plastic chain. It is only available in white, and only on certain styles of shades.
  • Cordless – If you have children, cordless is an excellent option to add as it removes any hanging cords, which can potentially be a hazard for small kids. 
  • Motorization – Feeling a bit fancier? Then you need to add in a motorization option to control your shades at the click of a button. 
  • Cord Tilt with Tassels – This option is only available on a faux wood or wood blinds. It has the same function as a plastic chain, and comes in a coordinating color. 
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blind components
blind components
blind components

The Material

The material of a blind or shade really depends on which style you select.

Faux Woods are made from a blend of resin & wood, and offer many different colors. 

Wood blinds are made from bass wood, and also offer many colors. 

Roller Shades, Dual Shades, and the like have a wide variety of fabric colors, textures and opacities to choose from. 

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4 Most Popular Blind Styles

Did you know there is more than just 1 style of blind to choose from? If you are like most people, when you think of blinds you think of wimpy white plastic slats on a cord…

But there is more than that! Read below to learn about the 3 most popular styles of blinds, and 1 honorable mention too!

Wondering what all the components are on a blind, and what they do? Check out our blog here where we talk about the 4 main components to a blind or shade. 

The Classic | Wood Blinds

Let’s start with a classic. Faux Woods or Wood blinds are an excellent option when you are looking for a simple and timeless style to go with any decor. 

They are available in many different colors, and textures and have a few upgrade options available.

If you don’t want all the cords hanging around you can upgrade to cordless, which not only looks great but is fun too!

Adding privacy slats will remove the rout holes, which makes them easier to clean and lets less light through!

If you don’t want to see any strings or holes, then you can add decorative cloth tapes as well to give your blinds a clean finish. 

The price of faux woods and wood blinds can vary depending on a few factors:

  • The number and size of windows
  • Are splits required
  • Color and texture chosen by you

For a standard home with 7 windows, the average cost to add faux wood blinds will start around $4,500 including install & delivery. 

** Price is approximate, and is subject to change based on each individual home and upgrades chosen by the client **

Faux Wood & Wood blinds are covered under normal use for a period of three (3) years.

The Simplistic | Roller Shades

Roller Shades are both ideal decorative and functional choices to cover your windows. They are simple, yet elegant and don’t take away from the surrounding decor. 

Roller Shades have a wide selection of fabrics, textures and colors that will enhance any room decor. 

Remove the plastic chain and upgrade to a miracle lift system instead. Or if you want to laze about in bed all day, add a motor and just press a button for instant sunlight. 

Unless you don’t want any sunlight – then you can always add a room darkening shade and sleep your day away!

The price of roller shades can vary depending on a few factors:

  • The number and size of windows
  • Fabric chosen by you

Roller shades can be very cost effective. For a standard home with 7 windows, the average cost to add roller shades will start around $3,000 including install & delivery. 

** Price is approximate, and is subject to change based on each individual home and upgrades chosen by the client **

Roller Shades are covered under normal use for a period of five (5) years.

The Unique | Dual Shades

Dual Shades will bring some personality to your room. They are a unique shade that offers dual light filtering options.

Dual Shades have a wide selection of fabrics, textures and colors.

Dual Shades are just cool without having to add anything! They offer 2 vanes of fabric – one solid and one sheer. This gives you the option to let some light in, or no light at all! 

But if you want to up the cool factor even more, you can always upgrade to a miracle lift system to remove the plastic chain or add the much loved motorization option. 

If you want even more light filtering, add on a room darkening shade to the toddlers room and enjoy sleeping in during the summer. 

The price of dual shades can vary depending on a few factors:

  • The number and size of windows
  • Fabric chosen by you

Dual shades are about mid range for pricing. For a standard home with 7 windows, the average cost to add dual shades will start around $3,500 including install & delivery. 

** Price is approximate, and is subject to change based on each individual home and upgrades chosen by the client **

Dual Shades are covered under normal use for a period of five (5) years.

The Conventional | Cellular Shades

Although not as popular today, cellular shades still offer some great benefits. They do have a more traditional styling, but they offer the best light filtering options. 

You can choose a standard cellular style, or a “Top Down Bottom Up” style, which offers the best light flexibility.

Cellular Shades are unique in that you there are essentially 2 types of a cellular shade.

You can choose the standard up/down shade either with a cord or chain to open, or you can go cordless with the miracle lift system.

But if you really want the ultimate in light filtering control, you can choose the “Top Down/Bottom Up” style, which allows you to open the shade from the bottom and the top. 

Motorization is available as well. 

The price of cellular shades can vary depending on a few factors:

  • The number and size of windows
  • Style of cellular

For a standard home with 7 windows, the average cost to add a traditional cellular shade will start around $3,200 including install & delivery. 

** Price is approximate, and is subject to change based on each individual home and upgrades chosen by the client **

Cellular Shades are covered under normal use for a period of five (5) years.

There are of course many more styles to choose from, but those are the top 4 ones our clients and designers choose! 

If you would like a quote on any of the above style, or would like to learn more just shoot us an email! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Want to book an design consultation for your home? Click here to select a date that works best for you. 

In the meantime… check out some inspiration photos below of these most popular blind styles! 

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Why Adding Window Coverings to your Home is a Smart Investment

Let me start with asking you a question.

What do you expect from your windows? 

a) Thermal Control – keeping the heat in, and the cold out and vice-versa depending on the season

b) Blocking harmful UV rays from entering my home, protecting my flooring & furniture

c) Keep prying eyes out!

d) All of the above!

If you picked any of the above options, then you need to get window coverings for your home. Most people might assume that window blinds and drapery are just for decoration and light control, but that’s not entirely accurate. They play a much bigger role than one might think! 

BRRR.. Baby It's Cold Outside!

During the winter months, having the right window covering is crucial to keeping the cold air out. While any type of window blind will help insulate your windows, and keep you snug and warm, we have found that the best option is the Cellular Shade. 

Cellular shades have little built in honeycomb pockets to help add an extra layer of protection between the icy air outside, and the warm air inside. 

Whatever window covering you do choose, it’s important to keep the blind or shade open during the day on the windows that get full sun, and closed when the sun sets to create a barrier from the cold. 

Adding drapery panels around your blinds or shades can help create an additional layer of protection as well, and they also look beautiful too! 

Oh Wait.. Now It's Hot, Hot, Hot

It may be hot outside, but it doesn’t have to be inside! In the warmer months of the year, window coverings still act as a buffer but in the opposite way to winter. They can help keep the cool air in, and the hot air out. 

Blackout shades can be especially useful for blocking out most of the heat, and the light, keeping the room cooler longer. 

It’s important to keep shades, blinds or shutters completely closed and lowered on sunny windows. In doing this, you can help reduce heat gain by up to 45%. 

Keep Them Rays Out!

Ultraviolet radiation (UV Rays) is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the human eye. UV rays are present in sunlight, and can be harmful to not only your skin, but also your furniture & the inside of your home because you guessed it – UV rays enter your home right through your windows! 

Over time, to much exposure to direct sunlight can make the fabric on your sofas and chairs fade, and the wood elements prone to breaking & cracking.

In addition to potentially harming your furniture, it can also effect things like your flooring. Overtime it can dry, warp, crack or fade your beautiful hardwood flooring. 

Unfortunately they don’t make sunscreen for floors or sofa’s yet (and even if they did – can you imagine applying that every day?!) So what’s left? Your windows of course! Used properly, window coverings can dramatically reduce the amount of harmful UV rays that enter your home. 

Peek-a-Boo.. I see you!

Your home is YOUR home. Your sanctuary. Your private getaway. Whatever you call it – it’s yours and no one else’s. So why would you want all your neighbors peeking into your windows to see if you are actually there, and not just ignoring the doorbell? 

Any type of window covering will give you the added privacy you are wanting, while still looking great as well. An added perk though to having a wood blind is you can subtly peek through them to spy on that new neighbor who just moved in across the street. 

So why should you invest in window coverings? 

a) They will save you money by reducing your overall heating bills

b) They will help your furniture and flooring last longer

c) Karen from next door will never know you are home

d) They will add value, and a beautiful finishing touch to your home!

Thank you!

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