This piece on Houzz.com caught our attention this week. It really captures the core of what we try to do for all our clients, but particularly our residential ones.
When we started our business in the early ’80s, homeowners basically had three choices–blinds, spring roller shades, or shutters. Today, new hybrid window treatments with amazing options and functions come out every year. Sometimes these amount to a new twist on an old favorite; other times something altogether new is created.
Either way, window treatment consumers are presented with a dizzying array of color, material, and design choices. Their position is certainly not an enviable one, and we try to be sympathetic to that and cast a line out to them.
We feel this article does a fine job of showing how one might go about getting a feel for the industry landscape before reaching out to Shades Unlimited or another dealer. It’s helpful to think about what you want in a methodical way, which is how we try to approach our clients who are seeking direction in their purchase decision.
So enjoy the read, and please look out for the comments and other insights (below the story) from our principals.
Holly: The writer brings up the benefit and drawback of blind tapes. She points out that a benefit of tapes is that they block light. True enough. However, she only offers a picture of how the tape can be intrusive. She fails to mention the alternative option of blinds without routed holes, such as Hunter Douglas’s de-Light feature, which block the light and do so without the tape. Also, she seems a little biased towards 1/2″ blinds, calling them “modern,” while saying 2″ slats are “old fashioned.” I can see her point to some degree. Still, I’m not sure how much of a factor your slat size is in determining the style of your interior. I think it’s more important to consider your slat size choice based on function. While 1/2 ” blinds are easier to lift if you think you want raise and lower them often, most people don’t use them this way. Personally, I prefer 2″ slats because they aren’t as visually busy and allow you a more unobstructed view from your window.
Elaine: Cloth tapes not only hide route holes they can also add a touch of softness and contrasting color to the space. As far as 1/2″ micro blinds are concerned, it’s been my experience that clients find them to be a cleaning nightmare and also that they tend to blend and kink very easily.
Sal: I take some exception to the characterization that wood blinds are somehow ill-suited for bathrooms and kitchens and are indistinguishable from vinyl when painted. Unless the wood blind is actually inside a shower or is otherwise regularly doused with water, it should hold up just as well as ones made of vinyl–perhaps, even better than, since vinyl tends to sag and warp over time when exposed to sunlight. What’s more, all of our suppliers guaranty the integrity of wood blinds regardless of what room they are in. Wood is also lighter in weight than vinyl or engineered wood, which makes for easier operation. In the end, there are some savings to be had by opting for vinyl, but that’s not the whole story.