For a lot of homeowners, choosing between window shutters, blinds and shades is usually a matter of taste. However there are really some functional differences between these window treatments which could affect the choice of the buyer. Of course, there are some buyers who will want a combination of the three window treatments for their abode and will depend on what they like best and would also consider affordability.
Blinds versus Shades versus Shutters
Fundamentally, the blinds are window coverings which have vanes or slats that enable the lowering and raising of the blind to cover the window and at the same time adjust the aperture of the vanes whenever the blind is down in order to let in less or more light. You can open the window, cover it or expose the window. A window shutter is typically a solid covering with slats which can be closed and opened to vary the light which enters the room.
The blinds on the other hand come in different styles and shapes with vertical and horizontal slates being the main distinctive feature and occasionally with a fabric overlaying the structure in order to provide a level of privacy when the window treatment is opened. There are also plenty of materials which are associated with blinds so that the pricing tend to have a wide range. Vinyl and aluminum are highly functional and also tend to be on the affordable side of the spectrum while at the same time real wood blinds tend to be an option which is considered to be expensive. Of course, the blinds can also be made from sustainable materials like the bamboo which achieves a wood look. Blinds are also available in different styles which complement the overall decoration of the house. After choosing some styles, you may want to consider how they should block the light since not all blinds provide complete blockage and the security or privacy concern for some of the buyers.
Shades are often regarded as an option which is highly affordable and that which is also quite functional and stylish. Plain functional shades are typically the most inexpensive choice for window treatments. Designer shades also have a large variety of structures, fabric and shapes. Not only will the designer shapes add great visual appeal to the room but they can also be purchased with different patterns, colors and even textures in order to accentuate and complete the décor in your room. There are also solar shades that block the sun without having to entirely block the view and even woven shades which allow small amounts of light to seep inside the room while at the same time still providing exceptional privacy. There are shade designs that come a long way and a lot of consumers tend to opt for shades in order to address the decorative scheme in their homes.
Out of the three options, the window shutters are often the most expensive. These window treatments are tailored fir in order to add value to your house. Additionally, they are durable and adds privacy to homes.