Select Blinds Like a Pro

So you just bought a new home, or you are redecorating and you need to select blinds. You look in store or on-line and realize there are hundreds of options and your head begins swimming… Have no fear, I am going to break down how to select blinds like a pro in 5 easy steps!

Step 1 – Budget

Obviously, the bank account enters into any big decision and this one is no exception. Did you just get that big tax refund and are flush with cash? Or are you just trying to cover some windows on a tight budget? The answer will steer us in the right direction. When it comes to the basic categories of blinds/shades, I will list them by general cost, least to most expensive:

Select Blinds Budget

Step 2 – Function

This step to select blinds is easy, what are you looking for your blinds or shades to do for you?

Select Blinds Function

Step 3 – Cord Safety

Cord and Control safety is a big deal these day. You can check out my other blog about Cord Safety Here. You can also read further on the Window Covering Safety Council’s website. The major decision here is do you have small children or pets in your home often? If you do, I highly suggest you consider cordless options only…

Select Blinds for Cord Safety

Cordless Blinds/Shades: Faux Wood Blinds, Honeycomb Blinds, Roller Shades, and Shutters are terrific options.

Corded / Cordloop Shades: Roman Shades and Draperies usually require this type of control.

Step 4 – Style

Are you a minimalist or into very classic lines? Do you prefer the warmth of wood or the softness of fabric? Is your living room farmhouse chic or does it belong in a French museum? Your style and space is one of a kind, so you must consider your individual taste when you select blinds.

Minimalist / Modern / Clean Lines – Roller Shades or Honeycomb Blinds will cover your windows, but won’t steal the show.

Classic / Luxurious / Timeless – Draperies, Roman Shades, or Plantation Shutters will make you feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1800’s.

Warmth of Wood Materials / Prefer Look of Hard Window Coverings / Neutral Palette – Plantation Shutters, Wood Blinds, or Faux Wood Blinds will do just the trick. You can always dress them up with a valance or cornice!

Softness Fabrics / Looking to Introduce Color and Texture – Roller Shades, Honeycomb Blinds, Roman Shades, or Draperies offer unlimited possibilities!

Select Blinds Style

Step 5 – Ease of Installation

How handy are you? Is measuring a window and using a screw driver or drill scary? Blinds and Shades are not difficult to install if you are even a moderate DIY’er, but how difficult a certain product is to install should enter into the discussion when we select blinds for our home. For the sake of this discussion, I will group them into easy, moderate, and pro level installations…

Select Blinds Install

Easy Install – Faux Wood Blinds, Wood Blinds, Honeycomb Blinds, Cordless Roller Shades

Moderate Install – Corded Roller Shades, Roman Shades (Cordless and Corded)

Pro Install – Custom Draperies, Custom Shutters

And there you have it. Follow these 5 steps and you will select blinds that will fit your style, taste, and budget! If you have questions give us a call at, we would be happy to discuss and make sure you make the perfect choice in window coverings!