Tips on Shopping for Blinds, Shutters and Shades

Time for a Change? Things to Think About When Shopping for Blinds, Shutters and Shades
It was bound to happen, you couldn't avoid it forever: you've decided to add window coverings to your interior decoration plans. Maybe you've been ignoring curtains you don't like, or you just moved into a new home with uncovered windows and you don't know where to begin, or you've always wanted to put shutters on that one set of windows where they'd be perfect.

So many options, so many benefits, so many reason to buy!

Perhaps you're dreading shopping for new window coverings because you think you're stuck with those stereotypical 1-inch aluminum horizontal blinds, or those vertical blinds you see in front of nearly every sliding glass door since the 80s. As functional as those options were, these days there are infinitely more options available. Blinds, shades and shutters come in many more styles, colors, and designs then you could ever imagine. In fact, there are so many options available, you may be overwhelmed at first. Here are some questions you should ask yourself as you begin to shop for the perfect window treatment.

Do you need privacy, sun protection, sound or temperature insulation?
Most people don't realize that modern shades are tailor-made to let more or less light through, to block sound, and the proper shade can even reduce your electrical bill. 

Are there colors in your home you would like to accentuate?
Blinds aren't all beige anymore. After all the trouble you've gone to choose just the right paint for your walls, you'll be relieved to know that your blinds or shades can be synchronized with your paint scheme. 

What is the overall "feel" you're going for? Causal, elegant, playful?
A knowledgeable blind, shade and shutter salesman will work closely with you to anticipate your needs.

What is your budget?
Ok, so you've picked out your dream window covering installation, but you're starting to worry that maybe you can't afford exactly what you want. With so many options available, there's always a way to create a reasonable approximation of your dream.

Like these ideas?
If you're in the San Francisco East Bay Area, there's an independent one-stop blind-cleaning, repair and sales center that can help. Contact Pleasanton Shutters & Shades, a reputable, Hunter Douglas-certified business that has been doing all this and more since 1987. Same-day service available.

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