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Avoid Picking Wood Blinds Blindly
Men living alone need not be holed in unkempt pads and live like Neanderthals. The recent metrosexual trend actually encourages men to be more stylish both in their looks and their lifestyle. However, this is not reason enough to totally give in and be regular Marthas. Interior decorators emphasize that the trick to decorating and styling men's pads is to maintain a balance of function, comfort, and masculine appeal. Speaking of masculinity, lacy curtains are definitely out for windows. Drapes may do but they require washing and at times, look heavy and dark.
Most decorators' usual and common choice for window treatments for men are wood blinds because they are functional but sturdy enough to be masculine. They are the perfect alternatives to shutters. Wooden blinds are inviting and warm. They also lend natural flair with their rich stains and colors. Wood blinds come in different makes.
There are vertical, woven wood, faux wood, and even minis. They are designed in different stains, colors, and texture, depending on material and the kind of wood used. Aside from the option of having them custom-made, they can be made with other features like cord tilt motorization, fabric tapes, light and UV control, and static prevention. Just any wood blind won't do; there are several things to consider before purchasing these shades. Basswood and ramin are the common wood blind materials. Ramin is less expensive but basswood is considered as premium quality for wood blinds because of its distinctive grain. For better stains, durability, and strength, basswood is usually preferred. Designers advise to pick blinds which come with no-holes feature. This ensures that the blinds pull together closer, leave no gaps between the slats, and make rooms darker, thereby, saving more energy. However, only basswoods come with this feature.
Valance is also an important factor to consider because it provides cover for unsightly metal rails. Conventional wood valance is usually pegged at 2 inches and is common with ramin blinds. The 3-inch valance is found with basswood blinds and is considered more intricate. The shape of the blinds' tail determines how close the slats pull together when closed. Trapezoid tails provide the maximum closeness possible and comes with basswood. Rectangular tails are the signature structure of ramin blinds. A set of basswood blind is the best choice for style, function, and durability. The price matters in wood blinds. The more expensive basswood blinds are considered the best and most functional. Ramin blinds work well for a cheaper price and the right maintenance.
It doesn't matter what kind of wood blind is chosen, what matters is that it should be properly maintained to preserve its stain and overall look. Wood blind shops usually offer blind maintenance services. Proper maintenance is necessary because the natural materials used in wood blinds make them more sensitive to changes in the atmosphere. Rotting blinds are not decorative.
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