By Ashleigh Mattern
Blinds have come a long way: Years ago, your only options
for colours were forrest green, dusty rose, or navy blue, and they only came in
one material- metal- attracting heat and cold into your house. Plus, they were
hard to clean. Leanne Pilsner-Fisher, Budget Blinds Owner and Style Consultant,
remembers people going to odd lengths to clean their blinds, including bathing
"Now blinds are so beautiful and so aesthetically pleasing,
and can really finish your home or recreate a feeling," Pilsner-Fisher
They also play a doubly important role for condo owners, who
are often looking for window coverings to give them privacy from their
"There are lots of options that will give full privacy,
but lots of light," says Pilsner-Fisher. "When people think privacy
they think it has to be dark, but that’s not it at all. You can get a multitude
of colours but allow light through."
Top down, bottom up blinds are an especially nice feature
for privacy while still being able to see outside from in and control what
people can see inside from out.
"If you’re on the third or fourth floor, you can get a
nice view but people can’t see in depending on where you place the blind."
The top-down feature comes in cellular or honeycomb style
blinds, and roman shades,. Another
option are blinds that have horizontal slats, like faux or real wood blinds.
"Those ones have the tilting feature too that allows for privacy. You have
many options for light and privacy at the same time; anything with louvers or
slats that you can tilt up and have light coming in in a filtered way."
There are also options for people who have bought a condo
for the view: Solar screens allow you to get the full view from your big,
beautiful windows, while still protecting your home from UV heat and glare that
can damage furniture or floors. Paired with drapery, the screen gives you
privacy and protection during the day, and the drapes can be drawn at night.
Pilsner-Fisher notes that blinds are especially important in
homes with a lot of windows, which are essentially walls that can only be
decorated with window treatments – including blinds and fabric décor.
"Windows are a cold feature in a home; they’re just
blank. You can warm up a home buy adding fabric, drapery, or wood.... It really
can change a home."
Paired with the furniture, paint job, and accessories,
window coverings can help to tell a story about what your home is to you, and
what you want people to feel, says Pilsner-Fisher.
While styles vary widely depending on the homeowner's
tastes, some general trends she's noticed include contemporary styles in white
and cold greys, and natural grains. Roman shades are also still popular for
rustic chic styles because they pair well with drapes.
The most popular style by far, though, are cellular blinds.
"You get good insulation, tons of colours, a choice of
cordless or top down bottom up, and they can come with a room darkening feature"
says Pilsner-Fisher. "They have all the options available, all the colours
available, and it’s affordable."
There are a multitude of options for window coverings, but
Pilsner-Fisher says you can easily narrow it down by asking a few important
questions: "What do you want it to look like? How do you want your friends
and family to feel? How do you want it to function? How much do you want to
Window coverings typically have a lifespan of about five to
20 years, though Pilsner-Fisher notes the only reason to switch them out after
five years is for a change. Functionally, your blinds should easily last 10 to
"We always talk about windows coverings being an
investment, just like your floor, just your countertops," Pilsner-Fisher
says. "When choosing blinds, think about the long term investment you’re