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What You Should Know About Window Blinds

When the time comes for some upgrades for your house, you might start thinking of adding window blinds. They are practical and will make your room more appealing. Given that the style you choose goes along with your house decor, they will complement your rooms. However, with so many options out there on the market, it might be hard to settle for the right type of blinds. Fortunately, we've got you covered in this regard.

Here are some tips that will tell you all you need to know about blinds.

They Can Be Customized

Custom blinds are probably the easiest option you can get for your windows. Companies will let you custom your blinds according to fabric and color, which you can choose from a catalog they provide. This is a great option for anyone who has a specific design in mind. An interior designer will source the blinds for you according to the exact specifics you want, but if you're customizing your home decor on your own, you'll have to find blind-makers. If this isn't an option on your list, you can opt to visit a fabric store. Blind-makers also make custom blinds to your exact measurements, so you won't have to worry about not getting the proportions right. Getting customized blinds means that you will reduce waste, as they don't have built-in waste, which is, all in all, a better environment-friendly option than the cut-down alternatives.

They Can Be Motorized

As you probably already know, motorized blinds can be opened and closed with a remote. The convenience that this type of blinds offers to its users made it quite popular recently. All you have to, after all, is to press a button to open or close your blinds instead of getting up and doing the job yourself. Motorized blinds are also essential for windows that you can't reach without a stepladder. For example, blinds in the foyer or blinds for your conservatory must be motorized and more practical than adjusting them with a stepladder every time you go to these areas. Motorized blinds are also safer than the corded ones, especially if you have pets or children, as anyone can easily trip over the cords. In addition to this, they are energy-efficient, so you won't have to worry about skyrocketing energy bills.

Some of Them Are Specially Designed for Your Conservatory

If you like to spend time in your conservatory during the summer, you might not find sun rays beating on your face a comfortable experience, especially if you have an orangery style conservatory. Lantern blinds, which are also motorized, can be a great option in that case. If you check out this site, you'll find more about the benefits of having roof lantern blinds, which includes protection against UV rays and control over the amount of heat and light that comes into your conservatory. If you've set up an office in your conservatory or are trying to watch TV, these blinds will protect you from the glare of the sun, which can cause headaches or prevent you from watching your screen altogether. They are also excellent at trapping heat in the particularly cold days of winter.

They need Proper Fitting

Before you choose your blinds, there are a few steps that you'll need to take. You can have your blinds installed either inside the recess of your windows or outside of it. According to your preference, you'll know the exact fittings. It should be noted that roller blinds will take less space than roman blinds when they're rolled up, which can make your room look more spacious. If you're doing recess fitting, note that light might leak around the edges of the blind. You can avoid this by doing an outside fitting. However, exact-fitted blinds will make your windows look larger, while outside-fitted blinds might cause a safety hazard and get in the way of furniture. If you choose an outside fitting, make sure that you determine how far you want the blinds to extend both on the left and the right. 7cm on the sides and 10cm above the window recess is the optimum option.

Considerations Before Buying Blinds

There are a few things that you have to decide first before choosing the exact type of blinds you want. For example, you have to know how much you need light and privacy. You can make your blinds tilt to allow light in. On the other hand, shades will give you more control over how much light goes in while maintaining privacy as well. You should also consider how easy it can be to clean the fabrics you choose. Safety is also essential, so if you're worried that someone might trip over the cords, opt for cordless blinds. Finally, make sure that your options are budget-friendly.

After you've decided on the amount of budget you can pay for your blinds and did the proper fitting, you can now go through different types of blinds and decide which ones you need. If you don't know which blinds will go best with your decorative style, you can always ask a friend, a family member, or a professional interior design for help.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.

-Sadsies

Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.



I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!



- The Armchair Psychologist

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