How to Choose the Right Window Blinds Color
You need window blinds that provide all the functionality required for your unique space without taking away from the aesthetic quality and design motif of the room. We’re here to help you decide on the perfect blind colors for your home, no matter if your style is totally earthy and rustic, refined and luxurious or somewhere in between.
The first thing to keep in mind when choosing blinds is that they’re almost always limited to solid colors or finishes. But don’t let that deter you. With the many unique hues, stains and textures out there, you can still bring plenty of style and interest to your home décor with solid-colored or finished blinds.
If you’re open to finding a happy medium between fabric window coverings and blinds, and want something with a fun print, then consider a set of patterned Roman shades. But remember: A set of blinds in a single color doesn’t have to be boring or low-impact. We’ll show you how!
WHY CHOOSE WINDOW BLINDS?
Before we dive into our blinds color guide, let’s take a look at the many reasons why window blinds are a great choice compared to other kinds of window treatments. The primary benefit of blinds versus, say, fabric curtains is that they provide a higher level of light and privacy control. But there are many reasons why you might prefer blinds in the grand scheme of things. Here are a few:
- Light Control — As compared to curtains, window blinds allow you to better control how much light you let through. Blinds can open and close fully or tilt to let just the right amount of light into the room. The color and material of the blinds will help to control light further.
- Privacy Control — Unlike curtains and shades, blinds may be configured in such a way that you can see out but no one can see in. They’re ideal for easily blocking out all views into your space, and when drawn, can keep your home completely private.
- Easy Maintenance — Blinds are a good pick for low-maintenance homes, rental properties and even RVs because they’re amazingly easy to care for. Usually, all it takes is a wipe or two with a damp cloth and your blinds will look as good as new. Of course, deep-cleaning draperies and fabric window coverings is much more intensive and time-consuming, and may require a professional service.
- Cost — In general, window blinds ring up for significantly less than fabric window treatments, so you’ll get more for your money. What’s more, they’re often made of durable materials (more on that below), so they’ll stay in great shape until you decide to replace them.
THE BASICS OF WINDOW TREATMENT COLORS: INSIDE AND OUT
When we talk about blind colors, we often talk about the color that will face the interior of your home. But when you’re dealing with street-facing windows, your blinds will have an effect on the exterior aesthetic of your home, too.
For many homeowners, multiple sets of white or off-white blinds will help create a uniform look on the home’s façade. Of course, because traditional blinds are effectively reversible — regardless of if they’re tilted, opened or closed, the same color shows inside and outside — you need to choose a color that works well on both sides.
With this in mind, remember that considering the inside of your home isn’t always enough when you’re shopping for the perfect blind color. Take into consideration the exterior of your home, too, especially if you intend to install your blinds in front rooms and living spaces. Window shades may be a better choice for a scenario where you need a different color inside than outside, as they’re often easier to customize in terms of interior and exterior color.
WHAT THEY’RE MADE OF: BLIND MATERIALS AND COLOR
Another thing to consider when shopping for window blinds by color is that the material may dictate which colors are available. For example, wooden blinds are typically stained, so they have a more natural look. You can choose wood blinds stained in a cherry, oak, maple or mahogany finish to match your hardwood or woodwork. We also carry white wooden blinds that are available painted in several shades of white and cream for a clean, fresh look.
Similarly, faux wood blinds can be stained in a range of different traditional wood hues and feature unique textures that make them look a lot like the real thing. Why would anyone choose faux wood over real wood, you ask? For one, they cost less, so they’re perfect for those who prefer the wood look but are on a budget. What’s more, faux wood blinds tend to perform better in damp areas because they’re more moisture- and swell-resistant than real wood.
Another incredibly popular choice is aluminum blinds, which are generally made of thick aluminum — look for 6- or 8-gauge aluminum — for a long-lasting appeal. If you’re looking for the blind material with the most varied color choices, aluminum blinds are the best choice. You can order these blinds in colors ranging from easy, light-colored neutrals to bold hues and even solid black. If you’re looking for that very specific accent or statement color, aluminum is probably your best bet.
While wood and aluminum are steadfast staples, don’t shy away from blinds made with synthetic materials, such as PVC. While the idea of plastic blinds may initially sound odd, this material actually has many benefits, primarily the fact that it’s extremely easy to maintain. We recommend PVC blinds to people who want unique colors and textures, as they can be ordered in sandy, pebbled and lined textures.
WHAT ABOUT LIGHT CONTROL?
If your primary goal is to darken a room for better sleep, to protect your furniture from fading or to better insulate your home, don’t rule out blinds. Room darkening blinds come in several unique colors and configurations to match your unique décor. You’ll find styles in our selection made of faux wood, PVC and other materials, all of which are excellent at blocking out the majority of natural light when closed. In other words, you don’t need black blinds or black-out curtains to control light. The right combination of materials and features will do the trick.
COLORS BY STYLE: WHAT SUITS YOUR SPACE?
Now that you know a little bit about which type of blinds will suit your needs, let’s focus on the question at hand: how to choose the right blinds color. Of course, different colors and stains lend themselves to different applications and décor schemes. Here are some great ideas for how to choose blinds based on your décor vision.
- Earthy and Natural — Without a doubt, the best choice for earthy interiors is wood or faux wood blinds. We’re pretty big fans of bamboo blinds in Zen-inspired spaces. Not only are they totally down-to-earth, they’re also eco-friendly — bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants and is therefore extremely sustainable — so they’re ideal for any Earth-focused interior. Shop natural bamboo blinds in beiges and tans for your neutral, natural space.
- Utterly Ultra-Modern — Blinds naturally lend themselves to modern spaces, but you can easily catapult them further into the contemporary category with your color choice. If your space leans fresh, clean and simplistic, you can’t go wrong with pure, white blinds. For something with a little bit of masculine, modern or transitional flair, try integrating a set of gray blinds into your space.
- Artsy and Eclectic — If you’ve got houseplants, Oriental rugs and original artwork peppered throughout your space, blinds might not seem like the most obvious choice. But here’s the thing: They, too, can be eclectic in the right scenario. We always love to see our dark-colored blinds complementing eclectic spaces. On the other hand, if you want to lighten up a moody, masculine room, then some neutral-colored blinds will do the trick.
- Retro and Mid-Century — Love things a little bit funky and retro or sophisticated and Scandinavian? You can’t go wrong with a set of bold-colored honeycomb blinds. These window coverings honor one of the biggest design trends of the 1950s and ‘60s with their honeycomb style and come in tons of unique colors to match your space. You might also want to consider working in some red, orange or green mini blinds for a big pop of color.
- Totally Traditional — There are few better ways to complement your well-appointed traditional or formal living space than with real wood blinds finished in a dark mahogany stain. The luxurious yet classic look of dark-stained wood will suit any space that’s inherently traditional.
TO ACCENT, COMPLEMENT OR HIGHLIGHT
Choosing your blinds based on your design style isn’t always enough. You also have to face the sometimes daunting task of actually integrating them into your design. That means you have to decide whether you want to pick something that’s bold, statement-making and accent-worthy or something guided by the organic colors of the room. First, do a scan of your room to get a feel of which colors might work well to accent or highlight the space. Next, order free samples of the colors you like to test them out in the real world.
You can also use some basic design principles to guide you towards the right color. For example, you might look at a color wheel to see a visual representation of which colors look good together. Don’t forget to use technology to your advantage — a color scheme generator can really go a long way if you’re stumped. These tricks will help you pick out accent or complementary colors that will beautifully integrate into your existing design. We love the idea of looking at your flooring, furniture and artwork to find less-obvious color themes woven throughout the room.
If your main goal is to find something that just looks seamless and doesn’t necessarily draw attention, then there’s no better choice than neutral blind colors. Taupe, beige, off-white, ivory and tan are without a doubt the easiest colors to integrate into any design, whether it’s already colorful and funky or laid-back and earthy.
The perfect color can transform your space into one that’s both stylishly designed and doesn’t compromise on functionality and longevity at the same time. With all these great tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to a well-designed living space, bedroom, office or sunroom with zero compromises. Remember, when you partner with Factory Direct Blinds for your custom blinds, you can count on excellent prices, free samples and quality customer service.