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A window blind can be made out of a variety of materials and serves to control the amount of natural light entering from a window. Blinds are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The best choice for your situation will be driven by a combination of functionality and style.

There are two basic types of blinds: horizontal and vertical. Horizontal blinds typically use a ladder system that allows the slats to be tilted as well as raised to the top of the window.

Vertical blinds use a series of vanes that hang from a head rail that allows the vanes to rotate and traverse to one or both sides. Vertical blinds are most often used on windows that open and close left to right, like sliding glass doors. When most people think of vertical blinds, they think of blinds with slats that are made from a stiff plastic. To get a softer look and less noise, vertical blinds are available with fabric vanes. Vertical blinds are not the only option for sliding glass doors, there are many other choices that will complement the rest of your home’s décor.

Variations on Horizontal and Vertical Blinds

The functionality of a blind is hard to beat. The blind can be entirely open to provide access to the window. The blind can be entirely closed to block most of the light coming from the window. In addition to the opened or closed positions, the slats can be tilted to allow as much or as little view-through as you desire. Hunter Douglas has developed three products that combine the functionality of a blind with the elegance and softness of draperies. These products are Silhouette, Pirouette, andLuminette. All three products have the functionality of blinds with a softer more elegant look.