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New Windows: They Saved My Bank Account

I have to admit that I am very frugal, but I have to be with my large family. When heating and air-conditioning bills were just becoming too much to bear, I finally caved in and bought new windows that I was told were more energy-efficient. They weren't as expensive as I thought they would be, which was great news. I had them installed just before winter began, and I received the lowest heating bill for the month of November that I had received in years! I was so happy that I had those windows installed, especially after being so hesitant to spend the cash on them. I created this blog to help other frugal people like me realize that sometimes spending money on home improvements really does pay off in the long run! I am now looking into new home insulation to save even more cash!


New Windows: They Saved My Bank Account

Should You Use White Or Off-White Window Blinds?

by Michelle Davidson

You might be surprised to discover that there is a bigger difference between white and off-white window blinds than you think. Even though there isn't a massive difference in color, the difference is big enough to alter the appearance of your room. For example: if you purchase off-white blinds, when you should purchase white blinds, the blinds could appear dingy, and the contrast will make your wall color appear muted. So, before you purchase window blinds for your home, learn whether or not you should purchase white or off-white blinds.

Off-White Window Trim

If your windows have off-white trim, you should purchase off-white blinds. However, you have to purchase off-white trim that matches the shade of off-white used on your window trim. This means, you need to match the undertones used in the off-white color on your trim, which will be either green, blue, or yellow. Keep in mind, it's difficult for many people to notice the difference between off-white undertones until non-matching shades are next to each other. If you hang off-white blinds with a yellow undertone on a window that has off-white trim with a blue undertone, the difference will be as noticeable as if you were to place a yellow-based green next to a blue-based green.

White Window Trim

If your window trim is a true white, meaning that there is no noticeable undertone at all, you need to use white blinds. Off-white blinds will look dirty when they are hung on a window with pure white trim. Keep in mind, pure white trim won't complement wall colors that are muted or grayed. Pure white should only be paired with true, clear colors, because it provides contrast and makes the colors appear bolder and brighter. So, if your wall colors are muted or grayed, you should consider painting your white window trim off-white and purchasing off-white blinds instead of white blinds.

Other Window Trim Colors

If you have wooden or colored window trim, you need to match your blinds to the color of your walls. This means that you should choose white blinds if your walls are white or bright, and choose off-white blinds if your walls are painted in a muted color. Remember, the undertones of your off-white blinds need to be from the same side of the color wheel as your wall color. For example: if you have antiqued yellow or sage green walls, you need to purchase off-white blinds with a yellow undertone, and if you have lilac walls, you need to purchase off-white blinds with a blue undertone.

The fact is, your window blinds need to complement your room. In order to do that, you need to know how to spot the difference between various shades of off-white and pure white. If you can't tell the difference between different shades of white while you're at the store, take a paint sample that shows your window trim or wall color so that you can hold it up to the blinds for comparison before you make your purchase.

For more information or assistance, contact a design company like F & R Interiors.