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Throughout the day, we make a lot of decisions. One of these choices, which may not be life-changing but is frequently debated, is whether to raise or lower the window blinds. Let’s clear things up once and for all!


There’s no right or wrong way to adjust your blinds; however, depending on your needs, one method may be more appropriate than the other. The decision comes down to your illumination and privacy needs, as well as personal preference. We have created a guide that solves the question of whether you should turn your blinds up or down, depending on your needs at any particular time!


The Great Debate: Should I Raise or Lower My Blinds? 


We recognize that your privacy, lighting, and air flow needs might change throughout the day. The nicest thing about blinds is that you may change their orientation at any time to suit your needs. Sun Shades blinds come in a variety of types, including Wood, Faux Wood, and Aluminum, to mention a few. They can all be turned up or down with a smooth and effortless movement. But which path would be better for your needs? Is it better to control the light from above or below? Which way disperses light? Or, instead, which affords more privacy? These and other questions are addressed in the next section, but first, let’s look at the differences between turning your blinds up or down


Modern living room with Hunter Douglas SKYLINE window panels/blinds

Hunter Douglas SKYLINE® Gliding Window Panels


Upwards (Rounded Side Facing Out) 


The rounded side of the blinds faces outward when they are raised. Because the convex side of the blinds faces the window, it obstructs light and views from the outside. This provides more privacy and light control. However, having the rounded side of the slats facing out may not be as appealing as having the rounded side facing in.


Down (Rounded Side Facing In)


When the shades are drawn back, the rounded side of the blinds faces the room, giving it a softer aspect and improving the area visually. This is the most popular posture because it creates a stunning aesthetic impression. In terms of practicality, it also allows more sunshine to seep in because the spaces between the slats are greater when they are down. They can’t provide as much seclusion or room darkening as blinds turned up for the same reason. When the blinds are drawn down, more heat and light is directed towards the centre of the room rather than the ceiling.


Here are some common scenarios and requirements, as well as the ideal approach to set your blinds in each case to fit your demands. 

Room with Hunter Douglas Luminette blinds

Hunter Douglas LUMINETTE® Privacy Sheers



Privacy and improved room darkening 


When the blinds are turned up, the rounded side facing out, there are less gaps between the slats, allowing for better light control. Do you want to get a good night’s sleep in the middle of the day? Raise your blinds. This direction also provides better privacy, as the smaller gaps between the slats prevent nosy visitors from seeing inside the house.


Natural Diffused Light 


It’s preferable to close your blinds and turn them down to let in a tiny quantity of natural light. This allows some light to pass through, providing a slightly diffused lighting effect. When the blinds are drawn down, more light is directed toward the centre of the room rather than the ceiling, creating a softly lit atmosphere. 


UV Shielding 


Turn up your blind slats during the day to protect yourself, your furnishings, and your floors from dangerous UV rays. UV rays can cause fading and warping in furnishings, especially if they are exposed for an extended period of time. Furthermore, glare may be very irritating to your eyes, therefore it’s best to keep your blinds closed in the up position to provide the most protection from glare and UV damage.


To Cool the Room


When the blinds are closed with the slats turned up and the rounded side facing out, heat is directed towards the ceiling, which helps keep the room cooler. During the summer, this is the best spot for blinds. It aids in keeping the room, particularly the area near the floor, naturally cooler, saving energy by minimizing the need for air conditioning. This helps to cut down on energy bills.


To Keep Heat In


Close the blinds with the slats turned down if you wish to retain a warmer temperature without allowing in bright sunshine. The rounded side of the blinds would face the room, directing heat towards the centre of the room and maintaining a warmer temperature. In this configuration, the blinds would aid in energy conservation and cost reduction during the winter.


Blinds are one of our favorite window treatments, whether they’re up or down. Hopefully, our guidance has helped you figure out when your blinds should be turned up and when they should be closed in the down position. The simplest way to achieve improved energy efficiency and minimize your power bills, as well as assist you keep the correct room temperature, is to adjust your blinds to the proper position. 


Hopefully, our guidance has helped you in determining which conditions need turning up your blinds and which necessitate closing them in the down position. Turning your blinds to the proper position is the most basic technique to not only improve energy efficiency and cut your power costs, but also to help you maintain the correct room temperature!

Thinking of replacing your blinds? Our team of specialists can help you choose the ideal window treatments for your home. Give us a call at 1-855-945-1501.


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