Hunter Douglas EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds near Charlotte & Cornelius, North Carolina (NC) & North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC)

When selecting custom wood & metal blinds, you want to consider your interior design motif and the structure and depth of your windows. Understanding the difference between inside vs outside mount blinds is key to creating the perfect fit for your blinds.

Our team at A Shade Above understands the differences between inside vs outside mount blinds and, with locations in Charlotte and Cornelius, North Carolina & North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we specialize in helping you make the right choice for your space. Whether you’re leaning towards the sleek look of inside mount blinds or if you are considering the versatility of outside mount blinds, we’ve got the tips and tricks you need to make the perfect choice for your home.

What Are Inside Mount Blinds?

Inside-mounted blinds are installed inside the window’s frame, offering a minimal, built-in look and feel, perfect for windows with gorgeous custom molding. Inside mount blinds work best with windows that are deep enough to hold the structure of the blind. The blind fits snugly inside the window frame and sets flush with the wall, giving it a clean, precise look while also offering precise light control and privacy.

What Are Outside Mount Blinds?

On the other hand, blinds with an outside mount are installed outside the window recess, covering not only the window glass but also part of the wall or window trim. This option is perfect for windows with shallow depth that cannot accommodate an inside mount. Outside mount blinds are also well suited for windows that are off-center. They can also make windows appear larger and hide unattractive window frames or imperfections in the wall.

Tips and Tricks for Selecting the Right Mount

  • Consider the Window Depth: Foremost, if you’re interested in the flush look of an inside mount blind, your window frame must have sufficient depth to accommodate the blind’s mounting hardware. Check the product specifications for the minimum depth required. Opt for blinds with an outside mount if your window depth is insufficient. This approach provides greater flexibility in terms of sizing and installation.
  • Assess Your Design Goals: Choose inside mount blinds for a sleek, streamlined look that emphasizes the window itself. Outside mount blinds are ideal if you’re looking to make a bold statement or need to cover your wall or window frame.
  • Factor in Light Control and Privacy: While offering a neat and minimal look, inside mount blinds may allow less insulation and some slight light seepage at the edges. Consider pairing these blinds with custom drapery for fuller coverage. Blinds with an outside mount offer more insulating qualities, enhanced light blockage, and better privacy, as they overlap the window frame.
  • We’ll Measure Accurately: For inside mount blinds, our team will measure the width and height within the window frame carefully. For outside mount blinds, we include the desired overlap on each side in your measurements, typically 1.5 to 3 inches beyond the window frame.

Don’t Forget About Style

At A Shade Above, we offer Hunter Douglas wood and metal blinds that come in various colors and materials perfect for any interior. Consider the decor of your room and whether the blinds will be a focal point or a subtle background element.

  • Parkland® Wood Blinds are well-suited if you love the texture and elegance of natural wood. They are constructed from 100% poplar or basswood sourced from responsibly managed forests and come in various paint and stain finishes.
  • If you like the look and feel of natural wood but want an option that is and easier to maintain, then EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds are your answer. These blinds withstand humidity and moisture very well and can be a great solution for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Modern Precious Metals® Mini Blinds are a perfect fit for modern décor. They have a streamlined, minimal look from which you can select various finishes such as stonelike textures, metallics, pearlescent shades, and matte looks.

Contact Us For Inside or Outside Mount Blinds

Choosing between inside vs outside mount blinds doesn’t have to be complicated. Consider the specifics of your windows, your style preferences, and your performance needs and consult with a member of our team and we can help you make the best decision for your home. Whether you opt for the clean look of inside mount blinds or the versatile appeal of outside mount blinds, A Shade Above is here to guide you through the selection process. Visit us at one of our showroom locations in Charlotte or Cornelius, North Carolina or North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to discover the perfect window treatments for your home.

For over 30 years, A Shade Above has been your premier source for high-quality window treatments. We are a family-owned-and-operated business dedicated to assisting you with any project, large or small.

When you are ready to learn more about your options for outside mount blinds, schedule an online consultation, and one of our friendly staff will reach out. We proudly serve the Carolinas with custom window treatments and our made-in-the-USA custom plantation shutters.

A Shade Above – Charlotte Headquarters
& Temporary Showroom

1253 Matthews Mint Hill Road

Matthews, NC 28105

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