CHOOSING THE RIGHT BLINDS FOR YOUR HOME
Roller Blinds offer privacy and effective light block. With a wide variety of colours and patterns they can be manufactured to suit almost any room in the home or office. Fabrics come in various formats from sheers, which allow plenty of light into the room to blackout, which are ideal for bedrooms. A variety of fascia and bottom bar finishes are available to give a truly bespoke finish. Vision blinds are a new variation of roller blind, which have two layers of fabric to give a zebra like effect and greater light control. Motorised roller blinds are also increasingly popular and these can be controlled via handset, wall switch or smart phone.
are offer excellent light control and are available in a wide range of colours and designs.
Vertical Blinds are versatile and suitable for all rooms in the home; tracks can even be curved to suit bay windows! This style of blind can be controlled via cord/ chain, wand or motorised. The louvers can be tilted to gently control the amount of light that enters the room. This feature also allows the level of privacy to be altered. Vertical Blinds fabrics come in a multitude of textures and designs to compliment most interior design schemes.
Wood Venetian Blinds offer privacy whilst allowing plenty of light into the room through angling of the slats. Suitable for living room, kitchen and bedroom when blackout is not required; this style of blind has seen an increase in popularity over recent years. Wood Venetian Blinds are not suitable for conservatories or south facing windows as the wood can warp under extreme heat, neither are they suitable for French, Bifold or Sliding Doors due to the stack of the slats when the blind is retracted. Manufactured from a variety of different materials including Basswood, Oakwood and composite PVC, Wood Venetian blinds can be used to give a plantation shutter effect at a lower cost.
Aluminium Venetian blinds offer similar functionality to Wood Venetian blinds and are less prone to warping. This style of blind is most commonly found in kitchens, although is now more commonly found in other parts of the home. Part of the reason for this is that Aluminium Venetian blinds are compatible with non drill systems such as INTU and Perfect Fit, which fix to the window glazing rather than the window recess. Aluminium Venetian blinds offer a functional window covering solution.
Pleated Blinds are typically found in conservatories because they look great and fold neatly away. The fabrics often have solar protective features and so can help keep conservatories cool and protect furniture from harmful UV rays. This style of blind is also compatible with non drill systems and so is now more commonly being found in other parts of the home including living rooms and bedrooms. New honeycomb pleated fabrics are energy saving, noise reducing and offer a high degree of blackout. With no visible cords they are also extremely pleasing on the eye.
Roman blinds are made from woven fabrics and are particularly popular for use in living rooms. Great for windows that could be overwhelmed with curtains and great for insulation, Roman blinds offer a soft and contemporary window furnishing option.
Tips on picking the correct blind for your room:
Do you require a dark room? Roller, Pleated or Roman would work best in a blackout fabric
Is your room slightly damp or humid? Faux Wood Venetian or a Roller blind in a wipe clean or PVC fabric would be the best option
Is your room overlooked and you require privacy? Venetian or Vertical blinds would work best as the slats or louvers can be tilted to give privacy whilst allowing light into the room
What colour/ design should I pick for my room? Large prints work better in larger rooms and can be used almost as a feature wall. Smaller geometric designs tend to look better in smaller rooms. Think about the existing decor and furniture in the room and always view a physical sample when deciding upon your blinds design and colour.
Where possible install window blinds that do not have cords. Certificated safety devices must be installed with the blind when this is not possible. Do not place a child’s bed, cot, playpen or highchair near a window to prevent accidents. Window blinds should be installed by a professional in line with child safety standard BS EN 13120.