There are so many different types of blinds available today that it can be difficult to know which ones to buy for your home. If you are having trouble making up your mind, take a look at our short guide to get a better idea of the factors that you need to consider when making your choice. Whilst there are no hard and fast rules that must be followed, certain types of window treatment are more suitable than others for certain rooms, properties, and their owners.
Which Blinds Are Right for Me?
In order to answer this question, go through each room in your home and answer the questions that you will find below. As you consider these questions, you should find the answers that you are looking for with regard to the different types of shades that are right for you and your home.
1. How Big Are the Windows? – In rooms such as living rooms that tend to have large, panoramic, floor-to-ceiling windows, vertical shades, .i.e. those with vertical rather than horizontal slats, are often the most practical solution. This is because they open to the side rather than having to be pulled all the way to the top of the window. However, you should bear in mind that vertical blinds are more suited to contemporary homes with a very modern décor. If you are living in a beautiful period property with traditional décor and furnishings, there are different types of window coverings that will almost certainly be a better option.
2. How Much Light Do You Want to Let Through? – If you are choosing shades for your bedroom, you will probably want to go for something that blocks out as much light as possible. Roller blinds, made from a thick, darkly coloured fabric, are an excellent choice as they are capable of blocking almost all exterior light when fitted properly. Although Venetian shades can be closed fairly tightly to block out light from the outside, rollers are generally more effective and help to create a cosier atmosphere in sleeping areas.
3. Is Cleanliness a Prime Consideration? – If you are choosing shades for your kitchen, where regular cooking activities may necessitate a more rigorous cleaning regime than in other rooms of the house, shades that are made of vinyl or PVC are a good choice. Shades with fairly wide horizontal or vertical slats are among the easier types to clean.
4. Is Insulation Important? – If you are looking for shades that provide the best insulation when the outside temperature falls, cellular blinds are your best option. Invented in the 70s during the global energy crisis, their honeycomb structure provides superb insulation and they could make a significant difference to your winter fuel bills if you fit them in all rooms of your home.
You should also consider your personal preferences of course. If you simply cannot stand the type of window coverings that we have suggested for bedrooms, for example, please feel free to call us for alternative suggestions.