The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Window Blinds
Blinded by choice when it comes to blinds? So many styles, all so gorgeous, what to choose? Don’t worry, we are here to help you dress those windows in fabulous style…
With window size, moisture levels and even the direction your house is facing all to take into consideration, choosing the right blinds for your home can be a difficult task. When it comes to choosing the right window blinds for your home, first consider the practicalities – what do you need them for?
Why do you need blinds?
Are they needed to block out the light, which is particularly important in children’s bedrooms; or are they needed to make a street-facing room more private? Do you have a particularly sunny kitchen that needs light-adjusting Venetian blinds; or a north-facing living room that would benefit from sheer Roman blinds?
Once you’ve decided on the main aim of your window blinds, choose which type of blind would be right for your space. There are certain materials which respond better with the high moisture levels of rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms. However, most materials and styles of blinds can be altered to make them suitable for different rooms of the house. Our staff will be able to show you which types of blinds have been designed to work in certain rooms.
With their simple and compact design, roller blinds are a blank canvas on which you can unleash your creativity. Available in a vast array of colours, in plain or patterned designs, you can opt for a bold statement; or choose a subtle style to complement the rest of your interior scheme.
An additional benefit of roller blinds is that they are often available in blackout fabrics, which will completely exclude any light. They can be a saving grace for children’s bedrooms, or any bedroom for that matter – especially if you live in a city and find that light pollution can make it difficult to drift off.
You can also team roller blinds with curtains to give added warmth and introduce interest to window spaces.
Read more about Roller Blinds here.
Venetian blinds allow you to control both the amount of light and the level of privacy. This means they are great for south-facing rooms, where sunlight can be too bright, or street-facing rooms, where you often want privacy but with sunlight still coming through.
Whereas Venetian blinds were once typically available in a white PVC finish, they now come in a host of different materials, including aluminium, composite, real wood and even fabric, allowing you to match them to any interiors style.
In the kitchen, aluminium venetian blinds are a great choice as they are moisture resistant and can cope with steam and humidity; whereas wooden or fabric venetian blinds create a softer, more natural feel for the bedroom.
A great tip is to tilt the slats upwards during warm days to help keep the room cool!
Read more about Wood Venetian Blinds here.
Read more about Faux Wood Venetian Blinds here.
Read more about Metal Venetian Blinds here.
Due to the unique way in which the fabric folds, Roman blinds are often one of the preferred window dressings for those wanting a more relaxed finish.
Roman blinds give a soft, dappled light, providing privacy whilst still allowing you to enjoy some of the view from your window. This makes the blinds a great choice for rural or coastal homes and for lounges and studies, where the light provides a soft glow for reading even in the height of summer.
Read more about Roman Blinds here.
Electric, or motorised, blinds can be opened and closed at the touch of a button (usually with a remote control or wall-mounted panel), making them easy and convenient to use. They are especially useful for windows that are high up or difficult to access, or for rooms where lots of blinds need adjusting at once, such as conservatories or extensions.
You can add the technology to a wide range of blind styles and some are now available wire-free, which means there is no boxed-in cabling and no hanging cords, so they can be easily fitted and are extra safe if you have young children.
Some of the newest ranges also come with programmers, allowing you to set your blinds to open and close at a certain time, or when the temperature rises and falls, to help keep the heat in or out.
Let Direct Blinds help!
Whatever style, design or purpose you have in mind for your new home blinds, our friendly, non-commissioned staff are here to help. We are ready and willing to provide professional, unbiased advice on your new window covering project.
Our mission is to provide consumers with quality window coverings. Whatever the style or budget, you can buy with confidence at Direct Blinds. Our business is run by professionals with over 50 combined years in the window blind industry.
Direct Blinds is committed to your satisfaction throughout your whole blinds purchasing process. This includes from the time your initial contact, measuring and selection, through to the installation of your window blinds.
For more details call us today on 021 435 4959 or visit our website for more information.