Like most aspects of interior design, window treatments have diversified and expanded substantially over the last ten years. While it’s great to have so much choice, it can actually make shopping for things like window blinds a real challenge. Even if you opt for custom made window blinds, you’ve still got to decide on the shape and material.
It helps to know a little about the most common varieties. For instance, Roman, Venetian, and roller blinds are considered to be the principal types. There are others, but most homeowners stick with these familiar products. Ultimately, your choice will depend on budget, window size, family type, ease of care, and a plethora of other factors that are unique to your home.
Keep reading for tips on picking window blinds for a kitchen, lounge, study, or other space.
Roller blinds are the simplest choice because they have a very basic mechanism for opening and closing. The advantage of this is that they’re easy to install and there’s a lot of freedom when it comes to colour and design.
In most cases, the blind is made out of one piece of fabric. It is attached to a roller which rotates when you pull on the cord. This turns the fabric around the roller and the blind rises (or falls). Roller blinds are inexpensive and available in a huge variety of styles.
Unlike roller blinds, Venetian window coverings are made out of multiple parts. In fact, the blind is constructed out of long, flat slats. Sometimes these are made out of wood. Other products are made out of plastic or flexible metals.
Venetian blinds are great for balancing privacy with the need for natural light. This is because the slats don’t just open and close. By twisting the rod or chain, you gradually lift the individual slats and let the daylight in. They can be opened fully, halfway, or just a tiny bit.
Roman blinds look very similar to roller blinds, but they open in a slightly different way. They are made out of a single piece of fabric, however, just like the roller variety. Instead of rising in one solid piece when the cord is pulled, they are lifted in sections or pleats.
As the pleats rise, they actually fold neatly over one another, so that you get a kind of stacked effect. This is great for blocking out harsh rays, particularly when the sun is high in the sky. You can have the bottom half of the window exposed and the leave the top section closed.
Electric blinds are exactly what you’d expect. They rise and fall when you push a button on a remote control. You don’t have to touch the blinds, apart from when you’re cleaning them. They come in all three of the varieties described above; Venetian, Roman, and roller.
They are handy for windows that are awkward to reach. For instance, many people have a tricky window at the top of the stairs. It might be a challenge to fit the blinds, but an installer can do that for you. Afterwards, you don’t have to stretch to reach unless they develop a fault.
Why You Should Choose Your Vendor Carefully
There is no shortage of window blind manufacturers. It certainly isn’t hard to find a vendor or an installer in most Australian towns and cities. Nevertheless, it’s still important to pick carefully. Choose a company with plenty of good reviews and a lot of experience.
If you’re investing in made to measure blinds, the installer will need to visit your home and take measurements. This is a quick process and it ensures the product is a perfect fit for the target window. It’s a good time to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have.