When choosing blinds for your home, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, you need to be sure about what you need the blinds for. Apart from giving you privacy from your neighbours, blinds can serve many other purposes. Secondly, what aesthetic do you want to achieve? Do you want it to be modern, traditional or even bohemian? Vertical blinds can provide homes with an extremely different aesthetic to window shutters, for example.
If you find yourself struggling to answer these questions straight off the bat, here are a few tips on how to find the perfect blinds for you and your home.
Horizontal or vertical: What’s best?
Look at the windows in your house—what shape are they? This will make for a great starting point for the type of blinds you need to buy. Regardless of your reason for getting blinds, it’s a must that they match the shape of your window. Are they wide, long or even circular? The more unique the shape, the smaller the sample of blinds you will have to choose from.
Controlling sunlight levels
Sunshine is great; it helps create a warm, inviting environment to any home. But, just like anything, too much of a good thing can be bad. How about the times when you don’t want the sun? Picture the times you’re trying to watch TV but are being blinded by the glare, or perhaps you’re looking around and noticing that the not-so-old furniture been sun-bleached and drained of colour. For those moments, wouldn’t it be great if we could control when we wanted that light?
Luckily, roller blinds with a UV filter may be the perfect option for you. They allow a comfortable amount of light into your home, removing harsh glares making great additions to kitchens and dining rooms. Perhaps you would prefer blackout treatments with shades that stop the majority of light coming into your room so you won’t be bothered if you want to watch a movie in peace or sleep in a little longer.
On the other hand, are you someone who is a little temperamental and is always changing their mind on how much sunlight they want? Not a problem. Blinds that have operable slates could be the perfect solution. Alternatively, if you believe slated blinds require too much maintenance, you can go for the simpler cellular shades.
Depending on how much sunlight you do or don’t want, there are countless options to choose from!
25 per cent of your home’s heating and cooling costs can be blamed on the energy lost and gained through your windows. Although double glazing is a great solution, it can be relatively pricey. Getting the right blinds can be a great way to control the burning heat of summer and the cold of winter at a much more reasonable price.
In particular, cellular shades are the best type of blinds to control heat, with honeycomb pockets that are designed to trap air to control extreme temperature changes in the room.
Another great insulator is shutter blinds. They are thicker than most blinds and so stop the transmission of heat from inside the room to the window. These blinds are perfect for any room and will make for a much more comforting home regardless of the outside temperature, so you don’t have to be at the mercy of the weather.
Making a visual impact
The right set of blinds can make or break a home. Whether you want your blinds to make a statement or subtly blend into the background, there are thousands of designs to choose from, including custom printed blinds. The style of your home or the colour you are looking for will have a huge impact on the blinds you choose to buy.
As individuals, we differ greatly in character and personality, which is why everyone’s choices in blinds will too. At the end of the day, it’s what we think looks good. Ask yourself, can you see those blinds hanging in the room?
Costs do count
Budgets will differ between individuals. The amount of money you’re willing to spend will limit the pool from which you can choose blinds. Not to worry—you won’t have to break the bank to get the blinds you want. There are several stylish choices to choose from at a very reasonable price. Sometimes it will take a little more time and effort to find the perfect one, but with a clear idea in mind and dedication, you will find just the right blinds for your home.
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No matter what style, shape or colour of blinds you’ve chosen for your home, you can get any of our range custom made to the perfect size when you order online. We have every type of blind you could imagine in a huge range of colours, so shop online today.