In the past, blinds were just blinds and the only choice might have been colour. These days, there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to decorating our windows. Blinds normally involve some kind of slats which are adjusted by way of a manual cord but some can even come with remote controls nowadays! They are much more versatile than curtains, allowing adjustments for filtering light and privacy levels. They can also be neatly pulled up or to the side, allowing unobstructed views outside. So, how do you go about choosing the right blinds for you?
- Roman blinds are a popular choice to suit any room but bear in mind that a pull cord that gets constant use may fray or wear out over time and need replacing. Roller blinds are often practical options for bathrooms and kitchens. For these rooms, think about waterproof blinds which can also be wiped clean easily. For Waterproof Blinds, visit http://www.ucblinds.co.uk/PVC-Waterproof-Roller-Blinds
- Whilst not as pretty as some blinds, venetian or shutters offer great practicality and control over the amount of light entering a room. To soften up the look of bedroom windows, pair up blinds and curtains, giving you more options to change the window dressing at different times of the day or night.
- Blackout blinds are particularly useful in childrens bedrooms to help prevent early morning disturbance from the sun waking them up, especially during the summer months. They also ideal for city living, where light pollution might be a concern.
- For young children, any blinds that you choose should not have a chord they can reach for safety reasons. If fitting a blind into a childs bedroom, make sure that its cordless or works via a spring mechanism and be aware that there is legislation regarding the fitting of blinds around children.
- Roller blinds are a good idea if you want a fairly blank canvas on which you can be creative. They come in all the colours under the sun and you can choose from plain or brightly patterned. For
- Venetian blinds are perfect for south-facing rooms in the home, where the levels of sunshine can be a little overpowering. They are available in a wide range of materials including wood, composite, aluminium and sometimes fabric. You should easily find a blind that fits your interior styling
- Not all blinds have to be manual and electric blinds are an ideal solution to windows that are difficult to reach or where many blinds need moving at the same time, such as in a conservatory. You can even find wire-free electric blinds which are great for tidy-looking, neat dcor and where young children might be present.
- Automated blinds are available that can be programmed on a timer to open and close at certain times of the day or when the temperature reaches a certain level.
- Honeycomb blinds look sophisticated and behave in a very clever way. The two-layered hexagonal design imprisons the air inside each cell, slowing down the heat transfer between the window and the air in the room. They keep warm air in during the winter and help to keep the air cool in the summer, meaning you can save money on heating and air conditioning bills by up to 25%.