Choosing the right blinds for your home may not seem high on the list of decor priorities. But the choices you make and why will make the biggest difference of all.
When you choose the right blinds you are making a big difference to the feel and comfort of your home. Blinds and window treatments protect you from harsh UV rays, allow for privacy, and let you enjoy a view of the outdoors.
With the range available on the market, it may feel it’s overwhelming to find and then choose the right blinds for your home. To help narrow down your search, use the following tips and finally decide on the perfect blinds for your home!
Six Ways To Choose The Right Blinds
#1. Consider the width of the blind slats:
If going for Venetian blinds, consider the width of the blind slats, as different sizes provide different looks. ½ inch blinds are the most popular, providing a sleek look. On the other hand, 2 inch slats create an old-world charm, which look great in period homes.
A range of window treatments and blind styles are available in Australia, with the most common being roller blinds, Venetian blinds, Roman blinds and vertical blinds. The style that best suits you will depend on the size of the window and the overall look of your home.
For example, vertical blinds are great for large spaces with sliding doors, as they conveniently bunch up to the side, allowing access to the door.
Roller blinds, on the other hand, are great if you want complete privacy or sun protection, which is particularly good for the bedroom or bathroom.
Roman blinds add a hint of drama, which can be great if you want a more decorative element added to your room. If the room is already quite busy, however, sleek roller blinds are a simple and unobtrusive solution.
Finally, Venetian blinds provide a laidback, resort-style look, which is very complementary for homes with a stripped-back, all Australian look.
#3. Horizontal or vertical:
To choose the right blinds you also need to consider the configuration. If you choose Venetian blinds, consider whether you want the slats to be horizontal or vertical. Vertical blinds look great in modern homes and are handy with sliding doors, as they can be drawn to the side. Horizontal slats, on the other hand, work well for all homes, but especially suit older homes.
#4. Colour choice:
Generally, it’s best to go with a neutral colour for your blinds. This means that you can change your décor items like pillows and rugs according to your changing tastes, without needing to adjust your blinds as well. If, however, you’ve decided you want to go for a statement blind
If, however, you’ve decided you want to go for a statement blind colour, by all means go for it!
Maroon is a particularly elegant and striking colour choice, but otherwise stick to the classic shades of white, beige and grey. Sticking with a shade that is close to the window trim guarantees a cohesive and classy look.
In some cases, like in a lovely cottage or children’s bedroom, patterned blinds can make for a great touch. Think a yellow floral pattern or vintage red stripes, if it suits the style of your home.
When you choose the right blinds, the material is perhaps one of the most important decisions you have to make. Wood is a great choice, creating a homely and organic look.
Faux wood that has been treated or ‘engineered’ is preferable, as it is cheaper and won’t be damaged in areas with high humidity like bathrooms and kitchens.
Aluminium is perhaps the most popular material for blinds, being durable and perfectly integrated with most homes. They’re also low maintenance, with dust being easily brushed away.
Along with PVC blinds, aluminium blinds are great for wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
If you’re after a more homely look, consider canvas blinds. The fabric looks less harsh and industrial than aluminium blinds, providing a beautiful touch to your home.
Canvas blinds are commonly available in a roller form, allowing for ultimate privacy and protection from the sun. Canvas blinds aren’t only great during the summer: they are also able to retain heat during the winter, keeping you warmer indoors.
#6. Consider your Family Members:
Cords can be dangerous for young children and pets, presenting a potential strangulation hazard. If this is a concern for you, choose the right blinds that are remote or spring operated.
Roller blinds are an especially good option for families with young kids, as they are tamper free, meaning kids won’t get their fingers jammed or tangled in them. Always make sure your chosen blinds have a child safety device.
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