How to Pick the Right Blinds for your Home

If you’ve decided that blinds are the way to go for your home’s window coverings, congratulations! But picking a type of window covering is only the first step to allowing more light in your life and your home.

Now it’s time to pick the right type of blind!

Believe it or not, the world of blinds is full of different options that are suited to different environments. And if you don’t know where to start, picking the right blinds for your home can be challenging.

Lucky for you, that’s where we come in. We’ll be discussing the different types of blinds available and providing some guidance on how to pick the right blinds for your home.  

Outdoor Café Blinds

As the name implies, outdoor café blinds are the type of blind most café owners pick. This is because outdoor café blinds are made with clear PVC materials which allow you to enjoy unrestricted views of the outside world, while still being shielded from the elements. Because of this, outdoor café blinds are becoming increasingly popular in residential environments.

Outdoor café blinds are operated by means of a rope pulley system & require regular cleaning with a dry or wet cloth.

Outdoor café blinds are perfect for people with small children who like to keep an eye on them while they’re playing in the garden and those who want an unrestricted view of their gardens. An outdoor café blind is also a brilliant option for people who have outdoor living areas or spend plenty of time on their patio.  

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are considered outdated by some, but if you value traditional design or have a retro theme in your home, you’ll love these. A roller blind is basically one big strip of fabric that is wrapped around a tube located at the top of a window.

Roller blinds are operated by a plastic chain that is wound to lift and lower the blind. Cleaning a roller blind is easy and can be done with a wipe of a dry cloth.

The beauty of roller blinds is that they’re suitable for usage in all rooms of the house. They’re also extremely versatile as they come in a variety of colours, designs and patterns.

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are less common in warmer areas as they don’t offer any temperature control. Nonetheless, they’re extremely popular thanks to their aesthetically appealing design. A roman blind is made with soft fabrics which fold up into a decorative pelmet.

Roman blinds stack up evenly and are operated by a simple chain system. When it comes to cleaning, Roman blinds need to be vacuum cleaned or dry-cleaned.

Roman blinds are suitable for rooms such as dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. A Roman blind will block a portion of your window when fully raised but they create a stunning visual element that adds character to the room.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are probably the first thing that comes to mind when asked to picture a modern-day blind. Venetian blinds are the most popular type of blind thanks to their simple design, privacy elements and aesthetic appeal.

Venetian blinds consist of horizontal slats that can be manually adjusted by means of a rod. Cleaning Venetian blinds is a bit of a hassle but can be done with a feather duster and a dry cloth. 

Part of what makes Venetian blinds so popular is that they can be used in any room in your home from your bathroom to your study. Venetian blinds are perfect for people who want to have control over the amount of natural light into their homes while also maintaining a high level of privacy.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are slowly but surely becoming more popular in a residential setting. A vertical blind consists of lengths of fabric hung in a—you guessed it—vertical manner that can be titled to control light and privacy requirements.

A plastic wand is used to tilt vertical blinds and pull them back. Vertical blinds are less likely to collect dust due to their vertical positioning and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth or vacuum.  

Don’t make the mistake of assuming vertical blinds only have a place in an office. Vertical blinds can be installed in any room of the house and lends itself particularly well to covering sliding doors. This type of blind is perfect for those who want to spend little time cleaning.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, different blinds serve different purposes. In order to successfully pick the right type for your home you’ll need to evaluate your needs.

While the room the blind will be placed in is the most practical concern, ask yourself the following questions to narrow down your list of options:

  • Do I need blinds that provide a high level of privacy?
  • Do I want blinds that are quick and easy to clean?
  • Do I need blinds that allow me unrestricted views of my garden?
  • Do I want blinds that are easy enough for my child to operate?
  • Do I need blinds that act as temperature controllers?

Which type of blind will you be installing in your home? Do you have any of these blinds currently and would like to share your experience with us? Either way, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the different types of blinds—the comments section below is at your disposal. 

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