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How to Choose the Right Kind of Blinds

How to Choose the Right Kind of Blinds

Regardless of whether you’re moving to a new home, or upgrading your décor in a current one, the selection of appropriate blinds can be confusing and cumbersome if you don’t have the right information to hand. The following information should provide you with some guidance on how to seek out blinds that are to your liking, while offering practicality around the home.

Understanding the Terminology

Much of the confusion associated with the purchasing of  blinds is the terminology itself. While some of us may recognise one or two terms, remembering all the terminology verbatim can be a task in itself. However, having a brief overview of each of the terms should assist you in purchasing the right kind of blinds.

Venetian Blinds

These types of blinds are often seen in offices and corporate buildings, but can be also used for more personal surroundings depending on the décor and the materials used to create the blinds. Venetian blinds contain slats, which are made from a series of different materials depending on the particular style of blind, including wood and aluminium.

Venetian blinds are also used in the kitchen, and can be ideal for letting in the natural sunlight. Those opting for wooden blinds should look at blinds made from basswood. If you’re considering an option that’s a little easier on the environment, then eco-wood venetian blinds can also be a worthwhile consideration.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds offer shades that are rolled up and down via a pulley and cylinder. They are made from polyester and often come in two forms, blackout and sunscreen. As the name would suggest, blackout blinds are used to keep out the sunshine and bright lights. As such, it’s not uncommon for them to be used in bedrooms, especially those with children.

Sunscreen roller blinds do keep the bright light out, but offer enough natural light to ensure a room maintains its ambiance.

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds gather up into pleats, and are often used to compliment the furnishings around the room. They are able to offer the same flexibility as curtains do, in fact a range of different designs can be used.

Like roller blinds, you are also able to purchase roman blinds in blackout and sunscreen, depending on your requirements.

Choosing Your Blinds

As you can see, there is no right or wrong option when it comes to choosing blinds, as a lot can depend on the style of your home, and which rooms let in the most natural sunlight. You will also have to consider as to which rooms need the light blocking out, for example, you may find that the summer months let a lot of light in, so for those trying to sleep, blackout blinds may be a viable option.

Similarly, you may also like to ensure that the blinds you use are able to match the décor, and with the options available, there is no reason as to why you shouldn’t be able to acquire blinds that offer the perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality.

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