Top tips for choosing the right blinds for your home

Top tips for choosing the right blinds for your home

Blinds are a great way to add style to your window while providing a versatile way to shade a room or add privacy. You can keep things neutral with wooden blinds or add a splash of colour or pattern with fabric blinds. 

They’re are a huge variety of blinds to consider and it’s important to ensure that you buy the correct type to fulfil your needs. So we’ve had a look at the main points to consider when purchasing new blinds for your home. 

Type of window

It’s important to ensure you choose the correct type of blind for the type of window in your room. Larger windows such as french doors or bi folding doors may require a vertical or specific pleated blind to avoid getting caught in the opening mechanism of the door. 

Bay windows will also require some consideration. Individual blinds for each window or shutter blinds are a good option for bay windows. 

Standard casement windows are perhaps the easiest of windows to dress. You can add any blind type to standard windows and most companies provide a made to measure option to ensure you get the best fit. 

What room are you buying for

The type of room you are buying for is a very important factor in the type of blind for your needs. If you are looking for a bedroom blind, a roller blind with blackout lining will reduce any light filtering into the room on those light mornings. Blackout roller blinds are also great for baby rooms to keep the light out at bedtime. Roller blinds are also available in a variety of colours and materials to allow you to personalise your room.

If you are looking for a living or reception room blind, there are many options to choose from. Roller or roman blinds are a great option to inject some colour and personality into your room as they come in a huge variety of fabric types, colours and patterns. If you are looking to add extra privacy to your room, vertical, venetian or shutter blinds are a great option as they can be opened slightly while still allowing light in. 

If your room gets the sun, you may want to consider thermal blinds. Thermal blinds are designed using a honeycomb design which traps the heat keeping your room cooler in the summer. Thermal blinds are also great in the winter months for keeping heat in and reducing your energy bills. Thermal blinds are also available in a variety of colours and blockout options to suit your needs.  

Is the room humid

If you are choosing a blind for a bathroom or kitchen, you are best to avoid materials such as silk, linen or wood which may be damaged in humid conditions. Man made materials like PVC or polyester are more suited to a humid room and they will not discolour or fade. Aluminium or faux wood is another option if you prefer horizontal or vertical blinds.


Maintenance is also another point to consider when buying blinds. Roller and roman blinds are possible the easiest to maintain and can be easily wiped down if needed. Blinds with many components, especially horizontal slats, can be trickier to maintain. The horizontal slats will gather dust and need wiped down regularly.

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