Choosing Blinds: 11 Things to Consider

shutterstock_132014228The interior decoration of your home is a chance to display the uniqueness of your personality and creative flair. No longer limited to dull squares or rectangles, windows are taking on a new dimension in interior design, and emerging as another part of the home for you to customise and play with. They’re an important consideration for every home, from lighting practicality to design, style, and comfort. Windows add depth to your home, enlarge rooms, and seamlessly let the outside world in. Whether arched, bow, or bay windows, or skylights, windows can transform the entire look of a space.

Beyond windows

It’s not windows alone that can be customised, however. Blinds and awnings are all features of their own, able to highlight and add flair to each room. When choosing blinds and awnings for your windows, you need to ask what exactly you’re after and why. Spend time in each room to think about how it will be used in the future, and which lighting will be most ideal. Some things to consider when planning or designing windows for your home include:

  • What do you want to achieve, during both day and night, for each room?
  • How much light do you want to be let in?
  • How much privacy do you need?
  • How much access to the window itself do you need?
  • Do you want to be able to pass through and create an entire door rather than just a window?
  • Do you want to be able to sit at the window itself?
  • What shapes will work?
  • What is your style – more casual or luxurious?
  • Do you prefer fabric, timber, natural fibres, or aluminium?
  • Do you have a uniform preference or will windows vary for each room?
  • On a more practical note, think of:

    1. The size of your budget

    2. Whether you will be able to clean the windows/blinds chosen

    3. Any safety needs for children or animals in the home.

From pleats, to shades and hardwood shutters, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to window covering. Angled and arched windows can be easily accommodated with custom designed shutters. Whether you’ve decided on fabric or timber, the colours to choose from are seemingly endless, able to complement any room design or colour scheme.

Skylights

They may seem out of reach and far away, however they haven’t been ignored when it comes to window coverings. Honeycomb blinds are ideally suited to these windows as they can be mounted in the horizontal orientation and with the use of side rails can give a great blockout performance. Also, the heat that comes through a skylight can be trapped in there meaning cheaper cooling bills. You can also do a plantation shutter up there too if you want to carry on the theme if you have shutters elsewhere.

Go natural

Wood, bamboo, cotton and other natural fibres offer a relaxed texture and help add character to a room. Using these materials helps bring nature in, aiding with the transition from outdoors to indoors.

Technology helps you relax

Motorised blinds and shades will change the way you think about light and luxury when it comes to windows. You can control the amount of light entering a room from the palm of your hand, at the flick of a switch, or from an app on your smartphone. Technology has helped to integrate life and light, and motorised blinds can:

  • Open automatically when your alarm goes off in the morning, or after sunrise
  • Close when you exit the shower, offering privacy and discreetness
  • Close when the TV goes on to block out any glare
  • Offer different and automated settings for each room of the house, allowing for unique needs and preferences to be met.

When deciding on the final touches for your home, exploring blind and shutter options online is one thing, but it is worthwhile to also consult a specialist. There are so many choices out there that the expertise of a specialist will be invaluable throughout the decision making process. So get in touch with us today and see how we can help you light up your life!