How to Choose the Right Blinds for Your Home

Home décor shopping can be one of the most tedious and time consuming jobs when redesigning or building a house especially if you don’t know much about what you are looking for. Blinds are especially difficult because there are multiple designs and certain blinds are only meant to go with certain house styles. Here is a brief outlook on first how to determine what your house style is and then a brief outline of the five main blinds and what style they should accompany.

Here is a list of four main blinds that are common in Australia today, and which style of home they are likely to suit.

Roller Blinds

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Roller blinds are traditionally made from a single piece of plain fabric that rolls up and down from the top with the aid of a cord. They are not close fitting to the window and are mainly designed for privacy and light control. Roller blinds are relatively cheap due to how easy they are to install and create.

Roller blinds are found in modern, contemporary and older historical homes, there are so many looks that they can enhance. They can be made to suit the soft furnishings and design style of the particular room.

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Roman Blinds

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Roman blinds are normally made of heavier blockout fabric and are designed to give an element of warmth. Roman blinds fold up into multiple segments, also known as ‘pleats’, which sit bunched up at the top of the window when it’s raised. This means that the pattern of the blind folded up adds a lot to the room and should be considered.

A positive aspect of Roman Blinds is they are timeless classics and with a solid fabric choice, they will never be ‘in’ or ‘out’ of fashion. For this reason, roman blinds can work in most styles of homes.

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Venetian Blinds

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These blinds are horizontal, narrow slats all grouped together. They can be made of wood, light metal or plastic. If they are wood, as many are, they are usually stained and a lovely natural addition to your room. If you are after white, then you may want to consider PVC venetians, as these look identical to their wooden counterparts.

One of the best things about venetians is the control you have over the light. If it’s sunset and the sun is in your eyes, you can close them slightly but still allow some light in. They are also incredibly easy to clean with a damp cloth.

Venetian blinds work well in older more traditional houses when kept in the wooden style, and can be much more modern and suited to the contemporary home when painted white.

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Vertical Blinds

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Vertical blinds are a bit wider and not as tightly packed as venetian blinds are. The slider pulls them across and has 180-degree control over each particular blind.

Vertical blinds are suited for high large windows as it is easier to block out the sun. Like the Venetian they are also very easy to clean, with a simple damp cloth doing the trick.

Vertical blinds suit a contemporary home, and are also often used in offices or conservatories, where it is easy to moderate the sun and privacy isn’t a huge issue.

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Honeycomb blinds.

Without a doubt, if you are after something modern, then honeycomb blinds are very practical.

Stylish, discreet and functional, they come in light filtering and blockout versions. The real beauty is the solar efficiency though. Because of their honeycomb structure, a pocket of air is a barrier to heat loss in winter, and heat gain in summer.

Unlike most blinds, when you retract the blind, it takes up hardly any space on your window, giving you the best view possible.