The ultimate window blinds buying guide

Abi Clewley

BY Abi Clewley

Published: 07 November 2023 Updated: 25 March 2024

Different types of blinds: elevate your space with style and functionality

Choosing the right window treatments for your home is a crucial decision that goes beyond mere aesthetics. Window blinds, with their versatility and functionality, are a great choice as they not only enhance the visual appeal of your space but also contribute to privacy, light control, and energy efficiency. In this comprehensive buying guide, we'll explore the benefits of blinds and delve into the specific features of popular blind types like Duette® blinds, Roman, Roller, Wood Venetian, and Pleated blinds. Before you embark on the journey, let's consider the key factors to ensure you make an informed decision.

Benefits of blinds

Blinds in all their different forms offer a wide range of benefits, so let's take a deeper look at just what a blind can bring to any room.

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Light control

Blinds offer control over the amount of natural light entering a room. Whether you want to create a bright, airy space or block out sunlight for better sleep, blinds provide the flexibility to adjust lighting according to both your needs and your preference.

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Privacy

Blinds are excellent for maintaining privacy. Depending on the type of blind and the material, you can choose blinds that offer complete privacy or those that softly filter the light while still keeping prying eyes at bay.

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Energy efficiency

Many blinds contribute to energy efficiency by providing insulation, even by simply being an additional layer at a window. They help regulate indoor temperatures, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling, which can result in energy savings. Some blinds have inherent thermal properties due to either their structure, or the materials used.

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Versatility

Blinds come in a variety of styles, materials, and colours, offering a high degree of versatility. This allows you to find the perfect window treatment to complement your interior design.

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Easy maintenance

Compared to some other window treatments, blinds are generally easy to clean and maintain. Regular dusting or wiping down is usually sufficient to keep them looking fresh, but it's always best to follow the manufacturers instructions.

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Motorisation

Motorisation with electric blinds is quickly becoming the standard in window blinds and if this is something that it's a high-choice factor then it's important to consider which blinds can be motorised and which can't. Whether you opt for a simple remote or use a smart hub to integrate with your phone, tablet or even home activation devices for voice control, electric blinds may help sway your choice one way or another. Some motorised blinds are cord free, making them an excellent choice for child safety, and negating the need for a child safety device which must be installed by law to corded blinds.

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Things to consider with different types of blinds

Window size and type

Consider the size and type of windows in each room. Some blinds may be better suited for larger windows, while others work well for smaller or uniquely shaped windows, such as bay windows. While most blinds can be made to measure, not all can be fitted to shaped windows.

Room functionality

Consider the function of each room when selecting blinds. For example, bedrooms may benefit from blackout fabrics for better sleep, while living rooms may benefit from light-filtering options for a bright and welcoming atmosphere. Bathrooms and kitchens need special considerations too – bathroom blinds may need to withstand a lot of steam or water splashes while kitchen blinds may need operating with messy hands or if near sinks and appliances be affected by heat or water.

Aesthetic preferences

Consider your overall interior design style and colour scheme. Choose blinds that complement the aesthetic of your home and enhance its visual appeal by day and night.

Customisation

With so much choice in terms of colour, fabric types, such as sheer and blackout, or stains and finishes for wooden blinds, plain or pattern the options for customisation make blinds an incredibly versatile option.

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Types of made to measure blinds

The choice of blinds is probably the largest range in the whole world of window furnishings, Let's explore specific types of blinds and their different materials and unique benefits.

Duette Blinds

Energy efficiency: Duette blinds are known for their honeycomb structure, which creates air pockets that act as a layer of insulation. This helps heat loss by trapping warm air trying to escape at the window. They help in maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home year-round.

Sound absorption: The cellular design also contributes to sound absorption, making Duette blinds an excellent choice for maintaining a quieter and more peaceful environment.

Light filtering options: Duette blinds come in a variety of opacities, allowing you to choose the level of light filtering that suits your needs.

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Roman blinds

Elegant aesthetics: Roman blinds add a touch of tradition and elegance to any room. Their soft, cascading folds create a classic and timeless look.

Versatility in fabric choices: Roman blinds are available in a wide range of fabrics, from sheer to blackout blinds, allowing you to control both light and privacy.

Ease of operation: With options for manual or motorised operation, Roman blinds offer convenience and ease of use.

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Roller Blinds

Sleek and simple design: Roller blinds have a clean and minimalistic design, making them suitable for contemporary interiors.

Customisation: Roller blinds are highly customisable in terms of fabric including sheer blinds, colour, and pattern, allowing you to tailor them to your decor style.

Space saving: Roller blinds stack up neatly when raised, providing an unobstructed view and saving space compared to some other window treatments

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Wood Venetian Blinds

Natural aesthetics: Wooden blinds bring the warmth and beauty of natural wood into your home, adding a touch of organic elegance.

Durable: With their elegant appearance, wood venetian blinds are very durable, making them a practical choice for various settings. Faux wood blinds are a more practical option for kitchens and bathrooms.

Adjustable louvres: The adjustable horizontal slats allow precise control over how much light enters the room, and they can be tilted to achieve the desired angle, in addition to being raised and lowered partially or fully.

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Pleated Blinds

Versatility in light control: Pleated blinds offer versatility in light control, allowing you to filter or block sunlight as needed.

Compact stack when raised: When raised, pleated blinds stack neatly, providing an unobstructed view and allowing maximum natural light into the room.

Fabric choices: Pleated blinds come in a variety of fabrics, including light-filtering and solar reflective options, allowing you to customise the level of privacy and light in each room.

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Electric blinds

It's worth discussing which blinds are available as made to measure electric blinds at this stage. Currently Duette®, Roman and Roller blinds are all available as electric blinds for side windows, with Duette® and Pleated also available as conservatory roof blinds and also roof lantern blinds. They're an ideal choice if you're a lover of technology, as you can use an app to control them, or if you like Alexa and Google Home these blinds can be integrated with a compatible device via a smart hub. For hard to reach blinds, or multiple blinds in a room electric blinds are a great choice.

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Conclusion

As you embark on the journey of selecting blinds for your home, keep in mind that the perfect choice goes beyond aesthetics. Consider the unique benefits of each type of blind, the specific needs of each room in terms of light control and privacy, plus your personal preferences. Whether you opt for the energy efficiency of Duette® blinds, the timeless elegance of Roman blinds, the sleek design of Roller blinds, the natural beauty of Wood Venetian blinds, or the versatility of Pleated blinds, you're sure to find the perfect window treatment to elevate your space with style and functionality. With this ultimate buying guide, you're well-equipped to make an informed decision and transform your home into a haven of comfort and beauty.

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