What Are the Different Types of Blinds?

Abi Clewley

BY Abi Clewley

Published: 27 June 2018 Updated: 21 May 2024

What different types of blinds are there?

Deciding what type of window furnishing you want can be time consuming, weighing up the pros and cons of shutters versus blinds. And once you’ve decided on blinds, you’re then confronted with an often bewildering range of yet more options.

Read on and we’ll help you find the blind that’s right for you.

Duette® blinds

Duette® blinds offer excellent thermal benefits, thanks to their unique honeycomb-shape. The cell shape traps warm air, meaning that in summer the sun’s rays are prevented from overheating your room, while in winter heated air from inside is prevented from leaving, so your room suffers no heat loss. They come in a wide range of colours and fabrics, including sheer and also a light-reducing option and can be controlled manually or electronically. They’re particularly beneficial for conservatories or large expanses of glass but can be used in almost any room.


Pleated blinds

Pleated blinds have a slim profile and can be fitted into window frames, which makes them suitable for windows and bi-fold doors. Pleated blinds add a unique style to your home as they have several functions, including a semi-raise and partial slat view, which can allow a certain amount of daylight to enter.

Pleated blinds are also child safe, as there are no hanging cords for children to tug on. Some pleated blinds can be controlled with a remote, allowing you to raise and lower without moving an inch!

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Roman blinds

Roman blinds are a classic option, and there’s something quite comforting about the layers of fabric at the window that makes them so visually appealing. The choice of fabric colours, patterns and textures is unrivalled of any other blind and you can add some individuality with different coloured chains, and a choice of lining, including blackout. Roman blinds are an excellent choice as a single blind for en-suites, cloakrooms or smaller space, but work equally well in a series in larger settings, including bay windows.'#

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Wooden venetian blinds

Wooden venetian blinds are a classic update on the older style metal venetians and they create a very sleek and stylish look.  Our wood venetians are sourced from sustainable forests and are available in a variety of wood stains and paint finishes. They offer excellent light control and privacy too, and can work really well in narrower windows as the streamlined look doesn’t overwhelm the space.

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Powered electric blinds

Pleated roof blinds and Duette® blinds can be operated electronically. Choose from a simple remote control for Duette® and Pleated, that can operate your blinds individually or in groups for ultimate control over the light in your room.

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Blinds for doors

Choosing the right blind for a patio, bi-fold or French door can be a little more challenging, as you have to take into consideration the practicalities of the function of the door as you don’t want to restrict any access to it. Most of the examples above can be made to work with most types of doors, but if you have bi-fold doors it’s worth looking at blinds created specifically for their folding structure, in Micro blinds. Available in Micro Pleat and Micro Hive, these are smaller, more streamlined blinds that are similar to Pleated and Duette® blinds, which allow full use of these doors, which are growing in popularity.

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