Window treatments, like blinds and curtains, are an integral element in any budding interior designer’s playbook. Having the ‘wrong’ blinds or curtains for the aesthetic of the room can create a dissonance to the integrity of the design.
However, choosing complimentary window coverings for a specific room is a great way to improve practical qualities like privacy or insulation, as well as create added colour and texture to a space.
First of all, you might want to think about the functionality for a specific room. For a bedroom, you might want heavier material to block out sunlight for those Sunday morning lie ins and for a conservatory you may be more concerned with material that will be able to help insulate the space.
From there, you can choose the colours and styles that match the rest of the room. Here, we give you some advice on 10 styles to consider when you’re next choosing blinds and curtains.
Roller blinds are one of the most cost effective and versatile styles of blind on the market. The material used can range from blackout, to translucent or waterproof. This versatility means that they can be used to great effect in any room in the house, and the gargantuan range of patterns means they are easily paired to any decor.
If you live in a victorian home, however, roller blinds might not suit the aesthetics of the rest of the house if you’re keeping things antiquated. Most roller blind patterns are contemporary, so look more at home in an open plan living room or kitchen.
Shutters, or ‘plantation shutters’ as they are often called, are a good choice for a number of practical reasons. As they are typically made from heavier material, shutters are an effective insulation material and will help to keep your home warmer in the cooler months. Plantation shutters also have superior light control to many other styles of blinds, which make them a great choice for the bedroom. This sun control also means that they can help protect your floor and upholstery from sun damage.
The downside to shutters is that they often come at a higher price point to other styles of blinds. There also isn’t a massive variety of material to choose from. Most shutters come in a variety of styles of wood or plastic, but they aren’t suitable for softer materials. However, they often remain in fashion and are durable. Shutters can even increase the value of your property because they often remain fitted once you sell, which means they can be included in the price of the property.
Roman blinds have been popular for decades and are essentially impervious to changing trends. They are nearly always in fashion because of their versatility and sense of rich luxury. Stylistically, there is a wide variety of material that can be used for roman blinds and they can be made to fit any width or length of window. This means that you could utilise roman blinds in any room of your house, but still retain a unique feel for each room.
A major downside, however, is that roman blinds have no horizontal movement side to side. As the only options are up or down, this has detrimental effect on sun control and privacy. Also, when completely up, the material stacks to the top of the window, reducing sunlight and window space. For longer windows, it might be an idea to think about other styles that don’t stack like vertical blinds, shutters or venetian blinds.
Vertical blinds are some of the oldest options in modern window treatment choices. This style of blind is particularly suited to wide windows and sliding doors and come in a variety of materials. They’re also very easy to clean as they naturally gather less dust than horizontal blinds. In general, the drawing action is smooth and simple, so they’re quick to use as well as being elegant. However, these aren’t a good choice for narrow windows and gaps that occur can be detrimental to privacy, so they might not be the best choice for the bedroom.
If you’re looking to add some window coverings to the roller doors that lead out to the garden, or to a floor to ceiling window in the bathroom, then vertical blinds are an elegant, practical and versatile choice.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large amount of outdoor space in the back of your property, then an awning is the perfect way to give your garden some added glamour as well as being able to protect your guests from rain when the British summer time turns sour.
Materials used for awnings are wide ranging and, in some cases, very practical. They range from semi-transparent, heat reflecting, water resistant, flame-retardant and even self-cleaning. When rain droplets form on this latter material, they pick up the dirt from the awning and run off the end so you never even have to lift a finger.
Heating and light elements can also be added to these awnings so you can still enjoy eating and socialising on your patio when it gets chilly.
Conservatories are a popular way to add space and value to your property. However, they have a tendency to get overly hot during the middle of summer which can make them uncomfortable. Adding blinds helps to cut down the intensity of the heat as well as giving you some added privacy.
Almost any style of blind can be used in the conservatory, so make sure you consult a fitter to see which will look the best aesthetically.
Alternatively to conservatory blinds, or used in conjunction with them, conservatory sails’ main practical use is for protection from the sun.
These products are yet another way to drastically reduce heat gain as well as glare. These are a more high end option for your conservatory, but offer much more in the way of energy efficiency, solar reflection and light control compared to blinds.
When buying from a quality supplier, these sails are fully machine washable and available in a number of colours.
Duette shades and blinds use a unique honeycomb design and are mainly available in translucent or opaque material. The main positive of duette blinds is their energy efficiency.
Windows account for around 25-40% of annual heating and cooling costs, so ensuring your windows are well insulated is imperative to reducing your heating bill. Honeycomb design blinds can slow down the transfer of heat by as much as 65%. The honeycomb design means that the blinds have pockets of air that reduces the heat flow through a window.
This insulation means that these blinds can make rooms feel far more comfortable and the variety of designs and materials available means that duette blinds can be paired effectively to any room.
Also known as ‘day and night blinds’ or ‘vision blinds’, mirage blinds operate as traditional roller blinds, but have a dual layer of translucent and opaque fabric. This dual layer means that light control can be managed with a precision not found in many other styles of blinds.
As opposed to traditional roller blinds, mirage blinds can still cover the majority of the window whilst opening up the translucent sections to let light in. This versatility, and their elegant aesthetic, means that they are the favoured blind for designers and architects. They are also available in a huge variety of colours and textures, so they can be matched effectively to the decor of any room.
Motorisation can be added to a variety of styles of blinds and awnings. This technology adds functionality, convenience and efficiency to your home. If you can connect your blinds and awnings to a central hub, then this allows even more functionality as you can control all the blinds throughout your property from one place.
If you have young children and want to avoid choking hazards from wayward blind strings, motorising your window treatments is a great option. They can also be battery or mains operated to cut down on additional wiring.
Who We Are
At Saddlers Blinds, we have over 20 years of experience supplying window coverings of the highest quality to homes and business across West Sussex. We have a huge selection of products from shutters to made to measure blinds. All of our products are designed with you in mind and come with a 5 year guarantee.
We also offer a 0% interest free financing service for our customers to be paid back over 6,9 or 12 months. For any orders over £500 with a 20% deposit we can help you make manageable payments for your new blinds. To find out more contact us. You can visit us at our showroom, which is based at Station Road, Cowfold, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 8DA. You can also call us on 01403 865 353 or email us at email@example.com.