There’s much more to decorating your home than painting the walls and finding a new style of flooring. Of course, these are essential to your interior design and will need to be chosen carefully to create the living room, bedroom or kitchen of your dreams. However, we think it’s all in the details. At Saddlers Blinds, window furnishing specialists based in West Sussex, we believe that soft drapes, stylish blinds and sturdy shutters can transform a room, no matter what your preferred style or budget.
After all, your blinds are a lot more important than you think. From keeping the sun out in the morning to protecting your privacy from passersby as you relax with your loved ones, choosing the perfect set of blinds isn’t just about meeting style and interior design trends. With this in mind, there are certain factors to consider when selecting the right blinds for you, as we discuss in our very own guide.
The room in question
The function of the room in need of new blinds will most likely have an effect on the style you go for, so consider this before you begin shopping. For instance, if you’re choosing blinds for your bathroom, it may be sensible to opt for blinds (e.g. Venetian blinds) that you can wipe clean if they start to collect moisture. Although fabric blinds are beautiful, they are likely to absorb moisture and may stay damp permanently, making them an option better suited to bedrooms and living rooms.
Before you start shopping, have a careful think about the room you’re decorating and the conditions your blinds will be in. You should consider:
Are you looking to find blinds for a sun-facing window? The amount of natural light that streams into the room in question is certainly something to consider. If you’re decorating a bedroom, you’ll need to find blinds which fit your current theme yet also block out the sunlight effectively. In this case, perhaps consider opting for vision or mirage blinds for a contemporary look or patterned Roman blinds for a more traditional feel.
If, on the other hand, you’re working with a room that doesn’t get much natural light, you may want to choose thin cotton blinds in a light colour to make sure they don’t block out the sunshine.
Is your living room particular chilly at night? Or, do you constantly find yourself opening your windows, even in the winter, to keep yourself cool? The temperature of the room in question is also a factor you must consider to find blinds well suited to your home. Many people believe that heavy curtains are the best way to retain heat in your home, but there are many styles of blinds which can do just the same.
Duette blinds are just one example of blinds that don’t compromise on style or practicality. They’ve been designed to help you insulate your home, keeping it nice and toasty in the winter and cool and refreshing in the summer – ideal for making your home more energy efficient and cutting down on bills.
Colour and style
Functionality is, of course, essential to finding the perfect set of blinds. Nevertheless, you’ll also want to make sure that your new blinds fit into your room and match your preferred style. A lot of this will be down to your own unique taste and vision for the room in question, however, there are some things you should consider before making your decision:
- If your blinds will be placed in a sun-facing window, the colour may fade over time as a result of the UV rays bleaching the fabric. To mitigate the damage, consider opting for paler, less vibrant colours or patterned fabric where the bleaching won’t be as visible.
- If you just love colourful patterned fabric but you want the option of keeping your blinds half open in the day, consider pairing blinds and curtains for total versatility. This way you can let natural light flood in during the day but still benefit from a gorgeous set of drapes that match your style exactly.
- For rooms decorated in neutral tones, you have the option to make your blinds the focal point of the room. You can choose from a range of vibrant colours and unique patterns to find a set that matches your personal taste and really makes a statement.
- On the other hand, if you’re decorating a room that already has a lot of contrasting colours and textures, it may be a good idea to choose neutral blinds that complement the existing design. You don’t want to buy a set that clashes, so think carefully about the colours and patterns you already have before purchasing new blinds.
Styles of blinds
Once you’ve considered the factors above, it’s time to think about what style of blind you’d like. It isn’t just a case of finding single slat wooden blinds or plastic shutters – there are many different types on the market to consider. Here is just a selection of the blinds available to purchase:
Allusion blinds hang vertically, making them the ideal choice for patio doors and narrow windows in the home or in offices. Made with soft fabric, these blinds can filter light effectively while looking stylish.
Like allusion blinds, panel blinds are made from strips of fabric that hang vertically. The panels can be drawn to the side, allowing you to monitor the amount of natural light filtering in. They’re produced with soft fabric, making them a top choice for modern homes and commercial buildings.
Stylish yet practical, Venetian blinds are comprised of horizontal slats that can be opened and closed to let different levels of light into the room. They’re often produced from wood or plastic.
As their name suggests, pleated blinds are made from thin pleated fabric. Although they can’t be adjusted to allow light to flood in, they’re extremely versatile in terms of design and can be used to match a variety of different interior styles.
Vertical blinds are a great, no-fuss option which can be used to match a variety of different styles and rooms. They’re resistant to dust and are therefore easy to clean, making them a great choice of blind for every room.
Roller blinds are suitable for all applications, whether you’re looking for a unique pattern to make a statement or a neutral design to complement your pre-existing decor. They’re formed of a sheet of fabric that rolls up when you open them, making them very easy to use, and can be produced in a variety of stylish colours and designs.
One of the most popular types of blinds, Roman blinds are produced with fabric that drapes when they’re open yet stays neat and pristine when they’re closed. They can be designed with a variety of different shades and patterns, making them ideal for homes and offices.
Where to find fitted blinds
Once you’ve got a feel for the kind of blinds you’d like, it’s time to find the perfect window furnishings supplier. After all, you’ll want to make sure that you can source your blinds from a company that doesn’t compromise on quality or style, and that will be willing to support you in finding the best possible blinds for your requirements. You should look for a company with:
- Years of industry experience
- Positive testimonials and customer reviews
- Reasonable prices and an interest-free financial plan
- A showroom you can visit
- An extensive selection of blinds, curtains and shutter blinds from leading brands
- A commitment to customer satisfaction.
Saddlers Blinds: Stylish made-to-measure blinds, curtains, shutters and awnings for clients throughout West Sussex
At Saddlers Blinds, we pride ourselves on each of these qualities and more. Based in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, we’re committed to supplying only the highest quality drapes, blinds and curtains to our valued customers at reasonable prices. In fact, we’ll even visit your home to give you a free, personalised consultation with expert advice and excellent customer service.
All of the curtains, blinds and shutters we stock at Saddlers Blinds come with a 5-year guarantee for your convenience, demonstrating our commitment to achieving total customer satisfaction.
Visit our website to browse our full range of beautiful blinds and get in touch to arrange a visit to our showroom today.