Assuming you don’t want to be on show 24/7, you need some kind of covering for your windows. You could choose curtains for a traditional look, though there are some rooms, such as the kitchen and bathroom, where they’re not advisable.
More common these days, though, especially for homes with a contemporary look, is to use blinds. They’re relatively easy to fit, to clean and to adjust. But which of the many types of blind are best?
The Types of Blind
There are numerous different blind designs, and they can be made of various materials. The most familiar styles include the Venetian blind, with its folding horizontal slats, or the vertical blind with slats running top to bottom. There are also roller blinds and Roman blinds, sometimes called shades, with material rolled or folded away when not in use.
Blinds with slats can be made of wood, bamboo, aluminium, plastic or stiffened fabric. The roller and Roman types are usually made of fabric, but can be plastic.
All of these suit certain uses, but what are the main pros and cons?
Pros and Cons
- Venetian blind — This is easy to adjust to regulate the sunlight coming in and can give the room a stylish, continental feel. It’s not the easiest type to install, however.
- Vertical blind — This is adjustable like the Venetian blind, but doesn’t look as good when opened. It can also break easily in the breeze if hung over an open window.
- Roller blind — This is easy to install and allows a pattern to match the room’s décor, as with curtains. However, it can’t be adjusted like slatted blinds for an exact amount of light.
- Roman blind — This, like a roller blind, allows a patterned design but can also be lined with added insulation. However, It’s harder to clean.
The various materials have their pros and cons too:
- Wood — looks stylish, but it’s expensive, and unsuitable for kitchens and bathrooms.
- Bamboo — great for giving the room an oriental look, but even more expensive than wood.
- Aluminium — cheap and easy to keep clean, but can give the place an unsophisticated look.
- Fabric — can be patterned like curtains and lined for insulation, but unsuitable for kitchens and bathrooms.
- Plastic — cheap and flexible, and can be used anywhere, though it can look tacky unless you go for the better type.
If you’re a good DIYer, most blinds are fairly easy to fit yourself. A mistake can ruin more than the blind, though, so if you don’t feel confident hanging blinds, call the Handy Squad on 0800 0 12 12 12 or book online today.