The ultimate guide to choosing the right blinds for your home

Discover the different types of window blinds available for your home.

Caroba blind from Apollo Blinds

MEASURING UP

  • Before you measure up, decide which fitting option you’d prefer: inside or outside the recess. Inside the recess is a good option for windows in small rooms without much wall space around them. It’s also ideal if you are teaming your blind with curtains. For larger rooms, choose a blind that sits outside the recess and blocks out more light.
  • For a blind that’s going inside the window recess, measure the width of the recess at its narrowest point and the height of the recess.
  • For a blind that’s going to hang outside the recess, measure the width of the recess and add around 2inch to each side, then measure the height of the recess and add around 6 inch.
  • Decide which side the pulley and catch should be in case accessing them will be an issue.
Roller blinds: House Beautiful collection at Hillarys.Styling by Kiera Buckley-Jones. Photography by Rachel Whiting.

CHOOSE A STYLE

Roller blinds roll up or down by means of a cord. To add interest when they’re open, they can have a different fabric on either side. They are an affordable option for informal settings, such as a home office.

Roman blinds give a formal look. They are made from fabric and operate by a pulley. When raised, the blind concertinas into large horizontal pleats, leaving a good segment of fabric on show. You can make Roman blinds yourself, buy them ready-made or have them custom made. There’s a wide choice of linings.

Venetian blinds are slatted blinds made from wood, metal or plastic. They often feature in sleek kitchens or bathrooms, and metal or plastic blinds are a practical choice for rooms with high levels of moisture. As you can filter the light, they are also great for a home office.

Vertical blinds are ideal for floor-to-ceiling windows and, as a consequence, tend to be used in summerhouses and conservatories. The vertical blind sections hang from a track and slide to the side when open.
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1. Roman, roller and Swedish fabric blinds are a popular, versatile choice for every room.

2. Roman blinds are stylish but, if in constant use, their cords will need replacing over time as they have a tendency to fray or snap.

3. Roller blinds are highly practical for kitchens and bathrooms, as their protective coating makes them suitable for moist environments.

4. Swedish blinds look relaxed and are easy enough to make but can become fiddly to re-roll neatly if opened and closed often.

6. In rooms that serve a variety of functions, it’s best to pair blinds and curtains, giving a flexible window dressing to suit day and night.

7. Blinds with a blackout lining (available made to measure) are perfect for bedrooms, especially when they cover the frame completely and/or are paired with curtains. Uniform blinds, in the same style and fabric, will give a room with multiple windows a clean and cohesive look.

8. In young children’s rooms, always fit blinds that are cordless or have a spring mechanism, using the exact instructions supplied*.

Have a nice day !

Peter

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