Blinded by the choice?
We offer a dazzling array of styles, fabrics, prints and colour and with so much choice can come confusion! Most blind types are very versatile but some are more suitable for particular rooms or situations. As most window dressing have to satisfy three key elements – Privacy, practicality and personal style, it’s a good idea to ask yourself a few questions before choosing.
What goes on in the room?
Decide whether you want it for function or visual appeal. Perhaps you have a view you want to make the most of and therefore prefer a simple dressing like a roller blind that rolls up neatly out of the way. Alternatively you may want to make a feature of your window dressing with an attractive roman blind or shutter.
Is privacy essential?
If this is your number one priority then consider venetians or shutters as these will allow plenty of light in but keep prying eyes out! The new trend for sheer fabrics will also have the same effect, like a modern net curtain during the daytime.
How much do you need to control the light?
Perhaps you need to keep a baby or a young child asleep for longer, especially during the light summer months? In which case either a roller in a blackout fabric or a roman with a blackout lining are your best options. Do you sleep shifts? Ask about are complete blackout roller blinds with side channels to completely eliminate the light. Verticals or venetians will allow you to control the light direction by adjusting the louvres.
Consider the shape and size of the window and which direction it faces.
You may have a lovely big bay in your living room or a beautiful but unusual shaped window in a kitchen or loft extension. Shape and size will have a bearing on which blind works best. Pleated blinds can be made to almost any triangular or rectangular shape and fabrics come with special insulating properties which also makes them perfect for north facing windows as well as a popular choice for conservatories and glass extensions. Shutters are a great solution in a bay window as the fit snugly into the recess and give a fabulous clean and uncluttered look that really draws attention to the window.
A simple vertical blind can also work with a curved or sloping headrail.
When you have lovely feature windows, it’s often better to accentuate rather than dominate. Simple roller blinds or neat pleated blinds fitted inside the frame of the window itself are ideal.
Do you have young children or any that visit?
Internal window blind cords and chains can pose a risk to babies and small children who could injure or even strangle themselves on looped operating cords and chains. When choosing your blinds go for cord/chain free options. Or have them motorized. All options are available on most types of blinds. Go for stick operation on your verticals with sewn in weights to make them completely chain free.
At Solihull Blinds we are used to putting the finishing touches to your windows everyday, give us a call on 0121 733 1001 to see how we can help.