At one stage, installing blinds meant going for a cold, clinical look that was more suited to an industrial building than a home. Things have changed dramatically over the years as blinds have really come into their own.
These days you can select blinds of virtually any material and in any colour or shade you choose. You can have blinds custom-made so the choices are literally endless. Should you wish to match your blinds to your couch – no problem. If you would like to have a wooden finish – it’s easily done.
No, blinds are definitely not cold and clinical anymore unless that is the look you are going for. You may have a problem in narrowing down the choices though. Here are some of the things to bear in mind when choosing blinds.
If you wanted to, you could get organza blinds but they wouldn’t be the most practical option. You need to decide what the primary function of the blinds is going to be. Is it to block light, filter light or is it simply to act as a design feature?
Do you want to allow for air-flow as well as filtering light? Then Venetian Blinds are what you are looking for. Perhaps you prefer complete darkness then blackout blinds are what you need.
You can also have outdoor blinds on the patio to protect you from inclement weather. Function will dictate, more than anything else, what blinds you get.
Next on the list is the style of blinds you choose. Using the organza again as an example, it would be completely unsuitable for use in Venetian Blinds. On the other hand, it would work quite nicely in a roller blind.
This is where there really are no limits. Image Blinds will custom-make your blinds from scratch simply send in the measurements of the blind desired, choose your style and colour and you’re on your way.
Image Blinds Direct even have a simple measuring guide to assist you on their website.
Your blinds are going to be a fixture for quite some time so it is important to consider your decor when choosing blinds. It is better to get a look that is more classic and that won’t date as quickly to avoid needing to change your blinds when the fashion changes.
That doesn’t necessarily mean plain, generic blinds though. There are several classic finishes when it comes to blinds that will never date. Wooden blinds and aluminium blinds are just two that come to mind.
The trick is to choose good quality blinds that are well made a cheap blinds will start to look tatty after a short while whereas good quality blinds will look great for ages.