When it comes to choosing blinds there is a large variety of options. Today’s materials and techniques have allowed designers of blinds to cater for a number of different needs. When choosing the right blinds for your home it may help to start thinking about what you wish to achieve when installing your blinds. When you know what function you would like your blinds to perform then you can begin to choose the perfect window covering for your windows.
Your home is your own personal space, so privacy can be a very important aspect to consider. Internal blinds are a great way to ensure your home is kept private and for your eyes only. Some great choices to give you the most privacy when closed are roman blinds, and roller blinds. These can be made out of heavy fabrics which will shut out the view in both directions however, if you still want to enjoy the view from a window you can also choose to have blinds made from translucent fabrics. There is also the choice of having blinds made with adjustable panels, slats or louvres which will allow you to see out while keeping some privacy.
Many people don’t think about ventilation when they are considering blinds but it is important to note that blinds made from solid fabrics can inhibit air movement. If you want a window covering that allows you to take advantage of cooling breezes in the summer, you should consider blinds with slats and louvres that can be adjusted. This way you can choose to control the amount of shade and ventilation allowed.
Another thing you need to consider is the space required for particular blinds. Many blinds, including roller blinds, roman blinds, verticle blinds and venetian blinds retract to the edges of your windows. This requires enough space to still make the most of the view outside when these blinds are opened. With small windows you may wish to choose blinds that take up the least window space when opened.
Blinds can often have useful thermal qualities which will help you to save on cooling costs in summer and heating costs in winter. Blinds will help to reduce heat transfer through windows, keep rooms warmer in cold weather and cooler in hot weather. Different types of window coverings have different properties so it’s important to think about what you want for different rooms in the home. Sometimes you may wish to have different blinds in different rooms.