Blinds are a great choice for dressing windows. They’re lightweight, versatile, and easy to fit. Different sorts of blind will suit different rooms, so if you’ve got a specific window you’re looking to dress, it’s worth spending a bit of time thinking about which type of blind will be best suited to your needs.
Let’s run through five rooms, and see which blinds make the best fit.
Blinds for bathroom windows need to deliver two things above anything else: privacy and moisture-resistance. Even with a powerful extractor fan, steam will find its way into fabric and shorten its lifespan.
This means in bathrooms heavy curtains and blinds should be avoided in favour of lighter, water-proof blinds. Roller blinds are an excellent fit – they’re lightweight and will completely cover your window, for total privacy.
PVC and polyester blinds are resistant to moisture (and with it mould), and they’re easily wiped clean. They are rugged enough to cope with life in the bathroom. On top of that, they come in a wide range of different colours, so you’ll be able to match them to the rest of your bathroom décor.
In the bathroom, cold, clean colours are typically preferred – though you might want to choose warmer shades; particularly if you’re going to be relaxing in the bathtub for hours on end. Naturally, we’d suggest choosing a colour that complements the rest of your bathroom, from your tiles to your towels.
The ability to block out light in the bedroom is especially important. For this reason, heavy fabrics, such as those found in blackout roman blinds, make an excellent choice. Roman blinds are available in a range of patterns and textures, and can help form a visual centrepiece for your bedroom. We think simple, bold colours are really effective: pick a colour that matches your bedspread to create a cohesive look.
While it might seem strange to consider how hard or soft blinds are (which, after all, you’re not going to spend much time touching), it has to be said that soft, heavier blinds will add a touch of luxury to your bedroom.
This sort of blind will insulate your room helping you minimise energy bills keep the room nice and warm in winter.
Finally, heavy fabrics will dispurse apart and absorb sound waves (particularly handy if your bedroom faces out onto a busy street, or there’s a railway line nearby).
Some homeowners (most notably night-shift workers) will benefit from complete darkness in the bedroom. A thick roman blind can offer this. On the other hand, you could pair a set of lightweight blinds with heavy blackout curtains. The former will provide privacy while still allowing natural light into the room; the latter will keep light out when you’re trying to sleep.
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Much like bathrooms, kitchens tend to be high-moisture environments. This means blinds are generally better suited to kitchens than curtains. Something lightweight and PVC-coated is ideal (and will be effective at resisting stains, too).
Note that in the kitchen, you might need to reach across a counter to open and close your blinds. Make sure, therefore, that you’re able to reach the cord without having to clamber onto the work-surface.
While it might be tempting to choose wooden blinds for your kitchen, moisture may work its way between the fibres of the timber, warping them over time. Spillages also have a habit of staining timber, especially if they’re not spotted and dealt with immediately.
The kitchen is, indeed, the likeliest place for blinds to attract stains. For this reason, you might want to select a bright colour that’ll show those stains up for swift cleaning. Combinations of red and yellow tend to make a good match for kitchens, but again, you’ll need to consider the other colours in your kitchen.
If your living room faces the street, then this is all the more important – you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine (and, as a consequence, a more spacious-looking interior) without being seen by passers-by.
Living rooms are a popular setting for large bay windows that oversee the front lawn, and are ideal for roller blinds. Each panel can be equipped with a single blind, so they can be opened independently as needed.
A similar effect can be achieved with Roman blinds.
Given that bay windows contain lots of glass, they’re a point of vulnerability as far as heat and sound insulation is concerned. For this reason, we’d suggest fitting at least one set of heavier blinds, complete with blackout lining.
Dining rooms often adjoin other rooms via French or folding doors. These openings are often equipped with lots of glazing, and so will benefit from being dressed, too.
Door curtains are another option.
If you’d prefer to hang blinds, make sure the door in question doesn’t intersect with the blinds as it opens.
If you dress your doors right, you’ll be better able to separate one living space from another.
If you’re dressing a door or window that adjoins another room, rather than the outside of your property, then you don’t need to take sound-transmittance and energy-efficiency quite so seriously. Something lightweight and attractive that offers privacy should suffice.
Blinds are a versatile form of window dressing, and you’ll find myriad variations in colour, texture and patterns.
When deciding which blinds to buy, you’ll want to think about things like your personal taste, and the décor you’ve already got in place, but you’ll also want to consider qualities like water-resistance and soundproofing.
The ideal blind is one that looks good and functions right for the room it’s placed in. If you do your research, there’s no reason yours can’t do both.