When it comes to choosing the right blinds for your windows, there's no perfect answer. It depends on several factors, and your own preferences and budget. With this in mind, it can be helpful to understand the pros and cons of each option, hopefully leading you to make a better-informed choice.
An ever-popular choice, Venetian blinds have some attractive benefits. Perhaps one of the biggest attractions is how stylish they can look. they're available in all sorts of different materials, although the most popular pick is bamboo – a great choice if a more natural, eco-friendly option is important, but you can also purchase other material types, such as aluminium, which makes for a much sturdier blind. Perhaps you're paying for the style, but Venetian blinds are often one of the more expensive options, however there are some more reasonable varieties too.
These blinds are nice and easy to maintain, although there are a few different ways of doing it; you can just sweep the slats? one by one using a clean cloth, or you can even just completely remove the blinds from the window and soak them in clean water.
No blinds are perfect, and there are some cons associated with Venetian blinds. As mentioned, they can be costly, especially if you selected an option made from stronger materials. Mind you, they would likely last longer, so there could be an argument for getting your money’s worth. But if they become damaged in any way, the repairs can certainly be costly.
Roman blinds are good for a tighter budget, but you should still be able to find an attractive style you like. These offer good protection in terms of privacy and being able to control the amount of light entering the room. You can go with a thick/dark enough material to completely blackout the room if you wish.
Keep in mind, Roman blinds are only a good choice if you're happy to have a blind that can only go up or down. There's no in-between point to halfway cover a window space. Again, you have the issue that these types of blinds often come with a string for adjusting purposes, which can be dangerous to a child or animal. If you're looking for bathroom blinds, these aren't ideal, as steam from a shower can cause mould to grow on the material, and the same goes for other high-moisture areas, such as the kitchen, where aromas from cooking can stay on the blinds.
If keeping the light out is the main goal (such as for the bedroom area), consider blackout blinds. Because they're made with such thick material, they do the best job at blocking out unwanted light. This is something that can be helpful when trying to sleep, or create the perfect mood for watching a film.
But they can also be financially helpful too; as because of how the material can insulate your rooms, there's less of a need to turn the heating on. But, if it's a hot day, you can save money not having to have the fan on so much if you're keeping the natural light from heating up the home.
Then you also have the privacy aspect to consider, and blinds don’t come much more private then blackouts! Further to this, they will also help keep noise from flooding into your room from the outside world, again, thanks to the thick material they're made with. Blackout options can be found in many different styles, including all the ones we have explored above.
Blackout blinds are the right choice if you want light entry to be restricted, but if you're aiming to bring more light into the home, these are clearly not the right choice.
Wooden blinds are a good choice if you favour the more natural look. They help to keep a room light, as well as offer an element of comfort. They also add a dash of uniqueness to the blinds, as all different wood species will have their own unique characteristics, due to the grains that make each particular wood type that has been used. Wooden blinds will each have a different finish used for the wood that they're made with, further creating different looks.
Wooden blinds are very easy to clean. This is because they're usually finished with a clear wood sealer that doesn’t allow dirt to become trapped in the pores. You can clean wood blinds without removing them from the window, just by dusting, vacuuming or wiping the blinds with a clean cloth. Keeping them clean will help them to last longer, and, in general, wooden blinds tend to last well, usually being made from high-quality wood. they're a sturdy type of blind that can take a lot of wear and tear.
When it comes to blocking light out, wooden blinds do the job, and, similarly, they're good for those seeking privacy, minimising what people can see from the outside. Just note that these aren't the cheapest style of blinds, and if you do decide to take them down, it can be a bit of a pain, due to how heavy they can be!
Day & Night Blinds
Day and night blinds are fast becoming a bit of a trend, and it's easy to see why, as they provide a solid solution to blind installation. In some ways, they offer the best light control of any blind type. When down, they create a soft-shade effect that covers the whole window, but still keeps the room light. They're available in plenty of stylish designs and are quite inexpensive (although their finish can typically make you think otherwise), and perhaps the only main disadvantage is that they aren't suitable for bay windows, due to their pelmet (a pelmet adds a barrier at the top of the blinds – helping to prevent air flow – stopping warm air that has risen to the top escaping out of the window).
All things considered, there should be a style of blind suitable for your home. You want to select a pair that complements your interior design, whilst offering the right level of control for heat and light in a way that suits your household. Of course, your budget needs to be followed, and it'll pay to shop around for the best deals, regardless of which option you eventually opt for.