There are hundreds of options of blinds, curtains and shutters out there and so many things to think about. Luckily, Blinds 2go is here to make it that little bit easier with some advice on how to choose the shading solution to suit your home style.
What is the space like?
It’s not only important that your blinds look good but have all the practical elements too. So first ask yourself, what it is that you need from the window dressing in the space it’s in. For example, if it’s for a bedroom, do you need it to have the ability to be blackout? Is the space currently overlooked, and you’re looking to create a little more privacy? Or does the room get a lot of natural sunlight, and you need effective shading?
Make sure you know exactly what you need before beginning to think about style to help plan your room accordingly.
What type of blind?
There are lots of options that you could go for when choosing blinds, including practical roller blinds, timeless wooden blinds and elegant shutters, amongst many others. If you’re looking for a bathroom or kitchen blind, then an easy-to-clean, waterproof design is vital. Perhaps something for the conservatory? For example, our PerfectFIT DuoShade or DuoLight blinds offer fantastic shading, and the little honeycomb pockets help to regulate room temperature.
What lining should I go for?
The right lining can add that final touch to a room. You can choose from blackout lining that works to completely block out the light, thermal linings that help to insulate the home all year round and light-filtering lining that gives your home a soft and inviting glow. Unlined blinds can look lovely and chic too – perfect if you’re looking to brighten up a space that is lacking in natural sunlight.
What fabric is best?
The practical option is polyester or polyester mix fabrics as they are suitable for any room in the house and are resistant to damp and humid conditions – it’s also resistant to shrinking, fading and is easy to wipe clean. Plus, there are 100% waterproof products, perfect for wetrooms, bathrooms or kitchens. There’s also the option of silk, velvet, chenille or linen for a little more luxury. Before ordering, it’s best to order samples to check that everything, including the fabric choice, works for you.
Should I go for pattern or plain?
There are hundreds of colours and designs to choose from for your interior scheme, from striking patterns that are designed to make a statement to cosy neutrals that provide a comforting feel and a timeless simplicity. A gorgeous plain has more longevity, but a daring pattern could become a bold feature that beautifully complements the rest of your interiors. Whichever you choose, it’s important that you love it! If you’re looking for something slightly more subtle, then try a luxurious velvet, cosy textured weave or even shutters to make an elegant statement.
What would you choose for a tricky window?
If the space is small, sloping or round, there are specialist blinds for bi-fold and French doors that fit onto the glass and don’t obstruct the doors or the handles, such as ClickFIT Bifold Door blinds and PerfectFIT blinds for uPVC patio doors. Most blinds would be suitable for bay windows, as long as the measuring instructions were followed and the blinds adjusted in size to fit into the bay.
How do I know whether to fit inside or outside the recess?
This depends on whether your window has a recess or not and also what obstructions there are to fitting the blind inside the recess, such as handles, window fittings and the direction the window opens. If there are no obstructions, then it depends on personal preference, but most people prefer to fit their blinds inside the recess, and curtains are fitted outside the recess.
Tips for measuring for blinds
We recommend carefully following the measuring instructions for the specific blind you wish to order and the situation you want to fit it into (such as a bay window or patio door). Also, take a look at if you want recess (fitting inside the window recess) or exact fitting (fitting the blind onto the wall above the recess) and follow the guides accordingly depending on what blind you’d like to ensure the perfect fit. For measuring, use a metal measuring tape as fabric tapes can stretch and give inaccuracies.