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How to choose the right blinds for your home

06th November, 2015

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Blinds are perfect for dressing your windows, providing sun shading for your furniture and flooring, and giving you that all-important privacy. In addition, they provide good heat and sound insulation – keeping you warm and snug in the winter and blocking out the warmth of the sun in summer. Blinds have been used for many decades, but today, thanks to the fast progress of technology, people can choose between many different styles of blinds depending on their personal taste and the décor of their home. It is always good to have more options, but this can make the process of selection more difficult. The following is a brief description of the most popular types of blinds.

Roller blinds

This is one of the most popular types of blinds on the market today. They are very practical, they last for a long period of time and they promise great return of investment. High-quality roller blinds are easy to maintain and they are can be used in bedrooms, lounges, bathrooms and kitchens and conservatories.

Blackout roller blinds

As the name suggests, these blinds prevent light from entering a room. They are made from fabric with a special lightproof backing and people usually use them in their bedrooms. They’re great for children’s bedrooms and provide excellent sound insulation.

Roman blinds

These blinds are often called soft blinds can be easily recognized when they are raised because they come with soft folds. Of course, when they are lowered the material is straight. Fabric choice is huge and they are often combined with a blackout lining for bedrooms. They provide a modern look and great protection.

Venetian blinds

Those looking for a more refined and unique look should choose Venetian blinds. They come with horizontal slats that can be easily adjusted. In addition, people can adjust the amount of light that enters the room. They can be made of slim aluminium or real wood to match your style, and are available in a huge range of colours to match your décor.

Vertical blinds

The most practical of all blinds, the vertical blind had hanging strips of material called louvres suspended from a headrail. The louvres can be draw across and left opened, angled to give shading or closed for privacy. And when they are not needed they easily and effortlessly can be drawn open to give you an unobstructed view.

Pleated blinds

These fan folded blinds are neat and unobtrusive, with the added benefit of being able to be cut into shapes – making them ideal for conservatory roof shading.

Many of the pleated fabrics are available with a special reflective coating making them idea for hot rooms or sun lounges.

Electric blinds

All of the above blinds can be offered with electric operation. Although often seen as a luxury item, electric blinds offer security with optional timers to open and close the shades at a set time, and make closing hard to reach windows as easy as pressing a button. We have both battery operated and mains powered solutions to make fitting an electric blind as easy as possible.

Choosing the right blinds for your home is important so, take your time and do some research. Then we really recommend talking to an expert as we can offer help in terms of what is suitable, how to measure, and what option there are that you may not even of thought of. Either visit a store or call us and we would be more than happy to help.

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