There is a huge amount of information out there in terms of the various blinds that exist. The problem with this is that it can sometimes get slightly overwhelming. What was intended to be a quick trip to a blinds store to pick out something that looks nice quickly turns into a huge decision making process about types, materials, features, colors and more. You need to know about your roof windows as well.
There isn’t a golden rule that says which blind should go where. The only common features are that real wood blinds should not go in areas with high moisture (kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms) and that blackout blinds tend to be used in areas where people sleep. Other than that, however, the sky is the limit and it is all down to what you like.
Some people say that you should have a consistent look that is neutral. This is because blinds often last longer than a home’s overall décor, which means that it is better to pick something that will go with various different looks. Others completely disagree and say that blinds should actually be the focal point of any room. This just goes to show how important it is to make up your own mind.
The information below has been designed to help you lift a little bit of the veil of options that are out there. You are the only one, however, who can make the final decision in terms of what you want and what you need.
The Main Terminology
There are three pieces of jargon that you must know about when it comes to the world of blinds. These are:
These are really the three main categories of blinds for the home, although there are some subcategories as well.
Venetian blinds are available in aluminum (sometimes marketed as ‘mini blinds’), wood and eco wood (sometimes marketed as ‘faux wood’. Aluminum blinds, as the name suggests, are made from aluminum and tend to be the most affordable on the market today. Wooden blinds are considered the most stylish, but they are also the most expensive. Eco wood blinds are preferred options for many people, as they enable them to have a wood-like look without the price tag. Furthermore, since eco wood is generally made from some sort of vinyl, they also come in a range of other designs, including very funky, brightly colored ones.
Which Blind Goes in Which Room?
There is no law to say that you can only put Roman blinds in a bedroom and vertical blinds on large windows. However, it is likely that you will have some personal preferences. Additionally, although laws don’t exist, advice does. Vertical blinds simply do work better on larger windows and doors. If you insist on putting a horizontal blind on your patio door, that is your prerogative, but it is likely that the blind will break quite quickly.
Spend some time speaking to your blinds consultant before you decide which one to buy.