When choosing window coverings for your home, you need to factor in how they appear and how they'll enhance a room's design. You also need to consider how they let you control the flow of light. Here are three types of blinds, with the best attributes of each outlined.
Roller blinds are one of the sleekest window coverings, consisting of a flat rectangular piece of fabric. They're not filled with vertical or horizontal lines or drapes and folds. Thus, if you want a minimal aesthetic, roller blinds are a great choice. To make a room seem more spacious, install blinds that match the wall colour to smooth the transition between the two surfaces, so it's not obvious.
A dual roller blind model allows for the most light control, as you can draw the block out blind during the night and pull down a sunscreen blind during the day. If you have a beautiful view of a back garden or a stunning birds-eye vista of a city or suburbs, roller blinds are one of the best options. You can simply pull down the sunscreen blind to filter the UV rays. While you'll notice some screening of the view, the window will remain free and uncluttered. Roller blinds maximise your connection to the outdoors.
One reason you may love vertical blinds is because of the elegant look they evoke. Their repeating vertical slats visually push a ceiling upwards and make it seem higher, so the room will feel airier.
If your home features expansive glass doors at the back of the house that lead to a patio, vertical blinds are ideal, as they can cover a broad area. If you install several vertical blinds in a row, the join between each one will be seamless and barely noticeable. On the other hand, if you install Venetian blinds across a broad wall of glass doors, you'll need several separate blinds. The joints between each blind will be prominent and look cluttered.
Vertical blinds are convenient, too, if you install a style that's not joined along the bottom of the vertical slats. If they're not linked, you can walk through the blind at any point and go outside. You don't have to pull the blinds upwards to get out like you would have to with roller or Venetian blinds, which you can't walk through.
Venetian blinds give windows a classic textured look with their repeated horizontal slats, contrasting with the smoothness of the wall. These coverings provide plenty of material options, each of which creates a different look. For example, you might opt for stained or painted timber blinds or white faux-timber designs that you can install in a bathroom. If you have a home office, you could fit an aluminium blind.
The louvred design lets you control the direction of light while creating a pleasant dappled lighting show in the room. You can easily angle the louvres to deflect light rays towards the ceiling, for example, and away from a computer or TV screen.