Deciding on the type of window treatments for your home can be a daunting prospect. Windows are one of the most prominent architectural features and how you dress them will have an impact on your interior’s style.
Understanding a little about what window treatments are on offer will help you choose the right blinds or shutters for your home. This guide will discuss the aesthetics of the main window coverings available, as well as their functional and cost differences.
Key functions of window treatments
If you’ve recently moved into a new home or are in the process of updating your interior, replacing the tired or unsightly window treatments will dramatically change the look and feel of your space. It can also improve the functionality and value of your home.
There are a few key functions window coverings are specifically designed to do:
· Improve the appearance of the interior
· Filter light into the space
· Provide privacy
· Allow for air flow
· Retain heat
· Keep the interior cool
· Increase the home’s value
It’s important to keep these functions in mind when deciding which window treatment will best fit your needs and help you enhance the room.
All About Blinds
Blinds are a popular window treatment of choice due to the wide variety of designs and sizes offering versatility. Blinds are characterised by the horizontal and vertical slates of varying materials. There are several styles that can offer UV protection, thermal, privacy and fire compliance. Some blinds will provide an additional sheer fabric overlay to provide a level of privacy when the blinds are open.
Style of blinds
There are 5 main styles of blinds you may like to consider:
The horizontal slats of Venetian blinds and suspended cord allows you to control the amount of light and privacy you desire for the space. They’re typically made from timber or plastic and come in a variety of colours to suit your interior style.
Made of a soft fabric, roman blinds offer a sophisticated look. Raised roman blinds gather into pleats at the top of the window and when down, the fabric lies flat against the window. Roman blinds don’t offer the same flexibility to control the amount of light as Venetians, but depending on the thickness of the material, light may filter through when closed.
As they are made of fabric, roman blinds are not suitable in wet rooms, such as bathrooms.
Roller blinds are made of a thick and sturdy fabric that can be easily rolled up into a tube-like form to expose the entire window. Their plain appearance and simple mechanism make roller blinds one of the more affordable options and easiest to install. They’re often most useful for smaller spaces and short windows.
Blackout blinds are a type of roller blind that have been coated to prevent any light from penetrating through into the room. If you require a fully darken room such as in a child’s bedroom, blackout blinds are an affordable and effective option.
Light Filtering Blind
Light filtering blinds are made of a sheer fabric that offers a level of privacy whilst letting light into a space. Often these blinds are paired with blackout or roller blinds and remain closed most of the time.
The benefits of choosing blinds for your interior
There are several benefits of blinds you may like to consider when choosing the best window treatments for your home:
Blinds are one of the more affordable window coverings with roller blinds typically the less expensive option.
Light control and temperature
Depending on your choice of blind, they’re designed to filter light in and out of the interior. Blinds can filter the harsh sunlight and also block out any artificial lights in the evening to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. The ability to control the light helps you regulate the temperature of your home. Leave the blinds down on a hot summers day to keep it cool or open them up to warm your interior in winter.
Variety of materials and colours
Blinds are available in a wide range of materials from timber and plastic to fabric. They’re also available in a variety of colours to enable you to match your window coverings to your décor.
All About Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are highly desirable window treatments characterised by wide louvres (slats). While they tend to be more expensive than blinds, shutters can add a higher value to your home and offer greatly durability.
The benefits of choosing shutters for your interior
They’re a fixed feature
Shutters are designed and tailored to the exact measurements of your windows providing a seamless appearance. They’re a fixed feature of the home which can add value – an important asset when it’s time to sell your home. The fixed designed also means the window treatments won’t blow in the wind making noise or damaging your window surrounds.
Allow light control and air flow
The louvered design of shutters allows homeowners to control the level of light and allow air flow into the home. Shutters are considered one of the best options of window treatments if you’re looking to save energy.
A high level of safety
Unlike blinds, shutters don’t have any suspended cords to operate. This makes shutters a popular option for families with young children due to their high level of safety.
Typically made of timber or PVC, shutters are extremely durable and won’t require updating for many years. In fact, our timber shutters come with a 10-year warranty cover their quality and workmanship. Shutters are also very easy to clean and maintain.
Variety of materials and finishes
The most popular choice of materials is timber; however, shutters are also available in PVC and aluminium. These can come in a variety of colours and finishes designed to suit the interior trim of your home.
When choosing between blinds or shutters for your home consider the style of your interior as well as the functions.
If you require window treatments in a bathroom, shutters or Venetian blinds with a splash resistant finish are a more suitable option over roman blinds. In rooms you require total darkness, a blackout blind will be the most effective. For those rooms where you want to capitalise on the natural light and view while retaining privacy, consider Venetians, light filtering blind or shutters.
There is no wrong choice when it comes to window treatments. The choice ultimately comes down to your style preference and needs.