The homeowner’s guide to choosing the right blinds
Redesigning a room (or if you’re very daring/crazy, your entire home) can be a mammoth task. Deciding on how to dress your windows is often a final consideration for many people, as they are more concerned with other factors like what kind of carpet to choose, or what kind of furniture to get. The truth is that no one factor is more or less important than another in putting a room together, because all of the different elements are going to be working together to create a look that is made of all the parts. As an interior designer, I am often called on to create a look for my clients that adheres to a particular style, and sometimes people just want to emulate something that they’ve seen in a magazine. No matter what, I always tell that they need to inject their own personal style and that we’ll go from there. I wanted to take some time to help out homeowners who are looking to choose some new blinds.
Choosing New Blinds
The most important thing when you’re choosing new blinds is to ensure that you’re striking the right balance between privacy, light, and an attractive aesthetic for your home. It’s no good if your blinds are beautiful but let in too much light, or if they’re the perfect black-out blinds but they’re ugly as sin. Heinous blinds are a definite no-no in my book. As I’m based in Victoria, I’m always working with clients who need a good set of blinds that are able to block the summer sun, but keep in the heat in winter. Recently, I was shopping for some Ziptrak blinds in Melbourne (and I have to say I’m a little bit obsessed with these lately) and installed some in the bedroom for a client who was looking for a light blocking blind that was child safe (she has three young children). The Ziptrak blinds are very easy to use and have done away with cables and cords that can pose a potential risk and hazard to young children. They also block the light completely if required and are attractive too – so it’s a big plus in my book.
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Choosing Blinds For Each Room In Your Home
Kitchen – When you’re choosing blinds for your kitchen, you need to think about the fact that you potentially spend a fair bit of time in the kitchen, either preparing and eating food or socialising with friends and family. As such, you need an easy-to-clean blind that is pleasant to look at but that can also block out light when needed.
Bedroom – The bedroom needs to be a retreat and as such, you should choose blinds that are easy to open and close, and that block out the light when you need them to for privacy and for a nice dark space to sleep in.
Living Room – The living room is often the hub of the home, so you need to invest in a quality blind that is elegant, sleek and that adds to the appeal of your room. You can match blinds to your existing colour palette easily with the right suppliers.
Interior/Exterior Spaces – Your patio or decking area is going to be a high traffic spot come the long hot days of summer, so make sure that you have blinds that are easy to put out of the way, and easy to close up once the party has made its way indoors!
image via allweatherblinds.com.au
I hope that this short piece on how to choose the right blinds for your home has been a helpful addition to your research on dressing your windows, and that you get the best possible blinds for your home. All the best with your home decorating!