G&C Professional Home Improvements, located in Southampton-Hampshire, are experts in commercial and residential improvements. Amongst our services are supplying and fitting blinds, but with so many options now available, deciding which blinds are best for your home can prove a difficult task.
Why choose blinds?
Blinds are very useful, as they are so adjustable; the slats can stay closed tightly for privacy and light control, or they can be tilted open to allow only the desired amount of light. They can also be attractive to those with a limited budget.
The first thing you will need to decide is the width of the slat. Generally, blinds come in the following standard sizes: ½ inch, 1 inch and 2 inches. The most popular is the ½ inch, as they give homes a more contemporary feel. The 1-inch slats, however, are slightly less expensive, as they take less labour to manufacture and are a compromise between the widest and narrowest blinds. If you want a less modern and more old-fashioned look, then you should consider the 2-inch slates.
Slats can be arranged vertically or horizontally. Vertical blinds are typically designed for sliding glass doors or wide window expanses, as they stack off to the side- instead of being at the top of the window.
People tend to ask about matching the colour of their blinds with the colour scheme of the room. This is a personal choice, but tends to be advised against if you can see yourself changing the colour scheme, or relocating. Choosing a natural colour which is close to the colour of the window trim tends to be the safest option as it will not become outdated or put off potential buyers.
Another consideration is how you want your blinds to raise and lower. This can be top-down, bottom-up, or a combination of both. Light and privacy will be two determining factors, when making this decision.
Types of Blinds
There are many types of blinds to consider. You may opt for roller blinds, which are made from specially treated or stiffened material. You could purchase these off-the-peg, have them made specially or purchase a kit and make your own. They can be operated by using a spring mechanism- which is the safest option for young children- or beaded side controls. These are useful in functional spaces, like bathrooms or, if made from sheer fabric, behind curtains. If your aim is to completely exclude light, you should opt for a blackout roller blind.
Swedish- or roll up- blinds is another option. These can easily be made at home, but they are best suited for windows, which will not be regularly used- as they require a lot of adjusting. To make an impact, you should consider using a contrasting fabric as lining.
Venetian blinds are horizontal slats, which can be used to make narrow spaces look wider. These are typically made of aluminium, or wood. They are available in several widths and colours. To control the amount of light let into a room, the level of the slats is raised or lowered.
Finally, there are also wood blinds, which prove a popular option. Compared to aluminum blinds, these give a more organic feel. Faux wood has its advantages- over real- being considerably cheaper, and less susceptible to moisture issues. This makes them ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
G&C Professional Home Improvements are always happy to answer any blind-related queries. Please find our contact information here, if you would like to receive any more information.