How Do I Choose Window Blinds for My Home?

Help With Choosing Window Blinds For Your Home.

Just about every house in the country has windows. Large ones, small ones, bay windows, skylights, frosted windows and many more.

There are as many types of windows as there are types of houses. 

So first of all, work out your type of house, the window that you need window blinds for and you’re off to a great start!

Then you’ll get the next stage of measuring and ordering through Yorkshire Blinds. However, before you get to that stage, this blog will advise as to how you can decide which types of window blinds will be best for your needs.

What Type of House Do You Live In?

Depending on where you live will often predict the type of house you live in.

Your home is often the most expensive thing you’ll buy in your lifetime.

More often than not, you will also move home several times as you progress on life’s path.

Yet one thing remains a constant and that’s you’ll always have windows to let in the light, the fresh air and reveal views of your surroundings.

And these windows will need covering with quality window dressings or blinds to give you shade, privacy and security. 

From your first student house where your room was your kingdom to your first flat; from the first modest terraced house to a more spacious semi; from that to a detached house or a bungalow, each house will have different window sizes, all needing the correct coverings.

What Type of Blinds Are There?

There are approximately six main types of blinds that in themselves can have countless designs, fabrics, textures and sizes.

The six most popular types of blinds are roller, Venetian, pleated, Roman, vision and vertical.

Each type of blind has its own qualities and advantages. 

In order to choose the type of blind that will suit a room, first of all consider what you want from your window covering.

Are you wanting complete privacy?
Are you needing to let in more light into the room?

Are you needing something that sets off the room?

Are you wanting something functional?

Where Will Your Window Blind Fit?

Okay so you might think this has an obvious answer … in the window!
Actually, it’s more complex than that. 

The main two elements to consider are: will your blind fit inside the window recess or outside it.

If you have a room with smaller dimensions, with limited wall space, then blinds should be fitted inside the window recess. This means less room is taken up by the blinds.

However, if you have a larger room then you can fit a blind that reaches outside the window recess.

The advantage is that this can let less light in so if you wanting less light coming into the room, then this is an option if you have sufficient space.

Most blind types can fit either inside or outside the widow recess and with careful measuring, you should be able to have the right blinds for each window in your home.

Roller Blinds

With its easy-to-use cord pull at one side, roller blinds can be pulled up or let down again to let in light, or block it out as needed.

They are simple to use and tend to be most affordable.

They are also versatile in their vast choice of colour and designs.

Today, most roller blinds also have a protective coating making them suitable for rooms with lots of moisture such as bathroom, kitchens and even conservatories.

Venetian Blinds

These classic blinds add style to any room.

They do require regular dusting and cleaning however their overall impression within a room is impressive.

The Venetian blind consists of horizontal slats that have a cord mechanism at the side to alter the angles of the of the slats.

The slat themselves can be made of plastic, metal or wood.

This type of blind is particularly impressive in rooms with larger windows. 

Pleated Blinds

As the name suggests, these are very easy to use and if you have young children in your household, these make a great choice.

If you are going for a blind fitting within the window recess, these are good choice. 

They’re also a good choice if you have French doors. 

They can also help insulate a room.

Again, like roller blinds, the choice of fabrics and designs are pretty limitless.

Roman Blinds

Stylish and contemporary despite their heritage, Roman blinds have a pulley mechanism that pulls up the fabric into soft folds, and lets them down again when needed.

Due the nature of its design, a Roman blind is often made of fabric and as such is best in bedrooms and living areas, which include other soft furnishings too.

Vision Blinds

Very much the new kids on the block, vision blinds are a relatively new innovation and are sometimes referred to as day and night blinds.

They’ve also been known as twist blinds.

The design includes two layers of opaque and translucent woven strips that move independently and slide past each other, creating differing levels of light entry.

These are particularly effective in conservatories, orangeries or rooms with large windows.

Vertical Blinds

As the name suggests, these blinds consist of vertical strips usually connected by beads and are fitted to a sliding track at the top.

They are usually operated by a wand or similar.

These types of blinds are functional and are good for an office or workshop environment.

Other Types of Blinds

Velux® Blinds are very popular for skylights as they fit perfectly in the window itself. 

They can often be black out varieties where at night time (or during the day which is great for shift workers) no light is let in at all.

Ultimately, The Choice is Yours

While the advice in this blog is hopefully helpful, ultimately the choice is yours to make.

Yorkshire Blinds is known throughout the county for its quality window blind products. 

Visit the Yorkshire Blinds shop to find out more!