Window dressing is an important part of how your room looks and feels. But it also has a practical element by keeping the warm in and the light out. Blinds are a stylish way to furnish your windows, and even your doors, with clean lines and a simplistic look. They are easy to fit, can be cut to size so they fit perfectly and are more cost effective than made to measure curtains. Cleaning them too is easier. Plus, with a range of styles and colours, there is plenty to choose from. Look at our blinds buying guide for great tips on choosing the right blind for the right room, and how to measure perfectly.
The simplest type and the most popular. As the name suggests, they are a roll of material, fixed to the top of your window, with a mechanism that allows you to pull the material down. They are available in many colours and styles, providing a block of colour or pattern. Also, easy to fit and clean, they look great in any room. If you are kitting out the kid’s bedroom, or maybe even your own, a blackout roller is made of a special material that keeps the light out, helping you all sleep better.
These are sometimes called horizontal blinds as they are made up of horizontal slats, that you can open or shut as much as you choose. This allows you to control how much light you let in. There is also a cord that allows you to pull them all the way up if you wish. Wooden blinds feel natural and warm, where as vinyl and metal look more contemporary, and are also better suited to kitchens and bathrooms as they won’t absorb the steam from the room.
These too are made up of many slats, but vertical. Usually made from fabric or vinyl, they are a great option for large or French windows and patio doors. They come in mainly neutral, simple colours and because of the fabric material, can give a softer, warmer feeling than metal blinds.
Blinds can help with keeping the light out. Pick blackout rollers for the bedroom, they will help block the sun’s rays on lazy Sunday mornings. Looking for nursery curtains with the same handy functions? A detachable baby blind allows you to achieve a cocooning effect, so your little one can snooze whenever and wherever. Beds are key to a good lie-in and a healthy night’s sleep. Choose one with the right support and in a size perfect for your room. If space is abundant, indulge in a king or even super king size bed. A clean room helps create a calm atmosphere, so pick a range of bedroom furniture to store all your clothes away in.
In the living room, match your blinds to your snuggly new fabric sofa and add some colour to your room with a few scatter cushions. Budding bookworms will love curling up on funky beanbags, and will need the right lights, so pop on a table lamp to save those eyes when you are engrossed in that book! Windows need a spot of cleaning? Give them a quick once-over with a Karcher window vac - it’ll give a sparkly, crystal clear sheen, and make your room and the window blinds look great.