Some tips to consider when shopping for suitable blinds.
Shopping for window blinds not only involves choosing the right size, shape, and style but the colour as well. You want your shades to complement your décor and not look out of place.
Here are a few handy tips to keep in mind when deciding on the best blinds for your windows.
1. Go white for light.
Window blinds in white or cream are great for kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms as they allow more natural light into these areas. Light colours also create a softer and brighter look and feel.
When installing blinds in bedrooms, you could use darker shades to help block out the light while sleeping. Some even prefer blackout blinds or curtains to keep the room totally dark.
In addition to colour, the choice of fabric is another consideration when ordering window blinds. For example, roller blinds made of sheer fabric are great for the living room but not for the bedroom.
If the hot Australian sun can fade concrete, it can do the same to fabric. If you prefer light colours for your window blinds, choose dyed fabrics with a colour fastness rating of 5 or higher.
2. Match your décor.
Each room in your home is most likely styled differently, so it is best to choose a window covering style that matches each theme.
For country homes, natural and earthy colours work best. However, if your home has a modern, contemporary style, look for brighter shades.
A coastal theme would feature light blues and pastel greens.
If you love the minimalist look, stick to white, black, and streaks of grey.
For the Bohemian fan, layers of yellow, brown, green, blue, and red are the most popular.
Mixing different colours can make a room look busy and confusing. If you want to play with different hues, pick slight variations of a single colour. For example, you can combine beige, sand, ecru, and cream.
You can also choose a different style to match the room. Try roller blinds in the bedroom, sheer curtains in the living room, and waterproof shutters in the kitchen and bath.
You don’t have to pick the same colour for the entire house but make sure your window coverings complement the interior.
3. Add pops of colour for a modern feel.
Your window blinds do not always have to take a backseat. Sometimes it can be the highlight feature of a room. Let your personality shine through with bold pops of colour. Just make sure it does not clash with your furniture.
If you are going for a sophisticated look, consider choosing two colours for your window blinds. Some common colour combinations in modern homes are black and white or red on black.
While a neutral palette is classic and elegant, do not be afraid to play with bold, bright colours if your home has a contemporary style.
4. Create space.
The colour of your window covering can have an impact on the size of a room. Light colours make a room look bigger than it is while dark colours make a room feel smaller.
Dark colours also absorb light, which makes them feel heavier.
If you are going for a striped pattern, choose vertical stripes to create an illusion of a higher ceiling or horizontal stripes to make the room look wider.
As mentioned earlier, light colours can soften a room – making it feel open and airy. Roller blinds are also great at creating space.
5. No more than three colours.
Do not make the mistake of combining too many colours in one room. Even if you love a rainbow theme, resist the temptation to crowd your space with competing hues.
Stick to the three-colour rule of design. This means choosing one primary colour and two complementary colours.
6. Balance lighting with privacy.
The translucency of the materials is another important consideration when shopping for window covers. Translucency refers to the amount of light that can penetrate through an object.
Window blinds have different levels of translucency, so you have plenty of options when choosing a style. Finding the right balance between allowing natural light in and keeping those peering eyes out is key.
Blockout blinds are made of a special fabric that totally blocks off light, so they offer 100% privacy. Blockout blinds do not necessarily come in black or any dark shade. The term refers to the fabric and not the colour. Therefore, you can go for a light colour while still preventing light from coming in.
Two other popular styles of translucent blinds are sunscreen blinds and light-filtering blinds.
Sunscreen blinds are designed to reflect heat and glare to keep your interior cool during the sweltering summer months.
Meanwhile, light-filtering blinds allow enough light in while still protecting your privacy.
7. Lighter colour less maintenance
Window blinds are generally easy to maintain, but did you know that the material’s colour can have an impact on how often you would have to clean them?
Dust is more visible on dark-coloured blinds than lighter shades, so you know when it’s time to bring the duster out.
If cleaning is something that you schedule once a year, you probably should get a lighter colour that will look pristine until your next deep clean.
Choosing the right colour for your blinds is always a personal choice. There are no hard and fast rules, but you can keep these tips in mind when it is time to decide.
Contact Blinds Deal for your window blinds.
Whether you are choosing lighter or darker blinds, Binds Deal can help you determine what is suitable for your home. We carry a wide variety of roller blinds, PVC blinds, vertical blinds, and venetian blinds in custom sizes and prints. Our basswood and cedar blinds are sourced from environmentally responsible timber plantations, and we offer a no-fuss replacement warranty for your peace of mind.