Window blinds are different from window shutters. Blinds are attachments covering glass doors and windows but are fixed independently from the window or door with an independent mechanism whereas, and shutters are fixed on the jambs themselves. Choosing the right blinds for the space you wish to fit in can be a daunting task. More so if you are unaware of the various types of blinds available, their material, and their functionality. Blinds are of various types like Venetian blinds, roman blinds, wooden blinds, cellular blinds, and more.
Let us look at some of the most popular types of blinds and their availability in various materials:
Timber Venetian Blinds
Venetian blinds are the most well-known term by which most of us refer to all types of window and door blinds. The fact is that Venetian blinds are just one amongst the many types of blinds that come in multiple materials like plastic and timber.
Venetian blinds are equipped with a control rod mechanism that helps adjust the louvres to control the amount of sunlight filtering through the window. Generally, Venetian blinds come in plastic and metal, but you can order in timber wood. Timber Venetian blinds are made of pure wood and polished and varnished to retain their natural design and look, giving the room an elegantly warm feel and look. These blinds are not water-proof, thus should not be fitted in any space with water or moisture. It’s best to avoid bathrooms and wet areas in the kitchen. They are heat resistant thus can withstand the direct heat of the sun. Wooden blinds are intrinsically mood creators, especially during winters and in spaces like mountain or ski lodges. Wooden blinds are more expensive than the other types of blinds.
Retractable Outdoor Blinds
Retractable blinds are blinds for the outdoors. A flexible mechanical system that helps control the amount of sunlight filtering in the house/space. The mechanism is spring-loaded, making it easier to pull up and down with the attached handle. These blinds are not affected by extreme temperatures and are best suited for smaller areas like your porch. The system also comes with stainless steel snap locks which are secure in multiple positions. The aluminium cables or stainless steel side cables are treated to all kinds of weather. The blinds are anti-static, durable, hardy and easy to clean.
Cellular blinds are also known as honeycomb blinds due to their geometrical shaped folds that resemble a honeycomb. They are available in single and double layers known as single-cell and double-cell. Although the popular conception is that cellular blinds are outdated, this is not the case. They are the best options when decorating on a budget and a very practically suitable choice. Cellular blinds come in many options in terms of their construction design, material and colours. You can choose from opaque or translucent, depending on the amount and direction of the sunlight shining in your space. For example, the black cellular blinds completely block out the undesired light from entering. They come in multiple colour options to complement the décor of the space.
Knowing your space and its needs and having a basic understanding of the different kinds of blinds available will help you make an informed decision in consultation with an expert in the field. Picking the suitable blind for both the interiors and exterior would hold you in good stead for a long time. Make sure the measurements for the blinds are adequately taken, keeping in mind the extra few inches to cover the boundary areas from filtering in light and heat.