When it comes to buying blockout blinds for the home, whether it’s to increase privacy, blockout the sun or just prefer the look, there are plenty of options on the market.
Blockout Blinds vs Sheer Blinds
Let’s start by talking about the difference between blockout blinds and sheer blinds. Put simply, the difference between the two is the transparency of the fabric. With blockout blinds, you cannot see out and no one can see in, the fabric is not see-through. Compared to sheer blinds where both you can see out and people can see in.
Blockout blinds, also known as blackout blinds, are perfect for media rooms, bedrooms, living rooms or rooms with a television. Most blind types come in a blockout fabric, some options include, Honeycomb Blinds, Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds and Motorised Blinds. Other blind types such as Venetian Blinds don’t necessarily have different fabric transparencies due to the natural of the materials used to make the blind however, Venetian Blinds can still have blockout features.
Custom Made Blockout Blinds vs Readymade Blockout Blinds
When it comes to buying blinds, especially blockout blinds, ensuring the perfect fit for your windows is essential, so let’s talk about the different between custom made and readymade.
Readymade blockout blinds are made to a bunch of different sizes, limited in fabric and colour options and often are the cheap solution to window coverings. Finding readymade blind that fit perfectly for your window size can be tricky and this can result in blinds which are too small or oversized and require some DIY adjustments.
Custom made blockout blinds are made to the exact size you specify, ensuring that they will fit perfectly within your window size. Having custom made blinds manufactured also means you have the option to customise your blind from the fabric colour and transparency, to the chain or cord colour, right down to the bracket colour. This will ensure your custom made blinds will work perfectly with your décor scheme.
Types of blockout blinds
Most blind types have a blockout fabric transparency option and blind types that aren’t made with fabric usually have blockout capabilities. Let’s take a look at the different blind types in a bit more depth and some of the other features they have.
Roman blinds are a sophisticated blind type that adds class to any room in the home. They come in a blockout fabric and function by gathering panels of the blockout fabric together with cording. Roman Blinds are a classic choice for the bedroom, where blocking out the morning sun is essential.
Roller blinds remain the most popular blind type for Australian families. They are simple, suit all décor styles, come in a blockout fabric option and also come in a day and night option which allows you to have both light filtering and blockout fabric in one. Roller blinds work in almost any room in the home and are a budget friendly option.
Honeycomb blinds are one of the most versatile blind types on the market, not only offering blockout fabric options but also available in an array of different models to suit almost any window type. They also have excellent insulation properties with their unique cellular structured fabric, trapping air within the pockets creating layers of insulation, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. They are a perfect solution for bedrooms, living rooms, and in well ventilated bathrooms and kitchens.
Timber and Timber Look Venetian Blinds
Whilst they may not have a blockout fabric option, Venetian blinds are designed with privacy in mind and now come with patented Privacy Slats which minimise the number of holes in the slats. Both Timber and Timber Look Venetian Blinds have a timeless style and add texture to the home. Timber Look Venetian Blinds are perfect for bathrooms and kitchens where moisture is present.
Motorised blinds come in both Roller and Honeycomb Blind types. They are available in blockout fabrics and are an excellent solution for those with hard to reach windows or those wanting to modernise the home and add a touch of the ‘wow factor’.
Why choose blockout blinds
Blockout blinds are great for those wanting to blockout sunlight, increase privacy and stop preying eyes, create complete darkness for the perfect night’s sleep and the ultimate solution for media rooms where complete darkness is required. When it comes to choosing if blockout blinds are the solution for you, firstly consider each room in the home and if a blockout blind is the answer.
Kitchen – in the kitchen blockout blinds may not be the solution for everyone. However, if you find the sun coming through your windows or privacy to be an issue, then Blockout Roller Blinds are a great solution. They can be easily cleaned and maintained in an area that can easily get messy.
Bedroom – privacy and light control in the bedroom are considered two of the most important factors that people consider when buying blinds for the bedroom. Blockout Honeycomb Blinds are the most suitable solution to meet both privacy and light control needs. As an added bonus, Honeycomb Blinds offer great insulation properties which is perfect for bedrooms.
Bathroom – privacy in a bathroom is of the utmost importance to most people, more so for those who live on a busy street or potential for passers-by. A Blockout Roller Blind would be a suitable option if the bathroom is well ventilated. This will prevent anyone from peering into the bathroom and give you 100% privacy when you need it.
Living room – the living room is usually a space where you go to watch TV or a place where visitors to your home gather. Installing Blockout Roman Blinds will help to prevent any sun glare on your TV by blockout the sun when required. Roman Blinds also have a classy style which works perfectly in living rooms and an array of colour options to suit all décor styles.
Blockout blinds to suit your décor
Blockout blinds come in an array of different fabric patterns, textures and colours in each different blind type. When it comes to match your blockout blinds to your décor it is mostly personal preference and whether or not you want to blend or go bold.
If you are wanting to blend your new blockout blinds into your existing décor, then sticking to neutral colours is the best option. Whites, creams, greys and taupe are all within the neutral colour tones and a safe option. If you are wanting to go bold, then you can achieve this either through colour, pattern or texture. Making your blockout blinds a statement in the room can be a great way to dress up your windows. Choose an accent colour within your décor and choose a similar colour tone for your blockout blinds. This will help to keep a similar theme within the space and make it feel more open and inviting.
Blockout blinds are a window coverings solution that can work in any home and work with any décor style. With a multitude of options to choose from, blockout window blinds can help to prevent the sun from entering the home, protecting your furniture and your precious sleep.