Choosing the perfect window covering for your room can be a big task. Whether it’s for a new home or just updating your old window coverings, there are a number of factors you need to consider when it comes to picking the perfect blind and it can be tricky if you don’t know where to start.
With such a large variety of window covering options on the market it can be hard to decipher between them all and know which is the best options for you and your home. Before we take a look at the steps to finding the best window covering for your home, let’s take a look at a few of the window coverings available.
Roman blinds are a classic window dressing choice which can bring elegance and sophistication to any room, which is why they remain one of the most popular options for the home. Roman blinds work by gathering panels of material vertically and horizontally with fabric cording.
A simple yet classic blind that has been the quintessential blinds for Australian families for many years, the roller blind, also known as the holland blind can be a great budget friendly option and one that suits all decors.
Honeycomb blinds, sometimes referred to as cellular shades, are made with unique cellular structured fabric that traps air within their pockets to create layers of insulation. They also reduce noise from bustling streetscapes and rooms with hard flooring. With a wide variety of style available, it makes honeycomb blinds one of the most versatile blind types on the market.
Timber and Timber Look Venetian Blinds
Available in timber andtimber look (pvc/fauxwood),venetian blinds bring a natural look to your home which adds real character. Their timeless style and organic nature are perfect for both modern and contemporary spaces, adding elegance and texture to your home.
Aluminium Venetian Blinds
Crafted from lightweight materials and offering the ultimate in light, ventilation and privacy control, aluminium venetians give a classic sophisticated feel. Aluminium venetian blinds are also a good choice for those looking for a budget conscious option in window coverings.
Now that you have an idea of some different types of window coverings available, here are the steps you should follow so you can get the perfect blind for your home. Keep the different window covering types in mind as you make your way through each step. This will help to determine at the end which window covering option will work best in your home.
Step 1: Determine the purpose of the room
What is the type of room you are looking to purchase blinds for? Is it the lounge room, bedroom, bathroom or maybe a nursery? The purpose of the room will help to determine what type of fabric/material your blinds need to be made from. For example, for wet areas such as your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry, it’s important to choose a window covering that is water resistant such as pvc/fauxwood venetians. Another example is for a nursey or kids room, you will want a versatile blind that can blockout the sun during the day when your child is napping however also let in a decent amount of light during the day when your child is awake. One of the best window covering options for a bedroom would be a honeycomb day and night blind or a honeycomb top down bottom up blind. These allow for both privacy and protection from the sun, depending on the type of fabric chosen.
Step 2: The type of window or door will the window covering cover
Another important factor to consider is what type of window or door you are wanting to cover. When determining what you are wanting to cover also consider how the door or window is used. For example, if you have stacker doors which are a main access way to a veranda you may want to go with vertical honeycomb blinds to ensure privacy but also allow for ease of use for a utilised entryway.
Step 3: The colour of the window covering
Choosing the colour of the blind is mostly personal preference however the colour of your blind can play a large part in the overall style of your space. Whether you are looking for your window covering to blend in with the walls, match your current home décor or make a statement, there is a wide variety of fabric colours and patterns on the market that should suit your style.
Step 4: Measuring for your window
Measuring up your windows doesn’t have to be stressful however is a critical step in determining the most suitable type of blind for the room. Depending on the type of window or door you are wanting to cover, some blinds have limitations with sizing and measuring up your window can help to narrow down what type of blind is suitable for that room.
Step 5: Determine the purpose of the window covering
Now this might sound like a strange question however it may actually be one of the most important questions to consider before you purchase a window covering. Why are you purchasing this window covering? Is it for privacy? Insulation? Style? Kids room or child safety? There are numerous amounts of things to consider but try pick a few and find an option that meets most of them. Each type of window covering comes in a variety of different styles, so finding one that meets most of your needs should be doable. For privacy, try a blockout fabric and for a kid’s room and their safety choose a window covering option that is cordless.
With these five steps in mind and the different types of blinds available, you should now be able to determine what type of blind will be perfect for your home. The most important thing to remember is that it all comes down to personal preference. Everyone will have their own needs and wants when it comes to purchasing window coverings.
Remember, your window coverings aren’t just there for style and look, they also serve an important purpose for your home. Your blinds are a great way to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter and a great way to create that extra bit of privacy to keep away those nosy neighbours. Also, don’t be afraid to have different types of window coverings throughout the entire house. Each room of the home will have different requirements and not one types of blind may be able to meet all of those. You could also try blinds and curtains for that extra added bit of luxury and style. The last thing to consider is how you want to customise your window covering. This is a great way to add your own personal touch to the window covering and to ensure it works exactly how you planned in your home.
If you need a hand selecting the perfect blind for your space, speak to one of our Window Covering Consultants. They are experts when it comes to determining the perfect blind for your situation so give them a call on 1300 836 382.