For me no window is quite complete without a stylish and functional blind that not only provides you with privacy and shade but can also add a splash of colour and pattern to your chosen interior space. Alone or partnered with a chic set of curtains; blinds will create an added feature and focal point within your home.
With a wide selection of designs and materials available we have selected 5 of the most popular styles of blind that will transform any room into a cosy and sophisticated setting.
The pleated design of Roman blinds have made them a popular choice for many people as they look elegant and neatly folded in their heightened position but form a smooth and sleek surface area when dropped to their full length. This allows any patterns or prints to be appreciated in full and makes them a perfect choice for tall or wide window areas. Their simple folding design can be adjusted to a variety of heights to allow full control of the light entering the room whilst always showing a flash of colour, even when fully folded. This style of blind is particularly popular in kitchens and conservatories due to its classic style and simplicity.
Recent statistics have shown that vertical blinds are now the most popular style of blind across the UK as they can give a subtle and stylish finish to both contemporary and traditional home interiors. These sleek blinds can come in a vast range of finishes from simple linen, to glamorous glitters and suit both small and compact windows as well as large and wide patio doors. Available in plain colours and patterned styles you can make a real statement with your window dressing or match them to your existing furnishings for a more subtle finish and appearance. Their long and streamline slatted appearance can be tilted to allow a stream of light into the room or fully closed for a overlapping visual finish. These blinds work particularly well in living rooms and bedroom areas.
During the 20th century Venetian blinds became hugely popular in the homes and offices of the UK as their simple louvred style allowed a complete regulation of light into an interior space. Today they are still a popular choice with many people and their style and finish has come a long way from its first, basic incarnation. One of the most recognisable versions of the Venetian blind is the metal slatted finish that can come in a variety of colours and metallic coatings such as simple white or glistening chrome for a more modern and sleek appearance. More recently wooden slatted versions have become particularly popular as they add warmth and texture to even the most neutral of interior spaces. This style of blind works extremely well in offices, kitchens and dining room areas.
With one of the most simple mechanisms of all the blind styles, roller blinds are a popular choice for those who prefer a quick and low maintenance window dressing within their chosen room. With a basic up and down motion you can adjust the flow of light and shade within the home whilst retaining a streamlined and uninterrupted finish. The full length, sleek surface area of roller blinds makes them perfect for showcasing bold patterns, prints or designs and can also be printed with a photographic image for a truly personalised finish that is great for children’s rooms. The straight edged design will look great on even the smallest of window areas and works particularly well in kitchens, bedrooms and office areas.
Sliding blinds are a recent addition to the blind family and are the perfect way of showcasing your French or patio style doors and work extremely well in modern homes with large wall to wall glass and expansive window areas. These elegant blind panels simply slide back until they are stacked behind one another allowing them to be drawn back fully or closed in stages for controlled light and shade within a chosen space. These blinds come in a wide range of colours and patterns and can also feature cut out patterns (left) for a bright and illuminating focal point. These blinds look fantastic in living rooms, dining rooms and kitchen areas.
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