The blinds you end up choosing for your house will have a large impact on the feel and look of the room they are in, so it’s important that you choose the right style for your home.
Knowing a little about what’s out there can help you choose the blinds or shutters that fit your requirements and help you to best enhance your room.
What’s Available in Australia?
While new products come on the market every so often, there are typically 5 main choices when it comes to blinds:
- Light filtering
They are made of horizontal slats – usually plastic or wood – and are typically suspended by cords allowing every slat to be rotated together. This gives you exact control over the amount of light that enters the room and the amount of privacy that have. Venetian blinds are easy to install, are low maintenance and come in a wide range of designs and colours.
Roman blinds are usually made of soft fabrics. When the blinds are completely down, they lie flat against the window, but when raised they can be gathered into pleats. Considered stylish and sophisticated, roman blinds offer the user a good level of privacy and light blockage but are not suitable for rooms that attract moisture.
Plantation shutters are typically used as interior window covering and are characterised by a wide slat or louver. While they usually have a high cost up-front to buy and install, they are energy efficient and are highly durable.
Roller blinds use a more stiffened fabric that can be rolled up onto a tube when not in use. They are also durable, easy to operate and cost effective to purchase. Lastly, there are a huge range of fabrics, colours and finishes to choose from.
Usually considered a type of roller blind, these blinds have a coating preventing light from penetrating through them. Furthermore, they have all the advantages of roller blinds but with the added benefit of complete and utter privacy. A real winner for those who value their privacy!but with the added benefit of complete and utter privacy. A real winner for those who value their privacy!
With roller blinds and blackout blinds, many people also opt to have a double blind installed and add a light filtering blind which offers privacy as well. A light filtering blind is designed using a type of mesh and operates the same way as a roller blind does. It is positioned closes to the window underneath your roller blind and remains down actions as a screen; letting the light in, but blocking out neighbours and anyone trying to look in. They come in a wide range of colours, and the darker the blind, the more light that is let in, which is the opposite of what most people think.
So which is the Most Cost Efficient?
The cheapest of the blinds to buy and install are usually the vinyl or aluminium venetian blinds or vinyl roller blinds. Keep in mind that while these cost very little up-front they give you very little heat retention. To reduce any heat loss you want blinds that leave as few gaps for air to get through as possible so that air is trapped inside the room. Usually, shutters provide the best insulation as they can be closed with less air gaps than blinds and the efficiency savings over time usually offset their initial cost.
What Blinds Work Best For Bathrooms and Kitchens?
Window coverings for high moisture rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen need to be waterproof and easily cleanable. With regards to the bathroom, it also helps if the blinds are able to block out light to maintain your privacy. The key factor here in your choice is not the style of the blind but the material that it is made out of.
Wooden shutters and blinds will easily absorb moisture and quickly buckle. The best materials are usually made out of synthetic materials or acrylic-coated fabrics and you are able to purchase these in popular style choices such as venetian blinds and roller blinds.