Planning to spurn the romantic billowing of curtains for the sleek aesthetics of blinds? We got you covered.
Curtains or blinds? That’s the dilemma every home owner faces when it comes to shielding their windows to protect their modesty. While curtains undoubtedly add warmth to a room, they do add a certain ‘weight’ too. For rooms that are already small or have small windows, this may make the room look claustrophobic. Blinds may offer an alternative. With the large array of blinds in all materials and types to suit home themes ranging from Scandinavian to industry-chic, homeowners are spoiled for choice. Here’s a glossary of the common ones.
Most common and popular style. When you pull a string at the side, the horizontal slats raise and each slat is pressed into the one above it. Comes in various materials like wood, faux wood, plastic, metal or aluminium. Also available in Mini blinds (usually with slats of about 1” thick) or Micro blinds (usually about 0.5” thick).
Feature individual vertical slats that run along a track at the top of the blind. Popular for patio doors or floor to ceiling windows.
Great for very large windows for patio doors. These come in sections which move along a track when you open or close them.
Functions like the horizontal Venetian blinds but Pleated Shades are made from one piece of material (usually fabric or paper) that folds like an accordion as it is raised or lowered. Offers a softer option to Venetian blinds.
Looks like cells, as the name suggests. Made of similar materials as Pleated Shades but instead of just one accordion-like piece, cellular shades consist of two pieces glued together to form an open middle pocket. This provides insulation, which works great to block out some noise as well as keep homes warm in winter or cool in summer.
A traditional style that is still much loved today. Made of fabric of various weights and thickness. Go fancy with glossy faux silk to dress up your room, or opt for polyester/cotton blends, linen, damasks or Jacquard fabrics in a dizzying array of colours and patterns. To block out light more efficiently, you can add blackout linings. Thermal linings are available if you live in wintry conditions.
Made from synthetic or natural fabrics, Roller Shades are very easy to use as you just have to roll them up and down. Prices range from very affordable ones with simple mechanism in full display, to higherend nes with valances and cornices. Also come with blackout and thermal linings.
A hybrid of blinds and curtains, these are made from one piece of fabric and comes with ties at the bottom of the shade. To raise the shade, you roll it up and then tie it in place. This pretty style adds a soft touch and looks great in a country-style home!