Looking for the best motorised window blinds for your space? Then we have got just the advice you need. Blinds can enhance the decor of your room, whilst providing functional and thermal benefits. The two most popular types of blinds are roller blinds or freehanging blinds. Both these blinds can be fairly versatile enough to work in most spaces.
When selecting your blinds you will need to think about practicality as well as the design. Blocking out light in a child’s bedroom for instance may be different than requiring a semi-transparent blind for a relaxed living space where light control is more important.
Blinds can also be fitted in various positions such as inside or outside a recess. If you are fitting your blinds on the outside of a recess, we recommend at least a 40mm overlap on both sides and at the bottom so excess light won’t seep around the edges.
Freehanging blinds are available in manual alternatives if motorisation is not your go to, however we highly recommend purchasing motorised blinds for the added convenience, functionality and child safety aspects. Freehanging blinds are manufactured in Honeycomb or Duette fabric which is a specially designed cellular structured fabric that traps air between its layer to help provide thermal benefits. The fabrics also come in a wide choice of colours and opacities, whilst the hardware comes as standard in white or anthracite grey with powder coating always an option for a more bespoke finish.
There are a number of different blind styles and categories to choose from, and the right type of blind will come down to preference, and your chosen space.
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Modern and practical, roller blinds are by far the most popular blind in any category. Available in a range of different colours and sizes, they can be also housed in an 70mm open-cassette system which comes in grey, black and white as standard. Roller blinds are great for spaces with minimal head height such as bi-fold doors.
The perfect solution for any bedroom, blackout blinds are designed to completely block out light entering a room. They are ideal for bedrooms, and a great solution for those who tend to work in the evenings, and want to rest during the day. Blackout blinds come in a wide range of sizes and styles. They can also be fitted behind other window treatments such as curtains.
Roman blinds are known for their simplicity and elegance, they sit straight and hang flat when closed, and form a neat pleat gathering when open. They operate by using a spooled mechanism which is hidden from view behind the fabric. They are the perfect choice for something a little more special.
Venetian blinds are essentially composed of a number of horizontal slats. Usually made from either wood or metal, these can be raised, tilted and lowered to control the amount of light flow. These blinds are available in a wide range of colours, styles and sizes, in addition to different widths of horizontal slats.
Vertical blinds are composed of vertical wide slats, which hang down from a horizontal rail. They can be manoeuvred to be tilted or drawn to control the light that enters a space. Vertical blinds are a common choice for larger windows and office spaces as they are a cost-effective solution, however they do can be prone to issues over time with the slats becoming tangled and faulty.
Which blinds work best in the bedroom?
The best blinds for bedrooms in our opinion would be freehanging cellular blinds in a blackout fabric. Not only do they maximise the amount of excess light escaping through the side of the window, they add a touch of texture and warmth that roller blinds struggle to achieve.
Which blinds work best in the kitchen?
In kitchens we highly recommend roller blinds, they fit perfectly above bi-fold doors and don’t encroach on headroom when walking through the bi-folds. Roller blinds are also much easier to clean than roman or venetian blinds and most come with wipeable fabrics.
Which blinds are best for a conservatory?
We can appreciate on those warm summer days, conservatories can become too hot and stuffy. Freehanging cellular blinds are a great way of regulating the amount of light and heat that enters through, whilst maintaining a level of privacy. The Honeycomb or Duette fabric in cellular blinds can help reflect the heat out in summer and also retain the heat inside in winter.