With so many blinds to choose from, it can be hard to find the perfect set for your home.
But one great way to end up with the right blinds is to choose a set that matches your lifestyle. After all, if your blinds don’t match how you like to spend your time in your living space, then they will be a problem more than a solution.
To find blinds that match your lifestyle, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors:
How Much Light Do You Need?
Blocking sunlight is one of the things blinds are built for. But the amount of sunlight they block (and the way they do it) can vary between models.
Some types of blinds block the sun better than others, so you want to choose blinds that provide the level of protection you want.
If you prefer full sun blocking capabilities, then blockout blinds are your best choice. This is perfect if you want less sun in your rooms during the day (e.g. if you’re a night owl who sleeps a lot in the morning).
If you want to let more light in during the day, then choose light filtering blinds or sunscreens. These blinds still block the sun from your room, but they let in more sunlight thanks to their thinner and more see-through fabrics.
The good news is that many types of blinds come with blockout, sunscreen, and light filtering options, so you simply need to choose one that fits the style of your room.
Do You Want to Keep Your Rooms Private?
How much visibility do you want your blinds to have?
Like with sun protection, blockout blinds provide the most privacy. The thicker materials used minimises not only sunlight but also visibility (both from inside and out). Light filtering blinds may also do well for you, blocking enough visibility without filtering sunlight completely.
Sunscreens, on the other hand, are more see-through, providing light visibility through the fabric and more views outside.
If you want full privacy and discretion, then blockout blinds are the way to go. But if you prefer more views and visibility throughout the day, then sunscreens would likely be the better choice.
Do You Hate Cleaning?
If you don’t have much time to clean your blinds regularly, or if you simply want to clean them as little as possible, then choose blinds that are designed to be long-lasting and low-maintenance.
The good news is that many blinds fit this description, so you’ll have plenty to choose from for low-maintenance blinds. Roller blinds, roman blinds, vertical blinds, and panel glide blinds, for example, are less prone to collecting dirt and dust on their panels, making them easier to clean.
If you don’t mind spending a bit more time dusting and cleaning, then Venetian blinds will suit you well.
Got Any Kids or Pets?
If you have kids or pets, then you may need to be more conscious of the style and design of your blinds.
You’ll want to avoid blinds that have mechanisms that they could entangle with. This often means avoiding floor length blinds like panel glides and vertical blinds.
You may also need to decide on the hardness of the materials based on what level of safety you want. Blinds like roller blinds and roman blinds, for example, often feature softer fabrics that are usually more kid-friendly than the harder and sharper slats of Venetian blinds.
It’s a Balancing Act
Remember that choosing blinds to fit your lifestyle is a balancing act.
No matter which blinds you choose, you’ll likely need to make compromises on some features to get exactly what you want. But if you focus on the things and features that matter most to you, you’ll find it easier to end up with the right set.
If you need help choosing blinds for your living space, feel free to contact us for assistance. We’ll be more than happy to help you find your best choice.