The maintenance-free, versatile nature of blinds has positioned them as a prominent window and sliding door cover solution. But the popularity of blinds depends on a number of factors, including the geographical location of the home space, the style and aesthetic, as well as the primary purpose of the blinds. Here is a selection of the most popular blinds right now.
Customised roller blinds are a perfect choice if you require a window treatment that doesn’t completely block out the light, but offers sufficient privacy. A lot more practical and versatile than curtains or shades, roller blinds are made using high-quality fabrics. This will create a semi-translucent look, softening the light without diminishing the warm look and feel of a room. These are a great addition to any bedroom or outdoor patio.
When it comes to office space window solutions, aluminium Venetian blinds remain a popular choice. They are cost-effective, easy to use and provide optimum privacy for meetings. The thin profile also allows them to stack easily, adjust to minimise or maximise light, and provides an unobstructed view when opened fully.
For a home office setting, wood and faux wood Venetian blinds will continue the home feeling while creating the necessary privacy. The white option is ideal for homes that require some interior lightening or to attain the timeless, Mediterranean-style feel.
Offering a similar effect as wood or faux wood, the bamboo option is environmentally-friendly, and the durable nature of the product makes it extremely long-lasting. Another element that sets the bamboo Venetian blind apart is the blade – because these are thinner and lighter than traditional wooden blinds, they take up significantly less space when stacked.
Another blind that has found popularity in the office environment, the vertical blind is generally used as a sliding door cover. Like the Venetian blind, vertical blinds are cost-effective, and, as the name suggests, the slats run vertically rather than horizontally. The latest in fabric quality and design has seen these blinds re-envisioned in the home space as well.
4. Panel blinds
With a range of panel sizes, this particular blind has a variety of styles and is another popular blind choice as a sliding door treatment. Panel blinds are able to extend very far, and they stack neatly behind each other when opened, without creating clutter.
If you’re looking for exterior blinds that will allow you to enjoy your balcony area in all weather conditions, then PVC blinds are first-choice. These outdoor blinds can be transparent so that you get the sense of being outside, while also letting in sufficient light. In addition to protecting you from the elements, PVC blinds protect your furniture from rain and sunshine, ensuring longevity.
This form of roller blind, originating in Asia, first emerged as a predominantly outdoor patio blind. However, advanced styles, and block-out versions, have seen bamboo blinds used within the home space as well. They create a warm, rustic look – popular with beachfront properties – and are semi-translucent, blocking out the harsh glare and heat while also allowing you to enjoy the view.
7. Mini blinds
In terms of form and function, mini blinds are most like Venetian blinds, but they have much thinner slats. They are affordable, easy to use and clean. One step further is micro blinds which have an even thinner slat – about half that of mini blinds.
The versatility of blinds makes them an increasingly popular window treatment option, but you must consider your primary concerns before choosing a blind. Will this be to provide privacy? Are the blinds for light or heat control? If so, will you require complete block-out as well? And what is the style or aesthetic you’re hoping to achieve?
Consult with a specialist manufacturer on the blind selection, so that you have a full understanding of the options and limitations of each blind type, as well as availability. It’s also advised that you have a specialist install the blinds as measurements must be accurate and the blinds properly installed to prevent any damage to the product.