Although working from home has been on the rise for some time, the ongoing pandemic has seen a massive jump in the establishment of home offices. To convert a space into an effective office, a sense of privacy and a measure of comfort must be achieved, and blinds are a leading choice for many home offices.
Benefits of blinds
There are several window coverings available today, but blinds are dominating in the home office market. Some of the reasons for the popularity include:
- Adaptability – Particularly for home office use, blinds provide the required look for an office space while not detracting from the home-style feel.
- Privacy – Blinds provide maximum privacy for the home office interior.
- Light filter – As the sunlight adjusts through the day or year, blinds can be easily manoeuvred for light filtration or blocking.
- Low maintenance – Blinds are easy to clean and require minimal maintenance, if any.
- Options – There are so many blind options available for those working from home.
Types of blinds for the home office
Although these styles are not exclusively for home office only, they do offer the required privacy and contemporary aesthetic for the home office environment.
1. Venetian blinds
Available in aluminium, wood or faux wood styles, Venetian blinds are inherently functional. Consisting of rotating slats in a variety of colours and sizes, the Venetian blinds can be angled to any degree, providing the user with precise lighting and privacy control. These blinds also allow the working individual to maximise on fresh air, without blocking the view. Depending on the home office aesthetic, the aluminium blinds are great for a minimalist style, while the wooden blind adds a country-style warmth. The faux wood white Venetian blinds will achieve a clean, Mediterranean feel to elevate the mood of any space.
2. Roller blinds
This versatile, practical blind also offers privacy and can be rolled up or down to adjust the lighting. And, while it doesn’t have the same level of light filtration as the Venetian blind, roller blinds can be manufactured in a range of material options, and customised for any home office. For those seeking brand recognition, there are also printed blind options on the market for specific brand colours and logos.
Interior shearweave roller blinds
This is a particularly great blind option for those working from home as it has sun shade protection to create a clean, modern look while also protecting furniture from UV rays. However, the shearweave does not block the view, so there is still a sense of connection with the home office exterior.
Day/night roller blinds
When these blinds roll down, the alternating fabric strips slide onto each other to either filter the light or act as a blockout, depending on the personal preference. For home offices adjacent to busy streets, this will create sufficient privacy and sun protection.
Bamboo roller blinds
The bamboo roller blinds are versatile blinds that offer a much more rustic look, suited to a coastal home office setup. Crafted using bamboo, these are an eco-friendly blind option that creates a tranquil interior through the semi-translucent bamboo. For those requiring increased privacy or light reduction, these blinds are available in a blockout variety.
3. Vertical blinds
Possibly the most traditional of home office blinds, the vertical blind is a cost-effective, easily maintained product that can be manufactured in a range of colours and fabrics. It’s ideal for either window coverings or to provide privacy and light filtration for glass doors.
4. Roman blinds
If you’re looking to retain a sense of the domestic style in your home office then a Roman blind is a great option. It has a more luxurious finish, allows for light control by pulling the blinds up or down and, and – depending on the fabric – can have various thermal benefits as well.
Blinds are a fantastic modern solution to the home office design, but it’s worth consulting with industry specialists on the various style options and fabrics – particularly for home offices located in coastal areas.