Selecting blinds for each room in your home is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with advice from the experts.
Identify your needs
Bianca Venter, marketing manager of Luminos Blinds, says it’s important to consider what you require the covering to do for your window or door. “You may be looking for insulation, light or sound control, total or semi privacy. An office area, for instance, will require anti-glare options that allow for natural light to pass through while reducing glare on your computer screen. A bedroom on the other hand may require a block-out option for sleep and total privacy. Once you identify this need, it will help you decide on the best suited solution to achieve this.”
Anthony Mederer, managing director of Taylor Blinds & Shutters, believes that more than just a shield for light and a solution for privacy, blinds are also a stylish way to block out both heat and UV rays that can cause furnishings to fade and deteriorate over time. “Best of all they are available in different light filtering levels and a variety of styles to suit every setting.”
Venter adds, “Considering your window or door’s function is a must. If you regularly open and close your window or door for better air circulation or heat reduction you should choose a window covering that is light enough to enable you to open the window with ease while also being effective in its application.”
According to Mederer, light-filtering blinds let the maximum amount of light in, while blocking the majority of UV rays that accompany sunlight. “This range is ideal for kitchens or lounges overlooking the ocean or with views of the countryside since they offer heat reduction and allow you to still enjoy your beautiful view.” In addition, dim-out blinds are perfect for people who prefer a little extra privacy. This range is great for glare reduction and stops harmful UV rays from entering the room. And block-out blinds are designed to eliminate the light completely, making them perfect for a bedroom, boardroom or nursery.
When it comes to trends it seems consumers are seeking eco-friendly options and looks for green homes. Window coverings are playing a bigger role in controlling light and temperature in a room. According to Venter, specialised fabrics called screen fabrics, initially intended for commercial projects, are happily finding a way into residential spaces. Natural materials like jute and other woven wood in roller blinds as well as panel blinds are also often first choices.
Paul O’Brien, sales director of Blind Designs, advises you go for the following blinds for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and lounge:
Kitchen – As one of the most important rooms in the house, aesthetics are of utmost consideration when choosing for kitchens. Go for blinds that are easily cleaned and made from hard-wearing materials such as aluminium or natural wood.
Bathroom – Bathrooms will need a combination of light and privacy, and, like the kitchen, your blinds will need to be water-resistant. Blinds that offer the option of adjusting between view and privacy settings are great options.
Bedroom – Both day and night privacy is an important consideration when selecting blinds for the bedroom and your blinds should provide for both. Roller blinds are a good solution as you can adjust them according to your privacy needs.
Lounge – Lounge windows are usually large in South Africa so you need a product that will work well for large-format windows. Roller blinds are great for this reason as they can be motorised for ease of use.