blinds in a sitting room

Blinds are all the rage as far as affordable home improvements are concerned.

Quick and simple to be installed, hassle-free in terms of the options available and the benefits that they provide, as well as the accent they can provide to the home interior, it’s little wonder why so many blinds providers have popped up all over the place in recent years.

Blinds come in all forms, each offering their own unique characteristics, not just for aesthetic detail, but for convenience and purpose.

In this article we’ll run through a few of the more popular types of blinds, what their best use is, and exactly which type of home they will suit, both for interior decorating purposes and functionality.

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds have come a very long way from the old aluminium and frail window dressings that once existed many years ago. Now available in a wide range of materials, vibrant colours, and built to last, venetian blinds can be a great addition to your home.

They suit a wide variety of interior styles, as they can be made to perfectly fit the aesthetic look of both modern and traditional appearances. The more popular of these are PVC and timber, which offer excellent light blocking qualities, whilst seamlessly fitting into the home’s appearances.

Venetian blinds now are also very easy to use, and even easier to clean if you go the PVC or large blade aluminium route, and are a great choice for those who are perhaps too busy or lack the time to devote as much of it to maintenance.

Blockout blinds

Blockout blinds are arguably the most popular interior addition in Australia at the moment. Their simple function, simple appearance, and popular contemporary appearance means they’re a staple in many new home builds, and a great option for those who want a similar interior style.

Blockout blinds were created with the purpose in mind to be able to shield interiors that otherwise suffered from prolonged periods to sunlight. This purpose has not changed, and they are still definitely ideal if your home has this issue during the summer months.

These types of blinds have also lately been used in more commercial applications, often having brands or other promotional material printed on them to heighten the exposure of the shopfront on a busy main street.

Screening blinds

Screening blinds provide the complete opposite of what their blockout cousins do, but that offers a great benefit to many homeowners.

As the name suggests, these window coverings screen and magnify the light that passes through them, and can often make otherwise darker parts of the home lighter and more welcoming.

Screening blinds can work seamlessly with traditional interior spaces, and can often be used in conjunction with curtains to add to the style, whilst also offering a blockout feature. Screening blinds can be a bit tricky to clean though, given the lighter colours they come in, so bear that in mind if you are a person that is busy and time poor.

Roman blinds

Roman blinds have undergone a bit of a revolution in recent times, with their very traditional and recognisable folding design being appropriated to create a new wave of modernistic romans that are suitable for many contemporary homes.

Their strong folding construct means that they are adept at hosting many different types of fabrics, from soft satins, to more rigid fabrics. This allows them to seamlessly fit a blockout or screening function, as well as working solely as a decorative instrument in the home interior.

Roman blinds, however, can be problematic to clean and use. So if you are looking for convenience and accessibility, you may be better off looking at roller blinds such as screening or blockout ones.