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The most common materials used in window blinds are:

  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Faux wood
  • Fabric
  • Synthetic fabric

We introduce each in more detail below. Obviously our speciality is fabric, so prominence is given to that!

Fabric blinds

Fabric blinds offer more flexibility from an interior design perspective, as fabrics can be chosen which match various aspects of the room the blinds are being installed in. The ability to choose a pattern extends beyond other material types, which usually offer just one colour or texture to a room: wood for example.

We are proud of our extensive range of fabrics, and knowledge of fabrics. If you’re considering fabric blinds for your home please get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise!

Synthetic fabric blinds

Synthetic fabrics are a popular choice for blinds because they offer properties like flame resistance, moisture resistance, and enhanced UV protection. Often you can tell from their visual appearance that they are synthetic, though, so it’s important to be aware of the distinction when considering which fabric to use in your home.

Metal blinds

Metal blinds are made from lightweight metals like aluminium which are flexible, cheap and safe from rust. Metal blinds are more frequently used in offices and other business premises than people’s homes, although they can make a good addition to a room when paired well.

Plastic blinds

As above, plastic blinds are often found in offices and business settings, but can make a good addition to the home. Depending on the quality and colour of the plastic used, plastic blinds can provide a bold and effective contrast or compliment to other interior design elements.

Wood blinds

Wood blinds bring their own appeal and aesthetic to a room, as their natural grain adds a touch of design flair without being overpowering. The range of woods available gives you the choice of many shades and tones, although price may vary wildly depending on the type you choose.

Faux wood blinds

Faux wood blinds can bring the same appeal as real wood, reducing the spectrum of costs for different types of wood in exchange for slightly reducing the quality and authenticity of the material.

How to choose your blind

We address some considerations when choosing blinds for your home.

When choosing a blind you should think about the size, shape and location of the window it will cover, the people most likely to use it, and how prominent a part of the room’s design you would like it to be.

    • Square and rectangle windows offer more flexibility in blind choice, as all types can be made to fit
    • Windows with angled sections limit your choices somewhat – you can either use pleated blinds to cover the whole window, or decide to use a rectangular blind which will leave part of the window uncovered, or cover a section of wall above the window
    • Windows facing onto the street will likely be more of a concern in privacy terms, so make sure you’re happy with the privacy offered by the blind you choose!
    • When choosing a blind for windows facing panoramic views, consider how much of the blind will be visible when it is solidly closed: some mechanisms can be quite bulky
    • If you want to store things on the windowsill, ensure the blind type you have chosen doesn’t take up too much sill space!
    • If children are likely to open the blind a lot ensure a mechanism is chosen that isn’t too delicate or fiddly, just in case they break it
    • Some mechanisms are more durable than others: if the blind is likely to be opened very frequently, it may be worth checking the mechanism can handle it
    • Bold and colourful blinds will automatically draw attention, so only use them if you want the window coverings to be a prominent part of the room’s design

Which rooms do different blind types suit best?

This is a tricky question to answer definitively as it depends on the type of the room, the existing decor, window size and so on. But in general here are some useful considerations:

      • Pleated blinds are great for conservatories as they can be installed on windows of varying size and angle.
      • Vertical blinds are great for long windows, patio doors, home offices, and any room where you want light and privacy at the same time: bathroom, bedroom
      • Roller blinds work well in kitchens and bathrooms, as the treatment used on the fabric to get it to roll deals well with moist environments
      • Kid’s bedrooms may benefit from roller blinds or Roman blinds, as they allow their chosen fabric to be on display. Roller blinds have slightly less complicated control mechanism and may be less likely to break
      • Rooms with floor to ceiling windows would likely benefit from panel blinds
      • Panel blinds are also relevant for two areas of a room that you would like to separate sometimes

If you like we can send a sample of a fabric, or you can take a look in our showroom, which will give you an idea of what light will look like when shining through the fabric. we recommend holding it above your head and looking into a light (not too bright, and not directly into the sun!) to get an idea.

Other things to think about when choosing your blinds:

  • Do you want thermal lining? This will increase the ability of your blinds to retain heat, but will add to the price.
  • Do you want blackout fabric? This will allow your blinds to block almost all light from coming through – great if you’re a light sleeper! When used with light patterns though, it can affect the visibility of the pattern as it stops light coming through.