There are multiple styles of window blinds in the market, some more popular than others. The materials used for blinds have evolved since your father’s time and now, you get to choose to choose from a wide variety depending on the type of light control and design aesthetics that would match your room. Some examples include blockout shades, sheer fabrics, wood and bamboo slats, light filtering shades and solar protection shades.
Get to know these 9 popular styles for blinds before you decide which design and function fit your home or office:
1. Vertical Blinds
This style is most often seen in offices and over sliding doors. Vertical blinds are durable and their slits offer good light control as you can adjust easily how much light to let in. They are also very easy to clean.
2. Vertical Blinds Alternative
The only difference between the alternative and the actual vertical blinds is there are no gaps between the slits, giving a curtain-like effect. They are more effective in keeping more light out compare to the regular ones.
3. Roman Blinds
Roman blinds or shades are a more visually appealing than regular shades. The banding at the ends of the fabric appears to be an element of structure but is a subtle detail.
For an added twist, place a design emphasis on your blinds by adding a vertical band in a contrasting colour and texture. Roman blinds offer good privacy and light blockage but are not suitable for wet rooms.
4. Pleated Blinds
Like Roman shades, pleated blinds have a cloth material that folds as it goes up and unfolds as it comes down. Pleated shades have sharper pleated edges instead of rounded folds when they are not fully extended.
5. Honeycomb Blinds
Honeycomb or cellular blinds offer a unique blend of decorative style and versatility. From the side, these blinds are diamond shaped cells and generally made of solid, lightweight cloth-like material.
Some blinds can slide up from the bottom, or down from the top. There are also room-darkening and motorised types to suit your needs.
6. Roller Blinds
Roller blinds are considered the “King of Blinds.” They match every décor and every room making it one of the most versatile window accessories. These blinds use a stiffened fabric that can be rolled up into a tube when not being used. They are also usually rather well-priced.
Some blinds are on rollers and move from side to side instead of up and down.
7. Venetian Blinds
Another popular blind, venetian blinds, comprise of horizontal slats, usually in wood or plastic suspended by cords which allow for the slats to be rotated together to give precise control over the amount of light that enters the room. Venetian blinds are easy to install and does not require much maintenance.
8. Austrian Blinds
By far, Austrian blinds are the more formal and traditional type compared to the others. Modern versions found today uses lightweight and sheer fabric.
The signature shape of this blind is created when the fabric falls in a series of puffy festoons created by vertical rows of shirring. (Basically, these are like Roman shades on steroids). When raised, the Austrian shade gathers into full poufs, and when it’s lowered, it maintains a ruffled, shirred effect.
9. Pinoleum Blinds
Pinoleums are a subset of the Roman blinds – they are essentially made of small strips of hardwood used as the weft, and sewn together with hardwearing polyester warp threads. The Pinoleum is then painted in a range of colours before a suitable fabric binding is added to finish and strengthen the edges. They operate like a Roman blind.
Pinoleums are popular for its natural organic appeal and go well with homes in tropical climates.
Find your blinds at a local curtain and blinds specialty shop. You can hire an interior designer from Kaodim.com or a curtain/blind company to give you recommendations for which blinds and material can perfectly accentuate your house or office interiors.