Roller blinds are considered by many interior designers to be one of the best ways to give windows a modern, contemporary look. Naturally roller blinds come in all manner of styles and designs meaning that the homeowner must make key decisions over which to choose and install.
With a range of fabrics and colours on offer rollers are extremely versatile and give those decorating many options to create an individual style to a home. By taking a detailed and conscientious approach to choosing rollers, it is possible to find a solution that best suits your home and interior.
Roller blinds deliver unrivalled light control and privacy. The material chosen for the blind will understandably vary the amount of light that is let in, ranging from almost transparent coverings to those that will completely black out a room.
Naturally all except the most hardened exhibitionists like to have some form of privacy when in their home. For ultimate privacy a full blackout blind is the best course of action; these are constructed from thick material and as a result can block all of the light that enters a room, hence giving those inside complete privacy.
There is however another option; lighter rollers are often labelled as day night blinds. They give a room a light filtering during the day, allowing in enough light for the room to be comfortable whilst also allowing in the heat of the sun.
The benefit of this type of blind is that at night it still completely blocks those outside from viewing the interior. This kind of blind are usually suited to rooms like the kitchen that are in use throughout the day.
Roller blinds do not have to be made from solid material though. Some manufacturers are now producing rollers made from materials such as lace in order for them to be an excellent style choice.
Care should be taken however; lace will not have the same light shielding properties as a solid blind but will create interesting light effects when the sun is shining.
In terms of privacy they are limited, giving partial obstruction of view. These are usually suited to rooms like the dining room where privacy is less of an issue.
When selecting roller blinds it is important to take a look at the interior of a home, the colour of the walls and carpets as well as the patterns on soft furnishings.
By undertaking this process it is possible to find a blind that can be matched to the existing style and will not look out of place once installed. As previously stated rollers come in practically every colour under the sun and hence the homeowner can choose a window covering that gives an interior that bespoke feel.
As well as lace there are other patterns and styles that are available as rollers. For instance envelope and castellated blinds can be a great addition to any home. An envelope blind is shaped like an envelope at the bottom meaning that when it is raised the window is given extra lines and symmetry.
Castellated blinds look like the tops of a castle and can bring an elegant and stylish design to a room. The options are literally endless, with options for different patterns at the bottom of the blind and even ringed eyelets that create an interesting and beautiful stylistic window adornment.
Hopefully this article has highlighted some of the window blinds on offer today and how they can be used in the home to create style and chic window coverings. As a homeowner, an approach that takes into account existing design features will result in the best outcome.
Interior design specialist Thomas Pretty studies the use and installation of roller blinds in the home and the variety of options on the market today.