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Cellular Blinds – what are they?

Cellular blinds are not as well known as other types of blinds, such as Roman blinds or roller blinds. However, cellular blinds are just as effective as the other types of blinds. The cellular blind is made from a series of hexagonal cells, which are placed side by side. A cellular blind is considered to be an energy efficient product.The energy efficiency of the product is dependent upon the number of cells contained within the blind. The greater the size of the cells making up the blind, the greater amount of air that can be trapped, hence, the larger the cells of the blind, the greater the insulation the blind provides.  Cellular blinds, also referred to as honeycomb shades, are sold by many retailers. Cellular blinds are available in a variety of colours and designs. They are designed to allow a certain amount of light to enter into the room.  In addition, they can be designed to be raised and lowered in both directions. Some retailers stock motorised versions of these blinds, allowing for the lowering and raising of the blind at the touch of a button. Blinds are becoming an increasingly popular choice for windows, they are easy to care for and take up less space than curtains. They come in a variety of colours and designs and can be easily matched to a home’s existing decor. Blinds are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. Blinds are a common choice for the kitchen or bathroom, in which the window is usually found above a sink or worktop, rendering it difficult to reach. A motorised cellular blind is a wise option for rooms of this kind as the householder is not required to reach over worktops to operate the blind.

Wooden Blinds - a versatile choice

Wooden blinds are a versatile option for the home, especially for bedrooms and living rooms. Wooden blinds are made from lightweight wood that can be stained to produce the right effect and colour. Unlike wooden floors, wooden venetian blinds are known by their colour, rather than by the actual wood they are made of. For example a ‘walnut’ wooden blind will be the colour of walnut wood rather than made from actual walnut wood.Wooden blinds are typically not suitable for kitchens or bathrooms as a damp environment may have a damaging effect on the wood and may warp the slats.The fashion for wooden floors has increased the popularity of wooden blinds to match. The advantage of wooden blinds is that when the décor, furnishings or upholstery in a room is changed, unlike patterned or coloured curtains, the wooden blinds do not have to be changed. Wooden shutters create a clean, modern look so popular in homes today.The most popular wooden blinds are venetian blinds that are produced in different natural wood or wood-stained colours. Venetian blinds come in variable slat widths depending on the size of the window being covered. In general, the smaller the size of the window the narrower the slats, and the larger the window the wider the slats. Venetian blinds are hoisted up by string ladders or woven tape ladders.Roller blinds and roman blinds are also available in wood. The most commonly used type of wood is bamboo, which is light, sustainable and inexpensive and can be stained or painted effectively.

Window Blind Colour Trends

Colour fashion trends are not uncommon in relation to blinds and curtains. It is difficult to predict the most popular colours and options for blinds and curtains and it is for this reason that the majority of shops will offer a range of different options to suit homeowners’ requirements.  In recent years, elegant styles with colours such as silver, gold, almond and copper have proved popular with buyers. Homeowners typically select shades that match the colour scheme of the room in which a blind or curtain is to be installed. Bold patterns are currently very fashionable with householders who have chosen to create a feature wall in their room. Blinds are often available in the same pattern or colour as that of the feature wall. Large flower print blinds are popular, as are stripped roman blinds. Homeowners who have chosen patterned wallpaper for all four of their walls may wish to opt for a plain coloured blind in a similar colour to that of their walls. This will prevent a room from feeling “busy” and will prevent the room from appearing to be smaller than it actually is.  For kitchens, blinds should be chosen in shades that complement the colours of the walls. Blinds in a kitchen can be as bright or as pale as preferred. Blinds in kitchens need to be wipe-clean and waterproof, as steam and other cooking residues can easily mark them. Bathroom blinds should also possess similar properties as they can develop mildew when they are in a closed and damp environment.

The Benefits of Blinds

Window blinds have many benefits over curtains. Blinds provide privacy and help to block out potential draughts. They also allow homeowners to control the amount of sunlight entering into a room. This is particularly beneficial for rooms that have large south-facing windows.  Blinds can be made to fit any size of window. This means that each window in the home can be custom dressed to suit the homeowner’s tastes and requirements.There are many different types of blinds to choose from. Vertical blinds are a traditional choice of blind for the home. Venetian blinds, meanwhile, provide a room with a retro feel. White roller blinds are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms and are also available in other bright colours and patterns. Roller blinds are a popular choice for children’s bedrooms as they help to bring a splash of colour into a room. Blackout blinds are available to aid in completely blocking out light, granting young babies and shift workers a more peaceful night’s sleep. Blinds can be fitted close to a window and can therefore take up less space than curtains.  

Choosing the right bedroom blinds

If you wish to add luxury and comfort to your bedroom, then there are many types of blinds available that will enable you to achieve your ideal theme. As the bedroom is a place to relax and escape, you will want to select a design that enables you to create your perfect personal space. Your bedroom is also a place where you require extra comfort and privacy and blinds will easily provide you with this. If you wish to find something stylish for your bedroom, then velux blinds are ideal. Wood venetian blinds are also a good option and are available in a variety of styles, making it easy for you to find something to suits the rest of your bedroom decor. Venetian blinds are also easy to install and will provide you with extra privacy and control over sunlight. To create a cosy, intimate feel, you may wish to consider opting for a luxurious fabric design. Roman blinds and roller blinds are stylish fabric designs that will provide a unique but cosy feel. These designs are available in a variety of soft, warm colours and will help to enhance privacy. You can even consider opting for personalised roller blinds for a unique bedroom theme. To achieve the perfect theme for a child’s bedroom, you may wish to opt for roller blinds. As there are so many colours and styles available, you can easily locate something that will match your child’s chosen theme. For a fun theme, ask your children to create their own designs so that they can personalise their blinds. Alternatively, you can pick a design out of the many children themed blinds available at online stores. To get an idea of what themes are suitable for the bedroom, use online stores to browse through examples. Some stores offer colour swatches and tools that enable you to get an idea of which styles will best suit your bedroom theme.

Conservatory Blinds – which ones to choose?

Conservatory blinds contribute greatly to the overall ambience of your conservatory.  In addition to positively altering the look and feel of the space, conservatory blinds can also benefit you in several practical ways.   The Benefits of Conservatory BlindsConservatory blinds are important for a number of reasons.  Firstly, they can help to regulate the temperature in your conservatory.  Conservatories usually get too hot in the summer months, and blinds help to reduce heat and solar glare.  As a result you are better able to enjoy your conservatory without feeling uncomfortable.  During the winter months, when conservatories usually become cold, blinds can help to provide much needed insulation.  As a result, along with providing increased comfort in the room, there is an economic benefit as well.  A further benefit of conservatory blinds is that they allow you to easily guard your privacy.  This is particularly important at nighttime, when the lights in the conservatory may provide people outside with an enhanced view in. Installation of Conservatory BlindsYou can either install conservatory blinds yourself, or have a professional install them for you.  If you believe yourself to have sufficient skills and DIY experience to install the blinds, you should give it a try as this will serve to keep your costs down, but never be afraid to ask for help.  A number of blind manufacturers are willing to offer installation advice over the telephone if you begin to experience problems.  If you do not have any DIY skills or experience, it is worth paying someone to install the blinds for you, as this will guarantee a professional finish to the installation.  It is often possible to reduce the cost of having conservatory blinds professionally fitted by having them installed by the same company they were purchased from. 

Fitting a Roller Blind

If you don’t want curtains in a room such as a kitchen or bathroom but still require the privacy that some form of window covering affords, a roller blind may be an ideal and cost effective alternative.The first thing you need to do when putting up a roller blind is to ensure that it does not interfere with opening the window.  Measuring is a very important part of fitting a roller blind; if the measurements are off even a little the blind will not hang properly when it is pulled down.  It is important to ensure that the roller blind is hung level, and that it fits into the window frame without any gaps. You should mark the location of the screw holes in one of the brackets on the wall or window frame with a pencil, and then hold the blind up against the window to check it will work well in that position.  Next, you should drill holes where you previously marked the position of the bracket, and then put screw plugs in and fix the first bracket to the wall, or window frame.  Repeat the process for the second bracket, ensuring that it is level with the first bracket.You will then need to cut the blind to the right size to match the distance between the two brackets.  Use a craft knife or very sharp scissors to cut the blind once you have marked it.

How to Hang Your Roller Blind: A Guide

Roller blinds are suitable for any window in any room.  They look great, are stylish and modern, easy to clean, and long-lasting.  Additionally, they are available in a huge range of colours and materials, and you can buy them made to measure, or cut them to size yourself.  If you are planning on fitting your roller blinds yourself, it is important to understand what will need to be done before you start the job.Hanging the Roller BlindOnce you have measured your window, purchased your blind and cut it to size, you will need to hang the brackets that will hold the roller blind in place.  This is simply a matter of marking the position of the brackets, checking that they are evenly placed and level, and screwing them into place using rawl plugs and the screws that come with the product.  When your brackets are up, you can go ahead and hang the blind.  Begin this process by placing the cord winder end of the blind into the bracket – the square peg should fit neatly into the square hole.  Next, fit the other end with the dummy pin going into the other bracket.  Your blind is now in place.     To use your blind simply pull the cord winder; the back cord will lower the blind, and the front cord will raise it.  You can now sit back and enjoy your brand new roller blind.  Cutting HintWhen cutting the roller section of your roller blind, you should cover the area where you will be cutting with masking tape.  This will stop the hacksaw from slipping whilst you are making your cut.

Choosing Blinds for the Conservatory

The type of blinds chosen for a conservatory can have a huge impact on the look and feel of the room.  Blinds not only help to enhance a conservatory’s ambiance, but also provide privacy and can help to insulate the room, making it a more energy efficient space.  Conservatory RoofsPleated blinds are the best option for the conservatory roof.  Pleated blinds are comprised of horizontally pleated fabric that, when pulled up, sits on top of the window.  Pleated blinds are custom made to fit the panes of glass in your conservatory roof.  As a result of being custom made, they will fit neatly and lie flat against the glass.  They will also help to insulate your conservatory.  Pleated blinds are available in a range of fabric colours, so you should be able to find something that will suit the décor of your conservatory perfectly.  Additionally, it is possible to have the blinds made of a fabric that reduces the glare from the sun.  This is advisable particularly if you have a south facing conservatory, or one which gets a large amount of direct sunlight. Conservatory SidesWhen it comes to the sides of your conservatory, you have a whole range of different blind options.  One of the most popular choices is vertical blinds, as these provide a modern and stylish look.  Vertical blinds consist of vertical slats attached to a bar at the top, and will allow you to control the amount of sunlight that you let in your conservatory.Venetian blinds are another popular choice.  These are similar to vertical blinds, although the slats in venetian blinds lie horizontally.  As with vertical blinds, venetian blinds can be adjusted to control the amount of sunlight you let in the conservatory.  Roller blinds are also an option.  Roller blinds are usually the most cost effective blinds available, are easy to fit, and offer a large selection of colours and fabrics from which to choose.  Roman blinds are yet another possibility and help to create a soft, warm, and inviting ambiance in any conservatory.  Roman blinds are also very effective at blocking out all light when they are closed.

How to Clean Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are known for their affordability and wide choice of decorative options.  However, many avoid this option because they believe that cleaning them could either be very time consuming or expensive.  Luckily, neither assumption is true.  The only cost involved in cleaning roller blinds includes a little laundry detergent and an old toothbrush.  By following these five simple steps roller blinds will come out clean and bright.Step One:  Add 250ml of laundry detergent to a bathtub of warm water, deep enough to immerse the blinds. Step Two:  Let the unrolled blinds soak for 2 to 3 hours. Step Three: Scrub any marks with the toothbrush dipped in the water. Step Four:  Take the blinds out of the water and carefully inspect them. If they are not clean enough, empty the tub and refill it with warm water and detergent once again and let the blinds to soak for a few hours longer.Step Five:  Hang the blinds to dry in a place where they will get plenty of air and light but won’t be exposed to dirt or messy fingers.The process is simple.  Roller blinds are not only affordable but easy to maintain.  This makes them an excellent choice for families or anyone on a budget.

Vertical Blinds – great for any room!

Vertical blinds are an extremely popular choice for home and office settings; they look great and boast an array of materials and varied fabrics to choose from in their design.  Vertical blinds are made up of horizontal strips, or ‘louvres’, which can be turned 180 degrees using the control mechanism to either let light in, to provide partial privacy or that can be fully closed to completely shield the window.  Runners are placed between these louvres to maintain their shape as they are drawn and closed.  This form of blind also allows the user to draw the blind fully across to one side of the window space to expose the full pane, which makes it a very popular choice for use across patio doors and conservatories.  It is also an excellent variant of blind for covering large areas such as these as the mechanisms that control it are strong enough to operate across extremely wide areas e.g. over four metres.The design of a vertical blind allows it to reduce the glare from sunlight, or reflect such heat into the room dependant on the properties of the material chosen for the blind.  Different materials are used for different purposes; some fabrics allow light to flow through them but still maintain privacy, some provide a dimming effect and others are able to work so that the user can see through them but others cannot see in.  The fabric used in the manufacture of the vertical blind is easy to replace too; the louvres can be removed from their tracks and replaced by another fabric.

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