Mistakes you could be making with your blinds

Top Tips

Posted 30/12/2018

When it comes to choosing your blinds, there are many aspects to consider. From patterned fabrics to match your interiors, to textures that enhance or block natural light, each room brings its own challenges and considerations.

Try to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to ensure you choose the most effective blinds. Instead, consider the purpose and function of your blinds in each room – focusing on the positioning, interior design and how you spend most of your time in the room.

We listed the most common mistakes people make when ordering a blind and some top tips on how you can avoid them to get the most out of your window dressing. 


Forgetting your blind's function



The most important element of your blinds is often their function. Whether you want to boost the privacy inside your home or optimise the natural light, choosing the right blind for each room is essential.

The first thing to consider is seasonality. Window dressings have different benefits depending on the time of year, so considering the best ways to combat each season can have big advantages. From keeping the heat in during winter to creating a bright space in spring, we have a wealth of information on our blog on the best blinds for each season.

Keep in mind how you plan to make the most of each room. If you spend your afternoons in a home office or study, perhaps consider harmony blinds. By layering two independently operated fabrics you can easily adjust the blinds to optimise the light filtering into the room, or block it out completely. Another option is blackout blinds, which can be invaluable for the bedroom to ensure your sleep goes undisturbed – especially during the summer months when the daylight gets earlier. 


Choosing the wrong materials



Blinds come in all kinds of materials ranging from wood, metal and cloth. When it comes to ordering blinds, some people overlook the pros and cons of these materials depending on the type of room.

For example, while metal blinds can look stylish and industrial, they can be impractical in your kitchen and bathroom due to the risk of rusting from exposure to water. They’re far more appropriate in a living room or in your home office.

It’s worth considering the upkeep of window dressings, especially if you have household pets or small children. For more guidance, read our blog on the easiest blinds to clean.



Measuring your blind's incorrectly



When it comes to ordering your blinds, make sure you get your measurements correct.

If blinds are too short, your home might feel draughty in the winter and light will seep in even when drawn shut.

If the blinds are too long, it can cause problems when installing against a full-length window and can sit awkwardly against a windowsill or wall.

It’s a good idea to take more than one measurement. This way you can calculate an average and measure this against how you wish your blind to fit. Keep in mind whether you want your window dressing to sit inside or outside the recess and the type of window you want to cover. See our helpful measuring guide for further information.



Not considerting the rest of your interior



Once you’ve chosen your ideal blind type and function, it’s time to browse the styles and colours. There are plenty of choices available, from bold prints to subtle shades, so it’s important to ensure the one you choose fits well with your interiors.

If you’re about to renovate or redecorate your home, remember that selecting natural hues and minimalistic patterns can effortlessly blend into any interiors. If you’re designing a living room to become the central hub of the house, then choosing a vibrant blind can create a striking focal feature, while choosing soothing colours such as blues and greens to decorate a bedroom could help you sleep better.

For more top tips to achieving the perfect window dressing, visit our blog.