The sheer variety of blinds available means there are vast differences in the kinds of looks you can have in a bedroom. But that’s just one thing to consider. There are other things that will have an effect on your decision. Here’s what we think you need to factor in when choosing the perfect blinds for the bedroom.
What style do you prefer?
This is as good a place as any to start. What is your preference when it comes to looks? Do you like the clean lines of Venetian or vertical blinds? You could take that a step further and install timber shutters instead. Roller blinds provide a streamlined, contemporary look. A classic fabric Roman blind brings an element of softness to the bedroom. And honeycomb or cellular blinds are a mix, offering a soft, streamlined look.
Colour and pattern
The bedroom is a room that needs to be somewhat calm to promote relaxation and good sleep. One of the hot new home décor trends for 2018 that featured in a recent article is going for a tone on tone colour palette. This can be a great way of achieving a restful and calming effect in your bedroom. That being said, do be wary of excessively bold or bright colours and patterns can be over- stimulating. The bedroom is also a room that is often shared between people so landing somewhere between both your tastes is a good idea. Remember that your bedding may change regularly so you want to choose something that will complement your entire suite of covers.
Privacy and light control
This is likely to be a feature of your blinds that will make or break your decision. As a bedroom is used for sleeping, blocking out light is fairly important. For kids or those sensitive to light when trying to sleep, a blockout roller blind or snuggly fitted and lined Roman blind will be the best choice. Roller blinds fitted within the window frame (inside mount) will have small light gaps so we recommend opting instead for a black-rolled blind fitted to the outside of the frame. You can hide the roller tube and maintain a clean-line look by adding a fascia. Roman blinds inherently have side light gaps which can be minimised by going wider and longer than the frame when outside fitted.
If it’s not such a big deal and you like to be able to control the amount of light coming in during the day, vertical and Venetian blinds are best; for more or less light and privacy simply adjust the slats. However, these can’t be lined and a little light will seep in during the night. Another option is to pair an inside mounted blind with a sheer curtain hanging overtop so that when the blind is up you still have lots of natural light but also no one can see in.
Window access and blind operation
Different styles of blinds open and close differently and the style of window you have may affect your decision. For example, windows that are hinged at the top and open from the bottom are easy to access by just lifting the blind so any style that raises to open will do. Windows that are hinged at the side will have the handle positioned a bit higher so a blind that is drawn across (like a vertical) might be easier for access. If you have a sliding glass or French door in your bedroom, again, verticals might be best for unobstructed access.
If you’re an allergy sufferer, blinds made of hard materials won’t harbour dust like fabric does and they’re easy to keep clean. If your bedroom gets a lot of sun discount aluminium Venetian blinds, as these could reflect excess heat into the room.
Blocking out noise completely won’t be possible. It can be reduced but it takes the absorption of sound vibrations, something blinds simply doesn’t offer due to being made out of either hard or very thin materials. If blocking out noise is something you do want to investigate, read our blog on soundproofing bedrooms.
If there are likely to be children in this bedroom be very wary of the strangulation hazard posed by blind cords. The number one child safe option is motorisation so your blinds open and close using electronic controls. Spring-loaded roller blinds are also a very child-safe option as there is no cord. If your blinds do have a corded system, make sure they are tightly wound around a cleat and out of reach.
The other essential safety item is a tensioner. Whether it’s a cord or chain (another common operating mechanism) tensioners keep the controls tidy and stop them from dangling or flapping around in a breeze when the window is open.
Get the most from your budget
If you’re looking for a cost-effective bedroom blind solution, break up your budget room by room. Spend more on a better system of blinds in the master bedroom but opt for a more basic blind in less used spare bedrooms. We hope you’ve found this information helpful. If you need more info about choosing the right blinds for any part of your home, you’ll find everything you need to know in our helpful guide. Download your free copy now.