As a follow up to our previous article, 'knowing when it’s time to replace your curtains', this month we’re putting the spotlight on blinds. Being able to tell when your blinds need the same treatment provides an opportunity to freshen your home, get the style you want and the functionality you need.
So, whether you’re renovating, restyling or just considering your options, here’s what you should be looking out for when it comes to blinds.
The easiest sign that it’s time to get a new set of blinds is when they’re broken, and more often than not this happens because they’re too old. In venetian blinds you can expect to find bent or broken slats and in fabric roller options you may find them smelling musty or frayed at the edges.
Because of the harsh exposure to UV rays we experience in New Zealand, in wooden venetian treatments you may discover that the slats have warped over time, and the stain may be flaking. And while the chains on roller blinds can be easily replaced, the fix becomes a lot more complicated if the cords on venetians break due to age.
Our needs change over time, and this is no exception when it comes to what we need from our window treatments. Where you once had wooden blinds, you may now wish to open up the room and go for a blind that is designed to be raised up and down on a daily basis, such as a roller blind or if you want to increase the insulation and/or room darkening, a light filtering or block-out honeycomb blind may be a more suitable option. And where you once had aluminum venetians, you may be tired of them rattling in the wind when the window is open or the fussy cords, whereas a shutter would alleviate those window furnishing woes.
Even if you’re unsure of which treatment is the best for you, our consultants are more than happy to show you each option at your convenience in the comfort of your home.
It should go without saying that if you find mould on your fabric blinds they should be taken down and replaced regardless. However, if your blinds have been up for a long time anyway you may find that they are no longer contemporary – especially if your furniture has been replaced over the years too.
Curtains and blinds are generally found in every room of your house, so when considering style, it’s important to realise that by changing your blinds out for a modern set you can instantly uplift your entire home. And whether your furniture has remained, or you’ve added a few modern pieces over the years, we offer plenty of colour, style and function options that both enhance your lifestyle and look amazing.
If you’re looking for some inspiration in the meantime, feel free to download our free guide on choosing the right blinds. Whether you need thermal fabric for cold winters, airy patterns for summer days or anything in between, we’ve got you covered.