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Why You Need Roman Blinds For Your Home
Roman blinds are the perfect mixture of a blind and a curtain. They’re practical, flexible and incredibly stylish.
One of the biggest benefits of Roman blinds is the sheer amount of options available. Depending on what you choose for your interior, the blinds can be tailored and masculine or soft and feminine.
With so many different styles to choose from, and the fact that these blinds can be made out of just about any fabric, including sheers, you’re sure to find the perfect Roman blinds for your home.
Different Types of Roman Blinds
The two main types of Roman Blinds are Classic and Flat. There are also hobbled and looped varieties.
1. Flat Roman BlindsThis variety consists of a fabric panel that lies flat against your window when lowered. The flat blinds form a neat stack of folds when raised, looking like a neat accordion. The overall look is minimalist and tidy. The blinds can appear as a single solid piece or be made with pleats that are visible when the blind is fully raised.When closed, the light filtering through the blind reveals that textures and patterns that you just would not have seen with gathered drapes.
2. Hobbled or Looped BlindsThese varieties have pleats or folds that cascade down the face of the blind to create beautiful depth on the flat surface of the fabric. The seamed style boasts a smooth, flat finish that works really well with solid colours or smaller patterns.
Why Use Roman
2. Hobbled or Looped Blinds these varieties have pleats or folds that cascade down the face of the blind to create beautiful depth on the flat surface of the fabric. The seamed style boasts a smooth, flat finish that works really well with solid colours or smaller patterns.
Why Use Roman Blinds?
When you think about window treatments, Roman blinds really are the ideal compromise between stylish practicality and soft fabrics. Here are just a few reasons to consider Roman blinds for your windows.
1. Great Where Space is TightBlinds are a great solution when curtains would look bulky and simply get in the way of radiators and furniture. If you want to create a cosier and softer look than Venetians or rollers, Roman blinds are the way to go.
2. So Many Stunning FabricsOne of the biggest benefits of Roman blinds is that they really make a feature of their fabric. Where patterned curtains can overwhelm a smaller space, Roman blinds cover a more contained area beautifully. Remember, when the blinds are pulled up, they stack, so they don’t go right to the top of the window. This does block a little bit of natural light, but it’s no big deal.
3. Roman Blinds Soften a Kitchen SpaceRoman blinds are just such a natural choice for kitchens. They seem to add a great deal of softness that counters metres of shiny tiles, cabinets and worktops. Checks and stripes tend to be classic choices in a kitchen space, but you could also opt for a bright shade or bold florals.
4. They Look Neat and FreshRoman blinds are the ideal compromise in rooms where you have a number of windows. For instance, in a light airy living room, curtains might cover up half the window frames and walls and just look busy. Roman blinds, though, fold away neatly and keep things looking contemporary.
5. Stylish with CurtainsRoman blinds work extremely well when layered with curtains for optimal insulation and privacy. They don’t have to be an exact match, but a design that goes well with your curtain material.
6. They Work in Bedrooms, TooCurtains in bedrooms tend to get dusty, whereas Roman blinds are an excellent alternative. Just make sure you get your beautiful blinds lined with blackout material to complete darkness. Also, there shouldn’t be any spaces around the sides to ensure light doesn’t seep in around the edges of the blinds.
7. They Can Even Work in BathroomsRoman blinds can look lovely in bathrooms, especially if you’re going for period elegance. Just keep in mind that there is the potential for splashes, so only install blinds in bathrooms that are well insulated.
8. They’re Great on a BudgetRoman blinds don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. While they do become somewhat pricier than roller blinds, you can have yours made to measure at highly competitive prices. You could also opt for a cheaper fabric to keep costs down.
9. They Work in Just About Every Room in the HouseYou may not always call roller or Venetian blinds stylish, but Roman blinds truly are. They’re also incredibly adaptable. They can work in your formal living room or your country cottage. They also allow you to effortlessly use the space under the windows.
10. They’re Perfect for Wider Windows an exceptionally wide Roman blind can look very pretty. Roman blinds tend to vary in terms of how modern or traditional they are, so when it comes to choosing a blind, make sure you check out these details, as well as how they tend to pleat when they are raised.
So, you’re sold on the idea of Roman blinds? Let’s look at how you can make the best use of them.
1. The Rooms let’s begin with the rooms. As mentioned, the versatility of these blinds means they can be used in just about any and every room in your home. You can use different fabrics for each room, too, depending on how much sunlight streams through the windows. Roman blinds can also frame windows much better than Venetian, roller or vertical blinds.What’s more, the blinds provide exceptional insulation and look homely when used in studies, bedrooms and living rooms. They also provide a clean finish as décor in conference rooms and offices. Roman blinds are truly timeless in their use and look amazing in any room with the right fabric and design.
2. Using Roman Blinds in Bathrooms and KitchensRoman blinds with traditional fabrics can’t be used in damp spaces like bathrooms and kitchens, so it is important to select fabrics that won’t accumulate mould and dust in the humid environment. Kitchen blinds do tend to soak up grease and oils, allowing dust to cake on them. Be sure to manually clean away grease and grime regularly to keep your blinds looking tidy and clean.The more luxurious fabrics such as velvet, faux silks and taffeta will show moisture damage. Rather opt for a polyester or cotton blend, or even 100% cotton for humid rooms as they are much easier to clean and can be washed regularly. You can also use bold designs and patterns to make the damage look less obvious.
3. Choosing Linings and FabricsWhen it comes to blinds, you need to consider the fact that direct sunlight can result in fading of the fabric and lining colours. So, even if they do look colourful from the inside of your rooms, they may well look patchy and dull from the outside. You can avoid this, though, by choosing the best types of linings and fabrics.For instance, light-weight fabrics such as taffeta and faux silk, as well as medium-weight fabrics such as linen and cottons, offer a sharp and crisp fold to the blinds. However, heavier fabrics like pure wool or chenille offer neat folds and professional pleats. Heavier fabrics are great for insulating ill-fitting windows.The blinds’ linings support the structure and shape of the window dressings, and also work to hide the dowels and tape channels. The lining further acts as an additional filter between the face fabric and sunlight, preventing fading. You can’t use coloured lining since fading will make it look striped and worn. Overall, blackout linings are the most popular since they reduce the rate of fabric fading as well as adding excellent insulation.
Conservatory season may be a few months away yet but planning in advance never hurt anyone!
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These aluminium venetian blinds come loaded into frames that simply clip into your windows, fitting, well, perfectly!
The 25mm slats give you excellent light control, allowing you to choose just how much light you want to filter through whilst keeping your privacy protected.
Many of the colours available also match those of standard venetia, meaning that you can match them effortlessly throughout your home!
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We’re here to help you to be inspired in your home. Doubling up on window dressing adds value and personality into home décor, as well as flexibility for lighting and increased privacy. Below is our top tips on how to mix and match blinds and curtains to create that perfect window dressing.
Start with a solid base
Choose your favourite product whether that be a bold patterned roman blind or a block colour roller blind. Starting with a strong base allows product to be added, as adding layers can create a warm and cosy look, in particular when pairing roman blinds and curtains. The heavy material of these products has the power to maintain a cosy feel whilst giving the room a touch of luxury.
Don’t mix prints
When it comes to combining blinds and curtains, avoid putting print on print as it can be very overpowering, especially in a small space or a room overloaded with designs. However, mixing and blending textures can offer an interesting style. Create a tonal theme by pulling colours from patterns paired alongside colours from that pattern, doubling up without feeling intense.
Don’t be afraid to accessorise
Adding accessories to blinds might seem daunting; however, there are ways to keep it looking stylish. Diamante braids are a perfect way to make a blind look and feel more expensive and luxurious to the customer.
Consider the system
Hardware is often overlooked by the end consumer, but it is extremely important when it comes to completing the window. For example, neutral tones and warm colours such as orange are perfect for a bronze headrail, whereas darker tones of blue and green work well alongside our favourite, gunmetal grey.Read More →