A Simple Guide To Choosing The Right Blinds
When I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, I really can’t remember there ever being a huge array of window furnishing options. I only ever remember velvet curtains, wide aluminium venetians with little star designs and mission brown roller blinds with psychedelic orange patterns. Wow, how thing have changed since then!
More Product Choices, New innovations…….More Confusion
In all the time I have been in this industry, I have seen a huge range of new products that have been developed, old products re-invented and old favourites come back into vogue as well as the flood of new colour options, patterns, textiles and new technologies that are now available.
With so many mind boggling choices you can excuse some people for being a little confused as to what is the right choice.
For some people the choice is easy, whether they have done some research already, seen a particular look that they like, hired an interior decorator, designer or architect to make the decision for them or just need their blinds to perform in a particular way. For many others though may find it a very daunting proposition.
How to break down your choices into 3 easy categories.
Whenever I meet with clients who are unsure about what they want, I always break down the choices into the following 3 categories of questions;
- The Look
- The Functionality
- The Budget
Please keep in mind these categories may have different levels of importance to your decision when it comes to choosing your best treatment. You may consider the look to be more important than the function, or stick to your budget over everything else. I basically use the following questions as a guide to narrow down the choices and to find out what it is that is really important for decision making.
Ask yourself the following Questions;
- What is the look that you are trying to achieve?
Formal, Casual, Classic or Chic.
- What category of window furnishing do you prefer?
Soft Furnishing (curtains, sheers, romans, toppers) or Hard coverings (venetians, roller blinds, timber shutters etc) or both?
- What colours palettes do you like?
Bold colours or subtle hues such as neutral and earthy colours.
- Do you prefer your blinds to be fitted into a window recess or onto a wall or architrave?
How your treatment will function in a room is a critical component when deciding what is right for you. No matter the number of coverings you need, I generally ask the same questions from the first room to the next, as the functionality of your window furnishing in a bedroom is generally different compared to the living area.
- How Much Light Control do you want?
Do I want complete blockout, partial blockout or light filtering.
- How much privacy would you like?
Complete privacy, partial privacy or both. Products such as Verticals, Venetians and Timber Shutters offer great light and privacy control by simply adjusting the louvres to give you the preferred adjustment you are looking for.
- How would you like them to move and stack?
E.g Do you want to move your coverings up and down? Left to right, or have a centre opening? This question may be dictated by the type, configuration and size of window you have.
- Do you prefer manually operated or motorised?
With new innovations, the cost of motorising blinds has steadily decreased over the years. These options have become more mainstream and popular. However the cost of motorised blinds can still be considerably more than having a simple manually operated product. Before getting your item motorised, you need to ask yourself whether it is just for convenience? Is it in a hard to reach or high area? Do I need to this type of style for child safety reasons? Is it within my budget?
- What conditions do they need to perform?
Where a blind is positioned in a premise can greatly alter the amount of wear and tear it receives and how it would function. Different solutions are best suited for particular places such as wet, high traffic and pet traffic areas, air turbulent spots, infant rooms as well as windows orientated at the North, South, East or West etc.
Ultimately, your budget will most likely determine your final decision on what range of solutions you can choose from. Because most people are not well versed in this industry, they are unsure of the price they have to expect to pay for their blinds in Melbourne. You can generally get an estimated price by simply getting a dedicated window furnishing company to give you a quote. If you are furnishing an entire house and are exceeding your budget, you can generally vary your window treatment mix throughout the house. By doing this, you can spend more on certain areas and scale back on others to meet your budget.
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