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What to consider when designing blinds for your living room

by Martha Reed

Homeowners are constantly looking for more creative ways of improving the comfort and aesthetic appeal of their home. One of the ways of achieving this is through installing custom blinds. Blinds add a touch of elegance to your windows and can vary the lighting and privacy settings of your home.

But where should you begin when looking into custom blinds? There are several key factors to consider when making your selection.

It all starts with the style

When designing custom blinds, you should start by thinking about what stylistic element you want to go with. Venetian blinds provide a perfect balance between lighting during the day and privacy at night. The series of crosscutting boards that venetian blinds have provide many different custom options to choose from. Not only can you vary the plank size, but you can also vary the intervals of the planks when fitted on your windows.

If you're looking for a more flexible material to work with, roman blinds can give you plenty of choices to vary material texture, thickness, and length. Roller blinds are also another option that you can use to add customisation and functionality on your windows.

Colour matters

Once you have established the style that you will work with, you can proceed to select a colour pattern. Of course, one of the first options to consider is whether the colour will match your furniture, walls and other fittings in the home. Neutral coloured walls will go well with a bold colour selection for your blinds.

If your living room is already busy with colour combinations, you can go for a less subtle shade for the blinds. The style of your custom blinds will also influence your colour choice. For example, roman blinds with a thick fabric will stand out more with the colour that you choose, as compared to venetian blinds with thinner crossing panels.

The shape and size of the room

You should also take into account how big your living room is and its shape. Larger, more open living rooms will put more emphasis on the blinds whenever someone walks in. You may, therefore, need longer blinds that cover the entire window surface for such rooms.

On the other hand, smaller living rooms with hidden windows may simply require a partial blind that only covers a portion of the window itself.

The position of windows

Window positioning also matters. If your windows are positioned near TVs or where you sit, glare from the sun can interfere with the visibility of your devices during the day.

You may need a thicker fabric that can block out annoying sunrays, or blinds that can be pulled shut when necessary. In addition, UV resistance might also be necessary to protect the home.