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A Quick Guide To Different Blind Types

Jun 11 2021

When it comes to decorating your house, a window blind is one of the items that can quickly change the look of the whole room. The number of window dressings available on the market might be overwhelming. That’s why in today's post we will share with you a quick guide to different blind types so you have all the information in one place. If you are looking for a more in-depth buying guide on a specific blind type check out our previous posts.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are one of the most popular blind types in the UK. The blind is made of a single piece of fabric that can be easily controlled by a chain, or remote/smartphone app when motorised. This blind type gives you optimal control over light. When lowered down, the blind covers your window. When raised, it lets the light in so you can enjoy the outside view. Roller blind doesn't take up much room when rolled up. You can style your Roller blind with an optional cassette, as seen below.

 If you are redecorating on a budget or renting, placing a roller blind in your room is an easy and affordable way to transform the look of your room. Depending on the fabric you choose, the blind can add a splash of colour or interesting pattern to your interior. At Your Blinds Direct, we have over 300 fabrics that you can choose from, including fabrics with properties such as flame retardant, UV reflective backing etc.

Blackout roller blinds are a popular choice for bedrooms and nurseries, whereas fabrics made from PVC material are the perfect solution for bathrooms.

Green Roller Blind

Use it in: Bedroom, Living room, Children’s room, Bathroom, Kitchen

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a great window dressing for large windows as the blind can be made up to a width of 320cm/3.2m/3200mm. The blind is made of vertical fabric vanes, interconnected as standard by a low link chain, with the optional chain free option of sealed pocket weights. Operated by a child-safe wand or cord & chain, this blind type allows you to fully control the amount of light coming into the room.

Vertical blinds generally come in the same (or similar) fabric options like roller blinds, allowing you to mix the two blind types in a single room and keep a style continuity. You have a wide choice when it comes to the type and colour of the fabric. Vertical blinds used to be associated with offices, however, nowadays they are available in various stylish colours that will suit any modern home.

Yellow Vertical Blinds in the kitchen  

Use it in: Living Room, Dining Room

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are a popular blind type due to their functionality and stylish design. The blind is made of a number of horizontal slats interconnected by 'ladders'. Venetian slats can be made of aluminium, wood or faux wood. The great advantage of this blind type is flexible light and privacy control. When raised, the blind will let the light in, when lowered and tilted, it can allow natural light in while giving you some privacy. When lowered and closed the blind will give you ultimate privacy and darken up the room. Venetian blinds can require more cleaning than other blind types, but the process of it is fast and easy.

The timeless design of a venetian blind will add a contemporary touch to your space. Aluminium venetian blinds are made from metal slats that have a moisture-resistant powder coating. That's why it's a great choice for windows placed in the bathroom or kitchen. At Your Blinds Direct, we have a range of vibrant and neutral blinds to suit your home. If you are looking for a window dressing for a sunny room of the house check out our thermal range, if you want something a little different then take a look at our perforated range.

Faux wood blinds are available in neutral colour palettes that will suit the various interiors. Some of the available ranges such as Sunwood Amber or Sunwood Desert Oak will imitate the look of wood. The blind is made from PVC composite material, which is an affordable and durable alternative to real wood. They are suitable for south-facing windows and humid areas of the house such as bathrooms.

Faux Wood Venetian Blind in bathroom

Use it in: Kitchen, Bathroom, Children’s playroom

Vision/Mirage/Day and Night Blinds

More commonly named Day and Night blinds are a unique window dressing that is known for its innovative style. The blind is made from panels of opaque and translucent fabric. The single piece of fabric folds back on itself to create a unique operation. Day and Night blinds come with an operational simplicity of a roller blind, whilst giving you light filtering similar to venetian blind. The innovative blind type is a popular choice for modern interiors.

At Your Blinds Direct, we have a huge range of Vision and Senses Mirage fabrics that are available in various colours and styles. Vision blinds from the Louvolite fabric collection are known for stunning fabric options. When motorised, the blind comes with a Louvolite remote and motor and is compatible with Home Hub for mobile connectivity.

Senses Mirage blinds from the Eclipse fabric collection have unique and stylish designs. The Senses blind comes with a choice of facia and bottom bar, available in five different colours. When motorised, Senses Mirage blinds come with a Powershade remote and motor that is compatible with Powershade Smart Controller.

Please note that Vision blinds are only compatible with Louvolite motorised accessories and Senses Mirage blinds with Eclipse motors and remotes. If you need any more information about motorised accessories check our website or send us an email at support@yourblindsdirect.co.uk

Black Day and Night Blind in the living room

Use it in: Bedroom, Living room, Conservatory

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are a popular choice for modern and contemporary interiors. The blind is made of a single piece of curtain-like fabric that comes with a choice of linings. Roman blinds are operated in a similar way to a roller blind via a chain system. When raised, the blind will fully let the light in and pleat elegantly at the top of your window. When lowered, it will give you the ultimate privacy.

Roman blinds are a great choice for bedrooms when paired with blackout lining. The blind comes with a huge choice of various colours and patterns to suit your style. Roman blinds are also available as motorised. Our motorised roman blinds are supplied with Eclipse Powershade remotes that are compatible with Powershade Smart Controller.

Roman Blinds cosy living room

Use it in: Bedroom, Living room

Allusion Blind

Allusion blinds are a brand new innovative blind type that is a perfect solution for bi-folds, patio doors and wide windows. This blind type doesn't have vanes connected by a lower link chain, it is designed so you can walk through the fabric while the blind is drawn closed. Instead of being flat vanes like Vertical blinds, these have a revolutionary 'U-shape' design. Allowing you to see through once positioned straight on and privacy when twisted left or right. The blind is operated by a child-safe wand that gives you great flexibility over light and privacy.

The standard slim 'Vogue' headrail is available in a choice of 5 versatile colours. You can also add a modern twist to your allusion blind with one of the 80mm fascia headrails. Our Vista fabric range is also flame retardant so it is a perfect blind to be used in commercial buildings.

White Allusion Blind

Use it in:  Living room, Office

 If you need any help or advice in regard to certain blind type don't hesitate to contact us at 0800 029 1678 or email us at support@yourblindsdirect.co.uk

Your Blinds Direct is a leading UK manufacturer of beautiful made-to-measure window blinds, serving customers nationwide. Take a look at our website today for a huge selection of blinds styles, materials, and designs and order your FREE samples today.