You’ve just sat down, right there in your homes comfiest spot. You would be perfectly happy. Perfectly at peace. Sadly, it has just turned 7pm and the sun has begun its summer routine of shining through your window. Dazzling your eyes.
You could draw the curtains shut, but then it would be too dark. Finding that sweet spot of partially open, partially closed doesn’t last long because by 7:15pm the light has bypassed your clever tactics and is right back in your eyes.
You need a better solution.
Solar solutions come in many forms and they all come with their own benefits and specialties. The main ones we provide are: all types of window blinds, shutters, curtains, solar film, skylights, and motorised blinds.
Making the decision
You’ve decided to invest in a new window covering, whether it’s to match new décor, update the old or to address some issue. Your next step is figuring out which type do you want, and which do you need.
You can break it down into 3 considerations:
1. The room
- Living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc.
Each room you use differently and has a different arrangement of requirement, we’ll get onto this soon.
2. Window shape/size/style
- Bay window, floor to ceiling, recessed, French windows etc.
Your windows size, shape, and style will direct your choice based on available fixing locations and operation.
3. Own preference
- Fabrics over hard materials, natural colours over vibrant ones etc
Let us quickly get down how a room might change your selection process.
Some rooms you want as dark as possible, pitch black perhaps. The bedroom comes to mind. If you have trouble sleeping, a set of curtains might not do the trick alone, coupled with a roller blind or vertical you’ll block out considerably more light but we have a few extra tricks up our sleeve just for you.
Cassetted blinds have a mounted guide-frame that will eliminate nearly all light leak. If that sounds too good, we can take a step back to blackout fabrics.
A humid room like a kitchen or a bathroom might do better with more synthetic fabrics, as opposed to natural ones (wood, cotton etc) for a few reasons:
- Woods can rot or lose their lustre in a very humid climate.
- Cotton or linen might grow mould or have smells cling to them more easily.
If you plan to keep these spaces well ventilated, you will get away with using natural materials but consider thinking about faux-woods and polyesters. These also come with the benefit of being easy cleaners, which might be perfect for a kitchen environment.
An office room might benefit a nice relaxing stress-free soft lighting, which can be achieved with more natural fabrics that stop harsh rays but allow gentle light through.
Consider your room and how you use it. Don’t be afraid to change your mind before placing your order of 20 blackout rollers.
The shape of windows
We’ve bays, bows, awnings, sliding and casements. There are single hung, double hung, cottage and picture windows.
All we need to think about is the space in and out of the window recess, as well as the windows movement requirements. A bay window will have plenty of top fixing space, but the angled corners might restrict bulkier equipment from being installed. A pivoting window could bump into your coverings or prevent operation.
Most windows will accept most types of coverings but if there’s any doubt, it pays to get a professional consultation. Many companies provide advice or a free survey. Take that opportunity when you can.
What matters to you
A window or room might function best with x, y or z but if your heart desires a, b and c you’re going to have some internal conflict. The most important thing to remember is that nearly all types of window solutions will come in a style or material that matches what you’ve envisioned. There is plenty of crossover between the different options.
Find the things you absolutely cannot sacrifice, perhaps it’s that alluring sapphire blue colour, then find the things that you’re willing to budge on. If you’re still struggling at this point, maybe it’s time to begin layering
You’re struggling with making the aesthetics meet function? Not to worry, you’ve got a secret weapon up your sleeve.
Combine your window coverings by layering. This is usually adding a curtain to an already shaded window, but you can layer blinds for a unique effect. Romans over rollers for example.
Layering might enable you to achieve the colours, texture or feel you want while still maintaining the superior function of a window blind.
Usually, when layering, you’ll want to contrast certain elements unless you are very careful. A pattern with a solid. A rough weave texture with a softer fabric. Clean and simple shutters with some punchy floral curtains.
If you’re feeling bold, you can try mixing multiple pattern fabrics together, just make sure one holds hierarchy over the other, whether it’s the colours or print size of the pattern. You want one to dominate the other, else you risk creating visual competition.
Another advantage to layering is the ability to soften a blinds place in the room. Adding a nice flowing fabric over the edges of your blinds will help them sink into the room and almost disappear. Leaving you a more minimal and cosy feeling. The opposite can be true too, if you have a very gentle blind, you can use a thicker or more rigid curtain to add some structure to the window space.
Make your best choice
With these new points to ponder, we hope you’ll be able to make some more robust and new design decisions for your window dressing needs. If all else fails you can get in contact and we’ll offer the best industry advice we can, in person or on the phone.
We are based in Salford and cover the North West predominantly but often travel further to suit our client’s needs.