With spring just around the corner, now is the time to actually look at your windows – not just through them – and see how they can be brightened up to make the most of the sunny weather that’s (hopefully) on its way.
Blinds may conjure up images of dusty, crumpled aluminium window dressings in offices and schools, but roller blinds can actually be a real feature of your room, as well as providing you with more control over the illumination of your room than you get with traditional curtains.
Here we take a look at some of the offerings from online supplier Direct Blinds, to give you some pointers as to how you can give your home a new look…
This simple Angelica White blind provides a subtle complement to deep creams and warm yellows, allowing for soft illumination of the room when the blinds are down. Ideal for a kitchen or dining room where you want calm and tranquillity, the pointed edge is another subtle feature which catches the eye.
In the living room, you can complement warm beiges and browns with the Baroque Charcoal blind, which features an elegant, eye-catching pattern that makes a statement without being in any way brash. As you can see here, it works especially well with wood panelling of a bay window.
The Camilla Rosa is simple but effective; the scarlet flowers set against a white background make quite an impact – perhaps too much to be combined with patterned wallpaper but a nice complement for reds and darker beiges, while the playfully-uneven spaces between the flowers adds a tough of light-heartedness to what may otherwise feel like too serious a room.
Blinds can also be the primary feature of a room. White walls can be punctuated with a flash of block colour, like the turquoise provided here by the Carnival Pea Roll. From there you can even colour-match your accessories as shown above, or, because the blind itself is the feature, you can give your room a whole new feel whenever you like simply by switching for another blind.
Another way to make your blind the feature is by using a bright block colour offset by subtle detailing. It means that attention is grabbed first by the bright tone, before the eye is drawn to the motifs. The Carnival Raspberry cameo is the perfect example of this, with the vibrant pink being complemented by black trim and floral motifs.
Another bonus of using blinds is they can give you more options when trying to moderate the heat of your home, as they can be purchased with a solar film coating that absorbs light – keeping the room cool in summer and providing insulation in winter. They are also in blackout format too, so a made-to-measure blind will completely extinguish any natural light in a bedroom or living room.
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