When it comes to choosing the best window dressings for the doors in your home, things can be a little daunting. From patio doors to French doors, and even sliding doors, there are different types of blinds for different types of doors. But, you probably want to combine style with functionality, don’t you? And you don’t want to have to replace the window dressings in these high traffic areas every few years, either.
So, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to bring you an array of creative, functional and stylish options for covering your larger doors. While the perfect window dressing will boil down to the type of door, your budget and your personal preferences, this guide should be a great starting point for ideas.
Choosing Blinds for French Doors
French doors are a lovely addition to any home. They are a great feature that offer expansive views and loads of natural light. They work really well as practical home access or even for an appealing look and feel in your formal dining room. So, you need a window dressing that suits both the function and style of your home’s French Doors.
1. French Doors in the Dining Room
Dining room blinds should be practical. They need to keep the room cosy when not in use and reduce glare when diners are in the room. A soft Roman blind offers a sophisticated look and lets you control the temperature and light in your dining room. Thermal lining on the blinds can be added for extra cosiness.
2. French Doors in the Bedroom
In a bedroom, French doors let the glorious morning sun shine in. That’s not so lovely if you’re trying to lie in. So, opt for layering. Wooden blinds can be closed completely at night to keep light from filtering through. Then, you can add a pretty voile curtain to create a softer look in the bedroom and finish off with curtains to really block out light.
3. French Doors in the Kitchen
Kitchens are the hub of any home which makes them high usage areas, complete with sticky fingers and muddy footprints. So, you need a hardwearing and functional window dressing in the kitchen. Verticals are great. They allow light to filter in while also being robust. You can get waterproof and even Teflon coated varieties, which are ideal for kitchens.
Choosing Blinds for Patio Doors
Patio doors are fantastic if you love open plan living. They create the perfect transition between inside and outside and can transform a smaller, darker room into an airy space within an instant. Let’s look at what blinds work best with patio doors.
1. Pleated Blinds
While looking at your garden during the day is relaxing, you want to feel cosy at night. So, go for blinds that make the room feel snug and private. Pleated blinds work well as they usually have a textured finish and are available in an array of designs and colours to suit your décor. During the day, pleated blinds give a room a warm glow, and at night, they envelope the space like a cosy blanket.
2. Roman Blinds
Roman blinds offer beautiful soft fabrics and folds, making them ideal for patio doors in dining rooms and lounges. Again, there’s a wide range of designs on the market, not to mention textures, to complement your current décor. You can layer Roman blinds with curtains for an extra-warm and inviting look and feel.
3. Venetian Blinds
If you’d prefer a more versatile window dressing for your patio doors, consider Venetian blinds. There are loads of finishes and shades to pick from, and a Venetian blind can turn your patio door into a stunning focal point. These blinds come in different slat widths, so you’re sure to find the perfect variety for your size door.
4. Vertical Blinds
These are practical window dressings for patio doors. Vertical blinds help you keep your privacy while also controlling a room’s temperature. These blinds also work well in kitchens and other heavy usage areas as they’re easy to clean and maintain and come in a variety of performance fabrics, such as light reflective, waterproof and even dim-out.
5. Roller Blinds
If you want a stylish and sleek window dressing for your patio door, consider roller blinds. These blinds are hardwearing and highly practical. Roller blinds come in a number of different performance fabrics, such as flame-retardant, moisture-resistant, and even Teflon coated. They’re great for kitchens.
Choosing Blinds for Bifold Doors
Bifold doors are great when you want to fling open your doors and let the summer warmth and light shine through. But, you may also need functional as well as stylish blinds for your bifold doors. Here are a few ideas.
1. Individual Blinds
Bifold doors look beautiful when they have an individual blind on each door. With the number of panes to cover, your blinds will actually become the focal design feature, so it’s important to take your time choosing the colour and design of the blinds. Pleated blinds, for example, work well for bifold doors as the delicate textures and fabrics work well with different styles of doors.
What’s more, when you fit a single blind to each bifold door, you can enjoy the flexibility of adjusting just one blind at a time to reduce glare as the sun moves over throughout the day, keeping your space comfortable throughout the year.
2. Venetian Blinds for Bifold Doors
Venetian blinds add lustre to bifold doors and are practical for day to day use. They come in a wide range of textures and finishes, such as sheer, metallic and pearl. They’re a great option if you want to create an individual look in your space.
3. Roman Blinds for Bifold Doors
If you want a softer look on your bifold doors, try Roman blinds. These blinds come in a variety of beautiful patterns, fabrics and shades with the option to add thermal lining for an ultra-cosy finish. Interlining offers a luxurious look, too. Again, opt for one Roman blind per door for the utmost flexibility.
4. Roller Blinds for Bifold Doors
For dining rooms and kitchens, roller blinds work well for bifold doors as they look good and offer great practicality. These blinds are available in options such as flame-retardant, dim-out, wipeable and moisture-resistant and you can even get blackout fabrics for those heavy use areas.
Choosing Blinds for Sliding Doors
If you have glass sliding doors in your home, there are several options for window dressings that will suit the décor of your interior while offering flexibility, light control and privacy.
1. Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors
Vertical blinds are, arguably, the number one window dressing option for your sliding glass doors. Vertical blinds are available in a wide range of fabrics and other materials. One particularly popular trend is to make use of vertical cellular blinds to give a home’s rooms softness while also offering light control and serving as an excellent barrier against weather fluctuations that are common around sliding doors.
If you’re not sure about which types of window dressings are the best option for your home’s different doors, contact us at Made to Measure Blinds and we will offer tailored suggestions based on your home’s requirements and in line with your budget, taste and décor.