Why You Need Roman Blinds For Your Home

June 21, 2018

Roman blinds are the perfect mixture of a blind and a curtain. They’re practical, flexible and incredibly stylish.

One of the biggest benefits of Roman blinds is the sheer amount of options available. Depending on what you choose for your interior, the blinds can be tailored and masculine or soft and feminine.

With so many different styles to choose from, and the fact that these blinds can be made out of just about any fabric, including sheers, you’re sure to find the perfect Roman blinds for your home.

Different Types of Roman Blinds

The two main types of Roman blinds are Classic and Flat. There are also hobbled and looped varieties.

  1. Flat Roman Blinds
    This variety consists of a fabric panel that lies flat against your window when lowered. The flat blinds form a neat stack of folds when raised, looking like a neat accordion. The overall look is minimalist and tidy. The blinds can appear as a single solid piece or be made with pleats that are visible when the blind is fully raised.

    When closed, the light filtering through the blind reveals that textures and patterns that you just would not have seen with gathered drapes.

  1. Hobbled or Looped Blinds
    These varieties have pleats or folds that cascade down the face of the blind to create beautiful depth on the flat surface of the fabric. The seamed style boasts a smooth, flat finish that works really well with solid colours or smaller patterns.

Why Use Roman Blinds?

When you think about window treatments, Roman blinds really are the ideal compromise between stylish practicality and soft fabrics. Here are just a few reasons to consider Roman blinds for your windows.

  1. Great Where Space is Tight
    Blinds are a great solution when curtains would look bulky and simply get in the way of radiators and furniture. If you want to create a cosier and softer look than Venetians or rollers, Roman blinds are the way to go.
  1. So Many Stunning Fabrics
    One of the biggest benefits of Roman blinds is that they really make a feature of their fabric. Where patterned curtains can overwhelm a smaller space, Roman blinds cover a more contained area beautifully. Remember, when the blinds are pulled up, they stack, so they don’t go right to the top of the window. This does block a little bit of natural light, but it’s no big deal.
  1. Roman Blinds Soften a Kitchen Space
    Roman blinds are just such a natural choice for kitchens. They seem to add a great deal of softness that counters metres of shiny tiles, cabinets and worktops. Checks and stripes tend to be classic choices in a kitchen space, but you could also opt for a bright shade or bold florals.
  1. They Look Neat and Fresh
    Roman blinds are the ideal compromise in rooms where you have a number of windows. For instance, in a light airy living room, curtains might cover up half the window frames and walls and just look busy. Roman blinds, though, fold away neatly and keep things looking contemporary.
  1. Stylish with Curtains
    Roman blinds work extremely well when layered with curtains for optimal insulation and privacy. They don’t have to be an exact match, but a design that goes well with your curtain material.
  1. They Work in Bedrooms, Too
    Curtains in bedrooms tend to get dusty, whereas Roman blinds are an excellent alternative. Just make sure you get your beautiful blinds lined with blackout material to complete darkness. Also, there shouldn’t be any spaces around the sides to ensure light doesn’t seep in around the edges of the blinds.
  1. They Can Even Work in Bathrooms
    Roman blinds can look lovely in bathrooms, especially if you’re going for period elegance. Just keep in mind that there is the potential for splashes, so only install blinds in bathrooms that are well insulated.
  1. They’re Great on a Budget
    Roman blinds don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. While they do become somewhat pricier than roller blinds, you can have yours made to measure at highly competitive prices. You could also opt for a cheaper fabric to keep costs down.
  1. They Work in Just About Every Room in the House
    You may not always call roller or Venetian blinds stylish, but Roman blinds truly are. They’re also incredibly adaptable. They can work in your formal living room or your country cottage. They also allow you to effortlessly use the space under the windows.
  1. They’re Perfect for Wider Windows
    An exceptionally wide Roman blind can look very pretty. Roman blinds tend to vary in terms of how modern or traditional they are, so when it comes to choosing a blind, make sure you check out these details, as well as how they tend to pleat when they are raised.

Design Tips for Using Roman Blinds

So, you’re sold on the idea of Roman blinds? Let’s look at how you can make the best use of them.

  1. The Rooms
    Let’s begin with the rooms. As mentioned, the versatility of these blinds means they can be used in just about any and every room in your home. You can use different fabrics for each room, too, depending on how much sunlight streams through the windows. Roman blinds can also frame windows much better than Venetian, roller or vertical blinds.

    What’s more, the blinds provide exceptional insulation and look homely when used in studies, bedrooms and living rooms. They also provide a clean finish as décor in conference rooms and offices. Roman blinds are truly timeless in their use and look amazing in any room with the right fabric and design.

  1. Using Roman Blinds in Bathrooms and Kitchens
    Roman blinds with traditional fabrics can’t be used in damp spaces like bathrooms and kitchens, so it is important to select fabrics that won’t accumulate mould and dust in the humid environment. Kitchen blinds do tend to soak up grease and oils, allowing dust to cake on them. Be sure to manually clean away grease and grime regularly to keep your blinds looking tidy and clean.

    The more luxurious fabrics such as velvet, faux silks and taffeta will show moisture damage. Rather opt for a polyester or cotton blend, or even 100% cotton for humid rooms as they are much easier to clean and can be washed regularly. You can also use bold designs and patterns to make the damage look less obvious.

  1. Choosing Linings and Fabrics
    When it comes to blinds, you need to consider the fact that direct sunlight can result in fading of the fabric and lining colours. So, even if they do look colourful from the inside of your rooms, they may well look patchy and dull from the outside. You can avoid this, though, by choosing the best types of linings and fabrics.

    For instance, light-weight fabrics such as taffeta and faux silk, as well as medium-weight fabrics such as linen and cottons, offer a sharp and crisp fold to the blinds. However, heavier fabrics like pure wool or chenille offer neat folds and professional pleats. Heavier fabrics are great for insulating ill-fitting windows.

    The blinds’ linings support the structure and shape of the window dressings, and also work to hide the dowels and tape channels. The lining further acts as an additional filter between the face fabric and sunlight, preventing fading. You can’t use coloured lining since fading will make it look striped and worn. Overall, blackout linings are the most popular since they reduce the rate of fabric fading as well as adding excellent insulation.

There are different types of window treatments available but Roman blinds is one that you should definitely check out. Roman blinds are a versatile, decorative and functional choice for just about any room in the house.


The joy of a new-born baby and decorating their nursery

February 27, 2017

Not long after any couple discovers that they are expecting a baby, thoughts turn to creating a wonderful nursery so that once the little one arrives she or he has a special room with a calming yet inspirational atmosphere.

A place where night-time feeds or nappy-changing sessions can be undertaken in practical yet comfortable surroundings with the minimum of fuss, but which reflect the joy and optimism that a tiny baby brings.

As well as cuddly toys, furniture and furnishings, décor will be paramount.

Many parents shy away from the option of being told the sex of their baby before it is born, so this immediately reduces the chances of going for gender-specific stereotypes in choosing pink for a girl or blue for a boy.

This is reflected in the range of child-themed Roman blinds which we offer.

Here are some of your options. Continue reading The joy of a new-born baby and decorating their nursery

Why we don’t want you to buy replacement blinds … too soon

March 4, 2016

Constantine Purple

This sparkling new blind from our Constantine Purple range will retain its just-new looks for longer with regular cleaning following our guide.

That might sound like an odd thing for a made to measure blinds supplier to say, but we care about our customers.

And it breaks our heart when we see blinds on the scrapheap when in truth they should still be serving a purpose in the home.

We offer you helpful guides every step of the way — and that includes how to care for your blinds once they are installed.

Our blinds are of good quality and are built to last and we want you to make sure they last.

Continue reading Why we don’t want you to buy replacement blinds … too soon

How to create a relaxing atmosphere in your beautiful bathroom

August 18, 2015

M2M Batroom rollersThere’s nothing more relaxing than a good soak in the bath or a long, hot shower – but only if your bathroom is a gorgeous and tranquil space that you can enjoy.

The bathroom is one of the hardest-working rooms in the house, and it’s easy for it to get a bit sad and cluttered. So when giving it a facelift, your first step should be to have a good clear-out (especially if you have a small space).

M2M Roman blinds bathroomTidy up
Invest in a good cabinet to hide all your bathroom products, and make an asset of clean towels by folding them neatly on a shelf or using a towel ladder like this one from Next.
If your bathroom is suffering from tired corners, smarten it up instantly by re-grouting tiles, renewing silicon sealant round the bath and polishing your taps.
New vinyl or a good waterproof laminate can also give a quick facelift to the floor; tiling is a bigger job and more expensive, but very long-lasting – Tile Mountain’s Skyros wall and floor tiles have an extremely cool and pretty retro vibe.

next_100179888411956Treat your feet

A good rug softens the room as well as providing comfort underfoot, but make sure it can stand up to all that water and steam – we’re very pleased with the Cool Stripes rugs from Modern Rugs, which would brighten up any bathroom and can be easily changed to freshen things up from time to time.

 

justtapsplus_1816944408227270Colour guide

If your bathroom is small, dark colours may make it feel closed in. Choosing a light colour for the walls can also help bring a feeling of space and light, and mirrors – a natural for the bathroom, of course – can also help the room feel bigger.

The blinds factor

Natural light is at a premium with bathrooms – venetian blinds can be an ideal solution in a bathroom as they can be tilted to let in precious daylight while providing extra privacy for frosted glass. But Roman blinds look great, too. Choose wisely, using our advice (see below).

Read our blog – How to choose a blind for the bathroom

tilemountain_18169451008628193Time for a suite makeover?

Changing your bathroom suite can be pricey and is a big job, but there are some fabulous fittings around at the moment – take a look at the Round Fixed Head Cascade Shower from Justtapsplus; it’s slimline for a small space but provides a great water flow.

Barker & Stonehouse,Wooden chest with shutters, -ú219Accessorise

If you’ve less to spend, accessories make a big difference in the bathroom, and should be chosen with care.
You can go beachcombing to come up with some natural bits and pieces to give your room a nautical but nice theme, or shop around for natural finishes such as Sainsbury’s natural lotus clothes hamper.

 

sainsburyshome_97126999993978Storage

We also like Barker and Stonehouse’s wooden chest with shutters – very cool and also useful in providing extra storage – and their display box, which looks like a row of huts, would fit in really well.

The final touch
After that, it’s easy – some nice candles, deliciously-scented bath oil and a good lock on the bathroom door. Ahh… relax!

 

What have the Romans ever done for us?

August 10, 2015

gracie pinkWhat’s the difference between a Roman blind and a Roman blind?

That’s not a trick question. The way the Romans used to hang their eponymous blinds when compared to the way we use them differs in one significant factor.

We hang them vertically while the Romans, in some circumstances, hung them horizontally.

Here’s the reason. Let’s go back a couple of thousand years or more and take our place for some entertainment at the colosseum.

Hot out there, in the open air and under the searing heat. But some clever chap with an entrepreneurial spirit has had the idea of helping the punters stay a little more comfortable by creating an awning-like structure to pull out – horizantally – from the stands.

The resulting shade is very welcome, but the design needs refining, so that when not needed the blinds can be rolled in and stored.

The design soon incorporates long poles and pull-cords so that they can be adjusted as required.

These shades and their use inspired others to think about other applications and it wasn’t long before they started appearing in homes, offering protection against the dust being kicked up by all those passing centurions and other pedestrians.

These blinds, though, were naturally hung vertically, to suit their location in windows.

Style and form may have evolved in the intervening years, but we still look upon a Roman blind as a stylish alternative to traditional window coverings with its classic, drapery effect.

They are equally suited to a living room environment as well as providing a contemporary look and feel for any bedroom, kitchen or children’s nursery.

Our made to measure roman blinds are available in a variety of stylish patterns and designs and come in a wide selection of smart shades and colours, designed to complement any colour scheme or décor.

Take a look at our extensive range of made to measure Roman Blinds here!  We can supply free samples so you can find the perfect fabric from the comfort of your own home – Request your free sample now!

 

Seaside style that’s shore to please!

July 22, 2015

HepburnDo you love storing up memories of special summer holidays – and do you strive to hang on to the enjoyment of long, sunny days by memorising the sights, smells and sounds of June, July and August?

One way of keeping those memories alive is by bringing certain elements into our homes. By bringing a touch of the seashore indoors we can keep those sunny days alive with reminders of fresh salty air and a seawashed colour palette of blues and pebble hues.

We’ve been checking out marine theme accessories to help us feel beside the seaside in our own living rooms.

Seaside_huts_blue 311 311 72 largeWood is a big consideration of course – think of all the lovely driftwood that washes up on the beach. Reclaimed wooden furniture is popular this year, and you can also give your room a stylishly distressed look with the help of clever colouring.

Sand your floors to a pale finish or paint them with pale colours – sand again afterwards and seal with floor varnish to get that worn look.

White Venetian blinds give a gorgeously Mediterranean tone to any room, and you can also slant them slightly to provide privacy and to give your room subtle lighting during the day.
Look out for blanket boxes and chests, which make great alternative coffee tables while providing extra storage.

Dobbies Seaside Scene decoration from Tesco Direct

Dobbies Seaside Scene decoration from Tesco Direct

And you can also go crafty with things you find along the shore. A simple mirror can be turned into a work of art by creating a frame of driftwood, or of polished glass pebbles from a spot of beachcombing.

You can get colour inspiration for your walls from beach pebbles, too – beiges, greys and creams – and echo them with a shelf of seaside finds such as shells and stones.

As it’s the seaside, there has to be a bit of blue, too – so go for striped cushions, rugs in strong geometric patterns to make those pale floors look even more lovely, and add a sky-blue throw to your sofa for snuggly comfort.

Ticking Blue 311 311 72 thumb jpegYou could also cluster glass bottles and vases together on a shelf as a reminder of glass fishing floats, or frame some of your favourite pictures of your summer holidays for the wall.

So who cares if autumn is just around the corner? Because this look is packed with pale woodwork, light blinds and bleached finishes, your room will seem full of light, and darker days will seem brighter – and you can go on being a beach baby for the rest of the year.

 

M2M True white 50mm slat with white tape.

View our collection of white Venetian blinds here on our website!

Scandinavian elegance with an edge – and a Made To Measure Blind!

April 12, 2015

Northern LightsIt’s been pretty tough over the past few years to tear ourselves away from Scandinavian dramas​. Those romantic, melancholy vistas, those sweaters… delightful!

And of course, that cool, sophisticated elegance has worked its way gradually into our homes. Who can resist it? We love the simple, clean lines, and the cool Northern colours – it’s a recipe for creating a tranquil space to unwind and relax.

It’s all so cool, calm – and just a bit crocheted – so how can you achieve the Scandinavian look without being too clinical?

bhs_8244881517017402It’s an easy look to achieve, as long as you concentrate on some key elements. Sleek, statement furnishings that attract the eye are a must – look for a sculptural element to legs and arms.

Materials from nature are also crucial – blond wood, pebble finishes and natural fabrics work well in this kind of space. And keep accessories pared-back and minimal, because this truly is a look that demands a total absence of clutter.

amara_10005571529654305Start with a key piece of furniture such as the Savalen accent chair (Barker and Stonehouse) in the picture. It’s wonderfully eye-catching because of its striking patterned fabric – Scandi doesn’t always mean plain – but look at those lovely shapely arms.

The chair sits perfectly against the plush yet simple corner chaise and the vaguely retro chic of the coffee table. Amara’s Pols Potten Skippy set of three tables also has a mid-century sort of elegance that would fit in well here.

Persimmon Mocha

Persimmon Mocha

To complement the furnishings we’ve chosen a few of our favourites to show off.  The Lorenza Silver Roman Blinds are always very popular (view the full range here) and we also love the Fagel Charcoal Roman Blinds (view the full range here). Looking for a complimentary Vertical Blind range? Then this Persimmon Mocha scheme is just for you (view the full range here).

Lorenza Silver

Lorenza Silver

Geometric patterns such as the fabric on the Savalen are a key to giving this look the edge it requires to be truly contemporary. Keep the colour palette cool, with plenty of blues and greys, and you can get away comfortably with mixing and matching strong patterns on walls, floors and furnishings.

Not too much, though – walls should mostly be plain in order to show off all those stylish furnishings to best effect.

With all those cool colours around, you need to take some slight measures to prevent the room looking cold, and natural woods are a great solution with their warm tones.

We absolutely adore the wooden apothecary chest from Bhs with its host of gorgeous little drawers – it really elevates storage to a statement.

Fagel Charcoal

Fagel Charcoal

You can kitsch it up a little too with some folksy accompaniments such as the crocheted cushion – also from Bhs – or a throw; it’s well within the Scandinavian tradition of hand-crafted accessories and would add a touch of pleasant playfulness to the room.

Texture is also important, and rough rugs over smooth floors provide an important element. Look out for opportunities to add subtle lustre, too, in the shape of glass vases and bottles, and in lamp bases such as the Lolanthe (Barker and Stonehouse). It helps to reflect the light round your room and make the most of those calming shades.

bhs_824488450175342This British take on Scandinavian style is a classic look that won’t date, so you can afford to spend some time getting it completely set up – then relax in the knowledge that it’s going to remain ever-elegant.

The sweater, of course, is entirely up to you.

If you need help measuring use our easy-to-follow guides here >> www.madetomeasureblinds-uk.com/how-to-measure

Barker & Stonehouse, Lolanthe lamp, -ú120

 

Blackout blinds from Made To Measure Blinds – which one does the job best?

March 5, 2014

With mornings becoming brighter it’s an appropriate time to focus on made to measure blackout blinds.

Each of our ranges of made to measure blinds has a blackout option and we achieve that by adding a lining or backing to the fabrics – it’s what stops the light filtering through.

With different manufacturing processes for each product – along with the blind’s style – some provide better window coverage than others.

Our blackout options include:

Vertical

Roller

Roman

Pleated

 

Blackout Roman blinds

Roman Blind willowy Amethyst with blackout lining.

Roman Blind willowy Amethyst with blackout lining.

Roman blinds offer the best window coverage but their complex manufacturing process means that they are not the most economical option. They do, however, add class to any room.

The feature fabric, with its thermal lining, is made to the finished width of the window, so if the blind is mounted inside the window recess it will be made to the narrowest width within the recess, less 1cm for a clearance fit.

As long as the window is nice and square the blind will block a considerable amount of light due to its close fit, making it the best blackout of all the blinds available.

If the blind is mounted on the outside of the recess we recommend allowing 4cm all around the window. The wider the blind the more light will be blocked, but remember that the fabric will stand off the wall a little due to the 3cm depth of the headrail on which the fabric is mounted.

For this reason there is little to be gained from an outside-mounted blind over a good fitting inside-mounted roman in a nice square window.

Blockability score – Roman blind 9 out of 10

 

Blackout Roller blind

Blackout Roller blind

Blackout roller blinds

Blackout roller blinds are a popular choice since they are also one of the most economical options. Blackout fabrics are coated with a rubberised backing that also offers a thermal barrier, as with the Roman blind.

The brackets and controls are mounted at both ends of the barrel so 30mm of fabric is lost to accommodate them. This will inevitably allow light to creep around the sides of the blind, but it will be more than adequate to do the job unless you are a very light sleeper.

If that is the case it would be worth considering mounting the blind on the outside of the recess, making the blind wider than the window opening.

If you plan to do that, add a minimum of 8cm in total to the width.

A blackout roller blind ban be used as a secondary barrier used in partnership with curtains.

The two combined offer an excellent solution to the problem of early morning light.

Blockability score – Blackout roller blind 8 out of 10

 

20mm Pleated blind

20mm Pleated blind

Blackout pleated blinds

The pleated blind is one of the more expensive blinds, due to the nature of the fabric construction formed in pleats.

Some fabrics are offered with the option of blackout backings by using a foil, again with thermal properties.

As with the Roman blind, very little fabric is lost within the construction of the blind since the brackets locate on top of the headrail.

The only consideration with the pleated blind is the need for the nylon cord, which is needed to support the fabric and control the blind.

To raise and lower, the blind has to travel through each pleat in the fabric, and to do this small holes are punched through the fabric, which will obviously allow light to bleed into the room.

The advice for outside mount would be the same as previously mentioned for roller blinds.

Blockability score – Pleated blind 7 out of 10

 

89m Vertical white

89m Vertical white

Blackout vertical blinds

Vertical blinds have a small offering of blackout fabrics. Like the roller blind fabrics, vertical blinds have the same make-up, with the rubberised backing providing the blackout, and it also provides thermal properties.

The strips of fabric (technical name louvres) hang from a horizontal headrail, and of all the blinds this is the least effective at blocking light.

When the blind is closed the louvres overlap, allowing a little light to seep through. In addition, the two end louvres are set back from the end inside recess walls, along with a clearance gap under the louvres to allow the blind to rotate freely from the windowsill.

When you add these together you have a fair amount of light around the blind. This means that vertical bllinds will often be used in partnership with curtains. So when the two are combined the end result is satisfactory.

We don’t recommend a vertical for outside recess face fix mount as a blackout option.

Blockability score – Vertical blind 6.5 out of 10

 

Venetian Cocoa 25mm

Venetian Cocoa 25mm

Blackout Venetian blinds – metal and wooden

The make-up of a venetian blind allows for a close fit to the inside of the recess, similar to that of the Roman and pleated blind ­– as long as the window is nice and square, allowing for 1cm clearance fit.

The slats overlap each other, so this will allow a little light to penetrate through the overlaps. But since they are a solid material no light filters through the slats themselves.

The slats are all held together with a nylon ladder cord that travels through the slats to tilt and raise the blind, so the holes punched into the slats to take the cord will allow light to bleed into the room. This, combined with the overlaps, allows some amount of light to enter the room.

The bigger the slat size then the darker the blind will be in the closed position due to smaller quantity of slats, so there are fewer overlaps.

Outside face fix mount we would suggest allowing a minimum of 8cm extra to the width but the advantage of this would be questionable over inside mount.

Blockability score – Venetian blind 7 out of 10

 

Wooden venetian 50mm Valley Oak

Wooden venetian 50mm Valley Oak

Summary:

Use the information we have presented to decide how much light is acceptable.  Are you a light or heavy sleeper, and what style of blind is most likely to suit the room.

Confused by the large range of blinds available? Our buyers guide to blinds gives clear guidance

November 18, 2013

whiteAT MADE TO MEASURE BLINDS we’re often asked which type of blind is the best value across our whole range.

People also ask about the qualities of each blind on offer.

To help answer those questions we have compiled a league table of blinds within this blinds buyer’s guide.

The table sorts blinds by type, listed from lowest price to highest. Prices valid at the time of uploading this blog post.

There are four price tables within each product type.

Depending on the fabric chosen, we have chosen the base range fabric from each product, then selected a common size window for the study – 175cm width with a drop of 110cm.

This provides the best like-for-like comparison.

Please bear in mind that each blind type offers a different feel and look and serves a different purpose, so price is not always the best way to compare blinds – but since you have asked the question we wanted to provide the best answer we could.

Blind variables

There are many variables and each customer will have a different priority.

  • Function
  • Level of privacy
  • Light-blocking ability
  • Room type

Some blinds work better in different rooms, so that the type of blind you choose for a bathroom or kitchen will be different to that for a bedroom or lounge.

To help remove some of the variables we have provided a description of how each blind will perform.

 

1st place – Roller blinds

Roller blindsWindow size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £42
This blind has the ability to be raised and lowered inside or outside the window. It has a sidewinder control unit controlled on either side.

Available in plain and pattern fabrics mounted on an aluminium tube. As an optional enhancement you can add decorative shapes to the bottom.

  • Commonly used in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom as a blackout option – offers sun protection for furniture in the lounge and full privacy when in the closed position

Order free samples here

 

2nd place – Vertical blinds

Vertical blindsWindow size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £51

A vertical blind offers a different functionality. It has vertical slats/louvres mounted on an aluminium headrail. 89mm 127mm wide options available in plain and pattern fabrics.

Louvres can be rotated 180 degrees front to back and stopped at any angle. They travel along the headrail and there are multiple control options on how you draw and open the blind.

  • A very popular replacement for net curtains due to its ability to offer light but with a restricted view it is not unusual to see this blind in every room of the home, it also offers a blackout fabric for the bedroom or acts very well as a privacy option matched up with curtains offers full privacy when in the closed position

Order free samples here

 

3rd place – Venetian blinds

Venetian blindsWindow size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £52 

A venetian blind is similar to the vertical blind in terms of functionality but it has aluminium slats 15mm and 25mm wide mounted horizontally.

The blind can be raised and lowered and the slats tilt front to back to allow light to enter the room. It also offers privacy from inquisitive eyes.

The slats are a metal so will block more light than a vertical blind.

  • Popular in every room in the home, commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens, and offers full
    privacy when in the closed position

 Order free samples here

 

4th place – Roman blinds

Roman BlindsWindow size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £86

This blind is made from soft furnishing fabrics cottons and polyesters. Available in plain and patterned fabrics, all lined as standard with the option of a blackout lining.

A roman blind with a blackout lining offers the most effective way of blocking light for bedrooms because it is the closest fitting to your window size of all the blinds available. This will depend on how square the window is to begin with.

Mounted on an aluminium headrail that allows the blind to be raised and lowered to any given position within the window.

Offered with the cord and cleat system i.e. a nylon cord that is wrapped around a cleat to hold the blind at your desired position, or the popular but more expensive sidewinder headrail on a one length control cord system this is simpler to use, a

  • Popular choice for bedrooms and the lounge and offers full privacy when in the closed position

Order free samples here

 

5th Place – Wooden Venetian blinds

Wooden Venetian blinds – redwoodWindow size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm price starts at £87

A very popular blind. One of our favourites, this blind also offers great versatility with how you control the light entering the room.

The wooden slats are mounted horizontally on a metal headrail that tilts front to back for privacy.

The whole blind can be raised and lowered to any given position within the window and is available in four slat sizes – 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 63mm.

The larger the slat size the more light enters the room when in the open position, but then also it’s darker the bigger the slat when in the closed position.

  • Popular in every room in the home and offers full privacy when in the closed position

Order free samples here

 

6th Place – Pleated blinds

Pleated blindsWindow size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £110

Becoming popular for several rooms within the home, pleated blinds started life as a blind for the conservatory. Polyester fabrics mounted on aluminium headrail formed in a pleat, the blind can be raised and lowered within the window to any given position.

The fabrics have a thermal coating on the back that help to reflect the sun’s harmful rays and reduce the heat on  hot sunny days.

Will perform equally well in the winter months to help keep the heat in the room.

  • Full privacy when in the lowered position, available in plain and patterned fabrics

Order free samples here

 

  • PLEASE NOTE: Prices valid at the time of uploading this blog post – November 2013

Three Steps to Designing with Roman Blinds

June 19, 2013

When it comes to window coverings, the Roman Blind style is a versatile and unexpected design in home or commercial decor. Forget what you thought you knew about Roman Blinds and explore a variety of different looks from casual to formal. The key is choosing a fabric and pattern that compliments the interior space and that does not always mean choosing a neutral window blind.

Step One: The Planning

While planning your redesign, consider what kind of impact you would like the room to have. Start by evaluating your personal use of the space. Is it a room that you want to be sedate, calm and relaxing? Do you want it to be a room that creates a lively or energetic vibe? Make a list of the activities that you or your family engage in within the space. That will help you decide on the overall tone of the room and give you a preliminary design heading.

Step Two: The Fabric

Blog 4 Neutral Roman Blind Bespoke Window Covering UK

Fabric choice is the key to creating the perfect look in your space with your new Roman Blind. If your theme and the purpose of your space is to relax, you will want to create complimentary neutral or monochromatic look. The fewer the colours in a space, the more relaxing it is to the eye. This is ideal for rooms like the bathroom or the bedroom, where you plan to spend time in a serene environment. Nursery rooms are also typically made in calming colours. Please refer to our blog articles and safety recommendations when designing a room for children and incorporating window blinds.

If your room is a central space and the hub of a great deal of activity in the home (kitchen, computer or living room) then consider choosing a more vibrant colour or an energetic pattern. If the purpose of the room is for fun, conversation and social do choose patterns that deliberately stand out and “excite” the eye. People will feel light hearted and alert in spaces that are boldly coloured.

Step Three: The Accessories

If you love your new Roman Blinds, choose accessories that will “pull” the colour of the blind deeper into the room. That is a professional design method by creating complimenting colours throughout the space. Affordable accessories that compliment your blinds can be toss pillows, new lamp shades or even a DIY painted accent table and chair.

It doesn’t need to be expensive to create a great look. Accenting beautiful Roman Blinds with other voluminous fabrics is a great way to create a cozy feeling in your space.