As any interior designer will tell you, curtains and blinds can really make an impact on the look and feel of a room. It’s easy to think of these furnishings as simply an item that blocks out light and adds privacy, but they also have aesthetic value too.

From thick, luxurious curtains to modern and practical blinds, there are lots to choose from when looking for new window coverings. But where should you start when you’re searching for a new style? In the blog, we inform you about everything you need to know when updating your window furnishings.

Read on to find out more.

Things you should do before choosing blinds and curtains

If your blinds or curtains are in need of an update there are a few things you should do before you start looking at designs. Going in blind, excuse the pun, could result in you rushing your decision or going well over budget.

Here are two things you should do before you purchase anything.

Measure the space

How can you decide between your options if you don’t know what’s suitable for the space? Measure the area so you can bring the measurements to the curtain shop as this will save time and give you a better idea of what you can choose. If your windows are not a standard size, you may need a made to measure service to produce blinds or curtain that perfectly fit the space – you can find this out once your browse through the products available.

Set a budget

Whether you’re looking for new curtains for one window bay or you want to give your whole home a new look, it’s a good idea to set a budget. You don’t always need to opt for the most expensive option in order to find high-quality shades blinds or curtains. Setting a budget means you won’t be swayed by pricier options and you’ll be able to find something within your means.

What kind of windows blinds and shades can you purchase?

When it comes to choosing new curtains or blinds, there are many options to consider. But, finding the right option for you depends what you’re trying to gain and of course your personal taste. From different fabrics to deciding between curtains and blinds themself, there’s a lot to think about.

Here we explain all you need to know about curtains, blinds and shutters.

Blinds

Blinds are usually vertical window coverings that are opened and closed using different mechanisms depending on the design. Common types of blinds include:

  • Roller blinds – made of a single piece of material, roller blinds are operated by a pull cord that unravels the blind to the correct position. They are available in different materials and designs so you can find something to match your decor.

  • Venetian blinds – consisting of slim horizontal slats made from aluminium or wood, these types of blinds are lowered up and down or controlled by twisting the cord to tilt the slat and let in more light.

  • Roman blinds – these are similar to roller blinds, but instead of moving the entire material up and down, roman blinds neatly fold back on itself as they are raised and lowered.

  • Velux blinds – if you have Velux windows in your loft then you’ll need Velux blinds to match. These window coverings are designed for slanted, hard to reach windows helping your room stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Smaller windows are perfect for blinds or awkward spaces such as the window above the kitchen sink or bathroom blinds. Furthermore, blinds provide more control over the light that enters the room while maintaining privacy. A modern choice, blinds offer a sleek look by creating more space, especially in smaller rooms. However, you can also pair blinds with curtains if you want ultimate privacy.

Shutters

Window shutters are a stable window covering that can look similar to Venetian blinds, as they are usually horizontal slats. They are designed to fit the window frame but each panel can fold vertical back on itself to let in more light. These are often used in flats and apartments, plus, they look great on the outside as well as the inside.

Curtains

Classic and versatile, curtains will always be one of the most popular choices for window coverings. Depending on what you choose, you can create a range of different looks and feels. Are you looking for something lightweight and airy? Do you need blackout curtains for your bedroom? In fact, investing in blackout curtains could have a big impact on your quality of sleep, especially the 1 in 3 insomnia sufferers in the UK.

There are lots to choose from when it comes to curtains, as well as tailor-made options too.

How to find a high-quality blinds shop

The next big step is finding a curtain and blind supplier near you. If you’re still indecisive about what you want, be sure to look for shops that supply a range of products so you can rule out all options. Here at Blinds of All Kinds, based in East Sussex, we use the best materials to produce high-quality curtains blinds and shutter that our customers will love! From bathroom blinds to full height shutters and beautiful blinds, you’ll b spoilt for choice when you see what we have on offer. Take a look a some of our styles today.

Tips for finding a good blinds shop include:

  • Ask for recommendations – one of the best ways of finding a repeatable supplier is to ask for recommendations. This way you can find genuinely good stores that stock exactly what you’re looking for.

  • Take a look at their gallery – this will give you an idea of what their products look like and get a better idea of how their products can work for you.

  • Look on your local high street for good, independent curtain shops – your local high street is full of great stores, so why not check them out? Often smaller businesses will focus on great customer service and provide the best experience.

  • Check out reviews – reviews and testimonials will help you separate the high-quality shops from the rest. This can also prevent issues further down the line that you may have spotted earlier if you had looked at reviews.

Blinds of All Kinds: The Best Blinds in East Sussex

Blinds, curtains and shutters make a big difference to every room and finding a reliable blind shop will offer you a range of products. Here at Blinds of All Kinds, we’re proud to stock an amazing variety of window coverings, perfect for all areas of the home including bedrooms, conservatories, living rooms, kitchens and bathroom blinds.

If you’re unsure what would look best in your home, our friendly team can visit your home and talk you through the best possible options. Once you’ve found something you like we’ll take care of the whole process, manufacturing your order and installing it at a convenient time for you. If your windows are bigger or smaller than the standard size, why not make the most of our made to measure service? Get in touch today for more information.