Roller blinds don’t always sound like the ‘must-have’ accessory; but you would be surprised at just how well the roller blind does when it comes to decorating. They can look not only elegant, but can make your rooms look finished and surprisingly expensive.
We all know that a roller blind, in its simplest form, is a rectangular piece of fabric attached to a wooden dowel or metal tube; mounted between two brackets on your window. It uses a either a spring mechanism or chain pulley; rolling the fabric up or down, controlling the amount of light into your home.
Automated roller blinds are available if you prefer not to have hanging cords or loops, particularly around young children, as discussed in a New York Times report, or you can choose double roller blinds for added privacy.
Like doors, windows are one of the essential parts of a home; irrespective of their size, style and decor. While draperies add color, warmth and texture to a room, roller blinds can often say more by doing less; discreet and functional. They help to keep your rooms cool and free from dust. And compared to the cost of most window curtains, shutters and other furnishings, they are highly cost effective.
If your home decorating look is sleek, minimalist and modern, roller blinds are the perfect window treatment that blend easily into your decor and disappear completely if you need them to. The trend is maximizing space and light. For many, no window treatments can be confronting, particularly if privacy is an issue.
Roller blinds can disappear neatly for maximum light during the day and still provide privacy when drawn.
To emphasize a view, clean lines are important, particularly around your window. Tuck your roller blind away into a cavity, hidden from view, but still very functional shades.
If you like exposed windows, roller blinds are very flexible, unlike shutter, curtains, Roman or Venetian shades and come in a wide range of styles. Even when they are lowered they have a visual consistency, a line, that allows them to become part of the architecture.
Most people like as much natural light as possible during the day and blocking out as much early morning light as possible, especially in bedrooms. Direct sunlight causes terrible glare on your computer screen and if you live on a busy street, then you also have a privacy issue.
Sheer fabric is a great solution on most windows, and double roller blind styles are a great solution for windows that need privacy as well as blackout; using sheer fabric on one roller and a blackout fabric on your second shades.
Roller blinds can be mounted a number of ways: in between the window frames (light may leak in from the sides), in front of the window frames, or from the ceiling. How you mount your blinds will depend on your windows. When they are blinds are mounted between window frames, the windows look more prominent; if they are mounted in front of the window frames, they cover the window frame; and a ceiling mount can make a room feel bigger and taller.
Roller blinds should be cleaned once a year. Curtains on the other hand, need more attention because they can house dust mites. Curtains should be cleaned three to four times a year; especially if a family member is sensitive or has allergies. Cleaning curtains often means dismantling them, washing and pressing or dry cleaning and finally remounting. Cleaning roller blinds is, by comparison, simple.
From local brick and mortar stores, online sites or catalogs, the selection of top quality blinds is wide and depends on your budget, time available to find your favorite design and if you have standard sized windows or need custom made roller blinds.
Your first step is to take accurate measurement of the area for which you need roller blinds. Then you can go online to find a design and style that suites your home, office or budget.
Buying blinds online means;
Finding the best online window roller blinds selling shop is easier than ever…but more importantly, you get a high quality look that makes the most of your room, decor and natural light, without sacrificing privacy or design.