Vertical or horizontal? Fabric, plastic, metal, or wood? What blinds do designers choose for their projects today? We tell in this article and show with examples.
When and why to choose blinds
Today there are different types of window decor: heavy curtains, light curtains, translucent tulle, Roman, roller, French, English, and Austrian curtains. So why choose blinds?
Pros Recently, they have found a second life in design. They are used solo, in tandem with light curtains or thick curtains. What is the reason for such increased attention and why are these curtains so loved by designers?
1. Versatility. Can be installed on any window: standard or complex openings. For example, on an inclined attic. There are no restrictions on size either: you can choose a model for both the smallest window and for a large, panoramic one. Blinds today are used in interiors of various styles: popular minimalism, eco-style, and even modern classics.
2. Easy care. Plastic, metal, and wooden lamellas accumulate much less dirt and dust than textiles. They do not absorb odors, unlike fabrics. And if the product is still dirty, it is easy to wash. You only need a damp cloth.
3. Compactness. They do not take up much space, so they are suitable even for miniature rooms. In addition, if you hang them on the sash, the window sill remains free. Which means it can be used. Short curtains are convenient to use in the kitchen, where the window is above the work surface.
4. They help regulate the flow of light: you can choose the angle of the slats in such a way as to let in more or less sunlight, depending on your needs. And you can completely stop the ingress of light from the street.
Cons However, it would be wrong not to talk about the “weak” sides of such window decor. They are few, but they exist.
1. Limited design. If classical or Roman blinds give a rich choice of color, pattern, and style, then there is no much choice for metal ones. In most cases, the palette is limited to black, white,, and brown shades.
2. Price. Now for residential spaces, metal, and wooden models are more often used. Both options are quite expensive. Of course, if you choose high-quality ones.
3. Possibility of breakage. These designs are more complex than lifting rolls. And the more complex the design and the more elements it contains, the higher the chances that one of them will fail.