POINTS TO CONSIDER
“In rooms that don’t get a lot of light, choose blinds with light-enhancing features that bounce the light around the room,” says Yvonne Tobien of Luxaflex®. Textured, sheer blinds such as Luxaflex® Silhouette® Shades offer privacy, while also letting in the light, which is great for a bathroom.
Lining a fabric blind is crucial to ensure the fabric won’t fade. Also, consider faderesistant fabrics or try the UV-blocking roll-up blinds from Coolaroo.
“Roman blinds will introduce pattern to a room without using loads of fabric,” says Steve Black of Black Fabrics. “You can pull them up to let in light during the day but, when down, they add a wonderful design element.”
Swedish blinds use fabric on both sides so that, when rolled up, the pattern is still visible.
“A fabric blind is a good place to use the bold prints that we’re seeing this season,” says Gail Butler of Halogen International. “As the surface is flat
(unlike curtains), the pattern can be better appreciated.”
“For a faux wood finish, try Antique blinds from Ambient,” suggests Cindy Aronowitz of Focus Blinds & Shutters. “They’re durable, scratch- and UV-resistant and come in different finishes.”
For large windows, you can either have a single blind for a sleek look or multiple blinds that can be adjusted depending on where you want to block the light.