Decorating your house is like embarking on a new adventure. With so many exciting options available in the market, selecting a blind for your home can a fun filled experience. Most of the blinds come with eye-catching aesthetic appeal, and overlapping functional benefits. However, when it comes to selecting the one that matches both your design preferences and functional requirements, things become a bit confusing.
You can base your selection on the specific requirements of a room. Or, you might select a blind that ticks all the boxes. Selecting a blind that goes with both doors and windows, blends well with multiple design ideas, will make it easier to create a cohesion between all the rooms. If that is the case, go for vertical blinds.
Vertical blinds are hugely popular in the commercial settings, especially in offices and hotels. The qualities that are driving their popularity in the commercial setting will make them just as effective in the domestic setting. Before we get into where you can use vertical blinds, let’s look at some the of the features that makes them so versatile.
Most of the blinds you will come across will provide some level of light control, and vertical blinds are not different. In vertical blinds, the slats stand parallel to each other and run from the top to the bottom. This design aspect, coupled with slat sizes that are slightly bigger than horizontal blinds, make them very effective in blocking light. Even when they are open, the bigger slats give you more flexibility over how much light filters into the room.
With light control, you also get more privacy. As the bigger slats obscure the view from outside, you can use vertical blinds to maintain the ventilation of the room even when it is dark outside. Just tilt the angle of the slats to position the in such a way that the view gets obstructed, but enough gap remains to let the breeze through.
The larger slats also aid in insulation. A good window covering goes a long way in cutting down your energy bills.With vertical blinds, the closed slats sit on top of one another, leaving very little gap in-between. This feature ensure that you get a much a better insulating cover when compared to horizontal blinds. If you select a heat-reflective material, the slats would reflect back the heat that fall on them, even when they are open.
Style and Sophistication
If all of the above reasons don’t sway you, the design clarity of the vertical blinds definitely will. The clean lines and elegant design of vertical blinds sync well with both traditional and modern décor. Their vertical design allows them to match the delicate grace of curtains, while the slat like structure allows flexibility of movement that is not possible with curtains.
When Should You Use Vertical Blinds?
Vertical blinds are a great window treatment for those scorching hot summer months, when your big window and doors turn your room into a blast furnace. The wide slats are more effective in keeping the heat out than trapping it in. The design of the blind also allows you to maintain your privacy, while you can keep the blinds open to enjoy the view outside. The blinds are also great for controlling the flow of light, with the slats allowing you to adjust the angle and direction in which the light rays filter into the room. This allows you to keep the room illuminated while keeping the temperatures down.
Where Should You Use Vertical Blinds in Your Home?
Vertical blinds can be used in any room, but their effectiveness varies according to the requirements of the room.
Living rooms usually come with large windows and patio doors. Vertical blinds are an excellent option for covering up those wide expanses of glass, shielding the room from over-exposure to sunlight and glare.
When you open vertical blinds, you can either choose to have them stacked on one side, or on both sides. This feature makes them a perfect choice for patio doors. You will barely notice the blind when it is neatly tucked away on one end, when you need to get in and out of the door. So, during busy house party, you don’t have to worry about guest tripping on the folds, when they are on their way out to the garden.
Vertical blinds are also great for bay windows. The headrail can be customized to fit any odd shape or to go around curves. Operating these blinds are also very easy. Just a pull of the cord will have them moving along the full length of the long headrails.
Vertical blinds are an excellent choice for conservatories (indoor gardens). The abundance of light calls for blinds that control light and keep the temperature down. Even on a hot sunny day, you can tilt the slats away from the direction of light to keep the room cool and comfortable. You can spend hours in your conservatory and enjoy the gentle summer breeze without having to contend with the harsh glare of the sun.
If you use a moisture-resistant material, vertical blinds can be a useful addition to a bathroom. The privacy aspect, coupled with light control, allows vertical blinds to find that perfect balance of light and visibility, that bathrooms typically require. Just tilt the slats to block the view, while you still get plenty to light to keep the bathroom dry and clean.
Although light control and privacy are a useful in most room, vertical blinds might not be such a great choice for kitchens. Their full length, along with the weights that hand below each slat,might get in the way if the kitchen window sits over the sink.
So, in order to get the most out of your vertical blinds, count the exposure to sun and privacy concerns as the primary factors to select where you should use vertical blinds in your home.