As I opened the curtains, gazed at the mountains with a cup of tea, a funny thought crossed my mind. Tea and curtains have so much in common! A decade ago, both had a single implication. Tea was the quintessential warm, milky and sweet drink laced with various permutations and combinations of some spices. Today we know green, black, white and red tea. Along with countless variants of each!
Likewise, curtains were simple fabrics drawn across windows for privacy and shade from the sun. When it comes to window treatments our choices are similarly proliferated and multiplied with blinds, romans, sheers and the traditional curtain!
But a multitude of choices should be a blessing, not a source of bafflement. The right dressing is your window’s best friend. We endeavour you to help understand the many personalities and functions of window treatments and dressings in your home’s journey to find a best friend for its window!
The basic blind – The basic blind is a sheet of fabric, vertical or horizontal slats, which roll over onto a channel fixed on top of a window. They could be manual or remote-control operated. Following are the different choices of blinds and curtains at your disposal and the lowdown to using each!
1. The Roller Blinds – Simple and sweet, the roller blinds moves up vertically when opened, and rolls down to the floor to cordon off the sun and outward glances.
Roller blinds are close to curtains in terms of aesthetics but are invariably sleeker and versatile to suit all decor styles and functions.
A minimalist room can benefit from a pop of colour and prints on the roller blinds.
Or a simple white blind can bring respite from elaborate decor schemes. Function is another important aspect to blinds. Roller blinds are available in complete black-out options too. You can install them in combination with sheers for flexibility. Black-out options are unavailable in vertical or horizontal slatted roller blinds.
2. Vertical Blinds – Vertical hanging slats are connected together on a channel. Vertical blinds are best suited for long spans where one cannot fit a single blind without joints and intervals.
The slats can be adjusted at required angles to bring in or obstruct sunlight. Vertical blinds are best suited for contemporary and minimal decor schemes that don’t call for excess ornamentation. Vertical blinds also have the added benefit of creating an illusion of height.
3. Horizontal Venetian Blinds – Horizontal blinds come in the form of wooden blinds, chattai blinds, fabric and PVC. Needless to say, wooden blinds are the most aesthetically appealing.
Wood brings a soft and organic feel than aluminium or PVC. If you are afraid of rains wreaking havoc on your blinds, choose faux wooden water resistant blinds.
4. Silhouette Blinds – Silhouette blinds are fabric venetian blinds, but have a layer of sheer fabric at both ends of the horizontal blind slats.
This cuts off direct sunlight and creates a soft and serene ambience. Silhouette blinds singularly suit all decor styles. Their sheer surface is minimalist yet dainty enough to complement classic styles.
But the design comes with a slight drawback as it won’t provide a complete black-out. You can layer the silhouette blind with a black-out roller to suit your function.
5. Honeycomb Blinds – Honeycomb blinds are also known as cellular shades and duette blinds. The cross-section of the blinds resembles a honeycomb.
They are designed to provide an insulating effect to the interiors. They also bring in light, but maintain full privacy in the room. Black-out options are available too.
Unlike conventional blinds, duette blinds can roll up, towards the top of the window to close and screen off the exteriors. Usually, blinds roll up to open, and down to shut. Duette blinds can work either ways. They also gather in the centre of the window, if required. Duette blinds accommodate any window shape. And, they can be oriented vertically as well as horizontally.
We hope we’ve simplified the process of choosing window dressing for your home. A room is defined by four walls and a roof. Ironically, it is a void in the same walls that completes the room. Treat this window well with the right blind, shade and drapes, for they are your home’s eyes, nose and ears to the outdoors!