The ABC Of Blinds
Do you know your ABC’s when it comes to blinds and window treatments? Learn the basics below with our comprehensive look at everything blind’s related!
Blinds are an extremely popular and versatile window treatment, and they’ve been around a long time. In fact they date back centuries – early forms of blinds were used by nomadic tribes in Asia and Africa, back then they were a simple sheet used to block out the sun. Later, more advanced versions emerged in Ancient Egypt and China, who used reeds and bamboo to block out the sun whilst still allowing fresh air to flow into their homes.
We’ve come a long way since those early days of history, with traditional designs like roman blinds and venetian blinds being improved upon with smart, durable fabric and materials and new designs like cellular blinds emerging.
No doubt you will be familiar with some of the many blind options available, although you may be surprised to learn just how many kinds of blinds are out there! Nowadays there’s an almost endless list of options to suit every taste and budget, with blinds being available in almost every fabric, colour or finish imaginable.
They’re a great alternative to curtains for their superior light control, easier cleaning and simple use, and can even be automated – perfect for the modern home!
So should you consider buying your blinds online? We say yes, if you want to save! Shop our range of DIY-ready blinds at factory direct prices, delivered across Australia.
Choosing Your Blinds
There’s a lot to consider when choosing the right blinds for your windows. Here are a few of our top tips to keep in mind when selecting your blinds.
Start with style
Home decor will always be a matter of personal preference. Start by researching what’s available and find a style that reflects your personal style, or the needs of your home. You may for example want to consider roller blinds for a streamlined, contemporary look or perhaps louvered shutters for dramatic impact.
Consider your room
Think carefully about the room you plan to place your blinds in. Some fabrics or materials are not ideal for wet, humid areas like the kitchen or bathroom, make sure you choose blinds that will not get damaged or warped from moisture.
Consider the window
Different styles of blinds are more suitable for certain types of windows. If you have large windows then light fabric roller or vertical blinds are likely to be most suitable. You also need to consider the access to the window, is it high up and hard to reach? You may want to think about automating your blinds. If it’s low to the ground and within reach of small children, then you should choose blinds with safety features like wands instead of cords.
Light and privacy control
You may want to consider selecting the material or design of your blinds based on your light control and privacy needs. In private spaces like bedrooms for example you might want to consider block-out fabrics as these will help you get a good night’s sleep and block the view into your bedroom.
Safety is an important consideration when it comes to window treatments, especially if you have young children in the home. Look for safety features and cordless blind options to help protect children.
The Alphabet of Blind Products:
Aluminium shutters are an elegant and durable solution for windows and doors and alfresco areas. Offering a superior finish at an economical price, they won’t scratch or crack and can easily operated by tilting any blade.
Awnings are a shelter or overhang for windows and they are an excellent, and very aesthetically pleasing solution for outdoor windows. Available in many different varieties, awnings are a clever solution for controlling the light and heat inside your home and can extend your outdoor living space by increasing your protection from the elements.
Block out fabrics completely shield your room from the sun’s rays, giving you complete control of the light and privacy in your space. They can be used on many types of blinds including roman blinds, roller blinds and cellular blinds and are a popular choice for bedrooms, theatre rooms and living rooms. For increased flexibility, block out fabrics can be paired with sheer fabrics on smart double roller designs.
The latest in blind technology, cellular blinds are innovatively designed to maximise temperature control in your home with their clever honeycomb structure. Cellular blinds are impressive insulators thanks to their hollow cell design which traps heat, keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They’re available in a vast range of light-blocking, semi-opaque and translucent fabrics.
A popular choice for both commercial and residential establishments, cafe blinds are a stylish and affordable option for transforming the outdoors in a year-round entertainment space. They can be easily tailored and adjusted to a space to fit doorways, valances and roofs for protection from the elements, making them a great choice for making alfresco areas functional – even in the cold winter months.
Add a little luxe to your home and select from designer blind collections, like cascade or horizon blinds – they latest in window fashion and innovation.
External Roller Shutters
Keep your home or business safe from intruders with external roller shutters, perfect for protecting your home and windows from break-ins. External shutters also have impressive insulation capabilities and can reduce the heat loss in your home by up to 70%.
Folding Arm Awnings
Folding arm awnings, or retractable awnings are an excellent choice for those who value versatility. When extended they protect and shade your windows from the harsh Australian sun, and can be neatly and easily folded away during windy weather.
Fire safe Roller Shutters
Bushfire threaten the safety of Australia homes, protect your family with fire safe roller shutters designed to meet Australian construction standards.
Perfect for adding a decorative finish, padded pelmets can be added to polish off the look of your blinds and are available in a range of colours, patterns and fabrics.
A contemporary twist on a familiar favourite, the vertical blinds, panel blinds are perfect for large windows and doors thanks to their lightweight design and smooth operation. They come in a range of fabrics, colours and patterns to suit any room.
Roller blinds are one of the most recognisable and popular blinds on the market. You’ve probably had some hanging in your home before. They owe their popularity to their streamlined, contemporary design and impressive affordability. They suit a wide range of windows and come in a huge range of colours, textures and patterns to suit any decor. For added flexibility they can be purchased as double rollers, or motorised for ease and convenience.
Roman blinds are perfect for giving a room everything from a relaxed, casual vibe to a polished, elegant look. These blinds hail all the way back to Ancient Rome – plenty of time for the many modern and clever iterations that exist today to be developed! Discover the many styles available, including tucked and pleated, unconstructed, fabric or even timber.
A classic feature in any home, indoor shutters can be tilted for easy control over light, privacy and airflow. Available in timber, PVC or venetian, they’re designed to be durable and easy to maintain and make an ideal choice for any room in the home, including wet and humid areas like the bathroom or kitchen.
Enjoy having light control and privacy at your fingertips with venetian blinds. Easily tilted to block the sun, allow light filtering, or to provide a totally unobstructed view, they are an excellent and unobtrusive choice for the home. Venetian blinds are available in a range of materials including PVC, timber and aluminium.
Practical and versatile, vertical blinds suit almost any window and are a great option for sliding doors. They are easy to operate and can be neatly tucked away with just the flick of a wrist, or titled to allow gentle light filtering and unobstructed views. Available in a range of fabric options, they’re an economical solution ideal for living spaces, bedrooms and home office spaces.
Combine the beauty of drapes with the versatility of blinds with W-Fold drapes. Designed to operate on a tracking system so they can be easily positioned with a wand, hey are a great compromise for those who love the timeless style of drapes but prefer the safety features and ease of use of blinds.
Designed to glide smoothly on a track, Ziptrak blinds are the ultimate choice for outdoor entertainers. Transform your outdoor space into a sanctuary with these secure and easy to operate blinds, available in a range of fabrics and finishes including mesh and acrylic.
So there you have it, the ABC’s of blinds. Want to learn more?
I write this email in appreciation of the excellent service provided to me on three separate occasions when I have purchased blinds from The Blinds Gallery for our house. I have purchased approximately forty blinds, both manually and electronically controlled and have found the process quite seamless.
On each occasion when dealing with the staff I have received excellent service. The sales team have been very knowledgeable regarding the product they are selling.
Your front of house Hayley does her job to perfection and does an excellent job in promoting your brand. John, from a service and a technical side of the business does a great job and is very knowledgeable with the products and procedures. Nothing was too much trouble.
Nick. He is an excellent trades person and is an excellent example of the quality that The Blinds Gallery offers. I have recommended The Blinds Gallery to several friends and family as we have big windows where the up/down blinds are required.
Hayley and John, please pass on my sincere thanks to Nick for his excellent trades skills and forward this email to the appropriate people.
Kind regards David - Maylands
I have just had the guys leave from the installation of my new curtains. I couldn’t jump on here quick enough and let you know what an amazing experience we have had and they look fantastic!
Right from the moment of meeting you Ferne, helping pick out the curtains and being patient with the decision making of two girls who can’t make up their mind, to the two men who came to install them. They were amazing, there was no mess left, they were polite and did such a great job at the install.
We will definitely be back to finish the rest of the house soon!
Thank you again!
Laura & Kiara - Wellard
I am writing to say thank you very much for everything you have done for us in regards to our blinds installation.
We have found the quality and value far superior to any other blinds company.
Also, it has been a pleasure dealing with your friendly and professional staff.
Vaughan and Kathy Anderson - Madeley
I wish to say how delighted I am with the blinds that you recently made and installed for me. I must also mention that your prices were excellent compared to other quotes I received.
Janine - Jolimont
I would just like to say what wonderful customer service Michelle gave me when I came into the display showroom. I had a good idea of what I wanted but Michelle made suggestions and recommendations and showed me products I wasn't familiar with.
Amanda - Aveley
I have found your blinds give good value for price, and the installers are very pleasant and helpful. I wanted to let you know what a good experience dealing with your company has been.
Sally - Wanneroo
Thank you for such a prompt reply and especially to Teresa for fantastic service when we met on Saturday.
Luke - Caversham
Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for our amazing shutters they look amazing and really finish the house off. Lee was great to - very thorough and clean. Customer service was of very high standard and i would have no hesitation in recommending you. Thanks again.
Dea - Gwelup
Just to say "thank you" to everyone involved in the quoting, measuring, manufacture and instillation of internal shutters. We had a few hiccoughs upstairs but these problems were addressed and resolved. Downstairs went like clockwork. Manufacturing time was much less and instillation was quick, clean and efficient thanks to Lee and Say who were like a well oiled machine. Great teamwork. Absolutely love the product and due to the efficiencies and the manner in which problems were handled, I would have no hesitation in recommending The Blinds Gallery.
Hilary - Fremantle
I recently purchased some shutters from The Blinds Gallery. These beautiful cream shutters have added value to my property. I am eternally grateful for their business qualities and kindness. The installers, Neil and partner, where very professional with there work ethic and could not have been more pleasant. I'd also like to thank Giulia and Celia. Thank you all very much.
Jennie - Applecross