Roller blinds have often been considered an inexpensive and Spartan option for treating windows. Many people think of their first apartment or college dorm room when they think of them. However, roller blinds have made leaps and bounds in terms of quality and diversity of available styles, coming in a variety of fabrics, sizes, and prices. There are lots of options these days, and they’re worth considering if you’re looking for new window treatments.
An Alternative to Standard Blinds
When roller blinds are in their open position, your windows are completely exposed. This is a great way to show off your windows. When rolled up, they’re hidden in a way that Venetian Blinds or shutters simply cannot match. When rolled down, roller blinds can bring a simple elegance to a room that makes them appear to be part of the room’s architecture, rather than a decoration. You’ll decidedly lack the decorative elements that curtains bring to a window, but if you’re going for a minimalist design, this can be a good thing.
Setting the Scene
Roller blinds work well with other styles of décor, too. Given their inherent simplicity, roller blinds have a neutral appearance, so they can work well with contemporary styles and well as rooms that are styled more traditionally. They can be mounted in a variety of ways – in front of window frames, in between them, or even mounted from the ceiling. Mounting inside the frame allows the window to standout, whereas mounting in front of the window masks them. Since roller blinds now come in a large variety of fabric styles, they can offer lots of options in terms of how much light they let in. A sheer fabric will let more light in, whereas an opaque option will keep it out. You can even install a double roller blind to have both options on one window, making them a versatile option that allows light in during the day and gives you more privacy at night.
The Pros and Cons of Roller Blinds
- They come in a variety of sizes, colors, fabric types, and prices
- They offer a clean look that blends in with existing architecture
- They are often more cost effective than curtains
- They require little upkeep and are easier to clean than other window treatments
- They do not keep out drafts as well as curtains, and can let in light on the sides if not fitted properly
- They can be a safety hazard for young children if you get the type with a hanging cord
- They’re less elegant than traditional curtains and by design add less of a visual flourish to a room
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