Indoor blinds are not all alike; some are very basic and industrial and work on a simple roller that pulls a plastic blind up or down, whereas others work to block out sunlight and UV rays and offer a more decorative touch for your windows. When shopping for indoor blinds, you might see more choices than you realized, so note a few tips for how to choose between all those styles. This will ensure you opt for roller blinds that work for your needs and which you'll be happy with for years to come.
Woven wood has a very natural look and texture and can add a softness to spaces that need a bit of visual appeal, without the blinds being overpowering. Bamboo is a popular choice for woven wood and this can tone down a modern look in a dining room or living room, or anywhere where you want to avoid an industrial and dull appearance to your window dressing.
Honeycomb blinds have an accordion shape, with each pleat of the blind opening into a slight triangle that is full of air. This added layer of air can provide more insulation in areas that are prone to being drafty or which may feel stuffy in the summertime. You can also use them all around the house for added cost savings on your electric bill.
These are made of fabric that gets gathered at the top when you open the blinds, leaving a pouf that acts as a frame for the windows. Roman shades are good for when you need additional fabric in a room to tone down the look of wood or metal. Depending on the fabric you choose, this can also add more light blockage than other types of shades. Note that you don't want fabric that might clash with your furniture upholstery when you choose roman shades, so be sure you are careful with your choice of fabrics.
Not all fabric blinds will block out light, as this depends on the weave of the fabric. If you prefer to have as much blockage of light as possible, look for twill or micro suede blinds. These don't allow much light through the weave so you can easily darken a home theater or bedroom; for those who suffer from migraines, they can be needed in all rooms of the home. Some blinds are rated by their opacity, with a lower opacity meaning that they allow in less light. Choose the fabric and opacity, not color, when you need to block light from a room.