- The climate in which you live
- The purpose of your blinds and awnings
- The look you want to achieve
- The amount you want to spend
Choosing the right type of blinds and awnings for your particular climate is very important. If you live in a predominantly hot climate, then you want blinds and awnings that not only look great, but help to cool your home.
Nowadays, there are manufacturers who specialise in creating modern blinds and awnings that control the sun, made from materials that absorb heat and regulate room temperature. This can mean big savings on your air conditioning bills in the summer months.
If you live in a climate with cold winters, then you want blinds that will make the most of available sunlight in particular areas and heavier fabrics where they can help to warm a room at night.
You need to ask yourself what you want your blinds and awnings to do. Are they simply to add style and value to your home or do they have a specific purpose, such as to increase privacy, add light to a dark room, or prevent heat loss from large areas of glass?
Other factors to consider include whether you have children or pets, in which case you would want blinds that are motorised hard wearing, fully washable or come in a colour that doesn’t show marks or stains.
If you already have an established look for a room, then you need to choose blinds that complement that look. The choice of materials can contribute to this, with fabric or wood blinds producing a warmer, more homely feel and aluminium and plastic creating a more minimalist look.
While an overall theme is nice throughout a house, it is not always practical and it is perfectly acceptable to choose different blinds for each room, depending on its particular requirements. You can still maintain an overall colour scheme while choosing a different fabric or material for each particular circumstance.
If your budget is limited, you may have to settle for store-bought blinds and awnings, but if you want the best, then custom-made blinds and awnings are the way to go. Each blind is made to order, providing a perfect fit to each window and ensuring maximum efficiency in controlling temperature and light.
Custom made also allows you to find the style you want with the features you need. A particular store-bought blind may be functionally perfect for your situation, but may not be available in the colour or fabric you want to match you décor. Having it custom made ensures you get the best of both worlds.
Choosing new blinds and awnings can be a daunting task. The things to keep in mind are whether they look good and suit your decor, whether they are practical in terms of heating and cooling and whether they represent good value for money.
If they tick all the boxes, then you can be confident your new blinds and awnings will add value to your home and provide you with a source of pride and satisfaction for many years to come.