Choosing a type of blinds is not just a matter of aesthetics. There are a few factors to take into account, including stack height, sunlight, size, and design consistency.
The stack height is the amount of space the blinds take up when completely folded. Blinds that have a short stack height, like honeycomb blinds or Venetian blinds, are preferable to those with a large stack height, like Roman blinds, when the window has an especially picturesque view.
Blinds block different amounts of sunlight based on their materials. Aluminum and wooden Venetian blinds darken a room almost completely while Roman and honeycomb blinds typically only soften the sunlight.
Blinds that are mounted on the inside of the window allow more light to enter on the sides but look neater. Blinds mounted above the window need to be bigger than the window. These block the most light. Either way, careful measurements are essential.
Using the same type of blinds for all the windows in a room is preferable to maintain a sense of unity. Most people also keep the same type and color of blinds for all the front-facing windows for the sake of consistency. Some pros and cons of each type of blinds are given in the table below.
Honeycomb blinds are the only type of blinds that traps a layer of air between the outside and the inside. This acts as an insulator, allowing light to enter while blocking heat and cold. Honeycomb blinds are also the type most commonly found with a “bottom up top down” option.
|Venetian||Common, inexpensive||Easily damaged|
|Roman||Upscale, classy look; wide variety of fabric choices||Large stack height; no way to adjust light|
|Vertical||Ideal for sliding glass doors||Limited applications|
|Honeycomb||Low stack height; top down options; insulates against heat and cold||No way to adjust light apart from opening and closing|