Choosing the right fabric for traditional blinds

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If you’re looking for traditional blinds to match the aesthetic design of your space, whether this is a period property or a space with rustic design, one of the important but often overlooked factors to consider is the material or fabric of the blinds. The right material can help to complement your design scheme and make a positive visual and practical impact on your space. But what should you consider when choosing the right fabric for traditional blinds? And what are the most effective options?

What are the different types of blinds suitable for traditional spaces?

There are a number of different types of blind that can be highly effective for a traditional design scheme. These include:

  • Roman blinds- For a classic, stylish effect, Roman blinds can be a great choice. These are fabric blinds that fold neatly when raised, instead of being rolled, for a unique visual effect and a timeless charm. These can add an elegant look to your space, with the fabric choice having a big impact on the aesthetic design of the blinds and the room overall.
  • Vertical blinds- Vertical blinds are another effective option for a traditional space. These are made of vertical fabric slats that can be tilted to control light. They are commonly used in large windows and patio doors. These are available in a range of colours, and material choices, and for a traditional space, white or neutral tones and fabric material can be the most effective option.
  • Venetian blinds– Another popular blind option for traditional spaces, venetian blinds have horizontal slats that can be opened or closed, similarly to vertical blinds. For traditional spaces, wooden or faux wood venetians can have a more significant impact, complementing the traditional design.

What are the important considerations when choosing the right fabric for traditional blinds?

To achieve the right results for your traditional space, and to make sure your traditional blinds are perfect for your design scheme, there are a number of factors to bear in mind. These include:

  • Privacy- Privacy is an important practical consideration to take into account as different types of material offer different levels of privacy. A sheer fabric will allow more light into the room, but it might leave you with less privacy, with your room being more visible from outside, when compared with a thicker fabric. It’s also important to note that your privacy needs will vary by room. For example, bedrooms and bathrooms typically require fabrics that offer greater privacy compared to living rooms or kitchens.
  • Thermal insulation- Another important practical consideration to bear in mind is thermal insulation. With the energy prices rising, keeping a warm home in the winter has become more expensive, but the right blinds could help to reduce your energy usage. This is because fabrics with thermal backing can help to retain heat during winter, and these are available in a range of styles, including roman blinds, which are perfect for traditional spaces.
  • Durability and maintenance- As well as the above practical considerations, you should also take into account the durability and maintenance of the blinds themselves. Different rooms demand different levels of durability and maintenance. Kitchens and bathrooms, for instance, require moisture-resistant and easy to clean fabrics.
  • Colour and pattern- When it comes to the aesthetic design, the colour and pattern of the fabric itself shouldn’t be overlooked. The colours and patterns you choose can make a big impact on the overall visual aesthetic of the space, with lighter colours helping your room feel brighter and more airy, while darker colours create a more dramatic or intimate effect. You should choose the designs that best match your interior design and that will help you achieve the right results for your space, without compromising on the traditional style.

Light control considerations for traditional blinds


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