Sometimes you want to pay a lot of attention to the detail in your house, and other times you want the house itself to be the focal point, without all those embellishments. This is why we have such a wide range when it comes to window coverings. There are many situations where a frilly lace curtain or a brightly colored blind is just what is needed, but if you have a room that stands out on its own as an attractive element, then loading it with too many frills can detract from its overall look. In cases like these, a roll up blind is the perfect solution, as they will protect your room from the elements, while blending in with the rest of your room.
If blending in is what you’re after, then the best material for your blinds will be vinyl. Vinyl is a very versatile material, and there are currently many different levels of protection that are offered by vinyl roll up blinds. If you have a room that would benefit from a filtering of light, but still want to maintain a bright cheery atmosphere, then there are vinyl blinds that will provide this for you. If, however, you need to completely block out the sunlight from your room, there are blackout blinds manufactured using vinyl that do a terrific job of keeping that harsh afternoon light out. One of the great things about vinyl is that it is so easy to clean. Some of the other materials available, particularly wood, can stain really easily, and sometimes the only option is to pull the blind down, sand the wood back and re-stain it, which can be a huge task. Vinyl, on the other hand, will repel most stains with a simple wipe down, and will look great for many years to come. Not only that, but vinyl is a very inexpensive option when compared to other materials.
If an organic, natural look is what you’re after, then bamboo roll up blinds can be fantastic. Inspired by Asian decor, bamboo has become an extremely popular choice, especially among home owners that enjoy the outdoors and want to bring some of that natural ambiance inside. The great thing about bamboo is that it is the most environmentally friendly material that you can use on your windows. If you care for your planet, and like the thought of helping out in little ways wherever you can, then you can’t go past bamboo. The reason this material is so eco friendly lies predominately in its fast growth. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, and this means that farmers can harvest the material and regrow it in the minimum amount of time, leaving our old growth forests where they belong, while providing home owners with a viable alternative. Bamboo blinds can be purchased in a woven fashion, as matchstick blinds, or as slats, so if this material appeals to you, you are bound to find something that suits your house.
If you have your heart set on wood, don’t despair, there are woods out there that are considered environmentally friendly as well, however you will be paying more for a wood finish than you would for the aforementioned bamboo or vinyl. Basswood is largely regarded as the best wood for outdoor roll up blinds, as they are a hardwood and will withstand both moist and dry conditions, with a lot less warping and cracking than other woods. If the blinds have been properly treated, they will last for many years in your home. Although it is a hardwood, it is also surprisingly lightweight, so you can be assured that rolling up your wooden blinds will not be a chore. Wood is undoubtedly the most attractive material out there, and will add a charm to any house it is used in, whether contemporary or traditional.
When purchasing your rolling window blinds, you will notice that there are two options available. The tube that the blind rolls around can either face out, so that the material rolls up behind it, or towards the window, with the blind hanging down in front of it. There are not a lot of differences between these two choices, but you will have to keep in mind that if you decide to have your roller facing out to the window, there will be a gap that lets in some light on either side of the blind. If light is an issue in your room, then you will probably be best off having an inward facing roller. For optimal blockage of light, you may want to consider buying a kit that comes with tracks for the side of your window frame. These tracks are fairly easy to install, as long as you have your measurements right before purchasing.