Update your windows with a simple yet beautifully made to measure blind. Our made to measure blinds include both roman blinds and roller blinds. I hear you say, “what’s the difference?”
How to choose your made to measure blinds
A roman blind is a great alternative to combine style and function to any window. Using such a small amount of fabric in comparison to curtains, they are a perfect way to inject a bold colour to a neutral room. Add pompom’s, beads, fringing or a beautiful border to create interest and a touch of detail to transform any window.
Roman blinds are a great alternative to a pair of curtains when considering small windows and windows that are hard to reach, such as over a sink or on the landing.
There are two types of Roman blinds; cascading and standard. Cascading roman blinds are a little more feminine, neat even pleats are formed, hence the name cascading and are my preferred blind. In contrast, standard roman blinds are a space-saving alternative and offer a simpler clean-cut look as each layer is stacked under one another; a simple band of fabric is on display when in the up position. Both roman blinds look the same when closed fully.
Opt for a blackout lining and interlining for added thermal efficiency, keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you have a particularly bright room a blackout blind can be installed behind your curtains to add that additional layer to filter the light during bright mornings.
At Elizabeth Styles, we use the highest quality roman blind headrail systems that have a chain mechanism and can be upgraded for heavy use roman blinds. All roman blinds are hand-stitched hiding rod pockets and top fixings; the true sign of a handmade blind.
Made to measure roller blinds are a simple style of blind that maximises light and works well in kitchens and bathrooms. Roller blinds give a more utilitarian feel and are the most minimalist design.
Should you fit your blinds inside or outside the window recess?
There are pros and cons to fitting your blinds inside and outside the window recess. Blinds fitted inside the recess are a close fit to the window and allow the use of the window sill for photo frames and ornaments and are also on show when the blind is fully closed. Unfortunately, less light enters the room as it is blocked by the fabric stored in the proportion of the window.
Undoubtedly, outside the recess is my preference for several reasons:
- the window looks dressed
- harsh lines of the window are hidden
- it is a simple and effective way to soften a room
- it maximises light into the room which is more important in rooms that lack a lot of natural light
- the fabric edge of the blind is less likely to fade
- blackout lining is more effective the wider the blind from the recess, keeping your rooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
- ornaments can still be stored on the window sill (but will be hidden when the bind is fully closed).
* Safety Notice *
It’s really important to note that young children can strangle in the loop of pull cords and chains that operate window coverings. All blinds at Elizabeth Styles are made in line with the safety regulations BS EN13120; please read and follow the instructions provided with your blinds and use the safety equipment supplied. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my utmost to guide you through.
If you would like more information on creating your perfect made to measure blinds, then get in in touch to book your free home consultation where I can offer hundreds of amazing fabrics to suit your home.
Tel: 07504 528 363