Best blinds for large spaces, high ceilings and doors

Most of the new homes built in Australia these days have large windows or door combinations not to mention the high demand for extra high ceilings. They not only look amazing, they allow us to maximise the space and help the room appeal larger than it actually is. The only problem with having such large amounts of space and glass is which type of blind is the best choice for coverage, insulation and design.

A great solution for these types of windows and doors is our Panel Glide Blinds. They are a modern take on the old vertical blinds and really fill the space well. Panel Blinds or Panel Track Blinds as they are otherwise known suit modern windows and doors like bi-fold doors, stack-able sliding doors, sliding doors and large spans of glass.

They are made up of overlapping panels of fabric that slide easily along a simple head rail track system. There are numerous track layouts available including left stack, right stack and centre opening, so there is a solution for all situations and you can customise to suit.

Andersens offer a wide range of fabrics for our Panel Glide Blinds. To organise a free measure and quote contact us today or visit our showroom to view some more options.

What are Roman blinds?

Some of you may be wondering what Roman blinds are and how they differ from your traditional Vertical or Venetian blinds. Roman blinds are different from other styles in that they stack up evenly overlapping on each other when being opened, however when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical blinds.

 

Roman blinds are usually opened with a cord mechanism, allowing the user to adjust the height of the covered area. In this case, the opened portion of the blinds remains smooth, while the very top will be stacked evenly.

They are available in many different kinds of materials, from wood to fabric, as well as natural materials such as bamboo and in two styles; soft layered pleat or flat panel effect.

Roman blinds offer a clean-cut contemporary look that is ideal for today’s modern décor. They provide your windows with a clear view when fully open and total privacy when drawn at night.

At Andersens, we have a wide variety of choice when it comes to fabric, styles and designs. If you are in the market for some new window coverings, visit us at one of our local showrooms or better still call us today for a free measure and quote. We can bring our showroom to you and also offer expert colour advice.

Here are some inspiration images of how Roman blinds can be used in your home

 

Blinded by Choice: A Buying Guide

Are you sick of those daggy old curtains, of the sun glaring through your windows, or having the neighbours see right into your living area? A simple solution may be adding blinds to your home. Blinds are a great way to revamp the look of your home, give it a fairly inexpensive face-lift, naturally control lighting, as well as add privacy and style. With so many varieties in the market, it can be hard to decide what to get, especially if you don’t know much about the different types.

A number of Andersens stores now supply a large range of blinds including Roller, Venetian, Vertical, Roman, and Panel Glide blinds. Here are some quick facts that may make your shopping experience a little bit easier.

Roller Blinds

A Roller blind does not have slats but comprises a single piece of material that drops from the ceiling, window cavity, or door. It rolls down from the top and rolls back up into itself. These little blinds are very versatile and are great if you want to block only the top half of the window during the day. They are modern, streamlined, and come in a variety of sizes.

Roller blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a practical option, providing directional privacy and sun control by the angle of the slats. The slats are connected via the track at the top and are usually connected or weighted at the bottom so they don’t flap around too much in the wind. The whole unit can slide horizontally along a track within the door frame and open right up like a curtain. They’re great for areas with sliding doors. Although these aren’t really fashion blinds, they can look very stylish and generally come in a variety of colours and materials.

Vertical blinds

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are perhaps the most commonly found blinds in a home. Think horizontal slats, one above the other. Venetian blinds are slatted blinds made of either metal or plastic; wooden slats are sometimes used but in most cases, these are now usually referred to as wooden blinds or cedar blinds. The blind operates by a cord mechanism, by which all slats can be rotated in unison nearly 180 degrees, again offering either full or partial block-out. This cord also allows you to drop the blind down or move it up within the window. At once extremely practical and very stylish, these tend to be the “go-to” blinds for less adventurous home decorators.

Venetian blinds

Roman Blinds

Perhaps one of the most popular options at the moment for the really fashionable home, Roman blinds are different from standard window coverings in that they stack up evenly when being opened, however when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical blinds. Generally you will find these in fabric rather than wood, plastic or metal, and as such, they come in a variety of colours and patterns. These blinds make an amazing addition to the modern home.

Roman blinds

Panel Glide Blinds

Panel glide blinds are constructed of flat panels of fabric which slide across the track. The expansive size of these blinds make them suitable for larger doors and windows. The excellent coverage panel glide blinds provide also mean they’re perfect for home theatres as fewer sneaky shafts of light can get in. The large panels create a clean, fuss-free look that will speak to the sensibilities of any decorating minimalist.

Panel glide blinds

For more information on the features of the different blinds available, visit an Andersens store and see the variety we have in stock. Visit your nearest showroom and our friendly, experienced consultants will help you choose a suitable blind solution for your home.

Blinds and Window Coverings for Spring and Summer

We have already seen temperatures rise to high 30s and it is only the start of Spring, it looks like it is going to be one scorching Spring & Summer season. The hotter it is outside, the hotter it is inside your home. Your air conditioner works in overdrive and your electricity bills sky rocket. The more you try to save money by not running the air conditioner, your living space becomes stuffy and uncomfortable and your children become irritable. How can you beat the summer heat, conserve energy, and save on utilities? The answer is simple: window coverings.

On a hot day, heat will transfer through the windows, and even though you may have the air-conditioning on, up to 50% of that cool air will be lost through the windows and doors if they are not protected by window coverings. So, how do you know which window coverings are best?

Here are some tips:

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The kitchen. Think about ease of cleaning, window coverings such as wood blinds and faux-wood blinds are easier to maintain than pleated blinds or curtains.

The bedroom. For a more restful sleep, an opaque blind is a good choice. It can be concealed behind a valance or dressed up with attractive curtains. Block out blinds and curtains are also a good alternative, as the will keep the room dark to allow longer sleeping times.

The living room. The common choice is horizontal blinds or louvered shutters, as louvers can be inclined based on your preference for shade or light. This way you can control the amount of light that is entering the room. It is also recommended that you choose white or light coloured blinds in order to reflect the heat, rather than absorb it.

The bathroom. Horizontal blinds are a sound choice here. However, select a waterproof material (faux wood, for example), particularly if the space is poorly ventilated or the blind is close to the shower.

Exterior. Window coverings with reflective backing are an excellent choice. Some varieties have white backing, which reflects hot air and You don’t have to sacrifice style for energy efficiency and heat protection. Insulating and reflective shades come in hundreds of colours, cuts, and fabric selections, so you’re sure to find some to fit your décor.

Then you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your respite from the summer heat.sunlight. As an added bonus, these shades make the exterior of your home look fresh and cohesive. For maximum reflectivity, you can find window coverings with a thin, subtle layer of aluminium backing. All varieties provide excellent UV protection, which preserves your homes interior while keeping it temperate.

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