During our daily visits to architects, interior designers and our customers homes, we notice that screen fabrics are a really popular choice when selecting roller blind fabrics. Here, our blog will explain the pros and cons of using screen fabric for roller blinds in your office, school or homes.
Pros: With white being a fresh, neutral colour, white works in with any colour scheme that you may be working with which is one reason why it is commonly selected. Our screen fabrics also provide privacy whilst still allowing in natural light but filtering out direct sunlight, but beware, at night time from outside, silhouettes or shadows can be visible if the interior lighting is on and in some cases, depending on the screen openness, can be completely transparent.
Cons: The main issue we advise upon with white screen fabrics is their performance at reducing glare which is poor. This is particularly an issue in a school or office environment and even in your own home where poor glare control affects productivity and sometimes does not effectively deal with the glare on computer screens or TV’s. Whilst screen fabric reduces heat by reflecting the solar energy, if white is selected in colour, the white yarns of a white standard screen fabric creates a huge amount glare from the fabric itself and of diffused light where can in some instances, it can increase rather than reduce glare.
A common myth that white fabrics give better vision through a fabric than a darker fabric is another reason why white can be sometimes requested. This is far from the truth because the human eye focuses on light not darkness. A charcoal or dark screen fabric at the window means we focus on the light resulting in us seeing beyond the fabric and allows us to focus and see more of the outside world. Another drawback of white is that it can get dirty and can show dirt and other marks quite easily. If a PVC coated fiberglass screen fabric is being selected, this may not apply as such marks can be wiped off with a damp cloth.
If you are lucky enough to have bay windows in your home, sometimes curtains don’t always allow you to take advantage of the window in which you could otherwise install a window seat. However, with Roman blinds being so compact and clean-cut, falling straight without wasting any space they can be an ideal window covering.
Roman blinds are between blinds and curtains and they also block out the same amount of light as lined curtains through a blackout lining. Also available with an Interlining, this can add fullness to your new blinds. If you’re looking to add colour to your room, Roman blinds act as a canvas of sorts, introducing bold floral prints, for instance, when down and allowing natural light to flood the room when open.
Maximise Your Light
When considering your windows for Roman Blinds, we love installing Blinds above your window recess. This allows more light into the room when the blind is in the open position and also frames the window in a more elegant way giving an overall better finish to your window dressings.
Contemporary and Classic
Whether your home is modern or traditional, or a mix of the two, Roman blinds we can offer a choice that suits an array of interiors. For a contemporary finish, choose plain, neutral colours and defined patterns such as stripes or geometrics. For a classic finish, consider floral and damask with vibrant tones.
Sinead was tasked with converting a tired and run down Georgian Style apartment into a classy, upmarket full of life beauty. Located above a well known and established bar located in the heart of the Victorian Quarter in Cork City, Sinead had a vision from meeting her first.
Full of enthusiasm, Sinead knew exactly what she wanted from day 1 to which she entrusted us to bring that vision to life.
Sinead decided up recess installed Cafe Style Plantation Shutters with a centralised tilt rod for the living area allowing light to flood in over the top of the shutters but maintaining a touch of elegance.
Keeping with the architectural features, the sash double hung windows feature beautiful plantation shutters to capture the vista of the busy streets-cape, whilst also allowing privacy and seclusion where needed.
For the Bedrooms, we installed full height shutter with a bi-folding door which was complimented by a bespoke headboard manufactured from reclaimed timber from the old Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium.
It was a pleasure to work with Sinead on this project which was completed ahead of time.
At Acorn Blinds, we got lots of call from customers looking for blinds for tilt and turn windows. Customers have been telling us that they have been informed that they cant have any blinds to others being told that every window blind is suitable. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that Tilt And Turn windows are designed to be used an as escape. In the event of a fire this is your exit point. If we, as a responsible company, provide or install a blind that is going to restrict your exit, it would be irresponsible and negligent of us.
So what are your options for blinds for tilt and turn windows?
We have the most popular Perfect Fit Blinds available in Roller Blinds, Aluminium Venetian and Pleated Blinds to choose from. With a variety of frames to available, our colours include – White, Brown, Golden Oak and Anthracite.
An alternative to a perfect fit blinds for tilt and turn windows, we would also recommend an outside mounted Roller Blind or Roman Blind. When the blind is fully drawn up, the window is fully accessible which means that your exit is not restricted. An outside mounted Roller Blind, it is important to include an extra few Inches on the width. This is to ensure that the full window is covered. With our elegant bracket covers, we ensure that the unsightly look of the brackets are hidden from view. This just adds to the overall look of your new window blinds.
Our Perfect Fit Blinds, we install a 4 sided frame around the glazing of your window. Your new window blind is then housed inside of this frame. The frame is then attached to your window using our specially designed clips that are inserted between the glazing unit and the window slips. This ensures that the blind moves with the window allowing the window to tilt, turn and pivot without restriction.
If you want to contact us to discuss options available for your tilt and turn windows, call us on 021-480 6684
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