When it comes to window treatments, let us begin by telling you that curtains are not your only choice. There are drapes, shades, window blinds and more. While blinds do not enjoy the undisputed popularity of curtains, there surely isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of blinds. Still, for the uninitiated, let us give you an introduction to what window blinds actually are. 

What is a blind and how is it different from a curtain?

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Slats and an operating mechanism
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And some plain and simple curtains

Blinds are essentially window treatments, just like curtains, to preserve privacy and control the amount of light that comes into your home. The defining quality of blinds (that distinguishes it from windows) is a series of slats that can be raised or lowered, tilted open or closed, and otherwise manipulated to let in varying degrees of light.

The myths you may have heard about blinds…

It is amazing how window blinds are shrouded in mystery, particularly in the Indian context. So, let’s take a look at all these myths one by one so that we may bust them.

Myth #1: Window blinds are very expensive.

Buster: The cost of blinds, just like curtains or drapes, depends on the quality of the fabric. In fact, you can get blinds for as cheap as ₹90 per square foot. 

Myth #2: They are difficult to clean.

Buster: No, they aren’t. You can clean fabric-based blinds in the same way as curtains. The wooden or rattan ones can be wiped with a wet cloth.

Myth #3: There are not many options for blinds available.

Buster: The options for blinds are as varied as the options for fabrics. You can choose solids, prints, patterns or anything that catches your fancy. Additionally, you can opt for materials like wood and rattan. 

Myth #4: You can’t get readymade blinds.

Buster: This was true in the past. However, now you can buy blinds off the shelves. In fact, we have a variety of them in our own Livspace catalogue. 

Myth #5: Blinds are decorative only.

Buster: They serve the same purpose as curtains. In fact, blinds can offer more insulation and keep the temperature of a room balanced. 

What are the types of blinds available in India?

It’s not just the material that distinguishes one type of window blinds from another. The mechanism that goes into operating them and their alignment (vertical or horizontal) also has an important role to play. Thus, here is a break up of the different types of blinds you can opt for. 

#1: Roller blinds 

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 Rolls up in a neat roll

Blinds made of fabric that can roll up into straight up neat rolls are called roller blinds.

Where can you use them: Office, bath space and kitchen

#2: Roman blinds

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Stacks of rolls

Romans blinds are the ones that fold up in stacks instead of being rolled up.

Where can you use them: Living room and bedroom

#3: Vertical blinds

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Twist and turn

These are vertically-aligned blinds that turn and twist instead of rolling up.

Where can you use them: Study or home office

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#4: Wooden blinds

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Provides insulation to the room

These are horizontally-aligned wooden slats that can be moved up or down depending on how much light you want to let in. 

Where can you use them: Balcony or passageways

#5: Zebra blinds

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Also called Venetian blinds

These horizontally-aligned blinds have alternate bands that provide contrast. They open and close by twisting the slats and are also known as Venetian blinds

Where can you use them: Living and dining areas

Inspiration from #LivspaceHomes

#1: Blinds by the bay

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A bay area that retains its structure

These Roman blinds are made of thick curtain fabric that helps block the light around a bay window that opens up into the terrace. Curtains here would have diffused the geometric structure of the bay window. The blinds keep that structural element intact. 

#2: A match for the wallpaper

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The option for a compact room

The roller blinds in this bedroom look like an extension of the wallpaper. The beautiful floral prints on blue are in line with the pastel theme of this home. 

#3: Zebra walls

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The contrast effect

With their contrasting light and shade effect, these Venetian blinds have a statement effect on this bedroom. 

#4: Wooden blinds for industrial effect

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Wooden blinds for a perfectly industrial home

These wooden blinds are easy to clean and also give a rustic touch to this home designed in the Industrial style. 

If you enjoyed reading about blinds, also explore how to buy curtains in the right way.

Send in your comments and suggestions.

— editor@livspace.com