Besides the obvious, that is! While the world of blinds has expanded immensely in recent years, you’re still going to have to decide between two broad types – those with a horizontal orientation, and those which fall vertically.

How do you know which is best for your space? Keep reading to find out…

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds do tend to have a clinical or office feel to them, so they can be used successfully in home offices and formal areas of the home more often than in bedrooms and ‘softer’ areas. You also tend to encounter them on sliding doors and other windows where easy access is key and length the most important consideration (over width).

Their key benefit is the ability to let in a lot of light when open, which horizontal blinds do not.

Opt for creative, updated fabrics like light linen and silk blends or trendy wooden slats to steer away from the ‘office cubicle’ feel, and remember that the wider the vertical slat, the brighter the available light when opened.

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Horizontal blinds

Horizontal blinds are your friend where you need light levels to be toned down considerably, protect upholstery from UV, or where your main worry is the width of the window space you are dressing.

They are a fabulous solution for tall, narrow windows, but allow less light into the room due to the thinner slats. They can be partially raised to combat this.

‘Classic’ aluminium and vinyl blind styles may seem dull, but consider versatile Roman blinds or novel fabrics to jazz up the look. Thinner slats will be more durable than thicker due to wear and tear.

Which blind style suits your home will depend on your taste, the space and its purpose, but this simple guide will have you on the way to finding the perfect look.

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