Types of Blinds and their Best Uses

Types of Blinds and their Best Uses

When it comes to choosing the perfect blinds to complement your home, office or store, the task can be a little daunting. The variety of blinds on the market and where they are best placed is vast, so achieving the right balance between function and style can be a hard match to strike if you’re not in the know. Luckily, we here at Paul James Blinds have compiled a list of all the types of blinds you’ll find out there and where they’re best suited.


Venetian blinds are great for controlling and filtering the amount of light into a room for your needs. Made of metal horizontal slats that tilt to control light levels and come with a varying choice of slat width to further control light. They are a great fit for offices, schools and in the home.


A more luxurious option, Roman blinds are great for rooms that can get cold or chilly. They are raised and lowered by a chain you can personalise, and feature soft folds of fabric available in different styles, patterns or materials. But because of their fabric design, it is worth noting that they don’t work well in bathrooms, where they are prone to damp. However, they are ideal in living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms where a sophisticated touch is needed.


A straightforward approach, roller blinds do what they say on the tin and are one of the most popular blind types because of it. Essentially a sheet that rolls up and down the space of your window, you can craft your blind from a variety of fabrics for your own special touch, and adorn them with elegant patterns to make them stand out. They work well in all environments to complement your room and provide full privacy and lighting adjustment.

Types of Blinds and their Best Uses


The classic design perfect for use anywhere in your home – from the living room to the conservatory – or in offices or schools, vertical blinds offer pure privacy and also filter light very effectively. Glare reduction materials make them great for south-facing windows which feature in a room where you’ll be undertaking a lot of written or computer-based work.


Used also as room dividers, panel blinds offer a contemporary take on blinds that can add an extra level of colour and dimension to a room. Patterned panels act as the most ideal form of this type of blind as they then can also act as a centrepiece of your room, not just a blind.


With an impressive range of patterns and colours available, skylight blinds partner excellently with Velux windows where they will be fitted perfectly to the frame. Blackout fabrics can help plunge your room into darkness, but other materials will simply filter the light. Coloured fabrics will allow for a specific shade of colour to flood your room, so get creative.


Bringing a softer, more organic touch to the table are wooden blinds, be them faux or not. The design most often involves horizontal slats that are tilted to adjust light levels in the room. Wooden blinds do not go well in bathrooms, where they are apt to rot in time, but faux wood blinds can withstand this bombardment of moisture a whole lot more.


Pleated blinds are ideal for injecting a stylish and modern feel to your room. They are made of honeycomb or concertina folds of fabric that tuck away neatly or extend out when you pull the cord or tab to raise the blinds or lower them.


Ideal for those who work nights and need their beauty sleep in the daytime, blackout blinds are the type of blinds that block light from entering a room. You can transform some of the blind types above into blackout, but where blackout blinds work best is when they are perfect fit in the window frame, such as in the case of a skylight, where light will be fully blocked out of the room.

Paul James Blinds are the expert blind, awning and curtain specialists of the Colchester, Sudbury, Colchester, Braintree & Bury St Edmunds areas. We use the best brands in the field to provide top quality and reliable products at a price you can afford. For a free no obligation survey of your home, contact our friendly team today.




Pleated Blinds: Not just for your conservatory

Pleated blinds, also known as ‘Plissé’ blinds, are often associated with conservatories. However, this concertina-style blind is actually a great blind that can be used in many other rooms in the home, as it offers style, elegance and sophistication amongst other practical purposes.


Pleated blinds allow natural light to flow into the room but without the annoyance of glare. They gently diffuse the light through the translucent cloth material, so you can still enjoy the warming glow from the sun.


The material of pleated blinds lends themselves perfectly to keeping rooms warmer during the winter months and cooler throughout the summer. This will help you keep your energy bills down, as well as keeping your rooms at a comfortable temperature.


Their slim and sleek nature allows them to compress down to a small, neat stack, so when the blinds are open, they take up less space at the top of the window, allowing you to enjoy a view that isn’t obscured. They can also be used in perfect fit frames for an even neater finish!


Pleated blinds are available in a wide range of colours, some subtle and others in more colourful shades. So depending on your own personal preferences and the room’s current interior, you can find something perfectly suited!


As an extremely flexible blind, they can be fitted to a whole range of surfaces, including windows (large or small), skylights, doors and roofs, regardless of shape. Plus, you can still open the window or door with the blinds in place, meaning you can take full advantage of the window sill space.


The pleated blind can be made cord-free to keep them entirely child and pet-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about leaving them unattended in a room with potentially dangerous blinds.


You could even opt for motorised blinds for total ease and effortlessness. Electrically powered blinds are often remote controlled (ideal if you’re having them installed on hard to reach areas, such as the roof), so you can even operate your blinds from the comfort of your own sofa!

Why not make your ideal home a reality and freshen up your home for the new year with some stylish pleated blinds?  You can sit back, relax and enjoy the soft light that fills your room around you.

For more information on our range of pleated blinds, or for a free survey and home visit, please get in touch with our friendly team today.