When it comes to window treatments, let us begin by telling you that curtains are not your only choice. You also have the option of going for drapes, shades, window blinds and more. While window blinds design ideas 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 blinds actually are.

What Is a Blind and How Is It Different From a Curtain?

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This window blinds design is of slats with an operating mechanism
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And some plain and simple curtains with hidden fittings

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 curtains) is a series of slats that can be raised or lowered, tilted open or closed and otherwise manipulated to control the amount of light you want to let in.

There are various types of window blinds for homes that will pique your interest. Their size can be customised to fit your window or door requirements.

Also Read: 8 Great Window Styles to Consider for Your New Home

What Are the Types of Blinds Available in India?

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

#1: The Roller Window Blinds Design

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Roller blinds roll up neatly

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

Where can you use them: Office, bathroom and kitchen

#2: The Roman Window Blinds Design

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Roman blinds fold up in stacks

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

Where can you use them: Living room and bedroom

#3: The Vertical Window Blinds

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Vertical blinds 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

#4: The Wooden Blinds

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These provide 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 passageway

#5: The Zebra Window Blinds Design

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Zebra blinds are also called dual blinds

These horizontally aligned blinds have alternate bands that provide contrast. They also open and close by rolling and are a modern alternative to roller blinds.

Where can you use them: Living and dining room

#6: The Solar Blind Design

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Solar blinds block most of the sunlight coming from the windows

Solar blinds look just like roller blinds but are also capable of preventing the sun’s heat, glare and UV rays from coming inside your room.

Where can you use them: Bedroom and bathroom

#7: The Venetian Window Blinds Design

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Venetian blinds also block harsh sunlight

Venetian blinds offer a better control over the amount of sunlight that is let in while also being able to enjoy a good view.

Where can you use them: Home offices, study and balconies

Inspiration From #LivspaceHomes

#1: Blinds by the Bay Windows

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A bay area where the blinds keep that structural element intact

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: Floral Roman Window Blinds for Bedrooms

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These Roman blinds complement the 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 Window Blinds for Homes

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The stripes effect caused by the dual nature of zebra blinds makes a striking visual

With their contrasting light and shade effect, these dual blinds enhance the aesthetic of this bedroom.

#4: Painted Wooden Blinds for Industrial-Style Homes

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Wooden blinds are perfect for an industrial-style home

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

#5: Roller Blinds for Kitchens

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The economical roller blinds work well in kitchens

The roller blinds are an economical option for kitchens and are better than curtains because they fit the windows better. They also don’t fly and interrupt your tasks in the kitchen.

#6: Rattan Roller Window Blinds

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These rattan window blinds create a zen environment in this bedroom
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Rattan blinds also complement any plants you place in your bathroom
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Rattan blinds can be practical and beautiful in your kitchen as well

You would have already noticed that rattan blinds are in trend these days and have an easy roller mechanism to support them. Since most Indian interiors use wood in their furniture it is easy to use this window blinds design almost anywhere.

#7: Wooden Blinds for Pooja Room

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Vastu-friendly wooden blinds are popular for pooja rooms in Indian households

Wood is an auspicious material to use for pooja rooms. A wooden blind like this can be used to give privacy to deities in your pooja rooms. This way, you can maintain the material consistency that makes your interiors look even more beautiful.

Also Read: Get Expert Advice on The Right Window and Door Vastu

The Myths You May Have Heard About Window 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 or material. 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 ready-made 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. 

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

FAQs

What Are the Most Popular Blinds for Windows?

The most popular types of window blinds for homes in India are the roller and Roman blinds.

What Can You Put Around Windows Instead of Curtains?

There are drapes, shades, window blinds and more that you can use as your window treatments.

How do I Choose a Blind Style?

The best window blinds design for you would depend on the amount of light and view you would like to take in your home.

Should Blinds Be Lighter or Darker Than Walls?

If you want to direct the focus of your bedroom to your windows, go for a contrasting colour for your blinds. Otherwise, stick to muted colours.

Should All Blinds in a House Match?

There is no rule that compels you to match all your blinds. However, some homes that have consistent colours and materials throughout the house can benefit with this idea.

How Can Livspace Help You? 

We hope you found our ideas useful! If you want beautiful interiors for your home, then look no further. Book an online consultation with Livspace today.

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