How Blinds Can Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly
When dressing up your windows, you may not have thought about sprucing them up in a greener way. On average, homes lose 30% of their heating energy through windows. Luckily, eco-friendly blinds are a great way to keep a little more heat inside, whilst dressing up your windows. There is no reason your home can’t be stylish as well as eco-conscious with so many great options out there. You no longer have to decide between the environment and style. Now you can have both!
If you desire the classic warmth of real timber within your interiors but you are worried about the impact of wood – there is an eco-friendly solution. Faux wooden blinds (uPVC) made from sustainable sources will bring the outdoors into your home in a greener way. You could even pair them with silk or voile curtains to make your windows more tasteful.
They are a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms because they are water-resistant which means no risk of staining and warping. However, they are also welcome in living rooms, studies and even the boudoir. Their modern innovation means you can add texture and colour too – who said eco-friendly can’t be stylish? So, whether you want to mimic traditional aesthetics, contemporary chic or Boho-flair, these types of blinds can achieve them. Opt for the Wood Essence Venetian blind in desert oak pine if you want the old-style cottage feel. Or if you are aiming towards something a little more modern, the Wood Essence Venetian blind in stratus grey is a definite head-turner. By going for a timber alternative, you can be rest assured that you will not be adding to the demand for real wood.
Luckily, aluminium is the most abundant metal in the world. It can be recycled over and over again which makes it very environmentally friendly. Take aluminium and use it as a blind material and you can make your home greener within minutes. There are lots of modish and fashionable aluminium blinds out there which are hand cut and made to measure. This means you will get a flawless fit and the best possible functionality. Working from home? Push the boat out with the Premier aluminium blind in citrine green for your study and we promise you – you will never want to go back to the office! If you are fitting your eco-friendly aluminium blinds in a room where privacy is especially important, for instance, a bedroom, nursery or bathroom, consider layering them with curtains.
Very alike in terms of style to wooden blinds, shutters are a window dressing choice which have been largely designed to regulate heat. They are made up of a frame with vertical styles and horizontal rails. Shutters can be made specifically to accommodate your window and sit flawlessly within your recess. This element means less draughts, more room to completely cover the glass in your home, and therefore improve insulation throughout the year. This makes for a winning trio! Shutters are a brilliant investment as they will serve you for years to come all whilst flaunting their timeless look which suits homes of all aesthetics.
Do you want something that is going to keep you nice and toasty in winter as well as cool summer? Thermal blinds can achieve exactly this. Whether you go for roller blinds, motorised blinds or vertical blinds – thermal designs make use of a specialist material. Here, lots of layers of thermal fabric are sandwiched between your desired fabric. When you roll your thermal blinds down, they will help to reduce heat escaping by keeping your home temperature comfortable throughout the year – perfect for those chilly, British winters. The fantastic thing about this style of blind is that they can also be made in any colour you like – not just your typical black or darker shades. If you are re-vamping your daughter’s bedroom, why not go for the Thermal Blackout roller blind in Princess pink? Not only will your child be showing a little TLC to the planet, but she can do it all whilst being pretty in pink.
Top Tips for Boosting Blind Efficiency
- Open blinds in the morning – allows you to adjust how much natural sunlight streams into your home, as well as naturally produced heat.
- Close your blinds at night – as the sunlight fades, this will help keep in the heat you have trapped so your room is snug and pleasant.
- In summer, raise and lower blinds along with available sunlight – closing your blinds during the hottest parts of the day (normally 12 to 2pm) will stop your home from becoming hot and stuffy.
- In winter keep your blinds shut until the sun is at its highest – this will keep in heat and decrease the labour required from your central heating.
When decorating your home, one of the most eco-friendly choices you can make is to go for high quality, durable blinds that will stand the test of time. Not only will you be showing a little love to the planet, but you will also reduce the resources and energy needed to rebuy. The world of blinds is endless and thankfully, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to revamping your interiors with greener blinds. So, do your bit for the environment and get on the green train with your window treatments!