For a touch of modern sophistication, panel blinds offer a contemporary take on traditional window fashions with their sleek lines and minimalist design.
Panel blinds evoke understated elegance in any home. Perfect for a large window, door or as a room divider, they are crafted from flat fabric panels attached to a simple headrail track system that uses glider mounted carriers, making it light and easy to operate. Visit Empire Window Furnishings showroom in Sydney, Australia.
You can get panel blinds, roller blinds, venetian blinds and cellular blinds. Access our free consumer window furnishing Buying Guide for everything you need to understand about blinds. Our staff can also assist you with a variety of window furnishings including shutters, curtains, awnings and screens.
Window furnishings instantly change the look of a room, but which should you choose: blinds or curtains? Both options can be attractive and can provide light control and privacy, but window blinds have a number of advantages over curtains.
Window blinds offer more control of how much light is allowed to enter the room. Some metal coverings, for example, close so tightly they allow almost no light to enter, which can be important in a nursery or in a bedroom occupied by anyone who does not want to be waken by the sun streaming into the room. It can also be beneficial for rooms used for entertainment such as home theatres.
Other types of blinds enable you to control how much light is entering the room and soften the light, making it easier on the eyes. Many are designed to provide privacy even when they are open or partially open.
Window blinds not only cut down the light entering a room but can also reduce heat entering in summer and radiating out in winter, which reduces energy costs.
Blinds give a room elegance, and look more stylish and modern than most curtains do. Window blinds can also create the effect of a larger room if they are mounted a few centimetres below the ceiling and are slightly wider than the windows. This makes the ceiling appear higher and the whole room seem bigger.
Shades also bring a touch of class to a bathroom, where curtains are rarely chosen. Aluminium, wooden or PVC are good choices for bathrooms and other wet areas such as the laundry.
Curtains need to be washed fairly regularly, but most window blinds usually only need a quick wipe down with a damp cloth or duster. It may not be possible to wash curtains at home, especially large, heavy curtains and dry cleaning can be expensive. Window blinds also tend to have a longer useful life than curtains and do not need replacing so often. Slats are a particularly good choice in a kitchen, since they can be easily pulled out of the way of potential splashes. A sheer-fabric roller blind is easily pulled up and yet is stylish and softens the light coming in.
Blinds look far more professional in a business or commercial building than curtains, and there are many styles and colours to choose from which enables you to find a blind that fits with the company colours and style.
Window blinds come in a wide range of styles and can be made from many materials—plastic, aluminium, wood, or fabrics—so there is bound to be a blind to suit any décor. Styles include vertical, venetian, roller, zebra, and illusion. Window blinds or curtains? It need not be a choice of one or the other, as there is a growing trend to combine both, with a blind in the window and curtains placed in front. This provides the best of both worlds: stylish window coverings and colourful or elegant curtains.