First thing's first... roller or roman?
Roller blinds are great at controlling light, for both blackout and privacy. At Stitched, a popular option is pairing transparent rollers with colourful curtains - a great way to keep your homes private without blocking natural light. You can also double up a blackout roller and a blackout curtain, for maximum blackout effect (particularly useful for East facing windows!)
Roman blinds are a softer version of the roller blind, folding up into neat pleats when the blind is open. Roman blinds are more popular as they suit most room schemes and can add be used to add a splash of colour to your room
Inside or outside the recess?
A recess is when a window is set back from the main wall. To increase natural light, we always recommend installing your blind “outside” of the recess.
And what about lining?
When you have picked your fabric, you then have to pick your lining. Roman blinds can be unlined, although best suited for thicker fabrics so they don’t look thin or flimsy
Lining options are:
Lined: A layer of cotton fabric is stitched to the back of the blind, giving a nicely tailored finish
Blackout lined: A blackout lining is stitched to the back of the blind, blocking any sunlight
Bonded: This padded lining adds weight to the blind which gives it a luxurious look (available in blackout too!)