Which blinds are best for Melbourne winter?

April 2, 2017

Windows in modern designed homes are more than just aesthetics. With smaller living spaces, the emphasis is high on open plan design and on inviting the outdoor views and natural light, inside.

With windows and glassed walls getting bigger, thereby resulting in more loss of heat, how do Melbourne residences and businesses effectively save on energy bills in winters?

The answer lies in choosing the window dressings and drapes which save the loss of heat in cooler months.

Traditional fabric blinds.

When it comes to saving energy, going back to basics helps. Traditional fabric blinds work best as the fabrics act as an insulator thereby trapping the heat. Opting for traditional options doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to give a retro look to your interiors. With textured fabrics and fabrics with reflective weaves using its block out capability, you can customise the roller blinds, roman shades, panel glides and vertical blinds as per your taste and looks. Also, fabric blinds fit well on the windows which give a neat look inside and trapping the natural heat.

Honeycomb blinds.

These are blinds which are made of cellular fabric and are hollow. While just going by the looks of it, honeycomb blinds will not be very convincing to a buyer looking to insulate his premises. But the science behind it defies what meets the eye. The science being the air which is the poor conductor of heat trapped in the hollows prevent the trapped heat from radiating out. Available in different colours and designs, these cellular fabric blinds are a popular choice among the informed homeowners, serious about saving heat loss.

With a rich variety available in the market to choose from, the next question that arises is should the window dressing be sheer, translucent or opaque?

Well, the answer to this varies from individual to individual and will depend on the amount of heat, privacy and outdoor looks you want to give away.