We all love the contemporary look of a glass extension, the convenience of bi-fold doors or the luxury of french doors, but we can’t deny that the British weather can often make having expansive walls of glass a bit of a love/hate situation. One minute the sunlight in streaming though making your home feel more a greenhouse, the next the hail is hammering against your windows. So due to our temperamental climate, it’s import to get the window treatments right. To help you out we’ve put together a guide to choosing the right blinds for doors.
1. Opt for roller blinds for kitchen doors
Turn your doors into a focal point by choosing individual blinds for each panel. Roller blinds are a great choice, especially for kitchens as they are super slimline and are available in moisture-resistant, wipeable fabrics. Roller blinds are also easy to cut to size if you have narrow panes.
2. Want a softer look? Choose Roman blinds
Roman blinds have a more relaxed feel and are the perfect compromise between style and practicality, offering both the softness curtains and the efficiency of roller blinds. Again, a Roman blind on each of your doors will look best and provide you with the most flexibility. We love fresh, crisp, scandinavian vibe of these Roman blinds from Hillarys, they work so perfectly in this retro-style kitchen.
3. Adjust lighting with a Venetian blind
Venetian blinds, both practical and stylish, are usually made from wood, plastic or metal, which makes them easy to wipe down so they won't harbour dirt or dust. The adjustable slats provide lots of options for privacy and light control, and when not in use, you can pull them up almost out of sight, which is great if you have garden views. These aluminium Venetian blinds in teal cost from £81, Style Studio.
4. Choose blinds that fit within a door frame
Door blinds that fit into the door frame are a sleek and subtle solution – opening fully to reveal almost all of the glass without becoming caught in closing doors or flapping around in a breeze. The ClickFIT range from Blinds2go are made to measure and easily clip into bi-fold doors.
5. Add vertical blinds for a contemporary feel
Often a cost-effective solution as well as a flexible one, vertical door blinds have shaken off their dated office image. Vertical blinds can help draw attention to the grand scale of large windows and patio doors, or make a small window feel taller by drawing the eye upwards – ideal in a small kitchen.
6. Control the temperature with thermal blinds
For an extra cosy vibe, choose blinds that add an additional insulating layer at your window. Duette blinds come in hundreds of different colours and prints and with clever honeycomb cells that actively trap the heat, you can ensure your space stays at a comfortable temperature all year round.
7. Pick motorised blinds for tall doors
A smart solution for doors in frequent use, electric door blinds do away with the need for cords and can be opened at a click of a button.
The new Reflection roller blind range from Luxaflex features subtle patterns and textures, perfect for adding a tactile quality to large rooms. Suitable for humid rooms, it can be wiped clean with a sponge. There’s a wide choice of colours: shown here is Unico Bo; prices start from £89. Luxaflex also offer PowerView: motorised blinds that can be controlled from your phone or tablet.