The best blinds: Venetian, roller and Roman

Roman, Venetian or roller: our list of the best blinds features a range of designs that blend functionality with style

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Curtains too heavy? Shutters out of your price bracket? Blinds might just be the perfect solution. 

Roller blinds are probably the most cost effective, and place practicality over style, with both blackout and insulating options available. Ideal for the bathroom and they work well in kitchens, too.

Venetian blinds allow you to control the amount of sunlight that filters into the room. Although stylish, Venetian blinds aren’t the best for bedrooms, as they won't keep light out entirely - but they look fab in kitchens and home offices

Roman blinds are the most decorative of blinds, with blackout linings a handy addition for bedroom designs. 

Whichever style you prefer, we’ve compiled a list of the best blinds available to buy right now. 

Crushed Velour Thermal Roller Blind, dark grey

1. Crushed Velour Thermal Roller Blind

With a soft, shiny velour finish this roller blind combines function and style for the best all-round option

Specifications
Best for: Insulative properties
Material: Polyester
Type: Roller
Colour: Mink, Midnight, Emerald,Charcoal
Reasons to buy
+ Stylish and practical + Easy to install 
Reasons to avoid
- Knitted with synthetic, rather than natural fibre 

Made from velour rather than velvet but featuring very similar properties, this softly coloured range combines style with practicality to be one of the best all-round options when it comes to purchasing blinds. Rather than being flat, the material has a textured, soft shine finish, which lifts the room. With both blackout and thermal properties, it’ll stop the morning sun from interrupting your weekend lie in and help you to regulate your room temperature throughout the year.  

John Lewis Wood Venetian Blind

2. John Lewis Wood Venetian Blind

Light, airy and stylish, this is the perfect blind of home offices and kitchens

Specifications
Best for: For lovers of the scandi style
Material: FSC Paulownia wood
Type: Venetian
Colour: Oak, chalk, white
Reasons to buy
+ Choose from oak, chalk or white finish + Adjust like filtration 
Reasons to avoid
- Will collect dust 

If you're a lover of natural, neutral finishes, Venetian blinds are the perfect choice. Made from responsibly sourced wood, this one enables to you to filter the sun’s rays without blocking light out completely, while helping you to retain the airiness of your room; home office spaces will particularly benefit from its adjustable settings, as you can filter sunlight and keep the breeze flowing in the summer months.  

Dekoria Firenze Monet Roman Blinds - pink, purple and green floral print with scalloped edge

3. Dekoria Firenze Monet Roman Blinds

Add a splash of colour to your kitchen with this vibrantly floral design

Specifications
Best for: Kitchens
Material: Polyester
Type: Roman
Colour: Patterned
Reasons to buy
+ Vibrant + Decorative 
Reasons to avoid
- Too bright for some  

If your kitchen features blocks of colour - or you just want to add pattern to your scheme - you can lift the design with this vibrant floral Roman blind. Pulled up, its pleats show off the pretty fabric, which is further accentuated by the waved bottom hem. Pink or blue floral themes are available, allowing you to tone it into your existing colour palette. This blind is made more attractive by its blackout lining, which, in addition to keeping light out, will help you to keep your kitchen or bedroom cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  

Morris & Co Strawberry Thief Roller Blind, red background

4. Morris & Co Strawberry Thief Roller Blind

Featuring a unique nature inspired pattern from designer William Morris, this warm, neutrally toned blind is a great pick me up for block coloured rooms

Specifications
Best for: Patterned design
Material: Polyester
Type: Roller
Colour: Patterned
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to use + Warm tones 
Reasons to avoid
- Not blackout 

The Strawberry Thief range, inspired by thrushes stealing fruit from William Morris’ kitchen garden, is a warm, pastoral motif that blends welcoming soft tones with vibrant patterning. The warm, soft colours implemented within the design will complement a range of colour palettes, lifting block colours, and rooms, to a new level. With both a warm red and neutral blue pattern background available, this roller blind is the perfect choice for variety of homes. 

Luna Blackout Roller Blind, duck egg blue

5. Luna Blackout Roller Blind

Available in versatile colours, and with blackout, noise insulation properties, this blind is one to put on your shopping list

Specifications
Best for: Noise reduction
Material: Polyester
Type: Roller
Colour: Mauve, Natural, Mocha, Navy, Burnt Orange, Duck Egg, Grey Check
Reasons to buy
+ Range of sizes available + Blackout and noise reduction properties 
Reasons to avoid
- Reports that colours are slightly less vibrant than the pictures depict 

Fantastically priced and featuring both blackout and noise reduction properties, the Luna blind range from Dunelm offers great value for money. Featured in a wide range of colours, which should allow you to find the right shade for your colour scheme. Its lightly textured finish will also add interest. With its roller function, it’s easy to raise and lower, and with a range of sizes available, you should be able to find the perfect fit for your window.  

Dekoria Blackout Roman Blinds, grey

6. Blackout Roman Blinds

Mount this blind to your wall, window or even your ceiling for the perfect finish

Specifications
Best for: Modern styling
Material: Synthetic mix
Type: Roman
Colour: Grey
Reasons to buy
+ Fully personalisable + Machine washable 
Reasons to avoid
- Only one colour available 

While our previous Roman blind option was more suited to kitchens, the cool grey nature of this blind makes it a calm addition to the bedroom. With a blackout layer inserted, you’ll be free to lie in on the weekend but still benefit from the decorative nature of a drawn Roman blind when it’s time to put the kettle on. This blind is machine washable, so when it’s time for a spring clean, you take it apart and put it in the washing machine - following the manufacturer's instructions, of course.  

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