The best blinds: Venetian, roller and Roman blinds for every scheme

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

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If you’re in the mindset that curtains are too heavy, or too much trouble to maintain, blinds are your solution. Blending modern materials with classic design, blinds come in a range of current and traditional styles, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to picking out the perfect one for your home. While it’s widely known that blackout blinds exist, many people are unaware that some blinds possess thermal properties, too, allowing you to maximise efficiency when it comes to heating your home. 

As we’ve already touched upon, blinds are available in three different styles; Roman, Venetian or roller. Roller blinds are probably the most cost effective, and place practicality over style, with both blackout and insulative properties being a common feature of roller blinds. 

Venetian blinds are typically made from hardwood. They’re light and airy, and 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 allow the most amount of light to filter through when closed. 

Lastly, Roman blinds are the most decorative. The material itself is often patterned and sometimes comes with a blackout layer installed. When you roll them up, the material folds and pleats are created, while the base of the blind often features a wave pattern to bring that additional decorative element.

Whichever style you prefer, we’ve compiled a list of the best blinds available to buy right now. Whether you drift towards John Lewis for something extra special, Wayfair for that touch of quirkiness or the ever reliant Dunelm, we’ve researched the best blinds from all of these retailers to bring you a variety of options. 

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, rather than dulls it down. 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 your a lover of natural, neutral finishes, Venetian blinds are the perfect choice. Made from responsibly sourced wood, this light and airy blind enables to you to block interfering glare from the sun’s rays without blocking light out completely, while helping you to retain the airiness of your room. While this doesn’t make them the best at blocking out morning light, home office spaces will particularly benefit from it’s adjustable settings, as you can block glare 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 block colours, you can lift the design with this vibrantly floral blind. With its Roman style, the blind folds to create pleats and its decorativeness is further accentuated by the waved bottom hem. Pink or blue floral themes are available, which should allow 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 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’s kitchen garden, is a warm, pastoral motif that blends welcoming soft tones with vibrant patterning. The warm, soft colours implemented within the patterning 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 certainly one to consider

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. Featuring a wide range of colours, you should be able to find the right shade for your colour palette and with a slightly textured finish, should prevent the wall from looking flat. With its roller function, it’s easy to use, and with a range of sizes available, you should be able to find the perfect fit for your window, too.  

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 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 rolled up a Roman blind when it’s time to put the kettle on. With the designer stating that these blinds are machine washable, when it’s time for a spring clean, you take these apart and put them in the washing machine.  

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