I've always been- and still am- repulsed by those white vinyl shades with the spring loaded gears that just don't work right. But, there is a plethora of roller blind options out there, and I think there are some to suit any taste.
|Image: Brett Bara/Design*Sponge |
-Roller shades are also available in fabric. Most fabric blinds do not black out, and exist for partial shade and to dress a window up. Many options, colors, and patterns exist in the fabric style, and are a more affordable option for a soft look. And for a great project, make your own roller shade! I'm sure there's some quirky fabric you've come across that you want to incorporate in your home- purchase a DIY roller shade kit, and attach the fabric onto the fittings for a personalized look.
-The latest evolution of the roller shade is the solar screen- in which the vinyl is perforated to block approximately 95% of UV rays- making a noticable difference in summer heat. They've became a staple for small businesses and coffee shops- just swing by your local Starbucks to see what I mean. Solar screeens also allow for a view when the blind is in use- keep in mind that in the late evening, people can see in with these blinds in use.... maybe not best suited for a bedroom...
When purchasing roller blinds, here are Steve's 3 Tips for Success!
-Say NO to spring-loaded. ALWAYS opt for a chain mechanism instead. The spring loaded version will ALWAYS break- it's only a matter of time.
-When choosing a chain drive, don't settle for plastic- get a metal chain for the same price.
-A valance really isn't necessary. Most valances cheapen the look of the blind. Keep it simple.