Things to Consider when Picking a Bespoke Blind Fabric

Things to Consider when Picking a Bespoke Blind Fabric

Blind Fabrics
Posted: 15 Feb 2021

When it comes to blinds that truly feel like a part of the room, finding the right blind fabric is essential. But when it comes to picking the fabric, it’s not always as simple as finding a colour that you like. There are some factors that affect how a fabric looks which might not be obvious, and which will vary depending on exactly where you’re going to have the blinds.

The Time of Day

Gable Blinds Comparison

These two gable blinds may look like different fabrics, but they are in fact the exact same blinds at different times of day. As you can see, the amount of light coming through the blind fabric can have a big effect on how it looks; meaning your blind can look quite different in the night when compared to the day.

The amount this will change depends on the shade of the fabric, the type of blind, and the aspect of your room. A lot of our fabrics are specifically designed to keep a room bright even when extended, which is why they can look so different during the day. A fabric designed to keep light out, such as a dim-out fabric, won’t have the same level of difference between day and night. When picking a fabric try to take into account what it looks like both in and out of direct light, to make sure you’re aware of the difference.

Local Shading

You also have to take into account anything that could be shading only one part of the room. A blind will look slightly different depending on how much light is coming through it; so if some blinds get direct light and some blinds don’t the fabric will look different. We see this most often with conservatory blinds, as they tend to have glazing covering the entire room.

Pleated Conservatory Blinds

All the blinds in the image above are the same colour; but because the light is hitting some and not others, they look like different fabrics. If you have a tinted roof this will also have an effect on the colour of the blinds, as the light hitting the fabric will be a different colour than that hitting the side blinds.

Whether or not this bothers you is really down to personal choice, but it is something to keep in mind.

Fabric Colour

Lantern Roof Blinds

The colour of a fabric is not only important when it comes to décor, but also with how the colour will affect the rest of the room. If you pick a strong fabric colour, it can cast the colour across the rest of the room. This is especially true with roof blinds, as they get a lot more direct light than side blinds. For some people this can be a deliberate effect, but others may wish to avoid it. The best way to avoid this is to pick a neutral colour, such as a white or grey, or a paler shade of the colour you want.

The best way to see how these factors effect you is to arrange a quotation with our sales team. They will bring samples of all of our fabrics with them; and make recommendations on the best fabrics for the room. After the appointment you can also order your own fabric samples, so you can see how the fabrics look in different parts of the room and at different times of day.

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