When it comes to window blinds for living room, there are a lot of different factors to consider. What type of blind is best for your specific situation? What material should you choose? How much money do you want to spend?

In this blog post, we will answer all of these questions and more. We'll take a look at the different types of blinds that are available and recommend the best ones for YOUR living room.

A quick note - As we say in many of our articles, people have the tendency to use the word's blinds and shades interchangeably, so although the title of our article talks about the best "blinds," we will also cover any shades that we feel are appropriate as well.

What are the Ideal Blinds for Living Room?

Before we talk about the different types of blinds that are available, there are a few factors to consider that will help steer you in a particular direction.

The Size of The Windows I Have - Are They Large or Small?

If you have large windows, you need to take into account that not all blinds can be made at the larger sizes. In addition, you need to make sure that you don't choose a blind that is going to weigh too much and be hard to operate.

Generally speaking - Vertical blinds and roller shades are good choices for the larger windows. Roman shades are also good, but there is an upper limit on how big they can be made, so make sure you check.

Are My Windows Shaped, or Do I Have A Bay Window?

If your windows are shaped or if you have a bay window, then you need to make sure that the blinds or shades you choose can accommodate the different shapes and sizes.

You will almost certainly need to contact a window treatments specialist as it is highly unlikely that you will be able to buy a window covering that will fit and look good for an oddly shaped window off the shelf. Bay windows are a little easier, but you will need to understand which type of bay window you have and what the possibilities are.

What is The Overall Look I am Going For In My Living Room?

This is probably the most important factor to consider when choosing blinds or shades for your living room. We spend a lot of time in them, so what we choose is actually a pretty big one!

What sort of look are you going for? Light and airy, or dark and cozy. Do you want something classic? Modern? Elegant? Funky?

How Much Light Control Do I Need?

Do you want to have a very light living room or would you rather it is kept darker, which is better for watching movies and staying cool.

If you just want to be able to filter the light or reduce the glare, then lighter-colored blinds or shades might be a better choice.

Another thing to consider is privacy. If you live in an area where there are a lot of houses close together, then you might want to choose blinds or shades that provide more privacy.

What Is My Budget?

Blinds can range in price from very affordable to quite expensive. It all depends on the material and style you choose as well as if they are "off the shelf" or made to measure by a specialist window treatment company.

Some things to consider in terms of budget are - is this a long term solution (and are therefore happy to spend more) or is this temporary? Maybe you just don't have much budget to spend at the moment either.

If you're on a tight budget, blinds made from synthetic materials are a good option. These blinds are usually made from PVC or vinyl and are a good choice if you're looking for something that is durable, easy to care for and on the lower end.

On the whole Roller blinds are the most budget friendly choice with the biggest range available.

Now let's dig into the specific types of blinds for living room that we recommend.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are made of slats that can be tilted to control the amount of light and privacy.

They're available in a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, and vinyl. They are without a doubt one of the most popular blinds found in the home, they are universal and can be used in almost all rooms in the home, not just the living room.

Faux wood blinds are a timeless beauty, but you could argue that they are getting a bit dated and go with something a little more exciting.

Pros:

  • Can be made from a variety of materials to suit any room
  • Offers good privacy and light control
  • Easy to operate

Cons:

  • Slats can collect dust
  • May need to be replaced more often than other types of blinds

Roman Shades

Roman Shades are made of fabric that folds up when you raise them. They can be raised or lowered to control the amount of light and privacy you want. Roman blinds are a classic choice that never goes out of style however the more modern woven wood shades are becoming more and more popular - especially as the world becomes more environmentally conscious.

They're a good choice if you want a softer more elegant look for your living room. They're also available in a wide range of colors, texture, materials and patterns, so you can really customize the look of your living room with this type of shade.

Pros:

  • Available in many different colors, patterns and textures
  • Can add a touch of elegance to any room
  • Offers good privacy and light control

Cons:

  • Fabric can collect dust
  • May need to be replaced more often than other types of blinds
  • Not a good choice for homes with young children due to not being waterproof
  • More expensive choice
  • Made of materials that can easily be ripped or damaged.

Roller Shades

Roller Shades are made of a single piece of fabric that rolls up or down to control the amount of light that enters your living room. They're easy to operate and available in a variety of materials, including blackout fabrics that can help if you want a darkened room for watching movies.

They're available in a variety of colors and fabrics, so you can find something that matches your living room's style. Roller blinds are a good choice if you want something simple and easy to operate. They're also relatively inexpensive, which is always a bonus.

If you're looking for something a little more modern roller blinds are a great way to add some pattern or color to your living room without going too overboard.

Pros:

  • Available in many different colors and fabrics
  • Simple and easy to operate

Cons:

  • Some people find them to be less attractive than other types of blinds
  • More limited privacy and control over light

Honeycomb/Cellular Shades

Next on our list are honeycomb or cellular shades. These are a great option if you're looking for energy efficiency or privacy. Honeycomb shades actually have little pockets of air that help insulate your home and keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

Cellular shades are available in a variety of colors, but they tend to be on the darker side so they can better trap heat.

Pros:

  • Helps to insulate your home
  • Good for Privacy

Cons:

  • Can be more expensive than other types of blinds
  • May not be as effective at blocking light as some people would like

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades are made of fabric that is folded into pleats. They offer a clean, crisp look and are available in a variety of colors and fabrics.

Pleated shades are a good choice if you're looking for something with a bit more of a formal look. They're also easy to operate and relatively inexpensive.

They're a good choice if you want a softer look for your living room.

Pros:

  • Available in many different colors and patterns
  • Can add a touch of elegance to any room
  • Offers good privacy and light control

Cons:

  • Fabric can collect dust
  • May need to be replaced more often than other types of blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a popular choice for larger living room windows and patio doors. They offer good privacy and light control, and they're available in a variety of materials, including fabric, wood, and aluminum.

Vertical blinds are easy to operate and are a good choice of living room window coverings.

Pros:

  • Comes in a wide range of colors, textures and patterns
  • Great to customize the look of your living room
  • Offers good privacy and light control
  • Available in a variety of materials

Cons:

  • Some people find them to be less attractive than other types of blinds
  • More limited privacy and control over light

Solar Shades

Solar shades are made from a special fabric that reflects sunlight. They can help keep your living room cool in the summer and reduce glare on your television or computer screen. Solar shades are available in a variety of colors, but they tend to be on the darker side so they can better reflect sunlight.

Pros:

  • Helps keep your living room cool in the summer
  • Reduces glare on your television or computer screen

Cons:

  • Not a good choice if you want a lot of light in your living room
  • Can make your living room feel dark and gloomy

Plantation Shutters

Another option that is becoming increasingly popular is the plantation shutter. Plantation shutters are made from wood or composite material and can give your living room a very classic look.

Plantation shutters are a bit of a splurge, but they're definitely worth it. They add a touch of elegance to any living room and provide great privacy and light control.

They come in a wide range of materials such as real wood and PVC and styles such as Tier on Tier, Cafe Style and Full Height Shutters.

Pros:

  • Can be made from a variety of materials
  • Come in a wide range of colors and styles
  • Custom made to fit your window

Cons:

  • More expensive than other blinds/shades
  • May require professional installation

Budget Friendly Blinds for living room:

Let be honest, budget controls most things in our lives, so you will no doubt what to know the most budget friendly options?

Speaking very generally, the best bang for your buck will be the roller shades and vertical blinds however, the size and material you choose can change the price significantly.

Blinds/Shades That Are Not Recommended For Living Rooms

The good news is that there are no blinds or shades that specifically "should not" be used for a living room, they all have their place. As a result, the blinds you choose will ultimately come down to personal preference, style and needs.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many options to choose from as well as many factors which you need to consider in order to make the best decision.

The best window treatments are ones that you love the look of, maintains your privacy and doesn't cost the earth!

Unfortunately, there are no perfect window treatments, there is always a compromise that has to be made.


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