The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your New Blinds

Blinds and curtains are like bread and butter here at Grandad's Shed and Vicki Kress Interiors. We design and make a variety of handmade curtains and blinds each week to add some impact and finish off a room with style. Each order is completely bespoke as we guide you through fabric choices and styling options right through to fitting your gorgeous new style. We also work closely with a highly professional seamstress who specialises in quality handmade curtains and blinds. 

It's safe to say, beautiful and functional blinds are our jam. And today, we're dishing out some of our golden nuggets of knowledge when it comes to choosing a new blind for your home. Let's dive in...

Style and design

First up, what do you want to achieve with your blind

With so many different styles of blinds to choose from, it can feel overwhelming. Our best tip is to consider about the purpose of your blinds. Are they purely to block out light or nosy neighbours - or are they there to look good and bring together your space. Perhaps it's both? The beauty of blinds is they have the ability to tick both the decorative and functional boxes.

Many of our clients enjoy teaming up to design, make and fit roman blinds. These blinds are designed to look good, making a real feature of the window.

On the other hand, roller blinds allow you to maximise daylight as they roll up neatly at the top of the window, therefore not blocking out as much daylight. 

Whilst roman blinds are considered to have more character and roller blinds to be a more contemporary choice, the decision is entirely down to your goals. During our consultations, we tease out your vision for the space and make recommendations based on understanding you and the room. 

Positioning & Dressing Your Blind

Now it's time to think about the positioning of your blind. Perhaps it will sit inside your window recess close to the window or in front of your recess so you can keep your windowsill decorations in place. 

Placing your blind outside of the recess tricks the eye into thinking the window is larger and also creates a real feature of your window. 

We love to pair blinds with something else in the room to really create drama around a window. This could be a decorative pelmet or curtain, for example. You may wish to add a pelmet to your window in a contrasting or complementary fabric to hide headrails whilst also adding more interest to your space. Another favourite is framing the window with a decorative curtain which adds cosy layers and textures to your room. You could even pull out a matching fabric or wallpaper from elsewhere in the room to marry the design together. 

Fabrics, Fabrics, Fabrics

Now it's arguably our favourite decision to make: what fabric should your blind be made from? From soft silks to tactile twills, there's something to suit every home and style.

Our fabric collection books are available to browse through and we have quite a stunningly choice to suit your style. We can also provide samples of fabrics for you to take home and make sure you are completely happy with your choice.

Take a look and order a selection of our samples here for roller blinds and here for other fabrics.

Top tip: don't forget to look at your fabric samples at different times of day and under electric light to get a real idea of how the fabric could work for you.

Let's make your new blind

We provide a home visit to measure your windows correctly to help achieve the look you require. We have a team of fitters to ensure your curtains or blinds are just perfect. We use a variety of specialist workrooms whom we have worked with for over 20-years. This gives us the confidence in supplying the very highest standards of workmanship across all out bespoke products.


Interested in a bespoke blinds for your home? We measure, design and hand make them to your vision. Get in touch to find out more.

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