Inside or outside reveal
As a general rule, we tend to recommend inside reveal blinds for bathrooms and kitchens as this keeps sills free for storage and also keeps blinds well away from accidental splashing!
Fitting blinds to the outside reveal wherever possible minimizes the amount of light lost when the blind is raised.
Other reasons to fit blinds to the inside reveal might be light and/ or draught exclusion.
Stack or cascade pleated
Stack pleated blinds are very neat and discreet and are the best solution if you want a very shallow blind that does not exclude too much light. Stack pleating is generally the best solution for inside reveal blinds although it can look quite stark.
Cascade or ‘waterfall’ pleated blinds have a stepped effect. They give slightly more interest and a softer look to the blind by breaking up the single horizontal line created by a stack pleated blind. Cascade pleated blinds generally end up deeper than stack pleated blinds, and therefore tend to block more light. For this reason they are more suited to being fitted to the outside reveal.
Unlined, lined or Interlined
As for curtains, sheer unlined blinds can be installed for privacy without excluding light. In all other situations blinds should be lined or interlined. Lining protects face fabrics from the ingress of dust and dirt and reduces damage caused by sunlight. Adding interlining gives blinds a wonderfully sumptuous look as well as excellent thermal and sound insulation properties.
Wooden batten or enclosed blind rail
Blinds can be mounted on traditional fabric covered wooden battens fitted with screw eyes and faced with Velcro. A separate cleat needs to be fitted to the wall to allow the blind cords to be secured once the blind is raised. Blind rails are metal pre-corded tracks fitted with gears and a sidewinder and chain for smooth operation. They are very strong and can be geared according to the weight they are going to carry and the chain system removes the tedious process of securing cords on to a cleat each time the blind is raised. Blind chains come in several different finishes.