What's Best for Your Home - Shutters or Blinds?

Are you looking to change your window coverage and you’re not too sure which one to go with? You can go with a number of different choices, be it curtains, shutters or blinds, but which one is best? We’re going to be debating shutters or blinds, so stick around while we go through the pros and cons of both.

Window Shutters

Window shutters have an old world feel that’s essentially timeless. It’s never dated and they look good whether your home is classic or contemporary. It’ll provide light when you need it and offers privacy and air filtration at a touch. They look beautiful on any shape of window, but particularly beautiful within a bay window. There’s versatility in their design too with different materials and styles available. There’s less maintenance than with blinds and there are no complicated mechanisms. They’re also good for insulation and keeping heat in during the winter months as well as offering that little bit of extra security and keeping away prying eyes. This is especially good if you have particular rooms which contain valuables.

The disadvantages of window shutters are that they can work out expensive and they can take up more room as they are fitted to the window frame and this can take up more space than a set of more traditional blinds. Once you have them they’re pretty much there for the entirety of your stay in that one property, as they can be messy and costly to then remove and replace with something else. On the other-hand, shutters offer your property some luxurious fixtures and fittings that could significantly increase the value of your property should you decide to sell in the future.

Blinds

There’s a huge amount of different fabrics, colours and patterns when it comes to blinds as well as different styles, such as vertical, roller, roman, blackout, wooden, venetian and pleated. They can be custom designed to suit the shape of your window, regardless of how big or small or how unusually shaped they are. You can also choose particular fabrics which suit bathrooms, which are usually more obviously prone to damp and moisture than anywhere else. In the bedroom, you can also choose blackout blinds with special fabric which cuts out light completely if that helps you sleep. Of course, you can have blackout blinds in any room, in the bathroom too, and in rooms where you use a projector, or perhaps in a media room that’s dedicated to watching films and playing games. If you have young children, your blinds will come with safety mechanism which will help avoid accidents.

The disadvantages of blinds are that they can become damaged easily, the mechanism can break and they can take time to clean. Some fabrics fade more easily than others unless you get material that has UV protection. However, as there is a lot of variety and versatility in style and fabric with blinds, there’s always plenty of options from which to choose.

Knight Shades- Elegant and Versatile Window Coverage

We’ve taken a quick peek at the many advantages and disadvantages of both blinds and shutters. You now have the information, it’s up to you which ones you choose. What you will find however, is that here at Knight Shades, we sell an excellent selection of both, so if you need more advice and guidance on which ones will be right for your bedroom then why not get in touch and one of our team will be more than happy to help.

Choosing Blinds for Privacy

If you’ve decided to have blinds for the first time and privacy is important to you, then you couldn’t have made a better choice. Blinds are perfect at giving you that all important privacy from the world outside, because they’re made to fit your window. They offer light and noise control too, as well as privacy, so your windows have various layers of protection.

You can choose from a variety of different styles, there are horizontal slated blinds, or vertical ones, which are great for keeping out prying eyes, and especially if your house or apartment sits directly on the street. Sometimes it’s difficult to limit the amount of light and privacy with curtains as it’s simply a case of open or shut, but with blinds you can have light and privacy at the same time.

Sheer or blackout fabrics

If you choose to have roller blinds, you can have sheer or blackout fabric. Blackout fabric shuts out light completely if you have an aversion to light at night, but you can also have them down during the day if you want the light shut out completely. They’re good for children’s bedrooms and those who work night shifts.

Sheer fabric on the other hand can be pulled down during the day, but without blocking out the light. You can also add curtains if you wish to double up during winter. Sheer fabric looks really good too and so elegant.

Patio doors and bay windows will also benefit from blinds which are made for privacy, they can keep out the light, but at the same time allow it to flood in on your terms.

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds can be tilted in such a way that they will allow some light in but shut enough out so you get privacy. Wooden blinds are stylish and elegant but also help you to play with the light and decide how much you want to allow in, giving you privacy but not shrouding you in darkness.

What you’ll find is that blinds are so versatile, you can have a variety of different styles in each of your rooms and they can all provide you with excellent privacy as well as. Whatever theme, style or colour scheme you have going on, you don’t have to compromise on privacy, but you can have it exactly where you need it.

Knight Shades Edinburgh for the best in privacy blinds

If you’re looking for quality blinds in Edinburgh which offer privacy and style, then look no further than Knight Shades. We’ve been serving the local community of Edinburgh with durable quality blinds for many years, blinds which are both functional and stylish, never compromising on elegance or versatility.

 

Choosing Children's Bedroom Blinds

If you’ve been decorating your child’s bedroom, then you may be searching for some inspiration and perhaps replacing traditional curtains with children's blinds. On the other hand, you may have blinds which you want to replace with something fresh and dynamic, more in keeping with your son or daughter’s tastes and the theme of the room.

Modern Blinds are Safe For Children to Use

Bedroom blinds for children will, of course, come with safety measures, either a wand attached to the blinds or beading carefully fitted with a P bracket that comes apart if they are pulled hard enough. Thus, any blinds you buy now for a child’s bedroom will be fitted with these safety catches so you know your children will be safe. All you need to consider now is what type of blind is right for your child’s room.

What Type of Blinds Do Your Children Want?

You’ll probably have to compromise to a certain point and allow them to have some say in what type of blinds they have in terms of colour and pattern. However, you can stop short of jet black or bright orange if you really don’t want it! Just work with your child to find a halfway point where they get what they want and you get something you can live with!

Can’t have bright wallpaper but fancy bright coloured blinds instead?

Blinds can be a great statement piece for the bedroom, and if you live in rented property where colourful wallpaper may not be something your landlords relish, by investing in blinds, you can have something colourful and daring that you can take away with you should you leave.

You can double up your child’s window by having colourful blinds matched by darker curtains, which will also help insulate the room in winter and help keep noise out when they’re ready to sleep.

Blackout Blinds

Blackout fabrics can help children get to sleep quicker too, especially during summer when you have the long days to contend with. You can simply have blinds which cover the window with no pattern or colour and simply have curtains with colour, or have blackout blinds with a stylish fabric.

Which type of blinds are best for children’s bedrooms?

Roller fabrics are obviously best for the blackout fabric we’ve discussed and when not in use rolls up to the top of the window out of the way. Venetian or vertical blinds may not be suitable as blackout blinds as they would not offer enough coverage, but they both come in different fun colours for windows, so if it’s for an older child, perhaps these may be a better choice.

Knight Shades – A Varied Range of Children's Blinds

Whether you’re looking for children’s blinds or blinds for any other room in your home, why not get in touch with us here at Knight Shades and let one of our team help you. We’re experienced providers of a wide variety of quality blinds and we’re always happy to help you with any questions you may have – so get in touch today.

PVC Blinds - Perfect in the Family Home

You may already have blinds, or you’re considering them for the first time. As you may already know, blinds come in a variety of different materials, what you may not be aware of is that blinds are available in PVC. It doesn’t sound particularly exciting, and perhaps not as interesting as other types of blind, but what we’re going to do in today’s blog is show you how useful and effective PVC blinds are and why we think they’re a fantastic choice for the home.

PVC Blinds - Function & Style

There are many functional benefits to PVC blinds, which is why they’re such an excellent choice. However, PVC look as good as they perform well. They have a quality look and feel to them that makes them both elegant and stylish. They often give the appearance of wood, but without the expense. Timber is also quite a high maintenance and has a tendency to crack chip and fade over time, but not so with PVC. This is where we come to durability.

PVC blinds are a good investment because the structure PVC makes them resistant to rust and also protects your home from the sun’s rays, this also helps to avoid fading of walls and furnishings. They trap solar heat too and this helps keep your home warm on cold days.

Versatile Range of PVC Blinds

They come in a range of different colours and cleaning them is a doddle as you won’t need strong detergents, just a little soapy water. They can also last anything up to 30 to 50 years as long as you take good care of them, so they’re a worthwhile investment. And as well as being easy to clean, they’re in the lower price range so you get so much more for less. In comparison to wooden or faux wood, PVC offer value for money and a long-lasting chic and stylish window coverage.

Horizontal or Vertical PVC blinds

What you’ll also find is that PVC blinds can come either in vertical or horizontal style. Which means they’re suitable for most windows. While you have vertical PVC blinds for patio doors and larger windows, horizontal blinds are great for shorter windows and can really finish off a room’s décor, offering a perfectly coordinated combo. You can also have a range of different cords and tassels to complete your window coverage, and for those children’s bedrooms, safety cords, to avoid accidents.

Knight Shades for Quality Blinds

We are premier blind fitters, if you’re looking to change your blinds to PVC ones, then we can help you choose the right colour, measure your windows if you’d prefer not to do them yourself, and then install them for you. Don’t worry if you have unusually shaped windows, we can create ones that fit perfectly, so get in touch today and discover the benefits of PVC blinds for yourself.

What You Need to Know About Child Safe Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing curtains with blinds, or you don’t feel comfortable with your current blinds due to child safety concerns, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s a safe alternative, and that’s child safe blinds. In this post, we’re going to be talking about what you need to know about these types of blinds and how safe they are for your children.

Child safe blinds are now compulsory

What you’ll find is that child safe blinds have been compulsory since 2014 in all domestic homes. This means that all blinds where there are children must be fitted with appropriate safety devices so your children are safe from harm.

How does this work with different types of blinds

Vertical blinds offer two options. There is the wand system which operates by letting you open and pull your blinds shut, and this is extremely popular. A plastic rod replaces the cord and chain normally associated with a conventional blind and it’s a lot safer. The second option is a cord and chain with P bracket. It works in such a way that it’s taught enough so no loops are formed, which can cause strangulation.

Roller Blinds

These come with two options the same as vertical. The first is with a P bracket and the second is a double chain break. This allows you to have a chain attached to your blinds but two parts that hold the chain together come apart very easily if it’s pulled on by a curious child.

Venetian Blinds

These come in different materials, usually PVC, aluminium or wood. There is only one safety option with this type of blind and this will mean you fitting a cleat to the wall or frame as high as possible. When the blind is stationary make sure the cords are wrapped around it keeping them out of the reach of curious hands.

Roman Blinds

You won’t be able to use a chain break system unfortunately, but you can fit a P bracket to the frame or wall next to your blind. This will keep the chain tight and unable to form loops.

Child Safe Blinds From Knight Shades

As you can imagine child safe blinds are the best option for your home if you have young children. As we’ve seen, there are different options and different styles of blinds to choose from, so you can still be stylish but remain safe at the same time. If there are any questions you’d like to ask us about child safe blinds, then please get in touch with us here at Knight Shades, and one of our team will be more than happy to answer your queries.

Choosing Blinds For Bay Windows

Bay windows are a five-star feature of every home that has them. They’re strongly associated with Victorian houses and offer beautiful views and relaxing, cute box seats for those lazy cool summer days when it’s a little too cold to read outside, or a rainy afternoon in spring when you just want to curl up and read a book and watch the world go by.

The Perfect Window

A big beautiful bay window has so many possibilities – the perfect corner for the Christmas tree, the best place for a window seat, and the best place to catch the sun’s rays on a beautiful warm spring day. Projecting outwards from the walls of your house they provide space and that little bit of extra room to do something with. There are different types of bay window, from multifaceted through to bow, and they can look dramatic with curtains, but for those seeking a more streamlined, contemporary look, blinds may be the option you’re looking for.

Never doubt that you can have blinds on a bay window, no matter how unusually shaped they may be. Here at Knight Shades we can create the perfect bespoke blind that sets your bay window apart and makes the best of that special part of the room.

Made to Measure Blinds

These come in all shapes, colours and patterns, and naturally you’ll want something that not only fits in with the colour scheme and theme of your room, you’ll also want it to fit in with your personal style. Roman blinds are a natural choice for bay windows for many, simply because each segment of your bay window can have a blind attached to it for smooth and easy coverage.

Vertical Blinds

another option for a bay window area, you can use a curved head rail so the blinds fit well into the recess of your bay window segments.

Roller Blinds

These in a lightweight material can again be fitted against each segment in your window so you can let plenty of light in.

Curtains AND Blinds

If you really want more than just blinds, and after all a bay window can allow more heat to escape due to the amount of glass used, you could use curtains as well. This really gives you ample opportunity for some doubling up of plain/patterned colours and textures. You’ll get the extra insulation you need and a really dramatic look.

Knight Shades – For Perfectly Fitted Blinds

Get in touch with us here at Knight Shades if you’re looking for made-to-measure bespoke blinds for your cherished bay windows. We can send someone out to measure them or you can come in with your own measurements. We can’t wait to help you fit the perfect blinds so you can enjoy that special corner seat – whatever the weather.

Add Value to Your Home with Window Shutters

Are you thinking of investing in window shutters for your home? What an excellent choice, window shutters are the ultimate in elegant window coverings. Once worn on the outside of a house, they now adorn the windows of bedrooms, living rooms and any other room you care to use them. They provide excellent coverage as well as good insulation from both heat and cold and give good security and privacy. In today’s post, we’re going to be looking at why window shutters add value to your home.

Fixture and Fittings

Shutters form part of the fixtures and fittings, so if you sell, they stay behind. If they’re well fitted, quality shutters, then in all likelihood, they’re going to add value to your home. Windows shutters are unique as they’re custom designed for your windows, their function, fit and aesthetic appeal are all exclusive to your home. Never underestimate kerb appeal and the first impressions your home can make on potential buyers.

Warmth in Winter, Cool in Summer

One of the first things you’ll notice with your window shutters is how insulated your home is. It can be a constant battle to keep your home warm, especially when there is freezing temperatures. It’s not fun either when you’re banging on the heating during the winter months to stay warm, sending your energy bills sky high.

You’ll find that window shutters are better at keeping your house warm than blinds or curtains and this is because they’re thicker, so they add an extra layer of warmth and insulation to your windows.

Insulation

With the environment paying the price for our actions, it’s good to know that we can save on energy by having window shutters, so your initial investment is well worth it because you’ll get it back in reduced energy bills. You’ll also be helping the environment.

The difference window shutters will make to your potential buyers is that your home could easily have a better energy efficiency rating, so that’s always an attractive option for those interested in buying your property.

It will also insulate you from heat as well, during the summer months it can get stifling in certain rooms, especially those where the sun comes in. Window shutters will help you keep your rooms cool while also allowing you to let a limited amount of light in.

Security

If you can give adequate coverage for your windows, then you can avoid the temptation for potential burglars to get a glimpse of any valuables. By making it difficult for people to see into your home you close off any temptations, it’s also incredibly difficult to check whether anyone is in the house or not, so it’s less likely they’ll take the risk. You can adjust the slats when you are at home so you have some light peeking through, but it’ll still be difficult for anyone to see whether anyone’s home.

Privacy

As well as giving you security, window shutters will give you more privacy, no prying eyes, no looking in through your windows, especially if you live on the ground floor. You’ll have the beauty of letting light in through the windows, but of avoiding the glare of several pairs of eyes as people walk past.

Knight Shades – Quality Window Shutters

Security, privacy and insulation, resulting in reduced energy bills, those are the advantages of window shutters. From an aesthetic point of view, they also give you a really unique, continental look and they’re extremely stylish, all of which adds serious value to your property should you decide to sell in the foreseeable future. They can also be painted and styled to match your furnishings and personal style. Get in touch with us here at Knight Shades so we can start planning your bespoke wooden window shutters for your home and start adding value to your property.

Five Reasons You Need New Window Blinds For 2017

Windows are often neglected and the last things left on the refurb list. However, they have an important role to play in terms of light and privacy control, and also on an aesthetic level. You’ll want your window coverings to match both your furnishings and your personal taste, so what you put on your windows count.

New Window Blinds in 2017

If you’re toying with the idea of blinds instead of curtains for the new year, then go with it. Blinds will offer a fresh, minimalist look that will help keep out light when you need it too and keep warmth in during the colder months. In summer, it’ll keep the strong rays of the sun out on particularly hot days.

We’re going to be looking at five reasons why you need new window blinds in 2017 and we can’t wait to get started. Read on to find out why blinds are the new curtains for your windows this year.

1. Creating a warm inviting interior that helps insulate the room and shut out cold weather.

Put up some blinds and shut out the winter, create an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. Blinds aren’t just about austerity and minimalism, they can really help create a comfortable, cosy area in which to sit and relax.

2. Cool or warm – blinds to do both jobs well

If it’s cold outside, when you have blinds you’ll be warmer, and the room will be more insulated, when it’s hot, your blinds can help block out the heat from the sun. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a balance and with that in mind, you can have blinds which help keep a constant temperature, so you don’t lose heat or feel too cold. Some blinds also come with UV protection, so you’ll have protection from burning, the sun can burn through glass and through fabric curtains, but blinds can offer protection from this if they’re carefully line with the right materials.

3. Privacy, security and noise reduction

Blinds are very good at reducing noise and giving you the right amount of privacy when its needed. Rather than only close part of the window or, as what usually happens with curtains, they only close off the sight of the window but not the noise and privacy, blinds give you both. You can have them fitted to the windows perfectly, so when they are closed there’s no part of the window exposed. Because blinds are so good at shutting out light there also good at shutting out prying eyes, so if you have certain items which are of significant financial worth, blinds will give your windows the right kind of coverage, protecting you from potential burglary.

4. Versatility and choice

Blinds give you so much choice, with a multitude of choices. There’s Venetian, Roman, Velux, Intu, Panel and Vertical and in a multitude of different fabrics, patterns, textures and colours so you can have your blinds match the style, colour and furnishings of your chosen room. You can even have metallic blinds that offer a nice shimmer, great for winter or all year round if you fancy it.

5. Blinds can really transform a room

Even if you didn’t really refurbish a room in its entirety, blinds can really transform a room completely. A set of new blinds that match certain aspects of the room can make a dramatic difference, freshening it up and giving a modern appeal.

So, there you have it, five good reasons why you should give new blinds a go in your home and really transform the space. Get in touch with us here at Knight Shades if you’d like to ask us any questions about what we’ve discussed today.

The Best Blinds For Your Conservatory

If you have a conservatory, perhaps you’ve had a new one installed, you may be considering blinds as window coverage. There are various types of blinds to choose from, and you may be wondering about which ones are right for your conservatory. 

Sun, Light and Window Protection

With floor-to-ceiling windows you’ll have light flooding into your home. Regardless of whether you use the conservatory as an area for relaxation or as an office or dining room, a conservatory can trap both heat and light when the weather is hot, so you need to provide some protection from this for when it becomes too much. After all, even through glass, sun can burn, and your furniture can fade due to bright light.

Light Control and Matching Your Conservatory Design

Having the right type of blinds is crucial in making sure you give your conservatory the right kind of light control. There are various types of blinds and deciding on which one can be a little confusing. Think carefully about coverage and how they’re going to match your furnishings and décor.

Vertical Blinds – These provide horizontal closing with vertical louvres. They’re great for large windows so in the conservatory they’re perfect. What’s also great is that they can be used to control light, the louvres can be adjusted to allow just the right amount of light in, while at the same time not blocking it out completely.

Roller Blinds – Roller blinds are great, again for light control and window coverage, although you would need several of them placed side-by-side for them to work with the cord, as one blind alone would make it difficult to control. This could make it more costly than other blinds, although you would get more light control. You could pull them down on one window and perhaps have one up on another, so there’s light in certain parts of the conservatory.

Venetian Blinds – These are great for conservatories and the slatted louvres give you superb light control. They come in both wooden and aluminium in a variety of styles so you are sure to find something that works with the decor you have in place.

Knight Shades – For the Perfect Conservatory Blinds

If you’ve decided which type of blind you require, or you feel you need to discuss it with someone before you make a final choice, why not contact us and we can help you choose. 

What are the Benefits of Window Shutters?

Window shutters offer the perfect window coverage. Interior shutters on your windows offer a refreshing alternative to blinds or curtains giving your home a more continental feel. In this post we’re going to be taking a look at the advantages of window shutters and why they are a great choice for your home.

Simple Yet Stylish Window Coverage

Window shutters are solid, giving your windows a secure coverage that allows light in to the room on your terms. They usually comprise of two separate shutters which open on either side of a window. They come with louvres, or slats as they’re more commonly known, and these are adjustable, you can use a pole to open or close them.

Window Shutters Go Back a Long Way

Windows shutters have a history on the Mediterranean, and they may have originally been used in Greece, spreading all over Europe. As you can imagine, countries in this part of the world are prone to extreme heat, and window shutters were popular because they were ideal for controlling the amount of sunlight and air coming in.

Window Shutters - Great For Warm or Cold Weather

In cooler climates, window shutters are extremely good at keeping rooms warm as well in cold weather, which makes them a real all-rounder. As well as this, they’re extremely easy on the eye too, they provide an attractive, yet minimal window coverage while complimenting the interior of your rooms.

We have an impressive range of window shutters

Here at Knight Shades we have an extremely impressive range of window shutters to suit all types of rooms, and in colours which will complement the décor as well as your personal tastes.

Sound insulation, light control, security, privacy, style and elegance

Window shutters give your home the warmth you need in the winter as well as keeping your rooms cool during warmer weather. They offer your property both security and privacy with a high level of sound insulation and light control. They give you a lot of flexibility when it comes to how much light enters the room, so you can have as much or as little as you need. On a practical level, they’re also easy to clean and are extremely elegant and stylish.

window shutters, coverage for all seasons

If you’re still undecided, why not give one of our team members a call, and they’ll be more than happy to discuss it with you and help you make a decision. We’re all knowledgeable, friendly and professional and we’ll talk you through our range of window shutters, don’t worry if your windows are an unusual shape, we can work around that, and create some bespoke window shutters that fit the shape of your window. 

How to Measure for Window Blinds

If you’re having new blinds fitted, then you’re going to have to measure the windows so you get a snug fit. The beauty of having blinds is that they offer such a good fit for your window, giving you the right amount of coverage where you need it unlike with curtains.

Measure Your Blinds Carefully For an Accurate Fit

It’s important to get accurate measurements because if you don’t, then your blinds will be a bad fit and this could work out expensive if you have to have them refitted. In today’s post we’re going to be looking at how to measure for window blinds successfully, so if you do decide to go ahead and measure them yourself, you’ll get a really nice fit.

You need to check for a recess in your window so you can see whether your blind will fit outside or inside the space. Check for handles, phone sockets, or fixtures to see whether there’s going to be any obstruction to the blind closing and opening.

Measuring Outside the Window Recess

If you’re going to fit your blinds outside the recess allow for around 2” or 5cm overlap an another 4” or 10cm for the length. Measure the window at either end and also in the middle, you can reduce the width slightly by a centimetre if your blinds are either roller, Roman or Venetian.

With the length, again measure from top to bottom and reduce the length by 1cm so the fabric of the blind won’t catch on the windowsill.

Measuring Without a Window Recess

If you don’t have a window recess you can measure across the window adding 4” or 10cm to the total of the width so you’re allowing 2” or 5cm overlap on either side of the window, by doing this you’ll be able to block out the light properly. Roller blinds will need another 2” or another 5cm to the width so you leave adequate room for the operating mechanism.

Blinds Length

You’ll need to know where the bottom of the blind needs to stop so you can take this into account with your measurements.

Ready-Made Blinds and Recesses

Its best to measure your windows more than once to make sure you’ve got a best fit. You could buy a ready-made blind and cut it to fit your window, it will come with its own instructions on how to do this. If you’re going to be fitting blinds that come outside a recess or without one altogether, you’ll need a track or bracket fitted above your window that’s fitted directly on to the wall, or on to a wooden batten that sits above your window frame. Measure from the top (fitting) to the sill so that your blind extends to provide complete coverage.

You’ll need more room so you have a wider gap for the control mechanisms, there’ll be a wider gap between the wall and the blind because of this, and it will impact how effective the window coverage is, so you need to be careful.

Venetian, Roman and Roller Blinds

Venetian, roman and roller blinds will also need to clear space inside a recess to the sides, so they won’t drag against the wall during extension. You need to reduce the overall width by 1cm. If you’re having vertical blinds, then you’ll need to reduce the length measurements by 1cm so that the panels are smooth against the window without any drag across the sill.

Knight Shades Blinds Measuring Service

Don’t worry if you have unusual windows, because here at Knight Shades we offer a measuring service for blinds and we’re happy to do the measuring for you. Get in touch and ask us about window measurements, whether your windows are a unique shape or more traditional, we’re here to help.

Why Choose Printed Business Blinds?

Printed business blinds are a great choice for your business premises, they advertise your company to passers-by and are a great way of adding an innovative and unique identity to your company. Logo blinds are a great way to advertise your brand identity, it’s especially important if you don’t have anywhere else to place your logo, and where better than your windows?

Historic or Listed Buildings

Consider this: if you have a building where the façade cannot be altered or branded because it’s an historic, listed building, as is often the case in buildings based in Edinburgh or Glasgow, then a printed business blind with your logo is an ideal solution.

Prefer illustrations or images instead of logos?

It could be that you prefer something different to corporate logos and are after something a little more imaginative, perhaps illustrations, text or photographs and we can do something with those ideas and reproduce them on to a set of blinds for you. If you really are stuck for ideas, then why not let us help you create something which works and speaks for your brand.

Interior or Exterior

Your business blinds can face out towards the public gaze or they can be inside. We can make sure that your logo/illustration/image is seen clearly as we use fabrics which shows off lighter areas of the image or logo. You can also have a message on both sides of the blind so they’re seen both ways, externally and internally.

Brand Identity

Business blinds with a logo not only help you with brand identity they really add something extra to the interior décor of your office space. We have a clever and talented team behind us who can help create high quality textiles which will enhance the ability to see your images and text easily. We are passionate about our business blinds and that’s why they have been so successful with our clients. We’re happy to go the extra mile and make sure you’re happy with your product and our service.

Colour, Textiles, Patterns – Your Choice

There’s lots of different colour combination and fabric choices so it can match any décor, colour scheme or theme you may have. So your brand identity, your blinds and your interior décor can all be the perfect match, so your customers know exactly who you are and what you stand for.

Knight Shades – Perfect Business Blinds

If you'd like to know more about how you can add a logo, illustration or chosen image to a set of business blinds, then get in touch and one of our team will be more than happy to talk to you about it. We can even come and fit them for you if don’t want to do it yourself, we’re trained to install as well as design, so you have a comprehensive service at your disposal.

Your Guide to Buying Blinds

There’s so many different styles of blinds and so much choice on fabric and colour that it can be overwhelming, making it difficult to choose something suitable. It’s usually helpful to arm yourself with information and create a shortlist of wants and dislikes so you can narrow down exactly what you’re looking for. Once you’re armed with your blind requirements you can either hit the shops or go online, it really depends on how you prefer to shop.

Blinds are a really sophisticated and elegant way to cover your windows in such a way that they fit right in with your décor, whether it’s classic or more modern. Windows are always such a focal point of your room, so emphasis is on blinds that set the scene but don’t overwhelm.

Think About Safety, Light and Privacy

Safety conscious blinds that offer light and privacy control are a must for those with children, so always look for cordless blinds, and those with either solar panels or light filtering elements, so you can give yourself some UV protection during the day.

Here are our tips for making sure you have the right blinds for your home:

  • Light and privacy – if you want your room to block out sunlight and block out light at night, you can opt for one or the either, which ever you prize the most, or you can opt for double blinds that serve both purpose, usually roller blinds that come with two blinds

  • Your budget – how much can you afford to spend? Whatever you decide on will be dependent on that, so make sure you have a clear idea of what it is you want

  • Cleaning – blinds are much easier to clean than curtains, all you need to do is wipe them over. However, there are those blinds, fabric usually, that require a little more care and attention, keep this in mind and figure it into your budget. They may need more in the way of cleaning products and time to keep them in tip top condition

  • Style and taste - think about your preferred style and the décor of each room, is it traditionally classic, or modern and minimalist? Think about that, you can experiment with different colours and patterns and find something that really fits in with your personal style

  • Wooden blinds come in a variety of different finishes and paints, and can give a home a quintessentially classic look, or a really sleek and modern feel for a more contemporary room

  • Insulating blinds can keep rooms warm in winter and light filters or solar panels, as already mentioned, can help protect against strong sunlight. Blockout blinds can help with privacy and light, so it all depends on what you need in terms of functionality.

Measuring For Blinds

You can measure your own windows, preferably from the inside of the frame, but if you’re concerned that you might get it wrong, then why not let us do it for you? We can come and measure your windows and help you decide on which blinds are best for your window, shape and size, it doesn’t matter if they’re an unusual shape, we can always custom make your blinds so they fit.

We hope our guide has helped, and if you need any further help regarding choosing blinds for your home, then get in touch with us here at Knight Shades, Edinburgh.

Child Safety Considerations When Installing Blinds

Blinds are perfect window coverage, looking both sleek and elegant whilst giving you so much more control over light and privacy. If you have children however, there are safety considerations. There have been accidents involving blinds with children and it just goes to show how dangerous they can potentially be if you have too many dangling cords.

In this post, we’re going to be taking a look at safety considerations when installing blinds so you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Cords – What are the Alternatives?

We’ve mentioned cords, and in order to provide proper safety around blinds as far as your children are concerned is to ideally have blinds with no operating cords or chains hanging from your blinds.

Cordless Blinds Could Be the Answer

With cords being so dangerous, cordless blinds are a perfect choice. If they fit within the window frame, like Intu blinds, then they can be easily operated with a separate detachable operating cord or wand. Cordless blinds can also be simply pushed up and down by hand. If you choose cordless blinds you’ll find that you can still have any style of blind such as Venetian, pleated and roller.

Gear Box Blinds

You can also have a gear box with an operating handle which can be used to raise or lower the blind manually. The gear box can be made to match the window frame and/or colours of the blind itself.

Tensioned Cords

You can also have a tensioned cord fitted, which goes into the adjacent wall and the cord is held there. This way you can access it to manipulate the blinds but it’s not left hanging out, which is what usually causes the problems.

Chain Break Connector

A chain break connector consists of a chain that is one length with both of its ends slotting into a small device. When you place consistent pressure on the cord the chain breaks free and relives the tension on the cord, thus operating the blinds.

Electric Blinds Operated by Remote Control

Electric blinds are an excellent choice for windows which are hard to reach and can be operated with a remote control rather than a separate operating rod which you use manually (Intu).

These are some of the ways you can you can still have blinds but keep them child safe, so you don’t have to compromise on style, elegance, light and privacy that make blinds such a perfect choice for modern homes.

KnightShades – For a Vast Range of Quality Blinds

If you’re thinking of investing in child safe blinds for the first time, or you want to replace your existing ones, then get in touch with one of our experience team members who’ll be happy to offer all the advice and guidance you need.

Considerations When Choosing Blinds To Go Alongside Curtains

It's not unusual for blind and curtains to be paired rather than having either one or the other. This is because the two work just as well together as they do apart, so if you do fancy having both, then there's no reason why you shouldn't.

Why settle for curtains alone when you can both?

Curtains aren't always enough on their own, they're not great at keeping draughts out and light can still creep in. Also consider that if they're of a poor quality, they may not be giving you as much protection from light and cold as you'd wish. And what's more, they can't offer a compromise on light and dark, they either block out light completely or allow light in.

Rather than feel you have to choose between the two, you can have both blinds and curtains on the windows. There are plenty of advantages to having both that give you control over light and privacy, and help you to have more control over the temperature in the room.

Why not have both?

With blinds of course you can determine exactly how much light you want to allow in or block out. With a combination of both blinds AND curtains, you can keep your rooms cooler in summer and warmer in winter. If you have radiators beneath the windows, rather than close the curtains and leave the heat trapped in one area, you can leave the curtains open and let the heat circulate the room.

On an aesthetic level blinds can look quite harsh and bland, depending on what you've chosen for your windows. If you feel they leave your room looking a little cheerless, then curtains can can add a little warmth.

Consider the elements....

Naturally, if you do decide on a curtain and blind combo, there will be other elements in your rooms you need to take into consideration. Think about the colour scheme, the furnishings, and the themes you may have chosen for your room e.g. classic or contemporary, minimalist or antique with plenty of vintage furnishings. Try to pick colours and styles that will compliment the way you've furnished your rooms.

Steer Clear of This Combo in Bathrooms and Kitchens

There will be certain rooms that are perfectly suited to both blinds and curtains and those that aren't. The best place to avoid having this combination of window coverings is the bathroom and kitchen. For both these rooms we're talking both moisture and smells which can get trapped in the fabrics. Not a pleasant thoughts. Blinds alone are probably best for bathrooms and kitchens, where cleaning is minimal and they're made from a material that won't absorb moisture.

KnightShades – For the Very Best in Blinds

If you feel you'd like to have both blinds and curtains, and why wouldn't you, then get in touch with us here at KnightShades and we can help you choose the right ones. It's up to you whether or not you decide to have curtains, if you do you'll have the best of both worlds.

Tips For Cleaning Venetian Blinds

When you decided to have Venetian blinds you may have been swayed by their sophistication and minimalist elegance. And who can blame you? They really are elegant, sophisticated and fit in so easily with your interiors. You may have also been impressed with the maintenance, after all they're a vast improvement on curtain and nets, which fill with dust and then have to be taken down and replaced while they're either washed or dry cleaned. However, now you've had them fitted, perhaps you're wondering which is the best way of keeping your Venetian blinds clean? It's a simple process and we're going to be going over it in today's post.

Keeping Those Blinds Super Clean

Dry dusting without the use of liquids is the easiest way of cleaning your Venetian blinds, dusting each individual slat that's trapped dust is very effective. You can buy useful tools to clean with antistatic cloths and gloves,or you can just use a traditional dusting cloth. You can also use a feather duster which will help get between each individual slat.

You can also use water and a cleaning solution, being careful not to buy one that's too harsh. Window cleaner and washing up liquid are two other potential cleaning solutions, but always check the manufacturer's instructions first. However, you can also check a small amount of solution on one tiny bit of one of the slats, but with another cloth in your hand to clean it away quickly. If you don't want to risk that, then just check the manufacturer's instructions.

Vacuum Your Venetian Blinds

Sounds strange, but yes you can vacuum your Venetian blinds clean. Just make sure the suction isn't too strong as the nozzle may drag the slats apart of it is.

Deep Clean Your Venetian Blinds

You can deep clean your Venetian blinds if you feel they need it, but it will involve taking them down from the window and you may not be keen when you've already discarded the curtains for the very reason that you had to take them down to clean in the first place.

However, if they are that dirty, then take them down and place them in a bathtub, or you could lay them out in the garden. Here, you can apply a cleaning solution to the water and leave it to soak. Again, always check the manufacturer's instructions before using any solution.

Wooden Venetians

If you have wooden Venetian blinds then using liquids on them isn't really a good idea. It could warp the slats and stain the finish, even taking off the laminate. Light cleaning, using simple dusting methods and avoid liquids. If you're unsure, then get in touch with us here at Knight Shades if you bought them from us.

Knight Shades – Venetian Blinds

If you have any further queries regarding this or any other matter regarding cleaning Venetian blinds, then do get in touch with us here at Knight Shades, we're always happy to help.

Choosing Bathroom Blinds

Bathroom blinds are such a great choice for the bathroom because they're so stylish and elegant. They're minimal and sleek, while at the same time fitting in beautifully with any classic looks you have going on in your bathroom.

Condensation and Moisture

With choosing bathroom blinds there are certain considerations, after all this is a room that can get extremely wet and hot and the material of your bathroom blinds have to be strong enough to withstand condensation and hot temperatures.

If you have a larger bathroom, this will help rid you of moisture quicker, if it's on the small side, then this might be a problem. All will depend on how well your room is ventilated and the type of appliances you have in your bathroom for dispensing water.

Water-Proof Blinds are a Must

So perhaps one of the most important properties your bathroom blinds should have is the ability to remain waterproof. Any fabric blinds are going to be vulnerable to mould so are an unlikely choice for any bathroom.

What type of material is best for your bathroom blinds?

It's fairly reasonable to assume then that you'll be looking to find something that's more practical. One of the best materials to use in the bathroom is UPVC, as it's water-resistant. However you can get water-resistant blinds that have been created specifically for bathroom use, and they do come in different styles such as roller, Venetian or vertical.

You can also get blackout blinds for your bathroom which are good if you have concerns regarding privacy. You can also have them wipe clean as well as moisture resistant. Our bathroom blinds cover the full colour spectrum and come with plenty of different shades. While Roller blinds are a popular choice because of their easy installation and ease of adjustment, you can choose any style of blind for your bathroom.

Safe For Children

We also provide safety accessories with our bathroom blinds because we know how curious children are, and how easy it is for them to get caught and tangled in the blind chain. All our blinds, as well as bathroom blinds, come with safety accessories, so you have peace of mind whenever your children are around.

Privacy

Yes, privacy is important for your bathroom for obvious reasons. Blackout blinds, as we've already mentioned, are a perfect choice for your bathroom if you think neighbours and passers-by may have a clear view when you're taking a shower.

If you don't want to go as far as choosing entirely opaque blinds, then you can simply go for full window coverage for when the windows are closed, such as Venetian blinds. Venetian blinds give you a really good balance between privacy and light control, so your bathroom offers privacy but doesn't completely block out light.

Style

Here at Knight Shades, we offer a comprehensive range of bathroom blinds with different styles, textures and materials. This means you'll find something that really complements the current style and colour of your bathroom. Whether it's blackout, Venetian or roller blinds, you'll have really accurate and complete coverage for your windows and you'll get peace of mind whenever you take a shower or bath. So get in touch with us here at Knight Shades and let us help you choose your bathroom blinds

Choosing the Right Bedroom Blinds

Are you sick of your curtains? Perhaps you're thinking about changing to blinds rather than have window shutters, and if you do, it'll be by far the best choice for your windows!

Bedroom blinds are perfect if you like to have a little more control over how much light you allow into your bedroom. Bedroom blinds are a perfect solution to this problem because you can choose from a variety of different styles and textures, leaving your bedroom with stylish window coverings. As well as this, you also get complete control over how much light you allow in, so you and your partner can get a restful night's sleep.

Bedroom Blackout Blinds

You may be one of those people that prefer your bedroom completely dark at night, and curtains just aren't cutting the light enough. This is because no matter how well fitted your curtains are to the window, a chink of light can enter from either the top, the middle, or the bottom, leaving you with disturbed sleep.

Bedroom blinds are fitted to your window after they've been carefully measured. This means there is less chance of light escaping through, so once you've closed them you'll have a much darker room.

Blackout Blinds Fabric

Blackout fabric is a really good choice for the bedroom if you want to guarantee that light doesn't escape through the window. It's also good at blocking out light during the day as well, especially useful if you work night shifts and want to get to sleep during the day.

Blackout fabric is also a great idea if you have young children and they will help you to keep them in bed that bit longer past the dawn chorus!

Performance Blinds/Fabrics

There's also a range of performance blinds which can even regulate the temperature of a bedroom, helping to keep the room warm, while at the same time saving you on heating bills.

As well as blackout and performance blinds, there is a variety of different styles of blind to help keep your bedroom stylish as well as serving your nocturnal needs.

Types of Bedroom Blinds

Vertical blinds offer you the opportunity to control light and privacy by giving your window blades that rotate and slide to one side. You can have blackout fabric for vertical blinds too so you have a nice dark room at night.

Roller blinds are a stylish choice for any window, and will look equally good in your bedroom, choose one roller blind, or perhaps even two. You can have them in different fabrics, perhaps one with light fabric so you can have a lighter room during the day with a lightened roller blind or solar roller, and then a roller blackout blind for night time.

Roman blinds are the popular stylish blind of choice for many. And it's easy to see why, as they are so elegant, and with a range of fabrics and colours, your bedroom will be beautifully stylish, again with the option of performance fabrics. However, they are slightly more restrictive in terms of light and privacy, as they will only go up or down, but it really depends on your personal tastes and what kind of performance you want from your blinds.

Roller blinds are another great choice of bedroom blind, again with plenty of choice with regards to colour or style, and a range of performance fabrics that can keep your room warm and dark at night.

Knight Shades For Your Bedroom Blinds

So, have you now decided on which type of blind you'd like for your bedroom? If that's the case, then why not get in touch with us here at Knightshades, where our expert team of experienced blind fitters can help you choose, or arrange to measure your windows. You can do this yourself if you like and simply bring the measurements in to us, so we can make sure your new bedroom blinds are a perfect fit for your windows. 

Why Choose Blinds Over Curtains?

Perhaps you’re looking at your windows and wondering what would be the best window coverage. You may be tired of the same old curtains and those boring nets. If that is the case, and you’re debating whether blinds may be the way to go, we’re going to try and persuade you in this post, why blinds are a far better alternative to curtains.

Easy to Maintain Blinds

Unlike curtains, blinds don’t have to be taken down and either dry cleaned or machine washed. With blinds, you can simply wipe them while they’re still attached to the windows. You can simply use a damp cloth rather than using lots of water. It’s a lot quicker, which much less fuss.

Light Control

No matter how thick or thin your curtains are, light control is limited to open with light or shut with no light, and that’s it. However, with blinds you have much better control of how much light you allow in. Your blinds can be adjusted to let in exactly the right amount of light you need, it’s never a case of just open or shut.

Some blinds come with adjustable slats so they can be tilted different angles, which will limit the entry of light. This way you can control light much better by a little or as much as you want. With blinds you’re in charge and you can have better control over privacy as well as light.

Minimalist and Modern Blinds

Blinds give you more space and let the room feel bigger, there’s less fabric hanging from the windows, and this in turn makes the room seem more spacious. Because they can allow as much light as you like, they can make a room seem much larger and brighter. This gives your home a more spacious, clean, fresh look.

Much Wider Variety of Styles, Colours, Patterns and Material

With blinds you have a much more interesting colour palette as well as a lot of beautiful patterns and textures. Blinds come in a variety of different styles, with Roman, roller, Venetian and wooden blinds bringing a whole possibility of different ways of covering your windows. There’s also a variety of different materials and colours so your windows can fit right in with your internal décor.

Knight shades Blinds West Lothian

If you’re looking to change from curtains to blinds and you’re looking for a premier dealer in blinds in West Lothian, then look no further than Knight Shades. We provide tailored bespoke designed blinds which will be unique to your requirements. We are experienced in both domestic and commercial installation, so regardless of whether you’re an office or a domestic home, we can provide your bespoke blinds.

A lot of our work is via recommendation, and we pride ourselves on our workmanship. Get in touch today if you’ve been convinced of the benefits of blinds. You can measure your own windows, or you can let one of our team do it for you for a smart fit.

 

Choosing the Right Blinds For Your Home

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are great at providing privacy and blocking out light. They usually consist of horizontal flats and come in either vinyl, plastic or wood. They can be pulled up with a chord or chain and can limit the amount of light that comes in.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds work in the same way as Venetian, but the slats are vertical, they are operated by a chord or chain and they can limit the amount of light that comes into a room. They are both smart and elegant and come in a range of colours.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds usually cover the window with a piece of fabric that can be pulled all the way down the window, halfway and pulled up so plenty of light can come in. They are fitted onto a roller that comes up or down. They are operated by a chord or chain and they come in a variety of colours and fabrics.

Roman Blinds

A roman blind rolls up into pleats when you pull on a string or chord. Again, they quite good at blocking out light because they’re fitted exactly to the inside of the window. They’re strong and hardwearing and you can have blackout and thermal fabric fitted, so the room is warm and you can shut out light.

Intu Blinds

Intu blinds are quite popular because they fit on to the window with no need for holes or drilling. They can be fitted by anyone so you don’t need to get someone to do it for you if you prefer to do it yourself. There are no chords or chains with Intu blinds, so they’re a perfect choice for families.

Wooden Blinds

Wooden blinds can look extremely elegant and come in a variety of different woods, you can have them as either vertical or Venetian and in a variety of different colours.

Blackout Blinds

Blackout blinds cut out light effectively, so if you have a media room and you want to use a projector then the blackout material will cut out the light and make it easier to see a film.

Knightshades – First Class Blinds West Lothian

Here at Knightshades we pride ourselves on our professional approach and experience. We’re trained to fit blinds and we’ve been doing it a long time, so you’re in safe hands. We’re experienced in both domestic and commercial installation and we provide beautiful bespoke designs. Most of our work comes from recommendations from previous customers because that’s how good we are. If you’d like to have your blinds fitted with Knightshades and you’re still unsure of what style to have, then get in touch and we’ll talk it through. We’re happy to help.