The Best Blinds For Melbourne Winters
Melbourne, situated in the eastern state of Victoria in Australia, is home to almost 5 million people. The climate in Melbourne can be variable; sometimes, you might even find yourself experiencing all seasons in one day. However, winters in Melbourne are notoriously bleak and bitterly cold, even more so when the mountains experience snowfall. The appropriate window treatment can help protect the home from the cold or even generate heat. A variety of indoor blinds can help in these situations. Some forms of indoor blinds are roller blinds, Venetian blinds, dual blinds, privacy blinds, and zebra blinds.
Let's take a look at the best blinds for a winter environment, the best blinds overall, and the best blinds for a home in the snow.
Best Blinds For Winter
The best type of blind in a winter environment would need to be one that provides insulation against the cold. Most forms of blinds can insulate a room. In winter, the best type of blind would be ones of a thicker material. Many forms of roller blinds can be customised into a thicker material which should be discussed at the time of purchase. Blockout blinds, for example, are a thick and double-coated fabric to be able to block out light, but also have the ability to insulate a room against the cold.
The Best Blinds Are
Blockout Roller Blinds – they block out light to create an almost wholly dark room. These are perfect for theatre or bedrooms. They can also be combined with other types of blinds. When made to order, these can be highly customisable blinds in terms of size as well as colour or pattern, ensuring they fit within the theme of the room.
Zebra Blinds – they alternate solid and sheer fabric to provide privacy whilst allowing in light. These are ideal for front rooms or bedrooms. They will not wholly omit light though.
Sheer or Privacy Blinds – these are made from an opaque fabric allowing the maximum amount of light through but not allowing anyone external to the home to view into a room. They tend to be one-way viewing only and make a great addition to rooms that are viewable from neighbours, people outside in the garden, or the front of the house.
Honeycomb blinds – perfect for allowing light and creating heat. Depending on the type of fabric used, these can allow maximum light into a room. The design of the blind ensures they trap air and create a heating effect, which allows for natural heating in rooms. This, therefore, has the added benefit of reducing heating bills in winter.
What About If You Live In The Snow?
Houses in the snow are best suited to having blinds that can generate heat on a clear day. These are called honeycomb blinds. This type of blind is made with each line in a hollow hexagonal shape. This allows air to be trapped in each line and heated up through the sun. This design also protects from the cold of the glass, thereby providing insulation to the home.
There are a variety of blind options available to those individuals subjected to the whim of the Melbourne climate. To ensure maximum flexibility in heating and cooling the home with little expense, the options that stand out the most logical are the Honeycomb blind and the Blockout Roller blind due to their light control functions and their ability to insulate the home at windows and prevent heat loss or even generate heat.