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The last thing you want in a home or office is for strangers to be able to look in easily! That’s why your windows and doors are incomplete without dressing them to control light and prevent prying eyes from seeing inside your private space. A great solution to this issue is to get window treatments like privacy blinds. A quality blind offers you full control over light, improves the cosmetics of your space, and offers privacy when you need it.

But how to choose the best blinds for you when it comes to maintaining the privacy of your space? Well, if you’re struggling to decide, we’re here to help you out. Here is our selection of privacy blinds that will keep your home safe and secure from prying eyes.

Types of privacy blinds

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds are a great option if you are looking for blinds that foster privacy. They trace their history to the 18th Century where they were used on windows for light regulation and privacy. They comprise a series of horizontal slats that are often two inches wide, attached together with cords. These cords are cleverly connected to the slats to allow their smooth operation with a single pull from one end. You can use fabric strips in place of cords.

Venetian blinds are commonly made of wood, but they can also be made in a range of different materials, including aluminium, plastic, faux wood… you name it. These blind options are great for home offices, kitchens, and bedrooms, among other places in a home.

Vertical blinds

As the name suggests, vertical blinds are made of vertical slats running from top to bottom of your windows or doors. Like with Venetian blinds, these slats are controlled using cords. The slats are cleverly structured to make it possible to let in light and still offer privacy. If you have a sliding door that leads you to the balcony or from the house to your patio or garden, vertical blinds are a beautiful addition. They are a great solution to controlling light and privacy.

You can get vertical blinds in a range of materials, colours, and patterns. These window treatments come in versatile varieties that will fit perfectly into your décor, especially with wider windows. With Excell Blinds, you can get customized options for the windows in your home or office.

Roman blinds

If privacy is paramount to you then Roman blinds might be the best consideration for your needs. That’s because these blinds use thicker material compared to other types of blinds. The extra layer of material on these window treatments provides additional shading, which means more privacy. Roman blinds are a great option for bedrooms and areas of your home that face a busy street.

Day and night blinds

We recommend day and night blinds as privacy blinds 100%. These blinds are a stylish and modern variation on conventional roller blinds. Day and night blinds are made up of layered fabric alternating opaque and sheer panels. This makes light control and privacy control very easy and effective.

Day and night blinds are a good option for most rooms in a home except for bathrooms and kitchens, where there can be moisture saturation problems. At Excell Blinds, we customise your blinds so that they fit perfectly to your windows or doors. You can get these blinds in all manner of patterns, colours, fabrics, and finishes. Because of this, you will be able to find options that fit your budget.

Roof window and skylight blinds

What about my roof windows and skylights, you ask? There are specially designed roof window and skylight blinds for this purpose – whether

  • Dakea
  • Facro
  • or Velux.

These can be customized to fit your opening size and style. So whether you think your roof openings are tricky to dress or a huge challenge to find the right window treatment, reach out to us so we can help.

The roof window and skylight blinds come in a range of materials, colours, and styles. They are actually improvements of the conventional Venetian and roller among other older version blinds. Talk to us so we can help you get roof window and skylight blinds that fit your spaces well and make them look good. These ones can work in any room where there is a window on the roof.

Pleated blinds

Pleated blinds might not be top on this list for the best privacy blinds but this does not make them less effective as privacy blinds. They come in a wide range of materials, such that the right combination of materials will work well for this purpose. They are the most contemporary blinds on our list with a sophisticated and streamlined appearance that helps to make spaces elegant.

You can get pleated blinds in opaque fabrics and materials that make it impossible to see through. Their attractive nature and usability make them ideal for use in any room. And to spice things up, pleated blinds are not just good for light filtration and privacy, they are also the best insulators on our list. With these, you stay cool during hot seasons and stay hot during winters.

Blinds to avoid when searching for privacy blinds

Any blind that is designed with solid, opaque material may block light and subsequently prying eyes from the outside. But that’s not all we are looking at when searching for privacy blinds. How the blind is designed and installed has a major impact on what you should choose and who to hire to do the fixing for you.

One of the blinds we wouldn’t recommend on this list is daylight blinds. This blind is styled so as to let in as much light as possible, which can be a great option if you live in a less well-lit room. However, it won’t just flood your rooms with light but will also let people see through even when you close them completely. This type of blind would be good for an office space or living room where privacy is not a concern.

Best materials for privacy blinds

Not all materials work well to make privacy blinds. The right blinds have to be opaque and offer the value of durability, ease of cleaning, and maintenance, among other features. Here are some of the best options you have:

Wood

Wood is a great pick for privacy blinds because it’s opaque and can come in a plethora of colours and finishes. They look warm and are one of the best choices if you have large windows. Their downside comes in when dealing with moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. They don’t just absorb water and potentially rot over time, but they will also be difficult to clean. They tend to absorb dust and yet you can’t use a chemical to clean them. Another challenge you might face is their relatively high prices compared to other options.

Faux wood

If you want to achieve the same look at a lower price, then faux wood could be the right choice of material for you. This material is synthetic but it closely resembles real wood. One of the best uses of this material is that it doesn’t absorb water, making it a better choice for bathrooms as well as kitchens.

Plastic privacy blinds

If you are on a budget but still want durable blinds, going for plastic blinds won’t disappoint. They come in a wide range of colours, patterns, and textures that even mimic wooden blinds. You won’t need to worry about dents, plus cleaning and maintenance are easy to stay on top of. However, you’ll have to put up with not so refined look compared to the other materials.

Metal

Most metal blinds are made of aluminium which works so well to reflect light and heat from your home. With this material, privacy won’t be a concern because they are opaque. Durability is another key feature you’ll enjoy from metal blinds. You’ll also love cleaning and maintaining them. The drawback with metal blinds is their noise, especially when you are operating them and in windy environments where the slats might knock against each other.

Final thoughts on privacy blinds

There are times in your home or office when you need privacy. Investing in quality privacy blinds ensures you are covered and confident that no one is seeing through your windows or doors when you have them closed. But this doesn’t mean you compromise on the cosmetic value or their influence on your interior décor. With Excell Blinds, you have a range of blinds that are custom-made for your specific window needs that won’t compromise on the aesthetics of your home.