The ultimate guide to flat roof skylight blinds: Styles, inspiration and advice

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A roof window helps to bring an outdoor feel to your home, flooding your space with natural light. Whether you have roof windows for functional or aesthetic reasons, one thing is certain: complementing them with flat roof skylight blinds can make them much more appealing. The primary function of flat roof skylight blinds is to control the glare from direct sunlight. However, they are also a significant addition to your interior décor.

When it comes to buying flat roof skylight blinds, the options can seem endless. Materials have evolved to meet consumer needs. Even if you are just deciding between synthetic and natural or fabric and metal, you already have plenty of choices to consider. And this is true whatever your budget. There are a wide range of low-end, low-cost options, but if you are looking at the other end of the spectrum, there are sleek, custom-made designs that cater to your every desire. In fact, all this choice can be overwhelming, which is why it can be helpful to get expert advice. Knowing more about the different styles can help you make the best decision for your home.

Roof windows, often referred to as skylights, are a feature well-suited to any room – bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room, you name it. As a result, when choosing skylight blinds, you have to consider the needs of the specific room you will be using them in. In addition, there are several factors you should consider before purchasing flat roof skylight blinds. Let’s look at some of the factors in detail, so that you can make an informed decision when buying your blinds.
 

Factors to consider before purchasing flat roof skylight blinds

Your choice of blinds can have a big impact on your home. For this reason, it is worth taking some time to figure out what styles suit specific rooms. You are going to live with the choice you make for some time, so it’s important not to rush.
 

Your budget for flat roof skylight blinds

Your budget allocation can have a big influence on your choice of blinds. The price range for flat roof skylight blinds varies from very affordable to premium products. The pricing depends on the design, the material used, and also features such as motorized control. You will be spoilt for choice from eco-friendly to energy-efficient options – budget is the only limitation. It also matters if you have one or several flat roof skylight windows for which you need coverings.

 

Woman handing over her card to purchase blinds at a cash register

 

Style

A flat roof skylight blind can have an enormous impact on the décor of a room. For instance, if your walls are cream-coloured, purple blinds will throw the entire room off balance. If your child’s bedroom has princess-themed décor, you need something that blends in well. Also, consider the style of your home. For instance, a farmhouse will suit some types of blinds well, whereas a more contemporary design will likely require a different choice. Pick frames that match or complement your style. Frames are available in materials such as wood and uPVC. Painting them to your liking is also an option, though you should consult a professional before trying this yourself.

The style and colour of your space will affect the light coming into the room. The colour also affects the atmosphere, so it’s a good idea to keep that in mind.
 

Use of flat roof skylight blinds

Many people don’t realize that different rooms call for different blinds. For example, the needs of a bathroom are not the same as those of a loft. A skylight window in an office space will require different blinds compared to one in a kitchen. While an office requires a tranquil atmosphere for calm, focused working, a bedroom may need full light blackout to support peaceful sleep. Some rooms might require reduced glare, while a bathroom requires materials that can withstand moisture glare.

 

Open roof/skylight window with flat blind

 

Compatibility with your window

The first thing you need to know is the type of window you have. Before purchasing your preferred skylight blinds, check for compatibility. It’s very important to measure the frames to be sure you are getting roof window blinds that fit. Precise measurements are vital, so consider getting a professional to measure for you.
 

Advantages of flat roof skylight blinds

Light control

While natural light is therapeutic, the glare from direct sunlight can be disconcerting and even unpleasant. Sometimes it is necessary to control the amount of light entering a room. With flat roof skylight blinds, you have full control of the amount of sunlight you allow in. You can pick motorized or manually controlled blinds depending on your budget. Total blackout fabric goes well with bedrooms, while translucent is a better option for kitchens. You also have the option of opening the blinds halfway to reduce glare, or picking pleated blinds that allow in small amounts of light.

 

Attic room with four different yellow, blue and black/white couches and skylights with blinds
 

Temperature control

During hot summer months, flat roof skylight windows can become a heat trap if left uncovered. The room may even become unbearable because of the heat. But with the right blinds, you only need to close them to help keep the heat out. You can also open your window to let in the breeze while closing the blinds to keep hot air out. Also, during the cold months, they can help to keep cold air out. This feature of blinds can help you to save money on your heating bills, as well as making your home more comfortable.

 

Preserving furniture colour

Direct sunlight can cause discoloration of everything from furniture and rugs to paintings, photos and lampshades. Blinds can help to protect and prolong the life of your belongings by keeping direct sunlight out.

The negative effect of skylight sunshine on furniture. Half photograph/half drawing of a kitchen space with large skylights shining onto the kitchen island
 

Aesthetics

You have the option of tying your blinds into your existing décor or creating a contrast. This is possible thanks to the array of fabrics, textures, and materials available to choose from. Floral prints, block prints, and a variety of colours are all ways to spruce up your space. Blinds can also bring an element of visual interest to your ceiling, which is often otherwise lacking in design elements and personal touches.

 

Types of flat roof skylight blinds

These blinds are designed for use in the hard-to-reach places. A pole can be used to help you to control blinds covering out-of-reach windows, but if the skylight is within reach, a handle is sufficient. Skylight blinds can be manually controlled or motorized. There are even smart blinds that are remotely controlled.
 

Roller blinds

Roller blinds are available in both synthetic and natural fabrics. You can open them to the exact degree you choose. Cheaper models have their operating mechanisms visible, which can be helpful in case of tangles. Premium roller blinds ensure you get a more polished look, though they are pricier. They are designed to hide the operating mechanism. Flat roof skylight roller blinds are available in blackout and thermal options, and even a double roller style for greater protection.

Closeup detail of a grey roller blind

 

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds comprise horizontal slats which control light by tilting. When lying flat against the window, they block out the light completely. These blinds are easy to clean, making them very popular. They are suitable for different rooms in the home, and are a particularly good solution for the bathroom and kitchen.
 

Pleated blinds

Pleated blinds are often made from fabric or paper, which is pleated to form an accordion pattern. They are ideal for softening the light coming into a room, and this makes them perfect for living room windows. They come in a variety of colours.

Brown pleated fabric blinds on two windows

 

Cellular blinds

These are similar to pleated blinds. The only major difference is that they have two separate layers of material, front and back. The middle is left open, creating a layer of insulation that further protects your home against hot or cold weather. They also provide sound insulation, which can be useful if you live in a busy area. They can be made from either fabric or paper.
 

Useful features of flat roof skylight blinds

Some blinds come with additional features which add to their usefulness.

 

Blackout: As you would expect, these are very useful for bedrooms and areas where privacy is key. With blackout fabric, almost all the light is blocked from the room.

Thermal: Thermal pockets or lining are sewn on the back of the decorative fabric. This feature preserves heat during the cold months and helps to cool the room during hot summer months.

Control rod: Using a control rod (also called a wand) is necessary if the skylights are placed high on the roof. You can control the blind by hooking the rod to the bottom.

Blinds can be manually or electrically controlled. Electrically controlled blinds are easier to operate, but they are usually more expensive. If you have manually controlled blinds, switching to motorized is as simple as buying a conversion kit and remote control.
 

Tips for purchasing your blinds

You can easily find ready-made blinds in home improvement and DIY shops, as well as online. However, it can be much harder to ensure an exact fit, which is especially important for skylight blinds. For made-to-measure blinds, you will need to visit a specialist supplier. Overall, it is safest to buy your flat roof skylight blinds from an experienced and knowledgeable supplier. Reputable suppliers can offer you a full service that includes taking measurements and installation, which is advisable if you don’t have much experience.

If you do decide to take your own measurements, remember the adage: measure twice, cut once. To achieve a more polished look, the measurements have to be accurate. But again, if you are unsure, it is always safer to get a qualified professional to do it for you.

Woman talking to store worker about the different fabric options for blinds

 

Key takeaways on flat roof skylight blinds

Flat roof skylight blinds are a significant addition to your roof windows. They are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing, helping to keep the room warm during winter and cool during summer. There are are a wide variety of blinds to choose from for your skylight window, and matching the blinds to your style is easy. Consider your options, as this is a long-term investment. Consulting a professional for advice is usually a good idea.