There are plenty of things to consider when working your magic with a window treatment. Roller blinds or Roman? Timber or cloth? Light filtering or complete blockout?

Perhaps one of the trickiest decisions to make during this process is establishing the right shade for, well, your shades. However, there’s no need to fly blind (pun wholeheartedly intended) when scrambling around the wide selection of colours out there – by keeping a few simple elements in mind, you will find yourself well on your way to becoming a finely-curated colour connoisseur.

Work out the effects you're hoping to achieve.

This is a pretty crucial step, and one laden with barrages of options. Blinds have the capacity to create a certain ambience in your space and establish a mood right from the moment you walk in. Here are a couple of handy pointers to mull over:

• Warm colours such as antique white, champagne, oatmeal, bark, beechwood and espresso are great for adding energy and dynamics to a room and are therefore perfect for lively spaces such as the kitchen.
• Cool colours such as snow, pewter, chalk, ash, cloud, duck egg and storm are ideal options for invoking a calming and relaxing atmosphere – think cosy nooks like bedrooms and libraries.
• Light colours will introduce more sunlight to the room, functioning to open up the space and make it seem larger than it actually is.
• Dark colours reduce the amount of light entering the room and will therefore enclose the space and give it an intimate feel.

Decide what room feature you are going to match your blinds to.

Generally, blinds are matched with one of four features of the room: the walls, the window trims, the flooring or certain furniture.

Matching to your walls is a common option for homemakers, however it can be a little tricker as the light coming through the window can change the shade of your blinds. Here at DIY Online Blinds, we have made it our mission to make this process super easy for our customers: we collaborated with the team at Dulux to craft blind colours designed specifically to correspond with the most popular shades of the Dulux wall paint range.

Meanwhile, matching your blinds to the window trims is the safest option and great for making your window appear larger. (This is a handy tip for homemakers looking to add value to their abode!).

Finally, choosing blinds to match your floors or room’s furnishings is a more daring option to take, but one that can really pay off. You can create a truly custom look that injects personality into your space and works to make your windows a statement feature of your room.

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