Blind Style Guide: The best blinds for 2021

It’s safe to say that 2020 has seen a lot of people take a renewed interest in their home decor. As so many of us spend so much more time at home, we’re really appreciating how important it is to have a beautiful space to enjoy.

So if you’ve been doing some decorating and are looking for the latest kinds of shading for your home, you might be asking yourself “what type of blinds will be in style in 2021?”.

That’s why we’ve put together this Blind Style Guide for 2021, which talks about all the upcoming trends in shades, shutters and blinds, why they’re becoming popular, and how you can get your hands on them. 

We’re also going to have a look at some classic blind styles that are being reinvented for modern tastes, breathing new life into less popular blind types and boosting their popularity too.

 

Popular window blinds for 2021

There have been some big shifts in trends for blinds and shutters over the past few years. As people’s priorities change, different kinds of window blinds with different features and functions are becoming more important.

Some of the styles rising in popularity at the moment include soundproof and blackout blinds, as well as eco friendly and privacy blinds.

And there are also brand new trends, such as external blinds, and smart blinds – which are particularly popular for people looking for a stylish smart home.

So here’s a selection of the different types of window blind that we predict will be top choices for homeowners and interior designers in 2021.

 

Soundproof blinds

One of the hottest trends in window blind styles for 2021 is acoustic or soundproof blinds

You may not realise, but some window blind types can actually help reduce noise, which can be fantastic if you live on a busy street, or like to keep it nice and quiet at home.

The best kind of blinds for soundproofing are duette or honeycomb blinds. This is because the pocket of air within the blind acts as a soundproofing layer, and helps dampen sounds.

Unsurprisingly, acoustic blinds are very popular with people who live on busy streets, or those with young children. A duette blind to help keep the noise down can be a very welcome addition to your nursery!

soundproof acoustic blind style

 

Eco friendly blinds

With more people looking to minimise their environmental impact, eco friendly blinds are also becoming one of the most popular types of window blind for your home.

The great thing about looking for environmentally friendly shading, is that there are lots of different alternatives. From choosing external blinds for maximum energy saving, to picking sustainable materials like wooden shutters, there are so many types of blind you can consider.

Some of the most effective eco blinds are honeycomb, or duette blinds. This is because the air pocket within them provides an extra level of insulation – just like with double glazed windows.

Blackout blinds are also a good way to insulate your windows, as they can keep out bright sunlight, and are usually a much thicker material – helping with insulation.

But if you’re looking for the best insulation for your windows, you should really consider having external blinds, which take insulation to a whole new level.

 

External blinds

We expect external blinds to become one of the most popular blinds in 2021 not just because they provide a really stylish exterior finish to your home, but because they’re also really eco friendly.

By preventing light from reaching the interior of your room in the first place, outdoor blinds are much better at keeping the sunshine out in the summer. But they’re also fantastic at providing insulation during the winter, as they’re made from durable, windproof fabric.

As well as being eco friendly and looking fabulous, external blinds are the ultimate addition to a smart home. They can be operated by switch or remote, or they can be controlled by sensors which will alter the shading based on the temperature, so you don’t even need to lift a finger!

outdoor blinds

 

Outdoor shading

Another massive upcoming trend in blinds and shutters, is outdoor shading, which transforms your garden into an outdoor space that is usable all year round.

Awnings are a classic way to make your garden shady in the summer, and protect from rain and wind in the winter.

But the real trend is for outdoor living pods. These amazing spaces use an aluminium louvred roof and heavy duty roller blinds to create weather-proof garden spaces that are protected from sun, rain, and wind. 

And the best models even have fully retractable roofs so you can be fully alfresco!

So many people are making more of their garden space due to lockdown and Covid-19, so it’s hardly surprising that outdoor living pods are skyrocketing in popularity, as people make safe, cosy, secure outdoor spaces they can enjoy with their families.

outdoor living space with motorised blinds

 

Faux Wood Shutters

We all know that shutters are hugely popular at the moment. But the style that’s really trending in 2021 is for faux wood window shutters.

These are the perfect balance of classic elegance, affordable price, and long lasting durability. While presenting a beautiful wood-style finish, faux wood shutters are typically less expensive than real wood, and are much easier to keep in perfect condition too.

Faux wood shutters mean that you can get that classic look for your home, complete with light and privacy control, without the expense of real wood. 

white plantation style shutters

 

Privacy blinds

This kind of shading is getting more popular every year, as people try to balance the need to bring light into their home, while also maintaining their privacy. This is a particularly popular alternative for living room blinds and shades.

There are lots of different blinds that can provide flexible light control including vertical blinds and venetian blinds, but the upcoming trend is for day and night blinds – also known as twist or vision blinds. 

Though at first glance they might look like standard roller blinds, day and night blinds have stripes of translucent and opaque fabrics, meaning you can control the amount of light that comes through your windows at any time.

This means you can choose to have a fully opaque screen keeping all the light out, or you can use the translucent stripes to allow daylight through.

This versatility means that you don’t need to choose between light and privacy – you can have them both.

Black and white striped twist vision blinds

 

Remote and smart blinds

One of the latest styles of window blinds is smart blinds, and we expect these to become even more popular over the coming year.

Remote blinds have been growing in popularity for several years now, but smart shading is taking motorised blinds to the next level.

Motorised blinds are operated by remote control, meaning you can raise or lower your blinds from anywhere. This is really helpful if you’ve got conservatory or velux blinds – or just windows that are hard to reach!

They’re also fantastic for older people and those with disabilities, as you don’t need to get to the window in order to change the shading in your room.

Smart blinds operate on a similar principle, but unlike standard remote blinds, they’re linked to the internet and you can operate them via an app on your phone. That means you can open and close your shades even if you’re halfway around the world! 

As smart homes become more and more integrated, we’re expecting that smart motorised blinds are going to grow in popularity through 2021.

red and white floral style motorised roller blinds

 

Blackout blinds

They may have been around for a while, but blackout blinds are still one of the most popular types of window covering you can buy. And it’s easy to understand why.

Not only do they keep out the light, but because they’re also thicker than standard blinds, they give a lot more insulation, making them warmer and more eco friendly.

Another great thing about them is their versatility. Almost any kind of blind can be a blackout blind. So whether you prefer roller, roman or pleated blinds, there’s almost always a blackout option.

Blackout blinds are a good option for bedroom window shading, especially for nurseries or small children who might need a little help sleeping through the night.

If you’re struggling to find the right option for you, you can always take a look at our handy guide for how to choose the best blackout blinds.

Patterned Blue Blackout Roller Blinds

 

Perfect Fit

The reason that perfect fit blinds are one of the best blind options for 2021, is because they are so incredibly versatile. 

Perfect fit blinds come in an enormous range of styles, including roller, venetian and pleated, but what makes them truly exceptional, is that they fit within the frame or your window. 

That makes them the obvious choice for conservatories, velux windows or skylights – or any window that’s an unusual shape, size or location. 

And because they fit within the window frame, with perfect fit blinds there is no need for any drilling. That makes them a really popular choice for renters.

With perfect fit blinds you’re not going to get into trouble with your landlord for putting holes in the wall. And it also means you can take your blinds with you when you move, so the money you’ve put into making your rented home right for you, isn’t lost if you move away.

Perfect fit blinds can be a really big range of styles too, from roller blinds, to pleated blackout blinds – even venetian blinds can be a perfect fit!

Perfect Fit Rich Purple Style Blinds

 

Printed blinds

If you’re looking for new blind ideas for 2021, you might want to consider printed blinds. With printed blinds you can have unique patterns and styles of blind created just for you – you can even use your own photos!

This means you can get the absolute perfect look, whether you’re matching a difficult shade, or want something completely different to what’s available in the shops.

With printed blinds you can even upload photos to be printed on your blind. So if you are looking for unique kitchen blind ideas, or a new blind style for your bedroom, with printed blinds you could get something made just for you.

comic style printed blinds in child's bedroom

 

Trending updates to classic blind styles

Of course there are certain types of blind that are always popular, and these include classic styles like roman, venetian and vertical blinds, as well as more recently trending window coverings, like plantation shutters.

But even these classic kinds of blinds and shutters are being rethought for 2021, with many of them using the features we’ve already been discussing to create the perfect style for the coming year. 

 

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds are a popular choice for their durability, as well as being very easy to clean. One reason that venetian blinds are a popular choice in 2021, is because of the privacy they can provide.

With their rotating slats, you can decide how much light you let in, which makes venetian a great option if you want to maintain your privacy without having to shut out the light altogether.

Other variations of venetian blind which are popular for 2021 include motorised blinds and perfect fit blinds, which are ideal for conservatories and tilt and turn windows.

White bi-fold door blinds

 

Plantation Shutters

Shutters have been rising in popularity for several years now, with plantation shutters being one of the most prominent styles.

In 2021 we’re not expecting this trend to wane, but we are expecting different variations of plantation shutter to get more popular.

Two of the rising styles of plantation shutters are wooden, and faux wood. 

Everyone adores the wood-style finish, but more people are choosing a faux wood alternative. Not just to make it more economical, but also because faux wood is such a durable and easy to clean material.

Some people even consider it to be an eco friendly alternative to wood, because of course it doesn’t require cutting down any trees! Others will tell you that wooden shutters are more sustainable, and so they’re the better green alternative.

Whatever your preference, both wooden and faux wood plantation shutters are definitely going to be on trend through 2021.

white plantation window shutters in brown walled kitchen

 

Roller blinds

Inexpensive and versatile, roller blinds have maintained their popularity for years. But in 2021, there are more options than ever before for creating the perfect blinds for your home.

So, the most popular ways to update roller blinds for the coming year are bespoke printed roller blinds with your own patterns or even photos, motorised roller blinds that you can control by remote, and perfect fit roller blinds that are fastened to your window frame without any need for drilling. 

You can even go all out and have all of the above!

Light Blue Roller Blinds

 

Vertical blinds

A classic choice for long windows, patio doors and conservatories, vertical blinds are also being reimagined for 2021 with some fantastic new options and styles.

If privacy is a key element of your choice of blind, then vertical blinds are a great option. The ability to twist the slats of vertical blinds give you a wonderfully easy way to let light in while maintaining your privacy.

Vertical blinds are also very popular in office spaces – and with people across the country transforming rooms into home offices due to Covid lockdowns and isolation, vertical blinds are rising in popularity once more.

Pale green vertical blinds

 

So many blinds to choose from!

There are so many different considerations, variations and styles of shutters and blinds, that it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right style for you.

But with 2021 just round the corner, if you’re looking for the latest trends in shutters and blinds, then just give us a call. Not only can we help you find the right shutters or blinds for your home, we’ll even measure up and fit them for free.

So if you’re on the lookout for the perfect blinds for 2021, get in touch with Leamington Blinds today for a quote.

16th November 2020