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Blind Style Guide: The Best Blinds for 2024

Blind Style Guide: The best blinds for 2023

Forget everything you thought you knew about blinds and shutters – in 2024 we’re going to see some revolutionary new designs and styles that could make a big impact in your home.

From energy saving and insulating blinds to help you reduce your bills, to brand new technologies designed for the biggest and most unusual windows, 2024 is going to see some big changes in blind styles.

So if you’re one of those people looking to change up your home design this year, or want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, you’re probably going to be asking yourself “which blinds are best in 2024?”.

That’s why we’ve put together this Blind Style Guide for 2024, which talks about all the upcoming trends in interior blinds, shades and shutters, 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.


Window Blinds Inspiration for 2024

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  insulating and thermal blinds, as people look for stylish options for their windows that also help keep their energy bills down.

And there are also new trends, such as allusion blinds, zero deflection blinds, external blinds, and smart blinds – which are particularly popular for people looking for a stylish high tech 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 2024.

Patio door allusion blinds


Best Blinds for Privacy – Allusion Blinds

Allusion blinds are probably the fastest growing trend in window shading, as they’re incredibly versatile, providing privacy, light control and soft, subtle elegance.

Allusion blinds are most commonly used on patio doors and windows, as they’re a lot easier to manage than more traditional vertical blinds. That’s because their vertical panels aren’t connected by chains, so you can actually walk straight through the blinds.

This is fantastic if you are looking for blinds for sliding glass doors as you don’t need to retract the blinds every time you want to open the doors.

Allusion blinds are also a really popular option if you want to double up on your window shading, as their light, opaque fabrics provide privacy and soften light coming through your window without completely blocking it out.

They’re often chosen to sit behind curtains or outside recess blinds, to give a secondary level of insulation, and a softer, more delicate option behind roman or roller blinds.

Zero Deflection Blinds for Big Windows

When you’re looking for the best blinds for sliding glass doors or large windows, it can be difficult to find the right options. But in 2024 we’re going to see a big rise in zero deflection blinds for these types of doors and windows.

Zero deflection blinds are also known as no-sag or no-crease blinds, and use a revolutionary system that prevents the roller dipping in the middle, creating ugly creases in an otherwise perfect finish!

These high-tech roller blinds also come with a huge range of optional features, from smart controls to blackout linings so you can get exactly the style you’re after.

Full length umbra zero deflection roller blind in grey

Energy saving blinds

 Because generally windows and doors can be the biggest cause of heat loss from your home, getting the right type of blind can be a massive help if you’re looking to reduce your energy costs.

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 usually have an additional blackout layer of fabric, making them much thicker and helping with insulation.

Whether you’re interested in keeping your heating bills down, or looking to reduce your carbon footprint, our in-depth guide on energy saving, eco friendly and sustainable blinds can help you find the perfect option for your home.


External blinds

Outdoor blinds are continuing to rise in popularity, not just because they provide a really stylish exterior finish to your home, but because they’re also really eco friendly too.

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 have to lift a finger!

outdoor blinds

Unique Style Blinds for Gable and Triangle Windows

When you have an unusual window shape, trying to find the right window shades can be problematic. In 2024, we’re seeing more homes that have gable end window features, which naturally means a rise in popularity for triangle blinds.

Triangle, gable end or apex window blinds are designed and made to fit your windows exactly, creating an incredible finish and perfectly setting off your beautiful windows.

This style of blind is always motorised, and can be operated by switch, remote control or even via an app that can connect to your smart home hub.


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!

Outdoor shading options and commercial blinds and shutters are also a big hit with hospitality and social spaces, from pub and restaurant gardens, to nurseries and garden spaces.

outdoor living space with motorised blinds

Faux wood shutters

Faux wood shutters have been one of the biggest trends over the last few years. In 2024 that’s not looking likely to change, as people opt for 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

Faux wood venetian blinds

Venetian blinds are also a popular choice for their durability, as well as being very easy to clean. One reason that venetian blinds are a popular choice 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.

Wood effect venetian blinds provide a really cost effective alternative to real or faux wood shutters, and can give you a really similar style for a fraction of the price.

For the budget conscious who still want that elegant shutter-style finish, faux wood venetian blinds can be the ideal option.

White bi-fold door blinds


Best Electric Blinds for 2024

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

Electric 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 2024.

The best styles of smart blind include some of the more complex blind systems such as external blinds, triangle window blinds, roof lantern blinds and zero deflection blinds – but they can also be an option for more standard styles like roller blinds.

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, perfect fit or pleated blinds, there’s almost always a blackout option.

Blackout blinds are a good choice 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 blinds

Perfect fit blinds are one of the best blind options as they are so incredibly versatile, that’s why they retain their popularity year to year, and 2023 looks like it will continue the trend.

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


New Trends in 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 revamped for 2024, with many of them using the features we’ve already been discussing to create the perfect style for the coming year.


Plantation Shutters

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

In 2024 we’re expecting faux wood shutters to continue to be the go-to option. 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.

white plantation window shutters in brown walled kitchen

Roller blinds

Inexpensive and versatile, roller blinds have maintained their popularity for years. But in 2024, there are more options than ever before for creating the perfect blinds for your home.

The most popular ways to update roller blinds for the coming year are  motorised or smart roller blinds that you can control by remote or app, zero deflection roller blinds that can perfectly cover wide windows and doors without sagging, 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 2024 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.

Or you can take this to the next level by choosing allusion blinds, which provide privacy without you losing the light.

Vertical blinds are also very popular in office spaces, which makes them a great choice for businesses looking to encourage workers back into the office, as well as people still working from home.

Pale green vertical blinds

Inspiring Shutters and Blinds for 2024

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 your home.

But if you’re looking for the best blind company to help you find the latest trends in shutters and blinds, then just give us a call on 01926 839 689. Our friendly advisors will help you find the right shutters or blinds, and for our local Warwickshire customers, we’ll also measure up and install them for free!

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If you’re on the lookout for the perfect blinds, simply get in touch with Leamington Blinds today for a free quote.

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