Choosing The Right Outdoor Blinds

Outdoor blinds are the perfect treatment for your outdoor spaces, windows, and doors if looking for added security, privacy and to prevent heat gain in the house. With the market already flooded with outdoor blinds in various shapes, sizes, and designs, choosing just the right blinds for your specific need/liking can be quite challenging.

You, however, don’t have to struggle to find the right blinds. All you need is to think about your priorities and exactly why you need the blinds installed. Clear or tinted blinds, for example, are the perfect choice if looking for added security outdoors without blocking your view of the backyard.

Patio blinds, on the other hand, are considered the best option for added security and protection from nosey passers-by and the harsh sun as well. Opaque are the perfect option for those who love their privacy and want complete protection from the sun. Outlined below are a few tips and guides on choosing the right outdoor blinds for various applications.


Reasons to Invest in Outdoor Blinds

The scorching hot sun in Australia can be quite unbearable. Outdoor blinds help protect you from the harsh sun, allowing you to enjoy your summer in peace. These blinds also come in handy during chilly winters and provide privacy from nosy neighbours too.

Whether looking for additional shade during hot summer days, or wish to transform your patio into a liveable space in winter, and even block preying eyes from your neighbours or passers-by, outdoor blinds have you covered. They make it possible to enjoy the company of your family and friends outdoors without worrying about meddlesome neighbours, the harsh sun, or the cold winter weather.

How to Choose the Right Style of Blinds for Your Home?
The weather in Australia is just perfect for those that love outdoor living spaces. This is one reason most Australians have terraces, patios, and outdoor extensions for their homes, all aimed at making outdoor life possible and more comfortable. Strong rains, turbulent winds, the scorching sun, and other external elements can disrupt your otherwise incredible outdoor living experience. However, having just the right outdoor blinds installed keeps you protected from most of these elements, a reason you too should consider investing in one.

All outdoor blinds aren’t built the same. Some are designed for privacy, others for shade and protection from weather elements. Outlined below are some of the most common types of outdoor blinds designed for the Australian market and the advantages of each.

1. PVC Blinds

PVC blinds provide an inexpensive option for your patio and outdoor living space, especially if looking for protection against bad weather and the harsh sun. These blinds are light in weight, hence can be installed on the exterior walls. No unique mechanisms, pullies, or strings are needed to hold the blinds in place. This thus means a clear and unobstructed view of your backyard or garden. You can even request PVC blinds equipped with SPF protection for added protection.

2. Motorized Shade Blinds

Motorized shade blinds are specially designed to allow natural sunlight while blocking the harmful UV rays. As the name suggests, the blinds are motorised, hence can be adjusted to allow just enough sunlight to pass through. This type of blinds is recommended as a window treatment for your pergola, patio, and gazebo. The blinds can be operated at the touch of the button.

3. Gear Tensioned Outdoor Blinds

Are you looking for a flexible window treatment for your patio or windows? The gear tensioned outdoor blinds come with retractable awnings that can be fully extracted or extended depending on the weather outside. The awnings are installed on the wall and can be used as a temporary roof for outdoor spaces, e.g., patio, pergolas, etc., to be used when the need arises. Thus, you can fully extend the blinds when the sun is up or retract them if looking to enjoy the full benefits of the beautiful weather.

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How to Feng Shui Your Home

The Chinese discipline of Feng Shui is used by many homeowners in order to improve the home’s atmosphere and the energy or chi of everyone’s lives. Feng Shui employs the de-cluttering of spaces as a means to attracting positive chi.

The roadmap for Feng Shui is called bagua. This is shaped like an octagon and it is used to map your home and divided up into nine different zones. Each relates to different aspects of life such as health, relationships, and money.

In order to apply bagua, you take the diagram and stand at your front door facing your house. You’ll notice that the gray, black and blue guas are nearest you. The bottom line will lay across the front where your front door is situated in reality. A home that has an irregular shape can be difficult to work with using a bagua but it is not impossible. Here is an explanation of each zone of Feng Shui.

Fame and Reputation – Red – at the 12 o’clock position at back center of home

This section represents the need for courage and respect when dealing with various people. If you enhance this section of the home it helps you improve how others look at you. Any items that don’t speak to who you really are should be taken away. Items that make you feel proud like diplomas or awards should remain. It is a good idea to use the color red and add light in this area. Adding a candle can spark admiration.

Relationships and Love – Pink – at the 1 o’clock position to the right of the home

This area applies to all kinds of relationships from loving marriages to acquaintances. It is important to have this area filled properly in order for positive attention to be received and for all relationships to move forward in a positive direction.

In this area you want to pair things together. You might want to pair nightstands alongside a bed in a couple’s bedroom. This promotes equality and it helps keep the room as well as the relationship in proper balance. You might add candlesticks again balanced alongside a table to impress a sense of balance in all relationships.

Put items with sentimental meanings in this area in order to show off an already healthy relationship. Always remove any items or images that suggest hostility or separation from this area.

Creativity and Children – White – to the middle right of the home at 3 o’clock

Children are fortunate to have no limits to their thinking. Their minds are open because to them impossibilities just don’t exist. When you feel your creativity is drained or your children are giving you problems you want to look at this area of the house and make some changes.

This area is a great place where you will be able to freely show off candid shots of your children doing what they do best. Ideally use metal frames because it is the best element for this gua.

Keep our work and inspirational objects in abundance here. Be sure to keep creative elements that appeal to you everywhere in this area. Keep crayons, paper, paint brushes, and watercolor paints in this area so that you can play with them every day to keep the chi flowing in this area.

Helpful People and Travel – Grey or Silver – at 5 o’clock from the front right of the house

To add balance to this area it helps add angelic images or figurines. This will help remind you that there are helpful people in your life that will always overshadow those that are not around for the moment.