Screening Your Space – Blinds vs. Louvres

 
Adding a bit of privacy screening to your outdoor area is a necessity for many homes in urban and suburban locations. But what type of screening is best for your yard? When it comes to building structural features to enhance privacy, there are plenty of options to choose from. Let’s unpack the pros and cons of blinds and louvres so you can make an informed choice.

 

Wind Blocking

Blinds

Blinds are great for completely shielding a space without blocking off natural lighting. They’re also ideal for outdoor areas that are exposed to direct sunlight, as you can raise or lower them based on the position of the sun at different times of the day; no more trying to block out the glare while you relax outside.

You can get blinds in a colour that suits your structure and décor, and they’re fairly easy to maintain – they just need to be wiped over occasionally to avoid dirt build-up and keep the moving parts free from grime.

Do keep in mind that blinds will likely need to be set into a frame to ensure they don’t flap around in windy conditions.

 

Wind Blocking

Louvres

Static louvres are great if you need to maintain a high level of air flow and light in your space, but still need a bit of privacy or shade from a certain angle. The word ‘static’ makes them sounds quite limited, but louvres come in several different configurations.

They can be built into an otherwise solid section of roof, opening up your space partially. Louvres can also be fitted throughout your entire roof, opening it up even more. Alternatively, they make an effective feature in the structure’s vertical spaces – they’re a great option when you don’t want to fully enclose your area with walls, but still need something to block the sun or the view from next door.

The main challenge for louvres can be cleaning. When they’re built into the roof or upper walls, accessing them may be difficult, making regular maintenance trickier. Of course, it’s nothing a good pressure washer, broom or ladder can’t handle!

 

The main points to consider

When you’re deciding whether blinds or louvres suit your outdoor space, these are the main questions to ask yourself:

  •   What am I trying to block, and why do I need to block it?
  •   How big is my space? Is it a small or large outdoor area?
  •   Do I need a screen that offers a shield from ceiling to floor?

If you need to block out the sun because it’s extremely hot, you may opt for louvres to allow for breeze. Alternatively, if you need to block the whole area off from nosy neighbours, you may be better off going for blinds that you can roll all the way down when you’re trying to enjoy the peaceful outdoors.

If you have any questions on either of these options, make sure you contact our experienced team members – they can help you pick the perfect screen!

 

Outdoor Living Ideas That Won’t Bust the Budget

 

Do you want a stylish and practical outdoor space like the ones always featured in gardening magazines and on renovation shows? The professionals might make it look easy, but a lot of people just don’t have the time, money or expertise to turn their plans into a reality.

Enter: the outdoor living ideas that will make your area better, without being difficult or expensive.

 

Get creative with seating

Were you thinking of heading to your local outdoor furniture supplier to pick up a traditional 7-piece dining set? Not on our watch! If you have a day free, you can make your own seating options, without paying through the nose for the same wooden setting everyone else has.
From wooden pallets to cinder blocks to milk crates, all kinds of materials can be used for seating and tables. Bolt the pallets together and throw on some cushions for comfort, or use cinder blocks as supports for a weathered piece of timber (treated, to ensure it lasts) to make your own table.
 

 

Go green

Plants are great for adding colour and energy to your space, but they can be quite expensive if you want anything more than seedlings. To offset the cost, try to source your plants cleverly. Think your local markets or cuttings from friends or neighbours. If you’re a homeowner in Queensland, many council zones entitle residents to 2 free plants a year from a participating nursery.
 

Light it up

Christmas lights aren’t just for the festive season. Pick up some lights when the sales are on and turn your outdoor space into a sparkling wonderland. Not only will this give you enough light to enjoy the outdoors after the sun goes down, it also adds a beautiful ambience and makes for a great conversation starter!
 

 

Dress up your pot plants

Get DIY on your pot plants to create an interesting and eclectic collection that can be spread around the yard. From simple paints, to mosaics made from old CDs, to pots made from scratch using clay or recycled materials, you’ll have plenty of choice when adding a touch of personalisation to your backyard.
 

Screen your area

Simple lattice screens, feature walls crafted from recycled cinder blocks, stylish outdoor blinds – these are just a few easy options to add style to your outdoor living space. Whether you leave them blank or add touches of greenery over time, screens can increase your privacy while adding a unique design element to your yard.
 

 
You don’t need a ton of time or money to create interesting additions to your outdoor area. If you’re thinking of making more significant changes to your home, make sure you have a chat with one of our experienced design consultants!
 
 

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