Winter is here - what are the best blinds for your home?

As winter approaches with freezing temperatures, snow, rain and hail., it’s the time of year where we all prefer the warmth of our homes. However, if your windows aren’t getting the proper coverage they need, you may not only be losing heat, you could also be paying higher energy bills and providing a bird’s eye view to all and sundry of what goes on in your home at night.

Blinds are the best kind of window coverage

Blinds are great for providing warmth, security, noise and privacy protection. Not only that, but their insulation keeps you warm in winter. Blinds are really for all seasons though. With a UV protective coating on their outside, protection is guaranteed from the sun’s UV rays. Alternatively, a blackout coating provides complete darkness at all times, particularly good for those working night shift, or for younger children who go to bed early of an evening.

Blinds to keep you rooms warm in all weathers

Blinds come with all sorts of helpful additions to making them functional as well as stylish. For example, Thermal roller blinds are constructed with layers of thermal material to prevent heat loss.

Snug and comfortable fit

As blinds fit very close to the window frame, there’s only a tiny gap for air to come through. With made to measure blinds, you get a really snug fit which helps reduce heat loss. Roman blinds, are similar, in fact, it’s just a matter of what style you prefer.

Insulated blinds or honeycomb blinds, trap air within the material’s structure. This helps retain heat, and in summer, warm air doesn’t get in, so it stays cool.

You could also have window shutters, although of course, technically, these aren’t blinds as such. But they do provide insulation, contain thermal properties and shut out light and privacy, allowing you more control over both.

Wooden Venetian Blinds keep rooms warm effectively. The thicker the slats the warmer the room is, although this can make your blinds a little heavy. They provide insulation and excellent coverage and the same amount of isolation whether the shutters are open or shut.

Intu blinds come in a variety of different styles, and include insulation and/or thermal properties you’d need for winter. They simply work with a different mechanism to more conventional blinds.

Knight Shades Edinburgh – for reliable, stylish versatile quality blinds.

If you’d like to invest in winter blinds with the right kind of insulation or thermal properties for your property, give us a call here at Knight Shades Edinburgh and we’ll be more than happy to talk you through your choices and help you find the right ones.

A Practical Guide To Measuring Window Shutters

Installing window shutters is an affordable and efficient solution to improve your home. Strong and durable, with a timeless feel, shutters occupy little space and are very easy to maintain. Whether your home is a traditional construction or a new build, window shutters are elegant and versatile adding a touch of class that curtains struggle to match.


What are the benefits of window shutters?

Ideal for any shape window -  but particularly suited to bay windows - shutters not only look attractive, but serve a number of purposes, all of which add intrinsically to your property’s attraction.

Filter light:. This is especially significant in homes with large windows. Whilst light is important, insulating roller shutters effectively control the amount of light that comes in, as and when you desire

Staying warm: Quality shutters regulate indoor temperatures, keeping heat from escaping and minimising the amount of cold air coming in. And in in the long term it’s efficient as you’ll be able to reduce energy bills.

Less noise:  Noise disturbances can pose problems for many people, particularly those living in vibrant, built-up areas. Apart from minimising levels of noise entering your home, window shutters are great for keeping sound in without disturbing your neighbours

Privacy and security: Shutters add an extra degree of privacy when it’s required, blocking the view of the outside world into your home, making you feel more safe and secure

Thinking of installing window shutters?

With a considerable choice of shutters available it can be difficult to know where to begin, but knowing the exact dimensions of your window area(s) is a logical place to start. You’ll possibly have a maximum budget in mind, so it’s useful to know how to measure the window area and be able to calculate an overall cost in square metres, before you enter into any discussions with businesses.

Many people are often daunted by the prospect of measuring their windows for shutters - for fear of getting it wrong - but in truth it’s straightforward if you take your time. Instructions for measuring will vary slightly depending on whether you are measuring a bay window or standard window and an inside or outside mount.

Things to consider when measuring for window shutters:

  • you’ll need a good quality steel tape measure, a spirit level and a steady hand

  • it’s advisable to make time to do this without any form of distraction

  • you’ll need a paper and pen to note down the measurements and perhaps a second person to help you

  • remember to always measure the opening at the point of the window where the shutter frame will be installed.

  • measure in three places: left, centre and right

  • record the smallest or tightest inside measurement in inches

  • repeat the same process for measuring height.

As an example, a 15-inch wide shutter looks right to most people on just about any window that is 36 inches high or more, provided the shutter is about the same height as the window

Additionally, for bay windows

  • start from the left hand side, outer edge of the window frame

  • measure from the centre point of the angle to the next angle or cut line on the sill.

  • for height, measure from the sill to the ceiling, or top of the reveal top/window frame

Armed with this information, you’ll be able to make a better decision on the type and cost of window shutters you can afford, meaning that a subsequent consultation on design, choice and installation is much more focused and beneficial for all parties.

In the meantime, find out more information about our diverse range and styles of window shutters

Should you invest in Senses Mirage Blinds?

Our latest blog is a feature on Senses Mirage blinds and how the could be a worthwhile investment for you.

What are Senses Mirage Blinds?

These are a particular type of blind which you can raise and lower in the same way as other conventional blinds, but the front part of the fabric moves separately from the back, so it looks like you have slats.

You can block out light when you close them and also create a stripy effect which will then allow just the right amount of light to filter through. Naturally, you can also open them for optimum light effects throughout the room. With this type of blind, you get two blind styles for the price of one, that of both Roller blinds and Venetian.

Easy to install and use

Once installed, these blinds are very easy to operate. We’d definitely recommend them as they are versatile and sophisticated. The installation process itself is relatively simple to follow and provides amazing results that is worth the effort. You can also select different methods of operation, such as chain, motorised or cordless.

Why invest?

If you’re looking for simple, but clever blinds that offer a lot more control over light and privacy than your average blind, then Senses Mirage blinds are definitely for you. They’re especially useful if you live on a busy road with a lot of traffic going by, and also if the majority of the rooms in your home directly face the sun.

Knight Shades Blinds Edinburgh – for a versatile range of Senses Mirage blinds

We’ve been selling blinds for many years and what we’ve learned we’ve put into practice. Not only do sell blinds but we install them too.

If you’ve decided that Senses Mirage blinds are for you then why not get in touch by calling us or visiting our showroom. We can’t wait to meet you, and one of our team will be more than happy to help you choose a set of blinds which compliment your room, your décor and your functional needs.

How to choose dining room blinds

When it comes to choosing blinds, you want something that speaks volumes for your sense of style and a feature that marries the theme selected for your dining room. It’s also essential that your blinds give ample light when needed and privacy when you want it.

Roman blinds

There’s a variety of different blinds available, given that Roman blinds are always popular providing an extremely formal but smart look. They’re always made of fabric and are concertinaed into pleats that fold horizontally once raised. This leaves a nice, neat fold-up, so you can get as much or as little light as you want. You have a choice of linings, and if your windows get a lot of light you may want some blackout coating.

Roller blinds

You can select Roller blinds in a wide variety of colours and patterns, and you can go for a subtle or bolder design, depending of course, on your interior colour/style theme. Roller blinds are simple to use in that they can be rolled up or down with a cord and you can also have blackout fabric on the outside of the blind, so you get some relief from UV rays.

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds offer greater control of light and privacy and work well in windows that take in a lot of sun. They’re also great for rooms that have a lot of foot traffic close by, if, for example, your house is near a busy street. Like roller blinds, they come in a variety of colours, and materials such as composite, wood (real), fabric and aluminium. They can be easily matched then to any theme you have in your home, and especially the dining room of course!

Light, warmth and insulation

You’ll largely be influenced by how warm the room is and the type of light it allows in too. You may need blinds with a thermal layer if you need to keep the warmth in, and at least two of the blinds we’ve mentioned above would accommodate that.

Knight Shades Blinds dress up your Dining Room

So now that you have better knowledge about what type of blinds would look good in your dining room, you can take a look at our versatile range of blinds and choose a set of blinds that will compliment your individual taste. We’ll help you consider different factors which may affect your decision on which blinds to go with. Whether you need to consider exposure to UV rays or extra warmth in a naturally cold room, we’ll have the answer, so give us a call today!

The Advantages of Owning Blackout Blinds

Today we’re discussing the advantages of owning blackout blinds, and there are so many! Once you invest in a set for your bedroom, home office, bathroom or any other room in your house, you’ll be glad you did. 

don’t let sunlight disturb your sleep

During those long summer days it may have been difficult to get some sleep. It’s hard to get to rest at night especially in the summer when the days are long, and you have children who won’t go to bed. Blackout blinds help out with this by making sure the room is dark from the minute your child goes to bed by blocking out all light. 

close off the outside world during family movie night

Winter blackouts, watching TV in perfect conditions and working night shifts. Even when it’s winter blackout blinds provide a reliable way of carrying out tasks and shutting out lights when needed. If you have a media/family entertainment room, then blackout blinds are perfect. Rather than trying to watch a movie and the light blocking out the screen, blackout blinds allow you to watch undisturbed. They also provide relief to those who work night shifts, if you are one of those people who works at night and sleep during the day, then blackout blinds will shut out the light and allow you to get some much-needed rest.

Noise proof and great insulation

They’re also noise proof and provide some insulation by keeping the heat in when it’s cold. If you live near a busy street, then the sounds of cars and foot traffic can be almost completely eliminated so you can get some peace and quiet. 

Stylish blackout blinds

You’ll be pleased to know that blackout blinds come in a range of styles, textures, materials, colours and patterns. You don’t have to stick to a boring blind simply because they perform a function. Your blinds can fit in nicely with the style and theme of your home regardless of the colours. No one need know they’re blackout blinds but you. They’re made in such a way that you really can’t tell anyway, a coating on the reverse side of the blind provides the blackout and can also provide UV protection from harmful sun rays. 

Knight Shades for stylish and effective blackout blinds

Are you looking for blackout blinds for your windows? If you are then we’d love it if you came to us to take a look at our fantastic range of blinds, you’ll find a breath-taking range with a versatile choice of colours and patterns. Don’t let sunlight dominate your home, have control over privacy and noise too with our blackout blinds. 

Your Guide to Window Shutters

We’re giving you a guide to window shutters because we believe they’re the best window coverage when it comes to elegance and old-fashioned charm. They have a long history, and it’s no surprise people go for this type of coverage as they are such a beautiful feature of any room. 

Shutters offer such variety

If you thought that there’s only one type of window shutters you couldn’t be more wrong, you’ll find there’s a different type of shutter for every room taste and style. You can have different shutters that fit with whatever theme you have going on and have harmony between window and furnishings. From full height to seamless panels or tier-on-tier, there’s something for everyone. With tier-on-tier you can open both the top and the bottom panels without having to have both open at the same time, so if you just want the one open, you can. You can also have tracked shutters, which you can have fitted to patio doors. They’re solid panels and are great for unusually shaped windows. 

They’re so easy to open and shut

Shutters can be operated simply and efficiently, they’ll come with hinged panels and they close in and out, much like a fan or a concertina. You can stick them to one side when they’re open and just shut like a set of doors when you’re ready to close them.

They’re easy to adjust too

Most shutters, other than solid ones will have louvres which can be adjusted. There are tilt rods which will let you open and close them and you can have these either at the centre or at the sides. 

Paint your shutters so they match your room perfectly

You can paint your shutters easily, so they match the rest of your rooms, in whichever décor you’ve chosen. They look good in a room with a traditional theme or in a room where there is a more minimalist, more modern look going on. 

Why would you choose shutters for your windows?

Well, shutters are excellent for controlling light as well as privacy when needed. They also give you an extra layer of insulation so you’re warm in winter, and in summer, when the sun is at its hottest it’ll also keep the room cool. You’ll hear less of what’s going on outside as windows are great for masking noise, and of course they give your room a remarkably classic look that will give your home that gorgeous boost you’ve been looking for. Remember that your shutters will be part of the fixtures and fittings, so it’s going to add value to your property should you decide to sell in the future. 

Knight Shades Edinburgh - Quality Window Shutters and Blinds

So, if you’ve decided you’d like to have window shutters for your windows, then get in touch today and we can talk you through our versatile range. You won’t regret it and we’d be more than happy to fit them for you, so give us a call today. 

Make Your Blinds Child Safe

If you have children and you also want blinds, you may be put off by the fact you’re worried about their safety. This is completely understandable, and today we’re going to be going over what you can do to make sure your blinds are safe for your children. Even if you don’t have children, all blinds will have safety features because it’s now the law. You may find that even though you don’t have any children of your own, you may have friends or family who will visit you from time to time. 

There are some great designs out there so your blinds can easily look stylish and fun for your children and match any theme or design you have in mind. Naturally you’ll need blinds that work without chains and cords because it is these that cause the problems. Venetian blinds can be fitted to the window and pulled across with a wand, or there are other types of blinds which work with different mechanisms which are also child friendly, just ask one of our team members. 

Roller, motorised and the fun part of having blinds

We also have roller blinds which come with a motorised option. A remote control will help the blinds go up and down without having to resort to chains or cords. This means that almost all blinds are available to you without having to skimp on style or the fun part of having blinds. 

Breakaway components

You’ll also find that as well as having motorised devices and wands to open and shut blinds, there are also breakaway components to safeguard children. This means that any amount of force will make them break apart, so no one can hurt themselves. They’re also made so that when they do break apart then can be easily put back together, so there’s no worry that they’ll be irreparably damaged. We also provide cleats and safety hooks which we will fit for you so there’s added safety once you’ve had your blinds installed. 

Don’t let children climb up furniture near the windows

Never allow your children to climb up to blinds using furniture, so keep chairs and tables away from windows. Don’t ever tie chains or cords together if you do have some. It’s probably wise that if you do have older style blinds installed that you have new ones which come with the new child safety features required for all fitted blinds. 

Knight Shades for fun, stylish versatile child safe blinds

If you want to have child safe blinds installed in your home, then get in touch with us here at Knight Shades, Edinburgh and we can show you are versatile range of child safe blinds. We have as great range of colours, textures, materials and styles – so you don’t have to miss out on fun designs to match your child’s bedroom, style and fun can go hand in hand, whichever theme your children have chosen. Give us a call…!

Your Guide to Choosing Bathroom Blinds

Your bathroom, aside from your bedroom, is a room that requires adequate privacy for obvious reasons. But as well as privacy there are also other things that need to be taken into consideration when choosing bathroom blinds. You’re going to have to think about all the moisture and condensation that you get with the normal daily use of shower, sink and bath. 

Faux wood, moisture and damp control

Rather than put up any old thing, you need to give your bathroom blinds careful consideration. Normal fabric is never a great idea as it can become moisture logged and black with damp. Wood isn’t a very good idea either as it can warp, stain and twist. However, do not despair, we know wood looks really good in any room, and your bathroom is no different, so you could try using faux wood? You’ll get the same elegant wood effect, but without the warping and splitting you’d get with real wood when it reacts to moisture. 

Roller blinds are great for the bathroom

Roller blinds can be pulled up quickly out of the way of any water splashes while still providing you with both privacy and light control. You’ll also find that at Knight Shades Blinds, there’s a versatile range of both patterns, colours and textures. Whether your bathroom is plain and minimalist or brightly coloured, there’ll be a set of roller blinds that fit perfectly in.

Venetian blinds are great for controlling light

If you have direct sunlight coming in you might benefit from installing Venetian blinds as they come with moveable slats, these are brilliant for keeping out bright intrusive sunlight. 

Bottom up blinds for privacy

Bottom up roller blinds are great for large windows with a need for privacy, you can raise them up from the bottom and the light can then come in via the top of the window. That way you can have light but without the risk of someone looking in.

Blackout and chill out

Blackout blinds are also great for the windows. They can provide light control, privacy and keep harmful UV rays out. 

Knight Shades Blinds – Quality Bathroom Blinds

Whatever you decide, we hope you purchase your bathroom blinds from us here at Knight Shades Blinds. We have an impressive range of blinds just like the ones we’ve talked about today, from Venetian to Roller, from blackout to bottom up blinds, we have something for everyone. What’s more the style, colour choice and range of fabrics in all our blinds means you’re bound to find something that suits your colour scheme and bathroom style. Get in touch with us today and let us help you choose those perfect bathroom blinds. 

Perfect Blinds For Sash Windows

Sash windows are an attractive feature of any house and can be part of the reason why a property is purchased due to their characterful period look. However, if you’re worried as to whether blinds can work with sash windows and worry that you’ll spend so much time wrestling them closed it’s not worth the bother – you couldn’t be more wrong. Your concerns are probably due to the way sash windows open and close – but we know that certain blinds are very successful with this type of window. You can have blinds that give you the ideal window coverage and show off your sash windows to best effect. So, read on and find out how you can show off your sash windows.

Roller or Roman blinds are the perfect blind for your sash windows. They allow for complete coverage, or if you need to open the window, partial coverage. They can look extraordinarily elegant and not take away any of the period beauty of your windows. They can block out light, give you some well-deserved privacy, and give the very best in complete coverage in a way that curtains do not.

Roller Blinds – Elegant and Versatile

Roller blinds are extremely versatile and not only come in a wide range of materials, patterns and colours, but also blackout material. This blackout material can block harmful UV sun rays and keep out light, which is ideal if you’re trying to get to sleep during long those summer nights, or perfect for kids when you’re trying to get them to stay in bed, which is so hard when it’s light and the sun is streaming in.

Recess – Inside or Outside?

With sash windows you can fit your blinds so they fit either outside or inside the recess of your window. Whichever way you decide to fit your blinds, they will look stylish regardless. You may have certain features you which to accentuate and that may influence how you decide to fit your blinds.

The Elegance and Simplicity of Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are another great choice for your sash windows and again there’s great variety in terms of material, pattern and colour. They are the perfect partner, and give your windows a fresh, elegant feel, never masking the originality of the windows themselves.

Knight Shades Blinds Edinburgh - Blind Manufacture & Fitting

Roller or Roman blinds can look extremely dramatic on sash windows, especially on longer or particularly wide ones. Here at Knight Shades we love our range in both roller blinds and Roman blinds, because know that all our designs are matched by quality and functionality. We know that if you’re looking for the best in blinds, we can help. Whatever type of blinds you choose for your sash windows, Knight Shades have a rich and versatile range of designs and colours to suit any home or style. So be sure to have a look and feel free to ask us anything, we’re always here to help!

Get Your Home Spring Ready

It’s time to think about spring at last now we’ve said goodbye to the snow and sub-zero temperatures. The sun is struggling through the clouds and we’re starting to feel that little bit warmer. With this in mind it’s time to think about preparing your home for spring.

It’s time to put away the winter colours and let the light in with brighter colours and that way you’ll feel that spring is just a little bit closer than it was. So, what can you do to bring the spring into your home then? We’ve been taking a look at some of the trends for 2018 and there are some really excellent ways you can incorporate spring into your room’s décor.

Firstly, you’ll lighten the room a lot by using brighter, lighter colours. Think of pastels and mix them with neutral colours like white and cream. Use soft muted colours and try mixing them soft, candy coloured shades and swirls.

Green Is For Go

You could try using one block colour as a theme, alongside one or two pastel colours. Green has never gone away and is as strong a favourite as it ever was in years gone by. You can try accessories and window coverings in shades of green that compliment your overall colour scheme, if you don’t want to use green as the main colour.

Blue Is The Colour

Blue is also popular this year and there’s going to be more of it, with different shades of denim, sapphire and indigo as the shades for spring and summer. Blue is so easy to work with and can be either the main colour, or simply used with accessories. It can give your home a real seaside feel if you use it in combination with white for that fresh, beach look, you could also incorporate variations of blue and white stripes throughout.

Fresh Cotton

Cotton always gives a room a fresh spring feel, but linen is really in this year, especially in bedrooms. They give the room such a lovely feel with linens unique textures. Use neutral tones and blend with brighter colours. You can match with rustic wooden flooring and no fuss furnishings.

Knightshades – For The Best In Blinds In Edinburgh.

Finally, the window coverage. We’re bias, but we’re bound to suggest blinds, as these are the best in minimalist functional window coverage that gives your windows the very best in that fresh spring/summer feel. They give your windows the best, most complete coverage as well as matching any colour décor or theme you have going on in a room. Here at Knightshades we have one of the largest stock of blinds with an endless choice of colours, patterns and textures. You can add some of the colours we’ve talked about today, and soon turn your living room into a haven of springtime peace and tranquillity – so what are you waiting for?

Interior Design Trends for 2018

Today, we’d like to talk to you about interior design trends for interiors in 2018. By giving you the heads up on what’s in and what’s not, we feel we’re giving you a head start in choosing your blinds for the coming year. You don’t have to follow the trends slavishly but take just one or two hints and use them in your own way.


The use of colour is going to be a big feature with both warm and earthy colours sharing the limelight with more neutral shades. Rich colours will work well in any room and give a soothing feel if they’re paired with stronger colours to give a more calm and rounded look.

Walk Away From The Steel and White

There’ll be less stainless steel and gleaming white in the kitchen with a farmhouse feel coming into play, and not just in the kitchen, but in the bathroom too. There’ll be different materials used such as copper, granite and concrete for sinks, and darker colours such as black and grey. People are now looking for more warmth and a move away from the sterility of white, a more rustic feel is more welcoming, and people are now willing to experiment with this.

For The Love of Concrete

Yes, concrete will be more popular this year and what makes it more attractive is the fact it’s so affordable. It’s more commonly used with floors and worktops but now it’s also starting to be used in lighting as well as furniture. There’s plenty of opportunity here for imaginative use of this versatile material throughout the home.

Light Up Your Home

Lighting has always been important factor when it comes to any room in the home. Vintage lighting is going to be taking centre stage in 2018 with lanterns, chandeliers and sconces providing the most stunning illumination. And you can have your vintage lights with the most up to date technology. They certainly add something unique and original to any room.

How About Florals?

Yes, we’ve had botanicals as a trend before, but no one’s tired of them yet. There’s also floral patterns in really exciting colours, there’s potential here to do something really different for a standout look.

Knight Shades Blinds Edinburgh – For The Best in Window Coverage

If you’re now thinking hard about how you’re going to redecorate your rooms, then remember that here at Knight Shades we have the biggest and most versatile stock of blinds that will give endless choice and variety. So hopefully, it won’t just be your rooms that are changed but you’ll have gorgeous blinds to match any colours you’ve used, any shades, any textures. Just take a look around our range or give us a call and we’ll talk you through our amazing range of blinds.

Benefits of Blackout Roller Blinds This Winter

Why would you want to invest in blackout roller blinds? Well, the reasons are simple. Firstly, the days are short for now and the evenings grow darker much quicker, but the longer days are only around the corner. Soon, the clocks will go forward, and spring will thankfully raise its head, flowers, new leaves on the trees and a sprinkling of clean fresh grass. But with those wonderful changes comes more daylight and more sun.

As there will be more daylight and light shining in through our windows it will be really uplifting and a welcome change from the darkness of winter. However, with this comes potentially faded furniture, unnecessary heat and an inability to get off to sleep at night, especially for the kids.

Blackout Blinds Will Help You To Control That Light

That’s why blackout roller blinds are the perfect antidote to all that extra light. Blackout blinds black out the light, which is fairly obvious from the name, but they give you so much more too. They also give you much needed privacy, especially if you live near a busy street with lots of foot traffic. If you’re watching a movie and you don’t want light shining on the screen, they’re perfect, so if you have a dedicated media room, they’ll help shield the screen from unwanted sunlight.

Blackout Blinds Offer a Lot of Other Benefits Too

These include insulation, so that when the colder weather comes, or if we’re still suffering from the cold in the weeks leading up to summer, then they’ll help retain the heat, saving you money on energy bills. In reverse, once the warmer weather comes, they’ll help protect against heat and keep the room cool.

Sound Insulation Helps Cut Out Noise

Not only that but they give excellent sound insulation too. Street noise, children shouting outside, traffic, whatever it is, blackout roller blinds will give you respite from the noise, and help you get a good night’s sleep.

Blackout Blinds Are Also Great For Kids

They help them to get off to sleep when the evenings are lighter rather than keeping them awake way past their bedtime, helping to cut out noise and helping them to have a peaceful and undisturbed night. Blackout blinds are also great for bathrooms and bedrooms and help to stop furniture fade. If you’re thinking of having them installed, you couldn’t find a more versatile window covering.

Knight Shades Blinds Edinburgh – For The Best in Blackout Roller Blinds

Here at Knight Shades we have a versatile, quality range of blackout blinds and in a variety of different colours patterns and styles, so go on, give us a call and get in touch. We can even measure and then install your blackout blinds for you – so what do you have to lose? Get in touch with one of our experts today!

Why Invest in Branded Blinds

If you’re a business it’s important to get your brand noticed, to get the right kind of exposure. Perhaps you’re wondering about what other ways you can get your branded logo out there. You have it on your packaging, your stationary, but have you ever considered having it on your blinds?

Give Yourself The Perfect Kind of Exposure

Printed blinds for your business is a great idea and gets you the right kind of exposure that can be seen, not just from the inside, but from the outside too. If you have a small space in which to work, you may find that business blinds are the best way of people seeing your brand. Even if your blinds are halfway up during the day you’ll still be able to see the logo, and even when your blinds are completely rolled up, you can insert fabric in the top cassette, so you’d still be able to see the logo.

Signage Can Often Be Restricted

If your business is in a building where signage is limited, and this could be for a variety of different reasons, your building could be listed perhaps it’s part of a shared ownership and this isn’t allowed. You will therefore need to leverage any opportunity you can get to make sure your brand logo is seen, and installing branded blinds is one clever way of doing this.

The Power of External Marketing

This is an external marketing strategy that really works. As well as your logo, you can have your phone number, your opening times and email addresses which can be seen round the clock, 24 hours a day. Your blinds will be doing the work for you even when you’re not there, making sure everyone who passes knows exactly who you are, what you do and how to contact you.

And it doesn’t have to be a logo either, it could be an illustration that shows exactly what you do, or a photograph or even a slogan. You can have a promotional message that is impactful and powerful, that gets potential customers thinking about your business and your products or service.

Your brand is your message to the world, a logo, illustration or photo that let’s people know you’re open for business.

You Won’t Get Better Business Blinds Anywhere Else

Here at Knight Shades we’ve worked with large multi-national companies creating blinds with the perfect branded logo. We often create fabrics where lights passes through your logo signage so it’s illuminated. And if you suffer with too much sunlight in your office, we can supply you with blackout blinds that help to reduce that significantly, but with your logo still clearly seen.

Knight Shades – For The Best in Business Blinds

We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and attention to detail. We only ever work with quality materials and the latest technology, so your blinds are functional, durable and aesthetically pleasing. This means wherever it is you place your logo, photograph, quote, slogan or illustration on your blinds, it’ll be reproduced beautifully and in such a way that it represents your business in the best light possible. Give us a call today and let’s talk about your business blinds.

Best Blinds for Your Bathroom

Your bathroom, like your kitchen, sees a lot of moisture and heat, and as a result needs the same considerations when it comes to choosing blinds. If you’re put off by the idea of having bathroom blinds because you’re worried about moisture, damp and condensation, then this week’s post should help as we focus on the best blinds for your bathroom.

Why Miss Out On Bathroom Blinds When They Offer The Best Window Coverage?

Blinds in your bathroom are such a stylish choice of window coverage it would be a shame to dismiss them outright due to the moisture content. All you really need is to choose carefully and pick a fabric that’s strong enough to withstand the heat and humidity you’re likely to get in the bathroom.

Our Bathroom Blind Range Is Versatile and Stylish

The most suitable for a moisture prone room is PVC or vinyl waterproof blinds, preferably roller which will give a really sharp and classic look to your bathroom. You could have vertical blinds too if you’re looking for better light control during the day, especially if you have a larger window in your bathroom. What you’ll find with blinds is that not only will they be waterproof, but also mould resistant and blackout. This makes them the ideal choice because they’re so versatile.

Style, Colour, Pattern and Materials

There’s all sorts of gorgeous colours to choose from too as well as style, and you can have a patterned fabric as well, something that matches the décor and interior style of your room. So, there’s no need to worry about whether your windows are going to look out of place with the rest of your bathroom style, here at Knight Shades we have an incredibly versatile range of PVC, vinyl and waterproof blinds.

Aluminium Blinds

Another option you may want to consider is aluminium Venetian blinds. You can tilt, lower and raise your blinds so you have great light control, but keep in mind that as the components will be made of steel they may rust over time if they get wet. They are versatile however, and you can go for a really stylish and minimalist look with aluminium blinds, they also give you great light and privacy control.

Knight Shades Blinds Edinburgh - The Experts in Fitted Blinds

Because we have such a wide variety of quality blinds it’s no wonder our customers keep coming back again and again. We pride ourselves on customer service and value for money and stock a fantastic range of patterns, colours and styles that you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’re also blind fitters in Edinburgh which means we can fit your blinds as well as help create them for you. That way, no matter how unusual the shape of your bathroom window, you’ll be able to have bathroom blinds that fit perfectly. Get in touch today and let us help you choose some gorgeous blinds for your bathroom.

Blinds to Keep Your House Warm This Winter

If you think only curtains can keep your home warm in winter you’re so wrong. Blinds have often had a bad rap in the past for their austere and clinical appearance. But that’s in the past, in the bad old days before the rich, versatile range of blinds we have today became available. There’s such a vast choice of styles, colours, patterns and fabrics, you’re guaranteed stylish window coverage and guaranteed warmth.

Central Heating isn’t Always Enough

Gradually, the weather will get colder, and as it does, you’ll be looking for ways to save energy and not rely too much on artificial heating. And although central heating will keep your home warm it won’t completely stop heat escaping. With blinds, and their ability to fit the windows so accurately and snuggly, you’ll be able to turn the heating down and save money.

Blinds To Suit Your Needs

Naturally, it makes sense to choose blinds which best suit the needs of the particular room you’re having them fitted. To retain heat effectively, then your blinds will need to unslatted, therefore you should be looking to choose either Roman or roller blinds.

Roman Blinds

these are great for keeping a room warm. There are various fabrics and colours to choose from and often come with a variety of different pattern designs. They fold up like an accordion and go up or down, they’ll straighten as they move down and look extremely elegant as well as being practical. In winter you could choose warm colours, like brown, orange or dark reds, anything that brings out the colours of autumn and winter.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds go up or down. They’re also extremely elegant and sophisticated and really give your room that sophisticated look. They’re easy to manipulate and really help to keep your rooms insulated from the cold. Again, they come in a variety of colours, fabrics and patterns, so whatever your interior décor, there’ll be something that works.

If you’re in a part of the country that really suffers during the winter months and experience really cold temperatures, then our blinds offer a great way of keeping the rooms in your home warm, and help to keep your energy bills down.

Knight Shades, Blinds Edinburgh

To help you prepare your home for the onslaught of winter why not get in touch with us here at Knight Shades Edinburgh where you’ll find a vast range of blinds to suit your tastes. If you need blind fitters in Edinburgh, then we can fit them for you too, we offer an all-round service that we’ve created specially with customer service in mind. So why not get in touch and keep your home just that little bit warmer?

The Benefits of Conservatory Blinds

Why would you want blinds in your conservatory? Well today we’re going to be telling exactly why you should and all the benefits of having them. They really are a brilliant way of providing coverage for your conservatory windows and protecting your furniture from fading due to the sun’s rays.

Too Much Sun and Heat

The conservatory is where you’ll relax and unwind, and because of the amount of glass you’re at the mercy of heat, sun and too much light. Blinds will give you more control of how much light and sun you allow in, keeping the room warm enough or cool enough when the weather changes. By having control over light and heat from the sun you can spend more time in the conservatory and use it for what it was intended – relaxing and spending time doing what you love best.

Functionality and Control

Conservatory blinds give you functionality, so you can decide how much sun and light you want to allow and just as importantly, how much privacy you need. When it’s hot during summer you can have your blinds made from material which will protect you from the sun, but also act as an insulator when it’s cold during the winter months.


You can also have them waterproofed so your conservatory is safe from water leaking in during heavy rain. What’s great about blinds is that they’re so easy to clean, and unlike curtains, don’t have to be either taken down and washed in the washing machine or dry cleaned. Blinds can be cleaned from where they hang, quickly and easily.

Plenty of Choice

There’s also plenty of choice when it comes to choosing what type of blinds you’ll have. Here at Knight Shades we have a fantastic range of patterns, colours and fabrics from which to choose. These means you can have your blinds made to suit your personal taste and match the interior décor of your conservatory.

Spend More Time in Your Conservatory, Not Less

With blinds in your conservatory you can spend time in this most relaxing of rooms during the summer and winter. Because blinds will keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter, you have the best of both worlds, leaving you with a room that’s minimalist and stylish as well as warm and welcoming. It’ll be the ideal place from which to entertain without having to worry that it’s going to be too cold or too hot.

For The Best Blinds Edinburgh, It Has To Be Knight Shades

If you’re looking to purchase blinds for your conservatory, then choose us, because we have a versatile range of blinds for you to choose from, making it easy for you to pick something that will fit right in and match your furnishings.

Why Choose Wooden Blinds?

Are you giving wooden blinds some consideration? If you are then it’s a great idea, because wooden blinds are an attractive option for your home. They can help give it a look that really fits in with your personal style and interior décor. Whether your home has a traditional or contemporary feel, we believe you can create a striking look in your home with wooden blinds.

Wood is a Beautiful Material

The natural beauty of wood goes without saying, it’s stunning and can really bring something special to your windows. They’re versatile enough to fit in with numerous styles and interior themes and any colour scheme you have. It makes them a worthwhile investment because they’ll last for many years.

Privacy and Noise Reduction

Wooden blinds also give you privacy without compromise. While other blinds may minimise the light outside, wooden blinds will eradicate it completely. They can also offer great noise reduction and stop nosy passers-by from looking in, and if you live near a street this is a daily problem.

Light Control and Heat Insulation

On a functional level, they give great light control with the ability to block out all sunlight and those harmful rays and act as insulators, so that should have a dramatic impact on your heating bills.

Easy To Clean

Wooden blinds are also incredibly easy to clean, and much easier than the drama of cleaning a curtain or fabric blind. The slats can be wiped with a duster or damp cloth without having to completely remove the blinds from the window. You can then give them a coat of varnish or even paint them, so you’ll give them protection from stains and scratches.

Hardwearing and Long Lasting

Wooden blinds last for many years, they’re hard wearing and will outlast curtains or fabric blinds. Keep in mind though, that they do have a tendency to warp and this is more common if they’re exposed to moisture. This means they probably wouldn’t be suitable for a bathroom. However, they look stunning in all other areas of your house, so whether that’s a library, a study, a living room or a bedroom, wooden blinds could make all the difference to adding that final bit of pizzazz to your room.

Knight Shades Blinds West Lothian for the best in wooden blinds

If you’ve now decided that wooden blinds are for you, why don’t you come down and see us here at Knight Shades and we can help you choose the right ones. It doesn’t matter how big or small your windows are, or what shape they are, we can fit blinds to any kind of window. You can either measure the windows yourself, or we can send someone round to do it for you, and if you don’t want to do it yourself, we can install them for you too. If you’ve been thinking about wooden blinds, then there’s no better time than now to have them installed. Get in touch today.

Why Choose To Install Window Shutters

Window shutters are a great idea for your windows and there is an abundance of reasons why. Apart from the fact they look good they also offer lots of other practical benefits.


Window shutters are made to measure your windows perfectly, and this means you won’t have any light sneaking through on days when you want to shut the sun out. They are much easier to clean than blinds or curtains, and once they’ve been installed and fitted perfectly you have streamlined window coverage that looks good from the inside and from the outside.

Insulation for heat and sound

Window shutters can keep your house cool in summer by shutting out that hot sun, especially uncomfortable if some of the rooms in your house are directly in the glare of the sun during the day and early evening. On the other hand, they can also keep you lovely and warm in winter by helping to keep the heat in rather than allowing it to escape through the window.

They look really good

You’ll also find that with window shutters, and their ability to fit any window shape, you have a timeless, classic look for any room in your house. With their wide slats, you can control how much light you want to allow in, you can always settle for a compromise and have some light trickling in rather than just open or shut. That’s the only choice you have with curtains and roller blinds, so window shutters offer a welcome change and added control over light.

Style, colour, aesthetics matter

You’ll find that with our window shutters here at Knight Shades you have a range of different options, so your shutters can fit in with the décor of your home and your personal style. We have basswood or HSPVC, so you have a choice between man-made materials or wood. We also make them in different configurations including tier on tier, full height, track system or café style. You can paint your shutters to fit in with your décor, or you can have them natural. They look gorgeous, and what you have is a fixture and fitting that could significantly add value to your property should you decide to sell in the future.

Knight Shades for classic blinds and window shutters Edinburgh

Whether you’ve set your heart on blinds – and if you do we are the premier blind fitters in Edinburgh, or you’ve decided window shutters are for you, come to Knight Shades. We can talk you through your choices, come and measure your windows and install your window shutters for you. We’re here to help with a friendly professional team, get in touch by giving us a call today, or drop us an email.

Why Choose Senses Mirage Blinds?

We’d like to introduce you to Senses Mirage blinds. If you’ve not heard of them before, then this post will fill you in on what you need to know before trying them for yourself. We believe they’re a great way of providing coverage for your windows and by the time you’ve finished reading, we know you’ll agree. What they do, more so than other blinds, is provide more flexible control over light and privacy, without compromising on style and aesthetic value.

Senses Mirage Blinds – Greater control of Light and Privacy

Senses Mirage blinds are made in such a way that they offer the user greater control of the amount of light allowed in through the window. If you have a young family they are controlled via a Child Safety motorised operation or chain. They’re a great way of controlling not only light, but noise, and to a certain degree, privacy.

How Do They Work?

Senses Mirage work by cleverly arranged bands which are fitted at intervals so your blinds can be half open, fully open or completely closed. They work by changing the gap width as the blinds are dropped, this provides far greater control over the amount of light allowed in. It’s a clever operation that you are not aware of nor can you see, all you do have is the smooth mechanism that it gives you.

A Choice of Colours and Fabrics

Like with other blinds, Mirage blinds are versatile and are available in a wide variety of different colours with a refreshing range of different fabrics. This means you can have all the variety and versatility of traditional blinds, but with the extra light control options.

Flexibility of Installation

Senses Mirage blinds can be fitted one of two ways, either the face fix or inside the actual recess.

Low-Maintenance & Stylish

Mirage blinds are also known as day and nights blinds due to their ability to shut out light and allow privacy, offering the owner the perfect balance between the two. They offer the same practicality of low maintenance which conventional blinds give you but match it with so much more. As well an excellent choice of colours you can also have metallic and natural wood so you have great looking windows that fit in with your room’s themes and also add a touch of class to your home.

Knight Shades Edinburgh –For The Best in Blinds

If you’re thinking of having Senses Mirage blinds and you’d like to talk to someone, then do please give us a call. If you’re concerned about whether they’re right for your home, you have unusually shaped windows, or you have specific concerns about privacy and you think Senses Mirage blinds could help, then talk to us. We’re a friendly team who are both knowledgeable and friendly.

Choosing Blinds for Privacy

If you’ve decided to invest blinds for the first time and privacy is important to you, then you couldn’t have made a better choice. Blinds are perfect for giving you that all important privacy from the world outside because they’re made to fit your window. They offer light and noise control too, so your windows have various layers of protection.

Blinds That Match Your Style

You can choose from a variety of different styles, there are horizontal slated blinds, or vertical ones, which are great for keeping out prying eyes, and especially if your house or apartment sits directly on the street. Sometimes it’s difficult to limit the amount of light and privacy with curtains as it’s simply a case of open or shut, but with blinds, you can have light and privacy at the same time.

Sheer or Blackout Blinds Fabric

If you choose roller blinds for your home, you can have sheer or blackout fabric. Blackout blinds fabric shuts out light completely if you have an aversion to light while you sleep, but you can also have them down during the day if you want the light shut out completely. They’re good for children’s bedrooms and those who work night shifts.

Sheer fabric, on the other hand, can be pulled down during the day, but without blocking out the light. You can also add curtains if you wish to double up during winter. Sheer fabric looks really good too and so elegant.

Patio doors and bay windows will also benefit from blinds which are made for privacy, they can keep out the light, but at the same time allow it to flood in whenever you want.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds can be tilted in such a way that they will allow some light in but shut enough out so you get privacy. Wooden blinds are stylish and elegant but also help you to play with the light and decide how much you want to allow in, giving you privacy but not shrouding you in darkness.

What you’ll find is that blinds are so versatile, you can have a variety of different styles in each of your rooms and they can all provide you with excellent privacy as well as. Whatever theme, style or colour scheme you have going on, you don’t have to compromise on privacy, but you can have it exactly where you need it.

Knight Shades Blinds Edinburgh - Privacy Blinds For Your Home

If you’re looking for quality blinds in Edinburgh which offer privacy and style, then look no further than Knight Shades. We’ve been serving the local community of Edinburgh with durable quality blinds for many years, blinds which are both functional and stylish, never compromising on elegance or versatility. Get in touch today to arrange a free measurement and quote from one of our blind experts.