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Exploring Different Types of Motorised Blind Systems

Motorised blinds - also known as smart blinds - can be a great way to get your home on the right track to full “smart” integration, with benefits of smart technology including eco-consciousness, energy efficiency, aesthetic appeal and plain old convenience. So, what types of motorised blinds are there on the market, and what are their benefits? Let’s take a look.

What are Motorised Blinds?

Motorised blinds - commonly referred to as smart blinds - are window coverings that can be opened or closed using a motor, meaning you don’t need to roll them up using a cord or open them yourself manually. Some of the best motorised blinds can also be controlled via a remote, a smartphone app, or even through voice commands when integrated with smart home systems like Amazon Alexa. Motorised blinds can even be programmed to open or close at specific times, helping you not just save on your energy bills but also helping you enhance your home security when you're away.

Benefits of Motorised Blinds

Energy Efficiency

Motorised blinds aren't just about convenience or style, they’re also a savvy choice when it comes to cost savings and energy efficiency. Motorised blinds can be automated to adjust with the sun's position or the time you sleep, allowing you to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. In turn, you end up reducing the need for heating and cooling via central heating or fan systems. The result? Cash savings on your utility bills!

Smart Integration

As we mentioned in our introduction, smart blinds are a great stepping stone to integrating further smart technology in your home. Motorised blinds can be integrated seamlessly with other forms of automation, such as Alexa, voice commands and home apps. Whether you want to set scenes with lighting, create schedules, or even control them remotely, you can do all of this and more without having to lift a finger (okay, maybe just one finger!).


Finally, motorised blinds are also a conscious choice for the environmentally aware: by optimising natural light and providing insulation, smart blinds can reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your reliance on your home heating and cooling systems, both of which increase your carbon emissions.

So, what are some of the different types of motorised blinds? Let’s take a look.

Roman Blinds

living room with motorised blinds installed on the windows

Roman blinds are all about elegance, but with a smart twist they’re both elegant and convenient! Motorised Roman blinds fold up at your command, whether you're using a remote control or controlling them via your smartphone; you can even set them to adjust automatically to your daily routine, so you’re always ensured the right amount of light and privacy at all times.

Roller Blinds

Motorised roller blinds are all about sleek functionality: whether you want to control the the ambiance of your room or just let the right amount of sunlight in, these blinds roll up or down seamlessly, making them a perfect option for the minimalist yet tech-savvy homeowner. Plus, with the ability to schedule their movement via smart integration, you can choose to wake up to natural light every morning, or ensure that your home looks lived-in even when you're away on holiday.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a classic find in many modern homes, but smart technology makes them even more convenient. If you’ve already got them in your home, you’ll already know that the slats on vertical blind systems are ideal for setting exactly the right mood in your space, whether you’re looking to dim the lights for a romantic meal or close them completely for a family movie night. But with motorised vertical blinds, you don’t have to move to alter them! Whether you want to let in the last rays of the day or blackout your home for better sleep, motorised vertical blinds take all the benefits of slat-style blinds and kick them up a notch.

Venetian Blinds

Similar in function to vertical blinds, venetian blinds are another popular option when it comes to window dressings, especially when it comes to getting the perfect amount of light in your home. And with smart integration, you can tilt this type of blind to the perfect angle for sunlight, or raise them completely for a full view - all without having to get up or leave your seat! Like other smart blind systems, venetian blinds can also work in conjunction with any of your other existing smart home systems, allowing you to automate their settings as you please and get on your way to full smart integration.

published on December 10, 2023

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