These are popular because of their ability to allow different amounts of light into a room. Venetian blindsare made of usually wooden or metal slats which can be tilted to various degrees according to the amount of light desired.
A popular option for any room in the home, these shades are simple and attractive and just as practical as vertical or roller blinds. In fact, they are extremely easy to maintain and are a great alternative to curtains as they can simply be wiped clean. If you’re feeling bold you could try one of the many vibrant colours available.
A classic choice for the home and office, vertical blindsare an attractive and affordable option for your window coverings. Unlike horizontal blinds, these shades hang vertically from a head rail similar to curtains, making them elegant and very easy to operate. You can also choose from a range of materials and treatments for these blinds including a solar protective backing.
Vertical blinds work best on large windows, especially ceiling to floor ones. They come in uPVC, metal and a variety of fabric colours and operate on a pull cord system.
The simple wheel motion of roller blindsmakes them very easy to operate as the rolling movement is activated by simply pulling on the cord. These shades are a more affordable option than the lavish drapery of Roman blinds and feature all the practicality of vertical blinds. You can choose from a selection of treatments for the blinds including a blackout backing and a wipe clean surface. These window coverings are very easy to clean and are highly durable. There are so many colours available that you’re sure to find a shade which works inline with your current decor.
Made of stiff fabric, roller blinds operate on a cord pulley system. The blind literally rolls up when raised and straightens out when lowered. Roller blinds are affordable, come in a range of styles and fabric types and are ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Wood blinds come in a variety of shades and as wood is a natural material, each blind is unique. These traditional window coverings go through a number of treatments to increase their durability so they will look great for many years.
Wooden blinds are a good choice because they insulate well, block out light effectively and can be painted or stained to suit your homes decor. The main drawback is that wood warps and cracks in humid conditions, so they are not ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
The classic drapery effect of curtains is captured in the elegant lines of Roman blinds.A great choice for adding style and warmth to bedrooms and living rooms, these shades reflect the stateliness of the ancient Empire of Rome with their enduring style. This traditional style of blinds is popular throughout Europe from Rome to Romania, so why not have a taste of the continent in your home?
Roman blinds fold up and hang straight when lowered. They are a more elegant and expensive type of blind available in a range of fabrics, colours and styles. Roman blinds tend to suit living rooms and are a good alternative to curtains.
Traditional curtains can rarely block out all the light on sunny mornings so if you find you’re constantly woken up by the sun then you should consider blackout blinds for your home.The treatments applied to these shades can create a complete black effect in any room making them ideal for bedrooms or TV viewing areas.
Blackout blinds are normally used in bedrooms and are made of a dense material which blocks out sunlight. They are ideal for light sleepers or those who work at night.
Materials for blinds
- Fabric blinds – fabric blinds are good because they come in a variety of colours and patterns to suit your homes decor and they are also relatively cheap. Waterproof fabrics are even available for bathrooms.
- Metal blinds – aluminium is the most common metal used in blinds due to its lightweight flexible properties and the fact that it is cheap. Metal blinds have the advantage of being easy to clean but you need to be careful that they don’t rust or cut your fingers.
- Wood blinds – wooden blinds are a good choice because they insulate well, block out light effectively and can be painted or stained to suit your homes decor. The main drawback is that wood warps and cracks in humid conditions, so they are not ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
- PVC/Vinyl blind – uPVC window blinds have become popular because they are extremely durable and easy to clean. They are available in different colours and designs and help to insulate your home.