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Blinds as window covering

Blinds fitted as the only window covering, complement a modern minimalist look. Blinds can also be used in combination with curtains for a classic, layered look.

There are so many options from which to choose that one can easily feel confused. The most popular types of blinds are:

Roman blinds are equally suitable for contemporary or traditional settings. Made up of fabric, they are custom made to suit the furnishings of the room. When raised, the folds look neat and, when lowered, the flat panel is very effective to provide privacy. It is a very practical solution for bay windows as one can have the blinds made up in sections.

Venetian blinds are slatted blinds which come in timber, aluminium and PVC versions. Timber offers excellent insulation, aluminium creates a contemporary feel and PVC offers durability. Venetian blinds provide absolute privacy when closed. One can alter the angle of the blind slats to control the level of light in the room.

Vertical blinds are very suitable for large expanses of glass, such as sliding doors. They are ideal to protect furniture from damage by harsh sun rays. When opened, they stack to the side of the window, offering an uncluttered look.

Roller blinds are popular because they are easy to operate. They roll up tightly at the top of the window, allowing light to stream in during the day. Roller blinds are especially suitable when wall space is limited, as a roller blind can be fitted neatly into the window recess. One can combine it with other window coverings, such as curtains. When made of block-out material complete privacy is ensured.

When selecting blinds, make sure they harmonise with the interior and meet practical needs. When it comes to choosing blinds for the home, the following factors should be taken into consideration:

Aesthetics
Blinds should complement the décor of a room. Choose a style which complements the look and feel of the room. Timber Venetian blinds offer a classic feel; aluminium Venetian blinds are more suited to a contemporary home. Also keep the exterior appeal in mind, and choose blinds which appear uniform from the outside.
Energy efficiency
Blinds can contribute to the energy efficiency of a home. Timber blinds are impressive performers in terms of energy efficient window treatments, and Roman blinds let down at sunset in winter, will keep the cold outside.
Privacy
Blinds come in a range of fabrics and materials which offer varying visibility, from total block out to sunscreen which still offer some view of the outside.
Shading
Shading the interior of a home helps to maintain a comfortable temperature as well as to protect furniture and flooring from the damaging UV rays of the sun. When street lights or glaring morning sunlight is a problem, block-out blinds may be the solution. These are made from fabric with special light-reflective properties that block out strong morning sunlight or night lights that may disturb sleep. The slat structure of Venetian blinds also allows light control.
Safety
In a household with pets and small children, one may want to ensure that cords are not within their reach. Order shorter control cords which adults can operate, but children cannot reach.
Practicality
In kitchens and bathrooms, choose blinds which can withstand humidity and condensation, and are easy to clean.
Cost
Good quality blinds may be expensive, but are likely to last for many years.

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