There are numerous styles of window dressing available nowadays with all styles having a range of choices within them. As “oils ain’t oils” so it is that all blinds are not the same either. There is a blind to suit every conceivable purpose, enhance every decor, and to solve all the problems windows can throw at us. Blinds can also be made to fit archways or unusual shaped openings. Choose from narrow slats to wide blades, roller or venetian blinds and vertical blinds, just for openers. Add to this choices in colour, choices in materials and operating mechanisms and you start to get the wider picture of what is available.
Many years ago, most window furnishings consisted of long drapes or shorter curtains made from various cloth materials. Now we have enough different materials to make our head spin, thus we are certainly not lost for choice when it comes to making a purchase. Early venetian blinds were made from aluminium, but modern manufacture has added to this the choice of polystyrene, wood composites, and Western Red Cedar timber. Each material has a place in the home, covering different needs such as privacy, low budgets, and necessary insulation. A similar choice to venetian blinds is the practical vertical blind, with blades opening to allow light or closing to shut it out, while at the same time allowing airflow.
Vertical drapes have blades that can be drawn either left or right, and have a turning circle of 180 degrees giving better control over the amount of sun entering the room. They also insulate the room while looking soft and enhancing the interior decor. Elegant is a word that can easily be applied to this style of blind, as well as practical and multifunctional. The bottoms of the slats are weighted and it is your choice as to whether you have chain links or not. With three different choices of materials in this range, you have eighteen colour choices to go with them. Each material has a different application, with both the plain and textured blockout material totally blocking light entering the room, perfect for bedrooms where street lights are a problem and the translucent material which allows light in but cannot be seen through ensuring privacy.
The beauty of this modern vertical blind is that it can be drawn to both sides of the opening, not just from one side. This allows you to enjoy maximum light while the sun is elsewhere and enables them to be adjusted to keep out the sun and still allow light in as it moves around in its orbit. This is ideal for those home crafters who enjoy embroidery, sewing or knitting as they can make use of the light without glare being a factor. They are a practical addition to the home as well as being one that has aesthetic appeal.