Style and material choices
Venetian blinds have come a long way since the concept of a slatted sunshade was stolen from the Far East by Italian merchants over 500 years ago.
Back in The Middle Ages Venetian blinds were a triumph of design over practicality and while today's sophisticated blinds might still figure heavily in office cleaners' nightmares, they remain popular. In fact, if you’re looking for a smart and tidy way to control the amount of light entering a room; Venetian blinds may well be the answer.
Venetian blinds consist of slats of material, lying horizontal and overlapping. The slats can be utilized in a variety of ways. In the fully closed position they deny access to all light and providing total privacy. The slats can be tilted to allow a desired quantity of light to filter through, or they can be stacked tightly in order to allow the maximum amount of light to enter a room.
Their diversity of styles and materials means that there’s a Venetian blind to suit every room in the house, including humid environments such as the kitchen and bathroom. At the top end of the market (in terms of both price and quality) are hardwood blinds. They are supplied in a variety of pre-cut sizes and can be customized at home. Slats are easy to remove and can be trimmed to ensure that they fit your window perfectly.
Lightweight aluminum Venetian blinds are a more affordable mid-range option. They come in a wide range of colors (including wood paint effects) and a number of sleek metallic finishes (great for contemporary kitchens). At the bottom end of the market are hardwearing PVC Venetian blinds. Competitive pricing means that PVC Venetian blinds are within most people’s financial reach and their robustness ensures a long lifespan.
Home improvement stores and DIY shops are a good place to start looking for blinds, but you may find that the best deals (and the widest choice) are available on the web. Keep an eye open for special promotions and don’t be afraid to phone through your order and ask for a discount.
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