Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds are one of those products that have been around for a long long time. Although the mechanisms used to operate them may have changed over the years, while other products have come in and out of fashion, they are still a good reliable tried-and-true window furnishing. They can be installed by themselves to give you that sleek classic look, or combined with other window furnishings giving you your own unique style with practicality thrown in. Venetian blinds are often used in conjunction with, or as a cost-effective alternative to plantation
shutters.

Materials

Venetian blinds come in a few different materials to suit different situations, different budgets and to fit with the look you’re after.

Practicality

Often when I go through clients homes, there is one or two windows or doors where they are in a very tight space limiting what we can do there. This is where venetian blinds, particularly with the slimmer blades, come into their own. Likewise, in an office space where there maybe furniture pushed up close to the window, Venetian blinds can discreetly slide down between the glass and the furniture. Like it’s stripey cousins, vertical blinds and plantation shutters, it is also good for controlling privacy and light simply by adjusting the angle the blades are tilted on.

Energy efficiency

On a hot or cold day any blind on a window is certainly going to help with the amount of heating and cooling which is needed in a room as it forms a barrier between the hot or cold glass of the window. Venetian blinds have the added advantage of being able to tilt the blades to reflect the sun away from the room much like the reflective sun barrier you may put up on the inside of the car windscreen on a hot day. Also, in cooler conditions the hard surface of a Venetian blind will be more effective in keeping the warmth in and the cold out than something like a fabric roller blind.

Cleaning

As with anything that has a horizontal surface, Venetian blinds will collect dust, there is no getting around that. This is probably one of the main concerns or questions I get asked about this style of blind. Really it comes down to this, when you do the dusting in the rest of your house, you should really give your Venetian blinds a quick go over with the feather duster. As with anything, the longer you leave it, the harder the job will be. It doesn’t matter whether it’s cleaning the house, cleaning the car, mowing the lawn or cleaning your blinds, it’s the same story.

Aluminium

Panel glides are available in a wide range of plain, patterned and textured fabrics. Fabric density options include blockouts for privacy and darkness, translucents for privacy and light, and sunscreens for daytime privacy while keeping the view through your window. Panel glides are easily coordinated in the same or complimentary fabrics as the roller blinds or Roman blinds on other windows within the same area. You also have the choice of including joins or battens like you may have on your Roman blinds to continue the same look throughout the room.

New generation ecowood

Available in 50 mm and 63 mm wide blades with a range of whites, off whites and timber grain looks. This material is ideal for wet areas as they won’t absorb moisture. They are also a little lighter on the pocket for the more budget conscious.

Basswood

Available in 50 mm and 63 mm wide blades with a range of whites, off-white and some rich timber colours. These all come in a lacquered finish allowing for easy cleaning.

Cedar

Available in 50 mm and 63 mm wide blades with a range of whites, off-white and rich timber colours. These can also be painted to the colour of your choice to fit with the rest of your decor. You also have the option of lacquered finish and the more natural oiled look.