Wednesday 12 May 2021
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Venetian Blinds as a Window Treatment

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Jana Gous
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Several different types of window blinds are available on the market, but with so many different options to your disposal it can be difficult to decide which would provide you with the best choice for your home. Except for your budget, let us look at what to take into consideration when deciding on which option to select. For this week, we will have a look at Venetian blinds

Venetian Blinds – These blinds are a popular alternative to curtains and a great way of creating privacy. Venetian blinds are available in different materials including aluminium and wood. Venetian blinds offer wonderful flexibility as they can be raised and lowered to adjust the view and light level in the room, and the slates can be opened and closed to further adjust light level and privacy.

Aluminium venetian blinds are a durable option and are common in offices and business. They are commonly available in 2 widths (25mm and 50mm) and a wide variety of colours and finishes (plain, metal, textured and wood look).

As aluminium rust resistant, these blinds are a good option for kitchens and bathrooms. It is also easy to maintain and can be cleaned by either vacuuming or dusting and wiping with a soft cloth and cleaning agent. They are also very easy to install. They can also be custom made to fit a specific window’s dimensions. Aluminium venetian blinds are also quite inexpensive.

Aluminium is a good heat conductor; the blinds can therefore become very hot if hung in a room where it received a lot of direct sun. This stored heat will be radiated into the room adding to uncomfortably hot conditions.

Wood venetian blinds will add interest in a room that lacks architecturally. Unlike fabric blinds, wood blinds will look more “built-in,” and become a part of the room. The warmth of the wood will add texture and richness, especially if the room has little other wood present.  Wood blinds are available in variety of colours, finishes and slat sizes to fit almost any décor style.

However, not all windows are good candidates for wood blinds.  Wood blinds tend to be very heavy and will therefore not always work in all windows, especially larger windows. In such cases they can be bulky and cumbersome to raise and lower. The slates are thicker than those of aluminum blinds, resulting in a large “stack” at the top of the window.  In tall windows and doors the stack of slates can block part of the light as well as part of the view.

As wood is a natural product it will be influenced by moist and heat, which can lead to twisting and warping of the slates, especially in lower quality blinds.  This characteristic makes them a poor choice for bathrooms and above kitchen sinks. I would also never suggest that a client install a wood blind in a window that received a large amount of direct sunlight, as this will definitely result in warped slats. Natural wood colours will also fade over time if exposed to direct and even indirect sunlight.

Whilst prices vary between suppliers and quality, wood blinds are more expensive than aluminium blinds.

Faux wood blinds are made of either a composite wood material or a PVC/vinyl material. Both of these materials are highly durable and are much less prone warping, cracks or fading. Faux wood blinds work very well in children’s rooms. These blinds are easy to clean as any normal household cleaning products can be used since you will not have to worry about damaging any of the fine grain of real wood. Some faux woods tend to be heavier than wood and should not be considered for oversized windows. In addition, faux wood blinds should be less expensive than real wood blinds.

Venetian blinds can be combined with other window treatments, such as curtains and roman blinds. My experience is that venetian blinds installed over a sliding door are a nuisance. As a door is at least 2m high, the stacked blind will be in the way of a very tall person and would also rattle in the wind when the door is open.

Hope this will give you some insight into the use and application of venetian blinds. Next week we will have a look at shutters.

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