Roller Blinds for instance are subtle yet elegant, practical for just about any situation. Roller blinds can be motorised or controlled by a chain system. Roller blinds can be categorized in 4 main groups.
Blockout Roller Blinds – are ideal for bedrooms and home cinemas. These blinds are excellent for people who have trouble sleeping due to lights outside. Apart from this, it provides privacy and protect furniture and flooring from sun effects such as fading and bleaching.
Translucent Roller Blinds – are ideal for living areas. The fabrics used only reduces light, offer privacy and protect furniture and flooring from the sun. It is therefore perfect when both privacy and light are wanted but no view is required.
Transparent / Sheer Roller Blinds – there provide the same benefits as translucent blinds, but with the added benefit of providing a bit of a view, although very limited.
Screen / Sheer Roller Blinds – these blinds reduce light and provides glare control while maintaining the view.
Roller blinds are very popular and some of the types of fabrics in which they are available make them lasting and quite practical. At the same time, roller blinds can be hidden, so that when rolled upit looks like it has no window treatment at all. To keep up with interior decorating needs, blinds are also available in a large variety of colours and prints.
Double Blind Systems allows you to have two roller blinds in one window, which is a benefit for those who do not wish to choose between fabric types. You can therefore select a fabric to give complete privacy and block out the sun’s light, and another to reduce glare while retaining some natural light and view.
On larger blinds the use of motors is advised as the pull force necessary to lift the blind by chain mechanism alone can become a little difficult. If an electrical source is not possible, a spring booster can be fitted to your chain operated blinds thus reducing the pull force needed to lift larger blinds.
But not everybody likes the look and feel of roller blinds as described above. One of my favourites is the reverse fabric roller blind. This blind is made out of fabric (usually supplied by an interior decorator), where the front and backsides are made out of complementing fabrics. The blind is then roller to the front showing the fabric at the back. This can either be done manually and tied with ribbons, or with a chain system. A wooden dowel at the bottom of the blind provides the blind with structure and form. Such a blind could also be lined with block out fabric, providing the same benefits discussed above.
If the dowel is left out, the blind has a more relaxed look, but can be equally charming, just a little but more difficult to roll up manually. Therefore probably better if only used for decorative purposes and not to be rolled up and down.
In our harsh Namibian climate, fabrics exposed to direct sunlight will fade quickly. Therefore is you choose a fabric roller blind, keep this in mind and maybe consider only using them in a window that receives very little or no direct sunlight.
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Jana Gous Interiors