Windows are one of the most important architectural elements in a building and interior designers and home owners are always trying to find new ways to convert them into a decorative and functional part of the room. This is usually achieved through window treatments. Using window blinds is one such way of ensuring privacy, controlling the intensity of natural light and dust or entirely blocking them and improving the rooms aesthetic appeal. Unlike curtains, which are a soft window treatment, blinds are slightly more technical and have their own mechanism that helps in rotating and rolling them. There are a few different kinds of window blinds available in the market and it will help to learn about them before to able to choose the right one to buy.
Venetian blinds are a popular choice among people who enjoy a touch of the classic in their homes. They were first used during 18th century in France and England. Unlike vertical blinds, venetian blinds have horizontal slats and can be rotated to partially or wholly cover the window or raised up. The slats come in wide variety of materials including vinyl, metal especially aluminum, faux wood for those who like the way wood looks but donâ€™t want the hassles of dealing with real wood, real wood though they are mostly called wooden blinds or bamboo usually known as bamboo blinds. The valance, which is the top most part with the mechanism,or headrailof the blindscan be fixed either on the inside or outside of window frame. Other variations of venetian blindsinclude mini blinds which have a smaller slat width and micro blinds with even smaller width.
Vertical blinds are much better suited for rooms with wide and very tall ceiling to floor windows. They come in many hues and you can even choose blinds with each slat being of different color to complement the dÃ©cor of your room. Compared to venetian blinds, the slats are much wider, the headrail can be mounted on both inside and outside the window frame and the blinds can be drawn from side to side just like curtains. Vertical blinds help increase the height of the room because of their parallel vertical alignment. The slats are usually made from PVC, faux wood materials, metal, wood and fabric.
Roman blinds are similar to venetian blinds but with a fabric and the slats evenly spaced from each other behind that fabric. Since you get to use fabric you have a whole lot of design options to choose from, any color with any pattern. Roman blinds come in many varieties. Flat Roman, classic Roman which shows folds at the slats, soft or relaxed Roman, soft Roman with tails, hobbled Roman, looped Roman and stagecoach Roman, all referring to the way the fabric folds or doesnâ€™t fold when it is extended or raised up.
Roller blinds as the name suggests roll up at the top and can be pulled down to draw the blind. They are made from many materials, including fabric, jute fabric or sticks or plastic. Roller blinds are either rolled from the bottom or rolled at the top depending on the mechanism used.
Cellular blinds are perfect for rooms that need insulation from heat or cold. The slats in these blinds are glued to each other so as to create square honeycomb celled edges in single, double or triple layers. This structure is what acts as a barrier from the temperatures outside. They can be used as any regular blinds and come in many bright colors and shades.