Blinds are a popular choice for window dressings and will often be far more economical than buying curtains. There’s also a lot of variety available, whether you prefer vertical, Venetian, Roman or roller blinds, wooden, fabric or paper.
Blinds are especially popular in bathrooms and kitchens, and the range available on the high street and online means customers can have almost any combination of colours or fabric finish.
Two of the most popular are Venetian and roller blinds, which both have up and downsides. Your decision will be based on what look you prefer and what your specific requirements are. And it’s really worth remembering that to avoid costly mistakes when you buy and order online, you must measure, then measure again to be certain you’re ordering the right size! If you make a mistake in sizing up, you may find you can’t return the blind to the manufacturer.
Roller blinds were seen as a functional item compared to other more decorative blinds but they have become more popular thanks to a greater variety being available in terms of colour and fabric. They are perhaps less versatile in terms of adjusting light levels, but they don’t need to be dusted, and depending on the fabric, many can be wiped down with a cloth. You can opt for waterproof roller blinds, and if you choose a blackout backing, they’re very effective at keeping light out which you might want in your bedrooms. PVC waterproof roller blinds are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms and any other damp environment, as they can be cleaned easily and are resistant to mildew and mould, which can affect your health if it’s not cleaned away (AUTHORITY URL: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/Can-damp-and-mould-affect-my-health.aspx?CategoryID=87).
These are made up of horizontal strips of metal, plastic, vinyl or wood. The slats are adjusted to control the amount of light that comes in, or how much privacy you require, and because you can change the position of the strips very easily, you can ensure light gets in without it shining directly into the room and onto pictures or furniture, which can fade.
The slats or strips can be quite fiddly to keep clean, although special cleaning tools can be bought cheaply, which do make dusting easier, and you can use a damp cloth to remove any other grease or dirt.