Choosing the Best Venetian Blinds

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Venetian blinds are an excellent choice for many households. They provide a high level of luxury and style, as well as being sold to suit a decent range of budgets. And, of course, they tick all the boxes from a practical viewpoint, but they offer many other benefits too. For example, they can add a nice level of colour to a room, often doing an excellent job of ‘lifting’ a room, stylistically speaking. But, they can also be understated and still keep a muted or natural scheme going – they're a type of blind that is less likely to clash with other areas of the house.

Venetian blinds offer handy features, such as being able to control light and privacy levels with ease. For instance, if it's a bright day, you can tilt the slats backwards to face the window, which will deflect any strong sunlight trying to ease its way in. This will help to block out light that, over time, will damage furnishings. But, if it's one of those days where you want to let some of the light in, then the blinds can just be lifted slightly, still keeping your required levels of privacy intact, and they aren’t usually too hard to install. It's usually a straightforward process, but if no one in the household is able to do it, there will be a service available to do so. So, the benefits of Venetian blinds are clear, but how do you go about purchasing the best ones? Well, to increase your chances of getting the best Venetian blinds for your home, follow these simple steps:

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Understand Your Size Requirements

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This is where we would start. You need to measure up and work out the size requirements for every window space where you'll be wanting to install the blinds. To measure accurately, you need to decide if you want the blinds to sit inside or outside the window recess. This is something that just comes down to preference; most people usually favour one method over the other. Just remember that if you want your blinds to sit inside the window recess, you need to measure the width at the top, middle and bottom of the recess. With the measuring, it's recommended to do so in centimetres, rounding down rather than up to make sure the blinds fit within the recessed space without any snagging. If the blind is to hang outside the window recess, measure the width at the top of the recess, adding at least 7cm on each side so that the blind overlaps the window symmetrically.

Decide on Your Material

Your next consideration should be your material type. There aren't loads of different options, but the choice you make will make a big difference to your blinds. It's not just about what materials you tend to like under normal circumstances that your choice should be based on, but for best results, you want to select a blind made with a material that will complement the room it's to be placed in. The most common material types for a Venetian blind would be either wood or metal, such as aluminium. You may also opt for plastic, which is especially good if you're after a simple, budget solution. However, keep in mind that plastic is likely to suffer damage quicker than the other options.

On the other hand, aluminium or other metal blinds will wear well, so they're a good choice for kitchens or bathrooms, especially as they're splash proof – over time they won't warp due to moisture, and can easily be wiped clean. Wooden blinds make sense if you aim to bring a softer, natural look to a room. If you already have plenty of wooden detail around your home, these will likely be a good choice. But, of course, wood isn't as hard wearing as metal, and is unsuitable for a bathroom or kitchen space. You can buy some nice lighter-shaded wooden blinds that will be good if you're trying to give a room a lighter feel during the day.

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Maintenance is a plus side when it comes to these types of blinds. Venetian blinds are easy to clean, so, in that respect, they're for an area where spillages are likely, so that may persuade some to install them into a kitchen or bathroom window space if the potential damage caused by moisture isn't of major concern.

The material that you select for your blinds may also make a difference in temperature regulation for the room in which they're placed. Further to this, some choices can help save energy and keep a room either cool or warm, depending on the time of year. For instance, if your goal is to keep a room warm, you could purchase some Venetian blinds that have been treated with a coating called Thermostop, something that makes the blinds three times more effective at blocking heat when compared to standard blind slats. And this clever technology works the other way too, as during the winter the coating will help minimise heat loss. And, of course, if you're managing to regulate the temperature from your blinds, you can potentially do your bit for the environment, as well as save money not having to turn on heaters/fans as much.

 

Choose the Right Sized Slats

This is where we would start. You need to measure up and work out the size requirements for every window space where you'll be wanting to install the blinds. To measure accurately, you need to decide if you want the blinds to sit inside or outside the window recess. This is something that just comes down to preference; most people usually favour one method over the other. Just remember that if you want your blinds to sit inside the window recess, you need to measure the width at the top, middle and bottom of the recess. With the measuring, it's recommended to do so in centimetres, rounding down rather than up to make sure the blinds fit within the recessed space without any snagging. If the blind is to hang outside the window recess, measure the width at the top of the recess, adding at least 7cm on each side so that the blind overlaps the window symmetrically.

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Maintenance is a plus side when it comes to these types of blinds. Venetian blinds are easy to clean, so, in that respect, they're for an area where spillages are likely, so that may persuade some to install them into a kitchen or bathroom window space if the potential damage caused by moisture isn't of major concern.

The material that you select for your blinds may also make a difference in temperature regulation for the room in which they're placed. Further to this, some choices can help save energy and keep a room either cool or warm, depending on the time of year. For instance, if your goal is to keep a room warm, you could purchase some Venetian blinds that have been treated with a coating called Thermostop, something that makes the blinds three times more effective at blocking heat when compared to standard blind slats. And this clever technology works the other way too, as during the winter the coating will help minimise heat loss. And, of course, if you're managing to regulate the temperature from your blinds, you can potentially do your bit for the environment, as well as save money not having to turn on heaters/fans as much.

 

Pre--Made or Made To Measure

To end up with the perfect pair of Venetian blinds, you need to decide if a pre-made set can match what you could have made for you on a bespoke basis. A pair of Venetian blinds can be purchased pre-made with a wide range of styles and sizes on offer, and the average customer will find something that they like. However, some people would rather purchase made-to-measure Venetian blinds because they feel that this will guarantee they get exactly what they want, knowing they're being made completely to their specifications. Bespoke is also a good idea if your window measurements are not of the typical size that pre-made blinds are likely to cover, and you will find made-to-measure options covering an even wider range of styles. Just remember, it'll probably work out more expensive to purchase in this way.

It's worth noting that unlike other types of blinds, Venetian blinds are designed to be kept in the down position most of the time. So if you would likely be bringing your blinds up and down a lot throughout the day, perhaps these are not the best choice for you! Other than that though, Venetian blinds will suit most types of homes, and you can select material and styles that will go especially well with the rooms they're going to appear in. 

Ultimately, it shouldn’t be too hard to find Venetian blinds that suit the general aesthetic of your house, whilst staying within your desired budget. It’s just true to say that they aren’t the best choice for the bathroom or kitchen, due to the moisture issue caused by water usage, so keep that in mind if you're looking for blinds specifically for either of those areas.

 
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