- Light Filtering
Venetian blinds have horizontal slats, typically made of wood or plastic, and attached to each other by cords. This cord allows the slats to be rotated and give you full control over the amount of light that enters a room and the amount of privacy you want. They are easy to install, clean and are available in many designs and colours
Roman blinds or shades feature soft fabric. The fabric lies flat against the window the blinds are down and gather into pleats when up. They are good for privacy and blocking the light but not right for wet rooms.
Plantation Shutters, which are made of a wide louvre (slat), are used as window coverings in the interior of the house. Though expensive, they are durable and great insulators.
Roller blinds are made of a stiffened fabric that can be rolled into a tube when not in use. They are inexpensive, sturdy and simple to operate.
Blackout blinds, a type of roller blind, is treated with coating that effectively blocks the light. They have all the pros of roller blinds and at the same time offers complete privacy.
Light filtering blinds are made of a mesh that works the same as a roller blind. It is typically installed with a double blind in many homes that have blackout blinds or roller blinds. It acts as a screen that allows light but prevents neighbours and passers-by from seeing into the room.
The Most Inexpensive Option
Vinyl or aluminium blinds or vinyl roller blinds are typical the cheapest blinds. However, they provide little heat retention. To avoid heat loss, the blinds should leave as little openings for air to escape as possible so the air stays in the room. The ideal choice is shutters – the initial cost is high but they provide great insulation.
The Perfect Blinds for Wet Rooms
The blinds for wet rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens should be waterproof and low maintenance. For the bathroom, the blinds should also be good at blocking out the light for privacy. Choose not based on style of the blind but the material it is made of.
Avoid wooden blinds and shutters because they absorb moisture quickly and become damaged. The perfect blinds are Venetian or roller made of synthetic materials or acrylic-coated fabrics.
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