When you first start looking at blinds, you might be surprised by the wide array on offer. The first thing you'll need to do is decide on the basic design, and plenty of people find themselves choosing between Roman blinds and Venetian blinds.
Roman blinds are made from fabric that is drawn up in pleats. Venetian blinds are usually made from wood, metal, or uPVC; they consist of several interlocking slats. While both options have their own advantages and drawbacks, here are just five reasons why you should choose Venetian blinds.
1. Added Flexibility
The best thing about Venetian blinds is that you don't just pull them up or down. Just adjusting the angle of the slats, you can choose how light enters your home. If you want things a touch dimmer, you can do it. If you want light to come in but don't want the glare, that's also easy. You can also angle Venetian blinds to let in light while obstructing the view from outside, so your privacy will be protected.
2. Easier Cleaning
One of the major problems with Roman blinds is that they're relatively hard to clean. Fabric can't just be wiped down with a cloth, so you'll need to remove the blind to give it a proper clean. Venetian blinds can just be wiped down quickly slat by slat to get things looking perfect once again.
3. Added Design Options
Because Roman blinds are only made from fabric, you're limited in the number of designs you can go for. With Venetian blinds, the world is your oyster. Want your room to look colourful? Try uPVC for a vibrant range of colour options. Fancy a sleek and modern look? Install Venetian blinds made from aluminium. Want to keep things warm and traditional? Wood will do the job.
4. Lower Price
As a general rule, Venetian blinds cost less than Roman ones, though that does depend somewhat on the material you choose. If you want to add blinds to your windows without breaking the bank, Venetians are one of your best options.
5. Better at Blocking
Finally, keep in mind that Venetian blinds tend to be better at blocking out light completely, which is an important consideration if the windows you're covering aren't also going to have curtains. Because the fabric used to make Roman blinds is relatively thin, some light will get through. Aluminium, wood, and uPVC don't let light through, so Venetian blinds can produce near-total dark.