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Why Choose Blinds Over Curtains?

When you are redecorating, your choice of window coverings can make all the difference to your overall look.

It is worth looking into the enormous variety of designs and materials on offer, and combining these to create an effect that really complements your room decor. Whether you are looking for simple curtains, or modern window blinds, there are a wide range of materials you can incorporate into your home designs.

In recent years, metal has become an increasingly popular material for window blinds. As well as giving a sleek, up to date effect, metals are hardwearing and can be washed easily. Different types of metal can be used, with aluminum proving the most sought after, and the blinds come in a great variety of colors. Blinds are available with slats measuring between half an inch and three inches.

Wood is another fashionable choice for window coverings and can be used for both woven and Venetian blinds. Wood can give your room a warm, homely and natural feel. In addition it is very versatile and can be stained or painted to achieve a number of effects. Wooden slats are usually between one and two inches in width.

Producing a similar feel to wooden blinds, cane can be used in woven blinds. The varieties of cane used include bamboo and rattan, and blinds can be made from entire or divided pieces of cane. These blinds do not have slats that can be opened or closed. Some light can enter the room through small gaps in the canes, or the whole blind can be rolled up.

Vinyl or PVC is a cheaper alternative to wood or metal and is used in the manufacture of robust, stylish window blinds. These are available in a variety of colors and designs, and usually suit more modern styles of decor.

If you prefer a fabric look to your blinds, perhaps to complement other fabrics in your room design, you can have blinds made from textiles reinforced with vinyl, metal or wood. This can ensure a very unique and cozy effect for your window dressing.

Window blinds can be used on their own, for a contemporary look that will make your room appear bigger. They can also be used in conjunction with curtains, valences or drapes. The extra material can soften the look of the blinds and create a feeling of depth to your window dressing.

Some examples of window covering combinations are pale wood Venetians under a rich velvet valance, great for a traditional living area, a woven bamboo blind in an airy modern breakfast area, and a wide slatted vinyl blind under full length tie-back curtains in the bedroom, for added privacy. Blinds can be a fun, colorful and innovative way to decorate your windows. The variety of materials and styles on offer can be combined to create an original and stunning effect.