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No one can deny they’re excited about the impending summer weather. But along with the warmth comes an increase in bright sunlight which can wreak havoc on your living quarters, creating glare on TVs and other screens, damaging some materials making them brittle, and bleaching carpet and furniture. So it’s important you put some real thought into your best options to counteract these effects.

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Venetian blinds are great; because of the tiltable slats you don’t have to half open or half close them to control light. You can open them completely to let the sun shine in, close them tight to block the light, or tilt the slats to retain privacy but also allow some light in.

Roller blinds offer a warmer, softer look for a room than blinds. They’re a very versatile feature, and because they are often made of fabric you have a wonderful selection to choose from to get the right look for a room.

And consider a light, mesh roller blind or sheer voile for protection from harmful UV rays without making the room too dark.

Venetian blinds and roller blinds can be both decorative and very functional. With so many styles out there, your best bet is to book a free consultation with one of our in-home style consultants; they have the experience to know what works, and where. But here are a few of the things you’ll need to consider:

Striking the right light/privacy balance

How much of either of these things you need or want could be dependent on where you want it. For example, in a bedroom you’re much more likely to prioritise the blocking out of all light with a blackout blind or roller blind, than in a kitchen where a bright, airy feel is appropriate. However, even in the kitchen you still don’t want too much light and heat pouring in or it could spoil any food left out. And in front facing rooms where you do a lot of living, privacy becomes more significant.

Think about voiles that are permanently drawn. This offers the benefit of being able to see out the window with limited visibility for those looking in, and a great option for filtering light in very bright room.

How do you want to operate them?

Do you want your blinds to be operated by a pull-cord, twist-wand, or remote control? It’s wise to factor children into this decision – blind cords that dangle quite low are a major safety hazard.

Do you want to have to raise the blind or roller blind completely or filter light through tilting slats?

Get the most from your budget

Instead of looking at your budget as a whole, why not budget on a room by room basis. For example, rooms you do a lot of living in could use a more complex system of venetian blinds, roller blinds and/or voiles for extra light control and privacy, whereas something less used, like a spare bedroom, may need just a basic blind.

Cleaning and maintenance

Although it’s as simple as running a damp cloth across, blinds with slats are a bit of a magnet for dust and need regular attention and cleaning. Fabric roller blinds  are better at hiding dirt for longer but when it does come time for cleaning you could find you either need to hand wash them or send them out for professional cleaning.

 

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