Venetian blinds have stood the test of time as a functional and stylish choice for your home. Whether you want to create a contemporary, minimalistic or classic style, they deliver. Or, if it’s pure practicality you’re after, Venetians are the go-to. Let’s have a look at how you can optimise your Venetians to create a really stylish décor feature.
A little history…
This style of blind goes back centuries. Interestingly, their exact origin is thought to be Persia. Historians believe Venetian traders brought them from the east to Venice and Paris (where it could be argued all good style trends are solidified). In fact, to this day they’re referred to in French as ‘Les Persienes”, a nod to their supposed country of origin. Since being introduced to Europe in the mid 1700s, Venetian blinds have remained a staple of home décor.
So let’s look at how to best use them.
The ideal rooms
Venetians are made of hard materials so they won’t work in rooms where you want a very soft look (read on for a way of contending with this). Part of what makes Venetians so popular is their ability to control light and privacy. For that reason, you might want to put them on windows that get a lot of natural light or face a street or neighbour.
Lots of homes feature Venetians in the kitchen because they’re easy to clean and more flame retardant than a fabric blind. The bathroom is also another room where Venetians commonly work well because they offer clean, simple lines and allow you to maintain privacy easily.
Venetians can be used in bedrooms and living spaces also but do offer a harder look when compared to fabric window coverings.
Following on from above, what your Venetians are made of affects how they look and where you can use them. For instance, wooden blinds in areas with high moisture (bathroom, laundry, kitchen) will warp so choosing aluminium, PVC or faux-wood would be better.
The material they’re made of also impacts colour choice. PVC and aluminium blinds could be sourced in just about any colour you want, whereas wood and wood-look tend to come in natural wood colours.
Aluminium slats will offer a variety of different finishes such as metallic, glossy, satin or matte.
If you do want to go for Venetians but want a ‘softer’ look, consider wood and faux-wood look materials.
The right sized slat
This is a visual consideration. How thick a stripe do you want? 50mm slats are reasonably chunky and give the best effect on bigger windows. On smaller windows you simply get fewer slats and it can look a bit goofy. It also creates a thick stack when open, which could end up blocking some of the window (depending on an inside or outside mount). Slat size affects style because wood and wood look tend to come in bigger slats (50-60mm) and aluminium is commonly the only material that 25mm slats come in. You might find yourself having to compromise.
The slats on your blinds are also used to control light and privacy. Venetian blinds are designed to be left down. Raising/lowering on a daily basis puts a lot of tension on the string lines, decreasing the blinds longevity. So instead, tilt to control the slats for optimal privacy and light control.
Pair with curtains
Curtains over Venetian blinds is a wonderful way to soften the hard, straight lines of the blind and bring a little more colour or texture into a room. It also offers a lot of versatility as you can have the curtains open and still control light and privacy with the blinds.
Hide it under a pelmet
Pelmets add a stylish, decorative finish. Recessed pelmets offer a really streamlined finish because they’re actually built into the room and hide any tracks and operating mechanisms up in the ceiling. It’s a very slick, elegant finish. One that sticks out from the wall is also a nice way of hiding the stack when the blind is pulled all the way up.
Inside or outside mount
You can have either with a Venetian blind but perhaps an inside mount has the upper hand ever so slightly. This is when the blind is fixed to the inside of the window frame. This offers a very clean look as the window frame creates a tidy box around the lines of the slats.
If you like the idea of Venetians, but you want to try something different or take them to the next level, consider shutters. They operate and look similar so you get all the same in terms of style and practicality with a few extra benefits:
- A unique structure that adds value to your home.
- Extremely hardwearing and long lasting
- Much safer for children than a traditional cord-operated blind.
- You can have the windows open and shutters pulled closed without them flapping around in a breeze.
- They’re perfect for doors as they are fixed. Blinds will move, even if you attach them with a bracket.
Our style consultants are really skilled at knowing what works best where so when it comes to choosing the right blinds for each room of your home, they can help guide you through your choices. Book your free in-home consultation today.