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CHOOSING THE RIGHT BLINDS FOR YOUR HOME

Roller Blinds offer privacy and effective light block. With a wide variety of colours and patterns they can be manufactured to suit almost any room in the home or office. Fabrics come in various formats from sheers, which allow plenty of light into the room to blackout, which are ideal for bedrooms.  A variety of fascia and bottom bar finishes are available to give a truly bespoke finish.  Vision blinds are a new variation of roller blind, which have two layers of fabric to give a zebra like effect and greater light control. Motorised roller blinds are also increasingly popular and these can be controlled via handset, wall switch or smart phone.are offer excellent light control and are available in a wide range of colours and designs.  Vertical Blinds are versatile and suitable for all rooms in the home; tracks can even be curved to suit bay windows!  This style of blind can be controlled via cord/ chain, wand or motorised.  The louvers can be tilted to gently control the amount of light that enters the room. This feature also allows the level of privacy to be altered. Vertical Blinds fabrics come in a multitude of textures and designs to compliment most interior design schemes.  Wood Venetian Blinds offer privacy whilst allowing plenty of light into the room through angling of the slats. Suitable for living room, kitchen and bedroom when blackout is not required; this style of blind has seen an increase in popularity over recent years. Wood Venetian Blinds are not suitable for conservatories or south facing windows as the wood can warp under extreme heat, neither are they suitable for French, Bifold or Sliding Doors due to the stack of the slats when the blind is retracted. Manufactured from a variety of different materials including Basswood, Oakwood and composite PVC, Wood Venetian blinds can be used to give a plantation shutter effect at a lower cost.  Aluminium Venetian blinds offer similar functionality to Wood Venetian blinds and are less prone to warping. This style of blind is most commonly found in kitchens, although is now more commonly found in other parts of the home. Part of the reason for this is that Aluminium Venetian blinds are compatible with non drill systems such as INTU and Perfect Fit, which fix to the window glazing rather than the window recess. Aluminium Venetian blinds offer a functional window covering solution. Pleated Blinds are typically found in conservatories because they look great and fold neatly away.  The fabrics often have solar protective features and so can help keep conservatories cool and protect furniture from harmful UV rays. This style of blind is also compatible with non drill systems and so is now more commonly being found in other parts of the home including living rooms and bedrooms. New honeycomb pleated fabrics are energy saving, noise reducing and offer a high degree of blackout.  With no visible cords they are also extremely pleasing on the eye. Roman blinds are made from woven fabrics and are particularly popular for use in living rooms. Great for windows that could be overwhelmed with curtains and great for insulation, Roman blinds offer a soft and contemporary window furnishing option. Tips on picking the correct blind for your room: Do you require a dark room? Roller, Pleated or Roman would work best in a blackout fabric Is your room slightly damp or humid? Faux Wood Venetian or a Roller blind in a wipe clean or PVC fabric would be the best option Is your room overlooked and you require privacy? Venetian or Vertical blinds would work best as the slats or louvers can be tilted to give privacy whilst allowing light into the room What colour/ design should I pick for my room? Large prints work better in larger rooms and can be used almost as a feature wall. Smaller geometric designs tend to look better in smaller rooms. Think about the existing decor and furniture in the room and always view a physical sample when deciding upon your blinds design and colour. Where possible install window blinds that do not have cords. Certificated safety devices must be installed with the blind when this is not possible. Do not place a child’s bed, cot, playpen or highchair near a window to prevent accidents.  Window blinds should be installed by a professional in line with child safety standard BS EN 13120.   ​

VERTICAL BLINDS

One of the most popular types of internal window blind after the roller has to be the vertical blind. The practicality of the product allows them to be installed for numerous functions in just about any kind of room, including the office, hospital and classroom, as well as just about anywhere in the home. Different styles and colours of head rail combined with a variety of louvre widths and literally hundreds of fabrics can produce thousands of end results. Our vertical collection consists of many fabrics designed for the domestic and commercial markets. Plains, jacquards and other woven designs are featured along with fabrics that are washable, dimout and blackout. Speciality fabrics designed for use in computer environments are plentiful, as are the all-important flame-retardants. All are available in either 89mm or 127mm louvre widths and the designs featured are suitable for any modern or traditional room setting. Any selection will present a stunning wall of colour and, by alternating contrasting colours or designs, a spectacular two tone effect can be created, opening up possibilities for those whose imaginations are prone to run wild. The choices are seemingly endless. 

SHUTTERS OR BLINDS?

This question is open ended and really depends on personal taste and living arrangements.  There are many similarities between shutters and blinds, with both products helping to control light and glare through tilting the louvers or slats; both are also easy to clean and relatively maintenance free.  There are, however some major differences between the two as we will investigate now…..  are architecturally fitted meaning they become part of the window as they are fitted to the actual window frame. The shutter doors can be swung open and kept to the side of the window frame allowing light to pour into the room (unless you live in Manchester, which is where we are based!). Shutters can be configured in many different ways and we always recommend that the configuration is mainly determined by the window frame itself.  This makes the shutters look uniform and more pleasing on the eye.  Window shutters are also extremely durable to the extent that we are able to offer a ten year warranty on some of our ranges. Window blinds do not give you such versatility but in general are much less expensive. With new product developments such as Perfect Fit,  and new cost effective , the product choice is better than ever. Blinds also come in many different formats from  to ; this gives a wider spectrum in terms of functionality.  One of the main benefits of made to measure window blinds is the relatively low cost compared with shutters.  When choosing between shutters and blinds, we would always recommend that people living in rented accommodation opt for blinds as Shutters are many times more expensive.  Interior shutters can be considered a more long term investment as they add value to your property.  There is no real conclusive answer to this question and we guess that much of the decision comes down to personal taste and they type of property you have.   Whether you choose our shutters or blinds, we are sure that you will be delighted with the results. ​

CAFE STYLE SHUTTERS

Most houses are built with winter in mind meaning that in summer it can feel very hot in doors!  This may make us want to open all of the windows in the house to let in some air but unfortunately this is not always that easy.  If you live in Manchester for example you may then have neighbours or passers-by peering in your house, which is not ideal as privacy is important to most of us!  Interior plantation shutters can be useful in alleviating this issue as windows can be opened whilst maintaining privacy. Café style shutters where by the bottom half of your windows are covered to give privacy but light (and air!) are able to pass through the top half of the window are ideal in this situation. Cafe style shutters cover only bottom half of a window, leaving the rest of the window exposed. They are commonly used on taller windows.  As previously mentioned, the advantage of this style is most effective on properties that are overlooked, for example a ground floor flat or a house on a busy street. The bottom half gives privacy whilst the exposed window still lets in all the light. People that opt for this style often complement them with curtains or blinds. Another great thing about Café style shutters is that they cost a lot less than full height shutters. Often half the price!​

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