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Furniture & Furnishings - Blinds, curtains and shutters
Written by richart khalil   

Blinds, curtains and shutters are usually used as window treatments.  Used for centuries to “dress” windows, there role is becoming less functional and more aesthetic due to advanced techniques of cooling and heating. Therefore all the architectural dimension of the window as conceptual merit or looking onto a fantastic view can be managed without having any reason to festoon it with draperies. Curtains can be used then, to enhance privacy of particular rooms such as bedrooms.

Modern technologies gave us options to cover any window going from simple treatments of curtains – appreciated for their color and patterns – to blinds passing by shutters.

Six principal types of blinds are usually on the market:

  1. Roman blinds: consisting of concertina of deep, flat folds. The window recess, therefore, has to have certain depth for the hanging; the depth depends on the height of the blind and its substantiality of the fabric and lining.
  2. Roller blinds: the most inexpensive way to shade a window, it is made of stiffened fabric. Roller blinds made from black-out material will shut out the light completely.  They can also be used as alternative cupboard fronts and partitions for space division.
  3. Pull-up blinds: simple roller blinds fixed to the bottom of a window instead of the top and fastened with a hook each side of the frame at the appropriate height. The advantage of this type of blinds is that the light is not cut out and the upper view is still intact.
  4. Venetian blinds: horizontal stats that can be tilted up or down in order to regulate how much a person want light, or they can be pulled entirely. Backed up with a strong contemporary image they can be shiny, matt or colored done by wood or metal. We have choice between wide or narrow slats.
  5. Conservatory blinds: that means that they can be pulled out from the side of the bottom of the frame. We use them for windows that have an awkward shape or are in unusual places.
  6. Luminette vertical blinds: same as roman or roller blinds, but in a vertical position. They are best used for sliding doors, or a special design for windows.

As for blinds, we found a variety of curtains on the market, the most important are:

  1. Sheer and unlined curtains: this is the simplest form of window treatment: a flat panel of material, which may or may not be hemmed around the edges, can be fixed across the top of a window and hitched up to one side of the day. It has two advantages: the color, pattern and texture are fully revealed. It doesn’t demand great investment; it can be changed according to the seasons.
  2. Heavy curtains: signs of luxury when draped elegantly onto the floor, they give a room a warm, cosy feel. Lining lends extra weight to the curtains and protects the fabrics from light. Usually expensive, it is wise to choose the best materials, in order to last much longer.

At last but not least, shutters have an important number of models to choose from:

  1. Traditional shutters: they provide complete darkness, considerable insulation and some sound-proofing. Made of wood usually, they can fit any window embrasure. Louvred shutters will let in fresh air and keep out the sun during the day.
  2. Cut-out shutters: flush-surfaced shutters that have shapes on the edge. Used mainly for decorative purposes.
  3. Pivot shutters: these shutters are fixed on a rod fitted down all the length from top to bottom. By this each shutters can be controlled separately according to the position of the sun, allowing air and light to enter without being obliged to open up on the exterior.

While choosing the adequate type of your window treatment keep in mind that it must goes with your budget, architectural concept and your home needs of insulation, sound and light.

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