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Conceived over four centuries ago, the first blinds were little more than pieces of fabric draped over windows, designed to protect furnishings from the destructive effect of sunlight.
Today, by contrast, blinds are firmly established in their own right as a means of decorating windows.
As well as being inherently practical, blinds are easy to make, in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials, ranging from the simplicity of a plain roller blind to the period character of elegant, ruched Austrian or festoon blinds.
A blind can be used either on its own, or as a useful supplement to a curtain.
When combined with a set of purely decorative curtains, a simple blind helps to keep out the light and reduces noise and draught, offering an ideal utilitarian solution to covering a window.
In this chapter, you will find all the information you need to make and fit roller, roman and ruched blinds
Choosing a Style
Window blinds can be categorized into two basic groups: plain and ruched.
The first category is comprised of the roller, simple tied, hooked and roman blinds, all of which give a flat surface when lowered.
Plain blinds have a tailored appearance and draw up to allow the maximum amount of daylight to enter a room.
Ruched blinds include Austrian and festoon blinds, and provide fuller and more opulent window dressings than plain blinds.
When choosing a style, bear in mind that, even when fully raised, a ruched blind will always obscure a section of the window.
If you have a window that is overlooked or has a poor view, consider hanging a blind that will remain permanently drawn.
This simple blind, made from a shawl stretched flat, has been secured to the frame of a recessed window on a pair of battens.
Screen for Privacy
Roller blinds are among the most versatile blinds. Because they self-wind onto unobtrusive poles.
Roller blinds are ideal for use in bathrooms, where privacy is essential.
If you need a lightproof roller blind for privacy, use purpose-made blackout fabric.
Practical and Popular
Ideal for recessed windows that need to be screened but not insulated, roller blinds are a popular choice for the most frequently used rooms, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
A roller blind hangs most effectively if it is constructed from purpose-made blind fabric, or a fabric rendered semi-rigid with proprietary stiffening fluid, which gives the material a durable surface that is easy to wipe clean.
When you wish to preserve your furnishings, upholstery, and other light-sensitive objects from the damaging effect of the sunlight.
You will combine flat blinds, such as these roman blinds (image below), with curtains, to provide secondary daytime cover.
For aesthetic purposes, a blind should be longer than it is wide, otherwise, it would appear stunted and distorted.
When dressing a wide window or a series of windows, you can divide a large blind into a series of swags or hang several blinds in a row.
Roller blinds wrap around a pole suspended between a pair of small metal brackets that are attached over a window.
Although this assembly is relatively unobtrusive, it can be hidden behind a simple pelmet.
Made of wood and fastened to a wall, ceiling, or window frame by metal brackets. Pelmets can either be decorated with fabric that matches the blind or is painted.
Luxurious Ruched Effects
The most sophisticated blinds are undoubtedly of the ruched variety.
Unlike a festoon blind, which is lightly ruched from top to bottom, an Austrian blind is ruched and heavily swagged along the bottom edge only.
Making it most appropriate for a tall window. If fitted above the window, as here (image below), the blind will allow more daylight into the room than if it is fixed within the window recess.
Lightweight fabrics such as net, lace, cotton, and silk, are most effective for these blinds.
Whatever and whichever style you have in mind for the rooms in your household, consider installing window blinds.
Not only are they a unique feature of the room, but they also don’t have to cost the earth and have light-blocking properties.
In fact, they are most likely cheaper to buy and install than many curtains out there, especially if you choose an option like faux wood instead of real oak wood.
So have a look online or in the home furnishing store next time you go shopping and try to find the perfect window blinds that will suit your home.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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