Before the introduction of glass in windows being common place for everyone, coverings to reduce the heat from the sun, prevent drafts and stop prying eyes have been used for hundreds of years. Window coverings made from reeds were used by the ancient Egyptians to keep the inside of dwellings cool, while in Asian countries bamboo strips were used. Cloth, which was often soaked in cold water, became popular window coverings in hot countries as the wet cloth help to reduce humidity as well as heat in a room.
Blinds or shades made from various natural materials have continued to be used to reduce heat, darken rooms and provide privacy around the world. There are many different types of blinds online available to buy ready made or have made to suit windows and doors of all sizes.
Roller blinds are a popular choice for small windows in bathrooms and kitchens, they are durable, wipe clean and easy to maintain. Roller blinds can be cut to size and are hung from small fixings at the top of the window, usually on the window frame to enable the blind to lay flat against the window when pulled down. They are available in a vast array of different fabrics, plain, patterned and textured which provides flexibility in window covering for any style of décor. Many people chose to have curtains which compliment or match the roller blind to provide a less formal look for larger windows.
Roman blinds provide shade and privacy and give a more informal look to the window, Austrian blinds with their softly ruffled appearance have always been a popular choice for lounges and bedrooms providing an elegant, stylish look to both large and small windows.
Venetian blinds have been used as a window dressing for hundreds of years, originally made from wooden slats. Metal Venetian blinds offer a contemporary look to a room, the soft grey of the aluminium give a minimalist feel to room.
Vinyl Venetian blinds are available in a wide range of colours, including wood effects, these are easy to maintain, durable and provide a perfect fit to windows. The versatility of these blinds enable diffused light to provide a warm glow to a room when the slats are tilted, these are ideal window coverings for those who want privacy without using net curtaining.