Blinds are nothing new. They have been around in many ancient civilizations, including the Persians, Chinese and Egyptians. The Venetians were one of the first to set up trade routes with the Middle East, and they borrow the Persian concept, bringing it on to Paris. That was the birth of what we now know as the ‘Venetian blind’.
The blinds we know today were made popular during the 18th century, when production technology improved and new, stronger materials were found. Since then, they have been found in almost every home. Their usage – keeping prying eyes out, regulating light and keeping in heat – has been left unchanged.
Today, blinds are an essential part of any household for those reasons. The only real change, however, is that they are now not just functional but decorative as well. A bland living space can be made interesting with a splash of color offered by blinds.
Types of Blinds
Today, we have five main categories of blinds, being Roman, roller, Venetian, vertical and panel. Each is designed for a specific type of window style. Specifically:
- Roman blinds fold up when they are raised and are made of a fabric material. They are usually a single piece that is mounted on slats, which allows the blind to be stacked in horizontal pleats. This is done through a cord or chain. These blinds are perfect for insulation when they lie flat.
- Roller blinds also have just a single piece of material, often fabric. They roll up using a pre-loaded spring or a chain. Rollers don’t have slats to create a type of backbone, which means the material wraps around a cylinder at the top instead, usually made from aluminum.
- Venetian blinds are made up from horizontal slats. These slats can be aluminum, vinyl or wood. They stack together when the blind is raised. They allow more control over light by rotating the slats from top to bottom. The slats can also be angled for further control.
- Vertical blinds or louvre blinds are very much like Venetians. However, the difference is that Venetian blinds have horizontal slats, whereas vertical blinds have vertical slats. These blinds are perfect for large windows and sliding doors, which is why they are often found in places with large glass walls. They can also create an anti-glare screen and they offer a lot of control over how much light is allowed in.
- Panel blinds, which work in the same way as vertical blinds because they are used mainly in large windows. However, panel blinds use a track system that glides from one side to the next. The screen is provided by a fabric or other material within the panel itself. They can also be used as a room divider, rather than a window or door covering.
Because there are so many different blinds available, it is clear that you should always be able to find one that is just perfect for your personal needs.