How to choose blinds and shutters

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    Types of blinds


    • Roller blinds provide excellent protection against heat and light and give the room a neat, uncluttered look. Choose sheer to soften sunlight, patterned fabrics to introduce colour and texture or blackout blinds to block light completely. Head to Hillarys or Novatec for a bottom-up roller blind, which is great for providing privacy while still letting in light through the top half of the window.
    • Vertical blinds have shaken off their dowdy office image with companies such as New House Textiles and Luxaflex adding sheers, patterns, even metallics to their ranges. Ideal for high windows and doors, tilt them to let in a lot or a little light, or pull back entirely.
    • Venetian blinds can be adjusted to filter or totally cut out light, or pulled up completely to let in maximum light. Wood Venetians sit well with floorboards, but for something more daring, look at Faber’s 2007 collection, with multi-coloured slats for a modern take on this classic.
    • Roman blinds are a staple option for a large window. When pulled up, they make a neat stack at the top of the frame that is still visible, so they remain a feature in any decorative scheme.
    • Panel Systems, also known as Kyoto Panels, are wider than Venetians and on some systems, each panel can be manoeuvred independently. Eclectics has a range of panels in a variety of colours and fabrics, including dramatic digital prints, while Silent Gliss does a range that attach to a track with an extra-strong Velcro system. This means you can alternate the panels and choose a heavier material in winter and a lighter, airier fabric in the summer months.


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