From traditional to contemporary, there is a wooden venetian blind to suit any interior and the result is a subtle yet effective solution to dressing a window.
Not only are they aesthetically pleasing with their clean lines and natural wood finish but a fantastic feature of this style of blind is that by way of a simple adjustment the horizontal slats can be tilted to control the amount of daylight that passes through, letting in as little or as much light as required. Generally they would be opened during the day to maximise the daylight and closed at night time to keep in the warmth, as this feature is also a contributing factor to regulating the temperature within the room, particularly during the summer months. When tilted the sleek lines cast an attractive linear shadow effect within the room.
Venetian blinds can be used in any room, however some rooms may be more suited than others. A personal preference is that they are better situated within lounge and living areas rather than bathrooms and kitchens. Increased moisture levels in bathrooms and kitchens will result in the blinds requiring extra cleaning and maintenance to keep them in pristine condition. Take a look at the range of blinds available from ‘made to measure’ which are specifically treated for use in rooms with increased moisture levels.
The interior design scheme of a room should influence the style and colour of the blinds. There are a wide range of natural wood finishes available to suit any interior design scheme. If you are spoilt for choice, consider a close match to other natural woods within the room, perhaps the furniture or flooring. If you are looking for a warm colour scheme, choose the mid to darker wood tones, a personal favourite is Paperbark Maple (see image above). Alternatively for a cooler and somewhat fresher look, go for a lighter shade like Carden (see image to the right). When choosing your blinds do not forget you also have a choice about the width of the slats as there are varying sizes available.
The natural wood finishes are ideally situated within traditional interiors however if you prefer the modern look, black makes quite a statement and would suit a modern/contemporary interior. If you are undecided then white will almost certainly fit in with any interior scheme and produce an attractive result for a crisp and bright interior. Something to bear in mind is that black may require more regular cleaning as it will reveal the dust more clearly than the textured wood finishes.
So whether your design preference is contemporary or traditional, with wooden venetian blinds you simply cannot go wrong.
Blog post written by Claire Taylor BA Hons – Design Manager