Posted on 05 April 2016
Let's talk about blinds. Why? Well, there's 20% off all locally made blinds in our Summer Sale. Adding blinds to your home not only gives you a huge choice of stylish window treatment options, it also provides you with real benefits which improve comfort, convenience and practicality in your life. Blinds give you increased privacy, thermal insulation, and light control - particularly important at this time of year with all that lovely Summer sunshine flooding your home. Our extensive selection of “made to measure” blinds are all manufactured locally, and we have many colour and design books in the store to browse through to help you get the blind that's just right for you. Plus we can bring these out to your home as part of our free, no obligation measure and estimating service.
So let's go through the types of blind now available, starting with the ever popular roller blind.
The classic and simple Roller Blind is an excellent and effective of controlling shading and introducing new colour or style to your room setting.
Vision blinds are a new concept which allows you to control the light whilst maintaining your view. Vision is a sheer fabric that gently filters and softens daylight whilst offering you the option of more privacy.
The Vision blind therefore combines an ideal balance of privacy and light control with the fashionable, eye-catching trend of bold stripes and colour blocks.
Pleated blinds are made from pleated fabric that pull up to sit flat at the top of a window to hide from sight when open. Some pleated blinds have a honeycomb or cellular construction which gives them excellent insulating and sound absorption properties.
Pleated Blinds can add texture to a room, and the way the sheer material filters light allows you to get just the right amount of shade and colour. Plus they can be easily fitted to existing PVC doors and windows via a simple gasket attachment system.
Venetian blinds offer a clean, contemporary look which can liven up your home. The range of colours, wood and metal finishes is excellent, ensuring you find what you are looking for.
Vertical blinds, once the domain of the office, are now much more stylish and practical than ever. The look is urban chic and very contemporary, and they are an extremely versatile window treatment solution.
A Blackout Blind is usually a roller blind with a specially coated fabric which stops any light getting through. A roller blind with a thermal blackout coating can also increase the blinds insulating properties. The light preventing feature makes these blinds perfect for the bedroom, and they don’t have to be black! A full range of colours are available.
Just about any type of blind can be fitted with a battery operated motorised mechanism with remote control, and there's lots of advantages:
- Remove the need for unsightly chains or chords that spoil the look of the blind.
- You can raise or lower several blinds at a time at the push of a button, and from the comfort of your armchair.
- Easy control of difficult to reach or ceiling blinds.
- Motorised blinds can be fitted with a timer, allowing you to open and close blinds at pre-set times when you out of the house or on holiday, making it look like you’re at home. This increases your home security and gives you extra peace of mind.
- Temperature sensors can be fitted to the blinds so that when too much sunshine falls on the window, the blind will close automatically, thus protecting fabric, rugs, carpets, or house plants from harmful levels direct sunlight. Fantastic!
Make it Safe
A quick word about the very important Make it safe campaign led by the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA), working with Government and the EU. This is dedicated to eliminating the risk to children associated with harzardous looped operating cords, chains and tapes used on window blinds. Barretts, as a member of the BBSA, fully supports this campaign and our fitters are all trained in installing a child-proof safety device. It’s worth noting that all newly fitted blinds with chords or chains will require a safety device fitted by law.
So, you now know all about blinds! See you next week.