Fashions come and go and even stylish things go out of favour every now and again. Curtains are so practical that they never seem to drop out of popularity, but blinds, being perhaps a bit more finicky, tend to come and go with a little more regularity. This is a shame, as blinds are such a flexible window feature. They’ve been around for thousands of years and look likely to be around for thousands more.

The earliest form of blind still in common use today is the Roman blind. Unlike the ancient peoples that first pioneered this type of window decoration, we now use them both for covering the window when it’s either too bright or when it’s dark, and also for their decorative benefits. The Romans used them initially as a protection from the dust that was thrown up from hard-earth roads. That’s not a particularly big issue any more but they do look good and still do a good job of covering the windows when required. They’re also very versatile, as they’re available in many different types of fabric.

Roller blinds are similar to their Roman cousins but roll up onto a top bar and are generally made from lighter fabrics. They’re just as customisable with variants including blackout, plain and voile fabric, and you can also even have your own design printed onto the fabric. I bet that’s got you thinking?

The classic Venetian blind gives an almost shutter-like effect, offering excellent levels of privacy, as even when open and allowing light to flood in, they prevent unwanted eyes from following the light into the room. The term ‘Venetian’ is something of a misnomer, as this type of window dressing is widely thought to have originated in Persia, much earlier than their introduction to Europe in the 18th Century. They’re commonly found to be constructed from wood and painted aluminium, and look sleek and stylish. The only real drawback is that they tend to gather dust quite easily, but there are devices these days that make light work of such a task, so perhaps that shouldn’t really be a consideration. In contrast to the horizontal Venetians, vertical blinds are also an option, and are available in many different colours, making them suitable for both traditional or modern settings.

There are a few other things to consider. It’s possible to get a ‘perfect fit’ with roller and Venetian blinds that fit flush within the window frame. This ensures that there’s no unnecessary light leakage or possible sneaky peekage! Safety has also improved over the past few years, and certainly since Roman times with cords and chains being closely monitored to make sure they can cause no issues.

All Inches blinds are made and fitted to the highest quality standards, so you can be sure that you’re going to get a top drawer product in your home. Inches – going the extra mile.

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