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Screens: Effective window treatments

Have you ever considered using blinds and shades as window treatments? Blinds are all the rage at the moment, but they haven’t just come on the scene, they have been around for many years.
Report by Helen Devmac

The ancient Egyptians wove reeds to make screens and the Chinese used bamboo as material for blinds to cover any openings.

There is no doubt that blinds as window treatments are functional and aesthetic, lending any room a distinctive pristine look. They are clean and practical and can be used in the home as well as the office.

They are attractive and elegant and available in a wide range of colours and textures.

They are also very practical and do not get in the way  of cleaning as curtains often do. They provide complete and absolute privacy when closed and are therefore ideal for bedrooms.

And by simply tilting the slats to open, you are able to control the amount of light filtering into a room.

There are also blockout shades which may be used in rooms to shield out the light and protect furniture from the harmful effects of the sun.

They may be combined with other fabrics to great effect. You could still have your curtains,   valances and swags. By hanging a rod across a window above a blind and simply draping fabric over the rod in swags, you could create a stunning effect for your bathroom or kitchen window.

They are suitable for use in any room in the house and are particularly great in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms, but care has to be taken in choosing the right style for rooms which tend to have a lot of moisture. avoid fabrics which are susceptible to mould and go for plaswood PVC or aluminium.

Plaswood is made of artificial wood and is able to withstand high temperatures, so ideal for the relentless heat of our summer months.

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