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HOUSE & HOME


Blinded by choice


W


e all love a bit of spring cleaning but as budgets


become ever increasingly tighter, we’re not always in a position to splash out on the big stuff. One way to create an instant


effect is to add window blinds which can completely change the look of a room as well as being stylish, practical and even thermally efficient. The most popular type of blind


is still the roller blind. The most popular shape is undoubtedly the straight, plain finish although, timber bars and subtle designs with delicate braiding are making a comeback. Vertical blinds provide the


ability to generate privacy while still letting in natural light, and like the roller blind, fabrics are worlds away from the limited choices of the last century. For those with pets or crawling children, the rigid vertical blind without bottom chains is an excellent alternative. Timber blinds became one of the biggest sellers of the last decade


as their greater affordability, larger choice of colours and increased size range has enhanced the reputation as a material that gives ambience, light control and privacy to any room. Distantly related to the wooden blind are plantation shutters. These are relatively new to the Irish market but have been popular in the USA for decades. Still a premium product, they are not just a form of window covering, they are a piece of furniture. The pleated blind is an increasingly popular entrant in Irish


homes and is not simply used as a conservatory blind, although it is superior if roof shading is required. It has the ability to be made to particular shapes and can be matched with the same material in roller blinds if required. Roman blinds are always the best choice if you want to combine


the ease of a roller blind with the softness of a curtain. Available in dim out or blackout material, colours and styles are only limited by your imagination, the blinds can even be made from standard curtain material. As people become more technologically aware, there is even the


opportunity to motorise blinds. They can be tied into a smart home system, work independently from a wall switch or remote control, even operate automatically when you’re away and for those people that don’t wish to rewire the house, install battery operated roller, vertical or wood blinds. They can give a real wow factor, all at the flick of a switch. No article on window blinds would be complete without a quick


word on safety in the home. Blinds that have loops have the potential to do grave harm to small children. It is now a requirement that looped cords are kept out of the reach of children and/ or fitted with child safe restraints, tying cords into a wall. Please, if you do have unrestrained loops, even on older blinds, get them fitted with safety devices. For any information on fitting blinds in your home, contact Andrew Coghlan, home sales consultant for Charisma Blinds on 051-873200 or at www.charismablinds.net


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