Almost every single window needs some sort of window treatment to guarantee privacy, offer protection from the sun, diffuse the light or to just add a little something in terms of design.
Venetian blinds are probably the most practical style amongst all the different types available on the market to respond to this kind of needs.
Their unique design has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and Venetian blinds are establishing themselves not just as a practical element but also as an essential and integral part of interior design projects.
This is why, in this article, we want to offer an overview of Venetian blinds, and help to make the right choices with this purchasing guide.
What we are talking about in this article
What are Venetian blinds
Venetian blinds are built by thin horizontal slats made of aluminium, wood or other materials, which are kept suspended by special cords which also keep them separated at regular intervals through the length of the window.
They can be easily lifted, lowered and, very importantly, tilted to have easy control over your privacy and the amount of light to let inside the room.
Venetian blinds are easy to use and, traditionally, they are lifted by traction cords and tiled with cords or rods. However these days it is possible to find on the market many other innovative solutions such as automatic remote control systems.
Versatile and practical, Venetian blinds are available in a large variety of colours and dimensions.
The origins of Venetian blinds
Thinking about their names, it would make sense to believe that Venetian blinds come from Venice, but that’s not actually true.
It is difficult to establish the specific moment when Venetian blinds were invented as even in ancient times, people used to shield themselves from the light and heat of the sun with wooden slats connected with strings.
Ancient Chinese and Egyptians cultures use bamboo canes to keep their houses in the shade, hidden from the heat of the sun. Although no official sources are revealing the exact moment of the invention of Venetian blinds, it possible to say that the use of this type of blinds, with the current design, has been recorded since the mid 18th century.
A few important studies argue that modern Venetian blinds might have Persian origin and that its popularity spread across Europe thanks to the commercial expeditions coming from Asia and the Middle East, reaching as their final destination the most important European port: Venice.
In the XVIII century, Venetian blinds were introduced with great success, first in France, England and the US.
Modern production techniques from the beginning of the twentieth century led to a boom for aluminium blinds to the point that in the 1930s in New York, every single office in town had installed Venetian blinds.
Luckily, these days, Venetian blinds can be found in homes around the world in all sort of materials and many versatile colours.
The advantages of Venetian blinds
As well as for their beauty, style and chromatic effects, Venetian blinds are very popular also for some functional characteristics.
Venetian blinds offer full control over different levels of illumination and give you good levels of privacy.
During a bright, sunny day, you will only need to tilt the slats, and the light will diffuse more softly.
This will reduce the dazzling effect of light and the heat without blocking the light coming in so that, as well as offering good thermal comfort, they also protect furniture and fabrics from fading.
On top of that, the inclination of the slats allows you to control the level of privacy you need.
Venetian blinds also have economic advantages. In terms of energy savings, they help improving thermal insulation, reduce drafts and offer protection from the heat during the warmest months, keeping the interior of your house cool and comfortable.
The main difference between wooden and aluminium Venetian blinds
The most important difference between wooden and aluminium Venetian blinds is the thickness and weight of the slats.
The aluminium slats have a width of less than one millimetre and are very light, while the wooden ones have an average width of around 2,5 mm and there are slightly heavier.
Wooden and aluminium Venetian blinds are assembled and built in precisely the same way, have the same mechanisms and offer equal versatility and variety in terms of colours.
This means that in terms of easiness of use, variety and styles, there is no difference between wood and aluminium Venetian blinds.
The only significant difference is the width and the practicality when it comes to cleaning.
Venetian blinds need to be cleaned and receive regular maintenance to keep them without dust and in their best possible conditions.
Both types of blinds are very easy to clean; however, the rigidity of the wooden slights make them slightly easier to clean compared to the very thin aluminium ones.
In any case, neither model has big disadvantages compared to the other so the choice will very much depend on individual taste, by the style of your home and by the design of furniture.
Wooden Venetian blinds are better suited for classical styles while the aluminium ones are better for modern designs.
Venetian blinds are suited for kitchen, bathroom and humid spaces
Venetian blinds are very practical and functional for both the kitchen and the bathroom for several reasons.
Bathrooms are rooms that usually need more privacy and control over light, whereas the kitchen – often the place where the family gather – can be used at any time during the day and needs different levels of privacy and light at different times.
Venetian blinds offer a very versatile control over the light as the horizontal slats can be tilted to maximise the levels of luminosity without compromising your privacy.
Cleaning Venetian blinds
Many people consider Venetian blinds as something difficult to clean and to maintain, and this misconception often stops people from purchasing them.
However, the versatility, the style and easiness of use of Venetian blinds greatly exceed the small issues of cleaning that, as for anything else, only needs a bit of care and attention.
Venetian blinds can be more labour intensive to clean if we let dust gather for a long time, but if we take care of the slats at least once a week this will prevent the gathering of too much dust, and they will be much easier to clean.
A simple dampened cloth will be enough to clean the dust from the slats.
This simple, regular, maintenance will keep your Venetian blinds in great condition and perfectly functioning for many years.
Venetian blinds for double glazing
As we have seen many times in our blog, on the market, there are also Venetian blinds for inside double glazing which are very innovative and technological advanced.
In this case, the blinds are sealed inside the double glazing so, as well as offering the same advantages in terms of privacy and light management, they also give higher energy savings, and they need much less maintenance.
They are available in manual systems or with automatic mechanisms, with a rechargeable battery and magnetic actuator or even with photovoltaic panels.
We hope to have offered you a clearer idea with this purchasing guide and hopefully enough information to help you find the best Venetian blinds for your needs.