Roman Vs Venetian Blinds: Which is Better?
Whether you’re redecorating a room or designing it from scratch, your choice of window dressing could be the make-or-break element. Two popular choices, Roman and Venetian blinds, both provide an attractive solution to this problem, with different advantages offered with each.
But which one is most suited to your needs?
Benefits of Roman Blinds
Often made from durable fabric, Roman blinds were originally introduced in the historical Italian capital as a way to keep dust from pre-paved streets entering the home, and today provide value for money through quality and longevity. Superior models regularly have a lining that improves shading and light filtering abilities, and hold many aesthetic properties that add to their popularity, such as the pleated design that distinguishes them from standard roller blinds.
Side chain operation allows for simple raising and lowering, and the blinds can be installed either inside or outside the window recess depending on space limitations. Cleaning requires full removal of the blind, making upkeep a little awkward.
Plush fabrics and luxurious pleats make Roman blinds ideal for bedrooms and cosy lounges, adding a touch of sophistication with a range of patterns and colours available to match your décor – although their use in bathrooms should be avoided due to the potential for mould and mildew build up.
Benefits of Venetian Blinds
Brought to Europe around the mid-18th century by Persian traders landing in the Eastern Italian port of Venice (hence the name), Venetian blinds are characterised by their slatted design, offering the user complete control of light filtration and providing an extra level of privacy.
Often made from wood, aluminium or – more recently – uPVC, their hardy construction makes Venetian blinds a durable window dressing option. The nature of the slats also means complete removal is not necessary for regular maintenance, with a simple wipe of a cloth over each slat can remove dust and surface dirt.
The hard material finish of most venetian blinds gives them a sleek, contemporary look, making them suitable for all rooms whose décor matches this aesthetic – from bedrooms to offices; kitchens to living rooms. Metallic or plastic blinds are suitable for bathrooms, as they can handle the humidity – although wooden units may warp in these conditions.
As with Roman blinds, Venetian blinds can be raised and lowered using a cord, and control of the individual slats is also possible using a separate cord or plastic wand, allowing for precise determining of light levels in an office or bedroom.
Which is Better?
As is clear from the factors discussed above, the blind that you chose for your window dressing is determinable entirely on your specific needs. If it’s a bathroom or kitchen where humidity might be an issue, aluminium or plastic Venetian blinds are best. Similarly, metallic Venetian designs are ideal for a room with a modern, minimal feel, or an office that needs to express professionalism.
Roman blinds are more suited to comfortable, contemporary bedrooms or living rooms, providing a warming finish with their pleated fabric design.
Whichever style you go for, Gemini Blinds has a fantastic range of both Roman and Venetian blinds, as well as roller, perfect fit, vertical and conservatory blinds – all at fantastic prices.
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