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Timber Blinds buyers guide

Updated on August 24, 2010

Timber blinds can have a stunning impact whether you are walking into a room for the first time or the hundredth time. They are practical and stylish letting you control privacy and lighting at the pull of a cord. Timber blinds match well with many different types of décor and come in a range of different timbers giving your surprising control over their colour. Choosing the right kind of blinds for your home will depend on the type of room you want to put them in and your budget.

Timber blinds really come alive when bright sunlight shines through them brining out the richness of the timber. For this reason they look best it light and airy settings. It would look strange having a mixture of blinds in the same room.

Styles of timber blind

Most people think of venetian blinds when they hear to phrase timber blinds you can also get them in the Roman style. Venetians blinds have slats that fold open or closed when you pull the cord. The style can be found at many office windows except made from aluminium (and they look horrible). In the home timber is the choice material. Roman blinds are usually made from fabric but can be made from woven timber or very this slats of timber. Roman blinds are quite distinct and suit rustic or ‘earthy’ room decors better.

Choice of timber

Timber blinds are available in a range of colours, some in natural timber hues or stained wood, others are painted to achieve their colour (typically white). Remember when deciding on a colour to choose one that will match a range of different interior design themes. Most people hate their living rooms more frequently than they change their blinds. With careful choice even cheap timber blinds can look as good as many of their overpriced counterparts. As always the key to getting good value is to do your research and to shop around. For some it can be nerve wracking to negotiate or bargain and with the shop owner but it is worth it and the experience will make it easier to do next time you make a significant purchase.

Budget

If you're buying on a budget (and who isn't?) you don't have to purchase the same type of blinds for all your windows. In areas you want to achieve maximum impact go for the very best blinds you can afford. In the kid's bedroom or other little used rooms save money and opt for a cheaper blind either because of their style all the material. It's sometimes easy to forget you don't have to get the same blinds throughout the house. If you’re kitchen is in the modern style then timber venetian blinds would look out of place and you might as well get a cheaper aluminium or PVC blind for the laundry or utility room.

It’s hard to find cheap timber blinds but you can get some good discounts from online only stores. If you do go down this road you’ll need to do the measuring up and installation yourself and I would get someone else to measure up your windows again to make sure you have done it right. I have never purchased blinds on line but I imagine it would be next to impossible to get a refund if you had supplied incorrect measurements. Because timber blinds are quite expensive measuring up yourself could be quite a daunting prospect.

Personally I would shop around locally and get the store to measure up and install. It might costs a little more but you have peace of mind and are helping the local community by spending your dollars there.

Cleaning

One problem with venetian blinds is they tend to be dust traps. Some blind designs allow you to slide out the timber where it can be wiped with a soft clean cloth. Others have to be cleaned in place, regularly use of a duster stick keeps the blind clean without allowing duster gather, because once it's gathered it becomes a lot harder to clean away.

Venetians can get very dusty

Eco concerns - where has the timber come from?

Looking around at various web sites that sell venetian timber blinds you don't see many actively advertising advertise themselves as using timber from a sustainable source. This is a great shame. If there is no indication on the website or in the store it's worth asking where the timber for the blinds has been sourced from. Every little helps and it is only by normal consumers like you and by making informed choices that we can preserve forests, saving the biodiversity within them and capturing carbon at the same time. Another important environmental question is where has the timber come from. It is always better to buy local if this is possible and I appreciate sometimes that's a very big if.

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