The British obsession with the weather is well known – it’s always too cold or too hot or too wet or too dry – but complaints about the weather often stem from lack of preparation on our own part. So during the current cold snap with snow on the ground in many parts of the country, why not think ahead to the summer months and how you’ll keep yourself and your home cool?
Modern blinds, for example, are manufactured in a wide range of styles and materials all of which are practical, durable and cost-effective. The latest sheer fabrics can gently filter solar radiation so that you can still see the screen of the computer in your home office, for example, and don’t run the risk of fading your soft furnishings or floors but can still experience the beautiful sunny day outside your window. Blinds can be used as an alternative to or combined with, curtains to create the look you desire and, of course, also block heat so that you can keep your home cool without air conditioning.
Roller blinds, for example, can give your room a neat uncluttered look, whilst Venetian blinds can be adjusted to let in as much, or as little, light and heat as you want. Venetian blinds made from wood or faux wood can be a stylish accompaniment to a solid hardwood or laminated floor, although they need to be resistant to warping and mildew if used in areas of high humidity. Many modern blinds are resistant to moisture, dust, etc. and therefore suitable for use throughout your home. As far as cleaning is concerned blinds can be dusted and/or vacuumed in the same way as other soft furnishings or, in the case of Venetian blinds, treated once in a while with a specialist cleaner.