POINTS TO CON­SIDER

South African Garden and Home - - Window Treatments -

“In rooms that don’t get a lot of light, choose blinds with light-en­hanc­ing fea­tures that bounce the light around the room,” says Yvonne To­bien of Lux­aflex®. Tex­tured, sheer blinds such as Lux­aflex® Sil­hou­ette® Shades of­fer pri­vacy, while also let­ting in the light, which is great for a bath­room.

Lin­ing a fab­ric blind is cru­cial to en­sure the fab­ric won’t fade. Also, con­sider fadere­sis­tant fab­rics or try the UV-block­ing roll-up blinds from Coola­roo.

“Ro­man blinds will in­tro­duce pat­tern to a room with­out us­ing loads of fab­ric,” says Steve Black of Black Fab­rics. “You can pull them up to let in light dur­ing the day but, when down, they add a won­der­ful de­sign el­e­ment.”

Swedish blinds use fab­ric on both sides so that, when rolled up, the pat­tern is still vis­i­ble.

“A fab­ric blind is a good place to use the bold prints that we’re see­ing this sea­son,” says Gail But­ler of Halo­gen In­ter­na­tional. “As the sur­face is flat

(un­like cur­tains), the pat­tern can be bet­ter ap­pre­ci­ated.”

“For a faux wood fin­ish, try An­tique blinds from Am­bi­ent,” sug­gests Cindy Aronowitz of Fo­cus Blinds & Shut­ters. “They’re durable, scratch- and UV-re­sis­tant and come in dif­fer­ent fin­ishes.”

For large win­dows, you can ei­ther have a sin­gle blind for a sleek look or mul­ti­ple blinds that can be ad­justed depend­ing on where you want to block the light.

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