You know that at Linen & Letters we love our French inspired Linen Curtains for their privacy, their beauty, and the gorgeous glow they bring to your room. But if you are not sure of the best window treatment for your home, then check out the options ?
As the name suggests, this style of blind was originally used by the Romans, who hung wet cloth in their windows to keep out the dust.The design hasn’t changed much since, so you can tell they are a dependable curtain. As they are raised the fabric folds neatly in a stack, giving them a more furnished look than some other types of blinds.They have a smart tailored appearance and are usually custom-made for the window.
Top Heavy Look
Venetian Blinds hit their max popularity in the 1980s. They were easily affordable and matched the graphic styles of the time. The ability to raise and lower the blind while also rotating the slats allowed you to control exactly how much light entered the room. They were also offered in faux wood styles which were finally suitable for use in kitchens and bathrooms. Practical and versatile, horizontal blinds are a popular design still used in homes around the world.
Despite their popularity, Venetian blinds are prone to some problems. They are notoriously difficult to clean and easily collect dust. They’ve even invented special brushes to run between several slats at once –but even these are still difficult to use, as the slats rarely slot into the brush easily. Also due to their popularity they are extensively mass-produced, and they can often be of poor quality -quite fragile and prone to breaking. It’s not uncommon for the ends of the slats to get damaged and break off. Also due to the mechanism and design, Venetian blinds are unfortunately unsuitable for many thin or narrow windows. Finally, the small slats create a busy dense texture that doesn’t fit with the simplicity of many modern homes.
Like the Venetian blinds, at the turn of the century, roller blinds were mostly used in office buildings. But they boomed in popularity in the 1940s, when war rationing limited how much fabric was available.The roller blind used much less material to cover the window than draping curtains did. Roller blinds have recently enjoyed a resurgence, where new printing processes have created blinds with vibrant patterns and photographic scenes.These have offered an amazing level of personalisation, letting you print you favourite photo or match your interior design perfectly.But despite these trendy new patterns, the roller blind has still struggled to overcome it’s many challenges.
Modern roller blinds can be prone to listing. Some mechanisms don’t roll the material up evenly, causing it to bunch at one end of the roller. This constant friction can wear and fray the edge of the curtain, making it look untidy and damaged.It’s also difficult to conceal the roller mechanism, meaning when the blind is open the bulky curtain is still visible at the top of the window.The roller blinds efficient use of material also means it can be difficult to prevent gaps around the edge of the window.
Despite the larger panels, they aren’t easier to clean. The sheer height of vertical blinds means there is a lot of movement which makes them difficult to clean when they are assembled –and taking them apart is a time-consuming nightmare! This height also means Vertical blinds are also prone to flapping loudly if the widow is open. Vertical blinds can be easily damaged by pets and children looking through the window. While Venetian blinds and roller blinds can be raised out of the way-Vertical blinds can only be pulled to the side leaving a mass of chains and weights to be tangled in. Vertical blinds are also limited in their application, as they are often not suitable for small or narrow windows.
Noisy as they Flap
Easy to Damage
Shutters are quite an expensive option though. They must be custom-made and fitted to each window. The wooden frame around the louvred slats can be quite thick and reduce the light coming through the window. Shutters are also completely solid, they can bounce the light into the room, but they can’t soften it. They can seem quite hard and harsh –they don’t necessarily soften the room to create a cosy feel.
Easy to Clean
Unfortunately, with cellular blinds you can’t really control how much light is coming through the window. The multi-layer honeycomb design is inherently dark and blocks out the light. The thin material that forms the cells often feels dangerously fragile and delicate. When open, cellular blinds are held up by a simple catch, which has a reputation for breaking -leaving you with a curtain that is constantly falling down. Cellular blinds can also be difficult to raise evenly, making them look untidy. Finally, the unusual honeycomb design can look a bit odd, as cellular blinds don’t compliment every interior.
Good Insulating Properties
But window films are a semi-permanent solution, you can’t just pull back a corner to peek out through the window. Your view is permanently blocked until you choose to remove the film.Applying window film is also a surprisingly difficult process–in practice the films often leave irritating bubbles beneath the surfaced.
Window film can be difficult to cut neatly, often leaving gaps and messy edges, while the film’s corners can peel back over time-again looking untidy. The fixed window film can leave a room feeling cold and unfinished, like an undressed window.
Completely Blocks View
Hard To Apply
Peels at Corners
Our Lovely Linen Curtains and Sheers
When it comes to practicality, linen is a natural fibre well known for its durability. Hard-wearing and easy to clean, simply pop you curtains in your washing machine on a 40 °C gentle cycle and iron while still damp!
With no fussy slats or tangled strings, our made-to-measure curtains can perfectly fit any size window -from narrow door sidelights to large picture windows. Whether you want:
- to prevent passers-by from peering in your windows
- to screen off an undesirable view
- a half-curtain for over your kitchen sink so you can look out while washing the dishes
- to simply have a bath in peace without worrying about the neighbours looking over and getting an eyeful!
**We can create an exquisite custom-made curtain, that provides the privacy you need.**
Linen has a warm welcoming quality often missing from other window treatments. Available in a range of styles from elegant minimalist panels to decorative tie-up curtains with embroidered valances, we can create lovely linen curtains to match your interior style.
Two Levels of Privacy
Exquisite French Linen
Easy to Clean
Modern and Traditional Styles
Made In England
So, there you have eight classic window privacy solutions, hopefully you’ll find the perfect solution for you home! If you would like to discuss how we can help transform your home into a personal haven of beautiful light and timeless elegance, contact me at Jacq@linenandletters.com.