Blind spot - a stylish alternative

Posted 1 August 2016 by Richenda Oldham

Blinds provide a practical but stylish alternative to curtains...

From wooden slatted venetian blinds to chic roman blinds, they offer privacy and the opportunity to have the best dressed windows around.

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1. The lush carnival colours and vibrant jungle patterns of DirectBlinds.co.uk's new collection will transform any room into a tropical paradise that is the perfect setting for watching the Rio Olympics. Pineapple roller blind in coral, from £99, DirectBlinds.co.uk

2. The trend for technology in the home continues to increase in popularity with many consumers using Smart Phones to control heating and lighting. With Thomas Sanderson's PowerView system, homeowners are able to schedule blind positions using their phone or tablet - by raising and lowering blinds they can adjust room temperatures, from £427 for Duette powered blinds, www.thomas-sanderson.co.uk 

3. Natural materials are still a strong contender in the interior design fashion stakes and real wooden venetian blinds are both a smart and functional alternative to roller blinds, Luxaflex Cherry and Teak wooden blinds, from £114, www.luxaflex.co.uk

4. This retro geometric print design demonstrates that blackout blinds can be stylish as well as practical, Scuba ready-made blackout roller blind in orange, £16, www.matalandirect.com

5. For anyone keen to keep up with interior trends, Bloc Blinds Fabric Changer System lets you change the fabric of your blind whenever you want, simply by unhooking one design and replacing it with another, Fabric Changer roller blind in birch, £142.80, www.blocblinds.com

6. Roman blinds work well over windows with a radiator beneath, as they can be folded up neatly out of the way, Neo black and white roman blind, £27.90, www.kidsconcept.co.uk


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