Modern blinds have long won the hearts of designers and apartment owners, ceasing to be exclusively an attribute of gray office premises. Today manufacturers offer products of new modifications, made of various materials, sustained in a wide stylistic and color range. It is not difficult to choose something special for almost any interior, it remains only to figure out what types of structures exist, and what their features are.
Functional blinds are often chosen for window decoration, because they can protect from the sun and daylight, create the most pleasant atmosphere in the room. When completing renovations in the house, be sure to consider installing practical blinds that will not only protect from the sun, but and create the most pleasant atmosphere. They are of high quality, do not deform over time, and are easy to install and use.
Vertical designs resemble standard curtains. They are made of fabric and plastic, and therefore have a wide range of various colors and textures. The movement of the components contributes to a change in the light and shade in the room, which in turn affects the overall impression of the interior. The strips that make up the vertical blinds - lamellas, can have different lengths and widths, depending on the need. If you have large window openings, choose varieties with wide stripes, and if the windows are small, opt for narrow slats. This type of curtain is preferable for small rooms with low ceilings, because vertical lines visually stretch the room and make it more spacious.
Advantages of vertical blinds
Among the advantages of vertical blinds, the following positions can also be distinguished: - Austere geometric design fits perfectly into modern interiors and can be easily combined with light tulle and blackout curtains;
- The vertical mechanism can be assembled from different sides, divided or assembled in the center;
- The location of the slats from top to bottom minimizes the accumulation of dust on them. But there are some nuances - with large air flows, the slats begin to swing and create an unpleasant noise. Therefore, it is better not to use vertical blinds on the balcony. Also, non-standard window shapes complicate the installation process, and plastic variations are not suitable for decorating large planes.
Horizontal execution is considered classic. Initially, they were widely used in the design of office space. Today they are distinguished by the richness of materials used, colors, as well as a number of other practical and aesthetic advantages, therefore they are used everywhere. Universal curtains are suitable for both large and small openings, including attic. Horizontal blinds are very compact and take up space exclusively on the opening itself. The undoubted advantage is the ease of installation and a variety of types of fasteners. The degree of illumination is regulated as wide as possible - the lamellas can be turned at any angle, and in addition, by completely freeing the window, all these advantages allowed horizontal blinds to quickly spread throughout apartments and houses.
Each type of blinds has its own functional load, specificity and individuality. Therefore, in order to understand which structure is best suited for window decoration and protection from the sun, it is necessary to decide in which part of the house they will be located, as well as what main tasks they will perform. Currently, the choice of blinds is very large, not only in terms of quality criteria, but also in terms of functionality. We will help you understand some of the details regarding the choice of blinds for convenience.
If standard horizontal and vertical blinds can be made of various materials, then these analogues are only bamboo or textiles. The solid curtain is adjustable only in length, but at the same time quickly and easily folds into a small roll at the top. This option is very convenient if you need a free window sill to accommodate decorative elements. Blinds can have an original texture and print, therefore they are quite capable of becoming an independent decorative element. Externally, Roman blinds resemble roller blinds, and are also made of fabric. The only difference is that they are not rolled on top, but draped with beautiful folds. The only thing that should be paid special attention to is the fact that such panels require careful handling, since greasy stains can destroy them forever.
Cassette mechanism is a special variation of horizontal structures, which is attached to the glazing bead. Often they are used to cover metal-plastic windows, less often for wooden ones. The cassette mechanisms are provided with lateral fixation, thin and neat so that the blinds do not move from side to side from the wind or from the closing-opening of the window. Cassette blinds are installed close to the glass, so they effectively protect from light, and are also very compact. Since the installation is carried out separately for each sash, it is convenient to open one of them, while leaving the other closed. From a distance, such curtains resemble ordinary horizontal models, but when you come closer, you can see that they are structurally a single pleated fabric.
Wooden models - expensive, but at the same time very aesthetic and natural appearance of blinds. In its manufacture, cedar, beech, cork, linden, pine are used. Bamboo products look interesting. Natural coloring blends harmoniously into almost any interior. Besides attractive visual features, wood is a high-quality and practical material. These blinds cope with their main task no worse than their synthetic counterparts, perfectly preventing the passage of sunlight and the influence of temperatures. Special means can protect wood from a damp environment, burnout in the sun and extend its operating period for many years. The only caveat is that wooden blinds are not always suitable for large windows, because they are quite heavy and require a strong frame. It is necessary to clean them only dry.
Blinds are not only a wonderful interior detail, but also protection from the sun's rays. In order for this element of the room to be able to serve for a long time, it is necessary to provide proper care for it. The fashion for blinds has rapidly burst into our lives. They conquered us with their beauty and practicality, and the price is now affordable for absolutely all consumers. Currently, blinds are available in a wide variety of materials: wood and aluminum, plastic and fabric. True, they all have one small drawback - it is rather difficult to clean them, not even so difficult as unusual. Unfortunately, not all of us know how to do this. We will try to tell you some secrets on how to make this process fast and not damage the blinds themselves.
Cleaning metal blinds is not difficult. All you need to do is soak a cloth in the powder solution and wipe the plates. Wooden blinds are wiped with a napkin or vacuum cleaner. At the moment, the most popular material for creating blinds is fiberglass. Care for such a structure needs special, since such material is easy to spoil during the cleaning process. The lamella cleaning procedure should be carried out at least once a year.
Aluminum blinds the most practical, not requiring special care skills. Vertical blinds of these types do not need to be washed at all, it is enough to vacuum well and all dust will be removed. You just need to do this at least once a month, until the dust is firmly adhered to them. If it has already happened that time has been lost, it doesn't matter. Remove them, roll them up (not tightly, but loosely, so that there is a gap between the lamellas) and put them in warm water with a solution of any washing powder. Let them get wet for several hours, then rinse them thoroughly in clean and cold running water and dry.
Bamboo and wood blinds
Bamboo and wood blinds are not suitable for wet cleaning. The most delicate blinds, and they do not tolerate moisture well. Therefore, soapy water is not suitable for them. Blinds are cleaned with a dry cloth, vacuum cleaner, or a feather brush. Bamboo and wood blinds are cleaned in the same way as furniture, only taking into account that each lamella is not subject to polishing. The use of solvents or cleaning powders destroys the surface layer, resulting in heaving, warping and cracking. It should be remembered about the natural properties of wood to absorb moisture, therefore it is not recommended to install such blinds in rooms with a humidity level of more than sixty percent.
The atmosphere in rooms with blinds on the windows is much lighter, even if the colors are kept in strict dark colors. And so that such window decoration pleases for more than one year, all that is needed is proper care. It depends on several factors, and they must be taken into account before starting to gloss over the room. To keep the blinds clean, it is not always enough to dust off with a cloth or brush. In some cases, you will also need warm water cleaners. And the method of cleaning depends not only on the degree of pollution, but also on the characteristics of the material.
Fabric blindsare covered with a special impregnation, which is washed off, the more often you wash or wash the blinds, the faster they become unusable, requiring a change of fabric. It is best to use dry cleaning at home. There is another way to "wash" - to roll the lamellas (strips of fabric) into a roll and put them in a solution of soap or shampoo, but with improper wet processing, creases and streaks may appear on the fabric. It is impossible to rub too much, let alone wash the fabric slats in the machine. The lamellas must be separated from the runners, chains and weights, rolled up (each separately) and dipped in soapy water for a while. Or clean directly on the eaves. Then, without wiping, they need to be hung in place.
Roller blinds are made of fabrics with special anti-static, dust-repellent and antibacterial impregnations. In addition, they are coated with a composition that prevents fading and increases the wear resistance of the product. It is very easy to care for roller blinds, because there is a special impregnation of fabrics which prevents curtains from fading and contamination. Dry cleaning and brushing possible. Roller blinds require careful handling. If you plan to clean windows or cook near them, roll the canvas to avoid contamination.
Despite the sufficient strength of some types of such window decoration, there is still something to avoid when caring for window decoration. All blinds are afraid of kinks. An unsuccessfully bent lamella or canvas can deform, and often without the possibility of recovery. Hot water is also not the right tool to use, because it also threatens to spoil the appearance of the tapes. You should also be careful when cleaning a deeply ingrained stain, because not everything can be cleaned at home. In this case, a replacement will be needed, which, by the way, is not very expensive, and saves time and effort substantially. As it turned out, the care of the blinds is not that difficult. By following these tips and in moderation, it will be quite easy to clean and keep such window decor clean.
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