The Modern Simplicity Of Blinds

Blinds and shutters are ideal for windows in caravans, campers and boats as they fit perfectly inside the window providing an effective way to cover a window when space is restricted. Before the introduction of glass in windows being common place for everyone, coverings to reduce the heat from the sun, prevent drafts and stop prying eyes have been used for hundreds of years. Window coverings made from reeds were used by the ancient Egyptians to keep the inside of dwellings cool, while in Asian countries bamboo strips were used. Cloth, which was often soaked in cold water, became popular window coverings in hot countries as the wet cloth help to reduce humidity as well as heat in a room.

Blinds or shutters made from various natural materials have continued to be used to reduce heat, darken rooms and provide privacy around the world.

There are many different types of blinds available to buy ready made or have made to suit windows and doors of all sizes.

Roller blinds are a popular choice for small windows in bathrooms and kitchens, they are durable, wipe clean and easy to maintain. Roller blinds can be cut to size and are hung from small fixings at the top of the window, usually on the window frame to enable the blind to lay flat against the window when pulled down. They are available in a vast array of different fabrics, plain, patterned and textured which provides flexibility in window covering for any style of décor. Many people chose to have curtains which compliment or match the roller blind to provide a less formal look for larger windows.

Roman blinds provide shade and privacy and give a more informal look to the window, Austrian blinds with their softly ruffled appearance have always been a popular choice for lounges and bedrooms providing an elegant, stylish look to both large and small windows.

Venetian blinds have been used as a window dressing for hundreds of years, originally made from wooden slats. Metal Venetian blinds offer a contemporary look to a room, the soft grey of the aluminium give a minimalist feel to room.

Vinyl Venetian blinds are available in a wide range of colours, including wood effects, these are easy to maintain, durable and provide a perfect fit to windows. The versatility of these blinds enable diffused light to provide a warm glow to a room when the slats are tilted, these are ideal window coverings for those who want privacy without using net curtaining.

How Good Would a Teak Bench Look in Your Garden?

Take a look in any park and there are myriad benches spaced out along the paths and walkways; along the promenade of any coastal town, there is a teak bench located every hundred yards or so for tourists and residents alike to sit and while away their time while taking in the view. Now, having got the picture in your mind, could you say with any honesty that teak benches-or, indeed, any type of teak outdoor furniture-would look out of place in your garden?

Well, if you’re living on the fifth floor of an apartment block it may be a little difficult! But if there is a balcony, then a nice teak outdoor table with matching chairs would look a real treat. Perhaps not a bench, though; these look good in formal and informal garden settings on the ground. A bench which circles the trunk of a spreading chestnut tree, oak, or sycamore tree gives one the opportunity of sitting in the shade, out of the midday sun, where one can indulge in a favourite book, enjoy a glass of wine or simply sit and reflect on all the hard work which has made such a beautiful well-tilled garden possible.

Teak garden furniture placed on a patio can be formal or informal, but without any form of furniture, there is absolutely no possibility of enjoying an al fresco lunch, or a relaxed and leisurely breakfast at the weekend (knowing work is at least one day away, maybe two). Tables and chairs made from teak make an aesthetically pleasing addition; with a few well-placed planters and pots containing herbs, tomatoes, and other small veggies, you can close your eyes and have the smells and aromas whisk you off to an exotic beach or foreign holiday long remembered.