(NC)—Vertical blinds were originally welcomed into the home, not for their good looks but for the good job they could do. Nothing covers big windows and doors so well; nothing gets out of the way more completely when patio season comes around; and nothing is so practical for cleaning. But sometimes, the way they looked took second place to functionality.
Now that has changed. Fashion, always on the move, has caught up with verticals and created new reasons for making them your first choice for dressing windows highlighting colour, pattern, style and other visual features.
“The verticals in this collection are offered in over 200 colours and patterns,” says Mary Dobson, a spokesperson for Levolor Window Fashions in Canada and a frequent guest on Citytv's CityLine. “You can find great fabrics and fabrications with everything from the timeless look of leather to the eco-chic look of bamboo.”
Dobson adds that a successful window treatment demands two solutions. First, it must be functional—it needs to control light, open and close easily, and not cause problems with small children and pets. It must also be easy to maintain. Second, it should contribute to the style of the room—with colours that hold things together, patterns that excite the eye, and textures that inspire.
“Vertical blinds are a user-friendly solution for patio walkouts and large windows,” says Dobson. “Choose room darkening and light filtering fabrics to meet your needs, and select from a number of different control options.”
But the big difference now, she points out, is the wide choice of materials and looks with linen, grass cloth, crushed satin, pintuck, origami, seagrass, leather and plaster among them. Many of these materials are available in other types of blinds, simplifying co-ordination from room to room.
“There are valances in several styles plus 20 different types of vanes,” Dobson continued, “including one S-shaped style that gives the look of fabric when the blind is closed.”
More information is available online at levolor.ca.