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Choosing Blinds For Damp Atmospheres
By Garry John
There are some important things to consider when choosing blinds for the
kitchen and bathroom. The conditions in these rooms vary somewhat from the
rest of the house, so it is important that care is taken to choose suitable
blinds. Hence, it is not just the aesthetic appeal that is important, but
also the durable and maintenance of these window treatments.
When it comes to designing the appearance of a bathroom or kitchen, it is
a common mistake to apply the same rules to these rooms as the other rooms
in the house. The practicality is that the both the bathroom and the kitchen
have different requirements to just about any other room. Consider hot showers
and baths, or boiling kettles and simmering saucepans. This creates a hot
damp atmosphere that the window blind will have to be able to cope with.
Not only must the blinds be able to provide the necessary appeal and avoid
privacy, but also be able to withstand the conditions. That is why you get
blinds and then you get kitchen blinds and bathroom blinds.
When the decorating work is being carried out, due consideration must be
given to using the necessary water repellent and water resistant materials.
This holds true for everything that is a part of a bathroom or kitchen decoration
and especially true for the blinds. As previously discussed, a prime factor
when considering the decoration is the often-damp nature of the room and
so it is advisable to avoid using heavy fabrics as window treatments. In
no time at all the substantial and probably expensive fabric pieces can circum
to mildew and decay.
There are three basic choices that exist when choosing blinds for a bathroom
or kitchen. Firstly, aluminum blinds are ideal for bathroom settings. Obviously,
these types of blinds will not be overly affected by any dampness in the
atmosphere. Additionally, aluminum blinds are available in a large selection
of designs that will blend perfectly with any design strategy.
The second option are the so called faux wooden blinds or imitation wood
blinds. As wood is a far from ideal choice for the kitchen or bathroom, while
at the same time being the preferred choice of blind, a demand has arisen
for a realistic imitation of the classy wooden blinds. These types of blinds
are becoming more and more popular and are happily cheaper than their wooden
Having said that, the third choice is in fact the wooden blind. It is possible
to employ this type of blind as the preferred solution, however, it is imperative
that the wood actually used in such blinds has been properly treated with
appropriate water resistant fluids.
In the end, there are many options available when it comes to decorating
the kitchen or bathroom. The blinds mentioned here are all readily available
on the market and can all be used successfully as the ideal window blind
for the bathroom or kitchen.
Garry John is a regular contributor to home improvement sites such as