Window blinds (tropical house concept) – English version

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12 August 2008

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Do you have a too big window, or window curtain that should be replaced? You might want to consider using window blinds. Window blinds are quite practical because it doesn’t require a lot of space, if planned well. The size can be arranged and combined to cover a glass window area. The precise appearance also give a beautiful addition to our modern home.

What is the use of window blinds?

Window blinds usually put inside a glass window, is an accessory to support home interior design, office and other buildings. Window blinds can be put outside windows, for instance to filter sunlight in house terraces. In this case, it is no longer ‘window’ blinds, but just ‘blinds’, and can function as secondary skin.

We can use window blinds if our window glass is too wide or other condition inside a room, like too much sunlight entering a room, not enough privacy, etc. Window blinds function like usual curtain, but with more advantages. Compared to usual curtain, window blinds can be adjusted to get the most desirable sunlight inside a room. Using curtain, we can cover part of window, but the light is not well spread. Window blinds allow light to enter the room more evenly throughout the room because its laths move entirely. Because of its use, window blinds often become a good choice to replace curtain.

A too wide windows will put in more sunlight into a room both directly or indirectly. If a wide windowed room is used without a window cover like curtain or window blinds, sunlight will enter the room and heat it so it will be hot inside it. With window blinds, even though it doesn’t entirely solve the problem of interior heat, can help to give shadow in order to prevent sunlight from directly heating the floor, even our skin.

Window blinds also help us to get more privacy inside our home if the glass window is too wide. With possible easy adjustment by means of adjustable rotator, rope, and other means, window blinds can give the level of privacy we desire.

Why people like to use window blinds?

Window blinds is more practical and more aesthetic to see than usual curtain. This home accessory is practical in its possibility to be adjusted in the amount of light that enters it (for instance; sunlight) without necessarily change its shape, in other word, it’s quite precise. It can also blend well with the latest architecture style by adding strong lines to the room, making it more beautiful. If we notice more, one window that has window blinds seems more beautiful also because of ray of lights that coming through its laths.

Will window blinds can be applied in most modern style houses?

Houses with modern style will likely be suitable with window blinds like venetian blinds, roman blinds, and other models of window blinds. In most modern houses these days, wide glass windows often used as wall replacement. Many and more varieties of window blinds are more interesting because it is practical, functional, and has an aesthetic value.

What are the materials used for window blinds?

Many materials are used for window blinds. Venetian blinds for instance, are made of wood, bamboo, aluminum, plastic, viny, and other materials. These material will effect the look of it.

Resting Booth
Photo 2: Bamboo blinds

For example, window blinds that is made of bamboo, is very attractive. This kind of blind is quite popular in Indonesia, as well as in other tropical country. Beside, it is quite cheap in price and can be easily found in stores selling small industrial product made of bamboo materials.

What are the shape of window blinds?

Window blinds have many kinds of varieties, mostly named after its material or shape. Venetian blinds for example, usually made of laths of wood, aluminum, plastic, etc. Special for wood laths, the window blinds is called wood blinds.

Vertical blinds are blinds that are arranged vertically, so it is named after it. Materials can be of aluminum, PVC plastic, wood, and the most material used is fabric. Vertical blinds can be used to replace your old curtain so it will look more fresh and modern

Shadow Lines
Photo 3: Vertical blinds

Roller blinds is a blinds that has rolling mechanism, so that the fabric can be rolled and move upwards and downwards.

Photo 4: Roller blinds

Roman blinds, is a kind of blinds with fabric materials that is folded and adjusted with ropes.

Photo 5: Roman blinds

There are many more kinds of window blinds, with more varieties as technology goes more advanced.

Is it true that window blinds can reduce heat inside the room and what is the connection with energy efficiency

Using window blinds, we can save energy from heat exceeding because direct sunlight that comes into a room. It can function as sunlight reflector, and it can reduce the heat impact of direct sunlight, especially if window blinds is made of white materials, because it is the most color that reflect light. Window blinds is not the most effective way to deal with over sunlight or to save electricity because the use of AC, because basically window blinds is capturing sun heat INSIDE the room, so the heat is still radiated inside the room even though not as much as without using window blinds.

Other function related with energy saving is the function of window blinds to reduce or block UV sunlight from outside the room that can increase temperature of the room. This function also make furniture more durable because it is avoided from direct UV light. As we know, furniture that is constantly heat by direct sunlight can loose its color and material quality.

Photo credit:

Photo 1: by Paul Goyette, under CC lisence. Some rights reserved.
Photo 2: by Masahiro Hayata, under CC lisence. Some rights reserved.
Photo 3: by Incase Design, under CC lisence. Some rights reserved.
Photo 4: by Probo Hindarto. All rights reserved.
Photo 5: by Probo Hindarto. All rights reserved.

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