Conservatory Blinds Aren't All the Same!

Hunter Douglas Duete 

I don't know about you but I never seem to have enough space in my home. Don't get me wrong, I love my home and everything about it, including my beautiful garden, which after years to pruning bushes, planting the borders and generally twiddling around, I wouldn't want to lose. However, the lack of internal space still had me re-shuffling furniture trying to squeeze in another chair or side table on a regular basis.

With the love of my home there was no way I would consider moving to a bigger home. After mulling things over with my other half we came to two feasible conclusions. The first being to convert the attic into another usable room, freeing up a bedroom to make into a study, cum office the second was to have a conservatory.
The thought of being able to spend any free time I had looking lovingly at my garden we decided to have a conservatory added to the back of the house. Filled with excitement I left the planning details to my hubby while I set about planning the internal design details - we both knew that we wouldn't get another chance so everything had to be right first time.

I won't bore you with the construction phase as basically everything went according to plan. I would, however, like to impart some information on choosing conservatory blinds. If you're like me and thought that a blind was a blind you're in for a nice surprise! There are lots of different options available, including roof blinds, remote controlled, Venetian, vertical and wooden - the list is immense. I had a picture in my mind's eye as the sort of blinds I wanted, the next thing to do was to find them, and at a competitive price.

I went online to find a supplier who did more than simply offer to sell me the cheapest blinds - you've probably heard the saying 'cheapest isn't always the best' and you'll see what I mean when it comes down to choosing blinds for your conservatory. Quality, practicality, functionality and longevity were the key aspects I was looking for, not forgetting colour choices, styles and designs. A tall order I know, but if you're going to get it right these are all important aspects that I look for in just about anything I buy and I didn't want to spoil my dream conservatory by regretting any window dressing choices I made. I plumped for Venetian style conservatory blinds. The natural beauty of the wood brought a warm homeliness and charm which suited my home perfectly.

Just a few months down the line and the shelves are loaded with pretty flowers and plants, in colourful pots, and our collection of ceramic plates, collected over the years, is proudly displayed on the one internal wall. The conservatory blinds we chose enable us to regulate the amount of sunshine that we let in, depending on what we are doing. It has become the most important room in the house and is everything we could ever have hoped for. The biggest mistake we made was in not indulging ourselves years earlier!

Charlotte Campbell is an interior designer with over 15 years experience in the blinds industry. She particularly loves sharing her tips on how window blinds can change the look and feel of any room in your home.

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