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Natural Roller Blinds
The Natural Palette for the Modern Home
If you are looking for a natural roller blind whether it be plain, textured, woven or patterned, there is a type of fabric and style to suit every taste and interior on offer. There are also many technical fabrics in natural roller blind materials that can cater for various requirements in the home. A bedroom blind might be best done in a blackout fabric, while for other rooms, lighter colours; cream, beige, light brown, and taupe which do not absorb much sunlight might be better and the effect of these colours will more often be light filtering or diffusing for a room.
Plain natural roller blinds are by no means a limiting choice due to the number of fabrics available, from linen and polyester mix, satin sheens through to heavy textured weaves and woollen mix or tweed styles. To diffuse and filter whilst maintaining maximum light into the environment, a sheer voile, weave, or natural screen roller blind is the perfect solution allowing visibility of the view on the other side of the blind when closed. These semi-transparent window blinds come in many different fabric types, patterns and shades. Privacy should also be a consideration, especially when the interior is lit whilst the exterior is in darkness. Some of the sheer patterned fabrics have a mix of transparent and sheer, such as a striped pattern, which can give a mix of privacy and light filtering. Natural coloured striped, spotted or patterned window blinds can be textured or printed and suit an interior scheme using natural tones and fibres such as cream woollens and linens, cottons or silks, but also contrast in a striking way with blacks and dark charcoal greys, chocolate browns or slate.
If your blind might come into contact with water splashes or be fitted in a damp environment, a waterproof or moisture resistant fabric may be the best choice. These are often termed bathroom or kitchen roller blinds and can usually be cleaned with a damp sponge. Some fabrics are also treated with coatings making them resistant to the growth of mould and mildew and these anti-bacterial materials would also prove practical for moist environments in nurseries and care homes.
As society becomes more environmentally aware and energy conscious, many people are now interested in where products are sourced from and their sustainability. More manufacturers are now picking up on this and providing information on product sourcing as well as any testing they have done on levels of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other materials that could be released into the environment by the fabric. With regards to energy saving blinds, an effective way to save energy is to minimise any draughts and air loss by fitting the blind as tightly as possible to the window surround. Thermally efficient fabrics and solar protective or reflective linings can assist in reducing solar gain and relative heat loss.