Aluminium Venetians Crisp and elegant The evolution of the aluminium Venetian blind has been dramatic within the last decade. There is no end to the versatility of a Venetian blind. The unadorned stylish simplicity, the easy operation, the various light effects without the need to raise or lower the blind make Venetian blinds a firm favourite. They are suitable for any window style. The latest Venetian blinds can transform a room into a sleek and stylish environment. The striking feature of this type of blind is that it provides the person behind the window with a high degree of privacy whilst allowing an extremely high degree of light to enter the room, simultaneously allowing the occupier an outside view. Today's aluminium blinds are offered with such a variety of colours over 200 different. Finishes include pearlescent, perforated for a general glare block with out losing the light, metallic, soft sheen and wood illusion, wood effect Aliwood, pearliest, textured, chrome, pewter or matt finishes as well as the traditional gloss effect. Neutral shades provide subtle backdrops or choose vivid colours to really enhance a room and get attention. Four slat sizes are available in micro 16mm, sleek 25mm, the modern 35mm and the robust 50mm. Venetian Blinds are a tried and tested old favourite that can combine excellent light control and privacy. A "head rail" contains the mechanisms for raising and lowering the numerous horizontal "slats" held on "ladders" which make up the blind. 16mm and 25mm blinds are supplied with a clear acrylic wand that tilts the slats and a cord for raising and lowering the blind. 35mm and 50mm blinds have the option of a cord tilt and cord lift. The optional Ultra Wand raises, lowers and tilts the blind. Charisma can supply aluminium blinds in arched, triangles or circular as well as the more traditional shape. For commercial situations, we can also offer integrated Venetian blinds between glasses. Iso Venetian blinds are ideal for fitting to Tilt 'n' Turn windows, glazed doors and conservatories. They fit inside the bead of the window frame, meaning they can be raised, lowered and tilted without affecting the normal operation of the window or door. Venetian Advantages: Clean designer lines & abundant colour choices A good quality Venetian blind lasts many years High Security option A blind that looks exceptionally neat from outside as well as inside. Venetian blinds can be cleaned despite worries of being dust collectors. Modern vacuum cleaners have ample suction power and suitable high level attachment nozzles that allow cleaning to be relatively pain free. Will cover large windows (mostly up to 3m) and still allow good light control Things to consider; Larger Venetians (with longer drops and if made with wide slats) start to get heavier, so if your not too strong or have joint discomfort a vertical blind might be an easier option. Venetian blinds need less cleaning in dry well ventilated areas. Be prepared for more frequent cleaning if you choose them for your kitchen and the blind is fitted near a cooker. You can minimise problems by drawing the air flow away from the blind and extracting through ducts etc Buying a cheap Venetian blind for a high use window may give you maintenance headaches......cheaper cords wear quickly and the blinds don't always stay up leading to users "moving the slats" to peer through. Thin (cheaper quality) slats can get bent very easily...they can't be straightened easily. Spending a bit more on a good quality stove enamelled slat will prevent those headaches!