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Blinds for all seasons

Rashi Tiwary
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They are available in a wide variety and colours that can make your house look beautiful, says Rashi Tiwary

With the unusually early onset of summer this year, it would be a good idea to purchase blinds for your house. You can even use them as a substitute for curtains as they give substantially more protection from the heat. It is especially good to have blinds in doors or windows that face the Sun. Similarly, blinds become useful even to insulate the room during the winters.

Dressing up your window is serious business. And that is where the wide variety of shades and blinds in the market comes in handy. From rollers to shutters to honeycomb to duettes, the list goes on. There are also wooden blinds (popularly known as venetian blinds), bamboo blinds and screens, and blinds made from fabric.

Blinds can be either horizontal or vertical. The ones made from fabric are generally made of silk, organza or cotton.

At Devi Enterprises in Jubilee Hills, motorised blinds, i.e., the ones operated with remote controls come in the range of Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 35,000 while the manual blinds that are usually operated with the means of a cord, could cost anywhere between Rs. 900 to Rs. 3,500 per sqft.

Similarly, at Studio Orion, wooden blinds cost Rs. 600 per sqft whereas screens cost Rs. 300 per sqft. Ameena, an employee at the store, says, “These screens act literally as sunscreens by blocking out the harsh UV rays of the sun which can otherwise damage furniture inside the house. They also protect the house from dust and grime”.

Starlet Furnishings at Banjara Hills also offers Venetian blinds. The cost of these blinds is between Rs. 110 and Rs. 395 per sqft.

“Venetian blinds lend a simple yet charming look to the house or office. Moreover, translucent and transparent blinds also lend a sense of privacy to the interior without compromising on the light,” says Chandni, an interior consultant at the store.

Available in a variety of shades and textures, blinds blend in well with the interiors of most homes and are therefore a viable option.


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