Control Light & Privacy with a Perforated Venetian Blind
Made to measure perforated venetian blinds are very popular at the moment and are being used in their traditional commercial environments as well as now more extensively in the UK home. Perforated venetian blinds are aluminium slat venetian blinds with tiny, usually circular holes in a dense regular pattern on each slat. These holes each let a small amount of light through the blind when it is closed meaning that a large percentage of natural light is excluded but a small percentage of natural light is allowed to pass through. The large percentage of light that is excluded means that glare from strong sunlight is significantly reduced and also a large percentage of harmful UV rays are excluded. The small percentage of light that is allowed to pass through the metal slats when the blind is closed means that a certain amount of visible light is still transmitted to illuminate the room, and this is also enough light for a partial view through the window to be maintained. The effect of this is that in commercial office environments the occupants of the room are able to protect their workspaces from the glare of the sun so that computers, monitors and presentation screens can be used effectively whilst at the same time maintaining privacy from onlookers who may be able to look in through the window. Furthermore the occupants are able to maintain enough natural light so that artificial lighting may not be necessary or can be significantly reduced, whilst maintaining their view of the outside world so that the working environment is a comfortable and pleasant place to work.
Perforated aluminium blinds are being used much more in the home nowadays for similar benefits. For example they can be used in a home office for similar reasons to those outlined for a commercial office above as well as in any room where there is a large TV or projection screen and it is desirable to be able to reduce the amount of glare on a sunny day without putting the room into complete darkness. Perforated aluminium venetian blinds have been traditionally available in the usual neutral 'contract' colours of greys, creams, silver and black that we often see in commercial buildings but now as demand from domestic customers has increased so has the demand for colours that will match in with interior design schemes. Therefore some aluminium venetian blind manufacturers are now making perforated venetian blinds available in other popular colours that may work in better with your design scheme than the contract colours we mentioned.
At this point we should express a word of caution to you if you are thinking of using a perforated venetian blind in your home. Remember that the effect of maintaining a partial view from one side of the blind and complete privacy from the other side of the blind depends on the different levels of light on either side of the blind. During the day the outside of a building normally has a higher level of light than the inside but later on when the lights are on inside and it has gone dark outside this situation has been reversed. This will mean that people outside will now be able to see in whilst you will not be able to see anything out through the blind. This may be a less than ideal situation for you (for example in a bathroom), so think carefully how this would work in your situation before you purchase.