Blinds, as opposed to curtains have become ever more popular as window coverings nowadays. There is a dizzying array of different types of window blinds, and it can be hard to know just what will be best for your room in terms of both utility and appearance.
Taking a look at the Wikipedia main article on window blinds you start to get a feel for the options available to you. The article lists such ones as Persian, Venetian, Slat, roller, and Shoji. For those that have never encountered the term the Shoji style are formed of vertical, rather than horizontal, slats for the opaque blinds. Another popular variant is the plantation style of blind.
Many people split window coverings into two categories, curtains and blinds. Interestingly enough when looking at the reference above ‘blinds’ are defined by a specific set of categories. So it would appear that there are window coverings which are neither curtains nor blinds.
There does seem to be one area of ambiguity, however. When looking online for the difference between Roman and Venetian blinds you soon run into disagreement from various authoritative sites.
On the one hand there are sites which describe both Roman and Venetian blinds in a way that makes it sound like they are one and the same thing. Both have slats, both have the slats joined by either cords or lengths of cloth and both have the ability for the blinds to be pulled up and bunched together clearing the window for light and a view of the outside world. So, what, according to these sites, is the difference between the two? Well, as near as we can make out it looks to us like they assert that one type can also be tilted to shut out the light and the other cannot. That said, even there some of the sites differ in this respect.
When examining alternative reference material, you find definitions of Roman blinds which do not have the exposed slats and are instead comprised of a single piece of fabric that can be pulled into pleats. These blinds when closed have almost the same look as roller blinds in that they present a single, continuous, and flat fabric surface to shut out the light.
Whichever one is right both descriptions agree that Roman blinds will allow you to opt for any sort of fabric including a complete blackout addition as backing material to comprehensively cut out the light going through them.
In all this confusion we decided to put it to the experts and asked David Rowe from Tudor Blinds if he could steer us towards a definitive difference between the two styles of blinds.
He told us; “People often ask that question when they are looking to redecorate. I always tell them the simple answer. If it has slats you can see, then that is a Venetian blind. If you are looking at a piece of fabric that folds up, even if there are slats woven into pockets of the material, then you are looking at Roman blinds. The Roman pure fabric ones are the easiest to fit into bespoke window shapes.”
Thank you for that guide. We hope that clears up any confusion.