If you want to soften a window with fabric but not go to the expense of a pair of curtains why not try a blind. There are so many different blinds available which not only look stunning, but also have their own special features such as day light control, sun damage protection, privacy solutions or condensation / damp proof.
There are many blinds to choose from, but the most popular are:
All of Davina’s blinds are made to measure, and are bespoke to your particular window where care and attention to detail is second to none. So if you want a particular trim running along the bottom of your roman blind, or a custom-coloured wooden venetian blind, you can have it.
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One of the most popular blinds. The Roman blind, with its flat panels when down but with its soft cascading folds when the blind is pulled up, creates a neat and tidy look over any window.
Davina’s Roman blinds are hand sewn and can be made out of your own choice of fabric, with blackout lining for added sun damage protection, and for those wanting a fuller, weightier look, interlining can also be added. Interlining is best described as a blanket layered between your chosen fabric and the lining. Its main purpose many years ago was to help exclude draft, but nowadays, thanks to improved insulating methods drafts are seldom an issue and the interlining is purely aesthetic. Choose from either a fabric-covered wooden baton headrail with acorn & cleat or a rotary headrail system with beaded chain.
AUSTRIAN / FESTOON
These blinds were one of the first forms of drapery that were functionally successful. They were in fact pull-up floor length curtains. They are operated by equally spaced cords, that when pulled not only raise the blind but also create soft swags and are hung from either a fabric covered wooden batton headrail with acorn and cleat or a metal rotary headrail system with a beaded chain. Nowadays, there are many different variations of gathred headings used such as pencil pleat, goblet, triple pleat and puffed, which can be made up with either scooped up or dropped down sides. These blinds are hand sewn and can be made out of your own choice of fabric, with blackout lining for added sun damage protection and daylight control. However a lightweight fabric such as silk works best. The hem and side edges often work well having a fringing, which helps define each of the swags. They are often made longer than the length of the window so that when pulled down it still displays the swag effect along the bottom.
The difference between an Austrian and a Festoon is that the Festoon is also gathered along each of the vertical cords.
This blind is less fussy than the Austrian / Festoon blinds simply by not having a gathered heading, but it still has the same principle of having equally spaced vertical cords that create soft swags. This blind is hand sewn and can be made out of your own choice of fabric, with blackout lining for added sun damage protection and daylight control. The blind is often made longer than the length of the window so that when pulled down it still displays the swag effect along the bottom, rather than being a flat piece of fabric with no interesting detail.
Choose from either a fabric-covered wooded batton headrail with acorn and cleat or a metal rotary headrail system with beaded chain.
The most simple and functionally effective of window coverings! The roller blind offers minimal loss of window space when rolled up around its beaded metal roller headrail, and when rolled down is a simple flat piece of fabric that can be shaped along the bottom or accessorised with toggles or contrasting materials such as fabric or wood for added interest. They can be made up in your own fabric with a choice of being stiffened or laminated with sateen lining or blackout lining. Alternatively choose from a range of custom made roller blind fabrics that cater for light control, privacy and sun protection. The range includes: sheers, plain and patterned cottons, textured, blackouts and even fun colourful prints to suit children’s bedrooms.
WOODEN VENETIAN -
Nothing appeals to our senses more than the natural beauty and warmth of wood.
The wooden Venetian blind collection offers three different slat widths for varying light control and comes in a range of natural wood or painted neutral colours. For a perfect colour match to your existing interior, you can have your blind custom painted, with matching wooden toggle accessories. Why not personalise your blind by adding a decorative fabric tape. Some of the tape colours blend in with the overall look while others create accents that stand out to make a statement of their own. Either way, they add a touch of glam that conceal the vertical cords that operate the blind. Further options include electric control mechanism, bathroom solutions to stop warping of wood, colour coordinated headrail valances with mitred returns, or for a sleek more daring look, why not try the aluminium headrail valance with curved returns, matching aluminium toggle and bottom rail for eye catching detail.
With just a light pull on the toggle, you can incline the horizontal slats so that more or less light passes through in to your room. And the handy power rise remote control allows you to alter the degree of light access with ease. Alternatively, by the pull of another cord you can house the whole of the blind with all of its slats at the top of your window.
METAL VENETIAN -
The charm of the metal Venetian blind lies in its versatility. It works just like a wooden Venetian. With just a quick twist of the wand, you can incline the horizontal slats so that more or less light passes through to your room. By keeping them closed you can keep out the heat of a blazing summers day, or angle them to make the most of a subdued wintery afternoon. Alternatively, by the pull of a cord you can house the whole of the blind with all of its slats at the top of your window.
These blinds offer five slat widths and a wide range of colours and finishes. The colours can be mixed and matched, allowing you to insert different coloured slats on top of each other.
The ‘Variozone’ collection employs a unique solution allowing you to individually operate particular segments of your blind to create the optimal combination of light and privacy. The ultimate in flexible light control, Variozone Blinds are ideal for bathrooms, street-facing windows, or offices in need of a balanced approach to privacy and glare control.
A brilliant invention that offers the simplicity of a roller blind, but with more choice than ever when it comes to light and privacy control. Made of high quality fire retardant 100% trevira CS yarn that will not bleach in the sun, with a choice of 16 colours and three horizontal vane sizes, and matching headrail, this subtle blind is very clever. An endless chain allows you to slide the translucent and opaque woven sections past each other to open, partially open or fully close the shade. Another advantage is that your Facette shade may be raised or lowered in any of these different positions, thereby allowing you to enjoy the precise light effect you desire. An optional aluminium headrail and bottom bar can be chosen to add a stylish contempory touch.
Silhouette blinds are unique and extremely versatile window shades; soft as silk, elegant as a curtain and practical as a Venetian blind. Their ingenious construction, with translucent voile to the front and back, allows light to gently filter into your home while improving your privacy. With three vane sizes and an optional aluminium headrail & bottom rail, you can customise your shade to perfectly complement your size and style of window. A variety of textures and subtle colours are available for the horizontal vanes, including natural linens, a Bon Soir room-darkening textile, and even an exclusive silver metal fabric that gives a high-end designer look.
With just a light pull of the cord, you can incline the horizontal vanes so that more or less light passes through to your room. And the handy power rise remote control allows you to alter the degree of light access with ease. Alternatively, by the pull of another cord you can house the whole of the blind with all of its vanes at the top of your window.