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HOMES & INTERIORS Sleek conservatories; "If you're after a sleek and contemporary look in your conservatory where the blinds fit flush to the window, allowing windows and doors to be opened with ease, opt for a pleated or venetian blind in a PerfectFit frame. "This system is perfect for sealed unit double glazing as the blinds fit seamlessly, with no need for drilling or screws, giving enhanced privacy as they 'hug' the window and cover any light gaps. "The blinds won't interfere with handles but will leave the sills clutter free. "You'll also be able to open your windows without having to pull up the blinds first which is very practical." Hillarys has a wide range of pleated blinds and 15 or 25mm aluminium venetians to choose from. Versatile venetians; "Venetian blinds are perhaps the most effective way to control light in a conservatory," continues Sarah, "as they can be adjusted to filter, or totally cut out the light, or pulled up completely to let it flood in. And of course they're a great way to keep rooms cool and comfortable when it's hot outside - much more eco-friendly than reaching for the air con!" Perfectly pleated; "Neat pleated blinds are perfect for the roof of your conservatory, but are a good option for the sides too. Fabulous in any room, pleated blinds also work especially well at period windows or in limited spaces, such as hallways and staircases. They create a sleek, stylish look that personalises any room, providing privacy with a light and airy feel or a sumptuous glow, depending on the colour scheme you choose. And many pleated blind fabrics are available with sun-reflective backings which will help keep the heat in during winter and your home cool during the warmer months." 'Tilt and turn' windows; these can be tricky customers when it comes to window dressings," says Sarah, as curtains and blinds tend to be restrictive when it comes to opening and closing them. "Pleateds or venetians in a PerfectFit frame are ideal as they fit snugly inside the window allowing for easy movement." Blinds featured are Hillarys Snowfall aluminium venetians in a PerfectFit frame. To find out more visit www.hillarys.co.uk or contact your local blind specialist.
February 2009 issue.