Venetian blinds are a window treatment that was popular in the 50’s and 60’s and is slowly making a resurgence. Once they were made of aluminium and the blades were fairly wide, with wide tapes running down the front. Indeed, these are still available, particularly for Retro styled decors. However, slimmer blade aluminium venetians are also available, and are great for wet areas such as bathrooms, as they are impervious to moisture. The narrower blade also allows them to be installed in cramped window spaces.
Alternatively, if your windows are roomy enough, you might appreciate wider blades of 50mm or even 63mm and 85mm. Timber venetians, such as basswood and cedar, can be stained or painted to match any décor, and can often emulate the look of plantation shutters.
Although pure timber can be expensive, the polymer comparisons are budget friendly and in some instances look almost identical to timber.
The limitations of the polymers is the colour range and the weight, so that greater widths cannot be achieved successfully under a warranty.
Polymers are also moisture proof and easy to clean, but have a tendency to yellow slightly with age, and cheaper versions have been known to warp in harsh sun. Whatever Venetian you choose, there is a version in your budget and suitable for your windows.