Having been in the UK blinds trade for 20 years I have seen vertical blinds come into favor with home owners and go out again. In the last year the has been a huge move back to having vertical blinds fitted. There are a number of good reasons for this.
Benefit One - How A Vertical Blind Works
Vertical blinds have 2 modes of operation. They can be drawn back to the sides and they can also be tilted. What most people do in practice is leave the blind across the window and just tilt the louvres. vertical dividers The fact that you can angle the louvres so precisely gives you a huge amount of control over privacy and shade. You can still see out through the vertical blind louvres so you do not get that trapped in feeling that you have with something like a roller blind.
Benefit Two - The Range Of fabrics And Finishes
When I first supplied louvre blinds you only had one or two types of fabric and very little choice of colour. In the showroom we now have three distinct ranges each with over 400 different fabrics and colours. You can still have a basic shantung white or shantung cream but why would you choose these old standards. When someone asks be for a cream vertical blind I can show them over 100 options. There are plains, jacquards, faux suede, blackout and burnouts. There is also a rainbow of colours for vertical blinds from brash and bold pinks and silvers to more sophisticated mochas and calicos.
Benefit Three - There are so many options
One development that has happened recently is the variety of control options. As well as the traditional cord draw and chain tilt operation you can now have wand control, The wand is pulled across the window and then turned to tilt the louvres. The are also motorised options using either batteries or mains power. Mains power electric vertical blinds can have a light sensor fitted that opens the blinds in the morning and close in the evening. This is a good security feature as the blind continues to operate when you are away from home.
The standard louvre size is now 89mm (3.5"). The older 127mm (5") is really only used for very large windows and commercial locations. Another option is having sewn in weights at the bottom of the louvres so that you do not have the chains. This makes it possible to use a louvre blind as a walk through room divider.