Shutters, louvres and blinds are used in houses, apartments and offices to assist with light control and ventilation as well as for decorative purposes. There are a wide range of shutters and louvres available to suit a variety of needs, and some of the more well-known styles of louvres and shutters are plantation shutters, roman blinds, vertical blinds and venetian blinds.
Most blinds and shutters are installed on the interior of the home, office or apartment, however some stores provide a range of outdoor blinds that are weather resistant and offer a good shade option for the outdoor living space. Roller shutters are shutters operated via a roller and often these types of shutters provide a complete blackout effect. There are specialist blind companies and individuals that are able to assist in blind, shutter and louvres installation; some window covering installation can be quite complex, and requires the services of an expert. These specialists are also generally able to provide good advice on natural light and lighting requirements of any given space.
Blinds are made from a variety of materials including aluminum, rosewood, cedar and specialty fabrics. Retailers often house samples of wares in large showrooms open to the public, where customers can choose their preferred blind or shutter, which is then delivered and installed as part of the cost.