Each hostess will confirm that without curtains and curtains, the interior will look uncomfortable and not aesthetically pleasing. Today the market offers a constantly expanding range of roller shutters, blinds, curtains. Curtains are not only a decoration for any part of the apartment, but also serve as a means of protection from sunlight. Among the popular and modern designs are practical and functional day / night roller blinds. Otherwise they are also called "zebra".
What it is?
Stylish sunshades of the new generation have managed to gain the trust and love of consumers around the world. Blinds "day-night" is a structure in which two textile fabrics are connected by a roller. Most often these are fabric blinds with alternating stripes of a denser and more transparent texture. When folding or lowering the structure, the strips move relative to each other.
Manufacturers of zebra blinds have taken care of the quality of their products. Seamless thermal technology is used to join strips in fabrics. And a special treatment with Teflon impregnation gives the blinds dust-repellent and antistatic properties. Thanks to their unique design, day / night blinds can control the intensity of light entering the room. In some products designed to protect from excess light, the density of the fabric stripes reaches 100%.
There are open and closed day / night blinds. Open curtains are suitable for both home interiors and workspaces. The fabric in the structure is wound on an uncovered shaft without being fixed from the sides. As a result, the curtain hangs freely. Horizontal stripes visually enlarge the windows and the room appears more spacious.
The classic version of blinds is easy to maintain and affordable. To prevent sagging of the fabric on the sides of the product, they are supplied with special boxes where the fabric is hidden. The closed-type mechanism has a cassette and mini-cassette design. You can pick up a box made of the same material and texture for making the window frame. This will visually give the impression that the blinds are built into the frame.
Mini-cassette constructions are manufactured as a set for each casement. This is the best option for tilt windows.
On the market with an abundance of roller blinds, this is one of the most budgetary options for horizontal blinds. Combined products "day-night" ("combo") consist of two layers of canvases. Dense stripes alternate with more transparent ones. The mechanism of construction of fabric curtains "combo" is designed according to the principle of movement "up and down". In this process, the transparent stripes decrease or increase in number, changing the intensity of the lighting in the room. Double curtains can be automatic or manual.
The color palette of day-night blinds is presented in a wide variety and is selected for any interior. The colors depend on the style of the interior.
Two-tone blinds that combine current shades: turquoise and white, powder and pink, yellow and purple tones look advantageous.
In a classic interior style, a mix of monochromatic and patterned stripes will tell about the sophistication and accuracy of the owner.
Elegant multi-textured blinds for windows are a successful combination of vertical plastic and fabric blinds imitating light tulle or dense classic curtains.
Designers often choose trendy colors: warm brown, cappuccino and dark chocolate.
The 2017 trend is emerald and all tropical shades. Blinds of these colors will look especially advantageous in spacious rooms, creating a cozy atmosphere for relaxation and pleasant pastime.
The use of rich fabrics with a floral pattern allows you to solve the problem of compatibility with the colors of the overall interior. Of all the elements of the jalousie pattern, there must be a color that matches the key shade in the room. When choosing a monochromatic model of curtains, there is a risk of inaccurately choosing the desired shade.
Products with floral designs look great in their own way both on the balcony and in the bedroom.
Such blinds for the kitchen serve as a successful example of a spectacular interior design. In her interior, it is appropriate to use blinds of medium tones with a rainbow pattern. Floral fabrics are practical. Contamination is not visible on them, in contrast to plain curtains. In addition, bright prints better hide flaws in the fabric. Colored blinds look spectacular, even made of inexpensive material. And in monochrome products, the cheapness of the material will be noticeable. Therefore, in order to save money, it is preferable to choose a bright ornament for the windows.
When choosing the size of the blinds, the type of their design and installation method are taken into account. The practicality of the installed structures depends on the size. It is necessary to calculate it so that in the lowered state of the blinds, it is possible to completely protect the room from sunlight. Massive structures of large dimensions will need special installation. These products are designed for heavy canvases, therefore, it is advisable to use aluminum frames in the design. Mini-system constructions are installed on window sashes. These products are the best option for hinged and hinged windows. The permissible dimensions for the width and height of the mini system depend on the material of manufacture.
The stripes in the product often have a standard width of 75 and 50 mm. The dense strip is usually 25 mm wider than the transparent strip.
How to install?
Before starting the installation of day-night blinds, it is necessary to determine the exact location of their placement, the harmony of the combination with the overall interior.
First of all, the method of assembly and fastening of the structure is determined, and the main parameters of the windows are measured.
The installation methods for the blinds depend on the type of attachment.
- Ceiling or wall mounting. The work begins by making holes in the wall or ceiling. Then the fasteners are installed and the tripod is fixed. This method of fastening structures does not leave free space and visually reduces it.
- Fastening to the frame of a plastic or wooden window. Holes are made in the window frame. It is necessary to work with extreme caution, making accurate calculations, so as not to damage the window frame when installing the light filters.
- Fastening to the window sash. The installation principle is the same as for fastening to the window frame.
- Mounting method without drilling holes. Blinds are installed on the window frame using clips or double-sided tape, which is attached directly to the product.
Regardless of the installation method, the location of the brackets should be strictly horizontal, then the fabric will not warp during use. It is advisable to invite a specialist to install day-night blinds. He will be able to competently assemble and install any structure.
How to wash?
Quality materials of manufacture extend the service life of day-night blinds. Much also depends on the proper care of the blinds. For weekly cleaning, it will be enough to remove dust from the product with a dry soft cloth. Wet cleaning of the blinds is required only in case of visible stains.
If grease or dirt gets on the fabric of the blinds, the product is placed in a soapy solution and wiped with a brush. Next, the blinds are rinsed and dried without folding. It is undesirable to use detergents containing chlorine and abrasive powders during cleaning. This can damage the texture and color of the fabric.
Metal and plastic structures are considered the easiest to care for, since they can be washed in soapy water. It is also worth considering that only dry cleaning is suitable for wood.
Advantages and disadvantages
Based on the reviews and recommendations of professionals, you can choose a more convenient and functional model for any interior.
The positive characteristics of day-night blinds include:
- A simple way to control light penetration into the room thanks to the moving parts of the product.
- Creation of an individual interior that allows you to visually expand the space of the room.
- Convenient installation and fastening of blinds to windows.
- The presence of free space on the windowsill, allowing you to place flowers or other decorative accessories.
- The louver design does not apply to heaters.
- Remote control capability.
- They simultaneously function as tulle and curtains.
- Long service life and reliability of structures.
- The construction material does not turn yellow or fade over time.
- The ability to match any window and balcony openings.
- Practicality and ease of care.
- Fabric models have a dust-repellent and antistatic effect.
- The ability to install structures not only on windows, but also to be successfully used for decorating doors with glass inserts.
- Unobstructed ventilation of the room, without disturbing the original appearance of the structure.
- The construction material does not cause allergies.
There are also disadvantages to using blinds, but they are few:
- A complex control system that breaks down periodically.
- Noise during blind adjustment.
- When cleaning the product, it is necessary to wipe each plate separately, which can be difficult.
- High price.
Examples in the interior
To start experimenting with incorporating day / night blinds into your interior, you need to study the design and color of the room in detail.
Country-style blinds will help to transfer the atmosphere of nature itself into the room. Light-colored cotton or chintz blinds with floral patterns can create the coziness of a country house
For the children's room, blinds of light shades are often selected, creating a favorable atmosphere for the child's sleep and relaxation
In the kitchen, you can use designs in rich colors. The kitchen is often a place for tea drinking and pleasant pastime, therefore blinds of the corresponding "tasty" shades are selected for this description: peach, chocolate, tropical sunny. These can be, for example, yellow or orange mini-cassette curtains made of natural fabric. Blinds should be in harmony with the color scheme of kitchen furniture and even a single accessory. Compliance with all criteria will create the atmosphere of one whole composition in the room
Zebra curtains are a good choice for balconies and loggias located on the sunny side of the building. Products mounted on door and window sashes are appropriate in all rooms, except for a balcony with aluminum windows. There is no way to fix the blinds on the aluminum frames. If the interior needs a certain amount of daylight, day / night blinds can be easily lifted and fixed at the desired level
Dense high-quality fabric will not let the sun's rays into the room. In the case of the location of the balcony room in the northern part of the apartment, blinds are selected from a translucent fabric. Very often, the balcony is used as a recreation area, study or reading room, as well as a winter garden with many flowers. In this area, you can create coziness with the inclusion of warm colors in the colors of the curtains. A minimalist work area requires a minimum of accessories and discreet design in its interior. In such a room, day-night blinds should be executed in one color without patterns or with a simple geometric ornament.
Overall harmony must be created between unique day / night blinds and furnishings, wallpaper colors and various accessories. Considering the advantages of day-night roller blinds, this type of product will be relevant for the modern consumer for a long time.
For information on how to wash day-night blinds, see the next video.