Create light control and privacy with this design classic
Window blinds have been around for many years, but not in the wide variety available in today’s market. Blinds can create the perfect ambiance in the home, whether it’s cool blues, warm woods or something that’s timelessly classic. they are a great focal point in a room, providing varying degrees of light and privacy and are both decorative and functional.
West Cost Lifestyles supplies an extensive range of the different types of window blinds on the market today. These include woven bamboo, roller, vertical, aluminium venetian wood and synthetic wood venetians, All of these will give your home or office a graceful and stylish appearance. Being creative, blinds will enhance the look and feel of each room giving it an unique personality that will compliment the decor and atmosphere of the room. no matter what type of impression you wish to achieve be it cosy and charming or elegant and graceful, you will be able to create the prefect mood with window blinds.
Blinds are also practical asset that can be used to regulate the sun. They prevent furnishings from fading, avoid excessive heating up of your home, thereby causing you to spend more to stay cool. Therefore, you will not only be giving your home a unique and charming personality, but you will be providing an energy efficient environment no matter which blinds you may choose on.
The simple and effective way to add style and colour to a window. Our fabric roller materials are a popular choice to compliment many décor styles and are an economical and practical way to manage heat and light with a window covering. For total privacy choose from our extensive range of block-out fabrics or, to add light to a room, select from our range of light-diffusing fabrics. A classic roller blind is sometimes all your window will need. Chain operated roller blinds are easy to operate, with the control chain located at the side of the blind within easy reach. There are a choice of colours for the control chain to ensure it co-ordinates with the blind for a completely harmonious effect. Stainless steel and metal chain is also available for a metallic look or the more high-tech furnishing schemes. Roller blinds are simple, effective, and economical.
Raise and lower in one smooth, easy motion, use alone or with complimentary window treatments, roller blinds remain stylishly simple and practical. Optional side wires provide stability and control of the blind when lowered or raised.
As an attractive window dressing for many interior looks, they are a perfect accompaniment to any window with a number of the fabrics also available as vertical blinds.
Remote-controlled motorised roller blinds are also available with a number of different options to suit various types of installations.
- SMART SCREEN
Smart Screen offers a superb combination of sun protection with daytime privacy, allowing you to enjoy the outside view while filtering the sun’s rays. Due to their open and uniform weave, Smart Screen provides good outward visibility. Dark colours give a better view, while light colours offer more efficient hear protection. The fabric is also very efficient at filtering visible light and UV rays, thus increasing interior comfort and reducing glare and reflections on televisions or computer screens. Excellent protection is also provided against the fading of furniture and flooring. Using a mesh type weave, Smart Screen filters the sun’s heat which in turn saves energy, reduces air conditioning costs, and improves interior comfort by maintaining lower temperatures.
- TRANSLUCENT FABRICS
Translucent fabrics, both plain and patterned, filter soft light into a room while providing privacy from the outside. Fabrics are available in a wide variety of colours and fabric types to suit your individual needs. These fabrics also provide good light and UV protection, thus increasing interior comfort and reducing glare. They also provide excellent protection against fading of furniture and floor coverings.
- BLOCKOUT FABRICS
Blockout fabrics are designed to prevent as much light as possible from entering a room, making them the ultimate solution for privacy and light control. The wide range of fabrics provides an ideal solution for most light control requirements such as in bedrooms and television rooms where maximum darkness is a prerequisite. Blockout fabrics provides the maximum efficiency for blocking visible light and UV rays, thus increasing interior comfort and eliminating glare and reflections on television screens and computer monitors. During the day blockout fabrics also repel much of the sun’s heat thereby lowering interior temperatures.
External Screen Roller blinds are ideal for providing protection from the harsh South African sun.
Our blinds are manufactured using the highest quality components, including marine-grade aluminium and stainless steel. External Screens provide a practical way of managing the sun’s heat and light while maintaining a minimalist look on the inside of the home.
Designed to control the entry of natural light, heat and sun radiation from the outside, External Screens allow you to extend outdoor living areas while maximising the advantages of glass and view from the inside.
Diffused glare free, evenly distributed natural light is still admitted, with damaging ultraviolet rays filtered to prevent fixtures, fittings and furnishings from fading. Outward vision is maintained, but with privacy provided from overlooking buildings and passers-by.
Protect your home from the sun using an external screen roller blind.
Keeps out the sun, lets in the view.
Duo Roller Blinds merge the stylish light diffusion of sheer fabric with the practicality of a privacy blind. The innovative design employs a one-of-a-kind dual fabric system that adds stunning interest and multiple light control options to any interio
The parallel shades of the Duo Roller Blind move uniformly with minimal light gaps, creating a distinct visual impact whether open, closed or somewhere in between. One fashion-forward above a traditional roller blind, this iconic layered shade is a beautiful, stylish new option in light control and décor. A breakthrough in style and function, it gently filters the sun, combining the light control of a horizontal blind with the beauty of a fabric shade.
A single chain is the control used to achieve this and to lower or raise the blind in a similar way to which the traditional roller blind is controlled. Furthermore, the Duo Roller Blind can be rolled up into the attractive colour coordinated cassette to reveal an uninterrupted view outside.
The most popular choice for sliding doors and large windows, vertical blinds are well suited for both casual and formal décor, creating stunning effects whilst maintaining privacy. Vertical window blinds are fairly inexpensive, practical, and provide superior light control. Our finely engineered track allows you to regulate just the right amount of light through its uniformly spaced carriers and will give you many years of trouble free operation. Low maintenance and easy operation make vertical blinds a popular treatment for almost any window. The fabric vanes can be tilted or stacked to the right, left or centre to set the light and mood just as you want it. Many of the fabrics are also available as roller blinds.
Vertical blinds offer a similar light control function compared to venetian blinds. Light can be continuously varied while providing a degree of privacy to any room in your home or office.
Made from natural materials, our Woven Bamboo Blinds are an elegant collection of bamboo and jutes in a wide variety of popular styles. These beautiful natural materials offer great flexibility in designing window applications for versatility in your decorating needs as well as being ideal for adding ambience to a room. Many of the materials allow light to filter through creating a natural warmth. Not only do bamboo blinds provide diversity in appearance, they also offer different lifting abilities, such as “roman-fold bamboo blinds” and “roll-up bamboo blinds”. Our bamboo blinds are designed with a solid integrated wood head rail, making for both easy operation and installation. The multi-cord lock and guide pulleys on our bamboo blinds ensure smooth and lasting operation. Bamboo blinds also have the option of either a coordinated wood or matching bamboo valance to add elegance and a more finished, professional look.
Aluminium venetian blinds are the perfect blind for creating a modern and uncluttered effect in your home. Ideal for creating a sleek, modern look, the versatility of venetians makes them a popular choice. Simple-to-use controls make them ideal for filtering or greatly reducing external light.
Three different slat sizes are available, ranging from the traditional 50mm slats to the midsized 35mm and slim-line 25mm. Both 25mm and 35mm slats are decorative and functional allowing for the perfect control of sunlight.
Our 50mm aluminium blinds are reminiscent of the original venetian blinds, a timeless look that never goes out of style. Venetian blinds are perfect for creating the clean, uncluttered look desired in so many contemporary interiors.
The venetian blind collection provides many options for creating a decorative solution from minimal white and pastels to metallics and perforated slats as well as the sought after Designer range of upmarket printed slats. Venetians remain extremely functional in terms of shading and privacy. They offer an affordable and flexible option for covering either very small or large windows, and are easily operated to allow different degrees of light control.
Our company uses high quality imported aluminium venetian parts to provide the most precise control of heat and light available in a window covering. Versatility is the key attribute of the venetian blind, combining simplicity with elegance. Venetian blinds complement all the moods of your home or office. Both 35mm and 50mm venetian blinds are always manufactured with a tilt cord, and not a tilt wand as found on our 25mm blinds.
The 35mm and 50mm Décor ranges are manufactured with a colour coordinated wood valance and bottom rail together with wooden tassels, adding a touch of class to the final product.
Aluminium venetian blinds can also be retained by side guide wires to prevent them moving in the draught from an open window.
Nothing beats the natural look. Wood and bamboo venetian blinds are designed for a contemporary or modern look, from elegant to executive. They bring the warmth and beauty of natural timber and bamboo to your windows and are both cosy and inviting. Each blind is made to measure using only the finest quality wood and bamboo slats, either 50mm or 35mm for wood and 50mm for bamboo. Head rails and valances are colour coordinated. The reliable, heavy-duty head rail system allows for smooth operation and secure locking. This enables the venetian blind to be tilted, raised and lowered hassle free. A mitred valance is available for those blinds fitted outside the recess, where the return is designed to conceal the ends of the head rail. This ensures that the blind is perfectly finished down to the very last detail.
Being ideal for those who wish to co-ordinate the window dressing with their furniture and woodwork, a wide variety of colours are available to give a contemporary and modern look. As wood and bamboo venetian blinds are natural products there will be some variation in colour and grain texture over the area of the blind. This is an important part of the character and beauty of the natural product. They are a timeless classic that never seem to go out of style.
Featuring a revolutionary routless slat design, these elegant blinds offer tight closure and a room darkening effect when closed for the highest level of privacy. The routless feature changes where the lift and tilt control cords are located. Traditionally, they run up and down holes punched in the centre of the slats, but with the routless feature, the control cording is moved to the back and front of each slat eliminating the need for centre punched holes.
Manufactured from a durable synthetic compound, Dreamwood blinds have a textured finish and are ideally suited for areas having a high humidity such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries as well as being widely used as a bedroom, family, lounge or dining room blind. For areas where mildew, moisture or humidity could damage real wood blinds made from hardwood, Dreamwood blinds are an ideal alternative. The blinds are also resistant to fading, cracking and peeling. Maintenance is another advantage. You can clean them just by dry dusting or using a damp cloth. These are also an ideal window treatment for you if you have children at home. Stains and marks left on them by your children are often easily wiped off.
CARE OF YOUR BLINDS
Roller blind fabric will benefit from regular cleaning by dusting with a feather duster, carefully brushing with a soft brush, or by using a vacuum cleaner set on low suction power. Small stains may be removed as follows:
Gently wipe with a cloth which has been immersed in warm water (max. 30 degrees) with a mild liquid detergent added, and thoroughly squeezed out. Wipe several times with a cloth rinsed in clear water and squeezed out. Repeat the treatment until the stain is gone. Unroll the blind and let it dry.
The louvres will benefit from regular dusting, careful brushing with a soft brush, or by using a vacuum cleaner set on low suction power. They can also be gently wiped with a damp cloth that has been thoroughly squeezed out.
Certain fabrics can be washed as follows:
Take the louvres off the head rail and remove the bottom weights and chains. Roll the louvres together carefully and allow them to soak in warm water (max. 30 degrees) mixed with a suitable amount of mild liquid detergent. Stir the water gently by hand to release dissolved dirt. Then rinse the louvres in clear water and then hang them up to dry, preferably on the head rail.
Take care not to fold, bend or crumple the louvres, and avoid tumble drying, spin drying, dry-cleaning and bleaching.
We recommend that the blinds are regularly dusted, which is best achieved with a vacuum cleaner fitted with the soft brush dusting head. A feather duster can also be used.
Blinds can be cleaned with a soft brush/sponge and lukewarm soapy water. Rinse with clear water to which a small amount of dishwasher rinse aid has been added. This helps the blind to dry without watermarks. Before starting, remove the end caps from head and bottom rails, so that all moisture can drain away.
We recommend that the blinds are regularly dusted with a feather duster or a vacuum cleaner with appropriate brush attachments. If required, the wooden valance and slats can be carefully wiped with a damp, squeezed sponge without detergent to remove any stubborn dust or marks, taking care not to get the ladder string wet.