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Venetian Blinds: The Classic Window Covering

What are Venetian Blinds?

Many homeowners are familiar with wood blinds and mini-blinds, but what are Venetian blinds? Characterized by horizontal slats that can be adjusted to control the amount of light entering a room and provide privacy, Venetian blinds offer a perfect marriage of form and function. Made popular in the enchanting city of Venice, Italy, these sophisticated blinds have transcended their historical roots to become a global design staple in modern window treatments.

Components of Venetian Blinds

They stand out among other types of horizontal blinds due to their distinctive design and timeless style. 


Venetian blinds feature horizontal slats that can be made from various materials such as wood, faux wood, aluminum, or vinyl. These slats are arranged parallel to each other and are connected by a ladder-like system of strings or tapes. The ability to adjust the slats to various angles is a unique feature, allowing precise control over the amount of light entering a room while maintaining privacy. 


Venetian blinds are typically operated by a lift cord mechanism which is housed in the headrail. This cord allows users to raise or lower the blinds to their desired height, offering another level of control over the amount of light in a room. 

Blind slats made of insulating materials like wood, can provide a degree of insulation. Closed blinds can help to reduce heat transfer, keeping interiors warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This insulation effect can contribute to overall energy efficiency. 

Our Venetian Blinds

Norman revolutionized standard Venetian blinds in the 1970s with the introduction of the first faux wood blind. This high-performance, durable product is budget-friendly and accessible for all homes. Uniquely crafted with quality materials and SmartPrivacy technology, Norman Venetian blinds stand out from the rest of the market. 

Ultimate™ Normandy® Wood Blinds

Crafted with precision and artistry, Ultimate Normandy Wood Blinds seamlessly blend timeless design with cutting-edge technology. Featuring sustainably sourced Phoenix Wood®, the beautifully grained slats add warmth and character to any living room.

An innovative SmartPrivacy® design puts route holes at the back of the slat, minimizing light leakage and improving privacy. The cordless operating system ensures smooth and effortless control, allowing users to adjust the blinds with safety and precision. 

Ultimate™ Faux Wood Blinds

The reality is that kitchens, bathrooms, and other living spaces aren’t suitable environments for real wood blinds because of their subjection to heat, moisture, and extra UV exposure. Enter Ultimate™ Faux Wood Blinds, a stylish and affordable option with unparalleled performance. 

Unlike traditional blinds, their slats close more tightly, rotate more consistently, and are secured in place. Rated “Best for Kids”, the cordless lift system is easy to operate and produces no slat shift.

CityLights™ Aluminum Blinds

CityLights™ Aluminum Blinds are an upgrade on the original mini blind. A waterproof design, tighter closing privacy slats, and a convenient valance-free headrail make these sleek aluminum mini blinds a perfect choice for modern interior design. 

CityLights™ metal blinds are available in a wide range of colors and sizes, including micro 1/2” inch (ideal for French doors), 1” (small and large windows), and 2” (larger windows).

Benefits of Venetian Blinds 

Venetian blinds offer homeowners a wide array of benefits. Stylish broad slats provide excellent expansive views and superior light control and privacy, and as a bonus, they’re easy to clean!

Material and Durability

  • Wood: Wood Venetian blinds are sturdy and durable, providing a timeless and elegant look.
  • Faux Wood: Faux Wood Venetian blinds are highly durable and resistant to moisture. They are also less prone to warping or fading compared to real wood.
  • Aluminum: exceptionally durable and resistant to moisture, Aluminum is a long-lasting and low-maintenance option that is suitable for various environments.

Slat Size and Design

Larger slats allow more natural light into a room when open and provide a broader view when tilted. Additionally, wider slats often lend a modern and bold aesthetic, adding a touch of sophistication to the overall design of the blinds and the space. 

Plus, they’re easier to clean! The sturdy and well-constructed slats ensure longevity and reduce the likelihood of warping or damage over time.

Light Control

Venetian blinds are renowned for their superior light control, achieved through their highly adjustable slats. By tilting the slats at different angles, users can redirect sunlight to prevent glare, diffuse light for a softer ambiance, or fully close the slats to block out light completely. With directional control of light, users can channel sunlight to specific areas of a room while minimizing exposure in others.


Beyond light control, adjusting the slats also offers more privacy. When fully closed, Venetian blinds obstruct the view from outside, ensuring a private and secure environment within the room.

Easy Maintenance

Materials like aluminum and faux wood are inherently low-maintenance, but the wide tilt slats make all Venetian blinds easy to dust and wipe clean. Some Venetian blinds even come with dust-resistant or anti-static finishes, reducing the frequency of cleaning required to maintain a neat appearance. Venetian blinds are designed for easy removal, allowing users to quickly take down the blinds when a deep cleaning is needed.

Should I Go Cordless?

Cordless blinds offer a host of benefits, making them a popular and practical choice. The primary benefit is they enhance safety, especially in homes with children and pets, by eliminating the potential hazards associated with dangling cords. 

Beyond safety, cordless blinds provide a sleek and uncluttered appearance, contributing to a clean and modern aesthetic, and their user-friendly design simplifies operation.

Considerations for Purchasing Venetian Blinds

Choosing the Right Color and Material

Different materials, such as aluminum, wood or composite, offer distinct looks and levels of durability. Selecting an appropriate color for your window blinds can either complement existing decor or serve as a focal point in the room. When purchasing Venetian blinds, carefully consider both color and material to ensure they align with your aesthetic preferences and functional needs.

Achieving a Cohesive Interior Design

Venetian blinds play a significant role in shaping the overall aesthetic of a space, so it’s crucial to choose a style that complements your interior design. Consider factors such as the color palette, furniture, and overall theme of the room. Whether you prefer a classic, modern, or eclectic look, selecting blinds that harmonize with the existing decor contributes to a cohesive and visually appealing interior.

Don’t Forget Budget

It’s essential to establish a budget and stick to it. ​Traditional Venetian blinds come in a range of prices, depending on factors like material, brand, and features. Setting a budget helps narrow down choices and ensures that you find blinds that meet your needs. For example, motorized options tend to have a higher price.

Find the Ideal Window Treatment with Norman® 

Tailor your Venetian window blinds to fit specific window sizes, your unique design preferences, and color schemes. Recognized for impeccable craftsmanship, diverse material selection, innovative features, and environmental consciousness, 

At Norman®, we offer unmatched customization options to meet your needs. Whether you’re interested in the warmth of wooden blinds, the superior durability of aluminum blinds, or the modern convenience of cordless blinds, we have the window treatment solution for you!


Q: How do I clean Venetian blinds? 

A: Using a dry microfiber cloth or a duster, gently wipe across each slat from top to bottom to remove dust and debris. Dampen a soft cloth in the solution and carefully wipe each slat for a deeper clean.

Q: Are Venetian blinds suitable for all window sizes? 

A: Venetian blinds are versatile and can be customized to fit a wide range of window sizes, making them suitable for most windows.

Q: Can Venetian blinds block out light effectively?

A: They may not block out light entirely like blackout shades, but their adjustable slats do offer a high degree of light control and the SmartPrivacy® design minimizes light leakage.

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