Roller blinds involve a single piece of fabric being, as the name suggests, rolled around a cylinder with the piece of fabric being pulled up or down by a cord, or by the end of the fabric itself. Roller blinds are often found in bathrooms and kitchens, because they are extremely simple and quick to operate, making them an ideal choice for those looking for practicality over style. This type of blind is popular because it is compact, cheap, and easy to install which makes it a good option in many different ways. They are often seen as the most reliable type of blind, primarily because of their simplicity; there is very little that can go wrong with the inner workings of a roller blind, making them easy to repair, whilst they are also easy to clean because they involve just one piece of fabric, not multiple slats.
Venetian blinds are different in many ways, and are almost unrecognizable when compared to roller blinds, despite the fact they fulfill the same function. These blinds consist of multiple slats which operate as a unit which can be rolled up and down by a cord. When the blinds are open, the slats move closely together and sit tightly at the top of the window and, when they are pulled down, the slats open out to sit neatly along the length of the window. One of the most important features of Venetian blinds is that the angle of the slats can be altered; if you wish to allow light into the room, the slats can sit facing downwards, meaning that there is a small gap between each slat. If you wish to close the blinds completely, the slats can be turned to overlap each other and block out any incoming light, fulfilling the same purpose as a roller blind or curtain.
Venetian blinds are extremely stylish and are currently very popular, often being used in conservatories and other social areas of the house. They are, however, more complicated than roller blinds and sometimes require repair of the inner workings, making them a less convenient option, not to mention more expensive.