Imagine everything you love about venetian blinds, but on your ceiling rather than windows. Many people don't even consider Venetian blinds for skylights simply because it's not a common design tactic, but there are actually many reasons why you should at least consider them in your home or apartment.
For starters, they're relatively cheap. Remember back in the 1980s and 90s when these kinds of blinds cost an arm and a leg? Well, thankfully those days are long over. Like any "new" invention, the price points have slowly lowered as the newness has worn off. Now days a good set of Venetian Blinds can actually cost less than other types of window coverings, such as drapes and curtains. And because configuring them to attach to your skylight rather than a window is a very simple process, you can benefit from this pricing.
Of course you can opt for a more elaborate set up, like This Remote Control Skylight Venetian Blind Kit from Velux for about $150. They don't cost that much more, but they look great, have side channels so the middle of the blinds don't sag, and best of all: You can control them with a remote control. Want them open? Just press a button. Want them closed, press another button. Want to roll them up or down... well, you probably get the idea.
If the competitive pricing doesn't convince you to at least consider venetian blinds for a skylight, think about how good they actually look. These blinds have a certain "clean" quality to them, as they aren't gaudy or poofy like other types. And when you buy the right size for your skylight, they will fit in the spot perfectly, creating a very tight, sharp looking design. By now I'm assuming almost every person on the planet has seen Venetian blinds in windows, so it's safe to say that you know how great a perfect set can make any piece of glass radiate with style. Well, you can get the same exact effect from your skylight.
Plus, they come in a variety of colors and styles. Big slats, small slats, metal, wood, bamboo; there are so many different models to choose from that you shouldn't have any problem finding one that fits your overall design theme. Plus they come in almost any color imaginable, from white to black and seemingly everything in between. And if you can't find the right style, color and size for your skylight, many companies are willing to custom build you a set to your exact specifications - and it won't cost as much as you probably think. In fact, the average costs of shipping are usually higher than the cost of a custom order, so if you're already buying your blinds online, don't settle for something that's "almost right;" spend the extra $25 to $50 to make sure they are exactly what you want and need.
It's easy to learn how to install venetian blinds in skylights. The remote control ones I mentioned earlier come with their own frame that not only installs cleanly in the window sill, but keeps the slats neatly organized regardless of how awkward the mounting angle is. You could even mount them completely horizontal if you wanted to. But each kit comes with full installation instructions and can easily be assembled and installed within an hour or so with nothing more than basic tools - but you will need a power drill, if you don't already have one. Also, you'll be doing yourself a favor to have a friend or family member provide an extra set of hands; one person can install these, but two people makes the job infinitely easier.
So if you're looking for a very classy way to dress up your home or apartment, consider venetian blinds for skylights; they look great, are very affordable and are surprisingly easy to install.