What are the benefits of motorisation window furnishings?

Motorisation allows you to set up your window furnishings to automatically open and close by either a touch of a button or by timers and schedules. Imagine if you could set your blinds to be drawn when you go to bed at night for complete privacy and a night of sound sleep. Then, wake up to the sun rays illuminating your space, without having to lift a finger or jump out of bed – this is all possible with window furnishing motorisation teamed with home automation or a smart home system.

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Motorisation is a fast-growing trend and a favoured choice for modern designs. Here are a few popular benefits of motorised window furnishings:

Link with an existing, or future, home automation/smart home system

Whether you have an existing system or are looking to have one installed – you will have ease linking your smart home system e.g. Alexa or Google Home with your window furnishing motorisation.

By connecting your window furnishings to your smart home system, you’ll not only have control over your windows but also other aspects of your home, all from the same device – from turning your lights on and off to setting the temperature of your air conditioning system. When your window furnishings are linked with a smart home or automation system, you’ll have peace of mind and added security through the imitation of activity in your home when you’re away.

Suitable for a range of blinds, curtains and awning options

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that most blinds, curtains and awning options can be motorised. So, no matter your needs, style, or in some cases, existing furnishings, you’ll be able to tick all the boxes.

Other benefits include:

  • Ease of use
  • Peace of mind with no cord hazards where children, the elderly or pets could be involved
  • Less wear and tear with little, to no, need to handle your furnishings
  • Quiet and discreet operating systems
  • A simple and minimalistic design. No need for cords or curtain wands
  • Save energy and money by easily adjusting your window furnishings to heat or cool your home or business. Meaning less reliance on air conditioning units

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Enjoy the flexibility, ease of use and convenience of motorised window furnishings all from a touch screen, mobile phone app, handheld remote or even voice control.

It is a perfect solution for both residential and commercial environments or indoor and outdoor settings. This trend of modern living is continuing to grow and will help increase the value of your home.

Our Fashionline members offer a variety of motorised systems from reputable and quality suppliers – you’re sure to find a solution to suit your needs.

Get in touch with one of our knowledgeable experts to learn about the latest range of motorisation products for curtains, blinds and exterior awnings.

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Which is the better choice: Wooden Blinds or Faux Wooden Blinds?

It’s the battle of the blinds; wooden blinds vs faux wooden blinds. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, and you’ll probably need both when kitting out your home’s interiors. The guide below takes the guesswork out of choosing the right blinds for certain areas in your home.

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Wooden Blinds

Wooden blinds are timeless, and the appeal of authentic wood is hard to match. These blinds go especially well in homes with modern architecture and wooden furniture. In saying this, the versatility of wood means blinds can be as light or as dark as you like, and it’s easy to match with existing home décor.

Not Suitable in High Humidity

One thing to keep in mind is that wooden blinds are not suitable in environments with high humidity, like bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Wooden blinds will warp, fade and stain when exposed to high levels of moisture in the air. This changes the blind’s aesthetic and function. When it comes to cleaning, you should not use water on your wooden blinds; use a duster, cloth and furniture polish instead.

Natural Insulation

Wood is a natural insulator, providing protection from stinking hot days and the colder ones too. Wood reduces solar heat gain, keeping interiors cool on hot days and reducing energy consumption. Ultimately, they will help keep your energy bills low, especially if you live in a tropic or subtropic region.

A Little More Expensive

When compared to faux wooden blinds, real wood blinds are a little more expensive. They also may not age as well as faux wooden blinds, without proper care. In saying this, you pay for quality and at the end of the day, nothing can replace the elegance of real wood.

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Faux Wooden Blinds

Faux Wooden blinds, made from a durable polymer material, are designed to look like the real thing. They have all the charm of natural wood and they give you a little more flexibility when it comes to window covering treatments in all areas of your home.

They are Waterproof

Unlike wood, plastic is waterproof. So, if you are putting blinds into your bathroom, kitchen or laundry (in fact, anywhere with high humidity) you must install faux wooden blinds because they won’t warp, fade or stain. Being waterproof, faux wooden blinds are much easier to clean, and can even be hosed down for a deep clean.

Colour Variety

Being a plastic material, faux wooden blinds come in a wide range of colours. They can be made to match any wood material, with an array of texture-rich wood grain finishes. These blinds can be made in neutrals and whites as well, allowing you to be more creative in your home decorating.

Durability

Faux wooden blinds last very well in any setting. Being plastic, they won’t crack, peel or chip over time. While real wood is often chosen for its authentic look, faux wooden blinds can offer a low maintenance alternative that will see you through the years.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. It’s so important to consider the environment where your blinds will live and to make sure you are choosing a material that will last.

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To sheer or not to sheer

Sheer curtains, also known as sheers, continue to be one of the most versatile window treatments on the market. This is due to their ability to be well-matched with different types of window furnishings and their lightweight, partially see-through fabric which help diffuse and soften the light entering the room. They also offer daytime privacy without sacrificing the natural light – bonus! Sheers continue to be popular with homeowners as they can be customised in length and width to suit windows and doors of all sizes, they add a sense of elegance, softness and style to any room… without the hefty price tag.

A popular, and on-trend, type of sheer are s-fold curtains. They are attached to a special track that helps create a wave-like effect to the curtain – this effect is proving very popular and helps add depth and movement to any room.

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Sheer curtain over Venetian blinds

Combining these two types of window furnishing is perfect for those looking to furnish rooms with windows that face the afternoon sun. Pairing a sheer curtain with Venetian blind allows you to have more control over blocking out the afternoon sun whilst still allowing a soft, diffused light into the room.

Sheer curtains, as well as Venetian blinds, are available in an array of colours and materials, which can ensure your window furnishings not only complement each other, but also the aesthetics of your room. For example, a timber Venetian blind paired with a white sheer curtain creates a warm, inviting and natural look in your home.

Sheer curtain over a roller blind

A common question that gets asked is “do curtains and roller blinds work together?”. The answer is… YES!

With various styles and patterns to choose from in both types of furnishings, mixing colours, textures and patterns are a great option to add vibrance or create a feature within a room… provided they are executed correctly.

A great combination is a roller blind in a block colour such as a navy blue, paired with a stone coloured sheer curtain, each colour compliments each other and creates a warm and inviting room.

Sheers by themselves

If you are wanting to make your room or home feel as spacious as possible, we recommend installing ceiling to floor sheers. Installing your curtains to the ceiling instead of above the window frame emphasises the height of your space and creates the illusion of higher ceilings.

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Sheer curtains alone are the best choice when trying to create a sense of space in a small room. Contact one of our knowledgeable experts if you would like to find out more and they will be able to assist you with your window furnishing choice.

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Which window treatment will work best with my window frame?

What comes to mind when you think of architecture? Large scaled buildings, landmarks, places of worship, visually stunning buildings?

Today, it is quite common for people to hire an architect to help design their home. These types of homes are often designed with eccentric layouts, intricate exteriors both visually and structurally and sometimes even unique windows. If you watched The Block this year, you would have seen two of the contestants installing round windows in their studio… which looked fantastic. But how do you furnish them?

We’ve outlined the best dressings to use below:

Curtains and Sheers

Curtains continue to be the most versatile window treatment on the market and can be used for both windows and doors of all sizes. When dressing for example, arched windows, there are several placements where curtains or sheers can be installed. For those that wish to create a sense of privacy as appose to using curtains to block out light, simply install a curtain rod below the arch. This will help break up the window into two sections – the lower section can be used to create privacy, whilst the top section can continue to fill the room with natural light.

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Vertical blinds

Circular, arched and even triangled window shapes are becoming increasingly popular, so much so, that the need to dress these shapes is in high demand. Vertical blinds are custom made, just like plantation shutters but are a cheaper option. Because they are custom made these blinds can easily be tailored to suit all window and door shapes.

Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters continue to be a popular furnishing choice and there are many factors as to why, but one in particular, is the fact that each shutter is custom made… which means they can be tailored to fit windows and doors of all shapes and sizes.

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Roller Blinds

These types of blinds are usually installed above the window frame, but if your window is a circle or arched shape, roller blinds can be installed on the windowsill instead. The reason this is installed this way is to ensure the circular or arched part of the blind is visible first. To ensure that the blind remains taut when in use, a blind guidance frame will be installed either inside or on the trim of your window.

Nowadays it is very common to pair a sheer and a plantation shutter or roller blind and having an unusual shaped window shouldn’t be an exception! No matter the shape of the window… you can’t go wrong with a blind and sheer curtain combo!

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Member Profile: Bob Burns Blinds

In 1953, Robert (Bob) Burns and his wife, Marie, first started their own blinds business, RJ Burns and Co, “In the beginning stages, we used our backyard shed to assemble blinds with imported kits from Melbourne, before installing them into our customers’ homes.” The business flourished and in 1956, they bought some land in Adelaide to build a factory and showroom to promote their work and encourage business growth. They gradually expanded the premises and employed staff members. 26 years later, Bob sold the business and retired.

Then in 1992, Bob wanted to get back into the blinds industry and partnered up with his daughter Sandy, to help form a new company, known today as, Bob Burns Blinds.

This family ran business is owned and operated in the heart of Adelaide and is now in their third generation of business.

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We spoke to co-owner Sandy for our latest Fashionline Member Profile.

Who makes up your team?

Currently we have a team of 18 employees, which includes a CEO, general manager and advisory board. We take great pride in employing local installers and when need be, contracting out our installation work.

What’s special about your service?

To successfully run a business of 65 years, we have built a growing reputation based on the excellent work our employees have provided and the products we sell.

We are very proud of the team we have in place today; all staff have exceptional knowledge of the industry and go above and beyond to best accommodate their customers’ needs.

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Which products do you specialise in?

We proudly sell a full range of window furnishings. However, our main sales are internal products such as; roller blinds, vertical blinds, curtains and external products such as; awnings, security doors and ZipScreens, which we proudly manufacture ourselves.

We of course sell other window treatments, such as plantation shutters and roller shutters, however, these are outsourced.

What geographical areas do you cover?

We are primarily based in the metro area of Adelaide and mainly service this area as well as the south and west surrounding areas.

However, our dedicated team often visit other suburbs, even as far as Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsular.

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What do you forecast will be the new growing trends over the coming year?

Plantation Shutters has been a window treatment that continues to grow each year and I don’t think this year will be any different. Curtains also continue to be very popular and sales increase each year.

Is there anything new that you’re working on or bringing in this year you would like to mention?

Our main focus for the next few years is to keep our range of products at a manageable level, focus on up-coming trends and concentrate on our in-house manufactured products.

What is your ‘point of difference’ in your local industry?

Our name and brand are our best assets as we have been around for nearly 30 years. We are very proud of our team and the work we produce, our saying is “Made Local, Made to Last”.

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What do you love most working in the window furnishing industry?

I have been working in this industry for nearly 40 years and I’m now closing in on my retirement. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of running such a diverse business. Since joining Fashionline I have enjoyed sharing our work and accomplishments with those in the same industry who can relate to the challenges and craftsmanship.

Is there anything else that you want us to mention in the member profile?

We are a third-generation, family-run business. As I near retirement my children, who currently work within the business, are keen to step up and take over the day to day operations of the business. They will bring new life to the business and the business name will continue to live on.

What window furnishings are best for large sliding doors?

For the last few years, sliding doors in homes are getting bigger and taller and more popular. By having large sliding doors, it welcomes in lots of natural light as well as giving your home an indoor-outdoor vibe. But what kind of window treatment would work best in an area like this?

Have you heard of Vertisheers yet?

Yep, it’s exactly as it sounds…  a vertical blind and a sheer curtain. Vertisheer blinds are quickly becoming a luxury window treatment and it is easy to see why.

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When the blind is open the sheer fabric offers privacy whilst still letting in lots of natural light just like a sheer curtain, however, when the blind is closed, the vertical vanes provide maximum privacy like a traditional vertical blind. This innovative design has captured the stylish and warmth of a sheer curtain and the practicality of a block-out blind which has resulted in a product that is fast becoming a ‘must-have’ in the window treatment world.

The lightweight fabric is easy to clean and can be purchased in an array of colours to suit everyone’s décor. For those that do not have large sliding doors, these blinds are available for all window and door sizes. For that added touch of luxury and convenience, these blinds can even be motorised.

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As the large sliding door trend continues to grow in Australia, window treatments for this area will continue to be in high demand, be prepared to answer questions about this product from your customers.

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Trends for a new decade.

We are only weeks away from 2020… and that means more than you think! Because we are also a week away from a whole new decade. As you know, a new decade brings new styles and trends in the culture that always makes that decade unique.

So, what are we seeing?

 Velvet

Making a huge come back during 2019, and forecast to continue into the early 2020s, velvet is one of the hottest trends. From a statement armchair in a bold shade to a stunning sofa, or by simply adding some velvet cushions, anyone can get in on this stylish interior trend to start your home transformation.

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Botanical

An interior trend that’s going strong is to bring the outside in and reflect the beauty in nature with botanical prints in bold shades. From vibrant artwork, rich coloured wallpapers, to curtains that make an impact, get onboard with this blooming botanical trend.

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Abstract

You can inject some personality into your home with some modern abstract adornments. From bold lampshades to statement furniture, abstract interiors are around and holding fast.

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Curved-edge furniture

From next year it will be a full century since the Roaring Twenties, and furniture designers are revisiting that decade with Gatsby-esque curves. Implement the trend by opting for an Art Deco-inspired curved cocktail chair or a stylish storage cabinet with a round top. Steering away from the formality of harsh lines within the home, curved upholstery can soften a space.

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What about colour?

Warm and natural colours are replacing stark colours. The trend, as also confirmed in the Dulux Colour Forecast, is a wide spectrum of jewel-tone blues, shades of terracotta, living coral, soft pinks, deep greens and warm neutrals. Grey or white clean walls are not on-trend going into the new decade. Wallpaper and textiles are also coming back with neutral colour florals and colourful patterns.

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And window coverings?

Changing your window coverings going forward into the new decade can make a huge impact and also frame a beautiful view. There is so much to choose from; bold with graphic designs, subtle with sheers or fabrics in muted colours, or add some texture with woven wood shades.

Cedar shutters will blend seamlessly with some of the bolder colour schemes we are seeing, as will white plantation shutters. Try PVC shutters in kitchens and bathrooms for ever on-trend horizontal lines.

Romans and verticals can really move into the warmer neutrals to keep in tune with the trends, and don’t forget about expanding your living areas outdoors with awnings.

Drapery side panels on beautiful hardware can totally change a window and add a new dimension to any room, with either bold patterns floral or even very subtle muted colours. Finish the look by adding new pillows or throws, a velvet sofa, a curved-edge or abstract piece to make it a personal, creative, homely, and inviting space.

Smart shades and home automation are the fastest growing trends in the window covering industry. Simplify and technically evolve your home with motorised blinds, curtains or awnings. Motorisation makes all windows and skylights accessible with the touch of a button.

What needs to go?

Minimalism is fantastic when you are selling a house as it allows people to project their lives into the home. However, when it comes to home styling the opposite is true: bringing your personality out is crucial to building a warm, interesting space.

Most of us love minimalism’s bold geometric shapes, monochrome shades and contrasting textures because it resonates with a personal style. What needs to be thrown out in 2020 however, is the need for people to be so minimal as a knee jerk reaction, as over time this will prevent them from being creative.

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We should encourage people to make mistakes and reinvent their style so that it never turns stale. Being adventurous and seeking new discoveries is key to new decade worthy interior styling that makes a house a home.

The Dulux 2020 Colour Forecast is here… and we are loving what we are seeing!

“Centre yourself, breathe and reconnect” is the opening sentence to the 2020 forecast which goes on to ask us to “let the Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 lead you to the very essence of happiness.” And we think we will.

Dulux have officially been colour forecasting for 21 years and 2020 does indeed see a resurgence of colour across a multitude of palettes that are sure to entice the senses and inspire connection to our ever-changing living environments.

Colour trends are always influenced by what’s happening in the world around us. This year’s theme, Essence, speaks to Dulux’s collective search for the things that bring us essential happiness. Through diverse and contrasting tonal palettes, they have found moments of calm and empowerments, as well as optimism and luxury.

At Fashionline, we always encourage our members and their customers to think about their window furnishings and how they can tie these trends in. The right window furnishing can lift the colour trend across various styles; such as Hamptons, beach or industrial. Think about how a roller blind with a lighter tonal curtain or sheer accent can give a luxurious feel while still adding a splash of one of these colour palettes. Or how shutters in crisp white can be added to maintain that beach house, summer feel.

The four colour palettes of 2020… 

Grounded; A simple, neutral palette filled with plenty of warmth.

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“Abandon the clutter to opt for mindful choices that hero comfort, longevity and craftsmanship. Natural materials come into play, evoking emotion through the raw beauty of texture and tactility.

Styling tip

Break up your neutral schemes with an accent colour. Include it in your rugs, cushions and artworks.”

 

Comeback; Colours to blend contemporary design with elegant vintage style.

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“Comeback blends eclectic style with vintage charm to create a rich and layered aesthetic that feels expressive in its maximalism, yet reassuringly familiar.

Colour tip

Living with tonal shades of blue helps to create a peaceful and calm space. Make your room feel larger by using lighter shades such as Dulux Blue Shell and Cameo Blue Half.”

 

Cultivate; A tonal green palette to nurture and regenerate.

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“Home is no longer a place to rest and recover, it’s somewhere to rejuvenate and inspire. We seek out innovative ways to bring elements of the natural world into our interiors to encourage personal growth. The Cultivate palette is a calm and gentle layering of greens that reinforces our connection to nature.

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Living with green in your home is such a refreshing thing to experience. The ambience is soothing and restful, perfect for combatting the chaos of the modern world.”

 

Indulge; Cocoon yourself in this charismatic immersive and opulent palette.

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“Cocoon yourself in comfort with rich layers of luxurious fabric and decadently rounded forms. Soften hard surfaces with an abundance of fringing, chenille and velvet.

Colour tip

Selecting a decadent colour, such as a rich red or earthy brown, can add an essence of sophistication, and the feeling of connection and security in the space.”

To explore the full forecast, ideas and images, and to download your copy of the colour trends magazine, visit: https://www.dulux.com.au/colour/colour-trends/2020

 

Content and images credited to the Dulux 2020 Colour Forecast online magazine available as a free download at https://issuu.com/duluxaustralia/docs/dulux_colour_forecast_2020_home_aus_

 

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Fashionline at the forefront of Industry training

Our Fashionline members are specialists in their fields and have many years’ experience, both individually and combined. Like all industries, the Window Furnishing Industry and buyer market is consistently changing and so, Fashionline holds regular training opportunities for its members.

We recently held a fantastic and informative workshop for independent business owners to work together, practice their sales skills, share experiences, and knowledge.

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There was a great turnout of members, and the average experience in the room was over 10 years in the blinds industry! So not only was the training itself highly valuable and at the forefront of Industry training, but the value of like-minded businesses getting together and sharing knowledge was also of great value.

What are the Fashionline Group objectives?

Fashionline Group is dedicated to remaining independent and has the following objectives:

  • To obtain the best prices from local suppliers
  • To obtain maximum benefits by Group Marketing & Advertising Programs
  • To interchange technical skills and knowledge with our network of members and suppliers
  • To regularly exchange marketing information and consumer trends
  • To obtain exclusive products for the Group
  • To maximise each group member’s turnover and profit.

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The Group meets three times a year – two ordinary meetings and an AGM. Each member or representative is obliged to attend all meetings. Meetings are held on a rotational basis between states and are of 2 days duration (general meetings) and 3 days duration for the AGM.

If you would like more information on becoming a member and joining in on the shared knowledge and learnings of such a wonderful group, contact us at secretary@fashionline.com.au

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Trends alert!

If you are planning to update your window treatments, then here’s our list of top 5 trends to see out the year!

Smart Blinds

With having smart tech in the home getting more and more popular, it should come as no surprise that smart blinds are huge this year! Smart blinds allow you to control your blinds from any location using your smart phone. This is a great upgrade for those who work often. No longer will those western sun rays heat up your home, from the click of a button on the app, you can lower your blinds to keep the heat out… or in winter, keep the heat in. How’s that for futuristic living!

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Shutters are always a popular choice, but we’re predicting that black bi-fold shutters will be seen increasingly in more homes. A bi-fold style allows you to fold the shutters to one side or the other, to expose the entire window and act as a room divider, while the stylish black colour helps to modernise any space.

Linen Curtains

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Sheer linen curtains are increasing in popularity due to the heat – regulating properties of the fabric and their beauty. Linen is also hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial, so if anyone in your home is prone to allergies, linen curtains are ideal. Linen is also a strong material, you won’t have to worry about your curtains wearing down over time.

Panel Track Blinds

Move over vertical blinds, a newer and sleeker version has taken your place. When fully opened, the individual panels tightly stack together to give you as much sunlight as possible. When they are closed, you can enjoy all the rich textures and fabrics that they come in. Panel track blinds are the ideal solution for covering patio doors, sliding glass doors and oversized windows. Available in numerous fabrics or even woven wood materials, sliding panel blinds are easy to coordinate with any décor style as well as other window coverings in the room.

Natural Wood Blinds

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Organic is IN and what could be more organic than wood?

Wooden blinds give your room a classic look that will last and be in style for years to come. Wooden blinds are available in many stains and colour options. People also love the high-end look of wooden blinds.

What’s your favourite?

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