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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Best Blinds for Rental Properties

Blinds and window coverings are used every day and yet many investors find them one of the most regrettable expenses.

What are investors looking for in a window covering?

  • Value for money
  • Low maintenance
  • Safe
  • A timeless look

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Value for money

Our first instinct it to buy the cheapest when it comes to blinds for rental properties. Just something off the shelf at Bunnings or Spotlight. Doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fit perfectly, “it’s only a rental!”

But buying off the shelf window treatments have a lot of components and brackets which can break in a short amount of time. Most blinds get used every single day, and these “quick fixes” often don’t sell replacement components, so once the blind is broken and cannot be used every day, the blind then needs to be replaced.

Remember if you buy quality in the first instance, you’ll get longevity and save money down the track!

Low maintenance

The lowest maintenance blinds for rental properties are:

Roller Blinds

  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use
  • Wide range of colours that fit all interior looks
  • Components available for easy fix
  • Good insulation
  • Can span wide width
  • Affordable

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Vertical blinds with a wand control

  • Using a wand control vertical blind eliminates the need for child safety cords and locks
  • Wide range of colours that fit all interior looks
  • Components available for easy fix
  • Blades can be replaced or updated if track is still working
  • Can span wide width
  • Affordable

Slimline venetians

  • Slim modern looking aluminium venetians
  • Can have wand controls to eliminate cords
  • Can span wide width
  • Modern colours
  • Affordable
  • Safe

For safety, remember that the biggest risk that blinds cause is a choking hazard to children and animals so;

– Make sure roller blind cords have safety locks installed so they cannot hook around a child’s neck

– Remove all chains from the bottom of vertical blinds. Choose sewn in or slip in bottom weights for vertical blinds instead

– Choose blinds that can be operated by wands, or motorised for a more luxurious property (motorisation might achieve a higher rent for you too!).

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Maintaining a timeless look

Most blinds are refreshed every 8 years, and often when a new coat of paint is applied. Apart from the walls in the house, the window treatments span the next biggest space and make the biggest impact to the look of the property, both inside and out, so;

– Choose colours that are neutral and timeless – greys, creams, off-whites

– Choose low maintenance fabrics/material that can easily be wiped down or cleaned to maintain their fresh look

– Choose correctly fitted blinds for the window with no gaps or overhanging

– Choose the right design of blind for a high traffic window. For example, a sliding door

– Choose block-out blinds for sleeping areas

What do tenants want when it comes to window coverings?

We should probably note what tenants prefer! No surprises here, roman or roller blinds are the most preferred window coverings for tenants.

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What are the main considerations for tenants?

  • Function – does it provide privacy in sleeping, dressing and bathing areas, block the sun, retain the warmth/cool within the house or all of the above?
  • Style – consider the style of the home. Would heavy curtains suit a modern house? Remember that tenants are home-proud too!

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Key Colour Trends

The current mood in design is all about slowing down and bringing back the idea of handcrafted, imperfect finishes. At the same time, softer shades and finishes are coming through. In these trends we find that;

Colours are more relaxed, with the aim of making spaces feel calm, warm and lived in.

Designers are using varied finishes to add layers and depth inside and out.

Colours are less intense compared to last season’s palette. There has been a greater shift towards matt or raw finished, pinks continue their rise, especially those with earthy undertones (dusty pinks particularly). Trending greys have coloured undertones in light and deep shades.

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Neutrals are no longer just cream or white. The new neutrals palette includes greys and pastels such as soft pinks, greens and blues.

Common among the various trend reports are softer neutrals, creamy whites, muted colours and rich dark hues.

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 Soft natural paint colours will have warmer undertones this season, which make a space feel warm and cozy.

Mixing a soft neutral wall colour with a dark or bold colour in furniture, fabrics or art is a great way to add contrast to a space.

Dark Hues

Rich, dark hues are another common paint colour looking forward into next season.

Designers like mixing rich, dark colours with whites and soft neutrals to create contrast and make a statement.

Accent walls are a great way to create contrast in a space without painting the entire room a dark shade that may be overwhelming.

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Chestnut brown, deep burgundy, and dark blue are all beautiful deep colours that can make a statement and look stunning on walls, cabinetry, interior doors, and furniture.

Consider a combination of rich colours paired with shiny finishes like brass or chrome.

Muted colours

Muted colours are colours that have grey undertones, which diffuse or soften a colour.

They are a great compromise if you want to add colour to a space but you’re not quite ready to go bold and bright.

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Muted greens, blues and blush colours are versatile muted hues to consider.

White

White walls and cabinetry will continue to be a big trend in the coming season;

Consider creamy whites and whites with light warm grey undertones for cabinetry, doors, trim and home exteriors.

The easiest way to determine what shade to use is to sample white colours on a poster board in the room that you want to paint.

For exteriors, an easy way to sample colour is to paint two large poster boards with the colour you’re considering and tape to the windows. Check the colour in the morning, afternoon, and evening light to see if there any changes in the colour and to determine if the colour is right for your home.

Violet undertones

Whether light soft pinks, shades of mauve or deep purples, colours with violet undertones are a trend for the season that give a room stunning depth.

Warm greys

Grey is still a strong trend, however greys with warmer undertones will grow in popularity, moving from the cooler greys to the warmer ones.

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Insulation when it comes to blinds

With modern architecture focusing on open-plan designs and an abundance of natural light, as well as developments in glass technology, our windows are getting bigger.

Large windows can result in loss of heat in the colder months and can also let in too much heat in the warmer months. This can have undesired impact on the comfort levels within your home – which cause us to seek relief with an air-conditioners or fans, resulting in a higher power bill.

Traditional fabric blinds – Roller blinds, Roman shades, Panel glides and Vertical blinds

  • Advances in fabric technology mean these blinds have good insulating capabilities, as long as they are fitted well.
  • Textured fabrics, fabrics with reflective weaves, fabrics with block-out capability, and layered fabrics are all popular choices for these styles of blind. They also come in a wide variety of colours.

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Honeycomb blinds

At first glance, honeycomb blinds don’t seem as though they’d have a significant insulating impact as the fabric is hollow.

  • The hollow design is what gives these blinds their insulating properties. Air is a poor conductor of heat, very little heat passes through the structure of the blind, helping maintain your homes internal temperature.
  • Cellular fabric blinds are available in a range of colours and opacities, from block-out to sheer options.
  • Honeycomb blinds are ideal for large windows and difficult to reach windows such as skylights. Honeycomb blinds are also well-suited to motorisation.

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Blockout, translucent or sheer?

  • Sheer and translucent fabrics diffuse and deflect harsh light, protecting your rooms from the summer sun rays but still allowing light to enter.
  • Sheer and translucent fabrics are lightweight and attractive, balancing light control and glare and heat reduction.
  • Block-out fabrics offer total light control and have an excellent insulating effect, deflecting heat in summer and trapping in warmth in winter.
  • Block-out fabrics are ideal for rooms that receive a high degree of direct sun.

Roughly 40% of your heat or cold is coming through your windows, and anything you put on the window correctly-fitted will make a difference.

Remember;

  • Look for where the cold or heat could be coming in from other places around your home
  • Be aware of where the worst of the heat and cold weather affect your house.
  • Are there certain rooms that getting hotter or colder than others?

And finally, don’t forget external shades. These are often overlooked and can block out the most intense sun or wind!

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Best blinds for holiday homes

When choosing window coverings for your holiday home, as the property will not be used all the time, you should look to choose window coverings that will last a long time and suit the varied needs of different people.

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To make your decision you can ask yourself these important questions;

  • What style do you want – formal, casual or traditional?
  • What’s your budget?
  • Do you have neighbours or a main road looking into your property and need to increase privacy?
  • Do you prefer a window treatment that will provide insulation?
  • Which directions do the windows face and what kind of sun management is required?
  • Do you need to manage glare in a working area such as the kitchen or study?
  • If it is a window treatment for a bedroom, how light sensitive could the people be who will be sleeping there?

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Some options are;

  • Roller blinds (sheer, translucent and blockout),
  • Roman blinds,
  • Venetian blinds,
  • Sheer curtains,
  • Blockout curtains,
  • Plantation shutters.

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Understand the different looks they create;

  • Blinds and plantation shutters provide a casual feel. Plantation shutters scream Hampton’s style holidays and are highly versatile and easy to maintain.
  • Curtains create a more traditional look, but how much so depends on the heading and the fabric chosen.
  • Curtains with swags and tails are far more formal and traditional compared to more relaxed, sheer-linen curtains.
  • Sheer curtains provide a soft and sophisticated look. They boost privacy during the day, don’t need to be drawn, and can be used to create a formal or sleek and contemporary look.
  • Lined curtains are best for insulation and blocking out light.

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Choosing the right blinds;

  • Roller blinds are often used as a double treatment, such as combining with a sheer and a block-out blind.
  • Sheers can boost privacy and add solar protection in the day, but do not provide privacy at night.
  • Block-out blinds are often used in bedrooms, these block sun and light, and create full privacy.
  • Roman blinds are a more traditional and formal treatment that is often made from a feature fabric. It can be lined to form a block-out or unlined for a translucent look.
  • Venetian blinds’ horizontal slats allow you to manage light levels with ease.

Layered treatments are ideal when trying to boost privacy and black-out light, without sacrificing your holiday home views. Having a sheer curtain over a block-out blind or shutter can also soften the harsh lines of the latter and are suitable for holiday homes because they will serve the varied needs of many different people and also look beautiful at the same time!

Happy Holidays everyone! 

Ways to add value to your home with window coverings

Want to add value to your home? Have you thought about updating your window coverings? We’ve put together some tips for you here;

1) Install Plantation Shutters
– They’re easy to maintain and clean
– They look amazing and appeal to a very wide range of buyers
– They’re built to last
– Plantations increase home appraisal value
– They offer complete light and privacy control

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2) Consider Home Automation
Property buyers’ expectations and requirements are changing, home automation is becoming increasingly popular and luxurious. Home automation is an investment which is immune to market trends whilst increasing your home’s ‘wow factor’. Home automation appeals to multiple buyers; older generations appreciate smart controls for safety, security, ease of use and temperature control, whilst younger buyers are looking for convenience, luxury, technology appeal and customisation in their home controls. Home automation doesn’t deter – it is an attractive and luxurious feature to most people. Potential buyers may inspect dozens of homes of similar sizes in similar locations and having home automation may make yours more memorable. When it’s put on the market it is an extra point that can be listed as Home Automation on your listing’s features. One of the big selling points of an automated home is the potential to make significant savings on energy bills. Having an energy-efficient home is particularly important to the younger generation. Younger buyers are starting to look for eco-friendly features in their properties so having home automation is an attractive feature.

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3) Increase Security
Security is a major consideration for those looking for a new family home. Being able to offer additional security features, such as automated roller shutters, motion-sensitive lighting and external blinds will make your property stand out as a secure option for these buyers.

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4) Customise the Window Treatments
Custom window treatments are made with specific dimensions in mind, they perfectly compliment a room. They are well-made and durable. Customised window treatments can be a focal point in your room and are something that prospective buyers will admire.

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Let’s Talk Shading

Consider your climate for external blinds

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When thinking about shading, your location on the map and your region’s climate must be considered. In temperate climates the magic direction to start with is north. The north side of a home has the most solar energy available and it is the easiest to control. All you need is the right width eave or other horizontal shading to stop the sun in summer and let it inside in winter.

For east and west windows, a different shading solution is needed as the sun is lower in the sky. Adjustable vertically-placed blinds, screens or louvres work best to control sun for the short time it’s needed, and then open up again to daylight, views and breezes.

In hotter climates – roughly north of Brisbane – shading is important all year round, including on the south side of your home. In colder parts of the country, winter heat gain is the priority so it’s vital to ensure any shading doesn’t impede solar access in winter.

Local site topography also plays a part in deciding the amount of shading needed, for example, a south sloping site may need slightly less shading for a longer period of the year. For more information, see Your Home’s ‘Shading’ fact sheet.

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Fashionline’s Top Tips for External Shading

  1. Remember that there are plenty of choices for effective shading, from cost-effective and easily retrofitted blinds to custom-designed automated systems. External blinds, shutters and screens can also provide security while inner doors and windows are open for ventilation.
  2. Fixed awnings for windows are cost effective and allow you to keep the windows open when it’s raining. However, they allow for less active sun control and flexibility than adjustable versions.
  3. For western and eastern facades where the sun is intense at a low angle for a short time you can try retractable fabric awnings. Other adjustable shading options include blinds, louvres, sliding screens and roller shutters. Louvres, shutters and even pergolas with adjustable angled blades allow sun control while admitting breezes.
  4. If the budget stretches, pergolas with motorised blinds or complete louvre roof systems may fit the bill. Such systems can help create the effect of an outdoor room and allow your home’s internal spaces to feel larger.

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The Fashionline Team 

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