Why custom-made window furnishings are worth every cent

When it comes to decorating our homes many of us will spend hours paining over paint colours, tile samples and benchtops yet window furnishings are often overlooked. If you think of the aesthetic of your home as a stylish outfit, each piece carefully selected and well-tailored, then window treatments are the accessories that not only elevate the space but provide a range of other benefits. If you have a new home or are contemplating replacing your window furnishings, then there are quite a few benefits of considering a custom option.

Precise window measurements

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When purchasing premade curtains and blinds from retail chains and websites you’re bound by the sizes they have in stock and this can lead to ill-fitting window treatments that do not control the amount of light filtering into your home or the correct level of security. When choosing custom you have the benefit of a professional window treatment specialist measuring even your most unusual sized windows and offering options that will suit your unique needs. They can answer all of your questions, make suggestions and offer you advice and education on all of your options so you can feel confident that you have made the right choice for your home.

Quality workmanship

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While store-bought options appear to be the most cost-effective, this is only true in the short term. These products are mass-produced and often lose the ability to keep out UV light after a few short years. When you buy custom window furnishings, they will be more expensive in the outlay as higher quality woods, aluminium and fabrics are used.

Professionals will only offer high-quality fabrics and linings so when your curtains and blinds are created you will see the workmanship in the seams, stitching and overall look of your product.

Aesthetic

You don’t have to be a judge on The Block to appreciate the finer details of design. One of the most enjoyable benefits of custom window furnishings is having choices for fabric and material colours and details. Depending on your style and location you can opt for light filtering linen curtains that add a romantic element to a home or heavy, luxurious block out drapes to reduce UV light and retain heat in your home.

Block out curtains and roller blinds are premium options for those with infants or light sensitivity. Roman blinds are a classic option for bathrooms and kitchens or windows that do not allow space for curtain rods to be hung symmetrically.

Plantation shutters are a stunning and effective option for homes in higher humidity or coastal environments. While timber or aluminium Venetians are the best options for allergy sufferers who still want a contemporary style.

Energy efficiency 

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Obviously, each climate will require different window treatments to achieve optimal efficiency and aesthetic, this is something that can be discussed with a professional. For those living in cooler climates, 30% of your home’s heating energy is lost through windows. Whereas in warmer climates, during the months where you run air-conditioning, 76% of sunlight filtering through the window converts to heat, increasing your running costs. With endless options to suit your personal budget, style and needs, custom made window furnishings are a worthy investment.

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 furnishings are best for your rental property?

Whether you are building a new build, have purchased an investment or a run-down property that needs some TLC… installing window furnishings can help maximise your weekly rental income and attract potential tenants.

Window treatments not only create privacy, but they also generate a sense of ambience and softness within a room, they help make a room appear bigger and most importantly… increase the capital value of your property, which allows you to charge more rent per week – so it’s vital, if you choose to install window treatments, that you install the right furnishings from the get-go!

Cost effective option

Curtains can be both the cheapest and most expensive window treatments on the market. They can adapt easily to suit windows of all shapes and sizes, as well as creating the desired style you wish to achieve e.g. floor to ceiling curtains, or curtains installed just above the window frame.

With a wide selection of fabrics and colours to choose from, we recommend choosing a neutral colour tone for your curtains to help appeal to a larger audience.
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Low to mid range option

Blinds are a highly attractive furnishing – they provide partial shade or block out the afternoon sun, they are easy to use and can be made from a variety of materials such as soft cotton fabrics, natural fibres e.g. timber or plastic-coated fabric that helps block out light.

Vertical and venetian blinds are often favoured, however, these types of blinds might be the cheaper option in the beginning but in the long run they could become the costliest option due to tenants mistreating them, incurring damage and needing to be repaired or replaced.

Don’t get us wrong, vertical and venetian blinds are a great blind to install, but if you are after a window furnishing that is going to last in a rental and does not need fixing or replacing very often, we recommend installing roller blinds due to their durability, inviting price tag, are easy to maintain and have a modern look and feel.

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High range option

Plantation Shutters are the costliest option out of the three to install, however, they also help increase your rental return. These types of shutters can be customised to suit windows and doors of all shapes and sizes, which is why they continue to be very popular with investors. These shutters are available in a range of colours, but neutral tones are favourable due to their classic timeless look. Angling the louvres allows the user to have control over their privacy e.g. stopping people looking into the home without sacrificing the natural light. Despite the price tag, these shutters are worth the investment, they are long lasting due to being built with durable materials and are easier to clean when comparing these shutters to venetian blinds – which will highly appeal to the rental market.

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When renting your property, you want to make sure that your home appeals to as many people as possible… especially if you are wanting to maximise your rental return or sell in the future. If you are unsure which treatment is best suited for your property, we encourage you to discuss your window furnishing needs with one of our experts.

Your Fashionline team.

Escape with style this summer season

As we enter the warmer months of the year, it is important to consider functional
elements of your home for keeping you cool this summer.

When it comes to window furnishings, there doesn’t have to be a compromise between functionality and fashion.

The choice of window fittings is one of the core elements used to bring your interior design theme to life.

The textures, shapes, and colours you choose will act as a base for your style, just like the floor furnishings and paint you choose.

With so many options available, it’s easy to get confused as to what is the best option for your space.

Stylish timber shutters are a great way of adding a functional focal point to a living space, and can be used as room dividers to maximise both privacy and light flow.

Make the most of timber shutters by contrasting a room styled in light tones with dark timber shutters to create a moody feel. Or alternatively, open a light space up even more, bringing it in line with a heritage, coastal or even Hamptons style using classic white shutters.

For an ultra-modern look, roller blinds are the go-to option as they can be seamlessly integrated into a room.

Sheer blinds offer an ideal blend of privacy and natural light, while block-out blinds offer the upmost in privacy, meaning that there are options for every room.

If you’re looking to soften the feel of a room, there is no going past sheer curtains, which can provide a sense of homeliness, and also luxury if you take them up to the ceiling or into ceiling pelmets.

Consider pairing sheers with roller blinds or shutters, to create a flexible privacy solution, offering the perfect combination of style and functionality.

As far as colours go, Dulux in their 2018 Escapade Range predictions tell us:

“Organic shapes are offset by solid forms in a playful blending of styles. Don’t be afraid to mix up your decades with 70’s and 80’s references and take a chance on unexpected colour combinations.

Tones of pale mint, teal and blue promise plenty of light-hearted fun. Bursts of mustard yellow cut through the tonal colour effect. Shades of pink range from pale and soft to saturated and bold.”

Why not try white shutters with a mint or pink room theme, bringing you right up to date in colour and style? For more colour trends, see https://www.dulux.com.au/specifier/colour/colourforecast/2018/

The Fashionline Team.

(Photo credit: Dulux Australia, Escapade Colour Range 2018)

The Dos and Dont’s of Hanging Curtains

A great way to give any room an instant lift is to use curtains – to add impact with colour, patterns and textures. Beautiful and textured curtains can add the finishing touch to a room or space. The list of possible options are endless. Whether they’re custom made or purchased off the rack, the trick lies in the hanging.

Below are some of our do’s and don’ts for picture-perfect drapes:
DO reach high. Windows will appear taller if the rod or track is fixed closer to the ceiling. The general rule is that they should be 10­15cm above the window frame. Consider using a qualified Installer as they have have all the tools and skills to do this for you at
a minimal cost.

DON’T stop the fabric at the window sill. Once again windows will appear taller if the fabric falls to the floor. A couple of centimeters above the floor will give the illusion of a full curtain but make cleaning easier. It’s generally not recommended that they collect on the floor.

DO consider the external light. Which rooms will have curtains installed? If it’s the bedroom, do you like to sleep in total darkness or do you like sunlight in? Make sure your curtains cover each side of the window and consider blockout linings or match and combine with a roller blind.

DON’T be exclusive. Curtains don’t necessarily need to replace the existing blinds as in some rooms different window treatments can complement each other.

DO be generous with your fabric. If you are going to be closing the curtains they will need to be 2 to 2.5 times the width of your window. Curtains fabrics such as sheer may need more to hang effectively.

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