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! 

Bathroom Busters…

IT COULD BE SAID THAT ALMOST… anything goes for bathroom window treatments; it just depends on the decor, the client, and the budget.

bathroom window furnishings Bathrooms can vary from the simplest of powder rooms all the way up to roman bath-like spaces bursting with luxurious features and fittings.

Naturally, staying with the principal of practicality, you can’t look past at least considering plantation shutters. Constructed with either PVC or aluminum panels, shutters protect against steam, splashed and humidity in bathrooms.

Shutters look great on many different shaped windows and offer the utmost in privacy. You won’t be worried about having total block in your bathroom if you have shutters. If you have a window located right in a shower itself, then shutters are also ideal. They are wonderful for kids who tend to splash when bathing too.

Blinds offer the expected high level of privacy, but bear in mind they can feel tired. They also need to be constantly cleaned as they can become drab extremely fast. They are, however, usually the most cost-effective choice.

Roller blinds are also versatile choices in bathrooms, but you must ensure that you use moisture-resistant materials. Sheer rollers are not recommended as they can hold moisture and generate a look and feel of wetness; you should use materials that water can effortlessly run off, and that is also resistant to mould and mildew.

A recent fashion in upmarket bathroom spaces is floor to ceiling sheer curtains. These are lavish and reminiscent of five-star resort spas! Usually a basic, machine-washable sheer is advised, as you want an option that will not get mouldy or hold moisture, and if it does start to generate these ‘symptoms’, you can wash it quickly and easily.

In terms of materials for sheers, true polyesters should be chosen for bathroom conditions, which is excellent as they are usually more affordable than their natural-material cousins.

Don’t forget that their fixtures and fittings are vulnerable to discolouration and rusting, so be sure to choose aluminum with as few movable parts as you can. Make sure the curtains can be removed simply, for washing, and if you are worried about damaging them you can place them in a wash bag or a pillowcase. Make sure you remove any hooks before washing. You should also never wring out a sheer, though delicate spin cycles should be fine.

And finally, make sure you consider your window furnishing early. Try to decide on them in the planning stages of a redesign or build (if possible), so that the end product is everything you hoped it would be!

Happy bath-rooming!

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)

How to dress Difficult Windows

Have you ever wondered how to dress a Bay Window? While it’s a delight to have original period features, they can prove to be decorative challenges. Bay windows are grand and easy on the eye, and will open a space far more than a basic window. There’s more glass on show and the design projects across three planes. This lets in so much valuable sunlight and offers expansive views up and down the street – it’s why bay windows have been so popular over the years. But it’s these benefits that also create difficulties for bay windows. Sometimes the sunlight coming in can be too much, and privacy can be a problem because of people being able to look in … from all angles.

The expert advice … dress a bay window with shutters. To start with, installing made-to-measure shutters means each panel is designed to fit each section of the window. The outcome is something customised and beautifully unique for your space. You can adjust each individual panel to let more or less light in, or for privacy reasons. Also, with custom colour options available from so many suppliers, you can style with the perfect shade for your room and furniture.

…And what about a Crittall Window?

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The current trend for open-plan living and the industrial style have seen a surge in Crittall Windows. They’re often associated with the Art Deco period of the 1930s, but their history actually stretches back to the Victorian era. Their ongoing popularity proves that exceptional design never goes out of style. The delicate, thin lines of the steel frame have an industrial but very contemporary aura. The real appeal though is how Crittall Windows allow a room to be zoned, and create a sense of continuity between the living and outside areas. If you worry that they look too sterile or cold, then lined curtains can add a splash of colour, softness and privacy when needed. The insulation they also provide can keep the space warmer over winter and reduce the harshness of the frame, while still letting it be the feature you are after. The most important thing to think about when you’re dressing Crittals is to extend the track as far and as wide as it can go so the curtains can be pushed back to maintain the integrity of the Crittal frame. You don’t want to hide it.

It’s Allergy Season and we can help.

Do you have customers who are wheezing and sneezing this spring season?

Something you may not have considered, is that allergy-prone people are often triggered by the floor and window coverings they choose to have in their homes.

Interior design takes on a whole new level of importance when you’ve got someone at hand who suffers allergies. Though the number of possible triggers is endless, the fiendish four most likely behind everything from runny noses to asthma attacks are pollen, mould, pet hair and dust. The good news is that there is much you can do on the decor front to minimise their risk.

For their windows why not recommend blinds rather than curtains? And easily cleaned roller style blinds rather than venetian blinds? If curtains are a must, they should go for those in a fabric light enough to take down and wash regularly without fading.

More helpful tips include keeping window frames clean of dust and mould as regularly as possible.

Hard floors are better too, so your customer should avoid carpets and rugs. If they must have either, they go for as short a pile as possible.

These are great Springtime conversations that add value to your client experience around important things that we might sometimes forget, like their health and wellbeing.

THE FASHIONLINE TEAM.

Winter Treatments that can reduce your Winter Bills

Beautify your windows, keep your home warm in winter (and cool in summer) and reduce energy use all at once with the right window dressing – what a great thought! Saving energy and caring for our environment: such a great reason to add beautiful window coverings to your home.

The impact can be significant. Something as simple as lined curtains reduces solar heat.  And, when the hot months return don’t just blast the air conditioning. Explore some of these window treatment ideas instead.

Roman Blinds

Proper installation is the key. Mounting Roman blinds as close to the glass as possible and right up against the adjacent wall creates a tight seal that minimizes both heat gain and loss. If you opt for Roman blinds with block out lining can add an extra layer of insulation as well as protecting the fabric from UV rays.

Roller Blinds

Roller Blinds offer varying degrees of light control, block out, translucent and screen fabrics. Mix and match the fabrics in different rooms to suit your home décor and control the amount of light you wish to filter. They can be used very effectively to control heat and glare. Dual roller blinds are a practical option when you want both block out and light filtering at the same window at different times of the day.

Consider opting for motorisations for some windows as it’s not as expensive as you think. Many Roller Blind fabrics also come in matching drapery fabrics – great for mixing and matching different window treatments with a coordinated look.

Curtains

Curtains help insulate your home from both solar heat gains in summer and heat loss in winter. As with other window treatments, a tight seal is needed for maximum performance. A pelmet over the curtain track will further reduce heat loss as well as reducing the halo effect if total block out is required.

Pelmets

Pelmets are fantastic insulators! They provide a cap over the top of the curtain or blind that will provide an effective insulation seal preventing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. Pelmets look great when upholstered in coordinated fabric to the window covering, and can be made any depth.  A discreet slimline pelmet is all that is needed in minimalistic décor.

Choosing the right window treatments to fit the frame of your window

PLANTATION SHUTTERS

Plantation shutters can be considered as more of an architectural feature than a window decoration. They are stylish and add a sense of timeless chic. They are designed to allow light and air whilst maintaining privacy and insulation. They are available in PVC for its water-resistant, fire-retardant and anti-termite properties and plantation wood, which is strong and light to suit wider spaces. Due to their strength and ease of use they are great for areas where curtains may not suit such as bathrooms or kids bedrooms or doorways. Shutters can be sliding, bi-folding, hinged or fixed and even shaped to suit a wide range of applications. The blades operate by using either a traditional timber or a concealed stainless steel rod. Shutters can let in a lot of light so are not ideal as a full blockout but rather are great light filters.

Tip:  Heavy-duty shutters are ideal for west-facing rooms or for cooler climates.

CURTAINS

There are numerous exquisite fabrics on offer for curtains and a million different ways to hang them. A great way to add visual interest to your room is to mix and play with length and textures such as sheers, cloths and cottons  – the heaviness and style of heading. Combining the right 2 fabrics can provide insulation and soundproofing. When measuring for curtains it is important to remember that more fabric is required than the window width, generally this is 1.5 to 3 times the window width depending on the volume your looking for. Aside from the look of your draperies, you’ll additionally need to consider the operation. A ‘flick stick’ is a fantastic option for a little window in a study, while motorised curtains would suit large spaning windows in living rooms or offices. For that finishing touch consider adding decorative elements such as finials for the curtain rod ends, ornate cleats to secure rods, pelmets or tie backs.

Tip: Ceiling mounts give you maximum height and a neat finish.

ROMAN BLINDS

This stylish option hangs straight and when raised concertinas up in evenly spaced folds when you pull on the cord. The cord lock allows you to secure the blind at set heights. Stiff fabrics will achieve a crisp smart look where as soft fabrics are ideal for a relaxed feel. When raised the top section of the roman blind stays in place acting as a pelmet. It is ideal to face fit these blinds over the architrave, above the window, in order to block more light and to protect the back of the blind when the window is opened and the blind raised. 

Tip:  Stylish and sophisticated, roman blinds offer great privacy and light blockage but are not suitable for wet rooms.

ROLLER BLINDS

Roller blinds are an economical approach to cover your windows and accomplish a spotless, straightforward look. Fabric choices range from light filtering to full block out which can be combined as a day/night blind. Roller blinds work well in conjunction with window curtains to offer varying levels of opacity, so you have more control over glare, privacy, insulation and outlook. Roller blinds generally roll back to provide better light control though also have the option front front roll. Roller blinds can be operated using either a traditional spring operation or a chain drive mechanism. Alternatively, roller blinds can be motorised and operated via remote control, switch or timer controls, for the ultimate in technology driven modern living.

Tip:  Many windows require two treatments to deal with the elements. Mix you roller blinds with curtains.

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