Introducing Veri Shades

Introducing Veri Shades

Verishades are a wonderfully functional and elegant shade solution for your home, we are pleased to present this article published by our member Stanbond SA 

Say hello to the newest product on the market, Veri Shades!

The Clever Curtain, Veri Shades are an innovative new product that combines the flexibility of vertical blinds with the elegance of a sheer curtain.

Veri Shades are a compact product, made from folds of fabric that include sheer and room darkening panels attached to a single track. So with the twist of a wand, you can control the amount of the light and shade that enters of your room. This gives you the best of both worlds – day and night, with a single product.

You may have noticed them on The Block recently. They featured in Mitch and Mark’s Living and Dining room reveal. The white Veri Shades were installed on a sliding door which leads to their outdoor terrace. A great option as Veri Shades are perfectly suited for sliding doors and large areas of glass.

 

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It’s Time to Replace Your Window Treatments

Our window treatments are designed to serve a purpose, we want them to help regulate the heat, protect our home and contents from UV damage, provide privacy and security and help to add a decorative element to our homes. A manufacturers warranty on blinds is often 5 years with an average lifespan of about 7-8 years. But with a quality choice of blind and proper maintenance, your blinds will last you up to 10 years and beyond. These are some signs that it is time to replace your window treatments.

Wear and Tear

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If you have just moved into a new house and are not aware of the age of the blinds or you can’t remember the last time you replaced them, there are a few things to look out for. Faded fabric or timber is a normal sign of age with all blind materials due to prolonged exposure to UV rays, however, pronounced discolouration is a sign that your blinds are nearing the end of their days. Fraying fabric down the edge of your roller or Roman blinds is a sign of both age and ill-fitted window treatments, the fray is caused by the friction of the blind scraping down the inside of your window frame. Custom-fit blinds will allow for block out protection without hugging so tightly the fabric is damaged. Faulty or aged mechanisms will be the most obvious sign that it’s time to replace your blinds, for example, twisting the tilt wand on your Venetian blinds only to find that they barely move or no longer fit snugly together are a sure sign the tilt mechanism is compromised.

Safety

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Wear and tear can lead to safety issues with your window treatments. When the lifting mechanism of Venetian or Roman blinds wears it can make it very difficult to manoeuvre up and down, while this is annoying it also means that the mechanism has the potential to fail which could result in the blind falling unexpectedly. There is no better time to consider replacing old blinds than when our children or grandchildren become mobile. Roaming toddlers have the unique ability to highlight all potential dangers within a home. Blinds with long dangling cords are hazardous to small children so the safest remedy is to replace these with roller blinds, shutters or panel glide blinds.

Upgrade Your Aesthetic

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Sometimes when taking on renovations or home upgrades our window treatments slide down the priority list. Well-chosen, quality made window furnishings will provide added privacy and security while helping to reduce the cost of your energy bills, but all utility aside they can also drastically elevate the design aspect of your home. Universal streamline blinds can work perfectly in modern spaces while layering treatments such as blinds and drapes in older or more traditional homes can add texture and warmth. Regardless of your taste, one thing is certain; aged, warped and discoloured blinds can look very shabby, without the chic… so by replacing worn-out blinds you can instantly transform the space to be more functional and tasteful for years to come.

 

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How to beat the heat with your window furnishings.

Summer is almost upon us and depending where you are, you may already be dusting off your fan and switching to your lighter bedding. As the weather warms up, we often feel inclined to run the air conditioning unit in attempts to keep our home at the comfortable temperature we have become accustomed to in the cooler months. Though effective, 40% of the energy used in a home escapes through the windows so simply by adding the right window furnishings for your unique style and budget, you can reduce your power bill by up to 70%.

As the sun’s UV rays radiate through our windows, they will transfer heat into our homes. With well fitted window furnishing this light will reflect off the back off the fabric, repelling the heat and is best achieved with finishings with light-coloured backing. Choosing to opt for window furnishings that will reduce heat gain will provide ongoing reduction in your energy costs as they also work to prevent heat loss in the cooler months. Correctly fitted window dressings create a pocket of air between the window and the finishing resulting in an insulation barrier.

Cellular blinds
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As one of the most popular window finishings, cellular blinds provide the highest level of insulation due to the combination of their tightly woven fabric and how well they fit within the window cavity. Compared to Roman shades and roller blinds, cellular blinds are the most versatile window finishing in terms of aesthetic and your overall goals. Light levels in the house can be managed by the opacity of the blind from sheer to block out and often single or double cell so you have the best of both worlds. Blinds have evolved where you now have the options of cordless, adding greater safety features than corded blinds around small children and motorised with the convenience of being incorporated into your smart home. For the most effective heat reduction aim to have the blinds drawn between 10am and 3pm, particularly on north facing windows as they will receive the most UV exposure.

Plantation Shutters
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Timeless, clean and seamless, plantation shutters are always a good idea. As the shutters must be custom fitted to each of your windows, they provide an extremely effective insulation barrier. While providing heat reducing benefits, shutters also add a layer of security to your home adding a physical barrier with locking systems for an intruder trying to enter through the window. Plantation shutters are considered a permanent fixture to your home and are often quite desirable due to their timeless design, for this reason they can be included in your property’s evaluation, increasing the value of your home.

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Automatic, wire guard, pivot, fixed or folding arm; all awnings will provide premium energy efficiency by preventing sunlight from reaching the external glass on your windows, stopping the issue of overheating before it can begin. Awnings can be motorised and incorporated into your smart home to control the light throughout the day but also to help protect your home against the other elements even while at work or away on holiday. Awnings are available in a variety of fabrics and colours, making them a stylish addition to your home and outdoor entertaining areas.

With the weather starting to heat up and summer just on the horizon, beat the summer rush and contact one of our knowledgeable experts to help find the perfect window treatment for you.

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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 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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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.

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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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What are the best window furnishings for a bathroom?

Bathroom window treatments offer more than just privacy, they also offer a sense of comfort to a room that can appear very cold or they can simply be used for a pop of colour to help brighten the room… but where do you start when choosing the best furnishing for an area prone to moisture?

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right furnishing for your bathroom for example; it’s uses, practicality, colour, operation or maintenance.

To make the decision easier, we have outlined our favourite bathroom window treatments and why:

Sheer curtains

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These soft, lightweight curtains are perfect for creating privacy whilst wanting to utilise the natural light as much as possible. Sheers are easy to maintain too, known for their light material, these curtains dry quickly and can easily be taken down and washed to refresh them. When picking out your sheer, make sure to choose a cotton fabric as this helps the curtain withhold the humidity in the air.

Plantation Shutters

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It may be surprising to hear that aluminium plantation shutters can be used for both interior and exterior use. Many refer to aluminium shutters as an exterior only shutter, but because of their durability, effectiveness and water-resistant material these shutters are perfect for all wet areas… inside and out.

PVC shutters are extremely popular, not only for their appearance but for their competitive price point. Compared to aluminium shutters, they are obviously the cheaper option. But if you choose to go down this road, ensure that the ‘bones’ of the shutters are made from aluminium as this will help with the durability of the shutters and help prevent distortion of the blades from the moisture in the air

Roller blinds

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Roller blinds are another popular window treatment and are known to be the most versatile. They are the perfect option for those seeking a minimalistic look and wishing for their blinds to go unnoticed. They can be adjusted to create as much or as little privacy as possible and are available in a generous selection of colours, patterns and fabrics to suit any bathroom design.

As a bonus, waterproof fabrics are available. However, if you have a specific pattern/colour in mind, an antifungal treatment can be applied to prevent moisture build-up and make them suitable for wet areas, but bear in mind this would need to be re-applied over time.

Venetian blinds

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Aluminium venetian blinds continue to be one of the most popular blind options for bathrooms. Available in an array of sizes, colours and finishes it’s easy to see why. When choosing a venetian, it is important to choose a blind made from aluminium as they are more resilient in high moisture environments, this will help guarantee the blind will not swell or warp.

As well as choosing an aluminium blind you will need to make sure it is made with plastic mechanisms used for adjusting the tilt and position of the slats. Most blinds are made with steel components, which in a wet area will reduce the durability of your blind.

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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.

Can updating window furnishings pay off in the long run?

Whilst everyone was staying at home during COVID-19, home renovations fast became the activity to do to keep entertained, updating your window furnishings can add a substantial amount of value to your home, but did you know you can do this without paying the big bucks?

A simple, yet affective way is to upgrade them to mirror current interior trends. Installing popular furnishings such as a Plantation Shutter or Roller Blinds with a sheer curtain over the top can provide an up to date, modern look to any home.

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When researching different styles, you will quickly see that floor to ceiling and wall to wall curtains radiates an elegant, modern and sophisticated look that is quickly becoming very popular. Installing this style of window treatment can change a person’s perspective of your room size by giving off the illusion that the room is much larger than it actually is.

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If you didn’t already know, Plantation Shutters are an extremely popular window accessory, which is favoured by most consumers as they are not only modern but also act as a great insulator. During the winter months, these shutters help keep the warm air inside whilst blocking the cold air outside, and in summer these shutters work the same way, but in reverse. Installing a window treatment that also acts as an insulator, over time, can help reduce the cost of running heating and cooling appliances, because of this, they quickly become a valuable furnishing to your home.

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Updating window furnishings doesn’t necessarily mean upgrading interior blinds or curtains, outdoor security screens are just as much a part of the window furnishing family. Installing these types of screens can help create a sense of protection, which can be a necessity or they can help provide an added layer of protection for both the elderly or young families.

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