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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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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Why Automated Window Furnishings are Trending: 5 Key Benefits

Imagine the early morning sunlight slowly filling your room through your automated blinds or curtains and when the sun’s high up in the sky, the blinds or curtains automatically close and block out the sun’s rays exactly as you scheduled it. All this at the press of a button – ah, the wonders of technology!

Benefits of Automated Window Furnishings:

Convenience

Automated window furnishings can be installed in any home. The device that enables window treatments to be automated can be added onto various types of
furnishings such as roller blinds, curtains, drapes, shutters, and venetian blinds.
The convenience of being able to operate and schedule them using a remote or
more recently a tablet or smartphone via an app is simply what makes automated
window treatments amazing.

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Effortlessly adjust furnishings in hard-to-reach places

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Adjusting window furnishings that are installed in higher places can be a struggle and frustrating, especially when you are watching your favourite television show, or working from home and are suddenly interrupted by the glare of the sun. With automated window furnishings, you no longer have to manually modify them, just press a button and adjust accordingly.

Cost-efficient and energy-efficient

Manually opening and closing your blinds or curtains could, over time, cause wear and tear, which is not ideal as window furnishings can be costly. Most manually operated window furnishings might only last up to a few years especially if they endure frequent use. With automation, the opening and closing of your blinds and curtains is automatic and motorised. The same amount of pressure and pull is applied to the furnishing each time it is used – making them last longer.

Another benefit is that you can easily control room temperatures within your home. Scheduling your automated blinds or curtains at certain times of the day to let in and block out the sun can help make your home more energy-efficient.

Security

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You’re in need of a holiday, but you’re nervous to leave your home for a period of time because of security reasons. If only you could open your window furnishings through the day and close them at night, creating the illusion that someone is at home. This is where automated blinds and curtains can help, installing automated window treatments will enable you to schedule when these furnishings open and close, no matter where you are. Automated furnishings will also help reduce damage to your furniture, floor coverings, walls, and artwork due to excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays.

Provide a modern, smart touch to your home

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Smart home technology, such as automated window furnishings are becoming increasingly popular in modern homes and it’s easy to see why. Not only does this type of technology add value to your home, especially when your home is on the market, but having the ability to open and close your blinds or curtains using an app is… let’s face it… cool!

After outlining the benefits of installing automated window treatments, knowing where to start might feel a bit of whelming… and that’s where we come in. Get in touch with our knowledgeable members who can advise you on the best option for your home.
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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.

Beat the heat by installing these window furnishings

An air-conditioned house during summer sounds like every person’s dream, but not everyone can afford to have luxuries such as air-conditioning! That’s when window furnishings come into play, choosing the right window coverings can help keep your house cool and reduce the intensity of those summer rays.

Cellular blinds, also known as Honeycomb blinds

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Cellular Blinds are the most popular and effective shades when it comes to keeping the heat out. Cellular blinds have hexagonal cells which form a honeycomb looking structure (hence, where they got their name from), this unique structure helps trap the outside heat in these cells, keeping you comfortable inside.

As a bonus, these types of blinds work wonders during the Winter months, just like Summer, they trap the cold air inside of the cells, making them a well-rounded blind for the entire year.

Roller Blinds

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There are many benefits from installing roller blinds, they are perfect for both small and large windows as they come in a variety of sizes. As well as this, roller blinds can be made in a wide selection of fabrics, from sheer to block out. To beat the summer heat, we suggest picking an insulating fabric which will help keep the heat out. Roller blinds are a popular choice in Australian households due to the way they are operated, however, if desired, these blinds can be fully motorised, as well as options to control the blinds directly from your phone, tablet or home automation making it easy to block out the western rays before you get home from work.

Curtains

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Blackout curtains and thermal curtains are a cheap solution to blocking out the intense summer heat. They are made with a multi-layer backing that is made from tightly woven fabric resulting in 99.9% of the light being blocked out.

By keeping the light out, blackout curtains can help reduce the room’s temperature during summer, because these curtains have multiple layers, they can also act as an insulator during winter and keep the heat in. As a bonus, these curtains have been proven to help drown out outside noise, perfect for that lazy Sunday morning.

Don’t be fooled though, just because they are called blackout curtains doesn’t mean they are only available in black, they are in fact available in a selection of different colours. For that added touch of luxury, these curtains can also be motorised.

 

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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!

Black shutters

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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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