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.

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.

Your Fashionline team.

 

 

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.
Your Fashionline team.

Our top window treatment trends for 2021

A new year means new trends… even in the window furnishing world!

Last year, many of us spent a large portion of the year, working or staying safe in our own homes, so 2021 might be the perfect time to refresh your space with a new look and feel.

If you are planning on refreshing the interiors of your home this year, be sure to follow these trends to keep your home stylish and modern.

Natural Fabrics

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Window treatments made from natural textures and fabric are one of the most in-demand products right now and as each year passes, it is increasingly evident that natural fabrics, earthy tones and sustainable materials will continue to be high on the ‘on-trends list’. They continue to feature heavily in interior design magazines and home renovation shows.

Wooden shutters and Venetian blinds, linen curtains and bamboo roman blinds are a few furnishing options that you can install to incorporate natural textures or fabrics within your home.

Pop of colour

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If you didn’t already know, at the end of each year Pantone (an enterprise that provides a universal language of colour) announces their colour of the year. Usually, they only announce one colour, but this year they have revealed two independent colours – Ultimate Grey and Illuminating (a yellow hue), which were brought together to show consumers how different colours can complement and work well with each other.

Choosing a window furnishing that is bold or bright can be a nervous investment. Especially for those that do not have a lot of experience in furnishing with bright colour, but by doing so, can greatly improve your space. A simple pop of colour can dramatically change the look and feel and help revitalise your home.

Roller blinds and curtains, have one of the largest colour selections in the window treatment industry, which gives the opportunity to showcase complimenting pops of colour.

With so many different options to choose from, why not venture out of your comfort zone and experiment with some colour this new year.

Bold prints

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Along with pops of colour, bold prints and patterns have been making a powerful impact on window furnishing options. Boldly printed blinds are proving popular in children’s bedrooms and are a fun way to use bold prints and create a feature within the room.

However, this is a tricky trend to master. Ensure your home is well balanced between different furnishings, colours and textures by using bold prints in a single piece, rather than several. If your preference is neutral window furnishings, you can incorporate bold prints and patterns in other furnishing pieces such as cushions, rugs, wallpaper or couch covers.
 Natural tones

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As mentioned before, natural textures and fabrics are in high demand, in conjunction so are natural tones.

Most natural tones are neutral and work well with other colour tones so you can incorporate a few on-trend furnishings at once. A credit to this trend is Pantone’s 2021 colours of the year as mentioned above. Ultimate Grey is described as the colour of pebbles on the beach and natural elements. Alongside Illuminating, a bright and cheerful shade of yellow. The natural tones alongside the pop of colour reinforce this trend.

We’re excited to see the different ways in which these trends are incorporated into window furnishing installations throughout the year. Be sure to share your latest projects with us so we can feature them.

Your Fashionline team.

Fashionline: Celebrating 30 years of service

2020 is special year for Fashionline and is a year that deserves celebration. With so much uncertainty in the world right now, we feel very proud of our achievement.

When the idea for Fashionline first started, it was a very different time for the window treatment industry. John Wood (original founder and previous owner of Wagga Blinds & Awnings) and Ray Watson (Watson Blinds) first met at an industry trade show in the late 80’s and were both running small businesses at the time. With growing frustrations and limited access to products and suppliers, as well as manufacturing costs within the Australian Market, they thought to themselves that others in the industry must also be struggling with the same challenges.

“We didn’t know exactly what we wanted to create, but we knew we wanted to talk to some other business owners that were having the same challenges as we were, and maybe we could start a buying group” says Ray Watson, Watson Blinds.

Soon after the initial thought, they approached other businesses in the industry and when interest peaked, a formal meet and greet was organised in Sydney, which resulted in further interest by all attendees and those met as a result of these connections.

Then named “The Independent Home Improvement Group” began to form but heavily relied on the business owners volunteering their spare time and business resources to help gain traction. Over time, the group gained interest with new members and suppliers which resulted in branching out and renaming the group, Fashionline.

Ray Watson from Watson Blinds receiving an award from a supplier.

Ray Watson from Watson Blinds receiving an award from a supplier.

The next challenge was to negotiate with supplier Rollease Acmeda, known then as Sbriggs. The negotiations resulted in placing an order for a 40ft shipping container filled with vertical blind componentry. Once an order was placed, the next step was to negotiate and form a partnership with textile supplier Bradmill Textiles. Until this partnership was formed, blind makers communicated with canvas wholesalers, it was unheard of dealing with a canvas manufacturer directly, which was something that made Fashionline unique.

Today Fashionline is ran by a board of directors and has grown immensely. We have 27 members (and growing each year) that have access to 23 unique suppliers across Australia. We are very proud of what Fashionline has accomplished over the last 30 years and we look forward to watching the company continue to grow.

Your Fashionline Team.

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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Fashionline Group Australia is a Group Buying organisation…

Made up of approved suppliers engaged in the manufacture, distribution and sales of window furnishings, security products and home improvement products, Fashionline Group uses a buying process that allows several businesses to come together for the purpose of buying at discounted rates.

Fashionline Group Buying

The idea behind this type of buying is to combine the buying power of all the Fashionline Group Members, and use that volume buying to extend low rates to every member of the group, regardless of that member’s actual usage.

In business, smaller retailers have often used this approach to secure discounted pricing on goods for resale in their stores, allowing them to successfully compete with larger retailers that operate on a national or international basis.

Everyone involved in the group buying effort benefits from the arrangement, which is great. Members of Fashionline Group receive discounts that are based on the total business volume of the collective, rather than just their own volume usage.

Typically, this results in savings that help to reduce operational expenses, even for smaller companies that participate in the group buying, which in turn increases the amount of net profit that the smaller business generates!

At the same time, each member of the Fashionline Group has the ability to offer their customers a wider range of goods and services than would be possible if negotiating pricing with vendors on their own. This is a Win, win!

If you’d like to know more about our Fashionline group membership costs and conditions, get in touch with us here. We would love to hear from you to discuss how group buying could benefit you!

Why Group Buying?

Group buying is a process that allows several businesses to come together for the purpose of buying at discounted rates. The idea behind this type of buying is to combine the buying power of all our Fashionline group members and use that volume buying to extend low rates to every member of the group, regardless of that member’s actual usage.

In business, smaller retailers have often used this approach to secure discounted pricing on goods for resale in their stores, allowing them to successfully compete with larger retailers that operate on a national or international basis.

Everyone involved in the group buying effort benefits from the arrangement, which is great. Members of Fashionline group receive discounts that are based on the total business volume of the collective, rather than just their own volume usage. Typically, this results in savings that help to reduce operational expenses, even for smaller companies that participate in the group buying, which in turn increases the amount of net profit that the smaller business generates!

At the same time, each member of the Fashionline group has the ability to offer their customers a wider range of goods and services than would be possible if negotiating pricing with vendors on their own. Win, win.

If you’d like to know more about our Fashionline group membership costs and conditions, get in touch with us here. We would love to hear from you to discuss how group buying could benefit you!

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