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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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.

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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.

Member Profile: Launceston Blinds

Launceston Blinds Canvas & Awnings is a Tasmanian owned and operated business which was first established in 2005. New owners Kerry and Dale Arnold took over the business in 2017 and during this time, they have undergone a rebrand and business name change. Formally known as ‘Drummond Blinds & Canvas’, both Kerry and Dale felt the name change was a necessary requirement for the profiling of their business. We spoke to owner Dale Arnold for our latest Fashionline Member Profile.

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Who makes up your team?

Our team consist of six team members, myself (Dale), Jeff and Hans, we focus on exterior window furnishings and Kerry (my wife), Brett and Lisa focus on interior treatments.

What’s special about their service?

We pride ourselves on our ability to problem solve, there is not a problem that we cannot solve. Our team thoroughly understands the needs of our clients and we go to great efforts to ensure that our customers are happy with the final product.

Which products do you specialise in?

We are a specialist in all of our window treatments, but in particular our roller blinds and vertical panel slides have been proven a popular choice with our customers.

Our external blinds are equally as popular, a lot of our customers approach us for help with their outdoor entertaining areas, we often suggest our exterior shutters and a range of awning products.

What geographical areas do they cover?

We are based in Launceston and serve the Launceston area as well as the surrounding areas such as Ross, Scottsdale and Port Sorel.

Is there anything new that you’re working on or bringing in this year you would like to mention?

We recently changed our business name and refreshed our logo, so with that, we have designed and executed a new website that exudes the same look and feel.

Our goal this year is to work on our social media presence, we are planning on doing this with regular up to date and interesting Facebook posting, as well as interacting with our customers. Our overall goal is to bring more awareness to our brand.

What is your ‘point of difference’ in your local industry?

We really pride ourselves on our problem-solving skills. We enjoy interacting with our customers and showing our willingness to achieve the look and feel they are aiming for.

What do you love most about working in the window furnishing industry?

We enjoy interacting with our customers on a daily basis, helping them with their needs and exceeding their expectations.

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.

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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.

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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