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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What are the benefits of motorisation window furnishings?

Motorisation allows you to set up your window furnishings to automatically open and close by either a touch of a button or by timers and schedules. Imagine if you could set your blinds to be drawn when you go to bed at night for complete privacy and a night of sound sleep. Then, wake up to the sun rays illuminating your space, without having to lift a finger or jump out of bed – this is all possible with window furnishing motorisation teamed with home automation or a smart home system.

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Motorisation is a fast-growing trend and a favoured choice for modern designs. Here are a few popular benefits of motorised window furnishings:

Link with an existing, or future, home automation/smart home system

Whether you have an existing system or are looking to have one installed – you will have ease linking your smart home system e.g. Alexa or Google Home with your window furnishing motorisation.

By connecting your window furnishings to your smart home system, you’ll not only have control over your windows but also other aspects of your home, all from the same device – from turning your lights on and off to setting the temperature of your air conditioning system. When your window furnishings are linked with a smart home or automation system, you’ll have peace of mind and added security through the imitation of activity in your home when you’re away.

Suitable for a range of blinds, curtains and awning options

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that most blinds, curtains and awning options can be motorised. So, no matter your needs, style, or in some cases, existing furnishings, you’ll be able to tick all the boxes.

Other benefits include:

  • Ease of use
  • Peace of mind with no cord hazards where children, the elderly or pets could be involved
  • Less wear and tear with little, to no, need to handle your furnishings
  • Quiet and discreet operating systems
  • A simple and minimalistic design. No need for cords or curtain wands
  • Save energy and money by easily adjusting your window furnishings to heat or cool your home or business. Meaning less reliance on air conditioning units

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Enjoy the flexibility, ease of use and convenience of motorised window furnishings all from a touch screen, mobile phone app, handheld remote or even voice control.

It is a perfect solution for both residential and commercial environments or indoor and outdoor settings. This trend of modern living is continuing to grow and will help increase the value of your home.

Our Fashionline members offer a variety of motorised systems from reputable and quality suppliers – you’re sure to find a solution to suit your needs.

Get in touch with one of our knowledgeable experts to learn about the latest range of motorisation products for curtains, blinds and exterior awnings.

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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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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.

Your Fashionline team.

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