Window Covering Trends to Consider
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Published by TOP4 Team
In recent decades, Australian homeowners have embraced glass with gusto – windows are larger, bifolds have become commonplace and entire glass walls are used both internally and externally. Accordingly, the market for window coverings has expanded greatly. Alongside the ever-increasing range of options, technology is improving the way window coverings look and function.
Choosing the right window coverings involves thinking about both practical and decorative matters. You need to work how much sunlight and privacy you want, then determine whether you wish to frame or distract attention from a view.
Interior window coverings
While most interior window coverings can be used in any room, the decor and role of the space tend to dictate the style.
- Bedrooms: Multiple layers are typical, like a decorative side panel, a sheer behind that and then a blockout roller blind.
- Kitchen: Keep things simple, taking into account airborne grease and food particles.
- Bathroom/s: Sheers can work to soften hard surfaces, but don’t forget to consider the effect of humidity.
Transparent, gossamer-like sheer curtains are in vogue right now. Part of the reason for this is their ability to break up strong lines and soften architectural features. Today’s sheers have a subtle iridescence, can be interwoven with unexpected materials and may even feature embossed or printed patterns. There’s also an increased use of sheers in dramatic colours like cocoa and smoke, and even two layers of coloured sheers used together for effect.
If your favour a weightier look and feel, a semi-sheer cotton or linen can work well with a French door. Tall, classic window styles often call for a heavy drape but tread carefully with boldly printed fabrics. Instead, opt for unadorned fabrics or subtle patterning, adding a dash of detailing with finials and tiebacks.
Take note of these emerging trends:
- Colour: In difficult financial times we can expect to see more European-influenced blinds with bright, cherry colours and more defined textures, and the introduction of an element of fun. Patterned blinds that exhibit a sense of whimsy are becoming popular.
- Energy efficiency: Look for products which have three insulating air pockets built into the weave. For outstanding solar control, get blinds with metallised fabric that deflect UV rays.
- Detailing: Broader slats, gentle pleats, oversized panels and exposed battens with all add interest to your blinds.
Exterior window coverings
They can significantly reduce the UV light penetrating your house and lower the temperature in summer. They also offer privacy and security and protect your furniture from fading and sun damage.
Technology has improved the operation of exterior window coverings. The electronic sensor can trigger the lowering of blinds or extend awning when the sun or the temperature reaches a certain point, and retract them if the wind gets too strong. Automation systems, for example, allow homeowners to pre-program their blinds to sit at a favourite level and will control exterior window coverings from inside with the push of a button.
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