Blinds, curtains, shutters – the right window furnishings can make a world of difference. They help protect your privacy, insulate against cold weather, and enhance the overall look of your living space. But each home is different, and the same window furnishing solution might not work for everyone. The options can be overwhelming, which doesn’t help when you don’t know your roller from your blind.
That’s where our team at Wonderlux Canberra come in. What you need is practicality, simplicity, and a great looking space – so here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right window furnishings for your home.
Controlling Light & Preserving Privacy
Think about the room you want furnished and what it’s used for. How much light does the room get? Which direction is it facing? At what time of day do you usually use the room? How much privacy do you want? These questions can help you to narrow down your options and form a stronger idea of your own needs.
Say your living room has a large west-facing window with a sliding door that opens onto your deck. You’re going to get a lot of late-afternoon sun, which is great, but it’s also going to create annoying TV glare and eat away at your furniture and carpet over time. You want something that’ll allow you to enjoy your living space as often as possible but also keep the deck and backyard accessible. Have a look at the above picture of combination roller blinds. The lower layer is translucent to preserve the view of your deck, while the upper layer allows full blockout to give you privacy and comfort.
The solution? Well, it’s up to you. Roller blinds offer a simple, contemporary look and are functionally suited to windows that require frequent access. Alternatively, vertical blinds have sleek, fingertip controls that allow you to rotate the individual slats depending on the level of light and privacy you desire. It comes down to personal preference. Decisions, decisions!
We all know the feeling. In winter, it’s colder inside than outside. You put on another layer and blast the heating. In summer, it’s the opposite. It’s sweltering, and it seems that the only option is to dig out the fans and turn up the air conditioning. Each quarter you end up dreading that eye-watering electricity bill. Did you know that up to 25% of your home’s heating and cooling costs can be the result of energy lost through your windows? Read that again – without proper window insulation, you’re going to end up paying an extra 25%!
Don’t worry – there is a solution. It’s amazing how simple window furnishings can improve your home’s insulation and significantly reduce your energy costs. The reigning champion here is Honeycomb Cellular Blinds. These blinds have a unique cellular design that traps air within its pockets, creating a barrier between the inside of your home and outside. By regulating the temperature, they save you a heap of money on your electricity bill and complement the décor of your home. If you struggled through the Canberra winter, and find that your living room is often chilly, cellular blinds might well be worth looking into.
While regular blinds only open from the bottom up, Honeycomb Blinds are operable from both ends, making them incredibly versatile. Pick a different combination depending on the time of day and how much light you want to let in.
Know Your Window
Blinds, curtains, and shutters have different installation options. The way your blinds are mounted will impact the amount of light that passes through, the functionality of the window handles, and ultimately the way the room looks.
Blinds are generally mounted two ways – Face Fit and Reveal Fit. In both instances, the blinds are attached to the ‘architrave’. That’s the timber frame fitted around the casing of the window – a bit of insider lingo for you. See how the grey blinds are mounted on top of the window frame? That’s a ‘Face Fit’. The white blinds are fitted inside the window architrave itself – a ‘Reveal Fit’.
A Face Fit mounts the blind on the front or the ‘face’ of the window architrave. Because it covers the entire window, there is no light bleed and you get full blockout. This makes it an ideal option for bedrooms, bathrooms, or anywhere else you need maximum privacy. A Reveal Fit mounts the blind inside the window architrave. It looks neat, sleek, and because you have enough clearance to install other furnishings such as curtains, it gives you that extra bit of versatility. Remember that, and you won’t be blank-faced next time you’re in a showroom!
You’ve had a think about the functionality of your room and the best window furnishing to suit your needs. Now it’s time to start thinking about style! The best window furnishings reflect the theme of your room and are a chance to express your own personal taste. From bright blocks of colour to clean, stylish lines, this is an opportunity to be bold, subtle, or somewhere in between. Happily, most window furnishings are available in a wide range of styles, colours, fabrics, and materials, so you can find something that’s going to suit your home and age well.
These Veri Shades are a perfect match for the room’s existing colour scheme. The combination of cream and deep maroon creates balance.
Colours, patterns, and textures are the defining features of window furnishings. If picking a colour scheme seems daunting, it can help to match your walls with a curtain or blind fabric in a similar or complementary shade. The most popular approach here is to select a fabric or material in a neutral palette. Although it might not make a grand statement, it will be a crowd-pleaser and create a sense of balance in a room. Perfect if you’re looking to play it safe or rent out your space to tenants. At the end of the day, you alone know your home and your preferences, so the best person to make these calls is you.
Things To Remember
– Feel free to play around with different combinations of window furnishings across your home – different rooms have different functions and needs, so one size does not necessarily fit all. With that being said, it’s best to keep the style consistent on all of the windows in one room, otherwise the effect can be distracting.
– Curtains are often available backed with lining, which helps to regulate the temperature in your home and reduce your energy bills, in addition to preventing unwanted light and hiding any seams and the tracks in the curtain rod. Just make sure you choose the correct colour for your lining, as your selection will be visible from the outside of the house.
– Selecting the right material for your interior blinds has just as much to do with their function as it does with the way they look. Some materials just aren’t well suited to certain spaces. For areas exposed to high heat, the reflective backings of aluminium or white PVC roller blinds will work to eliminate excess warmth, and they’ll also work in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas prone to moisture.