How to pro­tect your home with blinds

Find the ideal win­dow cov­er­ing to en­hance your life­style

QT Magazine - - HOME IMPROVEMENTS - WITH STEVE MAL­LET, FROM MAL­LET’S CAR­PET CHOICE

FROM tim­ber vene­tians to ro­man, hol­land, roller or ver­ti­cal blinds for in­te­rior win­dows or panel glides for doors, the choices for a uni­fied look are end­less.

With op­tional UV-treated full block­out or translu­cent fab­rics, the right choice can of­fer com­fort, pri­vacy and sun pro­tec­tion. New­gen­er­a­tion blinds can be op­er­ated man­u­ally or with full mo­tori­sa­tion. The same look of uni­fied pri­vacy can be added to the ex­te­rior of homes.

Plan­ta­tion soft­woods of western red cedar and Pa­cific coast hem­lock or the pop­u­lar madera nat­u­ral and wood-look tim­ber col­lec­tions, beau­ti­fully com­ple­ment and dé­cor in a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes and colours: oiled, stained, lac­quered or painted, from rich warm tones of tim­ber to cool, crisp whites of wood-look ranges which are ex­cel­lent for wet and high hu­mid­ity ar­eas.

The ro­man blind se­lec­tion of clas­sic, mode or plan­ta­tion styles are a cre­ative dec­o­rat­ing so­lu­tion which add glam­our to in­te­ri­ors. Th­ese can be matched to panel glides and roller blinds to give an el­e­gant har­monised look.

There is a stun­ning ver­sa­til­ity of fabric col­lec­tions to choose from, colours and tex­tiles in dif­fer­ent weaves and tex­tures, in­clud­ing sheers, opaques and sun­screens. Se­lected not just for a vis­ual ap­peal, your choice can also help with pri­vacy light, heat and glare.

Drawn like a cur­tain, the blades of a ver­ti­cal blind em­u­late draperies, blades are ro­tated to pro­vide light con­trol and pri­vacy in a sin­gle op­er­a­tion. New-gen­er­a­tion 89mm sturdy curved PVC blades are durable with min­i­mal main­te­nance, no chains or weights, re­sult­ing in a neater ap­pear­ance. Wand con­trols are stylish and strong. Made-to-mea­sure pel­mets can be cre­ated in the same tex­tile.

An al­ter­nate op­tion to the ver­ti­cal blind for a slid­ing door is the panel glide, which has the wow fac­tor. They are mod­ern, ver­sa­tile and strik­ing. Their light and easy, smooth op­er­at­ing sys­tems are fab­u­lous in wide, open spa­ces, with a smooth and ef­fort­less op­er­at­ing sys­tem. The fabric, 45cm pan­els glide eas­ily, mak­ing them per­fect for large glazed ar­eas, slid­ing and bi-fold doors and even as room di­viders.

Queens­land weather pat­terns give us the op­tions for in­te­rior or ex­te­rior com­forts through­out the en­tire year. Cre­ate an at­mos­phere for all oc­ca­sions with the right choice of ex­ter­nal blinds. This straight drop ex­ter­nal awning is like an in­ter­nal roller and is per­fect for con­serv­ing space. This awning is spring loaded with an up or down con­trol, with an easy to pull down and hook de­sign.

For ex­ter­nal win­dows a fabric roll-up awning of­fers the ben­e­fits of pri­vacy and sun pro­tec­tion and is suit­able for ground floor win­dows and bal­conies.

If you would like the op­tion of en­joy­ing the Queens­land sun or block­ing out a pro­por­tion of it at var­i­ous times of the day, the multi stop awning pro­vides com­plete con­trol of the awning po­si­tion. The awning is held in place by a sim­ple twist of the bot­tom rail. This spring­op­er­ated awning is de­signed to max­imise use of out­door ar­eas with­out cre­at­ing a vis­ual barrier.

The smooth op­er­a­tion of the side chan­nel awning can be done via crank han­dle or full mo­tori­sa­tion. Side chan­nels se­curely house the fabric and heavy-duty bot­tom rail. If you re­quire more se­cu­rity for wind or weather, this awning may be for you.

The wire guide awning, with self-align­ing sys­tem of the wire ca­bles, guide the awning up and down, af­ford­ing greater sta­bil­ity and a beau­ti­fully con­trolled move­ment.

Ma­rine-grade stain­less steel ca­bles run ver­ti­cally on each side and stain­less-steel ten­sion­ers en­sure the ca­bles are taut.

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