What will your win­dows wear?

Your Home and Garden - - Your Renovation -

From black to white, from shut­ters to blinds, roller, Venetian and more, win­dow treat­ments have a big e ect on a space

There’s so much to think about when build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing and the win­dow fur­nish­ings are of­ten last on the list. Your choice of win­dow fur­nish­ings will influence the over­all look of both the in­te­rior and the ex­te­rior of your home so should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

As New Zealan­ders, we love our light, open spa­cious rooms and big stacker doors. This means the win­dow treat­ments are ex­tremely im­por­tant as they’ll need to cover large spa­ces. At Bright­shine, we of­ten use a com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent win­dow treat­ments to ac­cen­tu­ate not only what looks good but also what works prac­ti­cally in the space.

In terms of colour, you can make a state­ment with win­dow treat­ments or you may de­cide it’s bet­ter to have them blend in.


We’re see­ing more in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tions be­ing used across our whole prod­uct range. Shut­ters or Vene­tians over win­dows and roller blinds over doors, shut­ters in road-fac­ing win­dows and Vene­tians in other rooms to keep the cost down but con­tinue the lou­vred look. We’re also see­ing large and small lou­vre widths in the same house and ad­ven­tur­ous colour com­bi­na­tions based on where shut­ters are in the home and what suits the space.

We’ve also been do­ing a lot of black shut­ters re­cently, which against white walls, cre­ates a striking monochro­matic im­pact.

The stair­well black shut­ter in this home looks amaz­ing and cre­ates a sense of drama against the white walls. The rest of the house was fit­ted with white 64mm shut­ters but with the stair­well one hav­ing a drop that was over 3100mm, it was de­cided that 89mm lou­vres would look bet­ter. The over­all look of the house in­te­grated beau­ti­fully through the use of roller blinds over the doors, shut­ters on all the win­dows and the large black shut­ter in the stair­well.

Roller blinds are also evolv­ing and peo­ple are us­ing light-coloured sun­fil­ters that match the

walls but bring down darker block­outs at night to cre­ate a feel­ing of cosi­ness. Mo­tori­sa­tion is huge right now and with lots of op­tions avail­able – we can get rid of those pull cords which can be an­noy­ing over large stacker doors. We of­fer bat­tery op­er­ated motors, ra­dio motors and home au­to­ma­tion op­tions.


Vene­tians also do a great job of keep­ing the win­dows look­ing neu­tral so you’re free to do in­ter­est­ing things with the walls – and there are some truly amaz­ing wall­pa­pers out there! The study (pic­tured right) fea­tures books all over its wall­pa­per and has a 50mm blind to keep the win­dows neu­tral so the wall­pa­per re­mains the fea­ture.

Vene­tians re­ally are the jewel in our crown here at Bright­shine – they’re a fan­tas­tic prod­uct that we make here in New Zealand. We cut, punch and then spray the blinds, mean­ing the fin­ish is air-dried be­fore turn­ing and the cov­er­age is sec­ond to none.


Arched shut­ters of­fer a so­lu­tion for shapes that are dif­fi­cult to cover and re­quire a lot of fab­ric to cur­tain, clut­ter­ing the room.

In this mas­ter bed­room (pic­tured right) we re­moved the cur­tains and what a re­sult!

The orig­i­nal arched fea­ture in­tended to be a fo­cal point in this room is cel­e­brated rather than cov­ered.

At Bright­shine, we love pro­vid­ing you with ad­vice on both form and func­tion across our whole prod­uct range. We’re pas­sion­ate about in­te­ri­ors and we’re here to help.

Call us to­day on 0800 483 638 to make an ap­point­ment or visit Bright­shine Blinds at www.bright­shine.co.nz.

Auck­land, Tau­ranga and Welling­tonFREEPHONE: 0800 483 638bright­shine.co.nz

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