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Australian House & Garden - - ADVICE -

Jenny Brown, na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager of Lux­aflex Win­dow Fash­ions, of­fers these tips on what to con­sider when you’re look­ing at awnings:

+ Match the style of your home

“Con­tem­po­rary awnings look fan­tas­tic on the mod­ern home, but a more tra­di­tional style could work best if you have an older home.”

+ Make colour work hard

“Awnings tend to be co­or­di­nated to match the home’s ex­te­rior. Beyond fab­rics, pow­der­coat­ing en­sures your awning hard­ware also blends seam­lessly into the build­ing’s fa­cade.”

+ How much space do you have?

“Straight-drop awnings, which fall di­rectly from the roofline to shield win­dows and doors, are a sleek, space-savvy so­lu­tion for win­dows and doors that re­quire shad­ing. Fold­ing-arm awnings are ideal for court­yards and ter­races with an out­door en­ter­tain­ing area.”

ABOVE So­lar-pow­ered au­to­ma­tion makes sense for awnings. Lux­aflex’s Evo Ca­bleawning is pow­ered via the com­pany’s com­pan­ion Pho­ton One so­lar-mo­tori­sa­tion sys­tem.RIGHT eZIP blinds from Vic­tory Cur­tains and Blinds fea­ture side-welded zips that lock the blind fab­ric se­curely into the side tracks for com­plete pro­tec­tion from pesky fly­ing in­sects and the ele­ments. OP­PO­SITE Mel­bourne ar­chi­tect Will Hark­ness spec­i­fied a fixed awning for this north-fac­ing Vic­to­rian home. It has spot­tedgum bat­tens on a steel frame.For Where to Buy, see page 187.

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