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.