With so many choices for window dressings, here are some pointers for choosing the right ones for your home
Choose the right window treatment for your home
Blinds are ideal for small and awkwardly shaped windows. They come in wood, aluminium, fabric and even UVresistant sheers, plus there are myriad styles to choose from.
Fabric blinds don’t need to be cleaned as often as curtains, so they’re a lowmaintenance option. For bedrooms, opt for blockout blinds or add a blockout lining to the fabric of your choice.
Venetian blinds are best used in rooms like kitchens, while bathrooms and rooms with a lot of moisture require blinds made of waterresistant materials.
Chic and unobtrusive, shutters have a classic look. Plus, there’s the added option of security, depending on the type you choose. They can be used in any room – even in humid areas like bathrooms – as long as they’re made from appropriate materials such as polyresin or aluminium.
“Although shutters are more expensive than curtains and blinds, they’re hard wearing and maintenance-free, making them more cost effective in the long run,” says Werner Jansen van Rensburg of Plantation Shutters. They also take up little room. As shutters only require a wipe with a damp cloth, they’re easy to keep clean.
Luxurious looking and available in a huge variety of styles and headings, curtains offer a traditional, classic look. They have a soft, f lowing effect that can’t be achieved with other window dressings. They’re also a great way to take advantage of the latest fabric trends. “Florals are huge again this season, in both large and small designs,” says Yolandi Dafel of St Leger & Viney.
“Sheers are everywhere at the moment and they’re anything but boring,” says Steve Black of Black Fabrics. “Embroidery, velvet embossing and ombre effects are just some of the features available in sheers.”
THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: With Roman blinds, the amount of light let in is controlled by adjusting the height. They’re also perfect for adding a pop of colour or pattern to a room. Blinds in Harlequin Otani fabric from Black Fabrics. By installing multiple blinds on a wide window, each one can be adjusted separately. Blinds by AMERICAN shutters. Luxaflex® Silhouette® Shades let in gentle, ambient light even when closed. Ambient’s Antique blinds from Focus Blinds & Shutters have a faux wood appearance and come in a range of finishes. UV-resistant roll-up blinds, like these from Coolaroo, are perfect for home offices and kitchens.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:Made from aluminium, Trellidor’s Security Shutters are strengthened internally and have a patented locking system. As the louvres can be adjusted for privacy, light and air control, shutters are ideal for bathrooms. They can also be made to fit non-standard windows. Shutters by Plantation Shutters. Pairing shutters like these from AMERICAN shutters with sheer drapes creates a romantic ambience.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM“People are loving sheers, as they crave softness in design,” says Steve Black. Printed ombre from Scion’s Haiku collection from Black Fabrics. A popular idea is to add a border to a plain fabric. Here, curtain and border fabrics are by James Hare from Halogen International.