WIN­DOW SHOP­PING

With so many choices for win­dow dress­ings, here are some point­ers for choos­ing the right ones for your home

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Choose the right win­dow treat­ment for your home

Blinds

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.

Shut­ters

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.

Cur­tains

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.

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