What to Consider When Buying Blinds

If you’ve ever shopped for and bought blinds, you know that it isn’t as simple as it sounds. CurtainWorld discusses what to look for when shopping for a crucial element in your home!

Window blinds are both aesthetically pleasing and functional – they complement a room seamlessly while reducing heat, glare and maintaining privacy. Whether your updating existing blinds or purchasing new ones, the impact they can make on your home is significant.

However, buying blinds is not as simple as it sounds. Before a decision can be made there are many factors to consider from design, colour and size. Your blinds should be thought of as an investment – so selecting the right design suitable for your home is crucial. Here are few points to get you started.

Room

Consider the room where the blinds will be installed and the mood you want to create. The living room is usually the first room people walk into so choosing blinds that are warm and inviting is best. Roman blinds are a fantastic option for homeowners that love the look of curtains, but the convenience and mechanisms of blinds whilst vertical blinds can be a simple solution and a great for large windows.

For the kitchen, it’s important to choose blinds that can be cleaned easily. Venetian blinds are easy to maintain and stain resistant. Light and privacy can be controlled effortlessly and they are versatile enough to match existing décor.

Aluminium venetian blinds
Venetian blinds are easy to maintain and stain resistant

The bedroom should be reserved for blinds that encourage sleep by blocking out light and sun. Keeping the room at a regular temperature is also important for good sleeping patterns so consider something that can help regulate this like blockout roller blinds. Brighter coloured blinds will make the room appear larger but be sure create an atmosphere that promotes relaxation.

Purpose

Some blinds let in a lot of light, while others will cut it off almost completely – so what exactly do you want to achieve with them? Knowing the purpose your blinds will serve can narrow down the choices and help decide what works best.

motorised blindsMotorised blinds offer flexibility and ease from the comfort of your chair, so can be helpful for the elderly or restricted residents. Shift workers may require blinds that are most effective for blocking out the sun, or homeowners living in countries that suffer from harsh weather conditions will opt for sunscreen roller blinds.

There are many kinds of interior blind nowadays and because it’s a purchase you’ll only make very occasionally, its purpose needs to be strongly considered.

Style

Generally, blinds come in two styles; solid and slatted. Solid blinds are made from a single sheet of fabric, for example roller blinds, and are normally more durable and provide better coverage.

Slatted blinds on the other hand are made from several strips of material that are tied together, commonly known as venetian blinds. Because they can be rotated by twisting a control rod or pulling a cord they give you more control over the amount of light entering the room. Once the room and purpose have been decided upon, the style of your blinds should be easy to determine.

timber venetian blindsColour

Deciding on the colour of your new blinds can be as exciting and time consuming as picking new couches and décor. It doesn’t have to be stressful though, it’s essential though to understand that colour is more than a matter of style and design. You want something that is versatile enough to fit with your current style, whilst adding a little personality and charm to the area.

coloured blindsFor windows that are exposed to direct sunlight, darker coloured blinds will work best but can make smaller rooms appear even smaller.

For adventurous homeowners or those with children, fun and bright colours can always create an entertaining ambience or be the focal point for a room. Because repainting an entire room can be costly, refreshing a tired looking area with blinds can be the perfect, adaptable solution.

Materials

The selections of materials are extensive from soft to solid, flexible fabrics and slatted. The general climate in your area needs to be closely considered in order to pick the best material for your blinds.

Areas exposed to excessive heat will suit roller and outdoor blinds, whilst cooler places would do well with wooden blinds.

Sunscreen roller blinds

Energy Saving Properties

With utility prices soaring through the roof, finding ways to cut costs in the home has never been so necessary. A great advantage of blinds is that they can act as strong insulator, so their energy saving properties are can help the strain on your wallet – particularly in Perth and other cities that suffer from very hot summers and cold, wet winters.

Look for blinds that reflect the heat in summer and insulate the room in winter. For rooms that use a lot of light, consider blinds that give you more control with illumination so you are using less electricity.

Matt & Kim to the Rescue

Curtain World recently had the pleasure of helping Matt & Kim’s rescue renovation for The Flavelle family’s home.

Curtain World recently had the pleasure of helping Matt & Kim’s rescue renovation for The Flavelle family’s home. This is the second time we’ve been asked to be involved and we jumped at the opportunity. Check out some of our contributions to the project below.

All photography by Marc Ash Photography.

What is Your Colour Personality?

Why is colour so important in building a home? What colours make us happy? What colours stress us out? CurtainWorld’s Specialists answer your colour theory questions below!

Colour is the most powerful tool when it comes to interior decorating and can make a space come alive. A different wall colour will change the atmosphere of a space instantly. Colour impacts on our health, emotions, and wellbeing.

Therefore, it is helpful to know about colour theory and psychology when starting a renovation project or redecorating your home. Even, if you only want to buy new curtains, it is helpful to know which colours suit your personality.

As curtain specialists, we recommend finding out first what mood you would like to achieve in your home and, secondly, what seasonal colour personality you are.

Start with an assessment of your home or room and define what mood you would like to create. Answer the question: What would I like my home to do for me? How should my home make me feel? The words you come up with, for example, could be energetic, relaxing, exuberant, simple, opulent, breezy, quirky, open, welcoming, etc. Try and drill down your list to the three most important keywords that describe your feelings.

In colour psychology, there are four seasons reflecting nature’s pattern: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter; each of these seasons is defined by specific characteristics, such as key attributes, colours, patterns, and textures.

Once you have identified your keywords you can work out what colour personality you are. Your colour personality will then give you an indication about the paint colours, the textures, and patterns you should use in your home. You will be able to create a colour scheme that turns your home into a place that reflects and supports your colour personality. And your interior will effortlessly come together. Even if your family members represent different colour personalities, choosing the right colours can reduce stress and create harmony.

Let’s look at an example. The palette that CurtainWorld Perth has chosen for autumn 2016 incorporates many delicate, light and muted tones, such as Pantone Silver Grey, Rose Quartz, Lint, and Orchid Haze combined with darker, greyed-off hues, such as Fig, Thyme or Volcanic Glass, a rich charcoal.

Autumn Pantone Colours

If you feel attracted by this palette you are an autumn personality. Autumn personalities are often born organisers, pay attention to detail and love creating order out of chaos; they have a strong aesthetic sense and therefore appreciate great design, craftsmanship, and quality; they are logical, efficient, intuitive, elegant, and have a strong sense of responsibility. They are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others.

Autumn colours are cool and calm, delicate, and faded with a touch of grey. Patterns are flowing, delicate lines and floral. Textures should be of high quality, such as linen, silk, chiffon, cashmere or lace.

If you are looking for window coverings, for example, you will most probably like soft, elegant sheers with delicate patterns from the CurtainWorld Edra collection or in linen look, such as the Rossini collection. For block-out curtains you might want to choose a design from the Florence Broadhurst collection: Japanese Floral, Fingers, Kabuki or Egrets feature autumn personality patterns. The Luciano Garden range transforms your home in a breezy autumn garden. The Coco range also incorporates the soft and delicate autumn colours.

Rossini Linen Sheer

Imagine how easy it would become to choose the right colours and textures for your home once you know what personalities you and your family are. And, don’t worry, if you have more than one personality type living under your roof, which is often the case. Your home is unique to you and should reflect your personalities. How do you go about this? Looking at your room assessment and the words you have identified, you will most likely discover that there is one dominant season and another one that is subordinate. By mixing seasonal characteristics you can create your unique interior. The important thing, however, is that you stick to the colours from your main season. You can then add some textures or patterns from one of the other seasons.

For example, as an autumn personality you would use the muted autumn colours as your main colours but could add a touch of warm timber by using a timber venetian blind for a finished look on your windows.

Never mix the colours from different seasons, as you will end up with a colour scheme that triggers more headaches than wellbeing at home.

If you are just starting to learn about colour psychology or do not feel confident enough to work out your personality, engage the services of a colour consultant to help you make the right colour choices for your home.

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Embrace International Colour Trends to Decorate Your Home This Summer

Try out these cool international colour trends this Summer to give your home a fun, exotic flair!

With international colour and trend forecasts only one click away it has never been easier to find inspiration if you are looking to renovate, redecorate, or spruce up a room.

It is this time of the year when the creative community keeps their eyes on Pantone, the global colour authority and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries all over the world. Each December, for the past sixteen years, Pantone released ‘The Color of the Year’ – an announcement that is awaited with anticipation in the design community. According to the forecast cheat sheet of design taxi, the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 will be a deep blue-green, Deep Peacock Blue.

In 2015, Pantone chose Marsala as the Color of the Year. This rich hue, between red and brown, is one of the four key colours of CurtainWorld’s summer palette for 2015/16. The Perth-based specialist for window coverings also introduces Apricot Nectar, Cerulean, and Ponderosa Pine in its product range.

Depending on the mood and atmosphere you want to create in your home, pair Marsala and Ponderosa Pine or Apricot Nectar and Cerulean to create a stimulating colour scheme. For a breezy, light and summery feel in your home choose Apricot Nectar and Cerulean as your main colours and add some accents in the darker hues.

The CurtainWorld summer palette 2015/16
The CurtainWorld summer palette 2015/16

Apricot Nectar

Rich pastels are an emerging colour story that made a strong appearance at the European trade shows for the past couple of years; cool blues and greys are lifted with tangerine and zingy lemon.

Cerulean

This tinted indigo hue represents the summer. Stonewashed treatments on cotton and velvet make the faded effect more apparent. Calm, tranquil, peaceful – this muted blue will create a serene and calming atmosphere in your home.

Marsala

The rich, red-brown Pantone Color of the Year 2015 contrasts effectively with soft pastels, such as Apricot Nectar and Cerulean.

Ponderosa Pine

This cool blue-green hue takes inspiration from woodland greenery and will cool down your home on hot Australian summer days.

For more colour inspiration check out the Dulux Australia Colour Forecast 2016 – titled Design Age. Their trend forecasters predict that people are on the search for the unique, the bespoke, and the individual to add a sense of luxury and distinction to their lives. In our highly technology-driven world, where we are permanently connected through our mobile devices, a longing for nostalgia and handcrafted artisan products emerges. The importance of good design is apparent. The four Dulux trends are

  1. Biofragility
  2. Retroremix
  3. Futurepast
  4. Infiniteworlds

The colours range from soft muted pastels to bright orange, turquoise, and green; rich decadent colours, such as olive green, dark brown, and gold, are mixed with mustard, pink and purple; and dark hues, such as midnight blue and petrol, let us explore unknown territories.

Dulux UK has chosen Cherished Gold as The Dulux Colour of the Year 2016 explaining that it ties in beautifully with the ongoing trend of metallic hues in our homes. It also works well with soft pastels and darker tones of green, brown, or purple.

Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux, comments: “Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating.”

 There are plenty of exciting colours to choose from when decorating your home. The good news is that you don’t have to repaint your walls if you want to add a new colour to your interior. There are many ways you can change the atmosphere of a space, one of which is window coverings. No matter if you are looking for a decorative sheer or block out curtains there is a solution for every room and taste. Consider cushions in the same fabric as your curtains to link the space.

Another option is occasional chairs and ottomans upholstered in a fancy fabric to make your interior unique and stand out from the crowd. Think of re-upholstering an inherited piece, for example; or, browse antique shops and retro dealers for fabulous finds that do not cost a fortune. To finish off your interior introduce the new colours in accessories, décor, and art. Sometimes, a bunch of colourful flowers can do the trick.

 

Links used in this post:

https://designtaxi.com/news/380254/Infographic-A-Forecast-Cheatsheet-To-Pantone-s-2016-Color-Of-The-Year/

https://www.dulux.com.au/colour/colour-trends-2016

https://www.globalcolor.co.uk/golden-hues/

 

Our Top Five Windows in Film

From Cinderella to Fight Club, we count down our top five windows in film (and give some helpful suggestions to their interior decorators!)

WARNING! This post will more than likely spoil these films. If you haven’t seen them, proceed with caution.

5. CINDERELLA (1950)

Cinderella. RKO Radio Pictures, 1950. Film.

Everyone knows this one. Cinderella is forced to live as a servant by her evil stepmother and is otherwise confined to her quarters in the tower of the family’s home.

The tower’s window over-looks the whole kingdom, including the castle on the horizon.

Recommended Window Covering: This is not a view you would want to interrupt. As the window already has a pair of curtains, we’d recommend the addition of timber venetian blinds underneath. These can be tilted for privacy and darkness, but also easily raised to open up the view.

4. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2011. Film.

In this prequel/reboot of the landmark 1960’s franchise, primate-protagonist Caesar is raised and cared for by geneticist Will (James Franco) in his family home.

Caesar resides in the attic where he watches the outside world through a beautiful circular window. However when the authorities discover Caesar, he is branded dangerous and sent to live in a primate sanctuary. He draws the shape of the window on the wall of his cell to remind him of home.

Recommended Window Covering: Easy-tilt Woodbury shutters. These can be made to suit any shape of window and the slats can be simply tilted by hand.

3. FIGHT CLUB (1999)

Fight Club. 20th Century Fox Film Corp, 1999. Film.

In the climax to David Fincher’s cult classic, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) has captured The Narrator (Edward Norton) and his holed up on the top floor of an abandoned skyscraper, over looking the city.

After The Narrator regains control and eliminates Tyler, pseudo-girlfriend Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) arrives just in time for them both to watch the buildings implode around them. Cue The Pixies.

Recommended Window Covering: Double roller blinds. These offer a sunscreen fabric so that views are not interrupted, but keep out heat and glare. A blockout fabric pairing provides darkness during office presentations.

2. REAR WINDOW (1954)

Rear Window. Paramount Pictures, 1954. Film.

Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best, Rear Window centres around photographer L.B. Jeffries (James Stalwart) as he recovers from a broken leg sustained while on the job. Jeffries spends his days incapacitated, looking out his New York apartment window, watching his neighbours through theirs.

Late one night, too hot to sleep, Jeffries is convinced he notices villainous behaviour across the courtyard and suspects neighbour Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) has killed his wife.

Recommended Window Covering: Blockout Curtains offer complete privacy and can help insulate your home from outside temperatures.

1. THE EXORCIST (1973)

The Exorcist. Warner Bros. Pictures, 1973. Film.

One of the most iconic posters in film history and a movie that still holds up as one of the scariest of all time.

The Exorcist is the story of poor little Regan (Linda Blair) who becomes possessed by a demon claiming to be Satan himself. The consequential details are mostly too explicit to write about in this post, however they force local priest Damian Karras (Jason Miller) to bring in a church expert to perform an exorcism (pictured).

The window in Regan’s bedroom plays a significant role throughout the film. Seemingly, whenever it’s open someone becomes possessed or is killed and in the films finale, Father Karras jumps through it to destroy the Demon.

Recommended Window Covering: In this situation you should probably move house. But if you must stay we’d recommend waterproof Woodbury shutters, which are easy to clean and can withstand almost anything you can throw at them. They can also be locked.

New CurtainWorld Showroom

 

Renovated over the Christmas period, CurtainWorld’s new showroom is better than ever.

Overlooking our extensive factory, the showroom has our latest and featured curtain fabrics on display.

We also have displays for all our blinds and shutter products, so pop in for a coffee and a chat and let us help with your décor needs.

We’re located at 26 Oxleigh Drive, Malaga and open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm on Saturday.

Can’t make into our showroom? Contact us to arrange an in-home consultation and we’ll bring our range to you.