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Window dressing trends to watch in 2018

As with most design trends, window dressings designs go in and out of style over time. It can be hard to keep up with changing trends, especially when they change so quickly.

So, to get you up to speed, here is our overview of the leading window dressing trends for 2018.

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How to update your home without the renovation

We all aspire for the creature comforts of a cosy, well-designed home. This often inspires homeowners to take on renovation, however anyone who has undertaken a renovation can vouch for their unexpected costs and time-consuming nature.

So, how can we update our home without committing to a massive renovation? Have you considered updating your window dressings?

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Dressing tilt & turn windows and doors

Tilt and turn windows have emerged as one of the most innovative window designs, offering a great alternative to a standard gliding or awning windows. They come with many assorted benefits including ventilation, easy to clean, air-tight properties, security as well as aesthetics.

But perhaps the main hesitation in choosing tilt and turn windows is finding window dressings for them.

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3 ways you can let your blinds take centre stage this winter

Now that we’re in the colder months of the year, our window dressings are spending a lot more time closed, helping to reduce heat loss and keep our homes warm and cosy.

While closed, our dressings are getting to show off their full potential, not only as an insulator but as a stylish feature in our homes. 

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Which fabric should I pick?

The right window coverings can add a designer look to a room, and if done correctly can also instantly improve the look and feel of your home.

Blinds are an excellent way to add both style and function to your windows, but with so many options available, how do you choose the right fabric?

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Dressing even the most difficult of window shapes

Not all windows are perfectly square – in fact unusually shaped windows have become a popular style choice for giving a home a bold, distinctive look.

Whether framing the front door, following angles of the ceiling or simply acting as a statement piece, varying the shape of your windows is a great way to enhance the design elements of your home.

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3 things to consider when choosing window dressings for your bathroom

Finding the right bathroom window dressings can be tricky.

For some people the bathroom is the room we start and finish our days with – getting ready in the mornings, doing our hair or makeup, adding the finishing touches before we go out, or taking warm, relaxing bath after a hard day at work – and so the right window dressings need to allow light into the room, but won’t lack privacy or comfort.

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White doesn't have to be boring!

You don’t have to paint your walls to bring colour into a space. When you hear white walls, you probably think of the walls being bare and boring but in fact they’re anything but!

White has been a leading design trend for some time now, for both its style and practicality. So many design styles embrace simplicity and white is the perfect choice as a base colour. But to enhance the power of white walls, it’s important to accent the room in the right ways.

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What's on trend this winter

Moving into the colder months doesn’t just mean a change in weather. With winter comes warmer, layered fashion trends; the allure of a fireplace; cosying up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. But let’s not forget the new range of décor trends that you can use as inspiration to give your home a fresh, new look.

So what can you expect with the new season? Bold colours and florals are taking charge.

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Blinds or curtains? The battle of the window dressings

When it comes to window dressings, the number of choices and combinations available seem endless. In the end, most people find themselves choosing between two options – blinds or curtains.

As you’d expect, there are pros and cons for both choices and your final decision comes down to personal preference and the specifics of the room and its windows.

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The Pattern Effect - how to style your home with patterned blinds

Patterned blinds are a great way to inject a touch of style and excitement into an otherwise toned-down room. If you’re looking for a feature in a room but want to keep your furnishings and colour palette quite simple, using a pattern on your window dressings is a great way to do it.

A simple pattern like soft shapes or wavy lines can give a fresh, modern feel to a space such as a lounge or sitting room.

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Transparency - let there be light, as well as privacy

It’s the best of both worlds isn’t it? Being able to let in the sun, see the views from outside but then also be able to filter the sun and reduce heat while also having as much privacy as you want.

Newly built homes tend to come with grand windows that harness both natural light and views of outside as part of their architectural design. Glass and French doors, floor to ceiling windows, skylights and angled windows are popular features in a home; and unique windows need unique window dressings.

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Tickled pink... or blue... or yellow - how to choose the right colour for your window dressings

So you’ve decided to go with blinds for your new window dressings, perfect! That wasn’t hard was it? Well, wait for it. Now comes the colour choice.

With so many options available for colour, fabric and texture; how do you choose the best style for your home?

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5 things to consider before choosing your new window dressings

Window dressings can make or break a room. When it comes to the right window dressings and the number of decisions you have to make (fabric, colour, pattern), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all.

Here’s our list of the most important things you should consider when choosing your window dressings.

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What's hot and what's not in 2018

What’s on trend, what’s not – things go in and out of fashion so fast, it’s near impossible to keep up! But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Here’s our quick summary on what interior design trends are emerging this year.

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Make an 'ultra' statement with Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year

Inspired by times of change, Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year is a reflection of imagination and creativity, while also supporting the notion that anything is possible. The choice of Ultra Violet as this year’s theme has been considered as an ode to inventiveness; from exploring new technologies, to space travel, artistic expression, social movements and times of change.There’s no denying it, Ultra Violet is a bold choice. It’s a colour of transformation.

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Simple ways to introduce nature's Autumn colours into your home

Every season has its signature colours. When we think of summer; bright, bold colours such as yellow, pink and green often come to mind. Autumn’s colour palette often takes its inspiration from the changes in nature; the transitional warm, earthy colours carry us from the hot, harsh season into cooler temperatures.

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Roses are red, violets are blue... take your inspiration from nature

Nature never fails to produce something new and interesting. If you’re struggling with style choices and want to keep it simple, why not take your inspiration from nature?

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Unusual window shapes that will give your home style

A beautiful window can become a work of art – a unique shaped break in the wall that provides a stunning view to the outside while also providing a room with light and air. Whether simply framing your front door or following the angles of your ceiling, varying the shape of your windows can enhance the feeling and style of your home.

If you hesitate at the thought of using unusual shaped windows in your home, don’t let the difficulties of finding window dressings be the reason.

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The 4 F's to consider when choosing window dressings for your kitchen

In a room that is a central to the home as the kitchen is, packed with appliances, hard surfaces and solid cabinets, window dressings tend to be the main source of softness and a touch of decoration for that space.

To ensure that your kitchen succeeds in both functionality and style, here are four things you’ll want to consider when choosing your window dressings.

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Take it to the next level - 6 ways the right window coverings will transform your home

When it comes to choosing the right coverings for your windows, they need to be able to serve more than one purpose. It’s as much about functionality as it is about looks. No matter the type, window dressings meet many needs and can be one of the best ways to transform and refresh a room. They are a big player in a room’s overall feeling; being able to soften or change the ambience of a room when either open or closed.

Don’t believe us? Here are 6 simple, yet impactful ways the right choice of window coverings can transform your home.

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Where there's a window, there's a way! How to choose the best window dressings for your home

Whether you’ve just finished building your new home or looking to give your home an updated look, there’s a lot of important things to consider when choosing the best dressings for your windows. Here are some of key aspects that you should definitely take into account.

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Three, simple ways to dress your windows to impress!

Windows provide shelter, protect our homes from the elements and allow us to bring views of the outdoors, indoors.

But while practical, that doesn’t mean our windows have to look boring! We can decorate our windows with dressings that help to express the mood and décor of our home, or enhance the ambience of a room by introducing different textures and colours. 

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Our "Do's" and "Don'ts" for your child's bedroom windows

When it comes to options for window treatments, there is no shortage of choices. But when you throw a toddler or young child into the mix, things get a little more complicated. Your needs tend to change. You want something fashionable but safe; pretty but also practical; clever in design but also long lasting. Before you know it, you’ve got quite a long list on your hands.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’re here to help – here’s our shortlist of things to consider when choosing window dressings for your child’s bedroom.

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What's on trend? Minimalist Design - what, why and how does it work?

You’ve probably heard the term ‘minimalism’ thrown around a bit lately – but do you know exactly what it is?

In the world of interior design minimalism is a clean, organised look. One of the best things about minimalist design is that you must get rid of the clutter, to showcase beautiful furniture, flooring, window dressings and artwork.

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New Year, New Windows! It's time to give your windows a makeover

It’s around this time of year that we feel inspired to start afresh and take on the new year with a renewed sense of purpose. We set goals and ambitions for the year, and changes we’d like to make. Quite often, we like to start these changes in the home.

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White, white everywhere - except on the windows!

The colours you choose for window dressings can transform a space. Next to your white walls, you can lift any room in your house to its full potential by choosing colourful, bold colours and patterns that turn your windows into a feature.

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Bringing the outdoors, indoors with a touch of colour

Colours have the power to create certain states of mind. They give us energy; make us feel happy, warm, safe, and calm.

Colours can be described in palettes, schemes, and temperatures. If you’re struggling with a colour choice and want to keep it simple, why not take inspiration from nature.

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Making it more 'home' than 'office' - how to bring some warmth to your study

Working from home has fast become a popular choice for workers.

When decking out your home office, surround yourself with things that inspire you. By using objects and furnishings that make you feel good, you’ll find yourself wanting to spend more time in your study – while also getting work done.

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What to do with all this free time... better get cleaning!

Surprise, surprise, windows get dirty. More to the point, blinds get dirty. Dusting and cleaning your blinds tends to be one of those chores that doesn’t get ticked off too often. But when you compare with other cleaning chores around the home it isn’t that big of a task.

So while you’ve got all this free time over the Christmas-New Year break, here are some simple cleaning tips to help you give give your blinds a ‘freshen up’.

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Hello 2018! Before we jump in, let's look back on the inspirations of 2017

Can you believe it, another year done! But before we kick off 2018, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at all of the inspirations 2017 had for us and our homes.

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How to make your entrance say, 'Welcome Home!'

Creating a warm feeling of welcome, starting from the front door, can have a big impact on the rest of your house. Think about it – the larger and more impressive the entrance, the greater the impact.

You can use warm colours, glass panels and windows with your front door to make a statement and capture attention. These features are also great for giving your house both street appeal and impressive feeling once inside.

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Texture is your friend - 3 ways you can use it in your home

The way something feels by touch can provoke a number of emotions – admit it, there’s no better feeling than snuggling up
in a soft, fluffy blanket. But, the effect of texture isn’t restricted to touch. It also has a visual appeal.

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Window dressings - how do you know what is right for your home?

Curtains, shutters, blinds. Sheers, wooden and fabric. White, brown, blue. 

When it comes to dressing windows, the choices (and combinations!) seem endless. Depending on your own preferences and whether you care what is considered ‘on trend’, window dressings today can be tailored and personalised to suit any size, shape, configuration, colour, material etc. But before you even get to that, you need to decide on the type of dressing you want.

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Family-friendly room doesn't have to mean unfashionable

Conversing with friends, watching television as a family, or enjoying the breeze coming in from outside – we tend to spend a lot of time in the family room socialising and being together so it’s important that it feels inviting, comfortable and simply a nice room to be in. But family-friendly doesn’t have to mean unfashionable. It is a lively space in the home and so its design should reflect that.

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Blinds for windows at any angle

Angled windows have become the perfect way to modernise any home and are gaining popularity due to the number of design benefits they offer – acting as a unique feature in a home, giving more access to natural light, making a space feel more open and giving you access to views you wouldn’t think possible.

Perhaps the one reason for being hesitant to use angled windows is managing privacy and light control, while also trying to keep your home protected from the elements. This is where we can help!

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Dressing your windows with patterned blinds

Blinds can be decorative, functional or both. Whether you’re looking for window dressings that provide more privacy, or better light control, or that can be tailored to suit any window shape; don’t be afraid to dress them up with a touch of decoration.

When it comes to blinds and the choice of colours, textures, patterns – you can be as bold as you want. Patterns in particular are a great way to make a statement without overwhelming or dominating a space. 

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3 Spring window treatments that will make you smile

After a long cold Canberra winter, we’re getting to that point where we can see the signs of spring around us. The wattles are starting to flower and the bulbs are coming out in the garden.

Here are 3 spring window suggestions that will brighten your house and chase the winter blues away.

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Green with envy! That’s what will happen when your neighbours see these blinds

Manufactured in Germany to the highest standards, these beautiful blinds are perfect for the harsh Australian climate. 

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4 stunning photos to inspire your child's room

Children spend a lot of time in their bedrooms - sleeping, playing or studying. The space should therefore not only reflect their personalities, but also grow with them. Here are 4 beautiful children’s spaces to inspire you. 

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Colour psychology - bright and beautiful to reflect your mood

Did you know there’s a field of Psychology called ‘Design Psychology’? It uses interior design to improve the way people feel. People find certain colours and textures more pleasant than others and being in a place that makes us feel good is good for our mental health.

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A tip for dealing with those little windows in hallways, landings and entrances

Very often you are faced with a design challenge in the form of long and narrow windows in those areas where the eye is naturally drawn – a focal point at the end of hallway; a landing on a staircase; or even right at the front door. 

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Spring colour fashion for your windows!

While good quality blinds are more than just fashion for your windows; there’s no harm in combining energy efficiency with a great look!

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3 ways to dress your kitchen in style

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. We tend to spend a lot of time in our kitchen; cooking, eating, entertaining, so
why not take the time to look for the right accessories. 

Whether you want more privacy, want light control or just want to compliment the space, your window blinds can be both stylish and practical.

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Spring is here - why not invite it in!

Winter is over; Spring is here so why not welcome it in style! After a cold and frosty winter (one of the joys of living in Canberra!), you might find that it’s time to transform your home and you need a little inspiration.

Take a look outside and be inspired by the new season; incorporate pastel colours, florals and interesting patterns.

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Are your windows in shape?

Windows in a home do more than let natural light and air in – if you asked an architect, I’m sure they’d tell you that a window
has the ability to transform a space and change the entire feel or a room or hallway. 

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3 shades of pink to brighten your home this Spring

Do you know what the 10 top colours for Spring 2017 are?

Did you even know there were 10 top colours for Spring 2017?

Among the top 10 for this year, there are 3 distinct shades of pink – Pale Dogwood, Hazelnut and Pink Yarrow.

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How to turn your everyday bathroon into a retreat

There’s nothing better than slipping into a deep, warm bath (bubbles optional!) after a hard day at work. Taking the time to pamper yourself, reflect or even let your mind wander from the cares of a busy day at the office.

This is easy to do with just a few simple tricks to give your bathroom the feeling of a relaxing retreat.

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