Inspirations, Living, Building Your Home | 18 November 2014

Window dressing

by Carlisle Homes

For many, the window coverings and furnishings are the very last job on the to-do list, a task to manage once you have moved into the home.  Carlisle Homes Interior Design Manager, Danielle Taylor, urges new home owners to think blinds, shutters and awnings earlier in the process as a feature to finish off your style theme and tie the overall look together.  With the ability to include window furnishings in your contract as an upgrade through Spectra and also the exciting prospect of integrating into your home automation network, it makes sense to include in your pre-planning. Importantly, the right choice of window treatments can make a significant difference to your heating and cooling costs by reducing the heat in summer and keeping the warmth in during the winter months which means they can start to pay for themselves!

Danielle shares some of her favourite window dressings from the Carlisle display homes and has some handy hints for new home owners to help navigate through the options when it comes to window décor.

Roller blinds are very versatile with many different combinations and variations to choose from depending on the characteristics of the room such as purpose, elevation and proximity to neighbours.  A popular choice is a double roller with a combination of a sheer blind to use to reduce the heat during the day but still maximise natural light, and a full blockout blind to ensure the ultimate privacy once the sun goes down.  There is an extensive range of fabrics to choose from depending on whether you are after a neutral palette to compliment other bold colours in the room, or even patterned designs turning your windows into a focus feature. 

To create more of a feature to soften the outline of a window or sliding door, choose the timeless roman blind with lavish draped folds of fabric.  With both blockout and sheer options available and a large range of fabric options to consider, the roman blind can create an ornate décor effect in room.

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Geometric patterned roman blinds are a stunning feature in this display (now closed).

The plantation shutter is by far the favourite of many new homeowners.  Create a beachy ‘escape to the Hamptons’ feel with white painted shutters or the ultimate ‘Noosa resort’ style with dark stained tones.  The flexibility of the plantation shutter is the most appealing with the option to have completely open for an uninterrupted view, closed with slats tilted for filtered privacy and air circulation or shut for light block out.

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Choose aluminium venetian blinds for a classic style with a contemporary edge, or the natural texture of the timber venetian to introduce warm tones to your room.  Both materials suit a variety of décor themes, bringing clean style lines to your windows with easy adjustable controls to regulate light, glare and UV penetration.   

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The timber venetian blinds combined with textured fabric pelmets complete the Noosa Resort theme in the Pavillion at the Aston Estate, Craigieburn.

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White timber venetians in the Cambridge Atherstone Estate, Melton, set into the window reveal, are practical for blocking out light and for privacy. The contrasting dark fabric pelmet softens and finishes off the window treatment.

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Neutral white timber venetian blinds and pelmets in the Matisse at Warralily Coast Estate, Armstrong Creek provide the perfect background palette in this achromatic theme offering a privacy solution and still allowing filtered light. 

When selecting curtains, you really are only limited by your own imagination.  Whether looking for a romantic decorative style with sheer fabrics or timeless luxurious effects with heavy drapes.  Curtain fabrics are available in an extensive range of colours, textures and weights and can be custom made to fit any window or door configuration to complement your existing décor and become a focus feature of your room.  Combining heavy lined curtains with pelmets is an effective solution to reduce heat loss in winter and ultimately reduce the reliance on artificial heating to save you money.

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Black window frames are a popular selection due to their compatibility with other external façade elements. White sheer drapes as featured in the Scandinavian themed Riva at the Berwick Waters Estate, Clyde North, soften what could have been quite a harsh little corner of the master bedroom.

When planning the window coverings for your new home you really need to consider options room by room.  Don’t be restricted to one style for the entire home, consider how the room will be used and what elevation it is positioned on and look to find the balance between fashion and practicality.  Some rooms will require a block out solution and can be paired with a sheer or linen drape to soften the room and create a warm homely feel.  There are really no rules when it comes to matching window furnishings and décor style themes, it just comes down to colour and texture combinations. 

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The Nordic styled Cambridge at the Atherstone Estate, Melton features the use of black rods and eyelets as a great contrast to the soft neutral tones in the master bedroom. 

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Sometimes highlight windows can be left untreated to allow additional light to filter into rooms, especially in double storey homes as privacy is not an issue, as featured in the Montclair at Greenvale Gardens Estate, Greenvale.

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The Grand Hotel themed Milano at Williams Landing (left) and the Montpellier at Selandra Rise Estate, Clyde North feature contrasting sheer fabrics for a dramatic and romantic result.

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Another good example of pairing the contrasting colours and materials of white venetian blinds with a darker neutral tone linen sheer is featured in the Granada at Selandra Rise Estate, Clyde North, creating a coastal look. Cleverly, the drape fabric also picks up the tones of the marine imagery on the wallpaper.

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Laundry areas shouldn’t miss out in the window covering discussion! We have used simple venetian blinds in the Montclair at Greenvale Gardens Estate, Greenvale.  For practicality they can be split into two blinds so you can keep the side where the door is always up, without raising the other side.  

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Pelmets can be a design feature on their own, a softening treatment to the alfresco opening in the Indiana at Somerfield Estate, Keysborough, where drapes are not practical.

When thinking window coverings don’t be limited to just internal spaces, there are many benefits to adding external shading to your home.  Whether it be café blinds, tropical louvres or zip track screens to your alfresco area, or external awnings to your sun facing elevations, there are many benefits to blocking the direct heat from the sun from passing through your windows, increasing comfort levels for your family in the summer season.

If planning to use your new home as an investment property it makes sense to look at the practical roller blind which requires minimal cleaning and can be chosen in neutral tones to suit most furnishing styles.  A hot tip from us - there are actually blinds and shutter cleaning professionals!  We all hate the fiddly cleaning jobs, why not book a spring clean and watch someone else tackle the dust!

An important note about safety, loose blind and curtain cords are a serious safety hazard for children and pets. It is important to check your cords frequently to ensure they are out of reach for children.  New blinds should always be installed in accordance with ACCC safety alert guidelines

At Spectra…

A visit to the Victory Blinds and Curtains zone at Spectra will give you some ideas of what products you might consider including in your selections and new home contract.  The team at Victory can provide a full quote for your home based off your selected house plans.  However, a site measure at the lock up stage is required to allow for any window modifications.  By including window coverings early in the process, you have the option to co-ordinate installation to coincide with the handover of your home – start enjoying your home straight away!

For new homeowners looking to add that extra element of luxury there is the option to integrate your blinds and shutters into your home automation network.  Automation can involve the ability to control one or more blinds from a remote control or more extensive integration by including heat sensors to automatically open and close coverings according to the weather.

View all of the Carlisle Homes design themes via our extensive image galleries and virtual tours and plan your display home tour of our stunning homes.  Register for our next Spectra Sneak Peak Evening and meet our interior designers to start your new home journey. 

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