Windows are often overlooked or seen as an afterthought but they have the power to make or break a room.
“Windows to rooms are like eyes to the face, ” interior stylist Alana Willis said. “A little mascara and eyeshadow will make a face glow, just as dressing a window will make a room softer, brighter or dramatic.”
David Michael, president of the Window Coverings Association, said that while recent years had seen minimalist, neutral window coverings dominate, there was now an exciting new trend emerging.
“The most exciting aspect is the amount of printed fabrics available, from dramatic and bold geometrics, funky retro looks, classic florals, country co-ordinates, stylised Scandinavian prints, and the variety goes on, ” he said.
Mr Michael said on-trend designs featured a vast array of colours, from strong primary tones and muted palettes of blues and hazy greens, to rich jewel colours and earthy hues of stone and coffee.
Ms Willis said blockout blinds were another huge trend.
“These modern blinds are best paired with amazing linen sheers to frame the view, ” she said. “Perfectly fitted sheer linens in neutrals like silver, white and natural, or bright tones like lime, coral and cerulean, are all on trend and work with many styles, allowing the user to experiment for the perfect amount of light.”
If you’re on a tight budget, she suggested natural linen curtains and blinds from Ikea, which can create a similar look.
Luxaflex’s Jenny Brown said more people were opting for a combination of window coverings.
“Combination window treatments using two products have become a really trendy option, such as Luxaflex Dual Roller Blinds teamed with a blockout and sunscreen or sheer fabric for the ultimate in light and privacy control, ” she said.
“You can also choose to use a sheer drape with plantation shutters to soften the overall look.”
Ms Brown said motorised blinds and shades were also becoming more popular. Once seen as a luxury, they were now an affordable option for efficient, quiet and child-safe operation.
“The most popular windows are louvres, as they provide excellent ventilation and operability, especially in wet rooms or areas where the window size is small, ” Joe Dinh, from Avanti Glass & Aluminium, said.
“Frameless bi-fold servery windows are also popular as they can be opened up to an outdoor living area to create a breakfast bar.”
When it comes to materials, Mr Dinh said aluminium, timber and PVC were the main products used for window construction.
“Aluminium and timber are the more popular choices for aesthetic and functionality reasons, ” he said.
“While aluminium is versatile, strong and low maintenance, timber will require regular maintenance.”
Mr Dinh said a new trend on the market was thermally broken aluminium frames (thermalheart.com.au), which greatly improved the thermal performance of an aluminium window, resulting in energy savings.
© The West Australian
More Home and Garden at thewest/lifestyle/home