Window treatments are a necessity in every home. They not only help to make our homes more visually appealing but also offer functional elements such as protecting our privacy, controlling light and air, offerings insulation and help to finish a room. The most common window treatments used in homes are blinds or curtains or a combination of the two. Below is a list of the most common window treatments and their benefits to your home.
Before you dive straight into the type of blinds and curtains, make a quick list of each room you need new window treatments for. Under each room, write down the most important factors you need the blinds or curtains to cover. For example, in the bedroom, privacy is of the utmost importance and in the bathroom, privacy as well as water and humidity resistance are crucial. Once you have this list, take a look at the below blind and curtain options and find the most suitable type of window treatment for each room in your home.
Cellular Blinds also known as Honeycomb Blinds, are a super insulating blind option. Due to their unique cellular structure, the Cellular Blind traps air, creating a barrier between inside and out. This helps to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This means you can save on your energy bills all year round, with less reliance on cooling and heating appliance. The Cellular Blind comes in both light filter and blockout fabric, both which come in a variety of cell sizes and all in corded, cordless or motorised operation. Aside from the excellent insulation properties, the Cellular Blind is a solution that can be used on a variety of different window types as it comes in a range of models.
Holland Blinds also commonly referred to as Roller Blinds, are an affordable and unobtrusive window treatment for the home. The Holland Blind is made up of a single piece of fabric that operates by either chain, cordless or motorised operation. Holland Blinds comes in three fabric transparencies; sunscreen, light filter and blockout fabric. If light and privacy control are important in your window treatment decision, then opt for a Day & Night Roller Blind. The Day & Night Roller is two Roller Blinds installed on one bracket, commonly consisting of one sunscreen and one blockout fabric. This will allow you to control the light and privacy all throughout the day.
The Roman Blind is a feature window treatment that works great installed in room such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. The Roman Blind is simple in functionality and elegant in style, offering control over light and privacy with either chain or cordless operation. The Roman Blind fabric folds neatly into a stack at the top of the window frame when fully raised. Roman Blinds come in both light filter and blockout fabric with the option to add a lining. The lining will add an extra layer of protection helping to create another barrier between inside and out.
Venetian Blinds are a common and very versatile window treatment option used in homes. Venetian Blinds come in Timber, Timber Look and Aluminium. As the Venetian Blind is available in a range of materials, there is a solution to suit every room in the home. The Timber Venetian is well suited to bedrooms and living spaces where moisture isn’t continuously present. Timber Venetian Blinds offer a natural look and feel to any room and this also makes them very versatile, working with a variety of different interior décor styles. The Timber Venetian also comes with ‘Smart Privacy’ slats which means minimal holes in the slats for better privacy and less light leakage. The Timber Look Venetian Blinds offers the best of both worlds with the look of Timber however the durability of PVC. Timber Look Venetian Blinds are perfect for wet areas of the home such as the bathroom and laundry. Lastly, the Aluminium Venetian Blind is a super budget friendly window treatment option for the home. Aluminium Venetian Blinds are also great for any wet areas of the home as they are extremely durable and offer a modern, sleek look to any room.
With similar operation to a Roller Blind, the Zebra Blind has two layers of fabric that alternate, using either a cord or motorised operation. The two layers of fabric alternate to dim out light or filter light through the sheer fabric and can be completely rolled up to the top of the window frame onto a neat roll. The Zebra Blind suits a modern interior décor scheme and works well in rooms such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
Motorised Blinds are the perfect window treatment for those wanting a child safe and pet friendly window treatment. Not only do Motorised Blinds ensure there are no dangling cords used to operate the blind, they also add a touch of luxury to the home. Motorised Blinds are commonly available as Honeycomb Blinds, Roller Blinds and Zebra Blinds. One of the biggest benefits of installing motorised blinds in the home is the convenience they provide. They are perfect for those windows in hard to reach locations such as on staircases and are simple to operate with just the touch of a button from anywhere in the home.
Curtains are an excellent solution for rooms in the home where you want to create a feature window treatment. Curtains make a statement in any room so it’s important to not only consider the style of curtain that will best suit your room but also the fabric. Curtains come in sheer, light filter, dim out and blockout fabric transparencies. The type of fabric chosen will determine not only your level of privacy but also how much light they block out and the amount of insulation they provide. Once you choose a curtain header style, consider your fabric transparency and then decide on a colour.
The Pinch Pleat Curtain is the most common style of curtain seen in homes around Australia. This is simply due to its versatile header style, which means they work well with a variety of different décor styles and in both formal and casual living spaces. The Pinch Pleat style is created with folds of fabric sewn together to make a pinch at the top of the curtain. The Pinch Pleat Curtain can come in a number of different pleat designs however the most common is the Double Pinch Pleat.
The Reverse Pleat Curtain style offers a clean and sophisticated look with its pleats creating a design with sharp, crisp lines and a flatten appearance. The Reverse Pleat is the opposite of the Pinch Pleat as the pleats are hidden on the back side of the curtain, creating a flat front. This style is well suited to the minimalist décor style as well as modern and classic.
The Wave Fold Curtain offers the best of both worlds, working perfectly with both formal and more casual interior décor styles. The Wave Fold Curtain creates soft folds with the track runners and string to ensure the waves are of equal size every time. The Wave Fold Curtain style suits any room in the home and works well with both lighter fabrics such as sheer and heavier fabrics such as blockout.