Window Coverings For Every Room
As much as I adore our nearly 100 year old Art Deco building, buying an older apartment definitely comes with its maintenance issues! The biggest hurdle which we recently (finally) trundled over was the decaying windows. The process of quoting, multiple strata meetings, agreeing in itself was a marathon, before we finally got to the scaffolding, install & painting… this became a near two year process… but my goodness how AMAZING to now have that in our rear view mirror!
With our fab new windows finally in place, it came time for the fun part - window finishings. We had lived with the eye sore of ratty roman blinds for over three years, conveniently cropping them out of any home shoots, knowing that their knotted old mess of cords would soon be gone. We opted for plantation style shutters through all rooms (from DIY Blinds - the easiest ordering/install process ever!), as we love the simplicity they add, and the fact that they are SO damn easy to keep clean!
We didn’t want to completely cover up our lovely deep deco windows, so we set the shutters back so that we could show off the generous window depth and allow the extra space to create a frame around the shutters rather than setting them flush. As our place is incredibly dusty and can become musty very easily, we avoided any kind of fabric finishes as they would likely require vigilant cleaning and dusting down the track (not my forte!)
It’s incredible the difference that it has made to adding that finishing touch throughout our house. So which room in the house are you tackling? Read on for our top tips for finding the most suitable window treatment every room in your home.
Sparkling countertops, sleek appliances - your dream kitchen is finally in place, but what to do about the windows? Consider the location of your kitchen window - is it in a splash zone - any region where the mess of food prep could have them in the line of target… near the sink, the stove or what not. If your windows are in close range of these zones, we would HIGHLY recommend a PVC style shutter - super easy to clean down, they won’t warp with any heat exposure and can be cleaned so easily and simply. Plus, as always they keep a very streamlined look which tends to work harmoniously with most modern kitchen designs. Amazingly affordable and easy to install Polylux shutters available here from DIY Blinds.
Your choice of window finishes in the bedroom comes down to your own personal style. If you’ve opted for a more classic decor - rich finishes, wall paneling, luxurious carpets - a curtain could indeed be the way to go here. They add texture, build up the layering in your room and can provide another surface to introduce colour into your room (subtly of course!) - we are HUGE fans of sheer curtains mainly for the beautiful diffused light they bring to a room. If epic weekends and big sleep-ins are more your thing, then consider a blackout blind, which you can still partner up with a curtain to achieve the same sophisticated look.
BATHROOM & TOILET
No brainer here - any space which emits moisture or is prone to attracting mould should of course only house a PVC based window treatment. Again - we can't recommend the Polylux shutters from DIY Blinds more highly for this purpose. They have the beautiful look of a plantation timber shutter but with ZERO maintenance other than the occasional wipe down. We adore how they made our toilet and bathroom look properly finished!
LOUNGE & LIVING
It’s all about light in your lounge and living areas! As these are high use rooms by day, we would welcome as much light as possible and keep window trims as breezy as you can. Sheers here would be the ultimate solution (curtain or blind), though depending on what kind of size and location of your windows such as our home where the window is above a bench seat, or as seen below in Julia & Sasha’s reno, you may wish to opt for a sheer roman blind to keep things streamlined, or a plantation style shutter for a more modern look.
Happy window shopping!