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Summer Awnings

Thursday, December 03, 2015

We all love the outdoors and summer sun, but as energy costs and temperatures rise, cost effective all season sun protection is becoming more and more essential for homeowners.

Awnings are perfect for providing shade relief, reducing the impact of harmful UV rays and glare. Protecting not only your home furnishings but also you and your family, allowing you to enjoy outdoor living 365 days a year.

Plus, as they shade doors and windows from the sun’s heat, they contribute to reducing energy costs, otherwise spent on internal cooling systems.



Convenient and easy to use, awnings are available in manual or motorised systems. The convenience of motorised systems, far outweigh manual however, with remote access to close or open awnings, you are in control of positioning, giving you more time to spend and enjoy the outdoors.

Choose from straight drop, folding arm, semi-cassette, drop arm and automatic roll-up, awnings are also available in a huge range UV durable fabrics. Stylish, practical and affordable, these are the reasons awnings are a familiar presence on Aussie homes.

The Evolution of Shutters

Friday, November 20, 2015

Shutters have come a long way since the ancient times of Greece, where it is believed the very first shutters originated. Made from solid stone with fixed louvres, the benefits of weather protection, light control and privacy, saw the shutter spread to the mediterranean which saw the fixed louvres become moveable. In time, shutters were brought to the Americas by the Spanish, gracing many traditional plantation homes and now, they are popular window treatments and outdoor area fixtures in many an Australian home.

Made from timber, aluminium or PVC, shutters today are surprisingly as flexible in application as they are in colour. Suited for internal or external areas of the home, from small applications to wide expanse applications, it is no wonder they are becoming more and more desired by home owners who want ultimate light, air and privacy control. The fact that they can be completely customised in size, shape and colour is what makes shutters so versatile and popular compared to other window treatments. 

Have a look at these custom shutters, where application, colour and shape can be appreciated.


This dining room deserved something more elegant than the standard white plantation shutter. Arched shutters are highly popular in more traditional styled homes.


Even a curved wall is a no brainer for shutters, as seen in this application.


Shaped shutters can become a feature piece, such as this diamond shaped shutter in a child's play room.


Colour is only limited to the imagination. This popular rainbow shutter completes this lucky child's bedroom.


 



Maximise Your Windows' Potential

Friday, November 13, 2015

Windows are not the easiest feature of a room to style well, which is probably why most homeowners tend to install familiar furnishings such as blinds or curtains. But if you want to really impress the guests and neighbours, plantation shutters will tick all the design and practicality boxes.

Shutters are superior to their more traditional window-furnishing cousins – curtains and blinds. Shutter engineering continues to evolve, making them more durable, easier to use and more stylish. During warm and cool months, they provide insulation benefits. They offer total block out of light, whilst providing complete privacy, and when needed, they can open completely to let light and airflow in.

Here are some inspirational ways to maximise your windows' potential using shutters.

Modernise


The simplicity of these shutters offers a modern look. Acting like a wall to provide privacy from the outside, the owner’s of this home, can choose to extend their dining room to include the fresh air and light from outside. The shutters sit on a tracking system, which allow you to push and fold the shutters to one side. 

Bold Black


Looking to make a statement? Bold black shutters will do the trick. Shutters are typically a variation of white so going black will definitely turn heads. This black modern timber shutter, far from blend into the walls and furniture, making them a styling piece in their own right.

Shaped Windows


Contrary to common belief, shutters are very versatile and can fit any shape or styled window. The bright yellow timber shutter on this diamond shaped window works perfect for this children’s playroom.

Colour Block


The opposite of the bold statement look, colour blocking although simple can be very effective in a room. Paint your shutters the same colour as the wall for a clean, simplistic look and add colour and texture in the form of furnishings and home wares to complete the feel.

Natural Timber


Looking for a homely natural feel? Then try natural timber shutters. They are a favourite for traditional spaces, but also look great in modern settings. Natural browns and timber grains offer warmth and a sense of homeliness.

 

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