There has been a surge in popularity in the use of glass throughout new home builds, due to the desire of home owners to help bring the outdoors in and provide a swathing of natural light throughout a home. While it is certainly a beautiful feature, one thing that is important to consider is the practicality when you require a little privacy, or when you simply want to block out your natural light source for a while. While it is often quite simple to do, it would be a shame to cover your magnificent glass features with just any ordinary window dressing. Thankfully there are many stylish, practical and even high-tech options available to complement your statement windows, walls and doors.
Here are just a few of our favourites.
Recessed curtains, blinds and tracks
Arguably one of the simplest ways to add style and sophistication to your window coverings is to opt for recessed blinds, shutters or curtains. Discretely hidden behind bulkheads or on tracks built in to the ceiling, recessed blinds hang elegantly and effortlessly, creating a luxurious yet minimalistic look and feel to any room.
Another option to bring a touch of luxe to your window coverings is to install automated blinds. With many options on the market, you’re bound to find a design you love and a few added bonuses you might not have considered.
Some of the added benefits of automated blinds are:
- Convenience – open and close your blinds at touch of a button with no more unsightly cords or ropes.
- Energy efficiency- with the correct programming, you can set your window coverings to open and close at certain times of the day to reduce the loss of heat or cool through windows.
- Security – again, by pre-programing your system to open and close at specific times, you can create the perception of an occupied home- especially useful when travelling.
Automated blinds are particularly useful in spaces that feature transom windows. Given these are generally located at the height of the ceiling and out of arms reach, it’s not practical to have manually controlled window coverings. As such, an automated system is perfect for when you just want to flick a switch to change the mood of the room or block out the source of light completely.
If you’re looking for an additional window covering that protects and blocks the sun from the outside, an awning might be the first thing that springs to mind. Thankfully, awnings have evolved to be less of an eyesore and more of a sleek and stylish version of external window-covering in recent years. With many compact designs and install options including recessed mounting, top fix or wall fix, and motorised/automation options available, the humble awning can help provide shade, privacy and protection without compromising on style.