Blinds by Design – Quality Window Treatments in Central West and Blue Mountains


You mentioned the intense Australian sun. To what extent does this influence your choice of window coverings?


Australian light has a brilliance to it – a real intensity and clarity that makes colours seem brighter, more vivid and more alive. This is wonderful in many ways, but with this brilliance, and the extreme temperatures that often accompany it – comes a need to control and harness light in order to make our lives more comfortable.
A great way to manage this is with Luxaflex® Duette® Shades. These really smart shades have an innovative honeycomb design that traps air in its pockets, to keep your interiors warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Last year, for instance, I was invited to style an oceanfront property in Freshwater, on Sydney’s beautiful northern beaches. As the property directly faces the ocean, it’s completely flooded with natural light, so my choice of window furnishings was crucial.
In the living/dining/kitchen area, this home has sliding doors that open out to the view. For these windows, I chose Luxaflex® Duette® Architella® Shades as a base window covering. From an aesthetic point of view, the shades blend perfectly with the home’s clean, contemporary style. Their innovative ‘topdown-bottom-up’ feature also means the owners can control light and privacy, without sacrificing their ocean view.
I also chose a translucent fabric to screen out the harsh light and give a soft glow to the room, and a pale grey fabric to work with the natural colour palette used throughout the living area.