Want to give your living room, bedroom or study a refresh without dropping big bucks? Simply updating your curtains and blinds can add a breath of fresh air to a space without costing the world.
Drab, outdated curtains and blinds are kind of like a soggy side-salad. We know that sounds like a stretch, but hear us out.
As they’re rarely the main feature of a space, blinds and curtains can go unnoticed if the rest of your home styling is great. Once you update them, however, you’re left wondering how you ever put up with the daggy, ’80s-style blinds you rocked for so long.
We spoke to Jenny Brown from Luxaflex to seek inspiration on how to update this often-forgotten-about aspect of the home, and ask what’s trending in curtains and blinds.
According to Jenny, reinvention is key when it comes to window coverings in 2018 and beyond.
Her top tip is to play with classic tones and patterns in new and creative ways. The aim is to elevate spaces within the home and transform them into relaxing and creative zones.
A trend from 2017 that will continue in 2018: Pattern
Printed fabrics featuring both bold and subtle motifs of botanics/florals will continue to be big this year, says Jenny.
“The use of botanic prints in warm, comforting colours (think terracotta and millennial pinks) were originally seen influencing the wellbeing trend in 2017.”
“The 2018 trend has evolved to healthy space living, which sees the continued use of botanics and florals, continuing the indoor/outdoor play on living and recreation of wellness and tranquillity.”
Other trends on the hot list: Linens
Linens and other natural, textured fabrics will continue to be sought after when shopping for blinds and curtains in 2018.
Too much texture
While we love texture, last year’s extremely heavy, dimensional weaves are on the out, says Jenny.
“We’re increasingly seeing textured weaves be refined. Instead, it’s all about captivating yarn usage and subtle tactile surfaces that use colour play to create depth and dimension. This will be the next evolution of textured fabrics.”
We will also see less metallics used to off-set the strength of woven details and dimensional surfaces.
According to Jenny, you can expect to pay around $307 for plain Luxaflex roller blinds for a window size of 1.5m wide and 1.7m high.