When it comes to natural lighting, the direction windows face and their exposure to the sun determines how much or how little light enters a room. South-facing windows offer the clearest, most consistent light but also the coldest exposure. Look for energy-efficient treatments such as cellular shades (e.g. DUETTE Shades) and block out fabric shades fitted close to the window to prevent the cold from leaking in and the heat from escaping. If you're not worried about losing heat, think again: unprotected windows allow 40% of your home's heat to escape through the windows.
East-facing windows offer warm, bright light, especially in the morning. Early-morning light often means your interior spaces will heat up quickly. Look for window fashions that diffuse the light, such as sunscreens, light filtering fabric shades or Aluminium and Timber Venetian Blinds, which in turn helps to keep your rooms cool.
West-facing windows admit the hottest light and the most harmful UV rays. Consider a window treatment that provides superior light control, energy efficiency and UV protection, even better, stop the heat before it enters your home by installing an awning, shutter or sunscreen.
North-facing windows are the most important natural light source because they receive sunlight year round and cast a warm, golden glow on interiors. Look for treatments that let in as much of this light as possible while still offering protection against heat and UV rays such as Sunscreens.
Consider Your Style
There are many names for the different decorating styles used by Australians today. Many window treatments can cross the boundaries of different styles through selection of fabrics, colours and accessories.
Soft fabrics roller, vertical, roman blinds and curtains
Timber or faux wood venetians
Timber Venetians, curtains, plantation shutters, roller blinds in neutral colours or self-patterned fabrics
Vibrant colours in any product
Timber blinds of any kind for a natural look
Funky patterned fabrics
Almost anything goes!
New view contemporary
Anything with strong lines, such as aluminium venetian blinds and timber shutters
Metallic looks in fabrics and venetian blinds, pearlescent fabrics
Any product that is "barely there" e.g. Sunscreens, sheer fabrics, micro venetians
Striking geometric patterns in fabrics
Soft fabric products
Softly patterned fabrics
Traditional timber shutters and venetians