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Australia’s seasonal climate is one that can leave residents wondering as to how to best warm and cool their home. Finding a way to comfortably cool and heat a home, regardless of the season, takes a multi-pronged approach to both decorating your home and managing energy costs. In fact, homeowners might find the perfect way to stay warm in the winter while enjoying the cool air in the summer is by investing in some clever additions to their home.

Installing roof ventilation units and skylights are just two great ways that homeowners can make their home feel comfortable as the seasons change. While not all homeowners have the budget to invest in large home improvement projects, it is possible to keep your home comfortable in another much more affordable way. Considering your window dressings, not only allows you to beautify the space but these improvements can also help you through the most extreme months, especially the Australian summers.

Let’s take a closer look at how changing your window dressings can help with controlling indoor heat and cooling as the seasons change.

Made In The Shade

If you are looking for ways to provide your home with some much-needed shade in the warmer months, consider awnings that can provide coverage for your patio, lawn and pool. Today’s awnings come in a variety of styles and colours with an option to suit every taste and budget. For an extra level of sophistication, homeowners can install awnings that provide adequate coverage and are also versatile enough to retract if you want to let the sun into your space. These folding arm awnings are great for families who love to spend time outdoors and want to be able to move in and out of the sunshine as they choose. These awnings can also help with controlling how much direct sunlight gets into the home, which can help to reduce your cooling costs.

Retractable Screens

Retractable screens are another way in which homeowners can avoid the heat during the summer. These screens are great for sliding glass doors because they allow homeowners to enjoy the fresh air while not having to worry about the problems that come with standard screens, such as bugs and other pests. Finally, many of these screens can be operated by remote control, making them easy to control. Plus, they can really add a sense of style to your place, giving it a chicness that is not often seen with standard screens.


Blinds are a fantastic way to change up your home’s appearance while taking the changing seasons into account. The benefit of blinds is that they are easy to clean, and they allow homeowners to better regulate the amount of light that gets into the home. If you think blinds would be a good choice for your home, there is a huge range of choices available. They come in remote control options, solar options, and battery-powered versions. Vertical and horizontal blinds come in wood-coloured, wooden, and plastic and there are also fabric blinds, such as Roman and roller blinds, to choose from.  

Soft Window Treatments

Soft window treatments include drapes and curtains. While drapes and curtains require more work, they can give your room an elegant and sophisticated look, that for many homeowners is difficult to beat. Their major benefit is that they serve as insulation in the winter months when it is cooler while keeping the light out in the warmer months. For a more effective solution to keeping sunlight out of your home, consider blackout curtains that are specifically designed to stop the light from getting into your space.

A Dressing For Each Season

With so many options available to homeowners, finding the right window dressing to keep your home comfortable throughout the year should not be difficult. Modern window dressings have come a long way in providing functionality while also adding to the overall aesthetics of your home. Whether choosing awnings, blinds, or soft window treatments, there is something available to match every style, theme and look. Whatever your needs are, be sure to take some time to understand your requirements first. Knowing exactly what you expect from your new window dressings will allow you to make the right decision for your home both in terms of how they function and how they look in your home.



2017 was a year of experimentation for interior designers and home owners alike. Trendsetters are predicting this trend to go even further in 2018 with many designers pushing boundaries. However there are some trends from 2017 that will disappear this year, like decorating in turquoise. On trend couches will no longer be sporting the colour, instead we’ll see emeralds, plum and autumn colours, like reds and deep yellows.



Typhography will still be in, in 2018. Make way for more words like EAT over the kitchen counter, DREAM in the living spaces and RELAX in bathrooms. This trend isn’t set to die out anytime soon, in fact we’re predicting to see even more of it in 2018. Instead of wooden blocks with printed words, expect to see more framed art pieces from artists and typographers rather than homemade replicas.



Parrots are the new flamingos. Flamingos are still on trend in January but expect to see less and less of them as the year progresses and more brightly styled parrots on everything from your couch cushions, bedding to art prints and even dresses and aprons to match. Interestingly, the Parrot, while on trend when it comes to home décor, didn’t fare as well in the Guardian’s poll of Australia’s favourite bird for 2017. The Australian Magpie came in top place with the King Parrot further down the list in 12th place with just 3,446 votes to the winning, Magpie’s 19,926.


Floral Prints

Continueing on with our trend of bright and bold colours for 2018, the floral print is back this year and bigger than ever. You’re likely to start spotting it on large billowing fabrics like drapery and Manchester, but you can expect it on chairs and throw pillows as well.

Earthy Lux Vibes

As we’re bombarded with technology in our everyday lives, we’re moving away from this when it comes to decorating our homes. Instead of cold and austere industrial furniture and finishes we’re now moving towards a more earthy and natural vibe. Think hippy but paired with luxury for relaxation. As our work lives are so hectic we want to unwind in more natural feeling spaces.

One of a Kind

Continuing with the theme of earthy lux vibes and more natural tones in the home, one of a kind pieces are forever on trend. This includes buying second hand homewares to find one of a kind pieces instead of mass produced ‘on trend’ items that are only fashionable in the now. Shoppers are becoming more savvy and don’t want to compromise quality for price, instead opting for higher quality used pieces at a discounted rate. You can also find unique pieces at NW Rugs store in Jantzen Beach.


Lavender Hues

Everyone is still loving on Millennial pink but we’re moving on from that and adjusting to lavender hues instead. Lavender creates equally soft and pastel pops to your home, like Millennial pink, without actually having to be Millennial pink. Nancy Fire, Creative Director of HGTV HOME, Design Works International and Studio NYC Design stated “People were sarcastic about Millennial pink at the beginning, but it’s being used to bring out beautiful, soft tones with accents that are deeper.”