I have been looking forward to this part of the process and I’ve been inspired by the many talented bloggers and the many magazines that I’ve trawled through. There is so much choice in fabric and styles and I did think we might be a little bit overwhelmed by the process but in the end it was very easy and I think this is because we have kept it very simple in our new home (hopefully it won’t be too simple and plain!)
We decided to get Beachside Blinds and Curtains to come and look and do a quote for us having seen and admired their work in a Riverstone display home.
Craig met us at the house and we did a walk through discussing what we wanted to achieve. We looked at privacy, light, thermal insulation etc.
Our louvred windows in the dining/family area have proved to be a bit of a challenge as I had it in my mind to put up a simple blind but this won’t work as there is not enough room for the blind to drop down over the louvres. Our only option here is to have curtains and we are still debating this and think we will move in and see how we go.
We had initially thought we would leave the very large back windows and sliders in the family room (approx. 8m) without window treatments but after discussing this and looking at the thermal side (cold in winter) we have decided to have a high mounted track with wave heading curtains here.
After visiting several display homes we had decided that we really liked curtains with the wave heading and felt it would suit our style of house. I did have it in my mind that we would get sheers but as always these things change when you start to look! We have gone for a very simple choice in fabric and kept it pretty much the same throughout. Our bedroom will be the only room with a different fabric. We chose Sekers fabrics as loved the colours and quality. All the curtains will be high mounted and sit flush with the floor.
Our bedroom will have a high mounted track with a wave curtain running across the whole width of the window and wall approx 4.8m We have stuck with the grey palette and gone for Jove taupe which I loved. I was very tempted to use this in our family room area but my better half preferred a plainer design for that area.
All the upstairs rooms including bedrooms and our downstairs living will be done in Chino Grey Ghost and to be honest the pictures don’t do it justice. It was a beautiful simple fabric that I think will fall beautifully and the colour was a perfect match with our tile.
The yoga, study and kitchen windows will have a simple roller blind. All our windows have a grey tint on them so we are quite private during daylight hours and we have chosen fabrics and designs to give us the privacy when it is dark. I am looking forward to seeing the curtains and blinds installed as I think it will really soften the house.
We did learn that you should be considering very early on in your design phase if you wish to put in ceiling mounted tracks as we found out too late that these couldn’t be installed with the cornices. We also needed to have the PIR detectors moved from the wall and mounted on the ceiling so that our high curtain tracks wouldn’t interfere with the detectors.