Kitchen windows serve a number of important functions: providing natural light, keeping these vital rooms well ventilated as well as offering views of the outside. That’s why the window treatment you choose for your kitchen will need to be considered carefully, whether you opt for classic blinds or durable wood shutters to give you control over light, heat and privacy.
The size and layout of your kitchen will determine the optimum number and placement of windows and the best type of kitchen window coverings to use, depending on the effects you’re hoping to achieve. If you require privacy from your kitchen windows, blinds and shutters offer total control over your privacy as well as light levels, while vertical blinds are the best option for sliding and bi-fold doors. If your windows will be exposed to steam, such as windows over sinks or next to kettles and stoves, you should choose corrosion-resistant window treatments such as aluminium shutters and blinds.
You should also take appearance into account when choosing between shutters, blinds and other window treatments. Blinds and shutters can lend a touch of sophistication when used internally or externally and are available in a wide range of colours and styles, whether you prefer the versatility of powder coated aluminium or the natural look of wood shutters.
Bi-fold doors and windows require window treatments that won’t restrict access, such as swinging shutters and vertical blinds rather than horizontal blinds and fixed shutters.
Bi-fold doors fold inwards to allow access between rooms or to outside areas, making them suitable for use with the same types of blinds as sliding doors, namely vertical blinds that hang down from the rail and can be easily drawn open or closed when access is required at different times of the day. Vertical blinds offer the same level of privacy and light control as horizontal blinds, as the blinds can be rotated to block out light or let light in when desired. When choosing blinds for windows above and surrounding bi-fold doors, Roman blinds are an economical option that won’t take up as much space as other types of blinds.
Full panel or louvred shutters with hinges can be easily opened and closed to allow access, and can also boost security when locks are fitted, providing an additional barrier to entry. Internal shutters are increasing in popularity in contemporary and traditional homes alike, where they offer a stylish and long-lasting alternative to blinds.
External Shutters on the Sunshine Coast
Cosmopolitan Shutters and Blinds supplies a wide range of shutters and blinds in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, including aluminium shutters and internal shutters for bi-fold doors. Call (07) 3188 0918 to get a quote for custom-made window treatments and to arrange professional installation.
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Providing ventilation in rooms is one of the many important functions windows serve, and can be controlled effectively using custom-made shutters and blinds.
Whether you’re building your home from the ground up or carrying out renovations, the placement of your windows will have a major impact on their effectiveness at ventilating your rooms. Positioning and orienting windows to catch prevailing breezes will allow you to benefit from natural cooling and fresh air in your home, reducing your reliance on artificial cooling systems such as fans and air conditioners. Skylights can also be strategically positioned to provide natural light during the day.
The coverings you choose for your windows can also enhance ventilation in your home, and you should consider whether window treatments will block the breeze when making your decision. Shutters and blinds are designed with louvres that can be adjusted to let in as much light and air as required, without compromising your privacy or security.
Shutters may be fitted over the full window or just half the window as preferred, and are available in a range of materials and styles depending on the level of heat insulation you require. You should always ensure your shutters and blinds are installed correctly to avoid leaving gaps that will impair insulation.
Shutters and Blinds in Brisbane
Cosmopolitan Shutters and Blinds sell internal and external shutters in the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane, as well as custom-made blinds. Call (07) 3188 0918 or visit them in-store for more details.
People choose to install shutters and blinds in their homes for a number of reasons, whether it’s to control light levels or to maintain comfortable temperatures in their rooms. Another advantage of certain types of blinds and shutters over drapes is their ability to greatly improve privacy by restricting the views of people outside the property.
This video explains the benefits of horizontal and vertical blinds for boosting privacy levels in a home or commercial building, as the horizontal and vertical hanging slats will constantly obscure views from the outside without restricting light control or preventing you from seeing out yourself.
This makes blinds and shutters with slats more effective at maintaining privacy than roller blinds and Roman blinds, which can leave window glass visible when fully or partially opened. These blinds are suitable for properties with large gardens or in rural areas where privacy is not a major issue, but will not be sufficient for privacy if your windows face a busy pavement or road.
The colour and material of your blinds and shutters can also have an effect on privacy control. Solid materials such as wood and aluminium are recommended to ensure your blinds will remain opaque at night, as lighter fabrics can make it easier for people to see inside your home when the lights are switched on and it’s dark outside.