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Ask ABC: Which Are The Best Window Treatments For Character Homes?

One of the best things about living in late 19th century home is the bags of character that comes with it. Intricate timberwork, stunning leadlight windows, fireplaces with chimneys, verandas and dominant roof lines are some of the features of a federation home that you just don't see in modern builds.

Ask ABC: Which Are The Best Window Treatments For Character Homes?

How to choose new window treatments

And while character homes can be a pure joy to live in, it's tricky to choose window dressings that truly compliment their quirks. So, we've come up with our top tips for choosing the perfect window treatments for your federation style home.

1. Match the traditional look and feel

If you want to pay homage to the historical design, you'll need to narrow down your options. Roller blinds, roman blinds and venetians, for example, are certainly practical but won't do much to really enhance the interior style of a federation style home. Instead, consider curtains, sheers and vertisheers to create a relaxed, classic, homely space. Soft textures and fabrics work perfectly inside character homes.

2. Choose the right fabrics and colours

Traditionally, the colour palette of federation-style houses includes classic creams and rich, deep reds and greens to complement the frequently used brickwork and terracotta, so keep those hues in mind when you’re choosing your window dressings. Neutral colours (think whites, beiges and greys) are another failsafe option, especially when paired with luxurious, thick curtains and flowing sheers.

3. Compliment the architecture of the home

Leadlight windows were extremely popular in late 19th century architecture, so be sure to take advantage of yours to bring lots of natural light into your home. Bay windows are another common characteristic, so let yours be a stunning feature by using understated window dressings. Outdoors, a window awning offers practical protection and will beautifully complement the exterior of your home.

Do you have a question about window dressings for character homes? Or anything you're confused over? We're here to help! Call us on 13 13 15, visit one of our showrooms or arrange a free measure and quote with one of our highly-trained consultants in your own home.

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