The sunny side of life
Deborah is living proof retirement doesn’t mean the end of good taste. When she moved into her forever home, the décor just wasn’t her. So, she called in Russells to help her make the most of the sunny abode in as stylish a way as possible. Deborah’s brief to her local consultant was “light, bright, clean and neutral…with privacy to boot.” Watch the video to see how our consultant Nicky helped Deborah take simplicity to the next level through textured fabric, an extended curtain rail and a combination of classic blinds.
Get this look
The opulent living room curtain fabric is Latimer by James Dunlop; a contemporary, stylised jacquard design available in a refined colour palette. Deborah has selected the colour Blanc. This fabric comes from a collection called The Avenues, a contemporary interpretation of the classic aesthetic of inner city villas. These fabrics explore the timeless design of the colonial era and reinterprets this theme for modern homes.
The curtain is made with a triple pinch pleat (also known as a French pleat) that sees the heading style gathered in groups of three tight pinches. It creates an luxurious, full curtain with decorative fan-like detail at the top. Deborah has made a good choice having this heading style where it can be admired often.
Let the sunshine in
Deborah’s entranceway, bedrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen feature 50mm wood-look venetian blinds in White and Canvas White. The slimmer slat size allows in more light and helps Deborah maintain privacy.
Get the look
"I could not believe the difference"
I get up in the morning and open the blinds and the light just streams in here. And in the evening when I pull the curtain across it just looks so lovely and I’m so pleased. I just love it.
Neutral doesn't have to be plain
If bold coloured patterns aren’t your style but you still want to an element of visual interest in your soft furnishings, choose a textured fabric. These are often created by having a simple pattern woven through the fabric that casts subtle shadows for that extra layer of interest. Read our blog for fabric inspiration for your minimalist aesthetic.
Best blinds for sunny windows
Venetians are a classic look and very functional; simply tilt the slats to let in however much light you want. They also maintain privacy by obstructing the view from outside in. Deborah’s choice of woodlook polyresin venetians here is smart as they won’t fade or crack from long exposure to UV light and heat. Read our tips for styling them.
Choosing curtains for white walls
Many homes in New Zealand have some version of white or offwhite on the walls so we get a lot of enquiries around the best fabrics to complement them. Read our popular blog article for suggestions such as how to get white on white right, using texture, or having fun with colours and patterns. If you have grey walls, we have a blog for that too!