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New Trends for Blinds: Bold Prints and Organic Themes
1 January 2015
New Trends for Blinds: Bold Prints and Organic Themes

If you’re looking to head into the New Year with a fresh new look for your home, then it pays to be on top of the trends.

Here’s the NZ Blinds quick rundown of what’s hot in the world of home décor and a few tips on how that fashionable look can be achieved with the help of easy-to-fit, made-to-measure venetian, vertical or roller blinds.

1. Bold monochrome prints

Conde Naste Traveller has provided a great guide of how the catwalk creations for 2015 can be converted into ideas for decorating your home. Its Runway to Room feature also includes:

Sharp contrasts in modern prints continue to grace the runway, as seen in this Carolina Herrera dress. The black-and-white color scheme is old hat to fashionistas—the trend has played out in different styles throughout the decades, from Marlene Dietrich's tuxedo in Morocco (1930) to Jean Seberg's horizontal stripes in Breathless (1960) to Julia Roberts' Valentino at the 2001 Academy Awards.

A great way to incorporate this style into any modern design for your home is to create a bold monochrome print design on a custom-made rollerblind. Just flick through cool Scandinavian designers Oyoy for inspiration.

2. Cool and clean lines in the bathroom

The Huffington Post looks forward to next year’s best new looks for the bathroom, predicting that:

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's style report, more than 400 designers agreed there is a move toward simplicity in a cleaner, more contemporary way. That's not to say they are going to completely lose their more cozy, rustic charm for all-out glamour, but they will have cleaner lines and more minimalist modern vibe.

Now, the website might to say it directly, but nothing does clean and contemporary better than venetians in the bathroom. Easy-to-clean and perfectly functional, go with either classic white or modern silver finishes to complement the very latest in bathroom styles.

3. Natural themes and organic design

A lot of what’s on trend around the home at the moment involves bringing the outside in. But for the ultimate is stylish design, you can choose bold antique prints of flora and fauna to mix those natural themes with your interiors. chooses to mix this classic style with modern design using wallpaper:

Green walls, indoor water features, nature inspired decoration patterns, room colors, bright fabric prints, floral wallpaper and vibrant interior paint colors, that bring natural themes into modern interior design, are teamed with fresh shades of green colors, light gray color tones, beige, black and white decorating colors.

But NZ Blinds has a great solution to the same style by creating a large custom-made rollerblind decorated with Kiwiana prints. For more inspiration on the type of prints out there, NZ Blinds favourite website by far is BibliOdyssey, which has years and years worth of rare images culled from prints dating back hundreds of years.

4. Picture this: go with photo

From over The Ditch, Perth-based designers Tuckmjer & Negus have some really great ideas for 2015 styles. But the one which really sings when it comes to using blinds is their tip about using photography well around the home:

Social media and information technology are beginning to have an effect on the way that we live and also the way that we appreciate seeing things around us. Photographic images and images that have been manipulated with “instagram like” soft filters to add a nostalgic dream like quality will be seen in wall art, soft furnishings and accessories. Advancements in digital printing have made the possibilities to use images unlimited. Artworks can now be whatever size you like, put wherever you want and designed to feature whatever takes your fancy.

NZ Blinds has everything you need to get this look off the ground in your home. Simply contact our team and they can talk you through the process – there are a few practical things to take on board such as copyright, file types and sizes (It helps to have a digital camera of at least 6 megapixels set to 300dpi resolution and to save your image either as a jpeg or in raw format). But once you’ve got the right idea, the world is your oyster in terms of whether you want something personal or generic, classically stylish or funky and modern to print on your blinds.

5. Shine on in the kitchen

This US design site is concentrating on the kitchen for 2015 with a heap of great ideas about ditching stainless steel for more organic, warmer finishes such as bronze. But the site does point to the timeless beauty of crisp white cabinetry and the ability to add silver-metallic to the mix:

For those of you who want to go up-to-the-minute-trendy, consider adding luster to your gray color stories. Metallic surfaces are a hot design trend for 2015, and they are easily accomplished; try freshening up tired spaces with some of the newest metallic paint colors that are hitting the marketplace now. This is particularly timely advice for those of you who can’t do an entire remodel; a fresh coat of paint could do wonders to transform tired-looking kitchen cabinets.

Of course, there’s no need to replace your whole kitchen to get the metallic look when aluminium venetians can get you to the same place. Used sparingly and carefully, they can add just that little bit of bling to a classic kitchen design.

6. Lighter coloured woods

And over in South Africa, Life and Leisure’s website is pushing the beauty of using lighter tones when it comes to wood around your home:

Light, fresh looking, honey toned woods look to be in for 2015. The obsessive use of rich, deep toned woods which has been popular in design over the past five years could be the catalyst for this honey-fresh movement. Oak and cherry are both fantastic options here; both in design, durability and aesthetic appeal. Go for high quality; don’t be stingy with the cost as it’ll be an elegant and exquisite show piece for generations to come. This trend has been growing steadily and is continuing to take ground.

Again, this doesn’t mean having to relook at all your cabinetry and walls or remodeling your whole home. NZ Blinds range of natural wooden venetian blinds use western hemlock or western cedar for a great natural look for your windows. And if you’re still not sure that you have the right tone for your home, they can be custom-painted to match your desired finish.