Deco and sun protection systems: Range of models was more colourful than ever before

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Roller blinds, vertical blinds and panel curtains are becoming ever more popular.

Contemporary window decoration influences a room without appearing heavy or bulky, and the range of models being presented at Heimtextil was more colourful than ever before. There were delicate voiles, devore fabrics with open-work patterns, light fabrics with both small- and large-format prints and embroidered motifs using yarns of various thicknesses. Lace fabrics are back, and there is an impressive array of net curtains of various thicknesses and laser-cut fabrics with all-over patterns that appear to have been cut out with shears.

Heimtextil 2013 revealed that curtain rods are becoming finer and more elegant. They are now more frequently made from stainless steel or are chrome plated, and boast sleek, well-designed end pieces and mounts. Many models include rods with inner profiles for sliders, while a number of rods are attached using transparent Plexiglas mounts, giving them the appearance of floating freely within the room. Now, rods with round and rectangular cross-sections have been joined by octagonal rods. Panels for the concealment of curtain rods are available in every colour and in stainless steel, while trimmings can be obtained in countless colours, shapes and sizes.

Roller blinds, vertical blinds and panel curtains are becoming ever more popular

Manufacturers produce privacy and sun protection systems to the exact specifications of the consumer’s windows, and they come in an endless variety of fabrics, colours and patterns – from delicate voile and rustic textured fabrics to blackout fabrics. Pleated blinds were at the top of the charts at Heimtextil, due not least to the fact that they are also suitable for difficult window shapes. Pleated blinds comprised of honeycomb-shaped chambers were particularly successful. These blinds create an air buffer, allowing them to offer a high degree of insulation than can reduce heat loss through windows by as much as 55 percent in winter. The reverse side of the fabrics used for roller blinds, vertical blinds and panel curtains is often coated with aluminium or Perlex in order to reflect solar heat.

Double roller blinds comprised of two panels with alternating opaque and transparent striped segments moving one behind the other were the up-and-comers of the Heimtextil season. These blinds make it possible to vary both the view and the amount of light let through as desired. Something that is practical for windows whose frames cannot be drilled: narrow adhesive strips that allow roller blinds and slatted blinds to be attached directly to the panes of glass. Drawstrings that detach from their mounts when more than six kilograms of force is applied are a helpful safety feature for households with small children. Vertical blinds and panel blinds were presented in ever more decorative fabrics at Heimtextil 2013, demonstrating once and for all that they have successfully completed the move from the office into the home.

Stefan Jakob

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