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Trend alert: It’s all about automation

Kiwi homeowners love automation and many have taken to motorised window treatments, recognising they are sophisticated, convenient and functional.

Alisha Butts from Kevens Curtains says motorised curtains and blinds are becoming more commonplace as homeowners embrace time-saving, smart wiring systems.

“The demands of modern living require that we fit so much into our day, it seems we have less time than ever. There’s even a name for it – we’re time poor. With home automation, it seems technology can perform the role of hired help, ensuring many tasks are done at the touch of a button such as drawing the drapes or lowering the blinds!

“And when it comes to curtains and blinds, this new age of automation can solve many problems. For example, motorised curtains and blinds are great for hard to reach windows or where there is a lot of glass to be covered.

“Modern homes with big windows and stacking doors can be very transparent and that’s fine if there is plenty of privacy but where homes are close together, window coverings are usually a must – motorised blinds and curtains just make life very easy.

“How lovely to open and close the curtains while still lying in bed and so convenient for elderly or bed-bound patients. Drapes can be drawn in multiple rooms quickly and efficiently, even remotely which means returning home to a welcoming environment. And, with less handling of the fabric, curtains and blinds stay clean longer.”

Alisha adds that motorisation also eliminates the need for chains or cords. If installed at the house building stage she says it’s easy to accommodate throughout but adds motorised window treatments can also be retrofitted and run on batteries. At the press of a button, blinds and curtains can be lowered or retracted to any point, individually or as a specified room or area grouping.

Automation aside, there’s been a big swing to shutters in modern homes. “Modern shutters come in a variety of finishes and are a real asset. They can be used inside or out, although these days interior shutters are all the rage. They can also be fitted as sliders, hinged or as stackers and add appealing character to a room or overall design.”

“Of course, at Kevens we handle and can advise on all manner of curtains, blinds and shutter requirements and our range of fabrics and finishes is outstanding. We deal only with the most reputable companies and just love helping clients to achieve window solutions they will love.”

To chat with a Kevens Curtains consultant, or to find out more about automated window treatments, pop into the shop in Queen St, Pukekohe or give the girls a call today on 09 238 9326.

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