The Ultimate Guide To Blinds & Curtains For Getting Through Winter

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As winter sets in across Australia, keeping your home warm and energy-efficient becomes a top priority. At Watson, we offer a range of blinds and curtains designed to insulate your home, helping you stay cosy while reducing energy costs. In this ultimate guide, we’ll explore the products that can help you get through the winter season.

Honeycomb Blinds: Superior Insulation

What Are Honeycomb Blinds?

Honeycomb blinds, also known as cellular shades, feature a honeycomb structure that traps air in pockets, providing excellent insulation. They are available in various colours and textures, and can complement any interior décor while providing practical benefits.

How Do Honeycomb Blinds Help During Winter?

  • Cellular Structure: Honeycomb blinds feature a unique cellular design that traps air within the cells. This trapped air acts as an insulating barrier, reducing heat transfer through the windows and keeping the warmth inside the room.
  • Multiple Layers: Honeycomb blinds often come with multiple layers of cells, providing additional insulation. Double or triple cell shades offer greater thermal protection compared to single cell shades, enhancing their ability to keep your home warm.
  • Energy Efficiency: The insulating properties of honeycomb blinds contribute to energy efficiency by reducing the need for artificial heating. This can lead to lower energy bills as the blinds help maintain a stable indoor temperature without over-relying on heating systems.
  • Custom Fit: Honeycomb blinds can be custom-fitted to your windows, ensuring a snug fit that minimises gaps where cold air could enter and warm air could escape. This precise fit enhances their insulating effectiveness.
  • Versatility and Light Control: Honeycomb blinds provide excellent light control and can be adjusted to allow in natural sunlight during the day, which can naturally warm up your home. At night, they can be fully closed to maximise insulation and prevent heat loss, offering flexibility to manage indoor temperatures efficiently.

Double Curtains: The Best of Both Worlds

What Are Double Curtains?

Double curtains are a combination of blockout curtains and sheer curtains on a single window, offering both insulation and light control. They add depth and elegance to your windows, enhancing the overall look of your rooms. The layered look also adds an extra dimension of luxury and warmth to your home’s décor.

How Do Double Curtains Help During Winter?

  • Layered Insulation: The blockout layer provides excellent thermal insulation by creating a thick barrier that prevents heat from escaping through windows, while the sheer layer offers additional insulation and allows light in without compromising warmth.
  • Enhanced Privacy and Light Control: The combination lets you adjust for privacy and light, perfect for day-to-night transitions. During the day, sheer curtains can be used to diffuse natural light while still providing a degree of insulation.
  • Reduced Draughts: The heavy fabric of blockout curtains helps in minimising cold draughts that seep through window gaps, contributing to a warmer indoor environment.
  • Thermal Fabrics: Many double curtain sets include thermal or insulated fabrics designed specifically to prevent heat transfer. These fabrics can significantly improve energy efficiency by keeping the cold air out and the warm air in.
  • Enhanced Light Control: Double curtains offer superior light control, allowing you to open the outer layer to let in natural sunlight during the day, which can help warm your room. At night, closing both layers provides maximum insulation and privacy, ensuring that the heat stays in and the cold stays out.

Plantation Shutters: Timeless Insulation

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters  are interior shutters with wide, adjustable louvres, typically made from wood or faux wood. Their timeless design adds a touch of elegance to any room, enhancing both style and function. Made from high-quality materials, plantation shutters are built to last and require minimal upkeep. They are resistant to warping and damage from moisture, making them a long-term investment. Plantation shutters can be painted or stained to match any décor.

How Do Plantation Shutters Help During Winter?

  • Tight Fit: Plantation shutters are custom-fitted to your windows, creating a tight seal that minimises drafts and air leakage. This helps to keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside, maintaining a consistent indoor temperature.
  • Thermal Barrier: The solid materials used in plantation shutters, such as wood or composite, act as a thermal barrier. They reduce heat transfer through the windows, keeping the warmth inside during winter.
  • Adjustable Louvres: The adjustable louvres allow you to control the amount of sunlight entering the room. During the day, you can open them to let in natural light and warmth, reducing the need for artificial heating. At night, you can close them to provide an extra layer of insulation.
  • Air Pocket Creation: When closed, plantation shutters create an air pocket between the shutter and the window. This air pocket acts as an insulating layer, similar to double-glazing, which helps to prevent heat loss through the windows.
  • Durability and Longevity: Plantation shutters are durable and maintain their insulating properties over time.

Insulated Roller Blinds: Streamlined Insulation

What Are Insulated Roller Blinds?

Insulated roller blinds are advanced window coverings that feature side channels where the fabric sits inside of on either side, as well as a headbox where the tube and other components are neatly fitted into. They offer a modern, streamlined look that fits seamlessly into any décor. They are available in various colours and finishes to suit your style.


How Do Roller Blinds Help During Winter?

  • Complete Seal: The headbox and side channels create a complete seal around the window, minimising gaps where cold air can enter and warm air can escape. This tight fit significantly enhances the insulating properties of the blinds.
  • Thermal Barrier: Roller blinds are often made from thick, thermal fabrics that act as a barrier against heat transfer. Combined with the headbox and side channels, these materials provide effective insulation, keeping the room warmer in winter.
  • Reduction of Heat Loss: The headbox at the top of the blind prevents heat from escaping through the top of the window, while the side channels stop heat loss through the sides. This comprehensive coverage helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature.
  • Minimising Drafts: The design of roller blinds with side channels prevents drafts from entering the room. This helps to create a more comfortable living environment by reducing cold spots and ensuring even distribution of heat.
  • Energy Efficiency: By improving insulation and reducing the need for artificial heating, these roller blinds can lead to significant energy savings. They help keep your home warm without over-relying on heating systems, thereby lowering energy bills.

Outdoor Blinds: Extending Comfort Outdoors

What Are Outdoor Blinds?

Outdoor blinds are durable, weather-resistant blinds designed for use on patios, verandas, and outdoor living areas. They can be rolled up or down depending on the weather, giving you control over your outdoor environment. They are available in various materials, including PVC and mesh, to suit different needs and preferences.

How Do Outdoor Blinds Help During Winter?

  • Weather Protection: Outdoor blinds shield your outdoor areas from wind, rain, and cold, making outdoor spaces usable year-round. They create a more controlled environment by blocking out harsh weather elements.
  • Heat Retention: By enclosing patios, decks, or verandas with outdoor blinds, you can retain heat more effectively. This is especially useful if you have outdoor heaters, as the blinds help to trap the warm air within the space, keeping it warmer for longer periods.
  • Extended Living Space: Outdoor blinds create a cosy outdoor room, perfect for entertaining or relaxing during the colder months. This extension of your living space can be used comfortably throughout the winter.
  • Energy Efficiency: By providing an extra layer of protection, outdoor blinds can help reduce heat loss from adjacent indoor areas. This additional insulation can contribute to overall energy efficiency in your home.

This winter, ensure your home is well-insulated and energy-efficient with Watson. Whether you choose Honeycomb Blinds, Double Curtains, Plantation Shutters, Roller Blinds with Headbox and Side Channels, or Outdoor Blinds, each product offers unique insulating features that help keep your home warm and comfortable.