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■ Plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are a quick and affordable way to upgrade the look of a home.

Shutters can also be attractive to potential buyers when it's time to sell.

Cobb & Co Blinds stocks a variety of plantation shutters for the home including polycarbonate (PVC), basswood and cedar. Miss Peake said shutters could add value, reduce energy costs and add to the overall aesthetics of the home.

"Shutters provide you with privacy and because they look very elegant they can add value to your property," she said.

■ Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds are still one of the most popular and affordable ways to instantly enhance a room.

These particular types of blinds can help maintain a room's temperature as well as control the level of natural light in a room.

Miss Peake said vertical blinds were a great option for people on a budget.

"People who are on a budget, young families, first homeowners, renters and investors should look at installing vertical blinds in the home," she said.

Vertical blinds are known for their durability, functionality and timeless style.

Miss Peake said vertical blinds were suited to families, particular families with young children.

"And if a child has pulled on one of the verticals all you have to do is bring that one section to us and we can fix it. Whereas, if a child was to pull at a different style of blind, then the whole unit might have to be replaced."

■ Roller blinds

Roller blinds or Holland blinds are a versatile blind which can be adapted to suit most room designs and decor. Miss Peake said roller blinds are a cost-effective solution to keeping the house cool in summer and warm in winter.

"Our roller blinds can come in a blockout fabric for room darkening or light-filtering which blocks the glare but also maintains your views," she said.

"Roller blinds can be motorised and are good to use in homes that have amazing views."

■ Venetians

Venetian blinds can act as the focal point of a room. Miss Peake said Venetians could dress up any room.

"Venetians are a more sleek and elegant design of blind which can suit most home styles," she said.

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