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Neale Whitaker shares the budget-friendly way you can add personality to your home

Let interior expert Neale Whitaker show you a simple way you can inject a unique spin to your home.

Although Neale says he never used to be a fan of sheer curtains - ever - he does admit to having his home completely decked out with them now.

"Now I have them throughout the house and like how they soften and filter light. On a practical level, I love the way they keep the heat in winter," he adds. 

So, what has changed in window-covering trends? Neale and Joanne Hurt, Broadfeather design project manager, take us through some of the key trends that people are loving. 

Contemporary feel

Joanne explains that a lot of people think about the '80s when it comes to curtains: formal and heavy. But, she says now there are plenty of more contemporary fabrics that have a much more relaxed feel. 

"There's a new generation of synthetics that look and feel beautiful," she says. Now she says synthetics are of such a high quality that whe you put say polyester and linen curtains together, you can't feel any difference. "You can softness to a space, without much expense." she adds. 

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Turning things around

Traditionally the sheer curtain is always put closest to the window, with the heavier drape on the inside. Now, Joanne reveals that people are wanting to reverse this. "We want the sheer on the inside so we can see it, and the heavier blockout on the outer layer," she tells. 

Neale adds that it's also a great option for inerior decorating when you rent. "If you're renting you can still change your curtains and it's an easy way to give personality to your home," he says. 

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