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  • Choosing the Right Curtains for Your Home

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Curtains play an important role in a room’s colour scheme, ambience, and overall mood. Choosing the right curtains for your home requires looking at th ..
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    Curtains play an important role in a room’s colour scheme, ambience, and overall mood. Choosing the right curtains for your home requires looking at the practical as well as aesthetical aspects. Homeowners often think about important things such as colours, privacy, warmth, and even energy-saving.

    But with the overwhelming amount of options to choose from these days, we’ll make it easier for you to decide with some handy tips and things to look at.

    Fabric

    Fabric is an important factor in the appearance of the drapes, and in turn, the room itself. Think about how you want the ambience and décor of the room to be, and see if the fabric choice aligns with that vision. Most interior decorators choose heavier fabrics for more traditional looking rooms, and opt for sheer fabrics for minimalistic and small-sized rooms.

    Another important thing to consider is the amount of sunlight you want streaming in. Usually, drapery-weight fabrics are woven tightly and thus carry enough weight for decent sun protection. For homeowners who are looking to be energy-efficient and looking to cut down cooling bills, this can be the path to opt. And it makes all the bit more sense with summer temperatures nudging up every year.

    Colour

    When going for the ideal colour of curtains, think about whether you want them to be in sync with the rest of the décor in the room, or warrant their own focus and attention.

    If you want the curtains to have a subtler presence, the colour should complement that of the wall and furnishings in the room, for example ivory shades to go with a white background. Conversely, curtains in bold colours will stand out in contrast to the surrounds, adding a bit of spice to the space.

    Also, lighter colours will brighten up with natural light and give that breezy feel, while darker shades will appear a bit more grounding. Whichever route you decide to go, pick the shade that you will love to see every time you walk in to your room.

    Additional Factors

    In terms of design, if your room consists of patterned furnishings and bedding, solid colours on the curtains can complement the theme by smoothing things out. Conversely, for solid coloured furnishings, curtains with patterns or print can infuse a touch of glamour into the setting.

    In terms of length, the ongoing trend is of curtains dropping exactly to the floor level. For a more dramatic ambience, especially with heavier fabric, you can have the drapes extend onto the floor by a few inches. Once you’ve had the perfect drapes to suit your room, take appropriate care like keeping them dust-free with regular and gentle vacuuming. If you do end up getting a spot on them, wash it off either with a “spotter” or a damp cloth. Ensure that the fabric is dried immediately after cleaning to avoid leaving any water marks.

    At Dollar Curtains and Blinds, we have a range of curtains to suit your needs. Click here to find the showroom nearest to you.

  • New Showroom in Geelong!

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Our Geelong team have opened a new showroom in East Geelong! The DCB Showroom is now located at 6 Ormond Road, East Geelong, Victoria, 3219. The new sho ..
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    Our Geelong team have opened a new showroom in East Geelong! The DCB Showroom is now located at 6 Ormond Road, East Geelong, Victoria, 3219.

    The new showroom has full size retail displays which mean you can see, touch and feel before you decide. We don't want you to have to try and guess from using a tiny fabric sample. Don't risk it, If you come into our large showrooms you can get MORE of an idea how it will look with the finished product.

    Our Geelong team come to you to design, measure, quote and install whatever it is your looking for. Dollar Curtains & Blinds is unique as it specialises in both curtains and blinds, as well as outdoor window treatments, awnings, alfresco blinds and homewares. We can safely claim to offer the largest range of window furnishing and home décor products in Australia, most of them made in Melbourne.

    The new showroom has updated and generously sized samples, ensuring you are able to accurately visualise how our products will look in your home. We also have on offer full length curtain samples that our customers take home and hang up prior to placing their order.

    If you live in the Geelong area call 5222 8055 to book in your FREE measure & quote for Curtains, Blinds, Shutters, Awnings or Homewares. Our Geelong showroom can service curtains, blinds, shutters and awnings in several suburbs including: Anglesea, Armstrong Creek, Bannockburn, Drysdale, Geelong, Highton, Inverleigh, Lara, Leopold, Moriac, Mount Duneed, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff, Torquay and Waurn Ponds.


     
     

     

  • Can window coverings save you money?

    Thursday, February 02, 2017

    Can window COVERINGS save you money? We recently spoke with realestate.com.au (http://realestate.com.au/) about how the right window coverings can and ..
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    Can window COVERINGS save you money?

    We recently spoke with realestate.com.au about how the right window coverings can and will save home owners money.

    Uncovered windows are responsible for up to 40 per cent of the heat loss from a home in winter, and up to 50 per cent of unwanted heat gain in summer.

    A one degree fall in temperature in your home adds 10 per cent to your heating bill. Conversely an increase in temperature in summer adds significantly to the energy required for cooling.

    Choosing the right window coverings will create an insulating layer of still air on the inside of the glass and this reduces heat loss through windows resulting in a greater control over the interior temperature of your home and significant savings on power bills. It works in the same way in summer to keep the hot air out and the cool air in. So yes our window coverings can and will save you money!

    By choosing our curtains, you can preserve up to 20 per cent of the total heat in your home resulting in significant savings on your power bills. Curtains create a trapped layer of air between the fabric and the window, which results in an insulating air pocket. Studies demonstrate that curtains made from block out fabric can reduce heat gains by 33 per cent. Adding lining onto your curtains is also a must as it creates a second layer of trapped air and further insulation.

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    The beauty of curtains is there abundance of both aesthetic and practical benefits. Aesthetically speaking they add softness and warmth to a room. Curtains shape and frame your windows, adding the illusion of height to rooms and the fabric creates movement and texture.

    In addition to the visual opportunities they offer the practical benefits of curtains are endless. Curtains offer increased thermal and noise insulation, UV protection, privacy and room darkening. Curtains are the top window covering for energy efficiency so they are truly worth the investment and will save you money in the long term.

    Our pelmets form a barrier that stops warm air that has risen to the top of the room from escaping over the top of the curtain or blind & through your window. Pelmets also stop air coming back through the glass in summer by trapping it under the pelmet before it gets into the room. There cant be enough said of the benefit of adding pelmets over your curtains or blinds to ensure your not wasting your money on heating or cooling your home. Without pelmets the hot or cool air will simply escape through the top of your window.

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    Our Whisper cellular blinds are the top blind product for energy efficiency. They are constructed using a fabric that is cellular / honeycomb in shape providing superior insulation properties. This unique shape traps air helping to create a more constant indoor temperature, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. The unique construction of our Whisper cellular blinds results in savings of up to 32 per cent on your energy costs. When lifted they also have one of the smallest stack backs available. This minimal stack back along with its cord lock operation creates minimal obstruction to your views and can let you allow in the maximize natural light.

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    Another popular product is our double roller blinds. They offer double the insulation; by having two blinds in one you have two air pockets to keep the cool air out. Control of each blind is separate so you can enjoy your window views and soft diffused light during the day and have complete privacy and darkness at night. Very handy!!

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    Ensuring you buy custom made window coverings rather than pre-made window coverings is also very important. Custom made curtains and blinds are manufactured specifically to your window dimensions without any pre-fabrication or short cuts. This is crucial as it ensures that your window coverings are installed snug onto your windows to get the best possible light control, privacy and insulation benefits. Pre-made or ready-made curtains and blinds are most often poorly fitted and won't adequately cover your windows enough to properly insulate.

    Sustainability Victoria also recommend this to help improve your homes insulation. A recent article from Sustainability Victoria identified how a poorly fitted curtain allows heat loss to occur, while a well fitted curtain combined with a pelmet significantly reduces heat loss.

    AND lets not forgot awnings and outdoor blinds. Our Alpha Awnings for example are proven to significantly reduce cooling energy costs by keeping a standard home at a consistent and comfortable temperature throughout the summer months. Independent tests have shown that they offer energy cost reductions of up to 58%.

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    Click Here to read the full article on realestate.com.au

     

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