Designer window treatments. Get The Block look.

Get The Block look with these 7 dos and don’ts of window coverings.


Words by
Gina Ciancio - Style Curator
Photography David Cook Photography
Plantation Shutters

Each year, The Block serves up a major dose of design inspiration. And this year, five couples are transforming five homes in five different design styles! From tile choices to how they furnish rooms — and of course window coverings — there are plenty of design ideas to steal from the show.

Window treatments are such an important element of successful design so let’s take a closer look at the window coverings seen on The Block and how we can get the look.

Here are 7 lessons on the dos and don’ts of window coverings we can learn from The Block.

1. Do dress your bathroom windows with Plantation Shutters.

One common theme of all the luxury bathrooms revealed so far on The Block is no naked windows! And the window covering all the teams are using is a Plantation Shutter.

PVC Plantation Shutters are the ideal window covering for bathrooms as they are UV and water resistant. With a minimalist design, Plantation Shutters also suit a range of interior styles from traditional to modern.

dollar curtains + blinds has the largest range of Plantation Shutters in Australia and will custom make to fit any shape or size window or door. So, if you want to take a leaf out of The Block and dress your bathroom windows, arrange a free measure and quote to get your custom Australian designed Shutters underway.

Plantation Shutters

2. Don’t blend in when you can stand out.

Floating Sheer Curtains have been trending for a few years now. While white and soft grey dominated as the most popular curtain fabric colours, this year on The Block we saw how spectacular coloured Sheer Curtains can look.

The trick to any great design is contrast. If you’re planning a renovation or new build, take Ronnie and Georgia’s bedroom as a cue to how coloured Sheer Curtains should be done. The tones all work harmoniously — enough contrast for interest but not too much that it’s jarring.

Sheer Curtains

3. Do conceal those Curtain Tracks.

Yet another tip on how to pull off Sheer Curtains is to conceal the track and hardware. Recessing curtain tracks or adding a Pelmet is a sure-fire way to give your space an instant designer touch.

On this season of The Block, we saw many examples of how it should be done! From built-out bulkheads to contemporary Pelmets, take a look at a couple of the best examples.

To achieve this, it’s all about planning ahead and seeking the advice of an expert. As each space has unique challenges, and there’s no single ‘right way’ to hide your curtain tracks, call in a professional to let you know what your options are. It’s best to do this as early as possible — even at the design stage of a renovation or build — so you can plan accordingly. dollar curtains + blinds has a great service where you can upload your floor plans and receive free window covering quote to help you plan your project to budget.

Sheer Curtains

“Sheer or Sunscreen Roller Blinds filter light whilst retaining views and daytime privacy. Plus, we have fabrics with Uniguard and Ultra-Fresh protection to make them easier to keep clean - perfect for kitchens, laundries and bathrooms.”

— dc+b Interior Consultant

4. Don’t darken main living areas.

The right window coverings are stylish and functional. And in main living areas where you want to create a connection to outdoors, less is often more.

Translucent Roller Blinds are an excellent minimalist solution. These Blinds softly diffuse light, helping to control heat and glare, and completely drop away when open. Best of all, they can be motorised for smooth and quiet operation.

Sheer Curtains are another great option for main living areas. Offering the same functionality as Translucent Roller Blinds while also adding a softer and more luxe look. It’s also possible to do a combination solution with both a Roller Blind and Sheer Curtain on the one window.

Kitchen with Sheer Curtains

5. Do use Plantation Shutters in a window seat.

Another lesson on how to achieve effortlessly elegant window coverings was this design moment in Mitch and Mark’s breakfast nook. They retained the traditional leadlight windows in this space but gave them a modern feel with plantation shutters.

I mentioned UV and water resistance earlier but Plantation Shutters have so many benefits. A few worth noting are excellent light and airflow control, enhancing curb appeal, adding privacy, and improving thermal and sound insulation.

Plantation Shutters

“Our Cellular Blind skylight system is not only designed for skylights but is ideal on angled walls or hard-to-reach windows. The headrail is cleverly designed to ensure smaller light gaps and offer superior insulation, perfect for bedrooms and nurseries.”

— dc+b Interior Consultant

6. Don’t forget your skylights.

It wouldn’t be a Block room reveal without at least a skylight or two! And while skylights are a fabulous way to flood a space with natural light, sometimes too much of a good thing can be… well, too much.

A Cellular Blind that is recessed into the skylight gives you the option of total sun rays or more diffused light, and total darkness when closed. Add Automation to make opening and closing your Cellular Blinds as easy as a touch of a button.

Skylight Blinds

7. Do take your Curtains sky high.

The final lesson on the dos and don’ts of window coverings we can learn from this season of The Block is to take your Curtains all the way up! Sky high Curtains add drama and completely elevate a space. They also create the illusion of height while adding softness.

Just take a look at how Tanya and Vito did this in their kitchen. Talk about wow!

With custom-made window coverings to suit any size window or door, why not contact the friendly team at dollar curtains + blinds to see how you can translate some of these looks from The Block in your home.

All imagery by David Cook Photography courtesy of The Block Shop and nine now official website.



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