Learn about Shutters + Exterior Window Coverings.

Chasing the sun. Learn everything you need to know about stylish, versatile and affordable Shutters and Awnings.

Words by
Gina Ciancio – Style Curator
Photography DC+B

Plantation Shutters.

One of the most popular window treatments at the moment are Plantation Shutters. Stylish, versatile and affordable, Shutters are an ideal choice.


There are three main types, PVC Shutters, Timber Shutters and Aluminium Shutters.


Internally, most popular are PVC or Timber Shutters. Both types offer thermal and sound insulation, helping you to save on energy bills, and are child and pet safe.


PVC Shutters are very popular because they are UV, water and moisture resistant – meaning you can use them in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens.


dollar curtains + blinds’ PVC Shutters are also specially designed with an aluminium core, which strengthens the blades and panels, adding extra support for a more durable Shutter.


Their Timber Shutters have a similar appearance but are made from solid basswood timber. While timber is a beautiful, natural material, it’s best not to use these in wet areas.


Shutters suit almost every interior style. We’re seeing them used in new builds, especially coastal style homes, and to offer a modern element in period homes, such as Edwardian houses. They can also transform the façade of your home.


dollar curtains + blinds custom make to fit any shape or size window or door, including bay windows, with Australia’s largest range of design options.

Aluminium Shutters.

Aluminium Shutters are ideal for patios, balconies, verandas and external windows. Not only can they control light and privacy, they can also help to block wind, rain and heat.


When used around a balcony, it creates an enclosed outdoor living area that you can enjoy year-round – and improves security with their locking system.


Alfresco Awnings.

Around an alfresco area, two other common options are Zipscreen or Alfresco Awnings.


Zipscreen is a luxe product that has side channels so it won’t move about when it’s rainy or windy, better shielding you from the elements and insects.


There is an extensive range of fabrics to choose from, such as mesh to offer privacy while maintaining views, canvas or acrylic Awning fabrics.


dollar curtain + blinds’ Automation is a must – you can control your Zipscreen via remote, mobile app or voice control, and also opt for a solar powered wind and sun sensor to make life even easier.


The other option you can use around your alfresco is an Awning. These can either be controlled by a cable guide, side retention system, so you can adjust the Awning to any height, or straight drop to have it either up or down.

Another option suitable for external windows is to have an Awning with a slight angle using either an automatic or fixed guide style. These two project out from the window to create a larger air pocket for insulation and allow fresh air and breezes to cool your home.


To control your Window Awning, you can select from motorised, spring or manual crank operation.


Then comes the fun part of selecting the fabric and hardware colours to suit your home. With Australia’s largest fabric range, you’ll be spoilt for choice at dollar curtains + blinds.


It can be a little overwhelming locking in finishes – especially as outdoor Awnings have a big impact on the street appeal and façade of your home – so a good starting point is to do some online research such as looking at Pinterest or design blogs.


You can also get your free copy of the dollar curtains + blinds’ Living magazine which is packed with lifestyle images, or look to their Instagram for inspiration.

Often in contemporary style homes, people are choosing discreet and minimalist external window coverings, such as a Zipscreen in a dark mesh fabric, while in older homes people are bringing back a sense of retro charm.


For example, a black and white stripe with a scallop finish is gaining popularity, enhancing the look of traditional brick homes. These are also a stylish choice for Hamptons style homes.


Whichever style you choose, window Awnings are the ultimate protection against the harsh Australian sun – helping to create a more comfortable home while reducing energy costs.


dollar curtains + blinds has specialised in crafting custom indoor and outdoor window coverings for over 50 years. Contact us today, visit a store or book a free design, measure and quote. Our Interior Consultants can help you to make the perfect choice.

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