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Everything You Need to Know Before Buying Window Blockout Curtains

Danielle Crosby - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Australia is one of the sunniest places in the world. As much as we enjoy those warm rays, sometimes we like to close off our home from the bright daylight.

Regular curtains don't make the cut. They block some of the light streaming in, but there's still a lot getting through.

If you're serious about controlling the light level in your home, window blockout curtains are the best option available.

What Are Window Blockout Curtains?

These curtains don't look all that different from your regular curtains. The main differences are that light blocking curtains tend to be of a thicker fabric.

This is because the fabric itself has a special lining that blocks out the light from getting past. If you've used regular curtains in the past, you know that even if you close all of those small spaces, a warm glow of light still gets into the room.

Blockout curtains, on the other hand, keep any light at all from getting through.

Benefits of a Blockout Curtain

These curtains are excellent at blocking out light from coming into your home's interior. Not only that, they also help out your home in a lot of other different ways as well.

Protect Furniture and Flooring

Sunlight is great, but it's dangerous as well. This is true for both you and your family, as well as your belongings.

After extended exposure to sunlight, some flooring types and furniture will start to fade in colour. They'll lose their vibrancy and look a lot older. With the help of these curtains, however, you won't have to worry as much about the state of the interior of your home.

Colourful Options Available

The name "blockout curtain" makes it seem as though these curtains would only be available in the darkest of colours. If you're a fan of bright colours, you're in luck.

These special curtains come in all kinds of different colours and patterns. You won't need to sacrifice your interior decorating when using these curtains.

Helps in Heat Regulation + Energy Efficiency

These curtains do more than controlling the amount of light coming into your home. They also help in blocking or keeping in heating or cooling.

Windows influence the temperature of your house in a passive but significant way. But the curtains regulate this passive change in temperature.

During the summer months, these curtains will keep the intense heat from seeping into your home and warming it up along with keeping in the cool temperature. But during the winter, the heat you warm your house with won't escape into the cold surrounding your home.

These benefits also ensure you can reduce your energy bills and ultimately reduce your carbon footprint. It's a win win!

Blockout Curtains Are the Bedroom's Best Friend

There are a great many uses for these special window blockout curtains. Things like afternoon TV show binging and playing video games during the day all benefit. But by far the most popular is using them in a bedroom.

Blockout or lined curtains often referred to as drapes, are Ideal for bedrooms when you want to obtain complete darkness for a good night's sleep. You really can’t go past blockout curtains with the addition of pelmets for complete light control and darkness for a bedroom.

Napping children (and adults!) and late shift workers alike will be thankful for these curtains in their room.

Not To Forget Theatre Rooms

There are many window coverings to choose from for theatre rooms but time and time again interior designers always opt for custom made blockout curtains with the addition of custom-made pelmets for theatre or TV rooms.

They are the ultimate choice to create complete darkness in a room to allow you to create a real theatre ambiance. You can also ensure the curtains are made slightly longer in length so they sit on the floor to ensure light doesn’t enter underneath.

Want to learn more? Contact us at any time!

Our new Flagship store opening!

Danielle Crosby - Monday, September 17, 2018

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It’s been 50 years since Dollar Curtains + Blinds first opened its doors and in celebration, we are embracing a makeover and a new look store.

Dollar Curtains + Blinds has always focused on creating a quality product, inspiring the aspirations of their customers and enabling their creativity. Their focus on craftsmanship and customer service continues to this day.

Stepping confidently into their next fifty years they have introduced a dynamic new concept store. With its smart black and white fit-out and pops of cheery yellow throughout, the store is welcoming and the products, creatively displayed, command your attention.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the whole window covering thing or been dreading where to start, then you’re going to love Dollar Curtains + Blinds’ new store at Kingston Central Plaza near Moorabbin Airport.

The store is so easy to navigate and with an expert team to help guide you on suitability, colour and design you will find exactly what you need. Sitting in the warm hub of the store it’s easy to lose track (excuse the pun) of time as you look through the well-curated range of fabrics on offer. This store has been created with you in mind, making the selection process simple, easy and comfortable.

As the market leader familiar and trusted by generations of families, Dollar Curtains + Blinds continues to offer quality service and quality products at great value. If you’re thinking of curtains, blinds, shutters or outdoor window coverings, discover and explore their new store today. You’ll be glad you did.

The Moorabbin team service curtains, blinds, shutters and all indoor and outdoor window coverings in many suburbs across Melbourne including: Cheltenham, Heatherton, Clarinda, Clayton South, Bentleigh East, Bentleigh, Brighton, Brighton East, Hampton, Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Mentone, Parkdale, Mordialloc, Aspendale, Edithvale, Bonbeach, Carrum, Patterson Lakes, Chelsea Heights, Waterways, Braeside, Waterways, Dingley Village and all other surrounding areas.

Make your way to Dollar Curtains + Blinds at Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza 288 Centre Dandenong Road, Moorabbin Airport. Call the team on 9566 8200 for your free in-home measure and quote or to arrange a complimentary in-store consultation.



4 Elegant Curtain Ideas for Living Room Design Inspiration

Danielle Crosby - Monday, September 17, 2018

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Windows tend to act as focal points when it comes to interior design. Because of this, it's important to tie them in with the rest of your decor, and the best way to do that is by adding curtains.

Curtains carry a surprising amount of weight in interior design. They can serve to highlight accent colours, add depth, and even control the amount and shade of natural light in the room.

But, due to the sheer number of colours and styles curtains come in, choosing the best kind for your living room can be a daunting task.

Whether you're getting ready to redecorate, or you're looking to swap out your current set and are feeling a bit overwhelmed, we're here to help.

Here are four elegant curtain ideas that are sure to look fantastic in any space to help you get started.

Calming Sheer

There's something about the image of delicate, light sheer curtains swaying in the breeze that is undeniably calming.

Sheer curtains offer the natural light lover a way to accent your windows or add a little colour, all while keeping that calming soft sunlit glow.

If you lean more toward a lighter, cleaner feel in your decorating, then sheer curtains are the best choice for you.

Custom Pelmets

If you want to accent a window without covering it up, a pelmet could be the perfect middle ground solution. They are the preferred accessory by interior designers to layer above curtains.

A patterned pelmet can add a touch of vibrant, even tropical, elegance to a room. You can use a pelmet to emphasise a specific accent colour or tie everything together with a vibrant print.

Pelmets also aid in framing your windows and framing the view outside. Not to mention the benefits they offer in energy efficiency as they trap the warm or cool air from leaving or entering your home to ensure that you can keep your home at the right temperature and save on your energy costs.

Detailed Prints

Prints have recently made a triumphant comeback in the world of interior design, and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere soon.

Whether you favour a striking geometric pattern or a detailed toile, print curtains allow you to express your style in a bold yet elegant way.

Prints can be as loud or as subtle as you like, depending on your style preference. So, if you'd like the texture and depth of a print, you can get that without having to go overboard on colour.

Rich Minimalism

There's a reason minimalism has become trendy in recent years. But, just because you want to keep things simple, that doesn't mean you can't indulge in a little decadence.

If you favour light, minimalistic style, try adding a mono-coloured curtain in your decor to create a simple but highly elegant look.

Swag your curtains over the curtain rod, without rings or hooks, for an extra chic but simple design.

Elegant Curtain Ideas

Curtains can be an attractive and practical way to tie a room together once you know which kind you'd like to get.

Now that you have a few new curtain ideas in mind, it's time to start decorating.

Whether you decide to go with a bright and breezy sheer or a rich and vivid print, we can help.

We have hundreds of different patterns, styles, and designs available, so you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for.

Visit us online or in store today to find the perfect curtains for your home, or simply fill out our online form to Request a Free In-Home Measurement and Quote.

How to Choose Between Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

Danielle Crosby - Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Having an issue with your windows and how much light comes in? At the end of the day, it's a tightrope decision between vertical and horizontal blinds.

Although it may not seem like a big deal, there is a reason why people buy different window treatments for their home. Whether it is for energy efficiency, design, or for privacy, blinds make a big difference.

How do you choose which kinds of blinds are best suited for you and your home? Read what's below to find out.

When to Choose Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal blinds are the more popular choice between the two, and for good reasons as well. Horizontal blinds are referred to as roller blinds or roman blinds and are very flexible for different window and door sizes.

Design and aesthetics aside, you should consider horizontal blinds especially if your windows are narrow and tall. Vertical blinds will take up much of the space when you open them.

You should also consider the layout of your home. If the windows where you want to place them on are facing the north or south, then they are the better choice for that area.

Doing this gives you more control over the light that enters your house, as having a horizontal blind will avert much of the sun's glare. This also has the indirect effect of controlling the temperature of your home to a degree. This makes blinds effective tools to lower your bills.

Other than those, these blinds also offer more privacy. When closed, these tend to not move around as much as vertical blinds do, and they are easier to manipulate when you want to sneak a peek at what is going on the other side without giving much away from your position.

Plus, if you have pets, these blinds allow them to see what's outside while maintaining your privacy especially if you choose sunscreen roller blinds for example.

When are Vertical Blinds the Better Choice? 

The design of vertical blinds or panel blinds, the same concept as vertical blinds but with our wider more modern panels, leans them towards a more cost effective option for big, broad windows, as well as ones that slide to the side to open. This makes sure that you will not be handling your windows and blinds in an awkward manner when trying to open both of them. 

Vertical and more modern panel blinds are also preferred when you have a big glass wall or sliding doors that lead to the backyard. They make sure that the entire length of the glass will get covered and that you will have no problem when you are to open them.

You can also have a combination of both roller and roman blinds along with vertical or panel blinds on different windows in your house.

Know the Best Choice Between Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

Choosing between vertical and horizontal blinds will never be difficult again now that you know which one is best suited for your home. Follow these steps and you'll get the right set for both function and beauty.

But don't stop there! If you have any questions about blinds or home furnishings, don't hesitate to contact us here.

5 Must-See Spring Window Treatment Trends You May Fall In Love With

API Insites - Monday, September 03, 2018

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It's Springtime and you know what that means - Spring cleaning. While most of us take a day or two to clean out our homes in time for nice weather, maybe some upgrades are needed as well.

Whether you've just moved in and need some ideas or want to do something new and fresh, your windows deserve some awesome decorations. Not only will it bring in some warm and inviting light, but it will dress up a room without much work involved.

Below are 5 must-see Spring window treatment trends you may fall in love with this season. Check it out below!

Natural light with Sheer

Sheer curtains may not sound like they can do much for a room, but with the right color combinations and decor, they can really light up a room - literally! If you live in a home with few windows, you'll want to let as much natural light through them as possible. Adding sheer curtains will do just that.

The best part? The newest trend with sheer curtains is adding color - say goodbye to boring cream or white. By using fun colors you'll not only add light to the room but add warmth to it as well.

Bold Colors

Finding curtains that match your furniture and style the room always turns into a bigger battle than anticipated. Skip the patterns and neutral colors and go bold - find a color that will match and go for it.

Yellow brings in a warm, sunny feeling which mimics the sun. Jewel tones, which range from deep reds to subtle blues, create a modern and sophisticated space. These colors go well with platinum or brushed nickel accents.

Patterns

If you already have neutral furniture, spicing up the room with curtain patterns is the best way to go. Large-scale patterns are making a comeback with fun geometric-patterned curtains as a focal point in many rooms.

While these won't necessarily be in loud colors, a pattern can make a statement without overpowering wall colors, art, and furniture within the same space.

Layers

When talking about window treatments for a bedroom, one of our main concerns is blocking out the sun so we can sleep in on those blissful days off. The problem is, shade darkeners are often plain and boring.

A way around this problem? Layering. Both functional and easy, laying blackout shades with sheer curtains creates a fun and custom design for any bedroom. Not only can you have fun with colors and patterns by doing this, but you also have the option of playing with textures.

Pelmets

In a room with a lot of windows and small hallways or even a small apartment, you can't go wrong with pelmets or valances. These create shape and movement within a space without all the fabric from a long curtain.

While these can be layered with sheer curtains, they can make a statement all on their own from their unique shapes and styles.

Window Treatment Trends

We know some trends will go out of style, but we also know some are here to stay. Layering, sheer curtains, and even certain patterns will make statements in any room. They also add style and a sense of sophistication with minimal work and without breaking the bank.

For more window treatment trend ideas or to check out our products, visit our website! Contact us with questions or to learn more.


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