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The Hottest Window Covering Trend This Winter

Omar Ahmed - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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If you’re on the lookout for the right window covering this Winter then look no further than Dollar Curtains & Blinds floor to ceiling curtains. Short curtains are out and floor to ceiling curtains are in! Short curtains do exactly what short pants do - They shorten the height of your windows, and the height of your rooms, making them feel more enclosed.

 

Designed to hang the full length of windows, custom-made floor to ceiling curtains are a must. Hanging curtains as high as possible creates the illusion of height to a room, making windows look bigger and rooms feel more spacious, so it’s no surprise they are becoming more and more popular in Australian homes.

One of the key reasons behind the growing demand for floor to ceiling curtains is the fact that most newly built condominiums, apartments, and houses are modeled for the modern demographic, and feature large glass doors or floor to ceiling glass walls in the property. Floor to ceiling windows are aesthetically attractive, and they give the room a brilliant visual effect while providing the residents with a unique sense of freedom. Think about being lucky enough to live on a beach-front property or in serene hilly areas, or even with a pretty backyard garden!

Something important to consider is the presentation and visual effects. Ceiling height is also a key factor in how high the curtains should be hung. Hanging the curtains at ceiling level maximizes the light that shines through the window, and makes the walls look taller as well. Some people like to hang the curtain just above the window trim, letting the curtain fabric to pool at the floor and create an appealing effect. In homes with floor to ceiling windows, it is rare but certainly possible to have some wall space between the top of the window and ceiling.

Another way to add spice to the appearance is the curtain track length; it should exceed the width of the window slightly. For those with floor to ceiling windows, the obvious choice is to go for ceiling mount curtain tracks which let the curtains hang from the ceiling to the floor. The ultimate goal is to preserve the balance between the curtains and the rest of the room, and present an aesthetically pleasing ambience.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds has specialized in manufacturing custom curtains for over 50 years, all made in Melbourne. Call 03 9237 1200 to get in touch with an expert to help you select the right curtains for all your window treatment needs!


 

Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Your Kitchen

Danielle Crosby - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Kitchen windows are more than just a source of fresh air. You could be enjoying your morning coffee and gaze out at the sky’s changing colours, or perhaps watch the flowers in the garden spring to life. Window treatments for kitchen windows can come in many forms and are one of the easiest ways to make a visual impact. Take curtains as an example. They serve as window coverings for just about any window style or size, and don’t need to be expensive to look nice.

Though there are various curtain options, the ideal choice depends on the shape and style of window, and obviously the budget. One way to ignite your imagination is doing an online search or exploring from the wonderful options at Dollar Curtains and Blinds.

Curtains, drapes and fabric shades are only a few varieties of seemingly endless window treatments. Consider adding pattern and color, perhaps a fabulous print to liven things up. Conversely, for a clean, crisp contemporary or modern feeling you can go for neutral, grounding fabric or material. For smaller kitchens, light and cool colours can make it look brighter and amplify the aesthetics. Alternatively, dark and warm colours can give a large kitchen a more balanced and inviting feel. Geometric patterns or asymmetrical styles can create a stunning visual impact.

If you are concerned about privacy, look around for screening materials that let you see out and allow some daylight to pass while blocking views from the outside. Roman blinds and roller blinds using translucent or woven materials can do the trick, or even sheer fabric

.If you are not overly concerned about visibility from the outside, a simple swag of fabric aesthetically draped over a window can also make a powerful and crisp statement. There are endless opportunities for creativity to shine through!

Sometimes there are larger windows to deal with, or ones with odd shapes. In these scenarios, floor-length curtain panels are ideal and offer an opportunity for colour and pattern when framing a large bay window or something like French doors.

Fabric valances are like accent marks over windows you want to showcase. Curtains for kitchen window treatments can make an immense impact on your space. For the most personalized effect, choose resources that express your lifestyle with the right texture, colours and style! At Dollar Curtains and Blinds, we have a range of Click here to find the nearest showroom or call 03 9237 1200 now to talk to an expert!
 

 

Blinds to Make Your Windows and Home Beautiful

Omar Ahmed - Thursday, February 08, 2018

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Blinds offer plenty of great benefits in addition to beautifying the room with elegance, and giving you more control over room lighting. For instance, if you install Roman Blinds, you will be able to hunch them to the top of the window when they’re not in use and easily lower them down when you want more shade. Blinds are also easy to clean and can be less expensive in comparison to other window treatments.

At Dollar Curtains and Blinds, we have a range of blinds available in a variety of materials, styles and colours, making it easier to style and decorate your windows and home. Below we will be sharing with you everything you need to know about each type of blinds.

Types of Blinds

Roller Blinds

As the name suggests, roller blinds feature a simple automated rolling design that makes them easy to use. Roller blinds are available in a variety of patterns, textures and colours so you can tie them into any room. They’re great for decorating windows in the bedroom, living room and the kitchen.

Roman Blinds

Elegant, yet functional, Roman blinds are made from a flat piece of material or fabric that will fold up like an accordion when the cord is pulled. Roman Blinds are ideal for small and large windows in your kitchen, living room or bedroom.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are simply blinds that feature slats that hang vertically and can be adjusted by moving them from side to side. This makes them suitable for large windows and sliding glass doors. These blinds are usually made from a specific kind of fabric and come in a variety of stylish textures and colours.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are great for adding a crisp finish to any room and can be used to block out light, summer heat and cold winter air. These classic blinds are also extremely sturdy and come in a variety of colours and materials that will instantly undated any room. Feel free to add them to the windows in your bathroom, living room or kitchen for extra privacy and style.

Panel Blinds

Panel blinds offer ease of use and several light-control options all while adding character and a decorative flair to your home. They happen to be ideal for covering large windows, patio doors and sliding doors.

Regardless of what style of blinds you fall in love with, we offer a range of high quality blinds that will perfectly decorate your windows. If you’re interested in learning more about our selection, simply visit the nearest showroom to view our extensive product portfolio!

How to Properly Care for Your Curtains

Danielle Crosby - Thursday, January 25, 2018

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For years curtains have been the window treatment of choice for large windows in the bedroom and living room area. Curtains decorate your windows beautifully and are one of the most significant investments you will make in your lifetime so ensuring you follow a care guide to ensure dust doesn't collect on your curtains is a must.
 
To keep your window treatments looking great, it’s important that you clean them properly ‘as needed’. This will ensure that your chosen fabric maintains its feel, comfort and appearance of the fabric throughout its lifetime.
 
With our quick and easy cleaning tips below, you will be able to maintain the appearance of your beautiful curtains.

The Steps 

Before you even begin to clean your curtains, make sure you check the ‘Care Instruction Label’ that is located on the back of your curtains. Depending on the label, you can either follow through with the next steps (adding or excluding specific steps) or have your curtains professionally cleaned.

  1. Check the ‘Care Instruction Label’
  2. Gently remove any dust from your curtains by vacuuming the with brush attachment – this should be done regularly to keep them dust-free.
  3. Then clean your hands to prevent staining the curtains with more dust or dirt.
  4. Once your hands are dry, remove the hooks, rings and trims
  5. Wash them by hand in cold or warm water with a wool approved detergent. Make sure that you do not soak, bleach, wring or rub your curtains; doing so will leave them damaged.
  6. Take the wet curtains and allow them to drip dry in the shade, fabric side down. Do not attach any pegs or fold over clothes line.
  7. Once they’re dry, re-hang them to dry again all while making sure the wet coated sides is not touching. This will give you the best results.
  8. If the care instructions allow it, use a warm iron only on the fabric side

Additional Care Tips 

You can also keep your curtains looking excellent by following these tips.

  1. Always use a good lining to protect your curtains from direct sunlight.
  2. Occasionally switch your curtains from one side of the track to the other side. By doing this you’ll avoid having only one edge exposed to the sunlight.
  3. Make sure that the curtains are always full so you’ll be able to do re-edging if the fabric/textile begins to fade.
  4. Reduce sunlight from damaging your curtains by adding sheer curtains and keeping them closed during the day. This will also provide some privacy while still bringing in light.

Now that you know the proper cleaning steps, you can easily keep your curtains dirt free and beautiful all year round. Just make sure that you’re always gentle with your curtains to keep them in great shape!

 

Choosing the Right Curtains for Your Home

Brianna Hatton - Monday, December 11, 2017

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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!

Brianna Hatton - Friday, March 31, 2017

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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?

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, February 02, 2017

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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.

pelmets

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.

cellular blinds

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!!

double roller

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%.

awnings

 

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

 

New Federation Collection

Brianna Hatton - Monday, October 17, 2016

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Elegant simplicity is the theme of this brand new Charles Parsons drapery range.  This collection complements our existing ranges while taking a traditional style into the 21st century.

Traditional style fabrics are a constant in interiors as you can re-invent the patterns with a modern twist.  The choice of colours in this range only enhances the fluidity of its use and with stripes, damasks and diamond jacquards. This range competes with any high end fabric compilation in the same theme overseas and locally.

 

The uses with this range are endless, from curtains draping gracefully with co-ordinating pelmets to create the look synonymous with 19th  century French palaces to a modern home that requires a touch of class.  This range can be used for cushions bedding  and light upholstery and with the extensive coordinating styles and colours offered you can create a look that is uniquely yours.

Fabric is an essential part of choosing your curtains. Each fabric has its own unique characteristics and performance levels, so its important to choose the best fabric for your lifestyle. If your interested to find out more on our drapery fabric range then   Click Here

For more information on Charles Parsons range of furnishing fabrics please Click Here

Successful first year of partnership with MIA

Brianna Hatton - Monday, September 12, 2016

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We are thrilled that our strong partnership with Ricky Richards has helped to exceed their target of $100,000 by raising $102,668 in the first year of their partnership with the Melanoma Institute Australia.

At DCB we range Ricky Richards selection of awning fabrics. This includes diverse fabric solutions for coverings such as folding arm awnings, side channel awnings and straight drop blinds. Ricky Richards collection of colours, designs and textile options help our customers create aesthetically pleasing window coverings that will last for years to come.

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If you’re looking for a window treatment that offers sun control and the ability to invite cool breezes in, while also allowing uninterrupted outside views, the outlook collection of fabrics from Ricky Richards is the ideal solution. 


Ricky Richards has recently revamped the collection, which now features over 50 colour and design options, giving you an almost limitless choice of fabrics that “help let the outside in”. 

New additions to the range are Mode Privacy and Outlook Fusion. 


Mode Privacy has a tighter basket weave construction than the traditional Mode fabrics and with a one per cent openness factor is ideal if you want to retain your view and air flow but maximise privacy. 


Outlook Fusion is a combination of a basket and twill weave that creates a “self-stripe” appearance, perfect if you want a softer looking stripe.

Outlook fabrics work well in a number of applications, including automated awnings, patio blinds, side channel blinds and straight drop blinds.


For more on our outdoor products please Click Here

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Beachside Glamour

Danielle Crosby - Friday, July 29, 2016

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Dollar Curtains & Blinds have added the final touches to complete this new home's contemporary and cutting edge design.

The window coverings in this home situated in Mt Martha, Victoria, have been designed and installed by Dollar Curtains & Blinds Mornington team. Sheer curtains, suncreen roller blinds, blockout roller blinds and blockout curtains were all chosen and co-ordinated to finish off the interior design of this home on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.   

Sheer Curtains and Sunscreen Roller Blinds Ideas for Living Room

The combination of sheer curtains and sunscreen roller blinds is key to the success of this home’s interior design. In the living spaces, the sheers add softness and bring a sense of relaxation to the room whilst the sunscreen roller blinds aid the insulation and privacy. Both ensure the clients keep their beautiful water views whilst maintaining their privacy.

From the entry of the home sheer curtains frame the antique doors and the pencil pleat curtain heading gathers the fabric from the ceiling with a soft informal drape.

pencil pleat curtains

For the sunscreen roller blinds, the dcb designers Tempo View fabric was an essential choice. Tempo View offers UV protection, glare reduction and heat control, insulating the rooms to keep them cool in summer and warm in winter. In addition to its insulation qualities, the fabric also protects the home’s floorboards, carpet and furniture from fading.

The indirect and diffused light created through layered window treatments is essential in creating a relaxed mood. Through the kitchen and dining space, the sheer curtains add movement and allow for natural light and soft breezes into the room, creating a resort ambiance style.

black wavefold curtains

Adding texture really matters in the success of a home’s window treatments and it’s applied here in the form of the finely woven sheer curtain fabrics and sunscreen blind fabrics.

In the dining area, heavy lined drapes were chosen for privacy from the side of the house to ensure complete block out and added insulation.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds Wavefold curtain heading was selected throughout the home in the living and dining rooms and master suite to create a consistent look across all rooms.

The Wavefold creates a sleek and contemporary effect when used with both sheer and solid fabrics, allowing the curtains to drape with a continuous wave, which is smooth, simple and elegant.

As well as complementing the aesthetics of this modern home, the Wavefold is also a highly practical choice. The style is easy to operate and creates a neat stack back, which allows the clients to maximize the natural light entering through the windows and leaving them with minimal obstruction to their views.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds have fulfilled the brief of delivering a master suite that is the client’s private sanctuary with the tonal hues and soft drape of the St Tropez sheer fabric.

wavefold curtains

 

Sheer Curtains and Blockout Roller Blinds Ideas for Bedroom

 

The combination of sheer curtains and blockout roller blinds provides the functionality for complete control over the room’s natural light. Opting for a blockout fabric in a roller blind provides the room darkening, privacy and insulation required for the bedroom. Together these components have created a haven the clients love to enter at the end of the day and wake up to each morning.

 

Dollar Curtains & Blinds can design a similar look in your home, our showrooms cover the whole of Melbourne and Victoria as well as areas surrounding Fyshwick and Mitchell in Canberra, Griffith, Batemans Bay, Merimbula and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and Mt Gambier in South Australia. 

Contact the DCB team for a showroom or in-home consultation.

 

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