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Danielle Crosby - Friday, May 27, 2016

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Choosing a fabric that will bring your interior to life is an art itself. Charles Parsons shares some great selection tips.

Tip 1 Style and Setting

Is it a casual setting where you can use fun colours or trendy prints? Or a formal setting with more traditional patterns, or a muted colour palette? Is the look modern or contemporary? Think about the way you want the setting to look, and ensure it will fit in with other furnishings already in the room. If you want to embrace the latest fashions, make sure it is something that you truly like and can live with for years to come, long after the trend has passed!

Tip 2 Adding Depth and Proportion

You can’t change the size of the room, but you can change the perceived dimensions of the space with cleverly applied colours and patterns.

Drapery stripes tend to be vertical as they draw the eye up, creating the illusion of height and space.

In small rooms, you can make the space appear bigger by using lighter fabrics to make the walls appear to recede. Dark colours absorb light, making a room seem cramped and can give the impression that the room is closing in on you. Choose large-scale patterns as smaller ones can be chaotic in a small room.

If you have an oddly proportioned room, one option is to create an illusion of depth on one wall by using colour. Keeping the other walls neutral, decorate the last wall in a deeper contrasting colour and colour block with plain or textured drapery to give the impression that the wall is further away than it really is.

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Tip 3 Pattern Scales

When you’re choosing a pattern, consider the size of the design. Small curtains or blinds won’t show the full potential of a fabric with a large pattern. Similarly, a large curtain in a small-scale design can look busy and fussy.

Mix and match different patterns in the same room. The key to contrasting patterns is to ensure each pattern is a different scale. This prevents patterns from blending into each other and making the room look confused; the eye has trouble distinguishing between them at first glance.

Tip 4 Colour

Colour can change the whole mood of a room. You want to match the weight of the colour to the rest of the room. An electric blue curtain is going to look mighty out of place in a setting decorated in soft pastels, even if the rest of the room is blue! Different colours can work very well together if they are the same weight. Alternatively, a feature piece in a strikingly different weight can have real impact.

Also consider whether you want your furniture in cool or warm tones. Warm tones have an undercurrent of yellow, orange or red, making you think of sunlight and heat. Warm colours bring items closer and create a sense of intimacy and comfort. Cool colours create a sense of space and depth, and tend to have a hint of blue or stark white - it has nothing to do with whether the fabric shade is light or dark. You don’t necessarily need to create a whole room in one tone though. Statement pieces in a contrasting tone bring a welcoming sense of balance to a room.

For more helpful tips and information on Charles Parson's extensive fabric range, visit their website - http://www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

The Dollar Curtains & Blinds team can work with you on how to select the best fabrics for 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.

Visit your local showroom to view our extensive range of fabrics and colour choices. Our team can also book in a free in-home consultation with you to work through your interior design scheme and select the design solution best to suit your home's interior style. 

Latest Interior Design Trends For Curtains And Drapery

Brianna Hatton - Friday, May 13, 2016

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Here are some of the latest interior design trends, as noted by our fabric wholesaler Charles Parsons!

Curtains and drapery are extremely important to complete a look in interior design, literally pulling the curtain close on the stage of the room's decor. They finish and polish the style chosen. However, like all aspects of the interior design industry, there are trending styles that come in and out of fashion. Here's a glimpse into what this year has in store for designer curtains and drapes.

trendy curtains and drapes

Cornice boards

Decor View states this is an on-trend look that creates instant drama as they add the illusion of height. Opt for an organic look by adding wooden cornice boards above the window, or cover them in fabric as a decorative window treatment.

Nature inspired

Bringing the outdoors in is a key trend, inspired by the global focus on sustainability and 'going green'. 

Fullness and layering

Layering curtains to give them added volume is a fashionable look for 2015.

"Lining and interlining are what give curtains their body and fullness."

– Suysel DePedro Cunningham

Indeed, designer Suysel DePedro Cunningham emphasised in an interview with Elle Decor that "lining and interlining are what give curtains their body and fullness."

Get the look by using lining textiles in neutral tones, such as ivory, beige or cream, so you can let the main curtain colour and pattern be the star of the show.

Metallic accents with monochrome

Shimmer and shine is here to stay, but done tastefully by contrasting them against classic black-and-white.

Rather than immersing the room in a metallic glow, opt for subtle hints of gold, bronze, gun metal or silver on your curtain rod or within the fabric itself. Some dazzling options include Zia Silver.

If you choose the curtain rod as your nod to the metallic trend, balance it with monochrome curtains like Marcello Platinum.

Embellishments

Decor View adds that a striking statement this season is to have embellishments on your curtains, either as a border pattern or stripe along the bottom.

Scalloped valances

Elle Decor notes that 1940s French Riviera chic has influenced this trend, which uses a cornice board framed in a curved scallops pattern as a valance to the curtains.

Denim curtains

Not just for flared jeans a la 1970s vibe, denim is making a comeback and it's for adorning the windows. New York decorator Katie Ridder used denim curtains side-by-side with applique Vitruvian wave scroll patterns as an embellishment, blending two trends in one.

latest interior design trends

Bring the outdoors in is the latest interior design trend. Use floral pattern curtains and plants.

Charles Parsons Interiors is one of the largest and most diverse fabric wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on their collections and more tips on how to select your fabrics head to www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

How To Pick Your Fabrics, with Maurice Kain

Danielle Crosby - Friday, April 29, 2016

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Whether this is your first time or you have decorated before, it can be a daunting challenge. With so many options, so many things to consider, where do you start?

Maurice Kain is a leading soft furnishing fabric house supplying the Australasian market for well over 65 years. Sourcing drapery fabrics from every corner of the world has ensured the ability to bring on trend design, colour, and quality through to Dollar Curtain’s customers. To fulfil so many different furnishing requirements in consumers’ homes Maurice Kain’s range must be a one stop shop; so we cater to that requirement with jacquards, sheers, plains and prints.

fabric selection tips

PICK YOUR QUALITY

Our association with Dollar curtains started over 20 years ago. Like Dollar Curtains & Blinds, quality for Maurice Kain is paramount. Three full time QA staff are part of our commitment to quality. All our ranges must meet very stringent criteria. Our in house testing laboratory ensuresno product is released to the market without passing all applicable tests. We look after the quality side of the equation for you.

PICK YOUR COLOUR

When developing new drapery collections, we take into consideration the direction paint and flooring colours are taking and ensure our colourations are working together. If you are starting with a bare room or existing colours, walls and floors are a perfect place to start. Colour takes on what we call “hue” which can be green / red / blue for example, so a great decorating tip is to collect your paint chips, flooring samples and drapery swatches so they overlap each other. This will ensure your “hues” are compatible. Dollar Curtains & Blinds expertly trained consultants are also on hand to help you put that together.

PICK YOUR DESIGN

Florals, stripes, leaves, scrolls, geometrics, or textures, this is where you can make your own personal statement and a true reflection of yourself. Consider the space you are decorating - living, bedroom , dining – it can be as bold or subdued as you like. It is also where you can add tremendous value to your home and create that “wow factor.”

PICK YOUR ENERGY-EFFICIENT SOLUTION

With ever increasing energy bills – correctly installed drapes can significantly reduce your heating costs. This simple diagram explains where the heat is lost and how it can be reduced. Incorporating a quality lining with your drapes also helps with energy efficiency, significantly reducing not only the heat loss during the winter, but repelling the heat during the summer. From the infrared imaging of a typical home it is easy to see where the heat is lost.

 

For more information on how to best select fabrics and to view Maurice Kain's extensive fabric range visit their website - 

http://www.mauricekain.com

 

The Dollar Curtains & Blinds team can work with you on how to select the best fabrics for 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.

Visit your local showroom to view our extensive range of fabrics and colour choices. Our team can also book in a free in-home consultation with you to work through your interior design scheme and select the design solution best to suit your home's interior style.

 

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Add A Touch Of Luxury To Your Bathroom With Custom Made Curtains

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Here are some tips from our fabric wholesaler charles parsons interiors on how to add luxury to your bathrooms with our custom made curtains!

Many interior designers specialise in decorating bathrooms for this very purpose, making the zone feel like a relaxing escape from reality by installing lavish bathtubs, hanging soft towels, lighting scented candles and keeping bath salts and petals beside the tub.

But there's another element to completing the look that is often overlooked: designer curtains. Hanging by the window behind the tub, or beside the vanity, your bathroom curtains can bring class, elegance and sophistication to the space to make it feel more like a 'room' instead of an amenity.

Here's some tips for using custom made curtains to do this job.

Use custom made curtains as an accent colour

White is by no means the only hue to use in a bathroom, despite it being one of the most common palettes for a loo. Inject a pop of colour into the neutral tones of white, cream or grey by picking curtain fabric in vibrant hues. Red is a classic exemplar, instantly drawing the eye in towards the tone – try Asina Lychee or Asina Scarlet for a striking maroon and red-tinged fabric.

Echo the curtain colour in other focal points dotted throughout the bathroom, such as decorative objects, towels, rugs, toothbrush and soap stands, or shelving cabinets.

bathroom tips from charles parsons 
The red accent colour in this minimalist bathroom could be enhanced by red custom made curtains.  

Complement the tub with curtain fabric

Spend time on any interior website, be it Elle Decor or Houzz, and you'll notice the trend of enormous tubs propping up. These bathtubs run the gamut from vintage versions with ornate clawed feet contrasting against otherwise sleek, modern bathrooms, or hyper-minimalist ceramic tubs making a statement in contemporary bathrooms lined in shiny marble tiles.

Pick curtains in a complementary style. For example, antique aesthetics can be evoked through floral curtain fabric such as Leathan Mulberry or Althorp Tweed. An alternative is to use Baroque-inspired regal patterns such as Corso Como Steel.

Having said that, don't underestimate the power of a sheer curtain in a warm colour such as orange or red. Light filtering through the fabric will reflect the hue across the bathroom, immersing the space in a whimsical light that creates ambiance and mood. Try Calypso Poppy to achieve this mystical atmosphere in your bathroom. It would look fantastic behind a green potted plant, as the red-and-green complementary colours will naturally offer harmony.

tub with curtain fabric

Sheer curtain fabric with a tint, like this red curtain, lets light in but creates a mood too.

Choose curtains that embrace the current organic trend

A leading aesthetic in bathroom design right now is to mesh organic wooden elements with glass, steel and tile. Woven baskets, timber panelling, weathered wood shelves are all considered the creme de la creme of green interior design for bathrooms. Succulents and other indoor plants complete the earthy, natural look.

This style is in many ways influenced by the international drive towards sustainability and valuing green building methods. Not to mention, organic aesthetics are beautiful – indeed, as the father of organic architecture and revered architect Frank Lloyd Wright put it:

"Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity."

It's this raw, natural simplicity that makes the incorporation of wood into bathroom spaces so pleasing. An idyllic way to stay on trend is by evoking the wooden-texture through your choice of curtain fabric. Koby Straw is a richly textured polyester material that fits the bill perfectly.

wooden-texture bathroom trendWooden elements and other earthy, organic materials are on trend in bathrooms.

Charles Parsons Interiors is one of the largest and most diverse fabric wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on their collections and more tips on how to select your fabrics head to www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

How To Mix And Match Patterns Like A Pro

Nerissa Vanderkooi - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Here are some tips from our fabric wholesaler Charles Parsons Interiors on how best to mix and match patterns:

Don't shy away from prints and patterns. While it may seem less of a risk to stick to a neutral colour scheme or monochromatic palette, prints and patterns have the power to completely transform and elevate a space into a chic interior. It's simply a matter of carefully and tastefully curating the patterns so they work seamlessly together in a complementary manner.

It can understandably be tricky to master mixing and matching patterns from the get go – many interior designers hone these very skills over a career, while others have an instinctive, natural aptitude for pairing prints. No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, there are universal tips and tricks to succeed in this styling process. Here are a few of these, backed by industry professionals.

Tip 1: Rely on a cohesive colour palette

"To find the balance between matchy-matchy and clashing, it's all about choosing an overarching colour palette," suggests interior stylist Justina Blakeney in an interview with Architectural Digest.

As the author and owner of the popular Bohemian-inspired blog, The Jungalow, Blakeney relies on the use of a single colour to tie the patterns together. This doesn't mean you have to pick the exact same hue, but rather varying light and dark tones of the same base colour will also work harmoniously together with the diverse patterns.

Try this tip by matching the swirling pattern upholstery fabric of Maze Turquoise on your cushions or armchairs, paired with Brussels Lagoon for your curtains to combine both in the same overarching blue scheme.

Tip 2: Choose a classic pattern across multiple surfaces

Classic patterns, such as stripes, polka dots or the on-trend chevron, are timeless and have been used decade after decade in interior design.

The perk of these tried-and-tested patterns is that you are likely to find them in a wide range of surfaces, not just commercial textiles. Artworks for your walls, ceramic vases, candle stands, rugs, throws and even lamp shades can be found with striped, dotted or chevron patterns adorning them.

This means you can layer the patterns throughout the room, choosing the same print but in different thicknesses or fading aesthetics. In the picture shown below, the chevron print is brought out through a modern, abstracted artwork for the wall as well as a crisp upholstery fabric on the cushions. The triangular forms are echoed by the statement pendant light fixture and the delicate, brass and copper wire basket displayed on the shelves. Sheer curtain drapery basks the room in light, showcasing the chevron pattern in all its glory.

mixed and matched patterns tips

Tip 3: Use scale to your advantage

Interior Design Pro suggests playing with the scale of patterns, experimenting with big and bold patterns beside small and delicate prints. Although there is no strict rule of thumb, most professionals will recommend not going beyond three to four different patterns when dabbling in scale as any more could become jarring and overwhelming.

Give this tip a whirl by choosing the bigger scale flowers on Poppy Fuchsia designer upholstery fabric with the tinier, more delicate floral imagery of Litzy Mauve solid drapery fabric.

Tip 4: Balance with neutrals strategically

It helps to soften prints and patterns with solid neutrals. In an interview with House Beautiful, designer Ashley Whittaker shared her top advice on how to strategically use solid neutrals to your advantage.

"I always tell clients not to be scared of pattern," said Ms Whittaker. "They'll look at six-by-six-inch swatches tightly clustered on a table and say, 'ooh, wow… that seems like a lot.' Of course I interspersed them with solids and neutrals."

For interspersing your prints, stock up on versatile neutrals such as creme, beige, brown, grey, white or black commercial textiles.

Tip 5: Choose prints or patterns that match the style of your home design

Is your interior decor more contemporary, sleek and modern or antique, vintage and rustic-chic? Patterns and prints will also fall into these two spectrums of style, with some more futuristic and mod while others nodding to the past with ornate, intricate line work.

The trick to succeeding with a modern scheme is to prioritise block colours and solid upholstery fabric, in keeping with the minimalism vibe, but to introduce one standout feature print. The image shared below does exactly that – the sofa, rug, cushions and furniture are all in single colours in block materials with not a single pattern anywhere in sight. Instead, one feature wallpaper with bold yellow and white prints ties into the rest of the decor by staying in the same overarching colour scheme but easily stands out from the rest of the room thanks to the pattern.

mixed and matched patterns

On the other hand, a bohemian vintage look will clutter and clash as many different earthy, organic prints such as leaves and plants with bold, vibrant colours – both looks have their own value and impact, so choose your own preference.

Charles Parsons Interiors is one of the largest and most diverse fabric wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on their collections and more tips on how to select your fabrics head to www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

Motorisation

Danielle Crosby - Friday, March 25, 2016

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With the touch of a button you can watch your window coverings glide from side to side, up and down, and stop exactly where you like. Eliminating the need for unslightly cords & chains, our motorisation provides a seamless look combined with a safer environment for children and pets.

WE HAVE YOU COVERED

We cover all aspects of motorisation and our own exclusive roller & roman blind motorisation system means less hidden costs and allows us to pass the cost savings onto you, making motorisation more affordable than ever before. Using cutting edge technology, we offer you the ability to control your blinds individually or as a group at the one time, from a single remote.

Motorisation can be installed on nearly all of our product range including motorised roller blinds, motorised roman blinds, motorised cellular blinds, motorised curtains or sheers, motorised awnings, motorised alfresco or outdoor blinds and motorised roller shutters.

COMPLETE FREEDOM

 Our motorisation gives you complete freedom of operation, allowing you to control your window coverings from anywhere in your house. We also offer motorisation that means you can operate your window coverings remotely via home automation systems. Our motorisation can be integrated with building management systems, allowing all of your electrical products to be controlled together - window coverings, lighting, home entertainment, security and heating/cooling systems all with the one control.

TOTAL CONTROL

Motorisation systems can also come with sun, wind and temperature sensors that will adjust your window coverings as the weather changes, allowing your window coverings to automatically close to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. If it gets too windy outside, the wind sensor can automatically lift your awnings to protect them from being damaged. The preset program means you don’t even have to worry about remembering to open or close them!

 

As well as having exclusive motorisation solutions, Dollar Curtains & Blinds is a Somfy Expert Retailer. Somfy is the world's leading manufacturer of motors and control solutions for Blinds, Curtains, Awnings and Roller Shutters. Visit the Somfy website by clicking below or ask our team about the Somfy motorised solutions we can offer you.

Where to buy            

Dollar Curtains & Blinds can design a automated window covering solution to suit 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.

 

Effortless Elegance

Danielle Crosby - Friday, February 26, 2016

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When it comes to impact, warm textured fabrics, elegant shapes and luxe embellishments adorn the windows in each room to transfor this home.

In this Melbourne home, Dollar Curtains & Blinds designed and installed drapes, sheer curtains, roman blinds, sunscreen roller blinds, plantation shutters and custom window seat cushions. Situated in Wonga Park, the DCB team has truly put the finishing touches on this amazing family home. 

Elegant Curtain Ideas for Your Living Room

The main living room, curtains were the ideal choice to ensure the best possible insulation with so much glass. The long length drapes further accentuate the dramatic effect of the two story high windows. Dollar Curtains & Blinds have installed the curtains higher above the windows and designed them to hang gathered on the floor so that the curtains keep in proportion to the large expanses of glass and further increase the height of the windows. This also ensures the curtains fall beautifully and adds an extra sense of grandeur. The five metre length drapes have a luxurious formal appearance with our goblet curtain heading and button embellishments. The tiebacks frame the large scale windows and were intentionally made to fit tighter than usual so more of a ballooning effect is achieved when holding the drapes to the sides.



Consistency has been maintained throughout the home in the fabrics, decorative poles and hold backs to ensure there is a link between each room across the two levels. Elegant hold backs have been mounted to the walls and work to fit the drapes elegantly in place and tie in with the poles, given the windows’ long drops. The simplicity of soft roman blinds was combined with the fresh softness of sheer curtains in the guest bedrooms, walk-in robe and bathroom. To ensure a complete block out and maximise insulation benefits the blinds were lined and installed outside the recess of the windows. White sheers layered across the roman blinds glisten in the sun with our knife pleat curtain heading adding a modern and tailored look, and allowing a flat finish when the curtains are drawn closed. The sheers also add privacy during the day when the blinds are drawn open to let light into the rooms.

Curtain Ideas for Formal Living and Dining Rooms

In the formal living and dining rooms, curtains were designed with a reverse pleat heading, which creates a tailored appearance hanging below decorative rods. Flat Austrians were chosen for the formal living room to add a decorative finish, designed with a small amount of gather due to the closeness of the three large windows.



Adding lining was an essential element when designing the home’s window coverings. The Dollar Curtains & Blinds lining used provides insulation for the home, trapping the heat in during winter and blocking it out in summer, and assists in reducing outside noise. The lining also protects the fabrics from fading or deteriorating from sun damage, extending the life of the window coverings and allowing the clients to capitalise on their investment.

In addition to all of these practical benefits, our lining also added aesthetic benefits. Backing the curtains with lining creates an improved drape with increased fullness allowing for a luxurious finish. All the different window coverings were also lined with the same type and colour lining to ensure uniformity to the exterior appearance of the home while allowing a broad choice of textures, weaves and colours for the interior.

In the ensuite, the clients wanted to take advantage of the high windows and allow as much natural light to filter into the room as possible, as well as ensure the beautiful bush views weren’t obstructed. To meet the brief, we have installed our plantation shutters only across the bottom half of the window panes. This ensures privacy for the bathroom when in use with the adjustable panels but allows light to stream through the top windows and keep the bush views.

To create a similar look in your home, contact the DCB team for a showroom or in-home consultation. 


Winner Best Service Award 2016

Danielle Crosby - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Dollar Curtains & Blinds has won “Best Of Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design.

Australia’s leading window furnishing specialists were chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that make up the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, renovation and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in two categories: Design and Customer Service. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz, and includes architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most favoured. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015.

“Anyone building, renovating or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Jason Chuck, Managing Director for Houzz Australia. “We’re so pleased to recognise Dollar Curtains & Blinds as one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals, voted by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts from across Australia and more than one million businesses worldwide.”

Achieving this service award further highlights Dollar Curtains & Blinds focus on high service standards, going beyond customers needs and maintaining its position to provide the best service in the window coverings market.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds is committed to servicing customers with the highest quality Curtains, Blinds, Shutters and Awnings available across Melbourne, Canberra and covering areas in New South Wales and South Australia.

Established in 1967 as a family business in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Dollar Curtains & Blinds has been pushing the boundaries of service and quality in the Australian window coverings market for over 49 years.

The reasons behind Dollar Curtains & Blinds longevity and market strength are diverse, but one element that unites them is an ongoing commitment to offer more to our customers – More.

“We are truly proud of this accomplishment which clearly demonstrates our commitment to please our customers by providing the highest level of customer service in the window furnishings market. In our business, we walk the talk as we deliver on our promise and more,” shared Danielle Crosby, Marketing Manager at Dollar Curtains & Blinds.

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.

With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. For more information, visit houzz.com.au

Whisper Cellular Shades Sale

Danielle Crosby - Friday, January 01, 2016

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Dollar Curtains & Blinds is currently offering 20% off Whisper Cellular Shades! Book in your FREE in-home measure & quote or drop by one of our showrooms before the 1st of April to take advantage of our sale.

Whisper Cellular Blind Sale

For more information click below to view our whisper cellular shades brochure!

Curtains, Blinds & Awnings for Summer Energy Efficiency

Danielle Crosby - Sunday, November 01, 2015

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Purchasing window coverings from dollar curtains & blinds is a great way to enhance your interior design scheme, but importantly, it will also save you energy and money.

The right window coverings will insulate your windows, resulting in greater control over the interior temperature of your home and significant savings on your power bills.

Uncovered windows are responsible for up to 40 per cent of 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.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds specialises in a number of products that can make a difference to your energy consumption and your bank balance!

Curtains

By choosing drapes from Dollar Curtains & Blinds, you can preserve up to 20 per cent of the total heat in your home, creating 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. Curtains also stay cooler than other window treatments in the summer because their pleats and folds lose heat through convection.

Linings

Adding Dollar Curtains & Blinds lining onto your curtains creates a second layer of trapped air and further insulation. It is also the highest quality lining available - Australian Made, manufactured in Melbourne and ISO Certified to 9001- 2008.

Pelmets

Our boxed pelmets form a barrier that stops the warm air that has risen to the top of the room from escaping over the top of the curtain and through the window. The pelmets also stop air coming back through the glass in summer by trapping it under the pelmet before it gets into the room.

Roman blinds

The fabric layers in our roman blinds create an insulating air barrier, resulting in reduced heat loss in winter and the retention of a cool interior temperature in summer. An ideal product to use in conjunction with pelmets and drapes, our soft romans can be further enhanced through the addition of soft facing fabric, meaning the window is effectively being covered with a double layer of material.

Venetian blinds

The slats in our venetian blinds allow you to control light and ventilation, you can adjust the slats to block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light coloured ceiling, which will diffuse the light without much heat or glare.

Cellular blinds

The unique construction of our cellular blinds allows air to be trapped within each cell, creating a layer of insulation, cooling or heating the air to the internal temperature before it is released. This results in savings of up to 32%* on your energy costs.

Roller blinds

Dollar Curtains & Blinds roller blinds are available in UV filtering and energy reflective fabrics which help control the amount of energy that enters and exits the room and vice versa.

dual roller blinds

Our dual or double roller blinds double the insulation; by having two blinds you are creating two air pockets to trap the air and cool or heat it before it enters.

plantation shutters

Dollar Curtains & Blinds shutters are ideal for UV protection in summer, the louvres allow ventilation and natural daylight to enter a room, while blocking out heat and glare. In winter when the louvres are closed the timber barrier insulates.

external roller shutters

Our external roller shutters offer weather protection all year round, resulting in up to 40% energy savings on a homes heating and cooling.

awnings

Our awnings are ideal for regulating the amount of solar energy that reaches the facade of your home. They can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency in summer, reducing solar heat gain by up to 77% on windows. Our adjustable or retractable awnings can then be rolled up in the winter to let the sun warm your house.

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