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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.


 
 

 

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.


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Window coverings that complete your home

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Few people realise the difference window coverings can make to your home. We spoke with Hotondo Homes about choosing the best window coverings for their clients homes!

Not only are there valuable energy-related benefits, but beautiful curtains, blinds or shutters can make a room look ‘complete.’

These days, there is a huge range of window coverings you can choose for your home. Brett Martin of Dollar Curtains & Blinds says the two most important factors when choosing your window coverings should be deciding what kind of interior design you want, and what kind of functionality you need.

“Different rooms in a home can require very different coverings,” Brett says. “These days it is quite common to mix and match blinds and curtains to suit the individual needs of each room. This can look especially good when done correctly.”

We have listed some of the most popular window coverings below to help you decide which window coverings would be best for your home.

YOU LOVE: PLANTATION SHUTTERS

Shutters have grown in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. They are easy to clean, block light well and look amazing.

“Shutters are a great feature for your home,” Brett says. “Some people opt for shutters at just the front of the home for street appeal. Shutters look attractive from both inside and outside, and they can actually add value to your home, unlike some other options. Consider them an investment if you like!”

plantation shutters

YOU LOVE: BLINDS

If you are unsure what you need in a home, blinds are a great choice. Available in a huge range of colours and fabrics including blockout, sunscreen, translucent and sheer, blinds are a budget-friendly choice. They can control light, they block out heat and glare in summer and retain heat in winter and can disappear whenever you want to open up the room.

blinds

Roller Blinds

Roller or Roman blinds are well suited to a modern-look home. For functionality, Brett recommends dual roller blinds.

“A popular trend at the moment is to use dual roller blinds,” Brett says. “Having one blockout blind and one sheer blind means you can still enjoy views during the day, and have complete privacy and darkness at night.”

roller blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds allow you to rotate the direction of sunlight into the room. Ideal for large windows with long drops, they can be stacked to one side or to the centre, depending on what you prefer.

vertical blinds

Panel Blinds

The ideal solution for sliding doors, panel blinds offer a modern alternative to vertical blinds. With large panels that slide from side to side, they stack at the end to keep the room open when you need it.

panel blinds

“Panel blinds can be matched to your roller blinds to help create some consistency through the home,” Brett adds. “But people should be careful, they don’t block out light 100%.”

YOU LOVE: CURTAINS

For a stunning visual impact, curtains come in a range of colours, patterns and fabrics. With multiple headings (the way the drape is made) and tracks to choose from, customising a curtain to suit your home is a great way to complete your interior.

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Drapes

Drapes can add warmth and elegance to your home. Great at reducing outdoor noise levels, they also have the added advantage of staying cooler in summer than other window treatments. These days there are many modern alternative curtains you can choose, with plenty of colours and patterns that will help block out most light.

window curtains and drapes

Additional extras
  • Swags and Tails: For the ultimate elegant look, swags and tails can be added to roman blinds or curtains.
  • Pelmets: Pelmets can also be added to your curtains for a clean finish. Pelmets frame your window, and can be of great benefit in stopping heat entering the rooms during the warmer months.
pelmets frame
Sheer Curtains

If you have home with a beautiful view you do not want to obstruct, sheer curtains may be the way to go. Sheers defuse sunlight which can soften your home, while still being able to see outdoors.

“A lot of people opt for a blind with a wavefold sheer curtain over the top to get that good balance of privacy and openness,” Brett says. “It is a very delicate look, and it ticks all the boxes for both appearance and functionality.”

sheer curtains

YOU LOVE: MOTORISED COVERINGS

Homes are becoming more automated and technological in every way, and so too has the curtain industry. Motorised blinds can be controlled with just the touch of a button, eliminating the need for cords and chains.

“Motorised blinds are great if you have a skylight or windows set too high to reach,” Brett says. “They can also be used on alpha awnings or bistro blinds which can be used on your patio or alfresco space. It adds just a touch of luxury to your home.”

motorised coverings

Hotondo Homes is Australia's leading network of professional builders. For more information on Hotondo Homes please contact them today www.hotondo.com.au
 

2 Ways To Complement Your Designer Curtains With Accent Colours

Brianna Hatton - Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Here are some tips from our fabric wholesaler charles parsons interiors on how to complement your curtains with accent colours!

Accent colours are a staple in any interior designer's arsenal. They work a treat when it comes to creating a cohesive look, because this single line of colour placed strategically around the room brings harmony and unison to the space. Because of this, picking a single accent colour and introducing it in creative ways around a room can really help the decor shine.

curtains and accent colours

Of course, with so much importance placed on an accent hue, and with such a kaleidoscopic range of colours to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down to just one single accent. This is where your designer curtains can come to the rescue.

Why designer curtains are ideal accents

Curtains are a block of colour in any room, especially when they are drawn closed. Even better, because curtains are based near the perimeter of a room along the windows, they become a default background to the room's furniture and decorative objects. Due to these reasons, curtains are a great inspiration for your accent colour.

Here are two sophisticated and stylish ways to bring out the colour of your curtains with accent items dotted around the room.

1) Place accent colours using the 60-30-10 rule

This rule is a favourite within colour theory and interior design education. In a nutshell, it involves 60 per cent of a dominant colour, 30 per cent of a secondary colour and 10 per cent of an accent colour. Your walls would count as the dominant tone, while furniture upholstery and carpets the secondary. Accent hues should only cover 10 per cent of the room for ideal balance.

Once you have picked your curtain fabric, keep a lookout for the curtain's primary colour in decorative objects such as vases and candle stands while you are browsing homeware stores. Don't overdo the accent so it stays within the 10 per cent rule. Place them on coffee tables as vases, as cushions against the sofa or as the frame for your family photographs hung on the walls.

orange curtain as the accent colour

An orange curtain is used as the accent colour inspiration for the rest of the room. 

2) Introduce the accent through a contrasting trim along the curtain

Elle Decor recommends turning your curtain design itself into an ode to accent colours by adding a contrasting trim to neutral-toned textiles. For instance, designer Steven Gambrel created beige curtains with a cobalt blue trim inspired by a naval uniform for his Manhattan townhouse's living room.

You can custom design your own curtain pattern using Charles Parsons' extensive range of commercial textiles. In this way, you can pre-plan your accent colour by adding it as a trim.

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

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

Australian Made Sale - 10% Off Blinds

Danielle Crosby - Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Need some blinds? We are on SALE!Shop now at Dollar Curtains & Blinds and get a 10% OFF on Australian Made roller and roman blinds. Our Australian Made Sale has everything you need!

If you are looking for light-filtering quality of fabrics, along with a stylish look with an elegant and refined finish, then our gorgeous Wilson’s Australian Made Fabrics are perfect for you!


Accentuate your fabric blinds with classy and high-quality blind fabrics:

  • Austin
  • Arizona
  • Boston
  • Broome
  • Blizzard
  • Comet
  • Concord
  • Dunes
  • Detroit
  • Flinders
  • Lava
  • Mercury II
  • Moma
  • Spencer
  • Tuscany

Why buy Wilson’s Australian Made Fabrics?

  •  Fade Resistant
  • Stain Resistant – protected with Teflon Coating
  • It has a superior coating quality
  • Its long lasting and durable
  •  Lead Free and PVC Free
  • Made using superior PITCH BLACK Blockout Coating
  • Oeko Tex Certified (NO Harmful chemicals used)
  •  UPF 50+ -  Excellent UV Protection

Discover this amazing AUSTRALIAN MADE SALE by visiting us from Monday April 14, 2014 until Saturday 31st of May 2014. Shop now!

THE FINE PRINT
Offer Excludes Installation. Discount does not apply with any other offer. The 10% Discount must be processed at the time of purchase. Offer is only valid from Monday 14th April until Saturday 31st May 2014.

www.wilsonfabrics.com.au

Celebrate Australian Made

Danielle Crosby - Friday, January 24, 2014

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On this Australia Day celebrate Australian Made!

Why buy Australian Made? Its good for you, its good for business and its good for Australia. Selecting the right window coverings is a big investment, products which are manufactured locally offer you a higher standard of quality, variety and service.

At Dollar Curtains & Blinds our Curtains, Blinds & Awnings are manufactured in Melbourne by a family owned Australian company AND we have been manufacturing here since 1967. We focus on supporting our community with over 150 highly skilled employees making your window furnishings at two large manufacturing sites in Kilsyth.

We also provide you with a range of Australian Made fabrics which include fabrics from our exclusive Australian brand, DCB Designs. Australian Made DCB Designs Curtain fabrics include Anglesea, Bonnie, Calum, Clyde, Dale & Rose. Ask for these fabrics during your free measure and quote or in store.


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