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5 Ways to Bring Your Living Room Back to Life With Curtains and Drapes

Roxana Pascu - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Here are 3 ways that drapes and curtains can improve your living room.

From Drab To Fab

If you've been living in a home for a few years and aren't as excited about it as you once were it might be time to spruce things up. If you're not invested in repainting the walls or making any drastic changes, a new set of curtains or drapes could do the trick. If you've got a monotone furniture and living room set up, some polka dots or brightly-colored patterns will breathe new life into your living space.

If you're not ready to make a huge leap, even a change in color could make a difference. If you've been matching your dark tones together for a while, it's time to go with a pastel or a brighter complementary colour. Solid coloured drapes and curtains could change the feeling in your room without having to spill a drop of paint.

Warm Things Up

Even if you're into modern design, your home can still be comfortable and warm. One of the issues with homes that rely on the mid-century modern style or contemporary design is that they lose that indescribable element of "home". The right set of curtains can recapture that element and fill your home with it.

Even if you've got a comfortable furniture set and a cosy living space, your curtains could be contrasting with the feeling of your room. They shouldn't just match your living space but complement and enhance it. To ensure that you're getting the most from your curtains, choose a fabric or pattern that can bring out the best elements of your current set up.

Layers For All Weather

Curtains and drapes aren't just for show. They serve practical purposes. Whether you live in a hot or cold climate, dense drapes can help to keep cool air in during warm weather or keep cold air out in the winter.

Meanwhile, your sheer curtains can help to filter out the direct sunlight that comes in throughout the day. Alternately, they help to lend you some privacy in your home if you're at the centre of a busy area. Using these layers intelligently will allow you to not only lower your energy costs but also give you privacy when you need it.

When you're prepared for all weather, you'll want to spend more time in your living room than ever before.

Curtains and Drapes Need to Fit Your Style

When you're on the hunt for new curtains and drapes, you need to find a set that matches your overall aesthetic. While you might be tempted to shake up your style in a big way, if they deeply clash with your furniture, you might be no more pleased than before.

If you're still considering going with blinds, check out our guide to what you should be looking for in a set of blinds.

How To choose The Right Types Of Blinds For All Of Your Windows

Roxana Pascu - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Are you working on an interior design project in your home, but still deciding on the final touches? Maybe you're looking for a few decorative cushions or trying to figure out how to organize the kitchen cabinets. Either way, keep in mind no room is complete without the right window treatments.

Window treatments are the blinds and curtains of a window, as well as the trimming around the window. They can make or break how the whole room comes together, and as such, require some serious thought while you're remodeling.

To make sure everything looks just right, use the guide below to help you choose the best types of blinds for your home.

Understand the Different Types of Blinds

When most homeowners hear the word "blinds," they think of horizontal strips that cover a window which you can move up and down. But, there are many more blinds for windows available!

Some popular types of blinds are:

Roller blinds move up and down to cover or unveil a window. But, instead of being small strips that you may be used to, these are made of one singular piece of fabric that rolls up and then unwinds to ensure privacy.

Roman blinds work in a similar way, except that they create pleated folds as you roll them up. Venetian blinds, on the other hand, are the classic blinds most people think of.

Vertical blinds hang in large strips from the top of the window to the bottom of the panel or all the way to the floor. Panel blinds also do this, but they are much thicker strips, usually made of fabric.

Set a Budget

To help you narrow down the options, pay attention to the cost of each type of blind as you're researching all their many forms. This will help you set a budget for your window treatment, but don't forget to keep in mind your other redesigning expenses!

Once you have a budget, you're better able to move forward with your decision. This should include installation and delivery costs for the most accurate estimate.

Take a Look Around Your Home

With your budget in mind, take a look at the design you're creating and think about what would complement it best. Are you going for a sleek, modern feel or something a bit cozier and inviting? How much natural light does this part of the home get throughout the day?

Use these details to get one step closer to your final choice. If you have a few window blind ideas that you can't decide on, go back to your budget for a bit of direction.

Choose Your New Window Treatments

Lastly, choose your blinds and place your order! This is the most exciting part of the whole process. After all your research, crunching numbers, and overall indecisiveness, it's nice to know what the best blinds for your home really are.

All that's left now is to receive your order, put up your new blinds, and enjoy the design you've created. You may even throw a party to celebrate all the pieces coming together.

Transform Your Home with Beautiful Blinds

Ready to really wow your guests when you have company over? The best way to create a stunning design in your home is to pay attention to every single detail.

From the types of blinds to the color of the walls to where the furniture goes, every decision counts. For help getting your blinds taken care of, contact us today!

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

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. 


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!

Free Make Curtain Fabric Range

Danielle Crosby - Sunday, May 31, 2015

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FREE-MAKE Curtain Fabric Range

  • No charges* for the making costs of your full length curtains if you choose your fabric from our specially designated range
  • Added benefits of full-length curtain samples which you can take home and hang up
  • We stock the majority of our Free Make fabrics in our warehouse, meaning minimal waiting for fabrics to be ordered in and a faster turnaround for your curtains

FREE-Make Curtain Fabric Range

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New Living 2014 Magazine OUT NOW

Danielle Crosby - Saturday, August 30, 2014

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New Living 2014 Magazine OUT NOW

Introducing the 2014 edition of Living magazine - 50+ pages of inspiration on the latest trends in curtains, blinds, shutters, awnings and homewares. Interior decorating advise on how to shop for the right window furnishings, three home transformations, how to select fabrics and how to increase your homes energy efficiency.

You'll find all you need to know to make the right decision for your window coverings and maximise your investment. For a FREE copy simply drop by your closest Dollar Curtains & Blinds store. To find your closest showroom CLICK HERE

New Living 2014 Magazine OUT NOW


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