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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.

Drapes vs. Curtains: What's The Difference?

Roxana Pascu - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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Do you need drapes for your windows at home, or will curtains do? The first step to figuring out which treatment is right for your windows is to understand the difference between drapes vs. curtains.

When it comes to decorating your house, the smart way to approach it is to find items that merge form with function.

In other words, it should look great, but it also needs to function well in your home.

That includes how you decorate your windows. There's a difference between drapes and curtains. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

The trick is to figure which is better for your needs. To help you out, keep reading to learn whether you should choose drapes vs curtains.

Drapes Vs Curtains

First off, it's important to recognise that anything hung over a window is considered to be a window treatment.

There are various types of window treatments to choose from. And in some cases, you can use more than one type of treatment for a window.

Window treatments are great for several reasons. You can keep out or let in the sun. And you can keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also dress up any space.

Drapes

Drapes are made from fabric panels. They typically come in pairs.

Drapes are always lined, sometimes heavily. For that reason, they're often purchased to help block out outside sunlight.

Many people use drapes in living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Drapes often hang all the way to the floor and are typically made with stiffer fabrics, including velvet, silk, or damask.

While they come in a variety of styles and colours, most often they are solid rather than heavily patterned. You'll often find that drapes vs curtains are pleated. And there is more than one style of pleat available.

The pleats and the heavier fabric contribute to a more formal appearance in the rooms they're used in. You'll have to hang your drapes from a rod on a hook, grommet, ring, or fabric sleeve.

Drapes with valances are often used together to complete the look of a room. Most choose to match the drapes and valances using the same material and design but it's also possible to mix and match.

Curtains

When comparing curtains vs drapes, there aren't too many differences. But those differences do matter.

Curtains are also fabric panels that are often sold in pairs. However, curtains come in a wide variety of lengths, widths, colours, and patterns.

They are also made with much lighter weight fabrics than drapes. Some of the material used in curtains is extremely sheer.

Sheer curtains are perfect in rooms where you're looking to filter some sunlight but also require natural light in your home.

Curtains work well in every room. In the kitchen, you'll often find curtains and valances used together which is called a cafe curtain.

In the bedroom, it's common to use curtains with blinds or shades to give the room a more fashionable look. Adding curtains will also help to block out more sunlight.

You'll hang the curtains and valances from rods, metal grommets, a fabric sleeve, or metal or fabric rings. In most cases, you can choose to hide the rod or use it as part of the decoration.

Make Your Choice

Whether you choose drapes vs curtains is your choice. Pick whichever one works for your needs.

Before you make any purchases, don't forget to fill in and request a Free in-Home Measure and Quote from one of Dollar Curtains Specialists.

Your next step is to take a look at our products to find your perfect match.

 

Bespoke Curtains to Truly Transform Your Home

API Insites - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

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When it comes to decorating the house, every house owner wants to add their personal touch and feel to everything. And where this covers things like the furniture and décor, it also includes the drapery. At Dollar Curtains & Blinds, we enable you to achieve this through bespoke curtains that resonate with the mood and visual appeal you want around your home.

Whether you’re looking for classic elegance, eclectic chic or a modern contemporary feel, curtains from Dollar Curtains & Blinds provide colour and impact to every room. In addition to the exciting and endless visual opportunities they offer, there are many practical reasons that make them a wise and long-term investment.

Superior Quality at Affordable Prices

With bespoke curtains from Dollar Curtains & Blinds, homeowners can steer safe of generic curtains that lack quality and durability. Such window treatments typically last for a shorter while before they get sun damaged or experience tear.

On the other hand, if you select from our exclusive Free Make curtain fabric range, not only do you get superior and Australian-made custom-made curtains, but you also won’t have to pay for the making of your curtains! So you can enjoy all of the practical benefits which make custom-made curtains a wise choice but for an affordable price. We also make it easy for you when selecting your fabric and colour with our full-length curtain samples which you can take home and hang up.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Custom-made curtains not only look better, but they also can save you money by cutting your energy bill. Our curtains have insulating properties that help block the outdoor temperatures from entering your home, and this is especially important in the upcoming Winter. Being one of the best window treatments at improving your home’s insulation, drapes can preserve up to 20% of the total heat in your home.

Hence, custom-made curtains are more than just items that add to a room’s visual appeal. They are a great investment from an energy-efficiency perspective as well.

Flexible Light Control

Many homeowners struggle to find a good balance of light control with window treatments. Often, natural lighting is limited in a space and you don’t want to cover your windows with thick curtains that block it out. Our Free Make curtains provide excellent light control, privacy and reduce outside noise levels, allowing you to effortlessly and effectively control your environment depending on the occasion and your mood.

By getting bespoke curtains from Dollar Curtains and Blinds, you can get the best fabric while enjoying all of the other benefits that come with curtains as mentioned above!

Click here to locate the nearest showroom or call 03 9237 1200 to speak to an expert for more!

Feeling A Little Bit Chilly Lately?

Brianna Hatton - Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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Uncovered windows are responsible for up to 40% of the heat loss from your home in winter! Sustainability Victoria has released new information on how important window protection is, particularly custom made curtains and pelmets, to stop heat loss through windows in winter.

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Windows play a big role in retaining heat in your home. A single pane of glass can lose almost 10 times as much heat as the same area of insulated wall.
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Reduce heat loss through windows and save money on your winter heating bills. Appropriate window protection creates an insulating layer of still air on the inside of the glass. This can be achieved by the addition of thick curtains and a pelmet.

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The diagram below shows the difference between a poorly-fitted and a well-fitted curtain and the effect this has on heat loss. The poorly-fitted curtain allows heat loss to occur, while the well fitted curtain combined with a pelmet significantly reduces heat loss.

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Sustainability Victoria Tips
  • Use closely woven, close-fitting curtains or blinds
  • Ensure there’s a snug fit on both sides of the window and at the top of the curtain to stop warm air from moving down behind the curtain and cooling
  • Install boxed pelmets or solid barriers above the curtain rail, or position the curtain within the window space
  • Use curtain tracks that provide a return of curtain to the wall to create a seal
  • Close curtains or blinds when you have the heating on, especially at night – by leaving curtains or blinds open, you're wasting money and energy
How can dcb help you?
  • We have Australia's largest range of high quality fabrics ideal for maximising your homes insulation
  • Our curtains and blinds are 100% custom made to your specific window dimensions so they fit snug on your windows (We don't do ANY pre-fabrication or shortcuts!)
  • Exceptional Australian Made quality guarantees that your curtains and blinds will be fitted in the best position to maximise insulation and stop warm air from moving behind the window coverings
  • Our boxed pelmets create solid barriers above the curtain or blind to trap air at the top of the window
  • Our curtains provide a return to the wall further increasing insulation and stopping warm air from escaping out through your windows
  • We offer the most innovative and easy to use operating systems in the marketplace making it easier for you to open and close your curtains and blinds
What product to choose?

Curtains

By choosing our drapes, you can preserve up to 20%* of the total heat in your home resulting in significant savings on your power bills. For more on curtains Click Here

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Pelmets

Our pelmets form a barrier that stops warm air that has risen to the top of the room from escaping over the curtain & through your window. For more on pelmets Click Here

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Cellular Shades

The unique construction of our cellular blinds results in savings of up to 32%* on your energy costs. For more on cellular shades Click Here

cellular shades

Double Roller Blinds

Our double roller blinds offer double the insulation; by having two blinds in one you have two air pockets to keep the cool air out. For more on double roller blinds Click Here

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To read the full article on the Sustainability Victoria website Click Here

Capital City Chic

Danielle Crosby - Friday, June 24, 2016

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Infused with contemporary style, the combination of plantation shutters and sheer curtains creates the ultimate refined look for this modern canberra home.

Given the abundance of sunlight flooding the home, plantation shutters were the ideal choice. The real beauty of shutters is you can tilt the easy to use louvers to any position, giving you complete light control.

With the windows facing the east, protecting the inside of the home from the harsh sunlight was also a must, so dcb designs Basswood shutters were chosen. Constructed from premium Basswood timber, the shutters offer high insulation properties, and are also tested to endure the harshest temperatures of the Australian sun.

Ensuring light control, the DCB designs shutters were also installed for their UV protection. In the bay window the shutters louvres are easily adjustable to re-direct the light away from the upholstered seating to prevent fading to the furniture.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds has also installed the shutters with no corner gaps, allowing for complete protection from UV damage. The shutters’ small projection also proves ideal in this space, and in the hallways, ensuring the window coverings intrude as little as possible into the interiors.

Plantation shutters are highly functional when used on doorways. Shutters are fixed to the doors, allowing no interference when the doors are opened and closed.

hinged shutters

Dollar Curtains & Blinds has also designed the shutters with cutouts, allowing for the shutters to be installed alongside the handles on the French doors.

Introducing tactile sheer curtains in the main living areas softens the architectural look of the shutters, creating calming and inviting spaces. The curtains were designed with a triple pinch pleat heading, creating a classic, timeless look, and the décor rods tie in with the door handles and light fittings, ensuring a consistent style throughout the home.

 

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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Material Benefits

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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 


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