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Dollar Curtains & Blinds was established in 1967. Since the opening of our first store our company has grown to be Australia’s number one family owned and operated window covering specialist.

With over 45 years manufacturing experience we specialise in all areas of window fashion. We continue to provide quality and innovation in our field, remaining “The One-and Only complete window covering specialists”.

The Dollar Curtains & Blinds company now supports 36 retail outlets covering five states throughout Australia and is continually growing.

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  • 2 Ways To Complement Your Designer Curtains With Accent Colours

    Friday, May 27, 2016

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

    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.

    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.

    Here at Charles Parsons, you can custom design your own curtain pattern using our 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

  • Material Benefits

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    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 ..
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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.

    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

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Here are some of the latest interior design trends, as noted by our fabric wholesaler Charles Parsons! Curtains and drapery are extremely important to compl ..
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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.


    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.

    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

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    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 sta ..
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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.

    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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