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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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  • Capital City Chic

    Friday, June 24, 2016

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

    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.

     

  • What Trends Are In For This Year’s Autumn And Winter Seasons?

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    HERE ARE SOME TIPS FROM OUR FABRIC WHOLESALER CHARLES PARSONS ON WHAT TRENDS ARE IN THIS AUTUMN & WINTERLike fashion, interior design is constantly on ..
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    HERE ARE SOME TIPS FROM OUR FABRIC WHOLESALER CHARLES PARSONS ON WHAT TRENDS ARE IN THIS AUTUMN & WINTER

    Like fashion, interior design is constantly on the move. Whether it's the latest modern textile patterns or a minimalist look, there's something new around the corner with each change of the season.

     


    As there is a period that is colder than most, being autumn and winter, there needs to be a more drastic change from the warmer summer and spring seasons. Here are a few trends that have been running rampant as the year grows colder, and how you can find the right upholstery fabrics and drapery to decorate your home.

    You may have noticed that florals have been making a big comeback in recent years. Elle Decor explains that florals, particularly of the 'granny' design, are 'in' this winter, reminiscent of the spring seasons gone by.

    It's not just a pattern found in vintage stores, but rather, a design that is being adopted in modern aesthetics. You'll find floral patterns in wide abundance in accessories like Dr Martens shoes and Cate Kidson bags. Floral may bring connotations of vintage, but it's only being embraced more than ever by modern society.

    How can you display this trend in your home? Winter weather isn't all too kind on your rose bushes outside, so it requires some artful home decor. Pressed flowers in photo frames make beautiful homemade displays, especially if you turn it into a collage for a bigger piece of art to display.

    For furnishings, Charles Parsons Interiors offers a wide range of floral upholstery fabrics for your perusal. They feature all sorts of colour palettes, so hopefully you'll be able to find one to match to your decor.

    If you're hesitant about adopting such a bright pattern for a settee or couch, sometimes subtle is best. A cushion tucked into the corner of an armchair or a decorative ottoman can easily sneak a floral pattern in without overwhelming the design of the room.


    The Poppy range features a beautiful, soft floral design that can be used boldly in your home.

    Go marbles for marble

    Marble countertops are one of the most popular features of a kitchen, but lately, new trends have seen this design branching out into plenty of other aspects of the home. Tabletops, clock faces and candle holders – all of these are great ways to show off a marble accent, which Elle Decor explains adds small touches of luxury throughout your home.

    While you don't want to adopt the marble pattern in all your upholstery fabrics and furnishings, you can find textiles that reflect the soft hues and edgy aesthetics of the marble design.

    Choose a plush, plain textile such as one from the Savoy collection – it instantly warms the room while still complementing any statement marble pieces you may have around. Complete the decor with sheer drapery to let natural light in, and you're set for this winter.



    Subtle textures

    The trend of rustic decor items hasn't died down yet – think matte metal items, rose gold accents and industrial-chic furnishings. Of course, too many of these items can make a room seem cold, uninviting and too harsh, so to soften it up, adopt the use of subtle textures.

    There are some that'll add to the vintage vibe, such as creamy threads. Any of the Borsetti range help to tie cold metals and rustic decor together nicely, especially the neutral shades.

    Implement them in the seats of chairs at the dining table, and use any leftover scrap fabric to create a runner for the centre of your marble-designed table top.

    It just goes to show that you don't necessarily have to incorporate furs and fluffy rugs for a home in the winter. You'll also find that these trends can be easily up-styled to suit summer once the warmer seasons roll around. For now, pop on the heater and enjoy your stylish home with a hot mug of cocoa.

    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

  • Window coverings that complete your home

    Thursday, June 02, 2016

    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 ..
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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!”



    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.


    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.”


    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.


    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 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.


    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.


    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.

    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.”


    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.”


    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

    Sunday, May 29, 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.

    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

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