Custom Curtains vs. Ready Made

So you’ve decided to upgrade your window dressings! Well done. Good curtains and blinds look amazing, can help to insulate your home and shield your furniture from the harsh sunlight of Australia. But many people come to a crossroads when choosing curtains and blinds. This crossroads is the choice between ready-made curtains and blinds and a custom creation. Let’s take a look at the difference between the two!

Ready-Made Curtains

Ready-made curtains are exactly as they sound. They come pre-designed and pre-cut. All you need to do is hang them up. One advantage of ready-made curtains is that they are cheap. But this often means that they are also cheap looking.

Change Your Space!?

If you decide to choose ready-made curtains, you need to ensure that they’re going to match the décor. This can be difficult, as not all designs and themes are going to gel well with your home. This often means having to upgrade your décor and paint just to match the ready-made curtains. With that money, you could just as easily invest in some custom-made window dressings! Let’s take a look at the advantages of custom made blinds and curtains.

Tailor Made

Custom-made window dressings come tailor-made to suit your space. Often, an experienced professional will come out to your home to ensure they fit perfectly. They’ll spend time with you, get to know you, and learn about your taste and your vibe. They’ll inspect your home and be able to advise you on the best match for your décor and themes. They’ll then take measurements and create a window dressing that is truly you.

The Quirky or the Traditional

The main perk of custom-made window dressings is that they’ll match your personality. Whether you’re slightly eccentric or a window dressing traditionalist, we can get the curtains and blinds to match. Custom-made products provide that personal touch that every homeowner wants.

They’ll fit to a Tee

Ready-made curtains usually look ill-fitting. Every window and frame is different and just throwing up some pre-made curtains isn’t an instant solution. Custom-made curtains and blinds will fit according to exact measurements. They’ll look trim and terrific and brighten up your space.

Affordable for You

In days gone by, custom-made window treatments were for the rich and famous. These days, they’re a lot more affordable. Chances are you’ll have the budget for some tailor made window dressings and you might even have some money left over! You could even get some new décor to perfectly complement your new drapes.

For Every Room

You can get custom-made designs for every room. For example, your bathroom may be a blend of white tile and marble with some natural timber for indoor-outdoor flow. Some custom made timber blinds or sheer lace curtains would be the perfect complement for such a space!

Your Imagination is the Limit!

Do you want animal print curtains? Or maybe you’re polka dot crazy. Either way, if there’s a fabric pattern out there it can probably be turned into custom-made curtain for you! Your imagination is really the limit, so get thinking and get creative!

Our team are Sydney’s experts for fabulous custom curtains. To get the look you desire, simply contact Main Curtains today.

What Style of Curtains Best Suit Your Home?

Today, Curtains Direct & Blinds are going to take some of the stress out of choosing the right curtains for your place. There is a range of different options to choose from, so we’re going to take a look at some of the more common curtains and blinds and discuss their benefits.

For Your Living and Dining Spaces

There are a few different choices for your living and dining rooms. One option is padded pelmets . These are thick, padded boxes that go over the top of your windows and are a great addition to any thick curtains or drapes. They come in a range of styles. They have the added bonus of providing your home with insulation, so they’ll help keep it warm in winter and cool in summer – this will also save money on your energy bills and make your place more environmentally friendly.

Another option for those preferring privacy is lace and sheers . They let light in (while also providing a measure of UV protection) but keep people from peeping inside. They can also be layered creatively and come in a range of colours and shades – so they can suit a variety of interior aesthetics.

Austrians and Valances are our final option for today – these heavier, more traditional curtains are placed above windows to add a nice touch to the window. They can also camouflage unsightly tracks and poles. They can create the illusion of more height than the window actually has and will really open up a room.

For the Bathroom

The bathroom can be a tricky room to choose window furnishings for. Ideally, you want something that is simple and light. This is partly due to the amount of moisture that can gather in a bathroom – but also bathrooms tend towards minimalistic in terms of décor and themes. Some basic white or light blinds are a good idea, but you could just as easily choose a light, simply patterned curtain as well!

For the Bedroom

Privacy is your top priority when it comes to choosing window dressings in the bedroom. You’ll also want something that blocks out noise and light – ensuring that you get a peaceful, restive sleep. Keeping this in mind you would be best to choose some lace curtains with some heavier drapes to either side. That way the drapes can be opened during the day and the lace will let in the light and warmth – without compromising the privacy and sacred space that is your bedroom!

Other Helpful Tips

There are other things to keep in mind when shopping for window dressings! One is that you can easily have blinds and curtains custom made to suit your home. You can choose the fabric, patterns and colours so that all the elements of your home will blend together nicely.

Another tip is to consider the length of your curtains – some people prefer the curtains puddling around their floor. This helps to protect the floor from UV rays. Others prefer their curtains and blinds to sit flush with the floor. It’s all relative, so choose a length that suits you!

Enjoy your new window furnishings for your Melbourne home, and we hope that you have fun decorating! If you ever need any advice on the best furnishing for any room, décor or style, you can always chat with our team .

5 Benefits of Padded Pelmets

Choosing the right sort of window furnishings for your Melbourne home can be tricky business. From venetians to lace and sheers through to rollers and screens – there are just so many to choose from. One option to consider your home is padded pelmet curtains.

Padded pelmets are a thick type of accessory for drapes. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. They can even be wooden! But why choose this type of window dressing for your home? Well, padded pelmets have a range of benefits. Today we’re going to look at five of them.

perks of padded pelmets

They Can Be Custom Made

When shopping for padded pelmets, make sure to choose a curtain and blind company that offers customisations. These gorgeous additions can be easily tailor-made to suit your home, and to suit the room where they’ll be located. They can be manufactured in a variety of finishes, from the modern straight finish through to more traditional designs. They can also be contrasted by a choice of different fabrics, tassels, and cords and can be piped or banded.

Try to either match your pelmets with the existing décor in your room, or otherwise aim for a contrast between them and the different colours, tones and textures of the rest of our decorations.

They’re Durable

These window furnishings are made to last. Would you rather replace your curtains every few years – spending money again and again – or invest in quality for the first time? A good pair of padded pelmets will last forever so that money and time can go to other important things in your life.

Ultraviolet Protection

Another benefit of the pelmet is that they add another layer to fabric blinds. This layer is great at protecting against the harsh Aussie sun – your skin is going to thank you for it! What’s more, they are also going to help protect your furniture and floors from undue wear and fading from exposure to the sun.

They’ll Improve Your Energy Rating

Padded pelmets are one of the most effective ways of insulating your windows. Due to their thick, sturdy material, they will help to keep the heat in during the cold, Melbourne winters and they’ll keep your place cool during those sweltering summers. This is a great benefit for the environmentally conscious – as the more insulated your home is the less energy you’ll consume.

You’ll Save Money

Alongside reducing your energy consumption, padded pelmets will also save you money. The less you use those air conditioners and heaters the less money you’ll be spending!

By now you’re well informed about the various benefits of these awesome window dressings. Now you only need to know where to get them. Curtains Direct & Blinds are Melbourne’s experts for a wide range of window furnishings. Contact us today to learn more, or call 03 9729 5414.

Custom Made and Designed Blinds: The Best Choice

In this day and age, individuality is everything. Everything that we choose for our lives helps to define us – our cars, our work, our friends, our clothes and our accessories. The inside of our home is probably even more definitive of who we are – after all, aside from work we probably spend the most time there! It’s where we live, love, eat, laugh, play and raise our children. So why not have a space that speaks to you?

Blinds pulled back to reveal colourful dots

Let’s examine the perks of custom-made curtains and blinds in Melbourne and find out why they are the best bet.

To Your Exact Specifications

Your home is as unique as you are. The type of your flooring, the paint scheme, your furniture, decorations and your windows. Not all windows are cut and coded to a precise specification. Some are larger, smaller, taller, wider and differently shaped to the place next door – especially if you’ve renovated. Having your curtains and blinds custom made means that they’ll fit your windows precisely, and will look amazing due to this!

Got a Quirky Style?

Another benefit of getting your window dressings custom created is that you can pick the pattern, fabric and design of them! So if your space is creative, explosive and colourful then you’ll be able to get curtains to match it! And on the other side of the coin – if you prefer a more traditional aesthetic then you’ll be able to get some curtains that will suit your feel.

Professional Installation and Guarantee

Any company that can custom craft your curtains are sure to be able to install them too – and rest assured that they are going to do a professional job of it! They’ll be cut and measured precisely and installed without a hitch. Also, it is highly likely that your tailor-made drapes or shades are going to come with the manufacturer’s guarantee of quality – and a warranty to accompany it!

High-Quality Materials

Also, companies that manufacture and design custom-made window furnishings aren’t going to use any old cloth or fabric. You can rest assured that you’ll receive nothing but the finest quality materials.

Supporting A Local Business

When you order custom made curtains from Curtains Direct & Blinds, you’re supporting a local business. We have a showroom in Bayswater which allows you to see our work, designs, fabrics, and talk to us in person about your ideas. It also takes great care and skill to be able to design and create curtains, so you’re not just putting money in the pocket of some faceless corporation – you’re actually giving a creative individual or team a chance for some meaningful, fulfilling work! That’s a really good feeling!

If you’re considering custom made blinds for your home, talk to the team at Curtains Direct & Blinds . As Melbourne’s own window furnishing team, we can create something truly unique for you.

5 Things Home Owners Need to Know About Window Furnishings

Whether you own your own home or you are renting it out, there are a few things that you need to know about window furnishings. The correct window dressings can make or break the look, feel and vibe of a room – so let’s explore and unpack these helpful facts!

Roller blind window furnishing

Saving Energy… and Money

Did you know that the correct sort of curtains and blinds could make a huge difference in the energy consumption of your property? Windows are one of the main places where heat escapes in winter and cold air escapes during summer. Having a type of curtain or blind that effectively insulates your home is very important.

Padded pelmets are a great addition to your windows. They provide temperature control by eliminating heat loss in your room – and will save you a great deal of money on your energy bill.

They are an Important Part of Your Décor

Having appropriate window dressings is important when appearances are concerned. Mismatched curtains and drapes can really hurt a room. Make sure that your window coverings either complement your furniture, decorations and paint scheme. And if they don’t, at least make sure that they provide a nice, bold contrast that will get your visitors gushing! There are many different options for window dressings, all of which, when considered thoughtfully, can really give your interior decoration game a bit of a boost!

They Protect and Shield

Having appropriate window furnishings can help to protect your home from the elements. Our lace and sheer curtains are UV resistant – meaning that those harmful rays are buffeted. This means that your floors and furniture won’t fade as quickly as they would if they were directly exposed to sunlight. Things like sun-faded floors can actually detract from the value of your home, so those looking for longevity should invest in some decent curtains.

Privacy Matters

Certain types of window dressings such as laces and sheers can provide you with a measure of comfort and security. These types of curtains allow you to look out, and let the light in – but prevent other people from peering in.

Form Follows Function

Just what do you intend your windows to be used for? If particular room’s windows are there to let in natural light, then you should look at some simple roller shades or other sorts of sheer window dressings.

Do you regularly open up your windows for better air circulation and to let those nice breezes in? If so – pick a window covering that is light and easy to open up at a moment’s notice.

By now you’ve got all the information you need to dress the windows on your Melbourne property. Now it’s time to take the next step – contact Curtains Direct & Blinds or explore our range now !

5 Alternative Ways to Keep Your Place Warm in Winter

Winter has come with a vengeance, and Melbourne is the best place to be in the colder months. With its cosy cafes, hole-in-the-wall bars and metropolitan vibe – there’s plenty to enjoy.

Living in Melbourne doesn’t mean that you don’t have to keep warm! It’s time for those scarves, gloves, beanies and brollies – and let’s not forget your home. Keeping your pad warm in the winter months can be a challenge – especially when those gas and power bills start rolling in.

a woman cuddled up on the sofa with a blanket and hot drink

Let’s check out a few alternate ways to keep your place toasty and warm during a Melbourne winter.

Open and Close those Curtains!

The time of day when you choose to open and close your curtains can make a considerable difference to the warmth of your home. Opening them during the day when the sunlight will bring some natural warmth is a good idea – and alternatively – closing them at night will keep the heat from your heater inside your home. On those really cold days with no sunlight, it would be best to keep your curtains shut so all the heat stays inside your home.

Double Glazed Windows

Although this option presents quite a significant up-front cost, you will eventually see a return on investment. Double-glazed windows can really help to insulate your home – in all seasons! They are also great ways to soundproof, which is an added bonus for those living close to their neighbours!

Be Mindful of Draughts

You’d be surprised at how much heat can get lost (and cold air can get in!) through those draughty spots in your home. In between windows, under doors and through cracks in the flooring. It may be worth identifying where the draughts are coming in and taking some steps to stop them – this could mean door snakes or sealing those cracks. Anything that will help keep your house warm is worth investing in.

Invest in Some Thick Curtains and Padded Pelmets

You’d be very surprised at just how much a thick pair of curtains on each of your windows can help keep your home warm. Padded pelmets are a great addition to some thick window coverings – these accessories are lush and look amazing. They will also help to keep your place cool during a Melbourne summer too! Now there’s a win-win situation.

Check Your Furniture

It’s worth having a look around your home and seeing where your furniture is located in relation to your heaters. If you have ducted heating then any large items of furniture such as couches, drawers and dressers placed near the ducts could be absorbing a great deal of heat. The same applies to wall heaters and radiators – move any furniture that is too close to them and you’ll improve the efficiency of your heating.

There you have it! Some practical, alternative ways to make sure your place stays warm and comfortable during a Melbourne winter. For more great ways to protect your home and windows from the winter chill, contact Curtains Direct & Blinds today .

Lace and Sheers: Elegance and Privacy

When it comes time to choose a window furnishing for your Melbourne property, there are a number of factors to consider. Insulation, aesthetic, cost, ease of use, practicality and privacy are all major contributing aspects. So whether you’re buying, renting, single or have a young family – you’ve got to consider these things.

Laces and sheers provide elegance to any home as well as much needed privacy.

We’re going to be looking at some options that will give your home a touch of elegance while maintaining your privacy.

The Importance of Privacy

When you’re relaxing at home, cooking a meal, listening to some music, playing with your kids or just reading a book – the last thing you want is some nosey parker peeking in from next door or the street. In this day and age, your privacy is very important, and lace and sheer curtains are a great way to maintain it.

How They Work

Laces and sheers work by filtering the light coming through your window while still allowing you to look out to the world beyond. You’ll rest assured knowing that your privacy is intact. They also help to block UV rays – which will help reduce fading to your furniture and floor.

Customisable to Suit Your Home

Laces and sheers can be manufactured according to your specific needs – so if you’re going for an elegant and sophisticated interior design palette, they are the best choice for you.

Plain or Intricate

Perhaps your home has a plain, simple yet delicately elegant feel. If that is the case then a simple, soft lace curtain would be a beautiful match. However if you feel as though something a touch more intricate would best suit your vibe then soft laces are also available in a variety of embroidered patterns and styles.

Budget Friendly

Another positive to these window furnishings is that they are not going to break the bank. So if you’re looking for a touch of elegance, style and grace but are concerned about cost then laces and sheers may be just the ticket for your home.

The Best Rooms to Hang Them

The best places to choose lace and sheer curtains tend to be those spaces where you want the most privacy and comfort. Traditionally they work very well in your living spaces – so your bedrooms and your living and dining rooms.

Other Benefits and Tips

Your can overlap different colours and styles of sheers to create a beautiful and classy look. Another way to achieve a hint of elegance in your home is to choose colours for your laces and sheers that will match the tones of your furniture and paint job. For those after a chic style, crisp white sheers are the best choice. For those who tend towards a more flamboyant feel – try an animal print, floral or leafy sheers for a loud and proud splash.

If you are seeking peace and privacy with elegance in mind, choose lace and sheer curtains for the best of both worlds. To learn more, explore our online gallery or contact Curtain Direct & Blinds for the best sheers in Melbourne.

8 Summer Curtain Ideas to Rejuvenate Your Rooms

Clothes stores and gyms are always overflowing in summer – people want to look and feel their best as the days get longer, the nights get warmer, and everyone gets friendlier. But summer isn’t just about trips to the beach or the bar; it’s also about lazy dinner parties and afternoon barbecues at home.

Light pouring through a window framed by floral curtains.

You may well want to give your house a new look to go with your summer wardrobe, and new curtains are one quick way to do it. Here’s 8 of the most exciting fabrics and patterns trending this summer, from luxurious to simple to exotic.

Metallic Fabrics

There is something opulent and slightly futuristic about fabrics that shimmer like flexible metal . Curtains with this look work with block colours or minimalist patterns and would particularly suit a sleek city apartment or a house with a modern touch.

Back to Nature

Fabrics that make people feel connected to nature can make a home feel more welcoming and put your guests at ease. Painterly designs work particularly well, giving a soft feel to a room.

Minimalist

Bold, simple patterns are never really out of style. Something like this arrow motif gives a dynamic feeling of movement and is reminiscent of cave paintings. Perfect if you want your lounge room to feel especially old school.

Quirky and Twee

Maybe elegance and simplicity isn’t your thing and you want your house to project something more fun. There’s a whole world of cute and quirky patterns out there, like this beautifully detailed, colourful print . Featuring American Indian motifs, it hints at open spaces and wilderness.

Indigenous

The art of First Nation Australian’s is renowned for its distinctive, bold patterns and colours. Bring the vibrancy of an ancient culture into your home with Indigenous prints for your summer drapes.

Asian styles

Choosing drapes inspired by the styles of Asia will lend your living spaces a unique sense of grace. This collection , taking its cues from Chinese culture, is a beautiful example of how Asian infused curtains can complete a room.

Light and Lacy

If your main aim is to keep the breeze flowing, and the sunlight falling, you may want to go for light, lacy, or transparent curtains . These summer favourites create the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon of wine, cheese, and conversation.

Be Inspired, Online and Offline

There are a thousand ways you could choose to spice up your space with new drapes this summer. Hopefully this list has got you thinking about a few of them. But don’t stop here, there’s a lot of ways to find inspiration for your summer home makeover.

If you want a more guided approach, or just need to feel the fabrics in your hands to help you decide, drop into our showroom to browse our selection and chat to our helpful staff.

5 Tips for Creating a Glamorous Room on a Budget

The way you decorate a room can bring new life to your home and redefine your style. This is great in theory but when you can spend hundreds of dollars on a throw pillow, decorating starts to look disastrous for your budget. A quick browse at the furniture store leaves many people wondering ‘can I have the glamorous home that I desire without breaking the bank?’ Well we believe the answer is yes and we’re here to make it a reality. Here are 5 tips for creating a glamorous room on a budget.

  1. Build a Bedroom with Great Drapes

Your bedroom is more than just a place to rest, it’s also your personal fashion statement. Making use of shape and light in your bedroom can create a decadent décor that you’ll be happy to sleep in and proud to show off. Simply position your bed near a bedroom window and hang some rich velvet drapes . The flowing drapery will allow you to let in as much or as little light as you want and by matching it with the colours and patterns with your bed sheets you can create a simple yet effective masterpiece. Even if you don’t have a window you can hang some drapes behind your bed. They will help to shape your room and will become the most glamorous bedhead you could imagine.

Stunning bedhead with drapes

  1. Create Luxury with Layers

No matter what room you’re revamping, the clever use of layers can create a sense of openness in your home. Hanging some thick, soft drapery on your windows will evoke warmness and luxury in your home. Match this with an almost translucent sheer curtain as a bottom layer. This allows you to make the most of layers without blocking out the sun. Try using complementary or contrasting colours for your layers to create a bold fashion statement.

  1. Bring Nature to Your Living Room

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the great outdoors from the comfort of your living room then a warm, earthy décor might be right for you. Match a rich hardwood floor with bold, rustic furniture selections and finish it off with beautiful timber venetians . Not only do timber blinds complete the alfresco feeling but they also give you great control of natural light, letting you decide how the sun strikes your room.

  1. Create a Feature Wall

If you just can’t bear the bare walls in your home a feature wall is the perfect solution. Putting drapes or curtains against a bare wall can create a dramatic or friendly design, depending on the material you use. With a little bit of silk or some or some textured fabrics you can turn your blank space into an artistic masterpiece. Create something for the kids or a more formal living space , the options are limitless!

  1. Curtains for Storage Space?!

Nothing takes the glamour out of your home faster than clutter. Restore style to your home with an elegant storage solution. By hanging curtains and drapes around your home you substitute expensive cabinets and cupboards with sophisticated and graceful materials. Hide your shelves , your clothes and even your bed behind a graceful curtain that matches the style of your room.

To get the right window furnishings for your home and some inspiration for your interior decoration, contact the team at Curtains Direct & Blinds in Melbourne or visit our showroom.