SHOULD YOUR SHEER CURTAINS GO IN FRONT OR BEHIND?

Sheer curtains under pelmets

Sheer curtains are huge news in window coverings currently. They offer light filtering qualities, daytime privacy, a billowy effect in the breeze, and perhaps a bit of softness and romance in the room. They can be plain or patterned, single coloured or multi-coloured. Sheers can also vary in transparency from very see-through voiles and organzas…

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BLINDED BY SCIENCE – METALLISED FABRICS

What if I told you there was a range of blinds available that cut out glare, increase visibility and significantly lowered the ambient temperature? You may think this is nothing new, but with metallised sunscreen technology, there are certain limitation and one company has addressed this head on. When comparing sunscreens, usually white is selected…

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WHY ARE WINDOW COVERINGS SO EXPENSIVE?

double s-fold curtains on a corner window

Yes, custom made curtains are expensive in Australia. I refer only to custom made curtains in this blog, as ready-mades are definitely NOT expensive and are easily available to those who have limited budgets. The biggest consideration here in Australia is the fact that we demand higher wages, superannuation, sick pay, holiday pay, etc. for…

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VALUE, BARGAIN OR JUST CHEAP?

In the window covering industry, continuous discounting and price wars seem to be rife. Big companies like to have “sales”, whether they are seasonal, or a way of getting rid of excess or discontinued stock, or merely a lure for unsuspecting buyers. Now we use the word “unsuspecting”, because I’m not entirely convinced that the…

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ARE SHEER CURTAINS SUPERFLUOUS?

Box Pleat Sheer curtains on corner window

Sheer curtains are lightweight, diaphanous, romantic. They can be plain, textured, metallic or patterned. There is no limit to the colours available, nor the designs upon them. Sheer curtain shave made a huge resurgence in the home in recent times for varying reasons, the most significant being their versatility. They are wonderful teamed with blockout…

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TREATMENTS FOR BAY WINDOWS – PART 2

curtains, pelmets and tiebacks on a bay window

Bay windows are an architectural feature that can provide a lot of aggravation for inexperienced window covering retailers. However, with the right tools, curtains can look absolutely spectacular on these windows. Bay windows are defined by angles. They can be right angled or obtuse (greater than 110 degrees). The number of windows within the bay…

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TREATMENTS FOR BAY WINDOWS – PART 1

plantation shutters on a bay window

Bay windows are an architectural feature that can provide a lot of aggravation for inexperienced window covering retailers. However, with the right tools, curtains can look absolutely spectacular on these windows. Bay windows are defined by angles. They can be right angled or obtuse (greater than 110 degrees). The number of windows within the bay…

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CURTAINS FOR RENTERS

Having lived in rental properties for the past four years (whilst deciding what to do next) I have first-hand experience at living with crappy window coverings that are the usual offering in the Sydney rental market. Vertical blinds are probably the most common window covering supplied by landlords. The big reason for this is that…

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VERTICAL BLINDS vs PANEL GLIDES

Panel Glides

To be honest, vertical blinds and their big brother, panel glides, are our least favourite window coverings. From a design perspective they offer nothing aesthetically, as they look like commercial window coverings (indeed vertical blinds were originally used commercially). However, they do have their advantages, and in the interests of knowledge and learning, I will…

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BEDHEADS

Bedhead with inset piping

Bedheads have been popular for many years. However, the styles and fabrics selected have changed dramatically in response to fashion styles. In the 80s bedheads were oversized, with big padded rolled edges, insert piping, frills, and usually in bold florals, checks or stripes, in an attempt to coordinate with everything else in the room to…

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