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Shading your Windows

By blindsbrisbane1 - October 23rd, 2012, 22:39, Category: General

Image Blinds have been helping residents of South East Queensland decorate their homes tastefully for over a quarter of a century now. They have a wide selection of blinds to choose from – something for everyone’s taste and budget – and provide good old-fashioned friendly service and quality products at prices that are affordable.

Protecting our families and homes from the sun is especially important in our climate. In addition to making our homes uncomfortably hot, the sun can also cause damage to our furniture and décor. One way to combat this is by installing awnings outside your windows – awnings will protect the inside and help to keep your home cooler. Awnings that can be drawn back are especially useful.

Of course, awnings on the outside of your home have more than simply a practical appeal – they can be aesthetically important too. The right awnings can finish off your house beautifully and instantly improve the curb appeal. They will prove a valuable tool in improving the value of your home.

One of Image Blinds’ best-selling products, especially suited to the harsh Australian sun, is their retractable awnings. These are popular because they allow you to choose exactly how much shade and shelter you want. If you feel like a little bit of sun worshipping, simply roll back the awnings – great especially on those chilly winter mornings. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a shadier spot, put the awnings back in place – ideal if you need to escape from the sun.

For ease of use, motorised awnings Brisbane are recommended. Image Blinds use Somfy motors to ensure that you can control your awnings with a simple touch of a button – no cranking or winding or unsightly winches, etc. to worry about. The Somfy motor is top of the range and is hidden in the fabric roll of the awning. Out of sight is out of mind – you won’t even hear it operate, it is whisper quiet.

Image Blinds wants to make decorating your home as simple and painless as possible for you. They have an experienced team who will be able to advise you on the best solution for you and also be able to provide you with an obligation-free quote at no charge to you. Considering the wide range of awnings available, it is great to have a professional that knows what the end result will look like as a sounding board. Let a consultant from Image Blinds help you to enhance your home today.

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Aluminium is Alluring

By blindsbrisbane1 - September 24th, 2012, 23:31, Category: General

When decorating a home we are spoilt for choice. This also applies to windows. Should we have curtains, blinds, shutters or louvres in our rooms? Let’s begin by identifying our options.

Curtains are warm and colorful and brighten up a room. On the downside, they can easily get dirty from dust or sticky fingers and it’s such a mission to take them down to wash or dry clean. Blinds come in various designs and materials. They can be made from wood, plastic, aluminium or fabric, amongst others. Furthermore, the term, ‘blinds’, is often used to describe any window covering excluding curtains. Window blinds can also be horizontal or vertical in design.

As the word implies, horizontal blinds contain horizontal slats that are joined together with chord. They can be opened in order to let the sunlight shine through the slats or completely closed to enable privacy.

Vertical blinds have long hanging slats that can also be opened or closed. However, vertical blinds are better for managing the amount of natural light that is allowed in a room. These blinds are very popular in offices. They are usually operated with a hanging chord or a thin lever.

Louvre windows have a succession of sloping blades that overlap. They can be made of materials such as aluminium, wood or glass and they can be opened or closed in order to allow varying degrees of light into a room.

Window shutters are a popular item, both for indoors and outdoors. They are also installed in some buildings to cover doors. Outdoor shutters are often used for decorative purposes. Indoor shutters can have fixed louvres that don’t rotate. They are made of an assortment of materials. However, homes with modern designs look their best with aluminium shutters. At the same time, it is easier to shape and mould them according to the required specifications.

Yet another factor is their durability. They are better at withstanding the elements. Furthermore, aluminium shutters Brisbane, being tough and strong, are ideal for security conscious home owners. The shutters can be ordered online from reputable companies.

Some shutters can be installed only for decorative purposes. These are especially popular for exterior windows. Conversely, aluminium shutters that can be opened and closed might be a better option.

Of great importance is that aluminium shutters require very little maintenance. They are obtainable in various colors and can be easily wiped clean. The shutters can be fixed, hinged or sliding. The blades are wholly adjustable and they offer total privacy or open up to a view of the environment.

Designs and styles vary, which is why it makes good sense to order your shutters from reputable organizations.

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Getting the Perfect Blinds for your Lifestyle

By blindsbrisbane1 - August 28th, 2012, 22:22, Category: General

When it comes to choosing the perfect blinds for your home, there are a few things that you should consider. Gone are the days when the term “blinds” referred only to those clinical blinds commonly found in factories, etc. Blinds come in a wide range of finishes, materials and styles now and can really be called a boon to those doing home décor. There are a lot fewer limits in terms of décor nowadays when it comes to blinds.

To narrow down the choices available to you, it is wise to decide on what look you are going for in your room. If you want something cool and contemporary, aluminium blinds are ideal. For something a little warmer, timber Venetian blinds could fit the bill. For a softer finish, you could look into any of the fabric blinds such as roller blinds or Roman blinds.

You will also need to consider what it is that you need the blinds for primarily. Should it just be as a design feature, you can choose any blinds that suit you. Should you be more into something that is practical as well, you need to identify what is most important to you. If you are looking for completely privacy, sunshades may not necessarily be the way to go – these usually block out the harmful rays of the sun but still allow you to see through them. If privacy is your primary goal, you should consider something like timber Venetians Brisbane.

You may also want blinds that block out light – how much light you want excluded will determine the make-up of your blinds. Some fabric blinds, for example, can allow a soft, diffused light into the room. Metallic or timber blinds are very efficient at blocking out light but the most effective are blackout blinds.

The last consideration is, of course, the cleaning aspect. Most blinds are low maintenance and need a weekly wipe down to keep them clean. It may be slightly easier to keep roman or fabric blinds dust free, however. If this is something that concerns you, there are many professional blind cleaning services available.

The last consideration is, of course, your own personal taste. You need to choose an option that appeals to you and considering that there are so many options available, this should hardly be a problem at all. Simply decide on what features are most important to you and look for something in that range. There is little else that really needs to be considered when it comes to choosing the perfect blinds.

Choosing Cellular Blinds

By blindsbrisbane1 - August 2nd, 2012, 19:46, Category: General

Developed only in the last couple of decades, honeycomb blinds have been fast gaining popularity. Developed in answer to an energy crisis, these blinds now come in a wide range of colors and textures making them a popular design alternative. The design is slightly different from your normal blind in that it looks like a honeycomb from the side. The design allows air to be trapped in the cells which, in turn, makes the blinds very energy efficient.

Your first decision will be what cell or pleat size you want. You are likely to be given a choice between a single pleat and a double pleat – the latter is more energy efficient because two cells are fused which allows it to trap more air. You will also need to decide between single cell, double cell and the triple cell when it comes to blinds – the triple cell is the most energy efficient.

You will next need to decide how much light you want to allow in – you can choose blinds that simply filter the light, those that darken the room or those that completely black out all light. The most common material for
cellular blinds Brisbane is polyester but you can also get them in cotton. You will then have to choose how you will operate the blinds – top down, bottom up, whether or not you use a cord or whether or not the blinds are motorized.

As mentioned before, most cellular blinds are made out of polyester. Most are backed in a neutral fabric but the front can come in any range of colors and patterns. The cells will not separate as they are fused or glued together. It is important to choose a better made blind in a better fabric or risk the cells separating. This is a problem when shoddy construction is an issue and can be side-tracked by getting a quality product with a long-term guarantee.

Once these choices are out of the way, it is time to install your blinds. Installation is pretty much the same as any normal blinds. The major difference between these blinds and normal ones is that they are a lot better at insulation. The air that gets trapped in the cells is what makes these blinds a lot more energy efficient. The cells also make the blinds a lot more efficient at controlling the light coming into the house. When necessary, these blinds simply fold up out of the way like normal blinds.

Planning your Dream Home

By blindsbrisbane1 - July 5th, 2012, 16:48, Category: General

All of us have a dream that one day we will own and live in our dream home and, for some of us; we are already part of the way there. Of course, whether you are in your dream home or simply in a small starter home, you want to make it comfortable and secure for you and your family. Most of us automatically think that this will cost big bucks but that is not necessarily the case. There are a lot of things that you can do to ensure that your home is secure and comfortable.

Sometimes being more practical means that you forego the ultra-chic design ideas that you would love to get – when you own your own home you soon learn that durability, functionality and, of course, price count for a lot. You may have to; for example, forego that designer chandelier in exchange for improving the down-lighting in the kitchen. The examples that could be quoted are endless. Suffice to say, there are a lot of areas that need careful consideration when it comes to the security and comfort of your home.

One such area is the purchase of outdoor shutters. Shutters are not just an aesthetic improvement to a building – they are also a practical one that helps you to regulate heat, block out the elements and they do all this and still look good. It’s worth spending a bit extra for shutters that are going to last a while. A perfect example of really durable shutters is aluminium shutters Brisbane that can become a fixed feature on the outside of your home or flat.

These shutters will literally last a lifetime and are fantastic in that they stand up well to the elements. Forget having to re-varnish them on an annual basis – these are truly low maintenance shutters. Not only do they stand up to extreme heat, they are also good for areas that experience sever cold and will not ever rust. Ideally suited to areas where you need a bit more shade or a lot more privacy, aluminium shutters are permanently fixed to the wall to provide a discreet security and sun screen.

Carrying on with shutters as an example, they can make your dream home that much more affordable, secure and pleasant. They help to keep the sun out of your home – essential if you already have a problem with too much heat – and thus make it easier for your air-conditioner to function properly. They are also excellent at keeping prying eyes from peeking into your home – worth remembering if you ever need to whack your hubby over the head.

That just goes to show how one small, simple improvement that does not cost an arm and leg more than proves its worth when it comes to security and comfort.

Using Blinds to Cool your Home

By blindsbrisbane1 - May 20th, 2012, 18:10, Category: General

We are always looking for ways to keep our houses cool – one good way to do this is to use shutters or blinds. Good old Venetian blinds have been used for years to block out the sun’s harshest rays. Between blinds, curtains and shutters, we have long been looking for the ideal way to keep out homes cool.

Cellular blinds Brisbane are a pretty new concept when it comes to window dressings and work on a pretty simple concept – as the blinds are lowered, air pockets are created and the sun has to pass through these as well as the blinds in order to get into your home. The effect is that the sun’s rays still filter through but are not nearly as strong when they reach the inside. Overall, your house is still light but your cooling bill is greatly reduced.

Of course, if you want the blinds to completely block out the sun, this can be accomplished fairly simply as well. You simply choose blinds in a different fabric or colour. As with any other blinds, there is a wide range to choose from when it comes to cellular blinds. You will be able to find blinds that will match in perfectly with the décor you currently have.

What is perfect about cellular blinds is that they can simply be folded up and away, out of sight. Much like their popular cousins, Venetian blinds, they do not take up a lot of space at all. Their distinct advantage over Venetian blinds is, however, their ability to create an effective barrier against the sun’s rays.

Of course, the concept of cellular blinds is still a new one for most people and the primary concern people have is that the blinds are more bulky. They are not perceptibly much bulkier because the honeycomb weave is quite small – the pockets are very small and do not add much bulk at all. Once you get your head around the initial concept, it is fairly simple to understand how honeycomb blinds Brisbane work.

Of course, when you are buying blinds for your home, you will want to look at the full range of options and there are a lot of them out there. Whether you go for the newer cellular blinds or stick to an old favourite such as Venetian blinds is completely up to you. You should give all the different types of blinds the once over to see exactly which type suits you best.

Using Internal Aluminium Shutters in your Home

By blindsbrisbane1 - May 8th, 2012, 1:19, Category: General

The vast range of blinds available out there can make it quite confusing for you when it comes to partitioning off areas in your home or office for privacy. Sometimes you have to kind of wonder if it isn’t just better to stick to doors in the home and curtains on the windows. With a little forethought, however, you will find that internal blinds can work wonders in your home. Let’s discuss a couple of uses for blinds in your home.

To Block out the Sun

We all know how dangerous the sun in Australia is – most of us are quite diligent applying sunscreen when we go outdoors. What about indoors though? I’m sure most of us do not bother with sunscreen in the house. Think the sun that comes in through the windows is not as dangerous? If that was so, how come it fades your curtains, etc? This is where blinds, especially wooden Venetian blinds or aluminium shutters Brisbane, have a clear advantage. Blinds can be opened slightly to let in some light and air but still keep out the worst of the sun.

To Protect your Privacy

Have you ever given much thought to that glass door leading to your pool? How many times have you had a good laugh when someone has accidently walked into it, not realising it was there? The main problem with glass doors is that they can be dangerous and they let no air in if closed. The advantage is, of course, that you can keep an eye on the kids playing outside. Internal blinds offer a good, solution to the problems posed by glass. These shutters can usually be angled in whatever way you want – leave them in the open position and you’ll still be able to keep an eye on the kids but have a separate area in which the adults can relax and talk. Airflow is good and a relatively good amount of privacy is maintained. You will, however, have to organise some other form of entertainment because guests are not going to miss the blinds as they might have the glass.

To Divide a Room

Perhaps you have a great open-plan living space. These are a lot of fun but can be inconvenient at times. If, for example, you have a bachelor pad, you don’t necessarily want guests to see where you sleep. An answer to this problem is to have bifold shutters Brisbane installed. Pull them out to full length for complete privacy or simply fold them away if you want more space.

There are several applications to internal blinds and we simply don’t have the space here to discuss all of them. They do provide a useful solution to those looking to create an elegant and practical décor solution.

Aluminium Privacy Screens to Create Privacy

By blindsbrisbane1 - April 23rd, 2012, 18:12, Category: General

Most of us like our privacy and at times, we will go to great lengths to protect our privacy. Privacy is especially important when it comes to your home. You can ensure your privacy at home in various ways but the most important is probably to make sure that people cannot see into your home. When it comes to privacy, window dressings are very important. There are several ways to dress windows: 

Aluminium Screens

These 
privacy screens Brisbane are generally placed on the outside of the structure. They not only provide privacy but also provide some protection from the elements, in particular protection from the sun. These screens come in a variety of different styles and colours and can be made to fit in with the overall look of the building. These are especially effective in apartment building where it is necessary to shield your windows from buildings that overlook them. These screens are usually fixed.

Shutters

Shutters are another alternative that can be placed on the exterior or interior of the building and they also provide a great deal of privacy. They come in a range of different finishes and styles and can be fixed or movable. Shutters often have louvres that are movable and so you can open or close them according to your needs. 

Blinds

Blinds are usually hung inside the window and come in a range of different styles. Venetian blinds are ideal for those looking for a crisper, contemporary feel whereas fabric blinds give a softer feel. Fabric blinds can be translucent enough to allow light through and yet opaque enough to provide complete privacy. You also get blinds that have the express purpose of cutting out UV radiation but still allow you to see the view outside – the privacy offered by these blinds is not as complete as you get from 
aluminium shutter Brisbane but they do have some great advantages. It really depends on what you are wanting out of your blinds. 

All in all, you can also look at the more traditional window dressings like curtains but blinds do offer a compact and complete solution that is quite cost effective as well. Add to this that blinds are pretty easy to install and you have a complete solution. At the end of the day, you need to take into account what your actual needs are in terms of privacy and the kind of look that you are hoping to achieve before making your final decision. 



Every Reason to Add Timber Venetian Blinds to your Home

By blindsbrisbane1 - April 9th, 2012, 18:28, Category: General

When you are looking to give your interior décor a lift or furnishing a new home there are some very easy and functional ways to do this. Every home needs window coverings and choosing the right ones to suit your style, preference and needs can be simple when you know what to look for. There are many different kinds of window coverings on offer. One of the more popular styles is venetian blinds, in particular, timber venetian blinds. If you want to know a little more about timber venetian blinds and what they can do for your home, keep reading.

Why timber venetian blinds?

If you are looking for a window covering that adds style to your home, whether modern or traditional, timber venetians Brisbane have you covered. Timber venetian blinds not only add a certain warmth to any room with its natural tones and finishes, it gives a feeling of natures beauty right there in the room. There is no doubt that timber and timber venetian blinds are beautiful, but what of the functional value?

Along with adding a wonderful ambience to your home, timber blinds offer many useful values too. Of course there is the more obvious benefits such as timber blinds being added to windows to block out unwanted light. This serves to protect furniture from sun damage and also to create the preferred mood in a room via lighting control. Privacy is also one of the main reasons timber venetian blinds are added to windows. They prevent people from being able to see inside your home either during the day or at night offering piece of mind that your family and valuables are safe from prying eyes. But there are a couple of other benefits you may not know timber venetian blinds can offer.

Wood is a natural insulator and so in adding timber blinds Brisbane to your windows you add some extra climate control to the room. Keeping blinds closed on colder nights means there is some warmth kept within the room and during hotter months, blinds can be closed to keep out the hot, harsh rays of the sun. With this insulation also comes the benefit of blocking out excess noise pollution. Noisy neighbours or cars rushing by need not be a problem when you have timber venetian blinds installed in your home.

There is every reason to add these stunning blinds to your home. Organise for a free measure and quote so you can be on your way to enjoying all the benefits of timber venetian blinds.

Timber Venetian Blinds from Image Blinds

By Justin Mason - March 25th, 2012, 19:26, Category: General

The right kind of blinds
With almost three decades of experience in the industry, Image Blinds has become a trusted and reputable brand in South East Queensland. By focusing on the local market this family based company has gone from strength to strength in building a loyal customer base. Image Blinds take a lot of pride in offering top-class service and have found that this is the best way to grow their business – satisfied clients refer a lot of new clients for them. Largely considered the go-to place for Timber Venetians Brisbane and just about any other type of blind that you could want, Image Blinds uses quality materials to make up their blinds.

Denise had all but given up finding the perfect blinds for her living room when she came across Image Blind’s website. "I called up immediately and set up an appointment for them to come and take the measurements." For Denise, who really has no head for DIY, having them coming in to do everything from start to finish was perfect. "Not everyone is cut out for DIY projects and I admit that a professional blind supplier simply has to offer an installation service as well. The great range on offer by Image Blinds was perfect for me – they were the first place to offer what I was actually looking for."

Denise was looking for timber blinds because she felt that a metallic finish would be too cool and clinical. Her problem elsewhere was finding a finish that was suitably warm and stylish but still up to date. When it comes to timber Venetian blinds, finish is especially important – it can make or break the whole look of the room.

The staff at Image Blinds understand the importance of getting the look and finish right. They also understand the importance of quality and the company is proud of its proven track record of quality service and quality products at reasonable prices. Quality is assured because the company chooses only the best suppliers and their buying power allows them to offer this quality at a decent price. The company stands behind its products 100% and guarantees that, should there be a problem, it will be fixed with no muss and no fuss.

Mistakes are unlikely because of the highly trained staff and committed suppliers. Image Blinds is not a fly-by-night operation – they are experts in their field and can back up their quality guarantee. The range is huge – if a product is not stocked by Image Blinds, it is probably not worth getting at all. If they do not have what you want, they will certainly look into getting it for you – as long as the quality is right.

Shaun thought that the best part of his whole experience was the friendly and expert service that he received. "I am a DIY enthusiast and had hung blinds before but still got some great tips for my new blinds from the staff." He had chosen timber blinds Brisbane because he loves a more natural finish when it comes to décor. He was astounded by the range offered – he didn’t even bother to look any further – he figured that a company with a range like that would have the best of everything. Shaun said that he would enthusiastically endorse Image Blinds at any time.