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Window Furnishings Uncovered!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Whether you’re looking to reduce energy costs, compliment your home furnishings or simply add another feature to impress your guests, there is no doubt that adding some window furnishings will have immense benefit and value to your home. From the myriad of blind varieties to aluminium and plantation shutters, there is a near endless stream of product choices, which understandably can be quite confusing! So here is some pointers from us on what some of our favourite choices are and their benefits!

Roller Blinds
Roller blinds are the most functional blinds and are widely used for the office room at home. Usually, these blinds are made from plastic material or a light fabric. The most remarkable feature in roller blinds is that they don’t allow the morning light to shine directly through. They can be found in an array of colours in and designs.

Venetian Blinds
Venetian Blinds are the most popular types that are made of horizontal slats, attached one above one other. The hanging slats are suspended with a cord and will be rotated to nearly 180 degrees to allow light as required. Since the slats can be closed completely, they are perfect for easy use in bathrooms and washrooms. Venetian blind are available in a variety of materials such as metal, timber, plastic and more. Venetian blinds are ideal for those who are looking for stylish and effective window coverings at relatively low cost.

Timber Shutters
All Shutters and Blinds plantation shutters are available in a wide range of styles and colours, and are made of high-quality timber. They are an elegant window furnishing that will no doubt add value to your home. These products are fully customisable, from shape, mid-rail splits and finish. The construction of our plantation shutters ensures they can withstand varying temperature, light and daily usage without deterioration and come with a standard 5 year paint, 15 year structural warranty.

Aluminium Shutters
Aluminium shutters are generally used outside to protect windows and doors and reduce the heat entering the building. They are the ideal shutters for outdoor areas and can even be used to create rooms or enclose balconies or patios.

Aluminium is used because it offers extremely high strength for its weight. Also because it is impervious to water it is not attacked by termites. The durability ensures the shutters will give you many years of service.

Aluminium shutters are available in a wide range of sizes and colours, including wood grain finishes and powder coating in a number of colours, with custom Dulux colours available on request. All Shutters and Blinds Weatherwell aluminium shutters come with a standard 10 year paint and structural warranty.


Choosing Colour Tips & 2015 Dulux Colour Trends

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Choosing the right colour scheme for your home can be challenging, but if you do it right, colour can be among your most powerful tools in transforming your living space into a fabulous environment. Dulux, one of Australia’s trusted paint suppliers, have released their 2015 colour trends and we just love the combinations they have chosen. Whether you’re building or looking to reinvent your space, below are a few tips to help you get started along with some inspiration from Dulux’s top designers.


Start with the room elements first. They are your least flexible items to change, so it is best to choose your paint colours based on your furniture pieces, fabrics or wallpaper. 

When choosing colours, go for a mix of values - one dark, one light and one bright colour. This will prevent your colours from looking chaotic. Out of the 3, choose a dominant hue and use the other 2 colours to highlight, tone down or break up areas of the dominant colour.

Stick with colours you are comfortable with. There’s no need to always go with the latest colour trends and designs. Classics will last a lifetime but that said, you it doesn’t hurt to be little adventurous with pops of colour using home accessories. That way, if you get bored of it or find it’s not working for you, you can easily update. Better than repainting an entire wall!


Lighting can have a significant impact on colour. As colour is a reflection of light, the amount of light and type of light in a room will affect the visual hue.

Explore natural light and artificial light. How does the light affect the colours of the room and therefore affect the mood of the room? Daylight is considered the best light to view colours in. If your room doesn’t receive much natural light, try warmer colours to tone down the shadows and cooler colours for brightly lit rooms.

When choosing colours for particular rooms, keep in mind, when the rooms are most likely to be used and choose colours based on when and how the room is utilised. For example, a sunroom might primarily be used in the mornings, when the warmth and sunshine is abundant, so you would choose colours suitable to the morning light.


We like Dulux paints because at All Shutters & Blinds we can colour match your chosen Dulux paint, and customise your timber or aluminium shutters to that colour. No longer are standard whites the only options available for shutters. Shutters don’t have to blend into the background of your walls. They can be just as dramatic and beautiful as a feature painting or wall hanging. 

Select designers have come up with 4 Dulux colour trend combinations for 2015. The theme is Connection. Four colour palettes inspired by the ever increasing desire for us to connect in the ‘real world’, a break away from our technology driven lives. We feel at least one of these palettes will please even the fussiest decorator!

Below are the 2015 Dulux Trends to inspire you.





Reduce the Impact of Weather on Your Outdoor Living

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

It’s no secret that Australians love spending time outdoors. However, the harsh and often erratic nature of Aussie weather means that whilst we invest a lot of time and resources into our outdoor entertaining areas, they often go under utilised.  So we thought we’d share a few of our favourite ways to help reduce the impact of the weather on your outdoor enjoyment!

Aluminium shutters are a great way to fully or partially enclose your outdoor area. Our aluminium shutters can be custom ordered to fit any outdoor space you may have and can be ordered in fixed, hinged, sliding or bi-fold installations.

Available in a wide variety of colour and textured finishes, our Weatherwell Elite range is also lockable for added peace of mind.

Weatherwell Elite

Weatherwell Standard

As Autumn makes it’s presence known, it’s often just a little to cold to spend the nights outside, even if it’s not raining. A great remedy for this situation is to introduce some fire into your outdoor settings. Not only will this give you enough warmth to make it comfortable, it’s a fantastic way to create a relaxed and intimate environment. Chimaneas are a very versatile outdoor piece that can be stored away during summer when it’s not needed and brought out to become the centre of attention during the colder months.

Introduce some fire into your outdoor setting.

Outdoor Rooms by Corradi are the most complete way to fully utilise your outdoor space all year round. Designed & manufactured in Italy, it combines the latest in structural engineering with Italy’s famous flare for aesthetics. With integrated water management and the ability to be fully or semi enclosed, you have a system that not only looks amazing, but can also withstand the harsh Australian climate.

Corradi Outdoor Room

Corradi Outdoor Room

Awnings are a brilliant and cost-effective way of shading an area to protect yourself, and any adjacent rooms from the onslaught of the Australian sun.

Our range of Shadesol awnings are German designed to provide a beautiful product backed by the highest standards of structural engineering. Available in motorised and non-motorised versions, it’s a must have for every Australian home.

Shadesol Awning


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