New release ‘Tuscany’ by Wilson Fabrics
New release ‘Tuscany’ by Wilson Fabrics is the perfect option to complete this years hottest looks for curtains and window furnishings.
Selling at the top as one of Wilson’s blind fabrics Tuscany is now available as a light filtering curtain fabric. Tuscany is suitable to be used for wavefold, gathered or pleated curtains and can also be used for Roman Blinds and soft furnishings.
Natural, earthy and simple Tuscany looks like a linen blend but has the practicality of polyester, making it a long lasting and durable fabric.
Tuscany is not only Australian Made, it is also Oeko-Tex certified and Fire Retardant tested making it ideal for domestic and commercial use.
Available in 17 colours, 11 coordinate back to the Tuscany II blockout and translucent blind range.
New Cool Blind technology from Wilson Fabrics as the name says really is Cool. According to the brochure “Cool Blind is a unique Australian Made PVC Free screen fabric designed to meet the energy saving requirements of modern environmentally responsible building design, while still remaining stylish for any home or office. Surface temperature of Cool Blind remains on average 26% cooler than PVC screens in direct sunlight; reducing heat transfer into rooms, thereby reducing the demand on A/C systems”.
Our Wilson Rep Dean showed us how he puts Cool Blind fabric to the test by using a heat lamp and digital temperature gauge. A standard PVC screen fabric and the Cool Blind fabric are placed over a light box with a heat lamp directing heat evenly onto both fabrics and left to sit for approximately 20 minutes. After that time we measured the temperature of both the fabrics and the results were indisputable.
The Cool Blind showed a significantly lower radiant temperature than the standard PVC screen fabric. These results will have have a great impact on home owners who choose Cool Blind fabric for window treatments. Inside temperatures of rooms where the sun hits directly onto the window will be great reduced keeping your home and inside environment cooler and more comfortable.
Cool Blind fabrics are suitable for Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds and Panel Glides. They have the same visual benefit as PVC screens but are cooler and PVC free. Cool Blind is protected by Stain Protect fabric protector which makes it more resistant to stains and soiling and easier to clean.
A standard PVC screen fabric and Cool Blind fabric are put to the test using a heat lamp to mimic the suns rays
Standard PVC screen showing a temperature of over 50 degrees.
The temperature of the Cool Blind is significantly lower at 33.6 degrees.
Our Wilson representative Dean explaining the benefits of new Cool Blind technology.
For a limited time only a selection Wilson Fabrics Australian Made coated fabrics are up to 30% off regular pricing. Avalon, Kairns, Delhi, Flinders, Morocco II, Brooome II, Santiago and Maitland are 30% off the list price until the 31st of October 2015. Made in Australia and Oeko-Tex Certified Wilson blockout fabrics offer superior blockout properties and draping ability. The ‘Confidence in Textiles’ stamp means no harmful chemicals have been used in the manufacture of these textile products which will pose no risk to your health. With no minimum order requirements now is a great time to curtain those windows you having been meaning to do. Each range has a large selection of contemporary colours to suit any decor. To arrange a measure and quote for curtains in any of these or our regular range of fabrics contact our showroom or ‘Request a Quote’ online.
One of the most common questions we get asked when visiting customers in their home is ‘Which blind would be the best option?’
There is no one answer for each situation but to provide a solution I ask a few questions first. Such as why do you need a window covering there? Is it for privacy, to make the room darker, to keep the room cooler – or warmer? Is it purely aesthetic? How do you use the window or door? Is it mostly closed or open or is it used a lot if it is a door. Do you need cooling summer breezes at night? How sunny does it get – does it face west?
Once I have established that information it is so much easier to provide an answer. For example a Maleny customer I saw yesterday needs a blind on her kitchen window. The main reason she wants that blind is for privacy at night as the window faces her driveway. It is not a sunny or hot situation and she doesn’t worry about the privacy during the day. Since the blind is over a sink my suggestion was to use a roller blind in a blockout fabric that can be rolled up out of the way in the daytime and closed at night for privacy. By using a low maintenance fabric like Dawn any splashes from the sink can be removed easily.
A roller blind can be up out of the way when you don’t need it or down when you do.
Another customer I visited last week in Elimbah has a large west facing living room that has three windows and a sliding door around the room. A priority for this customer is to be able to keep out some of the summer heat and also keep the room warm in winter. It was a particularly cold day when I was there and easy to see how the large amount of glass allows warm air to escape. The floors in the room are tiled so there are a lot of hard surfaces in the room. To help with thermal insulation and sound absorption my suggestion was to use curtains with a blockout lining that stack each side of the windows. These would give the room a balanced and pleasing symmetry whilst also providing a soft and inviting look for a family living room. My customer is also very keen to keep the products she uses in her home low VOC so we chose a Wilson lining that is Oeko-Tex certified and a natural linen for the face curtain.
What works for a sliding door? A panel glide is one option that could suit you.
One common question that is asked is what would be suitable for a large sliding door. As sliding doors can be commonly used areas it is important that what is used on the door is practical and easy to use. The most appropriate window coverings for these situations are Curtains, Panel Glides or Shutters on a sliding track. Panel Glides are excellent for doors as they easily span a large area without compromise in their function or appearance. The panels can be stacked away over a wall where possible when not in use and pulled across when needed. The panel glides slide easily along the track and can be opened when access to the door is required. There are many options for fabric for a panel glides and can be made in Blockout, Translucent or Sheer to suit your specific needs.
Curtains are also ideal for large areas as they can easily span large widths and can also be stacked back against or over a wall. The options for fabric choices are almost endless and any style can be achieved with a curtain.
Almost any style can be achieved with the seemingly endless options for curtain fabrics.
Shutters are also a lovely option for a sliding door as they be installed on a tracking system allowing the panels to be stacked over each other. The blades can be left open or closed to suit your privacy or light control needs.
When it is time to choose your window coverings it is a good idea to think about your needs and requirements for each area and put them in order of priority. This will give you the best chance of the choosing the right blinds for your home.
With the colder weather here covering your windows especially at night is so important for helping to keep your home warmer and to help reduce your heating costs. Uncovered windows can significantly increase the heat loss in your home in winter and also the heat gain in summer.
According to Wilson Fabrics Energy Savings information ‘Up to 40% of heating and cooling energy loss occurs via your windows’
The best types of window covering for insulation are close fitting drapes that fit snugly to the windows creating a pocket of dead air between the glass and the window covering. Curtains in a thick or blockout fabric that does not allow air flow is the most effective for increasing the insulation value of your window coverings. Installing a separate lining on your curtains will further increase its insulation properties. Windows furnished with drapes and pelmets contributes to a 220% improvement in R value compared to exposed glass* (Insulation is measured as an R value).
To reduce further heat loss installing a pelmet over the curtains will stop the flow of cool air over the drapes and into the room. Drapes that are snug against the wall and block vertical airflow as well cut heat loss up to 25%**
It is important to allow warmth into your home during the day by opening your blinds or window coverings to let in as much sun as possible. This warmth will be retained in the home for longer by closing the curtains at dusk.
Blockout curtains and pelmets have the added value of keeping your home cooler in summer and providing acoustic/noise reduction. They are also the most effective window covering for blocking out light and are perfect for children’s rooms, media rooms and for shift workers who need to sleep during daylight hours.
Curtains and pelmets are an attractive and value adding addition to any home and can be made in a variety of styles and fabrics to suit your décor whether it is traditional or contemporary.
*Source Wilson Fabrics – http://www.wilsonfabrics.com.au/EnergySavings.aspx
**Source – Green Energy Efficient Homes http://www.green-energy-efficient-homes.com/energy-saving-window-coverings.html#Energy_saving_drapes_and_curtains
As you may have recently seen in our Glasshouse Country and Maleny News we have a special on all of our custom made blinds. Mention this post and you will receive 10% off all blinds until the 15th of May 2015. Call now to arrange a free measure and quote on Romans, Venetians, Roller Blinds, Verticals and Panel Glides.
Order $500 or more of Wilson’s curtain or blind fabrics by the end of October 2014 and receive $200 worth of free Dri Glo towels.For more information contact our Beerwah showroom on 5494 6898 or go to http://www.wilsonfabrics.com.au/DriGloTowelsTermsConditions.aspx (conditions apply).
Luxury Oxford by Wilson Fabrics
The recently attended Blind Expo at the Gold Coast was a huge hit. Held every 3 years it is a showcase for manufacturers and suppliers in our industry to present new products or promote existing ones. It is also a chance to catch up with people from the industry that are spread over Australia. Here is a bit of a taste of what’s coming out soon.
Wavefold Ribbon Curtain
This roman blind from Acmeda was huge around 5m wide x 4 metres drop
Shutters with Wallpaper an ingenious idea from
Acmeda Wirefree Remote Control Blinds with Rechargeable Batteries
Jim checking out an external awning from Uniline with adjustable side arms.
Plenty of colour at the Unline Stand
Lovely decorative trims for roller blinds from Louvolite
Aluminium Shutters with lockable blades and panels.
External Aluminium Shutters from Ozroll with lockable blades
Remote control Roller Shutters
Lots of lovely new decorator curtain rods and finials from Windoware
Wilson Fabric concept blind fabric. Hopefully they will release this one.
Our lovely Wilson rep Dean showing us another concept blind fabric.
Our latest room re-do at the beautiful Maleny Manor has just been completed and I would love to share some photos with you. Marlene asked for something classical with a French Country look but with a little pop of colour. Together we chose a classical damask style fabric in Taupe with a co-ordinating plain from Charles Parsons as our starting point. This was used for the coverlet, curtains, pelmet and cushions. To add some glamour and zing I chose a luscious velvet from Wilson Fabrics, Avida in Cornsilk, for the bed head and bed valance as well as more cushions and then the pop of colour was brought in with Ken Bimler’s Tudor Rose ‘Taupe’. For light filtering and privacy sheer curtains in Nettex Pulse ‘Champagne’ are also used. Here are the results I hope you love it as much as we do.
Avida Velvet from Wilson Fabrics adds a touch of glamour to the custom made bedhead.
Tudor Rose ‘Taupe’ scatter cushions
Blockout curtains in Charles Parsons Antonella ‘Putty’ and Sheers in Nettex Pulse ‘Champagne’
Look for this label when purchasing textiles for your home.
Ever wondered how to choose products for your home that you know will not be harmful to your health. With so many imported products coming from manufacturers with little or no regulations on manufacturing process it is near impossible to know what is going in to an item destined to sit in your home. Fortunately when it comes to textiles and specifically for our industry for curtain and blind fabrics there is a label that you can look out for that can give you peace of mind when choosing window coverings. The Confidence in Textiles label shows that the fabric you are looking at has been tested for harmful chemicals and is safe for use in your home. Read more…