Types of Blinds: Buyers Guide to Indoor & Window Blinds

Blinds are a convenient, stylish addition to most homes. But, with so many on the market, how do you know how to choose which types of blinds are right for you? From classics, such as Venetians and Romans, to super-modern designs, like eco-friendly honeycomb shades, there’s a lot to think about. Let our handy buying guide help you decide.

Venetian blinds

It’s fair to say that Venetian blinds are the classic choice. They’re popular and enduring for many reasons, including their elegant appearance, their ease-of-use and their privacy. Moreover, maintaining them is so straightforward – a dust every now and again is all you have to do. Venetian blinds are available in a range of materials, including PVC, aluminium and wood (which go great with engineered timber floors).

Roller blinds

Are you searching for a blind that looks sharp and contemporary? Go for roller blinds. They create slick, tidy lines in any interior, so, most of the time, there’s not much chance of a clash with the existing design. On top of that, they operate incredibly smoothly, with just one or two minor movements required. Roller blinds come in a variety of fabrics, so they’re a convenient option for custom blinds.

Roman blinds

Like Venetian blinds, Roman blinds have an instantly recognisable, classic look to them. However, they’re a little more luxurious. They also give you the option of deciding how much light you’d like to enter the room. This is because they’re available as custom blinds in both thin and thick materials, from translucent fabrics to PVC.

Panel glides

Do you need a custom blind for a large surface, such as a big window or a sliding door? Consider panel glides. Unlike most blinds, they open from one side or the other, or from the middle, it’s up to you. Like Venetians, they’re very private and allow the total blocking out of light. If you’re keen to add some character to a room, go for a bold or bright colour.

Vertical blinds

Where most blinds open horizontally, vertical blinds – as the name suggests – open vertically. This means they don’t collect dust and dirt very easily, so they’re the right custom blinds for anyone looking to minimise hours spent on housework. They come in a range of sizes, colours and fabrics, letting you choose a style to suit your interior. At one end, there are vertical blinds with striking, 129-millimeter panels that block out all light; at the other, there are those with subtle 89-millimeter panels, which act as a filter.

Honeycomb shades

Are you in the market for a contemporary, cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly solution? Honeycomb shades might be just what you’re looking for. These intelligently designed blinds feature special cells, which keep your room warm in winter, yet cool in the summer. So, not only do they block out light, they also help with temperature control – all year round. To make them child-proof, opt for a cordless rail system.

Get Professional Help

Would you like some more help with deciding how to choose blinds? Get in touch with us today. Newcastle Carpet One can help you understand what blinds or shutters to choose to match your lifestyle and home aesthetic. Contact your Newcastle blinds and and shutters store to make the process easy. 

Please call 02 4952 1466 for an obligation free chat. 

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122 Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown Heights NSW 2289
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Choosing Flooring for Home Entrances

The entrance to your home is a crucial part of your property. It is especially hard to decorate, so flooring needs to be considered carefully. When selecting entryway floors for your home you need to consider what type of flooring will work best to reflect the styles you utilise throughout your home.

Home entrance flooring can be a tough decision for a homeowner, and the material you choose to floor the area will be dependant upon your lifestyle and the surroundings of your home. If you live in a sandy environment, you may want to consider a hard flooring rather than carpet to make it easier to keep clean.

Here are some options for entrance way flooring, including luxurious laminate and vinyl options:

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Durability is Important

Durability is a major concern for entranceways, as they’re very high traffic areas of your home, With so much foot traffic in this area, your choice of flooring will need to withstand the heavy use. 

Select a timeless style

When choosing a durable floor, it is also important to make sure that its a timeless style. The last thing you want is a floor that will last 10 or more years, but looks out of date with the changing trends. 

Get Professional Help

Understanding what floor to choose to match your lifestyle and home aesthetic can be a difficult one. Contact your nearest Carpet One flooring store to make the process easy. Our friendly consultants can also help you understand the warranties of our flooring so you have piece of mind knowing your investment will last a long time. 

If you have any questions regarding choosing flooring for your home entrances, our experts are happy to offer advice. Please call 02 4952 1466 for an obligation free chat.

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122 Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown Heights NSW 2289
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Superb sustainable flooring choices from Newcastle Carpet One

Giving the idea more importance than just about anywhere else across the planet, it’s fair to say that many Australians now appreciate that making sustainable product choices offers a feel-good factor, both personally and for our precious environment. 

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This is of key importance inside the home, and the Newcastle Carpet One team have always appreciated such concerns, which is why we offer some magnificent sustainable flooring choices. Here we’re going to highlight just a few of the many superb options we can offer you.

Introducing the Just Shorn wool collection

This collection contains around two hundred completely sustainable wool flooring choices, ranging (just alphabetically!) from Camden Station to Wainui – the expression ‘spoilt for choice’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. 

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This wool comes from animals who spend their lives in the New Zealand countryside. Let’s face it, the only thing New Zealanders know more about than raising superb sheep is rugby – and we won’t mention that again! Natural wool carpets have some great features, including hypoallergenic characteristics, being able to help claw harmful pollutants out of our air, and adding genuine warmth beneath our feet – just think how wool insulates sheep in cold climates.

Thanks to the natural oil lanolin, wool is also much more water-resistant than many people expect it to be. When you also add its durability, keeping carpets in shape through many years of hard wear, its an obvious choice for so many for our floor coverings. The Newcastle Carpet One collection covers a huge choice of shades, plush patterns and looped possibilities.

Marlborough Sounds – as wonderful as the location

Marlborough is home to an astonishing collection of completely sea-drowned valleys, islands and peninsulas, covering more than four thousand square kilometres, set right at the north end of New Zealand’s South Island. 

The carpet bearing the same name is also hugely impressive in its finish and style, enjoying all the terrific wool properties already mentioned in the previous section. With both colourfast and wear warranties for an amazing fifteen years, you might choose Marlborough Sounds in restrained ash or warm camel – but many other options are also available, including, not surprisingly from New Zealand, Silver Fern.

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Unbeatable bamboo flooring

Many Newcastle Carpet One customers love the idea of wood flooring, which is why so many give great consideration to natural bamboo flooring. 

They appreciate the fact that the wood is carefully regrown in five to six year cycles in dedicated plantations – both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Green Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) have awarded this ARC bamboo their independent environmental certification. The finished wood itself features beautiful long and wide boards, and it’s very strong and durable, highlighted by its 25 year residential warranty.

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The comfort of cork

With the same warranty length as bamboo flooring, this choice is sourced from the bark of the cork oak tree. Amazingly, stripping this bark simply allows the tree to refresh itself and grow more. The bark is stripped once in every decade or so; some of the amazing trees themselves are known to be centuries old. This is surely a perfect example of the word sustainable!

People who have chosen ambient and anti-bacterially treated cork flooring already know it to be a comfortable, hypoallergenic, low-emission and noise-reducing option. It’s also very easy to clean and is a superb natural floor covering that offers many colour choices, including slate.

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What will you choose?

The above is simply an introduction to the wealth of stylish and market-leading floor coverings available here at locally-owned and run Newcastle Carpet One. Each store is a key part of an amazing co-operative group, with more than 1,700 stores spread across the globe. If you have any questions about sustainable flooring, our experts are happy to offer advice. Please call 02 4952 1466 for an obligation free chat. 

Newcastle Carpet One
122 Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown Heights NSW 2289
(02) 4952 1466

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Pairing flooring and skirting boards

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Some folk see choosing or replacing skirting boards as a way of simply filling the gap between floor and wall. This might compare to choosing a painting not because you like it, because your eye is drawn to it, but simply to break up a wall or cover a stain. In both cases, you surely want your choice to really enhance the overall effect. 

When you have chosen a stylish new flooring for your home, the next stage is to consider the skirting boards you will add. You might have already made that flooring choice of timber, laminate, vinyl or bamboo and cork from our huge selection here at Carpet One. Moving on to the skirting boards, you’ll be considering both practical and aesthetic areas as you reach your decision. You want to make sure your choice emphasises the flooring style you have selected and adds to the overall effect. Here’s how we recommend you do so:

Equally, having invested substantially in a long-lasting flooring, it pays to add skirting boards of the same quality and longevity; effectively pairing skirting with flooring. A good choice can also appear to add to the size and certainly the style of your chosen room. Skirting boards can also provide a valuable level of protection to the base of your wall, where feet might accidentally scuff or vacuum cleaners neglectfully bash.

Finishes

You’ll also have a choice of finishes to consider, such as low maintenance and affordable MDF, easily stained or varnished softwood, or seriously stylish but slightly more complicated to fit hardwood. 

In our increasingly electronic world, more home-owners are also using skirting boards to hide and protect cabling. It’s also vital to make sure that your flooring choice fits properly under the skirting boards. 

Skirting boards: a size and focus thing

Before we move on to consider style, let’s think about size. Choosing a narrow skirting board might make the room appear less exclusive than a choice of a wider option, which seems to add more richness to the overall impression. 

Moving on to focus, a different colour of skirting, particularly if it’s dramatic and dark, will draw the eye to it and suggest a level of elegance. Let’s look at your style possibilities in more detail… 

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One major style choice to make

This is whether to compare or contrast. The former should see an exact match; sadly some people choose a skirting board of a marginally different colour or shade to their flooring choice – this seldom looks good. An exact skirting colour comparison with either flooring or the remainder of the wall allows the finished design to appear unfussy and flow naturally and provide a positive effect. 

The alternative is to decide on a daring contrast, allowing wall, floor and skirting boards to each have its own distinctiveness. Again, you’ll want to make sure the end result is still pleasing to the eye. Of course, you might reach different decisions for different rooms. 

A child’s bedroom might benefit from a bright and vibrant skirting board, or even one with LED lights as part of the design, adding fun to their private space.

A couple of contrasts that seem to work well in narrow and long hallways are much darker or charcoal skirting boards, especially if matched with lighter wall shadings.

Tips for painting your skirting boards

Finally, with your choice made, you might be wishing to decorate your new skirting boards yourself. A few important thoughts to help with this. 

Firstly, where appropriate, take time to sand the surface to allow your paint to better bond to it. Then apply masking tape around the edges, protecting both wall and your newly laid floor. Painting in strokes of about a metre in length helps to provide an even finish and make sure your final stroke is right along the length of the area. 

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After applying a second coat, make sure the paint has fully dried before removing your masking tape. Special care needs to be taken with this if you have carpet on your floor. Incidentally, here at Carpet One, we have almost a hundred different terrific carpet designs, ranging, alphabetically speaking, from Alpina to Yvresse!

If you have any questions about pairing your flooring and skirting choices, our experts are happy to offer advice. Please call 02 4952 1466 for an obligation free chat.

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Why you need engineered timber floors in your home

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There are a lot of benefits that come with timber flooring, but many homeowners shy away from this versatile material. Some might fear it will be too expensive, or that the installation of engineered timber floors will be complicated for someone without any expertise. However, installing perfectly crafted timber flooring in your home doesn’t have to be a complicated or costly ordeal.

Engineered timber flooring will add a layer of charm and character to your home that just won’t be achieved with carpeted or laminate floor. There’s a sense of classic beauty that fitted engineered timber boards will add to any home, causing your house’s value to go up significantly.

Some might argue that to get a traditional look in the home, it’s necessary to use solid wood. However, the advantages of choosing an engineered wooden floor far outweigh the negatives. Engineered wood differs to solid wood because the man-made organisation of layers creates far more stability in environments with frequent changes in moisture or temperature. With engineered timber flooring there is also far less risk of movement, and there’s no danger of the entire floor being ruined due to a small amount of damage.

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At Newcastle Carpet One, we have a great range of engineered timber flooring. Our choices range from a warm brushed spotted gum timber, all the way through to a cool and sophisticated old grey oak wood. We’ve got something to suit every interior, and all of our versatile engineered wood choices are of an extremely high quality.

We only buy from suppliers who choose the best raw materials to create their engineered timber. Our confidence in the timber planks we supply is reflected by our 25-year residential wear warranty and our lifetime structural warranty. We stock the whole Voyager range from Quick-Step, a company with years of expertise when it comes to creating perfectly engineered wooden planks, and products from Godfrey Hirst and Proline Flooring.

Need more info?

Visit our flooring showroom today and speak with a Carpet One flooring consultant at:

Address: 122 Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown Heights NSW 2289

Phone: (02) 4952 1466

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Laminate, Vinyl & Timber Flooring Newcastle, NSW

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Three Things to Remember When Choosing New Carpet

For a durable, quiet underfoot and well insulated
floor covering, you can’t go past carpet. But buying carpet is not as simple as
walking in, choosing one and then walking back out. It’s generally not a cheap
item to buy and install, but armed with the information below we believe you
can avoid making an expensive mistake and end up with a carpet you’ll love.

Know your
fabrics

Size of the
area, budget and traffic of the space will factor into which fabric you choose,
but we believe that also knowing the pros and cons of each fabric matter too.
Wool carpet is the it’s warm, durable and naturally stain-resistant. Nylon is a
hard-working, cheaper alternative that resists cleaning and sunlight staining
and is ideal for children and pets and if you find a well made one, it can look
luxurious. Polypropylene / polyester is synthetic and cheap and it looks it,
but it’s good for playrooms that are likely to end up covered in stains and
mess anyways or investment properties. Wool/Nylon blends are a slightly more
budget-friendly option that are durable and high quality.

Pick your colours wisely

Show rooms like
Newcastle Carpet One have a wide range of colour options to choose
from and while your aesthetic should definitely be taken into account, there’s
other factors to consider. Lighter colours make small rooms look larger, but
show stains more easily, while dark colours hide stains but show lint. Speckled
carpets hide stains and lint but people often complain that they always look
dirty. We highly recommend visiting a showroom and trampling across carpet
samples a few times, as online colours aren’t always true to life and won’t show
you what lint or stains will look like on your chosen colour.

Need more info?

Visit our flooring showroom today
and speak with a Carpet One flooring consultant at:

Address: 122
Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown Heights NSW 2289

Phone: (02) 4952 1466

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