You may have specific materials and colours in mind or you may have only the vaguest inkling of the look or feel you want: we recognise that either way, our task is to lead you to a design and décor solution that both meets your practical needs and expresses something of your inner self.
The outcome should be a comfortable space that’s exactly what you want it to be, whether formal, funky, soothing, stimulating or reflective. We hope our involvement in creating your interior becomes the foundation of a lasting relationship based on mutual trust and respect. This is the real strength of our business.
Way back in 1968, Barnes Interiors began a partnership with Luxaflex. Today, as the only Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery in the Illawarra, we are exclusive stockists of a range of specialty fabrics and other products and have been a Luxaflex Gallery National Finalist 3 times.
We also stock a huge range of internal and external window furnishings. As specialists in fully automated energy efficient daytime/night-time systems, our team can help you achieve the perfect combination of form and function, including integral child safety features.
Naturally, everything can be designed and manufactured to your individual tastes and needs and then programmed to perform in harmony with the unique demands of your lifestyle. As long-standing specialists in this field, we are proud industry-leaders in supply, installation and service.
At Barnes Interiors we’re proud to be carrying our tradition of quality, efficiency and innovation into an exciting 3rd generation of interior design. Our award-winning team is ready to help you create unique, beautiful and completely functional living and working spaces. Come see us!
Specialising in fine furniture and custom-made soft furnishings, Barnes Darling was founded on the simple ethos of providing clients with the best products available backed up with the best service. The business prospered. Cecil bought out his partner after WW2 and continued on his own, making the name of Barnes Darling a byword for quality throughout the Illawarra and beyond.
Since then, interior design and decoration has been an integral part of Barnes family life. Cecil’s sons Gwylm, Gareth and Martin grew up with the business, gradually assuming more responsibility and eventually taking over in the early 1970s when Cecil retired. After a mid 70’s move to three adjacent shops on Keira St. the Barnes sons found themselves with a large staff spread across a very substantial retail operation as well as their core business of interior design services. By the mid 80s they were questioning whether they really wanted to continue expanding as a retail operation or explore alternatives. In 1984 they received a generous offer on the premises and decided to sell.
After Barnes Darling closed its doors for good, Gwil Barnes met the continuing strong demand for his design expertise by operating Barnes Interiors from a studio at his home. Without the large retail operation Gwil was able to focus on a contemporary approach to Cecil’s original ethos: to provide clients with the best products available, presented in the best possible way and supported by the
best possible service. Gwil’s sons Steen and Cade grew up with this ethos, absorbing it while playing in the studio as children and later on helping out with work.
In 1992, Steen officially joined Barnes Interiors in a design and installation role, followed by Cade – also concentrating on design and installation – 3 years later. With this synergistic combination of design talent, business integrity and vast experience, the business became a tight and very effective team. Between 1992 and 1999, Barnes Interiors won Luxaflex Soft Shades Supplier of the Year seven times.
Steen and Cade Barnes assumed full control of Barnes Interiors in 1997 and have continued building the Barnes reputation for quality by staying true to their father’s ethos, as he stayed true to his father’s before him. In 2003 Barnes Interiors opened one of Australia’s first Luxaflex Window Fashions Galleries in new premises at Balgownie.
The showroom showcases an enormous range of high quality window furnishings and fabrics, many available nowhere else in the region. Between 2009 – 2011, Barnes Interiors ranked in the top 5 finalists for Luxaflex National Gallery of the Year and in 2011 Steen Barnes was appointed a member of the Luxaflex National Advisory Council.
“Cade and I grew up in the family business and have been around design & decoration from our childhood days. Our home decoration used to change yearly – we often joke about it – but for our careers it was the best grounding you could possibly have. We have either helped or worked in the business right throughout our lives: that sort of knowledge you can’t learn at any school. We live and breathe the products we supply and manufacture, we know them inside and out, and we love sharing this knowledge with clients, we can assure them they are buying the correct products for the correct application”.
I’ve been meaning to write for weeks to tell you how thrilled we are with our Luxaflex roller blinds. Thank you again for spending time helping us choose the appropriate product, fabric and style — we couldn’t be happier with the result. Now that it’s getting chilly, we’ve really noticed the difference the blinds make when we have a fire in the fireplace — the rooms upstairs stay warmer for longer. We’re also so glad we went for the remote!
The installation process was hassle-free and I received a courtesy call when the guys were running a little late. I was surprised at how quickly and efficiently the whole process was carried out. I would definitely recommend Barnes Interiors to friends and family. Your professional advice and customer service were outstanding. Congratulations on a job well done.
All the best and thanks again,
Helen and Mark Conlon
We wouldn’t look anywhere else than Barnes Interiors for design, industry/product knowledge and professional services.
Leanne Filippi - Wollongong
Thank you for the wonderful service, it was absolutely faultless.
These days that's really hard to come by. We are stoked with the blinds, and everyone that sees them agrees! So a huge thanks to your whole team, a great group of people, we will recommend you to all our friends and family.
Michelle Collis - Mangerton
Phone 02 4284 0722
Fax 02 4284 0755
3/160-162 Balgownie Rd,
PO Box 3082,
Show Room Hours
Monday – Friday,
10am to 4pm
After hours appointments available. Closed weekends and public holidays.
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