12 Days of Christmas Giveaway 2016

November 29th, 2016

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As Christmas is a time for giving, we’re offering 12 fantastic prizes to 12 lucky winners. Each day we reveal a Yuletide delight over on our social channels – make sure you’ve liked and are following our Facebook page and Twitter profile @ApolloBlindsHQ

Enter below by answering the question below:
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

There are options for extra bonus entries too for following, tweeting and pinning about this giveaway. The competition ends at midnight on 12th December 2016 and we will draw 12 lucky winners and endeavour to get your prizes to you in time for the main festive event!

Wishing you a lucky Advent!

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Five Reasons Why New Window Blinds Should be Top of Your Christmas List

November 23rd, 2016

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Amongst the Christmas mayhem, installing new window blinds in your home for the festive season might seem like just another thing to do on an ever-growing list.  But there are some really compelling reasons why brand new blinds should be a top priority when prepping your home for the big day.

1) They Can Help You Think ‘Hygge’

Especially relevant in the lead up to Christmas, the Scandinavian concept of ‘Hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gar) encourages us to indulge a little.  For interiors, it’s all about creating an inviting space that makes us feel comfortable and content.  Window blinds, especially with a blackout lining, can really enhance that cosy feel, helping to insulate a room and shut out the cold weather.

2) They’ll keep you calm (and cool) and get your room temperature just right 

 It’s freezing outside so you need your heating turned up fully, yet in the kitchen, with pots and pans bubbling and the turkey in the oven, the atmosphere is stuffy and unbearable. If you’re struggling to find a balance, the addition of Duette® energy-saving blinds can restore a constant temperature to your home. The honeycomb structure of the blinds traps air in an insulating layer, lowering the amount of heat lost through windows by up to 46%, plus they also reduce external noise coming into a room – an added bonus!

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3) They can step up home security

As homeowners fill their homes with expensive Christmas gifts, window blinds can help shut out prying eyes, making winter a great time to invest.  A simple set of blinds can be an added deterrent against burglary, as explained by Mike Stephens, Director at Apollo Blinds.

“Winter is an optimum time for break-ins, with longer nights providing more cover, families travelling away to visit loved ones for Xmas and of course festive goodies stored in homes,” says Mike. “And homes where items are on view are more exposed to theft than those where window coverings are fitted.”

Blinds prevent intruders from being able to see what they can grab quickly and Venetian blinds have the benefit of being noisy – an added deterrent,” he added. “While shutters can be locked for an extra layer of security.”

4) They Can Help Get the Guest Room ‘Guest Ready’

 Where most overnight visitors aren’t expecting hotel-like accommodation, a few some simple updates can make all the difference to creating a ‘hometel’, rather than a ‘grotty B&B’ experience for seasonal houseguests venturing into the realms of the “spare room”.

A set of new window blinds can completely transform a room, so it’s time to ditch the tatty, dated or broken blinds that are dragging your décor down. Plus a simple blackout blind can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and a great night’s sleep. Preventing morning light from streaming into the guest room at the crack of dawn can make a huge impact on your guest’s experience.

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 5) They can add a touch of sparkle

Every blind has a silver lining with shimmering metallic finish roller blinds.  Geometric patterns, stripes, damask and leaf designs are all given the wow factor with a metallic makeover. Metallic blinds will help you enjoy windows that shimmer and shine all year round but they look especially fabulous at Christmas time.

Find more festive inspiration our Pinterest board dedicated to getting your home ready for Christmas.

Decorating tips for a happy home

October 25th, 2016

As we head into the colder months, factors such as illness, reduced intake of light and fresh air and Christmas stresses can start to make many of us feel down in the dumps.  Often it’s dark when we leave home for work and we return home in the darkness, which makes it even more important that our houses are warm, happiness-boosting hubs. Try these easy tips to make your home a joyful shelter to keep the winter blues at bay.

Use mood enhancing colours

When the weather is grey and gloomy, what better to give you some winter cheer than a home decorated in glorious technicolour?   Warm reds, oranges and yellows will evoke feeling of optimism, happiness and energy. Try introducing a pop of colour at the windows with pleated blinds in Raspberry or red floral roller blinds for an instant pick me up.

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Decorate with what you love

Trends will pass, but decorating with items that encapsulate your memories will endure, ensuring your home reflects your personality and the things you hold dear.   Create a photo montage and memory wall, frame the cover of your favourite album, film or book, or invest in some wall art with a printed lyric from a much loved song. Personalised blinds can be created through our digital printing service utilising anything from a holiday snap to a poem that holds special significance – find out more here.

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Images Adobe Stock: © mamako, Apollo Blinds and © Tatyana Gladskih

Let in daytime light and dim the evening lights

Morning daylight will mean you feel more alert and energised throughout the day, while dimmer light at night cues the mind to fall asleep. Wake naturally with motorised blinds that automatically open with a light sensor.

Hygge for happiness

The Scandinavian concept of Hygge (pronounced hue-gar) is an entire approach to life that urges us to indulge in activities that make us content.  It’s often translated as cosy and is particularly applicable in the colder months.  Home furnishings like throws and scatter cushions can make the home feel snug and inviting, where energy-saving Duette blinds in a beautiful deep plum shade will lock in heat, encouraging us to relax and enjoy time spent with family and friends.

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Make a home for house plants

House plants are a multi-talented addition to homes, not only adding to the aesthetics of a room but purifying the air, boosting healing and even limiting the transmission of air-born diseases.  They assist us to breathe, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, whilst also improving memory and concentration.  What more could you ask for?

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Visit our Pinterest board for more happy home decorating ideas:

Summer Competition Winner Announced

September 29th, 2016

Did you enter our competition to win some beautiful Duette® energy saving blinds? If so, read on to find out if you’re our lucky winner…

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Thermo-regulating Duette® blinds will keep your home deliciously cool in summer and insulate your windows as we head towards winter.

Duette® blinds are ideal for conservatories or any room in the house that struggles to maintain a constant temperature, making rooms useable all year round. Their unique honeycomb structure traps air in an insulating layer, which can help to reduce heating costs by up to 25%.

With no cords or hanging ropes, they’re extra safe for children’s rooms; by regulating the temperature and with blackout options available, they can help your little one sleep soundly all year round.

Available in a kaleidoscope of colours from soothing pastels to autumnal berry shades, there is something for every taste and colour scheme.

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Our lucky winner, who will recieve £1000 worth of these beautiful and very clever blinds for her home, is..

Emma Dormer from Leicestershire.

Congratulations Emma!

If you didn’t win but you’d like to find out more about Duette® blinds then visit our website for more information.

A Walk in the Woods

September 28th, 2016

The natural beauty of wooden blinds remains a winning look for all styles and types of home – from modern to traditional decors.
Real wood and timber looks are making a huge comeback in homes as we head towards 2017.
We’ve updated our wooden Venetian blind collections with exciting new looks and materials to ensure that wood blinds continue to stand the test of time – and the products can be ordered, tailored to specific measurements and professionally fitted in homes within weeks.

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Wood combined with natural textures and blue grey pastel walls makes for a simple yet chic scheme that will stand the test of time.

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Wood Venetian blinds offer a contemporary look for homes, plus they’re durable and easy to clean, which makes them a great choice for family homes.
Find out more about our wood Venetian blinds. Or browse our Pinterest board for more inspiration.

How to jump on “the cactus” micro trend

August 25th, 2016

Forget the pineapple or the stag, the latest trend for homes is THE CACTUS.

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This prickly little plant has been making a huge style statement in homes and on the catwalk too.

A great way to embrace new micro trends like this, and make your home totally individual, is by using our window blind digital printing service. As long as you own the image rights, we can print any high res image onto a window blind.

Here we’ve shown how to embrace the cactus trend with these fun digitally printed blinds.

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Looking for other ways to introduce this fun cacti trend into your life? Why not pull on a cactus sweater, sleep under a cactus design bedding set, plump up some cactus cushions or illuminate your home with a cactus shaped light.

And if all else fails you can get some real cacti.

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Find more cactus inspiration over on Pinterest:

Image credits: Adobe Stock © lukesw, © Photographee.eu

Has Team GB’s gold rush inspired you to ‘go for gold’ in your home?

August 18th, 2016

If, like us, you’ve been glued to the Rio Olympics then you’ll have been celebrating Team GB’s amazing achievements and daily influx of gold medals.

But gold isn’t just for our triumphant athletes, it’s also a winning look for homes too.  Here’s how to emulate Team GB and introduce this must-have metallic into your interiors…

 

A matt gold roller blind teamed with Union Jack accessories combines what we’re all enjoying this summer – Great Britain and gold!

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There are so many tones of gold that mixing and matching different shades and finishes can make a room look packed with features without the worry of colours clashing.

Gold shines through on roller blinds and is so versatile, it works when presented as stripes or patterns.

Try mixing high shine and matt in a single blind, add a touch of gold within semi sheer stripes or a gold leaf design will create a beautiful multi-layered effect on roller blinds, mirroring the natural world as we head into autumn.

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However you want to work it, there’s only one colour we’re coveting this summer and that’s gold!

Find more golden inspiration on our Pinterest board below:

 

 

 

 

 

Five reasons to choose shutters this summer

July 19th, 2016

Shutters are now one of the most talked about types of window coverings. Apollo Blinds‘ interiors expert Mike Stephen offers five reasons why shutters are first choice for summer living.

1) They let the outdoors in

“Our shutters can be fitted on a tracking system meaning they can be folded back on themselves to save space and for seamless integration with the outdoors. When fitted to a ground floor with patio doors or large windows this will really open up your home to let the sunshine flood in.”

 

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2) They’re not just neutral

“Shutters needn’t be white or cream. In fact, we’re seeing increasing demand for colours to coordinate or make a statement at windows, like these gorgeous rustic grey shutters from our wooden shutter collection.

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3) They fit all shapes and size of windows

“If you have feature windows in your house then shutters are the ideal window dressing solution. Wood shutters can be fashioned to a bespoke fit for almost and shape of window – no matter how unusual.

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4) They’ll bolster your security

Summer is a time when many homeowners go away for a long summer break and leaving homes empty. Shutters are lockable and robust, adding an extra layer of security to protect the weak points in homes (windows and doors) against intruders.”

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5) They’re just so stylish “Quite simply they’re gorgeous!”

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Find out more about our wooden and Lifestyle shutters

Colour Codes – Use colour theory to create the perfect scheme

June 22nd, 2016

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Sometimes we stumble upon a colour scheme that just works – two colours that either complement, clash to create impact, or work in perfect harmony with one another.

Our colour specialist Mike Stephen explains the reason why certain colour combinations will work better than others and it’s all very scientific.

Trained artists and interior designers learn the many multi-faceted strands of colour theory, so they understand how to place colours together to create mood or impact,” says Mike.  “When decorating a room it helps to know the basics as a basis for creating harmonious, toning or complementary colour schemes in the home.”

The Colour Wheel

The colour wheel is a visual representation of how the three primary colours are mixed with one another to create secondary and tertiary colours, along with how white will create varying tones of the same colour.

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Depending on where they appear in the wheel, colours can then be described as Tonal, Complementary or Harmonious

Complementary Colours

“Complementary colours which sit opposite one another on the colour wheel and are often seen in nature (meaning they naturally go together) – think the red and green of an apple or blue and yellow of an iris.” 

“Our pick for 2016 would be Coral and Blue. This vibrant duo works together so beautifully because they are complementary colours and can form a natural pairing – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.”

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“This scheme works beautifully with pastel shades, keep the colours coordinated by selecting shades of the same intensity from the colour wheel.”

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Other ways to use the colour wheel:

Tonal Schemes – “Using one colour from the wheel in varying tones throughout a room.  My tip here would be to introduce pattern into the room on window blinds or soft furnishings to add depth and interest.”

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Harmonious Colours“These colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel.  Choose colours of similar intensity from the colour wheel to balance this look and ensure that one colour does not dominate the room. “

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Summer Competition – Win Duette® Blinds Worth £1000

May 24th, 2016

Summertime is fast approaching, which means it’s competition time and we’ve got a fantastic prize on offer for anyone who’s looking to update their home in the coming months.

You could win £1000 to spend on Duette® energy-efficient window blinds, which will keep your home wonderfully cool this summer and create a cosy and warm atmosphere in the winter.

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If you can’t stand the heat…install Duette® blinds at the windows

When heatwaves hit and with hobs, ovens and other household appliances adding to rising temperatures, kitchens can become unbearable in summertime, but thermo-regulating Duette® blinds at the windows will keep your kitchen deliciously cool.

Duette® blinds are also ideal for conservatories or any room in the house that struggles to maintain a constant temperature, making rooms useable all year round.  Their unique honeycomb structure traps air in an insulating layer, which will block up to 78% of the sun’s heat and 99% of UV rays.

With no cords or hanging ropes, they’re extra safe for children’s rooms; by regulating the temperature and with blackout options available, they can help your little one sleep soundly all year round.

Available in a kaleidoscope of colours from soothing pastels to summer brights, there is something for every taste and colour scheme.

Enter below to be in with a chance of winning £1000 towards beautiful Duette® blinds.

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