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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Our clocks spring forward this weekend, meaning lighter evenings and the promise of sunshine and warmer weather. It can however take time for our bodies to adjust to Daylight Saving and one area that is nearly always affected is our sleep – especially for the 25% of us who have trouble sleeping and little ones who are set in a bedroom routine.

We’ve put together our top five tips to ease the transition into British Summer Time:

Solare BO Pepper PVC Bedroom

  • Create the illusion of night: Blackout blinds are the obvious choice to make the room as dark as possible. This limits confusion for children who are used to the idea that dark equals bedtime.  It also helps to increase levels of melatonin, the ‘sleep’ hormone.
  • Keep cool. No warmer than 17oC for a comfortable night’s sleep. Duette® energy-saving blinds have a patented honeycomb structure with thermo-regulating properties, that will keep rooms at a constant temperature all year round.

Duette kids room

  • Make comfort a priority. Investing new bedding will work wonders for your sleep patterns. A lighter tog duvet will stop overheating in the summer months, or try ‘smart’ bedding such as The Fine Bedding Company’s Breathe duvet, which has a unique climate control action.
  • Reduce ‘blue-light’ exposure. Commit to turning off any screens at least 30 minutes before bed, or better still, ban them from the bedroom altogether.
  • Seek out light in the morning. A ‘daylight’ alarm clock will work in harmony with the body’s natural rhythms and mimics the sunrise. Or for natural daylight exposure as you wake, motorised blinds, which are set to a light or time sensor, will open automatically with the morning sunshine.

A good night’s sleep will deliver results almost immediately, with the following benefits:

  • Increased productivity. Sleep helps boost creativity, memory and aids learning.
  • Improved Mood. Emotions are easier to balance and we deal with stress more effectively.
  • Healthy weight. Better sleep staves off cravings for sugary carbohydrates, which in turn keeps energy levels consistent. Only clocking up five hours sleep or less can make you 50% more likely to be obese.
  • Wellness. Kick bugs into touch and say goodbye to sick days. Lack of sleep suppresses the immune system and is also linked to high blood pressure and anxiety.

Metallic and concrete master pieces for windows

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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It’s the age old interior design quandary – how to create a home that is unique and reflects the personality and distinct style of the homeowner. In 2016, personalisation is the buzz word for interiors as retailers and designers offer more and more ways of creating original and customised home furnishings.

Through our digital printing service, we can print any high res image onto a window blind. So we challenged two prolific interiors bloggers to create bespoke designs for window blinds that can be easily replicated, showcasing this year’s hottest interior design trends – concrete and metallics.

We love how both of our bloggers have taken trends that are currently big in interiors, but have adapted them with their own spin and personality to create something innovative and unique.  The ideas are new and fresh but they also translate beautifully into the home and look fabulous in situ.”

Metallics Rebooted

Looking for a window dressing to compliment the black and white scheme in her kitchen, double award winning blogger and interior stylist, Sarah Akwisombe, created a look that applies 2016’s metallic trend in a totally unique way.

This foil effect crinkle motif makes a real impact at the kitchen window. A striking image with sharp triangles and bold contrast is printed on a high shine UPVC material that adds a further contemporary edge to the blind.

Sarah said: “I created this design as I’ve always been a big fan of metallics. The crunched up foil gave a great contrasting look that was bold and edgy, yet at the same time would work in any simple kitchen due to its monochrome colour palette. This look really adds punch to a room and is effortlessly cool.

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Concrete Ideas

Mike Ahern writes The Brit Décor blog, which celebrates uncomplicated and calming interiors with bright accents or creative use of textures, so it’s not surprising that Mike chose a design that brings texture to the fore.

He opted for a concrete effect graphic printed to a semi-sheer fabric that allows light through, creating a gorgeous filtered and textured effect. And to add greater personalisation, has styled it in his home with homemade semi-sheer dip-dye curtains.

Mike said: “Concrete is currently packing a powerful punch in the world of interiors and I chose this material for my blind design because it’s surprisingly versatile when applied in the home. Left unfinished, concrete delivers a raw and edgy industrial look with a wealth of texture, whilst polished concrete leaves a silky smooth surface for a modern-luxe finish. This is also a material which can be paired up with striking metallics for that hard-edged appeal, or equally as effective, I love the contrast created by marrying together this raw material with colourful textiles. It’s definitely a ‘look’ with a lot of potential for the style-conscious homeowner.”

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The concrete design works beautifully as part of an all grey colour scheme with painted brickwork and geometric/angular home accessories.

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Digital printing costs £119 pm² plus the price of the roller blinds, which start at £72. Find out more