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A* Blinds for Study Success

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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As exam time approaches, thousands of students across the UK will be taking to their bedrooms to spend hours preparing for their exams. And research shows that the right kind of learning environment can be just as important as hours of swatting when it comes to successful study.

Window blinds not only add to the aesthetics of a room, they also have practical properties and can control light, aid air circulation, support a constant room temperature and limit glare, whilst still allowing natural light to flood into a room; all of which can bolster brain power and make the difference between an A Grade or a B.

Here’s our guide to how the right blinds can aid healthy and productive minds.

Colours for Concentration

Gentle shades of green and blue help with attention, memory and emotional composure.

Soothing blue is the colour of the mind, stimulating clear thought and aiding concentration. Blue is also motivational which boosts creativity.

Green is the colour of balance and harmony and is helpful in times of stress. The colour green is also restful for tired eyes.

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Keep calm with fresh air and light/temperature/noise control in one solution

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Duette® blinds are ideal for boosting brain cells – offering a light, sound and temperature control in one window dressing.

Reduce exam anxiety by allowing fresh air into the room.  Serotonin levels increase with oxygen levels and can significantly promote a sense of wellbeing, easing stress and creating a relaxed atmosphere.  The top-down, bottom-up function of Duette® blinds means you can open windows to let fresh air in but still shade screens, prevent too much heat entering the room and avoid a stuffy, confusing atmosphere.

Noise distractions are also reduced with Duette® blinds. The honeycomb structure acts as a sound-proofing layer, giving students the chance to concentrate with peace and quiet.

Sleep soundly for success

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After a hard day of studying, the one thing that will help the brain recover fully is having a good night’s sleep.  To create the ideal sleeping conditions, we need it to be dark because this supresses the production of cortisol, which keeps the body awake and alert.

As exam time falls when the evenings are lighter, investing in blackout blinds can be the key to optimising sleeping conditions, resulting in well-rested, rejuvenated students who are ready for a new day of revision.

Plus research from Neuroscientists in Edinburgh shows that a brief rest after learning something new, or having a nap during the day, helps the brain consolidate information.

Natural light for brighter brains  

Sunlight lifts the mood and improves energy levels, helping you to feel more focused and motivated.

Light directly influences our emotions because it reaches the brain through the eyes, and is transmitted to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is connected to almost every other part of the brain, and involved with the regulation of hormones involved in motivation and reward. As a consequence, light has an effect on our basic drives and biological functions.

Motorised blinds with a light sensor will raise automatically in the morning – allowing students to be woken naturally by daylight.

And they now come with a ‘student-friendly’ price tag – with motorised options available from just £75!

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Why Choose Intu Blinds from Apollo Blinds

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Vacuum cleaners, drills, radios and phones – they’re all better when they are cordless. And it’s no different in the world of window dressings as homeowners are embracing the cordless window blinds trend with our innovative Intu blinds.

Duette® Pleated, roller and Venetian blinds all look sleek and uber stylish when fitted with the Intu system which, as well as its many practical benefits, looks sleek and neat at windows.

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Intu Explained

Our innovative Intu system is a unique design fits neatly into the bead of your windows and doors. The ‘Click-to-Fit’ system blinds push into the brackets without using screws and a unique tension system prevents the blind from rattling against the glass when the window or door is opened.

What are the benefits of Intu blinds? 

  • Neat and simple control options
  • No need for free-hanging cord loops
  • Designed to fully integrate with all modern windows including ‘tilt and turn’ and glazed doors.
  • Blinds can be clipped in place in minutes.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Choice of Roller fabric, Venetian slat, Pleated and Cellular fabric, in an extensive range of colours, designs and finishes.

Above: Brown Intu Venetian blind starts at £72.

Cool for Kids‘ Rooms 

“The fact that there are no hanging cords means it is one of the safest ways to install a blind on the market, making them a popular choice for children’s bedrooms,” says Mike Stephen.

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And Conservatories 

Designed to fit seamlessly within the frames of most modern windows, bi-fold doors, tilt and turn windows and conservatories, the blinds won’t flap around like ones fitted at the recess of the window and they won’t get damaged. The snug fit of Intu blinds reduces drafts and minimises light gaps. 

Due to the fact there are no hanging cords and they’re an ideal choice for conservatories, as the blind fits directly into the window frame, there is no drilling, screwing or mess on installation.

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Perfect for Pleated

Intu Duette® and pleated blinds start at £72.

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A Tangle Free Choice for Venetian Blinds

Intu Venetian blinds start at £99.

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Embrace Pattern and Colour with Intu Roller Blinds

Intu roller blinds start from £72.

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Back to Blackout

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Our clocks sprung 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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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

 

What’s going to be Hot in 2016 – Window Treatments – Fabric and Design

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

With a new year comes a flood of new interior trends and 2016 is set to be defined by an array of dazzling geo prints, contemporary metallics and ’back-to-nature’ themes.

But what’s hot for windows this year?

Apollo Blind’s top tips include an artistic take on florals, plus some updates on existing looks to evolve window treatments in 2016.

Here’s a breakdown of Apollo Blind’s pick of the looks for the year ahead:

Artistic Florals
As digital printing techniques now allow beautiful brushstrokes and impressionistic art to be enjoyed on such a wide choice of surfaces, this will be translated in a variety of ways in our 2016 room schemes on blinds, murals and cushions.

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Natural Living

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The benefit of a natural and relaxing home are well documented.  Plants can purify the air in living spaces, control humidity and help us to de-stress. That’s probably why the botanical trend has well and truly taken root.  2016 will see realistic prints of flora and fauna, decorative house plants and fabrics and designs inspired by nature create calming and organic living spaces.

Left: Rustic Woodland roller blind, Fox Glove roller blind and Tree House Bark roller blind.

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Style tip: Take the wildlife theme a step further by introducing creatures, critters and animals as accessories at your windows.

Left: Paplio Spring Roller blind and butterfly roller blind.

(Below L-R) Apollo’s New White Bird DigiBlind, Wild Bird Roman Blind, New Black Bird Digiblind, Pink Butterfly Roller Blind.

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Prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure Roller blind from Apollo Blinds.

Bejewelled and Must Have Metallics

This trend adds a new dimension to a neutral scheme and is ideal for those who follow more minimalist codes. Create restful sanctuaries and escapes with clean lines and neutral hues, but inject crystals, gems, metallics and shiny skin effect fabrics, as well as subtle tones, to stark white, to update the home for 2016.

Shine like a star and show us your mettle in 2016 by adding a luxe dimension or a space age spin on interiors with copper, gold, silver and metal effects gem stones and crystal accessories for a glamorous boutique look.

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Above: Madison Roller Blind and crystal inspiration.

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These Roman blinds from Apollo Blinds have been handcrafted and look stunning when teamed with a winter white scheme.

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(Above) Glamour Laurent Blanc blinds, Silver leaf roller blinds, Decadence Damask metallic blinds, Glamour Sparkle roller blinds and Glamour striped roller blinds.

Flowing Geometrics

Geometry with a flexible form is travelling into 2016’s trend list. Fluidity is the key word, with graphic designs that denote movement and a state of flux and geometric shapes which are out of focus with soft blurred edges. Source: Interior Design Trends to Watch for in 2016

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Geometric roller blinds and roller blind swatches from Apollo Blinds.

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Sparkle and shine in time for Christmas with the latest trend for windows – dazzling diamantes and must-have metallics

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Christmas is a time to shine and come December the high street is always brimming with glamorous sequin and metallic clothing. But sparkle doesn’t have to be confined to fashion you can wear – glittery adornments are the must-have trend for soft furnishings too. It’s time to shine like a star with beautiful jewelled and metallic window blinds from Apollo Blinds.

Bejewelled: home accessories will twinkle all through winter with this shimmering trend

These Roman blinds from Apollo Blinds have been handcrafted and look stunning when teamed with a winter white scheme. POA.

Winter White

Create a perfectly polished home with marvellous metallics

Every blind has a silver lining with shimmering metallic finish roller blinds from Apollo blinds.  Geometric patterns, stripes, damask and leaf designs are all given the wow factor with a metallic makeover.

Metallic Makeover

Going for Gold

In its many variations, gold is the colour for 2016.  All metallics will add a glamorous luxe edge to homes but next year – gold wins the crown.  Get the look with gold sheen foliage roller blinds or glamour stripe gilded blinds.

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Apollo Blinds Unveils New Roller Blinds For A/W 2015 And S/S 2016

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The UK’s best-selling type of window blind, roller blinds are a versatile, affordable and practical way to instantly update a room.

Available to buy from retailers nationwide, Apollo Blinds has revamped its roller blind collection for the coming seasons and introduced a completely new collection of designs and range of plain coloured fabrics guided by leading trend experts. The refreshed collection caters for the latest trends and popular colour schemes with florals, geometrics, metallics and delicate sheer designs all making up the 200-strong collection.

Prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure Roller blind from Apollo Blinds. For stockist details and more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters, visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048.

Customers who book an in-home design consultation with an Apollo Blinds designer will get to view the full collection book, but here is Apollo’s hand selection of fabrics predicted to be top sellers in UK homes this coming year.

Pearl 

This pearlesque abstract floral pattern (below) compliments a classic white on white scheme and creates a peaceful haven that’s ideal for relaxing in.

Pearlesque Abstract Floral Pattern

Or for those with a more playful taste in interiors, this Parisienne inspired roller blind (below) is the perfect partner for a classic roll top bath and blue accessories.

Parisienne Inspired Roller Blind

Blooming Marvellous

Apollo Blind’s new season florals are a breath of fresh air to interiors in need of a style fix.

2016 floral pick: Our pick of the bunch is this striking graphic fox glove design (below) in indigo blue and kiwi, which puts a modern twist on traditional florals and is a great way to inject the botanical interiors trend into homes in 2016.

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Apollo’s versatile florals are a timeless addition to any room, be it a calm and relaxing study/home office or a luxurious and restful bedroom or living area.

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Pick of the Patterns

With such a range of textures and patterns on offer, selecting the perfect blind to dress your windows can be a daunting task, but help is at hand with Apollo’s pattern and texture favourites from the new range.

Bring the outdoors in with a vibrant and colourful butterflies design, which compliments a bright and modern kitchen, or for a more subtle way of merging indoors and outdoors utilise earthy textures like this bark-effect ‘tree house’ blind.

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Classic stripes will add flair to a home office, where colourful harlequin prints and on trend abstract geometrics create bright and modern bedrooms and living rooms.

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Prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure Roller blind from Apollo Blinds. For stockist details and more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters, visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048.

Bloggers Love Design Space

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Design Space

We think our new, online interior design planning tool is top notch. It takes the stress out of deciding how to decorate your room and helps you choose which of our fantastic made-to-measure blinds will look best at your windows; but don’t just take our word for it.   Here is what four top interiors bloggers thought of Design Space.

Happy Home Bird

Happy Homebird

Interiors expert Sam Fernley is a happy home-loving mother of one, who blogs about all things British.  She loved the fact you can experiment with Design Space without committing to a colour scheme.  She said:”There is no denying that I love colour in my home so this is a great tool for pushing interior design boundaries and creating the room you really desire.”

Read the Happy Homebird blog post here

LoveChicLiving

Love Chic Living

Jen Stanbrook is an influential interiors blogger with more than one or two awards under her belt, so we were delighted with her review of Design Space. Jen enjoyed mixing and matching blinds and was impressed with our elegance Twilight blinds, stating: ‘I love the way they add obscurity and privacy but let the light through too.’

Read the Love Chic Living blog post here

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A Beautiful Space

Talented writer and lover of beautiful things, Becky Goddard, has created her own unique space where she enjoys blogging about parenting and living well on less.  She thought Design Space was a handy tool that is easy to master. She said: “It is simple to use and just so useful!”

Read the Beautiful Space blog post here

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Me and My Shadow

Multi-award winning and family-focused lifestyle blog, Me and My Shadow, is run by Liz Burton. We loved her in-depth review of Design Space, which featured lots of experiment with colour and was extremely well received by her followers.

Read the Me and My Shadow blog post here

Try Design Space now.

Make decorating disasters a thing of the past with Design Space

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

We’ve all been there. When the promising idea of a freshly updated interior looks nothing like the finished reality.  And by the time we realise, it’s usually way too late, leaving homeowners up and down the country stuck with disappointing décor and uninspired colour schemes. But not anymore…

Design Space

Design Space is a free online tool that can unleash the creativity of would-be interior designers, whilst taking the uncertainty out of what type of blinds would look best in a room’s new colour scheme.

Apollo Blinds is the first window blind retailer in the UK to provide a ‘try before you buy’ visualisation tool, that allows you to:

– decide which window blinds and colour combinations work before making a purchase

– view venetian blinds, roller blinds, vertical blinds and pleated blinds in a range of colours and patterns

– visualise within a choice of room settings – from kitchens and modern bathrooms to traditional dining

Mike Stephen from Apollo Blinds said:  “It’s often difficult choose from the huge selection of window dressings available, this leads to many people playing it safe. Design Space gives you an accurate representation of how your ideas will look in real life.

“People now have the freedom to experiment with colour and pattern like never before – and I’d urge people to go wild, perhaps try clashing colours or test out darker or bolder hues; they might just find the winning combination that they’d never have dreamed of using without Design Space.”

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Design Space is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4

1)   Pick a room to decorate. Users can choose from a range of roomscapes to best match their interior at home.  Settings include living rooms, dining rooms, offices, children’s rooms, kitchens and conservatories in a choice of classic, traditional, modern, country and vibrant styles.

2)   Select a fabulous Apollo Blinds product to visualise.

3)   Experiment. Play around with different colours and designs for the product.  Change the colour of walls and accessories and even compare blinds by hanging a different design at each window (as shown in the children’s room below).

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4)   Favourites can be stored by using the ‘add to favourites tab’.  These can then be requested as samples and downloaded as PDFs to take into store or to give to an Apollo Blinds design consultant.

Try out design space now.

Wimbledon Inspired Windows

Monday, June 29th, 2015

You cannot be serious? It’s time for the highlight of our tennis calendars? To celebrate this year’s Wimbledon tournament, we’ve put together the perfect guide on how to bring a tennis theme to your windows.  From strawberries and cream, to grass court greens and Wimbledon whites, the design team has also picked out looks for Federer, Nadal and Murray.

Strawberries and Cream

The annual championships wouldn’t be the same without a tasty accompaniment of strawberries and cream.  With ravishing reds and fruity florals, indulge your cravings by adorning your windows in this mouth-watering colour scheme.

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Grass Court Greens

Create your own Centre Court and bring the outside in with grassy greens at your windows.

Gorgeous greensWimbledon Whites

Wimbledon means white.  And there’s no better way to create a bright and beautiful room than using an all-white colour scheme.

So whether your whites are classic like Federer, edgy like Nadal or modest like Murray, keep colour to a minimum and create a crisp, clean finish with our made-to-measure blinds and shutters.

The Federer

Known for his refined style and distinguished taste, Federer is traditional, timeless and effortlessly stylish.  Achieve this winning look in your home with classic white shutters from Apollo Blinds.

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The Nadal

Contemporary and fearless, Nadal brings an edgy twist to traditional whites.

Be brave, modern and minimalist in all white with these Duette energy-saving blinds.

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The Murray

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Modest and uncomplicated; subtle and reserved. Andy Murray is the unlikely style icon we are always rooting for.

Made with panels of solid and sheer materials, these Twilight blinds provide the winning combination of privacy and light control, creating a delicate contrasting pattern.

All England Colours

Punchy purples and gorgeous greens, celebrate the colours of the All England Club with these bold colour choices.

Perfect purples

Playful purples are perfect in any room.

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Or go all the way and combine the two.

Game, set and match.