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

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 on our Pinterest board dedicated to getting your home ready for Christmas.

Create a year-round conservatory

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The addition of blinds can transform a cold conservatory into a comfortable climate-controlled year-round space.

It’s a multi-functional room that can be somewhere to eat, a place to lounge or an inspiring space to work from, but it’s often underused in UK homes.

Here, we show how Duette® blinds can significantly improve the ambience of your conservatory; and demonstrate how to apply the latest home interior design trends – from industrial chic to totally tropical – to this fantastic room.

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Duette® Shades are a practical and stylish solution for the conservatory. Thanks to their innovative honeycomb construction, they retain heat during the cooler months and provide exceptional shade during the summer.

With between 20%-50% of domestic heat loss escaping through glass windows, fitting Duette® blinds can make a huge difference to this valuable extra space within a home. In fact the figures speak for themselves – research has shown that Duette® blinds can prevent 79% of solar heat entering the home and can also reduce heat loss by up to 46%. In the winter, this could reduce heating bills by up to 25%.

Made-to-measure Duette® and pleated blinds can be custom-made to any shape or size, and be fitted to windows, doors and roofs, so covering the triangular or irregular shaped windows often found in a conservatory is easy.

Another great tip is to motorise blinds, so that all blinds can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button.

Apollo Blinds is a specialist in Duette® blinds and pleated blinds, with hundreds of colours and patterns to choose from.   So why not find your nearest branch of Apollo Blinds now? {INSERT LINK TO STORE FINDER}

GET THE LOOK – Two conservatories, six fantastic interior designs

Head of design at Apollo Blinds, Mike Stephen took two types of conservatory to show how they can be styled in six very different ways, applying 2017/18’s hottest interior design trends.

Industrial Chic  

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“The industrial trend is still a huge influence in interiors and perfect for conservatories featuring exposed brick walls, steel window frames and slate floors.  Continue the theme with reclaimed wooden tables and stools/chairs. Windows, doors and roof are dressed with made-to-measure Duette® blinds in Elephant Batiste.

Organic Dwelling

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“This eclectic look celebrates earthen colours and textures found in natural materials like plaster, clay and putty, contrasting them against lux, comfortable fabrics.  Cosy furniture, chalky neutrals, and blush pink velvet accessories are juxtaposed against the rough, rendered plaster feature wall. Linen-look window blinds are perfect to accompany this look.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Linen White.

Vibrant Scandi

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“Key ideas found in Scandi interior design are given a playful makeover when paired with vivid lime green window blinds and graphic wallpaper.  This look is a great way to brighten up homes in the spring.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Selina Fresh.

Luxe Deco

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“Duette® blinds in stunning Brittany Blue provide a statement backdrop on which to build this glamourous scheme. Indulge in key pieces and soft furnishing fabrics that represent ‘classic glamour’ such as art-deco inspired prints and beautiful jewel-coloured velvets to add to the decadent feel.”  Blinds shown are made-to-measure Duette® blinds in Brittany Blue.

Totally Tropical

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“What better place to incorporate the tropical/botanical trend than in the conservatory! Create a lush, indoor paradise with vibrant teal, turquoise and lime green colourways and spice things up with warm highlights of gold or turmeric. Indoor greenery, both real houseplants and printed on fabrics/wallpaper, are a must for this look, which also incorporates a contemporary take on traditional rattan ‘conservatory’ furniture.  Textured turquoise blinds are an invigorating finishing-touch to bring the scheme together.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Turquoise Crush.

Whiter Than White

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“White is still a classic colour scheme for the conservatory. Layer up tactile fabrics and chunky knits in dove grey and winter white colourways for a cosy, traditional and timeless look.” Blinds shown are Duette® blinds in Swan White.

There’s lots more information on conservatory trends over on our Conservatory Trends Pinterest board.

Feeling inspired?  Find your nearest Apollo Blinds to book a free measure and quote home visit consultation or call 01924 413 048.

‘Heart Wood’ Window Blind Inspiration

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Ever since Dulux unveiled the dusky heather shade of Heart Wood as its Colour of the Year for 2018, customers have been in search of the latest home accessories to get the look. And of course we think the best way to introduce Heart Wood to homes is with window blinds.

Our head of design, Mike Stephen, has picked out Heart Wood window coverings from the extensive collection at Apollo Blinds and offers styling advice on the best colours to complement this hot hue.

Mike says, “This light, versatile shade can be considered as the new neutral for 2018, as it’s so easy to find colours to match with its dusky undertones.  It’s a colour that’s certainly causing a stir amongst our customers.” 

Heart Wood on a Roll

Get the Heart Wood look with abstract stripes, playful florals or plain, textured roller blinds. Mix with muted brown or purple tones or add a pop of azure blue, another great match for Heart Wood. Apollo Blinds Heart Wood fabrics for roller blinds pictured below (left to right): Roseanna Mauve, Henley Summer Rose, Sunbrella Mauve and Rianna Rose Dazzle.

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A Shutterly Fabulous Match for Heart Wood

Coloured plantation shutters look fantastic! And Apollo Blinds offers a colour match service so that its shutters can be custom-made in ANY colour. Simply provide a swatch, tester or sample pot for Apollo Blinds to create beautiful, wood shutters that match exactly to a chosen colour – like Heart Wood.

The custom colour service is available for Sumatra and Fiji shutters from Apollo Blinds.

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Perfect Pleats are Hard to Beat

Heart Wood creates a blissful bathroom and looks gorgeous in the living room.  Opt for Heart Wood pleated blinds or apply it to walls and introduce pleated blinds in berry shades to bring out Heart Wood’s warmer undertones.

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Wimbledon Inspired Windows

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Despite the rain and Rafael Nadal’s early exit, there’s still lots to cheer for in this year’s Wimbledon tournament.  And for those with a tennis obsession that stems beyond the two weeks of Wimbledon, we’ve put together the perfect guide on how to bring a tennis theme to your windows.  Alongside strawberries and cream and grass court greens, the design team has also picked three ways to style Wimbledon whites.

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.

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Wimbledon Whites

Wimbledon and white go hand in hand 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.

Achieve a winning look in your home with classic white shutters from Apollo Blinds that offer a style that’s traditional, timeless and refined.

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Be brave, modern and minimalist with an all white scheme. Contemporary and confident, these Duette energy saving blinds offer an edgy twist to traditional whites in the home.

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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 that’s subtle and uncomplicated.

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Game, set and match.

Been inspired by this post?  Why not visit our latest summer offers or find your nearest Apollo Blinds and book a free home consultation.

Get ‘On Your Bike’ with this year’s hottest interior trend

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Cycling fans eagerly await the Tour de France, which takes place early next month and it seems the renewed vigour for the sport in the UK is steering homeowners towards a new microtrend in interior design. From wall art, ornaments, printed soft furnishings to up-cycled furniture made from actual bikes, cycling motifs are making a big impact in homes.  In fact, the interiors experts at Apollo Blinds are pedalling the bicycle as a key trend for interiors in 2017.

4691_34_AisslingerImage caption: A bike looks right at home against the backdrop of industrial styled kitchen.
Embossed Cream Wallpaper by I Want Wallpaper

Our director, Mike Stephen explains more about the trend.

“We tend see popular themes from wider culture filtering through to interior design. Thanks to the preference for eco-living, and of course fuelled by Great Britain’s success in the sport, cycling is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity in the UK.

Industrial influence with its rough metalwork and exposed elements, means homeowners are used to finding beauty in unexpected places and incorporating ordinary, everyday objects into interior design has become commonplace.  This trend is really a progression of that, we’ve even seen actual bikes being wall-mounted and woven into the fabric of a room’s design scheme.”

Here’s how to stay ahead of the pack, including some gorgeous bespoke blinds from Apollo Blinds.

Digitally print a bike onto window blinds

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Take your home style up a gear by printing high res imagery onto a made to measure window blind through our You Choose blind-making service.  But don’t worry if you’re not a bike lover, as long as you own the rights to the image, we can print any high res image onto a beautiful bespoke roller blind.

Put your feet up on an up-cycled bar stool

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Once it’s riding days are over, a bike can take on a new purpose within the home.  Smithers of Stamford has re-purposed the saddles, frames, wheels, and even chains, of vintage cycles to create these funky bar stools.

Tidy up your books with bicycle book ends

Bicycle BookendsThese stylish black metal bookends from Melody Maison, fashioned as the front and rear of a cycle are sure to keep your books in order and they have a lovely, rustic feel to them.

Scatter bicycle cushions 

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A stylish and inexpensive way to keep ahead of interior trends, scatter cushions can be easily switched out to change up the look of a room.   Nunubee on Amazon has lots of on-trend cycle designs at very reasonable prices – so take your pick and ensure your living room’s style is first past the finish line.

Slice pizza with racing precision

Fixie Bicycle Pizza Cutter - DOIYThe wheels act as blades on this fun Fixie Bike Pizza Cutter which carves pizza to perfection.

Rest your head in bike-themed bed

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If you’re not a fan of industrial style, the cycling theme can be made to look really feminine by choosing a softer, ‘shabby chic’ design like this Ambleside duvet from George at Asda.  It has a gorgeous, vintage bike with basket and flowers; a charming finishing touch for any bedroom.

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We’ve seen some really inventive and unique examples of wall-mounted bikes becoming an integral part of a room’s design; it’s also a great storage solution if you’re short on space. If an actual bike is a step too far then this lovely print is a more subtle way to bring your bike indoors. Or create a nostalgic feature wall with this charming wallpaper featuring sepia photographs of bike races from bygone years.

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Introducing You Choose!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

 

 

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Personalised, Coordinated or Designer Window Blinds Made to Measure from ANY Fabric

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‘You Choose!’ is our fabulous new service that offers bespoke Roman blinds or roller blinds, beautifully made to precise measurements in any fabric of your choice.

Our new blind-making service opens up an unlimited choice of fabrics, yet still allows you to benefit from our expertise and craftsmanship.

Mike Stephen, director of Apollo Blinds explains more:

“Homeowners are constantly searching for ways to put their own stamp on homes – it’s one of the reasons why made-to-measure blinds are so popular, as customers decide on bespoke blinds over the mass-produced products available from high street shops.”

And while the huge selection of 270 materials in our range of soft cloth blinds is impressive, we understand that the option to create unique furnishings that are truly individual is also very appealing; as is a desire to coordinate perfectly with existing pieces within a room.

We found that when they came to us, many of our customers had already chosen elements of the room, for example the sofa or cushions, and wanted to match their window dressings exactly to them.   So now, even if they can’t find the ideal pattern or colour material within our ranges, we can still supply blinds and offer expertise / advice every step of the way.

Through ‘You Choose!’, blinds are created in the UK then fitted and installed in homes by our craftsmen.  Mike continues:

“Window blinds aren’t easy to construct, measure and fit, especially not to the high standards that our customers are used to.  This new service allows customers access to our experts, along with the quality operating systems and the exquisite eye for detail that Apollo Blinds is known for.

“’You Choose!’ offers infinite possibilities to coordinate window blinds and opens up a world of options for customers looking to create their own pieces from designer or iconic fabrics without the worry of damaging fabric.  So if you’ve just fallen in love with a material that’s not in our range, we can still supply the blinds for you. 

“Whatever your preference – Josef Frank, Designer’s Guild, Kath Kidston, Orla Kierly – if you have the material (or even a lower cost replica to get the look) then we can make it into stunning window blinds, while also removing the fear of damaging expensive material in the process.”

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Image caption above: Made to measure blinds using the Apollo Blinds You Choose! service, fabrics by Designers Guild.

Find out more about You Choose! or find your nearest Apollo Blinds and book a home visit.

Browse our Pinterest board for more fabric inspiration.

 

 

How to Style Spring Florals in 2017

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Spring is the season to revive the home with a fresh new look and with Apollo Blinds’ gorgeous range of floral window blinds, an interior revamp has never been easier.

Bright, fresh and beautifully botanical, Apollo’s stunning range of floral designs are bang-on-trend for 2017.  Here are three ways to introduce some flower power into your home this spring.

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Green Floral Window Blinds

Evolving the trend to ‘bring the outside in’, spring florals in Apollo’s roller blinds collection are greener and more organic than ever. Encompassing delicate prints, mossy leaf motifs and bold blooms, green is a key colour for 2017 (well Greenery is Pantone’s choice for the colour of the year) and florals are the perfect way to bring the great outdoors into the home for a fresh natural look.

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Vintage Rose Floral Window Blinds

Vintage blooms transcend floral trends year on year. Perfect for creating a country classic feel, Apollo Blinds’ range of pretty rose prints are vintage and beautifully British on Roman and roller blinds, a classic look for all homes.

Dusky Pastel Blooms

We’ve moved away from candy shades to duskier pastels which will are ideally suited to floral Roman blinds.

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Has this post inspired you to add some beautiful blooms to your home?  Then why not book a free quote and measure now.

How to Style Spring Florals for 2017

Or browse our Pinterest board for more blooming marvellous inspiration.

 

 

Decorating with the colours of the year: Greenery and Denim Drift

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Every year industry experts at the world’s leading colour authorities and home interest brands make predictions about the trends they expect to see in homes.  And arguably, the most influential of these are Dulux and Pantone.  Where both have cited colours seen in nature as inspiration, they’ve each picked very different shades for 2017.  Read on to find out more, along with some ideas from Mike Stephen on how to use these colours in the home.

Pantone recently announced Greenery as it’s colour of the year.  A youthful, rejuvenating shade of spring green that looks stunning on window blinds.

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Blurring the lines between home and garden, green is making its way indoors for 2017.

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“Green is a brilliant shade for homes, it’s a colour that signifies renewal and can restore depleted energy levels, so it’s ideal for a spring makeover,” says Mike.

“Interior fashion has been swaying towards a green revolution for a few years now, with many homeowners attempting to open up their homes to the outdoors, as well as bringing the outdoors in with houseplants that provide uplifting colour and natural health benefits.  Simply introducing green window blinds can create this indoor/outdoor effect with a hit of lush, revitalising colour at windows

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  • Chalky Blue and Earthy Neutrals

Blue is the colour favoured by the trends forecasters at Dulux, who hailed Denim Drift as the colour of the year for 2017. This translates as a chalky mid-tone blue with warm undertones for spring/summer, a colour that blends naturally with neutral earthen shades.

Mike Stephen, said,

“Dusky mid-blue is incredibly versatile, allowing us to drift effortlessly into spring and summer. On window blinds, natural tactile fabrics like linen and cotton weaves add to the hand-crafted feel that completes this look, where coloured shutters (another big look for windows next year) in rustic grey will add warmth and a homely feel.”

Chalky Blue Collage

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2017 Colour Trends for Windows

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

 A new year brings with it the ideal opportunity to change up your interior. And where it’s always wise to decorate according to your taste, with colours that bring you happiness, staying ahead of the latest trends in interior design can give you inspiration to try something you’d never have thought of.

Here’s some of Apollo Blinds director, Mike Stephen’s top picks of the hottest colours for homes this year.

  • Ink Blue and Clay

Pastel blue makes way for an inkier saturation as 2017 progresses, yet the natural themes we’ve seen are still prevalent.

“Combining blue with terracotta as well as hand-made, organic and crafted materials lends a relaxed Mediterranean vibe to interiors. Introduce hand-woven fabrics, leather features, living ornaments, carved wood, handmade clay pots, earthenware and terracotta elements for a laid-back bohemian scheme.”

“This look celebrates sustainable living, making energy saving Duette® blinds by Apollo Blinds the ideal window dressing to complete the look.”

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  • Sunrise and Seascape Pastels

Carrying through more natural themes, a calming palette of pastels inspired by sunrise and the ocean will see peach, lavender, sky blues, aqua-marine and blush pink mixed or combined with deeper shades.”

Sunrise Pastel Collage

Enjoy some seaside escapism with our sunrise and seascape pastel Pinterest board:

  • Deep Purple

As we progress into autumn winter mysterious shades of deep purple will bring warmth and depth to interiors. Metallic silver highlights or jewel tones will lift the scheme, keeping it dark and decadent rather than gloomy and overcast.

Paint and colour specialist, Benjamin Moore selected a deep amethyst shade as its colour of the year, which can be introduced at windows with aluminium Venetian blinds in a rich shade of purple by Apollo Blinds.

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A Walk in the Woods

Wednesday, 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.