Archive for the ‘Trends’ Category

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.

I Want Wallpaper Bikes

 

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.

  • Spring Greens

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

 Spring Green Collage

“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

 Find more green inspiration here:

  • 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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See more ink blue and clay home ideas here:

 

  

  • 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.”

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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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Cherished Gold – Get the Look

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

It’s the colour everyone’s talking about, Dulux’s Cherished Gold* and here’s how to achieve
the look in your home with made-to-measure blinds.

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Twilight blinds featuring a band of gold and a sheer gold fabric stripe are a new type of window
blind to introduce Cherished Gold into homes.  The blinds have alternating stripes of sheer and
solid (blackout option) fabric that can be positioned to create a total block of colour or the
impression of a striped design that also allows light to flood into the room.
Prices start at £105 for a 600mm x 600mm made-to-measure Twilight Elegance Roller blind.

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Roller blinds – the nation’s favourite type of window blind – in this year’s hottest gold shades
will add the Midas touch your home as gold blinds look equally stylish in bedrooms and living
areas alike.  Prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure Roller blind.

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For a home office or a room with very large windows, vertical blinds (above left) in golden shades

will have sunlight bouncing off them to give a fabulous colour effect – not forgetting the great
privacy and light control options. Prices start from £70 for a made-to–measure vertical blind.

The Perfect Accompaniment To Cherished Gold – fresh pastels

Dulux recommends pairing Cherished Gold with ‘fresh pastels’ and ‘rich jewel tones’.

If you don’t want Cherished Gold at the window – here’s more inspiration on how to get the look
with accessories with pastel and jewel coloured blinds.

Delicate pleated blinds (above right) create a softened look that suits pastel shades and gold
ornaments down to the ground. Aqua blue Intu pleated blinds start from £72 for a 610mm x 405mm
made-to-measure blind.

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Patterned crosshatch roller blinds in a soft blue hue set against a powder blue feature wall
provide a subtle and tasteful contrast to a cherished gold wall and white high gloss furniture.

Jewel tones

Rich and glistening jewel shades of Duette® energy-saving blinds make a majestic union with
Cherished Gold.

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Duette® energy-saving blinds in blue look beautiful teamed with a gold standard lamp
and accessories in gold, sapphire and turquoise jewel tones (above left).

Or create a stunning scheme by alternating Duette® blinds in garnet red with cherished
gold and emphasise gold tones with a mosaic feature wall and amethyst accessories (above right).
Prices start at £100 for a 400mm x 600mm made-to-measure Duette® energy saving blind.

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

Dulux has announced its colour of the year for 2016. Described as ‘bright enough to attract
attention while also subtly referring to the past’, Cherished gold is an earthy ochre hue that
will leave homes feeling warm, welcoming and nostalgic.