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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Friday, November 27th, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Yes folks, Christmas is almost here and whether you started your shopping on Boxing Day or you’re a last minute panic buyer, we’re sure you wouldn’t say no to a few extra presents. And perhaps a little festive treat for yourself.

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As Christmas is a time for giving, we’ve got 12 fantastic prizes to give away between the 1st to the 12th of December. Each day we will reveal a Yuletide delight and each day you can enter, then at Midnight on the 12th of December we will pick 12 lucky winners.

So keep your eyes on our blog and social channels for details of the seasonal gifts and little luxuries that you could be your in time for the big day.

Good luck!

Get the look for 2016 – Colour Trends

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The colour experts at Apollo Blinds one of the UK’s largest retailers of blinds, shutters and awnings, have spent months selecting the hottest colour trends for homes in 2016, and with an array of gorgeous shades in the mix, homeowners won’t be disappointed.

2016’s trends include:

Acid Brights
White on white
From Dusk till Dawn – charcoal and midnight blue
In the Pink
Metallica – and gold wins the crown
Oceana pastels

Mike Stephen, colour expert at Apollo Blinds said:

This year’s trends are eclectic and exciting; there is literally something for everyone.  Extroverts will revel in the loud and unapologetic acid brights that have stormed straight from the catwalk into our homes.  For minimalists and lovers of classic style, white on white is an enduring colour scheme, or charcoal and midnight blue will give rooms an instant and elegant update.  Luxe metallics are a perfect match for those who enjoy a touch of glamour; and for fashionistas and lovers of cutting edge style – golds are THE colour to have in the home in 2016.”

Acid Brights

Acid Brights

Grab your sunglasses because home interiors are about to get a whole lot brighter.  Vivid ‘acid’ shades of pink, blue, green and yellow provide an intense hit of colour that will shock drab and neutral décor back to life.  To make this look work in the home, keep the scheme neutral or use light/dark contrasts and pick key accessories as a psychedelic focal point in the room.

White on White

White on White

Classic, enduring and easily updated from season to season, all white colour schemes are here to stay.  This versatile trend can be modern and minimalistic or distressed and vintage – the styling options are open to interpretation – and minimal colour is the only rule.

Get the look with the Lotus roller blind or Intu Venetian blind in white.

Prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure Roller blind and at £99 for a 610mm x 405mm made-to-measure Intu Venetian blind from Apollo Blinds.

From Dusk till Dawn

From Dusk til Dawn

A juxtaposition of dark and light will be a strong influence on interior trends in 2016, with tones of dusk and dawn permeating our homes. While black and white will always remain a classic for contrasting, other colours are emerging in this trend.

Midnight Blue – The witching hour is upon us as this plush and luxuriant deepest blue enriches our interiors. Achieve the look in your home with Duette® energy saving blinds in dark blue (prices start at £100), Intu conservatory blinds in midnight blue (prices start at £72) and blue vertical blinds from Apollo blinds.

Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue 2

Charcoal – Forget the soft pale greys of previous years, it’s time to be a shade bolder as the charcoal interior trend takes hold.  Rich, blackish greys will add depth and elegance to a room as seen below with twilight blinds from Apollo blinds – prices start at £105 for a made-to-measure Twilight blind from Apollo blinds.

Roller blinds in cubix denim and dandelion storm roller blinds – prices start at £65.


Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Pastel and candy shades are a sweet addition to homes and not just for kids’ rooms. Candyfloss and bubble-gum shades can look ‘all grown up’ and gorgeously feminine with florals or fancy embellishments – a key design trend for 2016.

Dulux’s Heritage and Future colour palette includes candy pinks through to palma violet and is the perfect pairing for this ultra-feminine trend.

Roller blinds from Apollo blinds start at £65. Roman blinds from Apollo blinds start at £158.

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Metallica – and gold wins the crown

Metallic Gold

Copper, gold, silver and bronze – metallics are a must have for industrial inspired interiors, space age themes or for adding a glamorous luxe edge to homes.  Any metal will do but after Dulux announced its colour of the year, gold is the wins the metallic crown in 2016.

Get the look (as seen below) with gold sheen foliage roller blinds, glamour stripe metallic blinds or black and damask roller blinds from Apollo blinds.

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

Oceana pastels

Oceana Pastels 2

Inspired by Dulux’s Words & Pictures colour palette, this trend encorporates calming blues and soft organic greys which take us back to basics and create a relaxing oasis, free from the stress and 24 hour of the tech generation. This palette works beautifully with vintage inspired pieces or modern furniture with softened, rounded edges.

Oceana Pastels

Above:  Intu pleated blind in blue – prices start at £72, grey Intu Venetian blind – prices start at £99, karunda Roman blind in duck egg blue prices start at £158 and cream roller blinds – prices start at £65.

For stockist details and more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters, visit or call 01924 413 048.


Halloween Your Home

Monday, October 19th, 2015

It’s almost time for the scariest night of the year, where little ghosts and ghouls head out in their creepiest costumes to trick or treat and a host of horrifying Halloween parties will take place across the nation.  That means it’s time to deck your house out with some gruesome decorations and where better to look for inspiration than Pinterest.

And if you think that just carving a pumpkin will suffice then think again. Halloween is fast becoming one of the biggest nights in the family calendar and there are literally hundreds of creative and cost-effective ways to make your home ‘spooktacular’ in time for the big night. So whether you’re hosting a full on Halloween ‘fright-fest’ or simply joining in the trick or treat fun, see our Pinterest board below for the best ways to create your own house of horrors in time for All Hallow’s Eve.

Follow Apollo Blinds’s board Halloween Inspiration on Pinterest.

A Guide To Buying Window Shutters

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The interior trend for plantation shutters continues to gather pace. It’s now one of the top four best-selling products from Apollo Blinds, quickly catching up ever-popular roller blinds, verticals and venetians.

Although quite uniform in appearance: not all shutters are the same and there are quite a few considerations when it comes to buying shutters; when it comes to cost, style, materials and finish.

Here’s the Apollo Blinds’ buyer’s guide to shutters, for helping homeowners to make the right choice for their requirements and budget.

“The Rolls Royce of Shutters” – Real Wood Shutters

There is undoubtedly something special about top quality hard wood. Homeowners looking for top of the range made-to-measure shutters will enjoy the benefits of real wood plantation shutters – a luxurious investment for the home; they exude sophistication and are incredibly hardwearing.

A buyers guide to window blinds

Hard wood options such as Apollo’s Custom West Phoenix shutter (£365 pm2) made from a light, eco-friendly timber are ideal for tier on tier shutter installations.

Or the Carolina, made with a robust Forestry Stewardship Certified Paulinia wood, starts from £398 pm2 and is available in a wide range of painted, stained or custom colour finishes (at an additional charge).

While the affordable Boston range is crafted from mixed hardwood panels and MDF frames.  Available in a choice of five white finishes, prices start from £331pm2.

For more choice on colour, homeowners can’t go wrong with the Boston Premium range, which comes in a range of neutral colours including grey, black, white and cream.  Custom colours can be created at an extra charge.

Added bonuses: Modern and period homes often come with unusual shaped windows that can be awkward to dress. Real wood shutters can be customised to fit almost any shape and size of window, no matter how quirky. So for those looking to make their windows a centre piece – shutters will do just that.

Natural wood shutter frames can be made to fit inside the recess of a window or on the outside.

Is there a drawback? Typically hard wood shutters need time to be made-to-measure, so allow a three-month lead time. So hard wood shutter need to be ordered by mid-October for delivery before Christmas.

Although it has many benefits, timber is not best suited to rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms that are prone to damp so a UPVC shutter may be a better option here.

Plastic Fantastic – The numerous benefits of UPVC: water resistant, durable, won’t warp or fade

While top quality wood can justify its price tag, homeowners have got the option of a most ‘cost effective’ wood and can get the look for less with faux wood/MDF shutters, to the untrained eye, it’s not easy to spot the difference!

Apollo’s Seattle MDF shutters are polymer coated making them tough and durable; ideal for high traffic areas around the home such as children’s bedrooms.  Available in five shades of white, they come with the added bonus that they will never need repainting.

Alternatively, and available in a wide range of stunning painted colours, the Georgia range is hybrid construction of MDF panels combined with plastic louvres to enhance their durability.

A buyers guide to shutters for windows

Prices start from £250pmfor MDF / Faux Wood shutters from Apollo Blinds.

Plastic Fantastic – The numerous benefits of UPVC: water resistant, durable, won’t warp or fade  

While top quality wood can justify its price tag, homeowners have the option of a more ‘cost effective’ wood and can get the look for less with UPVC shutters; to the untrained eye, it’s not easy to spot the difference!


UPVC shutters are by far the best option for kitchens and bathrooms alike, the plastic won’t warp, fade or split in damp areas and they are water resistant and easy to dry on the exterior, therefore making them less likely to develop issues with mildew or mould.

Prices start from £386pm² for UPVC Lifestyle vinyl shutters and they’re available in six shades of white – cotton, pearl and vanilla. They can be installed within just four weeks following an in home design consultation and measuring service.

Apollo’s Lifestyle shutter range is water and fade resistant and products come with a 25 year guarantee.  These shutters are all still made-to-measure.

Alternatively the ABS Hollywood collection is created from closed cell composite technology and is completely waterproof. Hollywood shutters are also fitted with a stainless steel hinge which will not rust. Prices start at £365pm².

Drawbacks: The waterproof material comes in fours shades of white but cannot be custom coloured.

So what about style? A buyer’s guide to shutter terminology!

Louvered panels vs. Solid Panels

Louvered panels have horizontal slats that are angled to admit light and air, but to keep out direct sunshine and noise.

Best for: versatile louvered panels are suited to all rooms.

Louvres are available in a choice of five different slat sizes.

Design tip: the width of louvre should always reflect the proportions of both the window and the room.

Tilt options: the tilt rod can run down the centre of the shutter or be offset to one side to give it a cleaner look. For a completely uninterrupted view of the shutter opt for ‘Easy Tilt’ – simply lift or lower one of the louvres and the rest will follow suit.
Solid panels cover the window with a panel but can be opened or folded back to allow light in.

Best for: drafty period properties.

Tier on tier vs. Café style

Tier on Tier: Two panels operate independently of each other to offer full control over light and privacy.  Best for: bedrooms and bathrooms.

Café Style – Panels are fitted to offer privacy at the lower half of the window only enabling light to flood through the top. Best for: providing privacy in urban areas.

Other shutter options

Full height – panels cover the full height of the window.  Best for: French or patio doors.

Tracked – slide on a track to concertina back. Best for: larger windows and sliding doors.

Shaped – Bespoke panels for awkward shaped windows.  Best for: unusual shaped windows.

For your nearest stockist, more information and to make an appointment for a no obligation FREE Quote & Measure, visit or call 01924 413 048.

Delicious Dishes To Cook In Autumn

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The months of summer to December brings cooler weather and a greater urge for casseroles, pies, crumbles and comfort food. The Autumn months also bring some fantastic ingredients into season such as root veg, tree fruits and berries which are super satisfying and bursting with seasonal flavours. We think everyone should try some of these recipes from around the web this Autumn.

Mary Berry - Roasted Sausage and potato supper

The one and only Mary Berry has a one pot wonder which is sure to become a family favourite, check out Mary’s roasted sausage and potato supper.

Spiced plum, apple and red wine crumble

Autumn brings some of the best dessert ingredients, we love this spiced plum, apple and red wine crumble recipe by Emily over at A Mummy Too.


Add some spice to your dinner table with this Thai Mussamum Curry, a deliciously rich curry suffused with coriander, lemongrass and galangal by Cottage Delight.

Ham In Coca Cola

Heart warming and easy, Ham in Coca-Cola from Claire over at Cheshire Mum.

Roasted Vegetable Tagine Recipe

Make sure you don’t get stuck in an autumn food rut, try this Roasted Vegetable Tagine by Helen at Treasure Ever Moment Blog.

Warm salad of roasted squash, prosciutto & pecorino Read more at

Salads aren’t just for summer, enjoy this warm salad of roasted squash, prosciutto & pecorino with rocket and balsamic dressing by Jamie Oliver.

Butternut squash and chilli recipe

Last but not least, it wouldn’t be an autumn round up without a soup recipe. We love this butternut squash soup with chilli & crème fraîche as seen on BBC Good Food.

What are your essential autumn recipes? Will you be giving any of these a whirl in your own kitchen? Come and share your thoughts and suggestions with us over on Facebook and Twitter.

Top 5 Online Interior Design Planning Tools

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

If you’re looking to redecorate at home the Internet will become your new best friend. From creating mood boards to researching for inspiration, we show you exactly how to get the most from the web.

You no longer need to hire a professional interior designer or architect to create your dream room design, you can do it yourself. If you have a passion for home interiors and design these online tools are just what you need to bring together your dream room or home.

It’s great fun putting together a room and using these online interior design tools you can design any room in your home very, very quickly. Here are our top five online design tools:

1. Pinterest
Put simply Pinterest is a virtual pin board where you can save all your ideas in one place and discover new ones. Creating mood boards is no longer the secret art of the creative few, it is mainstream with over 3 million pins a day being added from the UK! Pinterest is free to get started, simply sign up and have a look around, follow the boards and pinners you like. (Warning – you may lose hours of time inexplicably!)

Apollo Blinds Pinterest

The next step is to create your own boards adding pins from websites as well as re-pinning content from others boards. Once you’ve got to grips with the technical elements of Pinterest, you can focus on what you actually want to do with your room. Create a fresh board and get pinning – pin images of fabric swatches, the vintage lamp you’re desperately hoping to find at an auction, the painting you’ve found on an artists website. If you like it, put a pin on it!

Be sure you follow us on Pinterest too @apolloblindsuk we’ve created a number of boards already, these boards are meant to inspire and to be shared—you might even spy a few pins from Apollo Blinds along the way!

2. Houzz 
Houzz is a leading online platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals (like us) across the country. Houzz is a go-to website and app when you need inspiration as it has the largest database of interior design ideas as well as being beautifully designed and fun to use. Design different rooms to your liking, browse Houzz’s Ideabooks for creative ideas, and more. If you need some home design inspiration, the possibilities are endless with Houzz.

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3. Design Space 
Design Space is our very own free online visualisation 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. 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. Apollo Blinds’ Design Space offers a ‘try before you buy’ service, 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

Design Space

4. Floorplanner 
Floorplanner is a web-based floor planning application to help you design the layout of any room in your home. Floorplanner runs in Flash and uses a simple drag-and-drop approach to customise virtually anything you can imagine, making it fairly easy to replicate any room (to scale, even) and try out different layouts. Using Floorplanner is one of the easiest and best-looking ways to create and share interactive floorplans online. With just a few clicks you can also furnish your plans with their large library of objects. There is a free and a paid account option, but we think a free Floorplanner account is more than enough for most aspiring home interior designers.

Floor planner online design review

5. Autodesk Homestyler
Homestyler is a web application that’s completely online, accessed through your web browser, there’s nothing to download onto your PC. There are mobile and tablet apps that are also free to download. Autodesk Homestyler is an easy to use free drag and drop room planner tool that allows you to easily create floor plans, plus add decorating ideas too. There is also a library of other designs for you to go through and get inspiration from. Autodesk Homestyler is a popular free tool to inspire, allowing your to trial, experiment and visualize different design options.


What tools do you use to collate and create your dream rooms? Share your design creations with us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Cosy Home Inspiration To Welcome Winter

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Like it or not, Winter is here, which means it’s the ideal time to create a warm and welcoming ambience at home as the nights draw in. Style expert at Apollo Blinds, Mike Stephen, has selected Apollo Blinds’ favourite products to update home interiors for Winter.

Cosy up with faux fur
There’s nothing as cosy as an imitation fur coat in winter and now the same effect can be created in the home with faux fur blinds. These sumptuous blinds will keep homes snug by retaining heat and create a sensuous boudoir, perfect when mixed with metallic animal print wallpaper and deep purple tones. Prices start at £158 for a 600mm x 600mm made-to-measure Roman blind from Apollo Blinds.

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Walk on the wild side
Wildlife is a trend that returns year on year and can be easily updated with an festive twist. These seasonal stag designs are proving very popular as we head towards Christmas and with Apollo’s digital printing service, which allows customers to print any design or image onto a blind, we can turn any animal, from cute creatures to creepy critters into a fantastic statement window blind. Prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure Roller blind from Apollo Blinds.

Wildlife inspired interior trend

Warm up for winter
There are many ways to insulate your home but none quite as stylish as Duette® energy-saving blinds from Apollo. Helping to save up to 25% on heating bills and available in a range of Autumnal shades such as deep plum and berry red, Duette® blinds are an elegant and efficient home improvement for the colder seasons. Prices start at £100 for a 400mm x 600mm made-to-measure standard free hanging Duette® from Apollo Blinds.


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Winners Announced

Monday, September 7th, 2015


We know you’re all desperate to get dusting so here are the winners of our five fantastic ostrich feather dusters.

Congratulations to Brenda Heads, Keith Scrivener, Renee Armstrong, Saran Benjamin and Jennifer Hull.

28-inch-feather-dusterYour dusters are winging their way to you as we speak.

Please join us on Facebook and Twitter for future opportunities to win.

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


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


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

Me and my shadow

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.

Win One of Five Ostrich Feather Dusters

Monday, August 10th, 2015

If you want to keep your blinds looking clean and bright then you need the right tools for the job.

It has been proven that an ostrich feather duster is far superior to other (cheaper) types of duster.

Not only do they have magnetic properties, meaning they resist static electricity, the tiny barbules on the ostrich feathers act as fingers to collect dust, which makes them much more effective. Rather than pushing the dust away and flipping it into the air, an ostrich-down duster will attract dust and hold onto it until you shake it free to vacuum later.  The feathers can also be washed in warm soapy water, rinsed and air dried.

When used for domestic cleaning, an ostrich feather duster will last for years, which makes them exceptional value.

Ostrich-down dusters are perfect for cleaning all types of blinds, especially wooden ones, and due to their anti-static qualities, they work a treat on fancy light fittings and electronics too.

Sounds good?  Well luckily we have five superb ostrich feather dusters to give away.

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