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Five reasons to choose shutters this summer

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Shutters are now one of the most talked about types of window coverings. Apollo Blinds‘ interiors expert Mike Stephen offers five reasons why shutters are first choice for summer living.

1) They let the outdoors in

“Our shutters can be fitted on a tracking system meaning they can be folded back on themselves to save space and for seamless integration with the outdoors. When fitted to a ground floor with patio doors or large windows this will really open up your home to let the sunshine flood in.”

 

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2) They’re not just neutral

“Shutters needn’t be white or cream. In fact, we’re seeing increasing demand for colours to coordinate or make a statement at windows, like these gorgeous rustic grey shutters from our wooden shutter collection.

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3) They fit all shapes and size of windows

“If you have feature windows in your house then shutters are the ideal window dressing solution. Wood shutters can be fashioned to a bespoke fit for almost and shape of window – no matter how unusual.

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4) They’ll bolster your security

Summer is a time when many homeowners go away for a long summer break and leaving homes empty. Shutters are lockable and robust, adding an extra layer of security to protect the weak points in homes (windows and doors) against intruders.”

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5) They’re just so stylish “Quite simply they’re gorgeous!”

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Find out more about our wooden and Lifestyle shutters

Window ‘Pains’ – Our guide to the best blinds for ‘tricky to dress’ windows

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Glazed features in homes provide uninterrupted views, bathe homes in natural light and create a feeling of space in smaller rooms or those with low ceilings. Yet they bring their own challenges when it comes to window dressings, so we’ve handpicked the best solutions for tricky to dress windows in the home.

Elegance Skylight Blinds: Best for lantern roofs, glazed roofs and orangeries

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Our new tension fabric operated skylight system is especially made for modern glazed architectural features.  The unique blind is designed to operate under tension with a smooth and sophisticated operating system, meaning it can cover much larger areas than other types of blind (up to 48m2).

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Intu Micro Blinds – best for bi-fold and tri-fold doors

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Bi-fold and tri-fold doors are on the property wish list for many perspective buyers and are fitted to nearly a third of all ground floor refurbishment projects at the rear of a house.

They’re difficult to dress because they need a window blind that won’t get damaged when doors fold back on themselves, so Intu Micro blinds have been designed to sit neatly against the glass in the door frame and are made to fit the exact proportions of this type of door.

They are also tensioned with no cords, meaning they are child and pet friendly.

Intu Blinds – Best for conservatories, tilt and turn windows and pivoting patio doors

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Apollo’s innovative Intu system is a unique design that fits neatly into the bead of windows and doors. It’s ideal for conservatories because blinds can be fitted in areas where it’s difficult to drill holes and use screws. This also means no hanging cords, which is not only a safety feature, but is much more practical in an area with lots of glass or glazed roofs.  Because the blind sits inside the frame, tilt and turn or pivoting windows and patio doors can move freely without damaging the blind.

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Motorised blinds: Best for hard to reach windows and multiple windows

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Our motorised system offers simple, convenient and easy to use operation for blinds. Blinds are operated by remote control from anywhere in the room, making them ideal for areas that are ‘hard to reach’. Up to five blinds can be controlled from one remote which removes the need for mains wiring.

Duette® Energy Saving Blinds – Best for awkward shaped windows and to retain heat 

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The unique honeycomb design of Duette® blinds delivers impressive climate control benefits ensuring that rooms are kept at a comfortable temperature all year round.

During summer months an innovative cellular design of Duette® blinds means that as much as 78% of external heat is blocked, whilst in winter heat loss from the windows is reduced by as much as 46%. Duette® blinds also have a top-down, bottom-up function that allows homeowners limitless options for positioning the blinds to control light.

Best of British – Patriotic Looks for the Home

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

With the Rugby six nations already underway, and the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Olympics, Euro 2016 and St George’s Day all just around the corner, there’s certainly a lot to feel patriotic about this summer so Apollo Blinds is celebrating its British heritage and has picked out key looks in red, white and blue, along with decadent interiors worthy of royalty.

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Apollo Blinds’ digital printing service allows customers to print any high res image onto a roller blind.

Through our Digi blind service homeowners can create a window dressing that is uniquely personal to them.  We’ve opted to stay with the patriotic theme and fly the flag with a Union Jack design (left), but they could choose a British bulldog, a picture of their hometown or a favourite British holiday spot or landmark.  They could even print a picture of the Queen.

Digital printing costs £119 pm² plus the price of the roller blind (prices start at £72).

Alternatively create a room fit for a 90 year old Queen!

“These handmade crystal decorated blinds are the crown jewel of Apollo Blinds’ roman blind collection and certainly fit for the Queen on her 90th birthday.”

Bespoke crystal embellished roman blinds from Apollo Blinds – POA.

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Red, White and Blue

Red, white and blue can look simply stunning in homes – either as a pop of colour on window blinds, furniture and soft furnishings or as a full wall of colour with patterned blinds in a matching or contrasting tone.” Mike Stephen, Apollo Blinds.

Glamour roller blind in ice (prices start at £72), red roman blind (prices start at £158), blue roller blind (prices start at £72), blue pleated blind (prices start at £75), Duette® energy-saving blind in blue (prices start at £100).

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Get the London Look

“Those who love Queen and Country can take the look one step further with one of Apollo Blinds’ cityscape blinds.

“Featuring the iconic red London bus and landmarks from the capital such as The Gherkin, The Houses of Parliament and The London Eye, this very British scene is a must for patriotic homeowners.”

Landscapes from Paris and New York are also available in the range. Prices start at £72.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and we’re in the mood for love, so we’ve been busy pinning the best  romantic inspiration that Pinterest has to offer.

Whether you have an exciting date night planned or you’re spending an intimate night at home, there are literally thousands  of ideas on Pinterest to help you devote some quality time to your loved one and make them feel special.

We’ve also included some blinds you’ll love, from passionate pink and purples colour schemes to bright and ravishing reds, we’ve selected our favourite window treatments to make sure your home is as ready for romance as you are.

So why not visit our Home is Where the Heart is Pinterest board below.

Follow Apollo Blinds’s board Home is Where the Heart Is on Pinterest.

Pantone’s Colours of the Year Rose Quartz and Serenity

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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‘Get the Look with Apollo Blinds’

Pantone has unveiled two colours of the year for 2016. Rose Quartz and Serenity are shades that, according to Pantone, nurture our psychological well-being by appealing to our sense of balance and harmony.  The calming tranquil blue and warmer ‘persuasive’ pink represent an all-embracing approach to colour that is non gender specific and creates a feeling of ‘order and peace’.  The colour experts at made to measure blinds specialists Apollo Blinds have picked out the best blinds to apply this look.

Soothing Serenity

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“Serenity is an almost ethereal shade and its calming influence is said to create feelings of ’respite and relaxation even in turbulent times’. Whether utilised in a coastal scheme, in floral patterns, stripes or as a block of colour across home accessories or an entire room, this peaceful blue hue could calm even the most uptight of homeowners.” Mike Stephen, Apollo Blinds.

Shutters from Apollo Blinds, prices start at £234 pm², plain blue and leaf pattern pleated blinds from Apollo Blinds – prices start at £75, summer bloom roller blinds in duck egg blue, prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure roller blind from Apollo Blinds.

Reassuring Rose Quartz

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According to Pantone, Rose Quartz is a ‘persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure’.

“These colours have a real retro feel to them yet it’s hard to pin them down to one era.  The prim and proper pastel shades of the 1950s are apparent, yet the carefree spirit of the 1980s also shines through.  These sequin adorned vertical blinds are an exuberant, feminine and totally 80s take on the trend, whilst our more reserved floral print roller blind is a way of creating the look without overpowering the room.” Mike Stephen, Spokesperson, Apollo Blinds.

An influence in the thinking behind Pantone’s colour selection for 2016 is ‘gender blur’ and the rejection of stereotypes.  In other words, pink doesn’t have to mean feminine.  Here we’ve toughened the look with a pink Twilight blind teamed with masculine accessories.”

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Cost of Motorising Blinds Reduced by 60%

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Apollo Blinds, the UK’s largest network of stores selling made-to-measure blinds, has launched One Touch™ a fantastic new automated blind system. At just £75 it marks a break-though in the price of operating blinds via a remote control or a pre-set programme (previous operating systems cost around £260).

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Whether it’s for a practical reason – a room contains more than four or five blinds, because you can’t reach a blind tucked behind a sofa or you have a mobility issue.

Or have you ever lay in bed and wanted to lift the blinds or throw back the curtains but couldn’t bear to get out into the cold?  Perhaps you want to add another layer of security to your home – tricking burglars into thinking you’re home with blinds that open and close automatically?  It could be because you love the latest tech gadgets for the home, or simply ‘you’re just lazy’; operating blinds by remote control and automated blinds are a must in 2016.

Automated blinds are no longer the domain of wealthy homeowners as Apollo Blinds introduces a new affordable motorised One Touch™ solution offering automation functions and reliability, but at a fraction of the price.

Mike Stephen of Apollo Blinds said: ‘Mass motorisation’ is due to hit homes in 2016. At just £75 (which includes remote control and lithium battery charger), homeowners can now put their feet up and enjoy a little luxury – for less. It’s one of those things that, once you have it, you can’t live without.”

This low cost option is available on any of Apollo’s brand new Roller Blind Collection.

The Apollo Blinds One Touch™ motorised system offers simple, convenient and easy to use operation for blinds.

  • Blinds operated by remote control from anywhere in the room
  • Battery powered which removes the need for mains wiring
  • The blind will operate for one year on one charge (normal use)
  • Up to five blinds can be controlled from one remote
  • Adding a motor to blinds also negates the need for a cord, meaning that they are extra safe for families with young children.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

As Christmas is a time for giving, we joined forces with our friends at The Fine Bedding Company to offer 12 fantastic prizes to give away between the 1st to the 12th of December. Each day we revealed a Yuletide delight and we now have the names of our 12 lucky winners.

Congratulations go to:

Sarah Ince, Oksana Fitzgerald, Michelle Barratt, Carolun Corrin, Louise Jones, Claire Downham, Pauline Wilson, Mike Jones, Jenny Mace, Karen Smith, Louise Harley McFarlane and Neil Firth

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Day 12: Gingerbread House

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Day 11: Wooden sign

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Day 10: Candle from the Naked Candle Co

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Day 9: Red Wooden Lantern

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Day 8: Prosecco Candle

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Day 7: Soft and Cosy Pillow from The Fine Bedding Company

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Day 6: Large Wooden Sign

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Day 5: Scented Candle from the Naked Candle Co

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Day 4: Santa Sack and Chocolate Reindeer

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Day 3: Light up Star

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Day 2: Festive Wooden Sign

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Day 1: Berry Wreath 

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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
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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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 www.apollo-blinds.co.uk 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048.