Best of British – Patriotic Looks for the Home

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

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

January 27th, 2016

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

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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Cost of Motorising Blinds Reduced by 60%

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

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

12 days textThe prizes:

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

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.

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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.

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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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Get the look for 2016 – Colour Trends

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.”

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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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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.

Graphic Foxglove Design

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.

Cherished Gold – Get the Look

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.