Posts Tagged ‘Interior Design’

Pantone’s Colours of the Year Rose Quartz and Serenity

Wednesday, 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

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

Wednesday, 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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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.

 

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!)

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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

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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.

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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.

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

Bloggers Love Design Space

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Make decorating disasters a thing of the past with Design Space

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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, leaving homeowners up and down the country stuck with disappointing décor and uninspired colour schemes. But not anymore…

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Design Space is a free online 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.

Apollo Blinds is the first window blind retailer in the UK to provide a ‘try before you buy’ visualisation tool, 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

Mike Stephen from Apollo Blinds said:  “It’s often difficult choose from the huge selection of window dressings available, this leads to many people playing it safe. Design Space gives you an accurate representation of how your ideas will look in real life.

“People now have the freedom to experiment with colour and pattern like never before – and I’d urge people to go wild, perhaps try clashing colours or test out darker or bolder hues; they might just find the winning combination that they’d never have dreamed of using without Design Space.”

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Design Space is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4

1)   Pick a room to decorate. Users can choose from a range of roomscapes to best match their interior at home.  Settings include living rooms, dining rooms, offices, children’s rooms, kitchens and conservatories in a choice of classic, traditional, modern, country and vibrant styles.

2)   Select a fabulous Apollo Blinds product to visualise.

3)   Experiment. Play around with different colours and designs for the product.  Change the colour of walls and accessories and even compare blinds by hanging a different design at each window (as shown in the children’s room below).

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4)   Favourites can be stored by using the ‘add to favourites tab’.  These can then be requested as samples and downloaded as PDFs to take into store or to give to an Apollo Blinds design consultant.

Try out design space now.