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A* Blinds for Study Success

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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As exam time approaches, thousands of students across the UK will be taking to their bedrooms to spend hours preparing for their exams. And research shows that the right kind of learning environment can be just as important as hours of swatting when it comes to successful study.

Window blinds not only add to the aesthetics of a room, they also have practical properties and can control light, aid air circulation, support a constant room temperature and limit glare, whilst still allowing natural light to flood into a room; all of which can bolster brain power and make the difference between an A Grade or a B.

Here’s our guide to how the right blinds can aid healthy and productive minds.

Colours for Concentration

Gentle shades of green and blue help with attention, memory and emotional composure.

Soothing blue is the colour of the mind, stimulating clear thought and aiding concentration. Blue is also motivational which boosts creativity.

Green is the colour of balance and harmony and is helpful in times of stress. The colour green is also restful for tired eyes.

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Keep calm with fresh air and light/temperature/noise control in one solution

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Duette® blinds are ideal for boosting brain cells – offering a light, sound and temperature control in one window dressing.

Reduce exam anxiety by allowing fresh air into the room.  Serotonin levels increase with oxygen levels and can significantly promote a sense of wellbeing, easing stress and creating a relaxed atmosphere.  The top-down, bottom-up function of Duette® blinds means you can open windows to let fresh air in but still shade screens, prevent too much heat entering the room and avoid a stuffy, confusing atmosphere.

Noise distractions are also reduced with Duette® blinds. The honeycomb structure acts as a sound-proofing layer, giving students the chance to concentrate with peace and quiet.

Sleep soundly for success

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After a hard day of studying, the one thing that will help the brain recover fully is having a good night’s sleep.  To create the ideal sleeping conditions, we need it to be dark because this supresses the production of cortisol, which keeps the body awake and alert.

As exam time falls when the evenings are lighter, investing in blackout blinds can be the key to optimising sleeping conditions, resulting in well-rested, rejuvenated students who are ready for a new day of revision.

Plus research from Neuroscientists in Edinburgh shows that a brief rest after learning something new, or having a nap during the day, helps the brain consolidate information.

Natural light for brighter brains  

Sunlight lifts the mood and improves energy levels, helping you to feel more focused and motivated.

Light directly influences our emotions because it reaches the brain through the eyes, and is transmitted to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is connected to almost every other part of the brain, and involved with the regulation of hormones involved in motivation and reward. As a consequence, light has an effect on our basic drives and biological functions.

Motorised blinds with a light sensor will raise automatically in the morning – allowing students to be woken naturally by daylight.

And they now come with a ‘student-friendly’ price tag – with motorised options available from just £75!

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Why Choose Intu Blinds from Apollo Blinds

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Vacuum cleaners, drills, radios and phones – they’re all better when they are cordless. And it’s no different in the world of window dressings as homeowners are embracing the cordless window blinds trend with our innovative Intu blinds.

Duette® Pleated, roller and Venetian blinds all look sleek and uber stylish when fitted with the Intu system which, as well as its many practical benefits, looks sleek and neat at windows.

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Intu Explained

Our innovative Intu system is a unique design fits neatly into the bead of your windows and doors. The ‘Click-to-Fit’ system blinds push into the brackets without using screws and a unique tension system prevents the blind from rattling against the glass when the window or door is opened.

What are the benefits of Intu blinds? 

  • Neat and simple control options
  • No need for free-hanging cord loops
  • Designed to fully integrate with all modern windows including ‘tilt and turn’ and glazed doors.
  • Blinds can be clipped in place in minutes.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Choice of Roller fabric, Venetian slat, Pleated and Cellular fabric, in an extensive range of colours, designs and finishes.

Above: Brown Intu Venetian blind starts at £72.

Cool for Kids‘ Rooms 

“The fact that there are no hanging cords means it is one of the safest ways to install a blind on the market, making them a popular choice for children’s bedrooms,” says Mike Stephen.

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And Conservatories 

Designed to fit seamlessly within the frames of most modern windows, bi-fold doors, tilt and turn windows and conservatories, the blinds won’t flap around like ones fitted at the recess of the window and they won’t get damaged. The snug fit of Intu blinds reduces drafts and minimises light gaps. 

Due to the fact there are no hanging cords and they’re an ideal choice for conservatories, as the blind fits directly into the window frame, there is no drilling, screwing or mess on installation.

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Perfect for Pleated

Intu Duette® and pleated blinds start at £72.

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A Tangle Free Choice for Venetian Blinds

Intu Venetian blinds start at £99.

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Embrace Pattern and Colour with Intu Roller Blinds

Intu roller blinds start from £72.

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Metallic and concrete master pieces for windows

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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It’s the age old interior design quandary – how to create a home that is unique and reflects the personality and distinct style of the homeowner. In 2016, personalisation is the buzz word for interiors as retailers and designers offer more and more ways of creating original and customised home furnishings.

Through our digital printing service, we can print any high res image onto a window blind. So we challenged two prolific interiors bloggers to create bespoke designs for window blinds that can be easily replicated, showcasing this year’s hottest interior design trends – concrete and metallics.

We love how both of our bloggers have taken trends that are currently big in interiors, but have adapted them with their own spin and personality to create something innovative and unique.  The ideas are new and fresh but they also translate beautifully into the home and look fabulous in situ.”

Metallics Rebooted

Looking for a window dressing to compliment the black and white scheme in her kitchen, double award winning blogger and interior stylist, Sarah Akwisombe, created a look that applies 2016’s metallic trend in a totally unique way.

This foil effect crinkle motif makes a real impact at the kitchen window. A striking image with sharp triangles and bold contrast is printed on a high shine UPVC material that adds a further contemporary edge to the blind.

Sarah said: “I created this design as I’ve always been a big fan of metallics. The crunched up foil gave a great contrasting look that was bold and edgy, yet at the same time would work in any simple kitchen due to its monochrome colour palette. This look really adds punch to a room and is effortlessly cool.

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Concrete Ideas

Mike Ahern writes The Brit Décor blog, which celebrates uncomplicated and calming interiors with bright accents or creative use of textures, so it’s not surprising that Mike chose a design that brings texture to the fore.

He opted for a concrete effect graphic printed to a semi-sheer fabric that allows light through, creating a gorgeous filtered and textured effect. And to add greater personalisation, has styled it in his home with homemade semi-sheer dip-dye curtains.

Mike said: “Concrete is currently packing a powerful punch in the world of interiors and I chose this material for my blind design because it’s surprisingly versatile when applied in the home. Left unfinished, concrete delivers a raw and edgy industrial look with a wealth of texture, whilst polished concrete leaves a silky smooth surface for a modern-luxe finish. This is also a material which can be paired up with striking metallics for that hard-edged appeal, or equally as effective, I love the contrast created by marrying together this raw material with colourful textiles. It’s definitely a ‘look’ with a lot of potential for the style-conscious homeowner.”

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The concrete design works beautifully as part of an all grey colour scheme with painted brickwork and geometric/angular home accessories.

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Digital printing costs £119 pm² plus the price of the roller blinds, which start at £72. Find out more

 

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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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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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.

Metallic Makeover

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

Wednesday, 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.

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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

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

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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.

 

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

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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.

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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