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Wimbledon Inspired Windows

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Despite the rain and Rafael Nadal’s early exit, there’s still lots to cheer for in this year’s Wimbledon tournament.  And for those with a tennis obsession that stems beyond the two weeks of Wimbledon, we’ve put together the perfect guide on how to bring a tennis theme to your windows.  Alongside strawberries and cream and grass court greens, the design team has also picked three ways to style Wimbledon whites.

Strawberries and Cream

The annual championships wouldn’t be the same without a tasty accompaniment of strawberries and cream. With ravishing reds and fruity florals, indulge your cravings by adorning your windows in this mouth-watering colour scheme.
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Grass Court Greens

Create your own Centre Court and bring the outside in with grassy greens at your windows.

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Wimbledon Whites

Wimbledon and white go hand in hand and there’s no better way to create a bright and beautiful room than using an all-white colour scheme.  So whether your whites are classic like Federer, edgy like Nadal or modest like Murray, keep colour to a minimum and create a crisp, clean finish with our made-to-measure blinds and shutters.

Achieve a winning look in your home with classic white shutters from Apollo Blinds that offer a style that’s traditional, timeless and refined.

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Be brave, modern and minimalist with an all white scheme. Contemporary and confident, these Duette energy saving blinds offer an edgy twist to traditional whites in the home.

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Made with panels of solid and sheer materials, these Twilight blinds provide the winning combination of privacy and light control, creating a delicate contrasting pattern that’s subtle and uncomplicated.

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Game, set and match.

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How to Make the Most of Your Conservatory

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Not quite indoors and not quite garden, but filled with natural light and boasting the best views in the house; the conservatory is one of the home’s most relaxing and enjoyable spaces. Here’s how to help your conservatory reach its full potential with expert advice from Apollo Blinds.

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1) Select the right blinds
Deciding on which blind is right for a conservatory or summer room is dependent on a number of factors; each type of blind offers different light and privacy control, and Duette® blinds offer temperature control too. The choice also comes down to the look it achieves along with fabric preference.

The most popular blinds types for conservatories and garden rooms include:

• Duette® blinds – energy efficient blinds to keep cool in summer and warm in winter
Pleated blinds bring a chic, neat look to conservatories and are available in a choice of colours
Vertical blinds bring subtle shade and variable privacy control, whilst still allowing light and air to flood through.
Venetian blinds create a stylish and contemporary look, whilst offering great privacy and light control.
Roller blinds come in a huge range of prints, designs and colours and when open give clear views of gardens and the great outdoors.

Popular operating systems include:

INTU® (available with roller, Venetian and pleated blinds) fits neatly into the bead of windows and doors with no hanging cords or screws needed. Allows tilt and turn or pivoting windows and patio doors to move freely without damaging the blind.

• Motorised roller blinds can be operated in groups via a remote control.

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2) Set the Temperature for year-round use
Gone are the days of cold unusable conservatories in winter and unbearably hot rooms in summer. Installing Duette® blinds will keep the temperature on an even keel all year round. The unique honeycomb design of ensures that rooms are kept at a comfortable and consistent temperature–where an abundance of glass can make temperature control challenging.
A room that’s usable all year round means you’ve room to contemplate the function of your conservatory. It’s no longer an abandoned space or dumping ground so why not use it as a dining room, introduce a day bed for a versatile guest bedroom or even install a bright and airy kitchen that’s filled with natural light.

See our conservatory Pinterest board for more inspiration:

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3) Focus on furnishing
With only one or two items of furniture, lots of exposed brick, hard flooring and an abundance of glass, conservatories can feel cold and unloved. But there’s really no reason to leave the room looking sparse when just choosing the right furnishings conservatories can serve as an extra multifunctional space in the home. The addition of curtains and a statement rug makes this conservatory feel lovely and cosy. And an air of opulence is achieved with surprising design elements like the solid wood table, fuchsia pink display cabinet and chandelier.

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4) Merge with outdoors

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Although probably not achievable in your average household, we love the way this conservatory come greenhouse, with its climbing foliage and rustic picnic table, fuses indoor/outdoor living.

Indoor plants to your conservatory can have significant health benefits as well as adding to the ambiance, plus the extensive glazing can help to cultivate seedlings in the same way a greenhouse would.
For a Mediterranean air citrus plants will flourish in the conservatory. To expand the space be bold and introduce taller plants such as palms that will thrive even in adverse environments.

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5) Don’t forget the Roof
We have made-to-measure roof blinds and other speciality products for conservatories and garden rooms.

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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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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.

 

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.

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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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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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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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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.

Keeping the wet weather out and letting the sunshine in

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

With a break from the frosty weather, the inevitable showers have begun to fall, but you don’t have to dream of summer to let the sunlight in.

Our vertical blinds can fill your home with natural light but still maintain your cozy haven away from the less desirable drizzle.

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With machine washable fabrics available, half term rainy day activities will be covered from a few crafting or baking accidents.

A back to school freshen up will also extend the life of your blinds and keep their appearance looking great.

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Let us help natural light fill your home, whatever the weather.

Find your nearest store to book an appointment here

 

You’re not going to believe your eyes

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Apollo Blinds is exhibiting at Ideal Home Show Scotland this weekend and we’re all so proud of what a stunning stand we have.

Come and see us at stand L14.

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Apollo Blinds launches new collections

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Say hello to our new collections…

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To see these new collections, contact Apollo Blinds in your area