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.
Keep calm with fresh air and light/temperature/noise control in one solution
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
Perfect for Pleated
Intu Duette® and pleated blinds start at £72.
A Tangle Free Choice for Venetian Blinds
Intu Venetian blinds start at £99.
Embrace Pattern and Colour with Intu Roller Blinds
Intu roller blinds start from £72.