Home Décor Colour Trends for 2019

January 31st, 2019

Our Design Director Mike Stephen introduces the colours he expects to see adorning homes in 2019.

“This year colour in the home is both surprising and uplifting.  The experts at Dulux heralded a shift towards ‘positivity, purpose and transformation’ when they announced the inviting tone of Spiced Honey as their colour of the year for 2019.  Shortly after, Pantone followed suit, with a cheerful coral hero shade that’s set to bring warmth and happiness to homeowners.

“These confident statements from key trend forecasters mark a shift towards optimism within home décor.  And it’s translating as bold and unusual use of colour (think dark hues with energetic pops of colour) and rich, warming colourways – warmth will be present even at the colder end of the colour spectrum.”

Here are Mike’s colour predictions for 2019:

Dark vs Bright

“This colour combination is a tale of extremes – opposites will attract as vivid brights combine with dark, moody hues.

“Colours within this theme are intense and contrasting yet the overall look is harmonious,” says Mike. “Petrol blue, aubergine, black and deepest grey with a hint of warmth form dark monochromatic backgrounds, enlivened by pops of vibrant colour. Exotic jewel tones, spiced yellows and luxuriant metallics work particularly well.”

Coral and Blue

“I love Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year – it radiates warmth and vibrancy.  It’s a much-needed pick me up after an unsteady year and of course it looks brilliant on window blinds – especially when the light shines through.

That said, creating a room scheme around Living Coral is more of a challenge than with neutral shades.  For me it’s best as an accent on window blinds or key pieces within a room.

So what is the best colour match for Living Coral?

“Greys and neutrals all work well,” says Mike.  “A classic peaches and cream colour combination is effortlessly stylish but for me, coral and blue is the winning combination.  The colours mix beautifully and can be found in nature – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.”

Warm Neutrals

Rich, warming colourways are a hot trend for 2019, when even the coolest of colours (blue and grey) carrying a warming undertone. Grey, it appears, has finally had its day, making way for caramel, taupe and butterscotch base colours.

Metallic vs Matt

Metallics offer an enduring look for homes and can be updated in 2019 when juxtaposed with matt finishes.  Textured surfaces are enhanced with metallic shine that adds to the multi-layered look.  2019’s metallics aren’t just limited to traditional golds, silver, brass and copper colourways – shimmering teal, pink and lilac will add further lustre to rooms.

Make an appointment with your nearest stockist to find any of the window blinds shown above.

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Decorating with Living Coral

December 21st, 2018

Our experts here at Apollo Blinds have chosen the best window blinds for Pantone’s 2019 hero shade and offer advice on how to select colours to complement Living Coral using colour theory.

Advice from Design Director, Mike Stephen:

I love 2019’s colour of the year – it radiates warmth and vibrancy – and it works well as a window blind fabric, especially when the light shines through.  That said, creating a room scheme around Living Coral is more of a challenge than with neutral shades.  For me it’s best as an accent on window blinds or key pieces within a room.

There are some brilliant colour matches for Living Coral and there’s a reason why certain colour combinations will work better than others. The secret to getting it right lies in colour theory.

Using Colour Theory to Create the Perfect Scheme

Sometimes we stumble upon colour combinations that just go – two colours that either complement, clash to create impact, or work in perfect harmony with one another.

Trained artists and interior designers learn the many multi-faceted strands of colour theory, so they understand how to place colours together to create mood or impact.

When decorating a room it helps to know the basics as a basis for creating harmonious, tonal or complementary colour schemes within the home.

The Colour Wheel

The colour wheel is a visual representation of how the three primary colours are mixed with one another to create secondary and tertiary colours, along with how white will affect varying tones of the same colour.

Depending on where they appear in the wheel, colours can then be described as Tonal, Complementary or Harmonious.

CORAL AND BLUE – Living Coral’s Complementary Colour

Complementary colours sit opposite one another on the colour wheel and are often seen in nature (meaning they naturally complement one another).

Coral and blue are a vibrant duo.  The colours mix beautifully because they are complementary colours that mirror nature – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.

Duette Blinds (prices start at £163), Roller Blinds (prices start at £77), Vertical blinds (prices start at £88), Venetian blinds (prices start at £81), pleated blinds (prices start at £87).

Other Colour Wheel Combinations

Harmonious Colours – These colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Choose colours of similar intensity from the colour wheel to balance this look and ensure that one colour does not dominate the room.

Roller blinds by Apollo Blinds, prices start at £77

Tonal Schemes – Using one colour from the wheel in varying tones throughout a room.  My tip here would be to introduce pattern into the room on window blinds or soft furnishings to add depth and interest.

Contact your nearest Apollo Blinds to find out more or book a no obligation home visit.

Win Motorised Blinds In Our New Competition

November 6th, 2018

It’s competition time! We’re offering you the chance to win our newest product – motorised roller blinds from the Capital Collection.

Exclusively available with our NEW made-to-measure Capital Roller Blind Collection, which has over 300 stunning fabrics to choose from, the DreamHub and ultra-quiet Dream Motor operating system allow window blinds to be operated remotely via smartphone or voice control.

Compatible with Android and iOS smartphones and the leading smart speaker technology systems – including the Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home, it means that when you want to open or close window blinds all you need to do is ask!

 

 

Two lucky winners will be chosen to each receive motorised blinds worth up to £500. This will include a prize of a made-to-measure roller blind from our Capital Collection along with a Dream Motor and DreamHub*.

 

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See the motorised blinds in action in this video

 

HOW TO ENTER

To be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, all you have to do is answer one simple question! You can also increase your chances of winning by sharing our competition in social media – why not help your friends win a blind too! Just follow the instructions below, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Tweeting about the competition. It literally takes seconds. You can enter below.

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  1. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner.
  2. Only UK residents over the age of 18 may enter the competition, excluding employees of Apollo Blinds and their families.
  3. Because the prizes are bespoke and made to measure, they cannot subsequently be returned.
  4. The prizes are non-transferable and no change will be given for orders made under prize value.
  5. The winner will be contacted via email after the competition has closed. If the winner cannot be contacted within a reasonable time period or is not available to accept the prize, Apollo Blinds reserves the right to award the prize to another entrant.
  6. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void.
  7. By entering this competition, you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions and agree to be bound by them, as well as any terms and conditions set by the promoter.

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NEW Motorised Capital Roller Blind Collection

November 6th, 2018

At Apollo Blinds we love introducing innovative new window dressing products to our already huge collection of window blinds, shutters and blind accessories.

Motorised blinds are here to stay and we’ve launched a NEW system that’s so easy to use we know customers will love it as much as we do; we think this smart blinds solution is a smart move towards a smarter home!

Exclusive to our new Capital Roller Blind Collection, the Dream Motor is one of the quietest blind motors available on the market.

 

The Dream Motor is operated by a DreamHub allowing you to control your blinds from anywhere in the world through your smartphone. It’s also compatible with Amazon’s Alexa (Echo and Echo Dot) and Google Home.

You can motorise a single blind or up to 30 blinds – all operated with one single app.

The DreamHub is superbly quick and easy to set up and operate. Once you’ve signed into the free Connector app, developed to work with the Dream Motor and available on iOS and Android, you’ll have your DreamHub and Apollo blinds connected to your wifi network and operating at the swipe of a finger in just a few minutes.

Other features include:

Timers – Set and manage up to 20 timers to enable easy activation or preferred settings at various times of day

Scenes – Set and manage up to 20 scenes

Manage rooms – Group blinds into rooms. Configure and operate a group of blinds that belong to a room.

The motorisation of Apollo blinds, with remote operation, not only makes life more comfortable and convenient but safer for children. There are no dangling cords or chains, just neat easy to use blinds.

Motorised Capital Collection – Roller Blinds

Inspired by colours and materials found in the UK’s stunning capital city, the new Capital Roller Blind Collection encompasses different textures and transparency options and an array of contemporary colours.

In fact there is a choice of more than 300 modern fabrics in this new collection!

Here are some of our design teams’ favourites:

Regents: With its slight sheen and smooth finish achieved with a tight weave this fabric delivers a sophisticated look for any type of home – plus it comes in widths of up to 2800mm.

 

Trafalgar: Trafalgar fabrics allow light to gently filter into a room creating a magical atmosphere. Choose from 36 colours where every shade is a sheer delight.

 

Camden: The Camden range has an exceptionally wide colour palette (66 options) to help you find the precise colour for your room’s scheme.

Barnet: Barnet is a plain fabric with a pearlised backing that reduces the amount of heat transmitted through the blind, effectively managing a room’s light and temperature.

 

Buckingham: Ideal for Skylights and inset roller blinds, this blind has excellent solar reflection properties. Choose from 26 colours.

 

Waltham: Looking for the perfect blackout blind? Look no further than products in the Waltham range.

 

Harrow/Enfield: Large windows? No problem – with widths up to 2800mm these blinds cater for the trend for above average window sizes. There are lots of pastel colours to complement all decors.

Islington: This contemporary fabric has a soft natural look and feel. The texture gives a blended effect, adding depth and character. It’s available in a palette of five colours.

 

Motorised blinds from the Capital Collection are now available at your local Apollo Blinds retailer. Find your nearest stockist over on our Find A Stockist page.

Twilight Blinds Revamped

November 1st, 2018

Apollo Blinds has extended its collection of stunning ‘Twilight’ roller blinds, DOUBLING the number of products now available.

There are now over 80 fabrics within the collection – from subtle voiles to silky fabrics and textural linen looks, as well as an array of eye-popping, on-trend colours to add vibrancy to rooms. Apollo has also increased the choice of performance fabrics, with an even wider selection of blackout and flame-retardant options.


With Twilight blinds, homeowners can enjoy all of the room darkening benefits of a roller blind, but within seconds achieve an atmospheric ‘half-light’ effect in their room.

Panels of solid and sheer fabrics allow greater versatility over privacy and light control than other types of blinds – light, dark or somewhere in between (Twilight) can be achieved, by adjusting the continuous loop of fabric around the bottom bar.

Line up the solid fabric for total darkness and privacy, alternate the solid and sheer panels for privacy while light still floods the room, or raise the blinds in the same way as a traditional roller blind for full light.


And there’s the added bonus that this changes the appearance of blinds too, with a striped or flat block of colour achievable according to how the panels are positioned. Talking of stripes – the NEW ‘Sorento’ Twilight blinds also include three different coloured stripes within one blind. Well, who doesn’t love stripes?!


Combining Twilight blinds with hardware that offers a little more for a high-end finish, Twilight blinds come with the exclusive Apollo Blinds Elegance headrail system as standard, it has an aluminium fascia which is available in six colours to match the bottom rail.

Twilight blinds can also be motorised and can even be controlled via the New Powershade® Hub– which allows homeowners to control blinds via a smartphone app or smart speaker.

Contact your nearest Apollo Blinds to find out more or book a no obligation home visit.

Window Blinds Matching Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2019

September 30th, 2018

Dulux’s Spiced Honey Colour of the Year for 2019 is a sweet, spicy and adaptable shade.

It’s a colour that looks fabulous at windows in a range of settings – from conservatories to elegant period homes and sleek, contemporary properties.

Mike Stephen, Design Director at Apollo Blinds has also selected some products to match Spiced Honey from the extensive range of roller, vertical, pleated, Roman, Venetian and Twilight blinds on offer at Apollo Blinds.

 

Commenting on his selection and Dulux’s hero shade for 2019, Mike said:

“This colour has some very special qualities. It’s inviting, soothing and adds instant warmth to a room’s scheme.

“Especially true when combined with our energy saving Duette® window blinds that have an insulating layer to trap heat into homes.”

Pleated blinds are another great option, choose a semi-transparent or patterned fabric to create beautiful dappled lighting effects.”

“As Spiced Honey is an easy shade to work with, there’s room to experiment with detailing and embellishments – a top trend for 2019.  Try a scalloped edge or metallic detail to add a bit of glamour.”

Contact your nearest Apollo Blinds to find out more or book a no obligation home visit.

How to Clean Your Window Blinds

September 17th, 2018

Regularly cleaning blinds will help to rid homes of dirt and dust, keeping living environments healthier and air fresher.  It also keeps them looking newer for longer and can limit the chances of deep-rooted stains that are hard to remove.

Shutters and Venetian blinds are the easiest types of blind to clean as they don’t contain any fabric.

Roller, vertical, pleated and Duette energy saving blinds can also be easily be wiped down or cleaned, plus these types of blinds can be treated with anti-static and water-resistant coatings to repel dust, mould and mildew.

Cleaning blinds can be easy. Apollo Blinds offers the following advice:

  1. Know your blinds

Most blinds should come with an aftercare document with advice on how to care for the specific type of blind purchased. Some blinds are washable, where others can’t withstand any water, so it’s always advisable to check – there is lots of advice online if you’ve lost the care instructions. Or contact your local Apollo Blinds for more information.

  1. Little and often – how to clean blinds regularly

Frequent cleaning is a must for keeping blinds looking smart and dust free.  A little cleaning, done often, will limit the need for a major facelift or problematic stain removal, which can be difficult and time-consuming.  Give blinds the weekly once-over with a duster to stop dust building up.  Vacuum blinds every couple of months using the upholstery attachment of the cleaner.

The wand or rod that operates the blinds is handled daily, yet many people still don’t clean it.  Luckily, it’s the easiest part of the blinds to clean.  It can be cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe or spray.

  1. When to do a deep clean

About twice a year give them a more thorough going over. Gently rub them from end to end with a damp micro-fibre cloth.

Warm water and a mild detergent should be sufficient for most types of window blind as harsh chemicals can damage delicate material.  Be careful not to drench blinds as this can cause discolouration and distortion.

Very obvious stains should be handled by a professional.

Wood and aluminium blinds are easier to wipe down with liquid than fabrics without fear of damage. You can remove and soak metal Venetians in the bath, using a non-abrasive brush to gently rub away dirt.  A hair dryer can also dry them off quickly.  It’s important, however, not to use too much water on wooden blinds as this could cause them to warp or damage the finish.

Our Duette® range of window blinds can also be washed gently by removing the product from the brackets and soaking in a mild-action detergent solution for around fifteen minutes.  Care should be taken to press the water out when folded into a fully pleated position (as if the blind were raised).  The blind should also be dried in this position.  Never iron pleated or cellular blinds.

  1. Armed for cleaning

There are some domestic cleaning tools that are perfectly suited for sprucing up window blinds:

Toddler wipes – Super soft and non-abrasive, baby wipes are not just for little ones, they work wonders with cords or tapes on Venetian blinds too.  Choose a biodegradable variety to stay kind to the environment.

Ostrich feather duster – the tiny barbules on the ostrich feathers act as fingers to collect dust without leaving static electricity behind, perfect for wooden blinds.

Microfibre cloth – an environmentally friendly alternative to wipes that are lint free and gentle, it is claimed that microfibre cloths are up to four times more effective than normal cloths.

For more advice visit www.apollo-bilnds.co.uk

So that’s it, you’re on your way to a bright and gleaming set of window blinds.  

 

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Damp Towels and Dirty Dishes Cause Most Domestic Arguments

September 6th, 2018

‘Soggy towels’ being left lying around have been voted as the number one cause of arguments relating to domesticity in UK homes.  92 per cent of people believe ‘not hanging up wet towels’ regularly cause household bust-ups.

Not far behind is leaving dirty dishes in the sink (or around the house) instead of putting them in the dishwasher or cleaning them, with 91 per cent of UK adults claiming this causes frequent domestic disputes. Not unloading the dishwasher or loading it wrong, leaving clothes on the bedroom floor and not putting the toilet roll on correctly were also in the top five.

Our research, which delved into the UK’s contentious household habits, as well as the division of labour, found that disharmony in the home is often caused by the most mundane of tasks.  It also revealed that 89 per cent of women claim they do more around the home than their male counterparts – despite our ‘age of equality’.

View the full results of the survey on the infographic below.

Venetian Blinds for a Light-Filled Living Room

July 4th, 2018

Venetian Blinds for a Light-Filled Living Room

How a combination of clean, crisp Venetian blinds and first-class customer service provided the perfect customised window dressing solution for a living room flooded with natural light.

Recently we advised Pamela Miller, the writer and creative thinker behind the popular family lifestyle blog Life with Munchers, about choosing the best blinds to for privacy but without blocking the abundance of natural light that she enjoys in her living room.

Pamela came to Apollo because she didn’t just want off-the-shelf window blinds.  She was searching for something bespoke, with a high-quality finish.  Being able to pick the brains of an expert was a huge bonus, so the high levels of customer service and of course the craftsmanship associated with Apollo Blinds really appealed to her.

“This is such a bright and airy room, with a patio door and two windows either side,” explains Pamela.  “So, I was rather precious about maintaining as much light in this room as possible.”

“The last thing I wanted to do was chop the windows in half with a Roman blind or pelmet, so the obvious option was Venetian blinds.”

Impressed with the service levels experienced throughout, as well as the wealth of options to customise her blinds, Pamela continued:

“We had a representative from Apollo blinds come out to measure the windows and every care was taken to show us the colour swatches of the wooden Venetian blinds that were available, including the tapes and drawstring.

“I have to say there was a vast selection of whites to choose from!

“We opted a shade to tie in with the off-white linen curtains that we were putting up and we weren’t disappointed when Apollo Blinds came back to install them.  They were perfect! They tied in perfectly with the space, colouring and feel of the room.

“We were talked through the safety elements of the blinds, such as the cord holder and even the fact that the cord puller itself has been designed with safety in mind.”

The service from Apollo was amazing from start to finish,” she concluded.

Read more about the Life With Munchers Living Room makeover here.

Love Pamela’s crisp white look?  Why not browse our inspiration gallery?

Win An Award-Winning BlocOut™ Blind

May 14th, 2018

Here at Apollo HQ we’re launching a brand new collection of award-winning BlocOut™ blinds, the best black out solution for the home on the market today. To celebrate our launch, in partnership with Bloc Blinds, we are giving TWO lucky winners the chance to win a BlocOut™ blind which will be installed by Apollo Blinds!

British summer time is here and so are longer, lighter evenings. Perfect for entertaining but far from ideal for young children, shift workers and light sensitive sleepers. Not to mention the overheating and excessive sun glare challenges faced in living spaces.

The award-winning BlocOut™ blind roller system overcomes the small gap between the fabric and the walls that exists with other blackout roller blinds. Although small, this gap still allows light to filter into a room, but not with with BlocOut™ blinds. BlocOut™ blinds have front and side rails which prevent that often frustrating halo of light that seeps into a room with regular blackout roller blinds. The result is unmatched levels of darkness which is unrivalled by other blackout blind alternatives currently on the market.

The BlocOut™ blind keeps more than light out too. The clever, cordless design has been independently proven to keep draughts at bay and also reduce heat loss through windows by up to 43%. The BlocOut™ blind is safe by design, meaning that they do not use operating cords or chains or have concealed or tensioned cords making them the perfect choice for kids rooms and babies nurseries.

With longer days and warmer temperatures, the summer months can mean restless and uncomfortable nights but not for the two lucky winners of our latest competition who will both receive a BlocOut™ blind which will be measured and installed by the Apollo Blinds team!

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• Which room would you put the award-winning BlocOut™ blind?

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Two winners will be chosen at random to each win a made-to-measure blind (up to 1800mm W x 1500mm H)
Competition ends at Midnight GMT on Monday 2nd July 2018.
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