Archive for September, 2019

What if I have an unusual or large window? We asked our experts

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Not all windows are the same – and that’s why so many of our customers come to us. They need something that’s going to fit perfectly.

As the experts in made to measure blinds, we can create window blind solutions to suit most windows, no matter what their shape, size or functioning.

Here are some of the most popular questions we get asked by customers who have specific needs in mind.

 

Q. Can you create blinds that aren’t rectangular in shape?

A. Yes, absolutely. The best blinds for curves and triangles tend to be Duette® and Pleated blinds. Here are some examples of what can be created.

Shutters can also be made to fit curved and angled windows and doors.

Q. I have bi-fold doors – can I still have blinds?

A. Yes, there are blinds that are specially designed for bi-fold doors.

Our Intu® Micro Pleated blinds tend to be the most popular type and they are made to the exact size of the glass recess. Intu® Micro is a compact, pleated system that works seamlessly within the limited space afforded by bi-folding doors, while retaining the superb quality of the Intu® system. Bespoke 16mm pleated and 18mm cellular fabrics fit within the reveals of bi-fold doors, so this system can equally be used on other PVC, wooden or aluminium doors and windows.

They are mainly pre-tensioned so just pull up and down (no cords) and they don’t flap in the breeze.

They are designed to allow the doors to bi-fold back with no damage caused to the door or the blind letting you keep full functionality of the doors.

Intu Micro blinds

Q. What’s the biggest size of blind available?

A. The majority of our products go up to sizes that adequately cover larger than average windows, generally blinds can be made up to 4m x 7m.

We also have the Capital Roller Collection that is specifically for large windows. These fabrics can be used to manufacture blinds with widths up to 4000mm and drops up to 7000mm to cater for the trend for ‘glass expanses’ in homes.

Vertical blinds are also very popular for rooms with lots of large windows – they look great in bright colours too! Or our newest product, the Allusion range, also suits large windows.

Q. My window tilts inwards. Do I need specific blinds?

A. Intu®blinds are the best solution for tilt and turn windows. Intu blinds fit into the frame of the window so the blind sits flush against the glass. This ensures the fabric travels with the window when it’s in a tilted position and doesn’t hang down.


Q. I have a lantern roof. Can I put blinds in it?

A. Our Elegance Skylight system is especially made for large glazed architectural features. This unique blind can cover areas up to 24m² (much bigger than other types of blinds). It’s available in a choice of sheer, translucent and blackout fabrics and operating the blinds can be motorised.

Unusual shaped window blinds
Q. I can’t reach my window to open and close the blinds, can they be operated remotely?

A. Blinds can be automated with the a number of motorised options we offer, including the Powershade Hub a system that lets you control your blinds from your smart phone, tablet or remote control.

Motorised blinds are ideal for any difficult to reach windows or rooms with lots of blinds, particularly in conservatories.

Q: Can I get blinds for a glass or conservatory roof?

A: Yes, roof blinds can be tailored to any shape.

Again, motorising blinds makes dealing with blinds in high places or multiple blinds, easy and convenient.

If you have an unusual shaped window that could benefit from a made to measure blind there’s never been a better time to buy. We’ve got our best ever promotions currently running – and you could save up to 25% on some of our key window blinds for a limited time only. See our Offers page for details.

Have you seen our Facebook competition to win a made to measure blind? https://www.facebook.com/ApolloBlindsUK/ The competition closes on 31.10.19 so why not enter today?

Terms and conditions apply

 

Autumn 2019 competition – Terms and Conditions

 

The Autumn Facebook competition to win a blind closes at midnight 31.10.19

One winner will be picked at random and notified via Facebook Messenger. If the winner does not respond within a month of being contacted their prize is void.

The prize excludes Duette blinds and Shutters and the total value of the prize blind will not exceed £2000, including fitting.

The prize will be fitted in the winner’s home by an Apollo Blinds representative and it must be fitted to the window shown in the entry.

No cash alternative is available and the judge’s decision is final.

The competition is open to UK residents only, over the age of 18.

Have You Seen Our New Allusion Blinds?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

They’re A Sheer Delight for Windows

Our NEW Allusion window blinds are the latest innovation in window coverings – combining sheer curtains and vertical blinds.

We’re a nation that once LOVED net curtains at windows, and everything comes back in fashion (so the saying goes). So here is a new sophisticated update for windows, a sheer window covering that combines the best of sheer curtains and vertical blinds.  They’re a 21st-century version of the once hugely popular net curtain if you like!

New Allusion Window Blind

The new Allusion blinds from Apollo Blinds feature vertical vanes in a soft, silky voile material that are suspended from a top rail.

The delicate fabric drapes beautifully, holding its shape to give the illusion of curtain folds, but as the fabric is hung in individual vertical vanes, you can pass through them for easy access to doors.

21st Century net curtain

Our design director Matt Thomas explains: “Just like their net curtain predecessors, Allusion blinds are made from sheer fabric that provides a veil of privacy but still allows maximum light into a room.

“They’re a brilliant solution for dressing large windows as well as patio, bifold and trifold doors. They can be motorised and operated by remote control or by a neat wand.

“Because each vane hangs separately (i.e. not linked together by a bottom chain or rail), homeowners can pass through the blind at any point without having to ‘open’ the blinds. The louvres can be rotated for variable light control.

“Homeowners can also throw open the doors without flies and wasps entering the home. And there’s good news for allergy-sufferers too, as Allusion blinds let fresh air circulate while blocking much of the pollen and dust particles that aggravate symptoms of hay-fever and asthma.

“A final benefit is that they also stop nosey neighbours and potential burglars from getting a good view into homes.”

New Allusion blinds come in two colours Snow (white) and Pewter (charcoal), with a choice of a colour co-ordinating fascia (or Vista headrail) and the option to motorise.

Made to measure blinds come in two colours

Key benefits and differences of Allusion blinds at a glance include:

  • Vertical blind and curtain functionality combined in one solution
  • Ideal for bifold/trifold doors, patio doors and large windows
  • Vertical vanes versus single sheet of net fabric – allows you to ‘walk through’ and easily access doors
  • Subtle light diffusion – rotate the louvres for extra light/darkness
  • Privacy without losing light
  • Motorised tilt only or wand operation

Allusion blinds in room

Contact your nearest Apollo Blinds now for more information or to book a free no-obligation consultation.

Warming Colourways and Best Window Blinds for Autumn

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Best Blinds for Autumn

One of the most exciting things about the changing seasons is that it provides inspiration for interior updates.

The autumnal colour palette – rich ambers, burnt oranges and rustic reds –are the perfect inspiration for easy home décor updates to create a warm and comfortable sanctuary away from the inclement British weather.

 

Curtains – An Easy Autumn Update

Changing curtains is an easy update to transform a room and make it feel cosier in the Autumn months with a heavier fabric and deeper colours or seasonal designs. Curtains chosen for Autumn/Winter schemes are also generally lined and heavier fabrics to provide additional heat retention and blackout functionality.

A look we’re seeing more and more is the combination of sheer and lined, heavier fabric curtains combined. This gives fantastic light control.

As with all window coverings, the blackout qualities and ability to retain heat are often the key reason behind the choice of curtain fabric in different seasons. Thermal lined curtains help retain heat and make a room feel cosy for winter nights. This is particularly important for large windows.

Curtains for Autumn

The Ultimate Light Control With Twilight Blinds

Versatile Twilight Blinds are perfect for making the most of daylight hours whilst providing privacy.

Twilight blinds come with all the benefits of a roller blind, but within seconds allow natural light to flood into the room.  That’s without lifting the blind fully and making the room feel chilly. And there are two layers of fabric too, for even more cosiness and insulation.

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

Light control twilight blinds

Warm colours and insulating Duette® blinds – the perfect autumn update

Duette® blinds provide a double whammy of warmth when chosen in autumnal shades, providing a warming glow into rooms with the added benefits of insulating properties – just perfect for this time of year.

Blinds in Autumnal shades

Designed with effective insulating properties to keep homes warm, Duette® blinds are proven to retain 46% more heat inside a room – with between 20%-50% of domestic heat loss escaping through windows, insulated Duette® blinds are a great way to keep homes snug and fuel costs down.

Blinds in Autumnal shades

Blackout versions are available – perfect for shutting out gloomy winter nights – but the semi-opaque fabric option allows light to ripple through during daylight hours, whilst still conserving heat at the window.

Matt Thomas, Design Director at Apollo Blinds adds:

“Autumn is a time of transition, not only in the colours seen outside of the window but also within the home.  As well as introducing cosier textures and fabrics, homeowners often look to update interior colour palettes to those that provide warmth and sanctuary; reflecting the urge to be indoors out of the cold.”

Window Blinds to Match Tranquil Dawn

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

The colour trend experts at Dulux have announced the colour of the year for 2020 as Tranquil Dawn. It’s a hazy, fresh sea green that signifies new beginnings for interior design, encourages human connection and is a nod to the new decade we’re about to enter.

The great news is that if you’re looking to for Tranquil Dawn home accessories or soft furnishings, Apollo Blinds has products across all of its window blinds ranges to match the Dulux Colour of the Year.

Our design director Matt Thomas says:

“Tranquil Dawn provides a fresh twist on the greys we’ve become accustomed to in interior design.  There are plenty of gorgeous patterned fabrics from our Roman Blind, Curtain and Cushion Collection to match Tranquil Dawn that can be coordinated throughout the room.

Roman Blinds and Curtains to match Dulex colour of the year

“Shutters also look amazing with this colour, especially as Apollo Blinds operates a colour match service that can perfectly match shutters to any shade. Alternatively, a crisp white, soft grey or natural timber would beautifully complement this colour on the walls.”

Roman blinds to match Dulex colour of the year

Find your nearest Apollo Blinds for an in-home quote.