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Venetian Blinds for a Light-Filled Living Room

Wednesday, 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, on the right blinds to for privacy without blocking the abundance of natural light that she enjoys in the living room.

Pamela didn’t just want new window blinds, she wanted something bespoke with a quality finish.  Being able to pick the brains of an expert was another huge bonus, so the levels of service and craftsmanship that Apollo Blinds is known for 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 level of service 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?

Spotlight on Shutters

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

A Guide To Choosing Window Shutters

Renowned for their timeless beauty and with practical benefits in abundance, it’s easy to see why  shutters are so desirable.  Follow our expert advice to simplify the process of buying window shutters, explaining key benefits, product options and terminology.

BENEFITS AT A GLANCE

All shapes and sizes: Shutters are an ideal window dressing for feature windows in the home. Wood shutters can be custom-made to a bespoke fit for almost any shape of window – no matter how unusual.

Let the outdoors in: Fit door shutters on a track system so they can be folded back on themselves to save space and for seamless integration with the outdoors.

Bolster security: Lockable and robust, shutters add an extra layer of security to protect the weak points in homes (windows and doors) from intruders.

Colour options: The Apollo ‘colour match’ service can produce custom colour shutters to perfectly match with any interior scheme.

Low maintenance/window dressings for allergy sufferers:  shutters are quick and easy to clean – they’re virtually maintenance-free – excellent for those with dust allergies.

Even out temperatures: the insulating properties of shutters ensures rooms stay cool in summer and snug in the winter months.

Peace and quiet: As well as insulating, they can reduce noise so they’re ideal for homes on busy roads.

PRODUCT OPTIONS

Although quite uniform in appearance, not all shutters are the same and there are considerations when it comes to cost, style, materials and finish.

Real Wood Shutters – top quality hard wood shutters are the ‘Rolls Royce’ option.  They’re incredibly hard-wearing and exude luxury. Real wood shutters can be customised to fit any window and there are a huge range of colours and finishes are available.

Mixed Hardwood and MDF –  hybrid shutters can achieve an almost identical effect to hard wood as only the frame is made from MDF.  They’re very hard-wearing and luxurious.

MDF Shutters – For those on a limited budget MDF shutters can achieve an elegant look at a lower price point.  ABS louvres (a hard-wearing plastic finish applied to the louvres) are an option for increased durability.

Lifestyle Water Resistant Shutters – Offering the appearance of wood with the added benefit that they’re waterproof so there’s less chance of warping or fading in a hot/humid atmosphere. They’re ideal for kitchens or bathrooms, easy to clean and come with a 25-year guarantee.

White shutters in the kitchen

TERMINOLOGY

Louvred panels have horizontal slats that are angled to admit light and air, but to keep out direct sunshine and noise.

Tilt rod is used to position louvres and can run down the centre of the shutter or be offset to one side for a cleaner look.

Shaped – Bespoke shaped shutter panels for any shape or size of window.

Tier on tier – two panels operate independently of each other to offer full control over light and privacy.

Café style – shutter panels are fitted at the lower half of the window only for privacy without blocking light.

Full height – panels cover the full height of the window, they’re the best type of shutters for French windows or patio doors.

Tracked – slide on a bi-fold or bypass tracking system to concertina back.

Solid panels cover the window with a panel but can be opened or folded back to allow light in.

Choose from a versatile range, made to measure for any room in the home:

Shutters in the living room, dining room and bathroom

Superb for Kitchens

Shutters are great for flooding kitchens with light during the day and creating a cosy atmosphere at night. Split level or café style panels offer privacy without shutting out light.  Access to open windows is easy for when you want to let in air and let off steam. Waterproof options will stand up to the hot, humid kitchen atmosphere.

Perfect for Kids’ Rooms

If the kids leave their mark, parents will be glad to know shutters can be cleaned in a jiffy! With no dangling cords, they are safe for children’s bedrooms.

Use Conservatories All Year Round

Stay cool in summer and snug in the winter months. Mortise and tenon joints make Apollo’s shutters incredibly strong and able to withstand movement and temperature fluctuation in conservatories. Shutters can also be fitted to French doors.

Blissful for Bathrooms

Some shutters are 100% waterproof and can withstand hot, humid atmospheres. Robust manufacturing means panels won’t bow or warp.

Brilliant in the Bedroom

Versatile for bedrooms, integrate shutters with a room darkening blind option to stop light entering the room and aid good sleep.  Combine with a curtain or voile for a softer look. Shutters can also be fitted as by-pass wardrobe doors to coordinate with window coverings.

Luxurious  for Living Spaces

Transform traditional bay windows with shutters made to fit exact specifications.  Throw open the living space to the outdoors with tracked shutters.  Watch TV uninterrupted, position louvres on each panel to avoid sun glare without blocking out light.

For your nearest stockist, more information and to make an appointment for a no obligation FREE Quote & Measure, visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048.

The A-Z of Window Blinds

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Apollo Blinds has put together this useful A-Z guide to window blinds to help navigate the growing number of types of window coverings and fabrics available, as well as explaining any terminology and technological advances in window blinds operating systems.

Energy Saving Blinds Get a Revamp for 2018

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

We’ve got great news if you’re searching for a chic spring/summer home update.  Our stunning Duette® blinds don’t just look good, they can help to save energy and money spent on heating bills.

Who wouldn’t want these super-stylish insulating blinds? Their original honeycomb structure helps prevent heat loss at windows, and some are made from 100% recycled fabrics.

The Apollo Blinds collection just got even better, with new energy saving features and additional styles.

What’s better than one layer of innovative, insulating fabric? Two of course!

Launching for 2018, the ‘double-layered’ Duette® Architella® blind, with a pioneering ‘dual honeycomb structure’ are the most energy efficient blinds on the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independently tested at the Fraunhofer Institut (Germany), original Duette® blinds were proven to slash heating bills by up to 25%. In the same tests, the new Architella® blind pumped this up to a huge 37% saving on heating energy.

Apollo Blinds director Mike Stephen says: “Sales of Duette® blinds have really been hotting up in recent years, as homeowners warm to heat-retaining blinds as a simple way to insulate homes.

“Now, with an extra layer of fabric within the first honeycomb pleat, the Duette® Architella® cell-within-a-cell construction performs even better.”

Stunning New Colours and More Fabric Choices

Apollo Blinds now boasts the biggest collection of made to measure Duette® blinds in the UK.

There are 170+ fabric colours, textures and designs, three width variations and a huge choice of transparencies (from blackout to semi-sheer).

Proving Duette® blinds aren’t just about function – the new range includes subtle striped and checks, plus gorgeous linen and woven looks. Great for adding some texture at windows.

Fabrics to look out for include Elan (a simple, elegant textured fabric like finely woven cotton), Batiste (a delicate fabric that resembles linen, the sheer option is akin to a linen voile) and Unix (a larger scale weave-effect fabric but still very understated).

Duotone (white on the reverse with additional heat reflecting qualities) and Fulltone (same colour on front and reverse for a consistent look) options are also available on most fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservatory: Batiste Elephant Duette® blinds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen/dining room – Elan Raven Duette® blinds

There’s the eco-friendly option too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caring for the planet has moved up the priority list for many homeowners when it comes to product choice.

There are three fabrics made from 100% RECYCLED TEXTILES in Apollo’s Duette® Relife® range, saving on landfill and energy in the home.

Size Matters

Apollo Blinds has also introduced three pleat sizes so there’s an option to match windows of all dimensions and no fear of scaling issues on very large or very small windows.

A 25mm pleat offers the ideal solution for smaller windows, medium-sized windows look great with a 32mm pleat, while the extra large 64mm blind offers a robust look that is especially suitable for large windows – a popular feature in modern homes and extensions.

Want to know more about Duette® blinds?  Arrange a no-obligation quote with an Apollo design consultant here, or find your nearest Apollo Blind here.

Trend Spotting – Three Must-have Looks for Interiors in 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Rooms that’ll make you feel at one with nature, schemes influenced by global travel and a Japanese outlook for a more carefree approach to life and home styling, we’ve got all the creative inspiration you need to revive tired interiors and create an on-trend look this year.

TREND #1. Get The Wabi-Sabi Look

While ‘Hygge’ has dominated as an approach to interiors in recent years, 2018 is all about ‘Wabi-Sabi’, which is an easy, carefree concept to apply.

Wabi-Sabi finds beauty in imperfection.  Life isn’t perfect, our homes aren’t perfect – and that’s okay!

What’s important when following the ‘Wabi-Sabi’ way is authenticity, staying true to oneself and celebrating life’s flaws. Beds can messy and crumpled rather than primped, plumped and tucked. Homes are ‘homely’.  Natural fabrics, frayed edges, uneven surfaces and unfinished asymmetrical objects are commended and brought to the fore. Team this look with natural and neat window coverings – wood or metal Venetian blinds are ideal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trend #2. Biofilia

Biofilia describes the human need to be connected to nature. Rustic, natural and easy to live with this look takes us back to basics, unwinding in an unplugged environment that’s in touch with nature but with an emphasis on terrain rather than green foliage.  Pattern is influenced by tree bark, sand and rock formations. Layering and tactility is key to achieving this look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREND #3. Global Souvenir

A look that celebrates a colourful mix of cultural influences, drawing inspiration from folklore and reviving long held traditions.

This is a relaxed trend, fashioned by travel and an unexpected sense of fun that comes with exploration (Latin American influences and Cuban colour codes are particularly important).  Decorate homes with bright and inspiring carnival colours with a weathered/well-travelled feel. Raw untreated wood and cacti complete this theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wallpapers available from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

Like our ideas on must-have looks for interiors in 2018? Make sure you check out our Pinterest board on 2018 Home Interiors Trends.

 

 

How to use Pantone’s Ultra Violet in Homes

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

A ‘cosmic’ shade of Ultra Violet has been named Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018.

Here our Design Director, Mike Stephen, has found four ways to introduce this celestial shade into homes with window blinds, wall art, furniture and home accessories that will send your home-style into orbit.

Mike says, “Ultra Violet is set to be a big hit in homes.  There’s a feeling that people are ready for change and Ultra Violet certainly brings a different perspective. It’s full of optimism for a bright future, but not only that – it translates into fantastic looking home furnishings.”

  • Dazzle with Ultra Violet Window Blinds

“Ultra Violet is spectacular on window blinds, especially when backlit with sun shining through the blind.

“Experiment with Ultra Violet as solid blocks colour on blinds and other key pieces around the room.  Alternatively incorporate with a bohemian design that reflect the colour’s spiritual/creative nature.

Both of the roller blinds pictured are available through our You Choose blind-making service which allows us to make blinds from any fabric – so the choices are limitless!”

  • Dine In UV-Style

Have an ‘out of this world’ dining experience with Ultra Violet-inspired seating that’s sure to provide a talking point over dinner! Priced at £549 from www.bridgman.co.uk/.

  • Show Off with a Space Age Stag

Reach for the stars with this showstopper stag wall art!  All over diamantes make Pantone’s Colour of the Year even more dramatic and appealing! Star Studded Stag Wall Art, £71.99 from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

 

  • Go ‘Glow-ball’

What’s more futuristic than a glowing orb to display your flowers? This iridescent spherical vase radiates with UV style.  £59.95 from www.annabeljames.co.uk

Like our ideas on decorating with Ultra Violet? Make sure you check out our post on decorating with Dulux’s Colour of the year Heart Wood and for more colour-related interiors inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards.

Five Reasons Why New Window Blinds Should be Top of Your Christmas List

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Amongst the Christmas mayhem, installing new window blinds in your home for the festive season might seem like just another thing to do on an ever-growing list.  But there are some really compelling reasons why brand new blinds should be a top priority when prepping your home for the big day.

1) They Can Help You Think ‘Hygge’

Especially relevant in the lead up to Christmas, the Scandinavian concept of ‘Hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gar) encourages us to indulge a little.  For interiors, it’s all about creating an inviting space that makes us feel comfortable and content.  Window blinds, especially with a blackout lining, can really enhance that cosy feel, helping to insulate a room and shut out the cold weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) They’ll keep you calm (and cool) and get your room temperature just right 

It’s freezing outside so you need your heating turned up fully, yet in the kitchen, with pots and pans bubbling and the turkey in the oven, the atmosphere is stuffy and unbearable. If you’re struggling to find a balance, the addition of Duette® energy-saving blinds can restore a constant temperature to your home. The honeycomb structure of the blinds traps air in an insulating layer, lowering the amount of heat lost through windows by up to 46%, plus they also reduce external noise coming into a room – an added bonus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) They can step up home security

As homeowners fill their homes with expensive Christmas gifts, window blinds can help shut out prying eyes, making winter a great time to invest.  A simple set of blinds can be an added deterrent against burglary, as explained by Mike Stephens, Director at Apollo Blinds.

“Winter is an optimum time for break-ins, with longer nights providing more cover, families travelling away to visit loved ones for Xmas and of course festive goodies stored in homes,” says Mike. “And homes where items are on view are more exposed to theft than those where window coverings are fitted.”

Blinds prevent intruders from being able to see what they can grab quickly and Venetian blinds have the benefit of being noisy – an added deterrent,” he added. “While shutters can be locked for an extra layer of security.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) They Can Help Get the Guest Room ‘Guest Ready’

 Where most overnight visitors aren’t expecting hotel-like accommodation, a few some simple updates can make all the difference to creating a ‘hometel’, rather than a ‘grotty B&B’ experience for seasonal houseguests venturing into the realms of the “spare room”.

A set of new window blinds can completely transform a room, so it’s time to ditch the tatty, dated or broken blinds that are dragging your décor down. Plus a simple blackout blind can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and a great night’s sleep. Preventing morning light from streaming into the guest room at the crack of dawn can make a huge impact on your guest’s experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) They can add a touch of sparkle

Every blind has a silver lining with shimmering metallic finish roller blinds.  Geometric patterns, stripes, damask and leaf designs are all given the wow factor with a metallic makeover. Metallic blinds will help you enjoy windows that shimmer and shine all year round but they look especially fabulous at Christmas time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more festive inspiration on our Pinterest board dedicated to getting your home ready for Christmas.

How to use your conservatory all year round

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The addition of blinds can transform a cold conservatory into a comfortable climate-controlled space that can be used all year round.

A conservatory is a multi-functional room that can be somewhere to eat, a place to lounge or an inspiring space to work from, but it’s often underused in UK homes.

Here, we show how Duette® blinds can significantly improve the ambience of your conservatory; and demonstrate how to apply the latest home interior design trends – from industrial chic to totally tropical – to this fantastic room.

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Duette® Shades are a practical and stylish window covering for the conservatory. Thanks to their innovative honeycomb construction, they retain heat during the cooler months and provide exceptional shade during the summer.

With between 20%-50% of domestic heat loss escaping through glass windows, fitting Duette® blinds can make a huge difference to this valuable extra space within a home. In fact the figures speak for themselves – research has shown that Duette® blinds can prevent 79% of solar heat entering the home and can also reduce heat loss by up to 46%. In the winter, this could reduce heating bills by up to 25%.

Made-to-measure Duette® and pleated blinds can be custom-made to any shape or size, and be fitted to windows, doors and roofs, so covering the triangular or irregular shaped windows often found in a conservatory is easy.

Another great tip is to motorise blinds, so that all blinds can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button.

Apollo Blinds is a specialist in Duette® blinds and pleated blinds, with hundreds of colours and patterns to choose from.   So why not find your nearest branch of Apollo Blinds now? {INSERT LINK TO STORE FINDER}

GET THE LOOK – Two conservatories, six fantastic interior designs

Head of design at Apollo Blinds, Mike Stephen took two types of conservatory to show how they can be styled in six very different ways, applying 2017/18’s hottest interior design trends.

Industrial Chic  

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“The industrial trend is still a huge influence in interiors and perfect for conservatories featuring exposed brick walls, steel window frames and slate floors.  Continue the theme with reclaimed wooden tables and stools/chairs. Windows, doors and roof are dressed with made-to-measure Duette® blinds in Elephant Batiste.

Organic Dwelling

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“This eclectic look celebrates earthen colours and textures found in natural materials like plaster, clay and putty, contrasting them against lux, comfortable fabrics.  Cosy furniture, chalky neutrals, and blush pink velvet accessories are juxtaposed against the rough, rendered plaster feature wall. Linen-look window blinds are perfect to accompany this look.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Linen White.

Vibrant Scandi

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“Key ideas found in Scandi interior design are given a playful makeover when paired with vivid lime green window blinds and graphic wallpaper.  This look is a great way to brighten up homes in the spring.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Selina Fresh.

Luxe Deco

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“Duette® blinds in stunning Brittany Blue provide a statement backdrop on which to build this glamourous scheme. Indulge in key pieces and soft furnishing fabrics that represent ‘classic glamour’ such as art-deco inspired prints and beautiful jewel-coloured velvets to add to the decadent feel.”  Blinds shown are made-to-measure Duette® blinds in Brittany Blue.

Totally Tropical

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“What better place to incorporate the tropical/botanical trend than in the conservatory! Create a lush, indoor paradise with vibrant teal, turquoise and lime green colourways and spice things up with warm highlights of gold or turmeric. Indoor greenery, both real houseplants and printed on fabrics/wallpaper, are a must for this look, which also incorporates a contemporary take on traditional rattan ‘conservatory’ furniture.  Textured turquoise blinds are an invigorating finishing-touch to bring the scheme together.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Turquoise Crush.

Whiter Than White

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“White is still a classic colour scheme for the conservatory. Layer up tactile fabrics and chunky knits in dove grey and winter white colourways for a cosy, traditional and timeless look.” Blinds shown are Duette® blinds in Swan White.

There’s lots more information on conservatory trends over on our Conservatory Trends Pinterest board.

Feeling inspired?  Find your nearest Apollo Blinds to book a free measure and quote home visit consultation or call 01924 413 048.

‘Heart Wood’ Window Blind Inspiration

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Ever since Dulux unveiled the dusky heather shade of Heart Wood as its Colour of the Year for 2018, customers have been in search of the latest home accessories to get the look. And of course we think the best way to introduce Heart Wood to homes is with window blinds.

Our head of design, Mike Stephen, has picked out Heart Wood window coverings from the extensive collection at Apollo Blinds and offers styling advice on the best colours to complement this hot hue.

Mike says, “This light, versatile shade can be considered as the new neutral for 2018, as it’s so easy to find colours to match with its dusky undertones.  It’s a colour that’s certainly causing a stir amongst our customers.” 

Heart Wood on a Roll

Get the Heart Wood look with abstract stripes, playful florals or plain, textured roller blinds. Mix with muted brown or purple tones or add a pop of azure blue, another great match for Heart Wood. Apollo Blinds Heart Wood fabrics for roller blinds pictured below (left to right): Roseanna Mauve, Henley Summer Rose, Sunbrella Mauve and Rianna Rose Dazzle.

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A Shutterly Fabulous Match for Heart Wood

Coloured plantation shutters look fantastic! And Apollo Blinds offers a colour match service so that its shutters can be custom-made in ANY colour. Simply provide a swatch, tester or sample pot for Apollo Blinds to create beautiful, wood shutters that match exactly to a chosen colour – like Heart Wood.

The custom colour service is available for Sumatra and Fiji shutters from Apollo Blinds.

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Perfect Pleats are Hard to Beat

Heart Wood creates a blissful bathroom and looks gorgeous in the living room.  Opt for Heart Wood pleated blinds or apply it to walls and introduce pleated blinds in berry shades to bring out Heart Wood’s warmer undertones.

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Wimbledon Inspired Windows

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Raquets and Ball

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.
Strawberries and Cream Collage

Grass Court Greens

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

Grass Court Greens Collage
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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