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Best Window Blinds for Spring/Summer

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Best Window Blinds for Spring/Summer

All of this gorgeous February sunshine has got us thinking about freshening up interiors for the warmer seasons.  From bold and beautiful colourways and spring florals, to making the most of the natural light within the home (and blocking it in the bedroom) we’ve picked out the best blinds for spring/summer from our extensive collections here at Apollo Blinds.  And if you love what you see, why not contact your nearest Apollo Blinds now for a free home design visit.

Let in Light with Twilight blinds…

When the sun appears after a long, cold winter it’s time to throw open the blinds and let the sunshine in. Yet there’s still a need for privacy – especially for those who live in built-up areas.

Twilight blinds from Apollo Blinds offer the best of both worlds.  Alternating stripes of sheer and solid fabric protect from prying eyes while still allowing light to flood into a room.  The fabric can be lined up as a full block of colour for a fully closed position and they can be pulled right up out of the way as well – just like normal roller blinds.

Control Light in the Bedroom with Total Blackout Blinds…

It’s almost time for the clocks to spring forward – meaning lighter nights and, for some, difficulty falling asleep.  The total BlocOut™ Blind available from Apollo Blinds can achieve higher levels of darkness than ever before. It combines a superior quality blackout fabric with a frame (precision engineered side rails and a bottom bar) for the blind to slot into.  This ensures the window is fully covered with no gaps for the light to shine through.

 

Freshen Up with Florals…

Refresh pared-back, minimalist rooms with a floral flourish at the windows – we’ve got an array of gorgeous floral designs to choose from. And if you’ve fallen for a floral fabric that’s not in one of our collections, ANY material can be transformed into custom made to measure roller and Roman blinds via our You Choose window blind-making service.

Be Bold with Summer’s Brightest Colourways…

It’s easy to work with bright colour at the windows as they’re already a focal point within the room – bright blinds will simply enhance this. Inject a pop of colour at windows with Apollo’s pleated and roller blinds in gorgeous new colours for Spring/Summer which look stunning as the light shines through.

 

 

Home Décor Colour Trends for 2019

Thursday, 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.

Rugs  available from www.therugseller.co.uk, Wallpaper from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

Twilight Blinds Revamped

Thursday, 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

Sunday, 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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

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, 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?

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.

Five reasons to choose window shutters

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Shutters are one of the most coveted window coverings with benefits that go way beyond their obvious aesthetic appeal. Apollo Blinds‘ interiors expert Mike Stephen offers five reasons why shutters are first choice for modern living.

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1) They let the outdoors in

“Our shutters can be fitted on a tracking system meaning they can fold back on themselves to save space and for seamless integration with the outdoors. When fitted to a ground floor with patio doors (or large windows) this will really open up your home to let the fresh air and sunshine flood in.”

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2) They’re not just neutral

“Shutters needn’t be white or cream. In fact, we’re seeing increasing demand for colours to coordinate or make a statement at windows, like these gorgeous rustic grey shutters from our wooden shutter collection.”

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3) They fit all shapes and size of windows

“If you have feature windows in your home then shutters are the ideal window dressing solution. Wood shutters can be fashioned to a bespoke fit for almost any shape of window – no matter how unusual.”

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4) They’ll bolster security

“Shutters are lockable and robust, adding an extra layer of security to protect the weak points in homes (windows and doors) against intruders.”

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5) They’re just so stylish

“Quite simply, they’re gorgeous!”

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Find out more about our wooden and Lifestyle shutters

Get Ready for Autumn with Duette® Blinds

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Duette Elan Raven smaller

September may seem like it’s way off in the distance but, before you know it, the kids will be back at school and it’ll be time to crank up the heating. So now is a great time to start thinking about how to prepare the home for the colder months and how to save some money when it comes to heating homes again.

The stunning range of heat-retaining Duette® blinds are now available in the hottest colours for autumn/winter – including Elan Raven (pictured), a gorgeous inky blue that’s set to have homeowners swooning.

Chorlton House Collage

Duette® blinds are the most energy efficient blinds on the market. Designed with effective insulating properties to keep homes warm, Duette® blinds can help to reduce annual heating bills by up to 25%. 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.

 

With Duette®’s superior operating systems, adjusting numerous blinds in rooms with large glass expanses couldn’t get much simpler. Eliminating dangling wires, the Smartcord system features a retractable pull cord that effortlessly positions the blind with one simple tug.

Blackout versions are available but the semi-opaque fabric option allows light to ripple through during daylight hours, whilst still conserving heat at the window. Semi-opaque fabric also offers exciting colour projection, allowing beautiful hues of dappled light to flood the home.

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When considering heat-retaining window blinds, consumers are often concerned that in closing blinds to conserve heat, views of the great outdoors and natural lighting can no longer be enjoyed.
However, Duette® offers a top-down/bottom-up design, where blinds do not have to be fully closed to conserve heat. Blinds can be moved to various points in the frame to enjoy the best of worth worlds, whilst also gaining total privacy control.

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They look stunning in the bedroom and kitchen, and Duette® blinds are also a great choice for conservatories – rooms that can get unbearably hot in summer and too cold during the winter months, draining domestic heat via their large glass expanses.

Find out more about Duette® blinds or find your nearest Apollo Blinds and make a FREE, no obligation home visit appointment now.