Win a Fabulous Summertime Sleep Bundle

March 28th, 2019

It’s competition time and, as summer is on its way, we’re offering you the chance to win a summertime sleep bundle worth up to £600!

 

British summer time is officially 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 associated with bedrooms that have sunlight flooding in through windows.

We have put together a summertime sleep prize that will provide fabulous sleeping conditions during the summer months. It includes a made-to-measure BlocOut™ Blind from our collection, a Breathe Duvet and two Cool Touch Pillows by The Fine Bedding Company, gorgeous breathable Bamboo Pyjamas from Pretty You London and other sleep goodies! Check out our blog post for top tips on achieving a sleep-enhancing dark bedroom.

It couldn’t be easier to enter! Using the entry form below, simply answer this question: What can the award winning BlocOut blind help you with?”

There are also extra entries if you like and follow Apollo Blinds on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. You can also Tweet about the competition and sign up to our email newsletter too.

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For the winner a great night’s sleep is on its way …. a lovely dark room, a duvet and pillow set that’s been specially designed to suit summer sleep and super comfy sleepwear.

The competition ends at midnight Sunday 12th May 2019 and a winner will be chosen at random to win the prize bundle. Terms & conditions apply – see entry app for details.

BlocOut™ Blinds 

Why not take a look at why a BlocOut™ Blind will be the solution to your summertime sleep problems in our new article all about these brilliant blinds.

Pretty You London (www.prettyyoulondon.co.uk)

Pretty You London is a premium night wear brand built on the ethos that women should never have to dress down, even when they’re staying in.  Offering a fresh take on everyday essentials, Pretty You London prides itself on delivering the most luxurious nightwear and slippers, all produced with the utmost attention to detail and exquisite finishing.

The Fine Bedding Company (www.finebedding.co.uk)

We all love a great night’s sleep and it’s no secret that the quality of our bedding plays a vital role in helping us wake feeling refreshed and well rested. The Fine Bedding Company is a brand associated with some of the most comfortable and technologically advanced bedding products you can buy, designed to ensure you get the great night’s sleep you deserve.

The Future’s Bright – Top Tips on Achieving a Sleep-Enhancing Dark Bedroom

March 27th, 2019

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.

 

So why are blackout blinds a must-have for the home?

 

THE PROBLEM WITH LIGHT – THE UK IS GETTING LIGHTER AND IT’S BAD FOR OUR HEALTH

Matt Thomas from Apollo Blinds highlights how the UK is getting lighter, how darkness aids sleep and the benefits of BlocOut™ blinds.

“While the longer periods of natural daylight from spring to autumn can prevent people (especially children) from falling or staying asleep, as a nation our issues with ‘light entering a room’ go beyond the natural light of the sun.

Artificial light in the UK is getting brighter and more widespread, as revealed by recent images of the Earth taken from space. In fact, levels of unnatural light have reached their highest ever in the UK, with some experts suggesting light pollution is a problem on the scale of global warming.

And it’s easy to see why this is happening: Safety concerns have led us to illuminate our residential areas with street lights and security lights; there are more cars on the road than ever; and we’re becoming a ’24-hour society’ with many shops, gyms, bars and clubs open until the early hours – some never closing.

The future is bright – but there’s a dark side to our well-lit world. This ‘perpetual daytime’ is having adverse effects on our health as well as well as the natural cycles of animals and plantlife.”

The link between health and sleep is well-documented. Similarly, most people are aware that darkness helps us to fall asleep more quickly as well as improving the quality of sleep.

Studies suggests that sleeping in a very dark room has health benefits beyond getting enough shut eye.

Dr Richard Stevens, a leading breast cancer researcher highlights links between some preventable diseases such as depression, diabetes, obesity, even cancer and the amount of darkness a person is exposed to at night.

He said: “The point to emphasise is that while sleep is deeply important to well-being, so too is exposure at night to dark.” Other research has shown women night-shift workers to be at higher risk of breast cancer.

Darkness produces the sleep hormone melatonin that is responsible for repairing cells, consolidating memories and also keeping tumours in check.

 

THE SOLUTION – TIPS TO BANISH LIGHT FROM BEDROOMS

Introduce BlocOut™ blinds from Apollo Blinds – While standard blackout blinds can significantly darken a room, light can still sneak in around spaces at the edges and bottom of the blind. Apollo’s BlocOut™ blinds combine a superior quality blackout fabric with a frame (precision engineered side rails and a bottom bar) that the blinds slot into. This ensures the window is fully covered with nowhere for the light to enter.

Ban electronics Smartphones and tablets emit blue light the worst kind for interrupting circadian rhythms. Give yourself an hour of tech-free time before bed and forbid them from the bedroom.

Invest in a red light – The eyes are less sensitive to red light so fit one to a bedside lamp to limit the effects of light if getting out of bed in the night.

More about BlocOut Blinds

BlocOut™ blinds are cordless and child-safe. A highly innovative roller blind system, which combines an aluminium cassette/frame with precision engineered side-rails and top-quality blackout roller blind fabric will provide homes with an unmatched level of darkness.

Independently thermally tested by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) BlocOut™ blinds are also proven to save up to 43% on average heating costs by reducing heat loss through the window.

Available in a wide range of fabric colours and designs with a choice of three frame colours.

Prices start from £95 for a 400mm wide x 300mm drop blind

 

 

The energy price cap rise is coming – it’s time for some savvy home swaps   

March 20th, 2019

The Government’s energy price cap is set to rise by some 10 per cent from 1st April this year (Ofgem) 1, leaving many consumers facing additional costs to heat their homes. Money-saving advisers such as Martin Lewis have been urging homeowners to shop around for the best energy deals and not assume the recently-introduced price caps will automatically mean their tariff is the best one for their household usage. Furthermore, customers may be unaware that the energy price caps do not apply to those on a fixed-term tariff.2

Duette® energy saving blinds are a great option for homeowners updating window dressings as they are proven to retain up to 46 per cent more heat in a room, thanks to their unique honeycomb design. By reducing the amount of heat escaping from windows, the place where homes lose most heat, they can also reduce heating bills by up to 25 per cent.

“Alongside switching supplier or tariff, there are some clever and simple ways to keep homes warmer without increasing energy bills,” says Apollo’s Matt Thomas.“New energy caps limit the price a supplier can charge per kilowatt-hour (kWH) of electricity and gas, but they don’t cap the customer’s total bill which will vary depending on how much energy they use. With this in mind and with the cap due to rise, it’s doubly important for homeowners to consider other ways to reduce their energy consumption and save money.”

Follow these easy ways to keep the warmth in homes and reduce energy bills:

Move the furniture around. If furniture is pushed up against the radiator then that can block off the heat. Move sofas and other items around to allow warmth to circulate around the room.

Savvy Swaps. Upgrade window blinds – with Duette® energy saving blinds; rather than using a household radiator to heat up the bedroom, a heated blanket could be the answer to winter bills issues; The Energy Saving Trust also suggests that swapping a halogen bulb for an LED could cut costs by £80! Save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap.

Don’t heat unused space. If there is a room in your house that isn’t used regularly then turn down the radiator in that particular room. Don’t turn it off completely as that can lead to problems with damp.

Unplug any unused electrical appliances, such as games consoles, speakers, DVD players etc. This will save £20-£30 a year. Households with more appliances could reach annual savings between £50 and £80. A wall timer that automatically turns appliances off can save the need for constantly unplugging and plugging in appliances.

Get used to a cooler house! Instead of turning the heating down, try not turning it up as much, acclimatising the body to a slight lower indoor temperature. According to the Energy Saving Trust, reducing heating by just one degree, could cut 10% off the annual heating bill – about £75 a year! Be careful not to go too low which could be unhealthy, the World Health Organisation states that 18 degrees is a suitable temperature for healthy people who are appropriately dressed.

Be smarter about using appliances.  Running one full load in the dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer, uses less energy than two half loads. When making a cup of tea, only boil the amount of water needed in the kettle. It costs on average 2.5p to boil a full 1.5 pint kettle. Washing clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can be a third cheaper, meaning savings of up to £52 a year.

Available in a kaleidoscope of colours and fabric options Duette® Blinds will fit seamlessly into existing decor.  They can be fitted to any window (including sash windows or bay windows) providing a non-permanent, energy-saving solution. Opting for no visible cords and motorised blinds make the investment in this energy saving solution even more appealing.

Best Window Blinds for Spring/Summer

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

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

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*.

 

You can read more about the products here Motorised Blinds

 

 

 

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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Competition ends midnight Sunday 16th December. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday 19th December. Winners will announced on Facebook (and contacted via email as well as Messenger) so make sure you’re connected with us there.

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Terms and conditions apply.

  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.

*(does not include smart speaker). 

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.

Cosy up with NEW Twilight Blinds

November 1st, 2018

New Twilight blinds

Autumn/winter means shorter days and cosying up indoors when the weather turns cold.  So, wouldn’t it be great if there was a versatile window blind that could make the most of the winter sunshine and keep rooms snug and warm against the elements?

Well there is! Our 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.

Homeowners all over the UK are uncovering the benefits of these brilliant blinds.  In fact, we’ve just extended our collection of Twilight roller blinds to meet increased demand – doubling the amount of fabrics, colours and designs.

Over 140 fabrics are now available, making it the largest collection of this type of blind on the market.  There’s everything from subtle voiles to silky fabrics and textural linen looks, as well as colours to suit every mood.

Some examples (below) are gorgeous jade, paradise green, scarlet and copper – bright, on-trend shades that are the perfect pick me up on a cold winter’s day.

New Twilight blinds

How do Twilight blinds work?

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.

Line up the solid fabric for total darkness and privacy.  Alternate the solid and sheer panels for privacy and cosiness while still allowing light to flood the room. Raise the blinds in the same way as a traditional roller blind for full light.

New Twilight blinds

The added bonus is that this changes the appearance of blinds too, with a striped effect or block of colour achievable according to how the panels are positioned.

They can also be motorised too – operated by remote control.  And for the thousands of people who are automating their homes with the help of a smart speaker, they can even be operated by voice control via a smart control hub.

Twilight Blinds are ideal for every room in the home:

New Twilight blinds

Cosy up the conservatory with Twilight blinds at the windows.

New Twilight blinds

Limit glare whilst still enjoying the benefits of winter sun with Twilight blinds in a home office.

New Twilight blinds

Twilight blinds will cheat the chill and bathe a bathroom in natural light.

New Twilight blinds

Combine blackout fabrics with a cool stripe for a sleep-inducing teen bedroom

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.