Pantone have announced ‘Classic Blue’ as the Colour of the Year for 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited about it here at Apollo Blinds.

Describing the colour as “a deep shade that’s at once comforting and relatable”, Pantone’s expert panel say “it instills calm, confidence, and connection, highlighting our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build.”

Our experts have got heaps of window dressing ideas and top tips for using Classic Blue in every room – perfect for updating your home as we cross over in to a new decade.

Introduce ‘Classic Blue’ at windows with blinds and curtains

Mirroring the natural hues of dusk, Classic Blue is reminiscent of a dreamy evening sky, making it the ideal shade for window dressings. Extremely versatile – it can be applied as the key, block colour at a window – working equally well as a sheer Duette® blind

…or as a Duette® blind with dim out qualities.

And if it’s pattern you’re after, mix shades of soft grey and off white with this elegant blue hue…

Choose furniture and accessories in Classic Blue

Classic Blue complements a whole host of colours- think greys, teals, subtle pinks and shades of white – making it the ideal colour to add an instant update to existing colour schemes.

As a top pick for living spaces, Classic Blue can make a loud statement whilst maintaining calmness. The colour lends itself perfectly to velvety textures, providing a luxurious sheen to soft furnishings. Introduce Classic Blue into your seating with a buttoned corner sofa from Arighi Bianchi or set of quilted dining chairs – perfect alongside rich mahogany furniture, with hints of gold and brass, or rich emerald green. Or, to add a splash of colour to your current decor introduce plump blue velvet cushions and a plush faux fur throw.

Add tranquility to your bedroom with this gorgeous Elise four-panel Shaker design in indigo from My Fitted Bedroom...

Introduce a rug for an easy interior update in an instant. Add drama and a sense of energy with vivid abstract or bold geometric patterns like these rugs available from The Rug Seller.

We will be adding lots more Pantone Classic Blue inspiration over on our Pinterest profile if you want to head over there too: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/apolloblindsuk/introducing-pantones-classic-blue-to-every-room/

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!

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.

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 nosy 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.

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

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.

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.

Warm colours and insulating Duette® blinds

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.

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.

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 Dressings for a Tranquil Dawn

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.

“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.”

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