It’s the age old interior design quandary – how to create a home that is unique and reflects the personality and distinct style of the homeowner. In 2016, personalisation is the buzz word for interiors as retailers and designers offer more and more ways of creating original and customised home furnishings.
Through our digital printing service, we can print any high res image onto a window blind. So we challenged two prolific interiors bloggers to create bespoke designs for window blinds that can be easily replicated, showcasing this year’s hottest interior design trends – concrete and metallics.
“We love how both of our bloggers have taken trends that are currently big in interiors, but have adapted them with their own spin and personality to create something innovative and unique. The ideas are new and fresh but they also translate beautifully into the home and look fabulous in situ.”
Looking for a window dressing to compliment the black and white scheme in her kitchen, double award winning blogger and interior stylist, Sarah Akwisombe, created a look that applies 2016’s metallic trend in a totally unique way.
This foil effect crinkle motif makes a real impact at the kitchen window. A striking image with sharp triangles and bold contrast is printed on a high shine UPVC material that adds a further contemporary edge to the blind.
Sarah said: “I created this design as I’ve always been a big fan of metallics. The crunched up foil gave a great contrasting look that was bold and edgy, yet at the same time would work in any simple kitchen due to its monochrome colour palette. This look really adds punch to a room and is effortlessly cool.”
Mike Ahern writes The Brit Décor blog, which celebrates uncomplicated and calming interiors with bright accents or creative use of textures, so it’s not surprising that Mike chose a design that brings texture to the fore.
He opted for a concrete effect graphic printed to a semi-sheer fabric that allows light through, creating a gorgeous filtered and textured effect. And to add greater personalisation, has styled it in his home with homemade semi-sheer dip-dye curtains.
Mike said: “Concrete is currently packing a powerful punch in the world of interiors and I chose this material for my blind design because it’s surprisingly versatile when applied in the home. Left unfinished, concrete delivers a raw and edgy industrial look with a wealth of texture, whilst polished concrete leaves a silky smooth surface for a modern-luxe finish. This is also a material which can be paired up with striking metallics for that hard-edged appeal, or equally as effective, I love the contrast created by marrying together this raw material with colourful textiles. It’s definitely a ‘look’ with a lot of potential for the style-conscious homeowner.”
The concrete design works beautifully as part of an all grey colour scheme with painted brickwork and geometric/angular home accessories.
Digital printing costs £119 pm² plus the price of the roller blinds, which start at £72. Find out more
With the Rugby six nations already underway, and the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Olympics, Euro 2016 and St George’s Day all just around the corner, there’s certainly a lot to feel patriotic about this summer so Apollo Blinds is celebrating its British heritage and has picked out key looks in red, white and blue, along with decadent interiors worthy of royalty.
Apollo Blinds’ digital printing service allows customers to print any high res image onto a roller blind.
“Through our Digi blind service homeowners can create a window dressing that is uniquely personal to them. We’ve opted to stay with the patriotic theme and fly the flag with a Union Jack design (left), but they could choose a British bulldog, a picture of their hometown or a favourite British holiday spot or landmark. They could even print a picture of the Queen.”
Digital printing costs £119 pm² plus the price of the roller blind (prices start at £72).
Alternatively create a room fit for a 90 year old Queen!
“These handmade crystal decorated blinds are the crown jewel of Apollo Blinds’ roman blind collection and certainly fit for the Queen on her 90th birthday.”
Bespoke crystal embellished roman blinds from Apollo Blinds – POA.
Red, White and Blue
“Red, white and blue can look simply stunning in homes – either as a pop of colour on window blinds, furniture and soft furnishings or as a full wall of colour with patterned blinds in a matching or contrasting tone.” Mike Stephen, Apollo Blinds.
Glamour roller blind in ice (prices start at £72), red roman blind (prices start at £158), blue roller blind (prices start at £72), blue pleated blind (prices start at £75), Duette® energy-saving blind in blue (prices start at £100).
Get the London Look
“Those who love Queen and Country can take the look one step further with one of Apollo Blinds’ cityscape blinds.
“Featuring the iconic red London bus and landmarks from the capital such as The Gherkin, The Houses of Parliament and The London Eye, this very British scene is a must for patriotic homeowners.”
Landscapes from Paris and New York are also available in the range. Prices start at £72.