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, you can’t go wrong with our stunning Riverford curtains – mixing 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: http://uk.pinterest.com/apolloblindsuk/
Our latest blog post is an image gallery of the Apollo team’s favourite cosy home looks for 2019, and top tips for creating a cosy home.
When the seasons change, try swapping your curtains for heavier fabrics in deeper colours as a cosy autumn update. Double dressing windows with both curtains and blinds is a statement look we’re seeing more and more of – not only is it an extra layer of insulation at windows, it also adds a decadent, luxe feel to a room. Choose lined curtains for added heat retention on cold winter nights.
Dark and Comforting Colours Schemes
It’s all too easy to play safe with neutral colour schemes, but don’t be afraid of the dark! A richer, deeper colour palette – think forest green, deep crimson, midnight blue – can add sophisticated drama to décor schemes and help to create that all important feeling of being cosy and cocooned. We absolutely love the new bedding collection from King of Decadence Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen – perfect for cosy winter bedroom sanctuaries.
Candle, Lights, Action
When the days get shorter and darker (we know it’s coming), layer up lighting around your home with warm watt bulbs, lamps in different colours and styles and a host of candles. Choose lighting that is not only practical, but also creates a cosy, welcoming ambience. Muster a cluster of pendant lights to localise light where it’s needed, backlight a mirror as the focal point of a room instead of a picture and place an angled floor lamp in your favourite reading corner. We love stringing fairy lights across the mantlepiece and grouping lanterns and tea-lights together for evocative seasonal atmosphere.
Warmth at Windows
Another of our top tips for keeping the heat in at windows is to invest in heat retaining window blinds. With between 20%-50% of domestic heat loss escaping through windows, our insulated Duette® blinds are a great way to keep homes snug and fuel costs down. They look stunning in the bedroom and living room and are also a great choice for conservatories – the one room in the house notorious for being too cold during the winter months.
A Hygge Home
The Danish concept of Hygge – cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being – shows no sign of waning in popularity and it’s easy to see why. After all, Denmark is reputedly one of the happiest countries in the world. It’s all about creating a cosy relaxing environment and indulging in whatever makes you happy. For us this translates to snuggling up on the sofa with hot chocolate, a furry throw and our favourite box set!
Fireside and family time
There’s nothing like a blazing fire and family time to warm up a cold winter evening. We suggest investing in a log burning stove – cleaner and more energy efficient than an open fire – but giving off the same cosy warmth. They’re a great way to bring the comfort of a real flickering fire into your home even if you’re short on space. There are some fantastic new products on the market as an alternative to installing a fixed log burner. Portable indoor electric log burners can be brought into a room in the colder months and will add warmth at the touch of a button.
A Treat for Feet
There’s nothing nicer as you leave your nice warm bed on a cold winter’s morning, than sinking your toes into a sheepskin or faux fur rug – your feet will seriously thank you for it! We’re loving the latest trend for using furry rugs as an alternative to traditional throws – simply drape over sofas or armchairs to make a style statement or lay over hard dining chairs for a rustic look. A sumptuous rug in a rich, warm colour can knit your design scheme together, provide instant super cosy warmth and never goes out of style.
The Game of Throws
Throws and blankets feature highly on our winter wish list – we love nothing more than swathing ourselves in cosy layers for lazy afternoons on the sofa, movie nights and snuggles. Throws are also a great way of enhancing your home decor aesthetic – layer up different styles to add colour and texture-rich diversity to your living room or bedroom. Our new favourite is the chunky knit throw which, unlike the traditional woven blanket, stretches in every way for the ultimate in cosy. A word of warning though – you may not want to venture outdoors again.
Strange as it may seem, winter whites can actually brighten up your home. There are myriad shades of white – think ivory, cream, egg shell, oyster – which all complement each other and present unlimited options to personalise with different patterns, textures and accents within the same colour palette.
We hope you feel inspired by our cosy home gallery. Why not browse our website for more interiors inspiration: https://www.apollo-blinds.co.uk/
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
As exam time approaches, thousands of students across the UK will be taking to their bedrooms to spend hours preparing for their exams. And research shows that the right kind of learning environment can be just as important as hours of swatting when it comes to successful study.
Window blinds not only add to the aesthetics of a room, they also have practical properties and can control light, aid air circulation, support a constant room temperature and limit glare, whilst still allowing natural light to flood into a room; all of which can bolster brain power and make the difference between an A Grade or a B.
Here’s our guide to how the right blinds can aid healthy and productive minds.
Colours for Concentration
Gentle shades of green and blue help with attention, memory and emotional composure.
Soothing blue is the colour of the mind, stimulating clear thought and aiding concentration. Blue is also motivational which boosts creativity.
Green is the colour of balance and harmony and is helpful in times of stress. The colour green is also restful for tired eyes.
Keep calm with fresh air and light/temperature/noise control in one solution
Duette® blinds are ideal for boosting brain cells – offering a light, sound and temperature control in one window dressing.
Reduce exam anxiety by allowing fresh air into the room. Serotonin levels increase with oxygen levels and can significantly promote a sense of wellbeing, easing stress and creating a relaxed atmosphere. The top-down, bottom-up function of Duette® blinds means you can open windows to let fresh air in but still shade screens, prevent too much heat entering the room and avoid a stuffy, confusing atmosphere.
Noise distractions are also reduced with Duette® blinds. The honeycomb structure acts as a sound-proofing layer, giving students the chance to concentrate with peace and quiet.
Sleep soundly for success
After a hard day of studying, the one thing that will help the brain recover fully is having a good night’s sleep. To create the ideal sleeping conditions, we need it to be dark because this supresses the production of cortisol, which keeps the body awake and alert.
As exam time falls when the evenings are lighter, investing in blackout blinds can be the key to optimising sleeping conditions, resulting in well-rested, rejuvenated students who are ready for a new day of revision.
Plus research from Neuroscientists in Edinburgh shows that a brief rest after learning something new, or having a nap during the day, helps the brain consolidate information.
Natural light for brighter brains
Sunlight lifts the mood and improves energy levels, helping you to feel more focused and motivated.
Light directly influences our emotions because it reaches the brain through the eyes, and is transmitted to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is connected to almost every other part of the brain, and involved with the regulation of hormones involved in motivation and reward. As a consequence, light has an effect on our basic drives and biological functions.
Motorised blinds with a light sensor will raise automatically in the morning – allowing students to be woken naturally by daylight.
And they now come with a ‘student-friendly’ price tag – with motorised options available from just £75!