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/
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.”
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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.”
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
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.
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.”
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 our gorgeous rustic grey shutters from the wooden shutter collection.”
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.”
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.”
5) They’re just so stylish
“Quite simply, they’re gorgeous!”
Find out more about our wooden and Lifestyle shutters
The natural beauty of wooden blinds remains a winning look for all styles and types of home – from modern to traditional decors.
Real wood and timber looks are making a huge comeback in homes as we head towards 2017.
We’ve updated our wooden Venetian blind collections with exciting new looks and materials to ensure that wood blinds continue to stand the test of time – and the products can be ordered, tailored to specific measurements and professionally fitted in homes within weeks.
Wood combined with natural textures and blue grey pastel walls makes for a simple yet chic scheme that will stand the test of time.
Wood Venetian blinds offer a contemporary look for homes, plus they’re durable and easy to clean, which makes them a great choice for family homes.
Find out more about our wood Venetian blinds. Or browse our Pinterest board for more inspiration.
Sometimes we stumble upon a colour scheme that just works – two colours that either complement, clash to create impact, or work in perfect harmony with one another.
Our colour specialist Mike Stephen explains the reason why certain colour combinations will work better than others and it’s all very scientific.
“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,” says Mike. “When decorating a room it helps to know the basics as a basis for creating harmonious, toning or complementary colour schemes in 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 create varying tones of the same colour.
Depending on where they appear in the wheel, colours can then be described as Tonal, Complementary or Harmonious
“Complementary colours which sit opposite one another on the colour wheel and are often seen in nature (meaning they naturally go together) – think the red and green of an apple or blue and yellow of an iris.”
“Our pick for 2016 would be Coral and Blue. This vibrant duo works together so beautifully because they are complementary colours and can form a natural pairing – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.
“This scheme works beautifully with pastel shades, keep the colours coordinated by selecting shades of the same intensity from the colour wheel.”
Other ways to use the colour wheel:
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.”
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. “
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