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/
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 – the perfect autumn update
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.”
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
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.
A ‘cosmic’ shade of Ultra Violet has been named Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018.
Here our Design Director, Mike Stephen, has found four ways to introduce this celestial shade into homes with window blinds, wall art, furniture and home accessories that will send your home-style into orbit.
Mike says, “Ultra Violet is set to be a big hit in homes. There’s a feeling that people are ready for change and Ultra Violet certainly brings a different perspective. It’s full of optimism for a bright future, but not only that – it translates into fantastic looking home furnishings.”
“Ultra Violet is spectacular on window blinds, especially when backlit with sun shining through the blind.
“Experiment with Ultra Violet as solid blocks colour on blinds and other key pieces around the room. Alternatively incorporate with a bohemian design that reflect the colour’s spiritual/creative nature.
Both of the roller blinds pictured are available through our You Choose blind-making service which allows us to make blinds from any fabric – so the choices are limitless!”
Have an ‘out of this world’ dining experience with Ultra Violet-inspired seating that’s sure to provide a talking point over dinner! Priced at £549 from www.bridgman.co.uk/.
Reach for the stars with this showstopper stag wall art! All over diamantes make Pantone’s Colour of the Year even more dramatic and appealing! Star Studded Stag Wall Art, £71.99 from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk
What’s more futuristic than a glowing orb to display your flowers? This iridescent spherical vase radiates with UV style. £59.95 from www.annabeljames.co.uk
Like our ideas on decorating with Ultra Violet? Make sure you check out our post on decorating with Dulux’s Colour of the year Heart Wood and for more colour-related interiors inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards.
Ever since Dulux unveiled the dusky heather shade of Heart Wood as its Colour of the Year for 2018, customers have been in search of the latest home accessories to get the look. And of course we think the best way to introduce Heart Wood to homes is with window blinds.
Our head of design, Mike Stephen, has picked out Heart Wood window coverings from the extensive collection at Apollo Blinds and offers styling advice on the best colours to complement this hot hue.
Mike says, “This light, versatile shade can be considered as the new neutral for 2018, as it’s so easy to find colours to match with its dusky undertones. It’s a colour that’s certainly causing a stir amongst our customers.”
Heart Wood on a Roll
Get the Heart Wood look with abstract stripes, playful florals or plain, textured roller blinds. Mix with muted brown or purple tones or add a pop of azure blue, another great match for Heart Wood. Apollo Blinds Heart Wood fabrics for roller blinds pictured below (left to right): Roseanna Mauve, Henley Summer Rose, Sunbrella Mauve and Rianna Rose Dazzle.
A Shutterly Fabulous Match for Heart Wood
Coloured plantation shutters look fantastic! And Apollo Blinds offers a colour match service so that its shutters can be custom-made in ANY colour. Simply provide a swatch, tester or sample pot for Apollo Blinds to create beautiful, wood shutters that match exactly to a chosen colour – like Heart Wood.
The custom colour service is available for Sumatra and Fiji shutters from Apollo Blinds.
Perfect Pleats are Hard to Beat
Heart Wood creates a blissful bathroom and looks gorgeous in the living room. Opt for Heart Wood pleated blinds or apply it to walls and introduce pleated blinds in berry shades to bring out Heart Wood’s warmer undertones.
Despite the rain and Rafael Nadal’s early exit, there’s still lots to cheer for in this year’s Wimbledon tournament. And for those with a tennis obsession that stems beyond the two weeks of Wimbledon, we’ve put together the perfect guide on how to bring a tennis theme to your windows. Alongside strawberries and cream and grass court greens, the design team has also picked three ways to style Wimbledon whites.
The annual championships wouldn’t be the same without a tasty accompaniment of strawberries and cream. With ravishing reds and fruity florals, indulge your cravings by adorning your windows in this mouth-watering colour scheme.
Create your own Centre Court and bring the outside in with grassy greens at your windows.
Wimbledon and white go hand in hand and there’s no better way to create a bright and beautiful room than using an all-white colour scheme. So whether your whites are classic like Federer, edgy like Nadal or modest like Murray, keep colour to a minimum and create a crisp, clean finish with our made-to-measure blinds and shutters.
Achieve a winning look in your home with classic white shutters from Apollo Blinds that offer a style that’s traditional, timeless and refined.
Be brave, modern and minimalist with an all white scheme. Contemporary and confident, these Duette energy saving blinds offer an edgy twist to traditional whites in the home.
Made with panels of solid and sheer materials, these Twilight blinds provide the winning combination of privacy and light control, creating a delicate contrasting pattern that’s subtle and uncomplicated.
Game, set and match.
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Not quite indoors and not quite garden, but filled with natural light and boasting the best views in the house; the conservatory is one of the home’s most relaxing and enjoyable spaces. Here’s how to help your conservatory reach its full potential with expert advice from Apollo Blinds.
1) Select the right blinds
Deciding on which blind is right for a conservatory or summer room is dependent on a number of factors; each type of blind offers different light and privacy control, and Duette® blinds offer temperature control too. The choice also comes down to the look it achieves along with fabric preference.
The most popular blinds types for conservatories and garden rooms include:
• Duette® blinds – energy efficient blinds to keep cool in summer and warm in winter
• Pleated blinds bring a chic, neat look to conservatories and are available in a choice of colours
• Vertical blinds bring subtle shade and variable privacy control, whilst still allowing light and air to flood through.
• Venetian blinds create a stylish and contemporary look, whilst offering great privacy and light control.
• Roller blinds come in a huge range of prints, designs and colours and when open give clear views of gardens and the great outdoors.
Popular operating systems include:
• INTU® (available with roller, Venetian and pleated blinds) fits neatly into the bead of windows and doors with no hanging cords or screws needed. Allows tilt and turn or pivoting windows and patio doors to move freely without damaging the blind.
• Motorised roller blinds can be operated in groups via a remote control.
2) Set the Temperature for year-round use
Gone are the days of cold unusable conservatories in winter and unbearably hot rooms in summer. Installing Duette® blinds will keep the temperature on an even keel all year round. The unique honeycomb design of ensures that rooms are kept at a comfortable and consistent temperature–where an abundance of glass can make temperature control challenging.
A room that’s usable all year round means you’ve room to contemplate the function of your conservatory. It’s no longer an abandoned space or dumping ground so why not use it as a dining room, introduce a day bed for a versatile guest bedroom or even install a bright and airy kitchen that’s filled with natural light.
See our conservatory Pinterest board for more inspiration:
3) Focus on furnishing
With only one or two items of furniture, lots of exposed brick, hard flooring and an abundance of glass, conservatories can feel cold and unloved. But there’s really no reason to leave the room looking sparse when just choosing the right furnishings conservatories can serve as an extra multifunctional space in the home. The addition of curtains and a statement rug makes this conservatory feel lovely and cosy. And an air of opulence is achieved with surprising design elements like the solid wood table, fuchsia pink display cabinet and chandelier.
4) Merge with outdoors
Although probably not achievable in your average household, we love the way this conservatory come greenhouse, with its climbing foliage and rustic picnic table, fuses indoor/outdoor living.
Indoor plants to your conservatory can have significant health benefits as well as adding to the ambiance, plus the extensive glazing can help to cultivate seedlings in the same way a greenhouse would.
For a Mediterranean air citrus plants will flourish in the conservatory. To expand the space be bold and introduce taller plants such as palms that will thrive even in adverse environments.
5) Don’t forget the Roof
We have made-to-measure roof blinds and other speciality products for conservatories and garden rooms.
‘You Choose!’ is our fabulous new service that offers bespoke Roman blinds or roller blinds, beautifully made to precise measurements in any fabric of your choice.
Our new blind-making service opens up an unlimited choice of fabrics, yet still allows you to benefit from our expertise and craftsmanship.
Mike Stephen, director of Apollo Blinds explains more:
“Homeowners are constantly searching for ways to put their own stamp on homes – it’s one of the reasons why made-to-measure blinds are so popular, as customers decide on bespoke blinds over the mass-produced products available from high street shops.”
And while the huge selection of 270 materials in our range of soft cloth blinds is impressive, we understand that the option to create unique furnishings that are truly individual is also very appealing; as is a desire to coordinate perfectly with existing pieces within a room.
We found that when they came to us, many of our customers had already chosen elements of the room, for example the sofa or cushions, and wanted to match their window dressings exactly to them. So now, even if they can’t find the ideal pattern or colour material within our ranges, we can still supply blinds and offer expertise / advice every step of the way.
Through ‘You Choose!’, blinds are created in the UK then fitted and installed in homes by our craftsmen. Mike continues:
“Window blinds aren’t easy to construct, measure and fit, especially not to the high standards that our customers are used to. This new service allows customers access to our experts, along with the quality operating systems and the exquisite eye for detail that Apollo Blinds is known for.
“’You Choose!’ offers infinite possibilities to coordinate window blinds and opens up a world of options for customers looking to create their own pieces from designer or iconic fabrics without the worry of damaging fabric. So if you’ve just fallen in love with a material that’s not in our range, we can still supply the blinds for you.
“Whatever your preference – Josef Frank, Designer’s Guild, Kath Kidston, Orla Kierly – if you have the material (or even a lower cost replica to get the look) then we can make it into stunning window blinds, while also removing the fear of damaging expensive material in the process.”
Image caption above: Made to measure blinds using the Apollo Blinds You Choose! service, fabrics by Designers Guild.
Find out more about You Choose! or find your nearest Apollo Blinds and book a home visit.
Browse our Pinterest board for more fabric inspiration.
Spring is the season to revive the home with a fresh new look and with Apollo Blinds’ gorgeous range of floral window blinds, an interior revamp has never been easier.
Bright, fresh and beautifully botanical, Apollo’s stunning range of floral designs are bang-on-trend for 2017. Here are three ways to introduce some flower power into your home this spring.
Fifty Shades of Green
Evolving the trend to ‘bring the outside in’, spring florals in Apollo’s roller blinds collection are greener and more organic than ever. Encompassing delicate prints, mossy leaf motifs and bold blooms, green is a key colour for 2017 (well Greenery is Pantone’s choice for the colour of the year) and florals are the perfect way to bring the great outdoors into the home for a fresh natural look.
Vintage blooms transcend floral trends year on year. Perfect for creating a country classic feel, Apollo Blinds’ range of pretty rose prints are vintage and beautifully British on Roman and roller blinds, a classic look for all homes.
Dusky Pastel Blooms
We’ve moved away from candy shades to duskier pastels which will are ideally suited to floral Roman blinds.
Has this post inspired you to add some beautiful blooms to your home? Then why not book a free quote and measure now.
Or browse our Pinterest board for more blooming marvellous inspiration.