Brighten up the home for Spring with these revitalising window updates from Apollo Blinds.
When the sun appears after a long, cold winter it’s time to make the most of natural light within the home. Yet there’s still a need for privacy – especially for those who live in built up areas.
Twilight blinds from Apollo Blinds offer the best of both worlds. Alternating stripes of sheer and solid fabric protect from prying eyes while still allowing light to flood into a room. The fabric can be lined up as a full block of colour for a fully closed position and they can be pulled right up out of the way as well – just like normal roller blinds.
It’s easy to work with bright colour at the windows as they’re already a focal point within the room – bright blinds will simply enhance this. Inject a pop of colour at windows in gorgeous new colours for Spring which look stunning as the light shines through.
Refresh pared-back, minimalist rooms with a floral flourish at the windows. And those who’ve fallen for a floral fabric that’s not in one of Apollo Blinds’ extensive collections will be happy to learn that ANY material can made into stunning roller and Roman blinds via the Apollo Blinds You Choose blind-making service.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
‘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.
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