Looking to inject some colour energy into your home? You’ll love these ideas
Bright vibrant colours can transform a dull and dreary room into an energising and uplifting space. Certain colours can also boost your mood and provide emotional cues to the brain to feel happier – two great reasons to add some colour into your interior décor. Whether it’s brilliant blue in the bathroom or a colourful coral in the kitchen – here’s some of our favourite bright and beautiful blinds that prove playing with colour can be so much fun. We’ve included a wide variety of the types of blinds we do to show you how key colours in the spectrum can look at the window including Vertical, Venetian, Twilight, Pleated and
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.”
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.
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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.