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/
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 experts here at Apollo Blinds have chosen the best window blinds for Pantone’s 2019 hero shade and offer advice on how to select colours to complement Living Coral using colour theory.
Advice from Design Director, Mike Stephen:
I love 2019’s colour of the year – it radiates warmth and vibrancy – and it works well as a window blind fabric, 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.
There are some brilliant colour matches for Living Coral and there’s a reason why certain colour combinations will work better than others. The secret to getting it right lies in colour theory.
Using Colour Theory to Create the Perfect Scheme
Sometimes we stumble upon colour combinations that just go – two colours that either complement, clash to create impact, or work in perfect harmony with one another.
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.
When decorating a room it helps to know the basics as a basis for creating harmonious, tonal or complementary colour schemes within 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 affect varying tones of the same colour.
Depending on where they appear in the wheel, colours can then be described as Tonal, Complementary or Harmonious.
CORAL AND BLUE – Living Coral’s Complementary Colour
Complementary colours sit opposite one another on the colour wheel and are often seen in nature (meaning they naturally complement one another).
Coral and blue are a vibrant duo. The colours mix beautifully because they are complementary colours that mirror nature – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.
Duette Blinds (prices start at £163), Roller Blinds (prices start at £77), Vertical blinds (prices start at £88), Venetian blinds (prices start at £81), pleated blinds (prices start at £87).
Other Colour Wheel Combinations
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.
Roller blinds by Apollo Blinds, prices start at £77
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.
Contact your nearest Apollo Blinds to find out more or book a no obligation home visit.
Rooms that’ll make you feel at one with nature, schemes influenced by global travel and a Japanese outlook for a more carefree approach to life and home styling, we’ve got all the creative inspiration you need to revive tired interiors and create an on-trend look this year.
TREND #1. Get The Wabi-Sabi Look
While ‘Hygge’ has dominated as an approach to interiors in recent years, 2018 is all about ‘Wabi-Sabi’, which is an easy, carefree concept to apply.
Wabi-Sabi finds beauty in imperfection. Life isn’t perfect, our homes aren’t perfect – and that’s okay!
What’s important when following the ‘Wabi-Sabi’ way is authenticity, staying true to oneself and celebrating life’s flaws. Beds can messy and crumpled rather than primped, plumped and tucked. Homes are ‘homely’. Natural fabrics, frayed edges, uneven surfaces and unfinished asymmetrical objects are commended and brought to the fore. Team this look with natural and neat window coverings – wood or metal Venetian blinds are ideal.
Trend #2. Biofilia
Biofilia describes the human need to be connected to nature. Rustic, natural and easy to live with this look takes us back to basics, unwinding in an unplugged environment that’s in touch with nature but with an emphasis on terrain rather than green foliage. Pattern is influenced by tree bark, sand and rock formations. Layering and tactility is key to achieving this look.
TREND #3. Global Souvenir
A look that celebrates a colourful mix of cultural influences, drawing inspiration from folklore and reviving long held traditions.
This is a relaxed trend, fashioned by travel and an unexpected sense of fun that comes with exploration (Latin American influences and Cuban colour codes are particularly important). Decorate homes with bright and inspiring carnival colours with a weathered/well-travelled feel. Raw untreated wood and cacti complete this theme.
Wallpapers available from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk
Like our ideas on must-have looks for interiors in 2018? Make sure you check out our Pinterest board on 2018 Home Interiors Trends.
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.
Been inspired by this post? Why not visit our latest summer offers or find your nearest Apollo Blinds and book a free home consultation.
It’s the time of year where we jet off to far-away places and escape the worries of day-to-day life. The safety of your house should be the last thing on your mind as you relax by the pool, so made-to-measure blinds specialist Apollo Blinds has put together its top tips on how you can keep your home safe whilst you’re on holiday.
1) Don’t Broadcast
Be honest. Would you trust everyone on your social media feed with your most valuable possessions?
We all want to share our holiday snaps but if you want to protect your home when you’re abroad then keep the social media posts of you on the beach to a minimum.
Once you have published something on social media, it is in the public domain, meaning you no longer have control over who sees it. Try to resist checking into the airport or hotel with Facebook or flooding your news feed with excited status updates about when you are leaving the country. If you must share then keep it vague and don’t give away details of your travel dates, where you are going or how long you will be away.
And whilst you’re being careful in the virtual world, it’s also an idea to watch where and who you talk to about your trip in the real world. You never know who is listening so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
2) Install Window Blinds
According to the Metropolitan Police, windows are one of the most common entry and exit routes for burglars, as well as being a showcase for your valuables. Fitting window blinds is a cheap and easy way to add an extra layer of defence to your home, especially if they are made of a noisy material like aluminium that could help to raise an alarm. Venetian blinds, made up of numerous wooden slats held together with cords or tapes, are also easy to become tangled in when trying to get through a window. Just the sight of a noisy venetian blind can be enough to put off an opportunistic burglar.
“Blinds can be a great home security hack” – Apollo’s Mike Stephen explains how drawing your blinds can be a simple way to deter intruders.
3) Add A Motor
Mostly security is just common sense but there are gadgets available that can help to make your house looked lived in, giving the impression that somebody is home even when it is empty. If you really want to ramp up the security, then add a motor to your blinds. Apollo Blind’s Somfy® automation systems allow motors to be controlled via a timer or light sensor meaning they can open and close dependent upon the time of day.
4) Fit A Good Burglar Alarm
Protecting your home is all about making life harder for criminals; if they spy a potential obstacle it could be enough to make them move on to the next (easier) target. A good burglar alarm is an investment in the safety of your home and family, even if it may seem like a lot of money initially.
There are different types of alarm to choose from including, bells only, speech diallers, wireless and non-wireless, so do your research before you commit to paying any money. Always buy from a reputable and use an installer that is affiliated to an inspectorate, such as National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security System and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB). For more information on comparing burglar alarms see the Which? website.
5) And Use It
It’s surprising how many people have burglar alarms but don’t use them. Did you know that some household insurers won’t pay out if you have a burglar alarm fitted that’s not been set? They see this as failing to take reasonable steps to protect your property, so make sure you’re covered and set the alarm before you jet off!
6) Check, Check And Check Again
Sometimes it pays to be paranoid. It sounds so simple but open or unlocked windows and doors are an invitation to burglars. Check and double check that you have shut all of your doors and windows before you leave the house. If you are leaving in the middle of the night, do it the night before when you are less likely to miss something. Studies have also shown that burglars are more likely to break into your house if the front gate is open, so don’t forget this vital detail.
7) You’ve Got Mail
There’s no better way to signify that a house is empty than a growing pile of unopened post behind the front door. Cancel any regular deliveries and don’t order anything to come whilst you are away. Ask a friend or relative to call in and pick up your mail or use the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe service, which can hold on to letters and parcels for up to 66 days and deliver them when you return.
8) Neighbourhood Watch
Having somebody to watch your house whilst you are away can really help to protect your home. Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on things or hire a professional house sitter. Use a reputable company such as Homesitters, which guarantees its service because it directly employs and vets its 1,000 plus sitters. If this is too costly, then try a matchmaking service like TrustedHousesitters.com. It takes a little more leg work because the onus is on you to vet a potential sitter, however, many of them work for free in return for a break away.
9) Vary Your Routine
It may sound neurotic to think that somebody is watching you but it pays to try and vary the times you leave the house so that it’s less obvious when you’re not following your normal routine. Get up early and walk the dog rather than doing it when you come home. Perhaps drive some days and walk others or take an alternative route to work so that you leave at a different time.
10) Give Your Valuables A Holiday
Leaving everything on show is an open invitation to an opportunistic robber. Hide your high-worth items around the house or better still ask somebody you trust to look after them whilst you are away. We’re not talking bulky goods like televisions but smaller portable items that you can’t live without, such as jewellery or tablets. Finally, hide your car keys rather than hanging them on a hook behind the door.
For more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048
Which? comparison site – http://www.which.co.uk/
Metropolitan Police – http://content.met.police.uk/Site/crimepreventionbumblebee
Royal Mail – http://www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/keepsafe
‘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.
Every year industry experts at the world’s leading colour authorities and home interest brands make predictions about the trends they expect to see in homes. And arguably, the most influential of these are Dulux and Pantone. Where both have cited colours seen in nature as inspiration, they’ve each picked very different shades for 2017. Read on to find out more, along with some ideas from Mike Stephen on how to use these colours in the home.
Pantone recently announced Greenery as it’s colour of the year. A youthful, rejuvenating shade of spring green that looks stunning on window blinds.
Blurring the lines between home and garden, green is making its way indoors for 2017.
“Green is a brilliant shade for homes, it’s a colour that signifies renewal and can restore depleted energy levels, so it’s ideal for a spring makeover,” says Mike.
“Interior fashion has been swaying towards a green revolution for a few years now, with many homeowners attempting to open up their homes to the outdoors, as well as bringing the outdoors in with houseplants that provide uplifting colour and natural health benefits. Simply introducing green window blinds can create this indoor/outdoor effect with a hit of lush, revitalising colour at windows
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Blue is the colour favoured by the trends forecasters at Dulux, who hailed Denim Drift as the colour of the year for 2017. This translates as a chalky mid-tone blue with warm undertones for spring/summer, a colour that blends naturally with neutral earthen shades.
Mike Stephen, said,
“Dusky mid-blue is incredibly versatile, allowing us to drift effortlessly into spring and summer. On window blinds, natural tactile fabrics like linen and cotton weaves add to the hand-crafted feel that completes this look, where coloured shutters (another big look for windows next year) in rustic grey will add warmth and a homely feel.”
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