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
All shapes and sizes: Shutters are an ideal window dressing for feature windows in the home. Wood shutters can be custom-made to a bespoke fit for almost any shape of window – no matter how unusual.
Let the outdoors in: Fit door shutters on a track system so they can be folded back on themselves to save space and for seamless integration with the outdoors.
Bolster security: Lockable and robust, shutters add an extra layer of security to protect the weak points in homes (windows and doors) from intruders.
Colour options: The Apollo ‘colour match’ service can produce custom colour shutters to perfectly match with any interior scheme.
Low maintenance/window dressings for allergy sufferers: shutters are quick and easy to clean – they’re virtually maintenance-free – excellent for those with dust allergies.
Even out temperatures: the insulating properties of shutters ensures rooms stay cool in summer and snug in the winter months.
Peace and quiet: As well as insulating, they can reduce noise so they’re ideal for homes on busy roads.
Although quite uniform in appearance, not all shutters are the same and there are considerations when it comes to cost, style, materials and finish.
Real Wood Shutters – top quality hard wood shutters are the ‘Rolls Royce’ option. They’re incredibly hard-wearing and exude luxury. Real wood shutters can be customised to fit any window and there are a huge range of colours and finishes are available.
Mixed Hardwood and MDF – hybrid shutters can achieve an almost identical effect to hard wood as only the frame is made from MDF. They’re very hard-wearing and luxurious.
MDF Shutters – For those on a limited budget MDF shutters can achieve an elegant look at a lower price point. ABS louvres (a hard-wearing plastic finish applied to the louvres) are an option for increased durability.
Lifestyle Water Resistant Shutters – Offering the appearance of wood with the added benefit that they’re waterproof so there’s less chance of warping or fading in a hot/humid atmosphere. They’re ideal for kitchens or bathrooms, easy to clean and come with a 25-year guarantee.
Louvred panels have horizontal slats that are angled to admit light and air, but to keep out direct sunshine and noise.
Tilt rod is used to position louvres and can run down the centre of the shutter or be offset to one side for a cleaner look.
Shaped – Bespoke shaped shutter panels for any shape or size of window.
Tier on tier – two panels operate independently of each other to offer full control over light and privacy.
Café style – shutter panels are fitted at the lower half of the window only for privacy without blocking light.
Full height – panels cover the full height of the window, they’re the best type of shutters for French windows or patio doors.
Tracked – slide on a bi-fold or bypass tracking system to concertina back.
Solid panels cover the window with a panel but can be opened or folded back to allow light in.
Shutters are great for flooding kitchens with light during the day and creating a cosy atmosphere at night. Split level or café style panels offer privacy without shutting out light. Access to open windows is easy for when you want to let in air and let off steam. Waterproof options will stand up to the hot, humid kitchen atmosphere.
If the kids leave their mark, parents will be glad to know shutters can be cleaned in a jiffy! With no dangling cords, they are safe for children’s bedrooms.
Stay cool in summer and snug in the winter months. Mortise and tenon joints make Apollo’s shutters incredibly strong and able to withstand movement and temperature fluctuation in conservatories. Shutters can also be fitted to French doors.
Some shutters are 100% waterproof and can withstand hot, humid atmospheres. Robust manufacturing means panels won’t bow or warp.
Versatile for bedrooms, integrate shutters with a room darkening blind option to stop light entering the room and aid good sleep. Combine with a curtain or voile for a softer look. Shutters can also be fitted as by-pass wardrobe doors to coordinate with window coverings.
Transform traditional bay windows with shutters made to fit exact specifications. Throw open the living space to the outdoors with tracked shutters. Watch TV uninterrupted, position louvres on each panel to avoid sun glare without blocking out light.
For your nearest stockist, more information and to make an appointment for a no obligation FREE Quote & Measure, visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048.
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.
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
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
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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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. “