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Fresh window treatments: Patterned roller blinds

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Treat your windows to a new look, with the help of patterned roller blinds.

There are numerous options available on the market, from subtle designs to vibrant patterns, in ready made and ready to hang format, or made-to-measure to exactly suit your window size. Here are some fab examples:

Contemporary patterned roller blind

Pimlico flare roller blind, from £28.35 at Direct Blinds


Tuiss patterned roller blind

Totem Sitka window blind, from £28.45 at Tuiss.


MissPrint Little trees designer roller blind

MissPrint Little Trees design roller blind in red chilli, from £35 at John Lewis


Best patterned roller blinds

Sea Life black and white roller blind. From £30.25 at Blinds 2 Go.

Make Your Windows a Focal Point with Blinds

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Contemporary roller blinds

How well dressed are your windows? Windows can be a key focal point in a room, so deserve just as much attention when it comes to interior design as the rest of your decor. One popular way of dressing your windows and improving their look is to use blinds.

Blinds come in a variety of designs and styles and can be used as an alternative to curtains, or alongside them to liven up your windows and add a decorative touch. They’re also beneficial for adding much needed privacy in a room, to add blackout abilities in bedrooms or to help prevent too much bright light coming into a room. Although there are a variety of different blind styles available, two of the popular styles for modern and contemporary homes are roller blinds and vertical blinds.

Roller blinds

Contemporary roller blinds

Whether your windows are large or small, roller blinds can be made to fit your space and are easy to operate and use.

These functional blinds are available in a wide variety of colours and designs and a really good way of creating a focal point in a room. Choose a blind colour that complements and tones in with your interior design scheme, or use your blinds to add colour and pattern to a room.

If you can’t find your perfect blind design, specialist blind companies now also offer the opportunity to design your own blinds.

If you have a favourite good quality digital photo, such as a favourite holiday view, a memorable beach, a landscape snap you love or a family picture, it can be uploaded and made into a blind featuring your design. This is a lovely way of totally personalising your blinds and making them unique to you.

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds for a contemporary living room

Vertical blinds, as the name aptly describes, are designed to hang vertically, as opposed to the horizontal nature of roller blinds.

Vertical blinds work well on large windows or patio doors, where you want to add an element of privacy or help control the amount of light coming into a room. The blinds are fully adjustable, so you can alter the position of the blinds and tilt them to open them up more or less depending on your preference.

Like roller blinds, vertical blinds are available in a wide choice of designs, fabrics and colours, from textured weaves and neutral colours, to bold, vibrant shades. When you order from a company like Web-Blinds, the blinds are made-to-measure so they fit your windows perfectly.

Vertical blinds work well in living rooms and can be useful to help prevent fabric furniture, such as a sofa or chairs, fading from the harsh effects of sunlight.

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Using blinds to create the perfect conservatory environment

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Fresh design conservatory The conservatory is a great place to sit and relax, absorbing the bright sun while being shielded from wind and the occasional rain shower. However, on hot summer days, it can quickly become something more akin to an oven. If you’ve been enjoying a day out, the heat can build up in your conservatory to such a degree that it is uninhabitable when you get back.

The best way to avoid this situation and get the most out of your luxurious extension is to – where possible – keep the sun out while you are away. In this respect, curtains will do the job excellently, but blinds offer far more versatility, don’t have to plunge the space into blackness, and are usually more cost effective. While for some, the idea of blinds reminds them of staid office buildings and schools, there is now a great range of effective, made to measure blinds out there that will suit any taste.

What style you choose depends on personal taste, as well as how much control you want to have over the amount of light you let into the conservatory and the temperature you want to maintain. Specialist solar control blinds will cut out harmful UV rays, effectively acting like sunglasses for your window. The added bonus is that this material protects any fabrics from fading.

Solar control blinds typically come in the roller pull-down style, but this is not to everyone’s taste. Another option is the Venetian style, which allows you to moderate the amount of sunshine that comes into the room and the angle of the rays quickly and easily.

Whichever style you choose, just remember that it’s worth paying that little bit extra to get high-quality made-to-measure blinds that are individually measured and expertly installed on side windows and roof panels. Your conservatory is a valuable space, so you’ll want a bespoke service that will allow you to relax and enjoy the summer.

***This post is in association with Direct Blinds***

Modern blinds for your home from Nationwide Ltd

Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Nationwide Ltd sponsored post

Conservatory roof blinds

If you want to make your home look up to date, but feel that a new coat of paint and a smattering of new soft furnishings won’t be enough, perhaps it might be worth looking at making a few additions to the exterior.

It might seem like hard work, but by looking at websites such as for a little inspiration, you could get a clearer idea of what might make your home look how you want it to after a makeover.

One such addition could be modern blinds. Although, unlike, say, a glass veranda, they don’t immediately grab the attention of any visitors you’ve got to come to your barbecue or garden party, they can add a bit of elegance to your windows, especially during the evening.

They work well if you’re indoors and want to block the sun out if it’s particularly bright outside.

Much like sun awnings, blinds help to protect people indoors from sunlight, regardless of how intense it is. They can also make a great addition to any conservatory, and when drawn at night, they help to keep valuable light in whether you’re having a cup of tea with a friend, doing some important paperwork or simply chilling out and reading a book.

On top of that, when drawn, they discourage burglars from entering your home as they would be if your home had security blinds.

By adding modern blinds to your home, you’ll find that you’re able to control the exact amount of sunlight you want in your home, whereas with ordinary curtains, you’re either left with lots of sunlight or none whatsoever.

They can also improve your home’s security, and as they’re made of some of the finest, strongest materials around, you can be sure that they will last for a long time.

***This is a guest post in association with Nationwide Ltd***

New York design blackout roller blind

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
New York interior design products

New York roller blind

Wake up and enjoy a new view from your window! Not just any view, but a stunning view of the New York skyline.

This New York design roller blind has all the essential features you need in a blind, including blackout abilities to help shut out light and promote a good night’s sleep.

The blind is available in a choice of sizes and comes with all the fixtures and fittings you need to install it.

If you’d like to wake up to a view of New York, the printed blackout roller blind is available from Dunelm Mill, with prices starting at only £12.99.

Anthropologie Swatch Book curtains

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Funky curtains interior design blog ideasInterior designers notebook curtains

When you’re decorating a room, and changing an interior design scheme, you’ll typically find yourself collecting together a selection of different colour and pattern swatches of fabric, wallpaper, paint or carpet. Sometimes it can be hard to whittle them down and decide on one or two firm favourites to use and it seems sad to discard the others.

That’s one of the reasons why we like these Swatch Book curtains, as they pay homage to all the lovely swatch card colours and designs you collect during an interior design project!

Designed to look like the fabric remnants and markings from a designer’s notebook, the curtains feature vertically arranged swatches of colour and pattern, interspersed with scribbled notes about the type of fabrics each swatch is made from, the sizes and costs. They look effective when viewed from a distance, but are fascinating to look at close up, as you’ve got all the notes to read.

The Swatch Book curtains are made from a mix of cotton, linen, silk and polyester and finished with a contemporary tab top. They’re available in two drop lengths – 213cm or 244cm – and are priced from £128 from Anthropologie.

Living room interior design idea

You don’t get much of a view of them in this image, but you can just catch a glimpse of how they could look when hanging in windows.

Different Types of Blinds and Their Uses

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
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Vertical window blinds

The right blinds can have a very positive impact on the appearance and style of a room. If you have decided to install blinds, you still have another decision to make – what kind of blinds are you going to use? Look below to learn when it makes sense to use roller blinds, vertical blinds or other types of blinds.

Vertical Blinds: Versatile, Low-Maintenance and Attractive

In addition to looking great, the blinds that you choose need to be easy to maintain and operate. You do not want to spend huge amounts of time keeping them presentable, and you should not have to struggle when opening or closing them.
Vertical blinds excel on all counts, which is why they are so popular. Their sturdy design makes them suitable for rooms that attract breezes from outside. They are also practical for areas of the home where children or pets may be underfoot.

Roller Blinds: Chic, Stylish and Affordable

Vertical blinds are not right for everyone. If you would like to put a unique spin on your interior design scheme, you should take a look at roller blinds. These blinds are ideal for situations where you may like to keep your windows uncovered a lot of the time. Roller blinds pull up and out of the way with the pull of a cord.

In many cases, roller blinds are more affordable than vertical blinds. If you are working on a small budget, you can still achieve stunning results by using roller blinds.

Additional Options

Whilst roller blinds and vertical blinds tend to be the most popular options, they are not the only ones. If you have an especially wide window or sliding glass door to cover, panel track blinds are worthwhile options to consider. Professional installation is often required, however, and they tend to be somewhat expensive.

Venetian blinds are also used on occasion. While they are available in many different styles and colours, they do not necessarily do the best job in shielding a room from direct sunlight.

Find out more about the different blind options available at Interior Goods Direct.

****This guest post is in association with Interior Goods Direct****

The Advantages of Blinds

Friday, August 12th, 2011
Timberlux walnut wooden blinds

Wooden blinds

During the summer months when there is a lot of light, there is nothing better than classic wooden blinds. As most people know, blinds are the most effective way of controlling how much natural light enters your room at any given time, which is an obvious advantage over curtains, which can only ever be open or closed.

More practical than curtains, blinds are easily cleaned, without the need for washing in the same ways as curtains. This becomes incredibly useful for anyone with children, when sticky fingers and gooey substances often find their way on to surfaces. With blinds, just a simple wipe will do.

There is an often over looked subtlety to blind design, which is often down to the material from which they are produced. White plastics for example, tend to yellow over time, often needing to be replaced regularly. This can also detract from the overall quality and appearance of the room. This is where wooden blinds have an obvious advantage.

Oak, walnut and deep wenge have a certain element of class to them that will make any room feel both softer and warmer. These timbers, when finished with oil or varnish come to life with a distinct flair of timeless elegance. Over time wooden blinds have a tendency to age well, as worn timber always looks alive and well worn, like a good pair of jeans.

Many different styles are available too, such as Venetian, Roman, Roller and Vertical, so particular style should never be an issue. They needn’t be expensive either, as designer blinds for any budget can be found via blinds specialist Wooden Blinds Direct.

*****This is a guest post from Wooden Blinds Direct*****

Decorating Your Conservatory

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Hillarys blinds and shuttersA conservatory extension to your house is an excellent way of adding space and allowing natural light into your home. However when adding this extra space unless it is adequately decorated they can look bleak.

Conservatories are easy to decorate. The furniture and blinds are the main features of such rooms and therefore making the right choices can have a huge effect on the overall ambience. These multi-purpose extensions can be used as an office, dining room, play room or anything you may wish.

Conservatories are neutral rooms made up of mainly glass and wood or plastic. Through statement furniture choices and accessories this space can be designed with a vintage or rustic feel or with more contemporary pieces can become modernised.

For bold colour choices conservatory blinds can change the dynamics of the room. These blinds come in a variety of colours and styles to match individual needs and provide shade from the sun to keep the room cool during the day and the heat in during the night. Not only are they great for protection against heat or cold but also blinds are effective for much needed privacy.

Having a conservatory is the middle ground between your house and the outdoors. This can largely influence the way in which you decide to decorate this space. With wooden or tiled floors and an additional rug along with a wicker couch and plenty of cushions this can be an ideal spot to read. Plants in a conservatory can also give the added touch of the outdoors along with ensuring their in greenery all year round.

It is also important to consider the effects of the sun on furniture even with blinds. Choosing fabrics and furnishings that do not fade in the sun are essential to ensure the quality of such furniture is not tarnished. Lighter colour fabrics are effective against fading and can also add to the light and spacious feel of a conservatory.

With good planning and design, a conservatory can bring the outdoors into the comfort of your own home creating an enjoyable space for whatever your needs are.

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Choosing Curtain Heading Styles

Friday, May 20th, 2011

When you’re choosing curtains for your home, your decision is not just limited to the design and colour of curtains you’d like – you have to take into consideration the curtain headings too. There are a variety of different types of curtain headings available and which you choose dictates how they’ll need to be hung. Here’s a user friendly guide to four common curtain headings!

1. Eyelet Curtains

Contemporary eyelet curtains

Eyelet curtains

The eyelet style of curtain headings can only be used on curtain poles (as opposed to curtain tracks) and are ideal if you’re looking to create a modern, relaxed and unfussy look.

Curtains with eyelet headings have regular pleats along the top and this curtain heading takes up the least amount of space, so is suitable for a variety of different window sizes. This heading is suitable for use with most types of fabrics and can be effective if you’re opting for a bold or patterned curtain design.

Whilst this type of curtain can work very well hung in a lounge, dining room or living space, you might want to think twice before choosing them for a bedroom if you don’t want too much light in the room at night when the curtains are closed; invariably, the eyelets let extra light through.

2. Pencil Pleat Curtains

Luxury silk pencil pleat curtains

Pencil pleat curtains

Pencil pleats are one of the most classic styles of curtain headings. They’re simple and elegant, work well with medium to heavyweight curtain fabric, and can be hung on both curtain tracks and curtain poles. As such, curtains with pencil pleat tops work well in any room of your home.

All you need to do to ensure the pleats hang properly is to pull the tape strings at the end of the curtain tops before you hang them.

3. Inverted Pleat Curtains

Modern and contemporary curtain styles

Inverted pleat curtains

For a modern and formal take on pencil pleat curtains, inverted pleats are a good choice for a contemporary home.

The pleats are deep and a lot wider, so in order for these curtains to hang well and maintain their look, your need to have a reasonable amount of space on either side of your window.

4. Tab Top Curtains

Contemporary tab top curtains

Tab top curtains

Tab top curtains are another popular choice for a modern and contemporary home. The tabs are formed on the top of the curtains using matching loops of fabric that are stitched onto the fabric and slipped directly onto a curtain pole – they’re not suitable for hanging on curtain tracks. Curtains with tab tops tend to provide a simple and relaxed form of window styling and are most suitable with light to medium-weight curtain fabric.

You may need to take extra care when opening or closing this style of curtains, as sometimes the tabs can get caught on the pole.

For more advice on choosing curtain heading styles, or to order new curtains for your home, head over to The Natural Curtain Company.

*** This is a guest post from The Natural Curtain Company ***

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