Monthly Archives: August 2010

  • Reduce Screen Glare and Save Your Eye-sight

    Posted on August 19, 2010 by Lee

    Reduce Screen Glare and Save Your Eye-sight

    How long do you spend staring at a screen everyday? The latest Ofcom report suggests that people spend half their waking lives using digital devices!

    If you work in a bright office or have sunlight pouring on to your TV at home then you may be damaging your eyes through screen glare.

    The sun may hit your computer screen or monitor from many sources, sometimes even a glass wall or badly-positioned mirror can reflect the sunlight into your eye-line.  This is sometimes unavoidable and modern offices and expensive homes usually have a lot of large glass windows to make the environment more inviting and more positive.

    Many workers in the UK spend hours working in an office environment with a computer monitor and then go home and watch TV or play computer games for a prolonged period of time.  It is important for these heavy users to not only ensure the sun's harmful rays are not glaring into their eyes but also to keep a good posture and move around often.

    Some houses suffer from the the position of key windows in relation to the sun.  When the sun is at it's lowest it can easily enter into lounges and bedrooms, if this happens at the time of the day when you usually watch TV then it could produce massive amounts of glare and annoyance.  If only you could rotate your house and avoid this issue!

    There are many ways to reduce glare on monitors including the monitor itself; old CRT monitors usually have a glass front which has a high reflective index, i.e. it reflects lots of light.  Cheap LCD monitors are made out of a plastic compound which is perfect for reducing glare but beware they may also strain your eyes if they have a slow refresh rate making them blurry.

    Curtains and blinds are perfect for blocking out the sun but can sometimes make the room too dark; the best option for glare reduction is using vertical blinds as they can block direct sunlight whilst still allowing in diffused sunlight from reflections of the material.  Fabric is the best material for this blind purpose, it doesn't reflect the light as a metal blind would and also helps absorb sound in the room.  Remember that the sun will move position in the sky so you need to keep rotating the vertical blind to be perpendicular to it.

    Saving your eye sight could be the smartest move you've ever made, if you have screen glare at work then speak up, if you have screen glare at home then invest in some thick curtains or some decent blinds.


    This post was posted in Vertical Blinds and was tagged with eye sight, sunlight, Vertical Blinds

  • The Automated Home: Are the Jetsons Moving into Your Neighborhood Anytime Soon?

    Posted on August 18, 2010 by jenny

    The Jetsons

    Oh, you know the Jetsons; they're the family of the future. Their home has a network of appliances and furniture that does everything efficiently, on automatic mode. From brushing the teeth to dressing up, home gadgets and home circuitry do the work at the Jetson home. To top it off, Mr. Jetson, the dad, goes to work on a flying car, which folds up neatly as a suitcase once he's done using it. This animated show may be fictitious, but home engineers claim it's not too far off for people to enjoy the same ‘Jetson’ privilege.

    In the 1990s, a home like the Jetson’s became mildly possible, although the automation only went as far as orchestrating the lights, the garage, and home entertainment into one cohesive system. One would think that consumers will grab home automation like hot-cakes, but the truth is that most homes have remained awfully low-tech until this very time; there are no signs of the Jetsons flying into your neighbourhood anytime soon, even if we’re now in the 21st century.

    So why aren't people getting their homes automated? The first reason is that it is terribly expensive. Developing technology for smart homes can cost an arm and a leg. A vacuum cleaner robot can cost from £775 while a top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner can only cost about £150. Amidst the economic downturn, people are satisfied with having ordinary refrigerators or vacuum cleaners.

    Homeowners also find that the smart counterparts of home appliances do not satisfy their needs enough to justify the cost. Robotic vacuum cleaners cannot climb the stairs and do not do clean as well as they should. Then there's the fact that smart home appliances over complicate their tasks. An intelligent washing machine may often detect that clothes are not loaded as they should and stop. Intelligent refrigerators need supermarkets to sign up so they could order automatically.

    Fortunately, Controliss have answered all these automation problems with their affordable line of remote-controlled window blinds. The remote control can individually operate each blind so you can effortlessly meet your light and privacy needs. Controliss window blinds are as simple as their installation instructions and you’ll never think twice about their cost. Why don't you take the first step towards a smart home with our line of Controliss products? You’ll be one step closer to the Jetsons’ futuristic home.


    This post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with automatic, home, Home Automation, remote, window blinds

  • Hassle-Free and User-Friendly Remote-Controlled Blinds

    Posted on August 17, 2010 by jenny

    Remote Controlled Blinds

    Remote-controlled blinds sound fancy and luxurious compared to the typical blinds with cords. However, cordless blinds are not only designed for people who simple want to easily and comfortably adjust the blinds to control the lighting in the room. Remote-controlled blinds are particularly beneficial both to the elderly and people with disabilities. The safety features of this new technology are the main reason why more and more people who live with people with disabilities prefer remote-controlled blinds to traditional ones.

    Since remote-controlled blinds are operated by simply pressing a button, a person who is having mobility problems can now adjust the window blinds effortlessly. There is no need to get closer to the window to adjust the blinds. With the remote control, one can always lift or lower the blinds or open the blinds from any corner of the room anytime.

    If the window is too difficult to reach especially for people with disabilities, remote-controlled blinds are the solution to this problem. The window blinds don’t have to stay in a single position because it can be adjusted with ease even by people who are having difficulty in moving and reaching the windows. The amount of sun rays that come from outside can be easily controlled or totally blocked off, achieving the lighting that is desired at the very moment.

    Also, one should no longer worry about getting tangled with blind cords that could cause accidents or harm someone who tries to adjust the blinds. If there is someone in your home that has problems with mobility, then cordless blinds will help them control the lighting in the house on their own. Because of that, you are assured that anyone in your house is safe from an accident that traditional blinds usually create.  Our new range of Roller Blinds are completely cord free and are CE tested for electrical safety, they are possible the world's first child safe blind.

    Imagine the standard remote used for switching TV channels. That’s how the remote for cordless blind works, too. It is not complicated to use because it only needs standard AA batteries to operate it. You can choose from horizontal and vertical remote-controlled blinds. There also cordless blinds that one can customize to fit different sizes and shapes of windows, particularly arched windows.


    This post was posted in Remote Control and was tagged with remote, Remote Control, remote control blinds, safety, window

  • Decorating Your Bay Windows with Window Blinds

    Posted on August 16, 2010 by jenny

    Bay windows are prominent features in traditional and contemporary homes in the UK. Window blinds are the perfect bay window treatments because of their simplicity. Gone are the days when bay windows are hidden by yards and yards of fabric and elaborate swags. These days, decorating trends are leaning towards minimalist designs that showcase bay windows and their ability to let in glorious light and provide breathtaking views.

    Since the structure of bay windows make it the most prominent feature in the room, take care not to emphasise them that they overpower the whole room. Stick to the simple lines of vertical blinds or venetian blinds. They will give you the privacy that you need especially if your bay windows are facing high-traffic areas.

    You can soften the lines of window blinds by hanging curtains. Avoid pelmets that have elaborate designs and ones with tie-backs are these are out of fashion, instead stick to curtain rods.

    Another way to soften the window blinds look is to place a table and decorate it with your vase collection, picture frames, or a floral arrangement. You can even create a window seat and soften the place up with comfy cushions in accentuating colours.

    To pull together the design of window blinds with the room’s style, use decorative tassels or buttons at the bottom of your blinds. This will modernise your window blinds and add flair to your window blinds.

    If your bay window is facing a rather private area, there is no need to cover up your bay windows. Why don’t you try a simple valance that will hide the hardware of your window blinds? Place the valance near the ceiling to let in the most light. However, you will still need window blinds in order not to overheat your room during summer.

    Decorating bay windows needs some careful thought, but the most basic rule is to choose window blinds that will complement your bay windows.


    This post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with bay windows, blinds, window blinds, windows

  • More Window Decorating Tips for Stunning Windows

    Posted on August 14, 2010 by jenny

    Satin Sun Flash Venetian Blinds

    Window decorating does not have to be a nerve-wracking experience. You can have some fun decorating your windows and choosing window blinds. Try these excellent window decorating tips that interior designers swear by.

    Experiment with colour. Who says you need to stick to neutrals in selecting the colours for your window blinds? Try to mix colours in your window treatments and you'll immediately feel the energetic vibe that it exudes. You can choose hues at the opposite sides of the colour wheel. Why don’t you mix Controliss Satin Sun Flash Venetian Blinds with aubergine coloured walls? This will certainly give an upbeat atmosphere into your home.

    Add different textures to neutrals. If you prefer the subtle elegance of neutrals, bring it to life by combining different textures in your window treatments. Merge the opulent smoothness of silk panels in an earthy bronze with Brushed Mystique Venetian Blinds for the ultimate texture combination.

    Maximise corners. If you have corner windows with wall space in between, you can either use two blinds that complement each other or hide the corner with one blind going diagonally. Hiding the corner can make it appear as one seamless window.

    Design step-by-step. If you feel like you don’t have the budget for your dream windows, then don’t be discouraged. You can start with the basics first that will address your lighting control and privacy needs. Install your blinds and shades and make them the foundation for other window treatments. When you want to splurge, you can add silk panels or add architectural details such as cornices.

    You don’t need to feel intimidated with the task of decorating your window blinds. With Controliss easy-to-install motorised blinds, we’ve made sure that decorating your windows will be a breeze.


    This post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with Colour & Design, decorating, Venetian Blinds, window blinds, windows

  • Design Tricks for Small Windows

    Posted on August 12, 2010 by jenny

    Small Window Blinds

    Small windows in a room can be an interior decorating challenge. With a few of these design tricks up your sleeve, you will be able to turn these disappointing spaces into something impressive. Creative window treatments can either highlight the size of a window or disguise its size. Here are a few ways for you to do whatever takes your fancy:

    - Open them up. You don't need to hide windows with loads of fabric. Stick to the clean lines of window blinds and keep the window clear to let light in.

    - Keep it simple. Keep the window frames simple and paint them in a pale colour. This will make the window  less obtrusive.

    - Use long curtain panels. Curtain panels that are wider than your windows will create an illusion of larger windows. Use a thin curtain rod that is placed above the window so that the valance covers the window frame. Let the fabric pool in the floor to create the illusion of length.

    - Choose light fabrics. Heavy fabric on small windows can be overpowering. Use lighter fabrics that are the same colour as the walls to create an illusion of continuity. Avoid fabrics with large patterns. If you must choose stripes, go for vertical stripes to make the window appear longer.

    - Opt for blinds or roman shades. Small windows will benefit from the simple lines of blinds. Blinds or roman shades that are wider or longer will also disguise the size of the window. Make sure to install them a little higher than the window frame.

    - Hang café curtains. Translucent cotton cafe curtains cover half of a regular-sized window. To use cafe curtains in small windows, hang them a little lower and let the café curtains extend past the length of the window.

    - Draw attention to natural light. Use mood lighting coming from the wall on either side of the window frame or hang pendant lights from the ceiling. You can also line the ledge with tea lights placed in votive candles. If Christmas is near, use party lights to frame the window.

    - Hang a floating shelf above the window. Adding architectural details can make a small window seem larger than it is. Install a narrow shelf that floats above the window ledge. You can use this as a starting point to accessorise your windows and emphasise the natural light coming in.


    This post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with blind, blinds, light, Vertical Blinds, window

  • Window Blinds Advice for Every Room in Your House

    Posted on August 11, 2010 by jenny

    Window Blinds Advice

    Are you putting off purchasing new window blinds for any room of your house? We understand the frustration of having so many choices so we've made window blind shopping easier with these handy hints for every room in your house:

    Living Room - The focal point of most living rooms are large windows that offer the best views. Large windows, however, have their downsides. They let in too much sunlight that results to UV-damaged furniture and overheat the living room. For living rooms, look for window blinds that block the UV rays. If you have an entertainment centre in your living room, choose blinds that darken the room, such as Venetian blinds in Satin black to reduce the glare.

    Kitchen – Window blinds for the kitchen should allow the breeze to enter to cool down the space. If your kitchen is adjacent to a neighbour's window then make sure you can create privacy when needed. If you’re the type who loves cooking, then make sure that the fabrics or materials of the window blinds can put up with higher heat and humidity. They should also be easy-to-clean for a hassle-free cooking experience, metal venetian blinds may be the best option for most kitchens.

    Dining Room – Dining rooms are often private affairs and thus, window blinds are essential. Look for blinds in soft fabrics that allow soft natural light to enter. This creates for an elegant setting that encourages conversation.

    Bedroom – Bedrooms are highly private areas. Look for window blinds that give maximum privacy. If you’re a person who values long sleeping hours, then opt for window blinds that have room-darkening properties. Use seamless designs to prevent light from entering through the gaps or seams so keep the device firmly inside the window frame.

    Home Office – Anti-glare properties are a must for the home office, especially if you spend copious amounts of time on a computer. However, look for versatile designs that allow you to control the light coming into your home office. In this way, you can let the sunshine in when you are reading or meeting with clients.

    Bathroom – It goes without saying that privacy is your main concern in a bathroom. Motorised blinds are perfect for the bathroom as it allows you to control the blinds from your bathtub. Look for materials that can withstand humidity and won’t warp or crack. Mildew-resistant materials are a must.

    Nursery – Safety is of utmost importance and so look for wands or loose cords should not be placed in an area where your child or baby can reach. Again get a tight fit around the window frame to ensure that your child will get adequate sleep even in the summer months when it is still light outside at bedtime.


    This post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with bedroom, kitchen, light, Venetian Blinds, window blinds

  • Blind Colour Trends - Pantone Colour Palettes for 2010

    Posted on August 10, 2010 by Lee

    Pantone has recently released the colour tones to watch out for this year. If you're planning on purchasing new blinds for your windows but do not have the least idea on which colour to choose, here's the rundown of these amazing colour palettes. Knowing the reasons behind these trendy colours can help you decide on which colour of blinds you can aim for to add a modern flair into your home:

    Greenmarket

    The Greenmarket palette was inspired by the vibrant colours of food from organic farm markets. The shift from traditional farming to more environmentally-friendly production of food is behind these colours. Think about the vibrant yellows of lemon, the lovely shade of a green apple, or the dramatic red in fresh tomatoes. Find inspiration in the exotic flavours of paprika, chutney, or Dijon. The hues in Greenmarket appeal to both the eyes and the taste buds. Check out our vertical blinds in pesto to achieve this colour trend.

    Resourceful

    The resourceful palette represents how we can recreate highly original ways to use existing materials. Home furnishings must be both stylish and sustainable. That’s why you can see the colours of the sky or the water reflected in interior design. Try venetian blinds in gloss sky, then add more drama with accessories in orchid or orange.

    Transformations

    This colour palette evokes feelings of nostalgia as a traditional appearance is given a more modern twist. The colours of “transformations” are more romantic, promising a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of modernity. Graceful shapes and unobtrusive colours are used, such as lavender gray, mauves, blues, greens, and violets. These colours are balanced with pink and amber touched by pale gold.

    Ambiance

    Darker tones, such as rich browns and cognac, dominate this palette. This is then softened by blue, sage, and pink. Shades of grey give an intensity that is both interesting and synergistic. Create an understated and sophisticated ambiance with our venetian blinds in gloss French grey.

    Decorating your windows does not have to be difficult with the effortless colour palettes that Pantone released for this year. Interior designers never question Pantone’s authority in colour and you would do well to go by these colour trends. Here are more colour choices from Pantone’s home+interiors 2010.

    Galaxy

    Stirred by the harmonious hues of the night sky, Galaxy contrasts earthly greens with heavenly blues, silver, and violets. Sun-inspired golds with turquoise and orchid accents will complete the look of Galaxy. Achieve the richness of this palette with metallic Venetian blinds softened with sheer layers or patterned curtains that’s very mod.

    High Definition

    Elegant contrasts mark the High Definition hues which combine classic and modern styles. Let your room exude glamorous simplicity with refined silhouettes. Black, white, and gray dominate this palette. Add purple, wine, or fuschia to inject an added richness into these dramatic combinations. Try using venetian blinds in satin rum for this palette.

    Pastiche

    Pastiche emanates from the popularity of Japanese anime which has influenced various interior designers. What resulted was a riot of colours and styles that is unexpected but refreshing. A rich brown can be mixed with strong absinthe greens or soft lavendula. That same shade of brown can also be surrounded with yellow, strawberry, cobalt blue, tangerine, or grey.

    Neutrals

    Whenever economic shadows loom, people often rely on neutrals for big-ticket items for a fail-safe option. That’s why neutrals will never go out of style. However, Pantone said to look for neutrals that are tinged with blues or greens. Champagne beige will add lustre to neutrals that will liven up these colours.


    This post was posted in Venetian Blinds and was tagged with Colour & Design, palette, trends, Venetian Blinds

  • Types of Lighting to Enhance Your Home

    Posted on August 7, 2010 by Lee

    You can definitely create any kind of ambience in your home by managing different light sources. To be able to do this, you must understand the basics of lighting. Here are the different light treatments that you can play with to make dramatic changes in your room's appearance.

    There are two types of illumination sources. The first one is artificial lighting and the second is natural lighting. Artificial lighting can be broken down into three: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. There are advantages and disadvantages for these two kinds of lighting. Hopefully, you’ll be able to balance these pros and cons for your lighting needs.

    Artificial Lighting

    Artificial lighting makes use of electricity to produce the illumination inside a home. You are most familiar with general lighting or illumination which is the light that we require to do our daily tasks inside a room. One of the sources of general illumination that is becoming a top design trend is the chandelier. Gone are the days when chandeliers dominate formal dining rooms. Now, chandeliers are used in bedrooms, powder rooms, and even the bathroom. For chandeliers, dimmers are necessary for you to generate the kind of you light you want.

    On the other hand, task lighting allows you to perform a specific function. Think about the kind of light you need to read or sew or draft a design. To make task lighting more effective, the bottom of the lamp shade should at eye level when you are seated. This prevents you from straining your eyes. Make it higher and you’ll have to deal with glare. If it’s lower than eye level, you’ll see the light reflected off the paper.

    The third kind of artificial lighting is accent lighting. This is the kind of light that enhances an area or emphasises an object inside a room. This kind of lighting adds drama to a room setup. It also highlights some aspects of the room you want to draw attention to. Generally, light sources that are 60 watts or less qualify as accent lights. Wall sconces, small lamps, or even lights inside cabinets are some examples of accent lighting.

    Natural Light

    Natural lighting comes from architectural details, such as windows or sun roofs. You often purchase homes because of the amount of natural light it has. Natural light’s beauty cannot be beat by any artificial light. It can also bring down your energy costs because you consume less electricity to light your home. However, having natural light can also be a curse especially in rooms that face roads or neighbouring houses. Natural light must be managed, and motorised window blinds make this task a breeze. Blinds and shades can diffuse or block the light, depending on the kind of material and fabric they are made of.

    Natural lighting and artificial lighting can both be harnessed for your interior decorating needs. Understanding how light behaves in your room based on the colour and texture of your walls is the first step to create a beautiful home.


    This post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with interior, lighting

  • Energy Efficiency Explained

    Posted on August 5, 2010 by jenny

    Energy Efficiency Explained

    We've been talking about how motorised blinds increase energy efficiency in your home. Do you ever wonder how they do this? Here's the science behind energy efficiency in plain and simple terms.

    Insulating Your Home

    Basically, cold attracts heat. During winter, the heat generated from your indoor heaters moves over to your windows and off to the outdoors. In the same way, the outside heat produced by the summer sun flows to your windows and into your air-conditioned rooms. Window blinds can help reduce your energy consumption by resisting the heat flows through your window. This means that you can save on your heating and cooling expenses. Window blinds can also create a more comfortable atmosphere in your rooms by reducing the sun’s glare.

    Controlling Solar Heat

    During winter, you can welcome the sunshine into your home and bask in its warmth. When summertime comes, solar heat can make your room hot and uncomfortable. Because of this, your air-conditioning costs shoot up. Window blinds can deflect solar heat, protecting your rooms from the sun. If you want to enjoy the sunshine, all you have to do is to draw up your blinds. With Controliss motorised blinds, this is just a matter of pushing a button.

    Day-lighting

    Instead of relying on electricity for your lighting needs, you can depend on natural light. This makes your home energy-efficient. Illumination from daylight can be achieved with easy-to-operate motorised blinds. With a remote control, you can manipulate the kind of light you want for your room. You can create diffuse light from roman blinds made of sheer fabrics. Sheer roman blinds draw soft light into your room. You can also direct incoming light by tilting the slats of your blinds. With blinds, you can increase your reliance on natural light, eliminating the need for artificial sources during the daytime.

    Insulation, solar heat control, and day-lighting are the three ways that motorised blinds can make your home more energy-efficient. Decorate your home and save on energy costs with these blinds. You’ll never regret it.


    This post was posted in Motorised Blinds and was tagged with blinds, energy, home, motorised, Motorised Blinds, window

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