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If your home has large expanses of glass, that perhaps dominate most of one or two walls, adding remote control blinds gives you a great opportunity to change the whole look and feel of a room just with the touch of a button.
But it’s not just a case of changing the amount of light coming into a room, or even blocking out the outdoor space to create a more intimate atmosphere. The colour and texture of the roller fabric can transform a space, complementing or contrasting with your other furnishings. They could make it a bright, energetic space or a dark, relaxing room. In a sense, you could think of your large roller blind as a kind of feature wall that you raise or lower to suit your mood.
Photographers use white and metallic surfaces to reflect and complement their lighting when taking pictures. Inversely they use black surfaces to absorb light. If you’re using large expanses of a colour it’s worth knowing how it will affect the lighting, both natural and electric, in the room.
Here are a few tips for choosing the shade and colour of your electric blinds. It’s worth noting that electric roller blinds provide more opportunities for unbroken expanses of colour with single spans of fabric.
Bright, zesty colours work well in communal spaces where you want the atmosphere to be friendly and spacious. They can also give a room a sense of energy and can help put you in a good mood. When the weather isn’t so great outside or it’s getting dark a bright colour will keep things fun, friendly and lively. If you want to go bright, bathrooms and kitchens work well in vibrant colours, while a splash of colour in your home office will help keep your energy levels up.
Dark, sober colours can give a room a real sense of sophistication. Contrasted with light coloured walls they can make a bold statement and transform a light airy space into a more intimate one. Effectively giving the same space two different ‘personalities’ to suit your mood. With this new sense of intimacy you can create a romantic or relaxed atmosphere, which makes it ideal for bedrooms. But like the photographer, you can use dark coloured powered blinds as a blackout for part of your home cinema set up in your living room. Not only will it block out the light but a dark shade will also subdue the lighting in the room, letting you focus on the big screen.
Samsung has just launched what it claims to be the World’s first curved TV in the US. The 55-inch curved OLED TV, which is already available in Korea, will set you back $14,999.
Samsung has dubbed it the ‘Timeless Arena’ design and claims the flexible OLED tech prevents the screen developing ‘dead’ or defective pixels. Samsung also claims the curve design is intended to enhance the viewing experience as by keeping all parts of the screen an equal distance away from the viewer.
The TV also supports other state-of-the-art features, such as multi-view, which allows two viewers to watch two different channels on the same screen thanks to a pair of 3D glasses. Many other electronics companies, including LG, are lining up their own curved OLEDs so it looks like this tech will eventually filter down to become essential piece of kit in your living room.
Architects and interior design firm Hassell has teamed up with the world’s leading wool textile organisation, Woolmark, to transform even the most cramped modern spaces into a green oasis.
In order to create a natural, sustainable eco-friendly way of growing and keeping plants in your home the designers have developed a simply weaved material with pockets that can be used to hold plants. The material can then be used to hang the ‘garden’ on a wall or even larger versions can be suspended from the ceiling to create a ‘living partition’.
The prototype is currently doing the rounds of the Design Festival circuit and garnering a lot of attention. So hopefully it’ll be in the shops in time for Christmas.
Find out more: http://www.hassellstudio.com/
Roca is a company that has grown from its humble roots as a Spanish radiator manufacturer to become an international business renowned for its stylish state-of-the-art bathrooms.
In a bid to create a cool looking wash basin and WC, which is also eco-friendly, Roca has come up with the W+W - washbasin and water closet. It is a slick looking all-in-one unit that uses innovative technology to fill the WC cistern using the filtered waste water from the sink.
The distinctive L-shaped design is compact enough to fit into most small bathrooms and saves you wasting too much water. It’s ideal for small city apartments or second bathrooms, although you may have to help any guests find the toilet since they probably haven’t seen one like this before.
Find out more about Roca: http://www.uk.roca.com/
If you’re after a natural look and feel to your home there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate a set of electric blinds into the design. We offer a wide range of electric wooden blinds in a variety of finishes that will complement other wooden details and furnishings in your home. Our range of electric roller blinds also feature a number of natural shades and textures that will blend with your soft furnishings to create a natural feel.
A more natural environment at home can create a calm, relaxing oasis even in the heart of the city. Maybe you’re trying to produce a counterpoint to the view out of your window or complement it. So if you look out onto an urban landscape of houses and rooftops you may want to break up the grey, angular view with rough textures and natural colours. Alternatively, if you look out onto a lush garden and expansive skies you may want to bring the outside in to your home by using a similar colour palette of greens and blues.
Creams and browns allow you to mix light and dark shades, and go with most things particularly similar shades of wood. Greens and yellows can be much fresher and brighter but are better used sparingly as they are difficult to complement and can be overpowering. Lighter blues work well to evoke summer skies or Mediterranean seas. Coupled with a sandy beige textured blind certain blues can transport you to the beach, while accompanied by greens can take you to bright summer days.
Unfinished or stripped wood, like driftwood or old reclaimed furniture, has great irregular textures. If you have a piece of furniture or decoration that has an amazing texture you can use that to suggest your room’s wider colour palette and other furnishings. Soft furnishings are an easy way to get more textures. Go for rugs, sofas and blinds that work well together in similar shades and textures. Rough, irregular textures appear more natural and work well with the random patterns you get in nature such as the grain in wood.
From this month the V&A are celebrating the explosion of pop culture, fashion and music that came out of the London club scene in the 1980s. A showcase of more than 85 outfits illustrates how a few experimental young designers, including Katharine Hamnett and John Galliano, defined the style of a decade and launched successful careers.
Where: V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
When: Now until 16th February 2014
The exhibition follows the different subgroups that developed on the vibrant club scene and influenced a new generation of designers bridging the gap between high fashion and high street. It celebrates iconic movements like the New Romantics and Goths with displays of outfits worn by leading lights of the club scene like Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery.
This Post was posted in General Posts on 24th July 2013.
Lighting can transform a room. It can be used for dramatic effect or in very subtle ways creating a very different sense of space as to the one you may experience during daylight. Similarly, you may want lighting to be subtle or unassuming so you don’t know a light is there until it is switched on. Alternatively, some of the best lamps can also be great pieces of sculpture. Here are just a few classic and timeless lamps:
This Art Deco lamp designed for the Viennese lighting company WOKA by the likes of Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte in 1925. The simple yet beautiful curved supporting arm is reminiscent of a desktop globe and creates a nice pool of light to work by. The company and the lamp are still going and one could be in your living room for just €2,050.
Arco Silver Floor Light
Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1962 the Arco Silver Floor Light is a design classic. It makes a great centrepiece for a living room, its bold silouhette and gleaming metallic bowl dominating any space it occupies. It would fit well in a retro styled home and wouldn’t look out of place beside a bubble chair. It has been much copied and you can find reproductions, but a new one would probably set you back the best part of £1,700.
A modern classic of sorts, the Kartell Bourgie is Kartell’s biggest selling lamp, which is a twist on a baroque style. It comes in a range of colours and is surprisingly versatile, effortlessly fitting into a modern minimal space or a more classical décor.
The British company has been making lamps for 70 years and is currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of the design that started it all, the Anglepoise Original 1227. Designed by George Carwardine its innovative spring mechanism meant it is flexible and well balanced, making it a popular desk lamp. These days it is often copied and you can get one in virtually any size or colour.
Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to install a brilliant optical illusion that makes everyone look like Spider-Man.
Using a former bomb site in East London Erlich has erected a huge wall of mirrors at a 45-degree angle over a life-sized horizontal reproduction of a Victorian terraced house. Entitled Dalston House, visitors are encouraged to ‘climb’ around the installation making it appear as though they are defying gravity.
The installation is free to visit and is open until 4th August.
With Google Glass, the US giant’s bid for the wearable computing market, now not due until early 2014 Recon Instruments is hoping to get a headstart with its own wearable computer coming out in time for Christmas.
The Recon Jet heads-up display is a pair of sunglasses designed specifically for sporting enthusiasts. It has a similar spec to Google Glass including a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 720p camera, and even runs an adapted version of Android.
It’s packed with all kinds of sensors including accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, barometer and ambient temperature sensor to give the wearer real-time data while doing their favourite activities. You can even connect it to a heart rate monitor while you exercise.
Recon Jet seems to be a more practical application to wearable computing than Google Glass, which arguably offers very few benefits above what you can get from your smartphone. Plus it is currently available to pre-order for less than Google Glass is expected to retail.
Pre-order one today: http://jet.reconinstruments.com/?gclid=CKKohKvMp7gCFdMQtAodQgsAnw
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced but effective security camera and have a spare iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch hanging around then app developer People Power has the answer. Its new app, Presence, can turn your Apple device into a security camera for free.
Simply install the app on a device that’s connected to the internet and also on your regular iPad or iPhone. With both devices logged on to your account you now have access to a video camera with real-time video and audio streaming. So you can keep an eye on your home, your pets and elderly relatives, and even have a two-way conversation with someone at home via the app.
The best bit is that the app also features motion detection, so if someone or something is moving about your home it’ll take a video clip and send it to you as an alert. It’s an effective and affordable way to get some peace of mind when you’re out.
Presence marks People Power’s biggest bid so far for taking over your home. The Silicon Valley based company has also recently joined with a US electronics firm, Monster Power, to produce an app that monitor the power consumption going through specially adapted multiplug extensions. You can log on at any time of day and see how much power is being consumed as well turning off appliances or programming what times they should be active.
People Power aims to make further deals with technology manufacturers whereby its energy saving and security software can put you remotely in touch with your home. While it is facing off against similar systems from giants such as Google, Verizon and AT&T, People Power’s simple and affordable wireless options have the potential to define the market.
Find out more: http://peoplepowerco.com/