We all have favourite films which we love to re-visit and once again, feel the magic and excitement we remember from the first viewing.
And the continued rise of TV technologies that promise home cinema experiences is constantly making this a more affordable and realistic proposition.
We recently experienced a demonstration of the latest Panasonic 4K UHD ‘DX’ series of televisions, featuring Ultra High Definition resolution, High Dynamic Range colour and contrast and Panasonic’s latest innovation: ‘tuned in Hollywood’.
The clever boffins at Panasonic have incorporated a picture technology which claims to have been tuned by Hollywood experts and as such, offers a picture performance that’s ‘True to the Director’s Vision’.
So, if you’ve ever dreamt of sinking into the dark, watery depths of The Abyss; cheating the alien atmosphere of Avatar; bringing the hills alive with The Sound of Music; or suffering the sensory turmoil of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, this new technology is the answer, right? Well, yes and no…
While we can’t argue with the picture quality of such TV’s, the true home cinema experience is something which relies, fundamentally, upon recreating the dark, atmospheric surroundings of a real cinema, where stray light isn't able to affect the image.
With Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds, you can create exactly that, with the option of light-blocking blackout fabric available on a number of styles in our roller blinds, roman blinds or vertical blinds ranges.
And with the practicality and sophistication of superb one-touch wireless remote control operation, you will be able to create the perfect home cinema experience to enjoy yourself or impress guests.
2017 Is seen as being the year when many of us will tackle home improvements by starting with new flooring solutions.
Typically, flooring is an expensive means to make a design statement, though the range of colours and fabrics available using carpet, or the hard wearing and sophisticated qualities of laminates, can create a wonderful sense of adventure, sumptuous comfort, or elegant durability.
But no matter how much you like that certain shade of purple, would you really be brave enough to have a purple floor?
So, what do you do if you have a yearning to be more daring with colour but don’t want to commit to the permanency and room-wide implications of flooring?
Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds are available in a wide range of bold, vibrant colours across roller blinds, roman blinds, wooden blinds, vertical blinds and venetian blinds.
We have colours, materials and finishes to suit and compliment any room and the added luxury feel and sophistication of powered blinds will help you create an elegant and charming atmosphere in spaces large or small.
And with British summertime just around the corner, the warming light that accompanies it will give depth and vibrancy to any colour. Use colour on a blind and it will allows you to vary its impact - partially raise to give a subtle boost to light, clean, contemporary spaces; fully lower to present a striking personality that defines the mood of a room and those within it.
Remember, too, that Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds can still satisfy a desire for fabric or real wood accents if you’ve already committed to the new flooring trend.
We have a luxurious range of hand sewn in the UK, electric Roman blinds that will compliment soft floor coverings and add warmth.
Alternatively, our range of beautifully crafted, made to measure electric wooden blinds in painted or stained Satinwood can echo the stylish and practical hues of on-trend laminate or solid wood floors.
Colour can be seen as the most important and influential aspect of a room’s character. Colour defines the mood of a room and to varying degrees, the mood of those who occupy it. Colour can also influence our perceptions of the shape and size of a room and the furniture within.
As a general rule, rooms painted in light colours feel larger than those painted in dark colours. Ceilings painted a similar colour to the walls will appear higher, as there is less contrast at the transition between them.
Sofas, chairs and furniture in bold colours will appear larger within neutrally coloured rooms, creating powerful and engaging accents. To play down larger pieces of furniture, choose them in neutral colours that are either sympathetic to their surroundings or lighter contrasts to boldly coloured walls.
But if you’ve already made your choices for sofas, chairs and furniture and aren’t brave enough to splash vibrant or bold colours onto walls, doors or woodwork, what are your options?
Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds offer the perfect compromise and are a practical and elegant way to experiment with colour.
Whether you want to take things one step at a time by starting with a muted, neutral palette or you’re prepared to be adventurous and want to throw caution to a coloured wind of change throughout your home, Controliss have something for you.
Dove, Calm Sand, Buff or Cornsilk will add a subtle warmth to clean, neutral rooms without compromising sophisticated style. Alternatively, playful hearts will be won over by Regal Blue, Lust, Purple Majesty, Kiwi or Tangerine.
And unlike a painted surface, Controliss remote control electric blinds allow you to vary the amount of colour on show. Bring blinds down for maximum impact when entertaining; raise them half way for stylish accents; or raise them further for subtle hints of your true personality.
So, if you’re sold on the idea of introducing a splash of colour into your home spaces, where do you start? Well, a Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blind in whatever colour you desire, is certainly less of an undertaking than decorating, whether with paint or wallpaper. To help you decide on which colour captures the mood you’re after, we’ve included a colour wheel, below, highlighting a spectrum of options with brief suggestions of the moods they help create and characteristics they embody.
The recent CES Technology Show in Las Vegas was THE place to see and learn of, the very latest trends in all things 'tech'.
The 2017 presentations didn’t disappoint; from self-balancing Honda motorcycles, through the latest TV and computer developments, to Lynx - the humanoid robot powered by Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant.
We’ve been told for years now, that ‘this will be the year of the automation of things’ and from the CES highlights that have made the news, 2017 certainly looks to be the year home automation gains credible traction.
Whether you yearn for connected fridges, microwaves, vacuums, or robotic personal assistants that will fill your fridge, cook your food and keep the home clean, it now seems no longer the stuff of science fiction - the future is here, now.
But if an addition to the family in the shape of a robot is one huge step too far and you’d prefer to remain very much in control, yourself, the home automation systems that Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds can be integrated into, may be the perfect solution for you.
Powered by technology from market leaders Somfy, all Controliss electric blinds are compatible with the systems that are leading this revolution in home automation.
Whether your interest in joining this revolution comes from the security benefits of remote control blinds; the elegant practicality offered by wireless fitment; or the sophisticated functionality of programmable control, Controliss has the perfect solution to your needs.
Each year, Patone®, the world-renowned authority on colour and provider of systems for colour communication across multiple industry and consumer channels, creates a ‘colour of the year’. For 2017, this colour is ‘Greenery’.
Setting aside the obvious appeal of a colour very similar to that of the Controliss® brand, we were struck by the reasoning for Pantone®’s choice: “A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings”.
With the new year celebrations only just passed, the long, dark nights and cold mornings inevitably lead us to think of spring and its promise of colour warmth. Though it’s likely to get colder before it gets consistently warmer, the new year does half one certainty: the changing seasons will shape our moods and the character of our homes. Rich, autumnal colours, whether inside on cushions, rugs, curtains, or outside in the garden and as part of the view, will soon seem at odds with a brighter mood and plans for time spent remodelling or redecorating the home.
But don’t forget the role light plays in those plans; without light, no colour can be seen and depending on the strength of that light, every colour undergoes change.
So if you’re brave enough to embrace Pantone®’s ‘Greenery’ as the refreshing, revitalising colour of the moment, how do you ensure it’s seen as intended? Controliss® battery powered and mains powered electric blinds are the perfect solution; whether it’s the delicate balance of light and shade or the elegant design and practical functionality.
Hands-free control of the intensity of light entering your favourite space, will ensure vibrant colours always retain a rich and entertaining influence over your decor; the mood you intended for your living, dining or sleeping space can always be maintained with just the touch of a button. Extra light for preparing that special meal, reading or entertaining can be programmed into remote controls and settings for subtle or complete shading can be saved for creating mood or privacy.
And when the next ‘colour of the year’ comes along, Controliss® battery powered and mains powered electric blinds will ensure your home is bang on trend, once more.
Of course colour is important but without control over light, it’s all too often a stab in the dark…
Seasonal decor and Christmas go hand in hand. We’ve all grown up with the magic of helping parents transform our houses into tinsel trimmed wonderlands that maintain the magic at home, throughout the festive season. Generation after generation, we make our homes extra special as the tradition is passed down.
As strange a custom as it may seem to outsiders, we all bring a tree into our homes and cover it with our own choice of decoration, some modern, some timeless. It wouldn’t be Christmas without the decorations, would it?
Post Christmas and following the tradition of Twelfth Night when the decorations need to be taken down and placed carefully into their respective boxes, a strange and unfamiliar emptiness falls upon our homes. How quickly we get used to holiday season colours and embellishments - the stark, undecorated rooms can seem empty and dull.
The new year has always been a time to reflect and plan for change, so with Twelfth Night falling on the 5th of January, why not maintain some special decor and create a beautifully appointed window space with one of our automated blinds? There are colours and patterns to suit every room and all come with the added bonus of full automation - beauty and practicality all rolled into one.
Stay in control of your light and shade and maintain a beautifully decorated home this Christmas and into the new year.
Have you been working your way through an advent calendar in the lead-up to Christmas? Whether opening the windows of your own calendar or helping children with their’s, it’s a long-standing tradition to uncover treats or delightful winter scenes that raises the Christmas spirit and warms the heart.
Advent is a version of a Latin word meaning ‘coming’, symbolising the expectant waiting for Christmas Day.
Well, even though there’s yet to be a dusting of 'the white stuff’ outside, which window in your home affords you your favourite view? Do you have a beautiful scene which waits for an enchanting reveal each morning? Is there a view from one of your windows which you long to see at different times of the year?
Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds can turn that reveal into a true performance and create a spectacle in any room.
With or without a stunning view, electric blinds add a sophisticated way to control the light, shade, colour and atmosphere of any room and can be fully integrated into leading home automation systems.
So, why not forego any further waiting and treat yourself and your home to an elegant and practical electric blind solution from Controliss blinds.
When we think of Christmas, the list of things to prepare for seems longer every year. There are so many tasks that need careful planning and control at the start of the festive season.
Keeping control of Christmas can be a battle for us all. Shuffling the diary with visits from family and friends, controlling the spending on gifts and even maintaining perfect control of the oven to get the turkey just right.
One thing we can’t control of course is the weather. We all dream of a beautiful white vista when we first take a look out of the window on Christmas day, but in recent years, the majority of us have not been so lucky.
Whatever the weather does this Christmas, with a Controliss automated blind, the grey gloom can be easily shut away at the touch of a button, or, fingers crossed a sparkling white snowscape will be revealed when your remote control blinds are raised to see the world on the 25th.
Here’s hoping the ‘up’ button presents a stunning start to a wonderful Christmas in your home this year and everything else is kept well under control…
Just when you thought you had finally found a form of cooking your partner could assist with, the BratWurst Bot sausage robot looks like making the man of the house redundant!
Now we all have increasingly busy lives with heavy workloads but do we really need a robot to turn our sizzlers?
Here at Controliss blinds we are all about automation and technology, but this is surely simply a bridge too far! (unless of course it can hoover, iron and put the seat down, then I am in!)
Automated blinds, especially at this time of year, controlled at the touch of a remote control are definitely an essential part of modern living. Set them to raise and lower in your absence or close when the temperature rises, on days like today, is simplicity personified.
With the Telis 6 Chronis RTS electric blind handset for example, you can set your blinds to lower as dusk falls, ensuring greater security as well as much need energy savings.
Who needs to traipse from room to room, manually pulling cords, when a cold beer & bangers-in-buns beckon us to the outdoors.
The summer is finally upon us, lets get out in the sun, enrich our bodies in natural vitamin D and go barbecue bonkers!
Temperatures have soared over the last few days, and although the UK has recorded its hottest day so far this year, the sunshine doesn’t always bring a smile to everyone face.
By day we can treat ourselves an ice cream to cool our souls, Jublee’s and funny feet were always my favourite as a child, although nowadays I am all about the magnum!
Cooling off by splashing cool water on the face and increasing our fluids are all well and good throughout the day, but the nights can be unbearable.
Top tips for keeping you cool during the night
Take a cool bath or shower prior to slumber Cotton bedding is a must, nylon and polyester will only add to the heat ensuring a restless night Ceiling or mounted fans can help circulate the air A glass of water by the bed to replenish the fluids should you wake
Preventing solar heat gain through glazed areas is an absolute must so whilst out at work during the day try to keep window blinds lowered or curtains drawn in all the rooms that catch the sun. In the evenings, opening doors and windows to keep the house ventilated will always help keep the temperatures down.
Large glass expanses such as bi-fold, patio or sliding doors allow in the beautiful sunshine, but with that comes the heat. Dressing these larger glass areas with Controliss Visio-Lux diffusion screen electric roller blinds are a great way to compliment the decor, lowering the heat levels, preventing excessive glare and preventing the furniture from being damaged by the suns harmful UV rays whilst still allowing some light to gently filter through.
Controliss blinds are a great way of reducing solar heat gain by employing cost effective prevention measures for south facing windows and doors and not only will they look sleek, chic and the envy of your neighbours, but they will also be worth their weight in gold when it comes to protecting furnishings from being sun bleached.