Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • Make the Most of Limited Space

    Posted on 29th October 2010 by jenny.

    Everyone dreams of having a home that has airy spaces and high ceilings. If the dimensions of your current abode doesn't quite live up to those standards in terms of space, do not despair. Here are a few ways for you to make the most of your space without having to move to a pricier house or getting a wallet-draining mortgage. Small spaces with large windows are a great way to open up your space. Large windows let in abundant light which makes a small space feel airy and light. Make use of vertical blinds in your windows, preferably in sheers such as our Vertical Blinds in Haze White or Verso Dairy. The light-inviting Vero fabrics are also available in the Controliss selection of Motorised Roller blinds. You can also paint your walls a light shade to reflect as much light as possible inside your space, giving an impression of spaciousness. If you'd like a touch of colour in a room, then introduce one rich colour in an accent wall and paint the other walls in a neutral shade. Before you buy any furniture, think carefully about your lifestyle and only limit your furniture to the essentials. After you have pinpointed your furniture needs, look for compact yet stylish designs for your furniture that you can fully use. For example, in your dining room, instead of looking for individual chairs you can probably use a bench that will seat more guests without taking up more space. Choose pieces that will do double-duty, such as a coffee table with extra storage underneath. Try to find a way to unify the upholstery with the wall colours so that visual flow is not interrupted. Aim to go for colours that will reflect more light with warmer shades. Speaking of light, avoid a single light source as this tends to draw the walls in making your space appear smaller. Instead, distribute light sources and place them near the walls to make the most of light reflections. Place mirrors in strategic places to give an illusion of more space. Decorating for a small space may require some creative planning, but with these few tips, you can be contented in your home without actually increasing the floor space.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with decorating, electric, interior, roller blinds, vertical

  • Bored with your Interiors? Splash On a New Look with Some Paint!

    Posted on 28th October 2010 by Lee.

    This is the perfect time to relive your childhood obsession with colours. Having fun with paint to liven up a room is one of the most affordable and fun ways to dramatically change the look of your home. You have more options than to just painting your rooms walls with a bold colour - now you can make your home vibrant by painting furniture pieces too! How long has it been since you've used your overalls? It's time to take them out of the closet and play with paint for a home make-over. Here are five ways to use paint in the best way possible: Turn a boring wall into a vibrant feature wall.  Adding a sense of drama to a dull area is one great option for a paint make-over.  What's the most boring wall or area in your home? It may be the wall behind your bed, or the dining room wall, or the backdrop wall of your staircase. Paint a bold colour that’s either a similar but darker shade than the other walls; or if you’re daring enough, pick a contrasting colour and start splashing away your brush. This will accentuate your wall and could even serve in zoning your space. If for example you have an open space where your kitchen adjoins the dining room, you could paint the dining room walls with a different colour to zone the space. Complete the look with complementary accessories, and you’d have a stylish home. Feel free to convert any old furniture piece in your home into a modern and whimsical accent piece. For example, you’d be amazed how a boring white bench could turn into a stunning vivid seater if you splash on some deep red paint on it. Paint your floor. Make your floor interesting by painting them with trendy brights or cool neutrals. Floor paints are available in a variety of colours  and the best thing about them is that being hardwearing, the paint could last a long time. Floor paint could dramatically transform your room, especially if you use fun and whimsical colours. Paint some arty patterns with stencils. If you’re the more adventurous type and you’re bored with just adding vibrant colours on your furniture pieces and walls, artsy stencils are perfect for you. Order them from a shop or make them yourself, but the most important thing is that you must love your patterns. After all, you’d be seeing a lot of them after you’re done with your home makeover. Paint your windows. Who says you have to replace your windows to achieve a modern look? You could just paint over the frames to create a trendy feel. For instance, you could splash some vibrant purple paint on otherwise boring white frames for a funky look. Now to make your windows the perfect eye candy, install some coloured Electric blinds. The Basswood Wooden Blinds from Controliss for example, could serve as the last touch to complete the perfect look. The blinds come in subtle hints of colour to perfectly complement the vivid splashes of paint you just had fun with. Controliss Baswood blinds use superior quality hand picked grade (A) wood, and come in a variety of 13 soft pastel shades and popular stained finishes. These blinds are hand finished, and come with an infrared remote control. The efficient integrated motor is powered everyday standard AA batteries.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with Colour & Design, controliss, decorating, home, interior design, style, trends, wood blinds

  • Calming Hues, Dramatic Blues

    Posted on 27th October 2010 by jenny.

    The colour blue is often associated with the natural hues of the sky and the ocean. It also symbolises serenity, loyalty, and stability. Because of the positive vibes associated with this colour, blue is popular in many homes. However, did you know that blue can also inject drama into your space aside from the usual calm? The secret lies in the shade of blue you use. Controliss has an extensive colour palette of blues and they are often divided according to our inspiration from the skies to the seas. Read on to find out how to effectively use this cool shade in your choice of electric blinds. The Controliss collection feature versatile shades of the colour blue. If you have large windows in a large room, dark shades of blue such as Vertical blinds in Yacht Blue or Navy can be used without making the room feel claustrophobic. However, if your room is smallish, stick to lighter shades of Vertical blinds, such as the one in Cool Sky for an airy, refreshing atmosphere. However, if you feel this hue as too cold for your taste, we have a warmer shade of True Blue that will make any living room inviting. Adding an accessory in darker shade of blue, such as a dark blue area rug, on the floor can warm up the room, too. Blue can look wonderful in monochromatic, analogous, or complementary schemes. A monochromatic scheme can be executed with the use of blue paired with white. Achieve the monochromatic scheme by playing with different patterns and textures to create interesting dimensions of the colour. You can also create a relaxing marine theme in your bathroom by pairing the Esi-Clean Vertical Blinds in Marine with green and purple accessories for an analogous colour scheme. Find inspiration from nature in maintaining an organic analogous colour scheme. Never randomly combine warm and cool colours as this will spell disaster with the feel of the room. There is a way to legitimately mix warm colours with cool ones and that is through a complementary colour scheme. To work with a complementary colour scheme, consult the colour wheel and see which colours are opposite blue. Orange along with blue can be an exhilarating combination, but introduce orange in small doses, such as in small accessories and in patterned cushions. This will prevent you from creating a collision of two bold colours. Pair complementary colours in light and dark tones and bring a lovely contrast to a room. For example, you can paint the walls in a muted shade of orange and pair it with Satin Mirage Bay Venetian blinds. For accessorising your blue-schemed room, choose turquoise and fuchsia or even metallic fixtures such as silver and gold for elegance and style. With these suggestions on how to use blue electric blinds, we hope we have given you enough ideas to make your room as serene or dramatic as you’d like. Our collection of blue-toned Venetian blinds, Vertical blinds, and Roller blinds are a great way to introduce this soothing hue into your home.

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with blue, Colour & Design, electric, roller, venetian, Venetian Blinds, vertical

  • Natural Versatility with Electric Wood Blinds

    Posted on 26th October 2010 by jenny.

    As an interior decorating material, nothing can be as versatile as real wood and this is also true for electric wood blinds. Electric wood blinds can change from a sophisticated look to a down-to-earth look just by altering the wood stain, colour, and finish. Installing wood window coverings provides your home with a lovely natural texture that will last for years to come. Current interior decorating trends are more open to mixing and matching of wooden accessories, flooring, and furniture. You can match different wood tones in your room and you’ll have a room that is vibrant with life. If you're partial to darker stains of wood, you will love our Essentials Wooden Blinds in Tudor Beam or Sorcerer. We also have Basswood Wooden Blinds in Liquorice stained finish that offer you superior-grade wood that is hand-finished for extreme luxury. Another popular choice is our Designer Wooden Blinds in Blackwood that is professionally enhanced to reveal the beauty of its natural wood grain. These dark finishes will look dramatic especially if they are paired with oranges and other earthy colours and are suitable in formal bedrooms, the study, or office. While dark stains of wood may look authoritative and professional, lighter wood stains evoke a sense of space, serenity, and light. Electric wood blinds such as Fervent Pine, Stripped Oak, or the uniquely textured Milton designer wood blinds will be perfect for dining room or living room windows where you’d like as much air and light in as possible. You can then use paint colours for the walls and fabric that enhance the light wood grain of these electric blinds. A popular and modern choice for today’s designers is bamboo wood blinds. Bamboo is a durable wood that is fast-growing, making this wood an eco-friendly choice. Controliss bamboo wood blinds come in light colours, such as White or Natural or medium tones, such as Spiced. Bamboo wooden blinds with darker wood grains are also available. Check out our Bamboo wood blinds in Rich or Dark. For those who are in love with wood but prefer a more affordable option, we have the Eco-Impressions wood blinds which give you realistic wood effects in a fire-proof and moisture-resistant material, perfect for the kitchen or the bathroom. Try our Maple Eco-Impressions in a romantic-style kitchen or go for a beach-inspired bathroom with the lighter Alba colour. The wide selection of hand picked wood grains and textures available from Controliss lets you play with this flexible design material. These statement pieces bring the natural allure of wood into your home while providing you with the benefits of affordable remote control operation.

    This Post was posted in Wooden Blinds and was tagged with controliss, electric, natural, Remote Control, wood blinds, wooden

  • A Systematic Guide to Interior Decorating

    Posted on 23rd October 2010 by jenny.

    You have decided on your interior decoration style, found a fabulous colour scheme, and bought all the materials, furniture, and accessories. The next step is to execute your creative vision and bring it to reality. The key behind a executing a successful interior renovation project is on the system you use. With this tried-and-tested system, you'll be on your way to interior design victory. The first thing to do is to carefully choose and plan all the interior decorating materials beforehand. You also need to order fabric, furniture, wallpaper, or paint. You can order free fabric samples online and purchase a wide selection of window coverings from specialists such as Controliss electric blinds. Electric blinds are the trend these days as they transform a bland room to an interior decoration marvel. Controliss promises free UK Mainland deliveries for orders over £99 and all samples are sent free.  Other interior items might take weeks before they are delivered, but Controliss guarantees that you'll have your window blinds ready when you need them. In addition, properly measure the area and order the appropriate amount as an excess in fabric or wallpaper can drive your costs up. Don’t forget to book in advance professional electricians, upholsterers, and painters. The good ones are in demand and often have full schedules and you often have to wait before their calendars clear up. When you are early in booking, you will know that you have hired the best person to install your furnishings or paint your walls. Plus points will go to you if you are skilled in these areas and do it yourself. After you have booked professionals, you can start with the floors first. Quite often, the carpeting must be removed before any staining or sanding must be done as these might damage some areas of the walls. When you renovate the floors first, you will decrease the likelihood to retouch your walls through repainting or attaching wallpaper. Aside from the floor, always make sure that you have installed the cabinetry first before you paint. It’s also a great thing to paint in one go. This will minimise accidental scratches or damage on the walls. Start with painting the trimmings before you paint the walls. After you are done painting the walls and the ceilings, you can then attach the light fixtures, especially the chandeliers and wall sconces. Then, install the window coverings. If you choose Controliss remote controlled blinds, you won't even need professional technicians to install these window blinds as they come with easy do-it-yourself instructions. After you have installed these fixtures, you are then free to move in the furniture according to your floor plan. However, don’t be rigid in following a predetermined floor plan. You might need to move some furniture around and place them in a more appropriate place. Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous in arranging your furniture because there might be certain ideas that only come to you when you have seen how you will interact with your furniture. Next comes accessorising the place with table lamps, artworks, pillows, and throws. These accessories should make a statement about your personality. Now that you have created a space that’s truly your own, don’t forget to invite your friends to a little housewarming party and enjoy your newly renovated home.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with decorating, design, Electric Blinds, interior, Remote Control

  • Achieve Baroque Elegance with Controliss Roller Blinds

    Posted on 21st October 2010 by jenny.

    At a time when simplicity and minimalism are the dominant trends, adding Baroque style accent pieces may add an element of surprise in a space filled with clean lines. Originating from decadent Italy where ornate beauty is embraced and even worshiped, the Baroque style didn't catch on in England until the late 17th and early 18th centuries. English Baroque architecture can be seen in three famous architectural masterpieces: Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral and John Vanburgh and Nicholas Hawksmoor's Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. Baroque evokes feelings of magnificence and boldness which can be seen in the huge domes, spectacular pinnacles, and elegant columns in architecture. The extravagant exterior of the Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire takes one’s breath away even when viewed from afar. The same feeling of mass and volume can be seen in the immense dome of Castle Howard that bathes its interior with soft natural light. While these ornate details might look overwhelming, you can certainly include the Baroque style into your home through well-chosen accessories. Always remember that to pull the Baroque style in a contemporary home, only introduce accent pieces that will create a strong focal point. To do this, we strongly suggest Baroque-inspired accessories such as the Reina Berry Roller blinds. The elaborate print in a rich shade of purple reminds you of the damask wallpapers and rich tapestries of Edwardian times. If you’re partial to a monochromatic scheme, our Reina Beluga Roller blinds will bring a touch of elegance to these contrasting shades. Not only will these lush fabrics bring the spirit of "more is more" that so characterises the Baroque style, they also give you an air of opulence with their one-touch remote control feature. With our Controliss remote-controlled roller shades, you can embrace the spirit of decadence of this era without sacrificing on space or utility.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with architecture, baroque, controliss, design, roller blinds, style

  • Sunny Yellows in October

    Posted on 20th October 2010 by jenny.

    Who says autumn is only for oranges and reds? Incorporate some yellow hues into your home and have a burst of sunshine even on the chilliest of autumn evenings. Colour psychologists say that the colour yellow can boost one's self-esteem and increase happiness. It's also reported that yellow can make your memory sharp and intensify your concentration, making it an ideal colour in office spaces and study rooms. According to Van Gogh, "yellow is capable of charming God" and made use of this strong and vibrant colour in his paintings. Yellow produces endearing warmth when added into home decor from the daintiest shade of butter to the more vivid citrus. Infuse your home with yellow’s energetic vibe with Controliss electric blinds. When you're deciding on which shade of yellow you'd like to include in your home, think about how your interior lighting will affect the colour. Daylight rarely affects yellow, but incandescent bulbs can intensify its shade. Always remember that yellow has warm and cool undertones, for example, warm yellows with red or orange undertones will go well in warm-toned rooms that have dark furnishings, such as our Venetian blinds in Satin Summer.  On the other hand, cool yellows with green or blue undertones look great in natural and neutral décor, such as our Vertical blinds in Daffodil or Buttercup. Soft yellows can look great in a country-style room, while a stronger yellow can transform any dark room into a cheery and modern place. Yellow can be a great asset especially in a black and white room. It neutralises the two contrasting shades and makes it less overwhelming overall. Yellow can be made crisper and more modern with white, producing a refreshingly simple atmosphere. Be careful in using too much yellow so introduce it sparingly such as just in your window decorations. Aside from neutral colours, yellow will look wonderful in orange and red hues to make a room warmer. Remember to vary the shades to give your room some depth. You can also use purple to add visual contrast to a room. If you’re using yellow in your bedroom, make it more relaxing and bring out the cooler tones by incorporating serene shades of lilac and blue. Pair an orange yellow with aubergine for a richer and more exotic colour combination. Bring some yellow shades into your home in autumn and let this luminous colour brighten and warm your home.

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with autumn, Colour & Design, controliss, Electric Blinds, venetian, vertical, yellow

  • Fire-Retardant Vertical Blinds for Safer Kitchens

    Posted on 19th October 2010 by jenny.

    According to a recent study by the London Fire Brigade, 60 percent of fires start in the kitchen. This statistic is even more alarming if you compare it to the fires started in other parts of the home, such as the living room (7 percent) and bedrooms (6 percent). Around 70 percent of kitchen fires arise from cooking-related accidents. With these staggering statistics, protecting your kitchen from fires should be of utmost importance. Here are a few ways that you can keep your kitchen safe for you and your family:

    1. Have your electrical wiring checked by certified electricians. Most kitchens contain too many appliances plugged into extension cords that may lead to electrical overload, so check whether your fuse-boxes, circuitry, and sockets pass modern safety standards.
    2. If your family is fond of chips, consider an electric vegetable oil fryer controlled by a thermostat which can regulate temperatures and produce no smoke. Non-electrical deep fat fryers can cause high temperatures which could lead to combustion. It only takes a few seconds of distraction for a fire to start.
    3. Ask for gas oven or boiler servicing to check if they release waste gases that could accumulate to dangerous levels. The vents and pipes should distribute waste gases such as carbon monoxide out of the kitchen. Vents and grilles should be free from obstruction. The flames of your oven or hob should be coloured blue. If it is orange, this means that there is gas build-up and should be checked at once.
    4. Make sure that matches and chemicals are placed in high or locked places so young children won’t be able to use them. Place fire extinguishers inside the kitchen, but ensure that these are placed away from the stove or heater. Fire blankets in useful places are essential to put out fires or wrap a person whose clothing has caught fire.
    5. Consider Vertical blinds in fire-retardant material, such as our Esi-Clean vertical blinds. These are available in plain and crackle finishes that can go well with any existing kitchen decorations. These low voltage electric vertical blinds are available in the ever popular 89 mm louvres. These fire-retardant vertical blinds exhibit excellent quality, style, and utility. Aside from looking great, our Esi-Clean vertical blinds are designed for complete safety against a fire outbreak inside the kitchen.

    Kitchen safety should always go with overall style. With our Esi-Clean vertical blinds collection that gives you around 20 colour choices you will achieve this ideal balance of fire safety with fashionable styling.

    This Post was posted in Vertical Blinds and was tagged with kitchen, safety, Vertical Blinds

  • Roman Blinds

    Posted on 19th October 2010 by Lee.

    Coming Soon! Controliss Roman blinds with one-touch remote control operation and an inspirational selection of hand picked fabrics. Fashionable designs, trend setting colour palates and the Controliss child safe one-touch control. The Controliss one-touch operation will change the way you use your Roman blinds. No more unsightly cords! No more fiddly control mechanisms. Experience Controliss motorised Roman blinds.

  • Curtain Tracks

    Posted on 19th October 2010 by Lee.

    Coming Soon! Controliss curtain tracks with luxurious one-touch remote control operation.

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