Venetian Blinds

  • Reading between the parallel lines – Venetian and Vertical blinds

    Posted on 8th October 2013 by Andy.

    Venetian Blinds

    When choosing what kind of remote control blinds you want in your home, there are a few things to consider. For instance, do you need them to be more practical than aesthetic? Do you want a single swathe of fabric that co-ordinates with your other furnishings and softens the décor around your windows? If that’s the case Roman blinds or Roller blinds would be ideal. But if you want a blind that keeps the light and prying eyes out when they’re closed, but are compact and unobtrusive when they’re open, then you’ll prefer vertical or venetian blinds. But what is the impact on the look and feel of a room when you opt for these blinds? Parallel lines are known to be slimming but when it comes to home décor they don’t necessary suit every situation. By their nature they create a stripe effect along one wall and the multiple straight edges will contrast with the rest of your room if you have traditional or soft or curved furnishings. So here are a few tips to consider when choosing electric vertical or venetian blinds: Wooden blinds come in a number of different finishes, which make them ideal for co-ordinating with other wood or natural look furnishings. Straight lines and geometric shapes suit a modern interior. These are often minimalist so keep your colour palette simple and don’t make the space too cluttered. Strong horizontal lines can make a small room seem larger, so if your window is on the shorter wall bold venetian blinds can help create a sense of space. Similarly, vertical blinds can create a sense of a room being taller. As both vertical blinds and venetian blinds can be very compact when they are open you may want to have them in a bold or contrasting colour to the rest of your room’s décor. This would allow you to change the mood and look of a room dramatically whenever you close the blinds. If you want to make the lines of the blinds a feature in your décor keep the designs on the panels simple – ideally just a single colour. If you want to break up the hard edges of the blinds choose an intricate or organic looking design. This will soften the hard edges and make them less obvious when the blinds are closed.

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  • The History of Venetian Blinds

    Posted on 11th October 2010 by Lee.

    The history of Venetian blinds is colourful and extends back many hundreds of years. Primitive societies used wet cloth to shade windows and cool their home interiors. The Egyptians gathered together reeds to decorate and shade their homes, and the Chinese used similar techniques with bamboo. Venetian blinds were thought to have originated in Venice, Italy. However contrary to popular thought, Venetian blinds actually originated in Persia. According to a 1941 book by Thomas French, Venetian traders discovered the window blinds in Persia and brought the innovative idea to Venice. Thomas French stated that Venetian slaves granted liberty in the late 1700s brought venetian style blinds to France, creating industry selling window blinds to the French. The French name for window blinds, “Les Persienes,” makes reference to the origins. In 1761, venetian blinds were used in St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. John Webster, a trader from London popularised the use of Venetian blinds in the United States in 1767. In fact, Venetian blinds were seen in the 1787 painting of J.L. Gerome Ferris titled, “The Visit of Paul Jones to the Constitutional Convention.” Illustrations of Independence Hall in Philadelphia featured Venetian blinds when the Declaration of Independence of the United States was signed. In 1841, John Hampson of New Orleans invented the mechanism that lets people easily adjust the slats. In the 1940s, Venetian blinds made with aluminium and metal slats appeared. Venetian blinds were embraced by decorators of commercial and institutional buildings because they were more durable, easily operated, and economical.

    Today, the emergence of Venetian blinds and Vertical blinds covered in fabric are incredibly popular with modern interiors. Their functional advantages coupled with versatility in terms of style, make them excellent window decorations. Motorised blinds provide the home owner with the very best in home automation capability combined with ease of use. To view our a wide selection of high quality electric Venetian blinds click here ---> Electric Venetian blinds

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  • Blind Colour Trends - Pantone Colour Palettes for 2010

    Posted on 10th August 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:


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 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.


    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.

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  • Tropical Harmonies for a Fresh Window Treatment

    Posted on 13th July 2010 by Lee.

    Tropical Window Treatments Zesty Green and aquatic Blue toned blinds are a fantastic way to revitalise a room and create a fresh and exciting environment. Refreshingly cool Controliss Vertical and Venetian blind shades with wireless remote control can help create a lively and vivid haven with exotic undertones. Lush Green Vertical Fabrics and Venetian slat including City Lime, Lemongrass, Pesto and Satin Garden are a great starting point for an invigorating interior and are perfectly complimented with the exotic marine tones of Spring Rain, Topaz, Aquatic and Satin Deep Bay.

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  • Cool Britannia - Patriotic Interior Designs

    Posted on 7th July 2010 by Lee.

    Wallpaperspace is a UK based design/print company with extensive experience in the design and manufacturing of wallpapers. All the designs available are based on their own ideas or developed from vintage and antique documents.

    Controliss blinds love the Cool Britannia Union Jack design it's available as wallpaper and soft faux suede cushions in a variety of colours. We've picked out a couple of Venetian blinds in Satin Navy Blue and Satin Fire Red which will perfectly compliment the Red and Blue colours of this fantastic wallpaper. Hand-produced in their own print workshop, combining modern print technology with long-tested traditions of wallpaper design and manufacturing they produce a superior quality, 180gsm wallpaper with a smooth, matt print surface and non-woven backing (paste-the-wall). Each individual roll of wallpaper is printed to order eliminating excessive waste and the need for extensive warehousing keeping the profile of our carbon foot print low. Great care and attention to detail prevails in order to produce a range of wallpapers that are superior in quality and design. Bespoke and printed to order the wallpapers are available to buy online directly wallpaperspace.

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  • Blinds Trends - Pantone® Turquoise Colour of the Year 2010

    Posted on 17th May 2010 by Lee.

    Add a splash of the tropics to your window with Turquoise Controliss Vertical and Venetian blinds.

    “In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of colour,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a colour of deep compassion and healing, and a colour of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of colour word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.” Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a colour that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens. A Turquoise remote control blind adds an evocative, spa-like hue with an undertone of warmth and excitement that looks great in bathrooms, en-suites and kitchens.

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