Vertical Blinds

  • Brighten Up Your Home with Sheer Remote Controlled Vertical Blinds

    Posted on 1st November 2010 by jenny.

    You dread going home because you've gone overboard with dark colours. You have upholstered your dark wood furniture in leather or suede in a gloomy colour. Your floors are either hardwood in a dim shade or dark carpeting; the window decorations are made of stifling fabric. Your latest interior decoration project has proven to be an interior decorating nightmare and you feel like it is Halloween all year round. Before you contemplate maxing out your credit cards for another renovation project, here are a few tips that will instantly brighten up your home without buying new furniture or stripping your floors bare. These small changes may not feel like much but their over-all effect can make your space less disheartening. Window blinds are often the easiest to replace but give the maximum lightening effect. Consider simplifying your window decorations and opt for sheer Vertical blinds that allow daylight into the room. Simply changing just one window covering can have an immense effect in brightening up your room. After your windows, we now turn to your furniture. If re-upholstering is not an option, choose cushions covered in light fabric or a bright-coloured throw that you can drape on your furniture to cheer your place up. The contrast of light-coloured accessories with your dark furniture can be especially inviting. Another way to lighten up your place is to choose off-white or beige area rugs and place them in strategic places. These neutral colours will unify your dark furniture and dark floors without making the place look dim. You can also try rugs that use the same colours as your furniture or floors and mix them with light colours for better colour coordination. Provide more illumination in your place by replacing your lamps with clear coverings or covers that are open at the bottom. If you have artwork or photographs framed in dark wood colours, replace them with lighter-coloured ones. This advice is the same with other dark accessories, such as vases or pictures. These tips will definitely invite more light into your otherwise dark room. Apply one or all of these hints and you’ll find yourself looking forward to coming home to a lighter, more alluring abode.

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  • 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.

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  • Vertical Blinds vs. Horizontal Blinds

    Posted on 22nd September 2010 by junowebdesign.

    When shopping for your window blinds, do you often wonder to choose Vertical blinds or horizontal (Venetian) blinds? The secret behind the answer to this dilemma is to find out your windows dimensions, the mechanism that opens and closes your windows, and your room's decoration style. The first thing to consider is the dimensions of your windows. If your windows are taller than they are wide and you operate your windows by raising and lowering them, then consider horizontal window blinds, such as our Controliss motorised venetian blinds or our motorised roller blinds. These fashionable window coverings will enhance your windows while making it cosy and relaxed. However, if your windows are tall and slides from side to side, you might want to consider using vertical blinds. The vertical slats will add height to your room and bring an air of formality and dignified beauty to your room. Aside from the windows’ mechanism and dimensions, you must also consider what your decorating style is. If your room is more modern or contemporary, the sleek lines of window blinds will create a unified look to your over-all design. What matters is to find the right fabric and texture that will merge with your decorative style. For example, if your room exudes a country charm, our Controliss wooden blinds will be a perfect match. Our suede vertical blinds will be right at home in a sophisticated room because of the opulent fabric. Deciding between vertical blinds or horizontal blinds is as easy as pie when you think about these three elements: dimension, operating mechanism, and style. Keep this in mind as you browse through our ranges.

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  • Make the Most of Natural Light with Sheer Vertical Blinds

    Posted on 24th August 2010 by Lee.

    Sheer Vertical Blinds

    For most of us, large airy windows are a must in a perfect home. After all, nothing is as relaxing as basking in morning sunlight while sipping your coffee and reading the newspaper. However, direct sunlight especially in the summer may not be as inviting as you would imagine. Direct sunlight can be harsh to the eyes and creates unwanted contrast in a room. Parts of the room that do not receive too much sunlight can appear darker, while bright spots can appear glaring and harsh. Another disadvantage of allowing direct sunlight into your home is the weathering of furnishings due to the UV rays.

    Diffusing Natural Light

    To help diffuse natural light, Controliss has included sheer vertical blinds. While white window blinds can do a good job at reflecting and redirecting sunlight, Controliss vertical blinds in Haze and Verso sheer fabrics can draw the light into the room while diffusing it. These sheer vertical blinds create a translucent voile effect that softens light entering the room. Because the harsh sunlight is evened out, the soft light transforms colour, making it warmer and creating a homely atmosphere.

    UV Protection and Solar Heat Gain

    A great bonus of using sheer vertical blinds is the UV protection it provides to your room and furnishings. Banish the worries of finding sunspots in your carpet or hardwood floors with our sheer blinds. Aside from letting in soft light, sheer blinds can also reduce the solar heat gain. Solar heat gain coefficient is a number from 0 to 1 which measures the percentage of solar energy that actually enters your home through the windows. A lower number is more ideal. Standard double-pane windows have a solar heat gain of 0.76. This means that 76% of solar energy comes into your home. Adding light-coloured window treatments, such as sheer blinds, can reduce the solar heat gain coefficient.

    Sunlight in Winter

    While it may be great to help diffuse sunlight during summer, winter time is a different experience altogether. Let the sunshine in to get the most of the free heat energy. Raise your blinds every time direct sunlight hits the window. This means that you should raise it in the mornings for windows facing east. Blinds in west windows should be raised in the afternoons while the blinds in south-facing windows can be left open most of the day. You can safely lift up your blinds without breaking a sweat using remote-controlled sheer roller blinds in Vero Ivory.

    Controliss Sheer Vertical Blinds

    Aside from the sheer roller blinds, Controliss sheer vertical blinds are also available in two kinds of fabrics, verso and haze. Verso fabric has a soft vertical weave that has a translucent design. Verso vertical blinds come in white and dairy. Haze vertical blinds are available in neutral shades of white, brulee, and sage.

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  • Reduce Screen Glare and Save Your Eye-sight

    Posted on 19th August 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.

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  • Do-It-Yourself Window Design for Vertical Blinds

    Posted on 3rd August 2010 by jenny.

    Vertical Window Design

    Are you feeling bored with your vertical blinds? Here is a design project you can do yourself on a weekend to cover the hardware of your vertical blinds with traditional curtains with a contemporary style. What You Need: Fabric of Any Material and Pattern Metal Ring Clips Two Tassels Trimming with Tassels Scissors Vertical Blinds Directions: 1. Cut half a width of fabric for each side panel. Using blind stitching, add side seams and hems. 2. For the valance, sew together two widths of fabric in the center and hem the panel. Prepare a scallop-shaped pattern on paper and use this to cut scallops along the top edge. Use a basting stitch into the panel to keep the valance from falling apart. Add the trimming to decorate the scallops. Use the same process for the header of the side panels. 3. Clip the metal rings to the points in the scallop and slide them over a curtain rod over the vertical blinds. Place the valance on each of the side panel to make the three pieces look like a seamless piece. Tie the side panels back with a tassel to keep it from hindering the operation of the vertical blinds. These curtains and valances will frame your vertical blinds and will up the “wow” factor of your motorised vertical blinds. Check out our line of vertical blinds; these all come in several shades and colours that can complement any room in any style.

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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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  • Patio Vertical blinds - stylish, practical and affordable

    Posted on 18th June 2010 by Lee.

    The versatile and ever popular fabric Vertical blind is a great choice for patio doors and large windows. Available up to 3429 mm wide and up to 2919 mm drop with the superb Controliss remote control louvre operation. Louvres can be stacked on the left or right hand side of the window or opened in the centre so the fabric louvres will stack equally on either side like curtains. Controliss Vertical blinds have a super efficient battery powered motor that runs from standard AAA batteries. Everything is integrated  neatly in the blind and there is no wiring or electrical sockets required. The infrared remote control handset will rotate the louvres through 180 degrees and there are 6 configurable channels, enabling you to operate six blinds individually (one blind on each of the six channels), or operate an unlimited number of blinds by programming multiple blinds on to the same channel.

    Patio Vertical Blind

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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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