Wooden Blinds

  • A Twist of Tudor Design

    Posted on 10th March 2011 by yasmin.

    The 16th Century Tudors adored opulence almost as much as they did rich banquets and public executions.  However, executions aside, we're pretty sure Henry VIII would have loved some of these latter day furniture pieces and he would have surely insisted on the Controliss fully automatic mains powered electric wood blinds. The opulence of the Tudor era is on its way back with rich fabrics, dark woods, statement furniture and ruffles all being on the style agenda this season!

    Like a statement Mulberry or Chloe handbag, the neck ruffle was an essential accessory for Tudor women back in the 16th century. Perhaps more comfortable than the neck ruffle, here at Controliss blinds we love the beautifully designed Peacock Chair. Designed by New York based designer; Dror Benshetrit for Cappellini this stunning chair with an ultra-modern edge is handmade out of three sheets of felt and minimal metal frame.  The tight weaves of the chair create a ruffle type effect, reminiscent of 16th century Tudor times.

    Tudor furniture was more often than not used as a status symbol, and for those who had wealth and power their furniture was hand-carved and embellished to the highest of possible standards. This dinner table fit for any banquet feast, has Tudor design and embellishment down to perfection with an added contemporary touch. The Hollandaise Small Console Table, designed by Astier de Villate is simply stunning. Astier de Villate’s furniture is made with natural materials whose beauty is believed to be enhanced with time. Here at Controliss we cannot deny this workmanship philosophy as this table is simply stunning and would look regal in any Tudor themed home.

    Nothing screams Tudor times more than rich velvets and embellishments do. Fill your rooms with these Tudor accents with the help of throws and cushions. Go back in time and embrace the Tudor theme. If it's good enough for King Henry...

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  • New Country

    Posted on 18th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Update your country home with a palette of soft pastel colours; warm, inviting fabrics and luscious textures! The new country look can work brilliantly in any home, whether it's a modern apartment or a traditional country cottage that you call home. The style aims to look effortlessly comfy as well as classically relaxed. Light, pastel colours work extremely well here as do textured soft furnishing fabrics in gentle hues. Here I will explain how to achieve this look. The colour scheme - A neutral background highlighted with soft pastel colours such as cool blues, light teals and creams looks best to set the scene here. Add a touch of drama with cherry reds and darker teals on accessories such as cushions, rugs or throws. To compliment the scheme even further wood blinds are available in a variety of wooden stain finishes such as Milton wood or classic country style painted shades like the Controliss English Oak wooden blind collection. New country interior - You can take your pick of new country styles here which in turn means you have free reign on what fabrics and textures you want your room to adopt. Whether you are after an elegant new country home, a girlie floral new country home or a brightly patterned new country home, the fabrics and textures available will allow you to achieve your desired country effect in no time. If you have gone for a palette such as above, then why not add floral, tartan or faux fur to your upholstery, this will create an old country meets new country style. Lighting is key - Get the light right in your new country room; to go with the feel and style your room also needs to appear warm, friendly and inviting.  The key is to use different types of lighting to highlight specific areas of your room creating an ambience that invites a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

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  • Woodland Fantasy

    Posted on 9th December 2010 by yasmin.

    With these past few winter months having been somewhat chilly and with the festive-season drawing closer and closer, it would appear that now is the right time to indulge in your very own forest fantasy. And what better to base your forest fantasy around than your Christmas tree?  The lush green leaves, the beautiful smell, it all screams out woodland fantasy to me! So you have your main centrepiece in place, it looks the part, it smells the part, but what about the rest of your fantasy?  Well here are my ideas for making your home like something out of fresh woodland, with the use of many earthy delights and simple pleasures. Your fantasy will be a reality before you know it! Embrace the woodland mood in the comfort of your own home with Controliss electric blinds. Just to stick with the mood, wooden blinds are best here, or better still why not go eco-woodland and go for Eco-impressions Wood Effect Blinds, the perfect accompaniment to your woodland wonderland. After you have selected your desired wood shade, you will need to decide on your palette, why not go for earthy greens and browns, even with a touch of red. The earthy colours will make your chosen room feel warm and the touch of red will add that little bit of jazz. Winter to me screams out warmth and snuggles (within your house that is), so either an open fireplace or a collection of strategically placed candles, will provide that relaxed, woodland ambiance. This along with a vast collection of snugly cushions and faux fur throws will really make your home feel like a woodland fantasy! So go on, why not embrace your inner naturals and make that woodland fantasy a woodland reality!

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  • 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.

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  • Electronic Bamboo Blinds for a Hint of Chinoiserie

    Posted on 14th September 2010 by jenny.

    Bamboo Blinds

    During the 18th century, the mysterious Eastern lands captured the imagination of Europe and this can be seen in the Asian, Indian, and Moorish designs that found their way into several areas of British architecture. The most prominent is the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. This architectural delight filled with graceful minarets, onion domes, and latticed screens are reminiscent of the exotic allure of the East. Chinoiserie is a movement that gave rise to the combination of the fanciful and the mysterious. Interiors covered with Chinese wallpaper and furnishings and accessories made of porcelain, silk, and lacquered wood evoke the Chinoiserie style which reached its prominence in the 19th century and in the Art Deco movement of the 1920s. Chinoiserie was combined effortlessly with Rococo because of their penchant for the asymmetrical ornaments and other fantastical accessories. Chinoiserie can be seen in the plasterwork ceilings that remind you of a Chinese pagoda or the interiors of Moorish tents. Columns were made to look like bamboo canes or palm trees. Whole rooms were infused with patterns and colours. While you may feel the effect garish, you may want to add a hint of chinoiserie into your own home with Eastern-inspired accents, such as lacquered furniture with golden dragon motifs or imperial vases with a bulbous base and long slender neck in blue and white patterns. If you want your windows to have that hint of the East, why don’t you decorate them with our integrated remote-controlled wood blinds with real bamboo slats. Each individual slat is unique and has a timeless appeal that is both stylish and functional. So go ahead and choose from our bamboo blind collection. We’re sure you’ll find something that will catch your fancy much like European explorers did back in the 18th century.

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  • Give Your Kitchen a Taste of Scandinavian Style with Remote-Controlled Wood Blinds

    Posted on 2nd September 2010 by jenny.

    Remote Control Wood Blinds

    If you're feeling like you're in outer space whenever you're inside your kitchen, you're not alone. Most kitchen appliances have this cold, futuristic look that it's hard to create a homely atmosphere. To balance out the starkness of your modern kitchen appliances with the nature-inspired finish and discreet elegant style of Scandinavian interior design. Interior designers love the simple lines and charming details of an eighteenth century Swedish country home. It has a touch of Nordic classic style but made from down-to-earth local materials. The look is very distinct but with restrained detailing. The Scandinavian style gives you just a tinge of the traditional mixed in with minimalistic lines.

    Scandinavian Colour Palettes and Finishes

    If you’re won over and would like to incorporate Scandinavian home design into your kitchen, you can work on a palette that is cool, like pale blue-grey, blue-green, or grey-green. These colours can be painted on your walls and then for the ultimate Swedish look, paint your kitchen cabinets the same colour in a darker, more solid shade. If you find these colours too cold for your kitchen, stick with pale ochre or a yellow on the creamy side. However, stay clear from pastel colours because Scandinavian colours are deep and luminous.

    Painted Wood Finishes

    Aside from the colours, Scandinavian interior design’s distinct characteristics are matte painted finishes. Paint your walls and then use a stronger tone of the main colour on your doors wooden and wooden mouldings. The finish should be soft so choose eggshell as paint. Although Scandinavian design uses wood, it is often painted. Wood can be incorporated as panelling or as flooring. Any kind of wood can be used as long as they are on the pale side. Scandinavian design does not use wood in dark finishes.

    Tiled Surfaces

    Tiles will look great on the floors and also on stove tops and the splash board. Create a chequered pattern with the tiles or add decorative panels in a plain background. If your dining area is also near the kitchen, separate the two areas with different floorings. Use carpeting that use natural materials, such as coir, sisal, or seagrass in the eating area. These can create interesting floor coverings plus they can withstand food spills better than any other material.

    Scandinavian Accessories

    Scandinavian lighting should exude an earthy feel. Go for dull metals instead of crystal or glass. Modern lighting such as pendant lights or recessed lights goes well in this design style. Aside from the lighting, window treatments should also echo the simple natural lines of Scandinavian home design. Speaking of nature-inspired accessories, wooden blinds are perfect in a Scandinavian-style kitchen because it softens the hard mainstreamed appearance of most kitchen surfaces. Our collection of Basswood wooden blinds will definitely satisfy your need for Scandinavian-style windows, because they are real wooden blinds in a painted finish. What’s more, they are operated through infrared remote control. Now that’s what we call the fusion of the traditional and the modern that characterises Scandinavian design.

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  • Handmade Kitchens Deserve Beautiful Blinds

    Posted on 8th July 2010 by Lee.

    Handmade Kitchens Deserve Beautiful BlindsPlain English is a classic joinery company employing manufacturing practices of 18th and 19th century cabinetmakers. Skillfully crafted by hand at the Plain English workshop in Stowupland, Suffolk these high-end, bespoke kitchens have a outstanding reputation for quality Country and Shaker designs made with outstanding craftsmanship. Hand made features include dovetail drawers that run on candle waxed wooden runners, hand turned shelf pegs and baskets that are hand-woven in Suffolk from willow grown along the banks of the River Box. Iron shelf brackets and hanging pot rails are produced at the local forge and the pull-out trays in cupboard floors were reproduced from the slides in an 18th century linen press. The Controliss range of electric Wooden blinds in 50mm slats adds the perfect fishing touch to a handmade kitchen. Now available in painted shades including Whites and off whites a Wooden Venetian blind offers complete coordination for your dream kitchen.

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  • Bamboo Wood Blinds - A Timeless Treasure

    Posted on 8th July 2010 by Lee.

    Bamboo Wood Blinds

    Beautifully hand crafted and made to measure in the UK. Controliss Bamboo Wood blinds feature timeless, durable, real Bamboo slat that gives an individual grained appearance to each blind. The fast growing Bamboo boasts some serious Eco credentials too with incredibly short harvesting cycles. All Controliss Bamboo wood blinds are supplied with our integrated wireless wood blind motor using standard AA batteries, the Controliss remote control operation offers luxurious day to day convenience and DIY installation is a breeze.

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  • Wood Blinds - Infrared Personal Control Settings

    Posted on 18th June 2010 by Lee.

    Ready to go straight out of the box

    All Controliss blinds are configured to work straight out of the box so you can start to enjoy the remote control as soon as you have installed the blind. All blinds that we deliver are factory programmed to work on channel 1 button so there is no need to alter any settings. 1. Insert 2 AAA batteries into the battery compartment on the back of the remote handset. 2. Point the remote control at the installed blind and press the channel 1 button on the handset followed by the left or right arrow button (because of the battery saving wake/sleep cycle you may need to keep the arrow button pressed for up to 3 secs). The slats of the Wood blind will now tilt.

    Personal Settings

    The remote control offers six channels, enabling you to operate six blinds independently (one blind on each of the six channels), or operate an unlimited number of blinds by programming multiple blinds on to the same channel. Your blind has been factory programmed to work on channel 1 button as standard but it is possible to change the channel for each blind. This can be very useful if you have more than one blind in a room and wish to operate the blinds individually. Changing the channel of individual blinds Point the remote control at the blind you wish to change the channel of. (It is important that the infra red receivers of any other blinds in the room are covered during this process to avoid accidental reprogramming). Press and hold the recessed [P] button with paper clip (or similar) for 5 secs, then press your new channel number button, followed by the left or right arrow button. Your blind is now programmed to operate on the new channel button. The up and down (ALL) buttons are used for operating all blinds in a room. When individual blind operation is required the appropriate channel number button for the blind should be pressed first, followed by the left or right arrow key. Changing the direction your blinds slats will rotate Point the remote control at the blind you wish to change the rotation of. (It is important that the infra red receivers of any other blinds in the room are covered during this process to avoid accidental reprogramming). Press the recessed [P] button with paper clip (or similar) 4 times consecutively. Your blind will now tilt in the opposite direction.

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  • Motorised Wooden Blinds - A Design Classic in the Making

    Posted on 18th May 2010 by Lee.

    The Wooden Venetian blind has long been thought of as a 'design classic'; simple, stylish and chic. We all love the harmonious natural qualities of real wood and the Controliss automatic remote control adds a luxurious twist to everyday operation. Wooden blinds have undergone some exciting transitions in recent years with the introduction of striking, vibrant timber designs and exotic textured slat finishes. Gone are the days blinds were viewed as only functional window coverings. A real wooden blind is as important as your favorite piece of furniture and every bit as pleasing. Now with integrated silky smooth motor you can enjoy the natural beauty of real wood with affordable remote control operation.

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