• Playing With Paint Effects

    Posted on 18th May 2011 by Andy.

    I stand back and admire my work. After 2 days of stripping the ancient wallpaper from the bedroom walls I’m proud. The only thing is, this is an Edwardian house, there is a lot of damage, the walls are original plaster and laths and there are so many holes, I’m not sure what everyone was up to over the decades but I think the general idea was to hide the mess under layers and layers of wallpaper. So, bare walls. I decide to fill the holes and cracks in the wall which will eventually become a “feature wall” with some beautiful elegant Edwardian Style Wallpaper. The rest of the walls will be painted with a natural colour, although it will show up every hole and mark, but apparently that’s not a problem. So I have a think and discover some amazing things you can do with paint to create effects on the walls and there are so many textures you can create, from something simple like sponging which is exactly as it says. Grab a natural sea sponge and daub it across your walls, it’s really simple and produces a wonderful effect, especially if you use different colours.

    Next is rag rolling which creates another fantastic effect, and there are two methods of doing this, by attaching rag to your actual paint roller or by physically rolling the rag up and down the wall by hand. Finally I discover some more intricate ways of decorating the walls using paint effects, for instance marbling which I feel would be somewhat over the top for the bedroom. The same goes for Dragging which give a wood grain effect, very clever but not what I’m looking for really. Stippling is another great effect which is subtle but really creates texture on the wall with a specialised brush dabbed all over in the wet paint, this could be a break through and what I’m looking for. I still can’t really decide on how the room should look but there are so many ways to create a fantastic look on walls colour and texture! I think it’s a trip to the local paint shop for me to think about colours before I start attacking the walls.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with bedroom, colour, design, DIY, effects, interior design, paint

  • Creating An Ooh La La Boudoir

    Posted on 23rd February 2011 by yasmin.

    If your thinking of adding a touch of french chic and create a stylish Parisian boudoir inspired bedroom then imagine the flamboyance of 'Moulin Rouge', and art nouveau. Plush fabrics, velvets and silks, sensual prints and  bold passionate colours including shades of black, red and purple. Think art nouveau figurines and beautifully intricate architectural details. Think all of this together and you will be somewhere close to creating a beautiful Parisian boudoir style bedroom.

    When you hear the word ‘boudoir’ you instantly think about the Moulin Rouge style colours of black, red, or purple. Going with the risque theme of Moulin Rouge, the Antonio Citterio designed B&B ITALIA Alcova ACLE1 Bed in black oak fits the theme to perfection. Just imagine this designer classic contemporary bed sprawled with rich fabrics and colourful tones.

    The perfect neighbour for this beautiful bed has to be the stunning Luigi Caccia Dominioni designed L’Abbate 'Pole Position' armchair. This perfectly set armchair showcases Parisian flair to the maximum with its quilted design and soft fabric. The classic boudoir style is also about accentuated architecture. If you don’t already have cornicing then good quality plaster cornicing is available in a plethora mouldings and these stylish adornments really add to the overall theme. When it comes to fabrics, the traditional boudoir is all about velvets and silks in rich passionate shades. Our Seda Chianti Roller Blinds have a luxurious silk finish and the deep Chianti coloured fabric sits perfectly with the Parisian theme. The Oscuro Allure and Oscuro Midnight fabric Blackout blinds will also work great with the Paris theme and the Blackout fabric has the advantage of blocking the sun out completely. Complete the look with some ornate and classic art nouveau style accessories such as antique perfume bottles, feathers and jewels and don't forget the bottle of 'Cristal'.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with art nouveau, bedroom, black, blackout, classic, fabric, moulin rouge, parisian boudoir, roller blinds, style

  • Pretty In Pink

    Posted on 2nd February 2011 by yasmin.

    When most people think of the colour pink with regards to interiors, they think of new born baby or a little girl’s bedroom. Although this may be many people’s perception of the colour, pink can in fact be used in most rooms without the end result looking a little like Barbie's mansion; you need to know how to use it properly. According to colour experts Pantone, 2011 is the year of pink, and so taking this in to consideration I am going to offer some tips on how the colour can be incorporated into two different rooms of your house; the bathroom and the master bedroom. Master bedroom - Using pink in an adult’s bedroom doesn’t have to be girlie and child-like; it can also create a romantic ambiance. Why not opt for wallpaper that has a pink print in it, deep pink paper teamed with casual yet romantic accessorise with lots of deep plush velvet and crisp white cottons will be sure to add a touch of romance into your master bedroom. Alternatively if you don’t fancy vibrant shades of pink adorning your room then why not opt for subtle hints of pastel pink. For example; pink cushions on your bed, a pink bedside lamp or even an electric window blind like our Controliss Liso Petal Bloom Roller. The bathroom - Just a few hints of a strong colour can transform a room in a flash, so why not transform your bathroom with the help of a hot pink teamed with classic black and white? Opulent pink is ultra fashionable this season and makes a great strong contrast when put against a fresh white bathroom suite. For an ultra trendy look throw the colour black into the mix; towels, bathmats, vases and blinds in either pink or black. This daring scheme can be both stylish and modern.

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with Bathroom Blinds, bedroom, black, colour, pink, roller blinds, white

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Posted on 20th January 2011 by Lee.

    Well you will be with these dreamy yet elegant ideas for turning your bedroom into a relaxing haven of bliss! And to set the scene - Imagine this; you’re tired after a long, hard day at work, you know your husband is working late at the office, so what do you do? What every woman longs to do when her man is out of the way; relax! After arriving home from work, you pour yourself a large glass of crisp white wine, run yourself a large, lush bath and begin the relaxation process. After you have prepped, primed, moisturised and conditioned, it is time for ultimate relaxation! Bed bliss - Having many textures and fabrics surrounding you in bed adds to the cosiness that you want to experience when you get into bed. Surround yourself with as many pillows and cushions as possible with a mix of fabrics such as silks and velvets, fabrics that are soft to the touch. A faux fur throw over the end of your bed will also ensure that your toes stay warm and cosy. Scented heaven - Go on, light a few scented candles and let yourself be taken aback by the fresh scents that come from them. The perfect lighting - Soft lighting is key to relaxation. Firstly, block out the outside streetlights with either our wood blinds, venetian blinds or blackout roller blinds, all of which will ensure you don’t see a peep of the outside world once you have closed them. Now for the lighting, soft lighting is best to set that relaxation mood so ensure that you have a bedside table lamp. All you need to finish off this haven of tranquility and relaxation is a good book, a hot cup of coco and a tired head. Good night, sleep tight, enjoy!

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with bedroom, blinds, fabrics, light, lighting

  • Add A Touch of Glamour with Electric Blinds

    Posted on 7th January 2011 by Lee.

    If your bedroom is more of a cluttered mess than a beautiful boudoir, then take note of these simple ideas that will be sure to add a touch of glamour to your bedroom, without requiring you to break the bank with a complete room revamp. Whether it’s timeless, vintage glamour or a modern glamorous twist you require, you really can do so with ease by simply changing a few simple things! Firstly, glamour can be added by changing the most simplest of things. Why not add a glamorous sheep skin rug to the centre of your bedroom or hang a large vintage-esque mirror above your bed? Alternatively you could add glamour to your bedroom by layering. Add many cushions and throws to your bed to make it appear like a bed fit for a princess. Fabrics, patterns and textures are the key here; they can really influence a room and make it appear very much the envy of every glamour-goddess. Whether you choose subtle teals and creams, vampy reds or dramatic blacks, the choice is yours. If you like your bed just the way it is, however, then why not dress your window so that it oozes glamour. Add vintage glamour to your window with luxurious electric window blinds such as the Controliss Monarca Dew roller blinds or the beautifully patterned print design Paraiso Sable. You can even vamp it up with our Liso Devil Red roller blinds. Alternatively, simple accessories such as vases and candles can really personalise and add glamour to a bedroom. As well as accessorising your bedroom you could also glamorously dress it as if it were itself going to the Oscars. Why not add textured wallpaper to one of your bedroom walls, or drape silk around your bed post! From the simple to the extreme it really is as easy as one, two, and three. So go on, glam it up!

    This Post was posted in Electric Blinds and was tagged with bedroom, blinds, electric, glamour, roller, window

  • Creative Flair for The Bedroom

    Posted on 11th December 2010 by yasmin.

    You can create anything you want to out of your bedroom, whether it be a magical paradise, a Narnia style getaway or just a place to provide you with that oh so needed sanctuary after a long, hard day at work. Whatever it is, first things first, you wish for privacy, right? Well press the remote control for your Wooden blinds and block the rest of the world out and let’s get started! A bedroom should be a calm, tranquil place. A place where you feel safe, a place where you feel warm so why not embrace those factors and truly make the one room in the house that is solely yours, a special one. At this present moment I am loving the ‘English rose’ style look. The soft pinks and creams of a palette, the Havana silks and other soft fabrics, the vintage style furniture, the list goes on. However, if this is too country and girlie for you then why not try something different. Why not reinvent that old creative flair and create something that is truly unique to you. You could go neutral, dramatic, macho, the choices are endless. Then again, you might not want to stick to one solid style, you may want to mix it up a little and make something that is truly unique. Once you have chosen your style it’s time for the exciting bit. The bit where you choose your own fabrics, furniture, decor, textures and blinds. Granted this may take a while if you are in a full time work. But just imagine the finished product, your very own haven of tranquility that you have solely handpicked to perfection. Its over to you now, why not give it a go and make that special room of the house extra special, embrace your creative flair and just go for it!

    This Post was posted in Controliss® Blinds and was tagged with bedroom, controliss, Remote Control, style, wood, wood blinds, wooden

  • Add Glamour to Your Bedroom with Electric Blinds

    Posted on 25th November 2010 by jenny.

    Who doesn't want some glamour in their lives? Satisfying our appetite for a glamorous and dazzling home can be easier and less expensive than we think. Controliss gives you some advice on how to create an enchanting and glamorous bedroom with a chic and glitzy edge. Colour schemes for the glamorous look should concentrate on jewel tones, whites, and creams. Pale pastel colours will also work great in this style, but if you find them too feminine, find inspiration in rich browns or black and white prints, but try to stay away from natural colours. Instead take your cue from jewels, such as diamonds, quartz, amethyst, ruby, or emerald. When you hear the word “glamorous,” you instantly think about the magnetic beauty of gold, silver, or diamonds. Look for wallpaper in with gold accents that will warm your bedroom’s atmosphere. These gold and silver accents will have a shimmery effect especially if you add some carefully placed mood lighting.  Speaking of mood lighting, you can create a dramatic effect in your lighting with a chandelier laced with diamanté or pearls which will create a dramatic ritzy effect. Another way to add glamour to your bedroom is through furniture. Look for ornate furniture or mirrored surfaces when you’re shopping for bedroom pieces. A French-inspired bed will be a great focal point for your bedroom with their intricate detailing. Cover your bed with neutral white beddings, but make sure that it’s in a luxurious fabric, such as silk or satin.  Add a dressing table along the same themes to reduce clutter and add storage space. Sparkling Pearlescent finishes should be included in your window blinds. Electric Roller Blinds in the glamorous Viveza Platinum or the sparkling metallic print finish of Plata Swan are a great choice for adding that extra panache to your window. Metallic Electric Venetian blinds in Stardust Silver and Stardust Gold will also add extra glitter to your bedroom. Fill your bedroom with pretty things, such as antique perfume bottles or silk scarves as a finishing touch. Cushions covered in sequins will be a fun addition which will add sparkle to your bedroom. Look for vintage items such as an antique hairbrush or hatboxes to complete the look. A glamorous bedroom will make you feel like a gorgeous movie star, so bask in the glory of a Hollywood-inspired bedroom without going through the trials brought by fame.

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    This Post was posted in Electric Blinds and was tagged with silver, bedroom, Electric Blinds, glamorous, gold, roller, venetian, window

  • Create A Home work Haven for Children

    Posted on 15th November 2010 by jenny.

    When we think about childrens rooms, we often think about bedrooms and playrooms. However, if you have school-aged children, it would be a great idea to design a practical work space for them to do their home work and other creative endeavours. What better way to inspire them to do their best work than designing a home work space dedicated entirely for their creative and school-related pursuits. Whether they are five years old starting junior school or 18 and ready for university, here's how to make the best home work space that will motivate your children to study hard. Work with Them The first rule is to consult your children about creating a home work space for them. Working with your children to create the ideal work space for them will motivate them to use the space and claim ownership of the work space when the time comes. Together, examine the place where they are used to doing their homework. What characteristics of the present space do they love? Which elements don’t they like? Perhaps they like to spread their stuff on a kitchen table. Maybe they like having you close by so they consult you with their homework. Make a list of what they want in a workspace and then make sure that these traits are included in their workspace. Location, location, location Now that you have a good idea of your childs likes and dislikes, it’s time to find the perfect location for this workspace. For younger kids who’ll need you close by, you may need to carve out a space near the kitchen or dining room so you can supervise their homework. Older children may be more independent and need some place quiet and away from other family members to concentrate such as their bedroom. Let them choose the space so they will be more encouraged to use the area. Child-Friendly Furniture After you have decided with the location, include essential furniture such as a comfortable desk chair that is ergonomically friendly. Include storage areas to keep the space neat and clean. You could customise file cabinets and make it more child-friendly by adding fun stencils or stickers. If space is an issue, there are many inventive ways that you can transform furniture into storage, such as using a workbench with cubby holes. The workbench can even accommodate a friend while they are working on school projects. Comfort is Key With the furniture and storage in place, you can make the place comfortable. If your children are allowed to work with a laptop or a computer, ensure that the problem of glare is addressed. Don’t risk eyestrain for your children and purchase glare-preventing child safe window blinds, such as the Controliss blackout Roller blinds in Oscuro Petal Bloom or Oscuro Sapphire. If you want a neutral shade, blackout Roller blinds in Oscuro Cream will work well in any room. A desk light is also important to complement the ambient light in the workspace location. After you have fitted your childs home work haven, allow them to accessorise their space with their very own artworks and knickknacks. Personalising their own space will help them enjoy the area more. An attractive place filled with light and colour will surely inspire your children to excel in their studies and actually look forward to doing their home work.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with bedroom, blackout, child, children, home, roller blinds, safe, safety, space

  • Drab To Fab With Confident Colour

    Posted on 11th November 2010 by jenny.

    Decorating in colour blocks is one of the trendy ways you can keep your space contemporary without having to spend too much. Blocks of colour in interior design can introduce a confident vibe in to your home and these blocks can be manipulated to suit whatever mood you want to create in each room. Here are a few easy ways you can decorate with colour blocks: Mix Neutrals with Bright Colours Earthy tones will look great as a backdrop for bright shades. Keep your walls, ceilings, and floors neutral and then experiment with bright splashes of orange, red, lime green, or turquoise in your furniture, window blinds, and other accessories. Our Liso Zest roller blind will look great next to neutral shades, bringing life to an otherwise monotonous room. Use Block Colours in an Accent Wall Instead of choosing one rich colour in an accent wall, try a series of colour blocks in complementary or contrasting shades which will really make a statement. Another way to do this is use several toning wallpapers on one wall. Use a Colour Block to Emphasise a Feature You can draw attention to a feature by placing it against a coloured wall. For example, you can paint the wall behind your bed a different shade from the other walls to accentuate a magnificent headboard.  This same technique can be replicated in your living room or dining room if you want to highlight a striking wall decor or painting. Use Toning Shades, Pastels If you want liveable colours that will last you for a long time, combine toning shades instead of contrasting ones. For example, muted tones of teal and sage are a calming combination for the walls. Introduce stencils in the opposite shade to add more interest. Toning shades are also available in our blackout roller blinds such as the Bloque Plum or Bloque Natural. A muted shade of lavender with neutral white is also very soothing in a bedroom. Use Colour on the Floor Instead of painting the walls, why don’t you apply colour on the floors? The floor is the most unexpected place for colour which will add an element of surprise, especially in hallways which do not usually receive much lighting. Use bright shades in carpeting or as staircase runners to draw the eye in and create an illusion of more light and space. There are so many ways you can use colour blocks to give a more confident vibe into your room. Try all these bright new ideas to create vivid blocks of colour that will transform your room from drab to fab.

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with bedroom, blackout, colours, decorating, design, interior, roller blinds, shades, window

  • Furnish Your bedroom with Passion

    Posted on 6th November 2010 by jenny.

    Sharing a home with someone you truly love is one of the best moments in your life and what better way to show your sweetheart with a beautifully decorated bedroom that signifies your smouldering love for each other. We're not talking about something as passé as sprinkling your bed with rose petals. Read on to find out how to create a romantic bedroom that is fit for your intimate and passionate moments. An accent wall that evokes romance can be created by covering your walls with subtle shades and patterns. This can then be paired with blackout Roller blinds in a provocative shade of red. Our line of blackout Roller blinds are available in a variety colours that ensure your bedroom total privacy. If you'd like the accent walls to be covered in a rich shade, soften the dramatic colour with neutral blackout roller shades, such as our Oscuro Cream or Estrella Ice which spells the ultimate in luxury with their smooth silk finish. Neutral colours in your furniture will allow you to play with bolder colours in your bedroom. Romance in furniture can be seen in intricate details and sensual curves. To create a feeling of indulgence, you can opt for a headboard that is upholstered in gorgeous velvet. After you've chosen your bed, match it with a bedside table which could hold a photo frame of you and your loved one for a constant reminder of your joyful moments. Fill your room with reminders of your love with choice accessories that evoke wonderful memories. Display your mementoes in creative ways. We suggest looking for ways to include red, the colour of passion and desire, in your accessories. Better yet, use this colour in your window blinds, such as our roller blinds in Liso Devil Red which projects a seductive yet subtle message of love. Transform your bedroom into a warm and cosy room perfect for cuddling and intimacy or ignite passion with low key lighting. You can install dimmers in your room so that you can adjust the level of illumination. This can also be done when you choose Controliss electric blinds through a remote control. Our blackout shades completely blocks out the sunlight, giving your room the feel of a perfect evening even when during the daytime. A romantic bedroom is the best way to show your love, so rely on your instincts and create a personalised design for one of the most private rooms in your home.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with bedroom, blackout, blinds, Colour & Design, electric, home, passion, roller

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