• Automatic Blinds, Whatever The Weather

    Posted on 6th June 2012 by Chris.

    Controliss automatic window blinds can help you to get the most out of the weather while you are at home or away. When it is a beautiful day and you want to be energised by it's glorious ambience from the comfort of your lounge, you can open all of your blinds simultaneously with one touch of a button. Or if you are irritated by the glaring sun or want to cover the dreary sight of utterly grey skies, you can operate the blinds, together or individually, to cover the windows you want to cover, as much as you want them covering. Many other products can help you harness the diverse climates that your home may be subject to throughout the summer and make good use of the varying conditions. One device in particular, the Hydreon RG-11 Rain Gauge, is a maintenance-free rain sensor that could be used to send a signal to an automatic control system to close any skylights on the home as soon as it starts to rain. Because it is optical, it is more sensitive and reliable than other rain sensors. Therefore, it can be set up for other uses, including switching off a garden irrigation system to save water, frost sensing in a refrigerator or for collection of meteorological data. Another great weather-based sensing device is the Controliss Sunis Indoor WireFree RTS blinds sensor. This Somfy indoor sun sensor will communicate with Controliss battery powered and electric blinds, such as a roller blind or wood blind and would control the blind automatically upon sensing the sunlight. The huge advantage of this is that it reduces the necessity for an air conditioning system to be switched on. On the hot days of summer, the blind can be rolled down automatically to block the sun's heat, and in the winter, a roller blind can open up to let the sun warm the house through the windows or doors. These superb wireless window blind sensors can be turned off at any time and the sensitivity of it's sunlight detection can be adjusted using an internal dial. Since the British weather, especially, can often only be relied upon to be unreliable, it can very much be beneficial to get the systems in place that will help you to utilise each situation and deduct from some of the disappointment that the weather can provide.

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  • ROSPA Blinds Cord Campaign Highlighted on BBC Breakfast

    Posted on 1st November 2011 by Chris.

    The BBC's Breakfast show today highlighted the tragic case of toddler Emily Warner. The two year old who was found by her father, unconscious and hanging in blinds cords in her bedroom at the families home in Royston, Hertfordshire. Emily's mother appeared on BBC's Breakfast show with a RoSPA representative and highlighted RoSPA's hugely important 'Blind Cord Safety Campaign' which is calling upon UK window blinds retailers and manufacturers to take the incentive and manufacture, distribute and retail blinds to the general public without the looped cords that can cause harm and sometimes fatal injury to children through accidental strangulation.

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    This Post was posted in Child Safety and was tagged with blind, blinds, campaign, child, cords, rospa, safety

  • Bathroom Blinds Light The Way

    Posted on 4th February 2011 by yasmin.

    The bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in a house and your accessories need to accentuate what room you have and not overcrowd it. Saying this, the bathroom is not just seen as a functional space anymore but it is also seen as a place of rest and relaxation. Taking these points into consideration, here I provide my top tips on how to best accessories your bathroom. De clutter - Perhaps it’s best to start with all that clutter that so many of us leave lying around our bathrooms; the products, the bottles, the mess! The best thing to do here is to start by decanting your bathroom, put all of your bath and hair care products into simple glass jars and bottles. This will ensure that your bathroom is less cluttered as well as creating the illusion of effortless coordinated glamour. If this approach isn’t for you then why not invest in some smart storage boxes to put all of your products in. Creating a neat, simple and mess free bathroom. Towels - Uniformed coordinating towels really do create an elegant yet uniformed look. Not only do they bring simplicity and symmetry to your bathroom, but they can also act as accessories which can be used to dress your bathroom. Window dressing - If you have a small bathroom then one of the best focal points to concentrate on is the window. Try to utilise lighter coloured fabric shades in your bathroom blinds as this will allow more light in through the window. But this doesn’t have to mean that your blinds are featureless, to add that extra something why not opt for a textured fabric blind such as our Viveza Pearl roller blind or our Textura Mist roller blind. These beautifully textured fabrics offer good levels of privacy but will allow welcoming sunlight to filter into the room. Roller blinds have always been one of the most popular window coverings for a bathroom and the safe 12V automation of the Controliss Roller allows complete control with the touch of a button.

    This Post was posted in Bathroom Blinds and was tagged with bathroom, blind, blinds, roller, window

  • The Perfect Bachelor Pad Accessory

    Posted on 7th December 2010 by yasmin.

    So, you're sat at home playing the latest version Call of Duty on your PS3, when all of a sudden a great beam of light shines through your Vertical blinds and the dreaded words 'Game Over' appear on your screen. Well, don't fear boys, here at Controliss we have the perfect accessory for you that will save those 'Game Over' moments! Yes, here at Controliss Blinds we offer a wide range of roller blinds, is that it? You say. Well no actually it's not it, what makes our Roller blinds ideal for the bachelor lifestyle is the fact that they come with a remote control. Perfect for when your mother pops around unexpectedly, or for when the Avon lady knocks on your door for the fifth time in a week. You see all you have to do is press a button and the whole world is blocked out! If you have gone for the minimalist look of stainless steel appliances, white walls and black furniture then our Liso Jet Black Roller blind is for you. These fantastic remote controlled blinds will help prevent the words 'Game Over' ever appearing on your television screen again as well as coming in handy when you've had one too many Jack Daniels and you cannot face seeing a spec of daylight! If your bachelor pad is more neutrally toned, or even colourful for that matter then don’t fear, here at Conroliss Blinds we offer our roller blinds in many fabrics and textures, depending on your personal preference and taste. You can go all out with our funky Fresco Spring roller blind, or go for something more demure with our Textura Golden roller blind the choice really is yours. So, there you have it, they are cool, convenient and easily installed. So why not give it a go and get your hands on this seasons new must have accessory, the remote control roller blind!

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  • Design Tricks for Small Windows

    Posted on 12th August 2010 by jenny.

    Small Window Blinds

    Small windows in a room can be an interior decorating challenge. With a few of these design tricks up your sleeve, you will be able to turn these disappointing spaces into something impressive. Creative window treatments can either highlight the size of a window or disguise its size. Here are a few ways for you to do whatever takes your fancy: - Open them up. You don't need to hide windows with loads of fabric. Stick to the clean lines of window blinds and keep the window clear to let light in. - Keep it simple. Keep the window frames simple and paint them in a pale colour. This will make the window  less obtrusive. - Use long curtain panels. Curtain panels that are wider than your windows will create an illusion of larger windows. Use a thin curtain rod that is placed above the window so that the valance covers the window frame. Let the fabric pool in the floor to create the illusion of length. - Choose light fabrics. Heavy fabric on small windows can be overpowering. Use lighter fabrics that are the same colour as the walls to create an illusion of continuity. Avoid fabrics with large patterns. If you must choose stripes, go for vertical stripes to make the window appear longer. - Opt for blinds or roman shades. Small windows will benefit from the simple lines of blinds. Blinds or roman shades that are wider or longer will also disguise the size of the window. Make sure to install them a little higher than the window frame. - Hang café curtains. Translucent cotton cafe curtains cover half of a regular-sized window. To use cafe curtains in small windows, hang them a little lower and let the café curtains extend past the length of the window. - Draw attention to natural light. Use mood lighting coming from the wall on either side of the window frame or hang pendant lights from the ceiling. You can also line the ledge with tea lights placed in votive candles. If Christmas is near, use party lights to frame the window. - Hang a floating shelf above the window. Adding architectural details can make a small window seem larger than it is. Install a narrow shelf that floats above the window ledge. You can use this as a starting point to accessorise your windows and emphasise the natural light coming in.

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with blind, blinds, light, Vertical Blinds, window

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