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  • 2017 Home Improvement Trends

    Posted on 15th March 2017 by admin.

    Controliss remote control electric Roman blinds

    2017 Is seen as being the year when many of us will tackle home improvements by starting with new flooring solutions.

    Typically, flooring is an expensive means to make a design statement, though the range of colours and fabrics available using carpet, or the hard wearing and sophisticated qualities of laminates, can create a wonderful sense of adventure, sumptuous comfort, or elegant durability.

    But no matter how much you like that certain shade of purple, would you really be brave enough to have a purple floor?

    So, what do you do if you have a yearning to be more daring with colour but don’t want to commit to the permanency and room-wide implications of flooring?

    Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds are available in a wide range of bold, vibrant colours across roller blinds, roman blinds, wooden blinds, vertical blinds and venetian blinds.

    We have colours, materials and finishes to suit and compliment any room and the added luxury feel and sophistication of powered blinds will help you create an elegant and charming atmosphere in spaces large or small.

    And with British summertime just around the corner, the warming light that accompanies it will give depth and vibrancy to any colour. Use colour on a blind and it will allows you to vary its impact - partially raise to give a subtle boost to light, clean, contemporary spaces; fully lower to present a striking personality that defines the mood of a room and those within it.

    Remember, too, that Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds can still satisfy a desire for fabric or real wood accents if you’ve already committed to the new flooring trend.

    We have a luxurious range of hand sewn in the UK, electric Roman blinds that will compliment soft floor coverings and add warmth.

    Alternatively, our range of beautifully crafted, made to measure electric wooden blinds in painted or stained Satinwood can echo the stylish and practical hues of on-trend laminate or solid wood floors.

    Controliss remote control electric wooden blinds

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  • A Colourful Character

    Posted on 20th February 2017 by admin.

    Colour can be seen as the most important and influential aspect of a room’s character. Colour defines the mood of a room and to varying degrees, the mood of those who occupy it. Colour can also influence our perceptions of the shape and size of a room and the furniture within.

    As a general rule, rooms painted in light colours feel larger than those painted in dark colours. Ceilings painted a similar colour to the walls will appear higher, as there is less contrast at the transition between them.

    Sofas, chairs and furniture in bold colours will appear larger within neutrally coloured rooms, creating powerful and engaging accents. To play down larger pieces of furniture, choose them in neutral colours that are either sympathetic to their surroundings or lighter contrasts to boldly coloured walls.

    But if you’ve already made your choices for sofas, chairs and furniture and aren’t brave enough to splash vibrant or bold colours onto walls, doors or woodwork, what are your options?

    Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds offer the perfect compromise and are a practical and elegant way to experiment with colour.

    Whether you want to take things one step at a time by starting with a muted, neutral palette or you’re prepared to be adventurous and want to throw caution to a coloured wind of change throughout your home, Controliss have something for you.

    Dove, Calm Sand, Buff or Cornsilk will add a subtle warmth to clean, neutral rooms without compromising sophisticated style. Alternatively, playful hearts will be won over by Regal Blue, Lust, Purple Majesty, Kiwi or Tangerine.

    And unlike a painted surface, Controliss remote control electric blinds allow you to vary the amount of colour on show. Bring blinds down for maximum impact when entertaining; raise them half way for stylish accents; or raise them further for subtle hints of your true personality.

    So, if you’re sold on the idea of introducing a splash of colour into your home spaces, where do you start? Well, a Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blind in whatever colour you desire, is certainly less of an undertaking than decorating, whether with paint or wallpaper. To help you decide on which colour captures the mood you’re after, we’ve included a colour wheel, below, highlighting a spectrum of options with brief suggestions of the moods they help create and characteristics they embody.

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  • Pantone Colour of The Year 2017

    Posted on 18th January 2017 by admin.

    Pantone Colour of The Year 2017

    Each year, Patone®, the world-renowned authority on colour and provider of systems for colour communication across multiple industry and consumer channels, creates a ‘colour of the year’. For 2017, this colour is ‘Greenery’.

    Setting aside the obvious appeal of a colour very similar to that of the Controliss® brand, we were struck by the reasoning for Pantone®’s choice: “A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings”.

    With the new year celebrations only just passed, the long, dark nights and cold mornings inevitably lead us to think of spring and its promise of colour warmth. Though it’s likely to get colder before it gets consistently warmer, the new year does half one certainty: the changing seasons will shape our moods and the character of our homes. Rich, autumnal colours, whether inside on cushions, rugs, curtains, or outside in the garden and as part of the view, will soon seem at odds with a brighter mood and plans for time spent remodelling or redecorating the home.

    But don’t forget the role light plays in those plans; without light, no colour can be seen and depending on the strength of that light, every colour undergoes change.

    So if you’re brave enough to embrace Pantone®’s ‘Greenery’ as the refreshing, revitalising colour of the moment, how do you ensure it’s seen as intended? Controliss® battery powered and mains powered electric blinds are the perfect solution; whether it’s the delicate balance of light and shade or the elegant design and practical functionality.

    Hands-free control of the intensity of light entering your favourite space, will ensure vibrant colours always retain a rich and entertaining influence over your decor; the mood you intended for your living, dining or sleeping space can always be maintained with just the touch of a button. Extra light for preparing that special meal, reading or entertaining can be programmed into remote controls and settings for subtle or complete shading can be saved for creating mood or privacy.

    And when the next ‘colour of the year’ comes along, Controliss® battery powered and mains powered electric blinds will ensure your home is bang on trend, once more.

    Of course colour is important but without control over light, it’s all too often a stab in the dark…

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with colour, controliss, light, powered

  • Setting the tone for 2014

    Posted on 17th December 2013 by Ben.

    Pantone-2014

    For the past few years the internationally recognised arbiter of all things colour oriented, Pantone, has announced a colour that it believes will dominate art and design in the year ahead. Pantone use a number of sources to gauge what will be among the dominant colours of the year ahead, from the catwalk to the red carpet. Scrutinizing trends as they develop across art and entertainment to produce a complementary colour palette that will influence the creative industries in 2014. The colour for 2013 was Emerald 17-5641, a strong turquoise colour that it described as ‘a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity’. However, next year Pantone has revealed that the colour will be Radiant Orchid 18-3224, which it described as: ‘An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, that inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.’

    Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

    If you like the look of Radiant Orchid then Pantone recommends pairing it with olive, turquoise, teal and light yellows. Or you could use it as an accent colour beside more neutral tones like grey, beige and taupe.

    Find out more here:  http://www.pantone.co.uk/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

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  • Pink in Sync

    Posted on 5th December 2011 by Chris.

    For most people, using the colour pink in the home would only seem appropriate for a girl or woman's room, but pink has positive psychological effects that make it well worth incorporating into a home for any gender. In the early 1900s, pink was actually considered to be the preferred colour to dress young boys because of it being a tint of red, which was regarded as an aggressive and, therefore, more masculine colour. Blue was believed to be the suitable colour in which to dress young girls, but, since the 1940s, this practice has been inverted. While pink can be used to create an amazing bedroom or other space intended for use, in the main, by a young girl/girls, it could equally be used to establish a powerfully soothing area in the home. The colour's advantageous influences are that of physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth and love. It has even been proven to be capable of encouraging friendless and discouraging aggression, with numerous uses in prison holding cells – including the inmates' clothing - generating positive results. When used with creams and hints of charcoal or black, a pastel pink can impart a more opulent character, instead of giving a room a more effeminate look. Controliss remote control Roller blinds are available with varying shades and textures of pink and cream coloured fabrics, that would provide the ideal finish in the continuation of a cream-based décor and also as a luxuriously convenient accessory to grant more privacy in the room.

    Harlequin's Vine Pink Rug or the Sultana Table Lamp by Currey & Company are just two examples of products that would subtly incorporate the necessary pink colour into a more classically themed room without being too overpowering. If the room you wish to introduce the colour into has a more contemporary trend, the Ligne Roset Confluences Sofa Group is available as a 4-seat settee, in assorted shades of pink, that can be disassembled and put back together in an utterly original, puzzle-like style. This design could prove more functional than a standard settee, and of course, it is unlikely that you know anyone who has anything similar. For those who cherish all things pink, there are innumerable home wares and accessories that are available to bring all hues of the colour into your home, from the soft, baby pinks to the bright and sickly. Whereas, for those who have aspiration to make use of the colour, but do not want it to be overwhelming, products can be bought that blend it with more neutral colours to allow the pink to modestly sweeten the mood created within a room.

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  • A Jolly Good Yellow

    Posted on 26th October 2011 by Chris.

    Yellow Roller Blinds

    Yellow is the strongest colour, psychologically. For this reason, it is widely used to attract attention and enhance visibility. Examples of such are the use of yellow in “Caution” signs for various situations, it is famously used in New York to make official taxis more recognisable and it is even used by the RAF's Search and Rescue Force to make their aircraft, the Westland Sea King, easier to see at a distance. Because it is such a strong colour, any large expanses of yellow that you wish to introduce into your home would be recommended to be toned down, rather than use an intensely bright yellow. Using particular tones of yellow in the wrong proportion to other colours in your colour scheme is believed to evoke instinctive feelings of emotional distress, fear and anxiety. However, an effective use of a sensible yellow, such as a rich cream colour, can motivate the intellect, as well as inspire senses of optimism, confidence and friendliness. There are, of course, home accessories that can be placed in a room to benefit from the colour's energising power. Introducing some yellow window blinds can be an effective way to help a sunshine deprived, north-facing room achieve a much brighter look. White and Yellow can vividly compliment each other and even if the colours result in a room that looks too insipid, you can bring in some black adornments or graphics to add some detail and make the room more tasteful. The larger furnishings in the room can be chosen to give a significant amount of luminosity to the room. west elm offer home furniture with quaint and contemporary designs, including sofas and chairs that are available in, amongst other colours, a soft yellow named 'dandelion'. Or if you would rather choose a different colour for the seating, you can still add the colour in the form of soft furnishings; the curtains, throws and cushions.The Shimmer Sunshine curtain fabric, available from various curtain suppliers, is a light-reflecting fabric that is sure to brighten the room. For more continuation of this colour scheme, in a north-facing or any other room, Concept Handtufting Ltd specialise in the design and supply of bespoke area rugs and would be able to provide a unique rug to suit your room plan.

    To further the incorporation of yellow into your interior, but in slightly more subtle measures, you could display some accessories that will add style while serving a function. Vita Audio's R1 Tabletop Radio is available in a limited edition yellow lacquer and, being a product by award-winning Vita Audio, will produce high quality sound from either the radio or a plugged in MP3 device. Controliss Electric Window Blinds are also available in a selection of yellow tones. Our Remote Control Roller Blinds can be produced with different fabric colours, prints and textures that include various creams as well as other more gold or shaded yellow styles. It can be hard to visualise how each fabric would look in your home, judging by the website picture alone, that is why Controliss send free fabric samples to anyone who requests them, to allow the customer to better decide which material they want for their blind.

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  • Rolling Out Red

    Posted on 13th July 2011 by Chris.

    Controliss Remote Control Window Blinds can serve as an outstanding compliment to your home's interior décor, especially if the best possible style and colour is chosen. Our blinds are available in neutral colours, colours that would give a bolder appearance, and some that are in-between. But the colour choice will largely depend upon the look of the room it will be placed in. Red is a strong colour, often associated with danger and passion, and when viewed it can seem nearer than it actually is. This attention grabbing attribute has lead to the use of red in many instances, notably, signs and signals for road users. But the colour red also has many other positive symbolisations, across many different cultures. In China, it is associated with numerous positive connotations, including courage, loyalty, honour, success, happiness and passion. When red is distinctly used in the home, it energises feelings of courage, strength and warmth. There are countless ways in which you can grant your home the benefits of this vibrant colour. Various hues of red are available in paints and wallpapers, allowing you to select one that is not too overpowering. An often favoured use for red walls is in a dining room, where it's ability to boost appetite and encourage sociality and friendliness make it a fitting choice.

    To introduce some red in more subtle measures, you could purchase accessories to add the necessary colour. For example, LSA's Buba Floor Standing Vase will, at 100cm tall, would give noticeable presence of the colour while adding elegant decoration.

    Redcandy supply a huge choice of red home furnishings and accessories, from garden accessories, such as a watering can, to small novelties like red toilet paper! Just a few of the intriguing products they stock are the Guzzini Sugar dispenser, with a curious design that can limit the amount of sugar administered to prevent too much coming out at once; Suck UK's LED Mirror, that can display the time, date and a programmed message; and there are a number of wall stickers that can add extra colour and appeal to the walls without committing to anything permanent. Of course, other accessories that would give an exceptional finish to any room whilst also providing outstanding convenience are our collection of red motorised blinds. Controliss blinds produce made-to-measure roller blinds and venetian blinds in a variety of red shades, that will either let some light through or black it out completely, with remote control operation to raise or lower the blind with ease whenever required. As with other accessories, window blinds look exquisite in the home, whether they are there to incorporate additional colour into a room or just to continue a scheme while contributing to privacy, and at Controliss, we are determined to ensure that you get the best blinds to fit your needs.

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  • 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.

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  • The Colour of Glass

    Posted on 6th May 2011 by Andy.

    It’s so nice to loll around in bed at the weekends, that well deserved lie in is a real treat, that is until the sun streams through the window, burning through your eyelids. Then you have to get up. Despite how many curtains and old bed sheets you hang in the window you can’t quite seem to block those early morning rays. You could go very continental and install shutters, but beware, if you need that loo break in the middle of the night, you stagger around in the dark and could end up breaking something else! You could be a clever clog and install Controliss blinds, that way you wouldn’t even have to get out of bed. Why? Because they are remote control, and it’s doesn’t get much better than that, all you need now is a robot to bring you your tea and morning paper and maybe some kind of system to help you decide what you need to do over the course of the day and which clothes will suit your chores. Another way to dress your windows, which seems incredibly popular at the moment, is stained glass. I understand that you probably wouldn’t want to wake up thinking you’re at the altar of a church but it’s a lot more colourful and creative, you wouldn’t even have to cover the whole window, there are smaller stained glass pieces you can hang in the window that catch the light. There are a lot of places that provide stained glass courses so you can make your own creative piece of art in stained glass. If you think that’s too much effort there are lots of very talented artists such as Abinger Stained Glass and Richard Pett of Stained Glass Art who you can purchase from or have that extra special something commissioned that has real meaning to you. And some reclamation companies out there offer reclaimed stained glass that has real depth and history. So the next time you’re woken at 5am by the sun, think about how to harness those beautiful rays, with a remote control blind and a piece of colourful glass art.

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  • Retro Schemes

    Posted on 8th March 2011 by yasmin.

    If you are looking for a touch of retro inspiration for your home, then the retro designs and patterns of the 1960s and 1970s might just be to your liking. To celebrate all things bright and funky the retro look which combines funky patterns, eccentric colours and iconic pieces of space age furniture is all about fun times and funky living!

    Designed back in 1968 by the pioneering Finnish designer Eero Aarnio, the ball chair, otherwise referred to as the globe chair, is a superb example of Aarnio's create use of plastics and fiberglass in industrial design.  This iconic piece of furniture design oscillates between considered functionality and funky, space age design. The sphere shape of the chair presents an unconventional edge whereas the chair itself will add a touch of contemporary genius to any retro themed home. Turn your chosen room into a work of art with the use of a retro feature wall. The retro theme is all about colour and print and so to really adopt this funky look go for both and team with clashing colours on your linens and cushions, nothing was too loud or too bright in the 1960s and 1970s. If you want to stay with the retro theme, but don’t necessarily want too much colour on your walls, however, then the Superfresco City Scape wallpaper designed by Olivia White for Graham & Brown is just perfect. This wallpaper is a simple line drawing of a skyline which builds to work on three levels and although it is simple, put with other retro prints and colour schemes, this will look fabulously funky and very 1970s. To finish off your retro themed home look, go for brightly coloured electric roller blinds, a funky sound system and some great lighting and you will automatically find yourself back in the funky era of the 1960s and 1970s!

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