• Charley's Summertime Revamp

    Posted on 24th May 2011 by Andy.

    Searching for some inspiration for a summertime revamp I came across a few finds that I thought were worthy sharing on the Controliss Blinds Blog. So if you are thinking about renovating or decorating this Summer, maybe its worth taking a peek at some some things I'm using to inspire my summer revamp. In my case window blinds, curtains, tables, chairs, colour schemes and other furniture pieces are all on the agenda. There is a lot to play with, many great sources of inspiration, and as is usually the case for me, surfing the web is proving to be one of the most convenient and useful ways for a little keyboard tapping research.

    Firstly thinking about colours, summer is all about warm mellow long days, relaxing in the garden with a glass of wine, so chalky pastels are very apt. Take a look at the Dulux Forest Falls range  of gorgeous greens and team with dusky pinks and baby blues. The greens bring a fresh element to the home that is welcome all year round, and creates a calming and tranquil environment.

    If you’re thinking about some key furnishings or pieces of furniture, take inspiration from around the world take a peep at Traidcraft recycled furniture and fair trade homeware website . There are lots of beautifully crafted items to look through that will inject lots of ethnicity into many interiors.

    Let’s travel back to the 1950’s another seasonal trend for this year. Think muted primary colours, retro prints and furniture, with simple design implementation.

    Natural and fresh is another enduring style to pursue this summer, think about natural colours and materials, go for greens and browns, a selection of eye catching accessories and some statement furniture like these gorgeous rattan day beds for those  garden.

    So there are just a few ideas I've found so far but keep posted as I have been known to change my mind, especially when it comes to paint colours. That reminds me, I must buy those paint tester pots this time.

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  • Cool Contrasts!

    Posted on 4th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Blue can be an extremely tricky colour to incorporate in to your living space as most consider it a cool, cold and sometimes depressing colour. However, if you contrast it right then the colour blue really can work in your home. Here I will provide pointers as how to use this cool colour the right way within your home. Colour contrasts - Instead of going all out and painting your walls blue, why not incorporate the colour blue into your rooms by mixing it with other more neutral colours. The key here is to create a coordinated and balanced look to your rooms. To achieve this it is advised that only two main colours are used, introducing a third colour could ruin the look unless it is done very subtly! For example petrol brown and blue are classical colour combinations, one creates a warm tone and one a cool tone. Why not mix the two together to complement each other. Why not team a light blue roller blind with petrol curtains. Alternatively you could go for an accomplished shade of blue such as the Controliss Liso Navy roller blinds. This will add drama to your chosen room as well as making it appear warmer due to the shade being stronger. A cool touch - Textures and fabrics are another way of incorporating blue in to your home. By using textures rather than block colours you will add warmth to the cool colour that is blue. Add a collection of contrasting blue cushions to your sofa or alternatively use textured wallpaper that includes a hint of blue. The sky is the limit - There are so many different tones of blue that the sky really is the limit with this colour. From navy blue to sky blue there really is so much choice out there, so why not find the right tone for you and add a cool touch to your home!

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  • Adding Drama To Your Window

    Posted on 2nd January 2011 by yasmin.

    With so many opulent items to be had, why not add some drama to your home? Daring I know, but adding drama can set your house apart from the rest, make it unique to you and really give you a chance to go wild and creative! Take inspiration from things you like, whether it be a film such as cabaret, an artist such as Van Gough or a fashion designer such as Vivienne Westwood. You don’t have to go mad either, you can go for elegant drama, crazy drama, or simply just add drama with specific colours such as black or red. The choice and the inspiration really is yours. Drama doesn’t have to mean expense either. Why not buy likable items and add drama to them yourself. I once read how a lady brought a plain chandelier from a flea market. She took it home, painted it black and stuck black feathers and purple jewels all over it. It really did look stunning! If you wish to add drama to your home but don’t want too much then my advice would be to dramatise the centerpiece's of your rooms. For example; why not make that large, vintage mirror that is sat in your garage into your main living room mirror. Surely all is needed is a lick of dramatic paint and a polish. Or how about making your window ooze drama? It’s simple really, choose an eccentric coloured electric blind, perhaps our Reina Beluga roller blind and allow the dramatic patterns and textures do all the talking for you! Then again you could always add immense drama by using the colour black. And do you know what? There can never be too much black. It is a classy colour which can be used in any room of the house, either on furniture, walls, carpets and flooring or especially on your window blinds. The list is endless and so is black; endlessly dramatic. So there you have it, add a bit of welcoming drama in to your home!

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  • Breaking The Colour Rules

    Posted on 16th December 2010 by yasmin.

    Who says that red and orange clashes? Yeah I can’t remember either. Blue and green should never be seen; again I can’t remember where this came from. Why not challenge the traditional design commandments with these confident, funky and fun ideas which will ensure that your home is set apart from the rest! Clash of the brightest - Those beautiful sunny shades of pinks, oranges, reds and yellows look fabulous together despite that old age rule that they clash and should not be seen together. Mix them in with simple flooring, classic pieces of furniture and there you have it, your very own ray of sunshine. The key here is to use blocks of colour instead of busy little patterns of colour. Why not make your flooring and blinds neutral using coordinating wood, this will add to the rich colours that surround your room as well as making a simple base for the explosion that is to come. Alternatively, if you don’t want your walls to be the main colour centrepiece then why not go for a neutral paint palette topped up with a beautiful range of funky oranges, ripened reds, sunset yellows and perfect pinks for your accessories including a bright roller blind such as our Liso Orange Burst. Blue and green should never be seen - These two lush colours are apparently sworn enemies, but why? Those emerald greens, tortoiseshell turquoises, sea breeze blues, they all add drama to a somewhat boring home, so why not try them out? The trick here is to break up blocks of colour by using subtle patterns and classic accessories. Why not have blue walls and green blinds mixed in with neutral carpeting or wooden floors. This will keep the walls and windows the main attraction with the inner room being where the contrasting neutrals are. Alternatively, why not keep your room neutral but add splashes of colour by painting your furniture in bright shades of blue and green! So there you have it, why not break all the colour rules and decorate with confidence and colour!

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  • Punk Pretty

    Posted on 16th December 2010 by yasmin.

    Want your house/apartment to be pretty yet still have an edge about it. Well why not try the punk look? It’s original, fun-loving, free-spirited, pretty and feminine with that added edge all rolled into one! This for me is one of the most exciting aspects of decor, creating something totally unique that has your very own stamp on it, so why not read on and give it a go? Simple yet naughty are the staple keys to this uber stylish look. You need to make sure that your original decor such as your walls, floors, curtains and blinds are simple and feminine and then the extra edge is added with the cool accessories and furniture of which you can then add into the mix at a later stage. You don’t have to go for an entirely white/neutral coloured space here, aim for simplicity but don’t over-aim for it, punk is a free- spirited creation, so remember it’s based on the notion of ‘each to their own’. I would choose a white backdrop with maybe a contrasting coloured carpet, or even wooden flooring. I would use the same principal for the blinds, perhaps our electric Roller blinds in one colour to proceed the edge but not overtake it as you want your accessories to do the talking.  Or you could always match your blind to your wooden flooring with our great range of wood blinds. And now for the added edge. As I have previously stated punk is all about self-creation. However, the best properties that I have seen of which I believe have that added edge are those who have centred their rooms around funky accessories such as artwork, strange furniture and other ‘out there’ accessories. Or you could even add vintage to the mix. It is your creation so go for it. So go on, punk it up, I dare you!

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  • The Best Colour Advice from Controliss

    Posted on 27th November 2010 by jenny.

    In life, too many choices are not a good thing and that's exactly why choosing a colour palette for your next interior decorating project can be so hard. While it may be quite tempting to play Russian roulette in choosing the colours you are going to use, there's a better way to choose the colours without leaving your decision to chance. Start with a favourite item, painting, or fabric. For inspiration, think about an object, work of art, or fabric that you love. This will help you find which colours you are naturally drawn to. Feel the colours in that object spring to life in your room by creating a mood board out of this favourite item. You can also look at your wardrobe and see which clothes you usually wear. Chances are, these are the colours that look best on you and which might be a good start for the colour scheme of your room. Pick the lightest colour as background. For your floor, walls, or ceiling, you can pick the lightest colour from your favourite item and use it to fill the biggest space in your room. This will be a nice background on which you can base all the other accessories. Work the medium tones into your furniture.  The colour of the fabric in your furniture or even in your window blinds could be the medium tones. Controliss Blinds has a wide range of colours you can choose from so visit our web site for the perfect window blinds for your renovation project. Pick the darkest colour for your accents. Look at the tiniest details of your favourite item and find the darkest colour. This colour will work well if you distribute this colour as accents throughout the room. The dark tones will create the drama that will make your room breathtaking. These simple instructions will help you create a colour scheme that is to die for. By basing the scheme according to your personal preferences, you can decorate a room that is truly your own.

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  • Create Serenity in Your Home with White

    Posted on 26th November 2010 by jenny.

    Refreshing and peaceful, white interior furnishings are globally revered by interior designers for  its serene minimalistic qualities. While some of us tend to veer away from white, afraid that it will be cold and clinical and those of us with children can be reluctant to introduce white furnishing for practical reasons. With children or without, applied correctly white furnishings can achieve beautiful results. All it needs is some creativity. For those with children, incorporate white into washable fabrics in your sofas. Some variants of white paint can be easily wiped clean without losing its sheen. If you have children, these are the best ways for you to incorporate white into your decor. White can best be warmed up with wood. White walls will look best with natural wood floors if the room is contemporary or traditional. If you are blessed with floorboards in great condition, white will highlight the lovely texture of wood. Add wooden furniture and you’ll have a great foundation for a perfectly balanced room. White can also be applied to the floors. Floors made with white tiles will give an airy feel in any room, widening the space because it reflects more light. Make your white floor warmer with rugs in neutrals or play with patterns for a more upbeat atmosphere. You can avoid the dullness of white by playing with texture. Layered textures will reflect light in different ways, adding more depth. White can be a perfect backdrop and foil for colours. Introduce colour in accessories and you’ll find that white makes the colours more vivid. White is the favourite of minimalist interior designers. White walls, white floors, and streamlined furniture are the best ways to incorporate sophistication in a minimalist home. If you want a more traditional style, then layer textures and still use white. A white crocheted bed cover will look wonderful in a bed with an antique headboard. White shades are often applied in window blinds and there are plethora of possibilities with different textured fabrics and finishes. Controliss electric Roller blinds in the minimalistic Liso Frost or the beutifully textured Viveza Pearl are firm favourites with interior designers and the pearlescent white and silver print finish  of the Plata Swan Roller blind with a contemporary iridescent pattern will add allure to your windows. Lighting can create a rather ethereal atmosphere especially if you have sheer Vertical blinds in Verso White which will soften the light coming from your windows. Using white in your interiors and especially in your windows is a great choice because it creates more space for you to think and relax in an atmosphere that feels airy and light.

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  • Colour Focus - Turquoise Elements

    Posted on 18th November 2010 by jenny.

    Elements of nature have always inspired interior decoration and with the colour turquoise our senses are reminded of the water and the sky. The cleansing and healing qualities of this colour can make it a wonderful choice for your interiors, making your home a place for replenishing diminished energy from the daily hassles of life. It’s no suprise, then, that turquoise hues have been held in many cultures as a powerful colour for protection and healing. Create a soothing haven in your home with the colour turquoise. Colour Combinations Turquoise has both cool and warm undertones, making it a spectacular choice for a colour scheme in the house. You can soften the look of turquoise with a mixture of pastel colours, such as pink, green, and lavender. You can also make a stronger statement with turquoise by giving it a masculine vibe by pairing it with dark colours, such as hunter green, charcoal, or chocolate. You can achieve a perfect balance of masculinity and femininity with turquoise with red or orange. Attain a spring-like atmosphere all year around with lime green and turquoise or turquoise besides yellow. If you want to go all out with turquoise, paint your walls with this colour and have a wonderful backdrop for all your furnishings. When you want to decorate the whole room with turquoise, make sure to introduce minimal patterns in smaller areas, such as in cushions, works of art, or in small furniture.  If painting all the walls feels like too huge a commitment for you, you can start with an accent wall. You can also have this colour in patterned wallpaper and ground it with solid furniture. Experimenting with Turquoise Experimenting with turquoise does not only involve going big-time. You can introduce this colour slowly by including accessories in this colour. A footstool or cushions are good starting points. Use a few accessories and place them in different places for a multi-layered effect.  Window blinds, such as our Venetian Blinds in Herbal Pine or Vertical Blinds in Spring Rain can be a great beginning in experimenting with this colour. With these suggestions, you can enjoy this soothing colour into your home. Feasting your eyes with this colour can make you feel more renewed and hopeful, a true function of a lovely home.

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  • Decorating With Patterns

    Posted on 17th November 2010 by jenny.

    Most interior decorating beginners may be more confident with colour schemes but hesitate when it comes to introducing patterns in their space. However, those who have families may want to rethink their vacillation on using patterns because they can be more family friendly. Take into account a sofa wrapped in a plain beige fabric as opposed to a dark patterned fabric. A plain fabric-upholstered sofa will never survive a week of sticky fingers dipped in chocolate sauce, while patterned fabric are far more forgiving. Before you plunge into deciding which pattern to use, you have to be certain that you are going to love this design. Most wallpaper suppliers can give you wallpaper swatches to help you with this decision. Controliss also provides this same service. When you order a free sample today, we will make sure to send it by First Class mail so you can receive it tomorrow.  You can then tape this sample or swatch on your walls to see how it will coordinate with your existing furniture or wall colour. Think about the pattern for a week and then decide. Interior decorators often mix and match several patterns at once, be they floral, checkered, spots, or stripes. However, to tie them all together, limit the colour schemes in this pattern into two to three colours. Any more than this and you’ll have a confusing melange of colours that will be distracting. Take note that the colours do not have to be toning shades, but contrasting as well. If you’re worried how your choice of patterns will withstand the test of time, go for neutral or muted colours for your patterns. This will add a timeless elegance into your home that can survive the rigours of time. Muted shades can also tone down the effect of wallpaper patterns, especially if you’re applying it in large spaces. Not feeling bold enough for patterns? Then introduce them in small doses, such as in accessories, cushions, or pillow shams. A little bit of pattern may invigorate your space without breaking your bank. Smaller patterns should be used sparingly as they may look fussy when it is applied unremittingly. If you’d like to introduce patterns in your window blinds, we have Roller blinds that in stripes and ornate patterns that will surely bring to life an otherwise drab room. Pattern can also be used in flooring. Generally speaking, small-scale patterns should be used in a room with a tiny floor space. Large patterns will look elegant in a large room with a huge floor space. If you’d like to apply pattern fully onto your floors, let it stand out by keeping your furnishings simple. Subtle window blinds like our sheer vertical blinds in Verso White or Haze Brulee will gently filter soft daylight into your room, providing natural lighting for your floors. Working with patterns is not as complicated as it sounds. Make sure to tie the look together with simple furnishings and  uncomplicated window blinds and you’ll have a home that emanates with your own personality and style.

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  • 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.

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