Motorised Blinds

  • All Work and No Play

    Posted on 18th October 2011 by Jules.

    As resident Interior Designer here at Controliss Blinds, I dutifully volunteered to attend the UK's premier Interior design Show a couple of weeks ago!  Obviously I would rather have stayed in the office, but somebody needed to go to Decorex 2011, held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea from 25-28th September, to take in all of the exciting new trends for the coming season! Decorex  is an exclusive interior design show for professionals and hails the annual pilgrimage for Retail Buyers, Interior Designers and Contractors alike. The Shows foyer was designed by renowned Interior designer Nicky Haslam; the theme was based around a mythological theatre set, and what a spectacular it was!  It was like a fantastical dreamland that merely alluded to the delights within!! There was such a broad spectrum of both inspirational and aspirational products being exhibited, but I was particularly taken with the lighting displays. One Company that particularly stood out for me was Serip, a Portugese company.  Their display of contemporary chandeliers was so dramatic, visitors were stopping to take photographs. Another stand that was particularly eye-catching was the Peneplope Batly Jewellery collection of lighting; giant, oversized illuminated pieces of jewellery, I felt like Alice in Wonderland, or was that just the champagne!! When I finally dragged myself out of Martin Hulberts Champagne Bar, (I was only there for research purposes!) I found my way in to the realms of Home Automation.  Now there is a topic at the forefront of design and technology.  I won't pretend to know all about it, but I do know that it is the way forward for all of us!  I think it will become as accessible and natural to us as the iPod is! Currently, many high-end projects incorporate Smart Home Technology; where a single 'operating system' such as Control 4, Lutron, Crestron, Rako and KNX controls multi media systems, lighting schemes, security and of course motorised blinds and curtain track operation.  It is an ongoing race to keep up to speed with this kind of technology, I am fortunate in that the Technical Support Team at Controliss can decipher all the jargon for me. At Controliss we have had remote control blinds for some time, both battery operated and 240V mains powered.  If you aren't aware already, we supply many different types of Remote Control options, from the simple Air 1 which is single channel remote control that can be programmed to control a number of roller blinds simultaneously as a group while for the ultimate in wireless control, with the benefit of advanced security features, we offer a programmable 7 day digital timer to operate individual, or groups of blinds at your chosen times of day, entirely automatically. The invaluable timer feature provides peace of mind, as it re-creates the illusion of occupancy in a vacant property. Our Controliss Technicians are now able to offer tailor-made solutions to ensure total integration of our motorised blinds and curtain tracks into any of the major home automation companies, which as a Designer is brilliant for me.  The more streamlined and automated, the various systems within a property have the potential to be,  the more our clients strive to incorporate them within their property, the possibilities are endless! Having extolled the virtues of technology, discretely integrating these wonderful systems and appliances can be trying to say the least!  My goodness, how much 'hardware' do we now have to accommodate, whilst still attempting to retain 'the look' within any given scheme! It is a constant challenge as an Interior Designer to conceal, sub-woofers, sky boxes, speakers and the like, but getting back to the Decorex Show, I came across an exhibitor presenting invisible speakers. Eureka!  I have seen them advertised, but have always doubted their sound quality and consequently dismissed them.  The Company exhibiting these revolutionary speakers was Kensington Home Technology, I have to say that I was impressed with their sound quality almost as much as their discretion, well worth considering! In terms of concealing the mechanism of our Controliss motorised blinds, there are several options worth mentioning.  There is no need to worry about where to install the motor, as the whisper quiet motors are already integrated within the blinds core tube. If you have the facility to introduce remote control blinds, it is even more impressive if the source is hidden, and the blind simply appears from a decorative pelmet which co-ordinates with the room scheme.  Even more impressive is if the ceiling is lowered or a stud wall cavity is created, the blind cassette then becomes totally invisible! Basically, we need not be intimidated by technology; as it is inherent in our lives today, whether we embrace it or not.  I suggest we trust in technology and enjoy the benefits and convenience of all that we can achieve with it. We should be mindful of the overall aesthetics of what we are creating, if it detracts from the 'wow' that is created by remote controlled devices, then it can't also be called beautiful!!

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  • Motorised Blinds for Increased Home Security

    Posted on 7th June 2011 by Chris.

    All over the world, one of the most common criminal acts is burglary. We all take a multitude of precautions in the effort of protecting our homes and offices from trespassers. To assist with these efforts, there are many home security gadgets available today that can alert home owners to a burglar's presence or prevent their intrusion entirely by creating the illusion of owner occupancy.

    As is often said, prevention is better than a cure, and many home security gadgets appear to have been made with this phrase in mind. Dependent on what you leave on display, you could be making your home into a burglar magnet or a burglar deterrent. You may have already heard of basic preventative measures such as placing alarm system stickers in the windows or putting up CCTV cameras or even imitation cameras. A tool that you may not have heard about is the Fake TV. This is a small, portable light that simulates the light effects of a real television whenever the room it is placed in starts darkening, but it uses less power than a standard lamp and so is much more eco-friendly than leaving your actual television on. Team this up with the installation of  Controliss motorised window blinds that, along with the Controliss Air30GMT timer, can be programmed to operate automatically at any time of the day, and your home is quickly a less likely target for burglary.

    When someone uninvited is on your property, you want to know about it. Common home security systems are very effective when it comes to letting your neighbours know that an alarm has been triggered in your home, but if you are at work or elsewhere, it is unlikely that you are aware of it. AlertMe Home Security Monitoring would enable you to receive an immediate alert, either by phone, text or email, when ever an intrusion is detected. Also with this system, a keyfob can be used to arm or disarm your entire AlertMe Home Monitoring kit or if you forget to do this, you can log on to your AlertMe dashboard to arm your system online or using your mobile, away from home. Another system you may not have considered, is a garden or driveway alarm. The advantage of installing one of these is that you are forewarned during the approach of any uninvited individuals. Keeping your house safe could not only be important for the safety of your possessions, but may also be for the safety of loved ones. Having effective security systems in place will give greater peace of mind to you and to those dearest to you, and so is worth a fair amount of consideration.

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  • Block Street Light Glare with Blackout Roller Blinds

    Posted on 12th October 2010 by Lee.

    For those living in the city, noise pollution and its effects on sleep is a matter of concern, but did you know that urban dwellers may also be exposed to another kind of pollution that may affect sleeping patterns? This problem is light pollution. According to the International Dark-Sky Association, light pollution comprises of "any adverse effect of artificial light including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste." You may have experienced the ill effects of light pollution firsthand if you live in an apartment near a building with a large blinking store sign or if your window is situated near a rather strong street light. You may have tossed and turned at night, trying to shut out the flashing light but to no avail. The lack of sleep may spill over to your workplace making you irritable all day long. You don’t have to suffer from intrusive street lights inside your bedroom anymore with our excellent line of blackout Roller blinds. Our top-of-the-line products come in different colours and patterns to suit our customer’s individual needs. Our blackout roller blinds are fitted with protective fabric that will not only shade you from street lights but harsh sunlight as well. Protecting yourself from the negative effects of light pollution starts with fitting your home with these necessary window coverings. With electric blackout blinds, street light glare will be a thing of the past and all you have to look forward to when you get home from work is a peaceful night’s sleep inside your dark cocoon of a bedroom.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with blackout, blinds, controliss, Electric Blinds, Motorised Blinds

  • The History of Venetian Blinds

    Posted on 11th October 2010 by Lee.

    The history of Venetian blinds is colourful and extends back many hundreds of years. Primitive societies used wet cloth to shade windows and cool their home interiors. The Egyptians gathered together reeds to decorate and shade their homes, and the Chinese used similar techniques with bamboo. Venetian blinds were thought to have originated in Venice, Italy. However contrary to popular thought, Venetian blinds actually originated in Persia. According to a 1941 book by Thomas French, Venetian traders discovered the window blinds in Persia and brought the innovative idea to Venice. Thomas French stated that Venetian slaves granted liberty in the late 1700s brought venetian style blinds to France, creating industry selling window blinds to the French. The French name for window blinds, “Les Persienes,” makes reference to the origins. In 1761, venetian blinds were used in St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. John Webster, a trader from London popularised the use of Venetian blinds in the United States in 1767. In fact, Venetian blinds were seen in the 1787 painting of J.L. Gerome Ferris titled, “The Visit of Paul Jones to the Constitutional Convention.” Illustrations of Independence Hall in Philadelphia featured Venetian blinds when the Declaration of Independence of the United States was signed. In 1841, John Hampson of New Orleans invented the mechanism that lets people easily adjust the slats. In the 1940s, Venetian blinds made with aluminium and metal slats appeared. Venetian blinds were embraced by decorators of commercial and institutional buildings because they were more durable, easily operated, and economical.

    Today, the emergence of Venetian blinds and Vertical blinds covered in fabric are incredibly popular with modern interiors. Their functional advantages coupled with versatility in terms of style, make them excellent window decorations. Motorised blinds provide the home owner with the very best in home automation capability combined with ease of use. To view our a wide selection of high quality electric Venetian blinds click here ---> Electric Venetian blinds

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  • Energy Efficiency Explained

    Posted on 5th August 2010 by jenny.

    Energy Efficiency Explained

    We've been talking about how motorised blinds increase energy efficiency in your home. Do you ever wonder how they do this? Here's the science behind energy efficiency in plain and simple terms.

    Insulating Your Home

    Basically, cold attracts heat. During winter, the heat generated from your indoor heaters moves over to your windows and off to the outdoors. In the same way, the outside heat produced by the summer sun flows to your windows and into your air-conditioned rooms. Window blinds can help reduce your energy consumption by resisting the heat flows through your window. This means that you can save on your heating and cooling expenses. Window blinds can also create a more comfortable atmosphere in your rooms by reducing the sun’s glare.

    Controlling Solar Heat

    During winter, you can welcome the sunshine into your home and bask in its warmth. When summertime comes, solar heat can make your room hot and uncomfortable. Because of this, your air-conditioning costs shoot up. Window blinds can deflect solar heat, protecting your rooms from the sun. If you want to enjoy the sunshine, all you have to do is to draw up your blinds. With Controliss motorised blinds, this is just a matter of pushing a button.

    Day-lighting

    Instead of relying on electricity for your lighting needs, you can depend on natural light. This makes your home energy-efficient. Illumination from daylight can be achieved with easy-to-operate motorised blinds. With a remote control, you can manipulate the kind of light you want for your room. You can create diffuse light from roman blinds made of sheer fabrics. Sheer roman blinds draw soft light into your room. You can also direct incoming light by tilting the slats of your blinds. With blinds, you can increase your reliance on natural light, eliminating the need for artificial sources during the daytime. Insulation, solar heat control, and day-lighting are the three ways that motorised blinds can make your home more energy-efficient. Decorate your home and save on energy costs with these blinds. You’ll never regret it.

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  • Impress Your Guests with Controliss Blinds

    Posted on 27th July 2010 by Lee.

    Electric Blinds Impress

    Having guests over for dinner needs some careful planning. In order to put together a formal or informal dinner, you must think about a theme that will unify all your dinner details. Usually, the theme could center on the food that you're planning to serve. Are you cooking Japanese food or having your guests sample your Italian recipes? Is this going to be a formal dinner or a casual get-together of friends and family? When you have a theme in mind, you can elevate your casual dinners into truly memorable affairs. Aside from delicious food and elegant table settings, you can also turn you dining room into a lovely setting for your dinner party. Spruce up your dinner tables with simple or lavish centrepieces according to your theme. Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to create the atmosphere you want to convey to your guests. Be creative and turn ordinary things into lovely centrepieces for your guests to admire and talk about. One of the most affordable ways you can transform your dining room into an impressive place for dining is to install remote-controlled blinds on your dining room windows. This is especially useful if you have large windows with a nice view. These motorised blinds will certainly impress your guests as it creates an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation. With Controliss blinds, motorised blinds are now extremely affordable. Needing no professional installation costs, Controliss blinds can be installed in any room, especially your dining room. These blinds are fashionable and come in a variety of styles and colours to fit any dining room theme. They are also powered by ordinary AA batteries. Controliss blinds will certainly impress your guests and give you something to talk about for dinner. Whether you’re displaying astounding views from the dining table or covering up less-than-desirable sights, Controliss blinds will give your guests something to remember after you’ve said your evening goodbyes.

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  • iPhone Remote Control for Controliss blinds? - Maybe

    Posted on 9th July 2010 by Lee.

    iPhone infrared Remote Control

    At only £8.99 the Controliss blinds remote control handset will control up to 99 blinds and offers 6 programmable channels but the idea of controlling your blinds with an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is to tantalising to resist. The i-Got-Control universal learning remote and free software download may just be the answer. Codes for our the Controliss infrared blinds protocol will not be pre-installed but as soon as we get our hands on one of the i-Got-it Controls we'll test the infrared learning capabilities with our blinds.

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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.

    This Post was posted in Best of British, Electric Blinds, Wooden Blinds and was tagged with Electric Blinds, Motorised Blinds, Wooden Blinds

  • 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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  • Cool Britannia - Patriotic Interior Designs

    Posted on 7th July 2010 by Lee.

    Wallpaperspace is a UK based design/print company with extensive experience in the design and manufacturing of wallpapers. All the designs available are based on their own ideas or developed from vintage and antique documents.

    Controliss blinds love the Cool Britannia Union Jack design it's available as wallpaper and soft faux suede cushions in a variety of colours. We've picked out a couple of Venetian blinds in Satin Navy Blue and Satin Fire Red which will perfectly compliment the Red and Blue colours of this fantastic wallpaper. Hand-produced in their own print workshop, combining modern print technology with long-tested traditions of wallpaper design and manufacturing they produce a superior quality, 180gsm wallpaper with a smooth, matt print surface and non-woven backing (paste-the-wall). Each individual roll of wallpaper is printed to order eliminating excessive waste and the need for extensive warehousing keeping the profile of our carbon foot print low. Great care and attention to detail prevails in order to produce a range of wallpapers that are superior in quality and design. Bespoke and printed to order the wallpapers are available to buy online directly wallpaperspace.

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