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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.

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

  • CES Technology 2017

    Posted on 15th February 2017 by admin.

    The recent CES Technology Show in Las Vegas was THE place to see and learn of, the very latest trends in all things 'tech'.

    The 2017 presentations didn’t disappoint; from self-balancing Honda motorcycles, through the latest TV and computer developments, to Lynx - the humanoid robot powered by Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant.

    We’ve been told for years now, that ‘this will be the year of the automation of things’ and from the CES highlights that have made the news, 2017 certainly looks to be the year home automation gains credible traction.

    Whether you yearn for connected fridges, microwaves, vacuums, or robotic personal assistants that will fill your fridge, cook your food and keep the home clean, it now seems no longer the stuff of science fiction - the future is here, now.

    But if an addition to the family in the shape of a robot is one huge step too far and you’d prefer to remain very much in control, yourself, the home automation systems that Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds can be integrated into, may be the perfect solution for you.

    Powered by technology from market leaders Somfy, all Controliss electric blinds are compatible with the systems that are leading this revolution in home automation.

    Whether your interest in joining this revolution comes from the security benefits of remote control blinds; the elegant practicality offered by wireless fitment; or the sophisticated functionality of programmable control, Controliss has the perfect solution to your needs.

    This Post was posted in Technology and was tagged with automation, control, home, powered

  • 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

  • Concealing Powered Blinds

    Posted on 11th February 2013 by Lee.

    How do you make remote control roller blinds disappear? The epitome in a sleek minimalist design theme for your home or workplace is created by housing your Controliss powered blinds, fixing brackets , roller tube and integrated motor within a concealed cavity or pocket. When operated, the Controliss powered blinds appear magically from within the concealed structure creating the magical appearance that the blinds are appearing from a part of the structure of the property. This adds even further impact to the wonder of motorised blinds! This effect can be achieved easily, particularly if consideration is given to its inclusion, early on in the development, ideally at pre-plaster stage. METHOD 1- CEILING CONCEALMENT The ceiling if the room  is lowered by 120mm, and finished 120mm short of the window wall x length of the blind to be fitted. This creates a recess of 120mm sq x length of blind to be fitted to house the cassette or tube of the blind. 100mm sq is applicable to most average size blinds (up to 2.4m wide x 2.5m drop) allowing sufficient space for the installation brackets blind tube plus fabric and allow ease of fitting. For blinds greater than this the core tube diameter of the blind may need to be increased, thus the housing would need to be increased accordingly.  We are happy to advise on housing dimensions for larger blinds. METHOD 2 - STUD WALL CONCEALMENT The window wall can be built out in its entirety, creating a 120mm cavity to house the blind mechanisms. This method allows the blind to be over-sized and overlap the edge of the window reveal.  The blind then operates from ceiling to floor within the recess created, providing the ultimate blackout facility. METHOD 3 - RETROSPECTIVE CONCEALMENT When wanting to conceal the blind mechanisms retrospectively, when the building is completed; it is simple to create a surface mounted pelmet or lambrequin, constructed in a material to co-ordinate with your interior, or indeed upholstered in a soft-furnishing fabric of your choice. The Controliss team is liaising on a daily basis with architects, contractors and clients to achieve cutting edge solutions for discretely integrating powered blinds systems within residential and commercial properties, help and advise is on hand for your individual project.

    This Post was posted in Architects and was tagged with architects, blinds, concealment, controliss, powered, powered blinds, roller, window

  • Solar Solutions

    Posted on 5th August 2011 by Chris.

    Controliss motorised window blinds are exceptionally convenient appliances to have in the home during the summer, since they can reduce air conditioning bills by blocking the sunlight that would otherwise add to the heat in your home, and can be remotely operated at your leisure with the single push of a button. While these will remove one of the more bothersome aspects of a sweltering summer's day, you can attain solar powered instruments that can benefit greatly from the intense sunlight of such a day. Here are some examples of devices you might not have heard of. You may already have solar powered lights in the garden to adorn your flowerbeds. But if you are considering getting, or already have a deck or patio, the fabulous Moonrays 95028 Mini Deck Light could be the ideal lighting solution for this area. The Mini Deck Light's AA NiCd rechargeable battery is charged by the sun's rays, so no wiring is required to power the light and therefore it can simply be screwed down wherever you want it. Voltaic Systems have various compact products that generate and store their own power. One range in particular is their bags and backpacks, that contain a power pack which is chargeable from an AC or DC supply, or it can charged while out and about from the solar panels built into the bag. This power pack will supply charge to many different electronic devices via USB port or using various standard adaptors included with the product. A Voltiac Solar Bag/Backpack would be a valuable gadget to anyone who is regularly on the move and can not afford to lose power in their mobile phone while expecting important phone calls. Other products that are not actually solar powered, but could add to the enjoyment of your summer outings are the RoadPro SnackMaster and the Spa-N-A-Box. RoadPro's SnackMaster is a portable beverage and snack cooler/warmer that plugs into a 12V DC cigarette lighter socket. The shelf on the inside can be removed to give more space or to store larger items, it also has a sealed door with a clear thermal pane window to allow you to see into the cooler/warmer and when warming, it can shut itself off automatically to prevent overheating. The Spa-N-A-Box by Comfort Line Products is a hot tub that can be set up in 20 minutes, requires no plumbing and can be packed away into 2 boxes for portability. To set up the spa, the panels and tub liner are fitted together, the tub is then filled from a garden hose and the control unit is plugged into a 13 Amp power supply. Once the water has warmed, 4 to 6 people can share the tub as the TurboWave jet system massages and the dual filtration ensures the water is kept clean. There are an increasingly vast array of everyday products available that can be solar powered so don't let the sun's heat drain all your energy this summer, keep yourself cool and let the sun's light empower you to step outside and enjoy the season.

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with power, power pack, powered, solar, solar powered, sun

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