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  • 5 smart pieces of space saving furniture

    Posted on 8th November 2013 by Andy.

    Controliss electric blinds are compact and neat, which makes them ideal for apartments or rooms where space is limited. Urban living in particular is changing the way we live and so smart, space-saving ideas are helping redefine living spaces for city dwellers. These are just some of latest ideas: The Circle kitchen The Original Circle Kitchen takes a conventional kitchen and redesigns it as an all-in-one appliance. It can be easily relocated and behaves in the same way as a carousel, letting you revolve the kitchen to get to the appliances and cupboards that you need. The bottom unit revolves 180 degrees, while the top revolves a complete 360. It comes in a variety of configurations and can include a sink, hob, oven, fridge and dishwasher, as well as cupboards and shelves. It has the added bonus that once you’ve finished with it you can shut the doors and forget about the washing up.

    Original Circular kitchen

    Aquarium sink Keeping pets in a small apartment can be a real problem, but this clever aquarium bathroom sink makes the most of the smallest room to create a real talking point. It also gives you the added illusion of washing your face in a fish tank, which may put some people off, although the glass tank can also house a small zen garden to help you find inner-peace.

    Aquarium-Sink

    Pull-Down Bunk Beds The Pull-Down Bunk Bed by Italian designer Giulio Manzoni clearly takes its inspiration from the fold-down beds in the sleeper cars of European trains. A great way to free up floor space in the smallest of rooms, it also gives you additional, compact guest beds should the need ever arise.

    Giulio Manzoni Bunk-Beds

    The Open Book Library Chair Originally designed for a Grade II listed property that didn’t allow for book shelves to be installed, the OpenBook is essentially a bookshelf/magazine rack/armchair hybrid that provides a simple yet comfortable retreat where you can get stuck into a good book.

    StudioTilt OpenBook Chair

    The Living Cube The Living Cube by Till Konneker is designed to create storage and shelf space for small studio apartments. It’s essentially a TARDIS-like box that is part entertainment centre room and part walk-in wardrobe, topped off with a bunk bed. For something so compact it has plenty of room to keep all your stuff and keep your apartment tidy.

    ILLDesigns Living Cube

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with design, furniture, home, living, space

  • The spare room office

    Posted on 15th May 2013 by Andy.

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    In February Yahoo! surprised a lot of people when they said that its employees should no longer have the opportunity to work from home. It raised a lot of eyebrows, not least because tech companies such as Yahoo! have made it easier than ever to work from home while staying in touch with the office.

    Their reasoning behind this change was to encourage greater collaboration and effectiveness, not least because a work environment is focussed on getting the job done and has fewer distractions.

    But sometimes you just can’t avoid working from home, so here are a few tips on how to create the ideal work environment at home:

    Create a distinctive workspace - This should ideally be an office in a spare room, but could be in an alcove below the stairs or in an underused corner of the dining room. The point is you need somewhere away from the distractions that your home can create. So avoid being in the same room as the TV for example. You’ll need room for all the essentials like a computer, printer and files, plus plenty of plug sockets. Having your work space somewhere out of the way not only keeps you focused on the task at hand but when you’re done you can switch off from work and walk away.

    Make sure your work area is light and well ventilated – In order to be most productive you want a space that isn’t too oppressive or stuffy. A window or lots of good quality lighting and white or plain, bright walls will make the space seem bigger and lighter. Use window blinds that allows flexibility and control of the light to ensure the suns glare doe not effect your computer monitor. A dark, oppressive space will only put you off from doing any work and create a negative association with it so Roller blind fabrics that give protection from harsh sun glare but still allow some light filtration are ideal

    Make yourself comfortable - You could be tempted to just set up on the dining room table, but the seating probably won’t be suitable for sitting long periods of time hunched over your laptop. Take the time to have a dedicated space where the seat, desk and computer are set up to be as comfortable to use as possible.

    Keep it organised – Ensure your desk is tidy and you keep your paperwork in good order. Don’t let a mess build up around your work area as it can lead to you becoming disorganised, which can lead to stress. If you can keep most of your equipment and paperwork in a cupboard or drawer that will help you stay focused. If your workspace is also part of your living room then being able to put it away out of sight will also help you switch off at the end of the day.

    Get a pot plant – Research has found that have found that people tend to have more creative and innovative ideas when they are close to nature. So if you don’t have a window looking out onto fields or trees get yourself a pot plant and opt for a green colour scheme.

    This Post was posted in Home Office and was tagged with computer, home, office, roller blinds, room, space, Visio-Lux

  • Small Kitchen Design Tips

    Posted on 1st February 2011 by yasmin.

    With some smart organisation a small kitchen space can be both workable and stylish at the same time; all you need to do is be astute with your lighting, storage and planning! De-clutter - Get rid of little-used appliances and useless gadgets that appear to be cluttering up your kitchen space. As well as this only keep as much crockery and glassware on show as you need clear up valuable worktop space. In a small space less really is more, the more clutter there is lying around; the smaller your room is going to look. Be realistic - If you have a small kitchen then be realistic, you are never going to comfortably fit a large kitchen table in now are you?  Instead maximise the space you have by being clever with furniture. Perhaps a kitchen side could double up as a breakfast bar, or perhaps only a small kitchen table will do the job. Again I will reiterate the fact that the more that is in a space; the smaller that space looks. Kitchen units - Stay away from busy kitchen units with large handles; in a small space you will be more likely to knock yourself on them. Kitchen units with subtle finger-pulls instead of handles are best in a small space as they are more seamless and streamline, making your kitchen space feel bigger. Also, units with a high gloss finish can be reflective and so make a space appear bigger than it actually is. Colour and light - A white or neutral scheme will make a space appear bigger, whereas a dark red or black space will make a room feel small and claustrophobic. To accompany your neutral scheme keep your lighting as natural as possible. Use light blinds which will still allow the sun to shine in through your windows. Why not go for our Viveza Pearl roller blinds or our stunning gloss white venetian blinds.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with blinds, kitchen, roller, space, venetian

  • Electric Blinds with Lofty Ambitions

    Posted on 28th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Taking the wide, white spaces of a loft apartment and turning it into a home can be a tricky task. The key here is to take sculptural furniture, soft lighting and lots of textures and fabrics in order to transform an open white space into a welcoming home. Despite cement flooring and expanses of white washed walls, your loft space doesn’t have to feel bare or stark. Instead opt for well-placed furniture and judicious lighting in order to create separate living spaces. The good thing about apartments is that they are usually very light, open spaces; this is an important feature to keep in your apartment as light and space are both welcoming features. Why not create warmth with both wooden flooring and coordinating wood blinds. By matching your flooring you your window blinds you will create the illusion of warmth and comfort. Alternatively if you like an ultra urban, contemporary feel you could team your white walls and cement flooring with blinds that will allow natural light through like Viveza Platinum roller blinds or our Satin finish Seda Ice electric blinds. Both blinds will ensure that your room remains bright and white; however, the textures on the blinds will add a touch of warmth. When it comes to furniture, symmetrically positioned sofas and coffee tables will add a sociable feel to the space whilst a faux fur rug in the centre of your sociable space will ensure that the area feels warm and welcoming to guests. For the accessories, block colours always work well with vast white spaces. Go for bright, framed paintings or large canvas photos. A white space really gives you a blank canvass to work with meaning that you really can make certain features stand out.

    This Post was posted in Electric Blinds and was tagged with apartment, blinds, electric, flooring, furniture, light, loft, space, white

  • The Convivial Kitchen

    Posted on 25th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Whether you have a large family busily rushing around the kitchen of a morning or love to throw lavish dinner parties for an abundance of friends and family, your kitchen is the heart of the home and a magnet for formal and informal occasions alike.

    It is essential that your kitchen is up to the challenge here and it takes some careful planning to create a kitchen space that can double up as a living space, so here I provide for you my top tips on how to do exactly that!

    Low noise levels - Choose energy efficient appliances with low noise levels like the near silent AEG diswashers, this will ensure that conversation carries on, even when you are cooking.  It also means that you can put your dishwasher or washing machine on when you are entertaining friends, after all its never nice to wake up to the washing up the morning after the night before now is it?

    Welcome light - Try to ensure that your kitchen area is light and welcoming; this in turn will ensure that your family and guests want to spend time in the kitchen. The key here is to not make the space appear too dark so ensure that you stay away from dark colours on your walls unless they are in blocks. Window dressing is also important here as you want to ensure that the room gets as much natural light as possible, this can be achieved by making sure that your blinds allow light to gently filter through into the room such as our Liso Wickerware roller blinds. Venetian blinds are also a great choice for the hi-tech kitchen as the metal slats can be rotated with a wireless remote control, allowing complete control over ambient light levels in the room. The Controliss Silver Venetian blinds powered with household batteries are definitely worth a closer look as the popular metallic silver finish offers a great back drop for stainless steel appliances.

    Make the space fun - If you have children in the house then ensure that the space is fun for them as well as serving its purpose for the rest of the household. Whether you have lettering magnets on the fridge, funky furniture or fabulously colourful art on the walls, what surrounds an individual really can have an impact on that individual’s mood.

    So go on, transform your kitchen into an attractive and welcoming space!

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with silver, blinds, kitchen, light, space, sun, sunlight, Venetian Blinds

  • Grand Hallways

    Posted on 12th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Hallways and entrance halls can often end up as wasted, messy spaces which do nothing and say nothing about the character of the owners or the home in question. The starting line for turning your hall way from a wasted, drab space to a fabulous grand entrance is of course the colour palette. Making the right choices when it comes to the colour palette of your hallway will characterise your hallway or entrance space and in turn make that drab space fab! If your hall way is narrow and dark then there are two separate techniques you can adopt here. You can either go for the trade of thought of; 'the brighter the better' and aim to make the space appear fresh, bright and light or you can go for dark colours of which will elongate your hallway. If you want to brighten up your space then go for fresh, light colours such as whites and creams. Add to this look a large mirror and a lightly coloured blind of which will let the sun shine through it in the morning such as our Viveza Pearl roller blind. Alternatively if you want to add a splash of colour then why not go for one of our lighter shades of Vertical Blinds that will allow you to achieve the perfect balance of light and privacy. If on the other hand, you have a narrow space then why not go for dramatic section of wall in a dark red or purple with contrasting bright white larger sections. Using these two contrasting shades together can elongate your hallway giving the appearance of a passionate and welcoming space. If you accessorise these dark colours correctly then these shades will work brilliantly in elongating as well as adding drama to your hall way, Controliss Liso Jet Black roller blinds or Liso Red Devil are perfect accomplices for a striking window finish here. Mirrors are also the key  and will go hand in hand with the darker  coloured walls as they make a space appear wider. If you don’t want to commit to a bold paint job and palette in your hallway, however, then why not opt for coloured lighting instead? This will dramatically enhance architectural features as well as allowing you to be experimental and change the colour of your hallway regularly with different coloured lampshades and bulbs. Creating a desirable entrance hall using carefully selected paint hues and window blind shades can really turn one of the most neglected ares of the home into a grand hallway !

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with colour, controliss, hall, hallway, roller, shades, space, vertical, window blinds

  • Lighten Up Your Interior Space

    Posted on 9th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Ever wanted a bigger living space? Well stop wanting and start getting, if a bigger house just is not an option then why not transform the living space that you already have. You really can elongate a space by using clever tactics to deceive your room into looking bigger. Here I've outlined for you a number of small cost effective steps you can take in order to make your living space appear bigger than it actually is! Flooring - By using light wooden flooring consistently throughout a downstairs space creates a sense of continuity and makes a space appear more open-plan. Alternatively you could use a light coloured subtle carpet as this may create the same effect, but not to the same extent. Walls - If you only have a small downstairs living space then it would be advisable to stay away from dark coloured walls  and busily patterned wallpapers all over, as this will only make your room appear darker and more boxed in. Instead go for a light palette of soft pastel colours. Mirror image - Add width to a small room with the strategic placement of mirrors. The most cost efficient and conveneient way to change the appearance of a room is to add a mirror. Whether it be a dramatically framed, classically cut mirror or a abstract shaped contemporary mirror, it really will change the shape and appearance of your chosen room. You see, the thing with mirrors is that they make a space appear bigger than it actually is, changing your room in an instant. Let there be light - As with your wallpaper, your windows should not be dressed too darkly. The lighter you dress your window, the lighter your room will be and so the bigger the space will appear. Using contemporary light plain roller blinds fabrics like the Controliss Oscuro Cream roller blind, this will block out the street lamps at night, but will appear bright enough in the day. Alternatively you could go for our Textura roller fabrics for a cooler effect. So there you have it, four simple ways to make your living space appear bigger, good luck!

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with blinds, design, fabrics, interior, light, roller, room, space, window

  • 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.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with blinds, colours, decorating, fabric, pattern, patterns, room, space

  • Create A Home work Haven for Children

    Posted on 15th November 2010 by jenny.

    When we think about childrens rooms, we often think about bedrooms and playrooms. However, if you have school-aged children, it would be a great idea to design a practical work space for them to do their home work and other creative endeavours. What better way to inspire them to do their best work than designing a home work space dedicated entirely for their creative and school-related pursuits. Whether they are five years old starting junior school or 18 and ready for university, here's how to make the best home work space that will motivate your children to study hard. Work with Them The first rule is to consult your children about creating a home work space for them. Working with your children to create the ideal work space for them will motivate them to use the space and claim ownership of the work space when the time comes. Together, examine the place where they are used to doing their homework. What characteristics of the present space do they love? Which elements don’t they like? Perhaps they like to spread their stuff on a kitchen table. Maybe they like having you close by so they consult you with their homework. Make a list of what they want in a workspace and then make sure that these traits are included in their workspace. Location, location, location Now that you have a good idea of your childs likes and dislikes, it’s time to find the perfect location for this workspace. For younger kids who’ll need you close by, you may need to carve out a space near the kitchen or dining room so you can supervise their homework. Older children may be more independent and need some place quiet and away from other family members to concentrate such as their bedroom. Let them choose the space so they will be more encouraged to use the area. Child-Friendly Furniture After you have decided with the location, include essential furniture such as a comfortable desk chair that is ergonomically friendly. Include storage areas to keep the space neat and clean. You could customise file cabinets and make it more child-friendly by adding fun stencils or stickers. If space is an issue, there are many inventive ways that you can transform furniture into storage, such as using a workbench with cubby holes. The workbench can even accommodate a friend while they are working on school projects. Comfort is Key With the furniture and storage in place, you can make the place comfortable. If your children are allowed to work with a laptop or a computer, ensure that the problem of glare is addressed. Don’t risk eyestrain for your children and purchase glare-preventing child safe window blinds, such as the Controliss blackout Roller blinds in Oscuro Petal Bloom or Oscuro Sapphire. If you want a neutral shade, blackout Roller blinds in Oscuro Cream will work well in any room. A desk light is also important to complement the ambient light in the workspace location. After you have fitted your childs home work haven, allow them to accessorise their space with their very own artworks and knickknacks. Personalising their own space will help them enjoy the area more. An attractive place filled with light and colour will surely inspire your children to excel in their studies and actually look forward to doing their home work.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with bedroom, blackout, child, children, home, roller blinds, safe, safety, space

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