The ocean has always captured the hearts of interior designers, making nautical themes one of the most time-tested and enduring of interior decorating themes. Seafaring decor is inspirational because it may lend an air of nostalgia for the ocean during winter, filling your thoughts with the soothing sounds of the waves repeatedly beating the surf and other summer memories. During warmer months, your coastal chic interiors will be all the more pronounced, making more vivid memories to take with you on cold months and the cycle continues.
To take yourself on a constant summer vacation, go for nautical themes of indigo blue, shades of navy and chalky whites. Controliss have a collection of motorised Vertical blinds in various shades of blue, such as the appropriately named Yacht Blue or City Gulf. These blue hues will go well with whites and khaki to create a beach feel in your interiors. Add a touch of red here and there to add interest and keep your space from becoming too dreary.
Aside from the colours, mimic the waves by varying the heights of objects, bringing dynamic movement into the lines inside your space. You can also play with textures with furniture, such as an old sea chest or a mirror encased in a bamboo frame. Add a woven sea-grass accent chair for additional texture. Try mixing up finishes, such as matte walls and high gloss finishes. This will bring in unexpected sheen into the room and creating more depth.
For more traditional rooms, you can downplay its elegance with more casual fabric, such as cotton or linen or even add a casual chandelier made from capiz accessories. Bring in shell collections or coral you have brought from your beach expeditions and display them on coffee tables for a maritime theme. Better yet, hot glue these shells into lamps for lighting that’s truly nautical. Cushions can also be encased with sea motifs, such as fishes or seashells.
Whatever decorations you make, always be inspired with the vitality of the ocean. Let yourself take a vacation whenever you come home with the nautical theme.
One of the trendiest hotels in London, the Rough Luxe Hotel, has captured the imagination of many Londoners because of their unexpected combination of old and new. Distressed walls are combined with antique luxury items, giving a glorious combination of opulence and decay that has been embraced by the brave and the trendy.
The rough luxe has been embraced by the anti-modernist because it shuns perfection, the uptightness of having everything clean and in place. The green movement, on the other hand, gives this design style its thumbs-up because the rough luxe look involves reusing any item or furniture that would otherwise look odd in a modernist home.
To achieve the rough luxe look, here are a few guidelines. Take note, however, that this look is not for the wallflower or the homeowner who’s looking to sell their house in a few years rather if you plan to stay in your own home for a long time and adore surprising your house guests.
The rough luxe look is characterized by distressed walls, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll let all your walls achieve a state of disrepair. One accent wall is enough, but make sure that you feature its dilapidated look. Then juxtapose this rough-hewn element with a luxury item, such as remote-controlled blinds installed in your windows. This combination of high-tech blinds in luxurious fabrics such as our suede vertical blinds in decadent Beaujolais for instance with a bare plaster wall and an expensive painting will be such a paradox that you’ll be the talk of the town because of your coolness and good taste for many weeks.
Aside from the walls, you can also leave your original flooring to its natural state and add lush carpets or elaborate rugs to maintain the look. You can also expose brickwork and mix it with chrome lighting and other fixtures.
Just because your walls or floors look distressed doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on comfort. Add luxurious furniture such as a double bed coupled with a deep mattress or a cosy armchair where you can get lost in a book or your crafts. Choose antique furniture that looks like it has seen better days, but add a touch of luxury for it to go well with your interiors. For example, an antique sofa can be upholstered with a metallic fabric to combine the air of neglect and opulence of rough luxe. An elaborate mirror that is propped against a bare wall will have the same effect.
If you’re not feeling brave enough to go all out with rough luxe and yet couldn’t resist its charming shabbiness, go for a large piece that looked like it has been loved until it was scruffy. You can distress your furniture by painting it then rubbing it with sandpaper when it’s dry. If you find this too strenuous, search garage sales in your neighbourhood for that one piece of rough luxe furniture.
After the furniture comes the accessorising with generously framed paintings or photographs. The wall decor doesn’t have to be identical, but they should complement each other. Bring in tasselled cushions wrapped in velvet or silks.
After these tips, you’ll have a home that is full of contradictions that you can relax in and boast about to your friends and family.
Interior decoration in the 1950's and the 1960's may be rather kitsch for many, but if you're personality loves fun, then you’d love this style in your living space. During this time, the world is just recovering from World War II. As if to rid itself from the miserable memories of war, interior design and fashion veered towards brighter and bolder colours with psychedelic patterns. Before you go overboard with painting your walls with shades of hot pink, burnt orange, avocado green and indigo blue, remember that it's better to inject these bold shades in small doses. Otherwise, this will only lead to the colours being too strong and distracting. Window blinds, such as the Controliss Vertical Blinds in Flamingo will look spectacular in a retro room. Aside from colours, patterns also dominated this era. Look for window coverings that have checked, tie-dyed, or elaborate paisleys, such as our roller blinds in Reina Berry.
Aside from retro colours, you can also go back a few decades when it comes to choosing furniture. The trademarks of this period were broad sofas with spindle legs filled with multi-textured cushions. Fuzzy or shaggy throws will also have the same effect. For the dining room, leather chairs and shiny chrome fixtures are the best choices.
For lighting, go for squatty round lamp covers. If all you have are square lamp shades, decorate them with tassels for a more groovy twist. For groovier accent lighting, place a lava lamp on a prominent place. This will surely keep your guests entertained and will make for a great conversation starter.
When you have the lighting in place, accessorise with unusual vases or paintings in abstract patterns and vibrant colours. Keep your eye out on collectibles from the 60's or the 50's. Shop online for these treasures and you’ll see that the hunt is as exciting as the find.
You dread going home because you've gone overboard with dark colours. You have upholstered your dark wood furniture in leather or suede in a gloomy colour. Your floors are either hardwood in a dim shade or dark carpeting; the window decorations are made of stifling fabric. Your latest interior decoration project has proven to be an interior decorating nightmare and you feel like it is Halloween all year round. Before you contemplate maxing out your credit cards for another renovation project, here are a few tips that will instantly brighten up your home without buying new furniture or stripping your floors bare. These small changes may not feel like much but their over-all effect can make your space less disheartening.
Window blinds are often the easiest to replace but give the maximum lightening effect. Consider simplifying your window decorations and opt for sheer Vertical blinds that allow daylight into the room. Simply changing just one window covering can have an immense effect in brightening up your room.
After your windows, we now turn to your furniture. If re-upholstering is not an option, choose cushions covered in light fabric or a bright-coloured throw that you can drape on your furniture to cheer your place up. The contrast of light-coloured accessories with your dark furniture can be especially inviting.
Another way to lighten up your place is to choose off-white or beige area rugs and place them in strategic places. These neutral colours will unify your dark furniture and dark floors without making the place look dim. You can also try rugs that use the same colours as your furniture or floors and mix them with light colours for better colour coordination.
Provide more illumination in your place by replacing your lamps with clear coverings or covers that are open at the bottom. If you have artwork or photographs framed in dark wood colours, replace them with lighter-coloured ones. This advice is the same with other dark accessories, such as vases or pictures.
These tips will definitely invite more light into your otherwise dark room. Apply one or all of these hints and you’ll find yourself looking forward to coming home to a lighter, more alluring abode.
According to a recent study by the London Fire Brigade, 60 percent of fires start in the kitchen. This statistic is even more alarming if you compare it to the fires started in other parts of the home, such as the living room (7 percent) and bedrooms (6 percent). Around 70 percent of kitchen fires arise from cooking-related accidents. With these staggering statistics, protecting your kitchen from fires should be of utmost importance. Here are a few ways that you can keep your kitchen safe for you and your family:
Kitchen safety should always go with overall style. With our Esi-Clean vertical blinds collection that gives you around 20 colour choices you will achieve this ideal balance of fire safety with fashionable styling.
A recent Home Office report on Crime in England and Wales revealed that domestic burglaries can be reduced by six percent with homeowners taking preventive measures, such as installing window blinds on windows in the ground floor. The study also shows that people who have less than basic home security measures are six times more likely to be a victim of burglary than those who have basic home security in place.
To maintain basic home security, electric window blinds offer the best protection because it prevents burglars from scouting your home for valuables, deters burglars from entering unnoticed, and can give a semblance of human presence in your residence even when you're on vacation.
One of the ways that burglars pinpoint their potential victims is to do some reconnaissance work. They may want to surreptitiously peer through your windows and scout for potential valuable items. Vertical blinds are the best way to let in light without sacrificing home security. These kinds of blinds provide the privacy needed especially in bedrooms and lounges. The home interiors are also safe from the prying eyes of possible burglars.
Another way that window blinds can protect your home from burglary is that they may create noise that may alert homeowners about a house intrusion. Window blinds may also pose a challenge for burglars to navigate through and may give you a few precious seconds to alert authorities.
Electric window blinds offer some very important advantages over manually operated blinds in providing your home more security especially when you're away from home. Burglars often choose an uninhabited abode as their targets for a hassle-free job. New wireless control systems allow you to set specific times to occasionally raise and lower your window blinds to give outsiders the impression that there are people inside your home.
Indeed, electric window blinds do more than giving you control over light and privacy. They are also excellent additions to your basic home security to prevent your home from being stripped of its valuables by housebreakers.
How long do you spend staring at a screen everyday? The latest Ofcom report suggests that people spend half their waking lives using digital devices!
If you work in a bright office or have sunlight pouring on to your TV at home then you may be damaging your eyes through screen glare.
The sun may hit your computer screen or monitor from many sources, sometimes even a glass wall or badly-positioned mirror can reflect the sunlight into your eye-line. This is sometimes unavoidable and modern offices and expensive homes usually have a lot of large glass windows to make the environment more inviting and more positive.
Many workers in the UK spend hours working in an office environment with a computer monitor and then go home and watch TV or play computer games for a prolonged period of time. It is important for these heavy users to not only ensure the sun's harmful rays are not glaring into their eyes but also to keep a good posture and move around often.
Some houses suffer from the the position of key windows in relation to the sun. When the sun is at it's lowest it can easily enter into lounges and bedrooms, if this happens at the time of the day when you usually watch TV then it could produce massive amounts of glare and annoyance. If only you could rotate your house and avoid this issue!
There are many ways to reduce glare on monitors including the monitor itself; old CRT monitors usually have a glass front which has a high reflective index, i.e. it reflects lots of light. Cheap LCD monitors are made out of a plastic compound which is perfect for reducing glare but beware they may also strain your eyes if they have a slow refresh rate making them blurry.
Curtains and blinds are perfect for blocking out the sun but can sometimes make the room too dark; the best option for glare reduction is using vertical blinds as they can block direct sunlight whilst still allowing in diffused sunlight from reflections of the material. Fabric is the best material for this blind purpose, it doesn't reflect the light as a metal blind would and also helps absorb sound in the room. Remember that the sun will move position in the sky so you need to keep rotating the vertical blind to be perpendicular to it.
Saving your eye sight could be the smartest move you've ever made, if you have screen glare at work then speak up, if you have screen glare at home then invest in some thick curtains or some decent blinds.
Small windows in a room can be an interior decorating challenge. With a few of these design tricks up your sleeve, you will be able to turn these disappointing spaces into something impressive. Creative window treatments can either highlight the size of a window or disguise its size. Here are a few ways for you to do whatever takes your fancy:
- Open them up. You don't need to hide windows with loads of fabric. Stick to the clean lines of window blinds and keep the window clear to let light in.
- Keep it simple. Keep the window frames simple and paint them in a pale colour. This will make the window less obtrusive.
- Use long curtain panels. Curtain panels that are wider than your windows will create an illusion of larger windows. Use a thin curtain rod that is placed above the window so that the valance covers the window frame. Let the fabric pool in the floor to create the illusion of length.
- Choose light fabrics. Heavy fabric on small windows can be overpowering. Use lighter fabrics that are the same colour as the walls to create an illusion of continuity. Avoid fabrics with large patterns. If you must choose stripes, go for vertical stripes to make the window appear longer.
- Opt for blinds or roman shades. Small windows will benefit from the simple lines of blinds. Blinds or roman shades that are wider or longer will also disguise the size of the window. Make sure to install them a little higher than the window frame.
- Hang café curtains. Translucent cotton cafe curtains cover half of a regular-sized window. To use cafe curtains in small windows, hang them a little lower and let the café curtains extend past the length of the window.
- Draw attention to natural light. Use mood lighting coming from the wall on either side of the window frame or hang pendant lights from the ceiling. You can also line the ledge with tea lights placed in votive candles. If Christmas is near, use party lights to frame the window.
- Hang a floating shelf above the window. Adding architectural details can make a small window seem larger than it is. Install a narrow shelf that floats above the window ledge. You can use this as a starting point to accessorise your windows and emphasise the natural light coming in.
Are you feeling bored with your vertical blinds? Here is a design project you can do yourself on a weekend to cover the hardware of your vertical blinds with traditional curtains with a contemporary style.
What You Need:
Fabric of Any Material and Pattern
Metal Ring Clips
Trimming with Tassels
1. Cut half a width of fabric for each side panel. Using blind stitching, add side seams and hems.
2. For the valance, sew together two widths of fabric in the center and hem the panel. Prepare a scallop-shaped pattern on paper and use this to cut scallops along the top edge. Use a basting stitch into the panel to keep the valance from falling apart. Add the trimming to decorate the scallops. Use the same process for the header of the side panels.
3. Clip the metal rings to the points in the scallop and slide them over a curtain rod over the vertical blinds. Place the valance on each of the side panel to make the three pieces look like a seamless piece. Tie the side panels back with a tassel to keep it from hindering the operation of the vertical blinds.
These curtains and valances will frame your vertical blinds and will up the “wow” factor of your motorised vertical blinds. Check out our line of vertical blinds; these all come in several shades and colours that can complement any room in any style.
Zesty Green and aquatic Blue toned blinds are a fantastic way to revitalise a room and create a fresh and exciting environment. Refreshingly cool Controliss Vertical and Venetian blind shades with wireless remote control can help create a lively and vivid haven with exotic undertones.
Lush Green Vertical Fabrics and Venetian slat including City Lime, Lemongrass, Pesto and Satin Garden are a great starting point for an invigorating interior and are perfectly complimented with the exotic marine tones of Spring Rain, Topaz, Aquatic and Satin Deep Bay.
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