• Reading between the parallel lines – Venetian and Vertical blinds

    Posted on 8th October 2013 by Andy.

    Venetian Blinds

    When choosing what kind of remote control blinds you want in your home, there are a few things to consider. For instance, do you need them to be more practical than aesthetic? Do you want a single swathe of fabric that co-ordinates with your other furnishings and softens the décor around your windows? If that’s the case Roman blinds or Roller blinds would be ideal. But if you want a blind that keeps the light and prying eyes out when they’re closed, but are compact and unobtrusive when they’re open, then you’ll prefer vertical or venetian blinds. But what is the impact on the look and feel of a room when you opt for these blinds? Parallel lines are known to be slimming but when it comes to home décor they don’t necessary suit every situation. By their nature they create a stripe effect along one wall and the multiple straight edges will contrast with the rest of your room if you have traditional or soft or curved furnishings. So here are a few tips to consider when choosing electric vertical or venetian blinds: Wooden blinds come in a number of different finishes, which make them ideal for co-ordinating with other wood or natural look furnishings. Straight lines and geometric shapes suit a modern interior. These are often minimalist so keep your colour palette simple and don’t make the space too cluttered. Strong horizontal lines can make a small room seem larger, so if your window is on the shorter wall bold venetian blinds can help create a sense of space. Similarly, vertical blinds can create a sense of a room being taller. As both vertical blinds and venetian blinds can be very compact when they are open you may want to have them in a bold or contrasting colour to the rest of your room’s décor. This would allow you to change the mood and look of a room dramatically whenever you close the blinds. If you want to make the lines of the blinds a feature in your décor keep the designs on the panels simple – ideally just a single colour. If you want to break up the hard edges of the blinds choose an intricate or organic looking design. This will soften the hard edges and make them less obvious when the blinds are closed.

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  • Electric blinds style choices

    Posted on 14th June 2013 by Andy.


    When choosing which electric blinds to have in your home there are a few things that you’ll need too consider. For starters, what do they look like open, closed and all the points in between? How do they move and catch the light when they are being opened and closed? Whatever style you  choose will determine what material, colour and pattern you go for as well. Here is a selection of the types of electric blinds we make to help you decide what kind you would like to see in your home: Roller blinds Like the other blinds these are compact and ideal for varying lighting levels in a room. But roller fabrics also have a major advantage over other types in that they are made from one piece of material, so they can display patterned designs. Think of an electric roller blind as a large fabric canvas being unfurled against one wall of your home and you’ll begin to see the possibilities. They’re a great way of framing complex, regular patterns like flock as well as large asymmetrical designs like floral prints, which can be reflected in the other furnishings that you have. Venetian blinds The simple and practical nature of venetian blinds is that they are compact and unobtrusive. They allow a lot of control over the amount of light they let in while also enabling a degree of privacy. They are also best suited to minimalist interiors where the straight edges and plain colours won’t conflict. However, with a greater range of colours than ever you don’t have to settle for cold, characterless whites and creams when you can have something bold and striking. Vertical blinds A popular choice for formal interiors like offices or larger areas, thanks to their practical, unobtrusive design, vertical louvres are ideal for using bold colours and textured fabrics. Closing or even half closing the fabric louvres can change the whole look of a room, and not just because of the lighting change. In a big enough window a vertical blind can become the dominant colour feature and some textured fabrics, like those with reflective or metallic elements, will shift in tone as the light hits it at different angles. Roman blinds Because they are made from one expanse of soft fabric electric roman blinds are like roller blinds in that irregular patterns will work well, and like vertical louvres textured fabrics will look really effective. When raised the blind is gathered towards the top, creating an irregular, folded bunch that will obscure any formal, regular pattern. But roman blinds are a lot softer looking, which makes them an ideal antidote to the minimal, straight lines of verticals and venetians that can appear harsh.

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  • Lutron Kirbé Vertical Curtain System

    Posted on 4th December 2011 by Jules.

    Controliss Blinds showcase Lutron's award winning and imaginative Kirbé® Vertical Drapery System that represents an exciting and unique industry first. This entirely new design of Lutron blinds smoothly raises and lowers the curtain fabric up and completely out of the way at the touch of a button. The Kirbé vertical curtain system is a captivating fusion of vertical motion with Lutron's beautifully engineered quiet drive motorisation technology and traditional soft curtain fabrics. Lutron Kirbé eliminates “stack back” – the mass of fabric remaining when a traditional curtains are opened. Curtain fabric stack back can equate to one-third the total width of traditional curtains which in many scenarios can block a large portion of the overall window aperture. Utilising the unique Kirbé system increases the number of applications where you can use curtain fabrics, including restrictive spaces, French, Bi-fold or sliding doors and floor-to-ceiling windows by recessing the system into a recessed pocket for totally unobstructed access and views. The Kirbé vertical drapery system features a number of Lutron innovations that enable automated control of rolling soft furnishing curtain fabric in a window blind possible.

    Header mechanism with Lutron Quiet Drives

    Integrated Lutron QS, QED or QS wireless silent drives with limitless control options including Lutron HomeWorks, GRAFIK Eye QS, third party home automation systems or standalone remote control. Reliably and delicately smooths and pleats the fabric as it is taken into and let out of the top mechanism. Perma-pleat bottom bar™ Weights fabric and maintains a smooth and even ripple fold pleat to keep curtain fabric uniform.

    The finishing touch Finish the overall aesthetic with a beautifully finished matching fabric Lutron cornice to easily finish the look without the need for a recessed top pocket. For more information including quotations and PDF specification sheets please email or call 0115 9311 911 to speak to an approved Lutron blinds specialist.
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  • 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 !

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  • And They Call It Mellow Yellow

    Posted on 10th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Think the sun, lemons and electric light, the list is endless...... Yellow is a brightly stunning yet understated and underused colour that really can add fun and brightness as well as sheer genius to your decor depending on what you decide to combine your yellow shades with. The key to using yellow in your home is to not over kill it, carefully choose your shade of yellow and combine it carefully, allow the colour enough space to stand alone but support it with other shades and colours that can hold their own. In this instance, most prominently, warm browns and fresh whites are what I am going to base my palette on. Yellow can be used in a very modern manner, picture this; white walls with one block wall of strong, bright yellow; shades of browns with wooden furniture and an electric wood blind , and perhaps a hint of acid green for a jolt of something unexpected and exciting. If the thought of having white walls is too cold for your liking, then why not go for a light shade of brown on your walls, accompanied by a Daffodil yellow or lemon grass vertical blind as a statement piece? If you’re not keen on yellow being on your walls or windows, however, then why not add slight glimpses of yellow to your home via your accessories. Yellow cushions and throws can add zest and brightness to your living room or bedroom. Alternatively you could use yellow accessories such as vases and picture frames, which will add electric touches to your home. The possibilities really are endless, so don’t hide behind demure colours, add some electricity to your home, whether it be a little or a lot, your home will be instantly brightened!

    This Post was posted in Electric Blinds and was tagged with blinds, electric, home, motorised, shades, vertical, wood, wooden, yellow

  • Green With Envy

    Posted on 10th January 2011 by yasmin.

    The colour green is beautifully gorgeous; it can be fresh, warm, bright, classic, and whacky, you name it and green can be it. Where a dark tone of green can add drama and class as well as depth and richness to your home decor a pale tone can add coolness. Then there is the wacky lime green, only for the daring, it can add an fresh explosion of colour and fun to a room. You can use greens in a daring fashion, or equally in a demure and classy style. The choice is entirely yours. However, the key is to use a similar palette of greens as to avoid clashes. For example; you can take your inspiration from apples, grapes and leafs, but you need to mix this inspiration with similar shades and tones. In other words choose shades that have the same degree of coolness or warmth in them. To add warmth to a room why not go for a dark and deep forest green carpet in the centre of your sitting room accompanied by a similar shade of green on your upholstery. Alternatively to add coolness why not chose a light green vertical blind or a brushed metallic green venetian blind. Or why not add something different all together with zesty green roller blind. If you’re not keen on the colour green  appearing on your floor or windows, however, then why not add slight glimpses of the colour to your home via your accessories. Green cushions and throws can add either warmth or fun to your living room or bedroom depending on what tone you choose. Alternatively you could use green accessories such as vases and picture frames, which will add subtle yet fun touches. So go on, why not make your friends green with envy!

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  • Perfecting Purple!

    Posted on 6th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Now, purple is a beautifully stunning yet subtly understated colour that really can add drama and class as well as depth and richness to your home decor. Take inspiration from plums, grapes, figs and damsons which all have colours of dusty depth and warmth that really can add something different to the palette of a room. Purple can also be used instead of black to add that edge to a room without making it appear too dark or drastic. You can use purple in a daring fashion, or equally in a demure and classic style. The choice is entirely yours! The key here is to use a similar palette of purple’s as to avoid clashes. In other words choose shades that have the same degree of grey (coolness) or pink (warmth) in them. To add warmth to your home why not go for a dark purple carpet in the centre of your sitting room. Alternatively to add coolness why not choose a light purple roller blind. Or why not add some drama to your dining room with a dark plumb vertical blinds. Picture this; you have a neutral palette on your walls and floor, statement furniture and a centerpiece mirror, and then the purple hits you from your blinds adding both depth and richness. If you’re not keen on purple being on your floor or windows, then why not add slight glimpses of purple via your accessories. Purple cushions and throws can add warmth to your living room or bedroom. Alternatively you could use purple accessories such as vases and picture frames, which will add subtle touches. The possibilities really are endless, so don’t hide behind demure colours, add a touch of warmth or coolness to your home. Whichever you chose, I promise you, you won’t look back!

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  • Decorating with Texture

    Posted on 7th December 2010 by jenny.

    Does your room still look flat and bland despite a dynamic colour scheme? What your room is lacking is texture. Texture is a decorative element that gives life to a room because it has tactile or visual depth and contrast. Different materials have different textures which can revitalise any space, encouraging you to experience the wonderful interplay of sight and touch. To start decorating with texture, it is important to recognise it in nature. Nature provides us with a mood board of sorts on what kind of textures we are naturally drawn to. The natural texture of stone can be brought into floors or walls. Stone’s texture can also be imitated using a scratch coat of plaster on the walls. A break from stone’s rough surfaces is the gloss of metals. The fine finish of stainless steel, brass, gold, or silver will reflect light. These glimmers of light can also be made through the use of glass and mirrors, granite, and tiles. Take a cue from which materials you love and begin adding them in layers. Play with the contrasts that materials make when you look at them or touch them. Mix the matte with glossy surfaces. The smooth and the rough can be an exciting combination. Textures can be applied to almost any part of a room. For example, wooden floors can be polished to gleam. Add a thick rug and you’ve created texture. More natural alternatives can be created using rugs made from sisal or woven sea grass for a casual style. Formal rooms may have their floors covered in carpet. Walls can be covered with wallpaper to hide imperfections. Many specialist wallpaper manufacturers have come up with a wide array of different materials. Some materials imitate leather or wood, giving your walls a touch of elegance. Leather especially gives a masculine touch to a room and will feel warm and sensual. Aside from the walls, ceilings can also be an area where you can put texture. You can strip your ceilings bare and have the beams exposed for a rugged look. You can also cover your ceilings with tiles made of steel, brass, or chrome. Covering your ceilings with fabric will exude a romantic atmosphere unless you hang striped fabric which will remind you of a circus tent, a great idea for children’s rooms. You can also add texture on your window coverings. The warm textures of wood blinds will make any room comfortable, while suede vertical blinds will provide your windows with a luxurious effect. Texture can bring any dull room into life with vivid combination of materials. Create contrast and depth with different textures and you’ll have a room that’s interesting and comfortable as well.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with blinds, decorating, design, room, texture, vertical, wood, wooden

  • Refresh Your Space with the Colour Green

    Posted on 10th November 2010 by jenny.

    Green is one of the most pleasing colours to the human eye. That's because it it occupies the most space in the visible spectrum that humans can differentiate from. Because of this, you have more shades of green that you can experiment with if you want to bathe your home in this soothing hue. Green brings about the refreshing atmosphere of the outdoors, such as the invigorating energy emanating from the trees in a forest or a hilly terrain that's covered with a blanket of newly grown grass. Folklore and religion associates this colour with symbols of an unending life or of hope and renewal. When you look at the historical background of how green was used in interiors, you will see that every period has their own special favourite shade of green. Georgian estates favour dark olive greens in their ancestral homes as well as hunting lodges. For the Regency era, a soothing shade of sage was the rave. Forest green dominated Victorian houses while the beginning of the 20th century was characterised with paler shades of green. The 1930's loved mint while the 1950's steered towards lime. When you look back during the last few years, you will see that the Regency's sage grey-greens had made a comeback. In addition, most people love the duck egg blue-green combination. Today, our greens are more crisp and bright to go well with the turquoise blues that dominates 2010. The best thing about green is that it balances out different colours. Like blue, it is a shade that is easy to live with. If green is what you want, think about the atmosphere you want to create as different shades of greens evoke different emotions. For a warmer mood, stick to green that has a yellow undertone. Green that has blue undertones is more soothing. Clean and dirty shades work well when it comes to green, just as long as you have the same undertone. If you’d like to have some advice on what kind of green electric blinds you’d like for your home, Controliss suggests you decide whether to stick with yellow or blue undertones. If you have chosen yellow undertones of green, then our Vertical blinds in Pesto or Lemon Grass will look great in your room. If you want more texture in your vertical blinds, try our Textures Vertical Blinds in City Lime. A zesty green roller blind in a yellow undertone is Liso Zest. More yellow-undertoned shades are available for blackout roller blinds, such as Pesto or Oscuro Lime. A green venetian blind in Satin Garden will create a modern twist to your space. For green electric Vertical blinds with blue undertones, we recommend vertical blinds in delicate shades, such as Spring or Peridot. We also have Venetian Blinds in a soothing shade called Herbal Pine that puts a modern twist to this nostalgic Regency period shade of green. When you’re looking for colour combinations that will go well with green, remember that neutrals work great with fresh and crisp greens. Sapphire blue and purple are magnificent with emerald green. Yellow, grey, or gold are lovely when paired with green while pink and green are a joyous combination especially when toned down with brown. However, if you want to give green a contemporary edge, pair it with navy blue. That’s why we bring you our electric roller blinds in an amazing striped pattern filled with strips of navy, green, orange, beige, and yellow called Fresco Spring. Green can be used in any part of the house, but care must be taken when you’re using this colour in the bathroom. It’s best to stick with a blue-green tone than a yellow-green one because blue-green tones are more flattering to the skin. Accessorise with vivid shades of green, such as in cushions or vases. You can also have some plants inside the house for a more organic shade of green. Whatever shade you’d like when it comes to green, you’ll never go wrong with the colour that denotes life.

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  • Deck the Halls with Shades of Red

    Posted on 4th November 2010 by jenny.

    No other colour can strongly evoke emotions and instantly grab people's attention than red.  Many find red to be strikingly captivating and unusually irresistible.  Red tends to be one of the most stimulating hues and it has been carrying varied meanings, depending on culture, history, and perception. No wonder this colour also stirs up contrasting understandings about the real message it conveys.  Red can be taken as the colour that indicates power or signifies passion and romance. Still some associate red with blood and violence or bravery and sacrifice. There are cultures that regard red as a symbol of happiness and celebration.  But whatever meaning people identify red with, one thing is for sure: no one can undervalue the spell that red creates. Wouldn't you want to bring in some enchantment at your very own home and spread the magic when you're entertaining?  Take this chance to adorn the interior of your house with things that have shades of red. Create a mood comparable to that of a royal palace by putting some red tones on your walls and ceiling.  Welcome your guests with a cheerful mood by rendering some rich crimson shades all over your place. Add a Dash of Red to Your Wall Don’t grab a pail of red paint just yet. It’s not really that necessary to go that bold. You might not want to overwhelm your visitors or even your family by painting every corner of your home with bright red. You can simply use wallpaper with unique designs or hang a piece of artwork with red tones, especially in the living room. You may opt for something abstract and yet modern. Blocks of fiery and daring red would make an excellent wall décor. You can also try putting framed print of red fruits or flowers. Create an even more jovial atmosphere by installing red Vertical blinds with pink or orange undertones. The Controliss Vertical blinds in Lipstick has a wonderful pink undertone that will go well in any room. Maroon or crimson electric blinds with blue undertones, such as our Vertical blinds in Regal induce an enticing atmosphere. Jazz Up Your Living and Dining Room Create a buoyant ambience in your living and dining room by using deep red accents and furniture with shades gold and grey green. Feel free to have a vibrant red sofa that goes well with fiery pink and orange pillows. For your windows, install Liso Devil Red electric Roller blinds to create a seductive atmosphere. In the kitchen, you can also match red accessories with Satin Fire Red Controliss venetian blinds. Experiment more with red until you achieve the right palette for your home’s interior. Explore Other Red Shades Depending on the atmosphere or mood that you want to create, you can balance out solid red or any shades of red with green tones. Here is something you must remember in combining red shades with other hues: vibrant colours work well with other bright hues that have similar depth and fierceness. Whenever you mix various tones of red in the same place, keep in mind that sharp fresh shades hardly ever go well with rugged hues.  Solid and light-toned colours are never out of fashion, a mix of clean and dirty hues create an unnecessary clash of colours.

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