Smart Ideas for Windows
Take down those dusty drapes and give your windows a fresh new look for spring
One of the easiest ways to give a room a new look is to update the window treatment. Whether it’s a colourful sweep of floral fabric that brightens up a wintry room come springtime, or statement-making shutters in an unexpected colour choice, it can make the world of difference to a room. Before you consider materials, set aside the style options and think first about the practicatlities: the size and shape of the windows; how much light and privacy you will need; and how much you can afford to spend.… view more.
Venetian blinds are a great choice for design flexibility. They look neat at small and large windows, as well as French doors, helping to unite a space and smooth out visual inconsistencies – which also makes them ideal for open-plan areas.
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Freshen up a dove-grey décor for spring with splashes of zesty lemon – and bring the sunshine in.
If you’re looking for a simple yet elegant way to dress your window, take a look at the range of blinds from Eclipse. This gorgeous Hydrangea yellow roller blind is ideal for both kitchens and bathrooms.
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Don’t be blinded by the light as the days grow longer.
Warm sunshine – and lots of it – is what we all desire after the long, wet winter – not to mention this week’s chilling sub-zero temperatures – but when those golden rays finally arrive we do need a way of controlling them.
Sales of vertical blinds are soaring in the UK – and it’s easy to see why they are so popular, particularly in the spring and summer months, as homeowners opt for the flexible shading they provide from sunlight. Vertical blinds suit all types of rooms. While extremely popular in conservatories and sun-drenched rooms, they look classic and clutter free in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms alike.… view more.
Squeeze all the juice out of a yummy yellow interior design in any room to feel warm, sunny and happy.
There’s nothing sharp or bitter about using shades of lemon as an accent colour in an interior design scheme. In fact, the colour of one of the juiciest of citrus fruits will bring zest, zing and a touch of spring to your home.
What can yellow do you for?
Yellow is thought to bring an optimistic air to an interior scheme, producing feelings of optimism.
It’s the colour of the sun (remember; that’s the hot ball of fire in the sky) and therefore is thought to promote happy and warm thoughts.… view more.
Style Studio’s new range of curtains and roman blinds are a celebration of pattern and offer a kaleidoscope of colours, which have been hand-picked to deliver the on-trend looks for 2016 and beyond.
From citrus shades to blue hues, the rainbow array of vibrant fabrics will provide a burst of brightness in homes throughout the coming seasons.
Citrus shades are a key trend for 2016; zesty tangerine, lime and blood orange accent fabrics will freshen up rooms and quench colour cravings.
Style tip: “Don’t be afraid to mix and match different colours and patterns in citrus shades to brighten a neutral living space, as long as they are the same tones you can’t go far wrong.” Lorna McAleer, Style Studio.… view more.
Often thought of as finishing touches, window treatments have a big impact on the look and feel of a room, as well as how it functions. When it comes to buying, you are spoilt for choice – from designer drapes to plantation shutters, and Roman blinds to frosted window film. When dressing the windows in a bedroom, make privacy, lighting and temperature control your key considerations, as they will affect the atmosphere in the space. Fabrics, in the form of curtains or Roman blinds, are firm favourites for creating a cosy, traditional feel in a period home.
There are infinite designs to choose from, but when selecting, it is important to consider the amount of natural light in the room receives.… view more.
Citrus shades are a key trend for 2016; zesty tangerine, lime and blood orange accent fabrics will freshen up rooms and quench colour cravings. I am a big fan and clearly ahead of the game – my old house had a bright orange feature wall up the stairs! I am really into light, bright rooms with colour pops and citrus lends itself well to this look…
I read a great style tip from Lorna McAleer from Style Studio: “Don’t be afraid to mix and match different colours and patterns in citrus shades to brighten a neutral living space, as long as they are the same tones you can’t go far wrong.”
I have a lot of love for citrus pops against the monochrome pallet too, and although my house is full of white wooden blinds I am now thinking black blinds like those featured would look fab in my bedroom.… view more.
Trend: Words and typography
Lorna McAleer brand manager of fabric and blind supplier Style Studio;
“Bring words as well as patterns into the home – on walls, on blinds and with typographical wall art.
Typography could be a single oversized letter, or a serious of themed words printed direct to blinds, curtains and other home accessories.
Including photography and phrases, creating greater personalisation.”
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One hot new trend for 2016 is mixing industrial elements with soft, natural materials. The theory behind it is that these contrasting textures and surfaces work in harmony together as they enhance the essential character of each other.
The secret to achieving style success with this trend is about combining rough and smooth, man-made and natural. Key materials are concrete, marble, timber, leather and metallic elements. So embrace spaces with exposed walls, stone floors, and steel window frames. However, to some, a full-on industrial space really is too much, but you can still bring hints of the industrial ‘factory floor’ style by using old wooden pallets and storage boxes as furniture.… view more.