Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Interior Design Colours Spring 2013

interior design colours 2013
It doesn't seem two minutes ago since we brought you news on 2012 colour predictions and now here we are again reporting on 2013 interior design colours. 

As you can see from the photograph originally produced by the Pantone 2013 fashion report, there are no startling newcomers this year, and if anything the colours for 2013 will be more of a pastel hue.

Lime green from last year has given way to an emerald and jade green whilst the violet that we had in Spring and Autumn of 2012 is now muted in 2013.

The pink of last season has now fell out of favour whilst the vibrant rosy red has become more of a poppy red. Yellow is still a firm favourite although with more zest than last season, Blues are again muted as is orange which last year was Tangerine Tango whilst this year we'll see a calmer and less citrus mandarin.

For relief colours expect to see linen make an appearance in 2013. Last year we didn't see a set base  colour but with linen making an appearance in 2013 as a base you can experiment with accent colours till your heart's content.

Expect to see accessories on the market shortly in the predicted colours, everything from lampshades and cushion covers to vertical blinds, replacement blind slats and rugs. Interior design often follows catwalk fashion and this can usually be seen in the colours of things like nail polish and accessories.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Vertical Blinds Out Of Alignment

Are your vertical blinds out of line? Do you have one blind slat or vane that is not lining up with the others when you close the blinds? It's a very simple fix to realign them.

Out of line vertical blinds

Simply get hold of the control chain that controls the tilt function of your vertical blind and pull it gently but firmly to close the blinds. Once the blinds are closed continue to pull the chain and you will hear a series of clicks, keep pulling slow but firm on the control chain until the clicking noise stops. 

Once you have done this, pull the chain in the opposite direction so that the blind slats tilt the other way, again keep pulling until the blind is closed and the clicks stop. Your vertical blind should now be realigned. See the video below for an example

How to repair out of line vertical blinds

Monday, 12 November 2012

Blackout Vertical Blinds

Blackout Vertical Blinds
When choosing vertical blinds it's often a good idea to consider the benefit of a blackout blind fabric. Other than the more obvious benefits that a blackout vertical blind offers such as light blocking properties which make them ideal for children's bedrooms, and for those who work shifts, Black out vertical blinds also have other uses.

Conservatories are popular in the UK however in the extremes of Summer and Winter they often suffer from either the heat and glare from the sun in Summer whilst being difficult to keep warm in the winter.

Why Blackout Vertical Blinds?

Blackout vertical blinds can help with both these problems. During the Summer months they offer more light control options than any other type of window blind. Not only can they be opened fully to give an uninterrupted view but they can also be drawn and then tilted at any angle to control the glare of the sun and to offer privacy. When fully closed they can block out the majority of the suns glare and therefore enable you to regulate the temperature of the room. This feature also makes vertical blackouts ideal office blinds.

During winter, the blackout coating acts as an insulator when the blinds are closed helping to keep the heat in and to reduce heating bills. This makes blackout vertical blinds the ideal choice not just for conservatories but for any room in the house.

Choosing Blackout Vertical Blinds

Blackout vertical blinds are available in many different colours and types of fabric ranging from PVC to plain and even patterned meaning that you can find a blackout fabric that will suit any room in the home or office.

If you already have vertical blinds then you can convert them to blackout blinds simply by changing the slats. You can order blackout vertical blinds and replacement blackout blind slats here.

So as you can see, blackout blinds aren't just for the summer months, they are useful all year round.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Cheap Vertical Blinds

vertical blinds
Vertical Blinds were traditionally expensive when they were first introduced into the UK however over time they have become more affordable.

If you are prepared to fit your own vertical blinds then you'll save a whole lot more, What should you look for when ordering vertical blinds online?

Made to Measure or Ready Made?

This isn't a difficult question to answer, Ready made vertical blinds are made to one size and you cut them down yourself. Many people buy these blinds thinking that they are cheaper and not realising just how much work is involved in cutting them to size. Ready made blinds are available from department stores such as Argos but be prepared to spend a few hours on each blind. 

If however, you spend a little time looking you can find some high quality and yet cheap vertical blinds with all the features you'd get from a high street name such as Hilarys. Buying blinds that are made to measure takes out all the hassle of adjusting the size and simply allows you to hang your window blinds when they are delivered. 

Wand Control or Cord and Chain?

Wand controls were always the lesser option as cord and chain controls are more desirable and offer more style options. For instance, you can't have a split opening with wand controls as when the blinds are drawn closed you would see two wands in the centre of the blind slats. A cord and chain system is far better in this situation.

In the past, the only benefit offered by a wand control is that they were child safe however these days most blind companies provide a simple child safe device on request for chain and cord controlled blinds. As wand controls are now back in vogue because of child safety concerns, the systems used are far superior to the wand systems of old. 

Choosing Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds come in many different types of fabrics, Blackout blinds are ideal for bedrooms and nurseries whilst pvc blinds are ideal for humid environments such as bathrooms. If you need blinds for more than one window then you will find some online blind sellers offering bulk buy vertical blind deals to save you even more money. These deals are ideal if you have recently moved house or need a lot of blinds for a conservatory.

Vertical blinds come in many different colours and the fabric manufacturers are very good at introducing the latest shades to match or compliment modern paint and wallpaper and home furnishings.

Just Blinds are manufacturers of vertical blinds and offer a complete made to measure and delivery service at the lowest prices.

Measuring & Fitting Vertical Blinds

Measuring and fitting vertical blinds can sound daunting but it really isn't. As long as you follow simple instructions then you'll find the whole process simple. Even measuring a bay window or conservatory is straight forward when you know how. Take a look at this vertical blind measuring guide that includes lots of short videos and see for yourself.

So to summarise, buying cheap vertical blinds doesn't necessarily mean compromising on quality.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Interior Design Colours Autumn 2012

interior design colours autumn 2012
Now that Autumn is upon us we thought we'd put together some ideas for decorating your home with the latest colour trends. Following on from our Interior design colour report earlier this year it seems that orange and pink are still popular colours along with some more reserved hues normally associated with Autumn and Winter.

The Pantone fashion colour report gives us the ten colours that you can see in the photo that is predicted will be popular for Autumn 2012.

To get that "look" you don't have to go wild! A simple change of accessories such as a new lampshade or some coloured candles will give a great effect. If your walls are a neutral colour then try adding a feature wall in one of the seasons colours. A new lampshade or replacement vertical blind slats in a one of the colours can have a dramatic effect and can transform any room. Great for if you're on a budget.

Go on a hunt and see if you can find some great interior design accessories in these colours. Post any pictures that you find here. Happy shopping!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Blinds for Caravans

What blinds can you fit in a caravan or mobile home?

blinds for caravans
Depending on the type of caravan that you have you are able to fit a wide range of blinds. Touring caravans tend to be more difficult as due to the shape and often the raked angle of the windows they require slimline cassette type blinds that are usually only available from the caravan manufacturer. Static  caravans and mobile homes however offer much more flexibility and can be fitted with most types of blinds.

Blinds for Static Caravans

You can fit many types of window blinds into static caravans and mobile homes. Any blind that you would fit into a home can be fitted to a caravan. 

Normally a caravan wont have a recess around the window, this isn't a problem as you can fit the blinds  using face fix brackets. 

Vertical Blinds for Caravans

Vertical blinds work great in mobile homes and static caravans especially in the lounge area as these tend to have french doors or large bay windows. There isn't a special requirement for the blinds other than you need to use face fix brackets. Choosing blackout blinds will help to control the temperature of the caravan during summer and will also provide extra privacy in the evening. 

Venetian Blinds for Caravans

Venetian blinds are ideal for the areas in the caravan where space may be at a premium such as in a bedroom or kitchen. Aluminium venetian blinds are particularly suitable for caravan bathrooms and shower rooms as they are resistant to mould. Venetian blinds can also be face fixed and are very slim so as to not take up precious space. 

Replacing your caravan blinds couldn't be easier. Follow the measuring guide for blind size (no recess) and order as normal. When fitting ensure that you use a screw no bigger than your wall thickness, check on your manufacturers website or forum.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Cheap Interior Design Ideas

Cheap interior design ideas
We've all done it, decided to decorate or do some DIY interior design but after thumbing through all the interior design magazines and looking at photos of stately homes, dockland apartments and country cottages made to look stunning with budgets that are out of out league our inspiration is crushed.

Interior design doesn't have to cost the earth, You can transform any room on a budget. Some things you can even get for free and if you're not afraid of a bit of DIY then you can always reuse some existing items from around your home. Let's take a look at some cheap interior design ideas.

Interior design is all about colours, wallpaper, paint and fabric. First of decide on a colour scheme. Even if you have just one colour in mind then there are some great free tools available online for you to use.

Try this for example, a great piece of free interior design software from Dulux, It allows you to upload a photograph of your room and then try all different types of paint and colour schemes so you can see how it looks. If you need some inspiration first then try this colour scheme generator it's absolutely free and will let you experiment with colours that compliment each other.

Once you've decided on a colour scheme you can start to do your makeover on a budget. Below are some money saving ideas for interior design and decorating on a budget

Sample Paint Pots
These are free from DIY shops and although you won't be able to decorate a full room with them you will be able to paint picture frames, wooden door knobs, bathroom accessories, and so on. You could also use them as a tint by mixing a test pot colour with a full tin of cheap white or magnolia and creating your own pastel shades.  With a little imagination you can make your own stencil and use the sample pots to stencil you own border around windows and doors or make fun stencils for the kids rooms.

cheap interior design ideas
Courtesy of hearthandmade.co.uk
Sample Wallpaper
You can pick up some samples of wallpaper and use them to dramatic effect. Some wallpaper is very expensive and so by using free samples only you can have the luxury feel for zero cost! Use them to create a patchwork panel on a relief wall or cut them into squares and frame them using cheap architrave or picture framing.

The effects can be quite stunning really and with a little imagination and time you can create an interior design look that is unique.

The photo shows a sample of patchwork wallpaper samples.

Flooring can be quite expensive. If you have floorboards beneath your carpets then why not consider hiring a floor sander for the weekend and then painting or staining the floorboards? This can have a dramatic effect on any room.

If you don't feel that adventurous then consider a cheap rug instead and match the colour (or co-ordinate the colour) to the design that you've chosen.

interior design on a budget
Shelves can be painted either the same colour as the wall to hide them or a contrasting colour to show them off. Change the knobs or handles on your old cupboards or wardrobes, You'd be surprised just how much difference this makes!

Brighten up an old sofa with a throw or some brightly coloured scatter cushions. You can even buy some fabric and make your own scatter cushion covers, if your budget it really tight then recycle some old coats, dishcloths, bedding etc and make cushion covers from these!

If you're feeling adventurous again then why not make your own curtains? If you hunt around you can buy fabric from as little as 99p so you can make matching curtains, cushions, throws and even your own wall art!

If you already have vertical blinds then why not change just the blind slats? You can buy vertical blind slats from as little as 50p each. They are available in many different colours and you're sure to find some to match your new colour scheme. Click here to see the range of vertical blind slats on offer

really cheap decoration ideas
This is the real fun bit! Get out to the car boot sales, trawl ebay, go into your parents attic, I guarantee you'll find something quirky! A metal bucket that you can fill with logs, an old bowl that you can paint and fill with dried pinecones from the local park. Your imagination is your only limit here.

The good thing is, the cost of the interior design ideas above are so low that you can afford to change your rooms decor often. I'll also wager that you'll have far more fun being creative on a budget than if you were to go to your city centre and spend a fortune.

Have Fun!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Blinds for Patio Doors

blinds for patio doors
Patio doors and French doors lend themselves to different types of blinds but they also prevent a few problems.

Lets have a look at the options available when choosing blinds for patio doors and french doors and the points you should consider before ordering.

Roller Blinds for Patio Doors and French Doors

Roller blinds can be fitted to french doors but not to sliding patio doors as they would prevent the doors from sliding. If your french doors open outwards then you need to consider that your roller blinds may collect a lot of dirt and even get wet sometimes. Roller blinds would be fitted directly onto the door leaf itself. If your french doors are upvc then although it is ok to fit blinds to upvc you need to consider that if one day you decide on a different type of blind then you would be left with screw holes in your doors. 

Perfect fit blinds for Patio and French doors

Perfect fit blinds are sometimes called no holes blinds. The each have their own separate aluminium subframe that fits over the pane of glass using special brackets that simply slide under the gaskets. Again, these blinds would be suitable for French Doors but not for patio doors as they would prevent the door from sliding. Perfect fit blinds would still share the same problem as roller blinds on an outward opening french door but on an inward opening french door they would be ideal. Be aware however, Perfect fit blinds are very expensive and we would recommend that because of the exact measurements needed that you get a reputable blind company to measure and install them. They aren't a job that you can do yourself. 

Vertical blinds for Patio Doors and French Doors

Vertical blinds lend themselves well to both patio and french doors. In fact, they are the only sensible option for sliding patio doors as you can specify when ordering made to measure vertical blinds both the control side (left or right) and the draw. So if your sliding door is on the right you would order your vertical blinds to draw to the left therefore allowing unimpeded access through the opening door. 

Vertical blinds also work well with French doors for the same reason. The brackets would screw into the head of the frame and you can specify extension brackets to ensure that the blinds don't foul the door handles.

Best Blinds for Patio Doors

So in summary, unless you have a large budget, the best blinds for patio doors are vertical blinds. Click the link to see a full range of made to measure vertical blinds for patio doors.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

What are the best blinds for a conservatory? - Buying guide

A conservatory on the home serves many purposes, choosing the right conservatory blinds is important if you are to get the most out the conservatory not just in summer but in winter. Let's take a look at the points to consider before you buy conservatory blinds. Fortunately given the advances in conservatory roofs, those hideous pleated insect traps that cost a kings ransom otherwise known as roof blinds are now out of vogue. In this article we'll concentrate on blinds for the windows in your conservatory.

Roller Blinds for Conservatories

roller blinds for conservatories
Roller blinds can look great in a conservatory depending on how you use them. If you have one roller for each "section" of window then you can create nice effects by raising or lowering the rollers to different levels as the sun moves during the course of the day. Rollers are available in a wide range of colours and fabrics at various prices.  Roller Blinds can be retracted fully for ease of cleaning. They are relatively light in weight and so won't put undue stress on the window frame onto which they are attached. 

The downside to roller blinds is that during the Summer months you may have them set at various heights but rarely will you have them fully closed. Come Winter when you want to close them for privacy and insulation reasons then you will notice that because they have been in full sun they will have faded quite badly. If you have had them slightly down, covering your top lights for instance you will now be left with odd looking and unequally faded blinds.  In addition, because most of us will have our conservatory windows and french doors open all during the warm season you will find that you get a lot of insect traffic and dust, insects have a tendency to get trapped in roller blinds leaving unsightly blood stains. 

Roller blinds suitability for conservatories:

Looks                    80%
Light Control         60%
Insulation               80%
Cost                       65%
Durability              40%
Suitability Score   65%

Roman Blinds for Conservatories

Roman blinds for conservatories
Roman blinds have changed considerably since they first became fashionable some years ago. Gone are the fussy home made wooden headrails and wooden dowel rods and in their place are modern aluminium headrails and fibreglass rods. Roman blinds have become popular as although expensive to buy made to measure, if you have sewing skills you can buy your fabric and then purchase cheap Roman blind kits that contain the headrail, rods and controls. Roman blinds are perhaps the best choice for insulation during the summer months. Because virtually any fabric can be used the choice is endless. 

The drawbacks to Roman blinds for conservatories however are many. Much like the Roller blinds they are like magnets for dust and insects. Even when fully retracted they have a deep stack height meaning that much of the window will still be covered which not only restricts your view but also makes cleaning difficult. Roman blinds are usually lined with a blackout fabric. Whilst this will bring light control benefits it also means that they are incredibly heavy. Most people these days have UPVC conservatories and although contrary to popular belief it is ok to fit blinds into upvc (see our article about fitting blinds to UPVC conservatories) you really don't want to start fitting heavy blinds into what is essentially just twin wall upvc. Roman blinds can look stunning in the home but as a conservatory blind they just don't fit the bill. 

Roman blinds suitability for conservatories:

Looks                    80%
Light Control         80%
Insulation               80%
Cost                       30%
Durability              40%
Suitability Score   62%

Venetian Blinds for Conservatories

venetian conservatory blinds
For clarification, we are discussing aluminium venetian blinds here, Real wood blinds simply aren't able to stand the intense heat and often quick changes in temperature that conservatory blinds are subjected to. Whilst we're on the subject PVC venetian blinds aren't able to stand the heat either. In fact, If anyone has chosen to fit these cheap pvc venetian blinds into a conservatory please swallow your pride and send us a photo like the one in this article that shows a melted plastic venetian blind. 

If you are looking for venetian blinds for a conservatory then aluminium venetian blinds are the ones to choose. Venetian blinds do look rather chic and even when not drawn up they offer superb privacy whilst still not impeding your view. They won't discolour and with the various devices available for just a few pounds from the likes of Betterware they are easily cleaned. 

Aluminium venetian blinds are quite light and so won't put stress onto the UPVC window frames to which they are fixed. The colour is anodised and so they won't fade in the sun. When fully retracted they have a medium stack height so cleaning should be relatively easy.  The choice of colours and even patterns of venetian blinds is quite breathtaking. See the full range of venetian blinds here.

Venetian blinds offer excellent light control, superb privacy and reasonable insulation. They aren't that expensive either. Perhaps a good choice overall when choosing conservatory blinds.

Venetian blinds suitability for conservatories:

Looks                    90%
Light Control         80%
Insulation               70%
Cost                       70%
Durability              100%
Suitability Score   82%

Vertical blinds for Conservatories

conservatory blinds - vertical blinds
Vertical blinds are always a popular choice for the conservatory and it's easy to see why. Vertical blinds offer excellent light control especially if you opt for blackout vertical blinds. The many draw options and controls allow for endless light control. insulation and privacy provision. 

Vertical blinds aren't too heavy and so again won't put undue stress onto the UPVC frames. We've already discussed the dust and insect problems in conservatories but depending on the fabric that you choose vertical blinds can be easy cleaned. You can even buy washable vertical blinds and will more than likely be able to find a conservatory blind offer for buying more than one vertical blind. 

Vertical blind slats will fade with time however unlike roller or roman blinds the fading will be uniform and not patchy. The one unique feature of vertical blinds is that in a few years time when the slats are beginning to age you can simply buy replacement vertical blind slats from as little as 50p each! 

Vertical blinds suitability for conservatories:

Looks                    90%
Light Control         80%
Insulation               70%
Cost                       90%
Durability              90%
Suitability Score   84%

The Best Blinds for a Conservatory

So to summarise, Conservatories are very demanding environments. It would seem looking at the above results that the best blinds for a conservatory would be vertical blinds or venetian blinds depending on your personal choice. 

Click the link to visit our online blind shop and see for yourself our range of vertical blinds for conservatories. Read one of our other articles if you're worried about fitting blinds to a upvc conservatory

ultimate conservatory blinds

Cheapest Venetian Blinds in the UK - EXPOSED

Venetian blinds from just £2.99 - What does that tell you? Look at the picture, it tells it's own story. Plastic venetian blinds are not structural. Unlike PVC windows or roof line products that have varying wall thicknesses of between 4mm and 25mm cheap plastic venetian blinds have a wall thickness thinner than you'll find on a yoghurt carton. In fact, they are made from recycled plastic that perhaps includes yoghurt cartons. At best they will fade in the sunlight, they may even warp slightly. At worst they will simply give up and melt like the ones shown in the photo.

The old saying "penny wise, pound foolish" certainly applies when speaking of the cheapest venetian blinds in the UK. If you are looking for cheap venetian blinds that are actually fit for the purpose then you really need to be buying aluminium venetian blinds. Not only will they not discolour from exposure to the sun they will not melt either thereby saving you from looking slightly foolish and also maintaining your privacy! You can buy aluminium venetian blinds here (for not much more than plastic ones!).

Monday, 26 March 2012

Vertical Blinds for the Bedroom

When choosing bedroom blinds you'll need to consider the following:

  • Are the occupants adult or children
  • Does the occupants sleep patterns mean that you require blackout fabric?

Vertical Blinds for Childrens Bedrooms

bedroom blinds
It's often tempting to go for a blind that is age related, Maybe a pink vertical blind or blue vertical blind depending on if it's a girls room or a boys room. Very often however we overlook the function of the blind.  If you are looking for a vertical blind for the nursery or the bedroom of a young child then it's often wise to consider a blackout fabric. Even better to consider a blackout fabric that can be easily cleaned! A perfect vertical blind for a childs bedroom  is a pvc blackout blind. Not only will this filter out most of the light which in the summer months you'll be thankful for at bedtime but also its a vinyl fabric and so can be wiped clean.  You may want to make sure that you also fit a child safe blind device. These are available for just a couple of pounds. 

Vertical Blinds for Bedrooms

For most bedrooms the choice becomes wider, more emphasis can be placed on appearance rather than function although blackout vertical blinds in bedrooms of those who work shifts are usually a good idea. You may want to pick some colour out in your bedroom decor and buy a coloured vertical blind that compliments or contrasts. Always bear in mind however that a coloured vertical blind may look odd from outside if the rest of the blinds in the house are neutral! 

A second option that you may want to consider if you already have vertical blinds is to replace the vertical blind slats. This often works out much cheaper than replacing the full blind. 

Vertical blind slats are available from around 95p each and come in a variety of colours and patterns, you can even buy blackout vertical blind slats and if you have the older 5" blinds you can also buy 5" blackout blind slats

With some vibrant colours about, new vertical blinds or replacement blind slats can make an incredible difference to a bedroom, combine with some new bedding, maybe a throw, a bedroom carpet or even just a rug and in no time you've created a whole new look for your bedroom. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds often conjure up mental images of childhood, certainly for me, alternate colours of pale yellow and green making up a kitchen blind. Thankfully today Venetian blinds are totally different. Lets take a quick look at how venetian blinds can help you to achieve almost any look in your home or office.

Aluminium Venetian Blinds

Aluminium Venetian blinds, often called metal Venetian blinds are now generally made with a 25mm slat width giving them a very elegant and minimalist look. These Venetian blinds are available in a variety of hardwearing anodised finishes. Venetian blinds can be raised to give an uninterrupted view or for ease of cleaning your windows. Aluminium venetian blinds have a very small stack height when raised.

  • Satin venetian blinds
  • Metallic venetian blinds
  • Perforated venetian blinds 
  • Patterned venetian blinds
  • Soft touch venetian blinds
Some blind companies offer cut down cheap venetian blinds that you buy to a set size and trim to the required size yourself using scissors or a small tool. Without saying too much on the subject, I'll give you some key words and let you figure it out yourself, ready? "cut fingers, sharp edges, different size slats, cheap, nasty. 

Thankfully some more reputable blind companies will supply made to measure venetian blinds. These will be supplied to your sizes and will simply require a couple of screws to hang at your window thereby taking minutes, not hours and with considerably better results. Made to measure venetian blinds aren't much more expensive either. Available in so many different colours venetian blinds can transform a conservatory, bring a touch of sophistication to your lounge, offer privacy in the bedroom and make any office look stylish.  Click on the highlighted link to see a full range of aluminium venetian blinds

Real Wood Venetian Blinds

Nothing beats the beauty of real wood venetian blinds. Giving a similar effect to plantation shutters but at a much lower price real wood blinds add a sense of warmth and nature to the home or office. Wood venetian blinds are available in 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and even 60mm slat widths. As with other venetian blinds the whole blind can be raised to give access for cleaning the window. There are many colours and shades to choose from including

  • White wood venetian blinds
  • Teak wood venetian blinds
  • Walnut wood venetian blinds
  • Black wood venetian blinds
  • Oak wood venetian blinds
  • Chocolate wood venetian blinds
  • Oyster wood venetian blinds
  • Pecan Wood venetian blinds
  • Limed Wood venetian blinds
You can buy cheap wood venetian blinds at most DIY stores that you can cut to size yourself, however, as with anything cheap, don't expect it to last for more than one summer. Not only will the wood be poor quality and warp in the heat of the sun but also the controls simply aren't up to managing the weight of the blinds. Real wood blinds can be heavy and therefore need adequate controls to adjust them. As with anything you only get what you pay for. 

Made to measure real wood blinds aren't that expensive in comparison. Real wood blinds are made from quality wood taken from sustainable sources. 

Click the highlighted link to visit our shop and see our range of Real Wood Venetian Blinds starting at just £22

Monday, 19 March 2012

Child Safe Vertical Blinds

Child safe blind device
Child Safe Blinds have become somewhat of a popular topic lately and whilst the topics popularity has been fuelled by tragedy the positive that we can draw from it is that the window blind industry has acted together to make blinds safer.

You can make your existing blinds "child safe" simply by buying the child safe blind device shown on the left and fitting it to your control cords / chains. This device will work on not just vertical blinds but also on venetian and roller blinds too.

If you are looking to buy new vertical blinds then quite a few blinds manufacturers in the UK are offering a child safe option.

We have put together an ideal child safe vertical blind offer. Made to measure vertical blinds in a choice of 3 machine washable fabrics, Cream, White and Linen. The blinds are available with either standard cord weights or a no cost "child safe" option. Prices start from an incredibly low £12

click the link to buy these child safe vertical blinds

Child safe vertical blinds

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Vertical Blind Slats- Buying Guide

More often than not you'll want to eventually decorate your room, change your flooring or carpet and perhaps think about buying new window blinds.

If you have vertical blinds however there is a much cheaper alternative to changing the whole blind. Chances are, the vertical blind still operates perfectly well and it is just the blind slats that look a little worse for wear. You can buy vertical blind slats to replace your old ones at a fraction of the price of a new blind. This gives you the opportunity to change your blind as you change the colour scheme of your room without it breaking the bank.
Vertical blind slats (often called blind louvres or blind vanes) can be found on the internet for as little as 95p each (sometimes even cheaper if you're prepared to have a coloured end of line fabric).

There are a few things to consider before ordering your replacement blind slats.

Do you have 3.5" or 5" wide blind slats?
Measure the width of one of your existing blind slats. It will either be 5 inches wide (127mm) or 3.5 inches wide (89mm). You can't put 3.5 inch slats onto a rail designed for 5 inch and vice versa. 5" blind slats aren't as popular these days so expect to find a smaller choice on offer. 3.5" blind slats offer a much wider choice of fabrics.

Do you need new weights and chain?
Not all blind slat shops include the weights and chains and will charge you extra for these. It's worth checking on the website of the company that you choose for your replacement blind slats if they are included in the price or not. It's always worth changing your bottom weights and chains as not only do they discolour with time but some bottom weights are different sizes and trying to fit your old weights into your new blind slats may prove tricky.

Will new blind slats fit my old track or rail?
Luckily most blind slats use the same type of hanger system. For more information you may want to read this blind buying FAQ

Measuring for your new vertical blind slats
This part is really simple. Take down one of your existing blind slats and lay it flat. Now measure from the top of the fabric to the bottom. There is no need to allow for hems etc. Simply measure the fabric from top to bottom.
Vertical blind slats -buying guide

Choosing a Fabric for Replacement Vertical Blind Slats

You may already have a colour in mind. Popular colours are always white or cream as they are neutral and will go with any colour scheme. If you're feeling a little more adventurous then see the article on this years interior design colours for blinds.

Replacement blind slats are available at different prices and for different purposes, You may want a washable blind slat fabric or blackout vertical blind slats for the bedroom or nursery. For a touch of luxury why not consider suede blind slats?

You are much better to buy made to measure blind slats instead of the slat packs sold by such shops as Argos etc. Buying made to measure costs about the same and is so much easier than having to cut each slat down. Simply unpack and hang them onto your head rail.

Bear in mind when buying vertical blind slats that the colour you see on screen may be different to the actual colour of the fabric. This is due to the limitations of computer screens. Most blind companies will be happy to provide you with free samples if you are trying to match a colour.

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Monday, 23 January 2012

Interior Design Colours for 2012

A few hours trawling through the countless pages on the internet regarding interior design in the UK and it becomes clear that the major authorities on the subject of colour trends all share the same view this year. 

There are a number of different colours and styles mentioned but the overriding trend seems to centre around the same theme. 

2012 interior design trends seem to favour a minimalistic approach using neutral colours but with splashes of vibrant colour the most popular of which is Tangerine Orange.  A full list of 2012 trend colours are listed below

  • Tangerine Orange
  • Lime Green
  • Sunflower Yellow
  • Navy
  • Rosy Red
  • Lilac
  • Blossom Pink
In addition to home decor a number of fashion designers are reported to have introduced Orange or Tangerine Tango and the other reported colours into their 2012 clothing ranges too so expect to see this colour scheme invade every aspect of your life this year. 

Neutral colours including pale grey, stone and cream will provide the backdrop to these bursts of colour. 

After a couple of trying years in the UK it is reported that people want to add a splash of colour and light into their surroundings. Tangerine Tango and Lime Green will certainly do that. 

How to get the look

Don't over do it, that is the key, Don't go buying carpets and a new sofa. Maybe have one relief wall and then consider subtle additions to your room, scatter cushions maybe, a rug, a vase, replacement vertical blind slats even. For very little cost you can transform your room to reflect a modern bright and clean look. If you keep the cost down then come next year you can afford to do the same again when accent colours change.