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July 8th, 2015

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June 1st, 2015

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April 30th, 2015

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Your Guide to Spring Cleaning

April 10th, 2015

Spring is on its way and now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you’re going to tackle the seasonal cleaning spree. Need some inspiration? Read on for our handy guide covering everything you need to know about getting your home looking spick, span and springtime ready!

 

The kitchen

Given the fact that you prepare food in the kitchen you won’t want to be using harsh chemicals to get it looking squeaky clean. Instead, why not try natural alternatives? You can purchase organic products from your local health food store, or even make your own! For example, orange peel, salt, vinegar and water makes a great all-purpose cleaner.

The windows

Dirty window panes are often overlooked and a spring clean is the perfect time to tackle them head on. Rubber-edged squeegees are the easiest and most effective way to do away with dirt, with screw on extensions ideal for those pesky high spots.

The bedroom

What better way to welcome spring than by giving your bedroom a seasonal makeover? If you’re on a budget, a floral inspired duvet cover, a couple of scatter cushions and colour coordinated blinds will freshen up the space in a jiffy.

The lightbulbs

Dusty lightbulbs are another spring clean target. To get them looking shiny again, simply unscrew and polish using a damp microfiber cloth.

kao-inli-waterproof-roller-blindsThe bathroom

Once again, the bathroom is a great place to experiment with natural cleaning products. A 50/50 vinegar/water mix is great for sparkling mirrors while a baking soda paste will banish grime! Our waterproof blinds are easy to clean – they can just be wiped down so are perfect for keeping the bathroom and kitchen windows clean and tidy.

The blinds

Blinds don’t need to be cleaned often but every now and then, they definitely need some attention. If you’re searching for a great step-by-step guide, check out our handy blog on how to clean vertical blinds.

The wardrobe

Is your wardrobe chock-a-block? A house wide spring clean is the perfect time to get rid of all those bits and pieces you don’t wear anymore. Rather than throw them out, donate them to the charity store.

The floorboards and furniture

Get your floorboards and furniture gleaming by polishing them up with surface protector. As well as safeguarding them from scratches, fading and wear and tear, it will also give your home a wonderful ‘like new’ smell.

The garden

A freshly mown lawn and a weed free garden is the perfect way to polish off your spring cleaning efforts. Hire a gardener or embrace your green fingers and do it yourself!

 

Happy spring cleaning!

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Interior Design Tips: The Boudoir

April 8th, 2015

The bedroom should be a tranquil haven where you can relax, unwind and sleep in absolute peace and quiet. While the kitchen may be constantly busy, the bathroom may be filled up with clutter and the living room may be a place of noise and laughter, the boudoir should be a romantic and calm space. So what can you do to create serene surroundings? Read on for Lifestyle Blind’s top interior design tips that will have your bedroom boudoir-ready in an instant.

 

Say farewell to technology

Technology infiltrates every aspect of our lives, from smartphones and tablets to work PCs and televisions. There’s no need for it to be in the bedroom! To create a feeling of unaltered relaxation, TVs and tablets are a definite no go zone.

 

Introduce mood lighting

Mood and ambience can have a serious effect on the overall feel of a bedroom. Whether you invest in dimmer lights, place decorative lamps around the room or light candles, it will make a world of difference.

 

estella-alava-roller-blindsTurn out the lights

The bedroom should be a place of beauty sleep however slumbers are often jeopardised by light streaming in through the windows. This is particularly problematic during the summer months when the days are incredibly long. Investing in blackout blinds is a fantastic way to ensure your room stays dark for as long as you like. For those that simply want to diffuse the intensity of outside light, stylish vertical or Venetian blinds are an on-trend addition to any room.

 

Look for luxurious fabrics

To really amp up the romance of your bedroom, look for luxurious fabrics and textures. From pillows and throw rugs to bed linen and blinds, dashes of lavish material here and there will make your seem much more magnificent.

 

Intoxicating scents

To create a boudoir that will have you utterly enamoured, choose an intoxicating scent to add that extra element of romance. Whether it’s a luxury scented candle or an essential oil diffuser, it will add the finishing touch to any boudoir.

 

Choose colours wisely

The colour of your walls will have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your boudoir. Reds are passionate and fiery, yellows are calming, greens are tranquil, dark purples are moody, greys are dramatic and so on. Think about what sort of space you want to create, and choose your colour scheme accordingly.

 

Follow these simple interior design tips and you can transform your bedroom into a boudoir in no time!

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Top Interior Design Trends for Spring/Summer

March 30th, 2015

Spring is officially here, and although we may not have seen the evidence in the weather yet, the SS15 fashions are on sale and mojo-disco-roller-blindsthe spring interior design trends are also starting to appear. It’s goodbye to deep dark colour schemes and monochrome themes and hello to brighter shades and patterns. Read on for the Lifestyle Blinds guide to this year’s interior trends and how to implement them in your home.

Patterns and Prints

Spring 2015 is the time to embrace the power of pattern and the prowess of print, no matter the colour or style. Floral prints are proving very popular for adding a fresh pop of colour, while large exotic prints and birds are also a staple for SS15. Modern block printing is also a key seasonal feature which can be used for wallpaper, cushions, throws and other decorative items. Shop our patterned blinds here to find a range of exciting printed blinds.

Yellow

A colour often associated with spring, all shades of yellow are to be seen in homes this season as the trend follow directly from runway to room. Bright yellow hues were seen on fashion catwalks and have been used by designers such as Michael Kors and Tony Burch, with ochre being flagged as the season’s hottest colour. Now these shades are to be utilised by the design world, in all furniture and interiors. Grab a Canary Yellow or Sunflower Yellow roller blind to showcase the trend.

enigma-ocean-roller-blindsBright Blue

Bold shades such as cobalt blue have been a long standing fashion staple for a while now, and experts predict the trend is not about to buckle any time soon. Looking striking against white and working well with other brights or pastels, it is a versatile colour for fashion or home design. Scattering bright blue cushions, adding decorative elements such as vases and candles and fitting a blue blind is the ideal way inject colour into a room and stay bang on trend for 2015.

There’s our favourite trends for SS15 – what is your favourite interior design trend this season? Let us know, we’re sure to have a suitable blind to match.

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Interior Design Tips: The Children’s Bedroom

March 26th, 2015

A children’s bedroom is their fantasy castle: a place where they can play, have fun, learn and spend time away from the prying eyes of grown-ups. The latter is a good reason to ensure everything about the room is safe and child-friendly, but equally as vibrant and fun. Getting the perfect mix between the two can be difficult, but we’re here to show you how! If you’re looking for inspiration for a kid’s bedroom, no matter what age, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few tips from our interior design experts:

Make space

No matter whether children are sharing rooms or not, it always seems like a kid’s bedroom is cramped. They may be smaller but they often have an abundance of toys, games and furniture to squeeze in. The easiest way to solve this problem is with clever furniture. A toybox can double as a table or desk, and if a TV is necessary then try and opt for a wall mounted device. The best way to create space is with a high sleeper bed which has integrated furniture. Kids will love the design, as it feels like a bunk bed, and underneath can house a desk and chair, drawers and other furniture, in addition to more space for toys. It’s the perfect solution which kids and adults will love.

Personalised kids blindsA Good Night’s Sleep

While bedrooms are often used for playing and having fun – or spending time in isolation as a punishment – the main purpose of a bedroom is for sleeping! With this in mind, it is important that the space is practical and functional in this way. Controlling light coming into the room is an important factor in getting a good night’s sleep. Blackout blinds are ideal for this purpose, but can sometimes look dowdy and too ‘adult’ for children’s bedrooms. Well, this is no longer a problem thanks to the exclusive graffiti designs from Lifestyle Blinds. Designed with kids in mind, these blackout blinds are available with emblazoned names so children can personalise their bedrooms. Children love the urban effect and parents love that the blackout blind can create ‘bedtime’ at any time!

 

balloons-green-roller-blindsTrust Neutral

When decorating a child’s bedroom, it is easy to dive straight in with the bright colours and wallpapers. But our advice is to restrain from this, as your child’s taste will change often – which means you’ll have to redo the room every couple of years and your wallet won’t that you! By choosing neutral colours for the walls and carpet, you and your child can incorporate colours, patterns and designs in the other décor and soft furnishings such as bedding, artwork and removable wall stickers.

Don’t forget to involve your child in the whole creative process too, so they feel a sense of accomplishment about their bedroom design. Take a look at our other interior design tips blogs for more advice!

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The Benefits of Blackout Blinds

March 20th, 2015

Blackout blinds have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years and offer homeowners an array of different benefits. Here are some of our favourites!

napa-jidda-roller-blackout-blindsGetting a good night’s sleep 

Getting a good night’s sleep can make or break a person’s day. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that the brain functions better when it has had a chance to properly recharge. Whether you want to block out early morning sunshine or create total darkness at midday or in the afternoon, blackout blinds are the ideal solution. Their ability to block 99% of light makes them especially handy for shift workers who sleep at irregular schedules.

 

Looking stylish 

As well as being practical blackout blinds are also inherently stylish. The sleek and subtle look lends itself to any interior, from ultra-modern apartments to beautiful period homes. They’re available in a range of different colours and styles to suit an array of different tastes. Unlike popular belief, blackout blinds don’t have to be black!

 

Adding to the ambience of a room 

Creating mood and ambience can be quite the challenge during daylight hours. It becomes particularly tough during the summer months when daylight saving means that it’s still light at 10pm. Blackout blinds allow homeowners to shut out the sunlight at an appropriate hour and turn their interiors into ambient spaces. Perfect for dinner parties, watching movies and entertaining!

 

Putting the little ones to bed

Bed time can be an incredibly stressful time, particularly if you’re trying to get little ones to go to sleep while the sun’s still up. Installing blackout blinds in a child’s bedroom will create the illusion of darkness and help get kids into regular sleeping patterns.

 

Protecting furnishings

While everyday wear and tear does play a part in deteriorating furnishings, sunlight is also a major culprit. When sofas, carpets, bed linen, wooden furniture, floorboards and other household accessories are beamed down upon day after day they can quickly become faded and threadbare. Harsh sunlight for hours on end also dries out wood and can leave it looking seriously lacklustre.

Keep the house well insulated

By trapping heat inside the house during winter and reflecting outside heat during summer blackout blinds have the potential to significantly reduce energy bills. In fact, some people have reported savings of up to 25%. Not only does this allow homeowners to slash overheads but they are also saving the environment.

Filter out noise

Did you know that some blackout blinds are able to filter out 40% of outdoor noise? This makes them ideal for creating a tranquil home at any time of the day.

What’s your favourite perk of blackout blinds?

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Kitchens 101: Which blind is best?

March 18th, 2015

Since the beginning of time kitchens have been celebrated as the hub of any home. They’re where families bond over breakfast time, where couples create romantic meals together and where every member of the household gets their fix of energy and nutrition.  In fact, according to a recent article published in the Daily Mail Brits spend an average of three years of their lives in the kitchen! For this reason, creating practical and stylish spaces is paramount. While benchtops, sink fittings and white goods are all important, blinds are another design element that should be given ample attention. To help you create the perfect kitchen we’ve put together some of our favourite design ideas to suit a myriad of different tastes.

 

Fresh and colourful

Love to cook with fresh and colourful ingredients? Why not create a kitchen that matches your passion for kaleidoscopic cooking? This year Lifestyle Blinds has released a brand new range of funky fruit inspired blinds that are cute, colourful and downright quirky. From crisp apples, juicy oranges or super sweet raspberries, the blinds encourage healthy eating while looking seriously stylish. The white background also matches any colour scheme which makes them extremely versatile.

 

Dark and dramatic

While most people prefer light filled kitchens others like the drama of darker colours. Choosing blacks, dark greys, deep reds and midnight blues in the kitchen is particularly effective as it’s not something that’s often seen. Create a polished look by fitting matching blackout blinds to make an impact (and keep nosy neighbours at bay if your window isn’t as private as you’d hope)!

 

Bright and breezy

Create the illusion of space by opting for light colours throughout the kitchen. From the wall colour and the bench tops to the blinds and the floor covering, choosing whites and light shades of colour will create a spacious interior that you’ll love to spend time in. Looking for lighter style blinds that still let the sunlight filter in will ensure that the room is bright and breezy all day long.

Ultra-modern

Up-to-the-minute spaces are all the rage this year. Complement your modern kitchen with sleek and stylish blinds that create an utterly contemporary feel. Block colours are simple yet chic while patterns add a touch of fun.

arla roller blindRustic and organic

According to the latest Pantone colour chart, organic colours are set to be one of this season’s hottest interior design trends. The kitchen is the perfect place to pull off this look. Think about painting walls, investing in earth inspired artwork, choosing rustic accessories and finishing the look off with matching blinds in an organic colour of your choice.

In full bloom 

Spring is in the air and what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than by giving your kitchen a floral makeover. Paint a vibrant feature wall, invest in colourful tea towels and fit some gorgeous floral blinds that will have your kitchen looking blooming beautiful in an instant.

What kitchen blind looks do you love this season?

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