Stylish Blinds For Bifold Doors

November 20th, 2015

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Switch on any home design TV program and you’re likely to see bifold doors being featured. The product of choice for architects and designers, bifolds are the ultimate door solution for those requiring an installation that’s fashionable yet practical.

But it’s not only luxury properties that can benefit from bifolds, and thanks to the range of manufacturers that offer these products with accessible price points, they’ve fast become one of the most sought after installations in homes of all shapes and sizes. Maximising on space, welcoming in natural light and providing panoramic views, bifolds are a highly functional and stylish addition to the home. They’re also perfect for renovation projects and new builds alike, available in a choice of colours and finishes to complement any home.

Many choose bifold doors because they’re keen to introduce an outdoor living element to their home. By installing bifolds, a smooth indoor-to-outdoor transition is created, ideal for the warmer months and social gatherings. Of course, the current weather means that we’re all spending much less time outside, but that doesn’t mean bifold doors aren’t worthwhile.

All quality bifolds are highly thermal efficient, maximising on natural sunlight and preventing heat from escaping. They’re also renowned for adding value to properties, so you can be sure that they’re a great investment. One of the biggest benefits, however, is their safety features. Multipoint locks, superior glazing and sturdy frames provide optimum security, while advanced engineering makes them lightweight and usable, so you needn’t worry about little fingers getting trapped.

But one of the biggest concerns for bifold door buyers is finding appropriate blinds. Bifolds are substantial investments, so it would be a shame to hinder them with an unsuitable dressing. Forget about thick, heavy curtains or flimsy shades; when you’ve invested in sleek, stylish bifolds, you want blinds to match!

Fortunately, at Lifestyleblinds we’re delighted to offer a fantastic collection of blinds for bifold doors. Each product is available cordless, optimising child safety and ease of use. They are also supplied with all fittings, so you can guarantee a quick and simple installation project.

Timeless, simple styles like our Aspect Golden Sand blinds are ideal for homeowners that prefer classic designs and muted tones, while textured blinds like Canvas Celeste are perfect for those that want to add depth. Those that want a little extra sparkle can choose from our range of metallic and glitter bifold blinds, such as Asteroid Silver and Glitterball Black. One of the key benefits of bifolds is the light they welcome inside, so keep this to a maximum with our sheer and voile collection, featuring blinds that have excellent light control while maintaining a stylish silhouette. Our Voove White blinds are the perfect example of this, filtering sunlight gently through their modern translucent panels. And finally, for those that want a little more pizzazz, our range of patterned blinds for bifold doors offers a selection of trendy designs in different colour combinations. Our Enigma Cerise blind packs a serious style punch, while the Fusion Sand design offers a more understated look.

Each of our bifold blinds comes complete with cordless, spring action controls, making them easy to operate and extremely safe. Take a look at the video below, which demonstrates how they work.

Are you looking for blinds for bifold doors? Take a look at our full collection here, or alternatively call a member of the team on 0161 451 0290 to find out more.

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Thermal Blinds To Keep You Warm This Winter

November 10th, 2015

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There’s a strong chance that in the last few weeks you’ve uttered something along the lines of “Oooh it’s getting chilly!” The average temperature for this time of year sits between 10 and 13 degrees, and while the toughest of cookies might consider this relatively mild, for the rest of us, it’s definitely coat and scarf weather. Brollies at the ready, gloves in pockets and your chunkiest winter coat pulled out from the back of the wardrobe, you’ll be well equipped for the increasingly cold mornings and dark, dismal afternoons… Not to mention the sudden bouts of torrential rain!

Inside the home, you’ll probably have made other adjustments for winter. There’s nothing worse than waking up in a freezing cold house, after all. Thermostat settings tweaked, radiators turned up and, if you’re particularly lucky, fuel collected for your fireplace or woodburner, you’ll be perfectly prepared for the coldest time of year.

But while you’ll be warm and cosy, you might also be worrying about your energy bills. It’s well known that household costs increase during the autumn and winter, with people requiring more heating, hot water and electricity. We also tend to spend more time at home during these months, so we use more energy than before. And when we take into consideration the cost of the approaching Christmas period, there’s even more reason to carefully count your cash.

Fortunately, there are several ways to ensure that your energy consumption isn’t drastically affected by the weather. From closing doors behind you to shutting curtains when you’re not in the room, you can easily retain heat and save on bills. Simple alterations like adding a heavier quilt to your bedding and wearing thicker pyjamas will also keep you warm at night, while lots of hot drinks and home cooked meals will keep you toasty throughout the day. Take note of which rooms in your home receive the most light, and allow the sun to spill in to provide some natural warmth. At the same time, identify the rooms that don’t enjoy sunlight, and keep the window dressings firmly shut to stop any heat escaping through the glass.

One of our favourite methods for keeping warm comes in the form of our thermal blinds. These roller blinds are specially manufactured with thermal properties, affording them the ability to promote an ambient temperature throughout your home. Keeping rooms cool when it’s hot, and warm when it’s cold, they’re an effective way to make your home’s temperature as pleasant as possible.

And when it’s freezing outside, by helping to retain the heat in the room, thermal blinds reduce the need to switch on the heating. This in turn lessens your energy bills, so you’ve got a little more spending money for Christmas!

Proven to reduce heat loss by an incredible 78%, Lifestyleblinds’ thermal blinds are the perfect addition to your home this season. And what’s more, they’re not just functional, but highly fashionable too. We offer a great collection of thermal roller blinds in different colours and patterns, so you can select the very best window dressing for your home.

You can find out more about our thermal blinds by speaking to a member of the team on 0161 451 0290. You can also view our full collection of thermal blinds here.

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Creating A Safe And Stylish Children’s Bedroom With Cordless Roller Blinds

October 30th, 2015

That special time of year is approaching fast, and though many of us still refuse to acknowledge the dreaded ‘C’ word, we can’t help but get excited. There’s nothing quite like the build up to Christmas; family visits, shopping trips and listening to festive tunes are all great fun for you and the kids, along with the all-important task of decking out the house.

Here at Lifestyleblinds, we also think it’s the perfect time to refresh your child’s bedroom. Have you ever considered gifting your kids brand new rooms for Christmas? This can be an exciting project for the whole family in the build up to the big day. If your children are older, they can really get stuck in with planning colour schemes and selecting furnishings. And for the little ones, they’ll just be excited for Father Christmas to see their brand new bedroom when he pops in!

Of course, when it comes to decorating a child’s room, there’s a lot to be considered. That’s why we’ve created a list of our top five things that matter when creating a safe and stylish children’s bedroom.

Grow with them

It goes without saying that children grow up fast and their tastes change rapidly. To ensure that you don’t waste money on decorating a bedroom that they’ll soon grow out of, try to stick to neutral colours and timeless furniture. This will allow you to accessorise accordingly, adding points of interest through colourful bed spreads, rugs and ornaments. When the time comes, decorations can be easily switched up without breaking the bank. After all, your five year old princess may adore her pastel pink room now, but in a couple of years time she might be more interested in football!

Strong and sturdy

Kids will be kids, and accidents are bound to happen. If budget allows, invest in robust furniture that can withstand bouncy boys and lively sleepovers. Staple pieces include the bed, wardrobe and desk, which when looked after can last for years. It’s also a clever idea to avoid pale carpets that are unforgiving of spillages; instead, choose a darker floor covering, or even better, select laminate. Wipe clean is always best when it comes to kids!

Storage solutions that work

Most parents dream of sparkling clean bedrooms, but in reality, it’s much easier said than done. Choose clever storage solutions such as stacked up trunks, ottomans and storage cubes, which will help to keep the clutter at bay. During the decoration process, be sure to involve your child when choosing these items, and decide together where toys, books and clothes should be stored. And remember, when kids have bedrooms that they truly love, they’ll be much more inclined to keep them tidy!

Let his personality shine through

Even the tightest budgets can afford small changes that make a world of difference. Have you considered a homemade pin board, decorated photo frames or simply changing the nobs on furniture? These tiny tasks are heaps of fun to do together, and can also completely change the look of a bedroom. Get crafty and create accessories that reflect your child’s personality and favourite hobbies, such as themed bunting and funky wall decals. We also love the idea of framing your child’s very best masterpieces, and creating a wall arrangement that he’ll be proud of.

Safe and stylish cordless blinds

The most important thing to consider is your child’s safety in her bedroom, which is why our cordless roller blinds are the best solution. These child friendly blinds remove the risk of pull cords, while still providing excellent coverage and light control. We also have a huge range of different colours and designs available, so you and your child can choose the very best blind to suit. Take a look at our selection of child-friendly, cordless roller blinds here.

Will you be transforming your child’s room for Christmas? For help and advice about window solutions, be sure to get in touch with a member of the team on 0161 451 0290.

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Sheer And Voile Blinds For Your Home

October 27th, 2015

It’s safe to say that at this time of year, all we want is a warm, cosy house. Gone are the days of wide open windows and radiators switched firmly off; now, the chilly, wet weather means we want to be as snug as possible. However, just because you’ve boosted the central heating and added an extra duvet to the bed, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on natural light and fresh air.

Lifestyleblinds offer a fantastic range of sheer and voile blinds for your home. While some may consider fine, translucent fabrics to only suit the warmer months, they also prove effective during the autumn and winter.

First, for the time of year when the family are all at home together, they ensure privacy without obstructing views outside… Nobody wants nosy neighbours peering in while they’re wrapping up presents, after all! Secondly, sheer and voile blinds make the most of limited natural light, welcoming in the sun (when it decides to make an appearance) while eliminating glare and reflecting UV rays. With its sunscreen fabric, this design is a safe and effective way to keep your home light and bright, despite the dull and dreary weather outside. And finally, when you’re brave enough to have the windows open, sheer and voile blinds offer fantastic fresh air circulation.

At Lifestyleblinds we’re firm believers in function meeting fashion, which is why our sheer window dressings are available in a huge range of colours and designs. From natural shades of cream, beige and charcoal, to eye-catching gold tones and the purest of whites, our collection is sure to provide the perfect sheer blind for your colour scheme. Various patterns, including classic stripes and delicate florals, are also on offer, so you can complement your room with texture and detail.

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We’ve selected some of our top selling semi-transparent blinds to share with you, showcased by our very happy customers. Which is your favourite?

Blossom Spring Sheer Roller Blind

Our Blossom Spring roller blind is a stunning addition to any space, but it works particularly well in bathrooms. The design features a floral print in delicate tones, making for a lovely sheer blind that provides privacy while looking great. For those that favour subtle feminism, this blind is the perfect choice.

Sheer Voile White Sheer Roller Blind

Our Sheer Voile White roller blind is another favourite. A timeless classic, this plain white blind provides excellent coverage, privacy and light control. Ideal for home and commercial use, it’s a fine example of simplicity equalling style. We think this blind is the perfect window dressing for all the modern minimalists out there!

Lupin Twine Sheer Roller Blind

We also love our Lupin Twine design, which features a tasteful, nature-inspired pattern in a range of earthy shades including chalk and coal. We think this roller blind works beautifully in kitchens, and also looks fabulous layered with a complementary curtain. What do you think?

Lifestyleblinds offer the choice of roller and vertical blinds in semi-transparent materials, so you can select the most appropriate style for your windows and doors. Take a look at the full range of sheer roller blinds here, and our semi-transparent vertical blinds here. You can also get in touch with a member of our team by calling 0161 451 0290.

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Interior Trends For Autumn/Winter 2015

October 22nd, 2015

The colder months have certainly caught up with us. Temperatures have dropped, mornings are darker and the trees have all transformed from lush greens to shades of red and yellow… seemingly overnight! Now is the perfect time to take a look at some of the biggest interior trends for Autumn/Winter 2015, and explain how you can achieve them in your own home.

Get the blues

While the next couple of months are synonymous with an autumnal colour palette, this season blue has come to the forefront. Deep tones of midnight blue and indigo top the interior designer’s list, providing a stylish, sultry elegance that will see you through the winter. If you prefer to keep your home light and bright, add touches of dark blue through cushion covers, lampshades and ornamental pottery. Swapping your current curtains or blinds with a dark blue window dressing will also do the trick; our very own Stencil Midnight Blue roller and Simpliciti Indigo Roman blind are the perfect way to incorporate the trend into your room.

Thick knits

Keep your home toasty warm and bang on trend this season by introducing soft, thick knits. A knitted throw will immediately transform any sofa, while cable knit cushions and poufs will help you rest and relax in style. Stick to muted tones of cream, dove grey and tan, which will complement your existing colour scheme while remaining fashionable through the year. If you’re tempted by a bolder statement, this season’s focus on blues will also work well: why not choose a knit with navy detailing, or add a pop of royal blue to your existing cushion arrangement?

Vintage touches

An interior style that will never go out of fashion, vintage is once again one of the top interior trends for Autumn/Winter 2015. This time, there’s a focus on voyages and exploration, so expect vintage globes, framed maps and nautical ornaments. You can channel the travelling trend in many different ways, from utilising trunks for storage purposes, to arranging a collection of shells on your mantelpiece. Mix and match ornaments inspired by different cultures for diversity, and don’t be afraid to combine styles from different eras. It’s all about showcasing your buried treasure!

Highland fever

It seems tartan makes an appearance every winter, and this year is no different. The famous Scottish pattern works wonders in every home, bringing with it a sense of authenticity and cosiness. Depending on your taste and current décor, select a colour arrangement that suits. There are plenty of different combinations available, from traditional reds and greens to the more unusual fusions of pink, turquoise and cream. Our Tartan Fern Roman blind offers a subtle and feminine twist on the print; an eye-catching amalgamation of natural tones and striking purple stripes, it’s the perfect window dressing for style-conscious tartan lovers.

Heavy metal

Metal is no longer confined to industrial-inspired kitchens and bathrooms. This season, it arrives in many shapes and forms all through the home. Whether you’re inspired by the wrought iron of Medieval England, the lustrous mirrors of the Roaring Twenties or the smart brass accessories of the 1980s, metal can be incorporated seamlessly into any room. Glowing metallic wallpaper and sheeny fabrics are two of our favourite representations of the trend, providing the power and light of metal in the most unexpected of places.

Go geometric

Geometric prints and graphic art remain firmly on this year’s list of interior trends. While the spring and summer focused on intricate, tribal-inspired patterns, the colder months see a shift towards big, bold, and often blurry designs. Geometric patterns have the distinct ability to update any space within seconds, introducing a new focal point as well as tying together a particular scheme. Our Geometric Plum roller blind, for instance, is a great addition to a neutral space that requires some rich pops of colour.

What are your favourite interior trends for Autumn/Winter 2015? Will you be updating your home with some brand new blinds? Be sure to take a look at our huge range of stylish, made to measure blinds or get in touch with a member of the team on 0161 451 0290.

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