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2016 Colour Design Trends: Blinds and Shutters

If you’re setting up home for the first time, or you’re sprucing up an old room to give it a more contemporary feel, you’ll no doubt be contemplating what textures and colours complement one another. However, something that is practical might not necessarily be modern or on-trend this year.   Each year, Angel Blinds and Shutters look ahead to the upcoming design trends for blinds and shutters, so you can see what colours and design are ‘in’ for 2016. Wood effect The natural texture of wood is not only stylish, but elegant too. Guaranteed to accompany a whole array of different…

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Why do Blinds Turn Yellow?

Blinds have the ability to perfectly finish off a room with their clean lines and beautiful shades. They are a worthwhile investment, but like any other fixtures or fittings in the home, blinds will collect dust, fluff and bits of debris, so it’s important to make sure you regularly clean them. However,  even if you are an avid cleaner of your blinds, there is unfortunately still the chance that they could turn yellow over time. So why do blinds go yellow? Your first instinct might be to assume that the yellowing is due to poor quality materials, however,  this isn’t the…

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How to Lighten a Dark Room

Natural light is proven to have many benefits to your health and without it, we would soon start to feel groggy, tired and stressed. However, there can be places in the home that are a little on the dark side, whether it’s because it’s winter and daylight hours are limited, or it could be due to a dark interior design, a small room or a north/south facing house. Either way, these rooms could probably benefit from being spruced up, whether you’re physically letting more light into the room, or redecorating to give it a light and fresh feel. So let’s take…

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Which Blinds Should I Buy for Wet Areas?

With so many different blind styles to choose from, you don’t have to worry about finding the right kind for your room. However, what you do have to be aware of is finding the right style of blind that is suitable in terms of functionality and practicality, so it will last you a long time. When it comes to rooms that easily get wet or are prone to damp, such as bathrooms and even kitchens to a certain extent, it’s important to be aware of which style of blind is best suited to the sorts of conditions this room will be…

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Child Safety: What to consider when buying new blinds

In a previous article, we discussed the steps to follow to make your blinds child friendly. Keeping in line with the child safety theme, this month we’re going to look at the different types of blinds and mechanisms that are best for child safety in your home, so that your pets and children can stay safe and sound in the comfort of their home.     When it comes to child safety, the most important blinds features to look out for is no operating cord or chain, or at least a concealed or tension cord system, as these pose no threat…

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Which Blinds are Best for Privacy?

Although blinds have various uses within the home, there is one primary function that stands out above all the others and is the main reason why we need to purchase blinds: for privacy. Whether your house backs onto a main road, is overlooked by other houses or you simply need your privacy for when the daylight fades, we all have a need for blinds to shelter us from the outdoors. From Venetian to faux wood and roller, ultimately, all different blind styles offer privacy, however some will provide more privacy than others due to the type of material they are made…

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How to block light from a skylight

Skylights and roof windows are becoming increasingly popular, and not just in loft conversions. Perfect for letting more light into a room and opening a space up, roof windows are ideal for low-pitched roofs, and if decorated with the right blind, they can finish your room off beautifully. As stylish and practical they may be, if you need a little less light, or a little less heat, here’s a few tips to help. What blinds are suitable? With a wide range of blind styles suitable for skylights, you aren’t limited by choice at all. Velux offers a huge range of skylight…

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Pairing Blinds and Curtains – which blinds should I buy?

Whether you already have blinds and are considering curtains as well, or you have curtains and are considering introducing blinds, the two can work well together to create the perfect window dressing solution for different rooms in the house. Each with their own attributes, if the right combination is paired together then pairing blinds and curtains can complement one another beautifully and put the final finishing touches to a room. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why they work so well together and some of the style combinations we recommend. Practicalities Sometimes curtains just aren’t enough on their…

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How to Maintain your Wooden Plantation Shutters

Wooden plantation shutters can be fitted for either decorative or functional reasons, but either way, the majority of homeowners want them to look the best they can possibly look at all times. If you don’t keep on top of cleaning them, they can soon lose their beauty and charm that once attracted you to them in the first place.   Wooden shutters unfortunately do tend to collect more dirt than other types of shutter, such as faux wood or PVC shutters, so you will find that you have to them more frequently. However, if painted to a high standard, wooden plantation…

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Troubleshooting : How to Fix Roller Blinds

If your roller blind has started to show signs of any problems, then keep reading our article as we troubleshoot some common roller blind problems, so you will know exactly what to do to fix them, should you come across any of these problems… My blind won’t open This requires increased tension of the spring. Take the blind down from its bracket Remove the cap over the pin Tighten the pin as much as it will allow to be tightened Replace the cap and place the blind back My blind rolls up too slowly/quickly This indicates a problem with the tension…

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Vertical Blinds – still a popular and practical option for your home

Vertical blinds still remain one of the most popular yet practical blind solutions in the home. They offer the ultimate in style and function with the utmost practicality too, giving you an all-round excellent blind for your windows, regardless of which room you may need them for. Modern living Many modern properties and new builds now have large areas of glass (i.e bi-folding doors, patio/French doors, large windows etc.) that are not only visually pleasing to look at but they also encourage the flow of natural light; cleverly creating the illusion of more space. However, although there are many benefits to…

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Made to Measure Blinds for Unusually Shaped Windows

Different shaped windows, such as arched and curved, offer originality and can really make a property stand out from the rest. However, when it comes to finding blinds to fit these unusual shaped windows, it can be tricky knowing which style to opt for in order to get full coverage and privacy when needed. The team at Angel Blinds are going to talk through the blind styles we recommend for your awkwardly shaped windows, so you don’t have to worry about ill-fitting blinds spoiling your windows beautiful appearance. Pleated blinds If the majority of the window is a rectangular shape, then…

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