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Benefits of Blackout Blinds

There are endless reasons why you should have blackout blinds. Some people want to keep their munchkins asleep for as long as possible in the morning, others might work unusual hours (stewardesses, servicemen, health professionals) and benefit from a room as dark as possible even during the day.

Here’s my top 5 benefits of having blackout blinds:

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1) It promotes better sleep for kids: as the summer heat arrives and the sun rises at the very crack of dawn it’s important to make sure our kids have a good night sleep. Some children find it hard to sleep when it’s ‘still day’. Blackout blinds will help them understand that it might be ‘light’ outside but it’s in fact bedtime.

2) It give adults a change to sleep too: for those who do shift work, retreating to a darken bedroom for that much needed sleep is a must!  Even those of us who work ‘regular’ hours can be kept awake due to light… just think of those street lights right outside our houses, passing car’s headlights, etc.

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3) It gives you privacy: there are times when we all want complete privacy and blackout blinds will give you just that, especially in places such as bedrooms and bathrooms where you might be getting changed or don’t want to be seen in your pjs!  These blinds will prevent others from seeing you from outside so you don’t have to worry about the your silhouette when you come out of the bathroom.

4) It prevents fading: when blackout is used in roman blinds, it will not only give you the benefits I listed above but it will also prevent your fabric from fading and keeping it look great for longer. The same applies to your carpet, dark flooring, dark furniture, etc.

5) Great for Media Rooms: if you are anything like me and can’t stand the glare of sunlight in your screen device, you need blackout blinds in your media rooms too. We all need a dark enough room to use our computers, watch a movie, play on the XBox, etc.

Got a question regarding blackout blinds? Send me a message on, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Paula, x


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How to Dress a Bay Window – Part 2

Create a custom-made seating area by your bay window and dress it with Roman Blinds

roman blinds, made to measure, kingston upon thamesI like working with bay windows.  They vary so much in size and shape that no 2 bay windows are ever the same and this is precisely what makes dressing a bay window so challenging.What ever window treatment you choose it is important to work with your windows and not against it.  Don’t disguise or hide them in any way.  Make the bay area a focal point, bring it into the heart of your scheme and make sure that, as well as looking good, the bay provides comfort and extra storage space.bay window, cushions, made to measure, kingston upon thamesThis type of project requires skill. I suggest you call in a professional!  A good carpenter or joiner should be able to build a window seat that is both stylish and functional.  You can finish dressing the area with Roman Blinds for a tailored, smart look.  Add a few cushions to the seat, a small side table and all you will be missing is a good book and/or a glass of wine!

A window seat can work very well with most bay windows including Square Bays, Bend Bays or Semi-Circular Bays.  Go ahead, celebrate your bay window! Give us a call on 07788 275 451 and we’ll tell you what is the best way to make the most of your bay window too!

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Curtains and Blinds: How to get started

Curtains and Blinds: How to get started:curtains blinds made-to-measure

Curtains and blinds are functional as well as decorative so, before deciding on a style, you should consider the windows they are meant for and what you want them to do. Ask yourself these questions:

* Will my curtains and blinds be decorative only?

* Do they need to obscure the light completely?

* Will they be used occasionally only?

The next thing you must consider is which treatment is most suited o t your windows. For example, roman & roller blinds are an excellent option for smaller rooms. However, if the window is particularly large, curtains might be a better solution. Got a small window but the ceiling is high? Then a pelmet over the blind/curtain will give the illusion of height.

Remember that whatever treatment you choose, it will have a significant influence on the overall style of the room. Choosing the right fabric and the right treatment is paramount to achieving the result you want. Sometimes having a large print may work really well even on a small room.

If you still aren’t sure, invite a couple of local specialist companies or curtain makers to take a look at your window and make a few suggestions. Sometimes, a fresh pair of eyes might give you new ideas you may not have thought of.

Companies like Laura Ashley or John Lewis may charge you for a home consultation but others might not… We don’t change for local consultation, you can always give us a call.

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