by tuiss :: Los Muertos Roller Blinds

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October is here and that time when the ghosties and shoulies and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night come out to play is drawing near so we thought we’d shine our spotlight on a very relevant and very stylish blind this month… The Los Muertos Gold roller blind!

Stylish design

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Intricately detailed, this beautiful sugar skull design echoes a stylish and exotic charm, bringing a little slice of the Mexican Day of the Dead festival right into your home.

The sophisticated colour scheme adds a further style to this blind, ensuring that it will be an on-trend and quirky touch to your decor.

Choose your lining

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As it’s part of our Options range, you get full control over whether you have a standard, blackout or energy saving lining on your blind.

So if you want to keep your bedroom nice and shaded to make sure you get the best night’s sleep you can or if you want to cut those energy bills down to size and keep your lounge feeling snug and cosy, we’ve got the perfect lining for you.

Different colours available

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If you’re more into monochrome decor, we have the Los Muertos Starlight option that trades the gold detailing for a bright white accent.

Why not invert the colours and take a look at our equally striking Los Muertos White roller blind? A great choice for a more neutral interior that needs a little spice adding to it!

Suitable for kitchens and bathrooms

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This 100% polyester roller blind is water resistant so it would be a suitable companion for a kitchen or a bathroom.

Being extremely easy to clean as well, most marks and stains will wipe away in an instant, guaranteeing that it has a long life expectancy.

Nickel chain

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All our roller blinds are sent out with a nickel operating chain to add a further touch of style and elegance to your window.

What’s more, this nickel chain is more durable than it’s plastic counterpart and is guaranteed to last longer so you have complete peace of mind.

Complete The Look :: Retro

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Are you a lover of all things retro? Do you frequent the vintage shops and stalls in your town, looking for the best bargain? Why not transport your home back through time and give it a retro makeover? Here’s how…

Glassware

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Accessorising with ornaments is always a great idea to bring a unique and quirky touch to your home and retro glassware is certainly no exception.

Featuring bold and bright colours and available in an array of weird and wonderful shapes, glassware will add a personal and funky touch to your decor.

Colourful Upholstery

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Bold colours are a big part of retro decor so it goes without saying that your upholstery should be bright and brilliant!

If you don’t fancy using a patterned fabric to cover your sofa or chairs, you can use a plain one, like the sofa above, and accessorise with patterned cushions to create a retro effect.

Pop Art

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The ideal accompaniment to a retro room, pop-art has the bright colours, the timeless images and the vintage feel to really give your home a classic edge.

We particularly love this recognisable Marilyn Monroe print but there are plenty of other designs to choose from – why not try making one of your own?

Blinds

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If you don’t want to go all out with patterned wallpaper or furniture, why not accessorise with a funky blind instead?

Geometric shapes, bright floral patterns and big bold stripes are all great ways to add a colourful, retro touch to your home as well as being highly practical!

Funky Furniture

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If you’re looking to give your home a total makeover, why stop at something small? Bring in a complete room-set with a retro feel, including funk furniture and retro accessories!

Although you can give a vintage touch to nearly any room in your house, we think that retro themed kitchens look particularly cool – the bright blocky colours, beautiful vintage kitchenwares and soft and subtle accents can create a classic, funky theme in your home.

Try Something New :: Projector Screens

With the price of cinema tickets creeping up steadily by the year, many people have turned Film Night into a homegrown event.

Whilst you get to keep the creature comforts of your own comfy sofa and an unlimited supply of popcorn – not to mention being able to pause the film if you need to nip to the toilet – sometimes watching films on the small screen isn’t quite the same.

Enter projectors!

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With this handy way to show films on a larger scale in the comfort of your own home, you may never want to visit the cinema again… But what if you don’t have enough clear wall space, or if your patterned wallpaper is going to play with the projection too much?

This is where one of our simple, plain white roller blinds can prove to be very, very useful.

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Although you can buy screens both on the high street and online, they do come with quite a hefty price tag – the larger you want the screen to be, the more money you will have to part with.

The bonus of using a blind instead is that they can be made to much larger sizes for a much smaller cost.

So which blinds are the best ones to use, and why?

Essential White Blackout Roller Blind

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Made from a matte fabric that is extremely versatile, our standard blackout blinds are best suited for viewing TV shows and movies on a bigger screen.

It’s also suitable for any types of projectors from any positions – whether they are ceiling mounted, plugged in to your laptop or television or even one of these handy shoebox projectors (we found a great how-to guide for one on Indestructables, click here to see that), they’ll all work perfectly with a standard blackout blind.

Spray Frost Blackout Roller Blind

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This waterproof blind uses a reflective fabric which is guaranteed to give the best possible image for projectors if used correctly.

Best suited to over-head projectors that are ceiling mounted, the reflective fabric is ideal for HD images from blu-ray players or games consoles as it will ensure the image remains crisp and clear.


If you have a window at the foot of your bed or opposite your sofa, you could use either of these blinds as a multifunctional window dressing – the blackout properties of them both mean that they will absorb the light from the projector and not let it leak through, so you won’t be unintentionally putting on a show for the passers-by!

Real vs Faux :: Velvet Blinds & Curtains

Soft and sultry, velvets and chenilles add a funky and glamorous feel to your home.

Whether you prefer to have the real deal dressing your window or if the faux alternative is fabulous enough, we’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of each so you can be completely sure that you’ve made the right decision…

Real Velvet

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Pros

  • Eye-catching and elegant - the gorgeous texture and shimmering finish to velvet really gives it a glamorous and elegant feel, making it the perfect choice to glam up your home
  • Soft texture – it doesn’t just look stunning, it also feels incredible, making you want to reach out and touch it as you pass by
  • Excellent choice of colours - from neutrals and naturals to bright and bold, velvet is available in a wide choice of colours to perfectly suit your decor
  • Insulation - the beautifully thick material will help to keep your room shaded and cosy regardless of the lining you choose

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Cons

  • Price - as a luxury fabric, it can be quite an expensive choice
  • Difficult to clean - dry cleaning is recommended when a heavy clean is necessary, otherwise you’ll need to keep it hoovered regularly to stop the mount up of dust
  • Beware of over use - if you have velvet upholstery, you may want to steer clear of velvet window dressings as well as over-using the material can often make an elegant room begin to look a little gaudy

Faux Velvet

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Pros

  • Affordable alternative - just as gorgeous but slightly cheaper, you’ll have enough money left in your pocket to treat yourself to something nice
  • Full and thick - still as sumptuous as it’s real counterpart, your windows will be given a beautiful texture and depth

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Cons

  • Awkward to clean - water can be easily absorbed into the material which can lead to staining so it’s better to take any blinds/curtains to a dry cleaner if they need to be cleaned
  • Can fade in sunlight - if it’s placed in direct sunlight, the fabric can begin to fade which can be an issue for south facing windows and darker colours

Real or faux, velvet is still a fabric that you’ll want to reach out and touch every time you walk past it.

While the real option has that extra air of elegance, the faux choice can be a much cheaper alternative and may be worth looking into for those larger blinds or curtains.

Either way, both will fill your home with a glamorous charm and add a sense of luxury that you can only get from a soft, sumptuous velvet…

 

Offer Now On :: Free Thermal Lining

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Let our free thermal lining offer help you cut your energy bills down to size this winter.

With a huge selection of both blinds and curtains available with the free upgrade, you can create the perfect finish to your room whilst guaranteeing that your home will stay warm and cosy throughout the winter months.

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Not only will the thermal lining keep your room warm when the temperature drops outside, it will also help to keep your room cooler in the summer once the seasons change, meaning that you can take advantage of it’s energy saving benefits all year round.

Complete the Look :: Coastal

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While summer holidays may be firmly behind us, you can still channel the seaside spirit in your home with some stylish and quirky coastal decor…

Sea Glass

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In beautiful colour tones, all with a distinct and gorgeous texture, sea glass is a great touch for any coastal theme.

While you can buy it from various seaside shops and stalls – there’s also plenty of it on sale on eBay! – taking a stroll on the beach to search for it yourself can prove to be a relaxing and fun holiday activity.

Embed it in plaster to use as decoration in either bathrooms or kitchens, fill mason jars and vases with the stone-like shards to create a colourful and unique display or sprinkle it on your tabletops for a stunning centrepiece decoration.

Boat Bookcase

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Cute and quirky, these gorgeous bookcases will create a stunning display unit for all your coastal trinkets or every day ornaments.

Whether they’re up-cycled from a boat itself or just fashioned to look like quaint rowing boats, these bookcases will create a fun and funky atmosphere in your home and also prove highly practical.

We particularly love this one from Not On The High Street – with added oars to create a beautifully realistic look, this bookcase will complete your nautical theme.

Blinds

 

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Dressing your windows doesn’t have to be a dull affair – you can even pick up various patterns and colour schemes that will fit in nicely with the rest of your coastal decor!

This Freeport Delft Blue roman blind is a particularly good choice to give a nautical effect – the bold stripes have a distinct sea-bound feel to them and the beautiful blue hue will provide an excellent accent in your home.

If you’re looking for something a little more fun and interesting, why not try something like this Seagulls Summer Sky roller blind? Great for use in a bathroom or kitchen, this blind packs a fun-loving punch with it’s pattern of seagulls, perfect for bringing a little bit of the coast right into your home.

Starfish and Shells

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Whether you use them in a garland form, like in the picture above, or you fill vases with them to create quirky displays, shells and starfish are an ideal way to create a truly coastal finish to your room, as well as adding a uniquely personal touch to your home.

We love the idea of using shells in bathroom displays – try pairing them with small glasses or vases with a little sand in to create a mini-beach or fill an ornate bowl (or a larger shell!) with them to give your room an interesting ornament.

Once again, while you can buy them from coastal towns and over the internet, there’s nothing more fun that spending a seaside day searching for shells on the beach with your family.

Driftwood Signs

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We love decor that features cute little messages – from framed quotes to hanging signs, they really give your home a personal touch.

Combine this with a bit of driftwood and you’ve got a meaningful message that can be displayed alongside your coastal decor – even better, if you’re the creative type you can scour the beach for driftwood yourself and paint it with whatever message you like!

Try Something New :: Shower Curtains…

What do you use your blinds for? Most of you will use them for protection from the sun, many of you will also use them to keep you room private so you don’t need to worry about prying eyes… But what else could you use them for?

How about using them as a shower curtain?

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If your bathroom is laid out in more of a wet-room style, a waterproof blind could be the perfect addition to your bathroom…

Waterproof Roller Blinds

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An excellent choice for windows right next to your shower, you can also fit them from the ceiling and use them as a shower curtain:

  • Extremely durable - not only are these blinds waterproof, they’re also flame retardant and mould resistant, making them one of the most indestructible blinds available!
  • Protect your privacy - the pvc material is completely blackout, that means you won’t even be able to see a silhouette from the outside, perfect for those of you who want to be 100% protected
  • Ideal for wet environments - bathrooms, kitchens, hot tubs and swimming pools, these waterproof roller blinds would be suitable for any one of these areas

Rigid PVC Vertical Blinds

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With the freedom to choose which side your controls are placed and which way the blind will open, these rigid pvc vertical blinds can make excellent shower curtains in larger bathrooms and wet-rooms:

  •  Strong material - the rigid pvc is both durable and long lasting, ensuring that you won’t need to replace it every few months
  • Wipe away any marks or stains - you won’t need to worry about leaving unsightly blemishes from your hair dye on these vertical blinds as they wipe clean extremely easily
  • No weights or chains - perfectly weighted, there aren’t any weights or chains along the bottom of these blinds, meaning that there’s nothing for you to trip over as you shower!

Real vs Faux :: Silk Blinds & Curtains

There are certain fabrics that can give your home a luxurious and glamorous finish.

Silk is certainly a fabulous choice for adding an elegant touch to your home but it is the most practical?

With faux-silk materials also available on the market, which one is the better choice for your home? Take a look through the pros and cons of each before you make your decision…

Real Silk

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Pros

  • Shines and shimmers - the fabric catches the light beautifully and will create a  gorgeous, rippling effect at your window
  • Rich, luxurious texture - smooth to the touch, real silk has a delicate yet recognisable texture
  • Full and sumptuous - give your window a striking depth with this  full and fabulous fabric
  • Dry Cleanable - if you accidentally splat or splutter anything onto your blinds or curtains, you can simply take them to the dry cleaners who will clean them with expert care

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Cons

  • Low durability - if you’ve got children or pets who are likely to pull, tug and grab a lot, the fabric can become damaged and worn
  • Prone to staining - although you’re not likely to throw liquids or food around, if anything does hit the silk, you’ll need to move quickly to remove it otherwise you could be left with an unsightly stain
  • Sunlight damages - if the front of the silk is exposed to direct sunlight, it can fade quite quickly and appear patchy and uneven
  • Cost - due to being s luxury material, real silk does come with quite a hefty price tag

Faux Silk

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Pros

  • Shiny and bright - guaranteed to shimmer in the light and create a wonderful shining effect at your window
  • Affordable - faux silk is available at a much cheaper cost than it’s real silk counterpart, allowing you to achieve the same striking effect for a more affordable price
  • Extremely durable - stronger and more robust than real silk, you can take them down and wash them then iron them before rehanging if you need to
  • Gorgeously glamorous - thick and full, this shining fabric simply oozes luxury and will add an elegant and glamorous finish to your decor

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Cons

  • Wrinkling – the fabric can often wrinkle when it’s packaged or in transit, which means you may need to iron it before you hang your blinds/curtains
  • Not as strong - being a synthetic fabric, it isn’t as strong as real silk and heavily perfumed chemicals and nail varnish remover should be kept away as they can severely damage the fabric
  • Ages poorly - more susceptible to wear and tear, therefore can often look worn out as it ages

While both real and faux silk have the same appearance and a near identical texture, their strengths and weaknesses dictate which one is better to use in which situation.

If your room tends to get a lot of light, faux silk will be a better choice as the sun won’t damage the material. If you want to give your room an astonishing finish that it both full and shimmering, you really can’t beat real silk.

We hope that this has been helpful to you but if you have any further questions, please let us know in the comments and we’ll try our very best to get an answer for you.

 

by tuiss :: Geograph Antique Roman Blind…

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Feeling inspired by all the students packing their bags and travelling to university, this month we wanted to shine a light on our own travel inspiring design, this stunning Geograph Antique roman blind.

Why is it a blind worth of your attention? Take a look at our list below…

Trendy Design

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Maps have always been a popular addition to home decor. From posters and decals to adorn your wall to beautiful and stylish globes to decorate your desks with.

The gorgeous pattern of this roman blind is no different – with a rich, beautiful detailing, this blind will transport you to the other side of the world…

Choice of Linings

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This roman blind comes with a choice between two linings:

  • Standard - allows the light to filter through your window gently, bathing your room in a radiant glow
  • Blackout - perfect for bedrooms, thick thick lining will completely block the sun from leaking through, keeping your room shaded and adding an extra fullness to the fabric itself

Quirky and Fun

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The antiquated colourway features fresh pops of colour with the outline detailing in shades of pink, green and blue.

It is also a great way to show off your sense of style whilst adding a cheeky little glimmer of personality and whimsy to your home.

Deluxe Perfect Raise Headrail

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Strong, durable and ideal for larger blinds, our deluxe headrail is automatically offered as a free upgrade on our roman blinds.

Featuring a continuous nickel chain, it not only makes operating the blinds even easier, it also adds a subtle sophistication to the blind itself.

Colourful Alternative

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If the sepia tones of this blind are too dull for your liking, we also have it available in a wash of colour!

Our Geograph Ocean roman blind features the same detailing and design with a brighter and more bold colourway – perfect to make a statement at your window.

Complete the Look :: Rustic

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The rustic look is a timeless and traditional style that is perfect for this time of year – as the world outside gets a little colder, your home will retain a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Unfortunately, we don’t all have the space or funds to create a sprawling rustic theme such as the home above, but we’ve been searching for some of the best, most affordable accessories to help you give your home a rustic touch…

Wallpaper

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Wooden walls are often a big feature of rustic decor but if you don’t already have wood foundations in your home, you can struggle to achieve this effect.

Rockett St George have the answer to your problem with this gorgeous Lumberjack Log wallpaper from their Engineer Collection.

With a stunning detail to the design, this wallpaper will give you the tools to create an eye-catching and unique statement wall in your room.

Fur Throws

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Not only a brilliant decorative touch, fur throws are also a cosy option for oncoming winter months and these Luxurious Supersoft Fur Throws from Cox & Cox are no exception.

Perfect for either the bedroom or the lounge, you can use them as a gorgeous, decorative touch, or snuggle up in them and stay warm and cosy all winter.

Faux-Antler Chandelier

 

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We want to stress that no deer were hurt in the making of this striking chandelier from Enzio Designs.

This stunning design is guaranteed to add a touch of rustic chic to home whist proving to be an eye-catching addition to your decor.

Mirror

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This gorgeous Spalted Ripple Hornbeam mirror is from Graham White Furniture and will prove a practical and perfect addition to a rustic environment.

With sweeping edges and the natural grain and texture of the timber left untouched, this mirror will not only add to the rustic sir in your home, it will also bring an outstandingly natural, organic feel.

Window Dressings

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For an excellent finishing touch to your rustic style, extend it to your window dressings.

The Mellow Oak & Natural wooden blind with decorative tapes is an excellent choice for creating a traditional feel to your decor and the cotton tapes add a further touch of style.

However you can also use fabrics to create a rustic effect in your home, as shown by the gorgeous Lytham Macadamia curtains, pictured above.