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How you can improve the quality of your sleep

The quality of our sleep has a huge impact on our general health. Now, through wearable technology, individual sleep tracking is accessible to us all, revealing the patterns of our slumbers for daily analysis. Whilst gathering nightly statistics may not be of interest to everyone, having a good nights sleep is certainly something we all need. Take a look at what you can do to get the most from your sleep – you might be surprised to learn how much of an impact your blinds (or lack of!) can have.

Sleeplessness factors

It is evident that a variety of different factors affect sleep but it is also true that many of these are within our control. Applying small changes to your routine and environment can make a big difference to how well you sleep.

1) Light pollution

A light room is the enemy of good sleep, as light can leak in around certain blinds or through curtains and keep you awake. This is particularly problematic for those of us living in street-lit areas. An easy solution is to fit good quality blackout blinds in all of your bedrooms. These specially designed blinds will keep the room dark so that your body knows it is time for sleep.

2) Strong colours

Colour has an influence on how we feel in a room. Avoid heavy purples or blacks and make your bedroom a restful haven by introducing colours known for their meditative effect. Soft blues, pale yellows and greens are all great choices. Finish off your tranquil colour scheme with a coordinating blackout blind and meet two key sleep goals in one!

3) Dehydration and stimulants

Most of us are aware that alcohol and caffeine affects our sleep but these are hard habits to break. Many of us even convince ourselves that wine promotes good sleep but unfortunately an early snooze soon leads to disrupted sleep. Try to minimise the timing and frequency of consumption if you want to sleep soundly. It could be time to switch to decaffeinated tea or coffee to drink from afternoon onward.

Let Bromley Blinds remove unnecessary light from your bedroom. Our range of high quality blackout blinds look great and will help to improve the quality of your sleep. Contact us now for a free quote.

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Turn an ordinary room into an office with blinds or shutters

Working from home can be a challenge. Whether you work as a freelancer and use your living room as your office or you work for a larger company from the comfort of your own home, you have to contend with a variety of issues and distractions. After all, your home probably wasn’t originally designed to serve as a workspace. However, simply installing blinds or plantation shutters can help turn your home into a viable working environment. It might sound a little peculiar, but blinds and shutters really can help you work from home. In today’s blog, we’ll explain how in detail.

1. Altering your environment

Do you sometimes find that your home is too bright, too hot, too cool or too dark to work in? Shutters and Venetian blinds can help you change the light and temperature levels in your house. By altering the position of the slats, you can control the amount of light that enters your home and trap as much or as little heat as you wish. This simple environmental adjustment improves your comfort and makes it significantly easier for you to concentrate on your work.

2. Reducing distractions

Are you often distracted while you’re trying to work? You may be disturbed by external sounds or simply by the things you see out of the window. Shutters and blinds can let in light while simultaneously reducing the amount of noise that enters your home and blocking your line of sight out the window. This effectively eliminates distractions. When you’ve finished work for the day, all you have to do is open the slats fully and you’ll be able to see out the window and hear the outside world once more.

3. Creating a tidy workspace

Shutters and blinds are tidier than curtains and drapes because they have a more rigid form. By replacing your curtains or drapes with blinds or shutters, you can cultivate a tidier environment that’s more conducive to diligent work.

If you work from home, installing shutters or blinds is a great way to turn one of your existing rooms into an office. Check out our range of plantation shutters, Venetian blinds or roller blinds to find a set that can help you.

Controlling light to create an all-purpose living space

In today’s world of interior design it’s important to find a balance between beauty and functionality. Often rooms in the house have to serve multiple purposes, especially for people living in the London area, where space often comes at a premium. This can often be quite awkward, leaving people to live with minor issues that they really have no need to settle for!

Maybe your office room struggles with light in the morning, or maybe you’re struggling to find a compromise between open blinds and privacy in your living space? The good news is that there’s a solution for every problem, simply by picking the appropriate blinds for your space.

Venetian blinds are a prime example of this. The wonder of this classic blind is the variations available. Being able to adjust the angle of the slats, or move them out of the way altogether, allows for excellent variation throughout the day. Whether you want privacy during a family meal or want natural light to flow through while you work at the computer, the Venetian blind is the perfect all-purpose option. Available in natural or stained woods along with aluminium designs, you also won’t have to compromise on style.

However, there are plenty of other options available besides this classic blind. If privacy is the issue, you might be interested in the more unique Cafe Style shutter. Covering only the bottom half of the window, this style allows maximum light from the rest of the window while maintaining that all-important privacy. Cafe Style shutters can also be made to any desired height, so you can be sure they’ll fit with your style perfectly. Those pictured were designed for a house in Dulwich.

Cafe Style Shutters Dulwich

On the other hand, if light is the issue – maybe you work nights, so sleep during the day is important – then blackout blinds are the perfect solution. With blackout blinds and shutters that are made to measure, previously tolerated problems, such as light from streetlights, will become a thing of the past.

With many different styles of blind available, there’s a solution for each and every problem. With free design and fitting available across London, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and the South East of England, you can be guaranteed a hassle-free solution thanks to Bromley Blinds. Why not request a free quote with us today, and see what we can do for you?

Child safety options – avoiding cords, avoiding risks

Every year, there are reports of children being killed or seriously hurt after being trapped in the operating cords of the blinds in their bedroom. Just the possibility of a risk to their child’s health is, understandably, enough to put any parent off buying blinds for their home.

With the summer holidays in full swing, it’s a good time to tell you that there are options available. Child safety laws mean that every trade supplier of blinds must supply chain connectors which break apart under pressure, and safety devices that fit to the wall and ensure that operating cords are tensioned at all times, making them less of a risk to young children.

While blinds are much safer when installed with safety devices, the risk isn’t eradicated completely, which can still cause concern. The only way to remove all risk is to install blinds which don’t have operating cords. Although many people may be unaware of it, most types of blinds can be installed and used easily without operating cords.

Roller Blinds

A roller blind can be installed on a spring bracket, meaning that the user simply pulls the blind down to the required closed position, and uses the spring to pop it back into place when the blind needs to be opened.

A pricier option is to have the blinds on a remote control. The remote can be attached where the cord would normally hang, like a wand, or the blind can have a motor inside the tube, which is operated by a separate remote.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are normally installed with two different operating cords; one to open and close the blind as a whole, and one to tilt the vanes. However, vertical blinds can be made completely child safe by having a wand control instead.

The wand hangs where the cords usually are, and the user simply pulls the blinds into an open or closed position, and twists the wand to tilt the vanes.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds can be made tensioned, with a bottom rail which is used to push and pull the blinds into an open or closed position, and a wand to tilt the slats. This makes them completely child safe, as there are no cords involved at all.

For any further information or assistance on installing child safe blinds in your home, feel free to give us a call on 020 8325 3232, where one of our expert surveyors will be happy to help.

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Is it time for some brand new blinds?

A well-made set of blinds can remain stylish and functional for years, but even the best sets eventually need to be replaced. Sadly, even our blinds aren’t immune to the universal laws of entropy – but we’ll let you know if we ever manage develop blinds that are!

In the meantime, you may be wondering if it’s time to replace your old blinds with a beautiful new set. To help you decide if the time is right to purchase fresh blinds, we’ve developed a list of signs that your current set may need to be replaced. Look for these signs of ageing in your current blinds to see when it’s time to replace them.

1. Your current blinds are hard to keep clean

Blinds are generally very easy to clean. However, dust and dirt can become ingrained in any object over a prolonged period of time. Consequently, the older your blinds get, the harder it will be to keep them spotless. If you’re finding it difficult to clean your current set of blinds effectively, it may be because of their age. If this is the case, it may be the right time to invest in a brand new set.

2. The slats are stiff and hard to adjust

If you have Venetian blinds or vertical blinds, their slats should move smoothly and be easy to reposition. If the slats of your blinds are hard to adjust, it may be because they have become stiff as the result of age and wear-and-tear. If this is the case, there’s no reason to simply put up with it: you can choose to invest in a new, affordable set with slats that can still be repositioned with ease.

3. Your tastes have changed

Even if your current blinds are still technically serviceable, they may no longer be to your taste. It’s natural for your tastes to evolve as time goes by and there’s no need to hold onto old blinds if they no longer match your aesthetic preferences. The blinds themselves may not be showing their age, but if you no longer like them, you should still replace them with a new set that does match your current tastes.

If it’s time to replace your blinds, why not take a look at our range of products to find your next set?

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Dress for success: get your windows energy-efficient

Modern homes need to be more than just stylish. Amid spiralling energy bills and a push towards a greener and more sustainable future, how you choose to dress your windows can be a significant step towards doing your bit for the planet.

Dress your windows for energy efficiency

Awnings

A window awning can help keep your property cool in the summer without energy-eating fans or air-conditioning. Properly fitted, awnings can reduce solar heat gain by up to 65% if your windows face south, and 77% if they look to the north. Custom awnings can be engineered to your specific colours or other requirements, and choosing a light shade will reflect the most sunlight to keep you coolest. Looking ahead to the winter months, you can make use of adjustable or retractable awnings which will let the sun warm the house, reducing the need for extra heating.

Awnings Croydon

Interior blinds

Interior blinds will rely on being paired with good double glazing in the winter, as their slatted design isn’t ideal for trapping heat loss. However, in the summer their flexibility is ideal in allowing for adjustments to control light and ventilation. To give you a sense of how effective they are, if completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, a good-quality reflective blind is said to be able to reduce heat gain by 45%. It’s also possible to position them in a way that will block and reflect direct sunlight on to a light-coloured ceiling. This is great for those days when the house heats up on a summer’s day.

Enhance your vision with Venetians

Shutters

Window shutters, either inside or outside of your home, will help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. As with window blinds, louvered shutters will serve you best for shading during the summer. They allow natural daylight into the room and offer ventilation, but block the heat of the direct sun. During the colder months, solid shutters will decrease heat loss if properly fitted by a professional company. Properly done, the tight fit between your shutter and the window behind will create an insulating air space to keep heat in.

Whatever the season, there is a blind, awning or shutter that will help you get your home greener. So stop throwing your hard-earned cash out of the window, with a little professional advice it can stay where it belongs – in your pocket!

One final suggestion, if you’re after shutters but want to stay away from classic white designs, consider our coloured paint finishes. They’re perfect if you want to make a break from the norm and use your windows as talking points in your room designs! Remember – our ultimate upgrade offer to Teak shutters (you only pay for MDF!) is still available, until 28th June 2016…

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How shutters and blinds can soothe your mind

Blinds and shutters are highly practical under most circumstances and wonderfully stylish in all situations. However, what you may not realise is that they can also have powerful psychological benefits. It may seem bizarre that window-coverings can help improve your state of mind (regardless of how sophisticated and well-crafted they are). Nonetheless, it’s true. In fact, there are three distinct psychological benefits to installing these types of window-coverings, which we will share with you here.

1. Cultivating mental balance through physical minimalism

Blinds and shutters are both very tidy window-covering options. Because they are more rigid than curtains or drapes, they are also neater. Obviously this can make them look more refined and stylish, but it also endows them with a hidden psychological benefit. People tend to feel more at ease in tidy, uncomplicated environments. By lending the room they are in a sense of simplicity and neatness, blinds and shutters can help you feel more peaceful and mentally balanced in your home environment. You might be surprised at the extent to which this can improve your psychological wellbeing and general outlook.

2. Promoting relaxation through privacy

As we mentioned in our previous blog entry, a sense of privacy is necessary for a person to remain psychologically healthy. Shutters and blinds can block out the world almost completely, thereby giving you the privacy you require to properly de-stress and recharge your mental energies.

3. Generating a sense of autonomy through environmental control

Shutters and blinds can be adjusted to let in as much or as little heat, light and noise as you wish. This isn’t just convenient and practical, it’s also beneficial to your state of mind. We humans need to have a sense of autonomy in order to feel comfortable and confident in ourselves. Shutters and blinds subtly evoke this feeling by allowing you a high level of control over your environment.


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Just moved in? Here’s why you should choose blinds for your new home

Have you recently moved into a new home? If so, you may be wondering whether you should choose curtains or blinds for your windows. This may seem like a minor decision, but it can have a huge impact on your new home’s aesthetic and on how quickly you are able to settle in. Here at Bromley Blinds, we believe that blinds are the ideal window covering for individuals who have just moved into a new home – especially if you’re seeking a super quick solution to fill your empty windows. Our rollers, verticals and venetian blinds offer many practical and aesthetic benefits that curtains and other soft coverings simply can’t match.

1. Ease of cleaning

Blinds have a smoother, more solid structure than curtains, which makes them far easier to keep clean. If you have just moved into a new home, you will probably need to spend most of your time and energy on unpacking and getting used to your new environment. As such, it can be advantageous to install window coverings that require very little time and effort to keep clean and tidy.

2. Decorative versatility

You may not have decided how to decorate your new home if you haven’t been living there long. Consequently, it is important to choose window coverings that are versatile enough to work well with whatever décor you ultimately decide on. Blinds are stylish yet unobtrusive, which means they can be integrated seamlessly into any home. Whether you choose to give your new home an ultra-modern look or a more rustic one, you can rely on blinds to fit smoothly into your chosen aesthetic. If you are sure what colour schemes you’re going to commit to, blinds can be a perfect introduction to setting your chosen theme right from the start. Adding a splash of your chosen colours to neutral decoration can really makes your house feel like a home all the more quickly.

3. Light control

Moving into a new home can often mean adjusting to a new environment. Even the amount of light that gets into your home and the angle at which it enters may different. Blinds are very effective at controlling the amount of light that gets into a room. If you opt to install blinds you will be able to adjust the light-level in your new home until you are comfortable with it, thereby making it easier to adjust to your new environment.

If you’ve recently moved into a new home and wish to install blinds over the windows, contact us today. Our express service offers a quick solution!

Why shutters and blinds are ideal for life in the city

Living in a major city isn’t always easy, due to a lack of privacy and security and an excess of external stimuli. There’s no doubt that London is hectic. With a full on work schedule and the pace of life in general, you may have difficulty relaxing and finding peace of mind when at home. Luckily, you can help yourself simply by installing blinds or plantation shutters. Blinds and shutters are ideally suited to homes in cities and can aid city-dwellers in a number of ways.

1. Light blocking

At night, you may have to put up with disturbing and intrusive lights. City-based shops and office buildings are often left lit up overnight, and their light can penetrate homes such as yours. If your house is near a busy road, the headlights used by passing cars may also cause a problem. However, shutters and blinds are very effective at blocking out light at night. They cover windows far more completely and effectively than curtains and can totally shield your home’s interior from external light sources. If you find it hard to relax or get to sleep because of your city’s constant illumination, investing in shutters or blinds could help you.

2. Noise reduction

There’s no denying that cities can be incredibly voluble places: the noise and excitement can even be part of their charm. However, if you are trying to unwind and recharge yourself at home, external sounds can be irritating and distracting. Shutters are particularly effective at providing sound insulation and reducing the amount of external noise that enters your home.

3. Improved privacy

In a highly populated area, it can be hard to feel truly alone. Even when you’re at home, the sheer number of people passing by close outside can create a feeling of social claustrophobia. You need a certain amount of solitude to remain psychologically healthy, so the lack of privacy in your city can be very damaging. Investing in shutters or blinds can help, however, because they can block out the outside world, prevent prying eyes from seeing into your home and restore your sense of privacy.

4. Crime prevention

Cities tend to have higher crime rates than smaller towns and villages. Installing blinds or plantation shutters can deter prospective burglars and other criminals simply by preventing them from seeing into your home. Plantation Shutters can be particularly off putting to potential burglars. They can’t be easily manoeuvred – and they also block the view into a room – which significantly reduces the appeal of attempting a forced entry!

Living in a major city is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be difficult. Installing shutters or blinds is a straight-forward way to make your life easier; check out our extensive range today.