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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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Rocking the roller Blinds in Forest Hill

Last week we installed some coupled roller blinds at a home in Forest Hill. The bright green (Splash Vine) that was chosen was the perfect choice for a contemporary kitchen boasting exterior doors out into the garden decking area and beyond. With the correct use of colour, you can really emphasise the link between indoor and outdoor spaces, blending with plants and decorative details to keep things looking really fresh. Lifting the room with coloured rollers is such an easily installed design feature that changes the whole look and feel of an interior space. Bright colours such as this Splash Vine looks particularly effective if all your other room design details are neutral – including your walls,  which will look amazing in white when coupled with such colours.

Splash Vine Roller Blinds Forest Hill

The advantages of roller blinds

It’s good that there are so many roller blinds out there (we sell over 500 fabric designs!), as the rooms we live in vary so much in terms of their design and the mood that they create. Blinds also tick a box for functionality as well as style, and not many are more popular than roller blinds, which have been around for about 50 years. Here are some advantages to choosing roller blinds when it comes to kitting out your home.

Style

Lending themselves to modern looks, roller blinds are aesthetically pleasing thanks to their simple, unassuming appearance. Fitting closely to the window, they blend in very well with a range of décor. You also have an almost unlimited number of designs at your fingertips, including fabrics which are translucent from a huge range of colours. You could choose fabrics designed to block out the sun, or be even more protective, giving you a ‘black out’ effect.

Flexibility

Such is the breadth of materials that can be used for the manufacturing of roller blinds is that they can be matched to almost any kind of room. This applies from the bathroom, to kitchens, and children’s bedrooms. Their ease of use means that kids can be trusted to learn how to use them safely. There is also an adjustability that will be behind the decision of many to purchase roller blinds rather than curtains: you control the amount of light that enters a room, and with sun screen blinds you can block out UV rays while still letting in a certain amount of light.

Durability

Any blind that is popular in commercial circles typically has the quality of durability, and this is the case where roller blinds are concerned. Roller blinds are built to last, and if you go for the motorised variety which are controlled from a central location, the process of opening and closing them has even less potential for causing wear and tear. Using strong tubes that are manufactured from steel and a high quality of fabric for the blinds themselves, roller blinds offer business and home owners the peace of mind that comes with having made a savvy investment.

 

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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The benefits of blinds in rental properties

Are you planning on renting out a property? If so, you will need to provide some basic furnishings for your tenants. Here at Bromley Blinds, we believe that fitting the windows in the property with blinds instead of curtains or drapes will improve your tenants’ experience and make life easier for you. Blinds have several advantages that make them uniquely well-suited to rental properties, as we’ll discuss in today’s blog entry.

1. Attracting tenants

The first way that blinds can help when they are installed in a rental property is by attracting tenants. Because blinds have a more rigid structure than soft window-coverings, they look neater and more presentable, which can help improve the appearance of your property. This can have a major impact on whether or not prospective tenants choose to rent your property.

2. Keeping your property clean and tidy

As the landlord, you should take all reasonable steps to ensure that your property is as hygienic as possible. Of course, your tenants should also endeavour to preserve the cleanliness of your property while they live there, but installing blinds can help them do that. They can also make the property easier to clean in the time between one tenant moving out and another moving in. Simply put, blinds are much easier to clean than curtains or drapes: because they are made from more inflexible material or from hard slats, they can be wiped down more easily and don’t have to be washed as thoroughly.

3. Improving your tenant’s quality of life

As we’ve discussed many times before, blinds can be used to control the amount of heat and light that enters a room simply by adjusting their slats (in the case of Venetian blinds) or raising or lowering the blind itself (in the case of roller blinds). Giving your tenants this level of control over their environment can improve their quality of life in your property and encourage them to stay on longer, which can benefit you and increase your profits from renting the property.

If you’re planning on renting out a property, don’t use curtains or drapes to dress the windows: check out our illustrious range of blinds instead. The advantages speak for themselves.

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FAQ: Which is better for your home: roller blinds or Venetian blinds?

At Bromley Blinds, we stock both Venetian blinds and roller blinds. Venetian blinds have slats which can be adjusted to let in different amounts of light and heat. Roller blinds, on the other hand, consist of a single, continuous sheet of material that can be raised or lowered using a roller. A FAQ often asked by potential customers is: “Which type is best for your home? Would we be better off with the slats of Venetian blinds or the continuous material of roller blinds?”

The truth is, both options have their merits, so you should give some consideration to your choice. Today on the blog we’ll talk about the advantages and drawbacks of both types of blinds to help you decide.

Venetian blinds

The most important advantage associated with Venetian blinds is the level of control they give you. You can adjust the amount of heat and light that gets through your blinds to a very fine degree by repositioning the slats. Naturally, roller blinds don’t offer the same type of fine control. However, Venetian blinds have more moving parts than their roller-using counterparts, which means that they may be more fragile or prone to damage. Ergo, they may need to be replaced slightly more often if they are in constant use.

If you need to exercise a high level of control over the temperature and brightness of your home, Venetian blinds are the best option for you. However, if you need a thoroughly hard-wearing window-covering, you may wish to consider an alternative set of blinds instead.

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Roller blinds

Roller blinds are affordable, durable and easy-to-clean. Fundamentally, they only consist of a continuous sheet of material on a roller. What’s more, they are operated by a very simple mechanism. This makes them affordable to produce and therefore cheap to purchase. It also makes them hard to damage: there’s not much that can go wrong with a roller blind. Nonetheless, they are still stylish. Because they don’t contain many fiddly parts, they are also very easy to keep clean and new-looking.

Of course, roller blinds don’t offer the same level of control as Venetian ones, but if you need an option that will last indefinitely and which is easy to maintain, they are the right choice for you.

Regardless of which type of blinds you decide on, we have a gorgeous range for you to select from at Bromley Blinds.

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Transform your home office productivity (with our easy hacks!)

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.

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Make your home stand out this summer with an exterior makeover

As homeowners, we tend to focus our design efforts on the inside of our homes. However, refreshing the exterior of your house can help make your home stand out, and give a good first impression to visitors, neighbours or even potential buyers. With summer round the corner, now’s the perfect time to invest in simple upgrades to give your home some extra curb appeal.

Add blinds or shutters

As a popular alternative to curtains, many people choose to install modern roller blinds or venetian blinds on their windows. However, blinds aren’t just functional, they can also change the way your home looks, from the inside and the outside. A set of beautiful shutters can really open up a window, and give your home a unique, stylish quality, while if you add vertical blinds to your conservatory or bi-fold doors, you can enjoy better insulation during the colder months and added privacy all year round. Best of all, as well as being one of the most cost-effective ways to give your windows a facelift, when you invest in beautifully-designed blinds you not only make your home look good on the outside, but on the inside too – it’s a win-win!

Fix-up your front door

Along with your street-facing windows, your front door is the one of the first places most visitors will see, so it’s important to make a good impression. Make sure the door itself is clean and stylish by giving it a fresh coat of paint every few years. You could also add a quirky door knocker, a patterned blind for a peek of colour (if your door has glass panels) or some potted flowers either side of the entrance to brighten things up.

Tidy your garden

A neat garden will always look inviting. If you don’t enjoy spending a weekend outside, simply invest in a low-maintenance solution such as paving, gravel or a lawn. Just make sure you mow the grass on a weekly basis, or, in the case of paving, pressure wash it once a year to remove marks, moss and mildew. If you have a patio on the side or back of your house you could even convert it into a shaded, café-style eating area by adding a stylish awning.

Get out your paintbrush

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, painting your house is a great way to change its appearance. Neutral colours such as white or cream can really freshen things up, while in some areas, lilac, green or pink are popular. Just make sure you check in with your local council before you grab a paintbrush, to find out which hues are considered acceptable.

The power of blinds and shutters in the property market

Here at Bromley Blinds, we understand that blinds and plantation shutters offer an astonishingly wide range of advantages. They can create a more comfortable home environment by allowing you to control the amount of heat and light that gets through your windows; they can help block out irritating and distracting noises from outside your home; they can even help bolster your psychological wellbeing by giving you greater levels of privacy. However, they also offer another, less obvious advantage that you may find surprising. If you’re currently trying to sell your home, installing shutters or blinds can help you do so more quickly. They can even help you get a better price. But how exactly do shutters and blinds accomplish such an amazing feat?

1. Light control

Each room of your home looks best when presented in a particular light. Shutters and Venetian blinds allow you to control the amount of natural light that enters your home, thereby allowing you to ensure that each room is lit in a way that makes it looks gorgeous. This can impress prospective buyers on a subconscious level when they come to look at your property. This naturally gives you a better chance of selling the property quickly for a good price.

2. Tidiness

Unlike curtains and drapes, shutters and blinds are made from solid materials, instead of loose-hanging fabrics. This means that they look tidier, which makes a good impression on potential buyers. Remember: it’s easier for prospective homeowners to see a property’s potential when it’s nice and tidy. Shutters and blinds can help you achieve the ideal level of neatness.

3. Neutrality

Shutters and blinds can look stylish without standing out: they possess a graceful aesthetic neutrality. Because they are so unobtrusive, they make it easy for a prospective buyer to envisage how your property will look when they buy it and decorate it in their own preferred style. Being able to envision your property as their own makes prospective buyers more willing to commit to a purchase.

Simply put, installing shutters or Venetian blinds in your home is a great way to make it look great for potential buyers who might wish to view it. Of course, once you’ve installed blinds or shutters, your property may look so wonderful that you choose to go on living their yourself instead.

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!

Selling your home? Here’s how to make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Plantation shutters are back in fashion and it’s not hard to see why; they’re less expensive than custom curtains,  stylish and practical – and what’s more, they can actually increase the sales appeal of your home.

Here are 3 ways you can use plantation shutters to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

1. Impress viewers

Not that long ago, plantation shutters were only seen installed at luxury homes. These days, despite now being affordable, they continue to offer would-be purchasers a feeling of opulence when browsing. Spending money on first impressions can add value, and buyers like them because they don’t have to do any work or spend any extra money on window dressings.

2. They’re included as part of your home’s offered fixtures 

Shutters are the only window dressing that can be financed with the purchase of a new home; this is because they are custom made and typically stay with the home, rather like a permanent fixture. Like fixtures, plantation shutters add value to your home because they are considered in the future sale price, should the home owner decide to put their property on the market. Highly desirable to purchasers, plantation shutters offer the sort of curb appeal that will get buyers through the door.

3. They are energy efficient

Not only do they make financial sense from a house value perspective, shutters can offer great temperature control as they offer insulation which can lead to energy savings, which is particularly important for larger homes and families dealing with large fuel bills. Doors and windows in a home can account for as much as 20% of the heat loss in your property, however you can reduce this loss by as much as 50% with a closed shutter. Conversely, curtains only reduce heat loss by around 15%.

Suitable for inside or outside recesses, bay windows and patio doors (our designs can easily include walk-through doors), plantation shutters are incredibly versatile and can even be used as a means of dividing up open plan areas of your home.

So, like the idea of a window dressing that can reduce your yearly energy bills?  If you’re also after one that makes your property quicker and easier to sell – at a price that takes into consideration the value of your permanent fixture window dressings – plantation shutters may well be for you.

Here's how to attract more buyers: Install Plantation Shutters. These were designed for a home in Chislehurst Kent - Bromley Blinds