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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our autumnal offer gave customers upgrades to our finest range of teak plantation shutters. It was our busiest season yet and saw Bromley Blinds serve up shutter upgrades all over London and the South East. From Kensington to Camberwell, our designers and installations team have been all working all over!
December has arrived and we love that it’s finally acceptable to enter a festive decoration frenzy! We’re teaming up with you all by announcing a gift for your windows this Christmas. From today, we’re offering 25% off selected ranges of our Blinds and Plantation Shutters.
The finer details?
Our offer includes ranges of Venetian, Roller and Vertical Blinds, plus Plantation Shutters. Perhaps you’ve already got a colour scheme in mind and are raring to go with your selections. Maybe you’re not sure about all the options available for your windows and would love to receive some no-obligation creative guidance about all your different light control options? Either way, give us a call; our surveyors are more than happy to assist.
Whether you choose our awnings, canopies, blinds, or shutters, at Bromley Blinds we promise that every step of your bespoke home improvement service will be expertly managed in a totally personal, stress-free manner.
Benefit from our commitment to you
At Bromley Blinds, we think it’s essential to support customers long-term; every product design and installation is accompanied by a guarantee. For many of our product ranges, this is a lifetime warranty, which ensures that investment in our products gives clients complete peace of mind.
Here are a few snaps taken by our fittings team over the last week!
A very quick update from us this week, just to say that we’re thrilled to have had our work feature on the lifestyle blog, Boo & Maddie. Over the summer, we designed and fitted Plantation Shutters at a home in Grove Park, South East London. This 1930’s 4-bed semi is currently being lovingly restored by its new owners. There are lots of great interior details planned – it’s going to be a true work of art when it’s completed!
You can read the blog post that features our contribution to this home renovation project here…and marvel at plenty more Boo & Maddie transformations – here!
Like the look of these shutters? You can currently make an order of MDF Plantation Shutters and we’ll give you a free upgrade – to designs crafted using white teak, from our elite range. This offer runs throughout the Autumn, and will expire on the 30th November. Considering battening down the hatches as the cold weather sets in? There’s been no better time to order plantation shutters!
The Location | A home in Greenwich, London
The Project | The installation of plantation shutters in a newly refurbished bathroom
The Brief | The window needed dressing in a way that would entirely compliment the clean minimalism of this bathroom and open up the window space, providing a relaxing space for our client to relax and unwind in. The bathroom features a freestanding bath with luxurious white roll-top. It was important that the selected window dressings were bright and improved natural light ingress – whilst maintaining privacy.
The Solution | Plantation shutters from the Niagara range in pure white were the perfect choice for this Bathroom – the design blends neatly with the white tiling, which creates a slightly industrial look – bang on interiors trend for the SS15 season.
This plantation shutter range is waterproof. The bespoke designs have stainless steel hinges to avoid rust. We installed full height plantation shutters with midrails in this Greenwich bathroom, allowing for the 63mm louvres in the top section to be operated completely separately from those in the lower, using a central control rod. This design of plantation shutters is a great option for bathrooms as privacy is key but light ingress can still be enjoyed.
With Wimbledon in full swing, this week has been a really busy one about London town! Today on the blog we’re sharing another of our real home makeovers.
The Location | A home in Bickley, Kent.
The Project | The installation of plantation shutters to a reception room.
The Brief | The intention was to install a light control product that would inject a feeling of space and provide a crisp contrast to the dark green feature wall that features in this room.
The Solution | We installed tier on tier bi-folding plantation shutters with 63mm louvres and central control rods in the living room, allowing the different sections to be opened and closed exclusively from each other. The wood used to create this bespoke design was white teak. These shutters are from our elite range and they were hand painted in pure white. This range of plantation shutters are supplied with a lifetime warranty to ensure your longterm product peace of mind. Tier on tier shutter designs are ideal for living rooms; particularly those that are front facing in a property. Privacy is provided, whilst enabling a number of options for controlling light ingress.
Crisp white plantation shutters look even more of a brightening and lightening statement in a room that’s got an injection of colour. We love this living room as the dark feature wall (which features the window) is offset by neutral walls on either side – adding another dimension to the interior design of this beautiful Bickley home.
It doesn’t matter what shape your windows are – the more interesting the better! Here are some natural wood #PlantationShutters we designed and installed for a #London home.
This week’s blog post showcases the return of our real home recent projects! We featured this one over on the Bromley Blinds Instagram account this week – and it went down a storm, so we thought we’d share it over on our blog too!
The Location | A private home in Dulwich, London SE22.
The Project | The installation of light control solution dual aspect windows in the bedroom – one of which is arched.
The Brief | The intention of this more unusual project was to provide a light control product that would suit both styles of window. The archway featured is a design feature of the property; therefore it was essential that the product selected would not obliterate its unusual shape or block out natural light. Needless to say, curtains were a total no-no.
The Solution | Plantation shutters were designed for the dual aspect windows, which would incorporate a perfect fit product for the archway space. Design trends are dictating a comeback in natural wood and sustainable materials. These shutters feature natural wood finish and feature 60mm louvres. A mid-rail features in the design, meaning that the upper arched section is separated from the lower. This enables a ‘window space’ to create a different look and feel to the plantation shutters when the louvres are opened and those on the lower tier remain shut. The shutters on the ‘straight forward’ sections have bi-folding doors, which minimises the space taken up when they are fully opened.
The majority of sizing up jobs we see are straight ‘up and downs’, or bay windows (which are a traditional favourite for plantation shutter installations as they present otherwise awkward-to-dress 90 degree angles). Truth is, we love a challenge and can make plantation shutters work for you, whatever the size and shape of your windows and/or the number of awkward angles you want to throw at us. You can see a ‘live feed’ of our recent jobs by following the Bromley Blinds Instagram account. We’re looking fwd to seeing your pretty pictures too!
The Location | A home in SE22, South East London.
The Project Brief | We were required to select a light control product that would provide coverage to windows in a period home. The rooms in question? The Lounge, Master Bedroom, Children’s bedroom and the Nursery. The focus of this project was to design an effective light control solution that would be versatile in providing privacy to a bay window in the lounge and promote privacy, rest and relaxation in the bedrooms. The selected designs would remain sympathetic to the period features of the house and not obscure the large window designs.
The Solution| Tier on Tier bi-folding plantation shutters with central control rods were designed and fitted in this period home. Plantation shutters were selected as they would create a seamless visual across all the windows, and this light control solution was sure to perfectly fit each unique window space in this beautifully restored older property. To provide complete continuity, these bi-folding shutter designs all featured 63mm louvres with central control rods. In all rooms we finished the hardwood shutters in pearl to colour match the paintwork and highlight the cornicing details. In the lounge and master bedroom, the upper and lower tiers of the shutters were aligned with the split pane design of the bay windows.
The Location | A home in Petts Wood, BR2, Kent.
The Project Brief | We were required to select a light control product that would provide coverage to the lounge window. This home features a large four pane window, the right side of which creates a bay. The window needed dressing in a way that would modernise the look and feel of the lounge, open up the window spaces, and maximise options for privacy. This was particularly important due to the positioning of furniture in the living room; there is seating in front of the window that would benefit from a product that enhances coverage and promotes a feeling of rest and relaxation.
The Solution |We know there’s nothing worse than feeling like a goldfish. Standard hardwood full height plantation shutters were designed for the lounge window. These were finished in Pure White and featured 63mm louvres. Unlike blinds and curtains, plantation shutters are installed within the window frame and don’t intrude into a room; an important consideration for spaces where uncluttered, clean lines are desired. The plantation shutters provide a streamlined look and lift the look of the room, injecting a modern feel. Although full height, we designed a mid rail which is separates the upper and lower sections of the shutters so that they can be independently controlled. This provides a lot of different privacy setting options. These tier sections were aligned with the split pane design windows.
Happy New Year from everyone at Bromley Blinds! We trust that you’ve enjoyed many ‘best bits’ during the festive season.
We’re hoping that 2015 brings you much health and happiness. Here at HQ, we’re entering the new year with great excitement. 2014 was brilliant and we can’t wait to continue to build the business and look after our customers – old and new, in the months ahead. Before we start sharing exciting news coming up in 2015, here’s a round up of ten of our ‘best bits’ from the previous calendar year.
1. The new blog. It was great to launch our news page this year; not least because it’s enabled us to keep in touch with you all every week. In 2015 we promise you much more of the same, plus significant benefits to our loyal readers. Thank you for your support over the last year – both on here and via our social media channels; it’s been wonderful!
2. DIY advice. We’ve had so many calls about posts such as this! To the people thanking us for saving them a headache – you’re most welcome, it’s been a pleasure to help out!
3. Team news. This post featured (then) new staff member Nick, plus a very popular (30 seconds only!) video of our installations team fitting plantation shutters in a newly renovated home. Click below to check it out!
4. Help! Blog posts initiated by social media requests are always welcome; this one was sparked by requests over on Facebook. If you’ve got any burning questions about any aspect of light control solutions that you think we could help with, let us know via our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram,Twitter) or on the comments section below this post, and we’ll make sure we address them asap!
5. An interior design guide: arguably one of the better things to emerge from last year’s FIFA World Cup. At least, as far as England’s involvement was concerned! Sometimes we all need a little inspiration, especially when we’re contemplating home or workplace makeovers. We’re big fans of beautiful spaces and love making windows smile – even in times of national despair over the football…!
6. Which? Company news. A real accolade for Bromley Blinds this summer. We are really proud to be Trusted Traders and continue our total commitment to providing the highest standards of products and service to our customers.
7. Business awards success. It was great to get shortlisted as finalists in two categories. We really hope we’re able to build on this success in 2015.
8. Real home projects. We’ve loved showcasing recent work on the blog this year. If your blinds, shutters or curtains haven’t featured and you’d like them to, please do get in touch – we’d love to schedule a ‘post makeover’ shoot!
9. Online look-books. Who doesn’t love delicious images to browse through for inspiration? Our ‘picks of the best’ have been really popular on the blog this year.
10. Sponsorship news. It’s been a great privilege to start supporting youth teams in our local community. More on their recent success will be featured on the blog very soon!
We’ve already got so much to talk about this year; our diary is brimming with interesting projects that we can’t wait to share! Until next week’s blog post, a little reminder that a 25% discount is currently offered on selected ranges of our Plantation Shutters, Blinds and Curtains. Perhaps you’ve already got a product and/or colour scheme in mind and are raring to go with your selections. Maybe you’re not sure about all the options available for your windows and would love to receive some no-obligation creative guidance about all your different light control options? Either way, give us a call; our surveyors have returned from the festive break and are more than happy to assist.
After our sales announcements over the last two weeks, we’ve found ourselves in a festive frenzy here at HQ. This week we’re serving up a recent project showcase on the blog. Read on for everything you need to know about ‘Senses Sprung’ Roller Blinds.
The Location | A home in SE12, South East London.
The Project Brief | We were required to select a light control product that would provide coverage to exterior sliding doors in a kitchen.
The Solution| We installed sensor sprung roller blinds, which were aligned to each window panel. There were four ‘panels’ of these blinds installed, which allowed each of the sections to be operated independently. The blinds together formed a consistent ‘wall’ of coverage, whilst the individual sections provide a range of options for light ingress and privacy. These Tropical blinds were manufactured in a Topaz material with a ‘fudge’ colour finish. ‘Senses sprung’ roller blinds (spring tensioned) are controlled by a small tab. When pulled, this unlocks the gear mechanism and the blind will slowly rise and lock wherever the user stops it. This enables complete precision of the roller positioning when the blinds are not being fully extended. These roller blinds feature chrome fascia end caps and chrome bottom bar end caps, in addition to a fabric covered fascia, also in truffle, to create a seamless visual. This style of roller blinds enhances the contemporary look and feel of the house. The natural colour finish selected injects a warmth into the room. The rich truffle colour contrasts beautifully with the white gloss minimalism of the kitchen cabinets and island.
Roller blinds are truly versatile blinds: from enhancing windows with traditional curtains, to providing roof lights or black out options. If you’re looking for blinds or curtains as a light control solution for your home, don’t forget we don’t just serve up block colour options. We’re suppliers of patterns, stripes, spots and high fashion themes; they total over 600 colour & design choices.