Back to nature with a wooden venetian blind

April 10, 2017

The back to nature trend in interior design shows no sign of abating, and there are a number of ways to achieve the desired effect without going overboard.

Brick

Not strictly natural, because bricks are of course man-made, but we’ve come to view them as adding a touch of rustic charm to a home.

Whether left exposed or painted, we no longer deem it essential to plaster over bricks. At least, not all of them. Many people opt for a feature wall which is left exposed. So bricks offer a dual option, either as a backdrop or a focal point. Continue reading Back to nature with a wooden venetian blind

How to buy blinds and shades

November 9, 2016

Most people think they know how to buy blinds and shades, because it’s such a simple process – measure the window, choose a style, find a store and pay your money. Simples.

But having bought what they thought was the perfect blind things suddenly get complicated when it comes to fitting.

Challenges arise, which people hadn’t considered, the fitting process takes much longer than anticipated and more often than not an element of bodging creeps into the job.

For that reason we go all out on our Made To Measure Blinds website to take you through the buying process step by step, from your initial decision-making to fitting.

Continue reading How to buy blinds and shades

Why we don’t want you to buy replacement blinds … too soon

March 4, 2016

Constantine Purple

This sparkling new blind from our Constantine Purple range will retain its just-new looks for longer with regular cleaning following our guide.

That might sound like an odd thing for a made to measure blinds supplier to say, but we care about our customers.

And it breaks our heart when we see blinds on the scrapheap when in truth they should still be serving a purpose in the home.

We offer you helpful guides every step of the way — and that includes how to care for your blinds once they are installed.

Our blinds are of good quality and are built to last and we want you to make sure they last.

Continue reading Why we don’t want you to buy replacement blinds … too soon

How to create a relaxing atmosphere in your beautiful bathroom

August 18, 2015

M2M Batroom rollersThere’s nothing more relaxing than a good soak in the bath or a long, hot shower – but only if your bathroom is a gorgeous and tranquil space that you can enjoy.

The bathroom is one of the hardest-working rooms in the house, and it’s easy for it to get a bit sad and cluttered. So when giving it a facelift, your first step should be to have a good clear-out (especially if you have a small space).

M2M Roman blinds bathroomTidy up
Invest in a good cabinet to hide all your bathroom products, and make an asset of clean towels by folding them neatly on a shelf or using a towel ladder like this one from Next.
If your bathroom is suffering from tired corners, smarten it up instantly by re-grouting tiles, renewing silicon sealant round the bath and polishing your taps.
New vinyl or a good waterproof laminate can also give a quick facelift to the floor; tiling is a bigger job and more expensive, but very long-lasting – Tile Mountain’s Skyros wall and floor tiles have an extremely cool and pretty retro vibe.

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A good rug softens the room as well as providing comfort underfoot, but make sure it can stand up to all that water and steam – we’re very pleased with the Cool Stripes rugs from Modern Rugs, which would brighten up any bathroom and can be easily changed to freshen things up from time to time.

 

justtapsplus_1816944408227270Colour guide

If your bathroom is small, dark colours may make it feel closed in. Choosing a light colour for the walls can also help bring a feeling of space and light, and mirrors – a natural for the bathroom, of course – can also help the room feel bigger.

The blinds factor

Natural light is at a premium with bathrooms – venetian blinds can be an ideal solution in a bathroom as they can be tilted to let in precious daylight while providing extra privacy for frosted glass. But Roman blinds look great, too. Choose wisely, using our advice (see below).

Read our blog – How to choose a blind for the bathroom

tilemountain_18169451008628193Time for a suite makeover?

Changing your bathroom suite can be pricey and is a big job, but there are some fabulous fittings around at the moment – take a look at the Round Fixed Head Cascade Shower from Justtapsplus; it’s slimline for a small space but provides a great water flow.

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If you’ve less to spend, accessories make a big difference in the bathroom, and should be chosen with care.
You can go beachcombing to come up with some natural bits and pieces to give your room a nautical but nice theme, or shop around for natural finishes such as Sainsbury’s natural lotus clothes hamper.

 

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We also like Barker and Stonehouse’s wooden chest with shutters – very cool and also useful in providing extra storage – and their display box, which looks like a row of huts, would fit in really well.

The final touch
After that, it’s easy – some nice candles, deliciously-scented bath oil and a good lock on the bathroom door. Ahh… relax!

 

How to choose a blind for the bathroom: Made To Measure Blinds offers straightforward advice in this guide

January 8, 2014

Lynx Sapphire standard lining

Luxford Coral standard lining

WHEN DECIDING how to choose a blind for the bathroom or en-suite there is one immediate factor to consider above all others.

The damp, humid environment dictates that certain options – while still possible – are best sent to the bottom of your list. For example, from an aesthetic point of view many people’s first choice would be a Roman Blind (right), but the cotton and linen fabrics used in their construction leaves the possibility of the blind shrinking.

So the cost and desire to have this style of blind might be offset by the possibility of it not remaining as fresh and crisp for as long when compared with other options. It might need replacing a little sooner than the alternatives, such as a Roller Blind or Metal Venetian Blind.

Tamara White wave shape

Tamara White wave shape

Roller Blind

Roller Blinds from our Made To Measure Blinds range of fabrics are all tested for their ability to cope with the humid conditions.

A large proportion of the fabrics are polyesters, which cope very well, especially when given an occasional wipe down with a soft, damp cloth to preserve the blind’s appearance. An array of patterns is available and there’s a choice of plain or textured fabrics that can be enhanced with a decorative shape placed at the foot of the blind.

There is also a range of PVC-based blackout fabrics that are ideal for difficult windows such as those inside a shower enclosure.

Not only are the fabrics waterproof they are also blackout, so there will be no shadows or outlines. This means your modesty is preserved and you can simply let the blind drip dry or you can wipe it down before raising it out of the way.

Wedgewood 25mm

Wedgwood 25mm

Venetian Blind

If you need additional light and privacy that the simple raise-and-lower operation of a roller blind can’t provide, then consider a Venetian Blind.

The metal horizontal slats cope with the damp environment perfectly well, they offer a large colour palette and you still have the raise-and-lower option as you do with a roller blind.

However, with the addition of the slats – 15mm or 25mm wide – you ensure extra privacy by tilting them at an angle to stop prying eyes from having a clear view while still allowing light to filter into the room.

In the closed position it will block light and provide a shadow block, the same as a PVC roller fabric does.

Paperbark Maple 50mm

Paperbark Maple 50mm

Wooden Venetian Blind

Some people prefer Wooden Venetian Blind in contemporary white and cream or rustic natural wood colours, but with this option there is the same issue with damp conditions as you would encounter with a Roman Blind – i.e. the damp could warp the slats a little, depending on how steamy and damp the room.

If the cost is not prohibitive you may need to replace the wooden blind sooner than a Roller or Metal Venetian Blind.

We have a faux wood range which is constructed of a wood composite with a laminated coating to protect the wood from the damp environment.

Lynx Sapphire Vertical Blind, 89mm

Lynx Sapphire Vertical Blind, 89mm

Vertical Blind

The Vertical Blind is worth considering as an alternative to the Venetian Blind if you need versatility with light and restricted view.

It is practical, used all over the home and made of polyester fabrics, so at home with the damp environment.

Again, clean with a damp cloth or vacuum cleaner furniture brush attachment.

The options are for plain, patterned or textured vertical strips of fabric in 89mm and 127mm widths. PVC and blackout fabrics are available, and while these are not ideal within a shower enclosure they will be at home within a standard bathroom window.

Choosing the Right Blinds for Your Bathroom

August 16, 2012

If you are renovating your bathroom, take the opportunity to invest in quality window coverings that are suited to a moist environment.   Too often homeowners choose blinds that are not an appropriate application in a residential bathroom.  The result is disappointment with both the performance and the useful life of the window blind.  We all want to get value for our investment, and that starts with choosing the right blind.

Bathroom with Blinds Made to Measure Blinds UKWe know that bathrooms are high moisture environments.  The degree to which the room is exposed to moisture will depend on the square footage of the room, the number and type of appliances dispensing water and the ventilation of the room.   We can provide some tips on assessing your bathroom first and then assist you to determine the right kind of window covering for your needs.

The size of your bathroom will determine the moisture or condensation level in the space.  The smaller the bathroom the less opportunity there is for dampness to escape the room.   Very few small bathrooms have windows or built in ventilation to assist with removing the moisture and this traps the dampness inside creating problematic damage to walls, flooring, wood trims or window coverings.

Larger model bathrooms are able to effectively disperse moisture with increased air flow and ventilation and present somewhat less of a problem.   Remember that small bathrooms have a number of special needs including water resistant paints and finishes.   Larger bathrooms which are equipped with bathtubs which can generate a lot of moisture damage in the space, and require much the same level of consideration as a confined space when choosing an appropriate window covering.

When you are choosing window blinds for a bathroom consider materials that are resistant to moisture and mold.  The most popular choice for blinds in large bathrooms is the Wood Effect Venetian blind or the Aluminum Venetian blind.   If you are looking to add a touch of “the outdoors” into your bathroom design, consider our Woven Wood blinds for a textured natural appeal.   While natural wood blinds are subject to swelling and warping when exposed to moisture, the woven wood blinds with their unique structure, are resistant to swelling and the spaces between the blinds offer room for expansion and retraction without warping the shape.

Patterned Roller blinds can be a charming choice for a powder room or small guest bathroom.  They offer a delicate feminine touch to bathrooms and can be easily embellished for a decadent look.   Keep in mind however that if the bathroom sees a great deal of foot traffic, a darker pattern or another style of blind that is easier to clean may be the best choice.

Consider that there are a variety of blinds designs and construction materials that are suitable for different applications within your home.  Evaluate your space and consider not only the design esthetic of your choice of window coverings but also the functional and long term utility of your blind or shade.

Choose the right blind for the right room and you will get your money’s worth of enjoyment and use for many years to come.   How do we know?  Because every blind is made to measure… just for you.