How Do You Hang Blinds On Slanted Windows?

Slanted windows in a wooden clad loft conversion dining room

Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we specialise in the design and manufacture of quality blinds for your slanted windows and roof windows. It’s what we do and what we’ve been doing exceptionally well for many years. While this may be our expertise, we understand that many people find searching for blinds for these unique windows challenging. There are many factors to consider and that’s why we’re here to help. So, if you’re wondering how you hang blinds on slanted windows, read on. 

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What Can I Use To Cover My Skylight?

Hessian brown blackout skylight window for roof windows

Lifestyle Blinds | Hessian Blackout Skylight Blinds

Skylights are unique to all other types of windows. Largely used in loft conversions or on single floor extensions, they are an effective way of drawing in more natural light. However, because of their angle and unique placement, most blinds aren’t suitable. Yes – natural light is great and makes a room look larger when used effectively. But, there are also many situations where having the ability to control and minimise these light rays is essential. So, what can I use to cover my skylight? 

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Home Improvement: Will an Orangery Increase Home Value?

Home Improvement: Will an Orangery Increase Home Value?

If you’re wondering how to increase home value, why not consider an orangery? Here’s how these can increase your home’s value.

The most expensive house in the UK is worth €250 million. This mega-home is impossible for the average homeowner to afford, but that doesn’t mean you can’t increase the value of your current home.

If you are looking for home improvement ideas, you may have come across the thought of an orangery, but will an orangery increase home value? Read on to find out.

Does an Orangery Increase Home Value?

If you’ve landed on this article, it’s safe to assume that you are already aware of what an orangery is, but let’s remind you just in case.

An orangery is another word for a hallway house between bricks and mortar extension and a conservatory. This room is filled with light to give off the illusion that it is part of the garden.

Of course, something so beautiful has to add value to your home, right? The answer is yes!

An orangery is like adding a traditional extension to your home but a little different. Because of this, it adds almost as much value as an extension would. However, the orangery room must be a big enough space to make a difference in home value.

Orangery vs. Conservatory

If you’re planning on building an orangery, it is essential to know how it differs from a conservatory. For one, an orangery is commonly made from bricks and mortar and has floor to ceiling windows.

A conservatory is made mostly of glass so it is seen as a garden room. In contrast, an orangery is often considered a continuation of the original home architecture.

In an orangery, you will be able to maintain the temperature so that you can use the area year-round without worrying about extreme heat or cold. You won’t be able to maintain the temperature in a conservatory unless you opt for roof blinds.

Considerations When Adding an Orangery to Your Home

Now that you know an orangery can increase home value, you might be ready to start construction right away. Yet, there are a few considerations every orangery owner should be aware of before building.

Although adding an orangery is a tip on how to increase home value, you’ll have to be careful about how much space you knock off of your property. For example, if the garden is too small because of an orangery addition, your home value may go down.

Make sure the design you want your orangery to have correlates with your original home. An orangery that doesn’t blend won’t be an attractive one.

Lastly, it is important to check if you need planning permission for an orangery. Usually, this is not a cause for concern, but it is worth the time to look into.

Do You Want to Increase Your Home’s Value?

Whether you are looking to increase home value or just build a beautiful addition for yourself, an orangery is a great option. These rooms are filled with light and warmth when built right. An orangery is the perfect garden add on.

At Lantern Lite, we strive to bring your ideas to life. For more information about orangeries or to receive a free quote for your project, contact us today.

What Are the Best Skylight Blinds on the Market? 5 Great Styles

What Are the Best Skylight Blinds on the Market? 5 Great Styles

The right skylight blinds can make a tremendous difference to your home. Here are the best types and styles on the market right now.

cience shows that greater exposure to natural light can improve moods. More natural light at home also helps boost creativity, energy, and positivity. Knowing this, who wouldn’t want skylights at home?

The real question is, how do you control the light coming in through your skylights?

The answer: skylight blinds.

Here are five of the greatest skylight blinds on the market right now so you can purchase the best blinds for your home.

1. The White Blackout Blind

Sometimes homeowners hear the words “blackout blind” and automatically think of dark, dreary curtains. This isn’t the case with the white blackout blind.

You can get a complete blackout with these skylight window blinds any time of day, without having to see big black windows above your head.

The white blackout blind blends in nicely with white ceilings and offers a clean look to any room.

2. The Venetian Blind

Didn’t know you could get Venetian skylight blinds? It’s a real thing, and a stylish thing. The Venetian blackout blinds are usually made of aluminum so they are easy to wipe clean.

This makes them a perfect choice for rooms where moisture may occur like bathrooms or kitchens.

Because the slats are adjustable, you can really tailor the amount and direction of the light that’s let into the room.

3. Remote-Controlled Blackout Blind

Many skylights are situated high-up or in a spot that’s hard to reach by hand. Enter the remote-controlled blackout blind. 

These can be either electric skylight blinds or they are sometimes solar powered. Regardless of which type you choose, these blinds make opening and closing your window as easy as flipping a switch.

4. Blackout Curtain With Suction Cups

Are you renting your home and want to add skylight blinds that won’t leave a permanent mark? Try the blackout curtains with suction cups.

These handy skylight blinds can be installed and removed with ease. You can even take them with you on holidays or traveling to offer an added degree of shade to any space.

Six suction cups around the perimeter of the blind make it easy to install. 

One of the other perks of this unique blind is the reflective coating on the back that gives you even more insulation inside your home. This feature makes the suction cup blinds a great choice for warm or chilly weather.

5. Roof Lantern Blinds

If your skylight is a roof lantern design, you need roof lantern blinds. These amazing blinds offer coverage for your unique windows that will also protect you from too much sun in the summer and too much cold in the winter.

Their compact design allows them to fit perfectly into small spaces.

Skylight Blinds: Purchase The Right Set Today

Knowing which skylight blinds you need for your windows can sometimes be tricky. If you’re still unsure which blinds are the perfect fit for your home, contact us today.

Our team of experienced professionals can give you a free quote and discuss your specific needs to help you find the perfect blinds for your home.

Why are roof windows continuing to rise in popularity?

Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, it’s no wonder that we’re passionate about roof windows. All shapes, sizes, and brands – these gateways to the outdoors allow natural light to flood your home and offer the perfect spot for a touch of interior personalization. While there’s been no lull in the popularity of these home additions, we have noticed that the request for skylight blinds has been steadily increasing – particularly during 2020. Additionally Country Living cited roof windows as being one of the ‘Top 15 Home Decor Trends Predicted to Be Huge in 2021’. So, we’re wondering ‘why are roof windows continuing to rise in popularity?’ 

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Pantone Colour of The Year 2021 – How To Play With Illuminating And Ultimate Gray Through Your Skylight Blinds

At the end of 2020, Pantone announced their Colour of The Year 2021 and surprised us all by highlighting 2 colours – Ultimate Gray (17-5104) and Illuminating (13-0647). In a year that gave us so much upheaval, changed the way we interact with others and threw us all into a state of apprehension, these two colours were deemed the perfect partnership needed to see us into a new year. Together Pantone stated that these two colours create a union of ‘strength and positivity’ with ‘the promise of something sunny and friendly’. Illuminating and Ultimate Gray Pantone Colour of The Year

Trending colours have their place within interior design, much like trending fashion styles come and go. While some aspects of home decor stay put for many years, others are easily changed and upgraded to suit your style at any particular time. While perhaps not the most obvious choice, your skylight window blinds are the ideal place to place with style and colours to suit you in any particular moment. And this blog will explain why they are the perfect way to dust off the old of 2020 and step into a new and more optimistic 2021.  Continue reading

Everything you need to know about bespoke skylight blinds

Unlike other window coverings on the market, skylight blinds are tailor-made for a very specific type of window. They are designed to be used in loft conversions, conservatories and extensions where a roof window has been fitted. To ensure the perfect fit, these types of window blinds are manufactured specifically for your individual window. This allows them to sit within a channel, blocking out as much light as possible and remaining taut throughout their use. Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we manufactured skylight blinds to fit more manufacturer’s windows – including leading names such as VELUX® and Keylite®.

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A Guide To Fitting Skylight Blinds

Fitting skylight blinds – We’ve spoken in depth about the benefits of skylight blinds in our blog. Helping you to create a home that fits your practical and stylistic needs, we’re confident there’s a type out there for every home. And, one of the things we do, here at Skylight Blinds Direct, is create window blinds that work for every budget. We take into account everything from quality of fabric through the variety of styles available to ensure you can always find the right solution. To support this, all of our blinds are available with easy-to-follow and comprehensive installation instructions. You won’t need to invest in additional labour or put off having them installed until a tradesman is free. Instead, fitting your skylight blinds couldn’t be easier. 

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How To Save Money When Investing In Skylight Blinds

No matter why you’ve decided to redecorate or style-up your home, there should always be a budget-consideration. It’s easy to get carried away in the midst of Pinterest, crafting a room that lives up to your highest dreams but far exceeds your financial possibility. Don’t worry – we’ve all done it! Specifically in today’s climate, it’s always helpful to discover where you can save money and invest to ensure you get the best return on your money as possible. 

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Colour of the year 2020 – Incorporate the new decade’s colours into your home with skylight blinds

Every year brings a new colour palette. A decade ago in 2010, it was turquoise that took precedence. Fast forward 5 years and 2015 saw a reddish clay-like colour named Marsala rise to popularity. Tracking colour trends has become just as essential as understanding how interior design and fashion trends evolve to meet our financial climate. So, as we move closer and closer to a brand new decade, it seems only fitting to look at the Colours of the Year that have been announced for 2020. And, while we’re here, show you how to incorporate them using our favourite home accessory – skylight blinds of course. 

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