Manual VS Electric Skylight Blinds

If you’re in the market for skylight blinds this year, there are a number of factors to consider. What brand roof window do you have? What is most important – controlling light, reducing glare or managing excessive moisture? And, how will you operate them when they have been installed. We’re passionate about the idea that practicality and style should go hand in hand. When you invest in made-to-measure window blinds, you want to ensure you’ve placed your money in the right product. And not one that doesn’t meet the needs of you and your family. In today’s blog, we’ll go through the differences between manual and electric skylight blinds to help you understand which option is right for you. 

Manual skylight blinds and electric skylight blinds

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New Home Office Extension? Prioritise Privacy And Reduce Glare With The Right Blinds

A study by Finder found that 60% of the UK’s adult population worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, of these, 26% planned to continue working from home either on a permanent or occasional basis. In line with this, more and more people are deciding to invest in a home office – a space where they can switch into work mode and focus on the job at hand. Whether this constitutes to a new extension or renovating the existing box room, it’s important to consider both practicality and style when designing these unique spaces. Yes, you certainly want a room that supports your creativity and invites you in every single morning. But, you also want a space that is functional, allows you to work smoothly, and means you’ll still achieve the same high-quality results you did when commuting. Read on to discover how the right blinds can help you do all of these easily. 

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Will my roof windows offer enough thermal protection?

Having a roof window fitted is one of the most exciting stages in a new extension. It helps to transform a pile of bricks into a room and allows you to visualise how this space will work when it’s finished. If you’re working with a professional architect or builder, you’ll know that there are many things to consider when purchasing roof windows. And one that is most relevant to us here at Skylight Blinds is thermal protection – e.g how much heat your window will lose during a period of time.

Dulux Roof Window Example 

In this blog, we’ll look at thermal protection in more detail and how the right skylight blind helps to improve this significantly. 

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Flat roof windows, roof lanterns, or skylights – How to choose the right blind

In mid-2019, the government changed the Permitted Development rights to make extending your home easier. These grants allow homeowners to undertake certain works on their homes without the need to apply for planning permission. For many, it now means that commissioning a single or double-storey extension to their home has become more affordable. Pair this with the fact that we have an ageing population with more multi-generational homes and the need for space is ever-increasing, we expect to see the number of extension projects continue to rise in line with this. 

LanternLITE Honeycomb Roof Lantern Blind

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Roof Lantern Blinds VS Skylight Blinds – What style do you need?

Roof lantern blinds. Skylight Blinds. If you’re just about to start redecorating your home, it might feel like there are a whole host of window coverings on the market you’ve never heard of. And, perhaps, coverings that you might need to improve the usability of your home. Over the past 12 months, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of homeowners looking to improve functionality, practicality and style in their homes. As a result of this, the number of queries into the different names has also begun to pop up. 

An image showing the difference between skylight blinds and roof lantern blinds

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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?’ 

Loft conversion bedroom with roof windows

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Remodelling your home? 3 tips to consider for your skylight blinds

There has never been a more popular time to remodel your home and add in skylight blinds. We’re spending more time at home and, with this additional time (albeit combined with the demands of homeschooling, work, and unwavering family attention), our nation is turning to redecorating and updating their homes. An article from September 2020 predicted a premature rush to have large-scale construction projects completed in advance of the second wave. This time at home has made many of us reaffirm what we need out of our homes – more space 

An image showing a modern and bright bathroom fitted in a loft conversion space

Image credit: Home Building – Image showing skylight blinds in a bathroom

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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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