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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Skylight Blinds – What costs can you expect with your loft conversion?

As we move through our Beginners Guide, it is time to take a look at one of the most defining factors on hand – the cost. Although it would be near impossible to give an accurate quote for your specific renovation, we can begin to form a rough estimate. It is important to consider every potential cost you could encounter, even those more obscure charges, that you could find yourselves faced with. This helps to ensure you have budgeted for everything and reduces the risk of unexpected costs.

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Skylight Blinds – How to hire an architect or builder?

Embarking on any construction or home renovation project is a big job. No matter how big the change is, there are a lot of things to consider when you structural alter the inside or outside of your home. Loft conversions are no exception. This is why most people turn to architects and builders when they decide to proceed with this work. It is entirely normal to hire both an experienced architect and a builder. Each one has a wealth of knowledge – hopefully within your chosen project – and can support you throughout the entire build.

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Skylight Blinds Direct Loft Conversion Beginners Guide: Is My Loft Suitable?

Adding a loft conversion to any home is a great way to add both space and value. They give you the freedom to design and create the room you want. Whether you’re looking to dedicate space to an office or extra bedroom, the dead space in your loft is a great option. Rooms within lofts provide an interesting and unique internal space that is usually considerably easier than building extensions.

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The Skylight Blinds Direct Beginners Guide to Loft Conversions

Whether you’re increasing the value of your property or need extra space to welcome in a new family addition, consider a loft conversion. They work on the idea of improving your home rather than going through the stress and strains of moving to another building. Alongside this, they give you a freedom that most traditional home buyers never truly get to appreciate. That is the opportunity to design a home to your exact specifications where everything sits where you always imagined. Everything from the position of the light fittings to how many plug sockets a room has and where your main source of light comes from. All of these things and more can be tweaked to suit your needs and help to create a home that you are truly proud of.

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Love Your Loft: Home Cinemas

Most of us will agree that going to the cinema is always a fantastic experience. But have you ever thought about bringing the cinema to you? If you’re a film buff, your newly converted loft could be the perfect space for a snug home cinema! Enjoy a family classic with the kids or get cosy with your loved one and sample the latest thriller in the comfort of your own home while relishing all the excitement of a regular trip to the pictures. Not only can having your own cinema at home save you money on often pricey tickets but it can also provide you with the ultimate screen to enjoy a surround sound gaming experience on too! So, for all you film fanatics, we’ve got some great advice to help you plan and create a stunning home cinema:

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Love Your Loft: Indoor Gardens

Whether you’re craving your own special space or are simply in need of an extra facility, having your loft converted presents the perfect opportunity for you to get creative with a room that’s right for you. As a result of their often-snug size paired with their cosy atmosphere, attic spaces often lend themselves to a number of unique purposes. In our four-part Love Your Loft series, we’re going to explore some of these purposes and provide some handy advice on how to transform your once lifeless loft space into either an indoor garden, home cinema, bespoke bathroom or novel children’s bedroom. Below, we start by offering some helpful tips on how to build your very own indoor garden:

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How to Create a Stylish Interior for Loft Conversions

Having a loft conversion is a great way to ensure you make the most of the space in your home. Furthermore, as with any new room, newly converted lofts also present homeowners with a great opportunity to get creative by decorating and styling the space as they wish. However, at times, interior design can be stressful, especially after a long conversion process. So here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we’ve got some top tips to help you create a super stylish rooftop pad that will fit perfectly into your home:

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Reasons to incorporate skylight blinds in the home

Simply put, skylight blinds add the ultimate functionality to your skylight windows. As well as fulfilling the interior of the home, skylights are useful, practical and well-designed. Rooflites can also be the finishing touch that adds the ultimate form of sophistication to the home. Letting the light shine through the roof top rather than through the walls, roof windows can impose a bright and vibrant impression on the home. However, there comes a time where you want to take control of the light coming in, right? Enabling you to take control of the natural light, skylights can efficiently change the atmosphere of a room within seconds. Whether it be a sunny day so you want to block out the bright light or even open the blinds to let the sun shine away, skylights do the job just right.

Yet another reason to bring in the use of skylight blinds in your home is the ability for them to merely reflect your personality and style through the different colours and designs available. Whether it be for the kids room and you want a bright and flowery print or a sophisticated nude colour to match the lounge area or bedroom, skylights can act as a tapestry-like furnishing to complete the design of a room.

Another great thing about skylight blinds is privacy. Just like with any other functional window, everyone needs privacy in the comfort of their own home. Skylight blinds ensure to deliver this in a sophisticated and subtle fashion.

Technology has evolved and has meant that motorised skylight blinds can now be fitted into your home! This adds the ultimate form of sophistication into the use of skylights and is a more modernised feature that should be incorporated into the home. With just one click of a button on your remote control you can adjust your blinds in the way that you desire. So you can just sit back and let technology do all of the work!

Solar powered skylight blinds are perfect for those windows that you struggle to reach and also for if you are snuggled up in bed and don’t want to move to close the blinds!    The great thing about our electric skylights as they are solar powered!  There is no need to get in an expensive electrician.  They operate off a solar panel on the back of the blind which captures the sun and guarantees to work for at least 8 months without direct sunlight.  Even in Britain we can guarantee that!   All you need to do is install and let the sun do the work!  Window brands that we can make compatible electric blinds for include VELUX®, Aurora, Tyrem, Axis 90, Fakro®, Dakstra®, Dakea® to name but a few!

 See our website for more information on skylight blinds and the services we offer: or call 0800 008 6293

5 Great Reasons To choose Skylight Blinds Direct

Renowned for being “the skylight blinds experts”, Skylight Blinds Direct can provide you with a service like no other to ensure that the style and fitting of your skylight blinds is right for you and your home.

Whether it be for the kids room, the bathroom or kitchen, Skylight Blinds Direct can ensure a 100% child safety guarantee on the entire range of our skylights meaning that they are safe and effective to use throughout the home. We can also ensure to deliver a 3 year guarantee on the skylight blinds by ensuring that their functionality, efficiency and exterior are of excellent quality and long lasting.

1. Blackout Skylight Blinds

We provide 100% blackout skylight blinds. These blinds are energy saving as they are constructed using our high quality thermal blackout fabrics which serve the purpose to reflect heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter. The use of our black out blinds will in turn, decrease the heating bill on those dreaded colder days and keep you cool on those hot summer nights!

2. Waterproof bathroom blinds for your loft conversion

Another great thing about Skylight Blinds Direct is that we provide 100% waterproof roof blinds. Their purpose being to protect and provide guard against the build-up of any mildew and mould. This is especially beneficial for when you need skylight blinds in your bathroom as it will protect against any water vapour or water escape damaging your blinds. Whether it be the kids splashing around in the bath or simply you want to add extra protection to the quality and value of your blinds, our waterproof skylights can ensure to provide 100% protection.

3. Translucent Roof blinds for living rooms and kitchens

Additionally, we provide translucent skylight blinds which deliver two functions all in one!  Everyone knows the struggle of the harsh bright light from the sun shining through when all you want is for it to be softer or darker?  Well, our translucent blinds are guaranteed to reflect the sunlight away from shining in on you meaning that you can just relax! Skylight Blinds Direct also value our customers privacy and therefore we ensure that whilst our translucent blinds will block out the glare of the sun, they will also keep your privacy so that you truly can relax in the comfort of your own home.

Skylight Blinds Direct can also certify that your skylight blinds will be quick and easy to fit… all you need is a screwdriver! Ultimately, our blinds are easy DIY fitting. You can watch our video on how to fit your skylight blinds in a completely straightforward fashion on our YouTube channel here:

4. Electric skylight blinds

With an upsurge in technology comes our love for gadgets and remote controlled blinds.  Do you need an electric VELUX blind?  Our solar powered skylight blinds are compatible with VELUX, Fakro, Dakstra, Rooflite and some Roto windows.  These blinds are powered by the sun and don’t need recharging and no wiring is needed so they are perfect as a retro fit.   Ultimately, this service means that you can sit back, relax and let technology do all of the work for you.

5. roof blinds with white surrounds

In the olden days you could only buy your skylight window with a pine frame – well those days are gone.  VELUX and Keylite and the rest of the big boys in the window manufacturing market have realised that the loft now isn’t the forgotten room in the attic but is a haven where style is important.  So now white framed rooflite windows have been rolled out across the UK and Europe.  The only problem with this lovely addition is that VELUX don’t do blinds with White surrounds anymore!  Well we do so don’t worry!  Every one of our blinds is available in either a standard silver frame or white frame option which means you can co-ordinate your blind with your window to create a seamless transition between window and blind.  You are welcome!  See our stunning range of white surround skylight blinds here.

See our website here for more information: or call 0800 008 6293