I have great difficulty visualising how a room will look once decorated, even though I like to think I’m quite a visual person. Sometimes, having all the different pieces of a puzzle visualised in my brain can be a bit of a muddle and so I often need some help.
Do you have the same problem?
One thing I always need to do is to pull my different ideas together on a moodboard. I might use cutting from a magazine, a Pinterest board (I like to keep those secret!) or a tool like Polyvore which is great for seeing how all my ideas will work together. Or not, of course.
As you can imagine, I love it when websites help with this visualisation. I love it when they are able to give you an idea of how your chosen products will look once they’re in your home. Lots of paint companies do it, and then I saw that Apollo Blinds have launched a visualisation tool too.
There a few stages to selecting the blinds and getting a final result, but what I loved about it, is the ability to keep changing the blind choice and the colour scheme.
Firstly, select the type of room you’re working with. It might be a conservatory or kids room, or a classic living room, a contemporary kitchen or a modern bathroom. Then look at the blind and blind fabric choices. The tool then lets you add some colour to the walls, and even change the colours of a few accessories in the room. It’s a great way to visualise how the finished blind will look against the colour of your walls, which is really important.
One of the problems I often encounter with choosing fabric online, and wallpaper too actually, is that I don’t always get a good idea of the size and repeat of the fabric. What might look large in a sample image, is really quite small once you see the full repeat. Having a tool like this on the site, gives you a great idea of how big or small that pattern and print is going to be in reality. And it should save you a costly decorating mistake.
I had a lot of fun mixing and matching the blinds (the tool allows you to change the colour or fabric of each individual blind) to see what kinds of look I could achieve. In the living room above, I kept it quite simple and classic, but added a sage roller blind in the middle window as a focal point, but also for a pop of colour in an otherwise neutral scheme. In reality, this would look great coordinated with some complementary cushions or accessories on the sofa.
Then in the contemporary kitchen, I added some elegance twilight blinds in a lustre chrome fabric. I love the way they add obscurity and privacy but let the light through too. Very cool and very contemporary.
You can see more of the Apollo Blinds Design Tool on their website here, so if you need help visualising your decor ideas and if you’re in the market for some new blinds, this is a really good one to try.