An Introduction to Domotics

The field of domotics — more commonly known as “home automation” — is one that is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century. As technological strides are made, we’re discovering ways to automate our homes in ways that, just a matter of decades ago, were the stuff of science fiction. In this article, we’ll introduce you to domotics, discussing its benefits, some of the areas of the home where domotics can be applied (such as roller blinds and automated lighting), and the types of technologies used to control these areas remotely.

What is domotics?

It could be anything from an advanced home security system to something as basic as a system designed to turn lights on and off at the appropriate times. Essentially, anything that adds an element of automation to the home or to household activities falls into the category of domotics. What’s more, domotics is becoming increasingly affordable, with these once-wondrous technologies being implemented in ways that are simple and accessible for the average homeowner.

What are the benefits of domotics?

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5 Common Types of Window Blinds

Window blinds can be found in almost any home you’ll enter. They provide many household functions, from regulating the flow of air and light into your home to providing privacy, helping protect against theft and adding aesthetic value to your living spaces. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the most common types of window blinds, including mini blinds, Venetian blinds, Roman blinds, vertical blinds and roller blinds.

1. Mini blinds

A mini blind is a type of horizontal window blind that is formed by long and narrow slats. These slats are kept in place by a string that is situated inside the window. While similar to Venetian blinds in this regard, the difference with mini blinds is that they have much narrower slats; in fact, the slats of Venetian blinds are generally twice as wide as mini blind slats. To open and close the slats, you simply rotate a rod — clockwise for one direction, anti-clockwise for the other. To raise and lower the slats you pull on a string; generally, the direction you pull the string dictates whether or not the blinds stay up or go down.

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6 Ways to Make Your Home More Sophisticated

Everybody wants to make a great impression in their home, and there’s no better way to do this than to design your home to appear as sophisticated as possible. In this article, we’re going to look at six great ways to make your home more sophisticated, from choosing a colour theme to installing roller blinds. It’s your complete guide to residential sophistication.

1. Choose a colour theme

The most important thing to remember about sophistication is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve it. There are basic rules to follow: most importantly, your colours must be cohesive. When choosing a colour theme for your home, select two or three main colours and stick to them. It’s always good to have a feature wall in bedrooms and loungerooms; for example, three cream walls with one blue wall.

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5 Reasons Roller Blinds Are Office Necessities

When people need to spend their working days in an office, they want to feel comfortable. Those eight-hour (sometimes longer) days can be made hard to bear if a few basic human comforts aren’t provided. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of installing roller blinds in your office, highlighting the benefits they offer for making the office more comfortable for employees.

1. Keep the heat out

In the hot summer months,  not all offices can afford grade A air-conditioning systems. We couldn’t count the amount of offices we’ve worked in with air conditioning systems that just didn’t quite do the job; even worse is the fact that different employees like to have the office at different temperatures, making the fight for control of the air remote fiercer than the fight for the TV remote at home! Roller blinds provide a perfect answer to this; they do an incredible job of keeping the heat out, providing insulation to the office and helping to regulate temperature.

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What to Look For in Roller Blinds

A good set of roller blinds can be an indispensable addition to any home. But before you go out and choose a set of roller blinds for your windows, it pays to understand what you should look for. In this article, we’re going to take a look at what makes a good set of roller blinds. We’ll also outline the various benefits of roller blinds to help you decide whether they’re right for you.

What is a roller blind?

First of all, let’s define exactly what a roller blind is. Basically, a roller blind is a single piece of fabric which covers your windows and which can be raised or lowered depending on your preferences at the time. Most blinds are made of several pieces of either vertical or horizontal fabric which can be controlled using a manual rope or chain. Roller blinds are always made of single fabric and they can be opened or closed using the chain, which is connected to a ‘roller’ at the top of the window. Some roller blinds can be motorised as well for extra control.

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Top 3 Tips For Blinds, Awnings And Screens For Commercial Properties

Commercial properties, as building owners are well aware, come with a range of issues in terms of light management and external design situations. In most cases, a combination of internal and external features like roller blinds and sunroofs or retractable awnings is used as a basic layout, providing the design features as well as the functional effects.

Tip #1: What you need and where you need it – Planning

Design is all about planning and dealing with practical requirements, simultaneously. The most common uses for blinds, sunroofs and awnings are all related to specific lighting and environmental issues. Designers study the entire layout, and then formulate the combination of types of screen into a single design.

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Roller Blinds — More options than you’d believe

Roller blinds are like a secret weapon for designers. They’re light managers, and very efficient. They’re also easy to customize and you can truly remodel any space with them. Designers use them for upgrading businesses and offices.

Roller blinds basics

Roller blinds are big ticket items for interior design because they deal with a whole range of interior design issues. The big modern blinds aren’t particularly cheap, but they provide a lot of value:

  • Lighting: These blinds are used to deal with light issues in large areas. They’re easy to install and operate, so areas with morning or afternoon lighting issues can be managed very effectively.
  • Décor: Modern businesses need an upmarket look, and that’s exactly what Roller blinds deliver. The blinds come in a vast range of optional colours and sizes, and can match any sort of interior design seamlessly.
  • Operation: The blinds are raised or lowered manually, using a steel chain, or electrically by remote control.
  • Types of roller blinds

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Roller blinds – The right equipment for the right areas

Roller blinds have become a fixture of the design scene, interior and exterior. One of the reasons for their popularity is that they’re space savers, easy to install, operate and maintain, and can be used absolutely anywhere. Roller blinds are extremely useful for developing a stylized look with minimum design modifications and maximum efficiency.

Roller blinds- the option when you need one

Roller blinds are the solution for the really tough areas where you need durability, reliability and appearance. These are working parts of the building, and the need is for top quality blinds. A roller blind is as important as a door or a window, in terms of the work it does.
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Roller Blinds – Simple, Elegant, Private

Each house has it’s own character and often window dressings will have some impact on this. Whether you have a country style cottage or a modern villa, roller blinds are one of the best choices you can make in term of window dressing, because they suit any home.

The simple elegance of the roller blind ensures the most streamlined, non-intrusive dressing for any window. Because roller blinds roll up to almost disappear when not in use, they can be an effective way to provide privacy without impacting on the look and décor of your interior design. You can still have curtains and pelmets in any number of styles and still have the comfort of knowing you can get the privacy and light control from your blinds, that you may not get from your decorator sheers or custom designed curtains.
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