Gable End Blinds and Awkward Shapes

Room with a view

When Stephen and Beverley heard there was a new development going up in Poole they knew it was for them. so much so, they bought one of the penthouse apartments before the foundations had been laid.

“It was a great thing to do,” Stephen says. “It meant we could specify every finish and could be involved at every stage.

“We already had a property in the area and visited every weekend, but this new one was better for the long term, as eventually we will live here full time.”

The apartment – which has three bedrooms and a study or fourth bedroom – is fantastically light and airy with lots of windows, some with breathtaking views over Poole Harbour.

“The windows are fantastic,” Stephen says, “But not without their issues. They are made from special glass, so they keep the heat out. But with so much glass there can be serious glare from the sun, which is why choosing the right blinds was really important.

“The windows are irregular shapes, with triangles at the top of the rooms. We asked the architects to suggest a company that could make the blinds, but they couldn’t come up with an answer. In the end it was the interior designer who suggested Grants. They were great to deal with and we have been really impressed by the blinds.”

For the kitchen, the couple wanted blinds that let in some light. The high-level triangular windows were a particularly tricky issue, but as they had anticipated the need for shading they had the electronics for blinds fitted before they moved in.

They then decided to live in the property for a short while before making a final decision on shading.

“It was much easier once we were in and could hold up the fabric to the window to see exactly what it would look like. In the end we chose Sandown White pleated blinds for the kitchen. They work brilliantly at cutting down the glare. They were also great in the Winter as they made the kitchen feel much cosier.

“On a dark night, with so many windows all you see is an expanse of black, so the blinds were a great improvement.
Stephen and Beverley wanted thicker blinds for the master bedroom (pictured) and chose some which would block out all the light. In the end they chose Honeycell pleated blinds in Newmarket White sand as it matched the Farrow & Ball painted walls exactly.

The light and spacious bedroom has doors to a terrace and views over woodland and eventually to the sea. The light that comes into the room during the day can be glorious, but at night the couple wants a much darker space. This is where blinds make a huge difference.

The couple chose to have them on the tricky, triangular upper windows and can, at the touch of a button, block out the light into the room. Of course, this works brilliantly at night time, but blinds such as these can also prevent fading on pieces of artwork and furniture during the long summer days when the sun can be fearsomely bright.

“Again the blinds are electronically controlled,” Stephen says. “Because the windows are so high it would be very difficult to have manual blinds and the automated system works perfectly.

“The blinds can be operated individually or there is one channel that controls them all at once. depending on where the light is, we might only want a couple closed at one time or all of them.”